Three Short Blasts – out today!

Three Short Blasts  (Medium)

Two things have happened in my CWAP life so far today and it’s only seven o’clock in the morning! Three Short Blasts went live with Amazon and my Kindle Scout campaign for Deep State (Acer Sansom #4) ended.

Three Short Blasts can be ordered here Amazon UK and here Amazon US

Three Short Blasts is a collection of three original stories that are not to be found anywhere else. There is one story in each of the three series that I write: The Romney and Marsh Files, Acer Sansom and Booker & Cash.

Going on industry standard word count, the three stories range from forty to sixty pages of a paperback novel in length – significantly longer than short stories but not quite novellas.

There’s also an introduction in the book where I explain the motivation behind it. You can skip that bit if you like and get straight into the reads, which I hope you will enjoy.

I’m happy with each of the three short stories. And it feels good to have done something different.

Thanks to all who have pre-oredered a copy of this title. I sincerely hope that you find something in the stories to enjoy. Be sure to let me know, please.


Whether Deep State gets taken up for Amazon’s Kindle Scout programme will depend on how those who make the decisions at Amazon view the potential profits to be made from the book and probably that’s all that matters. And why shouldn’t that be it? Bookselling is a business. I’m really not sweating their decision. It could be good for me if they say yes and it would certainly be something different for me to get involved with. But if they say no then I’ll just self-publish it. It’s ready to go.

My sincere thanks to everyone who ‘Nominated’ the book on Kindle Scout and who helped publicise the campaign. I’m very grateful to you all for all your efforts and support.

Once more I would like to repeat my writer’s mantra: writers are nothing without readers. (It’s a mantra. They’re supposed to be repeated.)


26 thoughts on “Three Short Blasts – out today!

  1. I was thrilled tonight when I checked my email and saw that I’d gotten your newest downloaded from Amazon! I’ve read all your nooks and have been looking forward to another. I thoroughly enjoyed the first story which I just finished. Glad to see a certain character make an appearance because I’ll miss him in the future R & Ms. As always, your humor had me snorting, especially the nuts. Now on to the next 2 stories. Not going to sleep much tonight…

    • Hi Julie
      Thanks for your comment and your download of TSB. Good to know that you enjoyed the first one. Here’s hoping that the remaining two measure up. 🙂
      Best wishes

  2. Hi Oliver,
    Got mine, looking forward to reading something decent as I feel as though I’ve kissed a of frogs, recently – in a metaphorical sense – yours will be the prince I’ve been waiting for, so don’t let me down.
    All the best.

    • Good morning Pat,
      Thanks for your download and support. I hope it lives up to expectations.
      I know what you mean about the ‘frogs’. I’ve found reading comfort lately in some long-recognised great reads. I’m reading Red Dragon by Thomas Harris at the moment. Highly recommended but no laughs.
      Have a great Sunday! 🙂

      • Me too Oliver, I turn to the classics, but have pre-ordered the paperback version of Harper Lee’s, ‘Go Set the Watchman’ from Amazon, but it won’t arrive until June 16th. It’ll be in time for my two week sojourn in France – Britany.
        Take care 🙂

      • I haven’t read the first yet. That’s a long time for the PB version to come out. I’m sure we’ll speak before then but enjoy that hol. Sometimes only a real book will do. 🙂
        Best wishes.

  3. Whoops, Oliver, forgot to mention ‘White Knuckle Christmas’ which I have also pre-ordered but temporarily forgotten about. At least I will have one good read, but hope Harper Lee’s novel stands up, because even though her ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ made her a fortune, the reviews it got were not all good. Its that same old maxim: you can’t please the people… etc. etc.

    • Good to know that you’re still on board with R&M. 🙂 Thank you.
      I wish I could’ve written one book and made a fortune. I think it might have cured me of this compulsion to scribble. 🙂

    • Thanks for the thought. Well out of it here in the suburbs. Unfortunately mum-in-law lives out that way and couldn’t get home tonight – all roads closed. Guess where she is now and talking about spending the night? 😦

  4. have you read this? An old article I stumbled upon. ” Scientists find secret to writing a best-selling novel” Telegraph
    By Matthew Sparkes 10:44AM GMT 09 Jan 2014

    sorry I can’t give an URL as it’s either blocked or I can’t work windows 10.

  5. Well I’ve read TSB and very much enjoyed them but they’ve only whetted my appetite for more full length stories.
    I have of course got R and M 7 on pre-order (Thank you so much for making it available before my holiday.) Now I just have to hide it somewhere on my Kindle until the first week in May. Anyone know how to do that?
    The odds are not good as I generally don’t have much patience. My mother always reckoned I wouldn’t wait in the queue when it was being dished out

    You can probably guess what my next question might be I think. Do you have a time scale for the release of Deep State?

    • Hi Denise
      Good to hear from you and good to know that you enjoyed TSB. Thanks for sharing.
      Wish I could help with your wish to avoid #7 ’til you’re lying on a sunbed somewhere (?). But I thank you for your pre-order and your support.
      I’m still waiting to hear whether DS made the Amazon cut. Shouldn’t be more than a day or two. If it didn’t then I’ll be getting that out quickly because it’s ready to go!
      More news on the blog when i have it.
      Best wishes.

  6. I finished Three Short Blasts earlier this morning. I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the Booker/Cash stories.

  7. Congratulations, Oliver regarding “Deep State” being accepted for publication by Kindle Press. As always, I look forward to reading one of your books.

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