Review of Weeks in Naviras by FictionFire

A review of ‘Weeks in Naviras’ from the sic-fi/speculative fiction magazine FictionFire:

“It is an exploration of Ellie’s psyche and, with the tapestry of events which unfold, this creates a unique and engaging plot that is both thoughtful and evocative. It is an enjoyable read overall and is definitely recommended.”

http://reviews.futurefire.net/2014/03/wimpress-weeks-in-naviras.html

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Weeks in Naviras – Trailer

Trailer for ‘Weeks in Naviras’ – a political/speculative novel by Chris Wimpress, published December 2013.

Amazon UK

Amazon US

iBooks

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Weeks in Naviras – Social Pages

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Below a couple of social links to novel number two.

The Facebook Page

The Goodreads page

A Twitter account (I’m trying to limit my tweets about the novel from my own account, since most of my followers are journos and politicos who I doubt are interested in my book promotion efforts).

What else is new? Needless to say I hate book promotion more than practically any other activity,  but it’s a necessary evil.

So I sent the novel out to many book review bloggers over the past week. Not the sort who charge for a review, just those who’ll give honest appraisals in exchange for a free copy.  It usually takes months for those reviews to come back. But for me, it seems better to wait for honest reviews than cut corners to achieve ‘fake ones’.

This is quite an important area at the moment. Lots of authors are happy to pay for reviews, or get their friends to give them a string of five-star reviews.

It is controversial to say the least – and loathed by many. It seems similar to buying fake Twitter followers but perhaps more morally questionable, since it’s designed to create a certain impression of a paid-for product.

I decided from the outset not to bother my friends too much because not only is it a bit awkward (they may well hate the book), it seems counter-productive. When I see a litany of glowing reviews on a book I’m considering buying, I’ll normally check how many other things those people have rated. Often they have only made one contribution to Amazon, suggesting fakery or a personal relationship to the author. It makes me less likely to buy the book.

I’m not immune from this phenomenon, and well remember when I published novel number one, a few well-meaning friends put reviews on its Amazon page and it was a bit toe-curling – to the point where I asked them to take them down. It’s a tricky area, but I prefer to ask my friends not to review on Amazon, it might seem like you’re doing your author mate a favour, but this is questionable, at best.

As such I was more than happy to sign up to the True Review pledge today. Authors who sign up for it are saying they will not solicit paid-for reviews, friend-authored reviews or fake reviews. Also it says the author will not do a swapsie review with another author – which also happens, sometimes.

The one exception in my case is I’ve asked Reader’s Favorite for a free review, which takes longer than their paid-for offering but I believe based on my previous experiences with them to be honestly-held when it finally arrives.

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Weeks in Naviras – On Amazon

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On the 31st of December my second novel ‘Weeks in Naviras’ was published on Amazon. It is narrated by the wife of a British prime minister set in the near future. I would describe it as part political novel, part work of speculative fiction.

Download a sample or buy the whole novel for Kindle at these links.

The Amazon UK store

The Amazon US store

iBooks – for iPhone/iPad/Mac

Smashwords (for all other devices)

The artwork for this novel was produced by Jonathan Knapp whose other works can be found here.

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Joe is Online – Free during May in the Kindle Store

My first novel Joe is Online is currently free in the Kindle store on Amazon US and Amazon UK until the end of May, at the very earliest. 

Why is it free? I’ve recently completed my second novel and, on the basis that it’s slightly less weird than the first, am sending it out to literary agents at the moment. The second novel is a story told by the wife of a British prime minister… but it’s not Sam Cam. Nor Cherie. Nor Norma Major ( though that would be a cracking story )

Happy reading.

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Who I am

I’m a writer based in east London. I was born in Northampton and studied at St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

So far in 2012 I’ve written extensively for Huffington Post UK as political editor and I’ve been working towards completing my second novel.

During my time at Huffington Post UK I broke stories including:

– The first revelations that Department for Education officials were bypassing FOI by using their private Hotmail accounts.

– The news that Ed Miliband’s senior press adviser had jumped ship to fight a marginal seat.

– 12 hours before confirmation the news that Grant Shapps was the new Tory party chairman.

– The first journalist to reveal the makeup of the 1922 Committee after elections in May 2012.

I focused on interviewing rising star MPs including Stella Creasy, the former Corby MP Louise Mensch and newly-promoted minister Liz Truss.

The rest of my bylined reports are listed here on Huffington Post UK.

I also established HuffPost in the Parliamentary Lobby and Press Gallery, worked at launch to recruit more than 200 writers to the site’s blogging platform, and curated content on HuffPost UK politics’s social media channels. As of October 2012 the Huffington Post’s politics section was attracting over 500,000 unique UK users a month.

Prior to working on the launch, establishment and growth of Huffpost UK, I worked as a political reporter for BBC Radio 4 on The Westminster Hour and The Week in Westminster.  I focused on analysis of forthcoming policy and party politcs, as well as the 2010 General Election and the formation of the coalition. Some of my reports are stored here on Posterous. 

I previously worked on the Today programme for two years during the financial crisis from 2008 to 2010.

I published a novel in 2011 called Joe is Online – a cyberterrorism thriller told entirely through digital documents. It can be found on Amazon.co.uk here.

In early 2011 I also coached radio presenters to improve their shows.

At the moment I’m finishing novel number two. It’s not a sequel to my first story and I hope to finish it by the end of 2012.

I’m also judging a category in The Political Book Awards 2013. I’m working with Jacqui Smith and Lance Price to judge the “Debut Political Book of the Year” category.

Current Projects

Until October 2012 I was political editor of the Huffington Post UK and the stories I wrote are listed here .

I’m now working on finishing my second novel. I hope to have this finished by the end of the year.

There are links to my first novel on Amazon  ,  on iBooks ,  and on Smashwords .

‘Joe is Online’ in iBooks

After a long wait, my novel is now in the iBookstore, which means it can be directly downloaded to iPads and iPhones and iPod Touches.

Until now people with these devices had to go through Smashwords, get the file and go through a fiddly process of getting it onto their device.

Here are the links to the book in various countries:

UK iBookstore

US iBookstore

Australian iBookstore

Clicking through these links on an Apple device should in theory take you straight to the ibookstore.  On a desktop computer it’ll just take you to a landing page.

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‘Joe is Online’ … is online

Joe is Online is my epistolary novel on cyberterrorism and suicide cults.  It was published in March 2011 by me.

In 1997 a 13 year-old boy with no friends called Joe went online.

He decided the offline world was too harsh be real.  With the help of an internet psychic called Magda Magenta, Joe unleashes a series of co-ordinated attacks on the world, beginning online and spreading into the offline world.  He develops an online cult populated by people who’ve also been let down badly by the real world.

No-one can trace their source until a quiet, shy professor in terrorism called Penelope Hunt discovers a link to Joe.  She finds herself pulled into a conspiracy which transcends race and religion. With only a radical tele-atheist to help her, Penny decides to shut down Joe’s activities, placing her own life in grave danger in the process.
‘Joe is Online’ spans continents and decades. Its setting is the boundary where the online and offline worlds meet.

It’s on the Amazon Kindle Store to sample and buy in the US and the UK

You can also buy it and read 20% of it for free at Smashwords.  Use coupon code BM62L at checkout to get it for 99 cents (normally $1.99) before Saturday 26th March.

The formats here work on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and pretty much any other e-reader, however because of its formatting ‘Joe is Online’ is regrettably not compatable with Stanza. If this is a problem download iBooks for free from the app store, drag the .epub file to your ‘Books’ in iTunes and make sure it’s synced to your device.

It also has a Facebook page, please go there and ‘Like’ it (if you do).

CAUTION:  ’Joe is Online’ contains very strong language and adult themes some might find disturbing.

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