Friday, 20 March 2015

Publication Day Tomorrow for NEVER SAY DIE!

The latest adventure in the bestselling Mark Cole thriller series is out TOMORROW (21st March) worldwide, and delivers more high octane thrills and spills!



I enjoyed writing this novel a great deal, and learnt a huge amount about organized crime in Japan during the research process. And although it is a work of fiction, many of the groups mentioned actually exist and are still operating.

The Japanese setting also provides plenty of opportunity for action scenes featuring various martial arts, another major passion of mine. I have studied karate since I was ten years old, and I have taught for many years. My father started back in the late '60s when karate first came to Britain, and I have loved it almost from birth! I am fascinated by the martial arts in all their forms, and it was a tremendous pleasure to include some traditional arts in this latest novel.

I have even managed to realize a long-cherished ambition, and finally featured a ninja assassin in my work. A boyhood dream come true!

Here is the synopsis:

In Kobe, Japan, a fierce leadership struggle breaks out after the head of the world’s largest criminal organization is killed by a mysterious assassin. Meanwhile, in Tokyo, moves are afoot to replace the government with a fanatical right-wing regime which hopes to re-militarize the nation and take its revenge against China; and the prime minister is the mysterious assassin’s next target . . . 

Mark Cole – US covert ops legend and head of the top secret counter-terrorist unit known as Force One – is on vacation in Japan. Only for Cole, this means unofficially tracking down Aoki Michiko, his missing seventeen year old daughter; a daughter he has only just found out he has. 

His search takes him from the hostess bars and nightclubs of Tokyo’s red light districts, to the wild mountains of the Japanese interior. In a frantic and violent race against time, Cole is forced to confront Yakuza thugs, corrupt police officers, and the deadly assassin himself; and in his struggle to save his daughter, he is thrust into what might become the largest Yakuza gang war ever seen – a war which will have repercussions not only for Japan, but for the rest of the world as well. 


Here is the link to buy from Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/NEVER-SAY-DIE-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00R9LTFKO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=163XH2HAQH33Y5RA4VT0.

And here is the link for UK readers - http://www.amazon.co.uk/NEVER-SAY-DIE-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00R9LTFKO/ref=pd_sim_kinc_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=1ZRK1KP7QVFG654DERZR.

I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it - as always, please let me know!


P.S. To celebrate the release of NEVER SAY DIE, the second Mark Cole thriller - WHATEVER THE COST - is FREE for the next two days! If you still haven't read it, follow the links here -

Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/WHATEVER-THE-COST-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=pd_sim_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=121KCVPGMARN4QENWC7G

Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/WHATEVER-THE-COST-Mark-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=pd_sim_kinc_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=184HCV89DBN5ADN70E51




Friday, 26 December 2014

The Mark Cole Series


Apologies for my absence on this blog, I have been incredibly busy writing my kindle exclusive series of books featuring Mark Cole - a deniable operative for the US government, and now the leader of Force One, America's top counter-terrorism unit. 

I've had a few emails from people asking about the order of these books, so here it is!

Mark Cole Series in order:

1. Stop At Nothing 

2. Whatever The Cost

3. Beyond All Limits

4. Never Say Die (Pre-order now)




Book number four - NEVER SAY DIE - is due for release on March 21st 2015, and is ready to pre-order now from AMAZON!

ABOUT THE MARK COLE SERIES



"Exciting, action packed, non stop action."





MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Saturday, 21 June 2014

WHATEVER THE COST - A new Mark Cole Thriller

Finally here a new Mark Cole Thriller. Enjoy!


BOOK DESCRIPTION 

A Chinese cargo ship is hijacked off the coast of Indonesia by ruthless pirates; North Korea is involved in a covert plan to reunify the country by taking control of the South; and in Saudi Arabia, a terrifying new terrorist group has emerged that threatens to destabilize the entire world. 

Adrift and psychologically damaged after the brutal murder of his family, ex-covert operative Mark Cole stumbles across a clue which might lead him to the hijacked ship. Realizing that it offers the opportunity to give him a purpose in life, Cole sets out to find the ship in a bid to earn redemption for his past. 

From a gun market in the ancient jungles of Cambodia, to the teeming streets of Jakarta, Cole stumbles upon a plot far greater than the simple hijacking of a ship; and as he battles against North Korean agents and Islamic fundamentalists, he promises himself that he will do whatever it takes to stop the unleashing of a terrifying jihad which threatens the Western world like never before.


BUY ON AMAZON.COM
http://www.amazon.com/WHATEVER-COST-Mark-Cole-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=la_B00CM2JC4O_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403416798&sr=1-5

BUY ON AMAZON.CO.UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/WHATEVER-COST-Mark-Cole-Thriller-ebook/dp/B00L3Q39EO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1403417004&sr=8-4&keywords=jt+brannan

Monday, 5 May 2014

My Writing Process - Blog Tour

I've been asked to take part in a 'blog tour' on the process of writing by another Headline author, Jason Dean. It's a 'tag team' affair whereby an author answers four questions, and then 'tags' another author to do the same thing the week after. It sounded like fun, so I was happy to oblige!

I met Jason a couple of years ago at the Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate, and he's a really nice guy. But more importantly - if you're reading this at least! - he's also a great writer, and the creator of the James Bishop character who features in Jason's exciting, fast-paced novels THE WRONG MAN and BACKTRACK. His third in the series, THE HUNTER'S OATH, is out in hardback on June 5th and - if the first two are anything to go by - it should be a real page-turner!

Jason posted his answers last week, and you can see them here - http://jasondeanbooks.blogspot.co.uk/.

Right then, on with the Q&A!

What am I working on?
I am currently working on a follow-up to my first novel, STOP AT NOTHING, which features Mark Cole, a former covert agent for the US government. I’m really excited about this, as I love the character and have some great ideas about how the series is going to progress. STOP AT NOTHING wasn't traditionally published like my subsequent novels, but I put it on Amazon as a Kindle exclusive as I personally still liked it very much, and it has really taken off in the US, even making it to #1 on the Amazon Best Seller chart for Political Suspense Thrillers. And because there’s been such a positive response, both to the book and the character, I've decided to continue Mark Cole’s story as a series exclusive to Amazon Kindle.

Here’s the blurb for the new book:

A Chinese cargo ship is hijacked off the coast of Indonesia by ruthless pirates; North Korea is involved in a covert plan to reunify the country by taking control of the South; and in Saudi Arabia, a terrifying new terrorist group has emerged that threatens to destabilize the entire world.
Adrift and psychologically damaged after the brutal murder of his family, ex-covert operative Mark Cole stumbles across a clue which might lead him to the hijacked ship. Realizing that it offers the opportunity to give him a purpose in life, Cole sets out to find the ship in a bid to earn redemption for his past.
From a gun market in the ancient jungles of Cambodia, to the teeming streets of Jakarta, Cole stumbles upon a plot far greater than the simple hijacking of a ship; and as he battles against North Korean agents and Islamic fundamentalists, he promises himself that he will do whatever it takes to stop the unleashing of a terrifying jihad which threatens the Western world like never before.

Hopefully it should be out in June, so watch this space!

How does my work differ to others of its genre?
I think the main difference is the emphasis I place on the action; for me, it is absolutely fundamental to my work. I spend literally hour upon hour planning and choreographing each action scene with great care and attention, and I like to think that the results are worth the effort. I try and see the action scenes like a movie, very visual with something of a cinematic feel, and I flip between different character viewpoints like a change of camera point of view in a film. I think it adds pace and tension to the scenes, and hopefully leads to the impression that my books are like ‘movies on a page’, which is definitely the feel I want to achieve.

In addition, I like to have twists in the tale, and to keep the reader guessing. As such, I sometimes kill off characters unexpectedly, or write scenes which perhaps some other authors wouldn't. I like readers to feel unsettled, to not have that comfortable ‘Oh, that’s not going to happen’ attitude. I want there to be a feeling of danger; when a character is in a dangerous situation, it is definitely not a given that they will live through it!

Why do I write what I do?
I write thrillers for one simple reason – I love everything about the genre, and I always have. I was probably about ten years old when I read First Blood by David Morrell, and I absolutely loved it. Alistair Maclean, Jack Higgins, Eric Van Lustbader, Robert Ludlum, Marc Olden, Tom Clancy, Clive Custler - all through my teens I read every thriller or action-adventure I could get my hands on, and they had a massive impact on my development as a writer. Even the stories I wrote as a child were always strongly biased towards action, probably due to my love of US action TV series such as The A-Team, The Fall Guy, Airwolf and Magnum P.I., as well as comic books like G.I. Joe and – of course! – the James Bond films. I was always a big fan of martial arts films too, and Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon has been my favourite movie since the age of about six! I love the creativity of the fight scenes, and Jackie Chan is a perfect example here; he is a true genius when it comes to choreography. John Woo is similar in his choreographed gun-play – Hard Boiled is just incredible! I suppose my aim when writing is to marry all of these influences together – the strong plotlines and story arcs of authors such as Tom Clancy, the excitement of action comics and classic American 80s television, and the incredibly imaginative action and strong visual aesthetic of Hong Kong cinema.

How does your writing process work?

I will have an idea for a story – maybe from something I've read in the news, or from a conversation I've had with someone, or any of the countless other places ideas can come from – and then I’ll start to research the details and plan it out. I’ll work out a basic outline, and then it’s a matter of answering questions – if 'A' happens, what effect does it have on 'B'? Does it make sense? Can I make it more exciting? I fill notebook after notebook with my scrappy handwriting, trying to answer these questions and establish an outline which makes sense, and is also both unique and exciting. 

Once I have that, I go into it in more detail, mapping out the novel scene by scene. At this early stage, this is quite vague, but the whole story will be there in its entirety. Things might still change as I go, but I like to have the basic structure there before I write a single word of the book itself. 

And then, as I begin writing in earnest, I will always start off with a very brief paragraph on what I want to happen in each scene, and have it there in front of me so I can refer to it as I write. Again, it’s not written in stone; sometimes the characters do surprising things, and – if it makes sense and is an improvement over what I had originally planned – I make the changes and go with it. I like this process, as it makes the writing part very comfortable for me. I don’t sit staring into space for long periods of time – that’s what the research and planning phase is for! When I start writing for real, it is only when everything is in its place, and I’m confident that the story and the structure will work.


Well, thank you for taking the time to read this, and I hope you've found it interesting. But now I have a confession to make - I've been so busy with writing that I've not had time to get in contact with other authors to carry on the chain.

This is down to terrible organization and time-management on my part, but let's take it as an opportunity instead!

And so, I'm going to open it up a bit - if any writer out there fancies answering these same four questions on their own blog, please feel free to do so, send me a link to your blog or website in the comments section below, and I'll post the links on this blog next Monday!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Free Short Story!

To tie in with the release of my new novel EXTINCTION, my publishers Headline are offering my dystopian action sci-fi thriller short story DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS absolutely FREE for the next week!


Here's a brief synopsis of the story:



In a world where the Federation controls your mind, the wrong thought will get you killed.

Ben Carver is a wanted man for treason but knows he's innocent.

As time runs out, he must find out why he's being set up, and who wants him dead.

DESTRUCTIVE THOUGHTS is an explosive action short story with J.T. Brannan's trademark stunning twist at the end.

Intrigued?

You can get it on Amazon UK here - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Destructive-Thoughts-A-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00HRXQ106/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394469936&sr=8-1&keywords=destructive+thoughts;

Or Amazon US here - http://www.amazon.com/Destructive-Thoughts-A-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B00HRXQ106/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1394470102&sr=8-9&keywords=destructive+thoughts.

I hope you enjoy it and please be sure to let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Exciting News!

Just a quick update with some exciting news:

EXTINCTION is now priced at just £2.99 on Kindle, so get it now if you haven't already! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Extinction-JT-Brannan-ebook/dp/B00F0LUXKQ/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393969131&sr=1-1&keywords=jt+brannan

It's ranked No. 15 in 'conspiracy thrillers' as of tonight, let's try and break the top ten!

Also, I now have two more events lined up:

Book signing at Manchester Arndale Waterstones on Saturday 15th March from 3pm - http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=2&store=418|WATERSTONE%27S%20ARNDALE%20CENTRE&sFilter=1

Talk at Nottingham Waterstones on Thursday 20th March from 7pm - http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=2&store=352|WATERSTONE%27S%20NOTTINGHAM%20BRIDLE&sFilter=1

Hopefully I will see some of you there!!!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

EXTINCTION Launch Party Tomorrow!



Well, doesn't time fly?

It seems like no time at all since my debut novel ORIGIN was released, but it was actually back in October 2012!

And now my second novel, EXTINCTION, is just a day away from publication, and I'm just as excited as I was for the first one!

It's very nerve-racking though, and I always hear that the second novel can be the hardest to pull off. But I've had the first reviews back, and I'm pleased to say that the response has been really good so far! Here are three of the reviews:

http://forwinternights.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/extinction-by-j-t-brannan/

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-bdac-Bonkers-thriller-beats-past-its-slash-by-date-torture-porn-any-day#.Uw3zn_l_s_Z

http://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/ (also includes an exclusive interview!)


Waterstones Harrogate has been kind enough to host the launch party, which will be tomorrow evening (February 27th), from 6-8pm. There will be drinks and snacks provided, and I'm looking forward to it tremendously! Further information here: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayDetailEvent.do?searchType=3&month=2|February|14&mFilter=1

Perhaps I'll see some of you there? Do feel free to come by and say hello if you're from the area, it should be a very pleasant evening!

And if you read EXTINCTION, please be sure to let me know what you think!