Sunday, 28 October 2012

Launch Party at Waterstones Bradford 'THE WOOL EXCHANGE'

The book launch for my début novel ORIGIN was very enjoyable!

It was held at Waterstones Bradford, which is - according to many - the UK's most beautiful bookshop.

The store itself is in the old Wool Exchange Building (pictures below!), built when Bradford was a very prosperous and rich city, which is why this building is so beautifully constructed. It was a real pleasure to be able to hold the launch party there.

As seen on the pictures in my previous post, we had quite a good turnout and many books were sold and signed. My editor Alexander Hope and my publicist Ben Willis came over from Headline Publishing in London to celebrate the book release, and it was great to see them there.

Alexander gave a speech about ORIGIN (he said many nice things!), which was followed by my own short speech.  

Drinks were served and, of course, ORIGIN: The Cake(!), courtesy of my Mum (thank you!).

For a bit of light entertainment, we decided to make a play from ORIGIN. I had prepared some short dialogue scenes from the book, and we got volunteers to act it out! There were some future Oscar nominees in attendance, I'm sure!

Afterwards, as it was a day event and children were also attending we had an after-party in a local pub - the historic City Vaults just opposite Waterstones - where drinks and snacks were served. 

I just wanted to add a big THANK YOU to all the guests who attended, the Waterstones staff, my Mum for the cake, Alexander and Ben for coming from London, Headline Publishing for sponsoring drinks and food, the staff at City Vaults, and my wife for being such a great event runner!




Saturday, 27 October 2012

ORIGIN LAUNCH PARTY - Video and Pics!

Here is a video and some images for today's launch party for ORIGIN at Waterstones Bradford - full report to follow tomorrow!


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Friday, 26 October 2012

Competition!!!

With the publication of ORIGIN yesterday, I will be offering a FREE SIGNED COPY to the winner of a little contest!

To win, you just need to take a picture of ORIGIN in a bookshop. Be imaginative, and amusing if possible! Send the pics via twitter (@JTBrannan_) or facebook (www.facebook.com/jtbrannanbooks), and I will pick my favourite!

Closing date for entries is Sunday 4th November.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

PUBLICATION DAY OF ORIGIN!!!

Well, today was the big day - publication of my début novel, ORIGIN!

It's been a bit of a blur, but I found myself at WHSmith's in Harrogate this afternoon, where I was delighted to find I had entered the paperback bestseller chart at 101 on my first day!


It was an auspicious moment - the first time I've seen my book in a shop! To say it was exciting was an understatement, and finally brought home to me that it is really happening!

After signing the copies they had in the store, I returned home to find that the team at Headline Publishing (including my editor Alexander Hope and my publicist Ben Willis) had sent me flowers to celebrate - a very nice surprise!


In fact, everyone has been lovely, and I've received some wonderful messages of support - thanks to all!

I also saw an excellent independent review of ORIGIN today, from the US (www.cncbooks.com/blog):


As the saying goes, “Whoa, doggies!” If you’re looking for a nice, gentle read that leaves you with a feeling of comfort and peace, Origin by J.T. Brannan is not the book you want. If, on the other hand, you have a yen for a thriller that leaves you pretty nearly breathless on every page, then grab this and go curl up in a comfy chair.
There are thrillers and then there are thrillers. This is the kind that takes you on a wild action adventure ride of improbabilities and I loved every minute of it (well, maybe not so much the scene with the teeth). Lynn Edwards and Matt Adams, two characters I have to say have been added to my list of favorites, are perfectly suited to each other and kudos to the author for making them true equals in intelligence and abilities even though their strengths are different. They complement each other .
They also have luck, a lot of it, and it’s both kinds. Just when you think the bad guys are going to get the best of them, they manage to pull the fat out of the fire but the truth is the bad guys are insanely capable of winning the day. Conspiracy, mad scientists, corrupt government and incredible chase scenes abound but how can you have a good thriller without them? Throw in a bit of science fiction and international intrigue and a dash of pre-history and you’ve got a wild few hours of pure entertainment ahead of you.
And, my goodness, what a heck of a twist at the end.
I quite simply love this book. There’s no question you have to suspend your disbelief but, hey, that’s what a great action adventure thriller is all about, isn’t it? I do have one grumble—I would really like to see Lynn and Adam again but Mr. Brannan says he doesn’t intend to have a sequel, at least, not anytime in the near future. Oh well, I’ll just have to look forward to his next book even if they won’t be there. I think the wait will be well worth it.
One last note—if you’re one of those readers who just has to peek at the end to see what’s going to happen, DON’T DO IT! I promise you’ll regret it because the last few pages will ruin the book for you. I’m not kidding.
Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2012.

All in all, a fantastic first day! And I still have the Book Launch party at Waterstones Bradford Wool Exchange to look forward to - this Saturday, 27th October, from 1pm onwards - all welcome!!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Official Trailer for ORIGIN!

Exciting news yesterday as my editor sent me the official trailer for ORIGIN, from the awesome marketing team at Headline Publishing!

Please check it out below!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf_TC0us4yk&feature=youtu.be


Monday, 15 October 2012

BOOK LAUNCH PARTY!

It's now less than two weeks to the release of ORIGIN, and the book launch party has been confirmed - it will be at Waterstones Bradford in the spectacular Wool Exchange building (see picture below!), on Saturday 27th October, from 1pm to 3pm.



There will be wine and snacks, and hopefully some of the Headline Publishing team will be making the trip up North! There will also - of course! - be plenty of nice new copies of ORIGIN, just in time for Christmas!

Everyone is welcome, I hope to see you there!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Upcoming Events

Well, less than a month to go! ORIGIN will hit the shops in just three short weeks, on the 25th October - scary stuff!

Events are now being arranged in the lead-up to publication, which include the following -

Monday 8th October, 3pm - Radio Interview on BBC Radio York (103.7 or 104.3 FM)

Thursday 1st November, 7.00pm - Book Signing at Saltaire Bookshop (http://www.saltairebookshop.com/)

Other signings and events will also hopefully be arranged soon, I will keep you posted!