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!!!