Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Ov and Changes

Last week saw the publication of the second BA novel and first Young Adult title, Ov: A Fantasy by Kevin Patrick McCann. This is a great piece of storytelling and there were points in editing where leaving a session to wrap up for the day was difficult as I wanted to find out what happened next!The cover art again was provided by resident artist Mark Hetherington, who again produced the goods. What with all the uncertainty of the world and summer holidays coming up, Ov is a good title for ages 13 plus, both for it's escapism and tale of getting through some incredibly difficult circumstances that at times seem impossible. They say fiction and storytelling can heal and teach valuable life lessons. Well, this book has it. Kevin is a writer of fantastic insight and a gift to younger readers. You can see more about Ov on the BA website here and purchase direct from Amazon here. It is available in all Amazon market places, as is Kevin's previous book, suitable for younger readers, Secret Diary of a Shapeshifter - click here. Like all BA titles in Kindle, both these are put at reduced prices to provide good reading at quality prices to help folk still in lockdown not get too bored.

The pandemic has seen the hiatus of the BA Bookshop. Things are starting to open up, but the Bookshop will not be reopening in it's current format. Instead, the ability to purchase print titles directly is going to be moved across to this website and be part of the Book Directory. Readers will be able to go onto the page of each book and find the option to purchase there, along with the blurb and other information. Now, this is simple enough to describe. Actually doing it is going to be another kettle of fish, with a bit of technical jiggery pokery! So the website may look a bit, well, wonky, while this is going on as widgets are tested out and checked for appearance and functionality. Please bear with things, and PLEASE DO NOT click purchase this title if you happen to see the Buy Now option on a title if you happen to see it. Once things are ready and the new system in place, a grand announcement with jazz hands will be made. All titles are available meanwhile on Amazon and some bookshops. 

The next title to be released is Petula Mitchell's collection of short ghost tales At The Cross Roads. Work is underway on it at present and it is both scary and bittersweet. It will make a good contribution to sleepless nights!  Following that it's Hallowe'en and Rick Hale's second BA title. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Return of the Wild!

We are without a doubt living in strange times, and I hope this blog finds you well despite it all. Things are still rolling here at Beul Aithris and it's back to work after a short break to recuperate some overstretched brain cells.

First of, to answer a question that has cropped up (and pertains to the lovely badger!), and that is can you still buy Malcolm J Ingham's From Badgers to Nighthawks? The answer to that is yes, you can. While the Beul Aithris Publishing online shop remains closed thanks to the household being an at risk one from Covid 19 and trips to the Post Office not being possible as a result, Mal's fantastic memoir is still available via Amazon, Waterstones and other retail. It is also currently available at the princely sum of £1.99 on Kindle at present as part of the drive to provide quality, instantly available reading material at reasonable prices while we are all mostly stuck in doors (which is most definitely the case in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where the message is STAY AT HOME). It does appear that print book deliveries are also starting to move again with Amazon too. It's also hard to believe that a year has been and gone since this book was published. Mal has another book in the works at present with Beul Aithris, so watch this space. From Badgers to Nighthawks can be ordered from Amazon (link here) - a perfect way to escape being stuck indoors if you are self isolating.

Like several parents, we are currently working on home learning here. There are a few things Beul Aithris may be able to help in this. One is Elaine May Smith and Alison Stell's Wee Bunny Book for younger readers, that teaches the importance of caring for pets properly and may help encourage new readers to read independently. The Wee Bunny Book is also available on Amazon (link here) and Waterstones. At the time of writing, it says Amazon is temporarily out of stock, but that should soon resolve.

Older readers also home learning may enjoy Kevin McCann's Diary of a Shapeshifter, available for only 99p on Kindle (link here). It's a book that makes the brain tick over and will help stymie any boredom or liven up an English lesson in the dining room. Kevin, a former teacher, also posted some ideas to help with home learning on his blog (link here). I can attest to them reigniting interest from bored kid. Incidentally, the next book to be published by Beul Aithris will be Kevin's fantastic YA fantasy adventure, Ov, due on 24 June. Work is underway on it at present.

And finally, Beul Aithris is open to submissions again. Though the main output has been in the paranormal and folklore, as can be seen from above, all genres are considered (apart from Grapic Novels, which are a whole different ball game!). Please see the submissions page for more details and be sure to read the guidelines (link here)

Friday, 27 March 2020

Gods, Ghosts and Goblins: Folklore and Beyond by Eric L Fitch

Despite the lockdown, people still want to read. In fact probably more want to read judging from the uptake in free eBooks over the last couple of weeks! So on that note, the next release is out tomorrow on it's original schedule.

Blurb -

"The British Isles are awash with all sorts of legends and strange history, which have woven their way into the indigenous cultures and popular culture. This collection brings together these writings, ranging in subject matter from the links between the Celtic god Nodens, a Roman temple, and J. R. R. Tolkien; Woden’s influence in England; various horned gods; the Montem mound and associated salt ritual; St Ursula; various witches; Norse gods; the Chalvey Stabmonk; folklore surrounding ravens, ghosts and goblins; King Arthur; exorcism; M. R. James; H. G. Wells and other authors; and a significant update on his earlier work on Herne the Hunter.

Eric L. Fitch displays a phenomenal knowledge of folklore, legends, and custom. This is a collection that no folklore or antiquarian aficionado can do without."

And cover art, by Mark Hetherington, who also provided an interior illustration:

Copyright © Mark Hetherington

The print book is priced at £6.99 and eBook currently at £1.99 in line with the policy of providing low priced eBooks during the Covid 19 lockdowns. Both are available on Amazon, and will be available on the Beul Aithris Publishing bookshop once it reopens after the current crisis. The book is due out tomorrow, though there may be delays what with everything that's going on!

Please be aware that there are delays in deliveries with Amazon in terms of printed books across the board just now (Neil Gaiman fans also have to wait!) as they are prioritising delivery of essentials such as food and general supplies, so if you wish to get a copy of this, or indeed any other BA titles, eBook is the best format. Sixteen of our eighteen books are in this format.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Reading Through The Lockdown! Kindle Price Cuts, Sale and Freebies

As the Covid 19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on life as we know it, here at BA, things continue to be plotted to see how we can help out.

Lots of folks are seeing their regular past times from going to the pub, cafe, cinema and theatre to live music having to stop as measures are taken to contain things. And now we have school closures to add to the mix of folk stuck at home for the foreseeable.

One thing we can still do, and that the joys of technology has made super accessible with eBooks, is reading. eBooks are pretty much how most libraries are only able to function at present in terms of providing reading material.

So on that front, a regular program of sale prices and the odd freebie is now happening with BA titles on Kindle. Some eBooks have had their over all price reduced, which will soon be showing up on Amazon.

Hopefully this will help folk in some way from going stir crazy. And for those with kids at home needing to carry on learning, the eBook of Kevin McCann's excellent poetry will be a snip at 99p for English with a twist! For younger kids, the audiobook of Elaine May Smith and Alison Stell's Wee Bunny Book can be found here on SoundCloud https://m.soundcloud.com/elainemaysmith/the-wee-bunny-book-elaine

Available on Kindle Price Countdown at 99p from 22 to the 29th of March at Amazon.co.uk are, in no particular order:

The Unseen World: Afterlife Research by Ryan O'Neill
The Haunted Scotland Cookbook by Alister Reid
The Curse of Peg O'Nell or The Demon of The Well by Daniel Nicholas Cobban
Scottish Witch Memorials by Gregor Stewart
The Otherside by Ian Ainsley
My Life as a Scottish Paranormal Investigator by David Barrett

Price reductions

The Secret Diary of a Shapeshifter by Kevin McCann
Under the Dying Tree by Michael S Collins
This Isle is Full of Monsters: Shakespeare's Audiences and the Supernatural by Jon Kaneko-James
Uncanny Clydeside by M J Steel Collins
From Badgers to Nighthawks by Malcolm J Ingham
Dark Emerald Tales by Ann Massey O'Regan


Uncanny Clydeside by M J Steel Collins until the end of the week
Ghosts of Scotland by Gregor Stewart from 22 March til 26 March.
Behold! True Tales of Terror...and Some Other Spooky Stuff by Rick E Hale from 22 March til 26 March
 from 22 March til 26 March

After that, Kindle Price Countdown will be rolled to the American markets from 99c. And these will be a regular basis alternating each market.

Monday, 16 March 2020

Coronavirus/Covid 19

Beul Aithris will still be running as normal during the Novel Coronavirus/Covid 19, unless there are any severe changes to the situation.

As a publisher, you can't help but be aware there are lots of folk stuck in quarantine and figure there must be something you can do to help. As a small press with limited resources, it will really be a small thing, but if it provides even a small bit of escapism, it will be worth it!

All Beul Aithris titles are available to order on Amazon, who are in a position to deliver print books a lot more quickly than the BA Bookshop for urgently needed reading materials. For those with Kindles, the majority of titles are available in ebook as part of Kindle Unlimited.

At present, there are plans to provide some free reading material, it just needs to be organised!

Details of all titles can be found in the book directory at  https://www.beul-aithris-publishing.com/p/blog-page.html

Keep well and keep washing hands for 20 seconds with soap! Two rounds of singing Happy Birthday is meant to time it well. 

Uncanny Clydeside by M J Steel Collins will be available free on Amazon.co.uk via Kindle for 5 days from 17 March 2020!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Three Years In And Several Happy Readers

It is exactly three years since Beul Aithris Publishing officially opened for business, and what a three years it has been. A grand total of 17 books have been published in that time, and it has certainly been a learning curve.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

I Got 20:20 Vision!

Another new year is upon us, which means a good point for reflection. Last year was something of a breakthrough year for Beul Aithris Publishing, with a few firsts.