Saturday, January 30, 2016

Going, going, gone! The popularity of paperbacks evident in Canary Islands! #RPBP

Going, going, gone! 
Local residents and holiday makers have made a dent in this pallet of books!
It's the weekend and just the time to think about settling down with a good book, planning a holiday or maybe even a lifestyle change! Whatever brings you to a book this weekend please enjoy the experience. In this digital age we often hear "paperbacks are dead" or "no one reads real books any more" well, one author who smashes these misconceptions and bucks this trend, by proving that paperbacks are an essential component of an authors platform and product list, is John Searancke.
John has less than 50 books from a large pallet remaining in Tenerife where the sales have been made locally via book signings, events and placement in selected libraries, stores, etc. Holiday makers and local residents support the local author who has made Tenerife his home. Recent book signings for his latest release Prunes for Breakfast have been featured in the local press and the paperback version is selling well.
Books sell for a variety of reasons; quality content, eye catching book cover, author engagement with fans/readers, visibility and availability. It is this availability in all formats, both digital and paperback, that works to ensure that no potential readers are excluded.
Prunes for Breakfast has recently moved into expanded distribution at all good book stores including, iBooks, GooglePlay, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many more. Accommodating readers around the world is key to the success of a book and its author.
Congratulations to John Searancke and his two great books.
Author John Searancke
 "Thank you to everyone, whether holidaymaker or readers living here in The Canary Islands for your support over the last two years."

On the brink of retirement, John and his wife Sally are determined to end a life at the grindstone in grimy and wet Lancashire. Together with their beloved Jack Russell/Staffie cross, Freddie, a rescue dog from the local RSPCA, they embark on the journey of a lifetime and relocate to the island of Tenerife. Selling up, they make the move to the north of Tenerife, a part almost unknown to the casual tourist, their very own hidden paradise, a world away from the 'tourist trap' that is the south of the island. Relaxed and surrounded by stunning coastal views, life in their new home, set amidst orange groves and banana plantations, is very different indeed! The weather is fantastic, the temperature idyllic, the people so friendly and the cost of living outrageously low...what more could they ask for? Adjusting to life abroad, and all of the costs that come with it, are explained in the book, from buying a new home and sorting out living taxes, to integrating into the local community and taking the dreaded Spanish driving test. Follow John and Sally as they learn a new language and take on a couple of new hobbies, while Freddie takes off on some unbelievable (but true!) exploits with his new canine friends. With a colourful collection of characters, travelling anecdotes that stretch from the English Midlands and all the way through mainland Spain in an old classic car, and some not so perfect moments that bring us back down to earth from time to time, this is a series of adventures that you will not want to miss. Dog Days In The Fortunate Islands is an ideal read for those contemplating retirement, moving to the Canary Islands or an extended trip through Spain. The book will also appeal to any dog lovers and holidaymakers who enjoy an interesting story.

Get your copy of Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands and Prunes for Breakfast from John's author website 

This is the story of John Searancke’s parents, told mostly from the side of his father, Eddie Searancke, from the time of his calling up in early 1940 to his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945, thence his return to England to try to pick up the pieces of his old life. Nothing could ever be quite the same afterwards. The letters take readers through five captivating years, telling of the ups and downs, the plots and counterplots, as Eddie rose through the ranks to end his war as a captain, elevated to that rank in the field as his troops faced the formidable might of the SS Panzers. The letters also reveal where his battle came to an abrupt end, in an orchard surrounded by the enemy and captured after a series of bloody skirmishes as the British army spearheaded its way from the beaches of Normandy. The journey as a prisoner across France and Germany in a truck, with comrades dying each day, may be as hard to read as it is to tell, particularly when a new life and new harsh rules had to be learned and rigidly enforced in a prison camp in northern Germany, the final destination. This is written as part memoir, part fictionalised retelling and partly in letter format; John draws together all sources to recreate the five years of war and hardship that the letters span.
Find out more about John Searancke at Rukia Publishing Meet the author Book Showcase Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands Book Showcase Prunes for Breakfast Check out some reviews here Connect with John on social media: Facebook fan page Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands Facebook fan page Prunes for Breakfast Twitter

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