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There’s a lot of downsides to our modern world, where we’re constantly at the beck and call of emails, social media accounts, and the like. But there’s one huge upside which still – all these years on – lifts the spirits here at Ignite Villas and brightens the dullest of days.

You see, one of the boons of the internet is that people anywhere in the world can find and order our publications. Direct from us, with no intermediary. They log on, make the payment, and within minutes/hour/days a book is on its way to them, wherever they are.

This never fails to make us smile. We still find it just a little bit magical that books we’ve created have made their way to addresses all over the world, and are being read and shared and enjoyed in places we may never get to ourselves.

Unless we win the lottery, of course. In which case maybe we will.

after the digital gig

It’s been a bit quiet here recently, but that’s because we updated the behind-the-scenes gubbins which make this site possible a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve been learning to find our way round it since then. Old dogs and new cyber-tricks. You can imagine how much fun that’s been… We’re very happy to announce that – after lots of tears and much gnashing of teeth – we’ve finally come more or less to terms with it, and normal service can now be resumed. Hallelujah!

While we were busy being the kid at the back of the class who’s struggling to keep up, the good news is that we still found time to create the digital edition of Tezz Roberts’ autobiography ‘But after the gig…’ Those of you who prefer to do your reading via a tablet, laptop, or kindle can now enjoy this romp of a read at the touch of a digital button.

The book is available on all Amazon Kindle platforms, as well as via Smashwords. Grab yerself a copy and lose yourself in Tezz’s unbelievable story!

the roar of the greasepaint


Last month, Ignite author Ian Elmslie was in Brighton performing a live show based on his wonderful memoir A Marvellous Party. The show – drawing on Ian’s years of experience on the cabaret circuit – features selections from the book along with an eclectic collection of songs written by LGBT composers, as well as some original compositions.


The night was a huge success, and Ian will be back in Brighton again. Given how well it went, it seems wrong not to invite other towns, cities, and regions to this party. So we’re open to invitations from literary events, LGBT groups, book clubs etc etc. If you’d like Ian to come along to where you live, drop us a line at hello@ignitebooks.co.uk

eBooks

There’s an interesting article in the media this week, if you bother to look for it. Microsoft are closing their eBook store (presumably because of poor sales) and this means anyone who’s bought a digital title from them will suddenly find those books go missing from their online library. This is the unspoken downside to the convenience of eBooks, and it’s one of the reasons why we at Ignite will always produce beautiful, physical print editions of our books.

We do understand why people choose digital versions of books, though. Cost, for one. The convenience of having dozens of titles on one e-reader, for another. And that’s why we create digital editions of our books, too. If you’re hankering after one of them, you’ll find them all listed here.

good poetry sells 2

We sold out of more bees bigger bonnets. Then a week or so later we sold all of the first print run of a fine fine place. And the year’s only just four months old. Not bad going!

We now have the 2nd print run of a fine fine place in stock. If you haven’t got one already, why not pop over to our shop and sort that out? The link is here.

good poetry sells

We do like good news here at Ignite Villas. And today’s good news is that we’ve now sold out of the second print run of more bees bigger bonnets, the fourth book of poems by Ignite author Steve Pottinger. That means there are 400 copies of this book out in the world, being shared and enjoyed.

Will we chalk that up as another achievement by our small but determined and independent publishing house? You bet we will.

Oh, and you can still get your mitts on Steve’s work. His latest book a fine fine place is on sale here. Good news all round, we reckon.

hallelujah

We did it. We made it through the long, dark, cold, miserable month of January, a month which drags on for two or three eternities. The dentist’s waiting room of life.

To add to the grind, money is tight and the days crawl by even more slowly when you’re counting the pennies. So our thanks to all those of you who chose to spend some of your hard-earned cash on our books over the past few weeks. We’re always appreciative of the importance of our customers, and that’s never more true than at this time of year.

And now, finally, it’s February. Pay cheques are in. The light comes earlier and stays a little later. Summer is on its way. You can almost taste it. If you fancy a good book to celebrate all that… well, you know where we are. (winks and walks away)

Best wishes to you all for 2019!

 

louder than war

This should be the deadly dull time between Xmas and New Year when we’re slobbing about full of mince pies and Baileys, but life at Ignite Villas has just been given an incredible boost by the very welcome review of But after the gig… on the Louder Than War website. Have a gander at it here!

Thank you, Dave Jennings! Goodbye, 2018, and thanks for all the fish!!

update: The LTW review helped us to completely sell out of the first print run as 2018 ended. Thanks to everyone who’s bought a copy, and happy reading! The 2nd print run will be with us very soon.

but after the next gig…

Good news may be in short supply, but here at Ignite Villas we’re happy to do our bit to turn the tide. Because every little helps.

We’re very happy – no, let’s try that again – we’re beside ourselves with joy to announce that we’ve all but sold out of the first print run of But after the gig… and put in an order for a second print run this morning. Thank you to everyone who’s bought one so far. If you haven’t, there’s something like eighteen copies still kicking around.That number is shrinking fast.

After those copies have gone, we’ll continue to take orders, but it’ll be January 14th before the new consignment arrives. It’ll still be the same amazing book, of course. You’ll just have to exercise a little patience till you can get your mitts on one – unless you nab one of these last few copies.

The choice is yours. Move quick and get one! Snooze, and you lose!!

we told you it was good

Thank you, Vive le Rock!! Get your copy here.

VLR review