Title: The Inconvenient Unborn
Author: David Carter
Genre: Family Drama / Political Thriller
England in the near future –
Though you may not like what you see.
The Cazenoves and the Wilsons don’t get along, leastways the parents don’t – the teenage kids adore each other, but when the oldest Wilson girl falls pregnant, sparks fly.
Donald Cazenove just happens to be Fred Wilson’s boss, but Fred isn’t without influence himself, being the senior shop steward, and the business is struggling anyway, and a strike could play havoc with Donald’s figures.
“The Inconvenient Unborn” is set in England in the near future where after years of austerity, a left wing Labour Party has been returned to power with a huge majority, and they now intend to change Britain forever. They have a mandate. They have conviction. They have momentum.
And then there’s a state visit to Britain by the most powerful man on the planet, Yuri Premakov, the Russian President, and his precocious and very beautiful film star wife, Tamara, bringing gifts of gas and oil and energy, at a price, and he’s scheduled to visit Lymington on the south coast, where most of this book is set.
So who wins out? The Cazenoves or the Wilsons, and what exactly are Yuri Premakov and his vast entourage up to in Britain?
“The Inconvenient Unborn” will take you on a journey you can barely imagine.
To put this into context, Oliver Cazenove, the guy, is eighteen going on nineteen, and still at school, while the girl, Sue, is thirty, with a penchant for younger men. She works behind the bar at Olly’s local pub, which is where he met her.
Oliver was the first to leave the house at twenty to eight. His big hair had dried, but it still had that just washed and fluffy look, but no matter how roughly he treated it, it always seemed to fall back into perfect place, and he was grateful for that.
He was standing self-consciously outside Bestdas Supermarket by five to eight and though he knew his father was not inside, many of the people who worked there were aware he was the boss’s son. The sooner Sue arrived and whisked him away the better, and it was five past when the cream and maroon Cayton Cerisa whizzed up and abruptly stopped before him.
The passenger window was open and she leant across and smiled through it and said, ‘Don’t I know you? Would you like a lift?’
‘Damn right I would,’ grinned Olly, as he jumped inside, as Sue hit the accelerator before he’d even had time to plug in his belt.
‘Where do you fancy going?’ she said, taking her eyes off the road, and glancing at the big kid with the newly washed hair beside her. He smelt good too, looked good and smelt good, what more could a young woman want, and she was still young too at just thirty, though nowhere near as young as him. There was no law against it, was there? He was old enough and perfectly legal and fit and able, and that was all that mattered
‘Don’t mind,’ he said, ‘you choose, but somewhere away from Lymington, eh?’
‘Oh yes,’ she said, ‘somewhere well away from here,’ and she headed across town and zipped onto the Brockenhurst road.
The radio was on, one of the local music stations, and The 27 Club came on.
‘Turn it up!’ he said.
‘Do you like these?’ she said, smiling and shaking her head.
‘They are brill, simply the best!’
‘Don’t see it myself, don’t see what all the fuss is about.’
‘It’s probably an age thing,’ he said, in all seriousness.
‘Oh, thanks, Olly!’
‘Sorry, Sue, I didn’t mean you’re old or anything, ’cos obviously you are not, but I think they appeal more to the teens and twenties.’
‘I’m not that long away from being a twenty,’ she pouted, and accelerated hard through the New Forest, slowing to avoid falling foul of the obligatory radar trap.
‘I know that,’ he said, ‘and you certainly don’t look old either, you look…’ and he left the sentence hanging in the air.
‘Yeah? I look what?’
He stole another peek at her.
‘You look absolutely fab actually, really beautiful,’ and she did too, in a low cut skimpy summer dress that showed off her breasts wonderfully.
Sue’s mouth fell open. Like most women she adored compliments, but one from a young kid like Olly, so sincerely said, well that was something else. She’d always known she’d liked him, but the way he spoke, and his appearance, and the way he looked at her, had an effect that was indeed special.
There followed a few moments of silence before Olly asked, ‘So, where are we going?’
‘There’s a couple of nice pubs on the Totton road from Lyndhurst,’ she said, ‘backing onto the forest. We could have a little walk too, if you want.’
A walk too, if you want, he pondered on her words, in the forest on a warm summer’s evening. What was there not like about that?
‘Great,’ he said. ‘Suits me.’
‘Have you eaten?’
‘I have not, thought we could get a bite to eat too.’
‘Sounds good, I’ve a huge appetite.’
‘I’ll bet you have,’ she said, grinning across at him, and they both laughed aloud.
For many scribblers the most enjoyable part is the actual writing, while the least enjoyable is the time spent marketing and selling one’s work, and even the most famous writers have to spend time doing that.
Self published and small press authors have to devote a large chunk of their time to the marketing operation, for if they didn’t they wouldn’t sell any books.
All marketing operations can be roughly divided into two sections: old technology and new technology. Old tech includes newspapers, magazines, posters, cards, and radio and TV, while new tech refers to Internet publicity and social media.
Far and away the most successful for me, (so far!) has been through articles in old-fashioned newspapers. One large paper devoted almost half a page to me and my writing, and imagine how much coverage like that would have cost via paid for advertising. I sold several hundred books from that article alone, and I achieved all that by simply dropping them a line and telling them about my books.
Similarly, a lady friend of mine, who runs a poetry club and had recently completed a book of poetry, rang up the local radio station and mentioned her club and her new book, and they immediately asked her round to talk about her book and club members on air, and that she did the very next morning. Again, imagine how much that kind of coverage would have cost in paid for advertising.
It can often be a case of “if you don’t ask, you don’t get” – so if you have a book to publicise don’t forget to include old style media in your publicity campaign. Yes, you will be ignored and turned down many many times. Get used to it, develop a thick skin and keep at it, and on the occasions when you are featured, (maybe it just happened to be a slow news day that day, but you won’t care about that), then it will all be worthwhile.
Of course the Internet and social media are very important too, and in many ways for the more timid amongst us they are the easiest to do, as anyone can sit anonymously behind a computer and send out tweets, or pay someone else to do so, and advertise on Facebook, but if you imagine that will simply being in hundreds of sales then you are destined to be disappointed. The easiest option is often the least successful.
To achieve success you have to be more imaginative, you have to stand out from the very large crowd, by bringing something new and fresh to your publicity efforts, so be creative.
Bookblog tours are certainly worth considering too, for the tour operators will save you oodles of time, for you only have send the information to the tour organiser once, and they will do all the rest for you.
And don’t forget to make a list of all your local bookstores and visit them too. If you are a true bookhound you will probably know them already, and you may well be known in there too, and most bookstore owners will be only too pleased to stop and talk about your book, and space permitting, will be happy to put some copies on their shelves, especially if you are offering them on a sale or return basis. I find independent bookshops are much better for this than the big chains.
Never lose sight of the end goal of making your work known and available to your potential readers. Yes, it will cost some money and a great deal of time, but without investing that effort and money you will be destined to keep hold of those precious books of yours for a very long time indeed.
Books rarely sell themselves; you have to do that, so stick at it, and get in the habit of doing something to promote your work every day. Do that and you will be successful, just so long as you have written a good book in the first place!
I have been writing for longer than I care to remember. Even as a ten year old child I would design my own newspaper and fill it with family news, much to my mother’s amusement when she once found a copy containing a story that she didn’t fully approve of!
My writing started seriously when I was in business and I was approached to write a column, and that developed into writing columns for newspapers and magazines in many fields, including computing, commodities, farming, property, sport, philately, business and small business, many of which I have actually been paid good money for, and that always brings a nice feeling that never goes away.
My syndicated online articles have now been read by over 300,000 people across the globe and show no sign of slowing down.
It was a fairly small step after that to writing books and I have now written more than a dozen, both fiction and non fiction, and I try to write and complete at least one full length book every year.
Like most writers and aspiring writers I have many more in the pipeline, both part finished, abandoned, or in an unedited state, and finding the time to complete them is always the big enemy there.
Ideally, I would like to find a literary agent who could assist me in taking my writing to the next level, so if you are out there and you like what you see and read then do please get in touch.
Besides writing I sell books for a living and currently have more than 10,000 titles in the house and please don’t ask me where they all are because the simple answer is that they are pretty much everywhere!
I am currently working on a new Inspector Walter Darriteau novel and after that I may go back to writing a sequel to Gringo Greene, though ordinarily I prefer to write something completely fresh, rather than revisiting old ground.
It always amazes me that someone like Lee Child can write book after book featuring the same character and similar adventures, though all best wishes to him for he has been incredibly successful.