Free audio book! “GET CLEAN”

So I’ve decided to upload the audio book version of Get Clean to YouTube. Each of the 26 chapters will be uploaded individually over the next week or so (two or three chapters to be uploaded a day, I think), so please hop on over to YouTube, subscribe to my channel, and listen to my first ever novel being narrated by yours truly, James Ross.

And yes, if once you’ve heard the story and think it’d make a great movie… the script is ready to go, so get in touch! 😉

My fiction writing is available here – http://amzn.to/2nw1G4t
My YouTube channel – http://hyperurl.co/JamesRossYouTube

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Inside the head of Jason Dorris – Get Clean

“Imagine that, being told that there wasn’t enough work for everyone, and me being the mug that gets sent home early, out of pocket. Why me? Fucking assholes.

“And then what? I walk two miles home in the searing heat, and find my girlfriend getting boned in the front room by her ex-boyfriend, that slimy, spic motherfucker Pedro. Fuck that, people round ‘ere must think I’m a cunt. But I showed ‘em, yeah, I showed ‘em alright.

“Those couple of spics won’t forget the day they fucked over Jason Dorris. Sneaking about behind my back, what, do you think I’m stupid? I’ll tell you something for nothing though; the scars on her face won’t make it easy for her to give her pussy away in future. And him, he’ll be lucky if he can think straight without dribbling spit all over ‘imself. He’s fucked.

“Yeah, those cunts’ll remember me, if they ever wake up, that is. Fucking Spanish didn’t know what hit ‘em. And they’ll never find me even if they do come around. That’s it, I’m gone. Bag packed, my Aussie passport and my Irish passport and a bit of their cash as well. Just a loan mind you, they’ll get it back when I see ‘em in hell. Fucking assholes.

“So ‘ere I am, sat on the bus and heading down the coast, the ‘Costa Del Crime’ as the English call it, gonna see what all the fuss is about.

“Maybe I’ll find myself a new ‘chica’ to help me get involved with the players down there and set up my own business. It’s full of powder down there, like the rest of Spain but worse, the first port of call for the cocaine, inbound from the Americas, apparently.

“Well I’ll soon find out, and then I’ll get involved. I just need to calm it down for a bit, lay low for a while, find my contacts, wait for the right moment and then bring it to ‘em Jason style.

“I’ll have the rich kids eating fucking powder from the palm of my hand. If anybody gets in my way, I’ll crack some more skulls. People are gonna realize that I’m a live wire, a dangerous Aussie who doesn’t give a shit.

“Here I come, Marbella, ready or not.”

Inside the head of Jason Dorris – ‘Get Clean’ character

Back to LaeLand today to hear what Jason Dorris has to say…

Jason is a character from the novel ‘Get Clean’ and now you can hear his thoughts as a kind of prelude to the book, giving us a sample of who he is and what he’s about.

You might not like him, that’s because he’s not nice. He’s far from it in fact.

Click ‘Thoughts of Jason Dorris‘ to peep into the mind of a nasty bastard.

He’s entertaining, just keep a safe distance.

Book Promotion Trailer – Good idea or waste of time?

Recently I took the plunge and made a promotional trailer for my book Get Clean, and I thought I’d talk a little about it.

The idea is simple, create a video and put it on YouTube to raise awareness of my novel in those who would not normally have seen it. Which, as any published authors out there will understand, is a good thing, as marketing and promotion of your work is key to success (after writing a decent novel of course).

An obvious problem I had from the outset was lack of funds, and, oh yeah, no experience and no industry standard equipment to work with. But, all that aside, I had a general idea as to how the video would work, what I wanted it to convey, etc.

After serious thought, and lack of other options, short of a bank loan, I decided to use my smart phone to record the video. ‘What?’ I hear you say, but really, the cameras on phones nowadays are pretty good, and for all intents and purposes, it would be of sufficient quality.

So at this point, I knew what I wanted to film, and I had the camera to film it, now I just needed an actor to play the part of my lead character.

My mate, Dave, has already been my model for the front covers of Get Clean and Son of a Serial Killer, so he was the obvious person to phone. His interest in my work meant there was a good chance he wouldn’t mind embarrassing himself for the cause, that and he’s a little crazy already.

Dave agreed to do the book promo video, and it was all systems go.

For those of you who don’t know about Get Clean, it is a story that is based heavily in the world of cocaine abuse, and I wanted to show the sad side of this, as well as a little bit of the humour that I’d put into the book.

This humour will not be to everybody’s taste, some may find it shocking, and some may find it disgusting. But I did want to provoke a reaction, ‘no publicity is bad publicity’ as they say. It was also important to show the negative effects of cocaine abuse, as this is a key part of the story.

Dave was a real good sport, he did as he was asked and although the shoot took a little longer than we’d hoped (I missed the first half of the football that day), with a little help from my friend and the use of a phone, I had the ingredients of a book promotion trailer.

Dave went on his way, sheepishly, to tell his fiancée about his awkward contribution to my marketing efforts, maybe hoping to soften the blow for when she eventually saw what her man had been up to that day.

After the football had finished, of course, I jumped onto the laptop and used the trial version of NCH Video Pad Video Editing Software (another freeby!) to edit and mix all the video clips from my phone.

I added a little soundtrack that I created all those years ago when producing music was a big passion of mine (you see, I’ve always been creative!), part of the reason I did this is that I didn’t fully understand the laws about using somebody else’s material, and thought it was better to be safe than sorry.

Am I happy with the book promotion trailer for Get Clean? I guess that I am, yeah. Is it going to win awards of any sort? No, none whatsoever.

But the big question is, will the video directly help in sales of my novel? I’m not sure, and I’d say it is still too early to say if the video is a success or not.

I will say, to this day, the video has had 269 views, and I haven’t noticed a significant rise in the number of sales, aside from a recent promotion on Amazon which helped to blur my stats! Also, only two people have liked the video, which isn’t encouraging, although nobody has disliked the video – which leaves me a little confused!

I should also add that using the same video clips, I made a second book promotion trailer that didn’t have Dave’s embarrassing scene, but did include text of genuine comments that the book had received on Amazon.

Please take a look at the videos, and let me know what you think, maybe if they aren’t too risqué then share them for me on twitter or facebook, or even just ‘like’ the trailer on YouTube – Any help is always greatly appreciated.

Have you made a book promotion trailer? Was it successful? Anything to add here? Don’t be shy, let me know!

A selection of reviews for ‘Get Clean’ – Just for the crack…

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story!, 17 Mar 2013
By W. Webster (Luton, UK) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
Gritty reality of drug abuse and misadventure. Could hardly put the book down. Gripping story which kept me wanting more. Great ending. Recommended!

5.0 out of 5 stars It could happen to anyone, 11 Mar 2013
By Ginger1 – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean: Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Paperback)
A very well written and gripping story, I could not put down. This is a story that could happen to anybody. What starts off as a weekend dabble could and quite often does escalate to a place and tempo that you don’t expect and have no control over. Being a part of and witnessing things that would scare the pants off an old lady!!!
Parts of this vivid account in the life of James Walker will hit home to some very bad decisions you would have made in your own lives, while making you smile and wince at the same time.
In the style of the great green master…. right path to find, bad decisions make you will!!!
Highly recommended to anyone who has lived this sort of life however small and to those who have not it will give some great insight to the thought processes of an addict and what drives them. Next read Son of a Serial Killer, can’t wait Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Get clean, 3 Mar 2013
By mandy – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
Enjoyed this, easy to read and kept you wondering. Would definitely suggest this to others to read. Would read more of this author’s books.

5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy – good read!, 26 Feb 2013
By Eva – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
This book had me on the edge at every turn. Would highly recommend
Will be looking out for the next Jams N.Roses book Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read -would recommend, 25 Feb 2013
By Little Gem xxx – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
Excellent book, well written and enjoyed it that much i downloaded son of a serial killer as well. Would recommend it! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically well written book, finished it the same day I purchased it, 23 Feb 2013
By Sjb – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
Lived in Spain for around 6 years myself so it brought back one or two memories, good and bad. Really enjoyed it, very well written and ill look forward to the authors next book. Hope he continues with this sort of genre. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, 21 Feb 2013
By kyla – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
Really well written and kept me gripped to the end. Would definitely recommend. Can’t wait to start the next one – son of a serial killer Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great characters, 20 Feb 2013
By Tim Spencer – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book because of the high rating and it did not disappoint. Well structured and not a book you will want to put down until its finished. I will look for further titles from “Jams N. Roses. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars True to life, 19 Feb 2013
By Specs – See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Get Clean – Addiction, bad decisions and terrible friends. (Kindle Edition)
A well written and all to scary account of what could be any town in England, drugs, bullies, thugs….sounds like most of the towns i have worked in.
The characters are well written, looking forward to this authors next piece. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews