Exciting news: A Storm Hits Valparaiso has been released in paperback. Readers in North America can pick up a copy from Amazon for $14.95. All other readers can avail of free worldwide shipping by purchasing from The Book Depository for €11.75. Here's the blurb:
Catalina Flores de la Peña's tongue got her in more trouble than any other part of her body, even though there were far more likely candidates. But when a storm rolls into her sleepy port town, she finds herself embroiled with a gang of adventurers, mercenaries, and prostitutes on a journey to free South America from the Spanish Empire. A Storm Hits Valparaíso is an epic historical adventure starring two brothers torn apart by love; a slave running for his life; a disgraced British sailor seeking redemption; and José de San Martín, an Argentine general who deserts the Spanish Army to lead a bloody revolt against his former masters.
Praise for A Storm Hits Valparaiso:
"Gaughran assembles a multi-national cast of characters in an ambitious story of love and betrayal, sea and land battles, victory and defeat in a war for independence. In characters drawn from real historical figures, the author delves into the politics of war and how battles turn on the smallest of details or the whims of a single man."--JW Manus
"A work of sweeping historical fiction that captivates and entertains ... engaging and richly textured."--John Glass
"A romping classico... it reminded me of Louis de Bernières."--Stuart Noss
If you have already made the switch to e-books, A Storm Hits Valparaíso is available for $4.99/£3.99/3.99 Euro from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon Germany, as well as Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, and through Apple’s iTunes. If you are in Ireland/South Africa/Canada/Australia, you can pick up a copy from Amazon US.
January was a fun month. I was featured in both the Irish Times and the Sunday Times (sadly behind a paywall so I can't link), which was nice, and was also interviewed by a Swedish magazine. Sales are going very well, and I'm making good progress a new historical novel which I hope to release in early summer. It's not a sequel to this one, but it has a pretty exciting setting too: New Orleans and Honduras at the start of the 20th century. I'll send out another email when it's done.
I would also like to thank everyone who participating in my crowdfunding project. It was a huge success, and paid for the publication of this book. It also allowed me to spend a little more money making sure the print version was just as good as anything coming from the big publishers. I even got to commission a map, which was lots of fun. All of those who participated should have received their rewards. If you haven't, please respond to this email and I'll chase it up.
I hope you enjoy this book. It took years to write, and was a real labour of love. I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it.