I have just received the first paperback copies of The Jerusalem Puzzle from Harper Collins!
The winner of last week’s competition was Maria McAnamee. A copy of The Istanbul Puzzle will be on its way to her soon.
This week’s winner will receive a signed paperback first edition copy of The Jerusalem Puzzle, posted free to where ever they are in the world. They will be among the first to receive the physical novel. I have to admit the book looks and feels amazing. The title is embossed in gold on the cover!
All you have to do is share this page on Twitter or Facebook and comment below to tell me what you have done. One person will be chosen using a random number generator from the list of comments. I don’t expect more than about 30 to do this so you will have a reasonable chance. I will also run the same competition next week so keep sharing and your chances will go up!
Thank you all for sharing and for all your support. The Jerusalem Puzzle has reached number 68 in the overall UK Kindle chart.
Thank you everyone again for your continuing support on this journey! I hope you win and will do my best to give away as many copies as I can between now and the end of January.
The paperback, from Harper Collins, will be available in January 2013.
Last week’s two winners of signed copies of The Istanbul Puzzle, posted free to where ever they are in the world, are StitchLily and Elizabeth Amelia Barrington. I have replied to each of their comments as I cannot find their email address. I will give them a week to email me their postal address. After that I will do the draw again.
This week you can win one copy of The Istanbul Puzzle, the first novel in the series, by Liking The Istanbul Puzzle on Facebook here and commenting below. That is all you have to do. Easy, peasy!
If you don’t do Facebook please repost this to your blog and provide a link in your comment below.
Thank you all for sharing, Liking and reposting. I write with confidence now thanks to all the support I get here.
The image below is the inside of the rotunda, the main dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, from a scene in The Jerusalem Puzzle.
Thank you everyone again for your continuing support on this journey!
The Jerusalem Puzzle ebook will be released on the 3rd of December. You can pre-order it through one of the links to the right.
Every week, for 10 weeks from 26th November, a free paperback copy of The Istanbul Puzzle, signed by this author, will be sent to one of the people who share one of these blog posts to their followers on Facebook. Simply share with a button below and tell me you have done so by commenting below or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will allocate a number to each share each week and pick a winner at random and then message you to get your address. I pay for postage, you get a signed copy to go with your ebook (out Dec 3rd 2012) or printed copy of The Jerusalem Puzzle, when it comes out on Jan 31st.
The picture below is of the Chapel of Golgotha, where Christ died, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, taken earlier this year.
Written February 2012
I am spending time in the old city of Jerusalem. If I stay here any longer I’ll probably have to apply for a resident’s permit. And as I am staying in East Jerusalem that may be tricky.
My reason for being here, aside from the welcome sun, is to research the next stage of Sean and Isabel’s adventures. If you read The Istanbul Puzzle you’ll probably know that there are a few questions at the end still hanging.
The Jerusalem Puzzle will move the story forward and answer some key questions.
As part of my research in old Jerusalem, where the book is mainly set, I have spent a lot of time in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the legendary site of Jesus’ crucifiction, his tomb and the burial place of Adam’s skull, according to some 2nd century sources. Whatever your beliefs, this place is an extraordinary building, a mix of mainly Crusader and 19th century, Armenian, Catholic and Orthodoxy all rolled into one. This was the place a lot of people died for before the crusades, during the crusades, and ever afterwards. Richard the Lion Heart and Saladin fought over this place and almost every other Empire since has had plans to capture it.
Here is what the entrance to the legendary tomb of Jesus looks like now (click each image to see it in all its glory):
This church is the most important place of pilgrimage in the Christian world. Bar none.
What I found though, at the end of my last visit, was a less than spiritual place. I had queued to get in to the small chapel where Jesus’ tomb is supposed to be with cries of “hurry, hurry, we are closing,” echoing in my ears. I’d visited where Mary, Mother of Jesus fell into an eternal sleep (legend says), on Mount Zion the day before and I was lucky that I went down into that underground tomb with the sound of a Polish group singing hymns echoing in my ears. That place was spiritual.
Much of the rest of the old city is a heady mix of the Arab souk, with plastic toys and wooden crosses for tourists, and a wedge of Abercrombie and coffee shop Westerness pushing up close to the city from the Jewish and modern western side.
To me Jerusalem is where three great faiths, Christianity, the Jewish faith and Islam all overlap with their bits fraying.
The Islamic faith is well represented here in the famous Golden Dome and mosques and the regular call to prayer filling the air.
The Jewish faith is evident in the devotion at the Western Wall, the Orthodox faithful almost everywhere, and through the joy of young men being escorted with drums and horns through the crowds.
The Christian faith is evident in the extraordinary churches and the pilgrims from all parts of the Christian world walking the Via Dolorosa carrying crosses and following the legendary route of Jesus to his death.
This city is an ancient fraying tapestry of faith and colour, tradition and prayer, belief and culture, the old and the modern mixed and interwoven.
I know there are many things in serious dispute here, but I hope to God compassion comes into play for a unique people and a unique place when this city’s future is decided.
The Jerusalem Puzzle, my next novel, will take readers to the heart of Jerusalem. It will expose some of the very real puzzles that are at the core of this truly amazing city. I hope you’ll like it as much as you liked The Istanbul Puzzle.