2020 Cover Update: Clara’s Song (Haunted Minds II)

New Cover: Clara’s Song (Haunted Minds II)

In 2012 I outlined a psychological thriller that became an integral part of the Haunted Minds series. Clara’s Song followed The Ghost of Normandy Road. As the series progressed readers could see how it tied into book four – Chidren of the Dark Light, and the fifth and currently latest story in the series – The Seamstress Who Worshipped Beelzebub.

I thought it was high time the cover got an update. So here it is.

As of May 2020, the book has been added to Kindle Unlimited. It may go back wide to Kobo, Apple, Barnes & Noble at some point, but for now look out for special deals on Kindle Unlimited for this book!

Synopsis:-

Damaged lives. No-one they can trust. And a battle to stay sane….

…all while there’s a serial killer on the loose.

Following Book One, the best selling Ghost of Normandy Road, Book Two in the Haunted Minds series is entitled Clara’s Song – a gripping psychological horror thriller, and a dark twisted tale perfect for fans of women’s psychological fiction. Clara’s Song features a new group of characters who fight for their sanity as the events around them threaten to destroy all their hopes.

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Be careful what you wish for.

Clara Bayliss dreams of escaping her boring marriage. When her car fails to start after a freakish accident, her fantasy has every chance of becoming the reality.

Rescued by the very man she thought had been killed, she takes a ride into the unknown with him, and has no intention of returning home.

Her husband isn’t pleased about being dumped. Especially when he finds out the news she’s been keeping from him.

And then, there’s a song, the one that Clara would play whenever she needed freeing from a world full of despair.

Clara’s Song.

It would make her feel good. Strong. Independent. Fearless.

Only….her rescuer knows the song too, and for him, it means something else entirely….

“Must read for all psycho horror lovers. “

Editorial Review – A.S.
Trust John to make romance so horrifying.”
Editorial Review – read / watch / think
“I don’t know whether to feel sad, happy, inspired or freaked out. This was a story that took my mind into a complete abyss.”
Editorial Review – J.K.
“This is a psych horror that is scary because of how seemingly normal people can lose their mind and even scarier than that, their sense of reality.”
Editorial Review – Charlee-babez
“Not many writers dare to write about such things.”
Editorial Review – KSN
“Clara’s Song is is dark and intriguing and it certainly messes with your head. “
Editorial Review – LL.
“The adult nature of the violence and sexual scenes may upset some, I think it will attract more readers than it will repel. A brave book with an engaging storyline and characters to match.”
Editorial Review – Caitlin’s Book Review

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Cover Reveal: The Witch of Beltane

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Official Cover for the ebook version of The Witch of Beltane

My new short story, The Witch of Beltane will be out VERY soon. I just wanted to share with you the provisional cover.

More details coming soon. Make sure you are subscribed at JohnHennessyBooks.com to be ahead of the curve!

Official Cover: One More Story (2020)

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Official Cover 2020: One More Story (A Thriller)

Hello everyone. I am updating my official website too (head over to JohnHennessyBooks.com for more) but this original WordPress site is linked to my Amazon account, so when I post updates, readers can see them there too.

After nearly five years of outlines, drafts, re-drafts, cover changes (this latest version is the third!), eight visits to the Czech Republic, with Prague, Karlovy Vary and other places inbetween.  I am happy to announce my new spy thriller with a difference is available on Kindle now. It will be available in paperback, I hope, by the end of April, with a super special audio edition later this year.

Available exclusively on Amazon and Amazon UK for now, but expect Kobo, Apple iBooks and Nook (Barnes & Noble) editions in due course.

Synopisis:-

The new thriller from award-winning British Irish author John Hennessy

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ONE MORE STORY (A THRILLER)

One last kill. One final betrayal. One more story.

From British author John Hennessy, author of the award-winning Haunted Minds series and chart topping A Tale of Vampires, comes a new thriller where the worlds of fact and fiction collide in the most unimaginable way possible.

His wife’s been kidnapped.
Only one person knows where she might be.
Can he trust her long enough to get out of the Czech Republic alive?

Ellis Goodrich is the best-selling author of vampire horror, high school ghost stories, and noir crime thrillers. For twenty-five years, he has been married and happily so to his high school sweetheart Jane Creed. Ellis is thinking of getting out of the writing business for a while. After writing many best-selling novels, he is viewing his impending retirement as somewhat bittersweet. He is a jaded author who wants to write something different but is not sure what.

His wife wants him to pen a special kind of story, just for her. She hasn’t told him, but a meeting with a gypsy fortune teller reveals a hidden killer inside – Jane is suffering from ovarian cancer, and it’s terminal.

If Ellis is somehow convinced to write just One More Story, he might just be able to save her. But then, those that helped him will want payment. Initially accepting, knowing that his success would one day come at a price, on reflection Ellis finds their price a little too high to pay.

And that won’t do. That won’t do at all…..

Mature content. 18+ readers only. Contains several strong scenes of violence, torture, sex and swearing throughout.

 

 

Pre-orders are live: One More Story

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My second official release of the year is a thriller with a difference, set in Prague and other places in the Czech Republic.

The story is something of a departure from what I have written before, but I enjoyed writing it immensely.

The release date was chosen to coincide with the release of the new James Bond film, No Time to Die. As that film’s release date has been put back to November 2020 due to the corona virus outbreak, my release is still going ahead.

One More Story is released on 3rd April 2020.

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Pre-Orders are Live! ‘Our Hearts Go to Their Graves (A Tale of Vampires #6)

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Official Cover: Our Hearts Go to Their Graves

After nearly five years from first word to last, and more than three years since the last vampire tale was released, my newest book is about to take the stage.

As is known amongst fans of this series, the original idea was to write seven novella length vampire tales, each able to stand on its own whilst at the same time be weaved into the overall story.

The story that eventually became the full-length prequel, Dawn of the New Breed, was intend as part of this sixth official story. I wanted to open up ‘Our Hearts’ with an extended prologue.

The challenge of ‘Dawn’ was to write a tale that told one story but was in two distinct parts. So Part I was titled Death of the Old Order, Part II – Dawn of the New Breed, with the epilogue tying in seamlessly with the first official story – Murderous Little Darlings.

If I had weaved Dawn of the New Breed into this new tale, then ‘Our Hearts Go to Their Graves’ would have been a truly mammoth read. There’s nothing really wrong with such an approach. One of my favourite authors of vampires and witches, Anne Rice, wrote a mid-length novel called Interview With the Vampire. Her take on witches reached epic proportions with the release of The Witching Hour, which was more than 1200 pages long.

What worked for The Witching Hour would not have worked for these tales. Besides, it allows Dawn of the New Breed to serve as the perfect setting to the much wider series. Murderous Little Darlings is long enough to give you an idea about what my style of writing is like, but doesn’t require readers to invest so much of their time. Sometimes we read books that we are told are really great, so we keep reading, hoping that they will improve. Sometimes they don’t. But as far as Anne Rice is concerned, I love her books and she is easily one of my favourite authors.

Our Hearts Go to Their Graves is released on 5th March 2020.

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New Cover: Our Hearts Go to Their Graves (A Tale of Vampires, #6)

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A new cover for Our Hearts Go To Their Graves – A Tale of Vampires Book Six

As 2019 is almost half a year old, I now look to future releases before the year is done. I have been pretty prolific the last few years, but as this series evolved, it became clear to me that I could no longer shoehorn a packed story about vampires into novella length books.

That is not a bad thing. Some stories write themselves. Far from being bloated as the series draws to its close, I’ve actually enjoyed the twists and turns that the plot, the characters, and you the readers demanded.

Of course, there is no point adding scenes for adding scenes sake. I don’t want any part of the series to be less essential – all parts are important to each other.

I needed to change the cover as there were too many similarities to the original concept, whereas this version ties in nicely with the cover for Dawn of the New Breed, which was the full length prequel to Murderous Little Darlings.

So the book is going through its most important phase prior to release. I may be able to release one more story before the end of the year too, but that depends on some factors not entirely in my control, whereas this title is fully in my control.

More updates as and when I have them.

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Currently editing: ‘Our Hearts Go to Their Graves’ (A Tale of Vampires #6)

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OUR HEARTS GO TO THEIR GRAVES

Series: A Tale of Vampires #6

Preceded by Reunion of the Blood

In late 2019, the sixth official Tale in my best selling vampires series will be released. Currently editing the book, which as you may know goes through successive drafts, redrafts and edits, until I am happy with it for release.

There are seven tales available at the moment, the most recent release being 2016’s prequel Dawn of the New Breed. In this Tale, we are building up to the finale (likely release 2021) when this series will ultimately come to its end.

You can get the first short novella Murderous Little Darlings for FREE on Amazon, Kobo, Nook and Apple

January 2019 – Currently Writing #1 ‘One More Story’ – A Thriller

 

ONE MORE STORY – A Thriller

(Expected Release 2020)

Currently Writing:-

This work has been sent to a few agents, but it may end up going direct through estores direct to readers. It’s a thriller, as per the header, but as you’ll know from me, it will be something a bit different from the norm. It’s an enjoyable, thrill a minute ride through London, Oxford and the Czech Republic, but it’s so much more than that. Expect updates and an official release date soon!

Synopsis:

Ellis Goodrich is the best-selling author of vampire horror, high school ghost stories, and noir crime thrillers. For twenty-five years, he has been married and happily so to his high school sweetheart Jane Creed. Ellis is thinking of getting out of the writing business for a while. After writing many best-selling novels, he is viewing his impending retirement as somewhat bittersweet.  He is a jaded author who wants to write something different, but is not sure what.

His wife wants him to pen a special kind of story, just for her. She hasn’t told him, but a meeting with a gypsy fortune teller reveals a hidden killer inside – Jane is suffering from ovarian cancer, and it’s terminal.

If Ellis is somehow convinced to write just One More Story, he might just be able to save her. But then, those that helped him will want payment. Initially accepting, knowing that his success would one day come at a price, on reflection Ellis finds their price a little too high to pay.

And that won’t do. That won’t do at all…..

A New Cover for The Ghost of Normandy Road (Haunted Minds I) (2018 update)

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The Ghost of Normandy Road was released in 2015. I liked the original cover, so I have kept the same artwork here, however, I though the font could be more prominent, so I have worked with Angie Alaya of Pro-EBook Covers, and this is the result.

I trust you like it – the ebook version has already been updated, and the paperback will be updated imminently. There’s even an audiobook version in the works, so stay tuned.

My new book, the fifth of the Haunted Minds series, is released on 30th July 2018. Keep updated on that, here

 

 

 

 

Haunted Minds V: New Release Date!

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The fifth book in my award-winning psychological horror series, Haunted Minds, will not be released on its original date of June 1st. So save this date: July 30th, 2018.

Why? Well, I have a number of book projects that I have been working on, and with no release since The Halloweeners II (Oct 31st, 2017) I’ll admit I have missed not giving my readers something new.

However, my next three books are the most important for me. This one – The Seamstress Who Worshipped Beelzebub takes us back into the world of lost dreams, paranoia, grisly demons, terrifying ghosts, and yet, still feels kind of new, because it has had more time to breathe than the releases of Star Wars movies.

Children of the Dark Light, the fourth installment, was well received by fans, and so it’s important to get this fifth in the series right. I will also be releasing two works of non fiction. Coco: Joy of After-Life, and The Mastery of Martial Arts: End Fights in Seconds.

So stay tuned. I’m more likely to do updates on here and Goodreads rather than my Facebook page. Given what big companies allegedly do with the data, posting less is best!

See you on release day in two months time! If I somehow encourage myself to post a pre-order link, I will do so on this site!