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Farewell Olympus Unveiled


Farewell Olympus Has Arrived!

It’s been a long haul with all sorts of interruptions and difficulties, but, finally, the moment the whole world (well, me, anyway) has been waiting for is here. Readers will be able to choose between paperback and ebook editions (Kindle and everything else) via all major online retailers: Amazon, Lulu, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Nook – the list is endless. The paperback will be distributed worldwide and will take around eight weeks to appear in stock. In the meantime, eBooks are go! You can preorder them now and, as you’ll see below, it pays to do so early.

Preorder Farewell Olympus via this page.

Farewell Olympus by Jack MessengerCover Design

Here is the brilliant cover, designed by Dave Pettit. Dave has already gone well beyond the call of duty by listening patiently to my vague and ill-informed ideas, then coming up with something that exceeded my expectations. I love it! I am particularly impressed by the way he has used the diagonal of the staircase in the photograph as the angle for the title. The lovely photograph comes from Pixabay, a wonderful source of free images that I thoroughly recommend. It shows precisely the kind of street I was imagining for the vicinity of Howard’s apartment. It would have been a shame to obscure the image with a panel of text, so Dave’s design solution is ingenious. Also, the downward slant echoes one of the themes of the story, in which Howard, the main character, is often obliged by his half-brother, Eugene, to climb stairs while laden with heavy luggage.

The cover also lends itself very well to promotional panels like the one here, which I messed around with on a draft blog page. When it didn’t look bad, I then took a screenshot, which I cropped and – Voila! as they say in Cuba. Which brings us to the Giveaway.

Farewell Olympus by Jack Messenger

#KindlePaperwhite Giveaway

With every preorder of Farewell Olympus, readers have the chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite worth £110. And the more they encourage others to enter the Giveaway, the more chance they have of winning. So feel free to enter by preordering now so that your book is delivered promptly on launch day, 17 June, before the Giveaway closes on 19 June. Don’t forget, start your entry by preordering here. Spread the word. And good luck!

Thank You

My thanks to all readers for their patience and support over this past year, which has been packed with health problems. I shall be thanking you all again quite soon in the run-up to launch day with another special offer, so keep an eye on your in-box. And please don’t hesitate to email me about anything. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Launch Day Countdown


  1. Alicia Huberman

    April 27, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Hi Jack, I can’t wait to read this in e-book format and I’ll also be ordering the paperback. The cover is really smart. Well done to you both!

  2. Order placed – roll on launch day!

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