Beta Readers Needed!


If you’d like to read my forthcoming novel, ‘The Methuselah Paradox’  for free, and are happy to answer a short questionnaire about your reading experience, you can earn yourself a free signed copy ahead of the August release.  Just email me at admin@neonskybooks.com quoting ‘Beta Reader TMP’. A limited number of copies will be available so don’t delay!

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cover art by Rachel Lawston

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“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly” – would you like to help me imagine a book trailer?


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Cover art by Rachel Lawston:  www.lawstondesign.com  

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“Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”  Or so said Lauren Bacall. I think she was right – free of earthly restraints, our imagination can take us beyond the edge of the universe. To infinity, and beyond, to quote Mr Lightyear! We can imagine events that have not yet happened, and by so doing, inspire ourselves and others to “make it so”. We can imagine a whole novel, or a film, or a play, or a series of dramas for television… or we can, if we are an Indie Author just starting out, imagine a book trailer…. you knew where this was going, didn’t you?

Unfortunately, imagination alone cannot pay people for their time and expertise…  So I’m going to imagine that you, just as I did with ‘The Minister of Chance‘, ‘Kaleidoscope Man‘ and ‘Kosmos‘, might just be interested enough in seeing the fruits of my imagination (and a lot of other people’s time and expertise!) to help us make the trailer!  You can do this via my crowdfunding link on www.ejjackson.org  and at the same time, earn yourself some unique rewards!

How Can I Help?

Firstly, by telling anyone you know who might be interested!  Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, PinIt, anywhere and anywhere – please spread the word!  Secondly, by pledging a very small amount to help me pay all those wonderful people who are going to make the trailer a reality – actors, voice artists, illustrators.

What Will I Receive in Return For My Help?

That’s a very good question, and one I’m very happy to answer!

The unique, limited edition rewards you can choose from are:  Your name on the credits as a supporter; an MP3 copy of the theme music; a signed copy of the trailer script; a DVD copy of the trailer; a signed copy of ‘The Methuselah Paradox’ when it is published (date TBC but provisionally spring 2016); a signed promotional poster, and a t-shirt. I may add a few extra goodies along the way, like key rings, badges, mouse-mats, photo-mugs… anything that says ‘thank you’ and helps to spread the word!

And although ‘The Methuselah Paradox’ is not a charity project, I will also be donating a percentage of the profits from book sales towards Progeria research.  Go here for more information about Progeria, and here for how it relates to ‘The Methuselah Paradox’.

Thank you for reading this – I do hope that you will join us!

x EJ Jackson

The Recycling Paradox – Is Our Government really green, just misguided, or mean?


Vector drawing of  a plastic carrier bag with a red cross

Earlier today, my husband had a little ‘rant’. Now this is nothing unusual – hubby is prone to ranting about all manner of things, and to be honest I often turn a ‘deaf ear’ because its often on the same subject(s) and I kind of know them off by heart (and agree with some of them).  Today’s was a little different.

“Why,” he asked me, eyes blazing, “is the government trying to get retail outlets to charge us five pence for a carrier bag, yet they’re about to bring in an equally non-biodegradable product in the form of polymer banknotes?”

Well, I couldn’t answer him – not that he was expecting me to, of course, it being a rhetorical question at this point in time. But I got to thinking about it after he’d stomped off to do whatever it was he was doing before he had the urge to rant. And I found myself asking the same question – but not in a ranting kind of way. I would really like to know the answer.

We all know that the ubiquitous carrier bag problem is out of control. These pesky non-biodegradable ‘nasties’, whilst very helpful when you need something to put your shopping in because you forgot (yet again) to collect your ‘bag for life’ from the boot of the car (or perhaps even to put it in there in the first place), are clogging up landfill sites all over the UK (and probably the world).  They’ll still be here long after we have shuffled off this mortal coil, and probably long after our great-grandchildren.  The Government wants to stop us using so many, so it is telling retailers with more than a certain number of employees to charge customers five pence for every carrier bag they use, in the hope that more of us will remember to bring our ‘re-usable’ bags with us. So far, so good, you might think.

The Irish government tried it a few years ago – and it failed, because people decided that on the whole, they’d rather pay the five pence (or five cents, since they now use the Euro).  I suspect the same thing will happen here. And of course, it isn’t really going to work very well for online shopping – think how long it will take to unload your Sainsbury’s delivery if nothing is bagged… but apparently, the charge won’t apply for online shopping. Now I don’t know about you, but I find myself constantly bemused by the number of carrier bags some online shopping pickers use. One delivery driver explained to me that it was to do with categories of goods and contamination. Fair enough, but I’m not entirely convinced since it often appears very arbitrary to me, with goods that I think could go together (cosmetic and bathroom products, for instance) often being given different bags. But that’s kind of by the by… if we accept that the government is trying, at least, to reduce the plastic mountain, then all well and good.

Except wait – very soon we are going to have banknotes made from polymer rather than paper (which actually is a mix of cotton and paper, hubby tells me, and very degradable, as anyone who has accidentally washed a fiver or lost one to a curious puppy will know). These polymer notes are, if you listen to my husband, the devil’s own spawn. Not only do they not degrade, but the ink lifts off after a while, leaving you with a blank piece of plastic, which presumably will have to be replaced. How to explain to the shopkeeper or the bank cashier that it was a twenty pound note? Perhaps the size will be the only proof… but I digress.

These notes do not degrade. they last forever, unless you melt them down and turn them into park benches. Why park benches? I’ve no idea. If you could make housing or child-friendly paving from them it would be something, wouldn’t it, but park benches? How many park benches does the country need?  Not as many as it will get, I don’t mind betting.

The question I would very much like an answer to is this – doesn’t implementing polymer non-biodegradable bank notes rather cancel out anything the government is doing to reduce the amount of non-biodegradable carrier bags?

Answers on a postcard (or a comment below) please….