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I’m excited to bring you this debut novel, Cold by Jim Pearce. Welcome to the book tour hosted by ZooLoo’s Book Tours.

About the Book, Cold

Cold by Jim Pearce book cover

Title: Cold

Author: Jim Pearce

Pages: 255

Pub Date: November, 2022

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Geologist Jim Pearce’s gripping Cli-Fi thriller could be a terrifying glimpse into the future

The near future is a world in which scientists and their AI got it wrong.

Rising temperatures have caused fires that burned landmasses, and the ash from these fires block out the sun. The resulting cold is extreme, like a nuclear winter, and was a mass extinction event for human beings the world over. Electricity grids, communications and services all failed. Societies collapsed. Humanity is reduced to small groups of survivors, scraping by however they can.

Resources are scarce, and bands of survivors resort to violence to obtain enough food and fuel to survive.

A man and his family group have survived the cruel winter by hiding in a house in Surrey, but when a roaming gang starts to ravage the area, they are forced to run. As they flee to safety, the cohesion and tolerance that had kept them going for so long starts to fracture…

Review for Cold

A fantastic debut into the world of book publishing. Does the author have a vivid imagination or is this what the future of the world looks like? I scratched my head thinking about this numerous times! Much of this stuff is happening in our world today – we really need to wake up before this actually happens.

Set in England, it is a dramatic portrayal of life in a frozen world and the challenges that ensue. I can’t imagine the world becoming a frozen tundra – and being a survivor – no thank you. It is a relatively fast paced book. As a geologist, the author was able to add another layer of believability to the story. An engaging book that keeps the pages turning!

About the Author

This is Jim Pearce’s debut novel, though he has written non-fiction before. He’s been an oil driller in Saudi and Venezuela and a geologist in a gold mine in Ghana. Now he helps energy clients try to be more sustainable. He enjoys writing first thing in the morning at home in Surrey or enjoying the views in the south of France. Jim likes to transport readers to unexpected places where survival is a challenge and friendships tend to triumph despite individuals’ flaws. He is married with three boys


Q & A

What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author? Distractions. Could be noise, thirst, hunger or the dreaded electronics.

If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why? Willy Wonka. I’ve a sweet tooth and I like adventurous puddings. I think he would invent some for us.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Loves to laugh.

What is your most unusual writing quirk? Like to write in pyjamas when I wake up.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? 6 months. Then 6 months to edit!

How do you select the names of your characters? I think of a name to associate with their traits. Normally based on acquaintances!

What is your favorite genre to read? Historical thrillers.

When did you write your first book? I wrote first fiction in lockdown. Could not work or travel and was driving family mad!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Sailing. Walking. Playing with kids. Golf. Also doing my A-Z of parkruns.

What’s a typical writing day like for you? Wake up. Coffee. Write 500 words. Then work and do rest of day. Look forward to next writing shift the next morning!

Do you listen to music when writing? No. I like the silence for writing. 

If you had to pick a celebrity to cast for your main character, who would it be? Bradley Cooper. Tough guy but I loved the chemistry with Lady Gaga in ‘A star is born’ and that he was bold enough to sing with her.

What’s one thing you’d like to say to your readers? Please let me and others know what you think of the book.

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