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One down; one to go

The latest Greek Island Romance The Orange Grove has now been published in both paperback and on Kindle. And while I try and keep juggling other titles in the air, I hope that those romantics amongst you will enjoy it. Meanwhile, I’ll stay at the laptop and just keep going as I haven’t forgotten the crime readers.


Wheels in motion

While I’ve been away on holiday my proof-reader has been very busy. This week The Orange Grove, the latest Greek Island Romance, should go into production and I can continue working on my next DI Mike Nash thriller; not number eleven as you might expect, but number twelve, Chain Reaction.

Number eleven, Heartless, is being proofed and there is still the cover design to complete. But who knows, if you’re lucky, the paperback might just end up in your Christmas stocking.

An Inspiring Review

The reason I write is to tell a story that I hope readers will enjoy. No ulterior motive; it’s certainly not to make a fortune enabling me to buy a yacht, or to live on some exotic isle! What surprises me is that my books get reviews, not just reader’s opinions, which are of course subjective, and welcome, on sites such as Amazon, but that professional reviewers enjoy them. I have just returned from what we felt was a well-earned break in our favourite Cretan village to find another excellent review for Running Scared, the latest DI Mike Nash Thriller, on

   Courtesy of AMW

Titles are offered to reviewers and sent if requested. Some will read and publish, others are never to be seen. But I am grateful to those who do. The confidence they show in my work and the feedback from readers is the encouragement for me to continue. I met Andy, a crime aficionado and avid collector of first editions, at my very first book signing. It was pouring with rain on a cold and miserable day, but he wanted a copy. I have bumped into him at events and was delighted when he began to put his expertise to use as a reviewer, even more so when he agreed to look at mine. I wish him well with his venture.

Now we are home, it’s back to work, not that I didn’t work in the sunshine, my alter-ego, William Gordon, always does. I have three titles in three series all in progress and should soon have news to impart — so watch this space.

New Friends and New Readers

You could say that after the trauma of two house moves I’m truly back at work. In June and August I was invited as speaker to two events, which I’m delighted to say went very well. At the first, the local branch of the WI in Kilham  (appropriately named for me!) I extolled the virtue of e-readers where any book, not available in a Large Print version could have the font enlarged, opening a wider range for the reader …. only to find that the majority of my audience already knew and had one!

At the second, The Melbourne Countrywomen’s Association, having mentioned the next Greek Island Romance, The Orange Grove, was nearing completion, I left with an order for a signed copy of the, as yet unedited, book clutching the payment and purchaser’s address.

I enjoyed both my visits, chatted with lots of interesting people, men as well as women, and as a treat I took the in-house editor with me … she doesn’t get out much!

All work and no play

Back in May I noted that my in-house editor was obviously bored. Having already revised my DI Mike Nash novella, she was threatening to do the same with Byland Crescent, a family saga covering one hundred years of a family’s lives.

I was right – and she did!

Both Book One and Book Two, Requiem and Renaissance have been overhauled. They were my earlier attempts at trying the independent route in both paperback and Kindle, writing as William Gordon. And although the reviews were fantastic, the ‘editor’ felt there was room for improvement. This of course meant more work for me, as I then had to agree with all the changes – as with any publisher.

Then, she decided the cover wasn’t right … more work, but for her, not me.                  I have to say I am delighted with the outcome of these second editions.

As the original paperbacks were though a different company, the original black and white cover is shown on Amazon until it is opened and the viewer is then directed to the new version.

Meanwhile, I have returned to my current project, the next Greek Island Romance, knowing full well that I now have to complete the third book of the saga, Retribution, or her hard work will have been for nothing … and then there’s books four and five! But Nash fans needn’t worry, the next thriller is in draft format.

It’s very quiet. I just wonder what she’s up to today…

Special Promotion

With another DI Mike Nash book on the horizon, I have decided to run a promotion on Amazon as a thank you, and to hopefully interest other crime readers in the series.

From 31st May until 6th June inclusive, Picture of Innocence will be available to download for 99p.

On 8th June, Running Scared will be launched online in both digital and paperback formats.

Bad news and Good news


Due to circumstances beyond my control the National Crime Reading Month events at both Whitby and Scarborough have been cancelled. I know several of you are disappointed, as am I. So to cheer my readers I can announce that the tenth DI Mike Nash book, Running Scared, will be available from 8th June in paperback or the download is available to pre-order now on Amazon.


But for those of you more romantically inclined, there’s always the recently published The Garden of Healing, the latest of the Greek Island Romances.

A Time of Change

In October 2012 I published independently Snow Angel & False Witness, a DI Mike Nash special of two short stories. At that time there were only six of my Nash thrillers available via my publisher, Robert Hale Ltd, and as my writing is organic I was unaware of the path my characters’ personal lives would lead. I had a basic idea and In 2012 I believed I knew where it was all heading – but I was wrong.

My in-house editor said the short stories should correspond, and following three more titles a new reader would be confused by the differences if they moved onto the series. She then proceeded to revise and update the characters’ storylines, without changing the actual plots. I agreed with the amendments and both paperback and Kindle versions were reissued in April.

Co-incidence is a strange thing as only this past week, I find that my other publisher, Accent Press, has changed the five Eden House Mysteries to Amazon for the print on demand paperback versions. It would seem like minds think alike!

The only problem now is having enjoyed herself (she says it’s far more fun than packing and unpacking boxes) the in-house editor is threatening to re-edit and re-issue my Byland Crescent Saga in paperback – it makes me wonder if we should move house again!!

May is National Crime Reading Month


The Crime Writer’s Association has asked members to take the crime genre out to readers and would-be-writers throughout May. Alongside the CWA is the CRA, the Crime Readers Association, and many events are being held nationwide, open to everyone, and I am getting involved.

So I am hopeful that my readers and anyone interested in ‘A Life of Crime’ or ‘Killing Time with Bill Kitson’ will join me. I shall be at Whitby Library on Tuesday 22nd May, 6-7p.m. admission £2 and at Newby & Scalby Library, Scarborough on Friday 25th May, 6-7p.m. admission £3. Tickets are available from the libraries and both venues will include refreshments. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and giving an insight into the world of crime writing.


Baby, it’s cold outside.

What to do on a bank holiday. The usual day out, DIY, or gardening, could well be under threat from yet another bout of cold weather. Temperatures are low, there’s snow forecast for some areas, and other than the prospect of over indulgence in chocolate, there may not be anything to tempt you from your favourite armchair. So if you need something to settle down by the fire with and are in romantic mood, you could try reading The Garden of Healing. However, if you fancy something more serious, then perhaps a DI Mike Nash thriller, Picture of Innocence, is more to your taste – other than chocolate that is!