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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!

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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!

Life Imitating Art

It’s strange how reports in the media suddenly replicate a work of fiction.

Facts that emerged recently regarding an incident in Salisbury UK lend a strong similarity to The Haunted Lady, one of my Eden House Mysteries set in 1983; written and published in 2016 by Accent Press.

Curiosity made me scan my research notes and I was astounded at the results.

The plot contains, Espionage, Double Agents, Soviet Bloc/Iron Curtain, all revolving around an East European citizen resident in the UK, and murdered by use of toxic chemicals. When written I had no idea that so many of the elements of the plot would bear grim resemblance to recent real life events.

I’m aware that my Mike Nash thrillers are popular reading in the library at Durham Gaol, I do hope they haven’t become DIY manuals!

Getting back to normal

With only the occasional sound of hammering and sawing, life is returning to normal. Baring a few final touches, we now have a home, and the new sound, or should I say usual sound, of tapping keyboards is echoing round the bungalow. My in-house editor has a backlog of work and I am continuing to ‘think’. Plot ideas come from the strangest of situations and generate themselves at the oddest of times. I can be stirring a pan as I cook dinner, or typing my current work, when a stray thought will come to mind and has to be noted for future use. The worse time is as I am preparing for bed, and the ‘Will be a few minutes,’ can run into fifteen or more as I make copious notes or plot changes that must be made.

So ‘normal service has been resumed’ as they say.

And with that comes the latest Greek Island Romance.

 The Garden of Healing is now available on Amazon in both Paperback and digital formats and I continue to draft the next in the series. The next Mike Nash is at present with my proofreader, and I’m eagerly awaiting the cover from the graphic designer with the hope of publishing soon.

A Valentine Special

Today is Valentine’s Day and it’s been rather a different day from what you would expect. I got a present – in the form of a review on Eurocrime.co.uk for Picture of Innocence and it made my day.      But it wasn’t the only thing. Many of you will be aware that since April 2016 we have, through necessity, made two house moves, and during that time still managed to somehow continue writing and publish three books. And now I am informed by my in-house editor that although there is editing to finish, she suddenly has time on her hands. For over two years she has continually packed, unpacked, and repacked boxes and now it has come to a halt – and daytime TV holds no interest!

So she has in fact given my readers a Valentines gift, a thank you for their support.

Within the next 72 hours, the list prices on the Greek Island Romances will be uniform. There was a disparity but now all the digital books are £1.99 and all the paperbacks are £5.99. These changes also apply to US and European prices. Along with this, she reduced the paperback to £6.99 for Love Changes Everything – because it does!

I hope her efforts benefit my readers, and I shall now go and make a meal for my Valentine.