New books on the way

While I’m still celebrating the veritable tsunami of sales (single figures at the last count) of my sixth novel – crime thriller, Cold Inside – it is of course time to be writing the sequel while simultaneously planning the next thing I’ll be writing after that.

If you enjoyed Cold Inside (it’s about a 5 in 7.6 billion chance, but let’s go for it), then I know you’re going to be excited to hear that the sequel is well on its way. A fairly accurate estimate would put it at around 35% written, which leads to a finger-in-the-air forecast of a release date somewhere around October this year. That’s allowing for my ruthless editing and plenty of time for feedback from test readers. No title reveal yet, but I do have one.

What will come next? Well, I won’t keep you in suspense; it’s going to be a doomed marketing experiment. So far, I’ve failed spectacularly to get anything more than a handful of sales in genres that are currently popular, so I’m going to put something out in a dual-genre that is probably so unpopular that it doesn’t even have a cult niche of masochistic weirdos supporting it.

If you read this far, maybe you’re going to be intrigued enough to try it out. You at least deserve to hear what the genres are: Horror Western.

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Crime novel blog part 11 – Cold Inside gets a rave review

The first review of Cold Inside has been published by Stuart Carter on his (mostly science fiction book reviews) blog.

Here is the link to the review.

Some of my favourite quotes from the review are:

One of the things that helped me warm to Cold Inside the most was the fact that Dan Blacksmith isn’t a “maverick” cop; he’s a good, smart, mostly by-the-book policeman, doing his job exactly as you might hope he would if there was a serial killer on the loose in your town.

This science fiction reader was fascinated to discover how interesting and enthralling a crime thriller can be; my only fear now is that I’ve been spoiled by beginning with such a top-notch example of the genre.

“Cold Inside is a tight thriller with a slight period flavour – and no help at all for insomniacs!

Thanks to Stuart for reading and reviewing Cold Inside.

Crime novel blog part 10 – people are reading Cold Inside

People are finding, and reading, Cold Inside, in spite of everything I’ve done with this one to buck the tedious trends of popular crime novels, and by that I mean I’ve deliberately not included any of the following:

  • A first-person viewpoint that shifts between characters in each chapter, optionally where the chapter is named to show exactly which character is narrating that part
  • An unreliable narrator (drunk, insane, just plain stupid, etc.)
  • A rabidly militant protagonist cop, railing against authority for no apparent reason
  • A protagonist with relationship issues, seemingly only to make the character ‘interesting’
  • A book title suffixed on Amazon with ‘a gripping thriller with a twist you won’t see coming’
  • A twist that leaves most readers feeling cheated and/or deliberately misled (see unreliable narrator)
  • A male protagonist who beats up a bunch of people and ends up in bed with pretty much everyone else (not that I have anything against Jack Reacher)

I like visual statistics such as this ‘KU pages read graph’ below, because they suggest that someone read Cold Inside in two sittings. Tell me you enjoyed it. Better still, post a review on Amazon – please!

Crime novel blog part 9 – Cold Inside published for Kindle

Cold Inside is now available on the Amazon Kindle store. Links for Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk pages are below. If you’re in a different region, you can find the book by searching Amazon for the unique Amazon reference code B0768HNCF4.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links (also included below), on the Cold Inside page on this site.Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

Free books – special offer

To celebrate the launch of my new sixth novel, Cold Inside, I will be offering the two novels from my vampire series – Blood:Lust – free for a limited time.

The books are Midnight Cocktail and Cheating Sunrise.

Both those books will be free for five days – Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December.

Grab ’em while they’re free, have a blast reading them, and do me a massive favour by leaving a review on Amazon.

Links to the books on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are on their website pages which are linked above. Or click the cover images below to go to their pages on this site.

  

Crime novel blog part 8 – pre-order price drop

I’ve dropped the price of the Kindle version of Cold Inside from £3.49 to £1.99. If you have already pre-ordered (and, yes, some people actually have), you will pay the newer, lower price when your copy is sent to your device(s) on release day – 01 Dec 2017.

Why have I done this? Well, because this isn’t currently about money, it’s about getting readers.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links, on the Cold Inside page on this site. The Amazon links are also included in this blog post underneath the really rather cool cover that you can see right here…

Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

Crime novel blog part 7 – available for pre-order

In some ways, it’s disappointing that I can’t be announcing that Cold Inside has been accepted by a literary agent. However, as I always love to look on the positive side – ask anyone, they’ll tell you I’m the most positive, cheerful, never-grumpy-at-all person they ever met * – I’ll take the personal satisfaction of being able to say I have just made my sixth novel available for pre-order on the Amazon Kindle store.

You can get all the details about this book, and the Amazon links, on the Cold Inside page on this site. The Amazon links are also included in this blog post underneath the really rather cool cover that you can see right here…

Cold Inside

  

If you are interested in finding out even more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies an advance review copy, or just wants a free copy of the finished version.

 

* That’s obviously a complete fabrication.