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…

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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…

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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.

Crime novel blog part 5

My first proper crime novel, where ‘proper’ means there are no vampires in it, is ready for publication. A lot of proof-reading, re-reading and editing has been done over the last few months. Four test-readers have passed the book as not only fit-for-human-consumption but also “unputdownable”, “brilliant”, and “Entertaining all the way through”. There was also this comment in a rejection letter from a literary agent that I particularly liked, and have already mentioned at length in this blog: “cracking pace, plenty of tension, with credible characters and dialogue”.

The downside, because there’s always a damn downside with everything, is that after a heck of a lot of rejection letters from literary agents it’s starting to seem inevitable that I’m going to have to self-publish this book, and I already know what that’s likely to mean after self-publishing my first five novels: single-figure sales and a total lack of reviews anywhere, even on Amazon where the seething masses seem to want to spout their opinion on pretty much everything. Except any of my books.

I don’t want to announce the title yet, because it’s a pretty good title and there isn’t another novel (at least on Amazon) with a similar name.

If you are interested in finding out some more about this book, please get in touch via the contact page on this site. The same goes for anyone who fancies being an advance copy reader, or just wants a free copy as soon as it is available.

Painting The Dragon – in pre-order for 12th Dec publication

The latest novel in the Kate Hayes series – Painting The Dragon – has been submitted to Amazon for pre-order. I’ll add the Amazon .com and .co.uk links on this site as soon as they’re available.

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Painting The Dragon should be available for pre-order within 24-48 hours, depending on your Amazon region. The publication date is set for 12th December 2016.

Once again, I have managed to hit a promised publication deadline. Just imagine how great this would be if I was writing for my day-job, not to mention how great it would be if anyone actually read any of these books.

As always, if you would like a free copy to review, or just to save yourself 99p, all you need to do is ask.

Playing The Ace – permanent price drop

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I have dropped the price of Playing The Ace, the second book in the series The Truth About Kate Hayes, to mark the imminent release of the third book in the series – Painting The Dragon. This means that the first two books in the series are 99p/99c each.

The Kate Hayes series is now officially labelled Fun, filthy, feel-good bloke-lit. Because why not? Anyone who feels excluded by that sub-genre should embrace their inner rebel and just read the damn books anyway.

Painting The Dragon – Title & cover reveal

I’ve grown up, accepted the truth, become a born-again realist. Take your pick. But for now, here’s the cover of the next book I’m going to release.

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I’m publishing this one because it’s already written and I already paid for the cover art tattoo and got the cover designed and produced by a very good friend of mine. All I need to do is edit what I’ve written and get it formatted.

Then I’m going to do what I have spent a few years learning the hard way. I’m going to write books that you are going to want to read.

I’ve missed the contemporary romance comedy smut boat, I know that. That one has sailed and I wasn’t even on the dock to wave goodbye. Nobody wants to read these books, and I was kidding myself when I thought these were the kind of books I’d get anywhere writing. I know that now. I enjoyed writing them and I’ve heard a few people say they enjoyed them too. But it’s going nowhere.

Everyone else out there who is getting somewhere with what they create – I read your books and I listen to your albums and I watch your movies. And I’m grateful to you for creating the good stuff.