Old Scars will be published for Kindle (on Amazon) on 1st July 2019.
It is currently available to pre-order. Here are a couple of Amazon links (UK and US). If your region is neither of those, please just search for the unique ASIN reference B07S6HH1L7 on Amazon.
Amazon links for Old Scars:
UK Amazon (.co.uk)
US Amazon (.com)
Old Scars will be published for Kindle (on Amazon) on 1st July 2019. I submitted the Kindle version for pre-order today; as soon as it’s available to pre-order (it’s not an instantaneous process), I’ll post an update with some Amazon links.
I’m initially pricing Old Scars at 99p/99c for the pre-order period and I’ll increase the price a couple of weeks after the actual release date (1st July). This means you get it cheaper if you buy it during the pre-order period or the first couple of weeks when it’s available. No catch, no weird agenda. As I always tell people, right now I’m in this purely to get readers.
There’s also going to be a paperback version available. Due to the way the release process is set up, I can’t set a pre-order period for the paperback so I’m just going to make it available a month ahead of the Kindle version, which means 1st June 2019 or as close as possible – once again, it’s not an instantaneous process and I can’t just pick a date and guarantee the paperback will be available in every Amazon region on that day. As soon as it’s available on the .co.uk and .com Amazon regions, I’ll add the links to the Old Scars page on this site.
Am I excited about the forthcoming release of my seventh novel? Yes. Am I expecting anything more than single-figure sales? Not really. Do I need to work on my marketing strategy? Yeah.
I’ll keep this short. Here it is:
Back cover blurb below.
When DI Kath Schrader and DS Dan Blacksmith investigate a multiple murder at a quiet country pub, the carnage of the crime scene is overshadowed by the presence of a survivor.
As they explore the survivor’s connections and uncover his past, Dan and Kath are drawn into the sinister, vicious world of human trafficking and organised crime.
In the relentless summer heat of 1986, faced with unreliable witnesses and an escalating bodycount, Dan Blacksmith will be forced to make the hardest decision of his life.
As is hinted in the promo image, Old Scars is due to be released in time to be your next favourite holiday read, in the summer of 2019. OK, fair enough, it wasn’t a very subtle hint.
Bonus point if you spotted this series now has a name. Well done.
Something cheap and tacky I knocked up to put on Instagram. But enough about your girlfriend, here’s an early promo for Old Scars.
I started writing the sequel to Cold Inside in July 2017, five months before Cold Inside was published. It’s now March 2019, and this is the longest I’ve taken to write a novel (so far).
The sequel is called Old Scars. I like the title quite a lot, so please don’t use it for a crappy three-page novella that gets published on Amazon before my book comes out. Thanks in advance for that.
Old Scars is currently being read by my test readers, and me, although I have already read it many times – but not right from start to finish because I only ‘finished’ writing it yesterday. That was World Book Day and the timing was definitely not deliberate. I wanted to finish it by the end of February this year but I didn’t quite manage that.
If you read Cold Inside and you liked it, and you wished I’d write a sequel that was bigger, faster, more brutal, packed full of even more badass characters… you may well be in for a treat.
Here’s the cover (in lo-res jpeg format). It could change before publication so don’t fall madly in love with it just yet.
I don’t have a publication date to announce yet. Once the test-reading phase is complete, I’ll probably be able to provide that information. Until then…you’ll just have to wait.
Who is it?
Why are they there?
What are they doing?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.