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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Midnight Cocktail – published on Kindle (and paperback)

I know, I know – I apologise to Bram Stoker for deliberately choosing May 26th for the Kindle release of Midnight Cocktail. It’s a tribute, okay, not plagiarism or the death of originality. Not that I’ve shied away from either of those too much, but you’re going to have to read the whole book to find out just how much.

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I’ll start with the cover, because that’s always a good place to start and, according to popular opinion, that’s usually as far as most people get if the cover doesn’t catch their attention. The original Midnight Cocktail cover (the predominantly white one) was mostly done by me, with a lot of helpful suggestions from a couple of friends, plus an excellent New York skyline image by Michael Tompsett, for which I am still very grateful.

However, despite how much I like that cover, it didn’t suit the book. It’s just a bit too ambiguous – it could be a crime story, a thriller, murder mystery, but not really a Neo-Noir Vampire novel. I had a couple of honest, critical and decidedly unambiguous comments from people who have a lot more experience of this kind of thing than I do. To summarise – “It’s ok but a bit boring.” and “It looks more like a crime thriller or horror novel, and it’s likely going to confuse buyers”. I’m extremely thankful to them, because not only were they right, but they were generous enough to tell me the truth.

On a recommendation, I contacted Nikolai Ostertag, a freelance artist specialising in fantasy art. The cover that you now see, and that will hopefully be updated on Amazon very soon – it’s not an instantaneous process – is the work of Nikolai and I am very happy with it. I don’t describe Lana V (Midnight Cocktail protagonist) in the book [which may or may not be a spoiler, depending on your expectations] but Nikolai was able to capture pretty much exactly how I imagined she would look after we had exchanged a few emails. I’m obviously not going to tell you how I described Lana to Nikolai, because that would definitely spoil something!

Midnight Cocktail is not a huge book, coming in at just under 60,000 words, which is at the low end for a full novel. That has a lot to do with the fact that it has been edited with a hefty chainsaw and written to a strict and tight agenda: action, entertainment and zero flab.

Amazon links for Midnight Cocktail are below. If your territory is not .com or .co.uk, search for this ASIN on Amazon: B00WYR85FY

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If you like the “Look Inside” Kindle sample enough to want to read the whole book, that’s great. If you go on to read the whole book and enjoy it enough to want even more, here’s some good news: I’m writing the sequel right now, aiming for a late 2015 release. I’ll do a title reveal in a month or two, and a cover reveal probably somewhere around August.

If you write a book blog or you contribute to a review site, please contact me for a review copy of Midnight Cocktail. See the contact page for how to do that.

Playing The Ace – published 3rd April 2015

It’s out. Go buy it.

No, it’s fine. I know you won’t. My fault entirely. I should have written some YA fantasy novels instead of this smutty stuff.

The funny thing is, the little tiny silver lining that keeps me doing this, is that the people who have read these books and let me know what they think– single figures, very low single figures – well, they really like them.

This reminds me of when I was in a band. We used to pull single figure crowds on a good night, but we played like maniacs every time, no matter if it was to an empty room, and we made damn sure that that the one guy sitting at the bar got to hear a really good gig even if he wasn’t particularly interested.

Same deal with these books. They’re the best I can make them. If you are the only person on the planet who reads them, you’re going to be entertained.

But don’t take my word for it. Go read something else. It’s safer that way.

Playing The Ace – coming soon

Playing The Ace, the sequel to Kissing The Scorpion will be published in the first half of 2015.

If I can maintain some kind of schedule and resist being completely distracted by the new series of vampire erotica that I’m working on (more about that very soon, I promise) it could even be published before the end of March 2015.

For now, maybe if you send an email to the address mentioned on the contacts page and tell me how much you’d like to read KTS but you’re afraid it might be crap and not worth your money (you’d be surprised, but this approach has been tried…successfully), I’ll send you a mobi or epub file. Serial spammers – don’t bother, I get enough shit from you every day already.