Start spreading the news – it’s ThrillerFest in The Big Apple

Start spreading the news – it’s ThrillerFest in The Big Apple

It’s hard to believe ThrillerFest XIV is only a month away! ThrillerFest is the annual conference of international thriller writers with 4,500 members in 49 countries and more than 3.2 billion books in print.

It’s being held at The Grand Hyatt in New York so I’m packing my bags and leaving today. . . well, actually its from July 9-13.

There’s a killer line-up featuring 2019 ThrillerMaster John Sandford, 2019 Silver Bullet Recipient Harlan Coben, 2019 Thriller Legend Margaret Marbury, 2019 Spotlight Guest Lisa Unger, 2019 Spotlight Guest Stephen Hunter and 2018 Silver Bullet Recipient James Rollins! There’s plenty going on to get you started if you are an aspiring thriller writer ATF workshop, Master Class including the Best First Sentence contest, CraftFest, PitchFest, ThrillerFest, and more. We encourage all thriller enthusiasts to join the ThrillerFest family.

If you’re lucky enough to be going I’ll see you there but if not you can share the ThrillerFest excitement on your social media. Visit the ThrillerFest website for more information.

A please, a thank you and a new book

A please, a thank you and a new book

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought Last of the Magpies, which was published two weeks ago. It hit the top ten in the UK on publication day and the reviews so far are fantastic. We also had a fun Facebook party (with hardly any technical glitches!) and all the prizes have been sent out to the people whose names were drawn from the hat.

Secondly, I need your help! You may recall that last year The Lucky Ones was shortlisted for a Dead Good reader award. These awards mean a lot because they are voted for by the people who really count: readers like you. Now nominations are open again and I would be hugely grateful if you could vote for one of my books.

The Retreat is eligible for two of the awards: The Cancel All Plans Award and the Most Recommended Award. You could also vote for Lucy Newton in the Most Elusive Villain category. Nominations close on 20th May and one lucky winner will get £100 of crime books. It will take one or two minutes of your time.

Please vote for me here

Coming soon… Here To Stay

I’m very excited to reveal the cover of my next full-length novel, Here To Stay, which will be published on 1 September 2019. I’m particularly excited about this book, which is about the in-laws from hell, and am confident that if you liked my early novels like The MagpiesBecause She Loves Me and Follow You Home, you’ll love this one. 

A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .

As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?

From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.

Here To Stay will be available as a Kindle ebook, paperback, audiobook and hardcover book.

Pre-order now from Amazon

I’d love to know what you think of the cover – simply hit reply to this email to let me know.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has bought Last of the Magpies…or any of my books. And, once again, I would be hugely grateful for your nominations in the Dead Good Awards.

Here to Stay: New book cover reveal!

Here to Stay: New book cover reveal!

Cover reveal time! I’m excited to present the cover of my next full-length novel, HERE TO STAY, which is out on September 1st as an ebook, audiobook, paperback and, for the first time, hardback. It’s a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home. Here’s the blurb:

“A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for.

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .

As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?”

 

It’s time! Last of the Magpies is out now!

It’s time! Last of the Magpies is out now!

It’s finally here! The day all fans of The Magpies have been waiting for. . . the thrilling conclusion is out to buy.

Last of the Magpies, the final instalment of the series that started with The Magpies and continued with A Murder of Magpies, is out today as a Kindle ebook or audiobook. Early reviews and reactions have been exactly what I was hoping for. I set out to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion, answering all the questions that readers had, and if you liked the first two books I’m confident you’ll love this one. 

Like A Murder of Magpies, it’s short (around 100 pages) and the price reflects that. It’s a lean, quick read with no padding or filler. I’m not going to include the blurb here because it contains spoilers for the first two books. But you can find out more and grab your copy here:

UK: Get it now from Amazon.co.uk

US: Get it now from Amazon.com

Australia: Get it now from Amazon.com.au

Canada: Get it now from Amazon.ca

I hope to see lots of you at the launch party, live on Facebook this evening (Tuesday 30 April). It kicks off at 8pm UK time. (There’s a handy time convertor here.) The party event page is here. I’ll be in touch again soon with news about my next full-length novel, Here To Stay, which is coming this September. 

Best wishes and happy reading!

Summer date: Hear my thoughts on publishing at Hastings Lit Fest

Summer date: Hear my thoughts on publishing at Hastings Lit Fest

Keep your diaries clear on Saturday 31 August, as this year I’m heading back to my hometown of Hastings to take part in its literary festival.

Hastings Litfest is taking place from Friday 30 August until Sunday 1 September and is the second year that the family-friendly event will be held. It will see names from the world of writing and publishing come together to share experiences, offer advice and to talk about their work with like-minded people.

I’m joining a panel that will be taking part in a lively investigation into the publishing industry in the 21st century where we will be considering the future of publishing.

The panel is chaired by Danuta Kean, who is a respected publishing industry expert and journalist. She writes for the Guardian and is also books editor of Mslexia the writers magazine for women. She recently wrote a no-holds-barred report on access and opportunity in the publishing industry. The panel will include myself, other authors, publishers and agents. Click here for more details

You can find out more about the festival, what’s on and buy tickets here: Hastings Litfest

 

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