Good news from across The Pond, my latest book Here To Stay has hit the Number 8 spot in The Washington Post’s National Fiction chart.
The book, my first ever to be published in hardback, has been out in America for a few weeks and has received some amazing reviews on Amazon and I am thrilled for it to be in the Washington Post’s Top Ten.
Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, read and reviewed it, I appreciate your support as always.
The book is out in the UK on September 1, yes, it’s a Sunday, and I will be hosting my traditional launch party live on Facebook so head over there to join me. Click here if you want to RSVP. It’s not too long to wait now!
See you at the party!
If you’ve always wanted to meet me, now’s your chance! I’ll be taking part in a meet and greet event at Chase BookFest at the Museum of Cannock Chase in Hednesford on Saturday, 21 September.
It’s the museum’s first ‘Chase BookFest’ which will be showcasing some local authors and others from further afield.
The day will include ‘Meet the Author’ sessions, Waterstones pop up book store, Author Readings, Q&A panels (Crime and women’s fiction), Tea with the Author plus lots more.
There are only a handful of tickets left for my event so if you want to come and meet me for tea and cake, call the number in the picture (01543 877666) before they sell out.
It’s £3 entry plus £5 for my event. I’ll be signing books too. The admission price also includes entry to prize draws which has exciting prizes such as signed books, book bundles and an afternoon tea voucher.
Throughout the day there will be timetabled author readings and meet and sign sessions. These don’t need to be booked, but will only take place at the allotted time. You will be posted a timetable if you book in advance, or given one if you purchase your entry ticket on the day.
Visit the Facebook Page here or for more information visit the museum’s website here.
I look forward to meeting some of you there and enjoying a nice cuppa and a slice or two of cake.
See you soon!
I’m happy to announce some more good news. Last of the Magpies has been shortlisted for the Capital Crime Awards in the Best E-book category.
The Capital Crime Festival takes place from September 26-28th at The Connaught Rooms, London. I’ll be appearing on September 27th, in conversation with fellow author Lisa Jewell.
The awards sees Capital Crime and Amazon Publishing partnering up to present new awards that give readers the power to honour their favourite books, films and TV. The shortlists were decided by Capital Crime’s advisory board of authors, industry leaders and reviewers, but readers will have the final say on who wins in each category.
Capital Crime festival pass holders will be able to vote for the winner in each category from today until September 19. So, if you have a pass please, please, please vote for Last of the Magpies, I’d really appreciate it. The winners will be announced at at a gala reception on Saturday 28th marking the close of the festival.
Visit Capital Crime for more information and tickets.
Hope to see you there and fingers crossed!
Me looking very excited to be named winner!
I did it! Last of the Magpies won its category at the Dead Good Reader Awards – and it’s all thanks to you guys. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me. It’s the first thing I’ve ever won and I’m very, very pleased.
I was announced as the winner at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate and it was such a great honour and a special night. I’m very proud that Lucy Newton won The Cat and Mouse Award for Most Elusive Villain as she’s the antagonist in my first solo novel, The Magpies, which sparked the sequels A Murder of Magpies and Last of the Magpies.
Thank you all again for voting once, twice, as many times as you could to make sure that I won.
Here’s hoping there may be a few more awards on the horizon!
I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I have now sold over 3 million copies of my books – and want to say a huge thank you to all the readers who have helped me reach this amazing milestone. A few years ago, I thought my writing career was over, but now I am a full-time author doing what I love: crafting stories about scary things happening to ordinary people. And at a time when it’s getting increasingly harder to grab people’s attention, with the rise of Netflix and many other forms of distraction, plus the ever-growing number of books on the market, I am hugely grateful to everyone who has ever bought, reviewed, recommended and enjoyed one of my novels.
The 3 million total includes all my books in English (I don’t know the figures for most of my translated books!) including those co-authored with Louise Voss. The biggest sellers, accounting for over a million between them, are Follow You Home and The Magpies. 2.5 million sales are with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer, and the rest come from self-publishing and my four books with HarperCollins. Around 250,000 of the total sales are audiobooks, which is exciting as it’s a growing sector and I’m delighted that my books are reaching so many listeners as well as readers! Most of my sales are in the UK, followed by the US and Australia.
My next book, Here To Stay, will be published on 1st September 2019 and will be available as an ebook, paperback, audiobook and, for the first time in English, hardback. It’s about in-laws from hell and is already picking up rave advance reviews, with 100% five star reviews on Goodreads. Louise Candlish, author of the British Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year 2018, called it ‘Completely compulsive’.
I’m at the editing stage of the book after that and am already planning the next one. In fact, I have ideas for the next three . . . so hopefully there will be plenty of satisfied readers to come, both new and existing. Once again, a huge thank you from me to all of you, and I promise to keep writing the best books I can. My aim is to make each one better than the last.
Fantastic news! Thanks to you, my lovely readers, Last of the Magpies has made it through to the final round in the Dead Good Reader Awards in the Most Elusive Villains.
If you’ve read The Magpies and the two sequels A Murder of Magpies and Last of the Magpies you will be familiar with Lucy Newton and all of her evil antics.
I’d love Lucy (and me!) to win this award so it would great if you could keep on voting – I need your votes one more time…
Click here to vote Dead Good Reader Awards