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
It’s almost time to say goodbye to Jamie, Kirsty and Lucy, the three central characters from The Magpies.
Next Tuesday, April 30th, Last of the Magpies, the final part of the trilogy that started with The Magpies and continued with A Murder of Magpies, will be published. The Magpies was my first solo novel and it was the book that allowed me to fulfil my dream of being a full-time author, so writing the ending of this story was an emotional experience. Thankfully, the advance reviews have been great. Last of the Magpies answers all the questions that were posed in the first two books and I think everyone will find the ending satisfying.
Keeping with tradition, I’ll be hosting a live launch party on Facebook, starting at 8pm UK time on Tuesday 30th April (See your local time here if you’re not in the UK)
There will be an exciting prize draw, I’ll be answering your questions, talking about The Magpies trilogy and sharing details about my next book. Follow this link for more details and please click ‘Going’ to let me know you can make it, and so Facebook notifies you before the event starts.
Last of the Magpies launch party
I’ll be in touch again on Tuesday with a reminder. In the meantime, happy reading and I hope to see you at the party!
Last of the Magpies is available as a Kindle ebook and audiobook. If you don’t have a Kindle you can easily get the Kindle app on your phone or tablet. Last of the Magpies is another novella and has a low price to reflect that.
You can pre-order it here.
I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of Last of the Magpies, which will be published on 30 April. It’s not long to wait now. . .
Where is Lucy? Can Kirsty forgive Jamie? Who will survive the final showdown? All will be revealed in the final part of the Magpies trilogy.
“Twelve months ago, Jamie Knight walked straight into Lucy Newton’s trap. Both Jamie and his ex-wife Kirsty barely survived. Now, with the police investigation into Lucy’s disappearance going nowhere, Jamie teams up with a true crime podcaster to track down his nemesis.
But can Jamie persuade Kirsty to help? Can Kirsty forgive him for his past mistakes? And who, if anyone, will survive the final showdown? Featuring extracts from Lucy’s secret memoir, Last of the Magpies brings the trilogy to a shocking conclusion.”
She’s back…for the final time.
I’m excited to reveal that the third, climactic part of The Magpies will be published on April 30th. It’s called LAST OF THE MAGPIES and will feature the final showdown between Jamie, Kirsty and Lucy, as well as excerpts from Lucy’s unseen memoir, which reveals her origins, how she met Chris and what was really going on in their basement flat…
LAST OF THE MAGPIES will be available as an ebook and audiobook, and I’m waiting to hear if it (and A Murder of Magpies) will also be a paperback. It’s another short one – about a third of the length of a standard novel – but it’s perfectly formed!
Full blurb and cover reveal coming soon.
Exciting news for anyone who enjoyed The Magpies – the sequel, A Murder of Magpies, will be published on 27 February 2018.
Here’s the blurb:
Five years ago, Jamie Knight lost everything: his home, his wife, their unborn child. But at least the woman responsible, ‘dark angel’ Lucy Newton, was in prison and, slowly, Jamie was able to rebuild his life.
But then Lucy is freed on appeal, and Jamie receives a message from a desperate stranger. Lucy is up to her old tricks – ruining lives for fun.
Jamie agrees to help. But once again, he has no idea what he is getting himself into…
A Murder of Magpies is a novella, approximately 24,000 words long, which means it’s about one-third the length of a full novel. It will be exclusive to Kindle and available in Amazon stores worldwide.
I had enormous fun writing this book and I think it captures the mood and tone of the original so that fans of The Magpies will love it. It was surprising how easy it was to get back into Jamie’s head five years after I wrote the original book. But, most of all, it gave me a delicious shiver of pleasure to bring Lucy Newton back. And in this book, she’s scarier and more despicable than ever…
Please keep an eye on my Facebook page for giveaways, including advance review copies, in the near future. I’ll also be tweeting about it and posting on Instagram.
I can’t wait for you to get reacquainted with Jamie, Kirsty and – most of all – Lucy.
Mark Edwards’s fifth solo psychological thriller will be published by Thomas & Mercer in September 2016. Entitled The Devil’s Work, this book takes Mark’s familiar theme – of terrifying things happening to ordinary people – and places it in an office environment. Mark is putting the finishing touches to the novel now.
In The Devil’s Work, Sophie Greenwood, a thirty-four year old stay-at-home mum, returns to work after a four year break, landing her dream job at a children’s publishing company. But soon Sophie wonders if one of her colleagues is out to get her. After her best friend in the office is brutally attacked, Sophie becomes increasingly convinced that there are sinister goings-on behind the scenes of the company – and that she and her family are in terrible danger.
The Devil’s Work will be available as a Kindle ebook, in paperback and audiobook. It will be available on Amazon sites worldwide this September. To keep up to date with release dates, you might want to join Mark’s newsletter.