Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #4

Today is hardback publication day of A Patient Fury. There’s nothing like having a physical book in your hands and it was very exciting to open the box sent to me by my publishers, Faber and Faber. A Patient Fury is  the story of a deadly house fire in Derbyshire and a mother believed responsible for  killing her entire family. However, there appears to be fourth figure in the shadows. Could the disappearance of Elizabeth Winson in 1980 have anything to do the murder of her husband’s new family?

To celebrate, I’m giving away two hardback sets of my books: one for a UK reader and the other for a reader outside the UK.

As with the previous days, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me who your favourite British crime author is.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and don’t forget to check out the previous competitions this week. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

*** The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winners Peggy in the US and Sheila Howes. Thanks to all who entered and for all the best wishes on publication day.***

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Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #3

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of translated crime fiction and Nordic noir in particular. Today, to celebrate the publication of A Patient Fury, I’m giving away a set of the Martin Beck books by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Published between 1965 and 1975, the books have been a huge influence on many writers. This edition has introductions from authors such as Henning Mankell and Colin Dexter and when placed together spell the name of their detective across the spine. It’s a lovely set and a duplicate of the ones I already have. I’ll also throw in a packet of Scandi chocolates for liquorice fans.

We’ve just opened entires for the 2018 Petrona Award for Translated Scandinavian Crime Fiction and I’m looking forward to reading the entries.

As with the previous days, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me who your favourite Nordic author is.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer for the rest of the week:

Thursday

 

 

 

Friday

***The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Victoria Goodbody. Thanks for all the entries and it’s great to hear of Henning Mankell’s enduring appeal.’

Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #2

IMG_1103The e-book of A Patient Fury is out today!

To celebrate, I’m giving away the audio books of my first two DC Childs novels In Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw. Whole Story Audio at F W Howse have kindly donated the CDs for this competition and thanks to the lovely Ellis Moore for arranging for this. Audio books are becoming increasingly popular, I’m a big fan and listen to my favourite authors when I’m pottering around the house.

As yesterday, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite audio book is.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer for the rest of the week:

Wednesday

 

 

 

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Friday

 

 

 

 

 

***The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Dave Gibson. Thanks to all who took part. I loved reading about your favourite audio books.***

Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #1

It’s publication week for my new crime novel, A Patient Fury. It comes out in e-book tomorrow and hardback on Thursday. To celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway each day until Friday of various books connected to my reviews and writing including, of course, my own novels. I’ll still be posting my reviews – I have one coming tomorrow but I though it’d be nice to celebrate too.

Today, as promised, I’m giving away a bundle of four proofs that I reviewed last week.The books are published in 2018 so the lucky winner will get early sight of these excellent crime novels by Eva Dolan, Cara Hunter, Roz Watkins and Karen Ellis. Today’s giveaway is to celebrate book reviewers who do a sterling job to promote authors and reading in general. It’s the start of the blog tour for A Patient Fury today and I’m very grateful for the support of the bloggers involved. I’ll be posting the reviews on my Facebook page.

To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you already receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me what your favourite read of 2017 is so far.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer for the rest of the week:

Tuesday

 

 

 

Wednesday

 

 

 

Thursday

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 

 

 

**** The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Sue Leavey. Thanks to all who took part. I loved reading about your favourite book this year.*****

Competition time: A Deadly Thaw, In Bitter Chill and cake!

IMG_0139Only seventeen days to go until the UK publication of A Deadly Thaw. I’ve had my copies of the hardback through the post and they’re gorgeous. They also look great alongside In Bitter Chill on the bookshelf!

13563676_10153618998626625_612631096_nTo celebrate, I’m giving away a signed copy of both books. Also, given how popular it was last time, I’ll send the lucky winner a Bakewell tart  from the original shop in Derbyshire. I’ll post this and the books to anywhere in the world so you can enjoy it with your cup of tea or coffee. I’ve used the photo from the last competition to show the cake. If I visited the shop to buy another to photograph for this competition, it’d be gone by tomorrow!

All you have to do to enter is fill out your name, e-mail address and the name of your favourite crime novel. Your e-mail will only be used for my newsletter and adding the name of your favourite book helps me filter out spam. The competition ends at 8pm on Sunday 21st August.

Thank you! The countdown to A Deadly Thaw’s publication has begun. Don’t forget you can pre-order it now on Amazon UK and Amazon US as well as in your local bookshop.

**The competition is now closed. The winner was Kate Noble in Aberdeenshire**

Crime fiction news: Two Deals and book covers

It’s been a while since I caught up with some of my own book news on Crimepieces and, as I’ve just come back from an inspiring crime fiction week-end, I thought I’d do a catch-up post.

12592625_10153481054746272_6124983143165198684_nDeal Noir was launched last year and I was a member of the audience listing to the fascinating discussions. This year I was on the debut authors panel talking about In Bitter Chill along with Simon Booker, SJI Holliday and Alison Baillie. Moderated by Andy Lawrence it was fascinating to hear about the other authors’ routes to publication. I’ve reviewed on this blog Holliday’s Black Wood and Baillie’s Sewing The Shadows Together and am looking forward to reading Simon Booker’s debut, Without Trace. Thanks to the organisers, Susan Moody and Mike Linane, for what was a great event.

A comment by a reader of Crimepieces reminded me that I hadn’t shared the cover of my second book, A Deadly Thaw, in any posts. I now have lovely covers for both the UK and US editions which are out in September. It’s interesting how the designers have interpreted the story for differing markets and I think they both look great. The UK cover is on the left. Both are available to pre-order in bookshops and on Amazon.

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A Deadly Thaw US

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, as I was travelling down to Deal, my publishers Faber and Faber announced that they’ve bought by third and fourth books in my Bampton series. Book three, which I’m currently writing, is provisionally titled A Patient Fury and is set in the summer in the Peak District.  I love being at the stage where the story is being put down on the page. Here’s the announcement in the Bookseller.

Thanks to everyone for their support of my writing. I love both writing and reading crime novels and it’s great to have the opportunity to do both. On Wednesday the Petrona judges will be getting together to choose the shortlist for the 2016 Award. It’s interesting how many good books are out there so it will be a tough choice. I’m looking forward to talking crime fiction once more.

In Bitter Chill – Launch, Publication Day and a big Thank You

11667362_10152930536666272_4707983935079917515_nYesterday, my debut novel In Bitter Chill was published in the UK. It’s been a special time and I’ve only just drawn breath to write this post.

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Goldsboro

On Wednesday I was in London signing copies of my novel for the excellent Goldsboro Books. In the evening we celebrated publication at a launch party at the Faber and Faber offices in Bloomsbury. People from across the crime fiction community came to celebrate the book’s launch. I had guests from Switzerland and Greece as well as across the UK. A regular haunt for us crime fiction aficionados is Maison Bertaux in Soho. The day kicked off there with cakes and tea before moving on to the launch. There, we had more cake made by Karen Sullivan, publisher at Orenda Books. For those of us who wanted something to eat on the hottest night of the year we then moved on for a curry. Many thanks to everyone who attended: bloggers, readers, writers, translators, journalists and all crime fiction lovers. Special thanks to Katherine Armstrong, my editor at Faber and Kirsty Mclachlan, my agent, at DGA for helping bring In Bitter Chill into being.

Curry
Curry

I started Crimepieces before I became an author and I intend to keep posting my reviews here. There’s some great crime fiction out there to discuss. For those interested in the progress of my book, I have an events page and am posting quotes from reviews. All are accessible from the tabs at the top of the website. I also have a Facebook page and Twitter account that can be accessed from the links on the right.

At Maison Bertaux with friends
At Maison Bertaux with friends

In the meantime, I want to thank all the regular readers of Crimepieces for their support.