An approaching bookiversary

I did have a vague feeling that something was coming up! It's very nearly a year since the launch of The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes, and Facebook very helpfully put a memory in front of me a couple of days ago...the moment when I cleared my throat and announced that I had a book coming … Continue reading An approaching bookiversary

Mwahaha! The Case of the Snow-White Lady is released!

Look, it's nearly Halloween, cut me some slack here! This story wasn't supposed to happen at all. I was planning to write a nice modern mystery, and in preparation I went to an excellent lecture by Kathryn Harkup called 'A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie', part of the Daresbury Laboratory Talking Science series (there's … Continue reading Mwahaha! The Case of the Snow-White Lady is released!

I’m in Kindle Scout!

Well, not me as such...but my book is! What's the book about? It's a mystery novel called A House Of Mirrors, and it's a Sherlock Holmes story told by none other than Mrs Hudson - but she isn't the Mrs Hudson you know... This is what it looks like: Here's a short blurb: When her … Continue reading I’m in Kindle Scout!

What makes a book cover?

I've been posting the cover of A Jar of Thursday quite a bit in social media lately - Whoops, sorry, finger must have slipped 😉 Anyway, while I've put a credits section in the back of the book, it struck me that to be fair I should also share the credits via social media. And as the … Continue reading What makes a book cover?

What’s A Jar of Thursday and how can I get one?

I'm very happy to announce that, slightly earlier than anticipated, A Jar of Thursday is available to pre-order as an ebook on Amazon, and launches on Thursday 29 September! What's a jar of Thursday? Well, of course you'll have to read the book to find out, but it's a novella, a sequel to one of the stories … Continue reading What’s A Jar of Thursday and how can I get one?

A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection

So having said in my last post that I had nothing really to flag up, I discovered almost immediately afterwards that Bitesize got a mention in Joel Friedlander's eBook Cover Design Awards post for July! I'd submitted the cover mainly in the hope that people might see it and consider exploring the book, so Joel's … Continue reading A Bitesize trio: a book design mention, a question, and a reflection

Cover reveal: Coming soon…Bitesize!

Well, I did say I was finalising another book cover...and here it is! Say hello to Bitesize! Bitesize is a collection of flash fiction: no stories over 500 words have been allowed in (and neither has Sherlock Holmes!). Something which stuck with me from Chris Beckett's introduction to FlashDogs: Volume 2 was his comparison of a short story … Continue reading Cover reveal: Coming soon…Bitesize!

Book cover boost

Just dropping in to share some feedback I got for the Secret Notebook cover. I know, it's a bit sad, but I really am properly chuffed. On a whim, I submitted the e-book cover for The Secret Notebook of Sherlock Holmes to the monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards, run by none other than Joel Friedlander, book designer … Continue reading Book cover boost

6 things I learnt while making my book cover…

Yes, I admit it. In spite of all the advice about not making your own book cover and getting a proper designer/cover artist/using an appropriate stock photo/getting a quality premade cover, I went ahead and designed my own. Here's why: I had a very strong idea of how I wanted the cover to look. The … Continue reading 6 things I learnt while making my book cover…