Release the fog!!! Well, on pre-order anyway…

So, yesterday I pushed the button. Sherlock Holmes and the Deathly Fog, the second instalment in my Halloween Sherlock series (yes, I have decided it's a series), is now available to pre-order, and will launch in September! Just in case the header image on here has done weird things to it, here is the book cover in full: …

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And we’re off! Camp NaNoWriMo begins…

Hello all. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and I am feeling smug because I've written 1250 words this morning and started a new book! CampNaNoWriMo has begun. Well, it started yesterday but I was running a poetry and short story event at Stockton Heath festival, so for me today was the day. …

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Something for the weekend

'Whoa, what's that?' I hear you cry. 'What's that picture with Book News over the top of it?' Only I'm sure you expressed it so much better than I just did. Just a couple of things to take us into the weekend. The first is that I have a Kindle Countdown Deal running on my Sherlock …

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Thunderclaps and giveaways and discounts, oh my!

A Jar Of Thursday Thunderclap and giveaway Have I mentioned that I've set up a Thunderclap campaign for A Jar Of Thursday? 😉 If you haven't heard of one before, a Thunderclap is a big synchronised social media share, with the purpose of making an impact. As you can see, it's going pretty well, with 72 supporters at …

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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 …

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A Thursday update: ARCs available!

What a relief! Yesterday I got the last comments from my wonderful proofreader, made the changes, and uploaded the final version (I hope) of A Jar of Thursday to Amazon. I'm a natural fretter, so while I knew I had time to make changes, I still had the what ifs in the back of my mind. What …

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It’s #ComedyBookWeek on Twitter!

Taking a very quick break from editing (yes, STILL editing), to mention the marvellous #ComedyBookWeek that's been going on this week. It's the brainchild of Ana Spoke, author of Shizzle, Inc, and if you follow the hashtag you'll find all sorts of goodies - interviews, reviews and giveaways. Plus many of the participating books (over 100 at …

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Big in Croydon

Just popping in to share a very kind and completely unexpected review of the Secret Notebook in the Croydon Citizen newspaper, courtesy of the lovely folks at BookAngel! When I ran my free day for the Secret Notebook last month, BookAngel was one of the sites I contacted to promote the book on the day. They did a great job …

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Take a free bite of Bitesize!

I'm delighted to say that Bitesize, my new collection of 68 flash fiction stories, is now available to pre-order from Amazon at an introductory price of 99p/99c! Launch day (box-opening day?!) is Saturday 25 June, UK National Flash Fiction Day. To celebrate, I've decided to try something new. I've created a little 4-story sampler, one from each …

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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 …

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