Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Another wonderful day in my life of crime

Today sees the launch of number three in the D.I. Paolo Storey crime series, Call It Pretending. If you fancy coming along, there’s an online party with quizzes, prizes and giveaways:

For one week only, to celebrate the launch, the publishers have set the Kindle price to 77p/99c, so now’s the time to buy your copy of Call It Pretending.

My fellow Crooked Cat Publishing author, David W Robinson and I had a conversation on all things crime writing and more besides. You can read it in all its glory here:

Bad Moon Rising, the first D.I. Paolo Storey novel, has been doing really well in the States. Yesterday it was riding high in the British Detectives genre chart.

As if that wasn’t all exciting enough, I had a call from the local television company asking if I would like to be interviewed – of course, I said yes. That takes place on 27th January, so now next month will be brilliant as well.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Good News Comes in Threes

This has been one of the best weeks of my writing life so far: book signing, having a novel as ‘Thriller of the Month’ on a major review site and … well, you’ll have to read on to find out what the third item is, but I can promise you, it’s the best news of all (for me).

Book signings can go one of two ways. They can mean sitting in a corner, smiling gamely while shoppers ignore you and buy books by other authors, or …

… they can be hugely successful.

On Friday 29th November and Saturday 30th November my local bookshop organised a 'Meet the Author' event for me. The owner ordered in a stack of my novels and I stood by to be ignored by passing shoppers (as per the opening paragraph). No such thing! We sold out of all copies of Bad Moon Rising and Someday Never Comes. I signed so many books as Frances that it began to feel like my real name!

The bookshop owner was thrilled, so much so, he's ordered in more books and wants me to do it again twice more between now and Christmas.


The second piece of good news came when I got home on Saturday and switched on my computer. I’d received an email to say that Bad Moon Rising had been chosen as a Thriller of the Month on this review site:

 So, what could possibly top the first two pieces of news?

I had an email from my publisher to say that Bad Moon Rising has made the final of the People's Book Prize and that there will be a televised awards ceremony in London next May when the winner will be announced!

Now, isn’t that the kind of week that makes being an author worthwhile?


I will be giving away a copy of my latest release, number three in the D.I. Paolo Storey series, Call It Pretending, on launch day, December 18th. All you have to do to enter the FREE draw is sign up for the newsletter by filling in your email address below. Entry is FREE, the prize is FREE and you could be one of the first to own a paperback copy of the new book – what have you got to lose?