Friday, 27 April 2018

Last few days to get "Lies That Poison" for 99p!

Lies That Poison
Last few days!!!

Lies That Poison has been an Amazon Monthly Deal and is still available for 99p (UK only), but as soon as April ends, the price will go back up, so don't miss out!

And don't miss out on my give away... I have one, signed copy of Songs by Dead Girls by Lesley Kelly to give away - just sign up for my newsletter to be in with a chance - see details below. I reviewed Lesley's book here, if you missed it.

Give away


I have one paperback copy of Songs By Dead Girls to give away. All you need to do to be in the draw to win it is to sign up for my newsletter by midnight (BST) on May 20th, 2018. A winner will be drawn from the list of newsletter subscribers and emailed in the week following the end of the competition. If there is no reply within three days, the next name drawn will be contacted. If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you do not need to sign up again. You are already eligible for the draw.

The competition is open worldwide. My decision is final.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of Songs By Dead Girls, just subscribe to my newsletter. It comes out once a month and subscribers are not only in the draw for the book, but will get a free novella and all my special offers.
No spam, and no selling your details on to anyone else, I promise.


Thursday, 26 April 2018

Interview with Lesley Kelly

Songs by Dead Girls book cover
I first met Lesley Kelly when we were both "Spotlighters" in the Crime in the Spotlight slots in 2016's Bloody Scotland. Since then, we have both been involved in "Murder and Mayhem" book events across Scotland and have met up many times.

Last week, I reviewed Lesley Kelly's latest book Songs by Dead Girls. You can read the review here. This week, I'm delighted to share my interview with her.

Your third book, “Songs by Dead Girls” has just been released. This is the second book in the Health of Strangers series. Tell me a bit about it.
When Scotland's leading virologist goes missing, Mona and Paterson from the Health Enforcement Team are dispatched to London to find him. In a hot and unwelcoming city, Mona has to deal with a boss who isn't speaking to her, placate the Professor's over-bearing assistant, and outwit the people who will stop at nothing to make sure the academic stays lost. Meanwhile, back in Edinburgh, Bernard is searching for a missing prostitute, while Maitland is trying to keep the Chair of the Parliamentary Virus Committee from finding out quite how untidy the HET office is.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A Body in The Library

L-R: Me, Wendy H Jones, Caroline Dunford, Lesley Kelly, Mac Logan
Last Tuesday evening, Wendy H Jones, Lesley Kelly, Caroline Dunford, Mac Logan and I were being accused of murder. Again!

We were all at Portobello Library doing a book event, during which, a "body" was found in the library. Naturally, we were all suspected of doing the dirty deed and were questioned by a passing "detective" (Caroline's husband!).

It was a fabulous evening and the audience seemed thoroughly entertained by us all larking about, making stuff up! Although we were all given briefing notes, none of the evening was scripted and there was a lot of off the cuff embellishing, along with a fair chunk of the authors heckling each other. The authors didn't know what questions they were going to be asked by the "detective", though we did know which one of us had "done the deed".

Brilliant evening and hopefully more to come.

Give away - reminder

I have one signed paperback copy of Lesley Kelly's Songs By Dead Girls to give away. I reviewed the book last week - see here if you missed it. All you need to do to be in the draw to win it is to sign up for my newsletter by midnight (BST) on May 20th, 2018. A winner will be drawn from the list of newsletter subscribers and emailed in the week following the end of the competition. If there is no reply within three days, the next name drawn will be contacted. If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you do not need to sign up again; you are already eligible for the draw.

The competition is open worldwide. My decision is final.


To be in with a chance to win a copy of Songs By Dead Girls, just subscribe to my newsletter. It comes out once a month and subscribers are not only in the draw for the book, but will get a free novella and all my special offers.
No spam, and no selling your details on to anyone else, I promise.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

"Songs by Dead Girls" by Lesley Kelly


I'm delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Songs by Dead Girls by Lesley Kelly. Lesley was a Crime in the Spotlight writer at Bloody Scotland in 2016, and is one of the Murder and Mayhem crew. She has won a number of writing competitions, including the Scotsman’s Short Story award in 2008.

Her first novel, A Fine House in Trinity, was long-listed for the McIlvanney Prize. Her second novel, The Health of Strangers was the first in a new series, based in an alternative modern-day Edinburgh, in the aftermath of a potentially deadly virus. Songs by Dead Girls is the second in the series. I first interviewed Lesley last Spring and will be interviewing her again next week.

I also have a copy of Songs By Dead Girls to give away - see the end of this post for details.

Songs By Dead Girls

cover of book: Songs by Dead Girls - Lesley Kelly

The Health of Strangers and Songs By Dead Girls are both set in an alternative Earth, in the aftermath of a potentially fatal virus. The Virus predominantly affects the young and healthy (much like the 1918 'flu pandemic did) and as a consequence, a number of restrictions have been placed on citizens, including compulsory attendance at a monthly health check to ensure that they are not carrying the Virus. The books are based around a team involved in ensuring that everyone goes to these health checks - the Health Enforcement Team.

The blurb for the book is as follows:

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

From Me To You

As many of you might know, I am a stationery fiend. I supply my habit in a number of ways, including getting an occasional subscription to Spotlight Stationery.

Part of the cost of each subscription is donated to charity and this year, the charity that has been chosen is "From Me To You". From Me To You encourages people to write letters to friends or family members who are suffering from cancer. It also has a "Donate a Letter" scheme where people can write to cancer patients who have requested a letter. I have joined the "Donate a Letter" scheme and last week, wrote several letters to be given to cancer patients, to show them that there are people (even strangers) who are thinking of them. You don't have to send long letters - even a card or a postcard will be welcomed.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The end (of editing) is nigh!

Well, it's been quite a battle, and after Nero died, I had to take a break from it all, but... (drum roll, please!)

I've finished editing the next book!

Well, I've finished my editing. The next stage is to send it to Joffe Books and hope they like it enough to publish it! If they do, it will then go to their editor who will undoubtedly have some more changes to suggest.

I can't lie to you; it's been a bit of a slog. This book follows on from The Call (originally The Wrong Kind of Clouds). It's a more standard police procedural than The Call was, but it features Detective Sergeant LB Stewart and Summer Morris again.

I originally started writing it, way back in 2013. 2013!! I then abandoned it, because I just wasn't sure about it all. At that stage it was about 45,000 words long. Having abandoned it, I then wrote three more books - the psychological thriller Lies That Poison, and the first two books in an urban fantasy trilogy.

Fast-forward on to 2017 and I got my publishing deal with Joffe Books, for The Call, Lies That Poison, and any book that featured the same characters from either of them. Lies That Poison is a stand-alone novel, but I did have 45,000 words of a book featuring LB Stewart and Summer Morris. Should I go back to it and see if I could finish it?