Thursday, 26 May 2011

Read all about 'em!

These past few days have brought a couple of smashing new reviews, one for Gone Bad and one for Convictions. And for anyone thinking about picking up 'Convictions', I'm dropping the price to the Kindle minimum allowed (99c/70p)  in time for the Bank Holiday weekend and it'll stay low right through June. (Gone Bad is already 99c/70p.)

If you fancy a read but you don't have an e-reader,  you can get free software from Amazon in the UK (here) and also Amazon in the US. (There are others available too - Google will tell you all about them.)

My sincere thanks to all those wonderfully generous folks who have bought the books and/or taken the time to write reviews. I am extremely grateful.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Two by two


Stories
The wonderfully talented Steven Miscandlon has a story up at Thrillers, Killers and Chillers. FRIGID AIR is his first new tale for some time and his debut at the site. Pop over and have a read - it's dark, clever and funny, and an absolute treat.

Smarty-pants Sam Adamson has not one, but two stories in anthologies published this week. He tells all here. (Read his vampire tales while you're there - they are brilliant!)

Interviews
Charlie Williams is over at Criminal-E, talking about Blakey, Mangel and the forthcoming One Dead Hen.

And Declan Conner is doing the one man waltz over at Nigel Bird's Sea Minor.

Websites
As well as the new Writing Services website, I have an author website under construction.

Reviews
Some absolutely smashing reviews have been posted recently. New ones for GONE BAD have come in from Chris Rhatigan and Grooydaz39, and the first one for CONVICTIONS from Josh Stallings. Thank you, all, your kind words are very much appreciated.

And finally, in the spirit of twos that this post embraces, I'm posting it at both blogs. What a cheek!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Beautiful, Naked and Dead

I just finished reading Beautiful, Naked and Dead and I absolutely loved it. In Moses McGuire, Josh Stallings has given us a new hero. Battle-scarred, cynical and suicidal, frequently drunk and a regular dry-humper of strippers, he might not sound like the sort of person you’d see coming to the rescue, but don’t be fooled: Moses is one of the most loyal, decent and moral people you’ll meet (certainly between the pages of this novel).

In Beautiful, Naked and Dead, Moses is an avenging angel, albeit one with a pocket full of drugs and bullets. It’s a long, hard journey he takes us on, and it’s one hell of a ride. Buckle up and brace yourself - you won’t want to miss a thing.

It’s hard to believe this is Josh Stallings’ debut novel. Not only is he a terrific story-teller, he’s one hell of a writer. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Buy it here.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Reviews

Now that 'Convictions' is up and running, I happily have time to catch up with some reviews of things I've been reading as well as  reading some things I've been dying to get stuck into, which will themselves be reviewed soon. For starters we have Sean Patrick Reardon's novel MINDJACKER and Nigel Bird's short story collection DIRTY OLD TOWN.

Sean Patrick Reardon: MINDJACKER

LA psychologist Joel Fischer is a bad man. He’s also brilliant, and a sociopath. When Joel develops the DreemWeever, he creates a device that takes manipulation to a whole new level. When the device is stolen before he can deliver it to the Russian mobsters who commissioned it, things get very ugly, very fast. As Joel’s people race against the clock to retrieve the device, certain truths begin to emerge, fiction blurs into reality, and loyalties are tested. If you like fast-paced thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat, Mindjacker is for you. It’s a wild ride, packed with musical references, taut as a drum, a great read that’ll keep you turning the pages right to the end. Highly recommended.

Dirty Old Town is a terrific collection of stories - in turns sad, funny, poignant, violent and chilling. My favourites are Sea Minor, Taking a Line for a Walk, and Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight). Having said that, each one of these stories is an absolute pleasure to read and will stay with you long after you’ve finished. This collection is highly recommended. Nigel Bird is a writer to watch.

I thoroughly enjoyed both of these books. I hope you do, too.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Convictions

Well, I did it. I finished the novel that I wrote the bulk of last November during NaNoWriMo. It has variously been called 'Annie' (that one was never going to fly!), 'Lost Children', and finally 'Convictions', the title under which it has now been published. As with Gone Bad, I've published this as an e-book.

With this story I did quite a bit of planning. For the first time ever, before I even put fingers to keyboard, I had a clear idea of what I was going to write. (Previously it's all been a bit vague - 'there'll be a bloke and a woman and this will probably happen'.) I might as well not have bothered - a couple of characters who should have been bit-part players muscled in and took over. As a result of that, I ended up writing a story with a lot of police involvement, and that's not something I'd ever intended to do.

Luckily for me, I'm a fully paid up member of Christopher Brookmyre's 'MSU Institute of Research'. 'MSU' stands for 'Making Shit Up' and that's pretty much the essence of story-telling anyway. Don't get me wrong, I find out as much as I can about the stuff I write about, but it simply isn't possible to get to the bottom of everything - and, like many a writer before me, I don't let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Anyway, 'Convictions' is out there now, so the readers can decide whether it's a good story or not. Please, check it out if you feel so inclined. You can get a chunk of it free from either Smashwords or Amazon to see if it's your sort of thing. If you do take a look, thank you, and I hope you enjoy it.