Saturday, 28 May 2011

Bargain books for the bank holiday weekend

Well, it seems it's a holiday weekend in both the UK and the US, and since there's neither a fancy wedding nor a dead terrorist in sight right now, I thought some folk might be doing what I'm doing and taking the chance to catch up with some reading.

That being the case, I have dropped the price of 'Convictions' to 70p/99c, and I'll be leaving it there throughout June. That's the minimum allowed by Kindle, and short story collection 'Gone Bad' is available at that price, too. You could pick both up for less than the price of a coffee, which surely can't be bad. (You'll find links in the sidebar if you're interested.)

If you're wondering what they're like, these past few days have brought a couple of smashing new reviews, one each for Gone Bad and Convictions.

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.)

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

Enjoy your weekend, folks, whatever you end up doing.

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!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Catching up

Now that my debut novel '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.