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A Writer Writes

It’s easy to think that a writer’s life is at the very least a romantic one. Perhaps we all sit in our plush leather chairs behind our grand desks and wile away the hours tapping effortlessly on our Macs? Sadly, the reality is much closer to TOO MUCH reality! I work from 8am until 8pm every day of the week, breaking only when I travel for literary events and festivals where I am also working. It’s hard and frustrating and tiring and like most writers I wouldn’t change a thing! In this new-look newsletter I am going to note some of my highs and lows to let you see how tough being a self-employed scribe is. For example, this month I have had endless technical problems with my email and I have wasted hundreds of lost hours trying to solve them. Sometimes it’s soul-destroying and I have to remind myself that

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Featured Reader

This month’s featured reader* is Niki Hadden from Chelmsley Wood, Solihull. “I’m reading Sleep Tight at home right now and it’s 20 minutes past midnight and I’ve had to creep downstairs to make sure all my doors and windows are locked. I would have liked to take something sharp and pointy to bed with me – once I’ve switched the landing light on – but my husband is on nights so I wouldn’t want him to think his wife is losing her marbles! Although he’s used to my reading material before bed – women who snap and husbands in jeopardy, that sort of thing! “Sleep Tight is the first book I have read by Rachel Abbott and I have already downloaded Only The Innocent. Tom Douglas is a very intriguing character and I would certainly like to know more about him and the mystery surrounding his brother Jack!” *If you would

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Dying to Write

So many of you have asked me over the years how I started to write. In a nutshell, I had an idea in my head for a while, but as soon as I got the chance I sat down and just started! And you can, too. In this newsletter I’m going  to give you a starter paragraph (see below). Pick it up and run with it. Write the next paragraph of the story for yourself or for me. If you send it to me at newsletter@rachel-abbott.com I will publish the best two or three follow-on paragraphs (in my opinion) to build up a short story over the next six months. Use your imagination, create a world, people it and colour it. That’s what every writer does. Good luck, all you need is a blank screen or piece of paper and an open mind. *** Friday the 13th was the day that

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A Writer Reads

My summer reading picks Over the last few weeks I have read some really great books. If you’re still thinking what to read over the summer – whether at home or on holiday – here are a few of my favourites. Never Alone by Elizabeth Haynes I have loved Elizabeth Haynes’ books since the amazing Into the Darkest Corner – and although I have read and enjoyed her more recent police procedurals (which are also clever and well-written) this book is back to the familiar sense of suspense for which she is famous. As the blurb says “nothing is as it seems, but everything is at stake.” Whether you have read this brilliant writer’s work before or not, I would seriously recommend it. Click here to learn more about this book.   I See You by Clare Macintosh I was sent a preview copy of this book, and I couldn’t wait.

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Special offers on Rachel Abbott novels

It’s time for some summer madness, and to celebrate the (hopefully) warmer weather, several of my books are on special offer for the next few weeks. In the UK Both Sleep Tight and Only the Innocent are on sale for just 99p on Amazon, so now is a great time to pick these up if you haven’t read either of them. There are more details of the books below. In the US My latest novel, Kill Me Again, is on sale for an unbelievable 99¢ – and there’s not long to go before this offer expires.   What are the books about?     KILL ME AGAIN When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be