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Come to the party!!

Let’s lift the curtain on this party! Come along to the launch of my latest book – THE SIXTH WINDOW – and the seventh outing for everyone’s favourite detective, DCI Tom Douglas. In an exciting new twist, I will be coming to you LIVE by video – technology permitting – so get your questions ready! **** I’m so happy to invite you to the launch of THE SIXTH WINDOW, which will be available on Amazon from 21st February. Please join me for an online party on Facebook to celebrate its release. Throughout the afternoon and early evening (GMT) there will be competitions and prizes. You will be able to display your knowledge of Hitchcock in Dial M for Murderously Good Fun; my hometown of Manchester gets its very own music scene quiz and in addition there will be a hitlist of killer songs to get us all up and dancing!

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Dying to Write – paragraph 3

If you read last month’s newsletter, you will know that we are running a writing competition – and it’s a bit like a game of consequences! I wrote the opening paragraph of a story, and asked you lovely readers to put flesh on its bones. This month’s winner is Karen Turner who has taken our character down a very dark path – congratulations Karen – your signed book is on its way. Here’s the story so far: Opening paragraph Friday the 13th was the day that my world fell apart. I hadn’t been expecting it. I was happily splashing a lovely stone coloured emulsion onto the rough plastered walls of my tiny cottage, singing along to an old Take That tune on the radio, thinking how lucky I was to have found this wonderful home in the middle of nowhere, when the old bell hanging in the tiny front porch

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News and Events – October 2016

First of all, apologies that the Good Housekeeping Masterclass was cancelled – it will be rearranged for 2017 and I will let you all know as soon as I have the date confirmed. Bristol Festival of Literature – How I became a Bestseller In conversation with SilverWood Books – who produce and distribute my paperback editions – I talk about my route to self-publishing success, and how 2015 psychological thriller Stranger Child became the UK’s bestselling self-published ebook. When: 6-7pm, October 29th Where: Riverside Room at Bristol Mercure Hotel, Welsh Back, BS1 4SP. Ticketed via Bristol Festival of Literature. Please click here to view and book. Chorlton Manchester’s most literary suburb? Yes please! I can’t wait to go to this event – it takes place near my hometown on November 18th-26th and as an author event there will be lots of Q&As on books, writing careers, self-publishing – anything you desire in

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A Writer Writes

The highs and lows of being a writer This month has been great fun in more ways than one. I live on the tiny island of Alderney in the Channel Islands, and August is total madness. Never have I lived anywhere like it, with parties, dinners, lunches and all kinds of other silliness going on. It’s exhausting, but fun. It would be possible to be out every night of the week, but the reality is that I need to work, and I want to work. That period is over now, and things are calming down. But it becomes the start of another silly season – this time the season of travel. As you will see from the News and Events, there are a number of writing festivals coming up, and I’m really looking forward to them. What it means, though, is that time spent writing becomes more limited, and that’s

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Interesting Links

We’ve got some great links for you this month, and hopefully you’ll get lots of ideas of books to read as the nights draw in. Among others on the Telegraph’s list of crime and thriller novels of 2016, discover Jill Dawson’s The Crime Writer a book that places the whisky-soaked genius and celebrated psychological thriller writer Patricia Highsmith inside a novel even more lurid and unlikely than the ones she wrote herself… Telegraph Books – Best Crime and Thriller Novels of 2016 One of the UK’s most popular thriller writers, Mark Edwards, is offering three short sharp shockers when you sign up to his newsletter. Learn more here. Tartan noir queen Val McDermid talks about her extraordinary start in life. Click here to read that fascinating interview.      

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Kill Me Again – Published TODAY!

Wow – I can’t believe the day has actually come! Kill Me Again is now available for sale on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle versions. When I write a new novel – for months if feels as if I have toiled over all the little details (and loved every minute of it) tweaking the bits that I think will satisfy my readers, and it seems like forever until the finished version will see the light of day. But now suddenly it’s upon us, and it’s an exciting day for me. This is my sixth novel (well – number 5.5 really, because Nowhere Child is actually a novella) and I so enjoyed writing it. It’s hard to say more without giving the game away, but my protagonist – Maggie Taylor – has some incredibly difficult choices to make. Not choices that I hope any of us will ever have to face. I published

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Kill Me Again – The Prologue

As I promised last week, here’s an update on my new novel Kill Me Again which I am delighted to say is racing up the charts – and it’s still a week until launch! So what’s it all about?       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 so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone, or why. And then she discovers she’s not the only one looking for him. When a woman who looks just like Maggie is brutally murdered and

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Kill Me Again – Cover Reveal

Here it is, at last – the cover to my new novel – KILL ME AGAIN I’m very excited to be able to share the cover with you – and over the next few days will reveal the blurb, then the prologue! And if you want a chance to see the video trailer, just check out the Join my Campaign paragraph below. JOIN MY CAMPAIGN! Lovely readers, I would love you to help me launch Kill Me Again with a bang. Click on the link below to go to my Thunderclap page. All you have to do is click Support with Facebook or Twitter and on February 17th, one (and one only) post will appear in your timeline, telling your friends and family that Kill Me Again is available to read. https://www.thunderclap.it/…/37381-kill-me-again-book-launc… As an added bonus, you can enjoy the video which gives a spine-tingling flavour of Kill Me Again! Thanks for your amazing

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Season’s Greetings from Rachel Abbott

Merry Christmas everybody and thank you so much for your support throughout the year. You really ARE Gold! I don’t know what you all have in store, but I’ve been busy singing with a local choir, and Alderney really is the most incredibly sociable place – so lots of drinks parties to go to. On Christmas Day, we have friends joining us – sadly not family this year as they are all in the UK – but we’re looking forward to the full Christmas lunch – turkey and all the trimmings. My husband’s family has a tradition of meat and potato pie on Christmas Eve – I have no idea where that came from, but I’m always happy to eat that particular favourite. It’s a simple meal, but leaves lots of time for preparation of the main event on Christmas Day. And then on Boxing Day we have an open