I absolutely love it when one or more of my books goes into a special promotion. Some people think it’s madness to offer books at such a low price, but I think it’s terrific because I hope it will bring me new readers – people who may not normally choose to buy a thriller, for example. I like to think my thrillers are a little different from most. They don’t necessarily focus on all that is gory but hopefully we do get into the minds and souls of both the good guys and the bad. The stories are told generally from the perspective of the victims or perpetrators of the wicked deeds, and although we have the gorgeous Tom Douglas and lovely Becky Robinson around to help solve the ultimate crime, the people we care most about are those who are suffering at the hands of evil. This December I am …
I love the research phase of writing my books. It is always a shock to me how easy it is to find out how to kill somebody on the internet – or even how to find somebody to do it for you! Not all of my research is online, of course. There are certain things that need to be understood from experts – in particular any elements of police procedure. I don’t base my writing on the approaches witnessed in television programmes. I go straight to somebody who knows what really happens – a real, experienced, ex-detective chief inspector. And that too surprises me, though I always expect a significant difference between what we see on the television and reality.
Earlier this year, I published a novel – Stranger Child – which did very well for me. It’s a novel I’m proud of. In the UK it has just under 1300 Five Star reviews and was the 11th highest selling book on the UK Kindle in the first six months of the year – and that’s across all authors – just being pipped into the top ten by Lee Child (but that’s fair enough!). However, as Stranger Child only came out at the end of February, thereby losing two months’ sales, it would have been interesting to see what the picture might have been with a full six months to go on!
June is National Crime Reading Month in the UK, and so it’s time for you all to choose your favourite crime writers, and get reading. I’d love to know what you are reading – just add a comment. To celebrate this exciting month, my latest novel – Stranger Child – is going into an Amazon Kindle promotion not just in the UK, but in the US and Australia too. Since launch, Stranger Child has been incredibly successful, remaining in the top twenty for three months after launch, and still in the top 100. With over 800 reviews, it has a star rating of an amazing 4.7. The promotional prices are 99p, $1.99 and $(AUS) 1.49 If you don’t read on the Kindle, you will be pleased to hear that a paperback version of Stranger Child is also available (although sadly not in the promotion). Please do share this with your …
I’m really excited to be doing a blog tour for Stranger Child, and there are some great interviews and posts lined up. I’ll be talking about writing, characters, inspiration – the bloggers have asked some fascinating questions, and it would be great if you could spare the time to visit some of the tour stops. Check out the poster below to find out what’s on and where, and then underneath the poster are the live links to the blogs to make it as easy as possible for you to visit. On some systems, the poster might be difficult to read, so here are the dates and the subjects: An interview with Tom Douglas – 25th February http://www.jenniferjoycewrites.co.uk/ Extract from Stranger Child – 26th February http://jerasjamboree.blogspot.co.uk/ Social Media and Authors – 27th February http://kimthebookworm.blogspot.co.uk/ Q&A with Rachel Abbott – 28th February http://promotingcrime.blogspot.com/ Writing Rituals and Inspiration – 1st March http://www.novelkicks.co.uk/ The …
Stranger Child – my fourth thriller – is published TODAY on Amazon for the Kindle, and I’m very excited. If you haven’t already signed up to come along to the Facebook party, it starts at 2 pm GMT and lasts for seven hours – so you can dip in and out when you like. Do please come along and join. Click here to find out more. (Note: A paperback version will be published in May.) Check out the video above to set the mood. One dark secret One act of revenge They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right. Visit the Amazon page, wherever you are in the world, to find out more.
On 24th February, I will be holding a launch party on Facebook for Stranger Child, and I’d love you to come along and join in the fun. The party lasts from 2 pm to 9 pm (GMT) but just pop in and out when you have the time. There are competitions, lots of great prizes (including a much coveted ‘Come Dine with Tom Douglas’ apron), music, quizzes and a chance to chat with other readers and fire questions at me! Just click on the graphic and choose JOIN, and it will be great to see you there.
My new novel, STRANGER CHILD, is due for release in Kindle format on 24th February – just nine days away. I thought you might like a sneak preview of the prologue. Stranger Child – Prologue Another ten minutes, and she would be safely home. Caroline Joseph gave a shudder of relief that the long journey would soon be over. She never enjoyed driving at night and always felt slightly out of control. Each pair of approaching headlights seemed to draw her towards them, their white light illuminating the car’s interior as she gripped the steering wheel, struggling to point the car straight ahead.
It was a cold start to the morning, but at least it wasn’t raining. I can confess to slight disappointment – I was hoping that it would rain for ten minutes so I could wear my purple poncho – the waterproof version – bought especially for the trip, and up to now unworn. I nearly wore it anyway, to keep me warm.
There’s not much to say about the next two days – they were almost exclusively spent travelling. After leaving the ship, we took the coach and had a tour of the some of the highlights of Mandalay. It’s an interesting city and seemed to me to be cleaner that Yangon – but that could be because I am just more used to Burma. They have a huge problem with rubbish here – plastic bags have entered their world without any thought of how they are going to get rid of them all. As many of the villages don’t even have sewers or running water, I think the idea of garbage collection is quite far down the list. My guide today told me that she volunteers once a month to collect plastic bags from the streets, as do many of the other people who are concerned about keeping their area beautiful.