Sleep Tight: do you want a sneak preview? Read the prologue!

I promised I would reveal the Prologue to Sleep Tight a week before launch – well I’m two days early, but here you go!  I hope you like it – and there are some tweets at the bottom if you’d like to share. Just click “click to tweet”. If you want to be updated when the book is launched, please fill in the contact form below. Sleep Tight Prologue The girl was smiling as she left the noisy, packed pub, and shouts of laughter were ringing in her ears as she wrestled the heavy door open, letting in an icy blast of cold air. She turned and shouted, ‘Night!’ to anybody who might be looking her way and a few arms were raised in a farewell salute, but most were otherwise occupied with pint glasses, or were gesticulating wildly to emphasise some part of the latest funny story being shared

Try our anti-Valentines Quiz – Dangerous Liaisons

If you want a bit of fun this Valentine’s day, try our quiz! Click on the graphic above to enter and discover some of the most dangerous liaisons and partners in crime from the past. “The quiz winner will get a Sleep Tight goody bag” – including a signed paperback copy of Sleep Tight (or we can send you a Kindle version if you prefer), plus a reading light, eye mask, mug with cocoa and a Do Not Disturb sign – all in their own #sleeptight bag. So give it a try – just ten questions, some easier than others, and the prize could be yours!


Come to the party! The launch of SLEEP TIGHT

The launch of my new novel – SLEEP TIGHT – is getting closer. Just two weeks away, and I can’t wait. I thought it would be great to have a party to celebrate – but as my lovely readers are spread far and wide, it has to be a virtual party this time around. That doesn’t mean we won’t have fun, though, and there are lots of terrific sleep related prizes to win throughout the day – more details will be posted on the event page as and when they arrive on our doorstep. I’ll be launching the video trailer and sharing some great party food with you – all tried and tested by me, so I’m not cheating. There are also going to be quizzes and polls – you can nominate anybody you like who you think would make a great Tom Douglas – and if your choice wins


Blurb reveal: Sleep Tight, by Rachel Abbott

Last week I revealed the new cover for Sleep Tight – and today I am delighted to reveal the blurb – or Product Description as it’s called on Amazon! And we have a tentative release date of 24th February 2014 – which I will confirm next week. In the meantime, if you want to be kept up to date with the launch plans, and be notified when the book is available, please complete the contact form below. SLEEP TIGHT How far would you go to hold on to the people you love? When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All

Cover Reveal: Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

Here it is – at last! The cover for my next novel SLEEP TIGHT. Over the next few weeks between now and launch (a date in February, yet to be announced), I will be posting snippets – the book blurb, the prologue, the first three chapters – so if you want to follow progress, follow the blog! (options on the left of the screen). If you want to be informed when the book is available to purchase, I will add you to my launch day mailing list, so just fill in the contact form below. (Note: we will never share your contact details, and you can be removed from the mailing list at any time.) I hope you like the cover! I love it, and it’s all down to the one and only Alan Carpenter, who has designed all my covers and put up with so many changes of direction

The blog is getting a whole new look for 2014

I confess that the blog has taken very much a back seat while I have been writing book number three – but I haven’t stopped thinking about it and planning for the future. I started the blog originally because I had just begun the journey as a self-published author, and I realised that it wasn’t as easy as it first sounded. It was a slow process to get my book ready for the Kindle, and then for other platforms too – and I wanted to share everything I had learned with other authors who were experiencing the same traumas. But all that has changed now. The web is full of helpful advice, and I have just finished my third book so I’m not sure I have enough to add to the help for new authors.


The Back Road hits the top spot on the Waterstones’ chart

The Back Road was originally published as an Amazon exclusive – an arrangement that lasted for six months. I’ll be talking more about that experience in a subsequent post, but now it is available in all formats and on most ebook websites.  Waterstones has proved to be a particular great company to work with, and they have kindly featured The Back Road on their e-books home page and asked me to write a blog post about my experiences as a self-published author. I’ve copied it here to share. Since writing the post I am happy to report that The Back Road has already hit the top spot on the Waterstones’ ebook chart. Only the Innocent has also crept back into the top 10 at number 5. Update: Waterstones confirmed that despite The Back Road only being launched in September, it is the 4th highest selling ebook for the whole of 2013. Only the Innocent

Book Launch: the new novel from Rachel Abbott – THE BACK ROAD

I am delighted to announce that my new novel – The Back Road – has been launched in the UK! For those who loved Only the Innocent, you will no doubt be pleased to hear that Tom Douglas is making a reappearance. In The Back Road, he is taking a sabbatical, but it doesn’t stop him from getting involved when he knows that there is a mystery to solve – and in the next book, he’s back in the police and ready for action. Here’s what it’s all about: One girl is fighting for her life in hospital. One village is struggling to hold tight to its secrets.

Only the Innocent enters US Kindle top 10!

I am absolutely delighted and proud to announce that Only the Innocent has today hit the number 9 position in the Kindle Store on the Amazon US site. Following its success in the UK last year, I had never expected to have a similar success in the US, but the book was relaunched just last week – 5th February – in Kindle, paperback and audio versions, and has risen steadily through the last six days to break into the top ten today. It is also #1 in British Detectives, #2 in Suspense and #2 in Thrillers. And for now, it’s still available at just $2.99! And for those who like a freebie, the Goodreads Giveaway is still active for another seven days! Thanks to all the followers of this blog who have been so supportive over the last twelve months. Only the Innocent is still available on Amazon UK and in