Come a Little Closer

Come a Little Closer – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 ‘Night, everyone,’ Sharon shouted over her shoulder. ‘You going already, Shaz?’ she heard. She didn’t know which of her friends it was, and she didn’t respond. With her back to them all she raised her hand in the air and waved as she reached the exit. She didn’t want them to see her face – to see the guilt in her eyes and the hot flush of her cheeks. Sharon was looking forward to being married to Jez – he was the best – but somehow the pressure of it all, the finality, maybe even the predictability, had got to her, and she had persuaded her friends to meet at the club in town. Jez had gone out too, staying with his brother for the night, so there was no one to rush home to. She had expected to be dancing until dawn with her friends, but when

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Come a Little Closer – the Prologue

My latest novel, Come a Little Closer, is available on Amazon right now. Click here to find out more. And here’s the (very short) prologue! Prologue I don’t know myself any more. My life is unrecognisable – severed into two distinct periods: before – when I could feel the wind on my skin, watch the sky turn from blue to black, hear the birds singing in the morning, smell the earth, damp with rain; and after – the life I am in now, where I cannot tell if it is night or day and the only sound I hear is the slap, slap of bare feet on a linoleum floor. I sit on my narrow bed, staring at the bare wall opposite, wondering how I came to be here. But I can find no answers. All I know for certain is that they are coming. They come every night. I didn’t understand

Come a Liitle Closer

Exciting News – Exclusive Sneak Preview

I like to make sure that my most loyal readers are given advance information of what’s coming, so you are the very first to see the cover of my next book – Come A Little Closer. Please feel free to share the cover on Facebook and Twitter when you see it there in the next week or so! What do you think of the cover? I really love it, and I’ll be excited to tell you more about it in my next newsletter in the new year. For now, though, the plot is still under wraps – more will be revealed very soon. Keep a look out for it, though. We’re expecting to publish mid-February, if all goes to plan!

Killer Women

Killer Women

Your hot ticket to crime writing’s coolest weekend: Unmissable masterclasses, sharp-shooting workshops, hard-hitting pitching sessions, all with the very best in the business. Book now and be the Next Big Thing Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 October, 2017 Browns, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4AG http://killerwomen.org/events/28-29-october-2017-killer-weekend/

Festival of Writing 2017

Festival of Writing 2017

I am delighted to be a keynote speaker at this Writers’ Workshop event on Saturday 9th September, along with Mark Edwards, talking about our routes to publishing success and lessons learned along the way Friday 8th September, Saturday 9th September, Sunday 10th September University of York http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/events.html

Sleep Tight

Sleep Tight for iBooks and Kobo

For some time now, my books have been available exclusively on Amazon – but I’ve had many requests for other versions so I have now made Sleep Tight – my third novel – available on other formats. I’m excited to see what happens, so if you have friends that don’t read on paperback or Kindle, please do spread the word. To buy on Kobo or iBooks, click here  

Kindle Storyteller Prize

Self-publishing gets a well-deserved award of its own

This month is only going to get busier! I am thrilled to have been invited to be one of the judges in the Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising recently self-published work in the English language across any genre on the KDP platform. The Kindle Storyteller prize was open to submissions from all authors and genres (except me, as a judge, of course!). Sadly the deadline for entries has past, but if this competition is as successful as Amazon believes it will be, I’m sure there will be another one – so it’s definitely worth looking out for. There’s an amazing prize too – £20,000!  Plus (and this is where it gets interesting) marketing support from Amazon for the winning title, which in my mind is worth more than the £20,000 because Amazon can make your book fly. About the competition, Kindle content director at Amazon, Alessio

Postcards

Pen the perfect postcard and post it to Rachel Abbott

I’ve been on a lot of book tours this year in all kinds of weather! But now it’s Summer and while I was at the Guernsey Literary Festival I found myself writing a postcard to a friend. It’s not something I’ve done for years and I was reminded how pleasing it is to jot down a couple of paragraphs, sticking to the point and recording a moment or two in time. So, what could be better than dashing off a fictional postcard? In keeping with our dark theme, you’ll need to tell someone why you won’t be coming home! It’s all part of my desire to get you writing. If you’ve never written before it can be scary but so many of you jumped aboard the First Line competition in April that I believe reading your Perfect Postcards will be just that – perfect! I’m looking forward to reading them

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May Events

This month I’m on the road again! First stop is Guernsey Literary Festival on May 11th. I’m going to share a few tricks of the self-publishing trade so hope to see a lot of you there. I’m at the Festival hub at 4pm. It’s a great line-up this year which includes Clare Balding, Sebastian Faulks, Clare Mackintosh and Tom Holland to name just a few. Book your tickets here: http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/index.php/festival-2017/rachel-abbot Then I’m off to New Writing North on May 20th to talk about the highs and lows of self-publishing and the truth is that it is almost exclusively highs with occasional bouts of annoyance that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the things I need to do. I really hope to get a chance to talk to readers, so come along and say hello. Ticket information can be found here: http://newwritingnorth.com/

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Forthcoming events – April 2017

This month I’m going to be out and about, and it would be great to meet up with some of my readers. I’m off to Denmark first to speak at Krimimessen in Horsens on April 1 but I don’t suppose I will catch up with many of you there. http://krimimessen.dk/ And later in the month I will be travelling to the North West of England, visiting Oldham, Bolton, Warrington, Denton and Wallasey. Do let me know if you’re likely to attend any of them so that I can say hello.   Moving on a month, I will be speaking at the Guernsey Festival on 11th May http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/ and at New Writing North on 20th http://newwritingnorth.com/   Later in the year, I’m looking forward to being a judge for the Kindle Storyteller Award, a new literary prize recognising newly published work in the English language across any genre. The prize is