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March 28th, 2017
A Writer Reads
I have read some wonderful books recently, but there are three which stand out for me. Dead Woman Walking – I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this excellent novel by Sharon Bolton, and as many of you know she is one of my favourite authors. It begins with a dramatic hot-air balloon ride and a view from above of a killer. With a twist that I genuinely didn’t see coming, the tension never drops until the last page. Although not published yet, Dead Woman Walking is available for pre-order. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Woman-Walking-Sharon-Bolton-ebook/dp/B01KL65GTM/         Wrong Place – Having read and thoroughly enjoyed Michelle Davies’ first novel, Gone Astray, I was keen to read the next story in the DC Maggie Neville series. Neville is a Family Liaison Officer, and this gives a unique spin to a police procedural. Wrong Place is the story of a woman ...
March 30th, 2017
Interesting links
Here are a few interesting links that I thought you might enjoy. Is it way past time you finished that novel you’ve been carrying around in your head? Try this article for inspiration! https://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2017/mar/20/how-to-finish-a-novel-tracking-book-progress-wyl-menmuir Peter Swanson, author of The Kind Worth Killing describes his perfect reader perfectly! ‘They have no gender or age, but they are in for the night, and looking to get lost in, and maybe a little scared by, a book.’ Sounds good to me! https://www.ft.com/content/e9c39ac4-f529-11e6-95ee-f14e55513608 An interesting and timely read? I think so: Margaret Atwood on what The Handmaid’s Tale means in the Age of Trump http://nyti.ms/2mo9wkr If you have any interesting links you would like to share, just let me know!
March 30th, 2017
Featured Reader – Beth Moist
Thank you all so much for responding to my request for featured readers – now I have a library of you! I’m going to start off with Beth Moist from Phenix City, Alabama, USA who has some very interesting memories to share. My love for psychological thrillers comes from my childhood. My father was a police officer and he used to ride me around in his patrol car and he would take me in the back of the jail with him. It was so exciting. My father also used to take me on his adventures into ancient Native American burial grounds where we would search for old pottery, arrow or spear heads. The mystery of looking and what I might find was a great thrill for me. My big brother Tom and I would often play and explore in the woods, looking for a secret cave or hide out, pretending ...
March 30th, 2017
Dying to write – the opening line challenge
This month I’ve picked out some great opening lines from psychological crime thrillers. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to come up with one sentence that could start off a book that cannot be put down. My latest book The Sixth Window starts like this: “It had been a night like so many others over the past few weeks, and as the woman looked down on the narrow street below her second-floor window she finally admitted that she couldn’t take any more.” So get your thinking caps on – you need ONE sentence that will hook the reader who’s desperate to walk down the dark path, the one who will go into the basement with a faulty torch when they hear something scratching to get in… The bedroom is strange. Unfamiliar. SJ Watson, Before I go to Sleep An hour before her shift started, an hour before ...
March 30th, 2017
The new novel is underway!
I am so happy to have started work on my next novel! As a writer, it’s such an exciting time as the characters and story begin to take shape in my imagination. Not all writers work in the same way, of course, but for me character definition is a critical part of the writing process. As soon as the overall plot is clear in my mind I begin defining the detail of each of the individuals that the reader will meet along the way. I already have a clear idea in my head of what each of them will look like, but I also like to find a photograph of somebody that is close in looks to my idea. That way I can refer back to it whenever I need a visual reminder. I search Google with a broad description and sometimes find an actor that fits the bill, or ...
March 30th, 2017
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 ...

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**AMAZON BIG DEAL** Sleep Tight for just $0.99!!

I’m delighted to say that the AMAZON BIG DEAL on Amazon.com has featured Sleep Tight for the last ten days, and it has been a huge success. But there are only three days left!! Sleep Tight has been a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic, going into the UK charts two days before release, and staying there ever since. With 146 five star reviews in the US and 217 in the UK and an average of 4.6 stars in total, I am delighted to have had so much support from readers for this book.  Your feedback has been astonishing and delightful. It’s hard to pick a favourite review, but I love the heading Darkly Brilliant from one reviewer. I think one of my favourite review sections come from an Amazon top 50 reviewer who says: “The narrative is ingeniously created maintaining a page-turning tension that is riveting right up to the pulsating nail-biting climax. The characters

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** Amazon Spring Sale ** Two Rachel Abbott titles for just 99p!

I’m thrilled to report that the Amazon UK Spring Sale includes two of my books – Only the Innocent and The Back Road – both for just 99p each! Only the Innocent was a number one title on Amazon just two years ago – reaching the top spot in February 2012, it stayed there for four weeks. It has over 400 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon, and was the second highest selling self-published title of 2012. A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface – so dark that a man has to die? “A brilliant novel comes along once in awhile and this is it! The pacing, the imagery and the fine writing combine to make this an unforgettable novel.”   The Back Road was launched in February 2013, and moved quickly into the top 20, settling in the top five for the whole of

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Tangling with Titles : enter a title survey to win!

Virginia King wrote the first sentence of her psychological mystery over ten years ago. She’s been a children’s author and prize-winning publisher, but she had to teach herself to write a novel by writing it … and writing it. Now it’s finished with the next book in the series well underway. It’s professionally edited with a stunning cover, ready to go – except for the title!  She shares her tangles with book titles from a marketing perspective. Then she invites you to enter her Title Survey for the chance to win her books. Anyone who knows how long I’ve been writing my novel can’t believe I’ve kept at it for so long, gone through so many drafts and versions, ditched so many characters and discovered others, burnt out editors and agents, (kept my husband), only to falter over the title in the months before publication. A title is only a

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A Day in the Life of Author – Laura Kemp

Laura Kemp is a funny person. Her tweets brighten up my day, and her books are witty and unique. I asked her along to the blog today to tell us how her day goes. And you will LOVE the puppy! Laura’s day starts… Far too early: The cat or the puppy or my husband or our son will wake me up. The cat is the easiest to deal with: I can push her off my face and she’ll get the hint. But the same can’t be said for the puppy – I need to jump up to let him out for a wee (if he hasn’t been already which is highly likely). I’m in trouble if it’s my husband because he is extraordinarily happy in the mornings – the opposite of me – so he’ll be singing and talking at me, laughing at my grumpiness and trying to decipher my

SLEEP TIGHT: if you can… you never know who’s watching.

As those of you who follow the blog will know, SLEEP TIGHT was launched on 24th February, and went straight into the  top 50 in the Amazon Kindle Chart, and is currently at number 35. It’s number 1 in both the Psychological chart and the Thriller/Crime chart too, and I couldn’t be more pleased! Those of you who have read the book will know that it deals with a difficult, but very real, subject. Without giving too much away (and nothing that isn’t already mentioned in the book blurb), in Sleep Tight, some children go missing. It’s an interesting but sad fact that over 20% of child abduction cases in the UK are by a parent, and another 20% are abducted by somebody known to them. That’s scary in itself, but perhaps not as scary as the fact that the remainder are abducted by strangers. Surprisingly in 2011/2012 there were over

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SLEEP TIGHT – a story of obsession, deception and retribution

PRESS RELEASE – SLEEP TIGHT LAUNCHED TODAY Available for Kindle and in paperback from Amazon worldwide Rachel Abbott, self-published author of best-selling thrillers “Only the Innocent” and “The Back Road”, was inspired by some of her own experiences when writing her new novel, Sleep Tight, published on Monday 24th February. Sleep Tight is the story of an obsession that escalates from persistent stalking to something far more sinister – a powerful compulsion to possess. When the object of such potent emotions is slipping out of reach, tensions mount and control is lost. When Olivia Brookes disappears with her children, her car is still in the garage, and her purse on the kitchen table. The police want to issue an appeal, but for some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers. When asked about the subject of this novel, Abbott said, ‘Being stalked is a

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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!

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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

A Day in the Life of Author – Alan McDermott

I am delighted to welcome author Alan McDermott to the blog today. Alan is one of those authors that I am in awe of – he writes great books while holding down a full time job, and has twin girls at home too. This is how a normal day for him goes. Amazing! Being an author is fantastic!  The money, the fame, being able to get up whenever you want, write a couple of thousand words and then play a round of golf or go for a spin in the Lamborghini…