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May 26th, 2017
Featured reader – Tracy Edley
This month’s featured reader is Tracy Edley from Dronfield in North East Derbyshire – thanks so much for submitting your thoughts on The Back Road. I have chosen The Back Road as it is the first book I read of Rachel Abbott’s and it’s still one of my favourites. It was my introduction to the very gorgeous DCI Tom Douglas. He’s such a fabulous character. It really kept me guessing right to the very end with its many twists and turns. I kept thinking I knew where this book was going then suddenly it went off in a totally different direction! Rachel is such a clever writer, and the end is always such a complete shock!
May 29th, 2017
Interesting Links
Unpublished letters reveal from Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead. The two accusations are among explosive claims in unseen correspondence written in the bitter aftermath of one of literature’s most famous and destructive marriages. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/11/unseen-sylvia-plath-letters-claim-domestic-abuse-by-ted-hughes Lena Dunham on ‘Girls’, gender politics and growing up One of the world’s most famous — and outspoken — millennials talks about Trump’s America and life beyond the show that made her famous https://www.ft.com/content/aeef5ada-1eb6-11e7-b7d3-163f5a7f229c It’s that time of year again – time to plan a much-needed holiday – but why not try a holiday with literary benefits? http://www.cntraveller.com/recommended/itineraries/the-best-learning-holidays/page/writing-holidays
June 14th, 2017
In conversation with author Clare Mackintosh
This month I’m in conversation with Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You, who I recently bumped into at The Crime Fair in Denmark and we agreed to have a chat about our publishing journeys. It was great to see you in Denmark, Clare. Was it a good event for you? It was my second time there, and it was really amazing. I’m still fairly new at this with only two books to my name and last time I was there only about two people – my editor and somebody sitting down because they had a bad back – were interested in listening to me speak! Coming back this year after I Let You Go, suddenly I had queues and a massive audience because the book did so well there. It’s a reminder of how much has happened in such a short time. I remember ...
June 14th, 2017
99p Special Offer on Only the Innocent
Only the Innocent was my first novel, introducing DCI Tom Douglas, and has now sold over 600,000 copies worldwide, with over 2,200 reviews and an average rating of 4.3. It was top of the Amazon bestseller list for four weeks. What set of circumstances could be SO BAD that a woman has no choice but to murder a man? Find out now. Read Only the Innocent for just 99p So what’s it all about? A man is dead. The killer is a woman. But what secrets lie beneath the surface – so dark that a man has to die? Women are rarely cold blooded killers. But when famous philanthropist Hugo Fletcher is found dead, there is no doubt in anybody’s mind that the killer is a woman. And it is clear from the precision of the planning that this was no crime of passion. It was an execution. The victim was revered the world over ...
June 15th, 2017
Take time out to reflect on your writing
What a month it has been, and so exciting! I finished the first draft of a new book, and I enjoyed writing it so much it was hard to let it go. I’m now just waiting to get feedback which is bound to be full of heart-sinking moments when I realise that a paragraph that I thought was brilliant isn’t at all, and it needs to be rewritten. It’s all part of the process, though, and I wouldn’t change it. I learned a couple of new lessons with this book – ones that I’ve been subconsciously aware of, but have failed to really take note of in the past. I know that all writers have their own way of doing things so my quirks won’t apply to everybody, but maybe if you’re a writer too, they will give you pause for thought. And that’s the key. Pause for thought. When ...
June 18th, 2017
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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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

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Spice up your Christmas!

One of the best bits of Christmas, if not THE best bit is surely the food! What makes us feel “Christmassy” is the smell of mulled wine brewing on a stove or the joy of your first warm mince-pie of the season. Often it is the tastes and smells that remind us of past Christmases and what they have meant to us.

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Special Offers on Rachel Abbott’s books

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

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Missing Children – a Charity Auction

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.

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Listening to Readers

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!

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Writing rituals and tips for new writers

Following is an interview with Rachel, originally published on NovelKicks, 21 April 2015. What is your new novel, Stranger Child about, and what inspired it? If I had to find one word which sums up what Stranger Child is about, it would have to be revenge – but that nowhere near covers it. Emma Jacobs met David – now her husband – several years ago, but they lost touch when she went to Australia. When she came back, she was horrified to learn that David’s first wife had been killed in a car accident, and his six-year-old daughter had disappeared from the scene. Now, six years later, Emma and David have put the past behind them and are happily married with a new baby, Ollie. And then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world falls apart. Emma discovers things about her own past that shock her, and when

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National Crime Reading Month

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

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Inspiration

I love and hate the question “where do you get your inspiration from?” in equal measure. I love it because it makes me reflect on how I came up with each idea, and I hate it because it makes me feel vulnerable. The worst thing that could happen to a writer is running out of inspiration, and each time I finish a book I think, “I’m never going to have such a good idea again”. So it’s a very worrying question!