Friday, 15 September 2017

Literary festival

I’m looking forward to appearing at Burnley Literary Festival on Friday 6 October.

I’ll be talking about my books, reading from my next novel and offering advice to budding new authors. 

If you fancy coming along, you’ll be very welcome indeed. 

The event is at Burnley Central Library at 1.30pm.

Order your FREE tickets here:

Friday, 1 September 2017

Plenty to be excited about

I’ve received several items of exciting post recently.

First there was a copy of the Chinese edition of my debut novel, Time to Say Goodbye, which looks totally different to the original but fantastic nonetheless.

Next to arrive was a hard copy of the If Ever I Fall audiobook. I was delighted to get my hands on this: an excellent unabridged version of my second novel, narrated by the very talented Emma Gregory and Leighton Pugh.

Finally, most exciting of all, I’ve just received the page proofs of my next book, Stand By Me, which will be out in paperback and as an ebook on 11 January 2018.

I absolutely can’t wait for this one to be released. I’m really pleased with it. If you enjoyed either of my previous novels, I think it will be right up your street. There might even be a certain character you’ll recognise from Time to Say Goodbye, although I’m afraid that’s as much as I can say without giving anything away.

You can, however, find out a little more about the plot of Stand By Me by clicking HERE, where it’s also available to pre-order.

Being sent the page proofs by my publisher is always a big moment. It’s the first time I get to see the words laid out exactly as they’ll appear in the final product. It’s also something of a farewell, since I get to read the story over just once more, make any final corrections, and then that’s it: my ‘book baby’ leaves my hands for good.

Anyway, I’d better get cracking. Time’s ticking and I’ve got a deadline to meet  . . .  

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Next novel on its way

I had to share this lovely picture of the If Ever I Fall cover that my daughter has just drawn.

She did her own version of the Time to Say Goodbye cover last year too. That’s now framed on the wall of my study (see below); this one will be joining it in due course.

In other news, I’m currently busy working on the copy-edit of my next novel. This is one of the final stages of the editing process. Once complete, the manuscript will be typeset and turned into page proofs by my publisher, Avon HarperCollins. Then I’ll get to read it through one more time before it goes off to be transformed into an actual book.

The title of my third novel is Stand By Me. It will be released here in the UK on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Get it while it's hot

Enjoying the summer?

Well here’s a hot offer for you.

The ebooks of both my novels are now on sale for just 99p* in the KoboKindle and iTunes stores.

Yes, that’s right: you can buy my entire works (so far) for less than £2. That’s cheaper than a glass of wine and, unless you’re an incredibly fast reader or an exceptionally slow drinker, each of these books will last you much longer.

Award-winning author Stewart Foster described Time to Say Goodbye as ‘a very beautiful book about death and its effect on the family.’ He added: ‘It’s sad and extremely moving, yet somehow allows you to laugh at the same time.’ 

Meanwhile, The Sun newspaper gave If Ever I Fall a five-star review, describing it as ‘a heartbreaking tale of love, grief and devotion’. And Sunday Times bestseller Miranda Dickinson found it ‘exceptionally beautiful, emotionally charged and inspirational’.

So what are you waiting for?

In other news, if you’ve already read my first two books and are wondering what’s coming next, I’m currently in the editing stages of my third novel. It has the working title A Friend in the Dark and is due for release in January 2018, so not too long to wait.

*Price correct at the time of writing – but it won’t be for long, so best get in there while you can. 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Your reviews really help

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Radio interview

I dropped into BBC Radio Lancashire this afternoon for a chat with the lovely Nishma Hindocha about my new novel and life as an author.

If you missed it but would like to listen, here’s the catch-up link:
(I’m on air from about 1 hour 23 minutes into the show.)

If you haven’t got a copy of If Ever I Fall yet, the ebook version (Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play) is currently on offer for the special price of just 99p. It’s only until the end of March, though, so just a couple more days to grab a bargain.

Lastly, a big thank-you to the Books on the Underground fairies in London for helping to spread the word again this week about If Ever I Fall. These pictures of staff posing with the book at Victoria Station really made me smile.

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