One week ’til launch!

This time next week, I’ll be nervously biting my nails in preparation for the paperback launch of Black Wood at Waterstones Chiswick with best-selling crime author, Martyn Waites

Just to whet your appetite a bit more – check out this fab video with a selection of the recent reviews from the eBook (which at the time of writing, was sitting at #22 in the overall kindle chart. Wow!) Thank you to everyone who’s bought it and passed on their lovely comments and reviews. It is STILL only 59p 🙂

If you want to know more and the book and about me, you can follow the blog tour – starting on Monday 16th March…


I’m so excited… Can you tell? 😉

HomicIdes of March Big Book Giveaway

Well it’s only been 5 days since Black Wood was released into the wild, and I’m delighted that it’s already broken into the kindle top 50…

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…and it’s a Number 1 Bestseller in both Scottish Crime and Vigilante Justice, and #2 in Psychological Thrillers – next to my release day twin, Louise Voss 🙂

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Susi & Louise

Thank you all for buying it – and thank you to those who’ve already read it and either sent me lovely messages or left me an Amazon review (currently rated as 4.8 with 11 reviews). I am still terrified every time someone tells me they’ve started reading it, but am delighted that the reaction so far has been very positive!

Also – for anyone who ordered the paperback – it appears that Amazon are fulfilling their pre-orders right now, and some people have already received the book! It’s not officially released until 19th March, with my launch on Wed 18th at Waterstones Chiswick (and the following week, Thurs 26th, in Waterstones West End, Edinburgh)  – I can’t wait!

Now, I’ve got news about TWO giveaways… Firstly, if you’d like to win a signed copy of Black Wood, you can enter HERE (closes on Wed 4th March)… and Secondly, if you’d like to win a copy of Black Wood plus 40, yes *40* other fantastic crime thrillers, then you need to click HERE (closes 31st March – and if you get your friends to enter, you get an extra entry for yourself). I’ll say it once more… WIN Black Wood plus 40 other thrillers – in paperback – delivered straight to you!

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Three Book Launches

One of the big things that many authors (especially debut authors) get excited about is book launches. It’s certainly something that I daydream about while waiting to hear the fate of my book with publishers. Often self-published and small-press authors have to arrange and pay for the launch themselves. Some publishers may not see a huge benefit in doing anything at all – after all, it might not translate into sales… but I think the birth of your book-baby is something to be celebrated, no matter on what scale.

I’ve been to three launches recently (two of them this week!), and they were all very good and very different.

Sarah Pinborough launched THE LANGUAGE OF DYING at Foyles, Charing Cross Road in December. There was a lot of book browsing, an author Q&A with Will Carver, wine & cookies, and afterwards everyone went to the pub across the road. It was perfect, simple, and I met loads of interesting people, including Uber-Reviewer, Liz Wilkins.


On Tuesday, Mel Sherratt launched WATCHING OVER YOU upstairs at The Fellow, Kings Cross. As this was a private room in a pub, this basically involved lots of drinking and mingling with authors, readers, and Mel’s friends and family. Mel’s agent, Maddie Milburn, gave an impassioned speech, followed by the lady herself thanking everyone who had helped her along the way. It was a lovely night (with a few amusing drunken antics and loads of photos, of which I took none) and felt like the perfect celebration for Mel reaching the pinnacle of her long journey to becoming a successful author. Note that I said pinnacle of her journey, her already successful career is now surely set to rocket 🙂


Finally, my agency-mate Luca Veste launched DEAD GONE at Belgravia Books, nr Victoria on Thursday. This was a shop I had never been to before, and I instantly fell in love with the table of books, covered with so many unusual titles that I could easily have spent a fortune. Luca’s editor, Sammia (Avon), gave a lovely speech, followed by a humble and hilarious one from the man himself. Again, this event was centered around wine, nibbles and nattering… and afterwards, a trip to a nearby curry house (I didn’t go… wish I had…)

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I hear that Luca and Mel are carrying on the celebrations in their home towns of Liverpool and Stoke next week… I’m looking forward to seeing photos and hearing all about those!

Thanks to Sarah, Luca and Mel for inviting me to their launches: three perfect venues, three great authors, three must-read books.

Now it’s back to daydreaming about my own… 🙂