#KillerFest15 is on its way ! – From @HarperCollinsUK & @Waterstones

Thursday, March 5th 2015

Okay Crime Fiction fans, here’s what we got so far.
Harper Collins and Waterstones are partnering on a virtual festival on 13th & 14th March 2015.
We don’t have much more than that at the moment, it’s too early to guess at its M.O. or just how many victims there might be already, but they’re sure to have their best working the case already, so we’re hoping to get a break real soon.
For updates on the investigation and developments in the case best you get yourself following #KillerFest15 or, better still, get yourself signed up for the festival right HERE.…

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‘It’s time to go monster-slaying. Who’s with me?’ @CR_UK #Cancer #ThamesPathChallenge

Monday, March 2nd 2015

Something I read today made me sad, then it made me angry, then it made me want to do something.
So, I wrote this little piece and, if you want to help, it will be greatly appreciated by those who need it most:
He’d never even met her, so his reasons for the clawing sadness in his gut were confusing to him.
It had to do with the cruel hand that had been dealt, that’s all he could put it down to. It simply wasn’t just, wasn’t right.
Whilst across the world men killed men, men hurt women, men left children damaged – how could it be that a person who didn’t have a single bad bone in her body be snatched away so cruelly?…

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR ASPIRING WRITERS AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR 2015

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Agent one-to-one sessions and The Write Stuff competition –
Call for Entries!
The London Book Fair (LBF), the UK’s biggest gathering of international publishers and agents, has announced a Call for Entries for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, which are part of a whole range of initiatives on offer in Author HQ – LBF’s home for writers and aspiring writers, sponsored by Kindle Direct Publishing.
Agent One-to-One meetings will give authors an invaluable opportunity to talk directly to an agent from a leading literary agency about their books, seek advice about any stage of the writing process and receive direct feedback on pitches and ideas.…

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CARRIE: Celebrating 40 Years of the Worlds of Stephen King

Tuesday, April 1st 2014

 
Needless to say, I was very honoured to be asked by Matt over at the excellent Reader Dad website to take part in his wonderful tribute to Stephen King and his novel CARRIE which celebrates 40 years this month!
Proceedings kicked off today with my piece, which you can read HERE and make sure you check out all the other great King/Carrie goodies that Matt has lined up over there too.
Keith
(PS: how about that cool header Matt designed, eh!)…

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Crowdfunding, for books only, with PUBSLUSH

Saturday, March 1st 2014

Another little nugget of info I picked up from my day at the London Author Fair.
This was new to me, but then again I do live under a rock most of the time.
Like kickstarter for the self-publishing book world, Pubslush may well be worth a look if you’re looking to raise some funding towards production costs (editing, book cover design etc) for your book project.
You can check them out at their website: www.pubslush.com
Follow them on twitter: @pubslush
Or check out their Facebook page fb.com/pubslush
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Authors in need of Book Cover Designer

Saturday, March 1st 2014

After a fantastic and informative full day at the London Author Fair yesterday, I am now trawling through my goodie bag of cards and info and will share a few things that I think will be of interest.
First up, I sat on an interesting and humorous workshop on book cover design by Samuel De Ceccatty who offers a full range of design work across all genres.
He’s available for book cover design for your ebooks or traditionally published books and you can check out more of his work at www.cargocollective.com/dececcatty or email him at s.ceccatty@gmail.com
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Like reading YA books? – Here’s a chip off the old block

Saturday, March 1st 2014

If you follow me twitter, you probably already know that my superstar daughter, Georgia runs her own blog and has also recently taken over from me with book reviewing for the Croydon Advertiser newspaper.

Concentrating on YA titles in the main, she is (as you’ll see if you check out her blog) a reading and reviewing machine, and puts her old fella to shame now!

Below is a sample of her latest post and, if you like what you see, then drop by her blog at this LINK.

Meanwhile, I shall sit back, drink tea, and try to wipe this proud dad grin off my face.…

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Book Break from Pan Macmillan

Thursday, February 20th 2014

At a time when, sadly, books on TV have next to nothing in terms of coverage, I was very pleased to see Pan Macmillan announce their new initiative with their Book Break youtube channel:
Meet your new favourite author with Pan Macmillan’s brand new webshow, Book Break, bringing you the very best author gossip, book news and reading recommendations.
On the sofa this month talking Hemingway, treehouses and Italian sweet treats are Naomi Wood, Karen Swan and Louise Johncox. Plus Lucy Diamond author of Me and Mr Jones, reveals her favourite books past and present, and Peter James, author of the bestselling Roy Grace crime novels, gives us a sneak peek into his Writer’s Room and his enviable writing routine.…

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Halloween month Ghost-post #3: ‘The Woman in Black’ is coming back !

Sunday, October 6th 2013

Perfectly timed for a Halloween read, and one of the most exciting horror sequels to hit the world of books for some time (not to mention the fact that a Hammer Films’ movie will follow on its heels) I am truly made up at the news that author Martyn Waites (a massive Hammer aficionado) has penned the sequel to Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’.
Titled ‘The Woman in Black (The Sequel) Angel of Death’, the book is unleashed from a foggy catacomb near you on 24th October – and I am firmly planted on the ‘CAN. NOT. WAIT’ list to go and grab this as soon as it’s out.…

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New trailer by budding film makers released for Charlie Higson’s The Fallen

Monday, September 9th 2013

Trailer created by winners of unique film making competition
with Penguin Books and the BFI
· Over 25’s category, and overall winner: http://youtu.be/87Knn-zJebg
· Winning trailer in the 16 – 24s category: http://youtu.be/YUE9Gl7JEy0
· Winning trailer in the under 16s category: http://youtu.be/56tPCoWSmlU

A group of young film making enthusiasts have made the official trailer for Charlie Higson’s new thriller The Fallen, after winning a unique film making competition. The Fallen is the fifth book in cult thriller series The Enemy and is published by Penguin on Thursday 12 September.
Penguin Books teamed up with the British Film Institute as part of the BFI Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film blockbuster project, which runs until January 2014, to run a unique film making competition to make the official trailer for Higson’s new book.…

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