Challenge 30 – get author feedback or editorial services for a great price and help a good cause too

Tuesday, December 22nd 2015

You may have seen a few mentions about this on Twitter, as Avon’s Editorial Director Helen Huthwaite (seen below as a Christmas pudding) has been putting herself through monstrous challenges this year in a bid to raise £30,000 for her charity S.A.L.V.E., which aims to build a house for children living on the streets in Uganda. ‘Challenge 30’ means she has been running marathons, swimming in lakes, competing in triathlons and more, and putting the rest of Team Avon to shame.

This Christmas, she’s offering a pretty special opportunity for writers.

She’s compiled a BRILLIANT list of agents, authors and Editors, who are offering their services as a gift to aspiring writers.…

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The Cruelty of Morning by Hilary Bonner

Monday, December 21st 2015

John Blake Publishing Ltd 25th December 2015, EB, £5.99

‘A darkly erotic thriller. Mesmerising, fast, and compulsive’


John Blake Publishing is delighted to announce the eBook publication of The Cruelty of Morning, Hilary Bonner’s powerful debut novel, which caused a storm in the then relatively cosy world of crime fiction when it was first published in 1995.

Indeed the sexual content was so strong that Hilary was asked to tone it down – the first time in their hundred- year-plus history that her publishers Heinemann had made such a request of a first-time author.

The book revolves around a twenty-five year old murder, a missing girl and a destructive love affair in a small seaside town…

It is the first Sunday in August 1970.

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Barbra Leslie on falling in love with Crime Fiction and CRACKED

Sunday, December 20th 2015

Out now from Titan Books, CRACKED is the first in a new crime series from Barbra Leslie.

Why I Fell In Love with Crime Novels – 


Picture the scene, if you will.

It was a cold late autumn in rural Nova Scotia. The snow was falling early, and meteorologists were (correctly, as it turned out) predicting one of the snowiest winters on record. My mother had a badly-broken ankle from falling over the vacuum cleaner in her den, and I had come from Toronto (and the hell of my own making I had created there: an addiction to crack cocaine) to care for her – and for myself, at the same time.…

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The chances of anything coming from Mars….. GREAT NEWS FROM GOLLANCZ

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

Really excited by this news, having been a fan of The War of the Worlds in every format so far:


Gollancz sign up sequel to The War of the Worlds from leading SF novelist


Gollancz is delighted to announce the acquisition of World rights to The Massacre of Mankind. Gollancz Commissioning Editor, Marcus Gipps, bought world rights from Chris Schelling of Selectric Artists.


The Massacre of Mankind is a sequel to one of the most famous and influential SF books ever – The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells. The novel is written by the multi-award-winning co-author of The Long Earth novels with Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter.…

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Vaughn Entwistle on writing about Victorian London for The Angel of Highgate

Friday, November 27th 2015

Out early December from Titan Books.

Why I love To Write About Victorian London

By Vaughn Entwistle

To write about Victorian England, and “the great smoke” (London) in particular is to follow in the footsteps of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s greatest creation, Sherlock Holmes. First described in graphic detail in the novels of Charles Dickens and then made notorious by the grisly deeds of Jack the Ripper, the image of web cobblestone streets, poorly lit by gas lamps suffocating beneath dense fog, is forever seared into the public imagination. As an author I find it interesting that fiction has done more to define our image of Victorian London than any amount of fact.…

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G.J.Minett drops in to talk about The Hidden Legacy

Monday, November 2nd 2015

The Hidden Legacy began life as two news items which I’d picked up from the radio while driving to work and put to one side in case I might one day be able to use them both as material for separate short stories. The first concerned an 11-year-old schoolgirl who had killed the child she was babysitting back in the late 1960s. Nearly forty years later, having been released under an assumed and protected identity, she was seeking a court injunction to prevent her identity being made public, using as her justification the fact that she now had a teenage daughter who knew nothing of her past.…

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Free download for perfect Halloween Horror listening ‘Carmilla’ by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wednesday, October 28th 2015

An Audible Original Drama
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks for Audible Originals


Directed by Fiona McAlpine for Audible Originals
Dramatised for audio by Robin Brooks

A masterpiece of erotic Gothic horror – encompassing mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence and lots of blood.

A brand new audiobook adaptation of J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic gothic novella, Carmilla – starring Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey), David Tennant (Doctor Who and Broadchurch) and Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares and The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) – is available to download for free on

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The Bluffer’s Guide to MURDER

Tuesday, October 27th 2015

‘If you don’t know what you’re doing – killing people can be murder’

Coming this Halloween | The Bluffer’s® Guide to Murder by Dr James Hamlin

“If I’d read this years ago, I wouldn’t be in prison right now. The chapter about becoming forensically aware is definitely essential reading”


Ever wanted to get away with murder? Well, now you can…

Written by crime expert Dr James Hamlin, The Bluffer’s® Guide to Murder is the only book on the market to offer would-be killers simple step-by-step advice on murder – from planning to execution.

Learn how to successfully destroy trace evidence at a murder site, how to satisfy the authorities with your carefully-prepared alibi and how to hold your own in the interview room against even the most tenacious police detectives.…

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#FollowMe (if you dare!) #AreYouNext? Cover reveal

Sunday, October 25th 2015


The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer.…

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Halloween Horror Movie Double-bill in #Croydon #ChristopherLee

Friday, October 23rd 2015

Stuck for something to do the night before Halloween?

Near Croydon?

Well, this is a great double-bill of a couple of quite unusual horror movies right here, showing at The David Lean Cinema at Croydon Clocktower.

Go on, don’t be scared !!!!

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