Preview

I’d like to offer a free preview copy of my new eBook to anyone following my blog. The eBook is up on Smashwords, although I won’t be launching it on Amazon until Sept 1. If you’d like a free copy, send me your email address BEFORE SEPTEMBER 11 (my email is in the about/contact tab […]

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Calibre and Kindle

I love Calibre. When it comes to converting my text from crude html to a fully-functioning, card-carrying member of the eBook community, it does the business. And I have nothing but admiration for my Kindle, and her close cousin, Kindle-for-PC (KPC). But, they make miserable dancing partners. A whole afternoon and half the evening I’ve […]

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On Cover Designs

It seems to me a miracle that any workable cover designs ever get produced. I’ve poured over the covers of all those best selling thrillers for ideas, but most of them have nothing to offer: The figure of a man in silhouette on a foggy day, car headlights in a serious smog, a half-open door in (you […]

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St Patrick’s Day Special

Here’s the blurb for my new book, St Patrick’s Day Special, scheduled for launch September 1. Okay this is Ireland, but shouldn’t the cops be trying to put the criminals behind bars and not the other way around? 2004 Ireland is Tiger country. Aloysius Lafferty is one of Dublin’s biggest crime lords, specialising in armoured car heists, […]

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The Mini Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

This is an Absolute Write Water Cooler blog chain dedicated to finding the worst ever opening sentence for a novel. Here’s my entry. It’s from The Mad Vicar of Hartlepool by Dame Evangeline Patch-Albert, OBE. I could say ‘the body lay in a pool of blood’, but, given the grotesque and unnatural arrangement of its constituent […]

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