Into The Fire: Inspector Stone Mysteries #4 – Cover reveal and preview

I've been working hard on the 4th book in my Inspector Stone Mysteries series and I am now getting close to the point where I will be making it available for pre-order. Just today I have received the cover files for the book from my designers, the fabulous and my immediate thought was to reveal... Continue Reading →


Enter to #Win Brand New and Critically Acclaimed Books in This Sweet #Giveaway! #books #entertowin #prizes #free

A fabulous opportunity to get your hands on some free books, a couple of my own are included so you should really enter for a chance to get your hands on them.

Why Sharing Your #NotSoPerfectWritingLife Helps Other Writers #MondayBlogs

I never considered the possibility that posting about the occasions when my writing journey hasn’t gone quite the way it’s supposed to (and occasionally when it’s gone totally tits up) could be a good thing. I’ll have to try and remember this, it’s some great advice.


Writing is not easy. If you have ever found yourself forcing out a few words, whilst listening to a crowd of negative voices in your head or staring miserably at 1567 glorious words you wrote yesterday, which now read like utter drivel, you will understand.

Social media doesn’t help. There are days when it feels like everyone else has the perfect writing life. They’ve exceeded their daily word count targets, planned a wonderful book marketing campaign, made contact with an interested agent and taken over every form of social media known to mankind…all before lunch.

You, on the other hand have not written anything since you woke up because you can’t find your favourite pen, the coffee machine is on the blink, you are still nursing an eight-day cold and the kids are running riot.

It’s on days like these when we need to read about other writers and their…

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Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives

Worrying events in the world of Amazon publishing, I hope something gets done about it soon.

David Gaughran

Phoenix Sullivan is well-known in the indie community – I’ve known her myself since 2009 or 2010 and consider her a close friend.

Aside from being exceptionally generous with her time and knowledge, tirelessly sharing her insights on marketing and algorithms, Phoenix is also well known as a vocal campaigner against scammers and cheaters – particularly on the current big issues of book stuffing and clickfarming.

And now she is being targeted.

Phoenix made a box set free for a few days back in September, advertising on Freebooksy, KND/BookGorilla, and Digital Book World – all legitimate sites – and there was no other promotion involved with this title. No BookBub CPM ads, no Facebook campaign, no tweets, no newsletter swaps, no mailing lists.

On the third day of her free run, Phoenix’s box set was rank-stripped by Amazon, a punishment normally reserved for those who have used clickfarms or bots…

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