Archive | December 2014

Happy New Year

2015 New Year

Thank you to all who’ve wished me a Happy Christmas and good New Year.

Cool Hand is coming slowly but surely, and I’m confident of a January release.

I’ll post my writing plans for the rest of the year as soon as I’ve got the draft with the editor.



Using Amazon’s ‘author follow’ feature

I emailed a reader recently about this feature, which should work for everyone, everywhere. I thought it would be useful to post it here.

You want to set up Amazon to email you when an author releases a new book. Well, has this feature. The image below shows my author page with the ‘follow’ button underneath my mugshot.

Amazon author follow Image1

This should work, even if you normally log onto the UK or German Amazon web site (they don’t currently have this feature on those sites). The reason it works is that all Amazon sites share your email address, and I believe they should email you whether or not you buy from the website.

Please try this (for any author) and report to me if it works. Of course, if you’ve sent me your email address or corresponded with me, I’ll email you my new releases anyway.



Happy Christmas

Amber wishes you a happy Christmas


und, naturlich, Frohe Weihnachten

Update for mid December


I have pressed the button on the audio version of Sleight of Hand!


ACX takes anything between 1 and 3 weeks to get it to market.


Kimberly has done an amazing job – it’s not till you listen that you realize how difficult scenes like the Sunday lunch and the visit to Rooks Hospital are.



Writing is going okay, but it’s all editing at the moment, so no forward movement in the percentage completion figures at the moment. Cool Hand will be there in January.

Sales are the usual December bleh.   Trumpf im Armel (German HT) is ticking along, and so is Wild Card.

I haven’t done a recommend for ages. This is an oddball…

  •  It’s written by a newbie writer who takes liberties with grammar…
  • The book is self-published…
  • The story is set in Denver…
  • It involves an ex-military PI…
  • The plot is multi-threaded…
  • The setting is gritty…
  • The hero is a hard case with a soft heart.

However, it’s about a guy called Sebastian Parks rather than Amber Farrell. The banter is very jock.

Author Kellen Burden‘s debut book Flash Bang is well done. Do *always* check the sample first – the style is ‘original’.





Aha! My daughter’s other 2014 acting secret has been leaked, so I’m allowed to tell you.

Next year, not only will you see Jessica in Game of Thrones Season 5, but in December, you’ll get to see her in the new Star Wars release!

She plays a kick-ass character and she really enjoyed the filming.

A Very Paranormal Holiday

Last blog post about the anthology and thank you for the many who’ve already requested their copies; the anthology will be sent to them on the 20th December.

The anthology comprises short stories from six Urban Fantasy authors –

 Connie Suttle

J.C. Mells

Susan Illene

Mark Henwick

Debra Dunbar

J.T. Bock

 path in the woods in winter

The anthology is free for those readers who email any one of the authors requesting it (you can also request in a comment on this post). The authors will then email you their future book release alerts. Your email will not be used in any other way and you will always be able to unsubscribe from future mailings.

Those who’ve signed up for my book releases but not the anthology will get an email with this offer before the 20th. They’ll need to respond requesting the anthology to receive it.

The anthology will be sent in Kindle format unless you specify that you require a different format. (If you want instructions on sending documents to your Kindle, just ask, it’s very simple)

My short story is The Biting Cold, set in the Athanate world, but with a different cast of characters.

Detroit in winter; a city in the grip of decay.
A legal system struggling to deliver justice, and a dying woman whose long-term memory has failed.
Psychiatrist Dr. Amanda Lloyd is focused on living long enough to give her expert testimony in court and put a vicious criminal away. The defense are fighting for a postponement she can’t allow, and questioning her memory problems in an effort to discredit her.
She can’t spare the time for the patient who claims to be a vampire.
Unless what he offers her is exactly what she needs…


Für meine Deutsche Leser…

View of Denver Colorado Skyline

Das zweite Buch der Baureihe Bite Back, Trumpf im Ärmel, wird morgen veröffentlicht werden.
Auch hier kann ich Ihnen versichern, ich es nicht übersetzen.
Ich hoffe, es gefällt euch.


‘Diese Woche würde man mich betrügen, das war klar.’

Amber Farrell, Privatdetektivin in Denver, findet sich langsam damit ab, zu den Paranormalen zu gehören, muss jedoch feststellen, dass es einige gefährliche Verantwortlichkeiten mit sich bringt. Nichts ist so wie es scheint, am wenigsten Amber selbst. Und um zu überleben, muss Sie Allianzen mit mächtigen Gruppen schließen, deren Interessen sich nicht decken. Sie weiß, dass sie entbehrlich ist und Betrug scheint unvermeidlich…

Die beiden gegensätzlichen Glaubensrichtungen der Athanate treffen sich in Denver. Nach hundert Jahren Frieden ist die Stimmung gereizt. Ein Krieg wäre eine Katastrophe für alle, Menschen und Paranormale, aber es ist Amber, der die Schuld für die Probleme im Vorfeld der Versammlung in die Schuhe geschoben wird.

Und es wird sehr persönlich…