Win a book!

To mark the paperback release of Ratcatcher, I’m offering the opportunity to win one of three copies completely free, as well as three copies of the ebook in whatever format you choose. To enter, just post a comment below, letting me know your preferred format (paperback or ebook). That’s it. No questions to answer, no horrendous catches anywhere.

Bribes and flattery, while always welcome, won’t improve your chances of winning. Nor will threats, of either the “I know where you live” or the “I know what you’ve done” varieties. Closing date is Sunday 11 November at midnight (UK time) and the winners will be chosen at random.

This could be yours…


Out of the mire

All right, all right. I’ll slow down with the posts. Just stop flooding me with emails, okay?

Thanks to everybody who’s visited and followed this blog. It’ll get more interesting, I promise.

At the moment, I’m doing three things.

One: formatting all my Kindle books (novel, novella, novelette, short stories, and collections) for Smashwords, so that they’ll be available in all downloadable formats. Ratcatcher is already up on Kobo and Smashwords and being distributed to Barnes & Noble, Apple and the rest.

Two: getting ready a paperback version of Ratcatcher. I should get the proof copy next week, and if all’s well, it’ll be available as a real live paper book soon afterwards.

Three: I’m finishing off not one but two new novels. The first is the sequel to Ratcatcher, Delivering Caliban, which sees the return of John Purkiss. The second, which may or may not be set in Purkiss’s world, is The Severance Kill, a thriller about a British assassin who finds that resigning from his job comes with a heavy price. Delivering Caliban will be out in mid-November as an ebook, and as a paperback some time before Christmas. The Severance Kill should appear in all formats by the end of the year.

Feedback, criticism, stalking, death threats and offers of film contracts are, as always, most welcome. Well, some of them are.


New plug

No, this isn’t a post about some dull DIY project I’ve undertaken. The sequel to my debut novel, Ratcatcher, will be published in November. Titled Delivering Caliban, it features the return of John Purkiss, scourge of rogue intelligence agents everywhere. Darker, meaner and bloodier than the first book, it takes Purkiss in new directions: geographically, emotionally, and morally…

Here’s the cover, by the excellent Jane Dixon-Smith. Jane’s website is:

Hope you like it!

Why I don’t have a Kindle

Hello to new visitors, and welcome back to my (so far) tiny band of dedicated followers. I hope the frenetic pace of my posting hasn’t put you off.

Since my last post I’ve published two books, Reunion, a chilly Cold War novella, and Woodborn: Six Tales of Unease, the title of which says it all, really. They’re doing brisk trade, and I’ve had some highly successful free giveaway days for both of them. The Alpha male of my literary troop remains, however, Ratcatcher. It’s taken off particularly well in the UK, thanks in no small part to the very generous reviews it’s had.

Oh, and why don’t I own a Kindle? Because they’re the devil’s invention. Because ebooks are killing off traditional publishing. All those lovely paper books with that characteristic musty smell are going the way of the dodo, all because of the Kindle.

Er… no, not really.

I don’t own a Kindle because I haven’t got round to getting one yet.

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