Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Essex Book Festival

Tomorrow, as well as being World Book Day, is the launch of Essex Book Festival. I've been going to the launches of EBF in Chelmsford Library (usually) for the last eight years. Dave Monk's show (Radio Essex) is broadcast live from there. I've always come away with a real buzz.

To celebrate the launch of Essex Book Festival I have scheduled "Wargeld & Other Stories" to go on free promotion Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March. Please download if you haven't done so already, and invite everyone else to do likewise.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Death in Spigg's Wood is a Best Seller!

Death in Spigg's Wood reached the top 100 best ebooks in Kindle Store yesterday. It has just dropped off that particular list but much of yesterday it fronted crime and thrilles on the Kindle Store front page. Most of Sunday it was at the No 2 spot in Movers & Shakers, and it still features in that list.

A new review from Kindle_maniac73 says, "I got this as a freebie, but wasn't sure I'd like it. It turned out to be a lot more than I was expecting and I can honestly say it's one of the best thrillers I've read, definitely as a freebie, and probably ever! It was fast-paced and had elements of a psychological thriller, police procedural, and legal all rolled into one." See the rest of Kindle_maniac73's review on Death in Spigg's Wood's UK Amazon Page.

I am so thrilled by this.

I also have a couple of good new reviews on the US Amazon site One from Joo "Kuforum" (5 star) and one from "In My Opinion" (4 Star.

Many thanks to them for taking the trouble to voice their thoughts.

Worth Grabbing

A fellow author's book is free today and tomorrow. I read his previous novel Fake Kate and I enjoyed it.

Bang. Memoirs of a Relationship Assassin

UK Link

US Link

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Recommended Reading

I'm going to recommend an anthology available now for download on Kindle.

Anyone who regularly reads Take a Break Fiction Feast, Woman’s Weekly and My Weekly and other national magazines will be familiar with her short stories. They are excellent. This is a collection of eight which made me laugh, brought tears to my eyes, and one in particular, was really creepy. I can thoroughly recommend this anthology to anyone in search of a satisfying, light-hearted read.

I’ve been so preoccupied lately I had forgotten just how good Jo Styles is.

Jo Styles Short Story Collection No.1

Promotion Results

I had well over 9000 downloads of Death in Spigg's Wood over the last few days, and there's a great new 4 Star review on and Goodreads as a result. reviews

"What I liked about it? Just that. It was able to incite a reaction from me. Frustration and anger. And that's good enough for me."

Thanks to all who downloaded my novel. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Death in Spigg's Wood Free

I have scheduled Death in Spigg's Wood for free promotion on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February.

See my Amazon reviews.
"realistic and compelling"

Feedback from elsewhere.

Finished it, enjoyed it.

The procedural cop stuff is pretty damn good


Whilst away in sunny climes I read Death in Spiggs Wood. Thoroughly good read it was too. I wasn't expecting much, but I found the writing style very engaging and just when I thought I had it all sussed, off it went in a slightly different direction and blew my theories.

I enjoyed the book, even though it is not my usual genre. Good on you, and lets have some more. I also read the Wargeld etc., which were also very much enjoyed. Linda, your mind inhabits some dark places!


*Contains spoilers*
Just finished reading Death in Spiggs Wood, brilliant!
Couldn't put it down, a gripping tale with great procedural detail.

Having spent all but the first two years of my life in Essex I had great fun trying to guess where some of the fictitious towns might be.The section where Meg nearly "absconds" from the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court scenes were very vivid for me. For the first 13 years of our marriage we lived just off New Street in Chelmsford, I worked at Marconi's and sometimes walked up New Street for lunch at a wine bar called "Peelers" which an enterprising individual had opened in the basement cells of the old police station just behind the Magistrate's court opposite the Cathedral churchyard. Often saw the guilty being loaded into the prison vans. We were married in the Cathedral,but that's a happier memory.

Thanks for a great read


Wednesday, 15 February 2012


I've joined goodreads and this is my Author Thread.

If I were really clever I'd do something with widgets or whatsits or youjits or something.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Video Reading

Annie Wicking did this for me.

YouTube Video

Thanks Annie

I have now discovered that there is something worse than reading your own published work (I haven't read the published version of Charlie's War, for example)and that is reading your work out loud in front of a camera.