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Want a free audio novel?

I have a few audio books going free (UK only at this time).

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It’s my first in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British mystery series. Now 16-strong in the ebook edition, it features DI Joe Rafferty, newly-promoted Essex detective, a victim whom the media has dubbed ‘The Faceless Lady’, Rafferty’s family, about whom the less said, the better, and his new Sergeant, Dafyd Llewellyn, who will be lucky if Rafferty hasn’t murdered him by case end.

If you’d like a copy just email me on the contact form above, agree to write a short review (good, bad or argh), and I’ll send you a code for audible, the audio-book people, so you can claim your free audio-book.

 

New Custom Cover for Dead Before Morning. What do you think?

Just received the final version of the custom cover from the very talented Nicole of www.covershotcreations.com for this book, the 1st in my 15-book Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series.

I love it! Nicole sent me three different designs to choose from, with different colours and fonts. It was a difficult decision to make a choice as I liked all of them. But I liked the simplicity of this one.

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I decided to swap some of Rafferty’s breakfast egg for the tie pin as, although, with his garish ties, he thinks he’s the bee’s knees of style, in reality he’s a bit of a slob, with down-at-heel and usually unpolished shoes, so the breakfast egg adorning his tie was only too likely. Of course, because I hadn’t thought much about covers when I originally wrote this book, it means I have to go back in the book and insert the egg splodge, but it’s a small enough alteration to have it in keeping with my new cover.

Nicole was a delight to work with and I’m more than happy to highly recommend her services.

What do you thinek of it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the previous (actually still current until I alter the text) cover.

 

 

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Here’s a few of the latest interviews of me, plus a couple of excellent reviews.

This in a video interview I did for The Lit Chick Show. This is my first attempt at doing a video interview – well the first one that I actually put up on youtube! In the previous attempts to capture this video, my mind went blank as I tried to find what I wanted to say. In the next effort, my head kept almost disappearing off the side of the screen. And then, my husband unaccountably forgot how to speak, and in the next he had a coughing fit. This one is the best of a bad job! See what you think. Laugh at my husband’s attempts at doing a posh, literary accent. I did.

Here are a couple of lovely reader reviews on amazon. Add your own if you have liked any of my novels. Don’t bother if you haven’t!
Five Star Review of Dead Before Morning ebook, first in my Rafferty crime series, on amazon – link http://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-Morning-Rafferty-Llewellyn-crime/dp/B004EYUHN8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294335777&sr=1-1
 Five Star Review of Down Among the Dead Men ebook, second in my Rafferty crime series, on amazon – link :  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Down-Among-Rafferty-Llewellyn-crime/dp/B0042P53NS/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294335777&sr=1-3
I was interviewed by Beth Hull (Nebula Contact) on http://bethhull.com/2010/12.03/nifty-author.geraldine-evans
I was interviewed by Jean Henry Mead for Mysterious People: http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/Geraldine-Evans
 My interview with Rebecca Dahlke http://www.allmysteryenewsletter.com/  will feature on 8 January 2011.
I’m currently in the process of organising a blog tour for the month of February, to coincide with the publication of my eighteenth novel and fourteenth Rafferty & Llewellyn, Deadly Reunion.
 This is taking up quite a bit of my time as it’s quite complicated, coordinating all the gig dates and making sure I’m not repetitive with the content, so I hope you’ll forgive me if my posts here aren’t as frequent as before. I will post a list of the gigs and the links as soon as I know them all, both here and on my website (http://www.geraldineevans.com/ ). I’m quite excited about this. It’s my first blog tour and I’m terrified I’ll make an administrative hash of it and never get invited on anyone’s blog ever again! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Work in Progress – Latest Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel

Well, I’m halfway through the first draft of my latest Rafferty & Llewellyn crime novel. Hit a snag with the subplot. Going to have to rework it. Luckily, I’ve come up with a cunning plan! At least, I hope it’s cunning. Time will tell.

Not entirely happy with the main plot, either. Gawd! What to do? Scrap the lot and start again? But I’m over a hundred and fifty pages in, so I’m reluctant to do that. I think devilish ingenuity will save it. I often find first drafts a bit lacking. But they’ve generally been rescued in later drafts. Must be true, otherwise why would my copy-editor for Deadly Reunion (out February 2011), say I handled the character development ‘superbly’? Love that man…

With first drafts, of course, you have so much to think about, you just want to get the story down; the characters, the plot development, the subplot (grrr!) and the rest. You haven’t got any brain to spare to get it right. That’s what later drafts are for. When I think how many drafts I had to go through for Dead Before Morning, my very first crime novel, I’m amazed I finished it. But I did finish it and I’m still proud of it these many years later.

The problem with the subplot I should have seen coming. I would, too, if I could add two and two. Though I might have been all right if it had only been adding. But this was subtracting – a whole different ball game. The problem was obvious from the word go. The problem is one of time. Eight bloody years of time! Way too long a time period to smudge over. But not to worry. As I said, I’ve come up with a way round it. Will wait to see what it looks like when I get it down on paper.

To divert from the work in progress, my last post was an interview with David Wisehart. I’ve posted it here on my blog (see below), I’ve posted it on my website, on Twitter, Facebook, CimeSpace. The trouble I find, is trying to remember where else I should post it. Must make a list. Another one. I’m always making lists. I find them essential or I’d never remember anything. Memory’s going, alas.

One of the problems with the main plot is I have one hell of a lot of characters. Admittedly, a lot of them only appear once. At least the suspects are limited, which is the main thing. I often wish I could have my characters marooned snowbound somewhere, as Agatha Christie did, with the telephone lines down and no signal for the mobiles. Trouble is my novels are set in the fictitious Essex town of Elmhurst, not the Scottish Highlands. Could always do as Raymond Chandler advises and have a man come in the room with a gun, I suppose, and shoot half of them. That would be a solution, I suppose. Not a good one, admittedly, but- No, no. Must resist the temptation, if only to keep Dr Sam Dally sweet. He’d be none too pleased to be presented with as many bodies as in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Have you hit snags with your latest novel? Why not post a comment about it? A trouble shared and all that…

Must go. I have to get the copy-edited pages back to my editor. Then I have to wrestle with my latest Rafferty & Co effort. It’s not all fun being a writer. But a lot of it is. Better than my many day jobs, certainly.

Till next time.

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Geraldine Evans is a British writer of police procedurals that contain a lot of humour and family drama Her15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series features DI Joe Rafferty, a London-Irish, working-class, lapsed Catholic, who comes from a family who think - if he must be a policeman - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Her 2-strong Casey & Catt series features DCI 'Will' Casey, a serious-minded, responsible policeman, whose 'the Sixties never died', irresponsible, drug-taking, hippie parents, pose particular problems of the embarrassing kind.

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