Guess who’s participating in this promo from BookSweeps? (Me!) Enter to win more than 55 Cozy Mysteries, including books from authors like ANNE R TAN, NIKKI HAVERSTOCK, N GEMINI SASSON, CINDY BELL, CHRISTY MURPHY and DAVID BISHOP. This giveaway from BookSweeps ends tonight! If you haven’t already entered, don’t miss your chance to win more than 55 Cozy Mysteries, plus a Kindle Fire. Enjoy. And Good luck!
When you’re done, tell me which books you’re most excited to win!
It’s pretty good! I don’t think we’re going to meet our main target of the USA Today bestseller charts, but that was very ambitious. Still, who knows – it’s available till March 27, so there’s plenty of time yet.
Thanks to all of you who have spent the 99c / 99p cost of this book, and also thanks to those of you who have reviewed it. You’re worth your weight in gold!
If you love mystery novels of the more cozy type, these might be just your thing. Hope so anyway. As I said before, with this bundle, we’re aiming for the USA Today bestseller charts. I’ve no idea whether or not we have a chance. But you’ve got to try, haven’t you?
Finally! I’ve done it. My two Rafferty & Llewellyn Box Sets are available on Apple. Phew!
‘Contagious Detective Duo.’
I swear I was cursed with Apple. Whatever I did, there was something wrong with every book I tried to upload. Metadata – wrong. Cover – wrong. Don’t mention the other big ‘A’ – wrong. In fact don’t mention anybody, apparently including your own website – wrong.
Anyway I’ve finally done it to Apple’s liking. Miracle!
I really need a lie down now, but I’d better get on and upload the rest of my books while I’m on a roll!
Finally got over the last hurdles with this book and published it to Amazon last night. So pleased. And so relieved! I swear that malevolent fate that follows my poor DI Joe Rafferty around has transferred its attentions to me. 🙂
But it’s done now, in spite of the lost disc, in spite of the endless copy- typing to update the digital edition, in spite of my hatred of copy-typing and the unwelcome attentions from the fates, I finished sorting everything out. And it feels wonderful!
I’ll get busy today and upload it to the other retailers, too.
Heres the blurb and the links:
All the Lonely People
#12 of 15 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
For readers who like cozy mysteries, humorous mysteries and police procedurals.
When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to talk to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But Rafferty is not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.
What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. The witnesses all plead alcohol-induced amnesia, and Rafferty’s habitually cautious sidekick, Sergeant Dafyd Llewellyn, isn’t helping either—casting doubt on all of Rafferty’s conclusions.
And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he also has to wrestle with Abra’s determination to avoid their problems. Soon, he is in despair on both counts…
The twelfth book in the quirky, not quite so Traditional British mystery series.
COMING IMMINENTLY! BUT NOT, UNFORTUNATELY, QUITE AS IMMINENTLY AS I HAD HOPED. FOR WHICH APOLOGIES.
The digital edition of this book.
I’m so sorry, but although I missed the pre-order deadline from Amazon, THIS BOOK WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VERY SOON.
I’m just putting some more finishing touches to it and will upload the final edited digital edition within the next week.
Here’s the blurb:
All the Lonely People #12 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series
A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…
‘Solidly written, with strong characters and realistic depictions of police work, Evans’ latest will appeal to procedural fans.’ BOOKLIST ON ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE
When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to speak to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But he’s not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.
What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. Because Keith Sutherland was a man who attracted enemies and with good reason: he was a serial adulterer who had never quite got that there are boundaries you don’t cross. As a businessman, he’d blocked a profitable takeover and his partner’s longed-for retirement. As a lover, he’d failed to commit to a long-term mistress who wasn’t getting any younger and whose other options were fast-fading. As a father, he didn’t seem to be much mourned. As for his friends; he had the knack of turning them into enemies. Sutherland was a victim made for murder many times over.
But a lack of witnesses makes the investigation challenging. The killer seems to have managed to appear, murder with one lucky thrust and vanish again like a will-o’-the- wisp and is rapidly turning into Rafferty’s worst nightmare. A nightmare riddled with questions that have no answers and with his every tentative theory debunked by his logical partner.
And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he must also confront his fiancée’s determination to avoid him after their bust-up. He has to wonder if he’s the only one desperate for a reconciliation. With his love life and his latest investigation both going awry, he has reason to be in despair on both counts. His frustration and fear is such that it won’t take much, should Superintendent Bradley goad him one more time, for Rafferty to take a swing at him. With the inevitable – ‘goodbye career’ – result. Even if his love-life is falling off a cliff, if he can find the killer he might be able to restrain himself and hang on to his career at least.
Crime fiction author, Jayne-Marie Barker (www.jaynemariebarker.blogspot.co.uk) invited me to participate in an interesting blog tour on writing. Jayne-Marie, who featured on this Blog Hop on her own blog last week, has written a first crime thriller series with the unique Inspector Allen, but she’s working on a new series now, featuring DI Rachel Bennett. Newly promoted to the rank of DI, Rachel has her work cut out leading a new team, dealing with a husband whose profession puts him in a dangerous place, not to mention the cases she must handle, and the mysterious deaths she must solve. Jayne-Marie’s first novel is completed but it hasn’t hit the bookshelves yet. Books two and three in the series are under construction. She’s also working on the outline for book two in more detail. Busy lady!
Like many authors, Jayne-Marie feels her writing is an obsession. I understand where she’s coming from, because if writing wasn’t an obsession how many authors would continue in the face of poverty pay and years of rejections? Only obsession can cut it. Jayne-Marie is an interesting new entrant on the crime shelves. I hope you’ll look out for her books Distant Shadows and Beneath the Daisies.
Now, back to ‘me, me, me’! -To tell you something about myself, I’m Geraldine Evans, a trad-turned-indie author of the 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn procedural series amongst others. After having eighteen novels published in the usual way (Macmillan, St Martin’s Press, Worldwide, Hale, Severn House), in the autumn of 2010, I took the indie plunge and became entirely responsible for the publication process of my work.
In order of publication (but can be read as stand-alones), my Rafferty & Llewellyn series consists of the following: Dead Before Morning, Down Among the Dead Men, Death Line, The Hanging Tree, Absolute Poison, Dying For You, Bad Blood, Love Lies Bleeding, Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals, Death Dues, All the Lonely People, Death Dance, Deadly Reunionand Kith and Kill. My other procedural series is. Casey & Catt: Up in Flames and A Killing Karma.
I’m also the author of the biographical historical novel: Reluctant Queen, about Mary Rose Tudor, the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII, a suspense-thriller: The Egg Factory, and several other fiction and non-fiction books, some under pen-names.
To carry on this great tour, please find my four question responses below.
What are you working on?
I’m working on the 16th novel in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. Asking For Itinvolves yet more murder and family mayhem for my Detective Joe Rafferty. I’ve also just started the research for another long biographical historical, my second, this time set in England’s Plantagenet era.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
They’re fun! To write and, I hope, to read. There’s no relentless concentration on just the hunt for a murderer. With his selectively law-abiding family, my detective, Joe Rafferty can rarely give his entire mind to the latest investigation. He’s not always lucky enough to avoid bending the law himself. I think of my Rafferty books with the tag line:
As a policeman, his family is Rafferty’s curse. Most of them think – if they must have a copper in the family – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.
It’s not that his close family members are major law-breakers. But they are inclined to bend what they regard as the ‘little’ laws—laws unimportant in the great scheme of things. Like Ma Rafferty’s dodgy ‘bargains’, for instance. Only, sometimes, these bargains are stacked halfway to the ceiling of the spare room. In Rafferty’s mind, she’s practically the neighbourhood fence and he spends half his time waiting for the knock on the door.
His Ma, who’s a past master at getting her own way, is not averse to using emotional blackmail to make Rafferty feel guilty when he upbraids her (mothers’ use of emotional blackmail: worthy of a blog post on its own!). ‘It’s only trying to eke out my pension that I’m doing,’ she’ll tell him. ‘Sure and amn’t I a poor widow with a roof to keep over my head and food to put on the table? Would you have me starve?’
Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because I enjoy it. The sub-plot mayhem provides another strand to take me away from the main murder thread when plotting problems paralyze my brain. Concentrating for a while on problems in the sub-plot generally helps me find a solution in the actual murder investigation.
My books are set in Essex in England. The expression ‘Essex Man’ (and ‘Girl’) is a derogatory term used by the middle-classes for those they consider their moral, social and educational inferiors. And with their dodgy deals, lack of further education, bingo and ‘bargain’ buys, the Rafferty family in many ways epitomise the breed. But I wanted to write about ‘real’ people and not add to the world’s collection of crime novels about staid, morally upright, middle-class detectives. I wanted to throw a few fireworks in there. Joe Rafferty spends his life, as the saying goes, between a rock and a hard place. Besides, I thought I’d enjoy creating a policeman caught in a permanently family created dilemma. And you know what? I was right!
And when you consider that, historically, the police force was always the career of the working-classes, I believe, in my DI Joe Rafferty, I’m spot on.
How does your writing process work?
My writing process differs greatly, depending on whether I’m writing another Rafferty & Llewellyn, Casey & Catt mystery or a biographical historical novel. With the latter, I find it essential to have a clear, year on year timeline of the events in my character’s life and the world at large.
But, for my Rafferty novels, I’ve always been very much a ‘seat of pants’ writer. I still strive, periodically, to force myself to make a plan for these, but even when I manage it, the plan rarely amounts to much. Anyway, plans make the writing such a dull plod through a ‘do this and then do that’ list that, if I didn’t end up ignoring it, it would suck all the life from my writing and the fun from the work.
My Rafferty books have a lot of humour in them and require me to let my brain have plenty of freedom. I don’t like feeling ‘caged-in’ by some rigid outline. Yes, I know you can write against the outline if that’s the way the characters demand to go. But then, what’s the point in writing the blessed outline in the first place, if you’re just going to ignore it?
So, with, often, just a single idea in my head, I tend to dive in and trust to native wit and ingenuity to get me out of any plotting scrapes in my crime novels. I’ve managed it eighteen times so far (including one stand-alone and the two books in my Casey & Catt series), so I remain optimistic that the seat of my pants won’t get singed.
On with the tour UPDATE: Stroke of luck! the lovely and talented crime author Leigh Russell, has agreed to be one of the two authors to follow me on this Author Process Blog Hop. She’ll post, answering the same four questions, on her own blog on Monday 14 July 2014 (here’s the link to Leigh’swebsite: http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/. And here’s the link to her blog: http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk/)
Leigh is the highly successful author of the Geraldine Steel series. She is a No 1 Best Seller on Amazon’s Kindle and her awards include the following:
Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood DaggerAward 2010. Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2014. And now the Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series. How exciting! Congratulations on that, Leigh!
Leigh’s other books include: Fatal Act, Stop Dead, Death Bed, Cold Sacrifice, Road , Dead End and Cut Short.
Leigh’s next novel is the second DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation, entitled Race to Death, to be published September 2014 (available for pre-order). But the digital edition is available now.
I’m afraid I have a confession to make here. I’ve asked various authors to take part in the tour, but, so far, I’ve had no takers (holidays, other commitments, the usual stuff in busy lives). But I hope to update this post before the end of the week with news of the next authors on the tour. Watch this space!