Saturday, 22 December 2012

Some bits and bobs . . .

Okey cokey. Nearly Christmas . . . :)

Time for a couple of updatey things. Been so busy this last week with editing the new book and finishing my English Lit. assignment, I've fallen a little behind in my online responsibilities. For this, I humbly apologise . . . :(


I have been hugely honoured to see ABIDE WITH ME has made several Best Book of the Year lists.

My thanks go to Pete Sortwell with his list over at Guilty Conscience, Howard Linskey with his list over at Tony Black's Pulp Pusher, and Rod Glenn over at Vic Watson's gaff. Thank you all. To have such recognition from my fellow writers is an amazing feeling.

A few days ago an unbelievable review of my debut novella One Day in the Life of Jason Dean appeared on the well respected ezine SABOTAGE REVIEWS. The review, written by Charley Barnes, can be found here.


I also seem to have missed the fact a story written by myself and Caffeine Nights stablemate, Nick Quantrill, has been published in the prestigious Mammoth Book of Best British Crime vol. 10. Having had a story in vol. 9, it is a fantastic honour to appear two years running, especially with an effort penned with my mate, Nick. Mine and Nick's story is called 'London Calling', and appears alongside such writerly royalty as Neil Gaiman, Lee Child, and Ruth Rendell.


Another publication I have a short story in is Off the Record vol. 2 edited by Luca Veste. OTR2 is a charity anthology including some unbelievable names in the world of crime fiction. Every penny paid for the book/ebook is handed over to children's literacy charities in the UK and the US. For more details, on the fantastic work this anthology supports, click here. OTR2 is currently at a ridiculously special price of 99p, and can be downloaded here. Please help out, if you can.

I'm hoping to get my top five books of the year listed sorted soon, but it's an almost impossible task. So many great books, so many great writers.

This is probably going to be the last blog post before Christmas, so I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very merry time, and a fantastic new year.

Stay safe, everyone . . . and have loads of fun :)

All the best,

Ian

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