Diving with sharks and mantas…

The Nadia Laksheva series contains a lot of diving, and as they say, write what you know… I’ve just been diving with sharks and mantas in Socorro Islands, off the western coast of Mexican Baja. These are remote uninhabited islands in the Pacific Ocean, famed for sightings of many large ocean-going fish (called pelagics), including sharks and giant mantas, as well as humpback whales and dolphins. 

 

On the menu in May were mainly sharks and mantas.… Read the rest


How a writer writes about being a spy…(without being one)

By definition, it’s not always easy to find out how the world of espionage works, so how does a writer create it? At least one reviewer of my Nadia Laksheva spy series believes I may actually be a spy (former, she hopes).… Read the rest


Saved the best till the end?

I’ve been getting feedback from people who have read 88 North, the finale to the series that started with 66 Metres and charts Nadia’s progress in her personal war against the terrorist Salamander. In short, people are telling me this is the best book.… Read the rest


First reviews – the not so dirty dozen…

The first 12 reviews are up on Amazon for 88 North (there are a couple of others on Goodreads), so I thought I’d see what they said, and find out whether I gave Nadia and Jake a good final outing. Writing and finishing the book in 6 months really took it out of me, and I found it emotionally draining at times, not to mention the early morning insomnia-fuelled sessions.… Read the rest


Interview with the author – 88 North

88 North came out yesterday, sliding into #10 on Apple iBooks, and already with some rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. As part of the ongoing Blog Tour I did an interview with a blogger, which you can read here.… Read the rest


88 North is launched…

88 North was released today and came straight in at #10 on Apple iBooks, amidst some initial fabulous reviews (more are coming…) on Amazon and via the current blog tour (also see Goodreads). Around 200 people had it downloaded this morning onto various devices, so I’m waiting to see what they all thought, as well as those who are buying it right now.… Read the rest


Countdown to 88 North…

Just a few days now until the release of 88 North, the third in the Nadia Laksheva series. So, here’s an extract involving Jake, in a rather difficult situation as he approaches 88 degrees North…

 

Jake had always wanted to be on an ice-breaker.Read the rest


On writing about a dying heroine…

I just had a blog published on the Crime Readers Association website, about the final book in the series, 88 North. No spoilers, just about the process and the difficult backdrop to this final Nadia in statement. You can read the blog here

 

88 North will be released 14th December…… Read the rest


88 North done and dusted…

A couple of days ago Nadia’s fate was set in stone, or at least in black and white ink, electronically speaking. It’s now being turned into an ebook ready for release on 14th December. Pre-sales are continuing nicely, and I’m preparing for the blog tour that starts on 11th December, where there will be a mixture of excerpts, guest blogs and a Q&A.… Read the rest


88 North -Coming soon…

After a month of gruelling editing, I sent the final manuscript back to HarperCollins a couple of days ago. Now there is just copy-editing, and then it’s done and dusted, and will be released on December 14th. It’s already got pre-orders in three figures (thanks!) which is great to see.… Read the rest