Thursday, 31 October 2013


'Smart Moves' - FREE download from Kindle for just 5 days from tomorrow, Friday, November 1 to Tuesday, November 5.

Get yourself a book: it's cheaper than fireworks and lasts a lot longer.


For international trouble-shooter Jake Foreman, losing his job, house and wife all in one day is the kind of problem he can't solve. And when an impulsive move lands him in even deeper water - the kind that could lose him his life - he decides it's time to make some smart decisions.

The trouble is, knowing the right moves and making them is a whole different game. And Jake, who has been happily rubbing along in a job he always suspected was just a shade away from being questionable, finds it too easy to go with the flow.

Now he's got to start learning otherwise - and fast. If he doesn't, he could end up dead.

Dark humour, dubious activities, beautiful women and a flurry of sex: an explosive mix. What more could anyone want?

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Get your copy of 'Smart Moves' from these links, starting tomorrow:


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Book review - 'Touching Distance' - by Graham Hurley

Now up on the excellent SHOTS magazine website is my review of Graham Hurley's  'Touching Distance', the latest DS Jimmy Suttle novel.

It's not often I find myself thinking about a theme or backstory long after finishing a book. But I have with this one, perhaps because the plight and dangers of traumatised ex-soldiers is rather more with us than, say, the average fictional super-criminal seeking world domination while stroking his pet iguana (and no, that's not a euphemism).

Anyway, read my review via the above link, and you'll see what I mean about 'Touching Distance'. It's very good indeed. In fact, I recommend it.

(The book, that is, not my review. Well, that, too, of course...)


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Interview and review - J B Turner

J B Turner is the author of a tough, fast-moving thriller - 'Hard Road' - the first in a series featuring ex-Delta Force operative, Jon Reznick. Here is my review on the SHOTS Magazine website.

It was also a pleasure to interview the author, and the result can be seen here.

You can read more about JB on his website

I really enjoyed this one. A great addition to the genre, with more to come.

While you're at it, check out and favourite the SHOTS website. Well worth the time.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

'The Watchman' - cover image

It's always a buzz to see the cover image for a forthcoming book.

After all the research and writing, the plot cul-de-sacs, the name changes and editing, the very least any writer can hope for is a cover that rings all the bells.

It doesn't have to do exactly the 'what it says on the tin' thing, in my view... but it has to catch the attention and imagination of readers in a crowded world. And if it conveys at least some kind of hint about what's inside, all the better.

And in my opinion this image for 'The Watchman', (out in the UK January, US in May) fresh from the publisher and now up on Amazon, does that in spades.

This, I have to say, is NOT a Harry Tate novel. It's a Portman novel. It's in the same genre - spy thrillers - and just as current, but darker.


Portman. He’s a professional shadow. A watcher who provides protection in potentially hostile situations. He works in the background, stays off the record. Often the people he’s guarding have no idea he’s there.

When two British intelligence agents are despatched to negotiate the release of a group of western hostages in Somalia, veteran MI6 operator Tom Vane realizes that something about this operation doesn’t stack up. Unwilling to see two promising officers sacrificed in what he believes to be a suicide mission, he covertly hires deep cover specialist Marc Portman to protect them.

Hiding out in the wild, lawless land on the Kenyan/Somali border, Portman soon realizes the British intelligence services have been double-crossed. Can he survive long enough to keep his charges alive and prevent a catastrophe?
I enjoy writing every one of my books. I think that's essential for any writer, otherwise you might as well not bother. But I really enjoyed writing this one.
I hope it shows in the finished product.
'The Watchman' - signed hardback copies available in January from Goldsboro Books, and all Amazon sites thereafter.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Update to 'Why I Wrote This' tab (see above)

Why I Wrote 'No Sleep for the Dead'.

It's predecessor, 'No Help for the Dying' is available FREE on Kindle until Tuesday. Get it now.

Thursday, 10 October 2013


For just 5 days starting tomorrow, Friday 11th October, 'No Help for the Dying' - is available as a FREE download on Amazon Kindle.

This is the 2nd in the Gavin & Palmer mystery series (see also the latest update to the 'Why I Wrote' tab above, in which I talk about how it came about).

You've read the why, now you can read the book.

Tough investigative reporter Riley Gavin has always been haunted by the baffling disappearance of young Katie Pyle. It was her first assignment – and her greatest failure. So when Katie turns up murdered a decade later, Riley knows she must find out what happened to her. What made this young girl disappear in the first place – and why has she now been murdered?

When her probing uncovers more dead runaways, Riley realises that there are all manner of dangers lurking in the dark city streets, quite apart from drugs and deprivation. There are predators, too.

What, for example, is the Church of Flowing Light? And why does it employ sinister characters like Quine? When she suddenly attracts the attentions of two silent watchers, and a former journalist colleague goes missing in bloody circumstances, she knows it's time to dig deeper.

Helped by former military cop Frank Palmer, Riley follows the trail into the lethal subways of London’s street life, in an effort to find the truth.

'No Help for the Dying'. FREE for 5 days. Step up and take a ride. Right here.


Friday, 4 October 2013

Book reviews - Analdur Indridason and Michael Robotham

Now up on the Shots website (click on Book Reviews), are two new books.

'Strange Shores' by Arnaldur Indridason. The last case for Detective Erlendur, taking him on a journey through the moody landscape and minds of Iceland, where secrets are long-held and as deep and cold as the legendary fjords. Grim and darkly atmospheric.
Dig out your warmest clothing.

'Watching You' by Michael Robotham. The return of psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, trying to find out just who is watching Marnie Logan... and why her missing husband put together a book about her life shortly before he disappeared. Spooky stuff. Check any holes in your ceiling.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Let's have some colour!

It's probably got something to do with the down-turn in the weather. Currently looking out of my window is like peering through muslin. Yuk grey is the general colour, and before the mood matches it, I decided it was about time to give Riley Gavin & Frank Palmer a make-over (well, the five covers in the series, anyway).

It's always a gamble doing this, because what attracts one reader might well put off another. But nothing ventured, nothing gained; if you don't try, you never find out... and all those other wise old sayings.

Anyway, I had fun choosing them, so it at least kept me out of trouble for a short while. And that's always a good thing.

I hope you like them.

Now, if the weather outside could only pretend it wasn't October...

(I'm indebted to Lem at Canstock Photo for the excellent images).

Gavin & Palmer series - currently available on Kindle here (UK) and here (.com)