Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CWA Dagger in the Library Longlist Announced!!!

Congrats to fellow Irish Crime authors Brian Mc Gilloway and Tana French for being longlisted in the CWA Dagger in the Library Award!!

The CWA Dagger in the Library Award, is a UK prize for a crime writer whose body of work appeals to users of libraries and reading groups. In order to be eligible for nomination for the prize a writer must have had published at least four novels in the crime fiction genre which are widely available in libraries throughout the British Isles in 
digital, audio or print format.

The Dagger in the Library is supported by The Reading Agency, and reading group packs and other materials will be available on this website as well as www.readinggroups.org.

See full list of longlisted authors below:

Valentine's Day!!

For all you lovely people who like audio CD's, RED RIBBONS will be available from Valentine's Day....

It may not be overly romantic at times, but it has some loving moments.

You can order here if you fancy it!!

Thanks everyone!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CRIMESQUAD...I cannot recommend this highly enough!!!

An utterly AMAZING review of RED RIBBONS from CRIMESQUAD.....Today just keeps getting better!! :-)
"Phillips maintains the tension with Red Ribbons, a deeply satisfying crime debut. Rich in atmosphere with a complex plot that really does keep you turning the pages and a list of compelling characters. I cannot recommend this book highly enough..."

Finding a new Favourite Mystery Author - By the Book Review!!

THANK YOU ...BY THE BOOK REVIEW, for this amazing review of Red Ribbons....

"There were few things that content me more in a literary way than finding a new Favourite Mystery Author. I really hadn't had one since Colin Dexter retired from writing the Inspector Morse series....Phillips' greatest talent, developed through what must have been thousands of hours of dedicated craft, is her ability to write in different voices with each as individual and believable as the others....(Red Ribbons) is your joy to discover.."

You can read full read here....

Thursday, January 26, 2017

THANK YOU x 45,000 Library Readers!!!

It took me a while to register my novels with the UK Public Library System, but to readers in UK libraries, and here, a MASSIVE THANK YOU to the 45,000 library readers who borrowed books since registration - YOU ARE ALL AWESOME!!! :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

100 Reviews on Audible.com - RED RIBBONS!!!

I was so excited to see RED RIBBONS as an Audio download, and of course, especially thrilled to have it narrated by the fabulous Caroline Morahan.
Two months after US publication, amazingly, it is still in the Top Hot New Releases on Amazon #policeprocedurals.
And, today it hit 100 REVIEWS on Audible.com!!!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Places are booking up fast! - Begin your Novel!

Places are booking up fast for my 'Begin Your Novel' course in February.
If you're interested in doing this course at the Irish Writers Centre, either book online HERE, or contact the centre at (01) 872 1302, or alternatively, email, info@writerscentre.ie
I will be doing a taster course this coming Saturday which is already fully booked, and this may result in additional pressure on places!!! So get booking, or express your interest via the centre, if you're interested.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Edgar Nominees 2017!!

MWA Announces the 2017 Edgar Nominations

The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown Publishing Group)
IQ by Joe Ide (Little, Brown & Company – Mulholland Books)
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (Penguin Random House – Marian Wood Book/Putnam)
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (Polis Books)
Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Morgue: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin’s Press)
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus Books)
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (Penguin Random House – Viking Books)
The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Random House – Nan A. Talese)
Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967
by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (McFarland & Company)
Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Dracula by David J. Skal (W.W. Norton – Liveright)
“Oxford Girl” – Mississippi Noir by Megan Abbott (Akashic Books)
“A Paler Shade of Death” – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books)
“Autumn at the Automat” – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)
“The Music Room” – In Sunlight or in Shadow  by Stephen King (Pegasus Books)
“The Crawl Space” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine by Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)
Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR)
OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group – Henry Holt BFYR)
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Soho Press – Soho Teen)
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (Penguin Random House – Penguin Young Readers – Dial Books)
For details of other nominations visit HERE

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A time to remember....

As the seeds of my current work in progress began in Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat over a year ago, being in the final stages of the script, it's a good time to remember.
Image with fellow artists, Andrea Carter, Catherine Dunne,Lia Mills, Maria McManus Valerie Bistany, Sean Hardie, and Anthony Glavin
(Day 8 of remaining 40 to finish novel :-))
Daily word count complete...Time for cuppa and a walk!!!
#writing #books #wordcount

Reading Material this month!!

So here are the books I'll be reading over the next few weeks!! :-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Begin Your Novel - FREE Taster!!

I'll be doing  a FREE 'Begin your Novel' taster on the 28th January at the Irish Writers Centre. 

Attendees are invited to sign up to this free course in advance via EVENTBRITE!

*** BE WARNED...Previous events like this resulted in a Waiting List far in excess of the course participants. 

So Book Today, to avoid disappointment.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Recommended for Collectors - First Mysteries, first editions.....

I am totally charmed to see RED RIBBONS included in The Mysterious Bookshop's recommended first Mysteries for collectors.....Visit here  for full list of titles.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ONLY Hours left to download RED RIBBONS at 99p!!!

Irish & UK readers....only 48 hours left to download RED RIBBON at the ultra keen price of 99p! ...download HERE

I've got that Friday feeling!!

Yippie, and yippee again...Word count complete for today, so target for the week achieved!! Yay! (Day 5 of 40) #writing #target #books #wordcount 

Monday, January 9, 2017

How to build a compelling novel concept!

If you want to write a fiction novel, romance, mystery, satire, young adult or comedy, you have to begin somewhere.

Here are some of the topics we'll be covering in the upcoming 'BEGIN YOUR NOVEL' Course at the Irish Writers Centre.....
  • How to build a compelling novel concept.
  • Getting the reader to care.
  • Points of view.
  • Essential elements of chapter structure.
  • Creating memorable characters.
  • How to handle shifts in your story.
  • Writing effective dialogue.
  • Road maps, plot planning and mind maps.
  • Using multiple points of view.
  • Novel structure including the W storyboard.
  • Creating that page turning story.
  • The do's and don'ts of getting agents and editors to keep reading.
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