Friday, January 29, 2016

Polis Books are gearing up for the Fall of 2016!!

POLIS BOOKS are gearing up for the Fall 2016....And I'm delighted RED RIBBONS is on this fantastic list for US Publication...
US cover to be revealed soon....watch this space....

VIVIAN IN RED by Kristina Riggle, Novelist
THE BUTCHER'S SON by Grant McKenzie
SAVAGE LANE by Jason Starr

HILLARY by D.W. Buffa
EXTRA LIFE by Derek Nikitas
ASH by Shani Petroff and Darci Manley

RED RIBBONS by Louise Phillips
ULTRAVIOLET by Shani Petroff and Darci Manley

ORCHARD GROVE by Vincent Zandri
THE MISSHAPES: ANNIHILATION DAY by Stu Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly

Another Cracker of a Year for IRISH CRIME FICTION....

It's looking like another cracker of a year for IRISH CRIME FICTION...

See January & February Publication below...

DEAD SECRET by Ava McCarthy (14th January 2016) 
Jan 1 Dead Secret

Two quick shots. One for him. One for you.
After the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jodie has nothing left to live for – or almost nothing.
She has one task to fulfil before she takes her own life. And that’s to kill the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – her seemingly perfect husband, Ethan.
But Ethan is hiding more than just his true nature. And as more horrifying secrets from his past emerge, Jodie’s strength will be pushed to the limit…

BLOOD AND WATER by Siobhain Bunni (19th January 2016)
Jan 2 Blood and Water
Meet the Bertrams . . .
William the celebrated politician, conniving father and devious husband. Barbara, his long-suffering wife who laces her day with alcohol so she can hide from herself. And their children: Sebastian, a successful businessman defending his realm; Enya, the grieving prodigal daughter returned from self-imposed exile; Cormac, a sex addict with delusions of his own prowess; Ciara, an emotional drama queen who like a little lost puppy just wants to be loved; Rian, the damaged bird who looks to fix everyone else around him before fixing himself.
The Bertrams tell their lies and tolerate each other, not because they want to but because they have to: they’re family. But when their simmering tensions reach boiling point they discover that life has a way of letting slip even the most closely guarded secrets. Then it s payback time for the Bertrams as events conspire to put an end to the biggest lie of all. A riveting tale of intrigue, love, manipulation and family bonds.

RAIN DOGS by Adrian McKinty (21st January 2016)
Jan 3 Rain Dogs
It's just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy. Riot duty. Heartbreak. Cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked room mysteries in one career?
When journalist Lily Bigelow is found dead in the courtyard of Carrickfergus castle, it looks like a suicide. But there are just a few things that bother Duffy enough to keep the case file open. Which is how he finds out that she was working on a devastating investigation of corruption and abuse at the highest levels of power in the UK and beyond.
And so Duffy has two impossible problems on his desk: who killed Lily Bigelow? And what were they trying to hide?

BURIED by Graham Masterton (11th February 2016)
Feb 1 Buried
Katie Maguire knows that in this part of Ireland, the past can never stay buried...
In Blarney, Cork, an old millworker's cottage guards its secrets. In 1921, a mother, father and their two young children disappeared from this house. And now, ninety-five years later, their mummified bodies have been discovered under the floorboards.
The neighbours cannot imagine who would have killed such a harmless family all those years ago. But as DS Katie Maguire investigates, the flames of old family rivalries flare up once more... and Katie is caught in the crossfire.

THE DROWNED DETECTIVE by Neil Jordan (25th February 2016)
Feb 2 The Drowned Detective
Jonathan is a private investigator in a decaying eastern European city, consumed by his work and his failing marriage. Approached one day by an elderly couple, he is presented with a faded photograph of their daughter, missing for nearly two decades.
Troubled by the image of the little girl, who was the same age when she vanished as his own daughter is now – he is compelled to find her. But one night, soon after taking on the case, as he walks across the bridge spanning the river that divides the city, he encounters a young woman crouched at the foot of a stone angel – a woman who suddenly leaps into the icy water below. Without thinking, Jonathan plunges after her, and is soon drawn into her ghostly world of confusion, coincidence and intrigue, and the city he thought he knew turns strange and threatening.
Haunting and deeply moving, The Drowned Detective is an intoxicating, atmospheric exploration of relationships, lies and betrayal – confirming Neil Jordon as a master storyteller and a vital literary voice.
BISHOP’S DELIGHT by Patrick McGinley (29th February 2016)
Feb 3 Bishop's Delight
Taoiseach Jim Maguire has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
Two rival journalists, Kevin Woody and Tony Sweetman, struggle to find the best story to tell about Maguire’s vanishing act.
As Woody and Sweetman navigate their turbulent personal lives while trying to keep the story of Maguire’s disappearance alive for another day, it begins to emerge that there may have been more to the missing Taoiseach than his political career. What is the truth about Maguire, and what is the mysterious Bishop’s Delight?
Bishop’s Delight shows novelist Patrick McGinley at his mesmerising best, showcasing his formidable literary style, his ever-present dark humour and his uncanny ability to explore uncomfortable truths.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Almost Fully Booked!!!

Don't say I didn't warn you, but there are VERY FEW places left for this course!
Open Day for courses will be at the Irish Writers' Centre this Saturday, but do book early to ensure your place on the course (see link below)
"During this 10-week course participants will learn the ‘how to’ of creating a gripping crime story, using tension, pace and effective dialogue, whilst developing great characters and a page-turning novel. There will be modules on police procedure and forensics, and you will also receive editorial critique to sharpen your fictional voice. A number of Louise’s students have achieved publishing deals or are now signed with agents.
Louise Phillips is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers all of which were nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award in 2013. The Game Changer, her latest novel, was published to critical acclaim in 2015."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Independently Minded - In support of AWARE!!!

I’m incredibly delighted to be a judge as part of this terrific initiative, set up by Carolann Copland of Carousel Writers’ Centre.

Earlier this month, the CAROUSEL AWARE PRIZE for Independently Published Authors was launched. All money raised from this completion will go to Aware(A charity which assists those directly affected by the illness of depression.)

These awards aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Self-Published authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad.

There will be six categories of awards:
  • Best Novel to be judged by International Bestselling Author Jax Miller.
  • Best Short Story Anthology to be judged by Bord Gáis Award Winning Author Louise Phillips.
  • Best Non-Fiction Book to be judged by Books Ireland Magazine Editor Tony Canavan
  • Best Poetry Anthology to be judged by Award Winning Poet and Writer Eileen Casey.
  • Best Young Adult Book to be judged by Bestselling Young Adult Novelist Claire Hennessy.
  • Best Junior Book to be judged by Novelist Carolann Copland in conjunction with St. Comcille’s Junior National School, Knocklyon.

Submissions are now invited from all Independently Published, Self-Published and Assisted Published Authors from Ireland’s 32 counties. Closing date is Monday the 11th of April.
Books must have an ISBN number or equivalent. 

Long lists will be notified on Mon 13th of June 2016
Short lists will be notified on Mon 12th September 2016
The overall winners will be announced at The CAP for Indie Awards Evening

on Wednesday the 26th of October 2016

For all other details and to enter, click here

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Open Day!!

Saturday 30th January 2016 - IRISH WRITERS' CENTRE

Many of our courses are starting very soon and are the ideal motivator to create the right writing routine for you.

Short fiction, poetry and prose, screen-writing, sci-fi and dystopian fiction, managing creativity, comedy... Spring 2016 has it all: http://bit.ly/1yEpP9H

And if you're still undecided, call by the Centre on Saturday 30 January for our Open Day and we can talk you through everything that's on offer!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Road Trip!!

Super, super and even more super excited that flights are now booked for BOSTON in April....Researching new novel and taking in the sights, then road trip as part of step 2!


Dead Secret!!

It's looking like another great year ahead for Irish Crime Fiction, and I'm sorry to miss this launch... but for those lucky people who are available, here are the details!

Harper Collins Publishers launch of Ava McCarthy's new thriller


at Dubray Books, Blackrock Shopping Centre, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

on Wednesday 27th Jan 2016 from 6:30pm-8:30pm

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Crime Fiction Course......Bookings already in!

Bookings are already in for this Crime Fiction Course commencing February 15th at the Irish Writers Centre!!! (See link HERE)

Since starting my workshops/mentoring programme, 4 writers have received publishing contracts and others are now signed with agents...So don't miss out if there is a crime writer in you!!! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Margery Allingham & CWA Debut Dagger Competitions!

MARGERY ALLINGHAM Short Story Competition – 

Deadline 1st March 2016

Online entry is a two-stage process. First you fill out the entry form and submit it below. On the thank you page you will then pay the online entry fee of £15.00 via our payment service, which is provided by PayPal. If you do not make a payment your entry will not be included in the competition even if it has been submitted.
Your privacy: your payment is processed securely by PayPal. They do not pass your card or other details to us, they simply tell us when your payment has been accepted. The information you provide on this page will be used only in connection with the CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition and will not be passed to any third party.
Submission guidelines
Manuscripts should be 12pt, double spaced, in an easily readable font such as Times, Arial or Helvetica. They must fall within the prescribed word limits. Manuscripts must not include the author’s name or contact details, only the title of the work which will be allocated a unique CWA reference number.
The competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors- and is for UNPUBLISHED short stories of up to 3,500 words.
Open from 1st October 2015 to 1st March 2016. The fee is subject to VAT.
 CWA Debut Dagger – Deadline February 28th 2016

For 15 years the CWA has been encouraging new writing with its Debut Dagger competition for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by a panel of top crime editors and agents, and the short listed entries are sent to publishers and agents. The Debut Dagger is open to anyone who has not yet had a novel published commercially. All shortlisted entrants will receive a professional assessment of their entries. Winning the Debut Dagger doesn’t guarantee you’ll get published. But it does mean your work will be seen leading agents and top editors, who have signed up over two dozen winners and shortlisted Debut Dagger competitors.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be 12pt, double spaced, in an easily readable font such as Times, Arial or Helvetica. They must fall within the prescribed word limit. Manuscripts must not include the author’s name or contact details, only the title of the work which will be allocated a unique CWA reference number.
Entries may be submitted at any time between 9.00 am on 1st August 2015 and 12:59 pm on February 28 2016. Early or late entries will not be considered.
Terms and Conditions
The competition is open to anyone who has not had a novel published commercially and does not have a current publishing contract for a novel in any genre. Published non-fiction or short-story writers may enter. Self-published authors of books on Kindle are eligible to enter. However, other self-published and/or e-published writers of novel length works must check eligibility with the ograniser before completing the entry form. Any number of entries accepted provided that each is accompanied by the entrance fee of £30.
  1. Entrants should submit the opening of a proposed crime novel (up to 3,000 words) together with a synopsis (500 to 1,000 words) of its further development.
  2. The 2016 competition opens on 1st August 2014, and has a closing date of 28 February 2016. Entries may be submitted at any time between the opening and closing dates. Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
  3. An entry fee of £30 must be paid before you are able to send your submission. After payment an automated email will be sent to you with your unique reference number and a URL.
  4. Submissions must be in English and typed using double-line spacing. Pages must be numbered with the title of your story included on each page. Personal information must only appear on the covering email. Do not include a cover sheet.
  5. All entries must be submitted as a single file containing both the opening 3000 words and the synopsis. The file should be saved with the text double-spaced and the margins set for A4 paper (210 x 297mm).
  6. The file must be in the following formats: Microsoft Word Document (*.doc).
  7. The entrant is responsible for ensuring that the file is readable and uncorrupted.
  8. The file cannot be amended or changed in any way once it has been submitted.
  9. Any entrant who submits a file or e-mail containing a virus will be immediately disqualified and will forfeit their entry fee.
  10. We will acknowledge receipt of entries and payment by automated e-mail.
  11. At our discretion, and only where practicable, we may notify an entrant of an unreadable file and invite them to resubmit the entry.
  12. A shortlist of entries, selected by professional readers, will be forwarded to a final judging panel chaired by the CWA Chairman, and composed of crime fiction editors from major publishing houses and authors’ agents. The judges’ decision is final and we will not enter into any correspondence about the result. Shortlisted authors will be announced at CrimeFest and the winner will be announced at the CWA Dagger Awards Dinner in September 2016.
  13. Shortlisted authors will receive a professional assessment of their entry. The winner will receive a prize of £500. There are no cash alternatives to non-cash prizes.
  14. There is no commitment to publish the winning entry.
  15. Copyright will remain with the entrant
For more information check out The Crime Writers’ Association.
For more details visit HERE

Friday, January 1, 2016

Looking Back 2015!

From Monday morning I'll be pulling back from social media to get cracking on the writing, so please excuse me the final promos of looking back to 2015 - THE GAME CHANGER.....

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