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Friday, April 28, 2017

Adrian Mc Kinty Wins Edgar Award!

The 2017 Edgar® Winners and Nominees

 BEST NOVEL
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)
WINNER: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

BEST FIRST NOVEL
WINNER: 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)


BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
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)
WINNER: 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)


BEST FACT CRIME

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)
WINNER: The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

 
BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
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)
WINNER: 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 Draculaby David J. Skal (W.W. Norton – Liveright)


BEST SHORT STORY
"Oxford Girl" – Mississippi Noirby Megan Abbott (Akashic Books)
"A Paler Shade of Death" – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books)
WINNER: "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 Magazineby Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)


BEST JUVENILE
Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR)
WINNER: 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)


YOUNG ADULT

Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Christy Ottaviano Books/Macmillan)
WINNER: 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)


MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tor/Forge Books – Forge Books)
Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
WINNER: The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE

Sunday, April 23, 2017

3RD DUBLIN WRITERS' CONFERENCE - JUNE 2017!



Another great line up this year for the 3rd Dublin Writers' Conference.....Plenty of events and workshops in June! Looking forward to taking part again this year, and hope to see a few of you there!!! For full details, visit http://thebookpromoter.com/conference/

Workshops & Opportunities for Emerging & Established Writers Cavan - Information Day May 17th


Cavan County Council Arts office are working with the Irish Writers Centre in 2017 to provide a series of workshops and opportunities for emerging and established writers in County Cavan.  

An information session will take place on 17 May at 6pm at Townhall, Cavan.   

This is also available to writers in neighbouring counties but attendance must be booked by registering with santinaburns@cavancoco.ie or telephone 049 4378549.


Taking part are Louise Phillips, Mia Gallagher, Pat Boran, Kate Cunningham & Valerie Bistany. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION - VISIT HERE

Professional, crisp, crime fiction course delivers!

Just got this lovely testimonial from an ex-student....THANK YOU
"Louise Phillips knows what makes a good story - and has proved it by writing several bestselling crime novels. In this workshop, she imparts the literary knowledge and practical skills learned along the way.
Character development, plot progression and dialogue… each tutorial blends critical analysis, advice in shaping individual work, detailed feedback, guidelines and measurable strategies. The fact that this course is now a staple on the Irish Writers’ Centre calendar is testament to its success in helping participants focus and develop their craft.
There are many voices offering options for writers to improve their writing. This professional, crisp, crime fiction course delivers."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

NEWSFLASH: WRITER ESCAPES TO EDIT NOVELl!!


I will be at the glorious Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat in April to get lots of editing done and I can't wait! #editing #writing #greatescapes

If you fancy it, you can view some images of the amazing artist retreat here: https://www.pinterest.com/lo…/tyrone-guthrie-artist-retreat/


Saturday, March 25, 2017

BARGAIN ALERT !!



BARGAIN ALERT:

For a limited period, you can grab The Doll's House on kindle for 99p!! Or all 4 Books in the series for total of £8.90....Now that's a bargain!! If you fancy it, clickedly click HERE



Monday, March 13, 2017

Cover Reveal - US Publication Coming August 2017!!




I know I'm not supposed to be on social media as I'm in hibernation, writing, but I couldn't resist sharing this!!!!

WOOHOO, it's the utterly AMAZING cover for the US Edition of THE DOLL'S HOUSE!!! 

Coming August 2017!!

I LOVE IT - I hope you do too!!! :-) 

Thanks to all at Polis Books, especially Jason Pinter and an amazing designer!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lipstick on Mirror Rules!!



It's probably more to tell myself than anyone else, but Monday's official word count is done!!

Note to self - Never contradict a lipstick message on a mirror!!

#progress #wordcount #writing #amwriting

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We love the Kate Pearson novels - SAN DIEGO BOOK REVIEW!!

I'm so THRILLED with the San Diego Book Review's high praise for RED RIBBONS.

"Phillips is Ireland's finest mystery writer....her 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..She has had a remarkably successful career right from the get-go, and every hallmark that exists in her novels is present in Red Ribbons..We love the Kate Pearson novels as will you...." 



READ FULL REVIEW of RED RIBBONS from SAN DIEGO BOOK REVIEW here http://sandiegobookreview.com/red-ribbons/

Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE DOLL'S HOUSE COMING THIS AUGUST!!

I feel so lucky working with the amazing team at POLIS BOOKS, and Jason Pinter, for the US publications of both RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE.

I was thrilled with the cover design of RED RIBBONS (see below) created by the fabulous design cover artist, MIMI BARK, from New York, and even more delighted to hear that she is also currently working on the cover of the upcoming publication of THE DOLL'S HOUSE!!

Actress, Caroline Morahan, is on board too, for the narration of the Audio book, and I can't wait for it all to come together this August!!

In the meantime, it's mood board time....one of my favourite activities!!


Cover Designer Mimi Bark
Actress Caroline Morahan



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..."
READ FULL REVIEW HERE

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!!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE

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



BEST NOVEL
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)
BEST FIRST NOVEL BY AN AMERICAN AUTHOR
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)
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
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)
BEST FACT CRIME
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)
BEST CRITICAL/BIOGRAPHICAL
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)
BEST SHORT STORY
“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)
BEST JUVENILE
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)
BEST YOUNG ADULT
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.
Link HERE

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Creative Process - Mind Maps!

Before Christmas I edited my current work in progress (TRUST NO ONE) from 65,000 words down to under 50,000. The script became shorter, but a lot better. (I’m one of those sad people who love editing!)
Earlier this week, I picked up the script to start writing again. I realised I needed a plan to reach the finish line (better known as the end!).
The plan turned out to be a series mind maps!
This pic may not look like 3 days of work, but the content will be the next 8 weeks of writing!!

And just to prove I’m not the only writer who uses such tactics….here’s a pic of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series…..

Best Books of 2016 - BOOKLOVER Catlady's Top 16 Reads of 16!



So thrilled to be part of this listing with RED RIBBONS....BOOKLOVER CATLADY's- Best Books of 2016!
"The writing is detailed, engaging and thoughtful. The author writes like it's effortless. Exceptional talent....A cut above. Riveting. Classy." RED RIBBONS (Polis Books)
BOOKLOVER CATLADY'S TOP 16 READS OF 2016
Here they are! These are in no particular order except for my Number One book which is: Some Will Not Sleep by Adam Nevill.
* Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
* Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1) by Louise Phillips
* The Vegetarian by Kan Hang
* When the Dragon Roars (Starks Trilogy #2) by Nesly Clerge
* Untouchable by Sibel Hodge
* Tuesday Falling by S. Williams
* The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
* Awakening: The Prequel To Charlotte (The Charlotte Chronicles Book 2) by Stuart Keane
* Blood Related: A Psychological Thriller by William Cook
* Tastes Like Fear (D.I. Marnie Rome, #3) by Sarah Hilary
* The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson
* All Smoke Rises: MILK-BLOOD Redux by Mark Matthews
* Chosen Child by Linda Huber
* Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
* The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Do you want to write a novel???


Do you want to write a Novel? Have you a great idea, but you don't know where to begin?
If the answer is yes, join me in February at the Irish Writers Centre for 10 weeks of 'BEGIN YOUR NOVEL' Course. Since starting creative writing classes a couple of years ago, six of my students have been awarded Irish & International publishing deals, and 4 others, are currently signed with agents.
You can book or register your interest online or by phoning (01) 8721302
Online Link - HERE

Monday, January 2, 2017

Books of Exceptional Merit!!

GREAT NEWS!! PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW FOR *RED RIBBONS*
After the Mysterious Bookshop’s description of ‘Patricia Cornwell meets Tana French’, 2017 is starting off with a bang!! In America, Publishers Weekly, the industry’s leading news and review publication, has given RED RIBBONS a Starred Review. Only a very small percentage of books reviewed receive this accolade, awarded to books of exceptional merit!! And here is the review…..#happy #excited #jumpforjoy
"Irish author Phillips makes her U.S. debut with a masterly psychological thriller...The foibles, fears and strengths of each fully realized character all come into play and affect their judgment. In short, they are people the reader will care about." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW – RED RIBBONS
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