It’s that time of year again! I’ve finished writing the book and I’m starting to catch up on the chores that piled up while I was stuck in the study grafting away. I’m sure you remember the drill from the previous titles?
Once I had typed the last sentences of ‘Unfinished Business’ I needed to get someone to proof read it; last time it was Bob my brother, this time my wife Lynne stepped up to the plate. Once we were happy with the content I got the file prepared for the publishing stage. A very helpful and efficient lady Lucinda K Campbell from the States sorted that out in a couple of weeks.
The next important stage was getting the front cover designed. No problems in deciding who to ask! It had to be Melissa G Alvarez of bookcovers.us. This took a little longer than usual as she was taking time out while a foal was being born on her ranch. Horses are her passion and the new arrival took priority for a week or so.
The results are there for you to see. This cover gives you the first images of DCI Phil Hounsell and his new sidekick DS Zara Wheeler plus the updated picture of Colin Owens (Bailey) after a nose job and a little cosmetic tampering of his jaw line.
When you read this book, what’s in store for you?
The sequel to the award winning ‘The Final Straw’ sees Colin Bailey return to the UK after almost a decade abroad. With a new name and a new face he still has scores to settle. His meticulous planning takes him ingeniously across Scotland and the North of England ticking names off his list with the police completely baffled.
DCI Phil Hounsell pitted his wits against Colin before and so he is sent to Durham where he teams up with super intelligent young DS Zara Wheeler; together they track their man to Manchester and then eventually south to Bath.
The final scenes take place on the streets of the Roman city; Phil Hounsell’s family is threatened and in a dramatic conclusion reminiscent of Holmes and Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, the two men struggle above the foaming waters of the historic Pulteney weir.
You’ll need to get to the very end to find out what happens to Colin and Phil. Perhaps there will still be ‘Unfinished Business’ and Phil and Zara might work together again – could there be a series I wonder? Perhaps Colin lives to kill another day, but where and for who?
That’s entirely up to the reader. Keep your eyes peeled for a competition later in the year. Whichever way people want the characters to develop will determine what I write in the late autumn and over the winter.
So after the preparation, the uploading of the book and getting it accepted on the premium listings, what’s next? A long hot summer I hope!
It will be pretty much the same experience as last year. I’ve booked an Orangeberry Virtual Tour to start in early May. Oh, there are just a few differences to last year – I’ve booked a mini tour for ‘The Final Straw’ to persuade people to read the first book before the sequel (always best!). Then a midi tour for ‘A Sting In The Tale’ to get the reviews and exposure that I couldn’t afford to do over Christmas and New Year when it came out. Then a maxi tour for ‘Unfinished Business’ on the back of all the pre orders and the book riding high in the listings!
Lynne and I have put aside a ‘fighting fund’ and we’re giving it our best efforts this summer. Fingers crossed it pays off! You can help of course!
The book will be listed at the end of March on Amazon (UK/US and the Far East) but pre orders aren’t available on my self published items as yet. I’ve asked KDP to look into the possibility and perhaps by the time the next book comes around it will be an option.
As soon as the Amazon link is set up then I’ll be hitting Facebook, Twitter and this blog as hard as possible to get the message across! The quicker you all buy the book then the sooner I can stop pestering you. Lynne’s opinion of ‘Unfinished Business’ after her proof read? ‘It’s excellent; better than ‘The Final Straw’. When will you be starting the next one?’ (That’s high praise from my sternest critic!)
I’ll be back before you know it with all the details of the tours, the links and all the news that’s fit to print in a couple of weeks. Then we’ll be jetting off to Ibiza for our ‘chill out’ holiday before returning to that long hot, extremely hectic summer!