Are you sitting comfortably? Because I have an absolute beaut of a cover to show you all today…
Regular readers of my blog, or basically any of my social media pages, will know of my love for a certain series. Well today, I get to share the cover for BEAST, the newest offering from my fave black heart buddy, Matt Wesolowski.
I’ve long been a champion of this series, and Orenda Books, so I am delighted that I get to post this awesome cover.
First though, in case you don’t already know, here’s some info about Matt and his books, along with links to my reviews if you want to see why this series is consistently in my Top Reads of the Year posts.
About the author:
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor for young people in care. Matt started his writing career in horror, and his short horror fiction has been published in numerous UK- an US-based anthologies such as Midnight Movie Creature, Selfies from the End of the World, Cold Iron and many more.
His novella, The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015.
His debut thriller, Six Stories, was an Amazon bestseller in the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia, and a WHSmith Fresh Talent pick, and film rights were sold to a major Hollywood studio. A prequel, Hydra, was published in 2018 and became an international bestseller.
Changeling, book three in the series, was published in 2019 and was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and shortlisted for Capital Crime’s Amazon Publishing Reader Awards in two categories: Best Thriller and Best Independent Voice.
Elusive online journalist Scott King examines the chilling case of a young vlogger found frozen to death in the legendary local ‘vampire tower’, in another explosive episode of Six Stories…
In the wake of the ‘Beast from the East’ cold snap that ravaged the UK in 2018, a grisly discovery was made in a ruin on the Northumbrian coast. Twenty-four-year-old Vlogger, Elizabeth Barton, had been barricaded inside what locals refer to as ‘The Vampire Tower’, where she was later found frozen to death.
Three young men, part of an alleged ‘cult’, were convicted of this terrible crime, which they described as a ‘prank gone wrong’. However, in the small town of Ergarth, questions have been raised about the nature of Elizabeth Barton’s death and whether the three convicted youths were even responsible.
Elusive online journalist Scott King speaks to six witnesses – people who knew both the victim and the three killers – to peer beneath the surface of the case. He uncovers whispers of a shocking online craze that held the young of Ergarth in its thrall and drove them to escalate a series of pranks in the name of internet fame. He hears of an abattoir on the edge of town, which held more than simple slaughter behind its walls, the tragic and chilling legend of the ‘Ergarth Vampire…
Both a compulsive, taut and terrifying thriller, and a bleak and distressing look at modern society’s desperation for attention, Beast will unveil a darkness from which you may never return…
Does this not just sound AMAZING?!
Do you want to see the cover???
Here you go…
I don’t know about y’all, but I love love LOVE this cover!!!!!
BEAST (Feb 2020 from Orenda Books) is available to preorder now, and you can do just that by clickety-clicking the link below:
Today, I am delighted to be able to reveal the cover Black 13 by Adam Hamdy! Adam is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, one of my favourite book series of the last few years!
About the author:
British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and WH Smith Travel. Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.
Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.
Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London. He is a seasoned rock climber,skier and CPSA marksman.
An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war. The world is changing beyond recognition. Radical extremists are rising and seek to enforce their ideology globally. Governments, the military and intelligence agencies are being outmanoeuvred at every step. Borders are breaking down. Those in power are puppets. The old rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed. In a world where nothing is at it seems, where trust is gone, one man will make the difference. Meet Ex-MI6 agent and man in exile, Scott Pearce. It’s time to burn the espionage rule book. Watch Pearce light the fire.
Before I show you all the cover, Adam kindly answered some questions for me!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m an author and screenwriter. Apart from
three years living in Cairo between the ages of eight and eleven, I was born
and raised in London. My wife and I moved to Shropshire a few years ago, where
we now live with our three children. Having been a city boy most of my life,
I’m a convert to the health benefits of living in the countryside and can often
be found jogging along country lanes, or scaling cliffs in the Peak District
and the Welsh mountains.
How did you end up becoming an author?
My parents struggled financially, so I wanted a
career that was stable and lucrative and decided to study law at university. I
found law quite dry and uninspiring, and after my degree became a management
consultant. The sudden and unexpected death of my father caused me to
re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to pursue my passion for writing. Amy
and I left London, expecting it to take two years or so before I’d make any
money from writing. It took ten.
I started off screenwriting because I was more
comfortable with the form and was daunted by thought of writing a book, but in
2010, I decided to confront my fear and wrote a novel called Battalion. A big publisher was
interested, but ultimately passed, so I self-published the book and it got nice
reviews, which encouraged me to try again. The same thing happened with my
second book, a dark paranormal thriller called Phase, and then I wrote Pendulum,
which was the book that really changed things for me.
We went through some tough times during those
ten ‘hardship’ years, but it’s been worth it, and not just for me. Amy’s also
been writing and has fulfilled a lifetime ambition to become an author. She has
a thriller, Remember Me, coming out
with Orion in November.
How would you describe your writing to
anyone who hasn’t read your books?
Like getting on a rollercoaster. I try to write
action-packed books that will entertain readers and leave them a little
breathless. I’m also fascinated by the issues raised by big social changes and
weave them into my stories. Pendulum
is all about the Internet and how it’s changed the way we interact. My new
book, Black 13, is about the rise of
the far-right and how espionage has changed beyond recognition.
Your forthcoming book, Black 13, rewrites the espionage thrillers as we know them. What made you decide to tear up the rule book with this one?
13 is the first book in a new series that
introduces readers to Scott Pearce and Leila Nahum. Pearce is a disgraced MI6
operative who’s on a quest to clear his tarnished reputation. Leila is a former
M16 contractor, a fiercely independent Syrian refugee who’s haunted by the loss
of her family. Black 13 sees them
partner to take on a far-right conspiracy.
The book was inspired by my personal
experiences during and after the 2016 EU referendum. I noticed a number of
strange connections between disparate people and groups on social media and
started mapping them. I took my research into the real world and went to a
number of political meetings and protests on both sides of the divide, and
talked to members and leaders of far-right and far-left groups, and people in
law enforcement and intelligence.
One of my most surreal experiences was sitting
in a Supermax prison next to a former member of a far-right group and hearing
him say wistfully, ‘It’s all political
now. Everything we were saying in the 80s and 90s, it’s all in the mainstream
now. And there’s big money involved.’
That’s a pretty good summary of the landscape
of Black 13.
One of the things I’m hoping to do with Black 13 and the Scott Pearce series is
to showcase how intelligence has changed. Digital technology has given
governments and private organisations the ability to manipulate populations.
The Internet has democratised espionage work. We can all start and spread
propaganda. Private citizens and corporations can and do employ intelligence
organisations to carry out successful surveillance, intimidation and covert
operations. Imagine what a well-resourced intelligence organisation can achieve
in a world where they can reach billions of people directly.
Placing powerful digital tools in private hands
and removing the filter of national media has put us all on the front line of
contemporary espionage and I’m hoping the new Scott Pearce series will show the
link between what happens on the street and what goes on in the corridors of
power, and how covert operations affect us all in a very real and dangerous
Did you find it difficult to switch from
the high-octane Pendulum trilogy universe to Black 13?
Black 13 and
the Scott Pearce series is every bit as high-octane as the Pendulum trilogy.
Scott Pearce is a man who’s been trained for hostile environments and I really
put him through his paces. And as for Leila…she’s inspired by three people I
know. She’s been through things that would ruin many of us and struggles with a
painful disability, and the events of Black
13 thoroughly test her, but she has a core of steel. I believe in pushing
characters to their limits and letting the story unfold through action. It
brings us back to the question about writing style. Black 13 is another rollercoaster, so readers will need to buckle
You’re also one of the co-founders of the newly created Capital Crime Festival,
can you tell us what to expect?
David Headley and I founded Capital Crime last year and are hosting our first festival in London in September. We’ve brought together some of the world’s best crime and thriller authors in a huge celebration of the genre. It’s two-and-a-half days of marvellous events, screenings and parties and we’re trying to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible. We’ve got discount schemes for librarians and people on low incomes and are running initiatives to help people travelling alone connect with others. We want people to come to Capital Crime to spend time with their favourite authors and discover new ones, but most of all we want fans to have a wonderful and entertaining experience.
Are you guys ready to see the cover?
Take a look at this beauty….
I am BEYOND excited to read Black 13, and that cover is just perfect! If you want to pre-order your copy (published by Macmillan in 2020), just click the link below!
Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.
But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.
Mainstream crossover fiction for fans of Matt Haig, Gail Honeyman and Rowan Coleman, from the author of Everything About You.
So today, I have something pretty cool to show you all. I get to help do a cover reveal for Noelle Holten A.K.A book blogger Crime Book Junkie for her BOOK, Dead Inside. I can’t believe I’m writing that, because I remember when Noelle first said she was writing a book! And now we’re actually revealing the COVER! This is so surreal, but brilliant! 🙂
I bet you want to know more, right? Well read on for all of the important info about Noelle, and about Dead Inside!
About the author:
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog. Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.
Today, I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for the forthcoming Millennium VI book, published by Quercus Books. I have loved this series for years, so this is super exciting to be able to share this with you all!
There isn’t a blurb to share with you all yet, BUT there is a pre-order link, and if you click on it you’ll be taken to the Amazon page!
Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Amer Anwar’s Brothers In Blood, and you’ll get to see it just a little bit further down. First though, here is all you need to know!
About the author:
Amer Anwar grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent the next decade and a half producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and is a winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. Western Fringes is his first novel. For everything else, he has an alibi. It wasn’t him. He was never there.
About the book:
Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger
A Sikh girl on the run.
A Muslim ex-con who has to find her.
A whole heap of trouble.
Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him.
But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.
With time running out and pressure mounting, can Zaq find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?
“An engaging hero, a cunning plot, and a fascinating journey into Southall’s underworld. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Amer Anwar.”
“A fine debut novel. With his engaging characters and skilful plotting, Anwar brings a fresh and exciting new voice to the genre.”
– Ann Cleeves
Published by: Dialogue Books
Release date: 6th September 2018
Extent: 448 pages
Also available as ebook and audiobook.
You can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:
Another fab cover reveal today, this time its for Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield. I had the immense pleasure of reading this a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. Needless to say, I was super excited to see the cover!
About the author:
James Stansfield grew up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and now lives in Cardiff with his wife and daughter. He began his writing career contributing features and television reviews to the website Den of Geek, covering shows such as The Killing, Banshee and Archer.
His action thriller debut, Anaconda Vice, will be published in February 2018.
About the book:
When Lucas Winter, a retired professional wrestler, runs out of gas on a dark and desolate road, his only thoughts are on getting to the lights of the small town up ahead, getting some gas, and getting out of there…only things aren’t quite what they seem in the tiny town of Anaconda.
Before he has a chance to solve his transport problem, Lucas finds himself in trouble with the law after a local man picks a fight with him…and then ends up dead. Innocent, Lucas fights to clear his name, tangling with the local law enforcement and the family of the dead man, who seem set on taking their revenge. Can Lucas get out alive? And just what is it that the residents of Anaconda are hiding….
*A smart, fast-paced thriller, perfect for fans of Lee Child and Steph Broadribb*
Doesn’t it sound fab? You will have to wait a little bit longer for my review, but it is DEFINITELY one to add to your TBR.
I guess I should show you guys the cover, right??? 🙂