Blinking Lights – an Amy Lane Christmas treat!

Blinking Lights – an Amy Lane Christmas treat!

Can't wait until next year did your next Amy Lane fix? Want a bit of festive cheer to escape from the UK's December woes? Have a Merry Amy Lane Christmas with Blinking Lights, a brand new Amy Lane short story - exclusive to Kindle An Amy Lane short story (#5.5) Amy and Jason are starting out as private investigators and are at the top of their game. But one thing stands in the way of their new relationship - the hunt for the perfect Christmas present. In Cardiff's city centre on Christmas Eve, the couple are pulling out all the stops - until the lights go out. They must work together to restore power to the city, find the meddling hacker behind the loss of light, and save Christmas from the dark. ...
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The Amy Lane Mysteries – FREE on Kindle!

For this weekend only, all the books in The Amy Lane Mysteries - and indeed all Crime Scene Books novels - are FREE on Kindle!Start at the beginning with Binary Witness, chasing a serial killer through Cardiff's streets.Follow Jason into a drug dealer's den with deadly consequences in Code Runner.Catch up with Captcha Thief, when the priceless La Parisienne was stolen from National Museum Cardiff and a security guard murderered.Can a person die from fear? Find out in the private mental health unit in Terror 404.Get right up to date with the latest novel Hard Return,  trapped in a compound with a group of convicts - and a murderer. ...
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Hard Return blog tour, giveaways, and launch party

Hard Return blog tour, giveaways, and launch party

It's time for the Hard Return blog tour, where my beloved book goes on a trip around all the criminal corners of the internet. I'm looking forward to sharing extracts from the novel, my favourite books, and an insight into how the Amy Lane family of characters has grown with the series. There are also a couple of giveaways running during the tour, for both new and timeless fans. https://twitter.com/rosieclaverton/status/1056859683082985474 For long-standing fans of the series, please share your love for The Amy Lane Mysteries and your friend could win a copy of the Binary Witness audiobook. Just post on social media and tag a friend who would love the books - the entry form is here. Finally, and most excitingly, I'm delighted to be appearing at Waterstones Cardiff for the official launch party for Hard Return! Join me for wine, reading, and signed copies from 7pm on November 1st....
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Hard Return – out today!

Hard Return – out today!

Hard Return, the fifth book in The Amy Lane Mysteries, is released today! 12 men locked in a compound 12 men watching their every move 1 man murdered When Jason’s friend Lewis is trapped in a secret prison compound with a murderer, Jason must go back behind bars - but Amy won’t let him go in alone. Hiding their intentions from both the convicts and their watchers, they work together to find justice for the murdered man while keeping their cover. As the danger mounts, Jason, Amy, and Lewis find there might be no escape for any of them - except in death. Amazon | Waterstones Add to Goodreads Join Rosie for cake and wine and signed novels to celebrate the launch of Hard Return at Waterstones Cardiff on 1st November 2018. You can find more information here....
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Events with Rosie!

Events with Rosie!

I’ve been having a busy month in terms of literature events. No, not Hay-on-Wye - entirely different - and more exciting - places. I was at CrimeFest in Bristol, on a panel with Jane Corry, Chris Curran, and Dolores Gordon-Smith, chaired by my fellow Crime Cymru author Cathy Ace. It was titled “Darkness and Light: Are you Cosy or Noir?” and we enjoyed exploring both the darker and lighter sides of our work. Last weekend, I attended my first Bare Lit Festival, celebrating writers of colour. I chatted with author Saeida Roass and our chair Jazzmine Breary about crime fiction, authenticity, audience, and colonialism. We had an intimate, engaged audience and it was a really valuable experience for me. This week, the fun doesn’t stop! I am discussing and signing my relaunched books Binary Witness and Code Runner at Octavo’s Book Café and Bar in Cardiff tomorrow. It’s free to attend and is the perfect lead in to... The first Crime & Coffee Festival...
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Binary Witness and Code Runner relaunched!

Binary Witness and Code Runner relaunched!

I'm so pleased with these beautiful covers for the new editions of Binary Witness and Code Runner, both relaunching on April 19th 2018. While Captcha Thief was significant for being both my first book with Crime Scene Books and my first in paperback, I'm really excited that the shiny new edition of Binary Witness will be my first audiobook, produced by Audible. Find out more at: RELAUNCH: Binary Witness and Code Runner in paperback - plus Binary Witness audiobook! - The Amy Lane Mysteries...
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Hello 2016

Hello 2016

Happy 2016! It's that time of year again. The one in which I tell you about the exciting things that are happening in my writing life right now, and we can anticipate them with glee together. New Amy Lane novels The wait is almost over! Captcha Thief, book three in The Amy Lane Mysteries, will land on 4th February. And that's not all! The fourth book in the series Terror 404 is due for publication in August. As these will be out in paperback (paperback!), keep your eyes peeled for bookplates and swag and giveaways as the due date nears - the newsletter and Facebook Page are always the first to know. If you can't wait that long, check out the Amy Lane short story Car Hacker. CrimeFest 2016 After the success of last year's CrimeFest, I will be returning to Bristol this May to do more panels and sign aforementioned books. I'm really excited to part of this festival again and meet so many enthusiastic...
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#WriteInclusively – We Can All Do Better

Yesterday, the news broke on Twitter that SC had been removed as co-host from Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, popular query competitions designed to help win an agent or editor. The reason? His "passion for the Write Inclusively campaign may be unsettling or umcomfortable for people who don't write from the POV of ethnic characters, or who don't portray ethnic characters as 'honestly' as [he] would like." Okay. I'm not going to talk about the decision, as many articulate people have already commented on Twitter. I am going to talk about my personal struggle to write diverse books and why we should strive to do better. I have written before about my difficulties identifying as a queer woman of colour, and about feeling responsibility for writing diverse books. My first novel Binary Witness is shit on diversity. Despite having a female protagonist, it doesn't even pass the Bechdel Test. One of the only queer characters is a victim. There are no prominent...
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Questions From My Editor

Questions From My Editor

I've been fortunate to work with my excellent editor Deb Nemeth on three Amy Lane novels now. In the course of editing my work, she asks me a lot of questions. Some are to expand her knowledge of my characters' world and some are to challenge me to grow as a writer. I'm going to share a few (spoiler-free!) questions that Deb has asked me during different stages of editing for Binary Witness, Code Runner and Captcha Thief. Welsh life I use a number of Welsh names in my novels, but Jason's sister probably possesses one of the more challenging ones. Cerys is pronounced "keh-ris", not anything like "cerise". Additionally, Owain is less like Owen and more "owe-ein". Sticking with names, abbreviations aren't always universally understood. As Peggy is to Margaret and Betty is to Elizabeth, so Dai is to David in Wales. Slang is obviously also highly-localised. "Butt" is a piece of South Walean slang, most often found around Cardiff and Newport, and it's...
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Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Every year, I write a post about my writing and personal progress over the past twelve months and look forward to next year's goals and challenges. For this New Year's Day, I'm going to look at some awesome things that happened in 2014 and pair them up with where I'm taking them in 2015. In 2014, I became a published author I can't shout about this enough, because it fills me with a giddy joy that I've longed for since I was a child. It's been a very steep learning curve, but the process of taking a raw manuscript and making it into a novel with the help of my fantastic editor Deb Nemeth and the rest of the Carina Press team has had such a profound influence on my writing. And then seeing my books out in the world, receiving praise and reviews - even the gut-wrenching negative ones - has been amazing. People have read my words! They paid money to...
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