Happy relaunch day, Hard Return!

Happy relaunch day, Hard Return!

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus a chi! The fifth novel in The Amy Lane Mysteries can now be bought from all good ebook retailers and in paperback from Amazon. Click to Tweet 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. “A refreshing and enthralling read” Yrsa Sigurðardóttir award-winning queen of Nordic noir To celebrate The Return of Hard Return, new fans of the series can buy Binary Witness for only 99p!  In the first novel of the series, Amy and Jason hunt down a serial killer in Cardiff. Click to Tweet ...
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The Return of Hard Return 03.01.2021

The Return of Hard Return 03.01.2021

From 1st March, Hard Return will be available as an ebook and paperback. The fifth novel in The Amy Lane Mysteries, you can find Hard Return in your favourite ebook format via Books2Read and in paperback from Amazon. 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. If you're new to The Amy Lane Mysteries, the first novel Binary Witness will be on sale for 99p across ebook retailers for launch week. ...
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The Muse is Dead. Long Live The Muse.

The Muse is Dead. Long Live The Muse.

I have been grieving for my writing career. I last posted on here over a year ago to announce the closure of my publisher. It had been a slow, expected death - my last royalty payent was in early 2019, right after the new owners took over. I thought I was just disappointed and that I would move on. But I found that I couldn't. I was just starting a new intense day job, so my writing time was limited. My old books languished on my hard drive, unavailable to buy - except for the paperbacks and audiobook, for which the money goes to the now-dissolved publisher. I wrote the first draft of the first Amy Lane book in November 2011 and, after eight years and four sequels, I had nothing to show for it. Then 2020 happened - and I was a pregnant doctor during a global pandemic. The two weeks of leave I had planned to spend with my new book...
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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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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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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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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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When Sidekicks Take Centre Stage

In any fictional universe, the world revolves around the protagonist. Any "extras", sidekicks or love interests are very much subservient to the hero - though, if they are well-realised, they all think they're looking out for their own interests. It's only the writer who is leading them on to serve the hero and the narrative. Over at the Crime Readers' Association website, I wrote about Supporting Cast: Breathing Life into Secondary Characters. I even made reference to my favourite Hark, a vagrant webcomic. I mentioned Cerys Carr, who started life as nothing more than a gobby teenage sister to one of my protagonists and ended up playing a major part in Code Runner. She's also prominent in Book #3, and shows no sign of fading away. The beauty of a well-developed supporting cast of "sidekicks" to your hero is that they can leap to the fore at any moment. In television, this may even progress to them gaining their own show - for...
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NaNoWriMo and Beyond

Yesterday, I woke up with 6,500 words left on my NaNoWriMo target. Somehow, I stumbled across the finish line, completing 50,000 words of my latest November novel. Congratulations to all my fellow wrimos and thank you to everyone who cheered me along the way. Suffice to say, I don't have a lot of energy left for updating my blog after running that marathon. Thankfully, I sorta planned ahead and wrote some other things that were kindly hosted and highlighted by my fellows in the writing community. Over at Bang2Write, I wrote about 5 Ways to Keep Writing After NaNoWriMo, because real authors don't get to retire in December. Writing is not always writing. Sometimes, writing is thinking about writing, preparing for writing, or deleting writing. Confused yet? Writing a novel is a process far beyond just putting words on a page. It is certainly more than typing each individual letter. Hopefully, before NaNoWriMo, you put together at least a rudimentary plot and some characters...
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