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insomnia

How insomnia brought me to the brink… and changed my life

To celebrate the release of Sleepless, the gripping new dystopian thriller, author Louise Mumford is here to talk about insomnia. How insomnia brought me to the brink… and changed my life People often laugh about the stupidest thing they’ve done when tired. “Oh, I put my keys in… Read More
parting

Parting Shot – Short Story by Simon Berthon

Grab a few biscuits and a beverage of choice. Settle down and read Parting Shot, the gripping short story by Simon Berthon – author of A Time to Lie. If you’re into your mysteries or spy thrillers, then read on to find out about a retired man named Gwilym.   Parting… Read More
comforts

Christmas Comforts: Helen Monks Takhar

Continuing in our Christmas Comforts series, we have an absolute classic for today’s post. Helen Monks Takhar, author of Precious You, explains why A Christmas Carol brings her comfort at Christmas.   Helen Monks Takhar’s Christmas Comfort Read: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens There’s something of the Victorian about my… Read More
NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is Over…Now What? With Karin Nordin

November has ended, and with it so has NaNoWriMo. If you’re trying to work out what to do next, don’t worry. Karin Nordin, author of Where Ravens Roost, is here to help. Read on to hear her reflections on November, NaNoWriMo, and advice on what to do… Read More
Jessica Ryn Christmas Comforts

Christmas Comforts: Mick Finlay + M.J. Hollows

Today’s Christmas Comforts blog post brings together two cosy crime recommendations from two of our authors! This week features Mick Finlay, author of the Arrowood series, and M.J. Hollows, author of The German Nurse. Scroll down to get some CRACKING crime recommendations, perfect for these dark winter nights…   Mick Finlay… Read More
bad night's sleep

Bad night’s sleep? 10 tips to help you through the day

Had a bad night’s sleep? Can’t seem to break that insomnia pattern? Don’t worry! Louise Mumford, author of the gripping dystopian thriller Sleepless, is here with some top tips to help you through the next day…   1. Think like a Boy Scout and be prepared… …for… Read More
write

Why I Write Mysteries with Faith Martin

Writing often means experimenting. Authors like to challenge themselves by writing outside their comfort zone. Continuing in our NaNoWriMo series Faith Martin, author of the Ryder and Loveday series, is here talking about why she decided to turn to writing mysteries. Why I Write Mysteries Many people have asked me… Read More
Police

Jane Bettany on Writing Police Procedurals

This NaNoWriMo, we’ve loved sharing author tips to help you with your writing. Any police procedural writers will be please to know it’s their turn! Jane Bettany, author of In Cold Blood, is on the blog today sharing her top six tips for writing police procedurals. Writing Police… Read More
Sleep

Can’t sleep? Here are 10 reasons why

Are you struggling to sleep at the moment? Struggling to work out why? You’re not alone. Insomnia is a big kicker for a lot of people at the moment and it’s often hard to work out the cause. Louise Mumford, author of Sleepless, is here to… Read More
writing

Alex Shaw on Writing What You Know

We’re officially in November which means it’s NaNoWriMo time! How are you getting on so far? Have you got your ideas ready? Alex Shaw, author of the Aidan Snow and Jack Tate series, is on the blog discussing how he finds inspiration and giving his top tips on writing.  … Read More
characters

Creating Characters with Terry Lynn Thomas

Continuing with our NaNoWriMo series, we thought it was important to look at creating characters. After all, what is a book without a protagonist? Terry Lynn Thomas is here to talk about creating the characters for her new series. In book one, The Betrayal, she introduces her… Read More