The Jerusalem Puzzle ebook will be released on the 3rd of December. You can pre-order it through one of the links to the right.
Every week, for 10 weeks from 26th November, a free paperback copy of The Istanbul Puzzle, signed by this author, will be sent to one of the people who share one of these blog posts to their followers on Facebook. Simply share with a button below and tell me you have done so by commenting below or emailing me at email@example.com
I will allocate a number to each share each week and pick a winner at random and then message you to get your address. I pay for postage, you get a signed copy to go with your ebook (out Dec 3rd 2012) or printed copy of The Jerusalem Puzzle, when it comes out on Jan 31st.
The picture below is of the Chapel of Golgotha, where Christ died, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, taken earlier this year.
I attended the Irish Book Awards last night. Tana won in my category, and I had an amazing night.
The senior people from Harper Collins were so encouraging all the way through. And I met one of my idols, the venerable Edna O’Brien. Here is a pic from my view point at the Harper Collins table. The winner of the children’s book award, Oliver Jeffers, is on the far side of the table to me.
I would like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for me and everyone who has bought my books, and all my publishers around the world and all my readers everywhere for helping me get this far.
With your help I am doing what I have always wanted to do, tell stories. That is what is important to me.
The next big thing on this site is the launch of the ebook for The Jerusalem Puzzle on December the 3rd. I will also be creating some new blog posts. I hope you will find them interesting.
I am just so happy to be read all over the world now in so many languages. Thank you all for your help and support.
The excitement is mounting in the run up to the Irish Book Awards on Thursday night. I will post the result as soon as I can.
I don’t expect to win the Crime category for The Istanbul Puzzle. But we will enjoy the gala dinner with dinner suits, black tie and long dresses and authors glaring at each other and others getting drunk!
In other news The Jerusalem Puzzle has broken though the 1,000 rank barrier on Amazon.co.uk, which means preorders are going well.
If you haven’t ordered your ebook for Dec 3 yet here are the links. ,amazon.co.uk first then amazon.com then iTunes.
I am sure it will be out at the same time on Nook, Kobo and other ebook service:
wish me luck for Thurs night and thank you to all who voted for The Istanbul Puzzle!
Before I start. I have been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award 2012 for The Istanbul Puzzle. You can vote from anywhere in the world here. The Istanbul Puzzle is half way down. Please vote for whatever novels you liked or just the crime novel you liked. Vote however you wish. Voting closes midnight GMT on the 18th November. I promise not to ask again.
* I will tell you a little-known secret about why people read on. The secret concerns the way our brains operate. It will help you pull your readers forward through your story. As a writer, it is vitally important that you know this.
* The second secret is . . . wait, there’s someone at the door. I hope it’s not that guy who was waving a gun at me when I cut in front of him a few minutes ago. He looked like one mean mother. Wait . . . what the!
* The third secret of creating a sense of mystery is . . . hold on, I could finish this, but I think there are three people outside now. And one of them is around the back. And there’s another one upstairs! What the hell is that buzzing noise? Is that a chainsaw? Maybe two!
* The fourth secret of mystery is easy to guess. It goes back a long way. You know, I was always afraid of one thing. When I was a child it wasn’t men in masks that worried me. It was something more ancient, more hard wired inside me, more evil. Something I couldn’t escape. Do you know what it is?
* If you want to know the fifth mystery you will have to wait until the next time we get back to this subject.
To summarise, the five techniques for creating a sense of mystery in your writing, as used above, are:
* Foreshadowing and keeping people waiting for an answer.
* Putting your character in danger.
* Increasing the danger.
* Shifting the fear to something different, something older or more personal
* The cliff hanger.
These techniques must not be over-used, but if you use them well, in a new and unique way, you will drive your readers to read on. And that’s what we want, isn’t it, for readers to read our stories?
I wonder would you mind telling us, through a comment below, which other mystery techniques writers use, as this list isn’t intended to be complete, just a good starting point for a conversation?
And please sign up for updates above right, as I will be giving away Advanced Reader Copies of The Jerusalem Puzzle in December. And I will be able to tell you what to do to win one, if you sign up. And thank you for reading this. If you want to order The Jerusalem Puzzle or The Istanbul Puzzle there are links to the right.
This is the third in a series of four posts in the run up to the launch of The Jerusalem Puzzle on ebook December 3rd and in paperback in many countries January 3rd.
I have been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award 2012 for The Istanbul Puzzle.
You can vote from anywhere in the world here. The Istanbul Puzzle is half way down, if you scroll down to it. You must leave your email address and you can only vote once.
Please vote for whatever novels you liked or just the crime novel you liked. I will have no way of knowing who you voted for.
It’s a bit strange a public vote for books, but I am sure that voting takes place behind closed doors for all other book awards, so who am I to argue against the choice of the public?
The voting closes November the 18th, so you only have a few days. Do please vote now here.
Thank you, if you do vote for me, and thank you if you vote for some other novel instead. Your opinion is important and no one should tell you what way to vote.
It’s in your hands.