Sincere Request for Reviews & A New Competition

Posted by on Oct 20, 2013 in Competitions

  Hi all, My new novel, The Manhattan Puzzle, came out ten days ago. It’s doing pretty good. You should find it in most major UK & Irish bookshops, in many on the front tables as above. It will also be in shops in Canada, Australia and New Zealand soon. In the US I expect it will only be available on Amazon and on iTunes and on the other major online sites. PLEASE review it on Amazon,whatever you think. Positive & negative views are welcome. You can do so on your local Amazon site here in 30 seconds: Real reviews are critical. Your help will give this, and my career as a writer, a real push forward. I appreciate every single comment and review. If you see The Manhattan Puzzle anywhere please take a pic and email it to me: The most interesting pic – judges decision is final – will receive a signed copy of The Manhattan Puzzle AND a small box of Irish chocolate posted to them anywhere in the world. The competition closes 25th December. This will go well with your ebook of The Manhattan Puzzle, which is still at a ridiculously low price: And if your local bookshop or book outlet doesn’t stock The Manhattan Puzzle, please ask them to! Your help with reviews, harassing bookstore owners and taking pics is all truly appreciated!...

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Emerging Writers Guest Post #52 – About Corinna Underwood – Including why she writes horror & mystery

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Guest Posts

Corinna, tell us about your latest book. A Walk On The Darkside is a collection of stories. Pearl Blackthorn is a novelist and investigative reporter for Darkside paranormal magazine. Armed with her digital recorder and accompanied by her friend and photographer Harry Raymond, Pearl is sent by her editor J.J Benson – affectionately known as Benny – to the four corners of Great Britain, (and sometimes further), to investigate stories of spirits and spectres, demons and doppelgängers, prophecy and possession. The problem is, Pearl doesn’t believe in the supernatural; her creative imagination is tempered by a strong skepticism. She is immovable on her stand that there is always a simple, rational explanation behind every report of paranormal activity. But Pearl soon realizes that the intricacies of paranormal events are often far from simple and not always rational. This is the first book in the Pearl Blackthorn series. I grew up in Stoke-on-Trent in England. I now live in Rome, Georgia. My favorite authors are Italo Calvino Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Dean Koontz, Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter and Samuel Beckett. Do you have other published works? I have two non-fiction books – A Haunted History of Atlanta And North Georgia and Murder and Mystery in Atlanta. What intrigues you about the horror and mystery genres? Several things: I think we all love being scared, to varying degrees, particularly when we’re at home safe with a book in our hands. I also think that these genres allow a lot of room for imagination, just about anything can and does happen, and just when you think things can’t get more horrific, or that you’ve figured out the mystery, well….. What are you working on right now? As well as the sequel to A Walk On The Darkside, I am also working on a novel entitled Elsewhere. This is a piece of magical realism that explores the inhabitants of a small island and their legacy to an ancient race. A Walk On The Darkside by Corinna Underwood paranormal/mystery My website. +++++++ Welcome to the guest post slot Corinna. I wish you well with your writing. I understand the attraction of mystery and horror too. It’s similar to the attraction to crime and murder stories. A Walk on the Darkside sounds truly interesting. Best of luck with it.              This guest post is part of a series where I will be showcasing emerging and established authors on this blog. You can help by visiting their sites, buying their books, sharing this post on Twitter and Facebook and coming back for the next post. You can also follow this site (click the button above right), to be notified by email on who is next in a few days time. And if you are a writer and want to be featured send me an email and I will send you the submission guidelines. And please support this site and the promotion of writers by buying:  The Istanbul Puzzle & The Jerusalem Puzzle and pre-ordering The Manhattan...

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Short Post: Nominated for Crime Writing Award

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in On Writing

My first novel, The Istanbul Puzzle, has just been shortlisted for the Irish crime novel of the year award 2012. Everyone can vote for this award here. The ceremony is on the 22nd November in Dublin. It will be televised in Ireland on the 24th November. I am humbled by being shortlisted with such inspiring writers. Thank you all for your support. From being an aspiring writer in search of a contract to being published to being nominated has taken twenty months. Thank you for sticking with this series, and for buying the books. I hope you will enjoy the rest of this series as it unfolds....

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On starting the edits for The Jerusalem Puzzle

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in On Writing

Yesterday I started the edits for The Jerusalem Puzzle. I received two pages of notes from my editor at Harper Collins in London on Monday. Her comments included many compliments “powerful – expertly brought to life,” which are encouraging, but I won’t go on any more about, and suggestions for three extra scenes. The first will be where Sean explains in detail why he wants to go to Jerusalem. The second will be where Henry’s involvement is expanded. The final one, at the end, will be where discussions take place about what happened in Jerusalem. There are also notes from HC on each page of the manuscript, which need to be considered. This is all about 6 weeks work, editing maybe 2-3 hrs a day. After this we will have something truly interesting for you for January release. Thank you for staying with me on this journey. If you would like to follow a series of posts on fiction writing for the 21st century sign up for updates on the right. There will be one post a month on the progress of The Jerusalem Puzzle towards launch next January and one post a month on writing craft issues. Here is the first post on writing: You can preorder The Jerusalem Puzzle for UK readers here or for US/Aus/NZ here or Canada here. The image below is of the Italian hardback edition of The Istanbul Puzzle, which is all over Italy at the moment. It was launched June 21st. If you know anyone in Italy please tell them it is available there....

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The Jerusalem Puzzle is Finished!

Posted by on Jun 1, 2012 in Mystery Novels, On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

I delivered The Jerusalem Puzzle to Harper Collins in London last Monday, by email. I had finished it the previous Thursday. I spent most of last weekend doing one final edit. That was a hundred page a day edit. The kind of edit that drains something from you as you go on and on and on for endless hours each day. But I did it. And I’m glad I did it. There were logical errors, which you see better when reading through a novel fast. I fixed an issue in the middle about the dig in the old city of Jerusalem, which they visit in the novel, and I changed a big part of the ending too. I spent about a year on The Jerusalem Puzzle from concept to fourth draft. I expect Harper Collins will come back in July with a series of suggestions as to how to tighten it up. These I will address during July and August. There may be more editorial suggestions in September too and then some copy editing changes in October, perhaps twice, and that will be it, I hope. I am pleased with how The Jerusalem Puzzle turned out. It may even be better than The Istanbul Puzzle! The Jerusalem Puzzle will be released January 17, 2013. It should be available in other languages after that. The Istanbul Puzzle is being translated into 9 languages. I hope you enjoy The Jerusalem Puzzle when it comes out. I enjoyed creating it. If you would like to pre-order it from Amazon click here. And I greatly appreciate every comment and kind word and recommendation you give for it. I will be submitting an outline for The New York Puzzle to Harper Collins in the next 10 days. Once that is agreed I will start writing The New York Puzzle. Below is a photo of the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem, which I took earlier this year. This is the main entrance to the city from the west. It features in a few scenes in The Jerusalem...

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