Double Goldie Nod for the ‘Dark Peak’ Books

GCLS_seal1Choosing between your books is a bit like asking a mum to pick her favourite kid, so when it came to this year’s Goldie awards, I thought “to hell with it” and submitted the first two Dark Peak books – No Good Reason and Cold to the Touch – into the Mystery category. I had hoped that one might sneak through to the finals, but found out early this week that both had made their way onto the shortlist :-)

The winners will be announced during the Golden Crown Literary Society conference, which will be held July 6th-10th in Washington, DC. Sadly, I won’t be able to trot on over there to fly the flag for the Brits, but a certain author who shall remain unnamed** has promised to don a tiara and deliver an acceptance speech in a delightful English accent should I be lucky enough to actually win a gong. Should be worth the price of admission alone…

 

** Okay, it was Nell Stark.

 

 

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‘Snowbound’ Audio Book Out Now!

The brand, spanking new audio book of Snowbound is now available to buy at Amazon UK , Amazon US, and Audible, with the perfectly named Lesley Parkin narrating. Thanks to my day job, I’ve only had the chance to listen to the online preview, so all I can tell you is that Mac sounds like a cross between my dad, Peter Kay, and some bloke from dahn t’pit, and that Sam sounds rather sweet. You can pick up a copy free with an Audible trial, and it’s probably worth a listen just to see how many different accents can be crammed into one book :-)

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Cover and Blurb for ‘A Quiet Death’ (Dark Peak #3)

Given that the release date for A Quiet Death, the third book in the Dark Peak series, isn’t till January, 2017, I’ve been sitting on its cover and its blurb for a little while now. However, Amazon and GoodReads have both bloody scooped me this week, so it seemed daft not to share.

The blurb contains very mild spoilers for folks who’ve not read Cold to the Touch (book 2!)

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That’s the front! The back will read a little (well, exactly) like this:

In book three in the Dark Peak series, things are looking up for Detective Sanne Jensen and Dr. Meg Fielding. Dating each other seems to be working, their families are behaving themselves, and the worst of the post-Christmas crime wave is over.

The discovery of a Pakistani girl’s body out on the moors changes all that. No one knows who she is, who hurt her, or how she came to be there. As pressure mounts on East Derbyshire Special Ops for a quick resolution, it becomes ever more apparent that the case won’t provide one.

With the Pakistani community closing ranks, and threads of suspicion reaching farther than anyone could have predicted, the investigation leaves Sanne facing an ordeal she may not survive.

~ ~ ~

Dun dun dun!

January, 2017. Not too long to wait now, is there?😉

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‘No Good Reason’: Lambda Finalist for Lesbian Mystery

no good reasonThe finalists for the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards were announced on 8th March. I was merrily sneaking a chicken butty in the ambulance cab when I spotted rather a lot of excitement on my Facebook news feed. I hadn’t done anything particularly thrilling that week – posted a snow picture, and one of my cat sat on my notepad – so it was all a little befuddling till I opened a PM and realised what was going on.

No Good Reason was named as a finalist in the Lesbian Mystery category. And yes, I am quite delighted about it:-)

The winner’s gongs will be awarded on June 6th. I’m on a night shift, so no doubt I’ll be knee-deep in vomit, snot, or someone else’s misery at the time. But I wish all the finalists well, and I envy those who have the chance to tuxedo up, walk the red carpet, and be a celebrity for the night at the New York ceremony.

For a full list of those finalists, head here.

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‘Snowbound: The Audio Book’, It’s Actually Happening!

snowbound for blogOh yes! For those of you who enjoy reading with your ears, my 2011 début, Snowbound, will be coming out as an audio book at some point in the – hopefully – not too distant future. It will have a British narrator and it’s definitely going to happen, but otherwise, I can’t tell you too much else right now. I have no idea whether said narrator will attempt a Peak Districty-area-type accent, but I have asked that “Kinder Scout” rhyme with “tinder” and not “minder”!

I’ve always wondered why my books were never deemed saleable by Audible – did they not know what a “butty” was? Did they balk at trying to pronounce “Pillock”? Thankfully, Bold Strokes have no such qualms and are branching out into producing their own audio versions of stuff they reckon might sell. So huzzah for brave publishing companies!

More on this when I find owt out.

 

 

 

 

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Lesbian Book Club Interview

blogIf you’ve ever wondered what a slightly night-shift hungover, sore-throaty northern English woman sounds like, then you can listen along to a new interview I recorded last week for Clare Lydon’s Lesbian Book Club podcast.

We managed to cover all the essentials in the 45 minute interview – falling into bogs, brew and biccie bingo, my hopeless sense of direction, midnight feasts, and books, lots about the books:-)

You can listen or download at this link.

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The Whiter Side of the Dark Peak

After a very mild December, winter seems to have arrived with bells on this week, and the Dark Peak is suddenly looking very white. It’s rare to get onto Kinder Scout in the snow – if it’s bad on the tops, the access roads are usually impassable – but yesterday’s fall covered the hills and left the lower levels clear. Perfect weather for a walk if you’re brave (or stupid!) enough to venture up there…

The summit of Kinder Scout.

The summit of Kinder Scout.

Moody skies towards the Dragon's back ridge.

Moody skies towards the Dragon’s back ridge.

Panorama on the way down!

Panorama on the way down!

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