New Book, ‘Unbreakable’, on the way in 2021!

Thanks to this craptastic year, it’s been a while since I’ve had any book news, but I recently pulled on my big girl knickers, committed to a deadline, and signed a contract with Bold Strokes for book number 9 (crikey!)

Unbreakable will be out in October 2021 (tentative date – I know it’s a long time off, please don’t kill me.) It’s a standalone thriller/police procedural, with not two but three lovely leading ladies, and its blurb goes like this:

Dr. Grace Kendal never stands a chance. The injured woman comes out of nowhere, bleeding heavily and holding a gun. Compelled to help her, Grace is dragged into Elin Breckenridge’s nightmare. Their fight to survive will take them across the country and to the limits of their endurance. But who is Elin running from? As Grace struggles for answers, one thing becomes clear – Elin is somehow connected to a dead man, and Grace could be next.

For Detective Sergeant Safia Faris, the case should have been easy: one dead body, one suspect. But the deeper she digs, the more obvious it becomes that the murder was only the beginning. The investigation sets her on a collision course with Grace and Elin, and she’s forced to re-evaluate everything she knows. Because nothing is quite as it seems, and Grace and Elin’s lives aren’t the only ones on the line.

Watch this space for more details 🙂

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BSB UK Fest Videos

There’s another BSB book fest zoom bonanza starting today (register and schedule here) and I just realised that I never posted the links to the videos from the recent UK fest for anyone who might want to catch up on what they missed.

The general playlist link is here. If you’re trying to rootle out my stuff, my Sunday morning chat with Jane Fletcher is here. This is the Crossing Borders panel. Researching the Details panels is here, and the readings panel that I moderated can be found here.



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UK BSB Bash Schedule

Full schedule for this weekend’s online event! Includes handy timezone comparison so you know whether or not you’ll be watching in your PJs. You can register for all the sessions by heading to this link. Hope to chat to some of you in a few days 🙂

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BSB UK Bash Schedule and Panel Registration

The schedule for the BSB UK online event (6th-7th June) has just been posted which means that people can register for whichever panels they fancy viewing over the weekend.

The event will be held via Zoom and you need to have registered for the individual panels in order to receive an invite to watch them. You can see the entire schedule and register here 🙂

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UK BSB Bash Blog-Hop

With the UK BSB online book bash just a couple of weeks away (June 6-7th!), attending authors will be blogging on the theme of Change right up until the event. My blog was posted here on the UK BSB site yesterday – it’s a little look at what happens when you start cheating on one story with another…

You can also head here to check out the list of authors signed up for the event. The schedule has been finalised and you should be able to register for each panel soon.

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BSB UK Annual Book Fest

Thanks to the current worldwide lurgy, the annual UK BSB Bash in Nottingham has sadly (but very sensibly) been cancelled so no one can sneeze on anyone.

HOWEVER, plans are afoot for an online Zoom-style event to take place over that very same weekend (June 6th-7th). More details to follow but if you want to see me standing on one leg whilst dressed in my PJs and swearing a blue streak because our craptastic internet has dropped out again, then mark that date in your calendar.

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Author Stands on Own Cover…

We were out walking on Stanage Edge yesterday and I knew the cover shot from No Good Reason had been taken somewhere along this route. My missus has a far better eye for this kind of thing and made me stand on a pillar I was absolutely certain WAS NOT THE ONE. Very happy to admit that I was wrong…

Also happy to say that there were no unconscious kidnap vics at any point on the way along, and that there were quite a few climbers dangling precariously from the rocks.


Poor San, clambering down those! I did a bit of scrambling myself and am now missing some skin from both knees. In her honour (or much to her disgust!) we had a bag of Scampi Fries on the way home 🙂

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Good Book News…

This week has been a very happy one for me, with Breathe being one of Autostraddle’s Best Queer Books of 2019, and Alias scooping not only Best Thriller/Mystery at this year’s Rainbow Awards, but best Lesbian Book as well.

Sometimes, I get so knackered, I need a good kick up the arse to keep writing. This was three good kicks in one 🙂

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Breathe Audio Winners

Congrats to: Julee Sims, Tori Davidson, Nicole Lorimer, Trish Riches, Laura Uttley, Sue Coupland, Robyn Redding, and Betty Harmon who’ve snagged themselves codes for Breathe on audio. Check your messages or emails for the codes, grab your wellies, a Twix, and a nice brew, and enjoy 🙂
Cheers also to everyone who entered the giveaway and chatted Brit-speak. Always a pleasure.

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Breathe Audio Book Giveaway

It’s finally stopped raining here! So, to celebrate (before it snows tomorrow – no really, I only wish I was kidding) I have a handful of free codes for the audio version of Breathe to give away. Just tell me your favourite Northern English slang word in the comments or head over to my main Facebook page and do likewise, and I’ll stick you in the hat. Closing date …um …Sunday? Let’s say Sunday at midday my time. Good luck!
PS – yes, you can swear 😉

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