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My crime novella eBook ‘Hitman Sam’ is free today, Wed 7 Dec!

Hello everyone. I’m delighted that my crime lad lit novella Hitman Sam – about a trainee hitman – is FREE as an eBook today Wednesday 7 Dec via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to your Amazon shop)

Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.

And see below…

BREAKING NEWS!!!

hitman-sam-cover-front-smallI wrote a crime lad lit novella (48,000 words) called Hitman Sam in 2008 and over the years, edited it, left it to marinate, re-edited it, put it back, then finally this year (2016), I edited it again and sent it to my beta readers who were kind enough to give me their feedback which led to more alterations and finally, on November 2nd, it was published!

It is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc. but before you rush over to purchase this quirky novella, do read on to find out more about it…

Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.

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This follows on just a month after my crime mystery novella, After Jessica, was published. Yay! Details below…

after-jessica-cover-front-smallThe second book I wrote, back in 2009, was After Jessica, a crime mystery novella published in October 2016. You can download this novella for just 99c / 99p via http://mybook.to/AfterJessica (which links to the Amazon page in your country) or directly from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com etc.

Tagline: Wind up his late sister’s affairs, Simon gets more than he bargains for.

Blurb: Jessica is an ordinary girl who comes across extraordinary circumstances and pays for them with her life. As well as identifying her body, her brother Simon then has to wind up her affairs but gets more than he bargains for. Who is Alexis, and why are Veronica and Daniel searching for her? Why is there a roll of cash in Jessica’s house, and what’s the connection between Simon’s sister and Alexis?

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2016 in ebooks, novels, writing

 

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My new Northamptonshire crime novella eBook ‘Hitman Sam’ is free today!

hitman-sam-cover-front-smallHello everyone. I’m delighted that my crime lad lit novella Hitman Sam – about a trainee hitman – is FREE today Wednesday 23 Nov via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (this links to your Amazon shop)

Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.

See https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine/novels/hitman-sam for more details.

If you’ve missed this offer, then it’s only 99c / 99p to download anyway. 🙂

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2016 in ebooks, novels, short stories, writing

 

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Hitman Sam is alive!

hitman-sam-cover-front-smallI wrote a crime lad lit novella (48,000 words) called Hitman Sam in 2008 and over the years, edited it, left it to marinate, re-edited it, put it back, then finally this year (2016), I edited it again and sent it to my beta readers who were kind enough to give me their feedback which led to more alterations and finally, on November 2nd, it was published!

It is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc. but before you rush over to purchase this quirky novella, do read on to find out more about it…

Blurb: Newly-redundant software designer Sam Simpson is looking for a new adventure – a cryptic advert in his local paper gives him that, and more. With two women vying for his affection, going behind their backs isn’t the smartest things he’s ever done.

Extract:

Fresh cuppa in hand, Sam scoured the paper but nothing leapt out at him from the job pages. He’d almost written the section off when he got to the last row of small ads when the final one shouted at him.

Bored with your life? the text read.

“Yeah! Jeremy Kyle, Judge Judy, Rinder… blah, blah.”

Do you want some excitement?

“Who wouldn’t?”

Ring 07007 007007.

As Sam dialled the number, he sang the theme tune to his favourite James Bond movie, Live & Let Die “when you were young and your heart was an open book… dah nah nah, nah nah nah, dah dah… dah dah dah…” until he was interrupted by a recorded message in a woman’s voice.

Welcome to THP Services. You will be asked a series of questions which you must answer truthfully. After the final question, please leave your name and contact details. There are no right or wrong answers but they must be honest. If you pass this stage, you will then be sent an information pack. Good luck!

After a prolonged silence, Sam wondered whether he should hang up but the voice started again.

Please state your height. You may answer in feet and inches or in metric.

“Six feet four” Sam said, not seeing the point in lying.

‘What size shoes do you wear?’

“Ten.” Sam wondered what that had to do with anything, thinking the advert a vacancy for an undertakers.

Are you right or left-handed?

He paused. “Right.”

‘Red or black.’

Red or black what? he wondered, but answered “black” as he thought of the percentage of black vs red clothes in the half-empty-since-Michelle-left wardrobe. He’d almost missed the next question, only hearing ‘pockets’. He wasn’t sure what he was supposed to do now so kept quiet hoping she’d repeat it.

‘Do you own a pair of black trousers with pockets?’

“Ah, yes.” Sam had a pair he used to wear to work, with deep pockets for the USB flash drives he’d had to carry from department to department. Although this still tied in loosely with the funeral home scenario, he found the question strange as surely they’d provide a uniform.

‘Do you play computer games?’

“I’m a bloke. Of course I do… sorry, yes.” Okay, so that ruled out undertakers. He didn’t imagine they’d let him blat aliens, find desert island treasure or Pokémon in the off-peak dying season.

‘And your eye colour please?’

“Brown.”

‘And now your hair colour please?’

“Brown but going a little…”

‘Favourite film now please.’

“Um, how to choose? I’d say overall ‘Leon’, but ‘In Bruges’ and ‘Collateral’ were cool. And of course, ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Casino Royal’ the Daniel Craig version rather than the David Niven but he’s very good too. I especially liked him in–”

The voice didn’t wait for Sam to finish. ‘What is your favourite flavour ice cream please?’

Sam wondered what that had to do with the price of fish but answered “Rocky Road.” If nothing else, she was polite. The subject of food made Sam’s stomach grumble. He’d have some supper when he’d finished with this farce of a phone call. The thought had also crossed his mind that it was a practical joke but then why would someone pay to have an advert, albeit a cheap one, in the local paper? It had to be some kind of psych evaluation. Medical research perhaps? Or more likely market research for some consumer company packaged up as a job vacancy to boost their ratings.

The voice continued. ‘Do you drive?

“Yes.” Sam figured he’d take it seriously although wished the questions would get to the point as he was calling a mobile at peak rate and wasn’t made of money.

‘Two more questions to go,’ the voice said, as if psychic. ‘Do you eat pizza?’

Sam screwed his face up at that one but answered, ”Yes”. The questions seemed to be getting more bizarre and not particularly unique. Surely everyone played video games, ate ice cream and pizza and had a car. He finally settled on market research. One more to go. What would be the harm?

‘And the last question, do you live alone?’

Sam hesitated. He wondered whether if he answered positively to this one they’d send someone over to check him out or beat him up. He’d always loved dramatics and pictured the scene. A dark figure skulking up the path looking around him (it was always a ‘him’) making sure he wasn’t being watched. He looked for lights in the house. There were none. Good. He reached inside his pocket for the gun and twisted on the silencer. He fired at the nearest light, a good twenty yards away, and it smashed into pieces. He’d never missed a shot in his life. The victim would be in bed. Where else would he be at three a.m.?

On the other hand, would it benefit him to say “No” to appear to make him more stable? But then they’d not asked for his address yet. He decided to stick with the truth and said, “Yes”.

‘Thank you for your time. Now please leave your full name and details and should you be successful, we will contact you in due course.’

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‘Hitman Sam’ is available for 99c / 99p (or the equivalent in your country) via http://mybook.to/HitmanSam (links to Amazon in your country) or directly via Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com etc

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in ebooks, novels, self-publishing, writing

 

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Author Spotlight no.56 – Quentin Bates

Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the fifty-sixth, is of crime novelist Quentin Bates.

Quentin Bates is a writer and journalist who has recently made the move into fiction with the first of a series of crime novels set in present-day Iceland:

Frozen Out (Constable & Robinson) 2011, published in the US by Soho Crime as Frozen Assets.

Also in German as In Eisigem Wasser (Lübbe, 2011) and in Dutch as Bevroren Tegoeden (Karakter, March 2012).

Cold Comfort, Soho Crime, 10th Jan 2102, Constable & Robinson, 15th March 2012.

Published in German as Kalter Troost (Lübbe, summer 2012) and in Dutch as Schrale Troost (Karakter, summer 2102).

A third book, tentatively titled Chilled to the Bone, is well on the way to completion and takes Gunnhildur right away from the city and into mountains, villages and farms of the rural western fjords.

And now from the author himself:

If I’d had a crystal ball to peer into, I’d have started work a year or so earlier. It’s also a long story that I won’t go into here, but I spent a long time living in Iceland, that large volcanic rock surrounded by fish and with a population the size of Croydon’s.

There are two schools of thought. One is that you should write about what you know, as that gives your work an authority and grounds it firmly. The opposite school says that you should write what you don’t know about as that way there’s so much enjoyment to be had from finding out things you never dreamed existed.

The decision to write a book set in Iceland was simple enough. I know Iceland very well and parts of it I know intimately after living there for a decade. On the other hand, with a squeaky clean record of boring honesty behind me, I didn’t know a great deal about police work other than from reading crime novels – so it was practically a perfect combination.

I came a little late to writing fiction after a motley career as a seaman, truck driver, teacher and a few other things before finding my way into journalism through a series of odd coincidences. Then came the idea of trying to write fiction – just in time to fit in with the wave of Scandinavian crime fiction. It wasn’t intentional, although it may look like a case of a bandwagon being hastily jumped on. My first crime novel, Frozen Out (Frozen Assets in the US), was going through the copyediting process just as Stieg Larsson started his sadly posthumous climb up the bestseller lists in English.

My rotund heroine, Gunnhildur, came to life quite suddenly as I was playing with the initial ideas that eventually became Frozen Out. To begin with she wasn’t the main character. Gunna was the sidekick. After putting away the fledgling manuscript and coming back to it a few weeks later, it was obvious that the main character was a dull collection of clichés, while Gunna, who had more or less jumped onto the page one day, cracking her knuckles and demanding to be taken seriously, was the far more interesting character. I have to admit to being deeply fond of her, even though I give her a rough time, load her with challenges and generally make her life difficult.

Writing Frozen Out was a long process in bursts of activity punctuated with periods of idleness. Well, not so much idleness as the day job that takes up valuable writing time.

Morgen: “A bandwagon being hastily jumped on” I love that, and, as you say, being able to do whatever you like to your characters. 🙂

You can find more about Quentin and his writing via his website http://graskeggur.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Twitter and Facebook.

      

The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with murder mystery and YA author JT Lewis – the two hundred and seventy-fourth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me. You can read / download my eBooks from Smashwords (Amazon to follow).

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2012 in ebooks, Facebook, novels, Twitter, writing

 

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