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NEW THREE BOOK DEAL
2017 is now looking a tad busy as I've just signed a three book deal with the lovely people at Bookouture. They've achieved so much in the last four years and, after commissioning editor Natalie Butlin picked up my fourth book, I'm now really looking forward to working with them. You can read their official announcement HERE My new stand alone BE MY KILLER will be available in April and then two more books - RIGHT WHERE YOU'RE STANDING (working title) and TENDER BEASTS (working title) - will follow in the summer and winter. I'm just finishing a polish on BMK and then it's back to the keyboard. Updates to follow soon. Thanks for your patience!
BRAND NEW SCARE ME COVER
Hope you like this new cover design for SCARE ME.
MURDER ON THE INTERNET - VIRTUAL CRIME FESTIVAL 2016
Running from October 10th - 14th there'll be giveaways and online Q&As with some great writers. They've even roped me in. If you're interested, you can sign up HERE
Author Wendy Potocki has been working hard to put together a great event for September/October so why not join the fun, discover some A1 horror authors and have a chance at winning their books as well as a copy of STALK ME. You can find out all about the participants and the grisly countdown to Samhain HERE.
BRAND NEW STALK ME COVER
Here's the new eerie design for book three.
SCARE ME - HUNGARIAN PAPERBACK
Hungarian edition of SCARE ME - now entitled THE SEVENTH HOUSE - available soon from Gabo.
SCARE ME - GERMAN PAPERBACK
Here's the classy new cover for the Festa edition of SCARE ME, which will be on the shelves November 30th.
Apologies for lengthy silence. Spent much of last year embroiled in new thriller. It's finished now so news on that to follow. I also hope to have some developments re SCARE ME movie to report soon.
In the meantime, am happy to announce that my first stand alone thriller, STOP ME, will be published in Germany by Festa on 20th April this year. SCARE ME will be published in the Summer and STALK ME towards the end of this year.
Yes, it's all Me, Me, Me!
It will be great to have the Me trilogy on German shelves particularly from Frank Festa who publishes an exciting stable of authors including Dan Simmons, Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Whitley Strieber, Brian Lumley, Richard Laymon, Graham Masterton and H P Lovecraft.
To find out about pre ordering and all the other cool books Festa publishes please go HERE.
SIGNING AT THE PEMBROKE ARMS HOTEL
It's not very often you'd use the adjective 'raucous' to describe a book signing but there was certainly a healthy buzz at the STALK ME event on April 3rd.
Perhaps it was the wine, the real ale or the roaring fire in the drawing room but everyone seemed very comfortable and, yes, at certain points in the evening they even remembered to buy a copy of the book.
Writing is a solitary occupation so it's great to be able to get in a room full of people to share the solid product of all those days at the keyboard.
I did a reading from chapter one to remind everyone why they were there and the book table was soon depleted.
Thanks to everyone local and further afield who turned up to support me and for their photographic contributions. It was great to have my Mum and Dad there as well as a gang of old friends. This year they included my old buddies Gareth Morgan - drummer for GTFBI - prolific horror/fantasy author Tim Lebbon and composer (including work for Ministry Of Sound) of the cool website music, Dave Carr.
Big thanks to Exhibit A and Ido and Alison for their spread and letting me stage the event at The Pembroke Arms.
Everyone who stayed or visited are now looking for an excuse to come back. Guess I'd better get back to the keyboard.
Spot the author I'm signing in the far left corner
Me receiving the news that my previous book gave Brenda Grosvenor nightmares for weeks
RP and Anne-Marie Parker
Jenni, Sarah, Rita and Anne-Marie (Looks a little like Rita has mouse ears)
They all want to be in a car crash in my next book
GTFBI drummer Gareth Morgan, authors Tom Bromley, Tim Lebbon, RP
Ido, Anne-Marie, composer Dave Carr and Gareth
SCARE ME and STALK ME postcards signed for anyone who downloaded
Maureen, Mum and Brenda.
Proofreader Kaz Lewis has the full set...
Hardcore supporters Gary and Tina Boyd
And back to it This is for Tina
Good friends - Dave and Carole Whiteley, AM and Chris Tanner
Booksellers Helen Noakes and AM take a wine breather
A quick reading interrupts the party
Nobody wants to leave...
STALK ME - SNAP ME!
Snap a photo of STALK ME in your local bookshop and send it to me with name of shop and its location to be entered into a draw for signed copies of the book. Send Twitpic to @Bookwalter or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Competition closes on May 10th.
Check out Goodreads HERE and click the button to be entered into giveaway of 10 copies of STALK ME. Closing date is April 10th.
STALK ME SIGNING
I'll be hosting a launch party at The Pembroke Arms, Wilton, on Thursday April 3rd from 6.30 pm onwards.
Get your copy signed and enjoy the hospitality!
FREE SCARE ME DOWNLOAD WITH TOTAL FILM MAGAZINE
For a limited time - pick up or download this month's edition of TOTAL FILM (number 216) and you can get a code to download three books from Angry Robot that are in the works in movieland for free - SCARE ME, NEXUS by Ramez Naam and BLACKWOOD by Gwenda Bond.
Visit the TOTAL FILM website HERE for more details.
STALK ME COVER REVEAL/SCARE ME PART TWO
A very Happy 2014 to all. Am currently writing SCARE ME Part Two so more news of progress soon. I also hope to be updating you re the Relativity Media SCARE ME movie here too.
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, here's the cover for STALK ME just revealed by my publisher, Angry Robot crime imprint Exhibit A. It was designed by Steven Meyer-Rassow and I think it's the best one yet. It will be available in paperback and on ebook formats 27th February (US) and March 6th (UK). You can pre-order from Amazon now. Story synopsis below image.
Your worst nightmare just went viral...
After being involved in a severe car accident and vicious roadside assault, Beth Jordan wakes briefly to discover a coach party of students recording the aftermath with their phones.
Beth furiously attacks the crowd before being restrained and lapsing into a coma.
When she wakes in hospital , Beth is horrified when she's told the clips have been shared online and that millions of people around the world have now seen the incident.
The driver of the car she collided with has vanished without trace and Beth needs the recordings to help piece together exactly what happened.
But somebody is viciously murdering the owners of the clips and deleting them.
What is concealed within those moments and can she find the survivors before the digital fragments of the event disappear forever?
CRIME FESTIVALS 2014
Hope to see you at a crime festival this year. So far I'm appearing on a panel at the Windsor Crime Festival on Tuesday 25th March. I'll also be at the brand new Dark & Stormy Crime Festival in Brighton Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th May. More details about these and other festivals to follow.
Am very pleased to announce that book three, STALK ME, will be published by the mighty Exhibit A in early 2014. It's another stand alone thriller that I hope will have you securing your doors and sleeping with the lights on.
It will be available in all ebook formats and paperback in US/Canada on February 26th and paperback in the UK on March 6th. It's available to pre-order now. I'll be posting the cover image soon.
Next I'll be starting work on part 2 of SCARE ME which I hope will be with you in 2015.
I hope to be posting more news re the SCARE ME Hollywood movie very soon.
GOOGLE YOURSELF COMPETITION WINNER
Thanks to all those who entered. There were so many to choose from. Congratulations to Alison Maclean who Googled herself and found she was a Canadian film director and a panda keeper at Edinburgh Zoo! Exhibit A ebook subscription worth £52 and signed copy of SCARE ME winging its way.
TECHNO THRILLER PANEL AT CRIMEFEST 2013
A special thanks to all those who attended our nine am panel on Friday 31st. Even though we were up against the mighty Jeffery Deaver and his panel we resisted the temptation to lock them in the green room and still had a great turn out and some intelligent questions to answer.
We all had our own ways of utilising technology in our thrillers and it made for a very lively and humorous debate.
It was a treat to meet my fellow panelists. Click on their names to check out their work. Some great summer reads there.
It was also good to meet fellow ExhibitA author William Sutton who did a stunning trick with his glass of water to the awe of his From Ancient To Modern audience.
Left to Right - Emlyn Rees, L A Larkin, Alex Blackmore, Richard Parker and Dean Crawford.
(With special thanks to Vicky Newham for the pic)
Next up is a fun CrimeFest panel at The Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel (9am - 9.50 am) on Friday 31st May - 'Is It Rocket Science? - The Joys And Pitfalls Of Technology In A Crime Novel.' I'll be joining fellow authors Alex Blackmore, Dean Crawford, L A Larkin and Emlyn Rees.
Had a fun evening at the SCARE ME signing on the 16th. Emlyn Rees, my editor from Exhibit A Books, travelled to Wilton for the event, wrangled the crowd, introduced me and updated the assembled about the book's journey and forthcoming movie adaptation. I did a reading and we sold all the books. When the bottles of red wine had been emptied we all repaired to the newly refurbed bar. Salisbury Life photographed so will post their glossy coverage on the Press Kit page as soon as I have it.
Thanks to Emlyn, everyone who were kind enough to come and support me, Jamie and John and all the friendly staff at The Pembroke Arms.
If you fancy winning a signed copy of SCARE ME plus a year's subscription to Exhibit A's awesome crime ebooks worth £52 (click HERE for all the details) all you have to do is Google yourself and send us the results.
Using a real Google search - not the sinister one on this site - enter your full name and tell us what the most amusing/surprising/obscure pic, site or info is in the results. You could also enter your name and try hitting the 'I'm Feeling Lucky' button.
Just email them to me at: email@example.com
Winner will be announced mid June.
SCARE ME AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE FROM AUDIOGO
This week SCARE ME has been unleashed as an audio download and Rupert Holliday-Evans has done a fine job of narrating it. Ten hours and sixteen minutes of unabridged terror!
I'm very pleased to reveal that in a deal brokered by Angry Robot/Exhibit A via the Gotham Agency and ICM Partners, major Hollywood studio Relativity Media have acquired the movie rights to SCARE ME.
Relativity Media have been responsible for a string of box office hits including 'The Bourne Legacy,' 'The Social Network,' 'The Fighter,' 'Haywire' and 'Cowboys And Aliens.' They've also produced some great horror/thriller movies including 'The Wolfman,' 'The Strangers,' 'The Last House On The Left,' 'Zombieland' and 'Assault On Precinct 13.'
Equally exciting is that multi-talented actor turned screenwriter and producer Wentworth Miller - star of hit US series PRISON BREAK - is contracted to adapt SCARE ME for the big screen. Wentworth recently wrote the quirky and darkness saturated screenplay for hit psychological horror thriller STOKER starring Nicole Kidman and shot by OLDBOY director Chan-wook Park. It was produced by Michael Costigan, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott and recently wowed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival.
Wentworth has bravely championed SCARE ME and we now have what we believe to be the perfect home for the project. Wentworth's screenplay should be underway very soon.
So humongous thanks to all those involved including the indefatigable Emlyn Rees.
More info as soon as it hits my inbox.
SCARE ME AT THE LONDON BOOK FAIR
Exhibit A were kicking ass at the Fair this year and their stand garnered a lot of interest in the launch titles.
SCARE ME PUBLICATION
Apologies for the lengthy silence. SCARE ME has been in the works at Exhibit A and I've been working on the next stand alone thriller. Things are going to hot up considerably over the next couple of months, however, and this site will be getting a hardcore face lift very soon.
The book is due out in paperback this April 30th (US) and this May 2nd (UK). There's a trade edition, a smaller paperback and the ebook will be available the same time. More news on the audiobook to follow soon.
In the meantime, here's the finalised cover for SCARE ME. I think Exhibit A have excelled themselves and given it a really crisp and classy look. Hope you like it too.
More news to follow very soon and thanks for checking this out.
SALVAGE FOR THE SAINT
Was pleased (and surprised) to be asked to write a foreword for SALVAGE FOR THE SAINT by Leslie Charteris. 35 Saint books are being reprinted and published digitally in time for Christmas.
My foreword focuses on The Saint I grew up with - Ian Ogilvy - his own novel writing as well as his work in some of my favourite horror movies namely 'From Beyond The Grave' and 'Witchfinder General' (aka 'The Conqueror Worm').
Here is the short horror movie I wrote for producer David McGillivray. David scripted the British horror movies 'Frightmare' and 'House Of Whipcord' amongst others. I also had the pleasure of chatting with the crew, some of whom had worked on such movies as 'Star Wars,' 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail' and 'The Abominable Doctor Phibes.'
You can watch the short movie (16 mins approx) below although skip it if you're squeamish...
You can also watch it full screen (without SCARE ME soundtrack) HERE
You can find out more about these and David's other movies at the Pathetique website HERE
BOOK 2 TITLE
After trying a few titles for size, brand new crime imprint of Angry Robot, Exhibit A, have confirmed that SCARE ME will be the title of book 2. More news to follow. And thanks to all those readers who are still getting in touch to tell me how much they enjoyed STOP ME
PUBLICATION DATES FOR BOOK 2
I've now had the official publication dates for my next book from Angry Robot/Exhibit A. It will be published in paperback in the US on 30th April 2013 and in the UK on 2nd May 2013. The ebook should be available to download around the same time.
This may seem something of a wait but, as mentioned below, I'm trying to be forward-thinking about my future work. This will mean that book 3 will be available a year from these dates instead of me having to go through hell and high water to get it out there.
I'll be regularly posting here and on Twitter and Facebook re details and developments as well as the launch of Exhibit A so I hope you'll bear with me in the meantime.
Thanks so much for your patience.
BOOK 2 Ė Full Story (28/5/12)
Ironic that my new thriller is about a gruelling journey as thatís exactly what Iíve had in my attempts to bring it to readers. Itís been a constructive process, however, and getting book 2 right has been as vital as finding the perfect home for it. After rewrites of my stand alone thriller on the back of interest from a major publisher last year the project unfortunately became the victim of the usual committee pitfalls. However, Iíve since been offered a very exciting deal.
Iíve had to weigh up my desire to get something to readers this spring with obtaining a solid commitment to my future stand alones and, after much deliberation; Iíve opted for the latter. This means that book 2 will be hitting the shelves next year so my immediate apologies to anyone who hoped to have it in 2012. I believed this would be the case until this new offer. The compensation for this is not only will book 2 be published in paperback in the UK it will also be simultaneously published in the US. The eBook will also be available at the same time.
Better than that - Iíve been offered a 2 book deal which means project 3, currently being written, will be available in the same formats in 2014. Certainly less of a waitÖ IF you enjoy book 2 that is.
Iím very happy to announce that Iím the first author to be signed to a brand new crime imprint called Exhibit A which is being headed up by Emlyn Rees, crime editor and author of many books including the recent, massively popular thriller Hunted
Exhibit A launches in style next year Ė hence the wait. Theyíre part of the mighty, award-winning Angry Robot publishing house. They're a very slick and savvy concern that produce some beautiful books. Theyíre distributed by Random House in the US. This has just been announced in The Bookseller and on the Exhibit A website here so now itís official.
The original title of book 2 was REDEMPTION PLACE but this will change due to some similarity issues with a religious organisationÖ
The other change to announce is that Iíll be waving goodbye to the Jay part of my name. This is because of likeness to a famous American crime writer you may be familiar with. From here on in Iím just Richard Parker.
Wheels are already turning so I'll keep you abreast of developments re title, cover, brand new website etc and Iím hoping my relationship with Exhibit A will mean I can get my work to you on a regular basis.
Heartfelt thanks for everyoneís patience and continued support. I really do appreciate it. Iíll be posting regular updates here, on Facebook and Twitter.
CHINESE WHISPERINGS - THE YIN AND YANG BOOK
I'm hoping to have an update re book 2 soon. In the meantime, I've contributed an unsettling story with a dark twist to a cunning new anthology published by eMergent Publishing co-founders and editors Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson.
All of the stories are set in an airport during the cancellation of flights by fictitious airline, Pangean. The stories feed off each other to create one solid whole. Coincidentally, the paperback was published the week Qantas grounded all their flights.
You can find out more about the project at eMergent's website HERE
Cool American horror magazine, Screem, features a movie review on page 65 that I was asked to contribute by editor Darryl Mayeski. As a fan of horror movies of all eras I was honoured to be asked to review the MGM US release of the British classic BURN, WITCH, BURN (entitled NIGHT OF THE EAGLE in the UK). It was a pleasure watching this again and reminding myself of the talents of Peter Wyngarde...
Am pleased to announce that the book is now available through Apple's iBookstore.
STOP ME HITS TOP 10 AMAZON THRILLER CHART AND TOP 20 AMAZON BESTSELLERS
The response to the Kindle edition has been pretty staggering and it's currently climbing five different charts including overall bestsellers and crime, thriller and mystery chart. Thanks everyone for downloading.
I'm pleased to announce the winner of the photo competition is Frances Galiardo. She submitted several taken in New York and in the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas. Awarding the prize was based more on the fact that STOP ME obviously accompanied her wherever she went on her vacation! Thanks so much to everyone for their entries. Will be adding all the pix to a permanent gallery when the site is revamped so please keep snapping them if you get a chance.
Thrillers by Zoe Sharp and Elizabeth Corley are on their way to Frances. There will be news of another book giveaway very soon.
Thanks to professional photographer, James Atkins, for inspiring the competition. In the meantime, here's the winning pic taken in New York....
GUILTY CONSCIENCE? CHECK OUT LUCA'S SITE
Luca Veste was kind enough to read and review my book on his site. A psychology and criminology student, Luca takes an intelligent look at contemporary crime/thrillers and horror fiction. Why not join him and check out what he thought oF STOP ME as well as his other reviews HERE
STOP ME ENTERS AMAZON BESTSELLER CHART
I'm pleased to announce that not only is STOP ME in the top 30 of the Amazon Thriller Chart but that it has also entered the overall Amazon bestseller chart at number 62. It's still only 99p so get your download HERE
PAUL HENRY'S BOOK CHALLENGE
Paul has taken on the mighty task of reading 52 books in a year and was kind enough to make number 32 STOP ME. You can read his review HERE
STOP ME ENTERS AMAZON TOP 100 THRILLER CHART
I'm pleased to announce that the Kindle version of my debut novel entered the Amazon chart yesterday and I'm hoping it will embed itself there for some time. It's still only 0.99 to download so why not get a digitised edition for your Kindle while it's so darn cheap HERE
COMPETITION PIX SO FAR...
Many thanks to everyone who has sent pix so far. Here's a selection. As you can see, the book's getting round. Nice to see it in Central Park and Rockerfeller Center (courtesy of Frances Galiardo). You've still got until August 4th to send me your pix for the competition. You could win copies of thrillers by top authors Zoe Sharp and Elizabeth Corley (see details a few items below). All you have to do is snap your paperback of STOP ME. Or, as Dave McCann has below, the cover of the ebook on your reader in an unusual location. It would be great to see some element of summer holidays in the pic - if not location then sunglasses, barbq, beach ball etc. Alternatively just snap yourself reading it. I'm going to feature all the images in a permanent gallery on this site. Send Twitpics to @Bookwalter or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Fran, Dave, Sheila, Joanne, Alex, Marilina and Richard.
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE
Marilina Tzelepi Pateras, concert pianist, piano professor and accompanist has very kindly set up an official Facebook Page for me. I'll be posting exclusive content there so please go and sign up HERE
Pek Pongpaet interviewed me re the Kindle release of STOP ME for the new book site and you can read it HERE
FIRST KINDLE REVIEW
Read James Garcia Jr's review of STOP ME on the SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES website HERE You can find out more about his book DANCE ON FIRE there too.
STOP ME SOON AVAILABLE THROUGH APPLE IBOOKS
Have been informed by Allison & Busby that Faber Factory have finalised a deal with Apple's iBookstore which means Allison and Busby's ebooks (including STOP ME) should be available through them in a week or so.
INTERVIEW WITH R. A. EVANS
Rich has a great site where he generously makes space for authors as well as a neat Trailer Park for them to park their book trailers. Learn all about his writing, his books ASYLUM LAKE and GRAVE UNDERTAKINGS as well as read my 7 DEADLY QUESTIONS interview with him HERE
STOP ME EBOOK - TWITPIC/PHOTO COMPETITION
To celebrate the launch of STOP ME on ebook formats on June 6th in time for the summer holidays we thought we'd launch a fun competition and those nice people at my publisher Allison and Busby (visit them HERE) are offering up a pair of books by two of their top thriller writers Elizabeth Corley (INNOCENT BLOOD) and Zoe Sharp (FOURTH DAY) as prizes.
You can find out all about Elizabeth's Louise Nightingale books HERE and Zoe's Charlie Fox thrillers HERE.
Take a look at the picture below. It was taken by Chicago photographer James Atkins (visit his great site HERE) while working on a quirky shoot for funky Maryland optometrist Unique Optique (site HERE). James sneaked in a copy of STOP ME and we'd like to see you do the same.
We'd love you to take a photo with STOP ME somewhere in shot -hidden in a subtle way or in full view. Can be a close up shot, panoramic or just show you reading the book. The only other element we'd like to see is something that says summer holidays - a bottle of suntan lotion, sunglasses, barbecue etc. The rest is up to you.
Don't forget to include your name and email address with your images.
Winner will be announced and informed on August 4th. I hope to use all the photos I'm sent in a permanent gallery that will become part of this website. Yes, your image will be immortalised for all to see. Have fun.
STOP ME - KINDLE EDITION AVAILABLE FOR ONE CLICK PRE-ORDER
Am pleased to announce that if you go HERE STOP ME will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on 6th June.
INTERVIEW WITH LILI TUFEL
With the forthcoming ebook editions of STOP ME imminent Lili Tufel kindly invited me to be interviewed on her blog HERE
STOP ME EBOOK AND KINDLE EDITIONS AVAILABLE JUNE 6TH
Allison and Busby have just given me this official date. Just in time for those summer holidays. I'll post more details soon.
NEW STOP ME REVIEW
Read Tennessee crime writer J F Juzwik's review HERE
STOP ME KINDLE AND EBOOK EDITIONS
Have just heard from Allison & Busby and am pleased to announce that Kindle and ebook editions of STOP ME will be available this summer. More info soon.
INTERVIEW AT THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE
Did a very enjoyable interview for Richard Godwin, author of APOSTLE RISING (just out).
Check out his interesting website and the interview HERE
PICK SIX INTERVIEW
You can read my Pick Six Questions Interview with Heidi Ruby Miller HERE
CHRISTMAS SERIAL KILLER COMPETITION
Thanks so much to everyone for their creative entries. Was great fun reading through them.
The two winners are:
THE EGGNOG STRANGLER - Toni Mills
THE POINSETTIA POISONER - Maria Smith
Congratulations. Books on their way - snowfall allowing. Hope you enjoy curling up with a serial killer this Christmas. Sorry if you didn't win. There's two 30% off and free postage/shipping deals listed below.
LIMITED CHRISTMAS OFFER - 'STOP ME' NOW 30% OFF AT AMAZON AND BOOK DEPOSITORY WITH FREE SHIPPING
As well as a 30% off orange trade paperback at Amazon (no postage to pay) HERE you can also snap up a copy from Book Depository with 30% off(save £3.31) and get it delivered anywhere in the world for free HERE
Blue mass market paperback also available for 25% off (save £3.30) plus free postage from both sites.
Thanks to all those that entered the Allison & Busby speech bubble competition. The response was very creative. Congratulations to Maya Russell of Wokingham who won the books. CLICK HERE to see her winning speech bubbles and CLICK HERE to vote for the runner up. If you didn't win, why not enter the Christmas serial killer comp above.
STAND ALONE THRILLER 2 NEARING COMPLETION
As of today (October 13th) my new thriller is close to being finished. There have already been several rewrites but now I've got something I can really get excited about. After all, I've got a Dagger short listing to live up to. Watch this space for more details.
INTERVIEW WITH MYSELF
Read this surreal interview at Nigel Bird's unique site HERE
CHINESE WHISPERINGS ANTHOLOGY
Am having a short story included in cutting edge anthology CHINESE WHISPERINGS created by Jodi Cleghorn and Paul Anderson at eMergent Publishing. Read all about the book and the other exciting new talents involved HERE and read an excerpt from my story 'ONE BEHIND THE EYE' HERE
READING FESTIVAL OF CRIME WRITING
Thoroughly enjoyed being on the thriller panel at Reading Festival of Crime Writing. It was an informal but slickly organised event and we had a good attendance for our discussion about thrillers. Zoe Sharp and Elizabeth Corley certainly proved that female thriller writers are a force to be reckoned with. See my blog for all the details. The festival will be back next year and I highly recommend it. See Pix.
L - R Zoe Sharp, Richard Jay Parker and Elizabeth Corley
Photos courtesy Andy Butler, Zace Photographic
BOOK DEPOSITORY HAVE EXTENDED 30% OFF 'STOP ME' DEAL
As well as offering free shipping in UK and anywhere in the world Book Depository are still offering 30% off collectors' orange trade edition and 25% off blue paperback. Just click HERE
Great review of 'Stop Me' at Chrissie's Corner HERE
MINUTE HORROR MOVIE
View a minute long horror movie which I wrote for British horror stalwart David McGillivray HERE
WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CAST IN 'STOP ME?'
A great new site called Storycasting allows you to suggest the cast for movies of your favourite books. Who would you cast? Check it out HERE
KNARESBOROUGH FEVA EVENT
It was a great evening bantering about thrillers with Matt Lynn and Zoe Sharp and there was a very respectable attendance. Thanks to Wendy Kent, her friendly staff and the audience who so warmly welcomed the panel.
Photographs courtesy of Andy Butler, Zace Photographic
STOP ME SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA JOHN CREASEY(NEW BLOOD) DAGGER AWARD
At the Harrogate, Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival STOP ME was shortlisted with seven other books for this respected award. Info HERE
Richard will be joining Matt Lynn and Tom Cain at 7.45 pm on July 1st at Chichester Library, Tower Street to discuss British thrillers. Books are being sold and signed after the discussion. Tickets are £5 and available HERE
'STOP ME' REMAINS BOOK CLUB FAVOURITE
Am pleased to hear from A&B that STOP ME is holding out as June's Book Of The Month as well as May's - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.
RANDOM FIVE STAR REVIEWS: BOOK DEPOSITORY
Well written, the characters are brought along in great depth. As you move through the story you end up wanting to know what next? How does it tie together? The bottom line is that you must read this. Parker is a new fresh face in this type of writing and I look forward to more of his work. For I think that his stories will only get richer with the depth that I enjoy. Maryann Allen
RICHARD AT WESTFIELD LIBRARY, SHEPERDS BUSH
Had an enjoyable discussion night with Matt Lynn, Tom Cain and Leigh Russell despite the heat.
Read Jen Brubacher's report at Scribo Ergo Sum HERE
L- R Zoe Sharp, Tom Cain, Matt Lynn, Leigh Russell, Richard Jay Parker
Photo courtesy of Andy Butler, Zace Photographic
Kudos to the organisers of Crimefest for providing such an enjoyably engaging weekend in Bristol. As the sun blazed, there was a good mix of enthusiastic readers, writers (published and aspiring) and luminaries from the literary crime scene including Colin Dexter, Tonino Benacquista and Marcel Berlins.
It was great to see so many visitors from the US and I bumped into a few people I knew only from exchanges on the Internet. The Curzon Panel I was part of on Friday was a very informal affair with good-humoured discussion and plenty of thought-provoking questions from the audience. It threw up a debate that we've covered before: What exactly consititutes a thriller and what is the definition of a crime novel? There's clearly a significant crossover. A lot of thrillers involve crime. Does a crime novel have to feature a police officer as a protagonist? If so, where does that leave Miss Marple?
All The Young Punks Panel started the day on Saturday with fellow authors (including Mike Hodges - writer and director of original GET CARTER) and I, ably chaired by Marcel Berlins, discussing our different experiences of getting a book into print. Everyone had a different story to tell and we just seemed to be getting to the meat of things when our time was up.
I then had the opportunity to go and sit in the audience on some of the other excellent panels that were cued up. From Gyles Brandreth's no-pause-for-breath, anecdotal 'interview' with Peter Guttridge about his Oscar Wilde mysteries to Chris Carter's lecture about serial killers there was something for all criminal tastes.
I then supported Zoe Sharp at her self defence demonstration as well as sitting in at Leigh Russell's discussion about writing a series and finished with Matt Lynn's chat about wartime thrillers. My only criticism was that the hotel bar was so vastly overpriced that everyone dispersed around Bristol at the end of the day and the weekend lacked that community drink-up that I've experienced at other literary conventions. Not the fault of the organisers but perhaps there could have been an implied alternative drinking hole.
I had great fun though and saw plenty of copies of STOP ME shifted as well so thanks to everyone who asked me to sign theirs.
And big thanks again to the organisers who were so accommodating and friendly. The weekend went swimmingly - from my perspective anyway.
'STOP ME' IS BOOK CLUB FAVOURITE
Am pleased to hear from A&B that STOP ME is May's Book Of The Month - CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.
Read Richard's interview with North Carolina mystery writer Susan Whitfield HERE
A REVIEW AND A KILLER RECIPE
Here's a fun site - Martha A Cheves features a book review and a recipe from the author. Check out my own HERE
RICHARD'S BLOG RUNNER UP IN 'AUTHOR BLOG AWARDS'
After thousands of online votes there were only two published authors in the Microblog category. Neil Gaiman was the winner and Richard the runner up. See all the results HERE
READ NAYU'S INTERVIEW
Interview with Richard at Nayu's Reading Corner. Just click HERE
RICHARD JAY PARKER ON SHORTLIST FOR AUTHOR BLOG AWARDS
Richard is pleased to be amongst the 28 writers on the list. Please vote for him HEREClosing date is April 16th.
And read more about the award in Bookseller article HERE
ALLESTREE LIBRARY THRILLER DEBATE
As you can see, it was a fun event in Derby. Q & A amongst the authors, wine, readings and then audience questions made for a very lively evening. The library had its best attendance for an author event and I'd just like to thank everyone who attended as well as the organisers (special mention for Marie and Christine)for making us so welcome.
Left to right: Zoe Sharp, Matt Lynn and Richard Jay Parker take questions.
(Photo courtesy Andy Butler ZACE Photographic)
BOOK TRAILER FOR 'STOP ME' SPARKS DEBATE
Have a look at Michele Emrath's SOUTHERN CITY MYSTERIES site and read the debate that the STOP ME trailer sparked this week. HERE.
Gearing up for the mass market paperback release in January 2010
Allison & Busby have stockpiled reviews for the trade edition (still some copies left at Amazon, Book Depository and signed copies available from A&B) on their page here. Thanks to all the reviewers for so many positive words.
STOP ME MASS MARKET PAPERBACK COVER
I've had a lot of very positive feedback about the orange cover for the large, trade edition that was published last August. I'm now pleased to give you a sneak preview of the cool, electric blue cover for the compact paperback edition. It will be published on January 11th 2010. You can pre-oder it from Amazon.co.uk here It will also be available direct from Allison & Busby. Copies of big, sexy, orange trade edition still available herebut not for much longer. Or hereif you're outside the UK - still 30 % off with free shipping to anywhere in the world!
THRILLER NUMBER 2 WRITING COMPLETED
Richard has just completed a second draft of his brand new stand alone thriller novel (title to be confirmed) and it is now with his agent. Watch this space for more details.