Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Cover Reveal! Don't you Dare

I'm so excited to share the cover for my new stand-alone thriller, Don't you Dare!



Pre-Order on Amazon from April 25 - Out on May 8
Advance reviewers can find it on NetGalley 
 
My thanks to my publisher, Bloodhound Books, for doing such a fabulous job of the cover!

Here's the story:

When barmaid, Rachel, discovers her soon-to-be-married daughter, Beth,​ pinned down by a stranger in the pub cellar, Rachel lashes out in panic and the intruder ends up dead. In desperation, Rachel convinces Beth they should cover up the crime and go ahead with the planned wedding in one month’s time.

Rachel, however, has her own reasons for not involving the police.

Hiding their dreadful secret is harder than they both imagined and as the big day approaches and the lies multiply, Beth becomes a liability. Rachel looks on in dismay at the hen party​ ​when, after too many drinks, Beth declares she’s about to make a special announcement. But before Beth can say a word she disappears...

When two people share a chilling secret can both hold their nerve?

This book explores the dark side of a mother-daughter relationship when pushed to the limit. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, C.L. Taylor and Clare Mackintosh.
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Read the opening of the book in my next post...coming soon...

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Saturday, 10 March 2018

New release news...


Little bit of news...we have a title...we have a date...


Find out more Here


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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Monday, 26 February 2018

Review of: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

One of the best books I’ve read in a long time…

First, we had Adrian Mole, then Bridget Jones and now Eleanor Oliphant. It’s all in the voice. Anyone who watched The Bridge and was fascinated by the character of Saga will recognise that Eleanor is on the autistic spectrum. Honeyman manages to capture this authentic and poignant voice consistently, which is impressive in itself. Eleanor is fully functioning in many ways, but she doesn’t understand or do social niceties, doesn’t understand the reason for or tell white lies, she ‘tells it how it is’ and pays the price for it with sniggers and cold-shouldering on all sides.

Themes of loneliness, alienation and the struggle to fit in – we’ve all experienced these to some extent – form the humanitarian reach of the book. Whilst Eleanor’s personal take on life is extreme because of her condition (and upbringing), we’ve all been there. Take, for example, the title of the book – we’ve all said we’re ‘fine’ at some point, when we’re not, when in truth we’re sobbing inside or desperate for someone to listen to our fears or give us a big hug. But with Eleanor, everything is that much harder. She’s got no supportive family and grew up in foster homes. She’s disfigured with a scar (externally and internally). We know there was a fire in her past and through tiny reveals as the story progresses, we get to know the deeper damage done in her childhood involving a cold and deviant mother.

Already in her thirties, Eleanor seems to grow up and blossom in this story: we see her explore kindness, discover joy in simple things such as the touch of a hand, a haircut, kitten heels instead of 'versatile' Velcro shoes. She starts to become part of things rather than always observing and being excluded on the side-lines.

The themes are handled with great tenderness, wit and panache, but Eleanor’s real journey is about discovering love, where she least expects it. She and a work colleague, the unrefined Raymond, are involved in a simple act of kindness. They help get an elderly man to hospital when he falls in the street. From this one act follows a string of new connections for Eleanor – the stranger’s family, parties, makeover appointments and new routines in her life as Raymond keeps the connection between them going.

It’s Eleanor’s view of the world in this book that is both refreshing, funny and heart-breaking. Those three words probably sum up the feel of the book. It will make you cry! Highly recommended.
 
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All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Saturday, 17 February 2018

FREE Girl on a Train

FREE for the first time ever...

No 1 bestseller - the 'original' GIRL ON A TRAIN - this weekend only, 17/18 Feb

UK: Click HERE
Number 1 in entire Amazon UK and Australia charts
 

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Friday, 9 February 2018

My Shift from Indie to Traditional Publishing

The last few months have been pretty manic and I thought it was high time I came up for air to let you know what I've been up to! 

The terrific news is that I've now got a UK publisher, Bloodhound Books, for my next two novels. This is a pretty big shift for me. I've been known, to date, as a 'Hybrid' author, with traditional deals abroad and self-published books in UK – a route that has worked out incredibly well for me. So, why the change? 

Firstly, it means I can get TWO novels out in 2018, which would have had me on the floor in a heap had I not had a publisher! A standalone within six months and the next in my Dr Sam series, soon after – is a great way to keep a high profile. For any author, staying in the spotlight is the key! And there's no better way to do that than by bringing out a new book.

But the main reason for choosing a publisher has been the increasing workload. I currently have six books out in the world needing individual management. By that, I mean tweaking the prices, setting up Amazon deals and promotions, changing the metadata from time to time, responding to readers queries. It’s a bit like having a huge family – six demanding children vying for my attention with two more on the way!! I’d got to the point before Christmas when it all seemed too much. The thought of  setting up the next title from scratch felt downright daunting, even though I’ve done it several times before. Doing everything from organising the book cover through to the Blog Tour at the launch itself is a lot of work and systems change – just when you think you’ve got the hang of it, it doesn’t work that way anymore!

I've used a Trello board to organise my book releases in the past and each book has had a run up of about six months from the moment of completion to launch date, with over a hundred different stages each time. The hardest part is doing everything in exactly the right order and covering all the little details as well as leaving enough time, such as gaps for proof copies to be mailed over from US, then getting these out to proofreaders.
So, on the verge of running out of steam, I contacted a publisher who had approached me earlier in the year, Bloodhound Books. I’d heard through the grapevine that, although a small indie publisher, they were expanding rapidly, taking on new bestselling authors and getting great feedback from a bunch of happy writers. I’m delighted to say Bloodhound read my book and snapped it up within 36 hours! They also wanted the next one in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, PERFECT BONES – the thriller I was originally planning to release this year. I can’t tell you what a weight off my mind it has been to pass over the nitty gritty (and hard graft) to a dedicated team of industry professionals – phew!

I can now focus on editing these two books and planning the next book... I'll still be writing full-time, but I'll have more chance to smell the roses, too! Seriously, all creative people need space to fill up their 'creative well' or else they find themselves running on empty. I'll still be doing promotion and sending out a few personal ARCs of the new books to readers, so if you’re interested in reading an advance copy, just let me know via Twitter or my Contact Form.


My first feedback from Bloodhound during the editing stage was: 'This, truly, is a brilliant novel...' 
Yikes - what more could I possibly wish for?!

So, February onwards is going to be full-steam ahead with edits on DON'T YOU DARE for the launch on May 8th, 2018 (save the date!), before I knuckle down to more edits with PERFECT BONES. That's when I'll be reacquainting myself with my intrepid amateur sleuth, Dr Sam, when she returns for this police procedural, due out in November 2018.

In the meantime, I'm playing around with a few new ideas for book number nine...

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Saturday, 30 December 2017

My favourite Book of the Year in 2017 goes to...

The Shut Eye by Belinda Bauer


I loved it! If you missed my Review, you can read it HERE
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With all good wishes for a Very Happy and Peaceful 2018



AJ Waines has got TWO new thrillers coming out in 2018 - 
for book Giveaways and updates on my new releases!
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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also in a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Friday, 8 December 2017

FREE Book! [but you need to be quick...]

TODAY only - Inside the Whispers (ebook) is FREE on Amazon for the first time ever! Now’s the time to fill in the gaps in your Thriller library!

December 8th ONLY

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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(including Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) which are also part of a series)
  •  Over 450,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  #1 in 'Crime Noir' [30,000 sold in the first month]
Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017