Monday, 14 December 2015

How to Kill a Novel - To Plan or not to Plan?

Having spent the last couple of months focused wholeheartedly on getting my novel No Longer Safe ready for publication on February 4th, I feel ready for what’s next. The plan is to release my Trilogy - a series of three London Psychological Thrillers with Clinical Psychologist, Samantha Willerby - over the next two years.

That's mega exciting - but I crave being at the ‘other end’ of everything again – starting afresh with a new story. I’m itching to write some new material and to have a developing story on the go...

Whilst the preparation for the release of No Longer Safe has been exciting and enjoyable – it’s totally different from writing. It’s largely task oriented and involves a different part of the brain to ‘free-flowing creativity’. I want to experience that great feeling of being sucked into a storyline again, transported in time and place to somewhere altogether different and unknown. I tend to write as though I am inside an IMAX film, or a dream – a very visual and escapist experience! Hours slide by, the weather outside goes unnoticed, as I stand inside my scene on a canal boat, or a witness stand, or a sewer under the city, watching and waiting for what my lead character is going to do next. I'd love to be in that creative space, once more.

Regents' Canal - the setting in one of my novels to come...



This leads me to an issue I’ve pondered a lot recently – planning. How little or how much of the planning/plotting stage really works? For me. For you.

I wrote my first novel without any plan AT ALL! I mean absolutely zilch. That’s because it was just an experiment, a stab in the dark at writing a short story. Following Stephen King’s advice in his book, On Writing, I started with ‘an incident’, with the aim of reaching 5,000 words. But, when I reached that milestone, the story felt like it had only just begun, so I carried on. I was hooked by the possibilities of what could happen next and enthralled by the directions the story seemed to be pulling me towards. The mystery had a life-force all of its own, as though I was reading a book that already existed on some other plane. I kept going, following the story this way and that, until at around 95,000 words, it came to a close.

As you can imagine, the plot of that book did not hang together like a finely-tuned pocket watch! However, I worked on it, showed it to someone, worked on it again and submitted it. As it happens, a UK publisher offered me a modest deal the same week I landed a top UK literary agent. I chose the agent, but sadly, it was just after the financial crash and despite her efforts, we didn’t find a high-end publisher…

But by then, smitten with this writing lark, I'd started the next book. Far better planning this time, but I still made lots of changes to the initial ideas and added tons of new plot points as I went along. This book (The Evil Beneath) got me a new agent  – and that’s when things started to happen. In 2012, I got a publishing deal in France and a two-book deal in Germany with Penguin Random House, but I had no break-through in the UK. Thankfully, I couldn't stop writing and the novels since The Evil Beneath  – six more in all - were constructed in the same way: only roughly plotted, always embracing a sense of freedom. I wrote with the intention of bringing in new strands and totally rearranging ideas, if necessary, as I went along.

This year, however, I’ve found myself struggling. In order to try to land a big publisher here in the UK, I’ve spent months trying to harness some cracking ideas in a different way. To do this, I've been preparing full synopses and sharing them with top professionals to see whether the stories follow through and are punchy and original enough to compete with current bestsellers. But there's been a problem. I’ve written such detailed story outlines and extensive character studies that when I came to start the actually writing of the books, I’ve felt like I had already written them. The life had gone out of the ideas by then - and, as a result, I dropped them all.

Encouraged by the bestselling success of Girl On a Train and the general rise in readership for all my books, I decided it was time to reconsider my approach. The 'synopsis' way wasn't working. The anticipation and excitement was being sapped out of each storyline and I wasn't finishing any new novels at all. So, this time, I’ve decided to go back to the methods I've used before and plunge into the next novel, saving the synopsis until later. I’ll just have to take the risk that the flimsy structure has something going for it. Significantly, since the germs of this latest one have started to buzz around inside my head, I’ve remembered something. Something really important that had completely slipped my mind...

Once I start working on a novel for real, the story comes alive and more ideas pop up out of the woodwork. The notebooks I have scattered everywhere start filling up with 'what if' scribbles - while I’m watching TV or on the bus and spin-off ideas often wake me up during the night. When it's not already set in stone, the narrative itself generates juice as it goes along. Starting when the synopsis is all done-and-dusted upfront fails in this respect, because it doesn’t allow for the organic unfolding that takes place during the months of writing all the individual scenes and chapters. In practice, as fresh thoughts and new threads come up the story wants to bend in different directions. That's when I feel the true magic of writing. This is how my books have developed before - and that’s why, this time, I’m going back to those ‘old’ ways.

So - how much information do you need before you embark on a novel? I have a hook and an inciting incident, but I have no idea what the big twist might be at the end. I do have some ‘voices’ (I often ‘hear’ dialogue, before the plot itself starts to form), but I don’t know how the two main characters will interact (and that's exciting!). I have a very strong sense of weather, the location and context for my two main characters. I also know what the energetic drive through the story will be – the two concurrent events that will unfold to give pace and momentum to the story.

Do you need to have all the plot-points lined up one after another at this stage; the crisis points, the big twist in the second half, and the shock of the final twist at the end? Do you need to know your key characters inside out? Well – I think I know the answer. No – and it’s worked for me in the past. And if it doesn’t work this time, I’ll backtrack and rethink. But right now, what I want most is to get lost inside a chilling thriller – which will be a mystery and a gripping ride for ME, too - and I hope to see you on the other side!

No Longer Safe is released 4 February 2016 and is available for Pre-Order HERE.

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  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015)
  • The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts
  • No Longer Safe released February 2016
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 20 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)
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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

No Longer Safe - Jacket Blurb Reveal!

No Longer Safe is coming soon...
Last week we had the cover reveal – now it’s time to reveal the jacket blurb
Don’t forget – it’s out in ebook and paperback on 4th February 2016!
Ebook available to pre-order HERE!

Spot the obliging spider in this photo!
 So...What’s the Story?  

Jacket Blurb

She was your best friend. Now she’s your deadliest enemy – and there’s nowhere to run...

When Alice receives an invitation from Karen, her charismatic University friend, to stay in a remote cottage in Scotland, she can’t wait to rekindle their lost friendship. 

But two more former students arrive – never friends of Alice’s – and as the atmosphere chills, Karen isn’t the warm-hearted soulmate Alice remembers. Barely is the reunion underway before someone is dead and the fragile gathering is pushed to breaking point. 

As the snow cuts them off from civilisation and accusations fly, Alice finds herself a pawn, sinking deeper into a deadly game she can’t escape.  

NO LONGER SAFE is a chilling Psychological Thriller that delivers a delicious sting in the tail.


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AJ Waines’ novels are Standalones and can be read in any order:


  
  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015)
  • The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts
  • No Longer Safe released February 2016
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 20 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Cover Reveal! - No Longer Safe

I’m delighted to reveal the cover of my new Psychological Thriller, NO LONGER SAFE! 
   
Pre-order from TODAY!
       Release day - 4 February



The new Psychological Thriller with a delicious sting in the tail!

Ebook Available to pre-order NOW! 
(Paperback will be available on the launch day, 4 February) 

Four friends. One dead body. Are you In or Out? 

NO LONGER SAFE is about a college reunion 
in a remote cottage that turns very sour indeed
...and there's a blood-curdling twist at the end.

  **Jacket Blurb coming soon**

Spot the obliging spider on the version below!


Over the next few weeks, I'll be posting the jacket blurb, interviews, an extract from the opening chapter, details of my 10-stop Blog Tour and Giveaways – so if you want updates, just follow the blog! (sign up on the right or go to www.awaines.blogspot.co.uk).
 
If you want a reminder about the release date, just fill in the Contact Form below and I’ll add you to my launch day mailing list.
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                AJ Waines’ novels are Standalones and can be read in any order.
  • Girl on a Train  a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015)
  • The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts
  •  Awarded Kindle KDP Top 20 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)

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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Fame at Last! - featured in Wall Street Journal

Read the feature HERE
So Funny - I woke this morning to find I'm on the front page of The Wall Street Journal!

 It's a kind of 'author gets lucky' story about the mix up readers often make with the titles.

Thanks to David for making it clear my book came first and I wasn't piggy-backing on Paula's well-deserved success.

Fame at last!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Homage to my Writing Team!

I’ve never been much of a team player. When I played the cello, I loved being in an orchestra, but it was the solo performances that I cherished most. In athletics at school, I sprinted for my county, but it was taking off at the gun and running just for me, that was the real thrill. I’ve never liked open-plan offices or ‘team-building’ away days. As a Psychotherapist, I ran my own business – working one-to-one in a quiet room tucked away somewhere.

As a writer, you’d think I’d chosen the most solitary of professions, all holed up in my little study tapping away, on my own. But when it comes to getting my books OUT THERE, it’s a different story. I have a TEAM and what an amazing bunch they are!

Firstly, I have beta-readers in Lincoln, who scour my early drafts and answer a series of questions, such as ‘Does the story drag anywhere?’ and ‘Did you find out certain facts/reveals too soon/too late?’ etc. I also want to know if they worked out ‘who dun it’? And if so, where? It’s always a fantastic feeling when one of them gets in touch, saying, ‘I’m still reeling from the big twist at the end – never saw that one coming’…

My copy editor is in Plymouth and she also gives me structural edits, pointing out, for example that one strand of the story is too implausible or the main character contradicts herself. She has the most amazing eye, having worked as an editor for major publishing houses for years. She also irons out clunky sentences and proofreads. I’m always shell-shocked to see how many back to front and awkward phrases I manage to produce in the beginning! She also points out the technology I get wrong. Not being much of a techie, I often mention a 'video' instead of a 'DVD' or 'CDs' instead of 'iPods' or 'smartphones'.

During this time, across the other side of the world, my fantastic cover designer is sending over draft versions of the ebook and paperback covers from Texas! We go back and forth for a while until we get the main image and the atmosphere right. The new book is all about snow, but the feel of the cover has to be savage and remote, so we try to find a dark, menacing mood, rather than the look of a pretty snow globe! The covers all match the branding my designer has set up for me, giving each book a distinctive look in terms of the all–lower-case font for the title and the distressed texture.

In the meantime, my Agent is focusing on the books that are already selling. She is putting me forward for special promotions on Amazon, so they will appear in ‘Kindle Daily Deals’ not only in UK and US, but also in, say, India or Australia. As I write, all my books are in the Top 30  Psychological Thrillers listings in the UK.

Then, when all the edits come back, I knuckle down and fix everything in the story, tighten up the plot, tidy up the narrative, swap the order of events to make it more dramatic. Then I check for continuity – as I mentioned, the weather is a particular issue in this new one – with shoulder-high snow drifts which thaw, then freeze over into treacherous ice. I love the chance for lots of imagery and the way the conditions plays such a big part in the plot, although one astute beta-reader reminded me I needed to pay more attention to down to earth issues like grit, anti-freeze, ice-scrapers and so on.

After that, I proofread – this is the stage I’m at right now, running through the whole book in two to three days, in long blocks, so that I keep on top of the story without too many interruptions. Then, I’ll sort out the formatting. The print book looks very different from the ebook version, which has no page numbers for a start, and needs individual links to each chapter at the beginning. I’ve mentioned it before, but Catherine Ryan Howard’s book is a huge help at that stage.

Then the book will go to my proof-readers; two more helpful souls from Lincoln. One is female, in her mid-fifties, the other is male, mid-twenties. It’s good to have a range of readers! When that is on the go, I’ll start my preparation for the launch, setting up blog tours, planning giveaways and writing features for book sites.

So here is my little homage to my fantastic Literary Team – you know who you are – and you’re all brilliant!

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                AJ Waines’ novels are Standalones and can be read in any order.
  • Girl on a Train became a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015)
  • The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.
  •  Awarded Kindle KDP Top 100 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)

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Monday, 12 October 2015

Hit the Top Spot!

I woke up this morning to the incredible news that Girl on a Train has gone to Number one in the UK Kindle Charts!

I'm totally blown away! I can't settle AT ALL to get on with editing on my new one (details and tasters to follow soon...).

Thanks to everyone who has bought the book. I can now call myself a 'Bestselling Author' - I think a biscuit is in order!

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                AJ Waines’ novels are Standalones and can be read in any order.
  • Girl on a Train became a Number One Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015)
  • The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.
  •  Awarded Kindle KDP Top 100 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)

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Monday, 28 September 2015

Giveaway - Signed Girl on a Train

Fancy a bumpy ride?

From September 28th - Oct 5th, enter FREE to win a signed paperback of Girl on a Train, together with a personal card. Runs only for a week, so get going or you'll miss it...
(UK only)


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Girl on a Train by A.J. Waines

Girl on a Train

by A.J. Waines

Giveaway ends October 05, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway
Girls on Trains

In case you don't know, some readers have been getting my book mixed up with the hugely successful (and excellent) novel by Paula Hawkins. In that regard, I had to share this great review recently on US Amazon. Nice one, Kimberly and thank you!:


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                                  AJ's novels are Standalones and can be read in any order.
  •  The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Kindle KDP Top 100 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Playlist behind Dark Place to Hide

I'm honoured to appear today on the The Undercover Soundtrack by Roz Morris, featuring the tracks that inspired the writing of Dark Place to Hide. Music from Bach to the Pet Shop Boys!
Come and take a look!

Roz Morris teaches advanced novel-writing for The Guardian and is an author, editor and speaker. 


Images from today's post over at The Undercover Soundtrack
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                                  AJ Waines' novels are Standalones and can be read in any order.
  •  The Evil Beneath went to Number One in 'Murder' and 'Psychological Thrillers' in the UK Kindle charts.
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Kindle KDP Top 100 'most-read Author' in UK (2015)

Find AJ Waines at: 
Blog Newsletter  *  Website  *  Twitter  * Facebook  *  Pinterest  * Goodreads  * Google+  
 

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Girls on Trains - How a Title can Impact on Sales

When I wrote my second psychological thriller, it was originally called Dead in her Tracks. My agent at the time, decided it would benefit from a better title and we settled on Girl on a Train. Now, to many of you, that might sound familiar – or does it? At least a year after my book came out, another train thriller popped on to the market, called The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve read this book and it’s a cracking good read, but it’s also had an impact – both in a positive and negative way – on my own book. Here’s why...

Read the full article HERE.

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AJ Waines' latest Psychological Thriller is Dark Place to Hide. 
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

From Couch to Crime Bookshelf

What kind of novels would Sigmund Freud have written had he turned his mind to it? Something along the lines of Fifty Shades of Sexual Dysfunction? Social Outcasts and the Deathly Hallows?  His theory of personality involves the inner struggle for power, the control of errant desires and impulses – fine fodder for a fiction writer.

We’ll never know where fiction may have led Freud, but it raises the question: how easy is it for a Psychoanalyst/therapist to become a crime fiction author? What psychological and semantic terrain do they share? Plenty, I believe. Especially, if like me, you write psychological mysteries and suspense. But shifting from psychotherapy to crime-writing isn’t simply about taking an obscure psychological disorder and building a story around it, or using a psychotherapist as your main protagonist. The crossovers are far richer.

One obvious link is the fascination with the human mind. As a Psychotherapist, working with ex-offenders from infamous high-security institutions, I came face to face with the criminal mind. My private practice, too, gave me a unique insight into an individual’s sense of self; fully-functioning, as well as disturbed and unstable. Not many people have had this privileged position; the complexities of mental processes is an area that is rarely openly discussed.

For me, that’s where the excitement lies. I love secrets and hidden motives and desires. I saw myself as the most private of Private Detectives, honoured with a passport to wander inside another person’s head. Once I gained access, I could take a look around, try to piece together how a person made choices, what drove them, what they were most afraid of. From there, I got to witness the step-by-step leaps their mind took from A to B; to discover how they ended up with blood on their hands or why they risked everything to prove a point.

At first I used this information to help people see how they ran into life’s cul-de-sacs. How they sabotaged themselves or had faulty thinking. I helped them challenge old patterns in order to guide them towards better choices for their futures. Then, as a writer, I wanted to bring this material out into the open, explore it from different angles, play around with it, add bits, take bits away, develop it. Discovering, first hand, the musings of a serial killer becomes a rich source for a novelist and that’s where we come to a solid block. “You haven’t written about me in one of your books have you?” comes the nervous cry from my client.

Absolutely not - I can’t reveal a thing.

As a therapist, I was bound by professional codes of confidentiality. I couldn’t simply recount material on the page that I’d heard in the consulting room. This is where free-fall imagination comes in; using ideas to trigger new ones, transforming and enriching material (and not merely switching the client’s gender), so much so that no one would ever recognise themselves in any of my stories. And by the way, I was never thinking about my novels when I was with a client! That’s another no-no. My focus had to be entirely on the person in front of me, not on what was going on inside my own head. But psychotherapists are usually adept at compartmentalising.

Another obvious crossover between the two professions is language. Psychotherapy is a spoken therapy; it uses words. Moreover, it uses images and metaphors to describe nebulous, will-o’-the-wisp feelings. Take a common one; depression. It’s such a broad and difficult emotional state to describe, so people inevitably turn to symbolism to help them out: ‘a black cloud’, ‘the black dog’, ‘a bottomless pit.’

Sample of art therapy from my self-help book The Self-Esteem Journal: Alison Waines

Depression has different colours, forms, is external, internal, it shifts, it hangs around, has qualities of weight, size, duration. Words can convey all that. In therapy, words help us understand each other and ourselves a little more and lead to that magical moment of being understood – that moment when someone really ‘gets’ what you’re talking about. I’m not referring to vacant nodding, or saying ‘I see what you mean’, but true empathy - when someone takes what you’ve said and uses their own words to describe what you meant, to a tee. It heals and it’s one of the core elements of therapy. There’s a similar deep satisfaction in reading: imagery that sparks heartfelt recognition, similes that bring a fresh insight; a sentence you come across that rings so true, but that you’ve never been able to put into words so succinctly.

I love words. I’m fascinated by synonyms and etymology. I love the way we can each describe the same thing – the loss of a loved one, an episode of Eastenders, a telephone box - in so many different ways. Take flash fiction, for example. ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn’, attributed to Hemmingway. How’s that for impact? Six words; a myriad of emotions.

Finding the ‘right’ word is absolutely key to both the therapeutic process and the novel. There’s a resonance; a perfect match between a feeling and the correct word to describe it. Dr Eugene Gendlin explains it in his philosophy, ‘Focusing’; the sudden fusion of intellectual and ‘gut-knowing’ that brings emotional and physical release. When this moment of atunement occurs, Gendlin calls it ‘a knot inside coming loose’. Something shifts, expands.

Words are the way by which we navigate our inner emotional worlds. Words become stories, another crossover. Clients create narratives about themselves and their lives, stories about what has happened to them, who they are. There is no taking turns in therapy in the way usual conversations bat comments backwards and forward like a game of tennis. Deeper than conversations with friends, therapy offers a client time and encouragement to explain themselves in detail, to discover more than they knew before.

In therapy, it is the client, however, who is the story-teller and the therapist has to make what she will of the narrative. Is the story true? How skewed is it by the client’s interpretation? Is it only half the story? In this way, the client becomes the reliable or unreliable narrator.

As a crime writer, I switch seats and fully inhabit the world of ‘the client’, as either victim or perpetrator, to create my narrative. My stories contain clues, questions, red-herrings and a set of problems for both the protagonist and reader to solve. This is all there, too, in the consulting room, only it is the therapist who sets about gathering clues - in this case, about how the client’s mind works. She shows him his blind-spots, points out factors he has dismissed, looks beneath the motives. The therapist assists the client in turning the next page of his life-story. Both vehicles embody a process of gradual revelation and unravelling.

This inevitably leads to problem-solving. In therapy - whether this focuses on depression, addiction, low self-esteem or criminal behaviour – the client wants to feel better, to move towards resolution and contentment. In my psychological thrillers, characters, just like clients, struggle with external problems and internal demons; family secrets, moral dilemmas, hidden compulsions, fears about consequences. The author takes the reader through this angst to a similar place of resolution. In the therapy room, the problem-solving is done by the client, nudged and supported by the therapist. In the novel it’s done by the reader in the search for clues and patterns, nudged by the voice of the narrator.

Instead of a therapy couch - my work space is now a desk!
My interest in both professions goes way back. I love puzzles. I love the half-seen, the unknown.

What made me change profession after fifteen years?

The answer is probably the emotional overload that comes with being a receptacle for other people’s woes for so long. There is also secondary trauma involved in reliving tortuous or despicable acts through the eyes of a client; some being offenders, others victims. At first, I wanted to use my ability to listen and to observe from a distance, to analyse and organise that information in order to help others. Gradually, I became filled up with others’ suffering and had nowhere to put it. Now I use these skills as a novelist. Both areas of work have their frustrations and rewards. Both require dedication, focused concentration and the courage to see it through to the end, no matter how complicated or tangled the threads may be. A therapist helps the client make sense out of chaos – the writer, with a pile of notes and plot-sketches tries to do the same. I find it a chilling irony that my spellchecker sometimes tries to change the word ‘therapist’ to ‘the rapist’...

This article first appeared at awomanswisdom.wordpress.com in July.


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AJ Waines is a No 1 International Bestelling Author
All books can be read in any order 
(Inside the Whispers (Bk 1) and Lost in the Lake (Bk 2) also form part of a series)
  •  Over 400,000 books sold worldwide
  • Girl on a Train  #1 Bestseller on Kindle in UK and Australia (2015 & 2016) 
  • No Longer Safe  30,000 sold in the first month & #1 in 'Crime Noir'
  • Awarded Kindle KDP Top 10 'most-read Author' in UK 2016 & 2017

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Bestselling Authors - Signed Copy Giveaway #7

Firstly, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has bought my new Psychological Mystery, Dark Place to Hide - it's currently at #3 in 'Vigilante Justice' on Amazon!

Now to my final humdinger of a GIVEAWAY from my goodie-bag of novels by bestselling authors!  A Massive 'thank you' to all the amazing authors who've offered their paperbacks for free in the last two weeks. This is where all the prizes are!

You can also grab books by Kathryn Croft HERE, Nuala Casey HERE, Daniel Clay HERE, Jane Isaac HERE,  Luana Lewis HERE and Mel Sherratt HERE. All you have to do is go to the blog post for the book you want and share the tweet/post (all giveaways end 15th August).                                                                    
Today, I'm delighted that you can win a SIGNED COPY of:

The Lie by CL Taylor
 
CL Taylor's first psychological thriller 'The Accident' was one of the top ten bestselling debuts of 2014 according to The Bookseller, has sold 150,000 copies in the UK alone and is being translated into ten languages. CL Taylor's second novel 'The Lie' reached number 5 in the Sunday Times Bestseller in the first full week of publication and has hit the number 1 slot on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play and Sainsbury's ebooks. It has been nominated for two Dead Good Books awards - most recommended read and most exotic location.

To enter, either: 

        1. CLICK TO TWEET 
        2. Copy and tweet this one:

SIGNED COPY of #TheLie by CL Taylor up for grabs at http://bit.ly/1J12KEE #bestseller #Giveaways to celebrate #DarkPlacetoHide @AJWaines

      3. Or Share this post (on Facebook, G+ etc) and leave a message to let me know!

Terms & Conditions
(1) Entries must be received by 10pm (GMT) on Saturday 15th August 2015. (2) UK residents only (sorry – this is because of legal rules regarding giveaways) and must be over 16. (3)The winner will be chosen at random and informed within 7 days of the closing date. (4) The winner will need to respond within 7 days. (5) The book cannot be exchanged or transferred – no cash alternative (6) The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  

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AJ Waines' latest Psychological Thriller is Dark Place to Hide  
  •  Girl on a Train also became a Number One Bestseller in the entire Kindle Chart in Australia (2015)
  •  Awarded Amazon KDP All-Star Bonus for being a Top 100 most-read Author in UK (2015)

Find AJ Waines at: 
Blog Newsletter  *  Website  *  Twitter  * Facebook  *  Pinterest  * Goodreads  * Google+