Now, here’s the thing…

It occurs to me there are many battles in writing a novel. I know this because I released my second one on Friday – hence the silence on this blog. Sorry. I’ve been a bit tied.

The main battle is actually writing the thing. I think a lot of people would love to write a book, but they just can’t find the time to sit down and do it. People have their own lives. Mostly, they consist of family, work, socialising, staying alive and sleep. Where does one find the time to write something?

Procrastination is a big problem for the writing mind. I’m not daydreaming, I’m thinking. Perhaps a little fear of failure, even a fear of success, might slip in, and – what do you know – suddenly, there’s a gas bill or the toilet stops flushing, and the novel slips further and further down the list of everything else that needs doing.

But let’s assume you’ve written it, and published, created some kind of online presence through social media, branding, chatting with people in the pub, the wool shop, the post office queue. What then?

And this is the problem: selling it. Marketing is a skill of its own, far too big for my mind to really get to grips with. But the thought, all troubled and tortured, with long, hanging claws – like so many of the best thoughts – comes late at night.

Any book, really any book, might be an important work of literature. It might be precious, it might tap in to the zeitgeist or speak to something deep and powerful within the human mind, but if nobody reads it – what is it, really?

And so – I’m having a sale. It will only last a couple more days, so do have at it. I’ve enrolled Sex, Death & Canapés in Kindle Unlimited, so if you have KU, it’s entirely free to read. I promise, I’m funny, if a bit dark. I’m certainly worth a click.

If, like me, you don’t really get KU, I’ve knocked the price of Sex, Death & Canapés down to only £1. I’m told it’s $1.29 in the States. I don’t really have the maths skills to be certain, but I think that’s a pretty good deal. Now, I’ll warn you: the sale is for a limited time only, so get clicking.

If you find yourself with a few minutes to spare, follow the links. Like anything that comes from within, this means the world to me, and I hope you’ll like it too.

Sex, Death & Canapés, Kindle UK:

Sex, Death & Canapés, the paperback:

And US:


If you fancy having a look at Book Two in the series, it’s here:

Sex, Death & Scallops

Thank you x