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Jessica Daniel: Crossing The Line competition winners

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

With just 18 days until the release of Crossing The Line, I’ve been running a competition to give away some proof paperbacks. There are a whopping 25 winners, each of whom win two books – one for the entrant, one for a pal.

I had an enormous amount of entries – more than for any other contest I’ve run.

Here are the winners:
– Anthony Darbyshire from Beverley, East Yorkshire
– Catherine Ainscough from Bamber Bridge, Lancashire
– Claire Bridgen from Failsworth, Manchester
– David Anderson from Southsea, Hampshire
– Grant Donald from Westhill, Inverness
– Jackie Coulter from Bangor, N Ireland
– Jennifer Berry from Selby, Yorkshire
– Julie Rugg from Huntingdon, Cambs
– Kat Duncan from Govan, Glasgow
– Lauren Pike from Sidcup, Kent
– Lorna Cowle from Hook, Hampshire
– Megan Pugh from Rugeley, Staffordshire
– Mike Broughton from Wells, Somerset
– Milly Gibbs from Dorking, Surrey
– Pamela Fudge from Poole, Dorset
– Peter Royle from Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside
– Peter Trebilcock from Salisbury, Wiltshire
– Rhiannon Wates from Knutsford, Cheshire
– Robert Phipps from Gillingham, Kent
– Rob Scott from Pontefract
– Rosemary Knight from Swinton, Manchester
– Saira Kazmi from Cricklewood, London
– Tony Selwyn from Enfield
– Vanessa Rivington from Dollingstown, Co Armagh
– Wendy Salter from Pontypridd

If you didn’t win, you don’t have too long to wait until the book is out:

CROSSING THE LINE (Jessica Daniel Season 2, Book 1)
September 11, 2014:

Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorising its inhabitants.

Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only she and her team could find him…

It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.

Following the events of Behind Closed Doors, Crossing The Line marks a new beginning with Season Two of the Jessica Daniel series.


Jessica Daniel: Crossing The Line giveaway

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Wednesday, August 5, 2014

It’s that time again…

Crossing The Line is out in five short weeks on 11 September – and I am running a FREE prize draw that’ll enable you to get your hands on a copy of the paperback proof a short while before the release date. Look how shiny it is in the photo!

Twenty-five winners will be chosen at random, with each person receiving TWO copies of the book. That’s one for you, one for a friend – hopefully someone yet to try a Jessica novel.

To enter, simply fill in the form below:

The closing date for entries is 18:00 BST on Friday, 22 August 2014.

That’s it. In case you’ve forgotten, here are the details of Crossing The Line.

CROSSING THE LINE (Jessica Daniel Season 2, Book 1)
September 11, 2014:

Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorising its inhabitants.

Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only she and her team could find him…

It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.

Following the events of Behind Closed Doors, Crossing The Line marks a new beginning with Season Two of the Jessica Daniel series.


Jessica Daniel season 2 launches in September

TescoFriday, June 20 2014

Now that the ebook pre-orders are beginning to go live, it’s probably a good time to give an update on the next Jessica Daniel book, Crossing The Line.

It is the eighth novel in the series but, after the events of Behind Closed Doors, it starts a new chapter in Jessica’s life. I won’t spoil what happened in that book for those of you yet to read it but most readers will already know.

Because of that, I pitched the idea of re-branding the books as ‘season two’, in much the same way that television shows finish off one large set of storylines, disappear for the summer, and then come back again.

Crossing The Line sees a promotion for Jessica, plus a few new characters, as well as many of the old ones. Having her in an elevated position provides a challenge of telling stories in a slightly different way but, rest assured, her old foibles and character traits still remain. The book provides a starting point for new readers who might have been put off by thinking they have to read the previous seven books to get it. There are, of course, allusions to previous plotlines but if a reader is looking for somewhere to begin investing in a character, this provides as good a place as any.

This also feeds from yesterday’s announcement that my publishers, Pan Macmillan, will also be publishing two more Jessica novels. Here is the schedule as it stands:

- 11 September 2014: Crossing The Line (season 2, book 1)
– 2015: Scarred For Life (season 2, book 2)
– For Richer, For Poorer (season 2, book 3)
– Father’s Day (season 2, book 4)

Anyway, here’s the blurb:

CROSSING THE LINE (Jessica Daniel Season 2, Book 1)
September 11, 2014:

Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorising its inhabitants.

Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only she and her team could find him…

It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.


Jessica Daniel series: Pan Macmillan sign for books 10 and 11

IMG_1909Thursday, June 19 2014

I’m delighted to announce that, with the continuing success and interest in the Jessica Daniel books, I have agreed a new deal with my publishers, Pan Macmillan, that will see them release books 10 and 11 in the series.

Book seven, Behind Closed Doors, came out in January 2014 and has done really well. Sales have actually increased through books five, six and now seven, which is really rare. Book eight, Crossing The Line, is out in the UK on 11 September 2014, with books nine and 10 likely in 2015.

Away from Jessica, Pan will also be publishing my standalone crime book, Down Among The Dead Men, in 2015 – plus there are still two more books in the Silver Blackthorn trilogy to be released.

In short, there’s still plenty to come – plus the Jessica series will be relaunching as “series two”.

In addition, following the rather sad demise of AudioGo, Pan will also be creating audios of the Jessica series.

Here’s the top line of the new contract with what are, for now, provisional titles of books 10 and 11.

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Reckoning is out; signing date; Crossing The Line cover and general round-up


Friday, May 23, 2014Tesco

Wonderfully, the first Silver Blackthorn novel, Reckoning, was released in the UK yesterday. It is available from all of the usual places online, plus in-store at Tesco (see right); WH Smith and, from June 5, Asda.

SIGNING DATE

I am gong to be signing copies of Reckoning (and anything Jessica-related if people want) on SATURDAY, JUNE 7 from 11am until 1pm at Waterstones, Altrincham, Cheshire. It is in the Stamford Quarter shopping centre. Come along and say hi.

TescoTHE NEXT JESSICA DANIEL BOOK

Crossing The Line is out on September 11, 2014. The spangly cover is on the right.

Here is the synopsis: Long before Jessica Daniel became a police officer, Manchester was once a ghost city after dark. Fear ruled as people were afraid to be out by themselves, the notorious Stretford Slasher terrorising its inhabitants.

Twenty-five years on and the media are feeling nostalgic over the milestone but Jessica has a new panic to worry about. Apparent strangers are being targeted in daylight, the attacker unworried about being caught. If only she and her team could find him…

It’s the coldest spring in memory and Jessica has old friends to look out for, plus secrets – so many secrets – that should have long been buried.

REVIEWS & NEWS ROUND-UP

Reckoning has been very kindly received so far, which is marvellous.

- There’s a lovely set of comments from adults and young people alike on Love Reading 4 Kids
– I wrote a blog post about my favourite fantasy novels for One More Page. There is also a review here.
– I wrote another for Fiction Fascination about exams.
– I did a Q&A for Liz Loves Books, who also reviewed Reckoning on the same page.
– I wrote about the future for My Kinda Book.
– I put together a piece about binge-reading for Tor UK.
– There’s another Q&A on Much Loved Books, as well as a review
– Plus a review on A Bit Behind On Books; another on The Book Nook; and this on The Reading Room.
– There are also many more reviews on Goodreads
– If that’s not enough, Publisher’s Weekly say Reckoning has a “strong voice and an intricate endgame“, plus Kirkus says there’s “true joy“.

Whew.


Silver Blackthorn & Jessica Daniel competition winners


Sunday, April 13, 2014IMG_1909

With barely a month until my next book is released, I’ve been running a competition to give away a bucketload of books. Not that you should keep books in buckets.

One lucky person has won all eight of my paperbacks and I’ve even scrawled my name at the front. That person is…

Kelleigh Bollington from Exmouth in Devon.

She won by being a member of Jessica’s Facebook group.

Five runners-up have each won a signed copy of Reckoning. They are:

  • Amanda Peck from Southampton (who entered via messaging me on Twitter);
  • Aisha Turner (Silver’s Facebook group);
  • Marcus Delph from Ely (Jessica’s Facebook group);
  • Paul Milner from Bradford (my mailing list);
  • and Siobhan Brine from Offerton, Stockport (my mailing list)

RECKONING is out on May 22, and is part one of the Silver Blackthorn trilogy, an adventure-fantasy series set in the near future. You can read the first three chapters HERE.

      In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
            But these are uncertain times and no-one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?
            Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out …


Silver Blackthorn & Jessica Daniel competition time


Wednesday, April 2, 2014IMG_1909

It is now exactly 50 days until my next book is released. After seven Jessica Daniel novels, and a one-off urban thriller, Watched, RECKONING is out on May 22, and is my first venture into a new genre. It is part one of the Silver Blackthorn trilogy, an adventure-fantasy series set in the near future.

      In the village of Martindale, hundreds of miles north of the new English capital of Windsor, sixteen-year-old Silver Blackthorn takes the Reckoning. This coming-of-age test not only decides her place in society – Elite, Member, Inter or Trog – but also determines that Silver is to become an Offering for King Victor.
            But these are uncertain times and no-one really knows what happens to the teenagers who disappear into Windsor Castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of the castle have something to hide?
            Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself in a warped world of suspicion where it is difficult to know who to trust and who to fear. The one thing Silver does know is that she must find a way out …

I am running a FREE prize draw. The lucky winner will get a FULL SET of all eight of my paperbacks, including a signed copy of RECKONING. Five runners-up will receive a copy of RECKONING.

The winners and runners-up will be chosen at random and you can have up to four entries in the draw. You can enter by any or all of the following methods:

1. JOIN MY MAILING LIST
Your details will not be shared with any other person or organisation. You’ll receive a few emails a year with details of my latest releases, giveaways and appearances. If you’re already on the list, you automatically have one entry into the prize draw. If you’re not, fill in the form below.

2. ‘LIKE’ SILVER’S FACEBOOK PAGE
The Silver Blackthorn series has its own Facebook page here. If you like that page, you get a second entry.

3. COMMENT ON THE JESSICA DANIEL FACEBOOK PAGE
The Jessica page has been running a lot longer than Silver’s and if you like AND leave a comment – any comment – on this thread you’ll get a third entry (you also have to be a member of the page).

4. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER
I don’t tweet that much about my books, more about ducks that nearly take me out while I’m on my bike, random quotes from The Simpsons, complaints about the rain, or a multitude of other things. Anyway, if you follow me, let me know by sending me a tweet. This will get you a fourth entry.

That’s four ways of entering, so you can quadruple your chance by doing the lot. The closing date is 18:00 BST on Saturday, April 12. I’ll contact the winner and runners-up directly, plus post their names on this site.

Good luck!


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