Jessica Daniel – Think of the Children: Competition winners


December 15, 2012

The five winners of the competition to win an advance copy of Think of the Children are:

  • Craig Pampling from Essex;
  • Mike Evans from Warrington;
  • James Gordon from Argyll & Bute;
  • Andrew King from Nairn;
  • Amy Stokoe from Tyne and Wear;

They correctly knew that the name of Jessica’s boyfriend in Vigilante was Adam Compton. I accepted “Adam” as well.

Thanks to all who entered – there were many – and only one incorrect answer among them, which was particularly pleasing considering people had to have read the books to know it.

If you want to pre-order Think of the Children – out on February 28, 2013 – you can do so here.

I *might* have a few more copies to give away in the new year, so keep an eye on this website, my Twitter feed, and the Facebook group. You can also e-mail me and I’ll put you on my mailing list. You won’t get spam – only the odd update about releases/pre-orders/competitions, etc.

Jessica Daniel competition: Win Think of the Children

December 5, 2012

It is now less than three months until the release of Think of the Children. It has – literally – been over a year in the making already. I am giving away FIVE copies of the paperback proof edition. This is the copy that goes out to reviewers / bookshops / newspapers, etc, so aren’t the final paperbacks you’ll be able to buy in shops. As such, they are limited edition. I’ve even soiled them with my incomprehensible scrawl.

If you’d like the opportunity to read Think of the Children a full two and a bit months before anyone else, just answer this question: WHAT IS THE NAME OF JESSICA’S BOYFRIEND IN VIGILANTE?

If you know the answer, e-mail me:

  • using the subject title “Win Think of the Children”;
  • in the body, include your answer;
  • your name;
  • your address.

Assuming your answer is correct, you will go into the draw. The closing date is 18:00 BST on 14 December 2012 (Obviously we’ll hope to get the book to you before Christmas).

I will post the winners’ names here and on the Facebook group’s wall.

Here is the small print which HAS GOT TO BE HERE for legal reasons and all that:

Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter the competition, I will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them.
1. To enter a competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
2. Competitions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Macmillan, Macmillan Ltd or any subsidiary of Macmillan Ltd, nor anyone that I know personally.
3. No purchase necessary.
4. Only one entry per person.
5. Enter by sending your answer, name and address by e-mail
6. Sending an e-mail is not proof that I have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
7. The winner will be drawn at random from those who answer the question correctly.
8. The closing date is 18:00 BST on 14 December, 2012
9. You will be notified by e-mail. The decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The winner’s name will be posted on kerrywilkinson.com and facebook.com/JessicaDanielBooks after the closing date.
11. By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Macmillan may require.
12. The prize will not be transferable to another person.
13. No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
14. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
15. This competition is being run by Pan Macmillan Ltd of Brunel Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire (“Macmillan”) in association with Kerry Wilkinson.
16. Macmillan will endeavour to send prizes within a month of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time.

Winner of the signed print covers

October 1, 2012

The winner of the competition to win signed prints of the Jessica Daniel covers is Sara Jackson from Lincolnshire.

She correctly knew the answer to the question: “Which police station is Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel based at?” was “Longsight”.

In the coming weeks, there will be a new competition to win signed copies of the uncorrected proof paperbacks of Think Of The Children. More details when they are available.

Thanks to all who entered. There were many.

Pan Macmillan to publish my Silver Blackthorn trilogy

September 24, 2012

As reported this morning in the Bookseller and by Pan Macmillan themselves, I have agreed a deal to publish three more novels.

These are not Jessica Daniel books, nor are they crime fiction. This is a hybrid young adult/sci-fi/fantasy series – the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – which is, essentially, everything I grew up reading.

In addition, AudioGo will produce audiobooks of the trilogy – as well as the Jessica Daniel titles.

Here is the synopsis:
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 the castle. Is being an Offering the privilege everyone assumes it to be, or do the walls of Windsor have something to hide?
     Trapped in a maze of ancient corridors, Silver finds herself at the mercy of the mad King. In this warped world of suspicion 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…

Jessica Daniel fans should rest assured that I have already written and submitted these books to the publishers, so it is not distracting me from writing or working on Jessica Daniel titles. I still plan to continue writing them and have long-term plans for the series.

This is something supplementary and, if all goes to plan, I will have three novels out in 2013:

  • Jessica Daniel book 4: Think of the Children (February)
  • Jessica Daniel book 5: Playing With Fire (July)
  • Silver Blackthorn book 1 of 3 (Autumn)

It is quite an exciting time for me. For someone unheard of a year ago to have sold nine books to a major international publisher is about as unprecedented as anything in the publishing industry.

I also answered a few questions for fellow author Tasha Harrison, which you can read here.

More news as and when…

Jessica Daniel competition: Win signed, framed prints of all four covers

September 10, 2012

Last week, I showed off the new covers for all the Jessica Daniel books.

In collaboration with Pan Macmillan, I am giving away signed, framed prints of all four covers. This will only be done once, so is unique and exclusive. Well, it is until I scrawl my name untidily across it.

To enter, just answer this question:
Which police station is Detective Sergeant Jessica Daniel based at?

If you know the answer, e-mail me:

  • using the subject title “Competition entry”;
  • in the body, include your answer;
  • your name;
  • your address.

Assuming your answer is correct, you will go into the draw. The closing date is 18:00 BST on 28 September 2012.

I will post the winner’s name here and on the Facebook group’s wall.

Here is the small print which HAS GOT TO BE HERE for legal reasons and all that:

Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter the competition, I will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them.
1. To enter a competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.
2. Competitions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Macmillan, Macmillan Ltd or any subsidiary of Macmillan Ltd, nor anyone that I know personally.
3. No purchase necessary.
4. Only one entry per person.
5. Enter by sending your answer, name and address by e-mail
6. Sending an e-mail is not proof that I have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
7. The winner will be drawn at random from those who answer the question correctly.
8. The closing date is 18:00 BST on 28 September, 2012
9. You will be notified by e-mail. The decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The winner’s name will be posted on kerrywilkinson.com and facebook.com/JessicaDanielBooks after the closing date.
11. By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Macmillan may require.
12. The prize will not be transferable to another person.
13. No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.
14. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified.
15. This competition is being run by Pan Macmillan Ltd of Brunel Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire (“Macmillan”) in association with Kerry Wilkinson.
16. Macmillan will endeavour to send prizes within a month of the competition end date but cannot guarantee this delivery time.

Ebook sales overtake paperback sales on Amazon UK

August 6, 2012

I’ve been in the news a little bit today because Amazon UK announced that for every 100 paperbacks/hardbacks they sell, they sell 114 ebooks.

As well as being one of Amazon UK’s top-10 bestselling authors of 2011, I am also one of their top-10 of 2012 – which is nice!

The press release from Amazon is here.

There’s still lots more Jessica to come:
– February 2013: Think Of The Children
– Summer 2013: Playing With Fire
– February 2014: Book six

Jessica Daniel: As If By Magic – a massive “thank you”

July 20, 2012

As you may well know, As If By Magic is out. You can buy it for your UK Kindle here for £1.59 or your international Kindle here for $2.99.

Yesterday, it was Amazon UK’s No.1 “Mover And Shaker” – basically meaning it was their highest new entry. It went straight into the top-50 books overall and the top 15 crime chart. All with zero marketing budget, no pre-orders and promotion only through here and Facebook.

So this is a very big “thank you” to anyone reading this for continuing to support the character and myself.

Launching a book is very hard anyway, let alone when you’ve not brought anything out in eight months – and you’re working full-time too.

Essentially, despite any stories you might read about me, this still comes down to me sitting on my sofa with a little netbook and writing every day. The fact you keep returning to buy my stuff is constantly and magnificently humbling.

Thank you

Reader interview for the back of Think Of The Children

July 9, 2012

As you are probably aware, I get interviewed a fair amount about book stuff but I realise that sometimes journalists don’t ask the questions that most readers are interested in.

At the back of Think Of The Children, I am going to run an interview with a bit of a difference… you ask the questions. In the Kindle edition, it will be in print. It *may* be videoed and used online, or as part of an extended ebook. It depends on a few things and I’ll let you know.

So, this is your opportunity to ask me anything you like. If you want to know where Jessica’s name comes from, now is your time to ask. If you have ever wondered if a specific part or character is based on a true story, then go for it. The point is for you to ask anything you want. About me, about the books, the characters, the plots, influences – anything. Be as traditional or as obscure as you want.

There is only one rule. When you ask, tell me your name and where you’re from. This can be as vague as you want – Joe Smith, Lancashire is fine, as is Joe Smith, Chorlton if you are happy to be more specific. Your name will be at the back of the ebook with your question and the answer, so you will be immortalised too.

Depending on how many questions I get, I may not be able to answer everything, but I will put in what I can. I will only answer one question per person – but you can ask two or three and I’ll pick my favourite if you prefer.

If you are happy to ask in public, or if you want to see what others are asking, you can go through Facebook or Twitter – else email me.