THE BABYSITTER. First in a 3 book deal w/ @bookouture #MondayBlogs #BloodyMonday #MondayMotivation

Further to my recent top-secret post, I’m super-excited to share with the world the cover for my new psychological thriller, THE BABYSITTER, coming in March as part of a three-book deal from Bookouture!

Isn’t it just awesome?

Bookouture publishes an amazingly talented list of crime and thriller authors, as well as women’s fiction and romance, and I am thrilled to bits to be part of this fabulous, forward thinking company working with Helen Jenner as my editor. If I’d wished for something wonderful for Christmas, this would be it. A massive thank you to all the hard-working people at Bookouture for making it happen.

You can read more about my publishing deal here

I can’t resist sharing the blurb below. I hope you love it as much as I do.

You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

If you loved reading The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Sister, you’ll love the suspense of The Babysitter. This unputdownable read will have you turning the pages until way after dark.

Tempted? You can grab your pre-order now from Amazon at just 99p!  


Stay warm and safe everyone!

Lots of love,


Guest Post. Anneli Purchase shares her new book, MARLIE @anneli33 #Romance #Books #mondayblogs

Welcome Anneli Purchase.

I’m showing off Anneli’s beautiful cover for her latest novel, Marlie, which I must say looks hugely intriguing. Anneli’s joined me today to share a little bit about the book.


Hooked up with the wrong guy, Marlie stumbles through the first few years away from home. When the leg breakers come looking for payment of her partner’s debts, she has had enough. Marlie takes a teaching job in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii) on the west coast of British Columbia.

Starting over, and determined to make it on her own, she tries to fit in with the small northern community. But the rules are more lax here, and there seem to be fewer of them. Her easy-going nature and her good looks work against her again, as she attracts the attention of a local artist named Clancy, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Marlie is a great teacher, kind and fun-loving, but perhaps too trusting. The wolf is often at her door and soon shows his teeth. In spite of trying her best, Marlie finds hersrelf on a slippery slope again.

“Marlie” will take you to the remote islands of Haida Gwaii to experience life away from urban centers. You’ll find yourself on boating adventures to both heaven and hell.

Is this rough life too much for a young woman take on alone?

Read “Marlie” and find out her fate as she searches for happiness in these harsh, yet beautiful islands.

Author Bio:

Anneli Purchase lived in the Queen Charlotte Islands for several years and has a special fondness for them. She now lives on Vancouver Island and spends her time writing and copy-editing when she is not pursuing her other hobbies of mushroom picking, photography, gardening, and sewing.

“Marlie” is her fifth novel.

Sounds fab, Anneli! I couldn’t resist purchasing after having a peek inside.

You can purchase Marlie for Kindle and in Paperback from:

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#Review: The Crime Writer’s Casebook. OUT NOW! @StraightfwdPub #crimewriting #amwriting #writingtips #SundayBlogShare

The Crime Writer’s Casebook ~ THE Crime Writer’s Must-have Reference Book! 

If you’re thinking of writing crime or crime thriller and wondering where to start, then The Crime Writer’s Casebook is an absolute must-have reference book. With case studies from real crimes, explanations of forensics and police procedure and an understandable A to Z index of legal terms, it’s every bit the straightforward guide it claims to be. Pick a subject you need information on, flick to the index, and you will find it. It’s all there. Anything you need, you have it at your fingertips. Browsing the index itself got my writing juices flowing. I’m actually not sure how I managed without it.

I have used one of the author’s services as a writing consultant in the past (Stuart Gibbon. You can find him at GIB Consultancy A former Met Police detective with 30 years’ experience in crime investigation, a DCI on murder cases and also an SIO on the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, he’s definitely a leading expert in his field.

I honestly cannot recommend this gem of a reference book enough. You can grab your copy now. Go!

Amazon Buy Link: The Crime Writer’s Casebook

Stay Tuned! #MondayBlogs #MondayMotivation #Sharing

I’d like to share a secret … but I can’t. Yet!

Stay tuned!

I know I will be! Meanwhile, I would like to say a massive THANKS to readers and bloggers who have reviewed Deadly Intent and posted on Amazon. We’re now standing at forty-eight reviews. Only two more needed to push it to that all-important fifty! If anyone fancies grabbing it, it’s STILL on sale at 99p on Amazon and iBooks.

I can’t resist a little share of one or two snippets from readers so far. I’m absolutely ‘thrilled’ to bits with the feedback, though I’m not so sure Charlie is loving being hated.

That’s it! Back soon with some exciting BOOK NEWS! Meanwhile …

Stay safe all!

Lots of love,


Deadly Intent – Coming Soon!