THE CRAZY CAT LADY CHRISTMAS…
Hoping for a handout, Amber and Ed invite rich Great Aunt Betty to stay with them for Christmas – but will they live to regret it? My quirky little crime story was broadcast by BBC Radio Bristol’s BBC Upload programme on 26th November. Listen at 1 hour, 40 minutes and 42 seconds into the programme – and see if you can predict every twist! It was great fun not just writing the story, but reading it out on air.
I’ll post a longer version of the story on this website before Christmas, so watch this space!
I’ve also recently been interviewed by the Crime Fiction Lounge and Switch FM’s New Curiosities Box arts show. Their interviewers are extremely skilled, and I’m sure I gave away more secrets than I intended.
Thrillers make great stocking-fillers, so I’m really excited that my latest, The Revenge Trail, features in not one, but two, Christmas Gift Guides! It’s recommended in BrumHour Dave’s Brummie Christmas Gift Ideas and in Coffee & Kin’s Christmas Gifts for Men! Of course, women will love it too…
Pleased to meet you!
I love meeting readers, and I’ll keep you posted about live readings of my fiction both on this page and in my newsletter (sign up here and get a free e-book). My next live events are in the buzzy city of Birmingham, which features in all my thrillers. On Monday 10th December, I’m reading a humorous tale of office politics with a twist at the Happy Heart Café, near Olton station. Simply turn up at 7pm for this sparkling evening of stories and poetry. It isn’t ticketed and there’s no charge.
Next is a night of short story readings at Birmingham real ale paradise The Gunmakers Arms on Monday 17th December, 7-9pm. Winter Warmers & Frosty Chillers await! Reserve a free ticket, and relax with a beer as you listen to great stories. To tempt you into buying a few signed books for those Christmas stockings, I’ll be selling mine at a special low price on both evenings.
I’m thrilled that my short story, A Taste of Paradise, was published in the No Bindings Magazine and podcast in Bristol and broadcast on the Ujima Radio Babbers Show on Monday 9th July!
Easy reading with large print!
Did you know 10% of us are dyslexic? I believe everyone deserves a paperback that’s easy to read, so I’m thrilled to have published a new large print dyslexia-friendly version of crime thriller Up In Smoke. There are traditional paperback and e-book editions as well (all links I’ve given are for Amazon UK, but the book is also available on other Amazon sites and on iBooks, Kobo etc). My Trail series of crime thrillers and an earlier book, After The Interview, are also on sale in a choice of formats – find out more here.
Do you have an old copy of Up In Smoke?
If you have an old copy of Up In Smoke – with a cover decorated with dollar signs – let me know, and I’ll replace it with a new one. I’ve made a few tweaks to the book, and I’d like you to have the most up to date version – with artist Paul Humphreys’ brilliant new book cover, above. Just email me at aaabbott[at]aaabbott.co.uk. I’ll send new e-books anywhere in the world and swap paperbacks in the UK (to send back your paperback, email me for my address, please. I’ll send you a new book, signed, as soon as I receive yours).