All that jazz…
Although the pandemic caused the cancellation of countless live events, the Birmingham Jazz Festival is still happening in the heart of England this month. As well as marvellous music, there’s a REAL-LIFE hour of sparkling story readings on Friday 30th July. I’ll be joining the New Street Authors at the Brasshouse pub at 4pm, so if you can make it, do come along too.
I love meeting readers, and I’ll keep you posted about more live readings of my fiction both on this page and in my newsletter (sign up here and get a free e-book). Meanwhile, put 16th July 2022 in your diary too! That’s when I’m joining more than fifty fantastic writers for #AuthorCity in Birmingham, England. There will be book sales, signings and plenty of chat. Expect to find new friends as well as new books! You can get an #AuthorCity ticket here.
Bright Lies – an award-winning thriller
I am unbelievably excited to announce that Bright Lies, my darkest psychological thriller yet, has won a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award. The judges were looking for a great story with engaging characters and a satisfying ending. I’m thrilled that they chose Bright Lies!
I had to smile when Howard Lovy outed me as “an accountant who turned to a life of literary crime.” Listen to his podcast for the Alliance of Independent Authors, as we discuss life, books and psychological thriller Bright Lies.
As I love the buzzy city of Birmingham, I was thrilled to tell local radio listeners about Marty Bridges and Kat White, the feisty protagonists of the Trail series. Marty is, of course, a hard-nosed Brummie businessman, while glamorous Kat has adopted the city as the home of her premium craft vodka. Listen to Dave Massey’s Brum Radio show at 8 minutes in.
Boost your Mood with a Book
There’s no need to be blue if you’re staying in to stay safe. It’s well-known that reading can lift your mood, so why not curl up with a book? Journalist Emily Lowes has masses of self-care inspiration in her blog, including a 5 minute guided mindfulness session and a carefully curated reading list. I’m thrilled that it features the Trail series!
and the reading is easy. Hark back to those lazy, crazy days with a sizzling summer mystery. Read my fabulous FREE short crime story, “Pebbles”.
The Magic Money Tree! A crime story on the radio…
John Bly makes a fortune from New Year’s Eve evildoing, so why should this time be any different? This festive little crime story was broadcast by BBC Radio Bristol. Want to hear it? You can see me reading the story in this video, and download it to read yourself here.
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 that all of my books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print format as well as standard paperback and ebook editions. Bright Lies is on sale in a more traditional large print format too. Find out more here.
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 Donna Marie Finn’s brilliant new book cover, right. 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 as soon as I receive yours).