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It’s been too long…

It’s been a long time since I last posted, and I’m afraid this is going to be quite a brief post.

As with most things in life, things just seemed to get in the way and I wasn’t able to devote the sort of time to my blog that I had done in the past.

But I’m happy to say that I am now back and with you, and I’m working on bringing the next Giles story, The Court of Obsessions, out by the end of the year.

Over the next few months, I’ll put out some tasters of what to expect with this latest addition to the Giles saga, and I may even be putting a call out for volunteers who’d like to preview the next book.

If you’re interested, give me a shout.

I’m also hoping to bring back a bit of the analysis of other author’s work that used to be a staple of this blog before I brought out The Bluebell Informant. Stay tuned for more details of this, hopefully coming next week.

In the meantime, I’m glad to be back, and thank you to all those who are still with me and anxiously waiting for my future posts.

All the best!

Nick

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A little update…

Things are really beginning to hot up here. At the moment I am neck deep in a ghost writing project, which should be finished in the next week or two, and then I’ll be ramping up my efforts in preparation for the release of my debut novel, The Bluebell Informant.

Now, as some of you may be aware, I’ll be releasing digital copies of The Bluebell Informant for free on the 7th April – but in the lead up to that I’ll also be releasing one or two little teasers whilst also finally getting round to launching my first ever Giles Case.

As part of the Giles Case, I’ll be challenging you – my readers – to follow the progress of one of Giles’ cases as she tweets each new development and to solve the crime for a chance to win two awesome prizes. The first is a free, signed copy of the limited edition of my highly acclaimed short story, Dressed to Deceive. And the second…?

Well, I’ll leave that announcement for closer to the time. But trust me – it will be worth entering the competition for.

And for those of you worried because you don’t use Twitter, you can still enter as I will be posting each day’s tweets on this blog and on Facebook so you can keep right up to date with all the latest developments.

But that’s not all.

In addition to all this cool stuff going on around the launch of The Bluebell Informant, I am also very pleased to announce that there will be an added bonus for you all to enjoy.

Every person who grabs a copy of The Bluebell Informant will also be able to download a copy of the next DS Giles story, a novelette called Gotcha. Again – for free!!

So – exciting times. So I thought I’d round off this set of announcements with a little look at Gotcha – or at least a look at the cover art for it.

I hope you’re excited as I am for this…

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Four Titles for 2017

Well, 2016 is nearly over.

Now is the time of year where people look back at the year gone by and think about what they’d like to change about themselves. Maybe they want to lose weight, or join a gym. Perhaps they want to finally write that novel they’ve been thinking about for five years. Maybe they want a new car, or a kid, or look for a new job, or give up chocolate, or only eat smoked salmon on special occasions…

Now comes the flurry of New Year’s Resolutions.

And, in a way, what I’m about to announce could be seen as a sort of New Year’s Resolution – but I like to see it more as a marketing plan…

So, without further ado…

It is my very great pleasure to announce that Detective Sergeant Evelyn Giles will leap into the published world this year!

That’s right, after nearly three years of wrangling with her – and two years of writing her first novel – The Bluebell Informant will be available to read from April this year!

But there’s more.

I’ll be releasing it for free!

That’s right – free!

But wait, there is still more to come.

The release of The Bluebell Informant will mark the start of a (punishing) release schedule over the next twelve months. Following in the wake of The Bluebell Informant, I intend to release not only the next instalment in the Giles series, The Court of Obsessions, but also a collection of my short stories AND the first in my Patrick Conroy series, The Butcher of Barclay’s Hollow.

That’s right – four books of varying lengths will be released over the course of 2017.

I think it’s safe to say that 2017 is going to be a very tough, yet hopefully rewarding, year for me.

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In the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with something quite exciting – the cover art for
The Bluebell Informant.

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Excited yet?

I know I am…

 

DS Giles is on Twitter!! And she’s offering prizes…

That’s right, my main character, Detective Sergeant Evelyn Giles, is now on Twitter.

And no, I haven’t gone mad.

Not yet at any rate.

A few days ago, I created a Twitter account for DS Giles, which you can now find here if you wanted to check it out.

And I thoroughly suggest you do (you’ll see why in a minute).

My reasons for doing this are long and varied, but ultimately it comes down to a number of factors:

First – I wanted to draw in some potential new readership by allowing people to interact with Giles and see the world through her eyes before ever having to read any of her books – a test drive if you will.

Second – I wanted to do something a little fun, do something a little more experimental with my character. I mean – in a world where we can interact with the news, why can’t we interact with a character from a novel. It’s a little weird, yes, but I’ll have a lot of fun with it – and I’m hoping you will to.

Remember, you can find Giles’ Twitter page right here. Check it out.

Now, as part of this interactivity, I wanted to appeal to my readers in a unique way. Most people who read crime fiction have at least a basic desire to experience the thrill of a criminal investigation or even the crime itself. We like to second guess our suspects and try to work out the solution before our hero – it’s what we all live for.

So I thought, why can’t I put my readers up against Detective Sergeant Giles?

The simple – and wonderful – answer is, absolutely nothing.

So this is how it’s going to work.

At set times, DS Giles’ Twitter account will announce that on a certain date she will begin investigating a case (that I have designed) from the moment she is called out. She will tweet every clue and red herring she comes across, every feeling or observation and quote from all the suspects and witnesses. A little bit of the case – every day.

Just like in a crime fiction novel – only simpler.

And, as readers, you will have the chance to follow her and try to find the solution before her. You can follow her through her Twitter account or simply through the hashtag #GilesCase .

On the final day, Giles will post a link and everyone who has taken an interest will be given the opportunity to submit their solution to the crime. From those who successfully work it out, one lucky winner will be randomly selected to win a cool, crime-fiction related prize.

Still not checked out Giles’ Twitter page yet? Well here it is just in case.

So, what’s the benefit for the reader you may ask?

Well there are actually three benefits:

  1. You get to test drive Giles and my skills of creating a compelling crime before you have to dedicate any real time to reading one of my books.
  2. You get to pit your own detective skills against Giles.
  3. You get the chance to win some pretty cool prizes.

And, for those of you who aren’t using Twitter but are still loyal readers nonetheless there is a fourth benefit:

4. I will posting a transcript of the day’s tweets at the end of each day – so you can still      join in the fun without having to go through the palaver of signing up to Twitter just to take part.

Sounding fun? Here’s that Twitter page one more time

Follow Giles’ account and stay tuned. I get the feeling there’s a case coming up right around the corner…

Knowing the Fate of my characters…

I’m a little bit sneaky in my stories – particularly in the Giles series. I’m in the process of planning the third Giles story and I’ve been thinking about it for a long time. So long, in fact, that some of the themes and story twists have managed to worm their way into The Bluebell Informant as I’ve been doing the final polishes on it – only subtly mind, but the references are there.

Is it important to the story? Not really.

Does it add anything? As a matter of fact, yes.

I don’t know about you, but I like to feel safe with my authors. I like to know that they have an overall plan for their characters – that their not just cracking a whip in whatever direction they please and hoping they’ll get a decent story out of it.

Those references are there to show people that I know where I’m taking my characters – that I know what fate has in store for them.

If people clock on to those references, then that’s just great. If not…?

Well, let’s just say I know they’re there. And those little nods to future books are what helps my stories come alive.

And I don’t think that’s a bad thing…

Sneaky Snippets – 24/08/16

‘Tell me, Inspector Harris,’ she said as she continued rummaging through the bags. ‘Did you vote for him?’

She paused to stare up at him. His face was a picture – somewhere between pride, fear and utter confusion.

‘It’s all right if you did,’ she continued, returning to the bags. ‘Everyone has to vote with their own conscience. Did you vote for him?’

Harris hesitated.

‘Is that really appropriate, Sergeant?’

‘Because if you did, that would change the dynamics of your relationship, would it not? You’re no longer detective and suspect but leader and follower. The roles would be reversed. Under those circumstances, it wouldn’t be unnatural for you to want to believe in him…’

‘Are you suggesting that I would lie to get that man off a murder charge?’

‘I’m suggesting I was brought here for one reason only – to get Daniel Barker off the hook.’

From The Bluebell Informant – ©Nick R B Tingley 2016

Sneaky Snippets is a weekly segment of short extracts of my work – usually something I’ve been working on in the past week or so.

Did you like what you read? Has it got you intrigued about The Bluebell Informant? Who do you think they’re talking about? What do you think he’s done? What kind of bags is she rummaging through?

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Enjoy your Wednesday!

Call for Beta Readers!

For me, 2016 has already been an exciting year.

I’ve met my 4-month-old nephew for the first time, and I may have introduced him to some music that my sister may not thank me for later on in life, and my dear mother has finally received recognition for hard work and dedication to young and disabled people with an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Needless to say, the whole family is chuffed.

And it has got me thinking about my goals in life – where I want to be by the time that 2017 rolls around.

I had already decided that I was going to publish my first DS Giles short novel, The Bluebell Informant, this year and I am getting married in May, which promises to be a bash to be remembered. But I hadn’t really thought beyond that – it was always really a case of ‘I’ll get on that later’.

And then later arrived… and I hadn’t really got any further.

That was until I read a short book by Tim Grahl, ‘Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Bestselling Launch‘ – and, particularly if you are a budding writer yourself, I recommend that you read it for it truly is an eye-opener.

In this book, Tim Grahl outlines his steps to launching a book which, in itself is quite a find for anyone writing nowadays. But what I took from it the most was a little comment he makes about setting targets for yourself. Without them, he suggests, you have no way of measuring success and, ironically enough, you are therefore far more likely to ‘fail’.

And I can see his point.

So I’m going to start 2016 the way I mean to go on.

I’m going to take those steps that I had always assumed I would have to do later.

And I’m going to need help. 

Which is what today’s post is all about.

This year I will be launching The Bluebell Informant. I have a good idea of how many copies I want to sell in the first month (but I will keep that under my hat for the moment) and I have a good idea of how to get there.

And my first step is to get people actually reading the thing.

I need some Beta readers – people who love crime fiction, who enjoy British based crime thrillers.

I need people who will be able to give me some short reviews that I can use to help promote my work and sort out any problems that may arise with the story (for there are bound to be at the very least a few).

People who will help me launch this book and join me on the roller-coaster ride that will follow.

If that sounds like you, then comment below or contact me through goodreads.com or my website. You’ll get a free, first look at The Bluebell Informant and be a part of getting this story out to as many people as possible.

It’s going to be a blast…