US Launch August 26 2014

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in On Writing

    The Manhattan Puzzle paperback is launching in US bookstores August 26, 2014. A poster and support material will be sent to the 50 top US mystery stores across the US to help it on its way. This is my first novel to get a proper US publication. So please, if you are in the US over the Summer go into a bookstore and ask for The Manhattan Puzzle. It might inspire them to put in an order! And if you know any bookstores, please tell them about The Manhattan Puzzle. If they...

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BooksGoSocial launch

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in On Writing is being launched 27th February 2014, 18:30-20:30, at the Odeon, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. The Odeon used to be a railway station. You can see the venue above. is a site for authors and readers. It features the first pages and covers of recent novels. The aim is to allow readers to sample novels quickly and for authors to have a greater chance of being discovered. We have international and Irish authors on the site. We feature both...

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Writing update – New competition – New site

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Competitions, On Writing

  This image is a screen grab of the new book promotion magazine I created. Click on it or here to go to the site. New books will be added to it each week. There is an app and it works well on mobiles and tablets. The purpose of the site is for people to see covers, read first pages and order from Amazon if they like the book. The aim is to provide a fast way for readers to get a taste of a book. I have also been developing additional support services for writers....

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The Themes of The Manhattan Puzzle

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Historical Puzzles, Mystery Novels, On Writing, The Manhattan Puzzle

What has been hidden in Manhattan? What would you do to a banker who treated ordinary people like slaves? What allows Manhattan to rise again despite everything the world throws at it?  These are the themes of The Manhattan Puzzle. The story sees Sean and Isabel reunited in Manhattan at the headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks, which is about to go bust. There’s been some grisly murders, and now the plot takes a new twist. The contents of the book...

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The 7 Most Useful Books on How to Write Fiction – for those who didn’t get it yet!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in On Writing

These are the books on writing that excited me most when I read them, which I still consult when I need advice. 1. Solutions for Writers by Sol Stein. First published in 2005 this is the essential guidebook on how to write for our times. Broken up into sections and covering both fiction and non fiction it contains a mother lode of practical advice on issues from the writer’s job, to the keys to swift characterisation, to adding resonance. What grabbed me about this...

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7 things we should never blog or twitter about

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in On Writing

Some things are off limits, even for the most challenged of us. Here is my list of the 7 things I shouldn’t ever be caught trying to tell you about in 2013: 1. A multi level marketing program. Sure, it sounds great to get a kick back every time someone clicks through to that How-to-Make-Your-Fortune-Without-Any-Effort site, but if the system worked so well, why would the sponsors need us to pay to join up? 2. Details about those amazing new photos I took of myself. If...

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