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Publication week whirlwind! #TheDarkestLies


The emotional snow globe of life has been picked up, shaken around with me inside it, then set down again. I now sit, dazed and confused, trying to piece together the crazy week that has passed since The Darkest Lies was published a week ago yesterday. It seems a LOT longer than that!

Publication day started, for me, at 3am. Like an over-excited child at Christmas, I found it impossible to sleep. There was also the distinct possibility of tears due to overtiredness at some point later that day. My book had been delivered to my Kindle at midnight (yes, of course I’d ordered a copy!) but after looking at it to check all was okay with it, there wasn’t a lot else to do except feel sick with nerves. I can honestly say I have never worked so hard on a book in my entire life, and all I could hope was that it would be well-received.

From around 6.30am, the day was a whirl of congratulations. It was a surreal and wonderful experience. My blog tour kicked off, and for the rest of the week I’ve been riding high on a wave of positivity. I’ve also been obsessively checking my rankings on Amazon, and keeping everything crossed.

Things seem to be going well, with it hitting number 35 in the Top 100, and also riding high in psychological thrillers – including hitting the Number 1 spot in Hot New Releases!

A lovely bonus is that my other two novels, Invisible, and Flowers For The Dead, have both re-entered the Noir top 100 on Amazon in the UK and the US.

The reviews for The Darkest Lies have been wonderful! I must take this opportunity to give thanks to the incredible support I’ve received from the blogging community and fellow authors. The rather fabulous Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Last Breath, messaged me saying: ‘It grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A tense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride.’ so that was a thumbs up, then! I’m so, so glad that the people reading The Darkest Lies are enjoying it. If they buy The Darkest Lies, read it, and think enough of it to recommend it to friends, then I am happy. As always, my fingers crossed!

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