It’s Publication Day!

I’m pleased and proud to announce that The Abattoir of Dreams is now available on Amazon in both kindle and paperback formats. The blog tour has been going really well with reviewers saying:

I felt like my heart had been shattered into millions of tiny pieces and I wanted so badly to be able to take away the hurt and uncertainty that Michael as well as Liam goes through.
Shocking and heartbreaking, The Abattoir of Dreams is without a doubt one of my outstanding reads so far of 2017.
5* from Sarah Hardy @ bytheletterbookreviews.com

This book was so fantastic and it’s earned itself a spot on my top reads of 2017 list, I was blown away by everything about this one. The subject matter here is very dark and disturbing, it’s truly not for the faint of heart. There is abuse of every kind imaginable, it’s graphic and horrifying, but if you can stomach that, this is a must read. It evoked a wide range of emotions within me from shock, horror, sadness and tears all the way to laughter and warm moments, it was a hell of a ride.
5* from Amy Sullivan @ novelgossip.com

So….the question is, would I recommend this book? Hell Bloody Yeah, I would! If you like challenging story-lines, can suspend your imagination, enjoy tension/feeling anxious waiting to see what will happen, and a cracking twist or two – then this is the book for you!
5* review from Noelle Holten @ crimebookjunkie.com

Seriously you guys are in for one hell of a treat with this story. It is nothing like any other Psychological thriller I have read before….. it’s absolutely fanflippintasic.
5* review from Shell Baker @ Chellesbookreviews

 

I hope that you enjoy the book, and if you have the time, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.

All the best,

Mark.

The Abattoir of Dreams cover reveal and sample chapter.

Today, I’m delighted to be able to show you the cover for my latest novel, The Abattoir of Dreams. This harrowing thriller will be published by Bloodhound Books on 28th February.

Book Description:

The past is never far away.

Michael Tate has not had an easy life. With his
father in prison, and his mother dead, Michael
was sent to Woodside Children’s Home.

Now an adult, Michael wakes up from a coma in
hospital suffering from amnesia and paralysis.
Confused and terrified, he is charged with the
fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Becky. He also
learns he attempted to end his own life.

 

Detective Inspector John Carver is determined
that Michael is sent to prison.

With no way of defending himself, Michael is
left in his hospital bed awaiting transfer to remand.

But then strange things begin to happen and his
childhood comes back to haunt him.

Can Michael ever escape the past?

Will he ever discover the truth about Becky’s
murder?

And why is DI Carver so eager to make him suffer?

The Abattoir of Dreams is a bitter sweet story of murder, innocence and abuse.

 

I’d also like to share the first chapter of the book with you. I hope you enjoy it.

Chapter One

Nurse Emily Dixon fussed with my bedsheet and fixed me with a smile that seemed more professional than friendly. ‘There’s someone here to see you, Michael.’

‘Who?’

‘Detective Inspector Carver. Thames Valley police.’

‘Has he found my memory?’

‘I think it’s more serious than that.’ She left, replaced by a tall, slim man in a charcoal suit.

‘Hello, Mr. Tate.’

There was something about his lopsided grin I didn’t like. Half-sincere, perhaps? ‘Hello.’

‘I see they’ve given you your own room.’

Wasn’t I the lucky one.

He sat on a chair next to the bed. ‘Do you know why I’m here?’

‘No.’ I wiped sweat off my forehead with the back of my hand. There was a fan on top of a five-drawer unit by the window; its blades didn’t so much as spin but lurch, like a buckled wheel. Next to the unit, a wheelchair, my only mode of transport in this brave, new, paralysed world. If anyone ever bothered to hoist me out of the bed, that was.

‘Look at me when I’m speaking to you, Michael. Didn’t your mother teach you any manners?’ Continue reading

Book Review of Paradise Prison by Faith Mortimer.

I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing an ARC copy of the recently published Paradise Prison by Faith Mortimer. It’s an excellent read, and Faith has been kind enough to offer a signed paperback copy (UK only) or a kindle copy (outside UK) to one lucky winner of this week’s competition. You can find out more after the book description and my 5* review.

Book Description
During a huge row, Gillian stands up to her abusive boyfriend. The consequences are horrendous and far-reaching.
Terrified, she flees her home, seeking anonymity abroad while coming to terms with the outcome of her actions.
In Portugal, Gillian meets Harry, a yachtsman, needing crew for his Atlantic Ocean-crossing. She applies for the job. Half-way into the journey, after confessing to her crime, Harry offers her refuge on an uninhabited island in the Caribbean which he says he owns.
Confused and depressed, Gillian imagines this is the answer to her problems. She needs time to lie low and consider her options; confront the authorities or live in obscurity? Harry is offering the perfect hiding place…or is he?
When things start going horribly wrong, she asks herself if she is alone on the island. But maybe the biggest question of all is why she gets the gut feeling Harry wants to keep her there at all costs?
What happens when she says … no?  Continue reading

My Favourite Book of 2016

At the time of writing this post, Goodreads informs me I’ve read 87 books (so far) this year. I’ve decided that the final post of 2016 should celebrate the book which I’ve enjoyed the most. I’ve read lots of excellent novels this year, but there has been one which really stands out, by an outstanding author… Continue reading

This Week in the Blogs (5th-11th December 2016)

Today I’d like to highlight some of the useful, and informative blog posts I’ve read over the past week.

sabotaging-writing-dreamsThe Writer’s Enemy List: Are These People Sabotaging Your Writing Dreams?
Mystery author and top blogger, Anne R Allen discusses the different types of people who can have a negative impact not only on your writing progress, but also your mental and physical well-being. In the post she says:

‘It’s hard enough to live with the constant rejection we have to deal with in this industry.  So when you’re attacked in your personal life, it can feel like a double-whammy.

You need to erect strong boundaries and be fierce in defending them. But if you’re serious about your work, the people who really care about you will learn to treat your time and work with respect.’
Reading this article will help you identify the kind of people in your life your writing could probably do without!

 

 

12-9-16-how-writers-can-improve-their-seo-without-pricey-expertsHow Writers Can Improve their SEO without Pricey Experts.
Frances Caballo discusses all the changes Google et al make to their algorithms and how it can affect all types of blogs and websites, including those run by authors. She suggests a WordPress plug-in called Yoast SEO Primer which can help you check your blog posts readability and SEO. It’s free to download and at first glance looks as if it could be useful – and easy to use. As Frances says ‘I don’t think there’s been a better time for authors to improve their SEO ranking. You, perhaps more than any other blogger on the internet, already know what constitutes good writing and what’s readable and what’s not. You’re in a prime position to do what you know best: write for your readers.’  Continue reading