Sorry for the lack of updates in recent months, I’ve been working hard on the sequel to Cold Press. The final revisions are being completed this weekend, which means it will be out very, very soon. In the meantime I’m revamping the website, so try not to laugh too much if you spot any placeholder text. It’s all going to be fixed imminently but the priority has been the new book. More on that imminently 🙂
I’m exceptionally pleased to announce that Cold Press is finally available… the Kindle version is out now at Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072LL25GF.
The print version will be here in about three weeks.
In case you missed out, here’s a summary:
In the winter of 1993, top investigative journalist Clare Woodbrook goes missing on the eve of unveiling her biggest story.
But they are not alone in trying to find Clare.
Danny and Anna embark upon on an explosive trail of murder, intrigue and police corruption, and as the stakes rise, so the hunters become the hunted.
The first reviews are in:
“I LOVE IT. You’ve done an amazing job!!! It zips along beautifully.”
“A well-crafted, enjoyable book… The characters are strong (particularly Anna, whose narration is great). Dialogue is a particular strong point. The writing is punchy, with lots of terrific lines. I particularly like the period detail and the atmospheric depiction of a pre-internet newspaper office; elements like these make it stand out from the crowd of generic thrillers.”
Packed with intrigue, twists, conspiracies, and dark humour, Cold Press is a hugely entertaining mystery set in 1993. It’s the debut novel by British writer David Bradwell, and the first in the Anna Burgin series of mystery thrillers.
Clare Woodbrook is the enigmatic head of the Special Investigations Department at Britain’s leading daily tabloid. Her exposés are legendary, but she’s not without her enemies. Now, on the verge of unveiling her biggest ever scoop, she arranges to meet her researcher Danny Churchill, to reveal all over lunch.
But Clare never shows, and later that night her car is found abandoned on the hard shoulder of the M25. Worse still, the police investigation is being headed up by DCI Graham March – the embodiment of police corruption and the subject of one of Clare’s current investigations.
Danny sets out to find Clare, and enlists the help of his spiky flatmate – fashion photographer Anna Burgin. But they soon realise that nobody can be trusted – especially the police. As the search becomes ever more desperate, suddenly their own lives are very much on the line.
Regular readers (of which I suspect there are none) will no doubt be thinking “I’m sure you said something about Cold Press coming out in March and it’s now May so you’re clearly a good-for-nothing layabout, more interested in watching Broadchurch than actually getting a move on.”
Well, there is a reason for the delay and it’s all curiously valid. Carrie, the esteemed editor, came back with some excellent suggestions to improve the sense of suspense and drama. So, I’ve been working to implement those, and some have taken a bit more writing and research than originally anticipated.
At the same time, as I’ve now started outlining the sequel, I needed to make some changes to ensure that the continuing characters have a logical and consistent “arc” (which sounds terribly pretentious).
The good news is that the deadline for the submission of the final manuscript is this coming Sunday. The bad news is that I’m not going to get to sleep before then. But it is much improved, so it is all worth it, and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Bear with me … not long now 🙂
So it’s been a bit busy at work over the last couple of weeks, launching our new American and German web sites together with a new brand and lots of new products from Nylonica. And that – coupled with line learning for my latest screen acting adventures – has restricted writing time for a bit, which is frustrating, but an inevitable part of juggling life and a day job.
On the upside, I met with Carrie, the editor, on Sunday and she’s come up with some fantastic suggestions to make Cold Press better, although thankfully the required surgery is largely cosmetic rather than anything too structural. I’m implementing those now, which means the Marach 17th launch date has been pushed back by a couple of weeks, although I’d still hope to have everything finished by the end of March.
As of last night she now also has the manuscript for Skirt. Lots of people have read Cold Press and the feedback has been largely encouraging. Nobody at all has read Skirt. The first real feedback is likely to be the most brutal of all, but hey, there’s something exciting about jumping in at the deep end, albeit into potentially choppy waters. We shall see. It’s such a different project to Cold Press, but I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I should be able to conclusively comment on the scale of my delusion when Carrie comes back with the verdict by the end of March. More soon 🙂
We now have a family of four great web sites providing a wonderful choice of legwear, including stockings, hold-ups, tights and more… 🙂