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  • Writer's pictureA J McDine

Life update: In which I climb some hills


Since I was last in touch, Adrian and I have had a fab holiday in Derbyshire with our boys, 21-year-old Oliver and Thomas, 19.

We rented a cosy cottage in the bustling village of Castleton in the heart of the Peak District and spent a hot, sunny week exploring this beautiful part of the world.

Walks up Mam Tor to watch the paragliders, down into the depths of the natural limestone caverns and a hike along Stanage Edge in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District were among the highlights.

Best of all was spending time with Adrian and the boys. I'm conscious it might be the last time they want to come on holiday with us two dinosaurs!

I was going to give myself the week off while we were away, but it's easier said than done, and in the afternoons back at the cottage, I started plotting a new psych thriller.

The outline still needs a lot of work, but it has a great premise and will be something to get my teeth into once Book #7 is with my editor. More on that later...

Before we went away I had the line edit back for Book #6 and I proofread Adrian's new book, The House Guest, which was so gripping I can't in all fairness call it work!

The book, in case you're wondering, is available now to preorder at the special launch price of 99p/99c.

Protagonist Marcella Middleton has lost her job, her boyfriend’s walked out on her, and she’s about to become homeless.

But Marcella has a plan. She’s going to convince a wealthy architect and his wife that she’s shooting a film about the old farmhouse they’ve renovated. A couple of weeks is all she needs.

At least that’s what she’s going to tell them

Because she has no intention of leaving, especially when she discovers their marriage is at breaking point.

What she doesn’t know is that the house is concealing a gruesome secret from the past and Marcella isn’t the only one with a hidden agenda.

And with danger lurking behind every door, she’ll be lucky to make it out alive…

The House Guest really is a cracking book. You can make sure you're one of the first to read it by clicking on this link.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed proofreading it. [And if you spot any bloopers, please let me know. They'll be my bad!]

Thanks to the proofreading gig and my own line edit, I hadn't written a single word for over two weeks when I crawled back into my writing cave on Monday. And with less than a month to go before I'm due to send in the finished Book #7 to my editor, it's going to be nose to the grindstone for the foreseeable.

As of this morning, the manuscript stands at 64,500 words, with another 15k or so words to go.

I'm feeling the pressure, but hoping that with a bit of luck and a fair wind behind me I'll meet the deadline.

In other news, I'm delighted to report that Tracy Wolfe and Julian Barnett were first out of the hat in my giveaway to win a copy of the audiobook of The Invite.

Congratulations to Tracy and Julian, and a huge thank you to everyone who entered. If you weren't lucky this time but would like to check out the audiobook, click here.

Finally, Amazon has picked Should Have Known Better, my second psych thriller, for a Kindle Monthly Deal in the US and Canada and so the book is just $1.49 in both countries until the end of September. Why not grab yourself a bargain while you can!

Righto, that's all from me for now. I need to dive back into my writing cave. I WILL finish this damn book! I hope to see you on the other side!

Until next time,


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