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  • Writer's pictureA J McDine

Life update: In which we're back from a wet week in Wales


While many of you are probably about to set off on an Easter break, we're just back from ours.

We spent a week in North Wales, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, in a former laundry that's been converted into a lovely and quirky holiday cottage.

A visit to North Wales this time of year guarantees an abundance of daffodils, lambs... and rain. And rain it did! Luckily we'd splashed out (sorry – couldn't resist!) on waterproof trousers before we went and it's a good job we did.

We didn't let the rain stop us though, and clocked up almost 40 miles walking – and another 16 miles cycling – through some of the most glorious countryside the UK has to offer.

One thing about a wet week in Wales is that the waterfalls are epic, and one of the highlights of the week for me was a trip to Aber Falls, which was just spectacular.

We also enjoyed a guided tour of the Aber Falls Whisky Distillery, which only began production in 2017 and released its first whisky in May 2021.

The three-year lead-in time enables the distillery to focus on gin production while they wait for the whisky to age, which is fine by me, as I'm not a big whisky fan, whereas gin, on the other hand...

We couldn't resist buying a bottle of single malt for Adrian and an orange marmalade speciality gin for me.

I'm pretty sure we'll be cracking them open this Easter!

We do have a good excuse to celebrate: Adrian's latest psych thriller, The Warning, was released on 1 April, and it's enjoyed the most successful launch of any of our books.

I was lucky enough to proofread The Warning (so if you spot any typos, it's my bad!) and I was hooked from the first page.

The book tells the story of Megan, who moves to Cornwall with her husband Justin after losing everything in a devastating fire.

The move should be the fresh start they desperately need, but the cracks in their marriage soon start to show.

Megan tries to make the best of it for her husband’s sake, but the house is haunted by the secrets of Justin’s past.

And when she discovers a phone hidden in the loft, her world is turned upside down once again.

A chilling text message carries a warning she can’t ignore.

Whatever you do, don’t trust your husband…

The book is at its special launch price of 99p/99c at the moment, so if you'd like to check it out, just click this link:

Talking about special launch prices and new books, my latest thriller, The Invite, has now been out for almost four months (I know, I can't believe where the time's gone, either!) and it will be going up to full price in the next week or so.

The book, which now has more than 800 five star ratings and reviews on Amazon, has been described as a 'must-read' by psych thriller author Miranda Rijks and 'atmospheric, emotional, and completely twisted' by the Queen of Twists herself, Kiersten Modglin.

If you haven't read it yet and want to take advantage of the 99p/99c price, just click the links.

In other news, When She Finds You, my first thriller, has been picked for a Kindle Monthly Deal in the UK and will be 99p throughout April. You can check it out here.

And I am delighted to announce that the audiobook of The Invite is out on 25 May 2023!

Three brilliant narrators have been cast to star in The Invite:

Antonia Beamish, the voice behind audiobooks by Lisa Jewell and Lucy Diamond, will read the part of Tara.

Helen Phillips, who has narrated books by Lucy Clarke (among many others), will narrate Elle and Megan.

Deirdra Whelan, who has narrated books by my author mates AJ Campbell and Daniel Hurst, will read the parts of Claire and Lizzie.

I am so excited to hear them bring the story to life!

You can pre-order the audiobook here. Meanwhile, Book #6 is going well and I have reached the 55k word mark. I hope to have the first draft finished by the end of the month, although I'm giving myself Easter off because the garden desperately needs my attention! That's all from me for now. Have a wonderful Easter, and I'll be in touch soon. Happy reading,



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