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  • Writer's pictureA J McDine

New Year, new book, new kitten!


I promised to keep you updated with progress on my third domestic thriller. Well, I'm very happy to report that yesterday afternoon I finally finished the first draft. Yay!

I missed my first deadline of New Year's Eve because, frankly, Christmas got in the way, but I hit my second deadline with two days to spare.

Of course, Hemingway wasn't wrong when he said the first draft of anything is s**t, and the hard work starts here, but at least the story's down and that in itself is something to celebrate.

My next job is to read it from beginning to end on my Kindle to see whether the story hangs together, then the editing will begin!

I'm amazed I got any words written this week, to be honest, because on Saturday we took in a nine-week-old rescue kitten.

We'd wanted to give a cat a home ever since we lost our tabby Fudgie to chronic kidney disease a year ago, but what with everything that happened last year we decided to wait until the time was right.

In November I contacted a local animal sanctuary to see if they had any kittens, and a couple of days later a litter of five came in. It was like it was meant to be!

We have already fallen head over heels in love with little Luna, who can fit in the palm of my hand yet has the biggest personality. She's cheeky and cuddly in equal measure. The only heart she hasn't won over yet is that of our other cat Minstrel.

But hopefully, given a bit of time, she will also join the Luna fan club.

Here's little Luna, helping me finish the first draft of the new book...

In other news, Should Have Known Better is still free to read in the UK if you have Amazon Prime. If not it's just 99p until the end of January.

Even though it's been out since June, the book has been doing really well, and reached the giddy heights of number 33 in the whole of the UK Kindle store this week.

Which is very cool indeed!

Anyway, that's all from me for now. I'll be in touch soon with details of the title of the new book, and - all being well - a big cover reveal.

In the meantime, stay safe and thanks for taking an interest in my books. I really appreciate it!

Happy reading!


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