Now available for pre-order! Chimera (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 5) is here…

Yes, it’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here! Chimera is now available for pre-order and is published on 14th December 2014. It’s currently available at a special promotional price until the day of release so if you want a cheap copy, go grab it!

Currently only available for pre-order on Kindle but it’ll be published to the other eBook retailers on 14th December. There will also be a print copy coming out very soon as well.

The blurb:

The West Country town of Abbeyford is celebrating its annual pagan festival, when the festivities are interrupted by the discovery of a very decomposed body. Soon, several other bodies are discovered but is it a question of foul play or are these deaths from natural causes?

It’s a puzzle that Detective Sergeant Kate Redman and the team could do without, caught up as they are in investigating an unusual series of robberies. Newly single again, Kate also has to cope with her upcoming Inspector exams and a startling announcement from her friend and colleague DI Mark Olbeck…

When a robbery goes horribly wrong, Kate begins to realise that the two cases might be linked. She must use all her experience and intelligence to solve a serious of truly baffling crimes which bring her up against an old adversary from her past…

Cover reveal for Chimera (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 5)

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I don’t know about other authors but my books start to feel ‘real’ to me once I get the cover from my very talented cover designer, Chris Howard of Blondesign (he designs all my covers). Chimera (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 5) is currently being finished and is soon to be sent for editing and then out to my lovely team of beta-readers (if you fancy joining them,  just sign up to the mailing list and await instructions!).

Chimera should be available for pre-order from Amazon in the next month. It’s taking longer than I anticipated to finish, mostly because it’s the most complex plot I think I’ve ever attempted and there are a multitude of plot strands to weave together. I’ll get there in the end…

Look out for the opening chapter which I’ll post here as soon as pre-orders are available – as a little taster… :)

 

 

 

Number Thirteen, Manor Close is now available for download…


The final novella in the Asharton Manor Mysteries series, Number Thirteen,  Manor Close is now available for download from  Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd and Page Foundry and – when I pull my finger out and finally get it uploaded there – soon to be on Google Play as well.

This final book in the series is set in the present day and is a somewhat more spooky beast than its predecessors. The blurb:

**Please note – this is a novella-length piece of fiction (about 20 thousand words)**

It is 2014. Beatrice and Mike Dunhill are finally moving into a house of their own, Number Thirteen, Manor Close. Part of the brand new Asharton Estate, Number Thirteen is built on the remains of the original Asharton Manor which was destroyed in a fire in 1973. Still struggling a little from the recent death of her mother, Beatrice is happy to finally have a home of her own – until she begins to experience some strange happenings that, try as she might, she can’t explain away.

Her husband Mike seems unconvinced and only her next door neighbour Mia seems to understand Beatrice’s growing fear of her home. What is the mysterious shadow up on the landing? Why do things keep moving around in the house and who is whispering to her late at night?

Uncertain of her own judgement and fearful that she is slipping back into the mental ill health that plagued her before, Beatrice must confront what lies beneath the beautiful surface of the Asharton Estate. But can she do so without losing her mind – or her life?

I’ve had so much fun writing these that I don’t want to stop! So, I’ve decided to do a yearly ghost story/murder mystery for Halloween, and maybe even a Christmas novella as well, if I get the time.

Want to read new Celina Grace books before they’re even published?

You readers are a hungry lot, you know :) No sooner do I finish a Kate Redman Mystery than I have you clamouring for more (not that I’m complaining – in fact, I think it’s wonderful!). Anyway, if you fancy getting your mitts on my new books before they are officially published, then why not join my Advance Readers Team?

This is how it works:

A few weeks before my publication deadline, I’ll send the new book out to my Advance Readers in epub, mobi and PDF formats, to read and enjoy (hopefully!). I’ll welcome any comments, typos-spotted, that sort of thing but don’t feel that you have to get back to me – the main thing is that you’ll have the new book to enjoy. Any reader who does get back to me with a comment will be individually named and thanked on the Acknowledgements page when the book is published.

The only thing I’ll request of my Advanced Readers is that if they would be so kind as to leave me a review once the book has been officially published, I would be very grateful.

That’s it, essentially! Does that sound like something you’d be interested in? It’s totally free to join my Advanced Readers team and there’s absolutely no obligation to do anything unless you want to. You can unsubscribe at any time.

If you fancy it, drop me an email and let me know and I’ll add you to the list with my grateful thanks :)

 

The Rhythm of Murder is now available for download…

Well, The Asharton Manor Mysteries series continues at a storming pace. Number 3 in the series, The Rhythm of Murder, is now available at Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Scribd and Page Foundry.

The blurb:

**Please note, this is a novella-length piece of fiction – about 20 thousand words**

It is 1973. Eve and Janey, two young university students, are en route to a Bristol commune when they take an unexpected detour to the little village of Midford. Seduced by the roguish charms of a young man who picks them up in the village pub, they are astonished to find themselves at Asharton Manor, now the residence of the very wealthy, very famous, very degenerate Blue Turner, lead singer of rock band Dirty Rumours. The golden summer rolls on, full of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but Eve begins to sense that there may be a sinister side to all the hedonism.

And then one day, Janey disappears, seemingly run away… but as Eve begins to question what happened to her friend, she realises that she herself might be in terrible danger…

I’m pleased to say that it’s already charting in the Amazon genre charts for Historical Mysteries. Just waiting for the first review!

The final book in the series will be finished (first draft) tomorrow and available to buy towards the end of August, along with the boxed set of all four books. I’ve so enjoyed writing these – I kind of wish I’d planned for a longer series. But, never mind – the new Kate Redman (Book 5) is next on my list, ready for a September release to keep the fans happy :)

Having said that, I think I’ll be writing a special Halloween novella to add to The Asharton Manor Mysteries series so watch this space…

I’m such a neglectful blog owner!

Oh help, just realised that it has been simply eons since I’ve updated this poor little blog. Unfortunately it is always lowest on the list when it comes to things to do, writing new books being right at the top. Anyway, enough excuses. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

   

The first and second in The Asharton Manor Mystery series are now published and available on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble and Kobo. I’m currently writing the fourth in the series while the third is being edited. On course for my release schedule which was one a month between May – August. Phew…

Kate Redman fans will be pleased to know that Chimera (Book 5) is well underway and due for an autumn release (sorry but I’m not giving any firm dates as I may as well add the coda n.b. I will wildly miss this deadline and have to give you several new ones :) best to keep it vague!)

I’m planning for one more Kate Redman and the boxed set of numbers 4-6 to be released by Christmas. Let’s see if I can keep up the pace!

 

 

 

Death at the Manor is here!

Thanks to all my keen readers who have already downloaded Death at the Manor,  which is now available on most of the big bookselling channels. The blurb:

**Please note – this is a novella-length piece of fiction (about 20 thousand words)**

It is 1929. Asharton Manor stands alone in the middle of a pine forest, once the place where ancient pagan ceremonies were undertaken in honour of the goddess Astarte. The Manor is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the West Country and seems like a palace to Joan Hart, newly arrived from London to take up a servant’s position as the head kitchen maid. Getting to grips with her new role and with her fellow workers, Joan is kept busy, but not too busy to notice that the glittering surface of life at the Manor might be hiding some dark secrets. The beautiful and wealthy mistress of the house, Delphine Denford, keeps falling ill but why? Confiding her thoughts to her friend and fellow housemaid, feisty Verity Hunter, Joan is unsure of what exactly is making her uneasy, but then Delphine Denford dies…

Armed only with their own good sense and quick thinking, Joan and Verity must pit their wits against a cunning murderer in order to bring them to justice.

Death at the Manor is the first in the Asharton Manor Mysteries series: a four part series of novellas spanning the twentieth century. Each standalone story uses Asharton Manor as the backdrop to a devious and twisting crime mystery, from bestselling crime writer Celina Grace, author of The Kate Redman Mysteries.

You can download from Amazon here, iBooks here, Nook here and Kobo here. Please do leave me a review – this is a bit of a departure from my normal genre so I’m really interested to discover what readers think – and you’ll be pleased to know that the second in the series is half written and due for an end of month release. Stay tuned for the final release date, coming soon!

 

Death at the Manor – cover reveal!

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Yes, yes, yes, it is here! I am so excited to be able to show off the new cover for Death at the Manor, the first book in the new series of historical mysteries, The Asharton Manor Mysteries. As with all my covers, it is the work of the extremely lovely and talented Chris Howard of Blondesign, who just manages always to come up with something so faithful to the genre and yet still make it fresh and interesting and pertinent to the story.

The Asharton Manor Mysteries are a series of four historical crime mysteries, all set in the same location (a beautiful manor house in the west of England) but at different points in the twentieth/twenty-first century. Death at the Manor will be released very shortly… sign up to my mailing list to be the first to know when it’s ready for downloading and to get it at a special promotional price!

And just to whet your appetite even further, here’s the blurb…

**Please note – this is a novella-length piece of fiction (about 20 thousand words)**

It is 1929. Asharton Manor stands alone in the middle of a pine forest, once the place where ancient pagan ceremonies were undertaken in honour of the goddess Astarte. The Manor is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the West Country and seems like a palace to Joan Hart, newly arrived from London to take up a servant’s position as the head kitchen maid. Getting to grips with her new role and with her fellow workers, Joan is kept busy, but not too busy to notice that the glittering surface of life at the Manor might be hiding some dark secrets. The beautiful and wealthy mistress of the house, Delphine Denford, keeps falling ill but why? Confiding her thoughts to her friend and fellow housemaid, feisty Verity Hunter, Joan is unsure of what exactly is making her uneasy, but then Delphine Denford dies…

Armed only with their own good sense and quick thinking, Joan and Verity must pit their wits against a cunning murderer in order to bring them to justice.

Death at the Manor is the first in the Asharton Manor Mysteries series: a four part series of novellas spanning the twentieth century. Each standalone story uses Asharton Manor as the backdrop to a devious and twisting crime mystery, from bestselling crime writer Celina Grace, author of The Kate Redman Mysteries.

 

 

Lost Girls now available for 99c / 77p!

Today I’m running the last ever Amazon – exclusive promotion for my twisty psychological thriller, Lost Girls. For the next couple of days, you can grab your Kindle download of the book for a very budget-friendly 99c / 77p.. so what are you waiting for? ;)

Lost Girls hit the Top 100 UK Bestsellers list on Amazon in 2013 (the giddy heights of #39, if I remember rightly). It tells the story of Maudie Sampson, whose best friend Jessica disappeared at the age of ten…

A haunting? A hallucination? Or something even worse?

Twenty three years ago, Maudie Sampson’s childhood friend Jessica disappeared on a family holiday in Cornwall. She was never seen again.

In the present day, Maudie is struggling to come to terms with the death of her wealthy father, her increasingly fragile mental health and a marriage that’s under strain. Slowly, she becomes aware that there is someone following her: a blonde woman in a long black coat. As the woman begins to infiltrate her life, Maudie realises no one else appears to be able to see her.

Is Maudie losing her mind? Is the woman a figment of her imagination or does she actually exist? Have the crimes of the past caught up with Maudie’s present… or is there something even more sinister going on?

Writing news

Well, the first in my historical mystery series, Death at the Manor (the first in the four of the Asharton Manor Mysteries) is off to my editor for proofreading. I’m anxiously awaiting the covers for the series from the lovely Chris Howard (from Blondesign – he does all my covers).  I’ve never written any historical mystery before but I’ve absolutely loved it – writing Death at the Manor was one of those rare writing experiences when it was almost effortless and the words just flowed out of my fingers.

I’m currently writing the second in the series, which jumps in time from the 1920s to the 1940s. This whole series is a little bit of an experiment, to be honest; yes, it’s a series in that it’s set in the same location (and each story will have a little link to the one before it, except the first – obviously!) but apart from the location, in each novella are all new characters, new plots, new era. Anyone who’s read The House series by Nora Loft (really good) will know the sort of thing I’m trying to achieve.

Oh, and Kate Redman fans will be pleased to know that the next book in the series (Chimera – No. 5) is currently being written, set for an autumn release AND I already have the basic plot down for Book No. 6. Hurrah!