CHASING FAME – Out Now!

CHASING FAME – A Gabe Quinn Prequel Thriller If you were dying to be famous . . . would you kill for it? When a beautiful Hollywood starlet is brutally murdered, LA police detective Gabe Quinn is tasked with catching her killer. At first, everything points to her murder being an act of random madness. But after the killer slays another rising star and then …

Dear Quinner, I know it’s been quite some time since we last heard from Gabe – thank you for your patience! – so you’ll be glad to know he’s on his way back in a brand new story due out in October. This new prequel novella is set a few years before the events of Killing Hope, and answers the question of how Gabe came …

One Foot in Front of the Other

What am I thinking in the above picture? Answers on a postcard to the usual PO box in downtown Timbuktu. 🙂 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD . . . For me and the rest of the Houghton household, it’s been a busy six months since my last post announcing the launch of BEFORE YOU LEAP back in November. We completed a house move, two writing …

BEFORE YOU LEAP – Out Now!

When your life is a lie, how do you live with the truth? BEFORE YOU LEAP is my latest standalone psychological thriller, published with Thomas & Mercer (an Amazon Publishing imprint) and available on all Amazon platforms, including Kindle eBook, print book, audio book and MP3 CD. Here’s the book blurb … Peace of mind is all Greg Cole has wanted since the murder of …

Living a Life of Crime

Following another thrilling appearance at the London Book Fair in April, it’s been a busy few months since I last blogged, and a lot has happened in the meantime. There’s been excitement, fear and frustration, and often all at once! But we’ve managed to get through it, just about, with a smile and a prayer. So, here goes . . . Standalone Thriller Number Three …

In a Pursuit of Madness

That’s it. Another one in the bag. And another London Book Fair under my wing. And, yes, I lost my voice. Can I sleep now? Yet again, it was a fantastic experience, and one that I am very lucky (and grateful) to be part of – getting to hang out with all my friends at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, new and old, plus everyone at …

Become a Serial Word Killer (without incurring a long sentence)

Bloat is mostly gas, and is better out than in. Let’s talk waffle . . . And I don’t mean the yummy variety, even though I could talk about those delicious delights all day long, especially with warm maple syrup brimming in their cute little dimples, butter melting, generous dollops of fresh cream suffusing, maybe even a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream, and …

Reaping the Wild Wind

I’m thrilled to report that the start of the year saw a number of firsts for my books and a super start to 2016 for my writing as a whole! Champagne corks were popping, but not solely for the turn of the New Year . . . New Two-Book Deal Right at the start of the January, Emilie Marneur, Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing, offered …

NO COMING BACK – Out Now!

Some secrets are better left buried . . . NO COMING BACK is my new standalone psychological thriller, published with Thomas & Mercer (an Amazon Publishing imprint) and available on all Amazon platforms, including Kindle eBook, print book, audio book and MP3 CD. Here’s the book blurb … Eighteen years ago, Jenna Luckman disappeared, presumed murdered. Her boyfriend, Jake Olson, hasn’t been home since. Now …

Killing Time At The Crimefest

Last week, I braved the dreadful M62 roadworks and made the arduous two-hour trek over the Pennines to North Yorkshire to visit the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival being held at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate for the 13th year. There was a promise of sunshine and the chance of spotting one or two famous faces from the publishing world, so I was …

The Gabe Quinn Thrillers Series

  ———– KILLING HOPE – Gabe Quinn Thriller #1 ———– “If you could save a million lives by taking one … would you?” One man stands in the way of countless deaths … One man will try to stop him … Only one will succeed … “Celebrity Cop” Gabe Quinn is back working Robbery-Homicide after a personal tragedy has left him emotionally bare. He’s raw, …

All The Fun Of The Fair

Despite a head cold and losing my voice once or twice I survived the London Book Fair! Held over three days at the very impressive Olympia in London, the Fair focused on everything book-related – from humble indie authors to global publishing giants. Everyone in the industry was there, promoting their newest catches and pitching their trades. Hundreds of exhibitors selling their wares to thousands …

London Book Fair 2015

Last year, Amazon’s UK-based Kindle Direct Publishing very kindly invited me to be part of their team at the London Author Fair. It was a fantastic and unforgettable experience. I really enjoyed meeting not only the lovely KDP people but also other indie authors just starting out on their self-publishing careers. I got to speak about the pros and cons of self-pubbing, and how signing …

The Author Evolution

Over the last three years that my self-published books have been available on Amazon, I’ve had a steady stream of emails or Facebook messages from unpublished writers asking for publishing advice. Some want to know what the shortcut is to success. Most want to pick my brains for useful tips and tricks to get their ball rolling. All have decided to go down the self-pub …

The Day the Universe Changed

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’ – the iconic beginning to Dickens’ tale of contrasts, and an exact description of the last twelve months of my life . . . On a drab day in October 2013 I got an out-of-the-blue phone call from Emilie Marneur – a Senior Acquisitions Editor at Thomas & Mercer – expressing her interest in my Gabe …

The Four Kindleers

History was made this week when four of the rising stars of the Brit Indie thriller writing scene joined forces to hatch out plans for word domination over faux Pimms and Eaton mess at The Clarence Pub on Whitehall, London. Those nice folks from Audible ACX were in town, all the way from New Jersey, to discuss the burgeoning audiobook market, the business of audiobooks …

3 Milestones in 3 Months

So far, 2014 has thrown up a few really nice surprises from out of the blue, not least of which are three major milestones in my self-publishing career. Just in case you have a life and missed them, here they are in their entirety – so grab yourself a cup of tea and some dark glasses and get to it … #1 Kindle Newsletter In …

“Killing Hope” in Amazon’s Best Kindle Books of 2013

My hat’s off to Gabe Quinn. It’s been a great year for the Celebrity Cop cum FBI consultant with a badge in more ways than one. October saw the highly-anticipated new release of his third instalment – in the form of “Taking Liberty“, which was favourably received by his fans – and his first outing, “Killing Hope“, enjoyed a Top 10 slot in the Amazon …

An Englishman in Cebu

On returning from a typhoon trip to the Philippines to visit family I am struck with the deafening realisation that England has become deathly quiet in my absence. The streets are empty, the pavements spacious and the verges clutter-free. A warm sun shines happily from a perfect Spring sky. There could be a zombie uprising round the corner, but I’m too jetlagged to go take …

How The Fonz and my Granddaughters Saved the Planet

“By the time I realised my father was right, I had a son telling me I was wrong.” Henry Winkler Every generation thinks it knows better than the last. We thought it ourselves. And live to hear it echoed by our kids. It’s an enduring perception; thinking we know better than those who raised us. Hardwired into the brain from birth and a thousand ancestors …