An early Christmas present – FREE festive short story ‘The Night Before Christmas’

Everyone likes something for nothing, right? Of course you do.

In anticipation of our new Rose Red Rhymes short thriller LONDON’S BURNING being released, we thought we’d sprinkle a little decorative dust on that manic time between Bonfire Night and the main event. So when you’ve finished tramping around the shops, hauled those heavy bags home and slumped into your favourite chair by the fire with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, why not relax with a little Christmas short to get you in the mood?

RRR Nbxmas

It’s FREE now on iTunes, Smashwords and all other good ebook retailers.



Saffi’s end of summer sale extravaganza #2!

So, as promised, another freebie!


You can get your hands on Book 2 of the ROSE RED series, RAPUNZEL for your Amazon Kindle for the next five days –  for nothing! Yep. Same deal. It’s free! Tell your friends, share the link, hell, have a crime-reading party! It’s all yours!

What are you waiting for?


Amazon UK

(don’t forget, it’s free on all the other Amazon sites too!)

Happy reading!


Second #1 for ‘Snow White’

Well, we made #1 in the Amazon top 100 Hard-boiled category today!

And to our great surprise, we checked the Waterstones chart yesterday and found this:

And this!

This morning, I was interviewed for BBC Radio Humberside.

The interview will air between 11.00 – 12.00 on Saturday @ 95.9FM/485AM or you can listen here online:  Radio Humberside

Thanks to James Piekos for the interview!

In case you didn’t see the mention in the Mail on Sunday Live mag, here’s the link: Mail on Sunday article

It’s all going down! ;-)


First #1 for ‘Snow White’

Well, it happened a tad quicker than with Sugar & Spice, but Snow White just hit its first number one!

‘Snow White’ Top 100 – yes please!

When we released our debut novel ‘Sugar & Spice’ what seems like eons ago now, we never dreamed that it would make the top 100 in the Amazon paid store.

We never even thought we’d sell 100 books, let alone reach the top 100, but we did. It took us roughly 160 days.

‘Snow White’ was released 20 days ago and this morning, I awoke to find us sitting at number 98.

We might not stay there, who knows, but it was still a nice sight to wake up to.

We’ve learnt a lot since then – loads.

I was interviewed yesterday by a journalist for an article on the rise of Kindle and digital publishing and he asked me that very same question: What do you know now that you didn’t know when you started out?

The experience of uploading our second book to Amazon was very different. The first time round we stumbled through the process like a blind-folded drunk on ice and made some BIG mistakes.

The result? ‘Sugar & Spice’ sat bobbing around the lower echelons of the Amazon charts unnoticed for weeks, months even. Then when it did start selling, we also had problems and the climb was arduous, pedestrian.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. This time, we did everything differently:

Paid for a cover in advance, promoted before the release. Blogged, tweeted and facebook’ed’. Had it proof-read and professionally converted for upload. All things we had done ourselves the first time. Sure, it costs you money, but it pays for itself almost immediately.

Those few things sell books – fact.

We are learning all the time and when we release ‘Rapunzel’ before the end of the year, we’ll be even wiser (and older!).

Ok, these things don’t guarantee success, but they sure help. ;-)


  • Buy Sugar & Spice from Amazon

  • Buy the French edition of Sugar & Spice (Paraphilia)

  • Buy Snow White from Amazon

  • Buy Snow White in PRINT from Amazon

  • Buy Rapunzel from Amazon

  • Buy Ring A-Ring O’Roses from Amazon

  • Buy The Night Before Christmas from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story from Amazon

  • Buy Anca’s Story in PRINT from Amazon

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  • Buy ‘Awakenings’ – Book ONE of INDIGO KIDS from Amazon


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