Happy birthday Mr. Kindle – Five years on…

Yes, I know, right!

Was there EVER a time when we read proper books? I mean, with actual pages? Surely not?

It’s a bit like when I tried to explain to my nephew the other night that we only had three tv channels once upon a time. He just stared at my from beneath his floppy fringe and grinned – like I was making stuff up. It took a show of solidarity from my sister and brother-in-law to convince him that such a Draconian thing was possible.

Happy birthday to yoooooou.

This little beauty is five today.


Yes, five.

And everything has changed. Forever.

I’m not going to talk about the publishing industry in general, my long-suffering writer mate Mark Williams bangs on about that enough over at his blog, so I’ll leave that to him, but the digital landscape is not the same as it was when the Kindle first hit the virtual shelves, that’s for sure.

One thing that hasn’t changed however, is that Sugar & Spice was – and always will be – the first indie title to reach number two in the Kindle store.

Yep, our very own baby is all grown-up and to celebrate, Amazon are doing some birthday promo for us. Check it, and other featured titles, out on their home page here.

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Of course, nothing ever stays the same and the Kindle is no exception. With the advance of technology, the latest offering from the Amazon boys and girls is a super-duper far cry from the beast that first brought us e-reading. Their new Kindle Voyage is an all-singing and dancing star of an ereader and a million years ahead of anything else out there.

It might even make you a cuppa.

So, what’s next? And well you might ask, but I don’t have a crystal ball. We didn’t know back then, that we’d be translated into a multitude of different languages, have hit the top spot in China and go on to sell over a million books. Crazy eh?

Nobody can know what the future holds (despite what Mr. Williams will have you believe) but we know one thing: people will always love to read – however they choose to do it, and whilst they love to read, we gotta keep writing! ;-)


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!


  • 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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