Get a new Stanton brothers story for free

The Green-eyed Monster CoverNever say that I don’t give you anything for free, because here’s some proof to the contrary.

Mike Hollis is in trouble. Deep trouble. Having been sucked into a trap by a stunner with emerald eyes, he’s now being taken for a ride by some very smart blackmailers. He’s fresh out of luck and almost out of time. So he does the one thing he can in that situation. He brings in the Stanton brothers to help him. All he wants is the blackmailers off his back, but the brothers have other ideas. They intend to play these scumbags at their own game and make a lot of money into the bargain. They’re going to make them really pay!

If you’ve already read Bone Breakers – and why the hell haven’t you read it yet? It’s the mutt’s nuts – The Green-eyed Monster gives it a bit of context, by adding back story to a couple of characters who play a fairly sizeable role in the events of that book. However, if you haven’t read BB yet, then this 9,000 word short makes a nice lead-up to the main event – an appetiser, as it were.

Click the link on the cover or the title above or this link here here here and then just download the mobi file. It’s totally free (File no longer available). There’s no obligation to buy any of my other books (although if you do I won’t complain). And you won’t be asked to sign anything or join any mailing lists. It’s as simple as clinking the link, downloading the file, and then reading it.

Right now, you can only get this story here. You can’t get it on Amazon, Smashwords or anywhere else. Maybe later I will make it available to buy from the usual sites, but at least until the end of August it is only available here.

Enjoy!

After a couple of months for free, The Green-eyed Monster is no longer available as a free download.

The Next Big Thing

Nick Quantrill tagged me for this in his excellent The Next Big Thing Interview that can be found here. So I guess I better get busy trying to get people interested in my ramblings…

What is the working title of your next book?
Which one? I’ve got three on the go simultaneously: The Glasgow Grin, sequel to The Hunters; Bone Breakers, a standalone Stanton brothers’ novella; and Cry Tomorrow, a revenge novella that will introduce readers to the Blood Smoothie!

Where did the idea come from the book?
The idea for The Glasgow Grin came from The Hunters, which even though it is resolved is also left open for a sequel. The sequel follows on a week or so after the events in the first novel. Bone Breakers came from a short entitled Hot Fat that was due to go in The Greatest Show In Town, but seemed like it would benefit massively from space to breathe. So I dropped it from the collection and rewrote it. Cry Tomorrow came out of reading Incident on a Rain-Soaked Corner from Heath Lowrance’s Dig Ten Graves. I wrote a story with a very similar premise long before I read Heath’s tale. I was ready to include it in my short collection, but when I read IoaRSC it was immediately obvious that the tales were quite similar, and that Heath’s was vastly better than mine, so I dropped it. However, much later, I recycled and altered the short and used it as the basis for a revenge novella that I’d already started drafting.

What genre does your book fall under?
Everything I write, barring a few minor exceptions, is a crime thriller.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Stanton brothers get revenge on the man who crosses their path.

Will you will be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
The first draft has taken about six months. The next draft and additional edits will take another two or three.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Wanting to write something that I as a reader will feel compelled to read. Wanting to write something that thrills and excites my admittedly tiny readership, but also expands that readership further. Further inspiration was also provided by my love of tough guy thrillers: Richard Stark, Dan J Marlowe, and most of all James Crumley, whose C.W. Sughrue and Milo Milodragovich first-person narratives helped inspire the Stanton brothers’ general couldn’t give a shit attitude towards the world.

What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
A cynical and weary tone-of-voice, a Teesside locale that is pretty much virgin territory in fictional terms, an assorted cast of villains, both humorous and frightening, and most of all the brothers themselves. A series is only as good as its main protagonist/s.

After checking, it seems there is absolutely nobody on the planet who hasn’t already done this, so I haven’t a clue who to pass the virtual baton to. If you fancy being nominated then mention it in the comments below and I’ll tag you after the fact!

Back cover blurb for The Hunters – due soon

Here’s the back cover blurb for The Hunters, which is due in January. Hopefully it’ll give you some indication of what’s going to go down between the covers, when it arrives on your Kindle and doorstep in 2012

The Stanton brothers have their lives well mapped out. They steal money from villains and give it to… Well, themselves. They have it easy. Or they would if it wasn’t for the various scumbags who come at them with fists, knives, guns…

So when a disgruntled woman tells them about a half-million of undeclared cash in her ex-husband’s safe they think they’ve got it made. And when she tells them he runs a regular high-stakes poker game with some of Teesside’s most colourful villains they think they’ve died and gone to Heaven.

But when the job goes wrong, it turns out it’s not Heaven they’re in, but Hell. They’re left hunting the underworld for the money armed only with some well-aimed quips… and knuckledusters… and nailed-spiked baseball bats… oh, and some guns.

It’s time to get back what doesn’t belong to them…

The Hunters mixes bone-crunching action with a motley crew of Teesside villains, adds in some healthy doses of bleak black humour and serves it up at a furious pace. It would be criminal to miss it…