Hello there. Thanks for dropping by. Please put your feet up and relax - though you might want to brush the chair off first, I had pizza last night and I am, if nothing else, a messy bugger.
Here you'll find lots of information about me and my books. Most of it will probably be the truth as well, which is rare for the internet, in my experience. Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Taking shameless advantage of the BBC...

...well, the article posted about me on the entertainment page today anyway:

Author Nick Spalding's top 10 self-publishing tips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25366534


As it's not every day you get that kind of publicity I will now shamelessly plug my two best selling books at you, just in case you've arrived here after reading the article.

Here we go then:


LOVE FROM BOTH SIDES

ONLY 99P!

AMAZON BEST SELLER



BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS

ONLY 99P!

AMAZON BEST SELLER




...yes, I am slightly ashamed of myself, you're absolutely right. However, you have to bear one very important word in mind. And that word is MORTGAGE.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Four Christmas novellas from Notting Hill Press for only 99p/99c!

Hi folks,

Notting Hill Press is running a special Launch Sale this week on its four Christmas novellas.

Click on the NHP logo below to be taken to more details!





Monday, 28 October 2013

All change! - New covers for the Love... trilogy

Hi folks,

You may have noticed that the covers for the Love... books have changed recently, so I thought I'd write a blog post about why this has happened - just to keep you up to speed, in case you were wondering.

Simply put, while the original covers were nicely designed and 'did the job' so to speak, they also didn't really reflect the content of the books. They were what you might describe as typical 'chick lit' book covers: all pastel shades and arty images... which would be fine with another series, but if you've read the Love... trilogy you'll know that they aren't what you'd call standard chick lit material.

There are far too many references to bodily functions, for instance. Also, the word 'f**k' is used dozens of times, and there's even a few 'c**ts' thrown in for good measure. Also, somebody craps into a pedal bin in book one. I don't know about you, but when I picture the kind of thing you'd find in a chick lit book, that is definitely not one of them. Nor is spackling the face of Jesus Christ with semen, for that matter.

Good God, what the hell is wrong with me?

Anyway... given that the books are what you'd cheerfully describe as 'warts-and-all' in their approach to romantic comedy, we thought it was a good idea to change the covers to reflect that approach.

Hence the new versions, which are far less subtle and, er, chick-lity... but are a lot louder, bolder and brighter:


I like the change a lot, as do my publishers. Hope you like them too :)

The third book, Love... Under Different Skies, is released as a paperback on December 5th


You can buy the three novels at all online retailers, including Amazon and Apple iBooks, and in bookshops.





Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Get your hands on my BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS on SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER!

I'm delighted to announce that my new comedy novella BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS will be released on the Amazon Kindle on SATURDAY 2ND NOVEMBER!

On the day of release I will Tweet, Facebook share and post the links on this blog to where the book will be available for purchase. 

BLUE CHRISTMAS BALLS will be available in all Amazon territories, priced at 99p / $1.50 for the launch period.

For you paperback lovers out there, I will be publishing a version of the novella at Amazon, and will provide details of how and where to buy it once it's released.


One man. Three women. Twelve days to achieve Yuletide sexual glory!

Christmas is coming and Matt Bunion is on a mission. Somehow, he's made the huge mistake of remaining a virgin well into his twenties - a grievous error he fully intends to rectify before the Queen's speech starts.

But it's not going to be easy...

What with strange requests to molest living room furniture, painfully inserted action figures, and an extremely festive lady of the night, Matt will be lucky to reach Boxing Day with his pride and manhood still intact.

From the best-selling author of LOVE... FROM BOTH SIDES comes the laugh-out-loud story of one man's quest to make this Christmas go with a bang.

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This is a 23,000 word novella, 114 pages in paperback.

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Visit Notting Hill Press now to find out about other seasonal novellas available this Christmas!


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Blue Christmas Balls - One man. Three women. Twelve days to achieve Yuletide sexual glory!

I'm pleased to announce my latest story.

It's a seasonal novella entitled Blue Christmas Balls, published through Notting Hill Press to Amazon Kindle.

If you enjoyed Love From Both Sides, then this one is for you!

Here is the cover and blurb:


One man. Three women. Twelve days to achieve Yuletide sexual glory!

Christmas is coming and Matt Bunion is on a mission. Somehow, he's made the huge mistake of remaining a virgin well into his twenties - a grievous error he fully intends to rectify before the Queen's speech starts.

But it's not going to be easy...

What with strange requests to molest living room furniture, painfully inserted action figures, and an extremely festive lady of the night, Matt will be lucky to reach Boxing Day with his pride and manhood still intact.

From the best-selling author of LOVE... FROM BOTH SIDES comes the laugh-out-loud story of one man's quest to make this Christmas go with a bang.

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This is a 23,000 word novella, approximately 90 pages in paperback.

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The book will be released on Kindle in November for a launch price of just 99p.

Release date coming soon.
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Visit Notting Hill Press now to find out about other seasonal novellas available this Christmas!


Friday, 16 August 2013

Brand new edit of the first Cornerstone book released - FREE at Amazon over the weekend from tomorrow!

With the upcoming release of Wordsmith... The Cornerstone Book 2 on Thursday (PRE ORDER HERE NOW) I've also decided to release a brand new, fresh edition of the first book.

I've done this as I first wrote Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone a good three years ago now, and since that time I think I've become a better writer and better storyteller.

So much so that when I went back to look over the first book as I started writing the sequel, I noticed that it was... well, a bit shonky in some places, and needed looking over again.

Which I've now done... cutting extraneous paragraphs that don't push the story forward and generally tidying the whole narrative up so it flows better. The book is now about four thousand words shorter than it used to be, but really clips along at a much better rate now. It also fits in with the tone and pace of the sequel more than it did before the edit. 

Obviously, if you've already bought Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone then there's no reason to get this new version of it, but if you haven't, you can be sure that you'd be buying the best version of the book there has ever been if you pick it up from now on :)

To celebrate the launch of Wordsmith, I'm going to be offering the new edit of Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone for FREE at Amazon all of this weekend, starting Saturday.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Announcing my new book! Wordsmith... The Cornerstone Book 2. Max Bloom is back on Thursday August 22nd!

I'm very pleased to announce the release of the sequel to Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone. Here are all the details:

WORDSMITH... THE CORNERSTONE BOOK 2


From the pages of the past, a new threat to Max Bloom rises in The Chapter Lands...

A year after his life became a lot less boring (and a lot more dangerous, if he's being honest) Max Bloom finds himself the unwanted centre of attention at the spectacular Chapter Lands Wordmeet, a magical competition laid on in his honour - whether he likes it or not. This unfortunately means having to wear an uncomfortable suit and talk politely to other people; two things that Max does not excel at.

Events take a grave turn however, when the Wordmeet is gate-crashed by a man with murder in his heart and revenge on his mind. He kills an innocent boy and threatens Merelie's life before Max manages to intervene.

Who is this interloper? What does he want? Why is he so intent on killing? Only The Cornerstone can provide the answers, and on its pages it reveals a single name... Venhaligan.

So begins the hunt for a murderous ghost from the past with connections to The Cornerstone, and inexplicably to Max's own family.

From the strange and magical Chapter Lands, to the familiar surroundings of Fairfield, Max must pursue this madman across dimensions using The Cornerstone. He must prevent more innocent people getting hurt, as well as uncover the truth about his past before it kills him.

Wordsmith... The Cornerstone Book 2 continues the thrilling story of Max Bloom's adventures in The Chapter Lands - with twists, turns and excitement throughout!

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Release Date: THURSDAY AUGUST 22ND

Special Ebook Launch price of just 99p, exclusive to the Amazon Kindle!

Out in paperback at the Amazon store later in the month.
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Buy the first book now!

MAX BLOOM IN... THE CORNERSTONE


Saturday, 27 July 2013

BIG NEWS! I've signed a publishing deal in the USA with Amazon

Hi folks,

Got some great news to share with you about a new deal I've struck with Amazon to bring my books to an American audience next year.

The three books in the 'Love...' trilogy will be released by Amazon in the USA in both ebook and paperback formats in the New Year.

I'm absolutely delighted to have struck a deal with the company, given that Amazon were responsible for my initial success as a self-published author.

Amazon have a fantastic understanding of how to sell books to readers, as well as a wealth of data to draw from when creating promotion and marketing for the books sold under their publishing umbrella. They also allow the author a great deal of input at all stages of the publishing process, and I'm looking forward to working with them a great deal.

This means I now have a publishing deal in the UK & Commonwealth with Coronet, a deal in the USA with Amazon, and several foreign language deals in place in countries including Germany, Italy and Spain. I have completed my next traditionally published novel (more news on that soon), and I'm also continuing to self publish books as well (the next one released will be the sequel to The Cornerstone), so I have a foot planted in as many areas of the publishing industry as possible.

I'll be releasing more info soon about the Amazon Publishing versions of the Love... books, including release dates, cover designs etc. so do watch this space for more.

Thanks very much,

Nick.




Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Have your say on the redesign of the Love... covers and win a prize!

Hi folks,

Following a few meetings with my publishers Hodder & Stoughton, we've decided to give the Love... books a completely new cover design, ahead of the release in the winter of Love... Under Different Skies in paperback.

We're doing this simply because we didn't feel the existing covers really sold the books well enough. While extremely attractive to look at, they make the books seem like your typical romantic chick lit series - which, if you've read them, you'll know they certainly aren't!

However, instead of just redesigning the covers ourselves, we've decided to get you guys involved in the process. After all, you're the ones that buy the books, so you should get some input into the way they look, don't you think?

We've been working on designs that better reflect the kind of warts-and-all broad comedy contained in the Love... books, and would love to know what you think.

To have your say, please head on over to the Hodder & Stoughton Facebook page and leave your thoughts in the post they've put up for the first proposed cover look, which you can see here:

New Love... From Both Sides cover concept

By participating you'll have the chance to win the entire series in paperback when the third book comes out, all signed by me.


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Places where you can pre-order Love... And Sleepless Nights in paperback

Hi folks,

Love... And Sleepless Nights is out on Thursday June 6th, so I thought I'd give you a rundown of where you can pre-order a copy of the paperback online right now... if it takes your fancy.

Here - in no particular order - are links to the retailers I've found that are stocking the book for pre-order:

AMAZON

SAINSBURYS

WH SMITH

WATERSTONES




Thursday, 28 March 2013

Get Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone FREE at Amazon during Easter

Until Easter Monday you can download my comedy fantasy adventure 'Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone' for absolutely free at Amazon.

Just click the link here in the UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloom-Cornerstone-selling-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00520I8V6

Or here for the USA and other countries:

http://www.amazon.com/Bloom-Cornerstone-selling-fantasy-ebook/dp/B00520I8V6


A fast-paced, hilarious fantasy adventure from Nick Spalding, the best selling author of the smash hit romantic comedy Love... From Both Sides and its sequels Love... And Sleepless Nights & Love... Under Different Skies - all available now.

A great book will transport you to another world... literally, if you're not careful.

On a gloomy Thursday afternoon, Max Bloom enters his local library in a last ditch attempt to stave off an epic case of teenage boredom. Among the hushed stacks he discovers The Cornerstone, an ancient book tucked away on a dusty, forgotten shelf. Opening the cover, Max is instantly transported to an alternate dimension full of things intent on killing him - thus avoiding boredom with remarkable success.

He meets a beautiful girl called Merelie (brilliant), who tells him he could be a Wordsmith, a sorcerer able to craft magic from the written word itself, one strong enough to save both their worlds from the Dwellers - hideous monsters from beyond the universe (not so brilliant).

This all sounds completely unbelievable. The kind of thing you'd read in a fantasy novel. But The Cornerstone doesn't lie... and the danger is very real.

In a world threatened by monsters, where books are worshipped and powerful magic exists, Max Bloom must make a choice: close The Cornerstone and run home - or trust Merelie, become a Wordsmith, and save two worlds from certain destruction... 

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Nick Spalding speaking at the London Book Fair 2013... whether you like it or not.

Are you a writer?

Are you planning on self publishing?

Would you like to come and meet a best selling author, who can provide you with wise and effective advice that will assist you to a successful career in the publishing industry?

Sorry, can't help you with that one.

If, on the other hand, you want to meet a complete twat in a badly fitting shirt and tie, who will spout bullshit at you for an hour, between cracking bad jokes and going on about how much he likes boobs, then by all means come and meet Nick Spalding at the London Book Fair on Tuesday, April 16th.

Yes, it's your chance to berate me in person for any spelling or grammatical errors you may have come across while reading one of my books.

I'll be doing an interview and a Q&A session in The Author Lounge's Seminar Room at 2pm on Tuesday, April 16th. Then I will hang around like a bad smell outside for a while afterwards, talking to to anyone who manages to successfully corner me by the pot plants.

I'll also be the referee in a wresting cage match between the representatives from Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing and the team from Kobo's Writing Life platform. It will be a no holds barred / no disqualification match, with a win by pinfall or submission. The winner will go on to face the Apple iBooks team at the Frankfurt Book Fair in the autumn.*

So, if you are a writer, or just fancy surrounding yourself with book industry types for the day, why not come along to the fair and meet yours truly?

Here's some links in the form of images culled from the internet without seeking copyright permissions. Give 'em a click:






*This may not be entirely true. I may have just dreamt it.


Saturday, 2 March 2013

Can I ask you a favour? Price-matching at Amazon.

Hi folks,

Got a favour to ask if you have a minute and wouldn't mind helping me out...

The Love... From Both Sides paperback is currently priced £4.89 at Amazon UK. I'd like it to be the same price as it is in store at Tesco - £3.85, so everyone pays the same price for it, if they buy it in a shop or online.

Amazon will probably price-match, but to do this they need to know from customers that the book is priced cheaper at Tesco.

So, if you have an Amazon account and wouldn't mind giving Spalding a helping hand, could you navigate to the Love... From Both Sides paperback page at Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Both-Sides-Nick-Spalding/dp/1444768174

Scroll down to the Product Details section:


Click on 'tell us about a lower price' and fill in the form as below before clicking Submit Feedback.


Thanks very much and have a lovely rest of the weekend, whatever you're doing with it :)

Nick.

Friday, 1 March 2013

A new cover for Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone.

For the plain and simple reason that the old one doesn't really work as a thumbnail when you look at it online. It's a nice cover, but when it's small it's a bit hard to make out what the hell is going on, and isn't as eye-catching or descriptive as it could be:


Hence the change to the following:


Now, I'm not claiming this new version is wildly original. In fact, the picture of a magic book could be considered something of a cliche. However, when you get right down to it a cover should be as simple, descriptive and eye-catching as possible.

Max Bloom In... The Cornerstone is essentially a book about a magic book, so the cover of the book is now a magic book.

Book. Book. Bookity. Book.

It's also more brightly coloured than the old one, which will hopefully catch the eye of the browsing reader.

I have no idea whether this is a worthwhile experiment or not, but I like to have a change every now and again, so why not do it with a book that's currently not blowing the doors off sales-wise?

Only time will tell if the alteration was a good idea or not...

Nick Spalding: experimenting with self-publishing so you don't have to.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Advice for authors

I've added a new page to the site for any self-published writers out there who are looking for a bit of advice:

http://spaldings-racket.blogspot.co.uk/p/advice-for-authors.html

Rather than risk giving bad advice, the page is full of links to forums and blogs that feature people better able to offer constructive and helpful insights into self publishing than I am :)

Monday, 18 February 2013

Love... From Both Sides at number 33 in Tesco book chart

Walked in to Tesco Saturday and had to take a picture of this:


It's not every day you outsell a Lee Child novel. Especially one with Tom Cruise looking constipated on the cover.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The first few days after a book launch...

Hi folks,

Sorry it's been a wee bit quiet on the Spalding front in the past few days. After all the fun and games of launch day last week I've taken a few days off to chill out and let my nerves return to some semblance of normality.

It turns out launching two books on the same day amounts to quite the recipe for stress - what with driving to every local Tesco and WH Smith to hunt for copies of the paperback*, and relentlessly checking my Amazon rankings on a minute by minute basis. It's a wonder I didn't suffer a prolapse of some kind.

I may have sold a fair few books last year, but that by no means guaranteed that anyone was going to like my latest effort. And launching the first book to the paperback crowd was never going to be a sure fire thing, no matter how many copies I manage to flog on the Kindle.

But happily for my neuroses, bank balance and continued career as a writer, the launches both seem to have gone very well.

Love... Under Different Skies has eleven five star reviews as I speak at Amazon, and is selling well at the various online ebook stores. Love... From Both Sides has done swimmingly in paperback as well. It's got some terrific reviews from The Daily Mail, Closer & New magazines, and various respected book bloggers on the Internet. It also appears to be selling well, though paperback sales are a little harder to track than ebook sales. The various branches of Tesco and WH Smith I've seen it in certainly seem to have shifted a few copies, and Amazon appear to have temporarily sold out... so not too shabby thus far :)

So what's next?

This coming week I fully intend to start the next Spalding book. This one will be a completely new concept. I'm going to give Jamie and Laura a bit of a break... they need it, quite frankly.

You'll be introduced to a brand new couple soon, who have some of their own hurdles to get over. Unlike Jamie and Laura, they've been together for years, and this new book will partly be about what being a good decade into a relationship is like. (Clue: less effort, more calories).

So there you go... six books on release, with another one coming this summer (...with any luck. I haven't experienced writer's block yet, but that doesn't guarantee the bugger isn't lurking upstream somewhere).

In the meantime, hope you enjoy the books that are out (you can pick up Cornerstone for just 77p at the moment) and hope you'll like the new one when it eventually gets done.

All the best,

Nick.



*Yes, tragically sad, I know. But it's the done thing when you publish your first book, and I'm not one to go against tradition. Besides, it really was quite an emotional moment seeing my book on display in the branch of WH Smith I've been shopping in for decades. I would have rolled a tear, were it not for the slightly strange looking gentleman standing next to me in an ill fitting suit, who was examining a copy of Fifty Shades Freed with what I considered to be an unwholesome degree of concentration.

Here's a picture (of the book, not the weird bloke. If I'd have snapped him I might have ended up in a fight, or worse... with an invite back to his place).






Thursday, 31 January 2013

OUT NOW! Love... From Both Sides & Love... Under Different Skies

Well, the day has finally come. My two new books are unleashed to the world today (in paperback and ebook respectively).

Love... From Both Sides is available to buy at all good book shops.

Love... Under Different Skies is available to buy as an ebook at all online retailers.

If you do decide to buy either one, both, or all three books in the trilogy, I very much hope you enjoy reading them.

Thanks to all the Coronet team at my publishers Hodder & Stoughton for getting the books to print, thanks to my friends and family for all their love and support, and (most importantly) thanks to each and every one of you for buying the books and liking my work. I wouldn't be here without you folks and your support is very, very much appreciated!

Best wishes and happy reading,

Nick.

My Amazon Page
My Kobo Page
My iTunes Page
My WH Smith Page
My Waterstones Page



 





Thursday, 24 January 2013

Only a week to go!

It's just seven days now until the paperback of Love... From Both Sides is released in all good bookshops (real and online) and Love... Under Different Skies is released as an ebook.

Thursday January 31st is Nick Spalding Day!

...well, in my household anyway.



If you happen to be in your local shopping precinct next Thursday and you keep seeing a shifty looking individual going into every book store and taking discreet photos of apparently random shelves, that'll probably be me. Please don't call the police.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The final and official Love... trilogy book covers

All three covers for the Love... trilogy have now been completed and I think they look rather lovely when put together:


I now have something of a dilemma though...

I'm tempted to get prints done of the covers, frame them, and mount them on the living room wall, in a hideous display of egotism that will annoy everyone who comes round for a coffee. 'Have you seen my book covers?' I will say and casually flap my hand in the general direction of the prints. 'Yes Spalding, we have,' they will reply, 'and you're an utter tosser for slapping them up on the wall like that.'

Super.

But this presents a bit of a problem. If I decide to put the covers on the wall, then I'll have nowhere decent to put this:


So, would I rather people consider me an egotistical pillock? Or a sad fucking nerd who thinks a Batman bookshelf is actually a good thing to have pride of place on your wall?

Either way I'm likely to get insulted down the pub - it's just a matter of deciding in what manner...


Friday, 11 January 2013

A call from my mother that reminded me of Stephen King

Some might complain about the British postal service being not quite the efficient animal it was twenty years ago, thanks to successive governments trying their level best to destroy it through privatisation (as far as I can tell), but I have to say I am currently delighted with their service.

You see, I posted copies of the paperback of Love... From Both Sides to my mother yesterday, thinking the parcel would take at least three or four days to reach her. Colour me all shades of surprised then when I get a phone call from her today telling me the books had arrived less than twenty four hours after posting.

Kudos to you Royal Mail.

You may be wondering what the hell this has to do with Stephen King, but bear with me, I'm getting to the point, I assure you.

On the first page of a copy of the book I wrote my mum a little note. I won't go into the details, but it basically thanked her for bringing me up the way she did - and making me the type of man capable of writing a popular novel like Love... From Both Sides.

Needless to say, the phone call with her today was a little emotional.

...

And here's where Stephen King comes in...

He's always been my favourite author. Partly because I love scary stories, epic tales and novels featuring talking mutant raccoons (one for you Tower folk, there) - and partly because there are some parallels between his early life and mine.

...most notably that we were both brought up by single mothers after our useless 'fathers' did a runner when we were both two years old.

When I found this out about King, it only helped to strengthen my love of his work. In a weird way I also felt like to brought me closer to him as a person, given that we shared an unlovely aspect of our pasts.

When I read King's biography one thing that made me sad was that his mother Nellie died just as his writing career was taking off. She knew that Carrie had been accepted by a publisher, but she lost her battle with cancer before the book was actually published.

This unhappy fact always kinda stuck with me. Therefore, I always hoped that if I ever managed to get a book published I would be able to celebrate it properly with my mum - and write a note at the front of the paperback telling her how I couldn't have done it without her.

And now I have. Which gives me an extremely content feeling inside.

The icing on the cake?

I'm published in the UK by the same company that publishes Stephen King: Hodder & Stoughton. Funny how these things work out, isn't it?

I'm hoping that one day I might get to meet Mr King. If I ever do, I will relay this story to him just as I have to you in this blog post.

Because stories matter. My mum taught me that.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Holding my paperback. Yeah... this is one of those moments.

I received author copies of the Love... From Both Sides paperback hot off the press from my publishers Hodder & Stoughton today.



...and while I've appreciated every second of the success I've had with the ebook version, there's nothing quite like holding a proper book in your hand to give you a real, tangible sense of what you've accomplished. as a writer.

It was quite emotional, I can tell you.

Those three hundred or so pages of pulped wooden loveliness are the culmination of a lot of hard work on the part of the team at Hodder, my agent and yours truly.

It hardly seems possible that it's only been eighteen months since I first sat down at my old laptop and wrote the words: Oh God, her breath smells like the gates of hell have opened... and here I am holding the book in my hand and awkwardly trying to take a picture of it with my iPhone.

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Love... From Both Sides will be on sale in all good book shops from Thursday January 31st. 

Even if you've read the original ebook version that I self-published last year, I'd encourage you to go pick up the paperback as it contains extra and extended chapters.

Also, if there's a fly buzzing round your room, you can use it to squash the little bastard.

I'm all for the ebook revolution, but you try exterminating insectoid intruders with your Kindle like that and you're going to wind up with a really expensive grey plastic tea coaster - smeared with fly guts.


I now have the complicated and time consuming process of deciding who to hand some of the copies out to.

I've only just got over the trauma of deciding who to buy Christmas presents for, and now I have to go through the whole thing again with this sodding paperback.

In fact, it's even worse.

I only have a finite number of copies to give out, so I'm bound to end up mortally insulting someone when I don't give them one. I'm going to have to draw up a list and whittle it down to the people I can least afford to annoy.

...and then there's the copy I have to smear in excrement and post through the door of my secondary school English teacher. The one who said he didn't like my writing, the utter bastard.

...and then there's the signed copies I was going to slap up on Ebay to make a few extra quid on the side.

Maybe I should go back to Hodder and ask for another twenty copies.

...actually, there's a car boot on this Sunday, I'd better make it forty.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

In memory of 'El Dente', Laura McIntyre's little red peril

'twas a sad day last Friday.

I had to get rid of the car that featured in Love... From Both Sides.

Yes, Laura McIntyre's little red peril was indeed based on a real car. A 1997 Nissan Micra that my other half had been nursing around since the summer of 2011. She's the one who nicknamed it 'El Dente', so you have her to thank for that particular gag in the book.

Unfortunately, the little bugger was on its last legs. The exhaust had more holes in it than the plot of The Dark Knight Rises, if the temperature dropped below ten degrees it point blank refused to start, there was a disconcerting smell coming from the air vents (like a combination of warm porridge and Swarfega as far as I could tell) and the steering was so heavy, it needed arms like Popeye to do a three point turn.

It was well and truly fuckered.

Thank goodness for Ebay. I flogged it to two enthusiastic teenagers for £350.

They promised to take good care of it, so I confidently expect to drive past it wrapped around a lamp post at some time in the very near future.

And there you have it.

El Dente is no more.

Commiserate with me for just the briefest of moments, won't you?