Coming Soon: The Dark Room

I’m thrilled that the new Sam Blake standalone is on its way!

Hare’s Landing, West Cork. A house full of mystery…

Rachel Lambert arrives at Hare’s Landing afraid for her personal safety, but determined to uncover the truth behind the sudden death of a homeless man with links to the country house hotel. New York based crime reporter Caroline Kelly’s career is threatened by a lawsuit and she needs some thinking space away from her job. But almost as soon as she arrives, Hare’s Landing begins to reveal its own stories – a 30-year-old missing person’s case and the mysterious death of the hotel’s former owner. As Rachel and Caroline join forces, it becomes clear that their investigations are intertwined and that there is nothing more dangerous than the truth…

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The Dark Room

Video Interview: The Writing Game

The Writing Game live Facebook interviews have been running every Friday through lockdown at lunchtime. Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin and literary agent Simon Trewin have been joined by some stellar authors including Andrew Miller, Joanne Harris, Kit de Waal, Adele Parks, Catherine Banner and Carmel Harrington plus publishing director Kathryn Taussig.

Below you can see Simon chatting to Sam Blake, discussing plot and process, writers block and the differences between writing a series and standalone novels.  Showing how she goes from big idea to bestseller, Sam Blake discusses her novels to date.

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Harry Potter Star Evanna Lynch Brings Extra Magic to Keep Your Eyes on Me

I am absolutely thrilled that Keep Your Eyes on Me is now available in audio both here and in the US, and it’s being read by Harry Potter star, the incredible Evanna Lynch!!!

Evanna played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in the last four films and their tie-in video games, as well as in the musical ‘A Very Potter Senior Year’.  Evanna is passionate about veganism and animal rights. She has been involved in many non-profit campaigns and has launched both a vegan-themed podcast The Chickpeeps,  and the cruelty-free cosmetics brand, Kinder Beauty Box.  She also has an extremely gorgeous cat 🙂

I went to London to meet Evanna in studio while she was recording, and listened in  – it’s the first time she’s recorded a full audio book so doubly exciting.  Keep Your Eyes on Me has a lot of different accents in it and she had them all perfected, SO brilliantly!

Published by Bolinda, it will also be available through Borrowbox at your library, so put in your request now, or click below to buy 🙂

The Bookseller featured the news here:

Available on all platforms, you can buy online here.

Keep Your Eyes On Me

Keep Your Eyes On Me is Sam Blake’s first standalone, and like the Cat Connolly books features two strong women on a mission. Pick up your copy in your local bookshop or online here!

Described as ‘Strangers on a Train’ meets ‘Dial M for Murder’ it reveals the story of what happens when two wronged women, Lily Power and Vittoria Devine meet on a plane bound for New York.

I’m absolutely thrilled that it went straight into Eason’s No 1 slot on release and has had magnificent support from the book trade.

Praise for Keep Your Eyes On Me

Original, twisty and very gripping – this is a rollercoaster ride to be savoured. William Ryan

One of those delights of scheming and machination where you really don’t know who’s manipulating whom until it’s far too late. And then tips you upside down at the end –  terrific!  Alex Marwood

Revenge is sweet in this deliciously entertaining thriller, as two women scorned aim to settle a few scores – with an ingenious plan that will have you cheering them every step of the way.’  TM Logan, author of The Holiday

I absolutely love a tale of women scorned getting revenge and this one did not let me down. I loved the escapism of it – I was living vicariously through those characters, I tell you. It was pacey and exciting and totally joyous. Jo Spain, author of The Confession.

‘Delightfully dark and satisfying’ Roz Watkins, author of the DI Meg Dalton series

 

Behind the Bestseller PODCAST

What makes a book a success? What’s that magic ingredient writers need to bring to their manuscript to make it fly off the shelves?

Ever since I started writing I’ve been fascinated by what makes a bestselling book. As an unpublished writer I voraciously read debut novels to find out just what those authors had that had attracted an agent, and then a publisher, and got them over the line. As my latest thriller (a complete change from the Cat Connolly trilogy of police proceduarals) Keep Your Eyes on Me hits the bookshelves, I’m launching a new podcast, talking to bestselling and award winning authors, agents, editors and publicists from right across the industry to find out what makes a book a success.

Join me, crime author Sam Blake, as I chat to bestsellers from every genre to find out what makes a book fly off the shelves in Behind the Bestseller. Discussing concepts and ideas, where stories come from and how authors develop them into what you see on the page, I will also be chatting to agents, editors and publicists to understand their part in the process.

I started writing fiction in 1999 when my husband went sailing across the Atlantic for 8 weeks, I was convinced that first (terrible) book would be a bestseller – but it took me a bit longer than I expected to get published and it was actually my the fifth book that became my debut novel. Little Bones hit the number one slot for four weeks and launched detective Cat Connolly into the world, as well as launching my writing career.

In ‘Behind the Bestseller’, I quizz authors on exactly what made the difference for them and dig into the detail of how brilliant stories are born and how they grow.

My first psychological thriller Keep Your Eyes on Me arrives on bookshelves in January 2020 – it’s ‘Strangers on a Train’ meets ‘Dial M For Murder’; TM Logan, bestselling author of the Richard and Judy Book Club choice, The Holiday says ‘Revenge is sweet in this deliciously entertaining thriller, as two women scorned aim to settle a few scores – with an ingenious plan that will have you cheering them every step of the way.’

Join me in ‘Behind the Bestseller’ to discover the insider secrets – subscribe now so you don’t miss an episode!

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