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A Kill in the Morning – Publication Day!

This is the day I have dreamed of… today is publication day for my first novel A Kill in the Morning.

First thing this morning, I popped in to my local book shop and found this on the shelves:

A Kill in the Morning Publication Day

My Journey to Publication Day

I’ve been writing seriously for ten years and working on A Kill in the Morning for five years. This is the end of a long, long journey for me, one that at times I thought I’d never complete. There have been times when I’ve considered giving up. There have been times I’ve been advised to give up.

But I didn’t. I am stubborn like that.

And in the end persistence paid off for me when I was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Prize and that lead to the book being published by Transworld.

What’s it about?

I describe it as James Bond versus the Nazis.

This is the short synopsis:

The year is 1955 and something is very wrong with the world. It’s fourteen years since Churchill died and the Second World War ended. In occupied Europe, Britain fights a cold war against a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany.
In Berlin the Gestapo is on the trail of a beautiful young resistance fighter, and the head of the SS is plotting to dispose of an ailing Adolf Hitler and restart the war against Britain and her empire.  Meanwhile, in a secret bunker hidden deep beneath the German countryside, scientists are experimenting with a force far beyond their understanding.
Into this arena steps a nameless British assassin, on the run from a sinister cabal within his own government, and planning a private war against the Nazis.
Now the fate of the world rests on a single kill in the morning…

What are the reviews like?

Stephen Baxter, author of multiple bestsellers and winner of many literary awards including the Philip K Dick Award, and the John W Campbell Memorial Award sent me this endorsement of A Kill in the Morning:

A Kill in the Morning Reviews - Stephen Baxter

Here’s the whole of a short review from Northeast Lifestyle:

A Kill in the Morning Reviews - North East Lifestyle

You can read all the reviews so far at A Kill in the Morning Reviews. They are overwhelmingly positive and very gratifying.

Yeah, but has it won any prizes?

Yes, three so far:

  1. Shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett Award
  2. YouWriteOn Book of the Year
  3. Superlative Award

But I don’t know if I’ll like it

If you’re unsure whether you’ll like it or not, then you should read the first chapter, which is basically the Bond-style pre-titles sequence. If you like that you’ll like the whole thing.

You can read the opening here: The first two chapters of A Kill in the Morning.

OK, OK, where can I get this Masterpiece?

If you’d like to buy A Kill in the Morning then:

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