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YouWriteOn Book of the Year is A Kill in the Morning

A Kill in the Morning has won the YouWriteOn book of the year!

This is how I felt when I found out:

A Kill in the Morning Wins YouWriteOn Book of the Year

YouWriteOn’s owner, Ted Smith commented about A Kill in the Morning:

There’s just something that marks out the story as one that you have to keep reading. Graeme joins the previous YouWriteOn book award winners who have achieved mainstream publishing success.

What is A Kill in the Morning about?

Take the meticulous research of Robert Harris, the spy thrills of Ian Fleming, the explosive action of Alistair Maclean and the wild ride of a Tarantino film and you’re coming close to A Kill in the Morning . . .

The year is 1955 and something is very wrong with the world: Churchill is dead and WW2 didn’t happen. Europe is in thrall to a nuclear-armed Nazi Germany. Only Britain and its Empire holds out, bound by an uneasy truce and all the while German scientists are experimenting with terrifying forces beyond their understanding – forces that are driving them to the brink of insanity and beyond.

Berlin is a hotbed of suspicion and betrayal – a lone British assassin is fighting a private war with the Nazis; the Gestapo are on the trail of a beautiful young resistance fighter and the head of the SS plots to dispose of an increasingly decrepit Adolf Hitler and become Fuhrer. While in London, a sinister and treacherous cabal will stop at nothing to conceal the conspiracy of the century.

Four desperate scenarios that are destined to collide with catastrophic effect. And it all hinges on a single kill in the morning . . .

You can read more about it at: A Kill in the Morning.

Want to Read A Kill in the Morning?

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

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

Who are YouWriteOn?

YouWriteOn was launched in 2006, sponsored by the Arts Council, with the aim of helping new writers get published. Writers upload the opening chapters of their novel to be reviewed. In return for reviews received, they review other people’s work. Reviewers rate the novel openings based on character, plot, pace & structure, use of language, narrative voice, dialogue, setting, theme and ideas.  All reviewers are randomly assigned to prevent cheating.

On the first day of each month the highest rated novel is declared ‘Book of the Month’. It receives a professional critique from an editor at a major publishers. At the end of the year, one of the monthly winners is chosen as ‘Book of the Year’.

See my article on getting feedback on your novel for more details.

Several previous YouWriteOn winners have gone on to have commercial publishing success including:

  • The Legacy by Katherine Webb
  • Caligula by Douglas Jackson
  • Bufflehead Sisters by Patricia J. DeLois
  • The Apothecary’s Daughter by Charlotte Betts
  • The Afrika Reich by Guy Saville
  • The Third Pig Detective Agency by Bob Burke.