I’ve just re-established my Facebook page for Alex Walters at https://www.facebook.com/alexwaltersauthor/. I’ll gradually be posting stuff there as well as here as we move towards the new book. There may also be one or two freebies coming along. In the meantime, feel free to visit and like. And keep watching those skies.
If you ever check back in here, you’ve probably assumed this blog’s been abandoned. Well, it was, sort of, for a while because for a variety of reasons I didn’t have anything new out. That’s a long story in itself, but to cut to the chase I’m planning to have a new book out in the next few months so I thought I’d make a tentative move back into the daylight.
If there’s anyone out there wondering what happened to Marie Donovan after Nowhere to Hide, well, the new book will tell you. But, although Marie’s at the heart of the new book, it’s also the start of a new series with what I hope will be an intriguing lead character.
I’m also planning to launch a new—or at least revamped— website in the near future to help promote the new book, but in the meantime I’m going to recommence posting here again on a regular basis. Having been quiet for a while, I’ve got a lot of new material stockpiled so hope to make some of that available in various forms alongside the new book. I’ll probably also take to rambling about a variety of random topics, the way I used to, so apologies for that in advance.
Anyway, all the news about the new book will be here first (at least until the new site’s operational) so please do keep checking back. More soon…
Hi. My name’s Liam. You don’t know me. Well, not unless you’ve read Trust No-One or Nowhere to Hide. Then you’ll know me a bit, though mainly from Marie’s point of view and I’m not sure how reliable that always is. I don’t mean that she lies about me. I’m just not sure that she knows me as well as she thinks she does, if you get my drift.
Anyway, my name’s Liam and I’m Marie Donovan’s boyfriend. Or partner. Or whatever the correct term is. We live together, or at least we do when Marie’s not working at the other end of the country doing whatever it is that she does. I mean, I know roughly what she does, working undercover. But she’s not allowed to tell me all the details, obviously. Which means that I don’t really know her, either. Or at least not as well as I once thought I did.
They’ve asked me to do an introduction to this series of interviews. There’s been a blog tour, you see, and several very kind people have been hosting interviews with characters from Nowhere to Hide. Marie, and her boss, Hugh Salter. And a couple of people she’s working with. And her former both, Keith Welsby. I quite liked Keith. I mean, old-school, and you wouldn’t want to discuss politics with him, but he seemed quite straight. Which is ironic, as things turned out.
The tour’s now finished so we thought we’d now post all the links here. I’m not sure why they’ve asked me to write this introduction. After all, I’m just Liam. I know nothing that’s worth knowing. I’m an artist, or at least that’s what I always wanted to me. But, to be honest, I’m not sure that I ever really quite had the talent. Not to make it big. And now it’s too late. I’m not well, and I’m not sure I’ll ever paint seriously again, even if Marie doesn’t quite realise it yet.
How did I get on to that? I just meant to say a few bland words of introduction. I’d better get on. If I talk too much, I’ll probably end up saying things I regret. About me. Or about Marie. Things I know that I probably shouldn’t.
So let’s just give you the links to the interviews. First, with Marie. (You’ll have to scroll down for that one).
She seems quite keen on that Brennan chap, doesn’t she? Not sure I fancy sharing a desert island with him. What does he have to say for himself?
Hm. Not exactly lacking in ego, if you want my opinion. Who else is Marie working with? Lizzie Carter, whoever she might be.
Not sure I’m any the wiser about Ms Carter, though it sounds as if there might be more too her than meets the eye. Now we have Marie’s boss, the delightful Hugh Salter. I’ve only met him once, but that was enough. Wouldn’t trust him any further than I could throw him, which is my condition is no distance at all.
Hah. Yes, that sounds like Salter, all right. A calculating cold fish with no discernible sense of humour. The polar opposite of his predecessor, poor old Keith Welsby. Well, I say poor. He’s had enough back-handers at least to keep himself well-stocked with beer, from what Marie tells me. But he’ll take us out on a high note.
So that’s them. Five characters in search of an author to tell their stories. Six, if you count me. But you shouldn’t. Because I’m not part of the story. Nobody’s watching me.
Thanks again to Leigh Russell, Sally Quilford, womagwriter, Cally Taylor and Deborah Carr for hosting the interviews. You can still buy both the Kindle editions of Trust No One and Nowhere to Hide for about the price of one of Keith Welsby’s pints.
The blog tour finally comes to an end in suitable fashion with the thoughts of Keith Welsby. Welsby is down but not out, and still not short of an opinion or two. Hear his, um, provocative thoughts at Deborah Carr’s blog. And, in due course, I’ll also post all the interviews on here. For posterity.
The blog tour for Nowhere to Hide continues, conceived and organised by the marvellous Helen Hunt who manages to be both creative and efficient (I struggle with either). The third instalment, an interview with the intriguing Lizzie Carter, is at the womagwriter blog. The fourth, an interview with Hugh Salter – as modest as he is cuddly – is now at Cally Taylor’s blog.
And of course the first two interviews, with Marie Donovan and Jack Brennan, are still available at Leigh Russell’s blog and Sally Quilford’s blog. The fifth and final interview, the Thoughts of Chairman Keith Welsby, will appear very shortly…
Many thanks to the wonderful Helen Hunt for organising a blog tour for me in support of Nowhere to Hide. I’ll update you as they appear (though the full list is up on Helen’s blog) but the first post has been hosted courtesy of the generosity of Leigh Russell, author of the excellent Geraldine Steel books. Sincere thanks, Leigh. Strikes me we should engineer a fictional meeting between Geraldine and Marie sometime…
Next post on Friday 11 January. Keep watching the skies…
(While I’m here, I’ll also just point out that not only can you currently buy the Kindle edition of Nowhere to Hide for the absurdly bargain price of 99p, you can also currently buy the first Marie Donovan book, Trust No-One, for the almost equally ridiculous price of £1.49. Which means you can buy both books for the price of a cheap sandwich. And think how quickly you’d eat that).
Just to remind you that Nowhere to Hide is now available from, as they say, all good bookshops. You should also be able to find it, for a bargain price, alongside your grocery shop in Asda. The Kindle version is flying moderately high in the charts, and you can also listen to the audio version, beautifully read by Mike Rodgers.
I’m more than a little excited to say that the book’s already had a terrific review on the Crimetime website from none other than the great Mark Timlin. I was genuinely gobsmacked. And also a very nice review in the Daily Mail, who described it as a ‘police procedural for a new age’. Oh, and there’s also an interview with me on the Morgen Bailey blog, which will tell you everything you ever wanted to know and probably a lot more.
And, if that’s not enough, I’ve also been slightly disconcerted (as you may well be) to see my face plastered all over the current edition of Writers’ Forum magazine. That’s bound to shift a few units. And it certainly made the checkout man in Smith’s do a double-take when I bought a copy.
Wow. Just received advance copies of Nowhere to Hide from those good people at Avon. Looks terrific! Out on 22 November, and the Kindle edition is currently available for pre-order for the frankly ridiculous price of 99p. To kick off the relentless publicity campaign for the book (I may exaggerate slightly) I’ll be appearing at Ellesmere Port library on Friday 9 November at 1.30pm. Come and join us. You can get more details from the library on 0151 337 4684.