I’ve been tense and nervous for the past week, in anticipation of Nine Elms being published. It feels like there’s been such a long build-up to this book, and it seems like ages ago (three years to be exact) since I first had the idea for Kate Marshall, my new private detective. I’ve just finished writing the second book, and Kate is a character I have fallen just as much in love with as Erika Foster. I hope you will too.
Nine Elms is published today in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in ebook and audio, and in the USA you can download the Kindle edition from Amazon’s First Reads programme (the links to download your copy are at the end of the post).
I’ve been away for the past couple of weeks on a promotional trip to the USA. I’ve been to Las Vegas (this wasn’t strictly promotion, I went to see Lady Gaga, she was amazing) Seattle and Los Angeles. It’s been a fun trip, but publication day has been looming at the back of my mind. I’ve done my very best I can writing this book, and I’ve been very lucky to work with a brilliant editing team and my wonderful publishers, but it still gives me butterflies in the stomach to think of you all about to read it! As I always say, my readers are the most wonderful, supportive and friendly bunch, and nothing matters more to me than what you think of Nine Elms.
I’d also like to say a big thank you to my husband, Ján who is always there for me, and for dealing with my crazy moods in the run-up to publication, particularly yesterday. As a distraction, he took me out for coffee and a trip to the cinema, but things in Los Angeles have changed since we lived here 10 years ago… We tried to park, but the only way you could pay for parking was by downloading an app, but the parking app wasn’t available if you use the UK app store… Then we tried to buy cinema tickets and non-USA credit cards weren’t accepted online. Then I got ID’d when we went to get some champagne to celebrate publication day, and I didn’t have my ID. (I should have been flattered, I’m almost 41 and I’m getting really grey at the sides). On a normal day, this wouldn’t faze me, but it all seemed to happen at once, and he bore the brunt of my rant about HAVING THE WORST DAY EVER! I can now see was pretty funny. I want to be able to say that now Nine Elms is published, Ján can heave a sigh of relief, but now the reviews will start coming in!
As I always say, my readers are the most wonderful, supportive and friendly group of people. Thank you for all your continued support over the years. It means so much to me. I hope you enjoy reading Nine Elms, and let me know what you think of it. I always love to hear from you!