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Hello! I’m just popping in here to post this interview I did for The Dark and Stormy Book Club podcast, where I talk about the inspiration for my new Kate Marshall series and Nine Elms – and of course, Erika Foster.
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch after reading Nine Elms, I’ve had so many wonderful messages. It makes me very happy that you’ve enjoyed meeting Kate Marshall, and it’s great to get your feedback for the series moving forward. I am hard at work on re-writes and edits for the second book, Shadow Sands.
Here is the link to the podcast episode: https://www.spreaker.com/…/darksto…/robert-bryndza-nine-elms
You can also listen on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/robert-bryndza-nine-elms/id1441892681
I’m in deadline mode. This is when I get up super early in the morning, write like crazy, and try to finish before 3pm. This is the first day I’ve managed to finish early which is rare. I was going to have a crack at making soda bread, but I decided instead to write this blog post.
I went on a publicity tour to the U.S last month, visiting Seattle and Los Angeles, which was wonderful, and then it was so exciting to see Nine Elms published at the beginning of November. It’s the first book in my new Kate Marshall series, and earlier in the year I realised I had to start the second book in the series, Shadow Sands, before Nine Elms was published. If I left it any later the pressure would be too much.
So, I wrote a long and exciting first draft of Shadow Sands over the summer. I left it alone for a couple of months, then came back to it. I’m not a plotter. You won’t find me posting pictures with white boards and coloured-coded post-its. Part of me wishes I could do that, but I’ve tried it in the past and it hasn’t worked. I have to write a first draft by the seat of my pants, which keeps things pacy and exciting. I’m now working through the second draft of Shadow Sands and I plan to have it done by Christmas. I’ve also decided to give up sugar at the same time (hence the soda bread baking plan). In the past, deadline-mode has also been when I eat huge amounts of sugar, and almost put myself into a diabetic coma and have to go up two jeans sizes. So far, the sugar diet is kind of working, but I’m still having a glass of wine in the evening, which makes me think I’m not doing it properly.
The summers here in Slovakia are hot and gorgeous, and having hot and gorgeous weather everyday makes it difficult to work. I much prefer writing when the weather is cold. Having a cosy office to work in when it snows, with views out over the woods, is my favourite time.
I wanted to write this post to say thank you to everyone who has read Nine Elms, got in contact and/or written a review. The first two weeks of November were crazy and exciting. Nine Elms was published in the USA, UK, Italy, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and Russia and I’ve included the covers below. I’m also in touch with the brilliant translator of my Dutch editions, and she is working on the translation of Nine Elms, and I hope that it with be published in The Netherlands in early summer. There are also quite a few more territories in the pipeline, so I can hopefully share more exciting news with you soon.
One project that I’ve also been working on, and that I’m excited to tell you about is large print paperback editions of the Erika Foster series, Coco Pinchard series, and my standalone romantic comedy Miss Wrong and Mr Right. I suffer from a degenerative eye disease called Keratoconus, which makes my vision blurred unless I wear special corrective glasses or contacts. It’s where the lens of the eye slowly thins, and the eye changes shape causing distorted vision. I’m lucky to be able to wear glasses, and I get on with it, and try not to think too much about it. I can make the font bigger on my computer screen and eReader and large print paperback editions are great to have, and mostly found in libraries.
I asked my publisher, Bookouture-Hachette if they were planning to produce large print editions of the Erika Foster books, and they weren’t, but they were great and gave me back the rights to publish my own editions. They are now available to buy through my own imprint, Raven Street Publishing. I started this imprint last year, and I publish all of my Coco Pinchard books in eBook, paperback and audio, the audio edition of Miss Wrong and Mr Right and now my whole back catalogue of books in large print paperback.
You can order the large print copies worldwide through Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble and through independent bookstores (links to stores are all the bottom of my website).
Also, if you are a librarian, or work in a library, you can order my large print editions worldwide through Ingrams and Gardners. Also please feel free to get in touch on the ‘contact me’ tab above if you have any questions.
Also a big thank you to Henry Steadman, Emma Rogers and Jane Dixon-Smith for all the large print covers, and Rachel Amphlett for her advice throughout the process.
So, that’s all for now. I’m off to have a crack at making soda bread, or perhaps I’ll just pour myself a glass of wine. Until next time, Rob x
Update: I made the soda bread! 🙂
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!
Throughout November, Nine Elms is available in the USA through the Amazon First Reads programme! To download your copy Click here
For the UK, Australia and New Zealand you can download your ebook and audiobook copy by clicking on the links below:
I’m really excited to reveal the UK, Australia & New Zealand cover of Nine Elms! AND a fabulous book trailer!!!
I’m so excited to be able to share this with all my readers in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and commonwealth countries. It will be published at the same time as the US edition of Nine Elms, November 1st, in ebook and audiobook, with the hardback/trade paperback published on 29th December 2019 in Australia and New Zealand, and 9th January 2020 in the UK.
I’m also thrilled to announce that Nine Elms is going global. Foreign rights sales have been incredible, and Nine Elms will also be published in Italy, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Portugal and Brazil — with lots more in the pipeline! Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements with dates.
I’m so excited for you all to read Nine Elms, and I’m already hard at work on the second book in the series!
Amazon Kindle (Australia and New Zealand): https://www.amazon.com.au/Nine-Elms-Kate-Marshall-Book-ebook/dp/B07PLNY832
(Australia and New Zealand) Audio: https://www.amazon.com.au/Nine-Elms/dp/B07PPWX7R1
Booktopia (Australia): https://www.booktopia.com.au/nine-elms-robert-bryndza/prod9780751572711.html
Mighty Ape (New Zealand): https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/nine-elms/28825012?r=2945205
I’m thrilled to announce that the title of my new crime thriller is NINE ELMS and it is now available to pre-order!
This is the first book in my new crime thriller series. Kate Marshall is a former police officer turned private investigator, and I’m so excited for you all to read this! The product description and temporary cover are below (I’ll be revealing the final cover very soon) and you can pre-order your copy, and add it to your Goodreads shelf below.
Thank you as always for all your wonderful support and messages, which always brighten my day, and make me feel so lucky and fortunate to have such wonderful readers! You are all the best!
Robert Bryndza is ready to take the world by bestselling storm again with the introduction of Kate Marshall, a woman with a dark secret and a powerful sense of justice.
Sixteen years ago, Kate Marshall was a rising star in the London Metropolitan police force. Young, ambitious and driven, with a talent for getting into the minds of criminals, she solved several high-profile murder cases.
But when Kate was tasked with tracking down a vicious serial killer, even her instinct and ability to immerse herself in violent worlds couldn’t help her find him – until he found her.
Now, years after her narrow escape, Kate lives a quiet life on the English coast, though her years with the police are still with her. And when one day she receives a letter from someone in her past, she is pulled back into the twisted mind of a murderer she knows only too well – and into a case only she can solve.
With gripping twists, turns and a shocking ending, NINE ELMS by Robert Bryndza is unputdownable thriller fiction at its most electrifying.
NINE ELMS is now available to pre-order, and is currently set to be released Tuesday 5th November 2019 in ebook, paperback, and audiobook, in the US and UK. The hardback will also be released Tuesday 5th November 2019 in the US and on Thursday 16th January in the UK. – Rob 🙂
Hello everyone, and happy new year! I hope you are having a great 2019? How is it going so far?
I’m working away like crazy on the next book, and I should have some news very soon to share with you. It’s freezing cold here, snowy, but we did have a brief hour of sun today (picture below). I’ve already broken a couple of New Year’s resolutions. I told myself that I would eat healthy during January. The dreaded podge settled over me after the last draft of the next book, which I finished in December, and the food here in Slovakia is so good, and sitting behind my computer and stuffing my face seems to be a writing habit I have to break. I put on 6kg during the last writing spree, and I’ve got another two books I want to write this year, and the weight gain maths is quite terrifying. I’m on a health kick, but last night I got my notes back from the editors of the new book, and I was so happy with them that I had to celebrate, which involved a four cheese pizza and a glass of (slightly flat) leftover champagne. I’m back on the horse today.
Thank you for all the wonderful messages over the holidays and from the recent foreign and UK publications. The UK and Commonwealth paperback edition of Dark Water was published just before Christmas, along with Chladnokrevně, the Czech edition of Cold Blood, and last week La ragazza nell’acqua, the Italian edition of Dark Water and Oiseau de nuit the French edition of The Night Stalker were published. Thank you to everyone who has messaged. I have been deep in the writing room, and need to catch up on my replies, but the messages you’ve sent have been wonderful and have given me such a boost over the last few months locked away writing.
Also, for everyone who has asked, I’ve just made my Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series available on all ebook retailers. As well as Amazon you can now download from Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Nook – so if you fancy stepping over from the dark side whilst you await my next crime thriller, give Coco Pinchard a try. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see clickable images for all the ebook retailers.
That’s all for now, it may have seemed like I’ve been a bit quiet over the last few months, but behind the scenes there has been a lot of exciting book-related stuff going on! Thank you, as always, for all your support, it means the world to me. 🙂 Rob
You might have seen the news I posted a few weeks ago, that I am going to write a new crime series. The idea for a crime series centred around a forensic profiler has been knocking around in my head for the past couple of years, and I’m so excited to start work on something new, and to introduce you all to my new series character, Forensic Profiler Kate Marshall.
Since I made the announcement, so many people have asked if this is the end of Erika Foster. So, I wanted to write this post to reassure readers that I’m not going to stop writing the Erika Foster series. I have plans for many more books. I love writing them, and there is so much more life left in Erika, Moss, Peterson and the rest of the characters. I hope I can continue writing the series for years to come. I would just like the opportunity to write something different, and I’m lucky that my new publishers are very excited and enthusiastic about this new series.
I’ve been writing three books a year since 2011, which is when I started self-publishing my romantic comedy novels, and then from 2015, I started to publish the Erika Foster crime series with Bookouture. It has been exhilarating, and so much fun to write and publish at this pace, but it’s not something I want to continue to do. For my health and my sanity, I need to take my foot off the gas, just a little.
However, I don’t want this to sound like a gloomy blog post! I know how many of my readers eagerly await new books. I am still going to be writing every day, and my new publishers have given me the freedom to write my new Kate Marshall series. I still plan to write more Erika Foster books in the future, and another Coco Pinchard novel. So, there may be a slight slowing down of my publication schedule, but, for me, it means that I can keep healthy and sane, so I can write quality books for you all. I have always said that I am in this for the long run, and I hope to write for many years to come. As long as you all want to read books from me, I will write them!
Stay tuned for more news, I will keep you posted!
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After what seemed like an endless winter, spring arrived in Slovakia a couple of weeks ago, and a week later, summer. Just over six weeks ago, the lake in the park where we take our dogs was frozen, and the ice was thick enough to walk on. Today, I’m sat in my little office in shorts and t-shirt and trying to stay cool. It’s baking hot.
I sat down to write my new book, which is still in the shaky early stages, but it was one of those mornings of distractions. You might already know from my social media posts that we have two dogs. Ricky (boy) and Lola (girl). They are father and daughter. Lola has been speyed, so there is no chance of any father-daughter puppies being born, and she doesn’t go into heat, but twice a year, around the time she should be in heat, she still seems to give off a scent. And today was that time! So, for the first part of the morning I had deal with a mad humping Ricky who wouldn’t leave her alone. Then after I separated them, he seemed to think my leg was equally desirable.
Just as I seemed to get them settled, and I picked up my laptop, Lola decided that despite being toilet trained, she would prance in front of me and pee all over the rug. There is a huge old sheepskin rug in my office, which is a little bit tatty, but very cosy. I got up to clean it, but it was a huge pee, and a hot day, so I decided to put the rug in the washing machine. I have done this once before and it came out beautifully clean and I thought it would dry quickly in the hot weather.
I picked up the laptop again, but within a few minutes the washing machine was making a horrible low growling noise and then it died. I managed to get the door open and the rug out, but it was dripping wet and covered in foam, so I lugged it into our small garden, draped it over the washing line, and started to wash off the foam with the hose. I didn’t see that one of the dogs had now crapped on the grass next to where the hose is coiled up, and I had pulled the hose through it. I now had dog crap all over my hands and down the front of my clothes.
I came back inside to clean it off and found that the washing machine had regurgitated dirty water all over the floor. By the time I got everything cleaned up, Ricky was back to his crazed humping. I got them settled, sat down to write, and then the doorbell rang with a delivery. I had ordered a new suitcase. Cue more barking jumping and then Ricky started to hump the new suitcase. I got the dogs settled again, and again picked up the laptop… Then there was a test of the nuclear warning sirens.
I’ve lived in Slovakia for a few years now, so it isn’t quite as horrifying as it was the first time I heard it (I had no idea that there was a test, and I thought it was real). It is incredibly loud, as I suppose a nuclear warning should be, and comes from several hundred speakers dotted around the town, and the test lasts for a good minute. The dogs went ballistic, barking and spinning and then the automated voice kicked in, echoing around the town and off the hills opposite. With everything that is going on in the world, I didn’t wonder if nuclear war had been declared, but after a few minutes it stopped, and the radio in the kitchen started to play ABBA, so I figured that, for now, all was good. All this had made me hungry, so I gave up trying to write and had lunch.
The dogs are now asleep, and it has started to rain, so I thought I would write this blog post.
I was lucky enough to visit New York last week. I’ve been once before, but that was 19 years ago, when I was a student, and I visited on a snowy weekend in late February. I loved it, but it was freezing cold. I remember long icicles hanging off fire escapes, piles of blackening snow at the roadside, and steam rising from the drains. I also remember that I didn’t pack warm clothes, and spent the whole trip sheltering in coffee shops and bars, which was difficult with little money.
This time around I went with Ján and met with my new publisher, Amazon and Audible will be publishing my new books in the U.S, and Grand Central, who are publishing the Erika Foster series in paperback in the U.S.
As well as our meetings, we got time to explore the city. The weather was glorious ( the word ‘glorious’ doesn’t often spring to my lips, but it was glorious) It was warm and sunny, spring was lagging a little behind Slovakia, so the trees in Central Park were in blossom and bursting with green. We were there for a week, and didn’t quite manage to get over the jet lag. I’m not a morning person, but every morning I was wide awake at six. We stayed in a hotel opposite Central Park (which was the only thing the hotel had going for it. Always check out the customer reviews before you book!) so all we had to do was cross the road and we were in the park. Breakfast in the park every morning was a highlight.
We also visited the street and the brownstone house used in Sex and The City, where Carrie Bradshaw had her apartment. I love the show, but for some reason I didn’t think that there would be lots of people there. The apartment block is on a pretty non-descript street. When we turned the corner, the road was full of Sex and The City fans lining the pavements, standing in the road, and oblivious to the cars zooming towards them and honking. The apartment block is still a private residence, and the steps up to the front door are roped off with a big sign asking people to stay off the steps. It was strange how the building was both iconic and functional. While we were there, a woman emerged from the front door holding two full bin bags. She shuffled down the steps, leaned over the rope and dumped them into a bin on the sidewalk, then went back up again. She either seemed used to the craziness around her, or she was ignoring it. All the while a young woman was stood at the bottom of the steps beaming and posing for a photo, lost in a world where she was Carrie Bradshaw.
One smart thing the building owner has done is to put a charity box at the bottom of the steps, asking that if you take a photo, you leave a dollar for the local dog’s home. I didn’t feel as guilty posing for a photo, as I was doing it for a good cause. We also went up The Empire State building, walked The High Line, and saw a show (Book of Mormon, very funny) and we walked and walked and explored. I loved New York, and it won’t be another 19 years before I go back.
But now I’m home, and I have a new book to write, which is exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Ricky has started to hump my leg again, and I need another cup of coffee, so that’s all from me for now. Thank you to everyone who has sent messages about ‘Deadly Secrets’. It’s now a month since publication and I have loved reading all your messages and thoughts. I have also given the website a little wash and brush up. There is now a ‘FAQ’ page which also has a Q&A video I did last year where I talk in more depth about the Erika Foster series and answer questions from readers.
Until next time, Rob x
It’s been more than two years since The Girl in the Ice was published, and it has been a life-changing couple of years. The book has sold over a million copies, and is in the process of being translated into 27 languages. It hit the #1 spot on the Amazon US Kindle store, #1 on the Amazon Australia Kindle store, and it spent six weeks at #2 on the Amazon UK Kindle store (so, it’s rather unfortunately known as my huge #2). It won the Dead Good Reader Award at the 2016 Theakston’s Harrogate Crime Festival, and was a finalist in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards.
One of my literary heroes, Augusten Burroughs read the book and wrote to tell me how much he loved it, and another, Jeffrey Deaver read the book and provided a wonderful quote. The Italian edition, La Donna Di Ghiaccio became the biggest ebook bestseller in Italy during 2017, and the Czech Edition was my second big number 2, becoming the second bestselling book in the Czech Republic after J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And throughout all this I have been lucky enough to gain a wonderful, funny, warm, and loyal readership who have stayed with me and continued to read the next books in the Erika Foster series, and tell their friends and family how much they love the characters. Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. If you love a book, the best thing you can do is tell people!
So, I’m so excited that today is publication day for the U.S trade paperback edition of The Girl in the Ice! The cover has been slightly refreshed, and the text inside has been slightly adapted in places to accommodate American English, ‘Lift’ becomes ‘Elevator’ ‘Boot’ becomes ‘Trunk’… ‘Theresa May’ becomes ‘Donald Trump’ (Okay, I’m kidding about the last one) My American publisher, Grand Central has done a fantastic job with the American edition, and they allowed me to have input into these minor changes. Thank you to all at Grand Central, you guys are the best!
What really excites me, is that The Girl in the Ice will find a whole new audience in paperback in America and beyond. I have just heard that as well as being available in all good bookstores across America and Canada, it will be included in some great promotions in Target and Barnes and Noble book stores, so keep a lookout! And if you do see it in your local bookstore, please consider taking a selfie with a copy of The Girl in the Ice, I would love to meet new readers!
You can find out more where to buy your copy of the US edition of The Girl in the Ice at: http://girlintheicebook.com
To commit the perfect murder, you need the perfect cover…
On a cold icy morning, a mother wakes to find her daughter’s blood-soaked body frozen to the road. Who would carry out such a horrific killing on the victim’s doorstep?
Straight off her last harrowing case, Detective Erika Foster is feeling fragile but determined to lead the investigation. As she sets to work, she finds reports of assaults in the same quiet South London suburb where the woman was killed. One chilling detail links them to the murder victim – they were all attacked by a figure in black wearing a gas mask.
Erika is on the hunt for a killer with a terrifying calling card. The case gets more complicated when she uncovers a tangled web of secrets surrounding the death of the beautiful young woman.
Yet just as Erika begins to piece the clues together, she is forced to confront painful memories of her past. Erika must dig deep, stay focused and find the killer. Only this time, one of her own is in terrible danger…
Deadly Secrets sees the Erika Foster series return to a classic whodunnit formula, with plenty of twists and turns, and I hope will have you hooked from the first page – I can’t wait for you all to read it! Thank you, as ever, for all of your support.
You can pre-order Deadly Secrets from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and Google Play
(Paperback and audio editions will be available to pre-order closer to publication)
I’ve spent the last week in bed with a chest infection, so I’m blogging about this later than planned. I’ve also had to miss out on the snow here in Slovakia, and the Christmas market, and I was gutted that I had to cancel a book signing in Brno in the Czech Republic last week. To everyone who was going to go, I’m sorry that I couldn’t make it. We are going to re-arrange it for early next year, so stay tuned. Right up until the day before, I was determined to go, but after a visit to the doctor where antibiotics were prescribed, I was told sternly I had to stay in bed. So that’s where I’ve been. Slowly getting better, but going mad. On the plus side, I’ve managed to do a lot of reading!
I had a great trip to Prague the first week of December, where I did my first proper book signing at the Palác Knih Neo Luxor, in Wencelas Square, which translates as ‘The Palace of Books’. (I figured that if you’re going to do your first book signing, there’s nothing like doing it in a palace!) It was for the launch of Temné hlubiny the Czech language edition of Dark Water.
We stayed right on the square, with a great view of the city.
The PR at my Czech publisher, Grada warned me in advance that there might only be a few people who turn up, as I’m a new author, and it was my first book signing. I needn’t have worried, when we arrived at the Palác Knih NeoLuxor, it was crowded, and there were lines of people snaking all the way to the back of the bookshop.
There was a question and answer session at the beginning, where I was ably helped by the translator, and then we ‘christened’ the book. It’s a tradition I hadn’t come across before living in Slovakia, and visiting the Czech Republic. Grada asked my husband, Ján if he would be the ‘Godfather’ for Temné hlubiny (for a christening a book has a godfather or a godmother) and we toasted the book with glasses of champagne, and then we poured a little was poured onto the book, a baptism of sorts. (see the video below) My Czech editor managed to look both pleased and aghast, as we soaked a perfectly good book in booze… I hope, at least, it was dried out on a nearby radiator!
After the christening, I settled down for the book signing. It was wonderful to meet so many amazing readers, and Czech book bloggers and I wished I had more time to talk to everyone. Thank you to everyone who came along.
Grada then organised an afterparty at Oliver’s Coffee Cup, also in Wenceslas Square, where I got the opportunity to meet so many the fabulous book bloggers in the Czech Republic, and thank them for all their support for the Erika Foster books, and this was a wonderful end to a great day.
The next day I had the chance to see posters for the books on the Prague Metro, which was another dream come true. The poster in the tunnel was easy enough to photograph…
But the one on the escalator was a little difficult, which involved travelling up a long escalator, and then just before the top, I had to turn and start climbing back down it the wrong way…
It was a fantastic visit, and I want to say thank you to everyone at Grada, who were so kind and organised so many great events and really looked after us.
I really wanted to end with a photo of the Christmas Market in Prague, but time got away from me, and I didn’t get the chance to take pictures. So I have this picture from a couple of years back, when we took our dog Ricky to Prague. If in doubt, end with a cute puppy! 🙂
Thank you to my readers and the incredible book bloggers all over the world who have made this an unforgettable year. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, very happy holidays and have a very healthy and prosperous new year.
See you in 2018 for more books!
I was in London for publication day last week of The Girl in the Ice, and spent the morning with the lovely Kirsteen Astor from Sphere, visiting Waterstones in Piccadilly and Trafalgar Square to sign some copies, and then I had lunch with the wonderful people from Sphere and Bookouture at Spring in Somerset House. It was such a fun morning, and a lovely lunch, but it all happened so fast that we didn’t get much of a chance to take photos. Around mid-morning it started to snow when we were crossing Trafalgar Square, and as the soft white flakes spun and whirled around our heads, I hoped it was a good omen for The Girl in the Ice.
This publication day was different to others. It’s the first time that The Girl in the Ice will be available in all bookstores and supermarkets, and whilst every publication day before has been full of excitement and trepidation, this publication day felt different.
I lived in London for many years, and you may have read in my previous posts what a long struggle it was to get published. So it was incredible to see my books piled up in the Waterstones in Trafalgar Square, and to see them in the WH Smith in Charing Cross station.
The Erika Foster books are set in South London, where I used to live in Forest Hill, Brockley and Honor Oak Park. For the 7 years I lived in South London, I commuted into the city most days, for auditions when I was an actor, or when I worked in offices as a temp, and for nights out at the theatre, or clubbing!
Charing Cross was the train station which took me home, and it holds so many memories for me; the times I arranged to meet family and friends under the clock, I met my husband Ján on our first date outside the Marks and Spencer. I spent many days on the station concourse, doing promotional jobs, handing out free samples of chocolate or shampoo to the early morning commuters. Regular commuters will identify with the hundreds of times I just made the last train by seconds, slipping into the carriage as the doors closed, and the times when I stood on the platform watching the last train slip away on the track!
When I wasn’t missing them, or running for them, I also spent so much of my time waiting for trains, and I would kill time browsing the books in the WH Smith by platform 5, and gaze at the shelves, dreaming that one day my book would be there. So it was a HUGE moment, when we went to the station, and there it was!
As I stood outside the store, holding up two copies we’d just bought, I tried to hold on to the feeling and drink it all in. A dream I’d had for so many years had come true… and then I saw that our train was about to leave (we were headed to Bromley to visit friends) so feeling like a Londoner all over again, we made a mad dash for it, fumbling for tickets as we ran to the ticket barriers, and onto the platform. Thankfully we just made it onto the train as the doors closed. It seems some things haven’t changed!
You can buy the new Sphere edition of The Girl in the Ice from all good bookshops – and there still might be some signed author copies in Waterstones Piccadilly and Waterstones Trafalgar Square.
And of course, you can buy from Amazon: myBook.to/TheGirlInTheIce
To enter the competition all you need to do is head over to my Facebook page and like and share the post pinned to the top of page: https://www.facebook.com/bryndzarobert/
The giveaway closes at 9pm GMT on Thursday 30th November, when I will draw the 5 lucky winners using the rafflecopter giveaway app. I will announce the winners on Facebook and post their names here too.
This is for the new Sphere UK and Commonwealth edition of The Girl in the Ice, but the competition is open worldwide!
Good luck! Rob 🙂
***Competition now closed. Winners are; Carla Herrington, Brian Bloomfield, Michelle Brody, Gillian Akerman, and Susan Roberts. Congratulations! Winners have all been contacted.***