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New look e-newsletter

My new official website has now been running for a month and I am pleased to say we have had excellent feedback from it. (Thank you Darren of Metadas Media for being such a talented web developer.) What’s great about it is that we can instantly update it ourselves, at any time, quickly and easily. We can post new events as they are confirmed, new book releases,… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on February 2, 2009 at 11:32pm — No Comments

How important is branding for books?

I've just started a new discussion on the Suspense/Thriller Writers Group on Facebook - How important is branding for books? Please feel free to join the discussion if you wish. Here is the link below to Facebook or you can comment here.…


Added by Pauline Rowson on January 26, 2009 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

BBC Radio Solent Called

BBC Radio Solent called today to ask me if I would be happy to be featured as one of ‘Julian’s People’ to follow throughout 2009. Of course I jumped at the chance. Julian Clegg presents a very lively radio programme from 6.30am to 9.30am every weekday.

“It may be Julian and the team of reporters, travel, weather and sport presenters behind the mic, but it's 'Julian's People' who really make BBC Radio Solent's breakfast show the South's favourite.

Julian’s show has… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on January 21, 2009 at 4:17am — No Comments

The New Inspector Horton Marine Mystery Crime Novel

Here it is, the jacket cover for the NEW Inspector Horton Marine Mystery - Dead Man's Wharf- the fourth in the series. It will be published on 30 April 2009. It looks pretty sinister to me and I hope you like it. Let me know what you think.

Below is a preview of what's to come in Dead Man's Wharf. I'll be posting an extract from the book on my web site in due course. For now you can read extracts of Tide of Death and Deadly Waters, featuring… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on January 17, 2009 at 4:16am — No Comments

Good News For Murder Mystery Writers

There's good news in the midst of all the doom and gloom recession - for murder mystery writers like me that is (I hope)! According to an article in the Saturday Telegraph Review section today, 'Misery memoirs will nosedive in favour of romances and murder mysteries.' Yes, I hear you all cry.

The article, written by Helen Brown, examines what kind of books we'll be buying through a recession. Most publishers agree we're likely to turn away from the grimmer stuff including misery… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on January 11, 2009 at 1:39am — 1 Comment

Copy edits, Cornwall and Newcastle

I have just finished going through the copy-edit proofs for DEAD MAN'S WHARF, the new DI Andy Horton marine mystery crime novel due to be published in hardback on 29 April 2009. There weren't any revisions to the manuscript thank goodness and only a few small alterations but this is a task that I am not overly fond of. Why? Because I have an irresistible urge to keep changing what I have written. I always think I could improve a word here, a sentence or a paragraph there, but this is often… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on January 6, 2009 at 3:48am — No Comments

A busy year ahead

2009 promises to be a busy year for me with seven of my books being published and some talks and events already lined up. But first, as it is the New Year, it's a good time to reflect on what has gone before and then to set objectives and look forward to events in 2009. So here goes:

Looking back at 2008

In Cold Daylight, my thriller featuring Adam Greene, reached the top ten shortlist for the World Book Day Prize 2008 and came sixth in an on line… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on January 2, 2009 at 2:33am — No Comments

What a swell party- thanks BBC!

This morning, long before the sun rise, I travelled to the BBC studios in Southampton for the Radio Solent Christmas Breakfast Party to celebrate BBC Radio Solent's 100 Lives Project.

BBC Radio Solent's 100 Lives project offers a snapshot of life in the 21st century by following the lives of 100 people over the year. I was chosen as one of the 100 Lives because I live in the Solent area and my marine mystery crime novels featuring Inspector… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on December 18, 2008 at 1:30am — No Comments

My Polish Publisher Comes Up Trumps

I have just received the Polish copy of my thriller, In Cold Daylight, renamed Fire and Water in Poland (Ogien i Woda) and it looks fantastic.

The cover image is very impressive and the book is a cross between a hardback and paperback with a very unusual flap extending from the front and back cover which you can use as a handy bookmark - a brilliant idea. There is a lovely illustration… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on December 13, 2008 at 4:00am — 3 Comments

Coffee, Crime And Croissants

I've been invited to BBC Radio Solent's On Air Christmas Party on 17 December 2008. It's part of the BBC's 100 Lives Project and I am one of the "lives!"

BBC Radio Solent's 100 Lives project offers a snapshot of life in the 21st century by following the lives of 100 people over the year. I was privileged and pleased to be chosen as one of those… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on December 10, 2008 at 9:45pm — No Comments

Check Out The New Official Pauline Rowson Web Site

The new Official Pauline Rowson Web Site is now live and looking good. If you haven't already discovered it there is a lot on it, including information on all the DI Horton Marine Mystery crime novels, the thrillers, my play, Murder at the Pelican Club, and my marketing and motivational books with widgets where you can listen to previews.

There are also videos of me being interviewed by Raychel Harvey-Jones… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on December 4, 2008 at 12:31am — No Comments

In Cold Daylight Now Published in Poland

In Cold Daylight was published in Poland today. Renamed Fire And Water ( Ogien i Woda) this is the second of my marine mystery crime novels to be published in Polish. It is always very exciting to see your work translated into another language and I was also thrilled to receive an e mail from Polish journalist, Anna Kutrzuba, who interviewed me for an article on the book's release. She's written a lovely piece and the article is laid out… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 29, 2008 at 2:15am — No Comments

A Completely Novel Interview

An innovative and exciting new web site recently contacted me regarding an interview. is a free web application for everyone who loves books - writers, readers, publishers, agents, printers. In fact anyone in the books business. The interview is posted on the community page of the CompletelyNovel website - You will need to… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 26, 2008 at 3:47am — No Comments

Curl up with a Marine Mystery this Christmas

What's good enough for Dan Brown and Random House is good enough for me. Random House US is launching a major advertising campaign in the USA on 23 November, with Dan Brown and other notables from the world of fiction, showing consumers that books make an ideal Christmas present. So, in my own little way I thought I'd beat the drum for the UK.

According to a survey in the UK by Deloitte, (one of my former employers by the way) books are desired… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 21, 2008 at 1:51am — No Comments

Latest book news and forthcoming marine mysteries

I’ve just received from my publisher my copies of the Large Print version of Deadly Waters, which is now on sale. It looks really good and I hope it enables people who are visually impaired (sadly a growing number) to enjoy this marine mystery crime novel.

Deadly Waters is already available as a talking book and in hardback and trade paperback and will shortly be published as a mass market paperback in the UK with a new jacket cover in April… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 11, 2008 at 3:23am — No Comments

Marine Mystery Scene

I have set my Marine Mystery crime novels on the south coast of England where the sea becomes the backdrop to murder, treachery, deceit, betrayal, evil and revenge. They feature the flawed and rugged detective DI Andy Horton. He’s tough as a container ship, having dredged through the sludge of life's sewerage, since childhood. Abandoned by his mother when he was ten, with no knowledge of his father , Horton turns from battling with crime on the… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 6, 2008 at 1:08am — No Comments

Carry On Writing

It’s hectic on the writing front at the moment with time off for a quick photoshoot for a newspaper. I am currently writing the fifth DI Horton Marine Mystery, as well as revising three of my business books which are set for publication in May 2009. The fourth DI Horton Marine Mystery is currently with my publisher and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they don’t want too many revisions. My new author web site is being developed and that always… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 4, 2008 at 2:35am — No Comments

Film Maker wanted to make trailer

The producers of my play, Murder at the Pelican Club which is to be premiered in Liverpool on 26 November are looking for a Liverpool based Film Maker to make a Murder at the Pelican Club trailer, credited and looped all day in a venue in Liverpool. It will also be shown on You Tube, and excerpts on MySpace, Facebook plus other social networking sites. How exciting and what a fantastic opportunity for someone. Great exposure and experience. So come on all… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on November 1, 2008 at 3:30am — No Comments

Murder at the Pelican Club - A Brand New Murder Mystery Play

In August I was commissioned to write a murder mystery play. More used to penning crime novels this is my first serious play and I thoroughly enjoyed writing it. It began with an e mail in August asking writers for submissions for a new murder mystery play to be performed by professional actors and actresses in the autumn. Deadlines were extremely tight. I needed to know more.

What kind of play were they looking for? Was it to be a serious play… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on October 19, 2008 at 2:17am — No Comments

I'm pining for the Frankfurt Book Fair

I never thought I’d say it but I’m pining for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Here's a photo of me at the 2007 Frankfurt Book Fair. It is the first time in four years that I won’t be going. I didn’t think I would miss the experience especially after last year when the German train drivers decided to go on strike. We were staying in a lovely hotel in Bad Nauheim, (where we always stay because it overlooks the most fantastic park) but this meant we had… Continue

Added by Pauline Rowson on October 15, 2008 at 3:31am — No Comments

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