Greetings from my attic in the Blue Mountains!
How quickly times can change. Since our last newsletter a month ago, the world is no longer the same, and we are all living in a new reality. Our spaceship is in the grip of an unprecedented world-wide pandemic, and each and every one of us has a role to play in fighting this. How well we do this will determine how, and when, we’ll get through the crisis. Now more than ever, we must keep a cool head and do what’s necessary, not only for ourselves, but for the common good.
Australia is no stranger to catastrophic challenges. We have just come through the worst bushfires in living memory, followed by devastating floods, just to be greeted by the coronavirus pandemic reaching our shores.
I have absolutely no doubt that together we will defeat this invisible enemy, and I will do my utmost to contribute to this effort in whatever way I can. Many of you are, like me, staying at home, or living in isolation. That brings with it challenges of its own. I believe that as a writer, I can do something to help you deal with those challenges. How? By entertaining you with my books, because reading is an excellent way to keep up morale, help you relax and take a little time out. And that, my friends, is critically important if we want to be victorious in this fight. We can do it, and I know we will! So, chin up, and don’t forget WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!
SOMETHING EXCITING to share with you.
But wait, that wasn’t all! In addition, the boxset also reached # 1 in three other categories, namely: #1 in the Kindle Store Mystery Anthologies, #1 in Historical Mysteries, and #1 in Historical Thrillers. In short, a clean sweep across the rankings board. Needless to say, this would not have been possible without your wonderful support and the many eloquent reviews you have so diligently posted. For a writer like me, this is the recognition that makes it all worthwhile because it tells me that my work is not only well received by my readers, but by serious professional critics as well. Therefore, a big THANK YOU to you all, because this recognition doesn’t just belong to the author, but is to be shared with you all.
Choosing a Reader of the Month is never easy because every month, there are so many deserving candidates. However, this month one reader definitely stood out. Let me tell you why.
During the launch of The Curious Case of the Missing Head late last year, we had a number of winners who won prizes. One of those prizes was a Skype meeting with the author; me. Because of travel commitments and other obstacles, it wasn’t possible to arrange this meeting until a few days ago. As a result, the winner, Judi who lives in California and is one of my dedicated readers, and I, spent a wonderful hour chatting to each other on Skype.
To me, this has been a very special experience because I rarely get to meet one of my readers who lives on the other side of the globe. Judi’s enthusiasm about the Jack Rogan Mysteries Series has been delightful, and her in-depth knowledge and understanding of my books, simply astonishing. Needless to say, Judi has read all of my books, including my free publications and novellas, and knows my characters, locations and storylines as intimately as I do, and that’s why you, Judi, are the Reader of the Month for March. Congratulations, and please keep up your enthusiasm, and stay in touch!