Friday 6 May 2022


Yesterday I got this lovely rejection letter from Burning Chair Publishing

I submitted DOG LEAP STAIRS to them last May and had assumed I'd already had a rejection from them. Apparently not - and here it is. Such kind people. I can't reply to the email to thank them - so I'm thanking them here. 

 Thanks Pete & Si at Burning Chair - I'm sure you would have been wonderful to work with.

Query Reply fromBurning Chair PublishingDOG LEAP STAIRS

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Dear BarbaraWe're writing in response to the book you submitted to us last year: DOG LEAP STAIRS.As you may have guessed, we’ve been inundated over the past months with not only an unexpectedly large number of submissions but also a rather punishing publishing schedule – hence the reason why it’s taken so long to get back to you. We can only apologise – we totally appreciate how frustrating it is to wait on agents and publishers for their responses (if they ever arrive!) and while we have always challenged ourselves to respond to submissions in a sensible timescale, we do appreciate that we’ve fallen short on this occasion.We have now had a chance to consider, and we’re sorry to advise that we’re not in a position to take on your book at this time. This was not an easy decision for us, which is credit to you and your submission – the fact that it’s taken so long to respond, rather than a straight and quick “no thank you”, shows that yours is one of the ones we’ve agonised over, for all the right reasons.However, having discussed this at length, and taking into consideration our overflowing workloads, we have regretfully had to make some tough decisions as to what we do and do not take on for the time being. The fact is that we’ve essentially filled up our release schedules for the next 2 years+, and we’ve had to (reluctantly) face up to the fact that taking on new authors at this time would mean stretching ourselves so thin that we wouldn’t be able to do our existing authors justice, and certainly wouldn’t be able to dedicate sufficient time and attention to the new ones. As for how long it will be until we open up to new submissions from new authors, frankly at the moment we’re not sure, so we feel it’s only fair to give you a definitive answer rather than keep you hanging on indefinitely.Again, we are sorry to have taken so long to get back to you on this, and doubly sorry that the answer is a “no”. We would like to wish you every success with your book and your writing career, and hopefully at some point we will be able to work together. If not, and you find success with another publisher, we will be cheering you from the metaphorical sidelines!All the best and warm regardsPete & SiBurning Chair

Saturday 30 April 2022

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Friday 29 April 2022

Dog Leap Stairs - Crime / Psychological Realism

Newcastle 1955

Monica haunts the quayside picking up men of a certain age. Then one of them is found dead. Since nobody knows what she does at night, she can't be in the frame for the murder.

Can she?

At her lowest point, she meets Bobby Wilson, an ordinary lad, handsome in his way.

But is this the right time to fall in love?

As the oily Tyne flows past the wharfs and under the iconic bridge, middle-aged men are being targeted by a vicious killer. Monica Brown, damaged, abused, just happens to be in the area - just happens to be excited by the murders.

Dog Leap Stairs is a blend of psychological realism and crime; dark, claustrophobic and atmospheric, it is both a portrait of Tyneside in the 1950s and an account of one woman's struggle against her true nature.

Paperback £7.99 /$9.99 and eBook 99p/99c (until Monday 2nd May 2022) available from Amazon here:

Sunday 9 May 2021


I am delighted to have received a special runner up award for the Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction. My WIP Dog Leap Stairs was shortlisted in March and the winner (Robert Scragg) was announced at the beginning of May.

I was one of five shortlisted candidates and am honoured and amazed to have bene among them.

Thanks to LJ Ross for setting up this prize and to all the judges.

Thursday 21 January 2021

 LOVE ME TENDER - the latest DI Sterling crime novel from Lorraine Mace

Love Me Tender by Lorraine Mace is published by Headline Accent in paperback and eBook on 21st January.


I've read all the Paolo Sterling books and this one doesn't disappoint.

As usual,, it's a mix of gritty crime, police procedure and Paolo's personal life.  

Promoted, against his wishes, to DCI, Paolo is faced with insubordination from a member of his team and disapprobation from his boss.

And if cracking a drugs ring, tracking down a murderer and finding a missing woman isn't enough, he also has worries about his daughter, out of touch in Africa, and a renewed relationship with his ex-wife to contend with.

This is a good solid story of detection and I certainly didn't guess the culprit before the end.

Saturday 25 August 2018

Friday 9 September 2016

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Thursday 8 September 2016


The ebook of THE MAN WITH THE HORN is free now and for the next day or so. I would love some reviews so please help yourself to a copy from Amazon and leave a few words to say what you think.