https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cH-YSvj6eE Video 2: Scotched Nation. I created these brief videos as publicity tools to explain, as concisely as possible, the purpose and scope of my new series of political thriller fiction. The Willie Morton mystery thriller series, rooted in Edinburgh, is set around some of the most wonderful landscapes that Scotland has to offer, in many locations that are off the beaten track. An early comment on the visual quality of the writing, by (strangely enough) a Scottish publisher interested in publishing the first book, referred to the immersive nature of the writing. I decided against accepting their offer, preferring to retain, for the moment, my artistic independence, in order to establish the series. I believe the books would make excellent films as they have three of the essential ingredients: strong conflict embedded in compelling narratives about an emerging Scotland, wonderfully scenic locations for action sequences and topical themes as relevant and urgent as today’s headlines. And all of this within the structure of an ongoing fiction series involving a cast of believable characters and a quite flawed but likeable protagonist, struggling freelance journalist, Willie Morton.
October is the busiest month! At least for me. I have two new books out. Firstly, Scotched Nation, the second Willie Morton political conspiracy thriller, which is now on general release after a month of pre-orders. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scotched-Nation-Willie-Morton-mystery/dp/0993384056Thanks to those who pre-ordered. It is now available in paperback and on Kindle and an audiobook is in preparation. Secondly, the fourth edition of my local bestseller, Modern Dundee: Life in the city since World War Two, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Dundee-Andrew-Murray-Scott/dp/1780916000is now available in paperback. This popular social history is fully revised and has approximately fifty new photographs and additional material bringing the story bang up to date. It is the perfect Christmas present for Scots here and abroad with a Dundee connection. Details and more information on the relevant page here and quick links to buy direct are also included on ‘Buy Andrew’s books’ home page. Thanks for your interest!
This two minute video gives a brief insight into the concept behind my new political thriller series and the first title, Deadly Secrecy and forthcoming second title, Scotched Nation, due out in October. I’d welcome invites to give talks, including brief readings from the novels, at groups, bookgroups, branches, libraries and Yes hubs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-lp-KBXQzM&feature=youtu.be
Here’s a random selection of images from my book signing tour of bookshops in the north-east. It was a lot of fun and the weather was great. I signed copies in every store and met some real book enthusiasts. I hope to get invited to several book festivals in the area in the future and would like to thank all the bookshop staff who helped to make it such a pleasant experience. It wasn’t a sellout but I took a cardboard box of books and came back with just ten books. On the other hand, my wife and I also bought a lot of books!
As many authors and publishers would admit, it’s more difficult to get magazines and newspapers to review your books. Space is so limited these days and there are so many books out there. But you try not to think of that and send your book off for review, and of course try to get online reviews too.
But Deadly Secrecy has been lucky so far, we’ve had some great reviews and mentions in the press. The book has even been mentioned in The Times and read by the Daily Record‘s political editor who found it entertaining. This is a summary of the reviews so far:
‘Comprehensive and satisfying… from the opening pages I was immediately drawn into the intriguing plotline… a complex, multi-layered novel that demands the reader’s undivided attention… riveting… tension-filled from start to finish… very impressive’ – Dundee Courier
‘Loosely-based on the Willie McRae killing, a fast-moving novel… keeps you involved right to the end… a very good read’ – Scots Independent
‘This former press officer’s debut mystery, set in Scotland, is a page-turner’ – Evening Telegraph
‘Scott cleverly weave this politically-charged story together through journalist Willie Morton’s journey across Scotland’ – Scottish Field
‘Real page-turner… keeps up the tension throughout’ – Lesley Riddoch
‘Entertaining conspiracy fiction with the Brits as the baddies’ – David Clegg, Political Editor, Daily Record
‘a pacy read and an enjoyable story… the tension is maintained’ – Retired Reader, Amazon.co.uk
‘real page-turner and kept me engrossed throughout… very evocative. I really recommend it’ – Busy Bookworm, Waterstones.com
Very successful book signing hosted by the excellent team at the Scots Independent at the EICC on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of friendly advice and support from the great and good and some great laughs and reminiscences. The bearded gent whose copy I’m signing is my old AUSNA pal Sandy Allan, with former SI editor Jim Lynch and his wife and Ian Hamilton – a great SI team. Thanks guys! We shifted box loads. Pic courtesy of Tony Grahame.