REMINDER: The Dark Manual promotion on Amazon UK

We don't want you to miss it! Until the end of October, Colin O'Sullivan's chilling and thought-provoking novel THE DARK MANUAL, due to become a TV series, is promoted on Amazon UK, and you can read the e-book for £0.99 only!

October treat: Amazon UK promotion for Colin O’Sullivan’s novel “The Dark Manual”

During the whole month of October, readers in the UK & Ireland can buy The Dark Manual here for £0.99! This is, of course, a Kindle edition. Print edition is also available on Amazon, the Book Depository (free delivery worldwide), etc. Or maybe you prefer to watch it on TV? It's coming, but it will … Continue reading October treat: Amazon UK promotion for Colin O’Sullivan’s novel “The Dark Manual”

Christmas Prize Draw!

Vote for your favourite Betimes Books cover for a chance to win a print copy of one of our books! The Prize Draw is open to people aged 18 and over who provide their email address by voting for their favourite cover and would be happy to provide their postal address if they win. Please … Continue reading Christmas Prize Draw!

A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan

From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories  David Hogan's melancholy Christmas tale serves to remind us to gather our friends and family close to us as the dark of winter draws in. All about the power of stories in understanding our hopes for the future, his tale is the perfect accompaniment to staring out of the … Continue reading A melancholy Christmas tale by David Hogan

Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa

From our collection Gifts: Bittersweet Christmas Stories  Feliz Navidad  is a sombre Christmas tale from Sam Hawken that serves as a powerful and poignant reminder that Christmas is a time when we need to reach out to others. Encompassing the importance of the gift of charity, and of extending a compassionate welcome to all people, Feliz Navidad is … Continue reading Sam Hawken’s Bad Santa

Festive fun: Jackie Mallon’s Fairytale of New York

Blue and Unassuming Under the Christmas Star is a seasonal spin-off from Jackie Mallon's book, Silk for the Feed Dogs. The story returns to the problems of the loveable but habitually disaster-prone Kat as she tries to find some Christmas spirit in the hearts of the famously grumpy New Yorkers. Jackie Mallon manages to capture what it … Continue reading Festive fun: Jackie Mallon’s Fairytale of New York

Craig McDonald about the challenge of writing a series

 Not the end of something? By Craig McDonald In autumn 2007, HEAD GAMES was published by Ben Leroy and Bleak House books. It went on to earn best first novel nominations for the Edgar Award, the Anthony, and the Sélection du prix polar Saint-Maur en Poche in France, among others. It also launched a series … Continue reading Craig McDonald about the challenge of writing a series

Adopt a Minotaur this Christmas

"If all the ways I have been along were marked on a map and joined up with a line, it might represent a minotaur."     —Pablo Picasso Craig McDonald's novel Toros & Torsos is based on a theory that the famous Los Angeles "Black Dahlia" murders were inspired by the Surrealist masterpieces of the 1930s. McDonald took … Continue reading Adopt a Minotaur this Christmas

An unmissable book at an unbeatable price

Bring New York on holidays with you with this August promotion of Richard Kalich's Central Park West Trilogy : it's only £0.99 on Amazon UK until the end of the month! *** – So we are going to do this like a courtroom drama, or an interrogation? – Yes. We are. We are indeed. – Why? – Because most … Continue reading An unmissable book at an unbeatable price

Something Parisian for your home

We are pleased to announce that you can now order any illustration from our book IN LOVE WITH PARIS as a limited edition print, numbered x/50 and signed by the artist. The book contains 67 colour illustrations by Gérard Ramon and quotes about Paris from Victor Hugo, Charles Baudelaire, Ernest Hemingway, Julien Green, and others. … Continue reading Something Parisian for your home

Kindle promotion in Australia for TOROS & TORSOS

Kindle edition for only 99 cents!   “Nothing short of a surrealistic masterwork.”  —Chicago Tribune “McDonald’s imaginative tale takes an enjoyably different approach to art and murder.” —Publishers Weekly “In his lush, sprawling novel Craig McDonald draws together both the timeliest markers of mid-century America—modernism, surrealism, film noir, pulp fiction, communism—and the eternal touchstones of … Continue reading Kindle promotion in Australia for TOROS & TORSOS

HEAD GAMES features in Amazon Australia’s Winter Sale

After the big success of the first five Hector Lassiter novels, Australian fans of the series can discover the now-cult  Edgar® Award finalist HEAD GAMES -- for only AUS $0.99: http://www.amazon.com.au/Head-Games-Hector-Lassiter-novel-ebook/dp/B00SFQEQ92/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1437602800&sr=1-6 Read Craig McDonald's blog post to learn more about the novel and the series: http://craigmcdonaldbooks.blogspot.ie/2015/07/head-games-hello-again-australia.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ciKIvQ5GI

Australian readers discover Sam Hawken

Poignant and timely, Sam Hawken​'s novel LA FRONTERA is currently on #promotion in Australia: http://www.amazon.com.au/Frontera-Sam-Hawken-ebook/dp/B00GZRNOAU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429693493&sr=1-1&keywords=La+Frontera "I put aside books from Michael Connolly, Ken Follett and a dozen others to read this. And I was not disappointed. I rarely do reviews. I think a lot of them are phoney. This one isn't. Sam Hawken is at … Continue reading Australian readers discover Sam Hawken

Australian promotion for REACH THE SHINING RIVER by Kevin Stevens

Australian readers, don't miss Kevin Stevens beautiful historical crime novel REACH THE SHINING RIVER for only 0.99 AUD: http://www.amazon.com.au/REACH-SHINING-RIVER-Kevin-Stevens-ebook/dp/B00JYBISXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1429692688&sr=1-1&keywords=Reach+the+Shining+River “Not only a solid murder mystery, but equally a colourful and thought-provoking study of a moment in time. With the rhythm and cadence of the prose, echoing the blues soundtrack that underscored the whole book, Stevens … Continue reading Australian promotion for REACH THE SHINING RIVER by Kevin Stevens

PERMANENT FATAL ERROR on Kindle Bestseller list in Australia

PERMANENT FATAL ERROR by Hadley Colt in Australia: • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) • #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers > Suspense • #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > … Continue reading PERMANENT FATAL ERROR on Kindle Bestseller list in Australia

Video trailer and excerpt from PERMANENT FATAL ERROR by Hadley Colt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZICG3qjKeQ   The following excerpt refers to Everett Hyde's letter: "Ashley’s former professor drew a deep breath and said, “Tough stuff, isn’t it? I received it, via his publisher, about three months after the publication of his third novel, Rain Dogs. About a year before the death, as I recall it. I was asking his … Continue reading Video trailer and excerpt from PERMANENT FATAL ERROR by Hadley Colt

“Lying Still” by David Hogan

David Hogan’s The Last Island is currently on promotion in Australia.

David Hogan - Writer

Hospital Bed

When I was 17 years old, I dove into a swimming pool and broke my neck.

Until that moment, I’d been relentlessly active, my days taxed with dread of missing something somewhere. I was on the student council and participated in a wide variety of school clubs. I always secured a part in the school play and rode a unicycle in talent shows. I ran cross-country in the fall, track in the spring and was co-captain of the basketball team in between. I was an honor student who worked full-time in the summer and caddied most weekends in the spring and early fall, except on certain Sundays when I served as an altar boy. I’d never had a drink or a smoke, and I rarely swore. Yet that pleasant summer day, for reasons still unclear to me, I plunged into a six-foot deep above-ground pool and slammed the top of…

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Anti-Valentine! Excerpt from CHARLIE P by Richard Kalich

From the chapter "The young harpist" At age fifty-seven Charlie P fell in love with a twenty year-old Bulgarian harpist entering Juilliard on scholarship. Besides being young and beautiful, she came from a good family, too. Her mother not only taught ethics at the university, but practiced what she preached. Her father discovered the cure … Continue reading Anti-Valentine! Excerpt from CHARLIE P by Richard Kalich

Valentine’s Day: “Let’s get that ring a mate”

              Excerpt from Forever's Just Pretend  by Craig McDonald "She bit her lip. “Have I scared you buying us a love nest, Hec?” “You, the nomad, bought a house?” Hector could hardly believe what he was hearing. Brinke was the consummate globetrotter. He bit his lip, watching her. Well, … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: “Let’s get that ring a mate”

Willow Weep for Me

"By the time the singer appeared, the house was full. Arlene Gray stepped elegantly on the stage and approached the microphone, one hand moving in time with the music, the other resting against the curve of her hip. There was warm applause. Light-skinned and full-figured, she wore a black, strapless sheath with sequins that sparkled … Continue reading Willow Weep for Me