Wednesday 29 April 2015

Twitter Q&A

I'm doing my first Twitter Q&A tomorrow, answering questions from 12 noon BST, but you can ask me one anytime using #AskMasonCross

Looking forward to seeing what people come up with!

If you'd like to follow me, you can do that anytime and my handle is @MasonCrossBooks

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Paperback writer

The paperback release of Killing Season seems to be going well, which is great news. Orion has unleashed a brilliant poster campaign at railway stations throughout the UK, and I've had people tweeting me snaps of the poster from all over the place:
Glasgow Central
The Angel Islington (my first Monopoly location!)

Paddington Station
The book has also had fantastic support from Waterstones (particularly, as always, Waterstones Argyle Street who gave me an entire window!)

...and it also seems to be doing well in supermarkets and WH Smith. It's been spotted in the charts at no.3 in Morrisons, no.9 in WH Smith and no.2 in Sainsburys, which is just amazing. It's also a new entry at number 4 on the Bookseller magazine's top 20 fiction heatseekers, which charts which books are being talked about and making a splash.



Waterstones Argyle Street

WH Smith

One thing I've really started to appreciate when checking out various displays is how well the colour and design of the cover really stands out from everything else on the shelves. I definitely owe the sales & marketing and design people at Orion a few drinks for putting together such an attractive product.

People following me on social media are probably heartily sick of me retweeting endless pictures of the poster and the book on the shelves, so I'd like to offer my apologies for that.  I'm ticking all of the ideal fantasy author experience boxes right now, and it feels amazing to see my book everywhere.

So thank you to everyone who has bought a copy, written a review, recommended it to a friend or tweeted me a pic of a poster near them - you all rock. And I promise I'll settle down soon and shut the hell up.

Inside Job: Aye Write panel

Just a quick reminder to say I'll be moderating the Inside Job panel at Glasgow's Aye Write Book Festival, in the wonderfully grand surroundings of the Mitchell Library.

The panel features two ex-police officers and one ex-parole officer talking about how their real-life experience has influence their crime writing. It's my first time in the questioner's chair, and I'm excited about it - you can get tickets on the Aye Write website or at the door - check out the events page for more details.

The event kicks off at 6pm - hope to see you there!

Thursday 9 April 2015

The paperback

The Killing Season is published across the UK in paperback today!

You can get it, well... pretty much everywhere:


Apologies for the difficulty finding links for the supermarkets, but the big four have all ordered healthy numbers, so you should see it in store soon.

Orion is really pulling out the stops for me on the publicity, and I'm looking forward to reaching a whole lot of new readers.

Waterstones Argyle Street has also been as fantastic as always - they received an early shipment of the paperback last week, which I duly signed:

...and they now have an amazing window display promoting the book.

And if that's not enough, the first few people to buy the book at the Argyle Street store will receive one of these exclusive Killing Season shot glasses (took me a while to get that):

In fact that last thing is so cool that I may even be tempted to buy a copy of my own book...

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Audiobook winners

The winners of the audiobook giveaway have now been randomly selected and are...


Carolyn Ferris
and Karen (Euro Crime)

Both lucky winners receive an unabridged CD copy of The Killing Season on audiobook, narrated by the fantastic Eric Meyers.

Big thank you to everyone who entered or shared the competition!