Thursday 30 June 2016

Publication day: The Time to Kill

The Time to Kill is published by Orion today in the UK and some other territories. It's out in the US on 7 February next year, published under its original name.

I think this is my favourite book yet, and I can't wait to see if readers agree! So far, the advance word is pretty great.

Here's where you can buy the new Carter Blake book in your preferred format:

Trade paperback



Or, if you'd like to win a free signed copy of the trade paperback, click through to the Goodreads giveaway and register before July 14 - open to readers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Time to Kill by Mason Cross

The Time to Kill

by Mason Cross

Giveaway ends July 14, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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I'm going to be out and about doing events over the next few months, so don't forget to sign up to the mailing list for the latest news. Happy reading!

Monday 13 June 2016

The Time to Kill - early blogger reviews

Did I mention how much I love book bloggers?

With the decline in print media combined with a massive increase in the number of books being made available (both new and backlist, traditional and indie), it's tougher than ever for a new author to get his or her work noticed by readers. That's why book bloggers are one of the few developments of the digital revolution in publishing that's an unqualified blessing. If these guys love a book, they'll make sure readers know about it.

So I'm really pleased that the first few blog reviews of The Time to Kill are in, and so far it's going down amazingly well. These are just snippets, but please click through to read the full reviews of my book and many others.

"Those of us who have enjoyed the previous two Carter Blake books have been waiting for the showdown with his former employers with baited breath and it certainly did not disappoint."

"This novel from the author of The Killing Season and The Samaritan takes a simple idea, pitting a resourceful fugitive against multiple opponents and overwhelming odds and pushes it to its limits. The result is a thriller with pace and action to spare and a new series character with significant potential."

"The writing was fast paced and so much so that I had to slow myself down at times as I wanted to keep up the pace of the storyline! For those who haven’t read the rest of the series there is enough information there that you are not left feeling confused; I found it easy to connect with the characters and really feel the intensity that Blake felt as he pitted himself against the bad guys!

"Heart pounding, gut wrenching, sweaty palm kind of book – what a hell of a rollercoaster!"

The advance word is amazingly good on Goodreads too - lots of reviews already and a frankly astonishing rating average of 4.84. Long may that continue!

On a less-positive technology-related note, I've had some readers telling me they've received a cancellation from Amazon on their preorder of the new book from back when it was still called Winterlong.

No need to worry, it hasn't been cancelled, it's still out on 30 June in the UK and some overseas territories, and you can preorder it right here. Would have been nice if Amazon had told people about that part, but hey ho...

Saturday 11 June 2016

Author copies!

One of my absolute favourite things about being an author, as I've said before, is the day the new book gets delivered.

It makes all the hard work worthwhile when you can touch the tangible proof that an idea you had a couple of years ago is really going to become a real-live novel.

If I ever don't get excited by this, I'll know it's time to quit.

 The Time to Kill is published in the UK on June 30, and there's also an export version for overseas territories like Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The American edition will be published by Pegasus early next year.

Spot the difference...

Trade paperback



Wednesday 1 June 2016

Bloody Scotland - (Not) Born in the USA

The Bloody Scotland 2016 programme is launched today and I'm delighted to be appearing at this awesome festival for the third time.

I'm on with my Orion partner in crime Steve Cavanagh and also GJ Brown at the following event:

(Not) Born in the USA

Sunday 11 September from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | £7.50/£6.50

Despite being two Scots and a Northern Irishman, G. J. Brown, Steve Cavanagh and Mason Cross chose to set their crime novels in the good old US of A. Their pacy, high-octane thrillers are straight off the Hollywood playbook but have they really earned their stars and stripes? California-based Scot Catriona McPherson will find out if they can tell their APB from their BOLO. 

It should be a blast, and as a big Springsteen fan, I approve of the title.

You can book tickets for our event here, and don't forget to check out the full programme for lots of other great crime writing events and panels.

Remember to check out the events page on my website for upcoming dates - before we get to Bloody Scotland I have a couple of library events, #ScotLitFest, and of course the launch of The Time to Kill. And most of these are free, so you have no excuse not to come and heckle me at some point this summer.