Wednesday 25 October 2017

Grantown-on-Spey CrimeFest and how to win a book

Next weekend (November 3-5) I'm going to be at the Grantown-on-Spey CrimeFest for the first time, as part of a great lineup including Douglas Skelton, Michael J. Malone, Caro Ramsay, James Oswald, Lin Anderson, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Daniel Shand.

I'll be around all weekend, and on the Sunday morning I'll be chatting to Douglas Skelton and Caro Ramsay about crime over a bacon roll - they had me at bacon.

You can find out more and book tickets at the festival Facebook page.

In other news, you can win a signed copy of the nifty American Harlequin Worldwide Mystery edition of my first book, The Killing Season at Goodreads. Click on this handy link to enter before November 12...

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Killing Season by Mason Cross

The Killing Season

by Mason Cross

Giveaway ends November 12, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Sunday 15 October 2017

Free short story

If you're signed up to my readers club, you should have received an exclusive free ebook short story today.

This one isn't a Carter Blake story, but if you enjoy the exploits of Mr. Blake, it should be up your street.

It's called Expiry Date, and it stars a guy called Nathaniel Cage, who never met a problem he couldn't brute-force. His day begins with him plunging through a window on the 18th floor, and gets worse from there.

The story was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine a couple of years ago. Since then, it hasn't been available anywhere else... until now.

I'm setting up an automated response so that if you sign up in the next few weeks, you'll be emailed the story the next day, so there's still time if you missed out.

Join up here:

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Thursday 12 October 2017

A heads up...

If you're not already signed up to my Readers Club (and really, why wouldn't you be?), you may want to do so over the next few days.

It's completely free, you can unsubscribe at any time, and I promise not to spam you.

I'll only email you when I have something to tell you about, like a new book, or a special members-only exclusive.


So, like I say, what are you waiting for?

Join up here:

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Sunday 8 October 2017

Writing tips / musings: omnibus edition

I've written a few blog posts over the years on how I write, and been asked to contribute various 'top tips' articles to other publications.

I thought I'd group the ones which have been most popular together here.

I get irritated by writing tips blogs which hand down knowledge from on high as though graven in stone (talking of which, bonus tip - clichés are fine, used sparingly), so you should always go with the advice that works for you, and not feel bad about discarding the advice that doesn't.

Everyone's different, and your mileage may vary, as they say.


Monday 2 October 2017

Book Week Scotland events

I have a couple of library events lined up as part of the fabulous Book Week Scotland which is the week 27th November - 3rd December.

So far, I'm going to be at Dunblane Library on 28th November and Blantyre Library on the 30th - check out my events page for details and more dates as they're added.

If you'd like me to visit a library near you, ask them to get in touch. I'm happy to go pretty much anywhere, but if you live in Scotland libraries can access support to arrange an author visit through the Scottish Book Trust's Live Literature programme.

Hope to see some of you at an event!