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Friday, 24 April 2015

Introducing a new blog from my publisher, Severn House with news features and exclusive author content

My publisher, Severn House, has introduced a new blog. It plans to be their home for news, features, exclusive author content and much more. I was delighted to be asked to be their very first guest blogger. Severn House say, "What with our shiny new site and a brand new marine crime series sailing towards a library near you, Pauline has been musing on new beginnings."

Maiden Voyage


Spring heralds new beginnings, so what better time to launch not only the new Severn House blog but also a new crime series introducing a brand new action hero, Art Marvik in Silent Running. I could say I was clever and planned it that way but that would be telling a lie, and while lies are not the sort of thing a nice girl should stoop to they are, however, the stuff of any crime novel. Someone, somewhere along the line always lies to prevent the truth from being exposed, hence being found out in committing or covering up a crime! But to get back to new beginnings.

What prompted me to create a new hero?  

Ah, well you'll have to read on....  Click here to read the full article. 


"A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed." Booklist

About Severn House

Severn House is a vibrant independent publishing house, which produces a broad range of titles, from Crime & Mystery, Thrillers and Romance, to Sagas, General and Historical fiction.

Founded in 1974 as a publisher of hardback fiction, Severn House now produces titles in all formats, including eBooks and large print. Home to an impressive list of respected British and American authors, titles from Severn House are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten and occasionally mystify you, right to the last page.

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

An extract from the explosive new marine crime novel by Pauline Rowson - Silent Running

This extract is taken from the explosive new marine crime novel featuring former marine commando, special boat services officer, Art Marvik, Silent Running. Read the extract and see the photographs of where Silent Running is set set on the South Coast of England.


Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.

 

It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life

 

Published 30 March 2015 by Severn House


Read an extract


Marvik caught the sound of sirens in the distance. There was no time to lose. He leapt off the boat and sprinted to his own, knowing that somewhere in the car park or on the bank to his right the killer was watching him. He pressed the ignition at the helm. Nothing. He tried again. Shit! The sirens were growing louder. He didn’t have time to stay and be questioned by the police. Even if he did and explained the purpose of his visit and the fact he was investigating Esther Shannon’s murder and hoping to get some idea where Charlotte was being held and by whom, he could see his story being dismissed as ludicrous. The man who had murdered Esther Shannon was in prison. And Charlotte’s disappearance was much more likely to be laid at his door. After all he had been with her on Wednesday night. He had slept with her. Perhaps he hadn’t dropped her off at Town Quay but had dumped her body in the Solent. And he had been at that derelict coastguard cottage on Wednesday night when Ashley Palmer had gone missing. The police would claim that Charlotte and Ashley had been lovers and he had been jealous and had murdered them both. He was a trained killer. And what would they say of his motive for Ross’s death? His mind whirled as again and again he tried to start the engine. Someone would come up with a plausible motive, and his DNA and fingerprints were on Ross’s boat. And that had been the only evidence that had secured a conviction against Terence Blackerman.

The engine spluttered and died. The sirens were so loud now the police must be on the approach road to the marina. Should he abandon the boat and make for the shore, and return when the police had left? But no, they’d block the road and interview everyone who was around.

He tried again as the flashing blue lights came into view. At last! The engine sprang into life. He breathed a sigh of relief, cast off the only line at the rear holding him to the pontoon and, jumping on board, pushed up the throttle and swung out of the marina and into the river. He risked a glance back. There were no police on the pontoons but he could see activity at the marina.

Keeping strictly to the speed limit, not wanting to draw attention to himself, he motored slowly down the river towards the sea. Only once did he look back and see uniformed officers on the pontoon. It wasn’t until he was out to sea that he considered fully what had happened. Someone had given the police an anonymous tip-off. The killer most probably, and had the killer mentioned he’d seen a tall, muscular man with a scarred face climb on board the boat? You bet.

Littlehampton Marina, featured in the explosive marine crime novel, Silent Running by Pauline Rowson


Littlehampton,featured in the explosive marine crime novel, Silent Running by Pauline Rowson



Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK and is available to buy on line or from all good bookstores.  It is also available for loan in UK libraries.

Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Series of which there are currently eleven. Number 12 in the Horton series, Fatal Catch, will be published in September 2015. She is also the author of two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.
 

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Video Trailer - Silent Running, the explosive new crime novel, featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik, by Pauline Rowson

Monday, 20 April 2015

Silent Running, the new Pauline Rowson crime novel, featured on front page of Publishers Weekly at The London Book Fair

A lovely piece of news greeted me on the first day of the London Book Fair 2015 on 14 April when my publisher Edwin Buckhalter of Severn House handed me a copy of the first book fair edition of Publishers Weekly to see that my explosive new crime novel Silent Running, introducing former marine commando Art Marvik, was featured on the front page.

Silent Running the new crime novel by Pauline Rowson introducing former marine commando Art Marvik, featured in Publishers Weekly

 The London Book Fair was held at Olympia from 14th to 16th April.

Edwin Buckhalter, Chairman of Severn House says, 'The Art Marvik series has all the hallmarks of the Rowson brand - a troubled hero, the setting and atmosphere, the sailing and boats, interesting characters, and the intricate, complex plot. It is certainly something that will excite her existing fans and bring in new readers.'


Pauline Rowson with her publishers Severn House at the London Book Fair on 14 April 2015.



Pauline Rowson is the author of the popular crime series featuring DI Andy Horton, which has been optioned for a television series by one of the UK's top television production companies, Lime Pictures. Pauline Rowson is also the author of the award winning  thriller, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill. All her novels, including Silent Running, the first in the Art Marvik series are set against the backdrop of the sea on the South Coast of England. Published by Severn House they have attracted rave reviews from the UK and the USA.






Silent Running is available in hardcover in the UK from all bookstores, online and for loan in libraries.  It will be published in hardcover in the USA on July 1st and available as an e book and on Kindle from July 1st 2015.



Friday, 17 April 2015

The story behind Silent Running by Pauline Rowson - Upcoming4.me

 How a broken down lift inspired Silent Running the first in an explosive new marine crime series by Pauline Rowson featuring former Marine Commando, Art Marvik

The idea for Silent Running first came to me when I stepped inside a lift in a high-rise building in London, which also happened to be a club for service personnel and veterans (my husband being a former RAF Police Officer.) I wondered what would happen if the lift got stuck and if I was in it with one other person, a man I didn’t know. I dislike lifts and avoid them if I possibly can and I thought of a woman in this lift alone with a man she’d never met before. What would have enticed her into that lift if she was afraid of them? Who was the man with her? Did she know him? What would they speak about while waiting to be freed? Why would she invite him back to her room after they’d been released? And why would he kill her? The rest of the plot sprang from there.


The story behind Silent Running by Pauline Rowson - Upcoming4.me


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

An extract from the explosive new marine crime novel, Silent Running, by Pauline Rowson

This extract is taken from the explosive new marine crime novel featuring former marine commando, special boat services officer, Art Marvik, Silent Running. Read the extract and see the photographs of where Silent Running is set set on the South Coast of England.


Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.

 

It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life


Published 30 March 2015 by Severn House

Read an extract of Silent Running


They walked to the marina office by the lock where Marvik asked a member of staff to call a taxi for them. Outside Helen turned towards the harbour. ‘It’s nice here,’ she said, leaning on the railings and gazing out across the lake-like water and the surrounding flat countryside in the distance. The wide channel to their right led up to the small hamlet of Dell Quay, barely a handful of houses and a pub. Further northwards the water narrowed to a creek and then a stream and beyond that the South Downs.
‘Quiet too except for those noisy seagulls.’ She squinted up at them. Then she looked despondent. ‘I should have phoned in sick yesterday. I’ll need a job to go back to, even though I hate it.’
‘We’ll find a pay phone in Bognor.’
‘Never been to Bognor,’ she said, making an effort to brighten up.
‘There’s a first time for everything.’
She smiled. ‘Isn’t there a saying, "Bugger Bognor”, by some king or other?’
‘King George V who died in 1936. The legend has it that they were his last words and there are a couple of versions on why he said that. One is that he was in Bognor in 1928 recovering from a chest infection at a wealthy friend’s house and when he was leaving and was petitioned to rename it Bognor Regis, as a mark of his visit, he said "Bugger Bognor!” Another is that on his deathbed it was suggested that he’d soon be well enough to return for another spell of convalescence at Bognor, to which he replied—’
‘Bugger Bognor.’
‘And promptly died.’
‘So what did he actually say on his deathbed?’
‘No idea.’
She laughed. Marvik wished he could prolong the moment but soon they’d be sucked back into the more immediate past, and her past, and the wounds would start hurting again.
Staring back out to the harbour, she said, ‘I hope Amelia Snow is an early riser.’
Marvik just hoped she was at home.

Chichester Harbour across to the once Roman Hamlet of Dell Quay


Chichester Marina where Marvik moored up in Silent Running

Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK and is available to buy on line or from all good bookstores.  It is also available for loan in UK libraries.

Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Series of which there are currently eleven. Number 12 in the Horton series, Fatal Catch, will be published in September 2015. She is also the author of two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.


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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Silent Running, the explosive new crime novel from Pauline Rowson

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Read an extract from the new explosive marine crime novel Silent Running, by Pauline Rowson

This extract is taken from the explosive new marine crime novel featuring former marine commando, special boat services officer, Art Marvik, Silent Running. Read the extract and see the photographs of where Silent Running is set set on the South Coast of England.

 

Adrift after leaving the marines, Marvik finds himself being used as bait to catch a ruthless killer whose slaying spree spans the decades.

 

It's a mission that will put all his skills and training to the test- a dangerous assignment that could cost him his life


 Published 30 March 2015 by Severn House










Read an extract - Newtown Harbour, Isle of Wight


By the time he reached Newtown Harbour the wind had risen but the rain had come to little more than a few threatening and erratic flurries. He secured the boat and made for the cottage feeling troubled. A blackbird flew squawking into the air. On the surface everything looked the same. The cottage door was shut, the windows too; it was exactly as he had left it that morning. But there was something.

He scrutinized the garden and surrounding area. There was a branch of a shrub broken but nothing else. The rear door was locked and the alarm still set. He disengaged it and stood motionless for a moment, listening. Only the sound of the wind and the birdsong came to him. He studied the kitchen. Nothing had been disturbed or defiled. The kettle was exactly where he had left it on the dark blue range, the kitchen cupboards closed and his lap top computer was on the table in the centre of the room. He stiffened. No, that was wrong. It wasn’t exactly how he had left it. It had been moved just perceptibly. Or was that just him getting compulsive, obsessive and paranoid?

He crossed to it and studied it the computer and the table around it. The lid was down. It was the same distance from the edge of the table, the chair was in the exact position and yet as he studied both he knew there it was a fractionally different. Was it just his imagination? His eyes swung to the door which led into the hall and his pulse quickened. It was ajar as he had left it but he remembered looking back as he had set the alarm before leaving and like a snapshot the image reframed itself in his mind. Having a photographic memory was a gift and he’d developed that to become a skill over the years in combat. The door was open slightly wider than when he had left and Charlotte couldn’t have done that because she had been beside him when he had set the alarm.

Swiftly he went through the rest of the house looking for more signs of the intruder. He found them in his bedroom and in the living room. They were minuscule and would not have been noticed by anyone else but he knew exactly where and how everything had been left. There was a drawer not quite closed, a book slightly at an angle, a tube of toothpaste moved ever so slightly in the bathroom. Whoever had been here had been no common burglar because nothing had been stolen or wrecked. He had no television, no valuables, no money lying around, only his lap top and that was practically an antique. Whoever had entered the house had been expert, but not expert enough. His blood was pumping fast, the adrenalin was coursing through his body – not caused by fear or anger, he swiftly acknowledged, but with by exhilaration.

He recalled the flash of light he’d seen earlier through his binoculars and knew that Charlotte had been correct. Someone had followed her here and someone had been watching the cottage.

Newtown Harbour one of the locations for Silent Running, featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik

 Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK and is available to buy on line or from all good bookstores.  It is also available for loan in UK libraries.



Pauline Rowson is the author of the DI Andy Horton Marine Mystery Series of which there are currently eleven. Number 12 in the Horton series, Fatal Catch, will be published in September 2015. She is also the author of two standalone crime novels, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.
 

You can also subscribe to her newsletter for the latest book news, updates and her events.

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