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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Lowering the temperature with chilling tales in a heatwave

Talking about crime in a heatwave might bring the temperature down if it's a chilling tale but it was still hot stuff in The Bell Inn, Brook, in the New Forest on 1 July when I gave a talk to the lovely gentlemen of New Forest North Probus on the hottest day of 2015 (so far) and the hottest July day in the UK ever!


Pauline Rowson entertaining the gentlemen of New Forest North Probus July 2015

The Bell Inn is a beautiful old pub in one of the loveliest parts of the New Forest where amazingly the cattle roam the roads freely along with the ponies.  Here are two of the them taking advantage of the shad close to the Bell Inn hotel, perhaps they're waiting for someone to buy them a drink!


Cows heading for a drink at The Bell Inn, New Forest the heatwave makes us all thirsty July 2015

It was a stifling hot afternoon but I'm delighted that no one fell asleep during my talk as I took the audience through how I plan, plot, research and write my crime novels, how I create the characters and where I draw my inspiration from, which is the sea on the South Coast of England where my novels are primarily set although my new hero, former marine commando Art Marvik, introduced in SILENT RUNNING does stray further afield on his dangerous missions.



Pauline Rowson talking about the Art Marvik crime novel Silent Running - New Forest North Probus- July 2015


I also talked about my flawed and rugged sailing detective, DI Andy Horton, the background to his quest to find the truth behind his mother's disappearance over thirty years ago and the many crimes he is pulled in to help solve on his home patch of Portsmouth and across the Solent on the Isle of Wight.




Pauline Rowson talking about the DI Andy Horton crime novel Shroudof Evil - New Forest North Probus- July 2015

 The audience were very appreciative and asked lots of questions, after which I signed copies of my crime novels.It was a very enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to New Forest North Probus for asking me to speak.




Pauline Rowson answering a question-New Forest North Probus July 2015

My next speaking engagement is 19 July when I'll be talking to members of Romsey U3A.

You can see all my forthcoming engagements on the Events Page on my website. 

To inquire or book me as a speak please use the form on the Contact Us Page on my website.




Thursday, 2 July 2015

Crime and the south featured on BBC Radio Solent, Julian Clegg Breakfast Show

It's an early start on Monday 6 July when I head for the BBC South studios in Southampton for my interview on BBC Radio Solent with the lovely Julian Clegg on his very popular breakfast show.

I'll be on air at 7.25 a.m. and we'll no doubt be talking about the publication of Silent Running, featuring former marine commando, Special Boat Services Officer, Art Marvik and my forthcoming new DI Andy Horton novel, Fatal Catch.

If you can't tune in you will be able to listen to the interview on the BBC iplayer after the show.  I'll post an article, link and photos here.

The DI Andy Horton series has been optioned for television by one of the UK's top television productions companies, Lime Pictures.  The next DI Andy Horton novel due to be published in September 2015 by Severn House, is Fatal Catch number 12 in the police procedural series set in the Solent, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight on the South Coast of England.

Silent Running is published in hardcover in the UK and USA and is also now available as an ebook and on Kindle.

Enter the competition to win an ebook of Silent Running.  Competition closes 20 July 2015.

All my crime novels are also available for loan in UK, Commonwealth and USA libraries.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What's on in July 2015 - talks, radio interviews, new crime novel published as e book and in USA

July kicks off in a heatwave and the first of three appearances for me.  It's also publication day in the USA for the red hot new crime novel, SILENT RUNNING, the first in a brand new series featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik. Silent Running is also published as an ebook on July 1st and there is the chance to win a copy in a competition.


Silent Running, the first in the new marine crime series featuring former marine commando, Art Marvik, by Pauline Rowson


On 1 July I'll be giving an after lunch talk to the gentlemen of New Forest North Probus Club. I only hope the room is air conditioned! It might be too hot for them - temperature wise that is, not the content of my talk  which will be how I plot, plan, research and write my crime novels. Let's hope the heat, food and drink doesn't send them to sleep.  I'll have to be especially entertaining!  Photos and more on this blog later.

Next up is an interview on BBC Radio Solent with the lovely Julian Clegg on his Breakfast Show on Monday 6 July at 7.25 am. And if you're not listening in  at the time then you can play it back on  BBC iplayer after the show.  I'll post the link on this blog after the interview. It's always great to talk to Julian Clegg on his programme which I do every three months.  I love giving radio interviews.  I'll be telling him and his listeners about the new Art Marvik crime novel, Silent Running and the competition to win a copy, which runs until 20 July.  More details on how to enter the competition here.

On Wednesday 15 July I'll be giving a talk to the members of Romsey U3A, again about how I write my crime novels.  This will be followed by a Q and A session and a book signing.

Also in July I'll be working on the outline plot of the third in the Art Marvik crime series, having sent number two in the series off to my publisher, Severn House.

I will also be working on the copy-edits for the new DI Andy Horton crime novel, number 12 in the series, FATAL CATCH which will be published in the UK on 28 September 2015 and in the USA in January 2016.



Fatal Catch, number 12 in the DI Andy Horton Police Procedural crime series by Pauline Rowson


So all in all a busy month.




Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Win an ebook of Pauline Rowson's explosive marine crime novel - Silent Running

Win a copy of my brand NEW crime novel SILENT RUNNING introducing former marine commando, Art Marvik. Severn House Publishers are giving away 5 FREE ebooks of Silent Running

Tough, fearless and fit, Marvik is not bound by the rules of the law


"Fans of Rowson’s DI Andy Horton books will be delighted with her new series featuring former marine commando Art Marvik. A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist



The competition is open to all.  Closing date 20 July 2015. Winners will be announced on 24 July 2015 and notified by e mail. 

It's simple to enter.  Become a sleuth and see if you can track down the name of the dog in Silent Running. 

Click here to get your clues and to enter the Silent Running Competition.



Good luck.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Great audience at Totton South U3A for a tour around crime writing

Almost a hundred people packed Colbury Memorial Hall on the edge of the New Forst, Hampshire on a very hot summer's day in June to listen to me talking about how I research, plot and write my crime novels. I talked about the DI Andy Horton series set in the Solent area on the South Coast of England, which has recently been optioned for TV by one of the UK's top television production companies, Lime Pictures, who are seeking to bring the flawed and rugged, sailing  detective, Andy Horton to the TV screens.




A packed audience at Totton South U3A listening to Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels


I also spoke about my new hero, former marine commando, Art Marvik, in Silent Running, and my stand alone thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill.

I explained where I draw my ideas from for my crime novels which is often from locations or overheard conversations, how I create my characters using mind maps, how I use a storyboard to plot the novels and how I research them.





Pauline Rowson explaining how she writes her crime novels to members of Totton South U3A June 2015


After my talk there was as usual a Q and A which was followed by a book signing over tea.



Pauline Rowson talking about her crime novels to members of Totton South U3A June 2015



Pauline Rowson signing copies of her crime novels at Totton South U3A

 The U3A movement is huge in the UK and growing by the day.  It stands for the University of the Third Age and is an organisation that brings together retired and semi-retired people to learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the joy of discovery.

My thanks to Totton South U3A for inviting me to talk.

See all my events for 2015 and 2016.  To book me to speak to your organisation please use the  contact form on my website.

Competition to win a FREE copy of SILENT RUNNING


Enter the competition to win a copy of SILENT RUNNING, my latest new explosive marine crime novel. Severn House Publishers has 5 free ebooks to give away. All you have to do is guess the name of the dog mentioned in Silent Running and there are clues to help you.  Become a sleuth and see if you can fathom out the clues and be a winner.


Enter the Silent Running Competition.





Silent Running is published by Severn House and introduces former marine commando, special boat services officer, Art Marvik.

Marvik, adrift after leaving the marines and smarting from his first failed civilian mission seeks refuge in a remote  cottage on the Isle of Wight. Then a visit from a former girlfriend and a missing computer  scientist changes everything. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked into a dangerous  assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills, and those of his  friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun Strathen, to get to  the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again.





The tenth DI Andy Horton crime novel, Death Surge, is now available in paperback and as an e book.

Shroud of Evil, the eleventh is in hardcover and e book format and for all you DI Andy Horton fans and for many of you wanting to know what really happened to Andy's mother after she abandoned him when he was ten more will be revealed in DI Andy Horton 12, Fatal Catch, due to be published by Severn House in September 2015.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Enter the competition to win a copy of Pauline Rowson's latest crime novel - Silent Running

Your chance to win a copy of the brand NEW Pauline Rowson crime novel SILENT RUNNING introducing former marine commando, Art Marvik. Severn House Publishers are giving away 5 FREE ebooks of Silent Running

 

Silent Running, introducing former marine commando, Art Marvik


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

How to enter

The first five correct entries to be selected will each receive an ebook of Silent Running. All you have to do is become a sleuth and fathom out the clues to track down the name of the dog in Silent Running.

Closing Date

The competition is open to all.  Closing date 20 July 2015.Winners will be announced on 24 July 2015 and notified by e mail.

Click here to submit your entry.  Good luck





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Friday, 19 June 2015

Watch the video trailer for Silent Running, the brand new crime novel from Pauline Rowson

The first in a brand new series of marine crime novels, Silent Running features former Royal Marine Commando, Special Boat  Services Officer Art Marvik, newly out of the marines. He's tough, highly trained, fearless, intelligent and fit. He isn’t  bound by the official rules of the law.

Tough, fearless and fit, Marvik is not bound by the rules of the law


"Fans of Rowson’s DI Andy Horton books will be delighted with her new series featuring former marine commando Art Marvik. A tense, terrifying thrill ride that twists and turns with dizzying speed, combined with a likable, smart, tough, but all too human hero, make this a cracking-good new series—action fans need Marvik on their radar." Booklist


Watch the video trailer






Injuries inflicted while in combat have forced Marvik to leave the marines and seek a new life in Civvy Street. He thought he’d be able to adjust and carve  out a new career for himself on the sea, but his first job as a private  maritime security operative goes very wrong when the luxury motor cruiser he  was travelling on and had been detailed to guard, gets attacked by pirates in  the Indian Ocean, and Marvik finds himself with a bullet in his shoulder and  the boat’s owner dead. He’d failed on his first mission in civilian life, and Silent  Running opens with him reeling from it.

Adrift after leaving the marines and smarting from his first failed civilian mission Marvik seeks refuge in a remote  cottage on the Isle of Wight. When a former girlfriend shows up with a disturbing story about the murder of a young woman fifteen years ago and her growing belief that the man convicted of it is innocent, Marvik doesn't think much of it.  Then Charlotte goes missing after leaving his home and everything changes. Suspected by the police of not only her abduction and possible murder, but also the disappearance of a computer  research scientist, it's clear Marvik is being framed - but by whom and why. In a race against time, Marvik is sucked into a dangerous  assignment and a web of deceit that will need all his skills, and those of his  friend, former Marine Special Forces Communicator, Shaun Strathen, to get to  the truth. Their mission, to stop a ruthless killer before he kills again.



Silent Running is available from all online bookstores, from bookshops and available on loan from USA and UK libraries.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Pauline Rowson's Five Rules For Writing

1. Travel by public transport as often as you can.  If you’ve got a free bus pass so much the better, you can stay on it all day and save on heating bills at home.  You see and meet some great characters for novels.

2. Be nosy. Earwig other people's conversations in cafes, bars, buses, trains and on their mobile phones. Hoover up their stories and anecdotes only don’t to it too overtly because you’ll either get arrested or punched in the face. People watch. Register the body language.  It adds colour to your characters, but ditto above.

3. Write for yourself rather than trying to write to suit your publisher, your agent, your readers.  You’ll end up with something watered down and weak that nobody loves least of all you. Don't read reviews, or if you do, learn to take the rough with the smooth and then carry on writing for yourself and for enjoyment, not to please the woman from Woking who claims your novels are utter tripe.

4. If you get to the stage in your novel where you're bored with the story, then your reader will most certainly be bored too. Chuck it out and start again. Or as Chandler once said, bring in a man with a gun.

5. Marry someone rich. It helps.  If you can’t then accept that writing is hard work, you don't get a pension plan, and you don't get a regular salary cheque. Nobody is forcing you to do this, so don't moan, enjoy it and if you don't enjoy it, don't do it.  

PS And don’t spend too much time drawing up lists otherwise you’ll never get any writing done.


Back to writing.


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