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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What is Pauline Rowson Reading?

I was recently asked to write an article on what I am reading.  This article has now been published on The Campaign for the American Reader Website -  an independent initiative to encourage more readers to read more books. And not just American readers but British ones too!

So if you'd like to know what I'm currently reading why not pop over and take a look.

It is also available on Writers Reads.

Monday, 14 April 2014

If you like this book please tell others - Amazon Reviews for crime novels - Pauline Rowson

Recommendation has always been a great way to spread the news. For books this comes not only through word of mouth but through reviews. 

There are several reviews for the DI Andy Horton crime novels and my two thrillers, In Cold Daylight and In For The Kill on Amazon, ranging from  4 and 5* reviews to those lower down the pecking order! on both Amazon UK and Amazon USA. Reviews seem to be important to readers when it comes to choosing which book to buy, and while there has been and still is a lot of debate about how genuine these reviews (and reviewers) are, while some are phoney others are not, but whichever way you look at it reviews help an author generate higher visibility.

Many readers have told me they have purchased my books on Amazon in Kindle format, paperback or hardback and have enjoyed reading them but have not left a review.  I encourage them to do so and would like to do the same here.

So if you have read any of my crime novels please do take some time to leave a review on Amazon even if it is a one line sentence. And for those of you who enjoy my crime novels and are already spreading the word my heartfelt thanks.

DI Andy Horton number 11 - Shroud of Evil - is now published in the UK and Commonwealth. It will be published in the USA in August 2014.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Met up with my publisher at the London Book Fair and a walk through the Royal Parks of London

Heading for the London Book Fair on Tuesday at Earls Court we decided to walk part of the way there as the morning was sunny and crisp. From the Union Jack Club at Waterloo we walked along the Embankment and past many of the sites of London that we in the UK take for granted, the London Eye, Westminster Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, The Mall and Buckingham Palace.

But it was the walks through  some of the Royal Parks that delighted the most.

First up was St James's, and then into Green Park and finally into a small corner of Hyde Park where we caught the tube to Earls Court. But there was also one other Royal Park that it was a sheer delight to visit and which we stumbled on almost by accident over a lunch break from Earls Court and that was Brompton Cemetery, the only Crown Cemetery in the UK.

 Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery covers 16.5 hectares and is one of the finest cemeteries in the country. It was vibrant with bluebells, daffodils and birds but it was also a peaceful oasis from the hurly burly traffic and rush of London. I intend to return to study the graves (and find Emmeline Pankhust's grave) the wonderful mausoleums. The chapel on the Fulham Road side of the cemetery was used in GoldenEye (1995), Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie and the cemetery has been featured in lots more movies.  I'm not surprised. It's Gothic beauty is splendid and it's packed with atmosphere.

But it was on with the business of the day and the London Book Fair. 

The chapel on the Fulham Road side of the cemetery was used in GoldenEye (1995), Pierce Brosnan's first Bond movie. - See more at:

Pauline Rowson arriving at the London Book Fair 2014

It was great to catch up with my publisher, my oversea agents and my friends and colleagues in the book trade. The fair was pretty busy though I didn't think as busy as in previous years.

Pauline Rowson with Chairman of Severn House Publishers

Next year the London Book Fair moves to Olympia as Earls Court is to be demolished and replaced with housing. I'm sure the new residents will appreciate the beauty and quietude of Brompton Cemetery on their doorstep.

Brompton Cemetery covers 16.5 hectares and is one of the finest cemeteries in the country.
Brompton Cemetery is managed by The Royal Parks under contract from the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
Located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, it is the only Crown Cemetery.
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A great audience at Southampton listened to Pauline Rowson relay the exploits of DI Andy Horton

Over a hundred and fifty people packed the hall in Southampton on 1 April to hear me talk about the writing process and ther DI Andy Horton crime series set on the South Coast of England.

Pauline Rowson talking to the audience at Southampton U3A about crime writing and her crime novels

I entertained  members of Southampton U3A with the exploits of the rugged and flawed detective, and talked about the inspiration behind the series which is published in the UK and USA by Severn House and which has been translated into several languages.

I spoke about how I plot and research the police procedural crime novels and I gave a reading from The Suffocating Sea, number three in the Horton series, before taking a number of questions from the floor.

Shroud of Evil, the eleventh DI Andy Horton crime novels is now published in the the UK and Commonwealth this month in hardcover, and will be published in the USA in August, when it will also be released as an ebook.

DI Andy Horton number 11 in the series, Shroud of Evil

It was a fantastic event and books were very quickly sold out. U3A audiences are always a delight to speak to.

Pauline Rowson talking to members of Southampton U3A

I give talks to many audiences throughout the UK. My next appearance is at CrimeFest in Bristol on 16 May when I will be chairing a panel of crime authors.  I will also be giving a talk at Bognor Regis Library on 20 May. 

To see all my events for 2014 and 2015 visit the events page on my website

Friday, 4 April 2014

Celebrating my fifteenth year of visiting the London Book fair

I've worked out that this will be my fifteenth year of visiting the London Book Fair. 

I first took the plunge of seeing what was on offer in 1999 when I was running my own Marketing, PR and Training Agency and was about to add a small publishing arm to the company.  I remember the shock of the London Book Fair (LBF) as being like no other exhibition I had attended in the course of my work because no one wanted to speak to me, let alone try to sell me anything!  I was amazed because at most exhibitions I'd taken part in the objective was to gain new customers or prospects and win orders but not so the London Book Fair, or rather I should say in a completely different way.  I soon learned that the London Book Fair was a gigantic meeting venue where all the meetings had been arranged in advanced.

In those days too authors were actively discouraged from attending. No one in their right mind would be seen dead wearing a badge declaring they were an 'author' because that meant  absolutely nobody wanted to speak with you. I'm pleased to say that things have changed and for the better. There are even authors featured on the Home Page of the London Book Fair website! And there are plenty of seminars, and stands offering advice to authors and budding authors.

On my first visit in 1999 I was fortunate to meet with two great entrepreneurial talents by the name of Stewart Ferris and Alastair Williams who were running a small independent publishing company called Summersdale.  I was delighted to learn that they operated down the road from me in Chichester, West Sussex.  They were friendly, helpful and gave me lots of advice about the publishing world. I went on to work very closely with them when I launched my range of Easy Step by Step Guide Business Books, and they not only became my distributor, but together we launched the series in e book format back in the very early days before the Kindle, Kobo, Nook and ipad were even a blink in their inventors eyes.  We also produced them as audio books and one title as a DVD, Successful Selling.

Summersdale Publishing has grown and flourished since those days and this year was voted by the Independent Publishers Guild as Independent Trade Publisher of the Year 2014, an accolade extremely well deserved.

My company joined the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) and I began to exhibit with the IPG at the London Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair until I had built up a list of sales, marketing and business books which was sold to Crimson Publishing, and until I was delighted to sign a contract with Severn House Publishers who became and still are the publishers of my DI Andy Horton police procedural crime series of which there are now eleven in the series with the latest, Shroud of Evil,  published this month, April 2014.

I have since sold my business and am delighted to say that I now write full time. As well as the DI Andy Horton series, I am also the author of two thrillers and am currently writing a new crime series and am continuing  to write the DI Horton series.

Pauline Rowson and Bob Rowson in a meeting with Severn House at London Book Fair 2007

Pauline Rowson with DI Andy Horton crime novel The Suffocating Sea (no. 3 in the series) (LBF 2008)


 Pauline Rowson with the team from Severn House Publishers at the London Book Fair 2013

This year I will once again be at the London Book Fair meeting those I know in the book trade, catching up with friends and colleagues and meeting with my overseas agents and  publisher.

I'm very much looking forward to it.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

April sees the publication of the new DI Andy Horton, a talk, radio interview and visit to the London Book Fair

April sees the publication of the eleventh in the DI Andy Horton police procedural crime series, Shroud of Evil.

In Shroud of Evil DI Andy Horton is assigned the case of a missing person: Jasper Kenton, a  private investigator. When Kenton’s car turns up,  and a shocking discovery is made, things turn serious and Horton finds himself embroiled in an investigation that has major personal  ramifications, and one in which he has no choice but to withhold vital information, even if it means the end of his career.

Published in hardcover and available from all good bookshops, on line and for loan in libraries.  It will be published in the USA in hardcover in August 2014 when it will also be released as an e book and available on Kindle, Nook and Kobo.


On 1 April 2014 I will be entertaining members of Southampton U3A with a talk about my crime novels and how I plot, research and write them.

London Book Fair

Then on 9 April I will be at the London Book Fair meeting with my colleagues in the book trade and with my publisher and overseas agents.

Radio Interview

On 29 April I will once again be on BBC Radio Solent talking to Julian Clegg on his Breakfast Show at 6.40am. 

But if you're not an early riser then you can listen to Julian Clegg's show on the BBC Radio Solent website up to seven days after the programme is broadcast.

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