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STORM LOG-0505 is half price for the remainder of February!

Do you love gripping crime thrillers with compelling action and authentic characters? Then try the Detective Deans Series. Described as being among the best police officers in print, Deans is facing his greatest adversary, but his biggest battle comes from within.

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Media interview with the North Devon Gazette

A great article by the North Devon Gazette. Thank you, Sarah Howells for the fab interview.

Check it out here!



Author Talk – Northam Library

I’m delighted to say that I shall be visiting my local library in Northam for a chat about my books and all things writing on Wednesday 28th February from 6:30 p.m.

If you are local to the North Devon area pop in, the event is free and it will be good to see you!


Boxing Day Bonanza!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we all eat and drink too much and scan the internet or the local shops for a good bargain.

Well, if you enjoy gripping crime fiction with a twist of fear factor and a shake of the supernatural, you are in luck! Because this festive season, the hot new Detective Deans novel, DEAD BY DESIGN (UK Kindle Best Seller) will be having a Kindle Countdown.

If you don’t know what that is, here’s the low down – DEAD BY DESIGN will start the Kindle Countdown at the lowest possible price of just 99p/99c on Boxing Day… but the clock is counting down and when the time runs out… the price will go up!

So, to make it even easier for you to grab an absolute bargain, I’ve attached links to the Kindle sites for your area. Simply click the link and download a chilling good read!  But don’t just take my word for it, look at what readers are saying:

Best book I’ve read in a long time”

“What a book, gripping, unexpected twists it has it all, and that ending!”

“I could never second guess what the next chapter held, a must read for anyone”

“I was so gripped by the storyline that I read it in one sitting, totally immersed in a plot combination of crime and the supernatural.”

What are you waiting for? Tuck in to this festive treat, oh, and do tell a friend, it’s only fair to share this Christmas time!

Wishing you all a very merry and peaceful Christmas holiday.

Amazon UK

Amazon US


Festive Season’s Update!

It has been a very busy time of late! Following the release of DEAD BY DESIGN almost exactly one month ago, my foot doesn’t seem to have come off the gas.

It was a very successful launch with lots of people either downloading the book or purchasing the paperback copy. In fact, the demand on local paperback sales was so great that it caught me out and I had to request additional panic print runs so that I had a product to promote at the the various book events!

The eBook went pretty well too, and after only a few days following release, DEAD BY DESIGN became a UK Best Seller in category on Amazon Kindle.

I then had a busy week – first I was a guest on my local radio station, The Voice FM, talking to fellow authors, Oliver Tooley and Simon Dawson about my new book and why the North Devon landscape plays such an important role in my story telling.

And then I had a lovely evening at Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford for the official release of the paperback, and was lucky enough to have a few Deano fans in the room to ask me lots of great questions. 

This is me at the start of the evening trying my best not to look in the slightest bit nervous – big fail!

Followed later that weekend by a day with my friends at Westward Ho! Beach Shop, where I was resident for the day, signing books and speaking to lots of lovely people who kindly came in to keep me company!

Here I am with one local Deano fan, Steve, who kindly took one of my books away with him! 

We also have competition winners to celebrate! First, Roger Pullen, who won a signed paperback copy of DEAD BY DESIGN kindly donated by Westward Ho! Beach Shop. And Sheena Exton from Lancashire, who won the very first printed paperback copy of DEAD BY DESIGN. Congratulations to you both!


And today in the local news…

Here’s a lovely interview by Devon Live about my writing – just in time for the release of Dead By Design.

A big thank you to Nicole for taking the time to write the article.




DEAD BY DESIGN Release news!

The countdown is NOW ON!

It is officially only three weeks until the launch of DEAD BY DESIGN, the breathtaking sequel to STORM LOG-0505 and I am desperate for the release!

Early reviews have been astonishing! These are just some of the words used by the advanced team of readers:

“…very chilling” “I can’t begin to imagine what comes next, and can’t wait either” “I’m sure it’s going to be huge” “…once I had started it I could not put it down” “…you skilfully wove in the previous storyline and characters to make this suitable as a standalone novel”  “I want to re-read number one. I have never read a book twice before…they must be good” “I’ve got to say loved the book, spooky from the onset… and more spook!” “…even better than the first book, I literally could not put it down! Now I can’t wait until all my friends who’ve read the first book read the second” “Book was amazing” “…overall even BETTER than storm log” OMG it is brilliant!” “Another Roy Grace in the making.” “All in all a thoroughly amazing read; well done you a massive pat on the back another best seller I reckon and I can’t wait for your next book!” The final chapter was EXTRAORDINARY”.

I hope this whets your appetite for DEAD BY DESIGN… and now the important dates!

WEDNESDAY 22nd November 2017 – Facebook Live broadcast from a very special location and the launch of the digital eBook. Tune in to my Facebook account James D Mortain to enter an exclusive competition to win the VERY FIRST printed copy of DEAD BY DESIGN, signed and personalised to your choosing!

WEDNESDAY 29th November 2017 – Official paperback launch – Walter Henry’s Bookshop, Bideford, Devon. Also, available to order on Amazon.

9th December 2017 – Join me at The Beach Shop, Westward Ho! North Devon, from 11:00 a.m. Come for a chat over a coffee. Ask me a question. Take a selfie. Buy a signed paperback. Pick up some amazing stocking fillers from the ultimate Aladdin’s Cave of a beach shop!

I will keep you informed of all the event times once confirmed, and I hope you can join me for this exciting launch of DEAD BY DESIGN!

With very best wishes,




I’ve been a busy boy!

I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late as it’s been a busy couple of months! But here’s a little taster of what I’ve been up to!

I met the great crime writer himself, Mr Ian Rankin at the Appledore Book Festival. What a lovely chap he is too!  Here I am sharing a cheeky selfie! He even asked me for a copy of STORM LOG which I was delighted to hand to him the next day. He said if he liked it he would give me a shout out on social media… I’m still waiting patiently beside Twitter, Ian! 😉





I also attended the Devon Authors event at the same festival and a dream came true when I was invited to be one of the three guest speakers!

Here I am with the lovely Ruth Downie – author of the Ruso Crime Novels of the Roman Empire. This was the second year that we had shared an ‘author table’ and it was great to catch up again!





And then I was off to the Avon & Somerset Police Headquarters in Portishead, where I caught up with an ex-police colleague and friend, Sandy Osborne who is the author of the Girl Cop books, and here we are with the Chief Constable Mr Andy Marsh, who it was a pleasure to meet.


With a further event coming up on Thursday 12th October at the Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Bideford – where I will be talking about becoming a writer – and the imminent release on Amazon Kindle of my FREE short story – THE NIGHT SHIFT – it’s been a hectic, but fun-packed time!

Grab THE NIGHT SHIFT here (available now, on iBooks, Kobo and Nook).


Book Cover Reveal – DEAD BY DESIGN

I am delighted to reveal the book cover to DEAD BY DESIGN, the next jaw-dropping instalment in the Detective Deans series, due to be published later this year.

Another fantastic cover design by the very talented Jessica Bell.




Here’s a chance to have your name appear in the forthcoming crime thriller short story, THE NIGHT SHIFT, by James D Mortain.

Simply provide your contact details and answer the question below in the message section.

Q. What is the name of Denise Moon’s therapy studio in STORM LOG-0505?

Competition ends this Halloween (31st October 2017).

Best of luck and thank you for entering!



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