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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!



Deano’s Grill – Award Winning Thriller Writer Alan Reynolds

Welcome to Deano’s Grill – Author Interviews. The only place to be interviewed by fictional hero of the Detective Deans crime thrillers,  Detective Andrew ‘Deano’ Deans.

Today, Deano grills Thriller novelist, Alan Reynolds.

Before we start, I need to caution you – You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your credentials if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in book sales, and anything you do say may be written about you.

Welcome to Deano’s Grill, Alan. Describe your writing for us please.
My books fall into the ‘thriller’ category although someone did point out that they cross a number of genres. They are adult in content, in the sense that they have adult themes and would suit any audience from 18+.

Tell us how you became a writer.
It was a complete fluke really. I never had any ambitions to be a writer but I had some time in my diary (I am a self-employed business consultant) and I had an idea for a story and I just started writing. I had finished it within 3 weeks! I shared the story online on a website that promoted authors and received some great reviews and then started sending it to literary agents. It was a long process but eventually I got a publisher and that book went on to win a Wishing Shelf Award.

Describe the book you are working on now.
I have just finished a new book called The Drive which should be out next year but I now am writing the sequel to The Sixth Pillar, my fourth book, which was published in 2014. It features a former SAS officer and I pick up his life six months later and new adventures in his job as a security consultant.

Describe the main protagonist for us.
The lead player is the former SAS officer, Rory Calderwood. He suffers from flash-backs from his time in the first Gulf War. He is a complex character outwardly strong, ruthless even when faced with danger, but has mental health issue, which he is trying to battle.

Do you share any of Rory’s characteristics?
This is probably the most significant lesson I have learned as a writer. It is so easy for your characters to become an extension of yourself. I initially found it hard to use expletives when my characters would use them! I try to think of the characters as actors in a play which means I can use an alter-ego without any personal bias.

Do you have a forces background that influences your writing?
I spent 36 years in Banking, latterly as a senior HR Manager. My present job as a self-employed business consultant takes me to many countries which I know helps me with my writing. I work in Paris frequently and part of my latest book is based in the area I know reasonably well.

Tell us which book you are most proud of and why?
My first novel, Flying with Kites has not only won an award but has been widely read in the Kosovan community in London. It is about a Kosovan refugee escaping from her native country in 1999 and ending up in a tower block in Newcastle (UK). As a result, I have met the Kosovan and Albanian Ambassadors and been invited to independence celebrations at the Houses of Parliament and to speak at the British Museum. How wonderful. That must have been a huge privilege!

Describe any writing routines or rituals you might follow.
I write when I have the time and idea; I often sketch an outline, sometimes the night before and use story boards to give me a visual impression of where the story is going. I am not on any time constraints although fitting it in between my ‘proper’ job is a challenge.

Tell us about your author highlights and hopes for the future.
Highlights definitely winning the award – I was also short-listed for The Sixth Pillar and speaking at the British Museum. My publisher has just signed a two year film distribution deal with a film production company for my first six books! Wow! That’s amazing! 

Now let’s understand YOU a little more…

Tell us your proudest day.
Being invited as a guest of the Kosovan Ambassador to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate Kosovan independence.

You are at a party and it’s time to entertain the guests, do you possess any hidden talents or party pieces?
It’s not hidden but I play the guitar and have written several songs.

You can invite two dream guests for dinner – Living dead or fictional – who would they be and why?
John Lennon & Elvis Presley – just to listen to their anecdotes. I think I may have to sneak in the back door to that party!

You can charter a private jet to any destination in the world. Where would you go and why?
Northern Territories Australia. It’s an area featured in my new novel and most of the research was done by Google Earth – I would love to visit Kakadu National Park for real.

Thank you for the great answers, Alan. Tell us where we can find your books and how we can follow you online.

Amazon, in paperback and on Kindle.

My web address is

Twitter @alanreynolds2

Facebook alan.reynolds3



Here is the first look at the draft blurb for the second book in The Detective Deans Mysteries, DEAD BY DESIGN.


James D Mortain

Your eyes tell you what you want them to believe…

A young couple in the prime of life are found dead in their bed. As they lie naked and entwined, those around him assume suicide, but Detective Andy Deans fears darker forces at work.

Deans has a gift that few understand and fewer accept. But he is living a nightmare and all eyes are watching, judging… expecting him to break. As he waits to hear the news he dreads most, Deans receives a mysterious package and the death toll rises.

Playing by the rules is getting him nowhere, now it’s time to do things his way… but death and tragedy haven’t finished with him, yet…

Fans of Rachel Abbott, Caroline Mitchell and Peter James will be gripped by this outstanding new British crime series.

DEAD BY DESIGN is the jaw-dropping sequel to Amazon bestseller,


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