Month: October 2017

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).


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