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Tuesday
Jun242014

Two more Kate Daniels for the US

Apologies to US readers. I should have mentioned this a while ago but it went out of my head following my father's sudden death. I'm delighted to announce that Harper Collins/Witness Impulse have offered for two more in the Kate Daniels series so, to all of you who've asked, there are more on their way! As soon as I know publication dates, I'll post them here. Thanks for your continued support.

Mari 

Saturday
Apr262014

A Very Happy Anniversary.

Wow! If anyone had taken a punt on how far I'd go in the two years following publication and come up with the list below, I'd have looked around for the men in white coats. Yes, today is only the second anniversary of my debut THE MURDER WALL hitting the book shelves and it has far outweighed my expectations.

Two years. Four books in print. A further contract with UK publisher Pan Macmillan. The Polari Prize 2013. An ebook deal with Harper Collins/Witness Impulse in the US which morphed into a physical deal and the publication of three books in three consecutive months late last year. Appearances at Crimefest, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and Iceland Noir to look forward to, among others . . .

I'd like to acknowledge all who have helped along the way: publishing staff who have worked tirelessly on my behalf on both sides of the Atlantic, my fabulous agent Oli Munson at A.M. Heath and Blake Friedmann Literary, Film & TV Agency before that, every festival and library who have invited me to spread the word about Kate Daniels. None of this would have happened without the hardworking booksellers and librarians who have recommended the series to the public. I must also mention every single person who has taken the trouble to write to me, tweeted with/for me or reviewed my books and, most importantly, the readers. You are all amazing. Thank you.

Wednesday
Mar122014

Love books? Love travel? I give you the Buena Vista Book Club.

A while ago, I was approached by the team behind an exciting new venture, the wonderful Buena Vista Book Club.

As a Northern Writers' Award winner, I was delightled to be one of the first authors to make a video, a chance to showcase the region I write about, my favourite part of the world.

The site has launched today. It's free to join and there is a chance to win a complete set of the Kate Daniels crime fiction series. Click on the BVBC logo above and take a look for yourself.   

Monday
Feb242014

Daniels gets physical in the US.

News flash! Given THE MURDER WALL's success in digital format in the US, I'm pleased to share some brilliant news. My publisher Witness Impulse - HarperCollins/WilliamMorrow imprint - have decided to bring out a physical book over there on March 25th. That's only a month away and I can't wait to receive a copy I can actually hold in my hands! 

Tuesday
Feb182014

Unpublished and have a good crime story to tell? If so, read on ...

I'm honoured to have been asked to judge a new crime writing competition run by literary agency A.M. Heath in association with The Writers' Workshop. My fellow judges are agents, Oli Munson and Euan Thorneycroft and fellow authors Samantha Hayes and Harry Bingham. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring crime writers, so get scribbling and have a go. Criteria and details of how to enter are available here: Criminal Lines. Good luck everyone!

Monday
Jan202014

Upcoming event.

Presents . . .

Mari Hannah in conversation with Ann Cleeves

Wednesday, 5th February, 2014 - 7pm at Tea & Tipple, 18 Market Place, Corbridge, NE45 5AW.

For tickets, call: 01434 632931

Thursday
Jan022014

πŸΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆHappy New Year! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸΈ

I'm a bit late with this but I wanted to high five all visitors here last year. Thanks for the support. Wishing you all good health and happiness for 2014! πŸΈπŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ

Tuesday
Dec172013

Deadly Deceit hits the US

Today, for the third consecutive month, it's publication day for me in the US. This time is Kate Daniels #3 DEADLY DECEIT. I can only hope it does as well as the first two titles.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my publisher Witness Impulse, Harper Collins/WilliamMorrow imprint, in particular my editor Trish Daly.   

Wednesday
Nov202013

A Monumentous Week! 

Today, Monument To Murder - Kate Daniels 4 - is published in hardback by Pan Macmillan in the UK following an amazing week for me personally and also for the series.

On Wednesday 13th November, my debut won the Polari First Book Prize 2013 (see below) and then on 19th the news was transmitted round the world in an article I wrote for the Guardian. You can read it here: I had to dig deep to keep the faith.

Also on that day, Settled Blood was published by Witness Impulse, an imprint of Harper Collins/WilliamMorrow in the US.

Yesterday, Forum Books (Corbridge) launched Monument to Murder, an amazing night to celebrate the new book. Today, it goes on sale. I know many of you have been eager to read the next instalment of Northumbria police's murder investigation team.

Thanks to all fans of the series, both here and abroad. Thanks also too to my wonderful AM Heath agent, Oli Munson, my Pan Macmillan editor, Wayne Brookes, my Witness Impulse editor, Trish Daly - not forgetting all the backgound staff who made it happen.

I will never forget this week.       

 

Monday
Nov182013

Settled Blood heads to the US

Great news! Today, US readers will see the second novel in the Kate Daniels series SETTLED BLOOD published by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/Harper Collins.

This follows the successful publication of The Murder Wall a month ago which reached #1 in crime, #5 in detective fiction on Amazon.com and #11 on the Barnes and Noble site.  

US readers can buy the book from the Witness site. 

Thursday
Nov142013

πŸŽˆπŸΈπŸŽ‰ The Murder Wall wins the Polari First Book Prize 2013 πŸŽ‰πŸΈπŸŽˆ

I won an award last night. It was the Polari First Book Prize 2013 and I was presented with it at the London’s Southbank Centre on the sixth anniversary of the Polari Literary Salon. Before the winner was announced, we were treated to a cracking line up of writers, poets and artists: readings from Rosie Garland, Patrick Flanery and Charlotte Mendelson, thought-provoking poetry from Dean Atta, music from the inimitable Dee Chanelle and hilarious comedy from Helen Lederer, all introduced by the one and only writer, journalist and host of Polari, Paul Burston. 

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Oct152013

Publication Day in the US.

This is a momentous day in my writing career. The Murder Wall is published in the US by William Morrow/Harper Collins imprint, Witness Impulse today. So if anyone from the States is visiting this site for the very first time, welcome. I can't wait to hear what you think of the book. If you'd like to get in touch, please visit my contacts page or follow me on Twitter @mariwriter.

Sunday
Oct062013

Press Release

In just over a week from now the Kate Daniels series launches in the US. Witness Impulse (William Morrow/Harper Collins) have just released the following press release.  

Thursday
Oct032013

US Book Tour Sign Up

Let the countdown begin! In twelve days time, The Murder Wall will be published in the US by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/Harper Collins.

To help it on its way, Literati Author Services, Inc have organised a virtual book tour. Details here. It would be great if you could share this as widely as possible, so push that RT button or post on FaceBook.

Thank you. Mari 

Thursday
Sep192013

My favourite colour today is beige ...

Following on from the announcement of the Polari First Book Prize shortlist, Beige Magazine have been asking about Kate Daniels, how to write an edge-of-your-seat thriller and my thoughts on lesbian fiction. You can read the full interview at the Beige website here.