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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.  


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 


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.


Books ARE my Bag

A day that celebrates books and bookshops is always welcome. The Books Are My Bag campaign was an outstanding success yesterday, kicking off with a bookshop party at Forum Books in Corbridge, my local independent store.

We had cake and balloons and lots of fun with owner Helen Stanton who works extremely hard to support readers and writers throughout the year. It was a pleasure to join her and her staff along with other local authors.

I think Helen's window display was amazing - check out The Murder Wall centre stage! I just knew that orange cover was right as soon as I saw it. 

We had a lovely party and I'd really like to thank all those readers who came along to make the party so special. You were ace! 


Polari Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for The Polari First Book Prize 2013 was announced on Wednesday 11th September at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre and I was thrilled to find that The Murder Wall made the list. Hooray!

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Literary critic Suzi Feay said: “From such a strong longlist, it was difficult to narrow down the choices to the final five ... these are books to dazzle, amuse and beguile.”

The winner will be announced at Polari in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre on Wednesday, November 13th. Wish me luck!


US cover.

As you know, the first three books in the Kate Daniels series have been acquired by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/Harper Collins in the US.

I'd like to share my US cover of The Murder Wall with you. I think the designer has done a great job. 




Monument to Murder 


Hooray! This is the best birthday present ever!

Due to demand, a little hard work from me and a lot from the whole of the Pan Macmillan team, the publication of Kate Daniels (4) MONUMENT TO MURDER has been brought forward to 21st November 2013!

I think the cover looks absolutely stunning. I'd be really grateful if you could share this news as widely as possible.   



German translation is published today!

An exciting day!

My second novel Settled Blood was published today in Germany under the title: Ich Will Vergelten by Goldmann publishers, part of the Random House group. 


Polari First Book Prize 2013

I'm both proud and excited to tell you that The Murder Wall has been longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2013. The list was revealed last night at the Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre, London. A shortlist of five titles will be announced there on 11th September, 2013.    


Newsflash! Kate Daniels heads to the US

I'm thrilled to be able to share this press release with you . . .

THE MURDER WALL and two more thrillers from the acclaimed Kate Daniels series by award-winning author Mari Hannah have been acquired by Witness Impulse, an imprint of William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers in the US, for North American rights. Launching in October 2013, Witness is an innovative new digital mystery, suspense, and thriller line, already home to a host of internationally bestselling authors. Witness is proud to publish THE MURDER WALL in October 2013 as an integral part of its launch list, to be followed by SETTLED BLOOD and DEADLY DECEIT.

And as I was about to press send on this news, my US cover dropped into my inbox. I can't tell you how exciting that was and will share it with you as soon as I can. I'm so looking forward to this exciting new opportunity and being one of the first authors to be published by Witness in the US.


Forum makes it a double century

Oh wow! I've always supported independent bookshops but I'd like to take this opportunity to say how much support I've received in return from one shop in particular.

The tiny bookshop in my village, Forum Books, Corbridge - run by Helen Stanton and her fantastic staff - has just sold it's 200th copy of The Murder Wall!

I think deserves a great big round of applause. 



Independent Booksellers Week

I can hardly believe that it's a year since I pulled on a T-shirt to celebrate Independent Booksellers Week, but it is. It was great to hang out again this morning with Helen Stanton of Forum Books. She took over the bookshop in my village a couple of years ago and it has gone from strength to strength, arranging literary events, engaging with the communtiy, and generally promoting books and reading.

So, a big round of applause to Forum, to Helen and her wonderful staff. Let's hear it for all indie booksellers - enjoy IBW13!    


The Birth of a Crime Series

Yay! I made the arts and entertainment pages of Diva Magazine online - and not only that. My article is the second 'most read' on the site presently! How cool is that? If you would like to read the article, here's the link: DIVA


Thank you Crimefest!

For those who know me well, I'll be forgiven for posting this late. I was called away from Crimefest early due to a family emergency, but I couldn't let such a wonderful festival go by without congratulating the organisers. Well done everyone! This year was even better than 2012.

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Doncaster Literary Festival: my final Read Regional event

Turn the Page at Doncaster Literary Festival was my final Read Regional event today and marks the end of a wonderful year travelling around the north of England. The whole point of the Read Regional campaign was to promote and connect local readers to books by local authors.

During my journey across libraries and book festivals in the north, it came as no surprise that people enjoy reading books by local writers because they have told me so - both face to face and in letters I've received on my website. 

My Kate Daniels series is set in and around Newcastle and Northumberland. I've always thought that setting is as important as any character in a book and it seems that readers agree with me. They love it when they recognise the streets and buildings familiar to them. So, while I'm on the subject of northern setting let me introduce you to my fellow Read Regional author, Russ Litten. 

During Read Regional I was frequently paired with Russ, a wonderful author whose first book Scream If You Want To Go Faster is set in Hull. I've heard him read from it on numerous occasions and, if you like northern settings, you should go out and buy it. His second book Swear Down is a crime novel set in the south - we are now in competition! - but I won't hold that against him.

I'd not met Russ before this campaign but it has been my absolute pleasure to work with him.  I'm sure he would agree that it's been a blast discussing our different routes to publication, our books and writing in general. We've touched on poetry, short stories and screenwriting that have all played a part in our early writing careers. We've been asked many questions about how we write, plan, plot - where we get our inspiration from.

We've talked to many aspiring writers trying to find their own voice, seeking help about agents and the publishing industry . . . and we hope that, in some small way, we've given them good advice. There is life after rejection for those who keep the faith and are brave enough to share their work to others. 

I'd just like to end by acknowledging New Writing North who organise the Read Regional campaign and support local writers. Thank you for giving me this wonderful opportunity to connect with local people and spread the word about my books. I've met many lovely people along the way, librarians and library assistants, writers, readers and Russ. 

This post will also appear on the Read Regional blog.