‘Horizontal Living’ published at last!


Horizontal Living_3d-bookYes, the fourth book in the ‘Roy Groves Thriller’ series is finally available, in both paperback and Kindle formats. http://hyperurl.co/ktfpz1

In March, I sent advance copies to three trusted fellow authors for ‘beta reading’ – the process of critically assessing the manuscript and providing feedback as to what works, what doesn’t and providing suggestions for improvement. Their feedback has been invaluable, and I have spent much of the last few months editing and re-writing certain parts of the book to try to make it as good as it can possibly be. It’s been hard work, but I am happy with the final result.

Once I had completed all my edits, I had two independent proof readers go through the manuscript searching for all those pesky typos, spelling errors, and any clunky grammar or syntax. I think we found them all, but if you read the book and find any still lurking in there, let me know.

In marketing the book, I have really struggled to decide what genre category it belongs in. It’s certainly an integral┬ápart of the (now) four-book Roy Groves series, but is it a thriller? Well, yes and no – it is definitely written with a lighter touch than the previous books in the series, and there is a good deal of humour running through the book. Yet there is a darker, more sinister aspect to it as well, as indeed is true in the real-life world of southern Spain, where crime and corruption lurk just below the glamorous surface.

I guess I would categorise the book as a comedy-thriller, which is a well-recognised genre in the world of films, but Amazon – my most prominent sales channel – doesn’t recognise such a genre for books. One person described it a ‘Mediterranean Noir with a comic twist’, which I think captures the flavour well. Anyway, as far as Amazon standard genre categories are concerned, it’s ended up in ‘Financial Thrillers’, ‘Dark Comedy’. and ‘Literary Humour’.

If you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it. If so, I’d be delighted if you’d post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. If you don’t enjoy it, please don’t post a review (only joking!). Either way, I’d be really interested in any feedback you’d like to give me directly by commenting on this post.