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From time to time, I’m made interesting offers. A little while ago, the San Jose Mercury News wanted to see how mystery writers would do at solving a mystery instead of inventing one. That was a challenge I couldn’t refuse. So the paper put Penny Warner (and her hubby), Margaret Dumas, Ann Parker, Janet Finsilver, Carole Price & myself in The Edison Escape Room at Palace Escape. We escaped. It was a hoot. Very clever. It was like playing the Crystal Maze. A big thanks to Penny for including me.  You can read all about our adventure in their feature piece here.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 10: Mystery writer Penny Warner looks for clues inside the Edison Escape Room at the Palace Games, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

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The Aidy Westlake mystery series is very personal to me because it’s based on my experiences as a racecar driver. It’s a period of my life I am very proud of…and that’s includes the good, the bad and the ugly. Motor racing shaped me as a person and I’ve infused that into the character of Aidy. The storylines inspired by incidents I came across during that time.

With that said, I have a deal for you. For one week only, you can pick up all three books for $5/£5 on Amazon, although you don’t have to buy all three to get the price break.

From Amazon.com:
DID NOT FINISH
HALF-INCHED
HOT SEAT

From Amazon.co.uk:
DID NOT FINISH
HALF-INCHED
HOT SEAT

The books are available elsewhere in all e-formats, print and audio.  You can find all the links here.

I hope you’ll pick up the books because they are very special to me, but also because I am working on books #4, #5 & #6.   🙂

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I’ve just finished reading the late Brian Garfield’s short story collection, SUSPENDED SENTENCES. In the introduction, he thanks Ed Gorman for helping him with the book, which I found touching, because I also owe Ed Gorman a debt of gratitude. When my first thriller, ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN, came out, it was with a small publisher with a small print run of a few thousand copies. In that situation, getting any kind of promotional and industry support was tough. I wrote to Mystery Scene magazine which Ed owned at the time. He liked what he saw and assigned the book to one of his reviewers which resulted in my first trade review. Seven years later, Ed and I ended up being stable mates at the same publisher. He wrote to our editor to say how much he loved my books and to recommend that he keep on publishing my books. The editor forwarded his email to me saying I had a fan. We asked Ed if he would turn his praise into a blurb for my upcoming book at the time, TERMINATED, which he did, saying:

“Simon Wood packs his books with suspense, surprises and superb storytelling.”
— Ed Gorman, author of The Midnight Room

Of all the blurbs I’ve received for my books, this is one of the most cherished.

Here’s the astounding detail about this—we never met. We kept in touch over the years until his death in 2016, but it would’ve been nice to have thanked him in person. This public thank you will have to suffice in its place.

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It’s my birthday today…but I have a gift for you with the release of my short story collection, FAST CRIMES.

I made my professional bones writing short fiction, and fairly short crime fiction at that. When I started out, there were plenty of markets looking for stories only a few pages long. The stories featured in this collection saw publication in Woman’s World, the side of a coffee can and in a Vegas soft porn magazine, just to name a few.

The jacket copy goes like this:

“Crime happens in a moment and so do the stories in the Fast Crimes collection. These short mysteries start in the moment and build to a climax in a snap. Murders are plotted and carried out. Heists are planned and foiled. Investigators hunt and apprehend criminals. And it all happens in a handful of pages. It’s a smash and grab experience…so strap in.”

The book is available on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble. Links are here.

So if you’re looking to get me a birthday gift, then I’d love it if you picked up a copy. I hope you enjoy the stories. They’re something you can fit in with a cup of coffee.

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Similarly to Kobo, a bunch of my ebooks and audiobooks are now on iTunes.  I must admit I feel like a bit of a rock star because I have an artist’s page on iTunes.  So if you’re an Apple iTunes person, you can find all my titles listed here.  Just make sure you get the correct “Simon Wood” books.  While there are a number of my foreign language titles, please note that I am not the author of the German BDSM erotica…that’s some other guy…really it is.  🙂

My Simon Janus titles are also on iTunes here.

Any questions or issues, let me know. Also, feel free to share with others. I won’t stop you.

I hope you can support me. Thanks!

POSTSCRIPT: Apple have made one of their never-ending updates and unfortunately, my author page no longer shows all my titles although they are on the site. Just to confirm, my titles on iTunes are: DID NOT FINISH, HALF-INCHED, HOT SEAT, THE FALL GUY, FAST CRIMES, WORKING STIFFS, CRESTFALLEN, LOWLIFES & SHORT SHARP SHOCKS. You can find direct links on “BOOK” pages of this website.

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My ebooks are now appearing on Kobo (my English and French titles). Essentially, they’re a competitor to Kindle and Nook. To get some momentum with them I need a few good people to buy them. That’s where you come in, but it’ll hardly cost you’re a penny…well, kinda.

They have an offer going at the moment. When you spend $5.01, they’ll give you $5 off first order. I’d love it if you’d take advantage of their offer and you can get a couple of my books for less than a dollar while helping me cement my position with Kobo. All my books are listed here. (including some of my French titles):

Just make sure you get the “Simon Wood” books as there are a couple that aren’t by me.  Any questions or issues, let me know.  Also, feel free to share with others. I won’t stop you.

I hope you can support me.  Thanks!

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I’m going to be at this year’s Left Coast Crime convention held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada!! This is my appearance schedule.

Bar Stories aka The Not So Secret Life of Authors
With David Corbett, Robin Burcell, David Schlosser, Tim Hallinan, Catriona McPherson and with me emceeing
Friday, March 29th, 6:15pm-7:00pm

Four Dyslexics & an Aphantasiac Talk Writing 
With Jamie Mason, Josh Stalling, Jay Stringer and me with Jacque Ben-Zekry moderating.
Saturday, March 30th, 5:15pm-6:00pm

If you’re coming, I do hope you’ll drop by and say hi.

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I’ve got something fast and dirty for you in the guise of a short story collection, FAST CRIMES.

I made my professional bones writing short fiction, and fairly short fiction at that. When I started out, there were plenty of markets looking for stories only a few pages long. The stories featured in this collection saw publication in Woman’s World, the side of a coffee can and in a Vegas soft porn magazine, just to name a few.

The jacket copy goes like this:

“Crime happens in a moment and so do the stories in the Fast Crimes collection. These short mysteries start in the moment and build to a climax in a snap. Murders are plotted and carried out. Heists are planned and foiled. Investigators hunt and apprehend criminals. And it all happens in a handful of pages.

It’s a smash and grab experience…so strap in.”

The book comes out on April 14th…my birthday. You can preorder it here.

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My frustrated DJ self emerges yet again for a playlist for my the latest Aidy Westlake book, HALF-INCHED. The playlist reflects the various themes and plotlines from the book series. If you’ve read the books, these songs will make a lot of sense and if you haven’t, it should give you an inkling as to what to expect. Either way, the songs should result in a shake of the head…or a groan.

So here’s what’s on the playlist:

“The Distance.” – Cake

“Fast Car.” – Tracy Chapman

“Jerry Was Racecar Driver” – Primus

“The Road To Hell” – Chris Rea

“Shut Up And Drive” – Rhianna

“Cars” – Gary Newman

“Road To Nowhere” – Talking Heads

“Keep The Car Running” – Arcade Fire

“Everyday Is A Winding Road” – Sheryl Crow

“One Headlight” – The Wallflowers

“Passenger Seat” – Death Cab For Cutie

“Drive” – The Cars

“Passenger Side” – Wilco

“Granddad” – Clive Dunn

If you have any musical suggestions, leave them in the comments and I’ll add them to the playlist.  Now just hit play to listen. Enjoy!!

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