Simon Wood

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My first thriller ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN has come of age.  It was first published 18 years ago this month!  This book is very special to me because we’ve been on a quite a journey over that time.  It’s been responsible for a lot of firsts in my writing career:

  • First book I wrote.
  • First published book.
  • First mass paperback release.
  • First book to be translated.
  • First book to sell a 100,000 copies.

When I look over my writing career, this book has been the one that kept me career moving on to the stage. Although first published by a small publishing house, it picked up a lot of good trade reviews which gave me some legitimacy as a writer. That resulted in the book picking up a contract with a New York publisher. When the NY publisher folded during the credit crunch, it was the book to reboot my career I relaunched it as an ebook. The sales success of the ebook resulted in an 8-book deal with a new publisher and a new edition. And if it weren’t for that 8-book deal, I wouldn’t have the success with other books. Wherever I examine my writing career, invariably it all stems back to ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN.

This book about obscure facet of the insurance industry changed my life.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for it.  I will forever be in this book’s debt.

If you’d like to learn more about the book, you can learn more here.

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I’m happy to announce the release of the Italian edition of PAYING THE PIPER which will be published as OTTO ANNI PRIMA (which translates as EIGHT YEARS AGO). This is my second book with Italian publisher Newton Compton and I hope this book will do as well as first book with them as I’d like them to publish SAVING GRACE next. If you’d like to work on your Italian, this is what the back jacket says:

Quando il giornalista Scott Fleetwood riceve una chiamata anonima che gli offre un’intervista esclusiva con il pericoloso Pifferaio, il criminale che rapisce i bambini a San Francisco, non può credere alle sue orecchie. È un’occasione per aiutare concretamente le autorità a incastrarlo. Per anni, infatti, il Pifferaio ha terrorizzato le più influenti famiglie della città, costringendo i genitori a pagare un riscatto altissimo pur di riavere i loro figli. Ma gli sforzi di Scott per trasmettere le informazioni all’FBI si rivelano presto controproducenti: l’uomo che sta intervistando non è il vero Pifferaio, e la situazione precipita. Il bambino sequestrato viene ucciso. Per otto lunghi anni Scott ha convissuto con il senso di colpa. La sua leggerezza ha causato la morte di un innocente. Ma l’incubo non è ancora finito. Quando il Pifferaio torna a farsi vivo, non vuole un riscatto. Questa volta la posta in gioco è molto più alta. E in ballo c’è la vita del figlio di Scott.

The book is available in paperback and ebook. You can learn more on the OTTO ANNI PRIMA book page!

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I sold my 1,000,000th book with my current publisher, Thomas & Mercer.  It’s the product of determination, timing & luck.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible.  Two million is a long way off so I need everyone to get cracking.

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THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY has racked up another milestone in its amazing history.  My publisher Thomas & Mercer informed me that Zoe Sutton’s first thriller has crossed 400,000 copies sold mark.  This book’s juggernaut progress has been stunning.  Thanks to everyone who bought the book and if haven’t read it, this might be the time to start.

T&M have said they are sending me something to mark the occasion.  I’m hoping it’s a dollar for every book sold…

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February is a bumper month for bargain books.  Amazon has gone to town with a whole host promotional offers on my books!!  Brace yourself.  Here they all are!!

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Zoë and Holli’s Vegas road trip goes wrong when they’re abducted. Zoë escapes leaving Holli behind. A year later and still tortured with guilt, Zoë latches on to a murder that eerily resembles her abduction. Her attempts to find justice for Holli brings her to the attention of the “Tally Man.” For him, she is not a survivor but simply the one that got away.

The ebook is 99c and the trade paperback is $5.99.

DECEPTIVE PRACTICES: Do you have a cheating spouse?  Has counseling failed?  Want to get even?  Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson.  That’s the pitch Olivia Shaw bought into.  When her husband is killed, she discovers that Infidelity Limited is far more dangerous than she ever believed.  Now the prime suspect in her husband’s slaying, she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited.

The ebook is $1.99 in the US and £1.00 in the UK.

TERMINATED: Gwen Farris crossed the wrong coworker when she gave Stephen Tarbell a poor evaluation.  That was all it took to push Tarbell over the edge.  He already believes Gwen stole the promotion that was rightfully his.  He won’t let her take anything else from him.  Now it’s his turn to take…and take.  By the time he’s finished with her, Tarbell plans to take her job, her family—even her life.

The ebook is 99c in the US.

I hope you’ll take advantage of these offers.  And if you’ve never read any of my books, this might be the perfect time to start.  Enjoy!!

 

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no show 50k2016 started with a bit of a bang.  NO SHOW hit the milestone of selling 50,000 copies.   Thomas & Mercer commemorated the landmark with a with a nice wall plaque.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy.  I’ll be forever in your debt.  And if you haven’t picked up the book, don’t let this good news stop you.  😆

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100k piperIn August, the Thomas & Mercer edition of PAYING THE PIPER hit a milestone by crossing 100,000 copies sold.   Thomas & Mercer commemorated the landmark with a framed copy of the book, which is a sweet gesture.  Publishing is one of those industry that doesn’t commemorate its achievements.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy.  I’ll be forever in your debt.  And if you have picked up the book, don’t let this good news stop you.  😆

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