Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The blurb is out. Read all about it!

Book description for my new Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery, Letters from the Dead.

After what seems like a very long time indeed, I'm very pleased to be able to tell you more about my new JT book at last! The back cover description has now been released. You can read it HERE where you can also pre-order your copy so you receive it the day it comes out, or on my blog below.

I hope you like it. :)

From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a thrilling new Jefferson Tayte mystery.

When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to prove the identity of a black sheep in his client’s family tree, he unwillingly finds himself drawn into a murder investigation with nothing more to go on than a 150-year-old letter and a connection to a legendary ruby that has been missing for generations.
As more letters are mysteriously left for him, Tayte becomes immersed in a centuries-old tale of greed, murder and forbidden love that takes his research from the wilds of the Scottish Highlands to the colour and heat of colonial India.
A dark secret is buried in Jaipur, steeped in treachery and scandal. But why is it having such deadly repercussions in the present? Can Tayte find the ruby and prevent the past from repeating itself before it’s too late?
This is the seventh book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cover reveal for NEW Jefferson Tayte mystery

Here it is--the front cover for my new book, Letters from the Dead!

The shiny new cover for my seventh Jefferson Tayte Genealogical mystery has been finalised, and I'm so pleased to be able to share it with you. I love it! Nice and moody. Now I really can't wait for the book to be out on 14 August. Here's a link to the book on Amazon for pre-orders and more information, which should be ready very soon.

Do let me know what you think. :)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

My 7th Jefferson Tayte Mystery is called...

New Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery coming this summer

I'm very pleased to announce that the seventh book in my Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series is going to be released in all formats worldwide on 14 August. It's called Letters from the Dead.

The cover design and blurb are still being worked on, so I can't share much more with you just now, but I can tell you that JT finds himself in Scotland this time, drawn into an ill-fated family's search for a priceless gemstone that takes his research to India at the time of the British East India Company, where he unravels a tale of greed, murder and forbidden love.

Needless to say, I'm very excited about this book. I've wanted to write about British India for some time now. It's such an evocative period in British history, conjuring a strong sense of adventure and excitement, which are two things I set out to capture when I began writing the story. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the cover design, which of course I'll share with you as soon as I can, along with the back cover description as soon as it's ready.

If you'd like to pre-order a copy so you receive Letters from the Dead on the day it's released, please follow the Amazon pre-order link below, which will take you to the book's product page in your country. If you're able to share the news and help spread the word, that would be great. :o)

Pre-order Letters from the Dead here.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Harper Collins Japan to publish IN THE BLOOD

I'm very excited to share with you the cover design for the Japanese language translation of IN THE BLOOD, the first book in my Jefferson Tayte Genealogy Mystery series, which is due to be released by Harper Collins Japan in February.

Because things don't always translate well from one language to another, the title has changed for the Japanese market. The lettering on the cover says 'A Secret of the Family', which I think sums up what the story is about very well. Harper Collins said: 'The reason is that the story develops around a secret of one family, which has been kept for several hundred years.' It was also chosen because 'Japanese readers tend to like dark and mysterious histories of a family.' IN THE BLOOD is certainly that.

I really like the cover design. It speaks of the past, and of old documents, and I've also just heard that the book will include a map or Cornwall where the story is set, and a Fairborne family tree. I can't wait to see a copy.

From the back cover:
Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.

In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My 7th Jefferson Tayte Mystery is written!

New Jefferson Tayte Genealogy Mystery moves into editing. YAY!

It's been almost ten months in the making, but I'm very glad to be able to say that my next Jefferson Tayte story is written. Not only that, but I've also finished editing the first draft, and having only just read the book for the first time as a complete story, I must say that I'm very pleased with it. My first reader, Mrs R, is currently reading it, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she likes it, too. She may be my wife. but she 's a tough critic and knows how important it is to make the book as good as possible at this stage before I pass it on to my publisher and the structural editing begins.

So what's next? Well, tomorrow I'm going to give myself a break and go and play some golf, then we have friends visiting over the weekend, so on Monday I'll begin formatting the manuscript to make it ready to send to my editor. That involves compiling the scenes from Scrivener, which I use to write the story and to go through the first draft, into MS Word. Then I'll make sure it all looks okay and go through some basics, like spell checking and checking misplaced words, such as 'onto' when I meant 'on to' and 'isle' where I meant 'aisle'. I have a long list that I've gathered over the years and won't send an MS in until I've gone through it all, checking to see if I've fallen foul of any such errors. Then I'll go through a second draft, this time listening to the story as an audiobook, which I find helps me to create realistic dialogue, and spot missing words that my brain too easily fills in for me when I'm reading the words off my screen.

If you've been following my posts on my writing progress over the years, particularly on Facebook, you'll know that I dread the structural editing stage, which is basically where my editor tries to pull all my hard work apart an then asks me to fix it. At least, that's how it can seem, but it's a necessary and invaluable part of the process and one I wouldn't want to miss, however difficult it can be. It's the part where the story is made better. That means it's better for you when you read it, so although I dread it, I love it at the same time. Maybe that dread stems from the fact that I'm against the clock during each round of editing, particularly during the first round where I only have two weeks to find a solution to any points raised and implement them, which can be quite a challenge.

I'll be sure to let you know how it all goes, and as ever I can't wait to tell you more about it.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

News Roundup and snaps from Snowdon

Bestsellers, Translations & Holiday Snaps

This week I was thrilled to see that the first book in my Jefferson Tayte Genealogy Mystery series, IN THE BLOOD, shot to number one in the bestseller charts. Wait a minute, did I just say number one? I'm not sure I believe it even now. Thankfully I took a screenshot to remind myself it really was true! Almost a week on and it's still performing very well, currently at number four in the entire Mystery & Thriller category. I'm so pleased to see that JT is being introduced to so many new readers through this entertaining format.

The series has been narrated by Simon Vance who has done a wonderful job with all the many and varied characters I've written about across the six Jefferson Tayte books so far. Winner of multiple awards for his work, Simon really brings the books to life. If you've already read the series, they're a great way to experience it again in a different way, and to those readers who have previously bought the paperback or Kindle editions from Amazon, you can pick them up for a very low price. 

Adding to my excitement this week, the Czech language edition of the third book in my Jefferson Tayte series, The Last Queen of England, was released, and I'm told that the translation of book four, The Lost Empress will be released later this year. The reviews for the first two books in the Czech language from the Czech media were very good, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that book three meets with the same approval. My Czech publisher Mystery Press posted these photos on their Facebook page to mark the launch. They filled my head with notions of taking a book to a meadow, lying down and reading all day, but then I reminded myself that I have a word count target to reach and a seventh Jefferson Tayte book to write. I recall writing The Last Queen of England with great fondness, not least because it's such a pacy book that it practically wrote itself. At least, I recall that my writing seemed to flow with equal pace and fervour. 

The week before these exciting events took place, I went hiking in Snowdonia with my  best friend from school days, Andy Brooks. It's something we've started doing every year, camping for a few nights and going for long hikes. Last year was South Wales and Pen-y-Fan, so this year we thought we'd hike Snowdon in North Wales. As usual we lugged around 20kg of camera gear (and water of course) up the mountain with us, tackling the peak twice in three days by various ascents and descents. Here are some of my favourite snaps from the trip. Just click on any image to see the larger versions. I hope you enjoy them.

It was cloudy and wet on our first hike up Snowdon. As we neared the bottom
again, a splash of sunlight shone through, giving me this moody shot.

The sun came out for our second hike, which made it hot going,
but at least we could see the view, and get some photos at last.

Climbing higher.

This was taken near the top of Snowdon.

A welsh lamb and mint pasty later and we were ready to descend. This is the start
of the trail down to the pub for a well-deserved pint, via the ridge you can see.

Lots of lovely old trains still operating in North Wales.

And relax... :o)

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Dying Games is out! What do you think?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'Dying Games is not to be missed! It is Robinson's finest work to date.'

My new Jefferson Tayte Genealogy Mystery, Dying Games, has been out for one month now, and I couldn't be happier with the reception it's received. Thanks to everyone who's bought a copy, and to those who have let me know what you think about the book on Facebook and Twitter, and in your reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, which are much appreciated as always.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'This book was amazing! The mind of Steve Robinson to devise a plot like this is a little scary!'

The Facebook launch party was a lot of fun, and thanks again to everyone who came along. Hopefully we can do it again next year. The competitions were fun this time around too, and I particularly liked the 'books in deadly situations' game where you had to guess the next murder weapon. I'll try to come up with something for the next book, which is coming along nicely. There's going to be an historical narrative to this one and I've just finished writing it. Now I'm getting reacquainted with JT again as I work out the plot for his side of the story in the present day.

If you've not visited my website since Dying Games was released, you'll now find there's an information page about the book, where you can discover what inspired me to write it among other background things, such as the research that went into the book. Here's a LINK if you'd like to take a look.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 'WOW! I haven't read a book this exciting and physiologically draining as this, in I don't know when.'

'A well written nail biter from beginning to end.'

Visit DYING GAMES on Amazon HERE for more information.