Published by Orenda in paperback on 15th March 2017. It is available in e book now. Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy and having me on the blog tour.
Reeling from the attempts on his life and that of his family, Police Inspector Robert Finlay returns to work to discover that any hope of a peaceful existence has been dashed.
Assigned to investigate the Eastern European sex-slave industry just as a key witness is murdered, Finlay, along with his new partner Nina Brasov, finds himself facing a ruthless criminal gang, determined to keep control of the traffic of people into the UK. On the home front, Finlay’s efforts to protect his wife and child may have been in vain, as an MI5 protection officer uncovers a covert secret service operation that threatens them all …
Aided by new allies, he must not only protect his family but save a colleague from an unseen enemy … and a shocking fate. Deadly Game is a stunning, terrifying and eye-opening thriller from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.
I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Deadly Game today, although I haven't read the first book Wicked Game I was well of the buzz it was creating on social media. I hadn't planned on reading Deadly Game yet as I have a thing about reading in order but I picked it up yesterday for a bit of background for today. I am already two thirds through and hooked in, review will follow later this week.
For now I hand over to Matt Johnson who has written a fabulous guest post about reviews and the positives and negatives of social media for an author. Thanks so much Matt for stopping by...
As a newly published author, getting noticed amongst the huge pool of talent that exists in the social media world is an incredible challenge. If there were an easy way, we would all be doing it.
Only yesterday, I read a tweet from an independent author asking for people to do an 'exchange review' with him. What he was offering was a 'quid pro quo', 'you scratch my back...' type arrangement. I've had a few similar requests myself, normally by DM, and I always decline. It was the first time I had seen an author being so public about courting such a favour.
I was so tempted to contact him and tell him not to get into that ball-game, but then decided that it was, really, none of my business. If he wants to, that's up to him, but it's not an avenue I would ever go down.
My personal feeling is that any means to secure reviews other than through genuine readers is fraught with danger. Sure, you may get a few lovely things said about your book, but it's not genuine feedback is it? It's not going to give you any idea as to whether your writing actually appeals to readers and, surely, that is the purpose of a review?
Some authors argue that reviews are a way of getting noticed, an aid to securing that elusive book deal or boosting sales. I guess that the argument is that publishing editors, on seeing a large number of excellent reviews on a book will then be tempted to take a look at it. That assumes, of course, that editors don't know how the review system can be manipulated, that they don't hear that companies are selling 5* reviews and that authors do review exchanges to boost their ratings. The truth is, of course, that they do, and they look at reviews with a very sceptical eye, and so, of course, do the readers.
And what happens after the initial rush of 5* reviews? What happens when genuine reviewers start posting what they think of your work? You can be very sure that if they feel they have been conned that they will say so. So, if your bought or exchange reviews create a false impression of the standard of your work, then you'd best be prepared for the backlash.
The same applies to followers on twitter and 'likes' on facebook. I have a healthy 'followship, not outstanding, but each and every one of my followers is a genuine person… I think! I tend to followback and also follow readers to see what books they are talking about. It also enables me to talk to readers, secure feedback and see if my own work is heading in the right direction.
Like many, I have had my share of unwanted messages offering me opportunities to buy new followers. I can understand why a struggling author might be tempted, it can create an artificial appearance of status which may encourage genuine twitter users to take an interest in you. I was looking at the followship of a well-known author recently who is one of the top in my chosen genre. I saw that most of his original followers were 'bots', so he too had fallen for the offer. Given that this same author has a name for creating fake profiles to promote his own work and attack others, I had to ask myself, is he right? Is this vanity, or is it good marketing? Not an easy question to answer. Books are a business after all.
Just yesterday I received this unsolicited email...
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Well, Harry. I'm sorry to disappoint you, but the answer is a very definite, no.About the Author
Matt Johnson served as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer for 25 years. Blown off his feet at the London Baltic Exchange bombing in 1993, and one of the first police officers on the scene of the 1982 Regent’s Park bombing, Matt was also at the Libyan People’s Bureau shooting in 1984 where he escorted his mortally wounded friend and colleague, Yvonne Fletcher, to hospital. Hidden wounds took their toll. In 1999, Matt was discharged from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. While undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. One evening, Matt sat at his computer and started to weave these notes into a work of fiction that he described as having a tremendously cathartic effect on his own condition. His bestselling thriller, Wicked Game, which was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, was the result.
You can find out more: www.mattjohnsonauthor.com
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