Ten Things People Don’t Know About Stephen Leather – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Things People Don’t Know About Stephen Leather

1) I can fly a plane. I got my pilot’s licence while I was living in Baltimore, Maryland.

2) I have parachuted four times. The first three times were with the RAF freefall team. I jumped from a Rapide biplane which meant climbing out onto the wing before jumping.

3) I have a brown belt in Shotokan karate. My kicks aren’t very good, though.

4) I have a cat called Peanut Butter who sits next to me while I am writing.

5) I do almost all my writing while sitting in front of the TV. I was a journalist working in noisy newsrooms for ten years or so and I still need noise around me while I write.

6) I am one on Amazon’s Top 10 UK independent publishers and my book The Basement is one of the Top 10 bestselling self-published UK eBooks of all time.

7) My self-published book The Basement has topped the Kindle charts in the US and the UK.

8) I tried my hand at writing erotica because I figured that eReaders would see more people buying sexy stories (because no one can see what you’re reading on an eReader). The stories are available but they don’t sell very well.

9) I was once the Business Editor of the South China Morning Post

10) Martin Campbell (who directed Bond movies Goldeneye and Casino Royale) is making a film of my book The Chinaman starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. It’ll hopefully be in cinemas by the end of the year.

MediaKit_BookCover_NewYorkNightTeenagers are being possessed and turning into sadistic murderers. Priests can’t help, nor can psychiatrists. So who is behind the demonic possessions? Jack Nightingale is called in to investigate, and finds his own soul is on the line. New York Night is the seventh novel in the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective series.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Cheryl Perez pulled the cork from the bottle of Chianti and sloshed it into a glass. She drank some and went through to her sitting room. She pulled open the drawer of a side table and took out the framed photograph of herself and Eric. It had been in the drawer for over a month – a new record. The photograph had been taken on New Year’s Eve three years earlier. They’d flown to Vegas for the weekend and seen in the New Year at a show in the MGM Grand. The casino’s logo was in the bottom right hand corner of the photograph. They were both a little drunk and they were holding hands either side of a champagne bucket that Perez was fairly sure contained their second bottle. Maybe their third. They had got so drunk that they had collapsed on the bed in their clothes and woken up the following morning still clothed and wrapped in each other’s arms. ‘You bastard, Eric,’ she whispered. ‘How could you leave me?’

She took the photograph over to the dining table and stood it in the middle. She sat down, drank some wine and then picked up one of the two pencils there. She drew a cross on the page, dividing it into quarters. She wrote YES in the top right and bottom left quarters, then wrote NO in the top left and bottom right. She took another drink of wine, then smiled lopsidedly at the photograph. ‘I know, I know, it’s stupid and my soul will burn in Hell, but I have to try, don’t I?’

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_NewYorkNightStephen Leather is one of the UK’s most successful thriller writers, an eBook and Sunday Times bestseller and author of the critically acclaimed Dan “Spider’ Shepherd series and the Jack Nightingale supernatural detective novels.

Before becoming a novelist he was a journalist for more than ten years on newspapers such as The Times, the Daily Mirror, the Glasgow Herald, the Daily Mail and the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. He is one of the country’s most successful eBook authors and his eBooks have topped the Amazon Kindle charts in the UK and the US. In 2011 alone he sold more than 500,000 eBooks and was voted by The Bookseller magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK publishing world.

Born in Manchester, he began writing full time in 1992. His bestsellers have been translated into fifteen languages. He has also written for television shows such as London’s Burning, The Knock and the BBC’s Murder in Mind series and two of his books, The Stretch and The Bombmaker, were filmed for TV.

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Jack Nightingale, the main character in New York Night has his own website. (NOTE: It’s addictive!)

You can buy New York Night at Amazon, Kobo, iBooks, or Smashwords.

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  1. Thank you for hosting

  2. Thanks for having me on your wonderful blog! I’m just about to start writing the sequel to New York Night, set in Miami!

  3. Nikolina says:

    I was really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

  4. James Robert says:

    Good Monday morning and start of a great week. Thanks for the chance to win

  5. How long do you need to write a book?

  6. Faye Gates says:

    Stephen, I really enjoyed what I have read so far. Quite an impressive resume you have. I can’t wait to read this book.

  7. Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

  8. Cathy French says:

    Congrats to the author for being on Amazon’s Top 10 UK independent publishers

  9. Cassandra D says:

    I would love to win this prize.

  10. Rita Wray says:

    I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book. Sounds great!

  11. kim hansen says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  12. Victoria says:

    It’s been great following the tour for New York Night! I’ve had lots of fun reading the excerpts and reviews and I can’t wait to check it out myself. Thanks for sharing and for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  14. Tara Woods says:

    Fascinating blurb and excerpt! I look forward to reading more. Thanks for the post.

  15. What kind of research did you do for this book?

  16. momjane says:

    I really enjoyed your comments. Thank you so much. I enjoyed the excerpt and it really got my interest.

  17. Daniela Plume says:

    Top 10 in all of the U.K. Very impressive!

  18. Thanks very much for the excerpt and the generous prize.

  19. Jessica miller says:

    thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Jaclyn Mercer says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! You book sounds great.

  21. Good Golly Miss Molly , luv the execerpt . Divine. . Wow, prize amazon gc is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. It is tight, fly & off the chain. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂 Pick me, pick me! Dear Santa: I’ve been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest. Starving artist here desperately needs the gc to shop and eat. A life changing exp.

  22. Alexandru Rusu says:

    Thanks for hsting and this amazing giveaway.

  23. Jennifer Red says:

    thank you so much for doing this, this book looks amazing

  24. I really enjoyed reading the excerpt and the 10 things list. This book sounds like such an exciting, interesting, and intriguing read! Totally can’t wait to check out this book!

  25. Nikolina says:

    End of a great book tour, I really had fun, thank you!

  26. I have added this book to my TBR list and look forward to reading this book!

  27. Judy Thomas says:

    Congrats on the awesome book!

  28. Do you ever get writers block or have a muse? 🙂

  29. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. That’s so exciting that a movie’s being made of your book!

  31. Crystal Sell says:

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  32. What, in your mind, distinguishes this book from other books out there in the same genre?

  33. Joana Bento says:

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  34. Birgit Lehner says:

    Here’s a non-bookish question I just have to ask: Why did you name your cat Peanut Butter? Curious minds want to know! 🙂

  35. amy bowens says:

    Sounds great

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