Writers are always conscious of their readers. I want mine to be transported to a different world, one where the bleak, brooding hills of east Lancashire dominate the landscape, one where good overcomes evil, where the good guy wins and the baddie gets his comeuppance.
But do you know what I really want? I want them to feel the same way about my books as I do about Dexter. Imagine that. Wow! I want them to count the days until the next book in my series hits the shelves. I want them unable to wait until they get their hands on it.
That’s how I feel about Dexter. I’ve been hooked from the moment I saw those wonderful opening credits welcoming me to Series 1, Episode 1. I admit that, while watching, I mutter things like “How ridiculous is that?” and “There’s no way that could happen” but I am still utterly, totally hooked. Addicted even.
Lucky, lucky, lucky people in the States see Dexter episodes before us poor souls here in the UK. (No spoilers from you US viewers, please.) I gather there’s a dodgy online site where, a few hours after an episode has aired in the US, it’s possible to download the episode and save yourself a week’s wait for it to appear on TV here in the UK. I also gather that a lot of viewers in the UK have made use of this dodgy website simply because they can’t wait.*
Now, just in case there’s anyone out there counting the minutes until the next Dylan Scott mystery is available and can’t possibly wait until 7 October (anyone? :o)), I have a treat for you. I’m giving away a digital copy of Deadly Shadows (either EPUB or PDF format). Yes, you could be the first person to get your hands on the sixth Dylan Scott story.
Here’s the blurb:
Before his disgraceful dismissal from the police force, Dylan Scott worked undercover to get close to notorious drug dealer Joe Child. Now, Dylan works as a P.I.—and Child heads up a religious commune near Dawson's Clough. But after two girls go missing from the refuge, the cops need Dylan's help to find out if Child is saving souls as a cover for something more sinister.
The investigation means going back undercover as a petty crook—a tough gig for a detective who has recently worked some high-profile cases in Lancashire. Even on a remote farm, Dylan's in constant danger of being recognized. Not to mention the strain his long absences have put on his family life.
Still, Dylan won't rest until he finds the missing girls. But the longer he looks, the harder it is to tell the sinners from the saints. And the truth may be more than this bleak northern town can handle.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of being the first person to read Deadly Shadows just say so in the comments and I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday. :)
* I admit nothing.