Exciting news!

I have some exciting news!

I am delighted to announce I have signed a two-book deal with the fabulous Bookouture (a sub-division of Hachette UK) for my new crime series featuring ex-detective Maddison Harper and private investigator Nate Monroe.

The first book in the series will be released in January 2021 and sees Maddison and Nate join forces to help find a twelve-year-old girl who has vanished from a summer camp in the small town of Shadow Falls, California.

Book 1 is already written and going through the editing process, I’m halfway through writing book 2, and book 3 ideas are forming a not-so-orderly queue in my head! Keep an eye out on here and on my social media (Twitter & Facebook) for updates about publication date and cover reveal!

You can read the official press release from Bookouture here.

For my loyal Dean Matheson readers, I expect you’re wondering what all this means for Dean, Eva and Rocky? It’s clear I love those characters and I know I have some super fans of this series because you message me nearly every day asking where the next book is! All I can say is there won’t be a fourth book yet but never say never! For now, I will be concentrating on my new series.

Thanks for sticking with me in my new adventure. If you like Dean and Eva, I think you’re going to love Nate and Maddison!

Wendy x

Sale – 99p/99¢

Won’t You Save Me (Book 3 in the Dean Matheson Series) is currently on sale for just 99p/99¢ on Amazon and Kobo!

Buy links below but here’s the blurb:

Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start won’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings …
A nameless girl badly beaten and dumped in front of the mysterious new church. A shocking murder scene discovered in the apartment over the diner. A child missing without a trace.
These are the crimes Dean Matheson is confronted with in his first week as detective. Are they isolated events, or is something altogether more disturbing happening in Maple Valley now that Dean’s back in town?

Available to purchase on all digital platforms including:

Amazon (universal URL)

Kobo

 

Out With the Old, in With the New – A creepy short story

Out With the Old, in With the New

by Wendy Dranfield

 

Luke has never used an online dating site before but, as it’s all the rage, he decides to give it a go. Once he’s settled on a site that sounds suitable for his needs, he fills in his profile details, obviously including a few little white lies like every other user. It’s expected on a site like this so he doesn’t feel bad about it.

He selects a profile photo that makes him look like he’s half decent, and clicks ‘save’. There. He’s all ready to find The One. Or at least; The next One. He’s surprised when he feels the familiar flutter of hope in his stomach.

His mother is making dinner in the kitchen and she’s not being quiet about it. ‘Are you hungry?’ She shouts as though he’s in another country.

‘Yes, mother.’

‘Good. I’ve done way too much pasta as usual.’

As she goes back to cooking their dinner, Luke moves to the armchair by the TV so she can’t see what he’s doing if she peeks over his shoulder. She always wants to know what he’s up to. It’s embarrassing enough having to live with your mother when you’re twenty-nine, he doesn’t need her knowing he’s looking for women online. Within seconds Pumpkin, his new ginger rescue cat, jumps on his lap and settles down. As Pumpkin purrs, Luke absently strokes him with his spare hand.

Once his profile is set-up, it matches him with some potential women in his area. He starts swiping through the list, focusing primarily on their profile pictures:

A red head who enjoys reading and hiking. He swipes left. He doesn’t like hiking.

A blonde who looks like a young Britney Spears. Her interests include bungee jumping and travelling. He swipes left. She’s way too outgoing for him. He’s looking for someone like him; a quiet, reserved introvert.

A brunette wearing glasses piques his interest. Sarah. She enjoys Marvel movies, online gaming and scrabble. He looks closely at her photo. She looks petite. Her teeth are crooked and she’s looking at the camera as if she wants to run away. He can tell she’s shy. He wonders if she’s ever even had a boyfriend before. This is just the kind of girl he was looking for. He enjoys movies, although not Marvel movies, and he plays World of Warcraft regularly.

He swipes right.

His mother calls him into the kitchen to eat dinner and, not for the first time, he’s reminded that she’s never going to win any cookery awards. By the time he’s finished eating, he has a message from Sarah.

‘What attracted you to me?’ she asks.

He tries to think about what to say while ignoring his mother’s soaps playing loudly on the TV. The woman’s driving him mad.

‘You need to take the rubbish out tonight as the bin men are coming tomorrow. Something smells bad in that bin. When it’s empty you need to clean it out with disinfectant.’

‘Yes, mother.’

He replies to Sarah with what he thinks she’d like to hear. He tells her that he thinks she’s cute, he loves the Marvel universe and he’s a big gamer so they have a lot in common. She tells him he looks like Harry Styles in his profile picture. That makes him smile to himself.

She’s chatty. She asks him some questions about his gaming and before he knows it, Luke has spent an hour chatting to her. He feels good. He likes her. She could be The One.

‘Take that bin out, for God’s sake, Luke! How many times do I have to ask?’

He looks up, dazed. He’d forgotten about his mother.

‘Well?’ she says.

‘Yes, mother.’ He stands slowly and pockets his phone.

Outside, in the dark, he pushes the wheelie bin to the end of the driveway and then pulls his phone back out. He might get some peace out here. He leans on the bin as he reads the latest message from Sarah.

‘Want to meet for a coffee? I don’t drink alcohol.’

He thinks about it. He has nothing to lose so he agrees. He patiently watches the blue dots that indicate she’s typing a response.

‘Saturday at noon in Starbucks?’

He agrees again.

‘I look forward to meeting you,’ she types.

He smiles. That was so easy. He wonders why he’s never thought of doing it this way before.

He pockets his phone and opens the lid of the wheelie bin. A nasty odour strikes him immediately. Jane. He met her in the library. She lived alone apart from one cute ginger cat.

As he heads back inside he wonders if Sarah has any pets, because there’s no way his mother will let him have another one.

 

© Wendy Dranfield

Book sale!

Two of my ebooks are currently reduced to 99p and/or 99¢ at the moment so grab yourselves a bargain!

Who Cares if They Die is 99p and 99¢ on Amazon and Kobo until Thursday 19th March. This includes: UK, US, CA, AU & NZ.

Won’t You Save Me is 99p on UK Amazon and Kobo and I think it ends either tonight or tomorrow night!

Incidentally, The Girl Who Died is also just 99p/99¢ or free on Kindle Unlimited!

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Won’t You Save Me By Wendy Dranfield #Book Review by Reading Through The Pain

An unknown girl is found dumped near the church, she is horrifyingly beaten. Then a child goes missing, plus they find another gruesome murder scene in a flat above the diner. Dean Matheson is back in his hometown, hoping for a fresh start. He has now become a detective with his new partner, Detective Eva Woods…

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How to pass the time when self-isolating during coronavirus

I’ve worked from home as a full-time crime writer for a year now. It’s been amazing because I’ve only had one bug in that time (one cold, compared to about five colds and one flu per year before that) and a massive reduction in migraines. Plus, I’ve written three novels and various short stories and articles in that time, making it my most productive year yet, career-wise.

But there can be downsides to working from home. You’re socially isolated and it can negatively affect your mental health some days, especially if it’s new to you.

If you’ve been sent home from work to avoid the spread of coronavirus, or you’re choosing to self-isolate (hopefully, as a precaution and you’re not ill) and don’t know what to do with yourself, you might find at least one tip here that appeals to you. I don’t have children (well, 3 cats!) so I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it is to entertain kids if your whole family is self-isolating, but I’m sure there are some great tips online specifically for children.

  • You’ll probably feel like having at least one or two sweatpants days where you just lounge on the sofa or stay in bed all day long, eating all the bad stuff from your cupboards and ignoring the hairbrush. Do it! How often do we get a chance to do this on a weekday? Never! It’s not wasting time, it’s downtime and everyone needs more of that. Give in to eating whatever you want and don’t feel guilty for taking an afternoon nap. Just don’t do this every day of your self-isolation as it will quickly turn bad. One day off is fine, but after that, get productive or your mental health will decline.
  • Why not plant some seeds? In my experience you’ll look forward to checking every morning whether they’ve grown yet. If you can’t get out to buy seeds, use something you already have – sweet peppers, apples, citrus, tomato, an old spud going moldy in the cupboard – just plant something and watch it grow! There are plenty of YouTube videos showing you how to plant anything, but I’ve found trial and error is best. I just put a seed in some compost, water it and put it in a sunny spot. That works 96% of the time. (Cactus seeds refuse to grow in my house!) Another benefit of planting seeds is that we might need home-grown produce if food becomes limited (worst case scenario), so get a head-start now.
  • If you have a garden or balcony, make sure you get outside regularly. The benefits of listening to the birds, watching bees buzz around the flowers and feeling the sun on your face is immediately uplifting. Plan to fill those gaps in your borders by listing what you want to buy when you’re able to get out and about again. Tidy up the pots that have been thrown around the garden in the recent storms. It will help you feel productive which, in my experience, keeps spirits lifted.
  • If you’re well enough, go for a walk every day, even if it’s just around the block. Obviously be careful if you do have coronavirus, you don’t want to accidentally spread it to any at-risk people, but getting outside really breaks up the day, even if just for fifteen minutes. It’s good for your body too as too much sitting will very quickly ruin your overall fitness. Take it from someone who knows!
  • Speaking of exercise; don’t forget YouTube has thousands of free workout videos including aerobics, yoga, indoor walking etc. Try searching for whatever you’re interested in and I guarantee there’s a video for it!
  • Use social media to chat with people who share your interests. There are bound to be lots of other people in the same situation and looking to pass the time, and social media can make you laugh (well some sites are better than others; Twitter is my fave.). You might even end up making new friends (but stay safe online – see my previous blog post!).
  • TV is important because it feels like you’re with people. Watching drama-filled reality shows can fill the void if you’re missing office gossip. I recommend any of the Real Housewives franchises for their drama and gossip and the “OMG, did they really just do that?” moments!
  • Use the time you’re indoors to catch up on the hobbies you’ve been neglecting for years. Dust off your Warhammer 40k miniatures/knitting needles/drum set and lose time!
  • Read those books that have been piled next to your bedside table for years! Many people will want to read uplifting stories right about now but I’m the opposite, I’ve always loved crime, horror and non-fiction so if that’s what helps me escape the news, then that’s what I’ll read. E-readers will certainly be useful during this pandemic!
  • Those DIY jobs you’ve been avoiding? Start small and build up to getting them done. Or just have a spring clean and get rid of all the clutter you’ve been meaning to give away or sell! This is probably a really good time to list stuff on auction sites and make some money. Assuming the post offices stay open of course.
  • If you’re meant to be actually working from home during this time, don’t put it off. Find somewhere comfortable to work from in your house (not your bedroom as this will ruin your sleep routine eventually) and make sure you go there during your normal work hours. Okay, maybe knock off at least an hour either side because let’s face it, these are unprecedented times and we’re not going to work as hard as we would if we were actually at work! Keep your workday routine if you can because you’ll find it easier to mentally switch off when you do stop working. Move to a different room for downtime. That’s why working from the living room or bedroom isn’t always a great idea; it might be comfortable but you’ll start associating it with work. I work from a spare room we’ve converted into a home office, but that’s because my homeworking is long-term.
  • Don’t spend all your downtime watching the news. Sure, get updates once or twice a day because coronavirus is obviously a fast-moving story (and bug) but it’s depressing and actually quite scary for a lot of people, and when you’re stuck at home you need to focus on staying busy and positive as much as you can.
  • Stay in contact with anyone in your family or friend-circle, or neighbours, who live(s) alone. They will be the people who are most scared because they’ll be worrying about contracting the virus and having no way of getting their normal medicine and groceries. Not everyone uses online shopping and even that might be hit eventually. Call/message them regularly or, with elderly neighbours, try to pop by and chat through the closed front-door a few times a week, if they’re open to that. Remember, a lot of people who suffer with long-term chronic illnesses are isolated all the time and they’ll have better tips than me on how to cope.

Ultimately, anything that passes the time will help you get through self-isolation and you have to keep both your mind and your body active because mental health is absolutely linked to physical health. Oh, and having pets like Joey (pictured above) helps!

If you have any other tips, leave a comment!

Wendy. x

My Review – Won’t You Save Me by Wendy Dranfield

Sanity Looms

Eagerly pre ordered for delivery to my Kindle on release day!

Devoured when time would allow over the course of a week!

Synopsis

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Detective Dean Matheson has returned to his hometown to begin his new job and put the traumatic events of his past behind him – but his fresh start doesn’t last long when the local area is hit by a series of strange disappearances and twisted killings.

A nameless girl – badly beaten and dumped close to a mysterious new church, a shocking murder scene discovered in the diner apartment and a young boy missing without a trace.

Review

This is an excellent episode in the life of Dean Mattheson that hurtles along keeping the reader hooked from the first line.  Even though this is Wendy’s third book in the series, it stands alone and should move to the top of your TBR pile immediately.

Eve Valdez joins Dean…

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Author Appreciation Wendy Dranfield — ✮ Zooloo’s Book Diary ✮

Before we head into the last post I want to take the time to say Thank You to everyone who has supported this #AuthorTakeOver by reading and sharing my posts about Wendy and her books, plus sharing your own! You guys are amazing! So! I can not believe that today is the last day of…

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Who Cares If They Die By Wendy Dranfield #BookReview — ✮ Zooloo’s Book Diary ✮

Today we get to go back to where it all began with our introduction to Dean and Rocky in Who Cares If They Die. I am resharing my review on this book today and just re-reading it gives me shivers thinking about the book and how the story all begins, plus I can see I…

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Excerpt time! Who Cares if They Die — ✮ Zooloo’s Book Diary ✮

Well, today it’s an exclusive excerpt for you to devour from Who Cares If They Die. However!! We also have some reviews and a snippet from the audiobook too. So much in one little post! Chapter One Officer Dean Matheson stands shivering against the cold night, trying not to look at the gruesome scene before…

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