Win Win Win!!

Over the past few days, I’ve been popping up on various blogs to share some thoughts about The Darkest Heart and Red Winter. There are still a few more days left to go, but I thought I’d make a note of the links here, just in case you’ve missed any of them. Oh, and yesterday’s post was an opportunity to win a copy of The Darkest Heart . . . don’t miss out!


Crime Thriller Girl – Win The Darkest Heart

Crime Fiction Lover – The dark heart of Brazil

Crime Book Club – Extract from The Darkest Heart

Trip Fiction – Travel and Story

Raven Crime Reads – The inspiration behind Red Winter

The Murder Room – Extract from Red Winter

Shots Blog – The beliefs and superstitions in The Darkest Heart and Red Winter




That’s all . . .

The Big Blog Tour!!

Blog TourThis month has already seen the UK publication of MY BROTHER’S SECRET and the US paperback publication of THE CHILD THIEF. But it’s not over yet . . . The next couple of months will be an exciting time as a few more Dan Smith novels emerge into daylight.

THE DARKEST HEART (UK hardback) 3rd July, RED WINTER (UK paperback)  3rd July, MY FRIEND THE ENEMY (US Hardback) 26th Aug, and LE VILLAGE (French edition of The Child Thief) 21st Aug.

But let’s not jump the gun. It’s now just three days until The Darkest Heart and Red Winter come out to play, so the fantastic Graeme Williams, Senior Marketing Exec at Orion towers, has organised a blog tour. For the next ten days, I’ll be popping up around the internet appearing on various booky blogs to talk about the two novels and the inspiration behind them. There’ll be extracts, a chance to win a copy of the books, and there’ll be music, tea, biscuits, murder, and monsters.

Today I’m talking about murder for $40 over at CRIME FICTION LOVER. Why not come and join me?




Blog Tour

Authors’ Club – Best First Novel Award 2011

The Authors’ Club has updated its website with some details about this year’s Best First Novel Award.

The shortlist was selected by a panel of club members. The chair of judges, literary critic Suzi Feay said:

From a very strong longlist of 12 books it was difficult to prune, but after a tense discussion six titles clearly came to the fore. We have a wonderfully diverse shortlist. Reading all six will take you on a epic voyage to the far north; to a mystical English mansion; a dangerous dead-end town in Brazil; into the mind of a most original female narrator; through three eras of gay London; and headlong into an gripping Indian mystery. All these authors have the potential to go on to brilliant careers.

(via Best First Novel Award « Authors’ Club.)

The guest adjudicator Joanne Harris, and the winner will be announced on 14th April 2011.

It’s fantastic to see DRY SEASON included on that shortlist.

Dry Season Mass-Market Paperback!

My first copy of the DRY SEASON mass-market paperback arrived this morning.

3rd March publication date. It’s looking good and it’s all ready to go.

That’s all I wanted to say.

Oh, except for – Buy it. It’s great. You’ll love it. This isn’t the expensive hardback, remember. This is the handy sized, cheaper version.