Wednesday, 3 February 2016

€0.99 sale on all my books throughout February

If you do your grocery shopping in Euros, during February you can pick up all of the books in my highly rated Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series (English language editions) for just €0.99 each for Kindle. Follow this LINK to visit my author page at the Amazon store in your country for offers.

Two hundred years ago a loyalist family fled to England to escape the American War of Independence and seemingly vanished into thin air. American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is hired to find out what happened, but it soon becomes apparent that a calculated killer is out to stop him.
In the Blood combines a centuries-old mystery with a present-day thriller that brings two people from opposite sides of the Atlantic together to uncover a series of carefully hidden crimes. Tayte's research centres around the tragic life of a young Cornish girl, a writing box, and the discovery of a dark secret that he believes will lead him to the family he is looking for. Trouble is, someone else is looking for the same answers and will stop at nothing to find them.
In the Blood is the first book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series.

A curiously dated child’s suitcase arrives, unannounced and unexplained, in a modern-day Washington suburb. A week later, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte is sitting in an English hotel room, staring at the wrong end of a loaded gun.
In his latest journey into the past, Tayte lands in wartime Leicestershire, England. The genealogist had hoped simply to reunite his client with the birth mother she had never met, having no idea she had been adopted. Instead, he uncovers the tale of a young girl and an American serviceman from the US 82nd Airborne, and a stolen wartime love affair that went tragically wrong.
With To the Grave, Steve Robinson confirms his status as a master of the taut and delicately constructed historical thriller.
This is the second book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series, which begins with In the Blood but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

While on a visit to London, American genealogist Jefferson Tayte’s old friend and colleague dies in his arms. Before long, Tayte and a truth-seeking historian, Professor Jean Summer, find themselves following a corpse-ridden trail that takes them to the Royal Society of London, circa 1708.
What to make of the story of five men of science, colleagues of Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren, who were mysteriously hanged for high treason?
As they edge closer to the truth, Tayte and the professor find that death is once again in season. A new killer, bent on restoring what he sees as the true, royal bloodline, is on the is a Machiavellian heir-hunter who senses that the latest round of murder, kidnapping, and scandal represents an unmissable business opportunity. 
The Last Queen of England is a racing thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion. It follows on from In the Blood and To the Grave but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

From acclaimed author Steve Robinson comes a bold new Jefferson Tayte mystery.
On a foggy night in 1914, the ocean liner Empress of Ireland sank en route between Canada and England. The disaster saw a loss of life comparable to the Titanic and the Lusitania, and yet her tragedy has been forgotten.
When genealogist Jefferson Tayte is shown a locket belonging to one of the Empress’s victims, a British admiral’s daughter named Alice Stilwell, he must travel to England to understand the course of events that led to her death.
Tayte is expert in tracking killers across centuries. In The Lost Empress, his unique talents draw him to one of the greatest tragedies in maritime history as he unravels the truth behind Alice’s death amidst a backdrop of pre-WWI espionage.
This is the fourth book in the Jefferson Tayte mystery series but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story. 

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

IN THE BLOOD - over 100,000 copies sold with Thomas & Mercer - series close to half a million sales.

A Christmas present from my publisher
I received a very nice Christmas present from my publisher, Thomas & Mercer, recently: a commemorative framed copy of my first book in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, IN THE BLOOD, for exceeding sales of 100,000 copies with them since they took over publication in March 2014. It's taken pride of place on the wall in my writing cabin.

Reaching this milestone prompted me to add up how many copies have been bought across the entire series since first publication in May 2011, and I was staggered to see that the figure is now close to half a million! However did that happen? It's wonderful to know that so many readers have enjoyed reading my books, and will hopefully continue to do so. A big thank you to everyone.

This year has been both distracting and exciting for me. I'd been putting off some home improvements for several years while I concentrated on my books, but during the summer the work finally began. It was more home renovation than decoration as all the walls had to be re-plastered, all the woodwork replaced, which as you can imagine is a very messy and disruptive business. Thankfully I have my writing cabin in the garden, where I was able to plot much of my 6th Jefferson Tayte book, but the improvements turned into such a hands on project though that I had to abandon all hope of starting to write book 6 until the house was finished, which I'm very glad to say it now is. As 2016 approaches, I'm really looking forward to writing the book that's been turning though my mind while I've been cutting skirting boards, changing electrical sockets, filling and painting and goodness knows what else.

The year has also been peppered with highlights. I finished writing KINDRED and I'm so looking forward to its publication in the spring. All the edits are done and the description finalised (see below if you've not already read what it's about). All that's left to finalise is the jacket cover, which I'm very pleased with. Hopefully I'll be able to share that with you very soon. 2015 also saw the very first translation publication of one of my books - IN THE BLOOD - into the German language, and it's also just been released, along with TO THE GRAVE, in the Czech language. On top of that, a few weeks ago I was informed that IN THE BLOOD is now being translated into French for release in the latter half of 2016.

One of the biggest highlights of the year has to be the November promotion in the UK Kindle store, which was to see all four of my currently published books in the top 100 for most of the month. At their peak, they were all in the top 30, with two in the top 10, and IN THE BLOOD reached No.3! The book has been out for a while now, so I wasn't expecting anything like that. It was a lovely surprise and it's great to see such interest in the series and in my leading man, Jefferson Tayte.

For audiobook fans, I'm very pleased to announce that Simon Vance will be narrating my latest book. He's done a wonderful job with all the characters in the series so far, so I'm very pleased that he's on board again for KINDRED - particularly as JT will sound the same as before.

Here's the description of KINDRED for the back of the jacket:

Jefferson Tayte is good at finding people who don’t want to be found. For years he has followed faint genealogical trails to reunite families—and uncover long-hidden secrets. But Tayte is a loner, a man with no ties of his own; his true identity is the most elusive case of his career.

But that could all be about to change. Now Tayte has in his possession the beginnings of a new trail—clues his late mentor had started to gather—that might at last lead to his own family. With Professor Jean Summer, his partner in genealogical sleuthing, he travels to Munich to pick up the scent. But the hunt takes them deep into dangerous territory: the sinister secrets of Hitler’s Germany, and those who must keep them buried at any cost.

When their investigations threaten to undermine a neo-Nazi organisation, Tayte and Summer know time is running out. Can they find their way to the dark heart of a deadly history before they become its latest victims?

I'm very excited about 2016 and I hope you are too. I can't wait to chat about KINDRED with you and to share my progress again with my next book as I get down to writing it. I've usually made a good dent in the word count target by now, so I have some catching up to do, but now that my house is a home again and order has been restored, I'm raring to go!

I'm also delighted to have been invited to participate in the CLIC Sargent charity fundraiser for children with cancer again. It starts on 25 February, so please look out for that. It's an eBay auction called 'Get in Character' where you can bid to have your name immortalised in one of my books. Last year the bid was won by a lady called Jan Statham who has now become a key character in KINDRED, so next time it could be you, or a loved one as you can nominate a name if you win.

Whatever your hopes and plans for 2016, I wish you every success, good health and much happiness. 


Sunday, 15 November 2015

£1 each for Kindle UK through November

Amazon are running a promotion on the Kindle editions of all of my Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery books in the UK this month. For a limited time you can get them for just £1 each - £4 for the whole series so far. They're shown here in order of publication, although each book is a complete story in itself.

I was very exited to see them shoot up the charts when the promotion began. Right now, In the Blood is in the UK Kindle Store top 20, and the rest of the books aren't far behind it.

The series is highly rated by Mystery lovers around the world, who have collectively given the series an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars after thousands of reviews. If you've not read them yet and think you might like to follow JT as he digs up the past, there's no better time to try them.

Here's what some readers have said about the books:

'This series is a page-turner and keeps getting better and better.’—Old Bones Genealogy

'Do you remember Stieg Larsson’s first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Yep it was that good and if you liked the Millennium series then you’ll like this series too.’ —

‘Steve Robinson’s books just keep getting better. What I found exceptionally well done was Mena’s story. Robinson made that era come to life.’ —Cathy Cole, Kittling Books

'For me, this was more than a crime mystery novel; it was a piece of fiction every bit as good as Ian McEwan’s Atonement.’ —George Hamilton, author

'It was so hard to stop reading when I was jet-lagged and exhausted that I actually woke up at 5 a.m. to finish the book. Now, that's suspense!’ —

'I’ve read and really enjoyed all of Steve’s books, and it’s hard to say which is best because they’re all great.’ —

'If you’re a Dan Brown fan, like I am, this book is fantastic.’ —A Year in the Life of a Reader

‘The story intrigued me and didn’t let go. I read well into the night and the ending put a sleepy smile on my face.’ —

'Robinson writes great stories that weave the present and the past together to tell a wonderful genealogical tale. If you like a good mystery with a genealogy twist, I highly recommend this series.’ —Julie Cahill, Genealogy & History Hub

'You can't help loving the somewhat overweight and uncoordinated Jefferson with his love of chocolate bars and his timidity of aggressive women. Enjoyed this read and look forward to the next Tayte book.’ —Liz K, author, travel writer, book reviewer and family historian

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

New (5th) Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery

My publisher (Thomas & Mercer) has set the release date for my 5th Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery! It will be out for Kindle, in paperback and audiobook formats worldwide on 12 April 2016. You can pre-order it now from Amazon in your country by clicking HERE.

It's a big story for JT this time around and I'm very excited about it. The feedback from my editors has been excellent, but I can't wait to hear what you think about it. This time JT's own family history is about to catch up with him, and he's in for more than a few surprises. I'll let you know more about it once the jacket blurb has been decided on.

Next month I'll be working on the copyedits and hopefully soon I'll get to the see the jacket design, which of course I'll share with you as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, please share the news! Your support is, as always, very much appreciated. :o)

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Photographs from my trip to the Canadian Rockies

I finally got around to processing the photos I took on my recent trip to Canada's Banff and Yoho National Parks with Mrs R. Here are a few of my favourite images, taken on my Canon 5D Mark III in RAW format, then processed in Lightroom 4. Thanks for taking a look. Just click on any image to view them all in full screen. I hope you enjoy them.

I thought this was a chipmunk at first, but it's a ground squirrel.
I saw a chipmunk later in the same area, but couldn't get
a photo. It was much smaller and with more stripes.
Canon 135mm f2 lens, shot at f6.3 for 1/200sec.

Hmm... I can't quite remember where this was taken, but it was one of
my first shots of the trip so I'd say it was taken in Banff.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f11 for 1/25sec.

This is Point Cabin at the Emerald Lake Lodge,
where we stayed for four wonderful nights.
Great location, right on the lake.
Canon 135mm f2 lens, shot at f11 for 1/30sec.

A view from the balcony of the cabin we stayed in.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f13 for 1/40sec.

Taken at Lake Minnewanka.
Canon 135mm f2 lens, shot at f3.5 for 1/640sec.

Another shot of Lake Minnewanka.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f11 for 1/50sec.

Johnston Canyon - Lower Falls.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f11 for 0.6sec.

The light in the woods. This was taken near
Johnston Canyon on our way to a place called
the Ink Pots.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f1.6 for 1/250sec.

View from the Ink Pots.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f11 for 1/50sec.

I came across this ice meltwater waterfall heading out
from Emerald Lake one morning.
Canon 35mm f1.4 lens, shot at f3.2 for 1/8sec.

A Hoary Marmot. I'd never seen one before, but we
managed to identify it from a book at the lodge.
It was taken at Emerald Basin.
Canon 135mm f2 lens, shot at f2 for 1/1600sec.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

June Book Promotions

All at $1.99 through June for the Amazon Kindle US and Canada

Summer reading?
My books are in various Amazon Kindle Monthly Deals around the world this month. In the US and Canada you can currently get all four titles in the Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series for just $1.99 each. That's just $7.96 for the entire series so far!

Amazon AUS
Amazon UK

The second title in the series, To the Grave, is also on offer this month in the UK at £1.25, and in Australia at $1.49.

All titles are highly rated by Amazon readers around the world and have been top 10 bestsellers in Kindle store on numerous occasions,. So, if you like a bit of history and a thrill with your mystery solving, and haven't yet tried them, now could be a good time to get better acquainted with my lead character, Jefferson Tayte.

Reviewers have compared In the Blood to the works of Stieg Larsson and Robbert Goddard, and have said that it's reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes adventure and the writings of Daphne Du Maurier. To the Grave 'was more than a crime novel. It was every bit as good as Ian McEwan's Atonement.' The Last Queen of England has also been compared many times to Dan Brown's DaVinci Code. To find out more, please follow the links in the caption beneath each image to the various deals, or you can visit my website.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Jefferson Tayte in Czech language

JT goes Czech!
I received some exciting news from my publisher earlier in the month. My editor wrote to inform me that they've received an offer for the first two books in my Jefferson Tayte Genealogical Mystery series, In the Blood and To the Grave, from Czech publisher, Mystery Press. The foreign rights deal is for world rights in the Czech language, and if everything works out okay the titles will be published in hardback within 12 months.
I'm very excited about it, and I can't wait to see my copies, particularly as they will be my first ever hardback editions - although it's a shame I won't be able to read them! Following the recent publication of In the Blood in the German language (as In der Blutlinie) this will be the second translation of my work into another language. I'll be sure to post a photo of the cover as soon as I'm able to.

Book 5 update
I've been hard at it with my next (5th) book in the series.  The word count now stands at just over 85,000 words, which, having just looked back at a blog entry I posted on 15 January, isn't bad going at all as I'd only just passed 18,000 words. I wrote the prologue last week, which I'm very pleased with. I know it might seem odd to have only just written the first pages of the book, but this time around I wanted to see how the story shaped up first. I feel it's all coming along very well, and with around 15,000 words left to write, it's nice to be able to report that the end of the first draft is in sight. There's still lots more to do, of course, but I'm looking forward to getting to the editing phase, and I'm really looking forward to being able to tell you more about.

May Facebook competition

My competition this month is to share an image of the person you think of as Jefferson Tayte while reading my books. It doesn't matter who it is or why you imagine the person as JT. As long as you're able to share a picture in the competition thread on my Facebook page, you can enter. I'll be picking the winner at random from all the entries received at the end of the month, and the winner will receive a signed paperback of his or her choice from the series. Here are some of the images already submitted:

I know someone who would like that