Saturday, 30 May 2009
Friday, 29 May 2009
My gratious thanks to Alex and Michael for a great time.
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Rebecca Cantrell - author of A TRACE OF SMOKE, which is released this month in the USA by Tor Forge books - kindly sent me this photograph of Dead Men's Dust on sale in a book shop in Colma, California and is my first look at the US edition on sale anywhere.
Maybe I'm opinionated, but it looks damn good to me!
To find out more about Rebecca Cantrell, click this link:
Monday, 25 May 2009
Sunday, 24 May 2009
Saturday, 23 May 2009
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thanks to Bruce Grossman for a fantastic review.
Basically it exceeded all expectations with - at one point - more than three hundred attendees. I was a little awestruck by the volume of friends, family, well-wishers and readers who turned out to help celebrate the launch of Dead Men's Dust. Looking out from my little enclave, surrounded by books, there was a sea of faces looking back at me. The emotion in my voice wasn't feigned - very genuine and heartfelt, it was. Demand for the book was amazing, and the 120 copies I had to hand sold out in no time, with another 50 ordered. That was stunning. And I want to thank all those who kindly elected to wait to pick up their copies to allow those who'd travelled to get theirs first. What an amazing group of people. Thanks to you all.
I went back in to Waterstone's on Tuesday to sign and dedicate all the books that were ordered, so if you haven't picked yours up yet, they're there waiting for you. While I was in store, another six copies went to readers approaching me while I laboured away at a table in Costa. What a great feeling that was - being approached by people who had no vested interest in me, only a joy of reading.
Unfortunately, and even though I took along my camera, I was so carried along with the event that I forgot to snap any pics. Others did, so when these become available to me I'll post them here.
Thanks to everyone for attending - without you it would have been a pretty quiet affair.
Keep on keeping on folks!
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Col Bury, good friend and co-editor of Thrillers, Killers 'N' Chillers posted an account of his attending the launch of DMD at Waterstone's in Carlisle last Wednesday evening. Click the link to read Col's take on the event.
I'll share my own impressions once the Dust has settled a little (pun to be excused please).
Monday, 18 May 2009
Dead Men’s Dust by Matt Hilton
Purchased at 7-15 on the 13th of May at the book signing in Carlisle and finished later that evening! I read books at every opportunity and like most of us, I form opinions instantly ; it's good, it's bad, or I just could not be bothered to finish it. This time I knew the author, so I was duty bound to complete the book. In fact I have hit him on numerous occasions! That he tended to hit me back a lot harder and throw me around the room as a sort of extra for attempting to hit him is just one of those things I seem to remember at my Kempo Black Belt grading (note the spelling as it was Kempo Ju-Jitsu) he choked me out.That aside here is a new author with a hero for our time. Lone working, hard hitting Joe Hunter is Mat's creation and he is the sort of guy we all want on our side. Read the book and look at some of the action scenes. Joe is a man who knows about martial arts and it shows. Mat is a 4th Degree Kempo Ju-jitsu exponent. I would imagine that Mat spent time with his brothers, who incidentally are also a handful, going over the fight scenes to make them as adrenaline flowing as possible. Joe Hunter is a decent guy who accepts that the world is not to be seen through rose tinted lenses. Who hopes for the best and prepares for the worst. In fact there is much of Mat in the fictional Joe Hunter. Kind and modest but certainly not to be taken lightly.Read this when you want to be thrilled and look towards Joe Hunters next appointment with the dark side of life.
Mike Ilderton 14th MAY 2009
"When in doubt, choke them out" ~ Scott Marker
Sunday, 17 May 2009
I will do a much fuller report when I am able to get my head out of the clouds and un-cross my eyes!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Keep on keeping on folks
Don't forget to enter for the signed copy of DMD. See below.
Monday, 11 May 2009
What a ride it's been - some hard work, some woes and worries, but on the whole absolutely marvelous.
And I get it all to do again in a week's time when my book launches in the USA (19th May).
All work and no play makes Matt (anything but) a dull boy!!
Don't forget that you can enter to win a signed copy of Dead Men's Dust by following the instructions in the preceding blog entry.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Sheila Quigley, author of the SEAHILLS ESTATE series of crime books has announced a competition to win a signed hardback copy of her eagerly awaited The Road To Hell (Tonto Books to be released 5th November 2009).
For a chance at winning all you need do is email Sheila with the titles of three songs that best sum up her style of books. Competition ends 1st Nov 2009.
To enter, click on the link above and follow the instructions.
If you haven't read Sheila's books before, this is also a good opportunity to browse her site and see what you've been missing.
Friday, 8 May 2009
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
How's this for an awesome review from New Zealand's INDEPENDENT newspaper?
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
The UK launch is taking place in front of friends and family at Waterstone's bookshop in Carlisle, the city where I grew up. I think that's about the most nerve racking thing of all. Friends and family aren't afraid to heckle!
The official UK launch takes place the next day in London, then I'm off to Crimefest. If anyone's going I look forward to seeing you there. I hope also that some of you have had the opportunity to read my book before then.
OK, request time: if you've read the book and enjoyed it, please put a review on Amazon.com for me. There are some wonderful reviewers out there (Pat, Gina, Harriet, JV etc) who have kindly spread the word by way of blogs and sites, but a few more good un's wouldn't do any harm.
Anyway, now that that is off my chest, I want to once again thank all those people who have joined me on my journey towards publication, and I really hope you like the adventures of Joe Hunter.
Keep on keeping on folks
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Here's another article/interview with me featured in the Evening News and Star
To help you out, it's under the heading Just Like S.P.E.C.T.R.E...or possibly T.H.R.U.S.H. (but that's not referring to our books).
Friday, 1 May 2009
Over at JV Steen's topnotch blog site, Sons of Spade, there is a great little review of Dead Men's Dust. Why not pop on over and have a look and then take the time to look at the other cool stuff there.