The Big Weekend !

AS weekend’s go the one ahead is probably as big as it gets in terms of my writing career!

This morning will see the third stop on my WHSmith Scottish signing tour at the chain’s flagship Argyle Street branch while tomorrow night, at the majestic One Devonshire Gardens Hotel, I have the Glasgow launch of my new novel ‘The Shadow of Fear’.

I’ve been doing signings at Argyle Street WHSmith since my first book ‘Parallel Lines’ came out, way back in July 2011 and Brian McIntyre the GM there, is a man who absolutely goes out of his way to support any visiting author in any way he can.

‘The Silver Fox’ loves to get on his shop intercom and give it plenty as he bigs up any author who happens to be in residence with him…in fact I reckon Bri is a frustrated DJ!!

I just can’t figure out if he’s more like ‘Smashy’ or ‘Nicey’?!!!

When you see the looks on some of the faces of the punters in the branch as it actually dawns on them the guy they are being told about over the airwaves is the one sat right in front of them…well it’s hard not to choke on your half-covered (I hope you have a packet in big man!) digestive biscuit!!

But as you can see from the pic below ‘The Shadow of Fear’ is already doing pretty well in the Scottish Crime Fiction chart in what is Glasgow’s biggest selling book store… none!

As usual I will be pretty nervous ahead of my visit to Argyle Street and if I can match the success of the previous signing in Paisley when I sold all 50 copies of ‘Shadow’ and notched 63 sales in total I will be happy!

You never know if things go well you might even see another daft pic like this one below with Dee, The Paisley GM, who demanded I gave her shoes a quick buff before I went in search of the amber nectar!

As I mentioned last week I’m very grateful to Martin & Clare from Rock Rose Gin for sponsoring my Glasgow launch at 1DG and it’s looking like a busy night on Sunday evening.

I’m delighted that the voice of BBC Radio Scotland Sport, the ebullient Mr Phil Goodlad, is my host for the evening and equally ‘ecstatic’ he has refused steadfastly to share his line of questioning with me ahead of the event!

Phil and I go back a long way to the days we were ringside and covering Ricky Burns’ world title fights together and I am very fortunate that for some bizarre reason he likes my books!!

But ‘write now’ it’s time to catch the 9.43 to Glasgow!


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