Good evening all,

I hope you are all keeping well and reading lots! Happy world book day to you all wherever you may be in the world. I haven’t forgotten you I promise and your support as always, continues to mean a great deal to me as I continue to write my next novel with a great deal of excitement and anticipation…

I’ll be back soon with further news!

Take care all,


This is why I write…

Good evening to you all from the UK! I just wanted to share a quick update with you all and thank you also for your continued support. I understand I have been absent from my blog in recent months but the majority of my endeavours have shifted me onto other social media platforms.

However, I haven’t forgotten you and I will be back on a more regular basis soon. Chasing Shadows is getting great feedback and I wanted to share just one of the amazing reviews that I have received so far.

I am currently working on my next stand alone thriller which I hope to release late september. Don’t forget you can still pick up either of my books for just 99p in the UK and the equivalent worldwide…

Take care and thanks again!


8 days left…

Ladies and gentlemen… YOU HAVE JUST 8 DAYS LEFT!!! Get your reviews in for either of my books to be automatically entered into my prize draw to win an Amazon Eco Dot or £15 of Amazon vouchers! You DON’T have to have brought the book on Amazon so GO FOR IT! Here’s the link! Just log in and you’ll be done in minutes! Thank you so much as always for your support!! To my international followers, you can also do the same via your own countries url link to Amazon! Mark 


Good evening my faithful and Happy Sunday!! I need your help!

I am looking for volunteers who would be happy to receive a free copy of my latest book, Chasing Shadows, in exchange for a review. If you would like a free e version of my book and would be happy to leave a very short Amazon review, please email me to request a copy at markdraycottauthor@hotmail.com 

Thank you so much in advance for your support. I am sure you will find this intense first instalment in the DCI Morgan series, a gripping read until the very end!

Take care,


It’s competition time!!


I have decided to do a pre Xmas giveaway!! For every review that is left on Amazon from this weekend for either A Hole in Serenity or Chasing Shadows, I will enter you into a prize draw to win either of the following:

Winner – Amazon Eco Dot (Second Generation)

Runner up – £15 Amazon Voucher

Reviews left from Saturday 18th November until and including Friday 15th December will be included in the draw.

Good luck everyone!! Thank you for your continued support! You’ve got to be in it to win It! 

It’s out there! Go get It!

Good morning my faithful followers!

I hope you are all well and had a good weekend.

I am VERY excited to announce that Chasing Shadows is now available from all major online booksellers! This first in my new DCI Morgan series I hope will have you rooted to the edge of your seat until you flip that final page! For just 99p in the UK and the equivalent throughout the rest of the world, this tale of crime, blood and suspense should hopefully leave you wanting more from my new main man!

Enjoy and thank you all so much for your continued support!!


#CS #DCIMorgan 

Bestseller? You decide!

Good evening all,

I hope you are well and had a good weekend. Happy Monday!!It’s about time I shared a few of my latest writing antics with you so thought I’d start on what I believe makes an international bestseller, or at least who I believe should make that decision.

Now I can only give my opinion based on previous reads, my own work and also my genre. I can’t sit here and pretend that I know everything there is to know about writing a fantasy novel or a rom-com! So let’s stick with a good thriller or crime novel.

Firstly, I have recently finished two books of which I won’t name but both by very reputable authors and both of which have hit the best-selling charts. I believe that there are certain ‘must haves’ such as a gripping plot, enticing characters and either a twist or an unexpected ending of some kind. I believe a story should be both descriptive and addictive throughout. The plot should be well thought through and executed in a way that leaves readers wanting the authors next piece of work.

Now both of these books had the above but the first had an incredible overuse of three to four word sentences. I believe on one occasion, I had well over 50 fullstops on just one page! I think short sharp sentences are a fantastic way to build tension but too many can interupt a stories flow. At one point I even said to myself, ‘is this for real?’

The second book was a great read and incomparable to the first. It sucked you into the story and described the characters and scenes so well that you too were stood there with them in the room. This was a book deserved of it’s place in the chart.

From a writer trying to make it in this competitive world of varied writing styles and genres, the first book confused me somewhat. What it did do is make me realise that I’m not as far behind these guys as first thought and to keep going. Each writer develops his or hers own writing style. There is no rule as each reader expects different things from a writer. Only you can decide what makes a bestseller.

If you’re an aspiring writer in this maze of publishing companies and literary agents, keep going and do it for yourself. Others will judge you no matter what so that’s something you will never change. Stick with it and be proud!

Take care my faithful and keep your eyes peeled for Chasing Shadows, the first in my new crime series featuring DCI Morgan.

Thank you once again for your continued support!