February 21st, 2019 by Melanie

For the second time in recent months, I’ve received four manuscripts in the space of one week – one scheduled, one anticipated, and two completely out of the blue!  A fifth manuscript is due to reach me on 3rd March.

I love being busy and have had a thoroughly enjoyable night working on Moira Lisa Smile, the second in the charming Guesthouse on the Green series by Michelle Vernal. The first in the series, O’Mara’s was completed earlier this week.



Next up is the first novel in the second series featuring DI Hogarth, by Solomon Carter.  DI Hogarth featured as the protagonist in The Darkest series published in spring 2018 after first appearing in the Eva and Dan Private Investigator novels.



Green Door by Tony Harmsworth is scheduled for next week and will provide an interesting change of genre for me as it’s a couple of years since I had any sci-fi novels to edit.


That should take care of February, and the latest in John Carson’s great DI Frank Miller series, Time of Death, will be with me in early March, ready for publication on 14th. 

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January 5th, 2019 by Melanie

As I have done many times in the past, one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read more!  There are so many great books and so little time.  Last year I succeeded in my decision to not spend time re-reading old favourites but sadly didn’t come close to my target of reading one new novel each week.

This year, I will try harder, starting with finishing the beautifully written The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.


Next on my reading list is the whole of the DI Frank Miller series by John Carson as I began editing these novels from book seven in the series.  With luck and not too many interruptions to his schedule this year, there will be many more Frank Miller novels to come during 2019.

All subscriptions to television will be cancelled to be replaced with a Kindle Unlimited subscription in an effort to ensure that I can try as many new authors as possible this year, but there are also a few books on my shelves that have been awaiting my attention for some time, including the ending to the Ibis Trilogy and a few others by Amitav Ghosh including The Glass Palace which was purchased in an airport some years ago!


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January 5th, 2019 by Melanie


A really enjoyable but last-minute edit squeezed in just before Christmas, the eleventh novel in the DI Frank Miller series is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you turning the pages until the very end.

Blood from a Stone – John Carson




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November 14th, 2018 by Melanie

After a very busy few weeks, I’ve made it back to my website!

I’ve just finished editing the latest novel by John Carson, the soon to be published The October Project – written by a Scot in New York state, set in America, and edited by a Brit whilst in India!

Another fast-paced thriller featuring Max Doyle.

The October Project

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October 18th, 2018 by Melanie

The 9th novel in the DI Miller series.  I love editing these stories – the Scottish slang is great fun and this complex plot kept me guessing until the very end, and I had great feedback from the author for my work:

“Great edit. I’m really pleased with that.

You have made this book so much better, and I’m looking forward to you going through the next one.”


“Edinburgh gangster Adrian Jackson has spent the last 25 years in an American prison, but now he’s free and back home.

He wants to reclaim what was rightfully his and with the help of his wife, Fiona, nobody’s going to stop him.

Or so he thinks…

DI Frank Miller is tasked with making sure Jackson’s transition goes smoothly, but not everybody is pleased to see Jackson back in town.”

Warning Sign – John Carson – Amazon


Book 11 in the series is now available for pre-order.

Pre-order Blood from a Stone – John Carson


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