Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Jack Nightingale Website

The Nightingale website is done, the first version anyway! You can see it at http://www.dev.andyfoulds.co.uk/stephen_leather/sl_test_01.html

I have already bought www.jacknightingale.com and will be putting the site there in a few days.

I think it works really well and will hopefully pull in new readers! We'll see.

I have finally bought a Mac, of which more later!

I am now writing the new Jack Nightingale book, which will be called either Midnight or Nightmare, to follow on from Nightfall. Only done 4,000 words so far but I'm having fun doing it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Now Mr Smart Wants to Give Me Money!

TEL: +27-788-272-233
Dear Sir,

After my official enquiry from the international trade center Johannesburg South Africa , I found your profile very interesting and decided to reach you directly to solicit for your assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and transfer of £76,500,000.00 to your country within the next few days.

Please I must plead for your confidence in this transaction. I am a high placed official working with Department of (Finance & Economic Affairs), in Johannesburg. I and two other colleagues are currently in need of a silent foreign partner whose identity we can use to transfer this sum of money, but at this moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this profitable business investment until I get your response by email or fax, please if you can take out a moment of your very busy schedule today to respond back to my private email or fax above for more details and include your private telephone number in your response which I and my colleagues will highly appreciate.

This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from foreign contracts, through our private connections. The fund is presently waiting to be remitted from the bank here in South Africa to any overseas beneficiary confirmed by us as associate/receiver. By virtue of our positions as civil servants in my country, we cannot acquire this money in our names.

Because as high placed civil servants, we are not allowed by the civil service code of conduct to own or operate bank accounts outside of our shores. On the other hand, it is not safe for us to keep the money here due to unstable political environment. I have been mandated as a matter of trust by my colleagues, to look for an overseas silent partner who could work with us to facilitate transfer of this fund for our mutual benefit, hence the reason for this letter. My proposal is that after you receive the funds, it would be shared as follows:

(1) 25% to you as commission for your co-operation and assistance in facilitating the transfer, while the remaining 75% belongs to me and two colleagues. You will be free to take out your commission immediately after the money hits your account in your country. Since our objective is to invest the money in a foreign country, it would be appreciated if you could also help us with advices and direction on investing into profitable ventures in your country.

However, this is optional, and if it is not convenient for you to further assist us with investing the money, we can end our cooperation after you make available to me our part of the money. The transaction, although discrete, is legitimate and the money will be transferred successful with all necessary back-up official documents showing the legitimate source/origin of fund. The transfer will be affected within a period not longer than two weeks as soon as we reach an agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response indicating your interest for processing the transfer. I plead with you on one issue, whether you are interested or not, kindly do not expose this information to any one else.

I confirm that the transaction is legitimate and without any risks either to yourself or us. Please, give me your response immediately by phone call, email or fax.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Smart Mbeki.
Finance & Economic Affairs Dept. Johannesburg South Africa

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mr Zongo Wants To Give Me Some Money!

By your host: Jerre Zongo

Date: Saturday September 19, 2009
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm (GMT +00:00)
Street: I received encouraging information about you and how trustworhty you are.I am delighted with such a useful information.I am the manager of auditing and Accounting department of BANK OF AFRICA (B.O.A) Ouagadougou Burkina faso. I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that i am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families. I need your urgent assistance in transferring the sum of ($25.5)million to your account within 10 or 14 banking days.This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim. I want the bank to release the money to you as the nearest person to our deceased customer(the owner of the account)who died alongside with his supposed next of kin in an air crash since July 2000. I don't want the money to go into our Bank treasurer as an abandoned fund. So this is the reason why i contacted you so that the bank can release the money to you as the next of kin to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this proposal as a top secret and delete it if you are not interested. Upon receipt of your reply i will give you full details on how the business will be executed.Waiting to hear from you soonest. Please you should contact me through my Alternative Email address which is:( jerrezongo55@voila.fr )for security reasons. Thanks with best regards, Yours truly, Mr jerre Zongo

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nightfall Cover

I've just been given the proposed cover for Nightfall - I think it's brilliant!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Nightingale Website

I'm hard at work trying to design a website to promote the Jack Nightingale book, Nightfall. Nightfall will be published in January next year and because it's so different from my regular thrillers I want to do something a little different to publicise it.

The hard work is being done by a very talented website designer in New Zealand by the name of Andy Foulds.

You can follow our progress here!


Thursday, September 3, 2009


Whew, I finally finished Rough Justice at two o'clock in the morning. It came in at just over 143,000 words. I'll now run it by a couple of close friends to see what they think, and assuming it's ok I'll send it to Hodder next week. If all goes to plan it should be on the shelves in June next year.

As always, there was no great feeling of achievement when I finished. That's partly because I wrote the ending over three months ago, and the final bit I wrote was simply a linking section, tying two scenes together. I just sat back and smiled, stored it, and played internet poker for an hour or so. I did win $65 playing in a tournament and that I did feel like celebrating!

And of course the book isn't really finished. I'll polish it when my friends have read it, then my editor will make broad-brush editing suggestions, then it will go through a line edit, then I have to read the proofs.

And there's no let up on the writing front, either! I have to deliver the new Jack Nightingale book by January, so I have to get right on it. It'll probably be about 110,000 words long....

I already have the plot of the Dan Shepherd book for 2011 sorted - and I will have to deliver that by July/August next year. It's a bit of a treadmill but I'm quite excited about delivering two books a year for the next two years!

The cover for Rough Justice has changed a little bit. Scroll down a bit and have a look at the earlier version and see if you can spot the change. I feel I should offer a prize, but I won't! The change was my suggestion, and while it's tiny it is important!