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I published my first book in July 2015, and so much has happened since then! I’ve set another fifteen books loose on the unsuspecting public, writing has become my job as well as my hobby, and the first book in my Blackwood Security series, Pitch Black, has been downloaded over 100,000 times.
And in that time, I’d like to think I’ve learned to write better.
Near the beginning of this year, I re-read the Black trilogy. Re-reading is something I usually avoid once my books are published because I keep second-guessing myself and wanting to change things, and this time was no exception. I read the stories and realised they didn’t flow like my more recent books, and I saw parts where I could add or remove bits to improve the pacing. This niggled and niggled at me, so in the spring, I decided to revise all three.
While I did so, I got to thinking about some of my reviews. I don’t like reading those either, because for every bunch of lovely, thoughtful comments, there’s one that makes me reach for the tissues (or the gin). But a number of readers hated the swearing in the books, and one reviewer in particular accused writers who are fond of strong language of using it as a crutch and simply being unable to write without cursing.
Well, I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge…
So, from now on, the Black trilogy is available in two versions – clean and not-so-clean.
You can find out more and read excerpts from the new books on their individual pages:
I’ve added extra dirt to the original versions for those who like that sort of thing, and removed all the swear words and naughty bits from the clean versions. Of course, I have to explain why a potty-mouth like Emmy is being so polite, so there’s an extra thread of story running through the freshly laundered versions, plus a new free book at the end of the clean version of Forever Black. Black to Vegas was supposed to be a short story but kept getting longer and longer until it hit ten thousand words!
The original files on all retailers have now been replaced with the revised versions, and the clean versions are available as separate books.
Pitch Black is free at all retailers in both versions at the moment.
To download the original (dirty) version:
To download the new clean version:
Into the Black and Forever Black:
From what I understand, Amazon don't automatically send revised books to your kindle (because you'd lose any highlights/notes you've made). So, if you’ve already bought the original versions of Into the Black or Forever Black and you’d like to read the revised versions of these, I’m happy to send you a download link if you email me your purchase receipt. (N.B. These links will be for the dirty versions, not the clean versions). This won't be instant as I spend more time writing than checking my emails, so please be patient 🙂