Wishing Shelf Awards 2021

Wishing Shelf Awards 2021

Utterly Explosive is a FINALIST in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Awards

I’m pleased to tell you the audiobook for my crime novel Utterly Explosive is a FINALIST in the 2021 Wishing Shelf Awards.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (thewsa.co.uk) are well-established and respected awards run by Edward Trayer (pen name Billy Bob Buttons). Edward is the author of sixteen children’s books including the UK People’s Book Prize Winner, I Think I Murdered Miss. He is also the organizer of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Each adult entry is judged by two reading groups, one based in London and one based in Stockholm. The children’s book entries are judged by groups of children from six schools. This approach ensures the entries are read, appraised and judged – not by the publishing industry and individuals heading creative writing courses at academic establishments – but by genuine book readers in more than one country. They are judged by the audience the books are aimed at.

And so you can imagine how thrilled I am to learn that my audiobook Utterly Explosive is a finalist in the audiobook category of the 2021 Wishing Shelf Awards.

My sincere thanks go to narrator – Andy (AJ) Deane. (andrewjamesdeane.co.uk) He is a wonderful narrator – his rich voice and acting training make his narration mesmerising and brings the characters to life. A real pleasure to listen to, and his Suffolk accent for some of the characters, is to die for! Spot on! Well done, Andy, and thank you again.

Audiobook Giveaway Continues

Audiobook Giveaway Continues

Hi everyone, my audiobook giveaway codes are now available in the UK and EU, as well as in the USA, Australia and Canada as announced previously

These giveaway codes for the first two audiobooks in the Utterly Crime Series:

  • Utterly Explosive, and
  • Utterly Fuelled

are limited in number, so why not quickly have a listen to a sample on my audiobook page, then contact me through my website contact page and I’ll send you a code. Just remember that the Giveaway Codes are only valid for listening through the Authors Direct mobile apps and can only be redeemed at https://authors-direct.com/redeem/.

They ONLY work on IOS and Android (non-Kindle) mobile devices, and are NOT available as a direct MP3 download for playback via desktop computers, etc.

Hurry, as I say, stock is limited!

Best wishes,


Audiobook Giveaway

Audiobook Giveaway

Good news – if you live in USA, Australia or Canada! I have a limited number of Giveaway codes for my audiobooks UTTERLY EXPLOSIVE and UTTERLY FUELLED.

But here’s the catch – they are only for listening through the Authors Direct mobile apps and can only be redeemed at https://authors-direct.com/redeem/.

Authors Direct is currently only available for users in USA, Australia and Canada on iOS and Android (non-Kindle) mobile devices. And only through the app, i.e. there is no direct MP3 download available for playback on desktop computers etcetera.

So – if you would like a Giveaway code for the audiobook Utterly Explosive or Utterly Fuelled, then please email me and I will send you a code. (Have a listen to a sample on my audiobook page.)

It sounds a bit complicated, but I have been told by those who have already redeemed a Giveaway Code that they work (and they’re good)!!

Best wishes and good luck,


P.S. If you do redeem and enjoy, a review would be greatly appreciated – Apple; Google; Amazon; Kobo; Downpour

Utterly Explosive Audiobook

Utterly Explosive Audiobook

Utterly Explosive, the first book in the Utterly Crime Series is now available as an audiobook!

I have been so lucky to find a fantastic narrator in Andy Deane. If you didn't already know, Andy is a local (Suffolk based) actor with the QuirkHouse Theatre Co based in Bury St Edmunds. He has already narrated Utterly Crushed for an audiobook, and so it is wonderful to have him narrating another Utterly Crime novel.

With a word like explosive in the title the action is bound to kick off. When it does, Andy happily adds some fun with the accents of the hot Rumanian fruit picker, a smooth-talking Polish fruit farm manager and a threatening Bulgarian thug.

The book is set in Suffolk and it all comes to life as he effortlessly changes from his warm narrator English into the voices of the characters. When a local accent is needed, Andy's soft Suffolk is excellent easy listening.

Utterly Explosive is now available on Amazon, Audible and iTunes.