It’s been a fantastic summer here in the UK, but the chill is in the air and winter is coming! (Sorry, I have just caught up with Game of Thrones…)

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, mainly because I have been writing two books back to back and also creating something really exciting in the background. Thank you to anyone who has kept in touch with me via social media. It’s always a pleasure to chat and keep you updated on there too.
 

Book news

I wanted to share an update with you. As you can see, I now have the final cover for my next book, HUSH HUSH, which is out soon, on October 18. Up until now, I have been predominantly a digital author, but I’m so pleased to say that from publication date HUSH HUSH will be available in all supermarkets, travel outlets and Waterstones and WHSmiths in the UK. For the first two weeks, the books will also be on special offer, different prices in different places but best to grab a paperback early if you’d like one. As well, the ebook is only £1.99 in the UK – you can pre-order here.

I can’t wait to share this with you. This series features Detective Sergeant Grace Allendale who has moved from Manchester to Stoke to take the place of DS Allie Shenton. So for anyone who has read the Allie Shenton trilogy, I have set this series in the same setting, with all the old characters, plus Allie has a cameo role. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing about my hometown of Stoke-on-Trent again, and especially familiarising myself with the old team, Nick, Perry, Sam and a few new characters… 

For anyone local to Stoke-on-Trent, I am having a launch at Waterstones, Hanley on publication day – October 18th from 6.30-9pm.

I absolutely love the new look. I’ve also just had my first glimpse of the cover for the second book in the series, TICK TOCK, and I think that one is even better. As soon as I can share it with you, I will, but here is the blurb for HUSH HUSH:

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A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

An unforgettable thriller that fans of MARTINA COLE and CARA HUNTER won’t be able to put down.

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It makes me so proud when other authors I admire take the time to read it and review it. Here are a few:

‘An absolute masterpiece. Twisty, turny and full of surprises!’ ANGELA MARSONS

‘Mel Sherratt’s books are as smart and edgy as her heroines’ CARA HUNTER

‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT

My dream from an eight-year-old is finally coming true. Books in shops at last!
 

Ebooks on sale

For anyone who hasn’t read any or some of the DS Allie Shenton trilogy, those books are on offer for only 99p each in the Kindle UK store this month (usually priced £3.99 each). A great read before this new series comes out. Here’s the link to the page:


 

Competition time – send me a ‘Melfie

Okay, some of us are great at selfies, and readers often take photos of their bookshelves – shelfies. So I’m inviting you to send me a ‘Melfie.’ From now until the end of October, I am running a competition for anyone who sends me a photo of HUSH HUSH out there in the wild. As this is my first time in the shops and supermarkets, it would be great to see some photos of it. I would love to see your selfies with the book but you don’t have to appear on the photo – just take a photo of HUSH HUSH and let me know where it was seen (ie Waterstones, Elgin – Tesco, Stoke.) You can however be as creative as you like if you own a copy.

All you have to do is send the photo to me either via my email or ideally share on social media – using the hashtag #HushHush or #Melfie before midnight on October 31 2018 (GMT). I will announce the winner on 1st November. The prize will be a Kindle Fire and a signed copy of any of my books, whichever you prefer. I do hope you will join in with the fun. The one below was taken in The Ivy, London when I was taken there for a treat! 
 

It’s not Hush Hush anymore…
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6 thoughts on “It’s not Hush Hush anymore…

  • October 9, 2018 at 14:47
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    Amazing remarkable outstanding.
    MARTINA Cole has huge competition .
    One word beware. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  • October 9, 2018 at 15:08
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    So looking forward to taking photo off book Mel ( HUSH HUSH ) xx

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  • October 13, 2018 at 14:37
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    Hush Hush is a great read worthy of all its accolades!

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    • October 13, 2018 at 14:39
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      Hi there, Christine! And thank you so much! I’m just finishing the next one in the series off, really enjoying writing these!

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  • December 10, 2018 at 06:30
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    Wow! Hush Hush was my favorite read of 2018. I loved it, and Mel’s writing, story-telling, plot development, and character development have come a long way in her writing journey. I am so proud and happy for Mel. And, boy, am I literally Stoked for the next installment in the DS Grace Allendale series! You go, girl!

    Cameron Wiggins

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    • December 11, 2018 at 14:10
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      Thank you so much!

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