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I’ve got some good news to share – my second novel will be published in May 2015.

“Cold Roses”, like my debut release “Calling Cards” will be coming to you from the good folks at Glasgow’s Ringwood Publishing.

So what’s it all about, you ask? Well …

DI Adam Ralston is no stranger to the dark side of human nature, but when a young art gallery worker is discovered in her South Side flat, brutally raped, her throat slit, and a single red rose laid upon her corpse, he is thrown into a bloody maelstrom of violence and suspicion unlike anything he has known before.

“Haunted by the death of a prison officer on a previous case, (see Calling Cards) Ralston must also battle his own personal demons and hold his family together as tries to track down the killer – a killer who leaves no clues, who grows bolder with each killing, and who seems to be able to strike at will.

“Time is running out. And the body count is rising.”

As you’ve probably guessed by now, it’s not a romance. Following on from my first novel, it’s another Glasgow based psychological thriller, complete with several gruesome murders and many new characters, but with the same team of detectives trying to solve the case.

There will be a launch event once more – and it would be great to see as many folk as possible coming along. The exact date and venue will be sorted out soon, and I’m sure it will be another excellent night.

The book will be available for purchase, signed of course, at the launch. It will also be sold in hard copy and electronic formats through Amazon, Waterstones and hopefully several other book shops.

Or you can order your signed first edition through the Ringwood Publishing website at this link:


I’m really grateful to everyone who purchased Calling Cards and gave it such favourable reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, as well as for all the e-mails and messages I received.

I hope you will all find Cold Roses to be as entertaining.

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Last Thursday night in the Berkeley Suite in Glasgow I launched my first novel. Calling Cards is now officially released and available for purchase.

The launch event was a lot of fun. To quote from Ringwood Publishing’s official account of the evening:

“On Thursday 13th February in a crowded Berkeley Suite, the official launch was a great success. Gordon Johnston made a witty and sensitive speech about his struggle to finally become a published author. Vivienne Farris did a reading from the beginning of Calling Cards that stimulated a general desire to learn more about where the story goes. After an individual question and answer session Gordon later joined the Ringwood Writers Panel to help field a series of challenging questions from the large and curious audience.”

The Writers’ Panel included Ringwood’s newest signing – Archie Macpherson. And yes he did buy a copy of my book. Even asked me to sign it for him too …

“So,” I hear you ask. “Just how do I get a hold of the hottest new Glasgow based psychological thriller in town?”

Well, there are several ways to purchase a copy of Calling Cards.


It is available in traditional book form directly from Ringwood Publishing:  http://ringwoodpublishing.com/catalogue/calling-cards/


It is also available for the Kindle via Amazon in the UK at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Calling-Cards-Gordon-Johnston-ebook/dp/B00IDHYHPQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1392282805&sr=1-1&keywords=gordon+johnston


And for those of you in the US the link is: http://www.amazon.com/Calling-Cards-Gordon-Johnston-ebook/dp/B00IDHYHPQ/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1392236035&sr=1-1


I’m sure that it can also be found on the various other country stores in Amazon by searching for the title and my name.

Now it goes without saying that I will be immensely grateful to everyone who purchases a copy. There were a fair few pre-orders and I spent a lot of time at the launch signing copies, so sales have got off to a good start. But us struggling newly published authors need to make a living ….

And if I could ask one more favour? I’m sure you know that you can leave comments and reviews on the Amazon web site. It would be great if you could take a moment to post some thoughts.

Thank you!

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Launching My First Novel

So … did I mention that the lovely people at Ringwood Publishing will be bringing out my debut novel Calling Cards very soon? I’m sure I did.

Well, it will all be happening very soon indeed. In fact next month. The novel will be available in print and e-book formats and of course I will be sure to let you all know exactly where you can purchase it.

Calling Cards is a Glasgow based psychological thriller. The story begins when a local journalist receives an anonymous e-mail telling him to look into a death that the police have ruled as a suicide. Initially there doesn’t seem to be a story … but like any good journalist he keeps digging. Meanwhile the police are struggling to solve a series of brutal murders. The Leader of the City Council is being blackmailed. And the e-mails keep coming … How do these threads all join together? Well, you will just have to buy the book, won’t you?

To celebrate my joining the ranks of the published authors, Ringwood Publishing are hosting a Book Launch and it would be great if those of you who are around the Glasgow area could join me. I’ll be talking a bit about the novel and reading a section or two … and there will be a few drinks afterwards.

Date:  Thursday 13 February 2014

Time:  7pm

Place: The Berkeley Suite, 237 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL

(The Berkeley Suite is just up from the Mitchell Library, close to the Koh I Noor restaurant, for those who know the Charing Cross area. For anyone else, there’s always Google Maps!)

See you there??

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A bit of naked self promotion here – and a desire to share some good news.

I’m happy to announce that I’ve just agreed a contract with the lovely people at Ringwood Publishing for my first novel, Calling Cards. It will be appearing in the shops, on Amazon and in e-book form, hopefully in November 2013, just in time for your Christmas shopping.

It seems appropriate that a psychological thriller set in Glasgow will be published by a local company. Ringwood have published several novels by new Scottish authors and I am very happy to be joining their number.

So … novel one will be coming out soon. Novel two is in final draft form and I’ll be doing a bit of polishing of that once the editing process for Calling Cards is completed. And I guess I had better crack on and get number three in the series finished too.

Writing is a fairly solitary craft. Much of the time it is just the author, his or her imagination and that blank page. OK, these days it may be Microsoft Word and a laptop rather than a piece of paper in a battered old typewriter, but the process and the inevitable times of frustration that go along with it are very much the same.

There is a real sense of achievement when you complete a novel. When you have that fat text file with 100,000 or so carefully crafted words, securely backed up in several different places of course. But there is also a lingering question – how many people will ever read the fruits of several months’ labours?

The fight for publication is not an easy one. Even the JK Rowlings of this world accumulated files full of rejection letters before receiving a publishing contract. And like most industries these days there is far less money in publishing than there used to be, making it even more difficult for new authors to get to the market.

Over the summer I will be working with an editor to finalise the text, a designer to produce a cover and dealing with production, proofing and aspects of the book industry that I know nothing about.

I will be looking at a new web site to promote my work and learning how to market a book. And of course, in time, badgering everyone to buy copies of Calling Cards.

It’s going to be an exciting journey.


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