The Assassin's Mark - Out Today!

The Assassin's Mark hits the streets!

David Ebsworth wrote the first draft during 2011, then went to Northern Spain to visit the locations and make factual corrections, before doing all the re-writes during 2012. The story was originally 190,000 words but was trimmed down to its fighting weight at a mere 150,000.

David: "The latter stages have been a team effort, of course, thanks to the platinum-plated insights of my editor, Jo Field; the artistic brilliance of graphic designer, Cathy Helms; and the professional efficiency of Helen Hart, Sarah Newman and Joanna Zefron at SilverWood Books. Mostly though to Ann's unfailing and dogged commitment to studying every draft and amendment in her role as "ideal reader"."

For anybody who's not seen it yet, here's the link to the Book's Theatrical Trailer on YouTube...

Launching The Assassin's Mark

September 1938. Spain's Civil War has been raging for two years, the outcome still in the balance. But rebel General Franco is so confident of winning that he has opened up battlefield tourism along the country's north coast. Jack Telford, a left-wing reporter, finds himself with an eccentric group of tourists on one of the War Route's yellow Chrysler buses. Driven by his passion for peace, Telford attempts to uncover the hidden truths beneath the conflict. But Jack must contend first with his own gullibility, the tragic death of a fellow passenger, capture by Republican guerrilleros, a final showdown at Spain's most holy shrine and the possibility that he has been badly betrayed. Betrayed and in serious danger.



Pam Littlewood - Talk

Nottingham Central Library on Thursday 21st March at 2.30pm.

Pam Littlewood, author of Nottinghamshire based novels "Workhouse Prophecy" and "If Wishes Were Horses" will be speaking about her local history research and the way in which she uses this research as inspiration for her historical novels.

 The event will take place on floor 1, tickets cost £2 and are available from the ground floor helpdesk (telephone 0115 9152825).

For further details please, or telephone 0115 9152873


Over 55 and live in Notts?

Short Story Competition for Nottinghamshire Residents Aged 55 and over

We are delighted to announce that the best-selling crime writer Stephen Booth will join the Mayor of Gedling in presenting the awards and anthologies to the finalists on Sunday 14th of July at the 2013 Gedling Book Festival.

Not long left to enter your stories (2,000-5,000 words). Closing date for entries: Sat March 30th, 2013

A paperback anthology of the best 20 entries will be published with the finalists each receiving a free copy of the book.

Cover Design by Cathy Helms at
Finalists will be notified in the first week of June, 2013.
1st Prize:
£50 cash

Other prizes to be announced in due course.

You can download an Application Form and the Full Rules via THIS LINK

Entries should be emailed in Word format to
However, should that not be possible, they can accept typed or written entries, which should be posted to:

New Writers UK,
PO Box 9310,