Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Home Game

Some interesting events going on during book week Scotland:
They also have a free book 'Journeys' available in libraries or for download in ebook version.
I liked this account of a Sudanese woman refugee who comes to live in Glasgow and plays football:
Home Game

Monday, November 23, 2015

Celts with hits

I found a great anagram of The Witch's List: Celts With Hits.
Will my book be a hit? I hope you can help me make it one. Spread the word...
Mòran taing.

Friday, November 20, 2015

#FridayReads #TheWitchsList writer's block?

Have answered another question on goodreads:
How do I deal with writer's block?
I would encourage readers to sign up to goodreads. It allows you to follow authors, read reviews, even win free books!
You can follow me at:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Mock-up of the bookcover - looking good!

Advancing through the publishing process. Sent off the final copy edit today.
Here is a mock-up of the front cover of the book:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cut down on the whisky!

One of the comments from the editor was, "Could do with cutting down on mention of bottles and whisky."
What? Have you ever been to Scotland? Kind of difficult to avoid.
Synonym for bottle of whisky? Vial of Scottish spirit?
Anyway, yes. Done. I'm now a teetotaller :)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th hatchet job

Just received my re-edited manuscript back from the publisher. Still a few more small changes to do, such as avoiding word repetition. For example, I used the word 'exit' ten times in a single paragraph.
Time for a sharp withdrawal...

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Winter is coming... and so is my book!

The book should be available for pre-order on amazon by January. Official release won't be until May / June, but I plan to do some giveaway competitions on goodreads, facebook, etc. early on in 2016. Watch this space...

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A must-read, captivating and bewitching - endorsement from author Jean-Christophe Manuceau

#FridayReads #TheWitchsList
Thank you, Jean-Christophe Manuceau, for this brilliant endorsement:

"The Witch's List by Andrew Cairns is a real page turner. As soon as you start to follow the main character, a young bloke by the name of Sandy Beech, you want to know more about him and follow his path. It leads him from his Scottish home to a French university, and finally to Africa.

For a guy who favours exotic women, and who does not believe in witchcraft, it’s a dangerous way to go. Despite the warnings given by a dying nun, Sandy marries a beautiful black girl, Rocky, and, after a few years of faltering happiness, follows her to her home country, the Ivory Coast, in the hope of winning her back. There, he will witness strange events and be the victim of a series of physical assaults that will leave him deeply wounded, physically and mentally.

What’s really happened to him ? Does this black magic really exist ? In this coming of age novel, written with wit and great emotional precision, Andrew Cairns creates a strange mixture of mystery, humour, horror and passion. Through the eyes of a young European, The Witch's List also depicts the discovery of a strange continent, and it’s different set of rules and values.

A must-read, captivating and bewitching.

Jean-Christophe Manuceau, 
 author of  COCTEAU TWINS: Des Punks célestes and L'homme sans parapluie