Samantha Hayes

I grew up in the Midlands with my parents and younger brother. I always wanted to be a writer and pestered for my first typewriter when I was ten. It wasn’t a clear-cut path to my dream career and it took several decades longer to get there than I’d anticipated...
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Publication Day for Until You’re Mine in the USA!

15th April 2014
The US hardback edition of Until You're Mine

The US hardback edition of Until You’re Mine

A big welcome to new visitors from the USA stopping by my website. I look forward to hearing from lots of you over the coming weeks and months. My psychological thriller Until You’re Mine is officially published in the States today and I can’t tell you how excited I am!

Some wonderful reviews have been coming in from the States already, so I thought I’d share a few with you here. There’s nothing like other reader recommendations to whet your appetite! If you want to get in touch through Facebook or Twitter, it would be fantastic to hear from you.

Entertainment Weekly  ‘…a truly spectacular ending…’

Book Talk with R & T   A whole week chatting and discussing Until You’re Mine, plus a the chance to win a copy, as well as discuss a potential cast list!

Jenn’s Bookshelves  ‘Until You’re Mine is a twisty, terrifying, and captivating read. I devoured this book in one sitting.’

5 Minutes for Books Blog  ‘Until You’re Mine is the kind of novel where you are never quite sure what to believe. Just when you think you have one character’s motives figured out, something happens that turns that on end.’

S. Krishna’s Books  ‘…  Until You’re Mine will keep readers hooked…’

Indie Bound  ‘  Riveting from its very first pages, Until You’re Mine is a multilayered masterwork of twisted, psychological suspense.’

And finally, a little something to get you in the mood for some psycho-nannies on the big screen… my piece on the worst nannies in film over at Word and



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The End of a Book and the End of the Year

23rd December 2013

It’s true! I have finished my new novel and it’s called…drum roll… Before You Die. But before that, there’s more excitement as the paperback of my current novel Until You’re Mine is about to be released in the UK on 2nd January (see details below where you can buy), and it will also be out in the USA in hardback on April 15th. Busy times ahead, and, if you’re celebrating in London over New Year, be sure to look out for my amazing Until You’re Mine tube posters – I’ve been told there will be many!

So, I have finally completed the next novel in the DI Lorraine Fisher series. Before You Die is officially polished, buffed, and squeaky clean and ready to hit the printing press before very long. The seed of this idea came as I was on holiday last year, and it gradually grew and matured until it was ready to be written at the start of this year. Eight months saw the first draft finished, with DI Lorraine Fisher’s new adventures taking her to rural Warwickshire this time – an area very close to my heart. The autumn was spent working with my editor, refining and reshaping the script, with everything from a new point of view being added in, to an extremely tense chapter being written to ramp up the tension for one of my poor characters! Once we’d tightened and edited to within an inch of our lives, making the whole novel ‘unputdownable’ (we like to think!) it was time for the copy editor to step in and put his mark on the book. Copy editors see things us mere-mortal authors don’t, spotting everything from inconsistencies and continuity, to suggesting further polishes and edits until the whole script gleams and is ready for typesetting.

Meantime, of course, designers will be working their magic and coming up with ideas for an eye-catching cover to please everyone from me to sales and marketing to booksellers – but most importantly, to please you, the reader, and catch your eye when you’re out browsing for books! The end result? Well, that will be out in hardback and on Kindle on April 24th 2014 and I’ll be sure to shout out about the cover and where to buy nearer the time.

And for now, remember to look out for the lovely green-glowing paperback of Until You’re Mine – available in Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Waterstones, WH Smith and lots of independent bookshops. Don’t forget to support your local booksellers!

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