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Steel Fear by Webb & Mann

  • An aircraft carrier adrift with a crew the size of a small town. A killer in their midst. And the disgraced Navy SEAL who must track him down . . . The high-octane debut thriller from New York Times bestselling writing team Webb & Mann--combat-decorated Navy SEAL Brandon Webb and award-winning author John David Mann.

    "Sensationally good--an instant classic, maybe an instant legend."--Lee Child

    Published by Bantam 13th July 2021

    Eve was most generous in her initial comments, the “What I think is great” part. And then got down to business. Chapter by chapter, page by page, structure, plot, characterization, pacing and tension…she mapped out the entire thing, end to end, from broad-strokes observations to detailed notes. Her critique was fantastic, phenomenal, incisive, spot on. Kind but ruthless. Terrifying. Galvanizing. Motivating. I saw what was lacking, and what was possible. Eve helped me see that the story had major flaws. I’d conceived of it as having more or less three protagonists—and you can see the problem right there in the phrase “more or less.” It was vague. Not a clear three-strand braid, but not a clear one-hero thread either. She prodded me to make a clear choice as to who was the protagonist, and then rework everything to serve that choice.

The Trail by James Ellson

  • Manchester. DCI Rick Castle is inspecting his bees when his boss phones. A minor cannabis dealer has been reported missing. His father’s a war hero.

    Rick flies to Nepal, and heads up the trail. Through villages of staring children and fluttering prayer-flags. Brilliant blue skies, and snow-capped mountains.

    He finds a dead body.

    Then a second.

    Nothing in this world was ever straightforward. Nothing.

    Finally, he puts himself in the firing line, and has a decision to make. Is it the right one? The moral one?

    ‘Intelligent and pacy thriller . . . A taut keenly-observed tale of revenge, perseverance and the struggle against injustice.’ (Paula Hawkins)

    ‘A stunning debut from an exciting new addition to the world of crime fiction.’ (Stephen Booth)

    Eve provided timely detailed feedback on every chapter, focusing in particular on structure, pace, and tension. I have no doubt that the published book is substantially better because of it. Going forward, Eve’s advice changed the way I write.

Divided House by J M Dalgliesh

  • DI Nathaniel Caslin's life is a mess.  

    Then, investigating the death of an ex-serviceman in police custody, he discovers the disappearance of a young family.  Crucially, no-one noticed. No-one seemed to care.

    Haunted by the ghosts of the past, Caslin is pushed to his limits.  Will this case break him or be his path to redemption?  

    I must convey my gratitude to Eve Seymour for assisting me in crafting my enthusiastic efforts into a working novel, as well as for the extra guidance on how to survive in the literary world. Not least, for briefing me on the 'Tsunami Effect,' which features in this story.

One Last Prayer for The Rays by Wes Markin

  • School should be the safest place in the world.  Not this winter.  DCI Michael Yorke faces his most harrowing case yet when 12 year-old Paul disappears.  

    'An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers.  Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can't wait to see more of DCI Yorke.'  Highly acclaimed crime author Stephen Booth

    When I needed a dose of realism, and that stern instruction to cut back on the violence, Eve was there for me! I couldn't recommend her highly enough and I went back to her twice with One Last Prayer for the Rays.

'The Unseeing' by Anna Mazzola.

  • Published by Tinder Press 14th July 2016Set in London in 1837, this is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress, nurse and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.

    After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth.

    'I'm sure it would never have been published had it not been for your wonderful advice, particularly on pace.'Anna Mazzola

'Reasonable Force' by C.T. Sullivan.

  • Published by Vanguard, Press, an imprint of Pegasus Books.When Nick Summers accidentally kills an intruder in his home, he kick-starts a chain of events that will have terrible and unforeseen consequences for him and his wife...

    'My thanks go to Eve Seymour for her advice, guidance, availability and enthusiasm.'C.T. Sullivan.

'The Abrupt Physics of Dying' by Paul Hardisty

  • Published by Orenda Books.One Man. An oil Company. A decision that could cost his life...

    I would also like to thank Eve Seymour for her fabulous reviews, support and introductions...Paul Hardisty

'Zero Alternative' by Luca Pesaro

  • Published by Three Hares.Scott Walker is a fugitive from the quicksands of Finance, with one card to play. As he fights for survival and vengeance, one question torments him: what price will the world have to pay?'

    'E.V. Seymour, she made my book so much better it's hard to give her enough credit: lovely ideas, encouragement and a clinical eye. Great job!'Luca Pesaro.

'Disorder' by Paddy Magrane (Self Published).

  • When Cabinet Minister Charles Scott commits suicide, his troubled psychotherapist, Sam Keddie, is consumed with guilt. But then a shadowy Government official visits, demanding details of his sessions with Scott. Bound by client confidentiality, Keddie refuses to help. Guilt is soon the least of his problems...

    'It took me about a year to pen the first draft (I wrote in my lunchbreak at work) and then I did lots of rewrites, working on advice from an agent and the brilliant Eve Seymour at The Writers' Workshop.'Paddy Magrane

'Memento Mori' by Keith Mccarthy

  • Published by GWL Publishing'Memento Mori is a deeply dark and disturbing novel, not without the occasional flash of ghoulish humour, but a journey nonetheless into the most unlit corners of the human mind. The terrors that lurk in those shadowy corners may make you rush to finish the book and put it down to go to sleep - with the light on.' Crime Fiction Lover

    'Writers' Workshop were essential to getting this book to publication. I know of nothing else quite like it. I owe them a great deal.'Keith McCarthy

'Hangman's Wood' by Paula K. Randall (Self Published)

  • When Jake Summers, a university student, is viciously attacked and left for dead, newly promoted D.I. Fiona Brightman finds herself on the trail of a couple of young thugs on a spree of brutal assaults...

    'This novel grew out of an actual incident that I heard recounted. As it was my first completed novel I sought professional advice via Writer's Workshop, who hooked me up with Eve Seymour. This resulted in a complete re-write and a much stronger finished product.'Paula K. Randall

'Brotherhood' by David Beckler

  • Published by GWL PublishingA crime thriller, in which two ex-Royal Marines are pitted against a former child soldier, and of the most brutal gangs in Manchester:

    'Sometimes brothers are the only people you can rely on.'

    'Writers Workshop found me a structural editor who quickly knocked my manuscript into shape, helping me to dramatically improve it and get published.'David Beckler