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The question on everybody’s lips:

What am I writing now?

Another non-crime book.  (I write crime, general and historical fiction, and non-fiction too.)  At present I’ve just finished the second draft of a story about forbidden love in the Victorian church – provisionally called “After She Drowned”. Will it be ready for Christmas?  I really don’t know.  (Though if I don’t know, who does?)

So perhaps the best thing you can do for now is: read one of my others!

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Have a sneak peek at my MOTHER NAKED.

“It would be a crime not to read it!”David Stuart Davies

“Another gripping read!” Sally Logan


MOTHER NAKED is available as a paperback from Amazon: H E R E
or on Kindle H E R E

Better still: you can watch the glorious (3-minute) video trailer, one that has Hollywood agog, right HERE!

Kindle downloads of all my books can be had direct from Amazon: Russell James page

Or if you’re trying to avoid Amazon, find my books in other formats by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords

Some books that don’t apear to be by Russell James:

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5 of my great-grandmother’s wonderful Victorian Romances are available from Prospero – in ebook and printed form, ludicrously cheap and every story illustrated with original engravings. Take a look.


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Or look at the new guide (the only such guide, in fact) written in close conjunction with James Havers to some of the best-value illustrated books ever published! LOOK HERE!


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One way or another, all my books are available from Amazon. They’re astonishingly cheap (or should that be just plain ‘astonishing’?)  Why not try one?  For example:

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Stories I Can’t Tell    CLICK TO GRAB IT!

(an illustrated confessional “by” Maggie King, “with” Russell James)
Here’s something different – very different! – written with the very close co-operation of the fabulous Maggie King. It invites you – and you alone – to sit with Maggie as she shows you the contents of her trunk of theatrical souvenirs. What secrets will you find?

On the eve of World War Two Maggie King has been waiting for me – Russell James – to join her and ghost-write a celebrity memoir. But I’m not there yet; there’s only you and Maggie, just the two of you, in front of a cozy roaring fire. Maggie’s theatrical trunk, you’ll find, is packed with programmes, handbills, letters and photos, both from her own career and that of her parents – Albert and Annie King (‘the Royal Family’), middle-ranking performers in Music Hall and Variety. While you sit with her she recalls the ups and downs of her rackety life, including hits and flops, romance and tragedy, the men who mattered and the man who caused the scandal that blighted her career.
Full details are on the Maggie King book page – “Stories I Can’t Tell”

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The Newly Discovered Diaries Of Doctor Kristal
A black comedy set in the Swinging Sixties (1963-4) and revealed through the diaries of a doctor – 35 years old and still a virgin – whose curious obsessions drive him to start murdering his patients. Kristal thinks himself immune from any hint of sexual passion – but when there are two beautiful women desperate for his help, isn’t there anything he can do? Read all about it on the DOCTOR KRISTAL page – here

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My most autobiographical novel to date – hence under my name!  Though you might not think it’s autobiographical, since it is an up-to-the-minute tragicomedy narrated into an iPhone by one Crosby Ravensworth, a 35-year-old executive too busy to scatter his father’s ashes or to sort out the dysfunctional family he has left behind, or even to decide which of the four women in his life he should connect to. But with any luck, he’ll find that even the darkest clouds have silver linings and this could be the beginning of a new life.

I am published by Prospero and can be found on Facebook

– As if I hadn’t complicated things enough, there are now several other writers called Russell James (how dare they?).  But the real Author’s Page for me on Amazon is at Russell James
It may (or may not!) be less confusing to check my books at: GoodReads

Most people seem to read me on their Kindle, but you can get my books in all electronic formats including Kindle from Smashwords by clicking here

Have you downloaded from Smashwords before?
It’s very simple, but if you’d like a helping hand, click HERE.

One last reminder of how to get my books:

Most of my books can be found on the Prospero website.

Kindle downloads can be had direct from Amazon: Russell James page

For ebooks in any format, you can find a synopsis of the whole collection by clicking My ebooks at Smashwords .

(On some sites you’ll find upstart authors there using my name, each of whom are mere pretenders to the Russell James throne. Do not be led astray. Insist on the original!)

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10 Responses to Welcome!

  1. James Ferron Anderson says:

    Have just started your Painting in the Dark sample, never having heard of you before… but I’m interested. Could you tell me how you put your books on these various e book sites? Is that part of what you think of as your job, or do you have to pay someone? A technical point I know, but I’m curious.

    • Hope you like the sample enough to carry on with the whole book.
      Meanwhile . . . I don’t pay someone to do it for me; I take some pains over it (as authors insist on doing with their work) and use Smashwords for across-the-board coverage and Amazon for Kindle. Follow the instructions they give for free on their sites (Smashwords being the more helpful). If you haven’t done it before you’ll get it wrong (slightly) the first time, but they’ll tell you what was wrong and, after two or three attempts, you’ll find you’ve got it right. But if you’re unsure, then there are plenty of freelancers who’ll no doubt do a better job for you than I do with my own.
      Now, as I say – get back to Painting In The Dark!

  2. Norman Crothers says:

    Have recently read your Great British Fictional Detectives and found it very interesting and entertaining.As a young man, I am now 81, I read a lot of books by an author named George Goodchild whose principal detective character was Inspector Dandy McLean.He was a prolific author and wrote under several names.I am wondering if you knew of this writer and if you might mention him in a future book.Meanwhile please keep writing as i enjoy your work very much.Norman Crothers.

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  4. A brilliant idea, Russell – and I look forward to the plot developing!

  5. Andrew Taylor says:

    Procrastination is the thief of time, eh? Shall be checking in to see how the book progresses. Good luck. Never easy, is it?

  6. John and Inga says:

    Excellent that you have made a start. What you need, Russell, are two Martini’s before you commence writing. This will stimulate your grey cells and hopefully your end product will stimulate the readers, add a little surprise and keep the anticipation rolling through-out the novel. Make sure the story does not go flat in the middle. Perhaps more Martini’s would help.
    Good luck Inga

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