Simon Wood

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Simon Wood is a California transplant from England. He's an ex-competitive racecar driver, a licensed pilot and an occasional private investigator. He shares his world with his American wife, Julie. Their lives are dominated by a longhaired dachshund and five cats. In the last ten years, he's had over 150 stories and articles published. His stories have been included in “Best of” anthologies and he's a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. He's the Anthony Award winner and a Crime Writers Dagger Award finalist. He's the author of Working Stiffs, Accidents Waiting to Happen, Paying the Piper, Terminated, We All Fall Down, Deceptive Practices, The Fall Guy, Hot Seat and Did Not Finish. His thriller, The One That Got Away, has been optioned ...more

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In addition to Amazon, a number of my ebooks are now available on Kobo, Nook and iTunes. The titles available are:


       


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Description: Former reporter Scott Fleetwood and his family are still recovering from the aftermath of tangling with the notorious kidnapper, the Piper, when another kidnapper grips the city. The Shepherd announces to the San Francisco Independent that he has snatched a young girl from a vacationing family. Other than money, he has only one other demand—he’ll only talk to Scott. The request brings in Special Agent Tom Sheils and his team to work the case and watch over Scott. The Shepherd promises the girl’s safety as long as Scott follows the rules of his game. Forced to trail the kidnapper’s twisting lead—and haunted by a previous victim he failed to save—Scott is desperate to keep the past from making a brutal comeback.
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Description: Former reporter Scott Fleetwood and his family are still recovering from the aftermath of tangling with the notorious kidnapper, the Piper, when another kidnapper grips the city. The Shepherd announces to the San Francisco Independent that he has snatched a young girl from a vacationing family. Other than money, he has only one other demand—he’ll only talk to Scott. The request brings in Special Agent Tom Sheils and his team to work the case and watch over Scott. The Shepherd promises the girl’s safety as long as Scott follows the rules of his game. Forced to trail the kidnapper’s twisting lead—and haunted by a previous victim he failed to save—Scott is desperate to keep the past from making a brutal comeback.
DECEPTIVE PRACTICES (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Do you have a cheating spouse?  Has counseling failed?  Want to get even with them?  Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson… Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate practice and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight. Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in,  she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.
DECEPTIVE PRACTICES (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Do you have a cheating spouse?  Has counseling failed?  Want to get even with them?  Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson… Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate practice and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight. Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in,  she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.
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Description: Do you have a cheating spouse?  Has counseling failed?  Want to get even with them?  Then hire Infidelity Limited to teach them a lesson… Olivia Shaw grew up poor on the wrong side of the tracks, but with her thriving real estate practice and a solid marriage, her life finally feels stable . . . until she discovers her husband is cheating. Enraged, her sister offers a solution: Infidelity Limited, a firm that promises to rough up her husband and scare him straight. Overnight, Olivia’s life is upended as she, like all of Infidelity Limited’s clients, is drawn into a dark web of blackmail and murder. Now, Olivia is emerging as a prime suspect in her husband’s death. As a dogged detective closes in,  she has only one option—take down Infidelity Limited before it’s too late.
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It was a good story. Kind of predictable though. I had a hunch who the killer was dispute several other viable suspects."
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Very enjoyable story on account of a brilliant motive for murder. :-)
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The dramatization is way too short and makes the mistake of having all the characters to describe all the action. It's a bit of a mess sadly.
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The concept for this is book awesome. It's the "what-if" story, however the telling of it leaves me cold. I don't know why.
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Simon John wrote: "Simon,
Your book THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is on my DorothyL list of "Best Books Read in 2015".

Your fan,

John Bohnert, 74
U.S. Navy veteran
Grass Valley, CA"


Thanks John. I really appreciate it. :-)

simon


message 45: by John

John Bohnert Simon,
Your book THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY is on my DorothyL list of "Best Books Read in 2015".

Your fan,

John Bohnert, 74
U.S. Navy veteran
Grass Valley, CA


message 44: by Simon

Simon Voracious wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friend request! :-)"

no probs!


🔮⚡️Voracious Thanks for accepting the friend request! :-)


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Simon Ciana wrote: "Would you be interested in a newsletter that was dedicated to bringing Romance Readers daily deals on ebooks? Or even better the newsletter be seasoned to your Romantic tastes?

If so, Please copy..."


Thanks but I don't write romances.


message 41: by Ciana

Ciana Stone Would you be interested in a newsletter that was dedicated to bringing Romance Readers daily deals on ebooks? Or even better the newsletter be seasoned to your Romantic tastes?

If so, Please copy and paste link below and let me know.

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Thanks!


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Simon Richard wrote: "That's not e problem Simon, I'm glad you accepted me"

Well, we like the same things and you seem nice. :-)


message 39: by Richard

Richard That's not e problem Simon, I'm glad you accepted me


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Simon Sharon wrote: "Hello, Simon! I cannot tell you how honored and, yes, flattered I am that you've sent me a friend request. I thoroughly enjoyed No Show, and look forward to your posts!"

Sorry, I missed this. I'm flattered you read one of my books. :-)


message 37: by Sharon

Sharon Hello, Simon! I cannot tell you how honored and, yes, flattered I am that you've sent me a friend request. I thoroughly enjoyed No Show, and look forward to your posts!


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Simon Ryanne wrote: "Thanks for accepting! :)"

no probs...


message 35: by Ryanne

Ryanne Thanks for accepting! :)


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Simon Maldivianbookreviewer wrote: "Hello Simon,

Thank you for the friend request! :)
And you are most welcome.

I'm just glad I stumbled across your book which gave me such a memorable read after ages! :)

And just wanted to say I ..."


Great. I'm happy you stumbled across my book too. I just need a few thousand more stumblers. :-)

Glad I made you smile. I'm all about the happy.

Simon


message 33: by MBR

MBR Hello Simon,

Thank you for the friend request! :)
And you are most welcome.

I'm just glad I stumbled across your book which gave me such a memorable read after ages! :)

And just wanted to say I love the biography up on your website. Made me smile! :)


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Simon Margot wrote: "Simon,
I notice you read a book by Neil Cross. Have you watched his series "Luther" with Idris Elba? I liked the book Cross wrote as an introduction to "Luther" and I'm looking forward to Season 3..."


Yes, I did watch the show and I have the Luther book on my reading pile. :-)


message 31: by Margot

Margot Simon,
I notice you read a book by Neil Cross. Have you watched his series "Luther" with Idris Elba? I liked the book Cross wrote as an introduction to "Luther" and I'm looking forward to Season 3 on BBCA!

Margot


message 30: by Nessie

Nessie Q. The pleasure if mine sir. :)


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Simon Rick wrote: "Hi Simon, and thanks for adding me as a friend. You are on my facebook as SF area Authors as well. I hope you will check out my books and add them to your reading list."

You never know your luck, Rick.


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Rick Reed Hi Simon, and thanks for adding me as a friend. You are on my facebook as SF area Authors as well. I hope you will check out my books and add them to your reading list.


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Simon Christine wrote: "I can't do yoga and i have no pets lol"

We have a lot in common then. :-)


Christine Hatfield I can't do yoga and i have no pets lol


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Simon Christine wrote: "no problem

what do you do when your not writing books?"


I write full time, but when I'm not at the keyboard, I'm an endurance cyclist and practice yoga and pretend I'm not dominated by my pets. :-)


Christine Hatfield no problem

what do you do when your not writing books?


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 22: by Haylee (last edited Feb 04, 2012 08:46AM)

Haylee Your welcome!
-Haylee


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Simon Writers wrote: "Thanks for accepting. Would be fantastic to see someone as prestigious as you over on our website. If you ever want to guest blog, let me know!

Writers Unite
(www.writers-unite.com)"


I might just do that. Thanks.


E-Novelist (.com) Thanks for accepting. Would be fantastic to see someone as prestigious as you over on our website. If you ever want to guest blog, let me know!

Writers Unite
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Simon Carroll wrote: "No problem, Simon. Thanks for accepting. Maybe we'll get to talk shop sometime."

Maybe. :-)


message 18: by Andy

Andy nice to meet you here on Goodreads Simon,
I am also your friend on Facebook.
best wishes to you:)


Steve You're welcome ;) Thanks for the friendship, Simon.

Have a lovely week.


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Benjamin Sobieck And thanks for accepting my friend request!


message 14: by Al

Al Thank you for accepting my friend's request. Happy Easter!


message 13: by Gerald

Gerald Griffin Simon, thank you for accepting me as a friend. Hope your holiday season was a pleasant one. Though the holidays have passed, may I ask you for a belated Christmas gift: would you please visit my website. www.authorgeraldgriffin.com, and sign my Guest Book. It would be a special gift to see you there!

Gerald


message 12: by Amanda

Amanda Stevens Hey, there, Simon!


message 11: by Kathy

Kathy Kulig Thanks for adding me as a friend


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Simon Laurie wrote: "Thank you for the invite Simon! I read Paying the Piper with my book club last month and thought it was fantastic! I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future."

I'm glad you liked the book. I hope you'll like the others as much. :-)


Laurie Thank you for the invite Simon! I read Paying the Piper with my book club last month and thought it was fantastic! I am looking forward to reading more of your work in the future.


Andrea Kulman Hi there. Thank you for being a friend on Good Reads! Wow! Over 140 stories published in just 7 years?! What an inspiration!


message 7: by Karen

Karen Hi Simon - thanks for the friend invite :)

Regards Karen C



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Ilyn Ross Hello Simon,

Thank you for being my friend. How are you? Congratulations and good luck on We All Fall Down.

When you have the time, please visit the Happy & Brainy Group, and the author giveaways (Reason Reigns is listed).


Warmest regards,

Ilyn



Dorlana Thanks for adding me to your friends. :)
Dorlana


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Louise Thank you for adding me, Simon.

Best Wishes,

Louise


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Simon Much appreciated. :-)


Daniel
Been to England, Simon and have added Accidents Waiting to Happen, Working Stiffs, Paying the Piper, Dragged Into Darkness and last but not least your book We All Fall Down (Our Economic System?) to my to-read list.


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