James Raven Book Signing in the New Forest for ‘Rollover’

RolloverJames Raven was a journalist for most of his working life. After reporting for local, regional and national newspapers he moved into television in 1982 as a news scriptwriter with TVS television where he then worked his way up to become Director of News across Meridian, Anglia and HTV. When Granada took over most of ITV he became Managing Director of Granada Sport before setting up his own production company. James spends much of his time writing and travelling and also performs magic at various venues across the country.

Here, James tells us about his book signing in the New Forest – where his book, Rollover, is set.

I went to Lymington in the New Forest for my first ever book signing on 21 April. My book, Rollover, is a crime thriller set in Southampton and the New Forest – so it was the obvious place to start a local promotional campaign. The signing was at the Waterstones store on the High Street and luckily for me it was market day and therefore quite busy.

I was very nervous to begin with but the response I got was terrific. There was a lot of interest partly because of the book’s setting in the forest and partly because of the lottery theme which strikes a chord with many.

Since I’m also a semi-professional magician, I did a few tricks for the youngsters who were there with their parents.

Overall, I was pleased with the way it went and I’m looking forward to the next signing at Waterstones in West Quay, Southampton on June 16.

James Raven

James Raven signs Rollover

Rollover by James Raven

Rollover is out now in Hardback. Raven’s next book, Urban Myth, is currently scheduled for release in September 2012, also in Hardback.

OUT FRIDAY: Rollover by James Raven

At the end of the month, James Raven‘s Crime Thriller Rollover will be published by Robert Hale Ltd. To see why Raven’s love of writing never quite went away, check out his post.


It’s a rollover week on the National Lottery and the jackpot is a whopping £18 million. Journalist Vince Mayo has picked all six numbers, but before he can celebrate his spectacular win he’s battered to death at his home deep in Hampshire’s New Forest.

In a hellish chain of events, Mayo’s friend and fellow journalist, Danny Cain, is forced to go on the run when the police suspect him of the murder.

With Danny Cain still alive, and knowing the truth, the ticket can’t be cashed and the killers want their money, no matter what it takes. For Danny and his terrified family the odds of survival are stacked against them.

Rollover is out 30 March 2012 in Hardback and is available to pre-order now. Urban Myth is scheduled for release in September 2012, also in Hardback.