'I have decided to write an original and free Mervyn Stone short story - on TWITTER! I'm going to start on April 1st as part of a month-long build-up to the paperback release.'
The story is entitled The Pen is Mightier Than the Nerd, and to read it, all you need do is follow Mervyn on Twitter @mervynstone and drop by frequently for updates.
To whet your collective appetite, here's a little synopsis for what's in store...
Mervyn Stone wakes up beside a corpse. The corpse used to be noted memorabilia collector Alistair McGuffin, who has been bludgeoned to death by an autograph. The autograph is a rare signed photo, encased in perspex to keep it mint... and it's in Mervyn's hand.
Mervyn tells the police he was only there to retrieve his chelsea boots... and then the boots turn up.
Beside the bodies of two more collectors, also killed that night.
At this point, Mervyn works out he's in a spot of bother.
Can Mervyn clear his name? And will he ever get his chelsea boots back?