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That’ll Be The Day ~ Coming to The Edinburgh Playhouse 4th May @edinplayhouse @tbtdshow


After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock and Roll variety production

That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show

 That’ll Be The Day is highly acclaimed for its special ability to evoke nostalgia with LIVE entertainment. Having delighted audiences throughout the UK for over three decades, the show is back on the road once again this year entertaining crowds of fans with classic hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s plus more hilarious comedy.

Originally established on the cabaret circuit in the late 1980s, the show began playing regional theatres in the early 1990s. Now it performs over 200 shows a year to capacity audiences across the UK. Trevor Payne – who first created the show back in 1986 still directs – produces and stars in the production today.

Payne rewrites all the material for the show for each year, and over six months is taken in planning and preparation. Complete with stunning costumes and incredible live music performances, That’ll Be The Day is the golden age of popular music…REVIVED!

That’ll Be The Day are proud supporters of Make-A-Wish UK – the charity which grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. This year they’re celebrating 30 years of granting magical wishes – providing desperately ill children with hope for the future, strength to cope and resilience to fight their condition.

Now entering its third year of collecting, That’ll Be The Day is delighted to have raised over £150,000 in donations from its truly generous audiences across the UK.

 “We are truly delighted to be supporting Make-A-Wish. The tireless work they do with children across the UK is inspirational and we look forward to a long and fruitful association with this amazing charity”Trevor Payne

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We All Begin As Strangers @HarrietWriter @orionbooks #Q&A

We All Begin As Strangers

It’s 1984, and summer is scorching the ordinary English village of Heathcote.

What’s more, a mysterious figure is slipping into homes through back doors and open windows. Dubbed ‘the Fox’, he knows everything about everyone – leaving curious objects in their homes, or taking things from them.

When beloved Anna goes missing, the whole community believes the Fox is responsible.

But as the residents scramble to solve the mystery of Anna’s disappearance, little do they know it’s their darkest secrets the Fox is really after…

Inspired by a real 80s mystery, and with a brilliant cast of characters, WE ALL BEGIN AS STRANGERS is a beautiful debut novel you’ll want to recommend to everyone.

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Harriet Cummings 


Harriet is a novelist and copywriter with a background in the history of art.

She currently lives in Leamington Spa, UK, with her husband and springer spaniel.

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My Q&A with Harriet 

Describe yourself using three words?

laid-back, introverted, oddball

What inspired you to write your first novel?

We All Begin As Strangers was inspired by a real-life story: in the summer of 1984, a man dubbed ‘The Fox’ was breaking into people’s homes around the area of The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire. Although he did attack people, he also often simply watched families for hours without them realising he was there, before disappearing again. Born in Pitstone that summer, I grew up hearing stories about him and thought the idea of The Fox would make an interesting starting point for a novel.

What time of day do you like to write?

First thing in the morning when my mind is clear and calm. The later it gets, the more distracted I become by everything…basically, the internet.

What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?


Recently I really loved the cover of The Vegetarian by Han Kang which I found very striking. I tend to like abstract – rather than pictorial – artwork that’s both intriguing and beautifully made.

Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended?


Aslan from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe! As a child I cried myself to sleep after reading the chapter where he was tied up and killed on The Stone Table.

More recently I really enjoyed the protagonist of Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh – a properly dark, in some ways disturbed character who isn’t supposed to be likeable or to conform to our ideas of how a young woman should think or act. We need more female characters like this!

What is your favourite book quote?

“I knew what love was supposed to be: obsession with undertones of nausea.”― Margaret Atwood, Cat’s Eye

What’s your favourite word?


If you were a colour what would it be?

Silvery blue

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I like to know a few key turning points, plus have at least a rough idea of the ending. This gives me a sense of direction and confidence that the writing is heading somewhere good.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m speaking at Chipping Norton and Stratford literary festivals in April. Plus BeaconLit in Ivinghoe, Buckinghamshire in July. It’d be lovely to meet any fellow writers and readers at any of these events!



The Summer House @carofraser @HoZ_Books #QA


In the gloriously hot summer of 1936, a group of people meet at a country house party. Within three years, England will be at war, but for now, time stands still.

Dan Ranscombe is clever and good-looking, but he resents the wealth and easy savoir-faire of a fellow guest, Paul Latimer. Surely a shrewd girl like Meg Slater would see through that, wouldn’t she? And what about Diana, Paul’s beautiful sister, Charles Asher, the Jewish outsider, Madeleine, restless and dissatisfied with her role as children’s nanny? And artist Henry Haddon, their host, no longer young, but secure in his power as a practiced seducer.

As these guests gather, none has any inkling the choices they make will have fateful consequences, lasting through the war and beyond. Or that the first unforeseen event will be a shocking death.

My Q&A with Caro Fraser 


Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.

I’m 64-year-old retired lawyer, I live in South East London, and I’ve been an author for almost twenty-five years, although I’ve been writing all my life. My first novel, The Pupil, was published in 1993 and was the beginning of a very successful series of legal novels (the Caper Court series). There are seven books in the series, all featuring the brilliant, charming, but amoral barrister Leo Davies, and I’m hoping to start number eight next year. In between, I’ve published a number of stand-alone novels. My new book, The Summer House Party, opens in the summer of 1936, three years before the war, at the country home of Henry Haddon, a famous society painter, and his wife Sonia. A group of friends – some young, some old, some wealthy, some less so – have been brought together for a week to enjoy the country house pleasures of tennis parties, picnics, and tea on the lawn. As the warm, lazy days unfold, intrigues and rivalries develop among the younger guests, and then a sudden death, like a foretaste of the war to come, puts and end to the party. In the years that follow the events of that week continue to haunt their lives, and as the country heads into war they must try to reconcile the choices and mistakes they have made….

This latest novel is something of a departure for me, as all my other books are set in the present day. I hugely enjoyed doing the historical research and trying to catch the tone and feel of that pre-war world. I like to think this is the kind of big book you could take on holiday for a long, lazy read!

The Summer House Party is published by Head Of Zeus, and what is especially delightful for me is that reunites me with Rosie de Courcy, the wonderful editor who published my first novel when she was with Orion Publishing.


Describe yourself using three words?

Mother, child, writer  


What inspired you to write your first novel?

The Pupil was the first novel I wrote, and it became the first in the Caper Court series of legal novels. It was inspired by my experiences in pupillage (which is a sort of apprenticeship on the road to becoming a barrister), and its hero, Anthony Cross, is a brilliant but hard-up pupil barrister who has to struggle against heavy odds to gain a tenancy in a prestigious set of barristers’ chambers. Halfway through the novel I introduced a character called Leo Davies, who becomes a kind of mentor to Anthony, but is also bisexual and has ulterior motives for befriending him… He was such a successful character that he became very much the ‘star’ of the novels that followed.  


What time of day do you like to write?

I have a pretty regular routine – start at 9, break for coffee at 11, lunch at 1, gym or swim around 3 – but oddly enough, I find the most productive time of day to write is early evening.  Things just flow then, for some reason.


What is your favourite book and why?

That’s a difficult one. I suppose my favourite from childhood is The Rose And The Ring, by William Thackeray, because it’s the book that first opened my eyes to wonderful writing. But for a desert island I would take Martin Chuzzlewit, by Dickens. I never get tired of it.


How did you pick the title of your book?

Actually, it was my agent who came up with the title for The Summer House Party. I suppose it’s quite an obvious one because the book opens with guests gathering for a week-long house party in the summer of 1936, and that house party is the catalyst for all the events that follow.   


Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. Real people are far too complex to put on a page. That said, I occasionally take aspects of someone I know – mannerisms, tricks of speech, and so on – and use them in creating a character. And because I think very visually when I write, and see events as though they’re unfolding on film, I might pick an actor who could portray the character I’m creating and use them as a physical template. I did that with Leo Davies in the Caper Court books – in my mind’s eye he was the young (and at that time very dishy) Anthony Hopkins.  


What’s your favourite word?

Not sure I have one. But I quite like the word ‘ludicrous’.


If you were a colour what would it be?  

If she wants to wind me up, my daughter will occasionally tell me I’m in danger of becoming ‘beige’. But I like to think I’m more a soft, yet vibrant shade of yellow!


Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I generally have a rough idea of the story, but I never plot too tightly. I like to be true to my characters and allow them to shape things. There will be times in a story when I’m about to have a character do or say something, and I’ll think – hold on, she wouldn’t do or say that, she’d do or say this instead. Characters really take a hold of you in that way.  They become like real people, and you can’t let them act in a way that’s literally out of character. So that can take the story in an unexpected direction. I suppose the answer is that I tend to go with the flow, though there is always a point in a book, about two-thirds of the way through, where you have to start weaving plotlines together to bring it all to a satisfactory conclusion.


Who is your favourite Author?

Bit of a chestnut, but I suppose Charles Dickens. He never lets you down, he is a genius of a storyteller, he can command humour and pathos with equal brilliance, and has created some of the most memorable characters in fiction. Mind you, I could say much the same of Stephen King, who is a master of his craft.


You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Top of the invitation list would be Flashman, the anti-hero of my father George MacDonald Fraser’s wonderful historical novels. He’s sexy, amusing, and would have some great stories to tell. I reckon he’d probably get on pretty well with Scarlett O’Hara – I love her independent spirit and her determination to look after number one – so I’d have her there, too. And as I’ve always had a huge weak spot for him, please could I sit next to Bertie Wooster?  Maybe to inject some elegance, mystery and the possibility of intrigue among the guests, I’d like to invite the Marquise de Merteuil from Les Liaisons Dangereuses. How she and Scarlett would get along is anyone’s guess, so maybe they should be seated at opposite ends of the table.


What book are you reading at the moment?

At the moment I’m reading Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory, as it’s my book club’s choice. Apart from that, I’m reading Quentin Crisp’s The Naked Civil Servant. Most people have seen the film starring John Hurt, but the book itself is well worth a read – it’s a brilliantly witty, elegantly written gem, and an astonishing insight into what it was like to be gay in the unforgiving era when homosexuality was illegal. Also on my bedside table is London Fog, The Biography, by Christine L. Corton. It examines the history of air pollution in London and the depiction and influence of London fogs in English literature, and is ideal for dipping in and out of.


Where in the world is your happy place?

We have a cottage in the Isle of Man, where my parents used to live and where I went to school for a couple of years. The cottage stands on a remote headland overlooking a bay with a little beach, and has a wildflower meadow. The views are stunning, the air is wonderful, and lying in the meadow on a summer’s day it’s so quiet you can hear the swish of a gull’s wing as it flies overhead, and the buzz of insects in the grass. That’s my happy place.


If you had one superpower what would it be?

Invisibility. I suppose I should say something like superhuman strength so that I could go around doing heroic deeds and rescuing people, but I’d much rather be able to slip unseen in and out of places and find out what’s going on….


If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

I think it would be rather nice if Satan from Paradise Lost (who is, after all, a fallen angel) could see the error of his ways and get back together with God and become a force for good, rather than evil. It would save the world a lot of grief! 


Are you working on a new project?  

I’m happy to say I’m working on the sequel to The Summer House Party. Everyone knows that feeling of getting to the end of a book and wanting to know more. That’s the way I want my readers to feel, so that they need to find out what happens next with the characters. I’m often quite curious myself! I’m already halfway through it, and I’m even hoping it may lead to a third novel.  


Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  

Yes, I’ll be at Romance In The Court, hosted by Goldsboro Books in the delightful Cecil Court just off Leicester Square on May 25th from 6 – 9pm. I would love to meet readers – yours and mine! – so I do hope people will come along.


Thank you to Caro Fraser and Suzanne @HoZ_Books for this wonderful Q&A, come back soon.


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Dates With Dangerous Authors #Event @BlackwellEdin #Edinburgh


Crime and books were on everyone’s mind today at the ‘Dates with Dangerous Authors’ event to at one of my favourite bookstores. Blackwells Edinburgh.

With a hive of talented Authors, it was lovely to talk about books and meet new people. Lot’s of new reviews and Q&A’s lined up for the blog.

Participating Authors:

Christopher Brookmyre + The Mulgray Twins + Alanna Knight + Martin Edwards + Ruth Dudley Edwards + Linda Stratmann + E.S. Thomson + Matt Bendoris + Christine Poulson + Oscar de Muriel + Doug Johnstone + Aly Monroe + Kate Ellis + Marianne Wheelaghan + Marsali Taylor + Alex Gray + Frances Brody + Jonathan Whitelaw + Jean Briggs + Aline Templeton + Wendy Jones + Mark Leggatt + Sara Sheridan + Leigh Russell + Stuart Macbride + Chris Longmuir

Here are some photographs I took,

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Chris Brookmyre, Doug Johnstone & Stuart McBride 


Wendy Jones & Chris Longmuir
Wendy Jones




Chris Longmuir


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Leigh Russell 



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The Tomb ~ Exhibition & More @NtlMuseumsScot #Edinburgh

Today I was lucky enough to visit the National Museum Scotland, in Edinburgh. This was not for review purposes. It was a treat to myself, to go and have a wander. I thought I would share some of the photo’s I took.

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Various photographs from my wee trip.




With Our Blessing: An Inspector Tom Reynolds Mystery (1) @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks


THE TOP TEN IRISH BESTSELLER. Shortlisted for the 2015 Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller Competition. Discover more DI Tom Reynolds with the next book in the series, Beneath the Surface.

It’s true what they say . . . revenge is sweet. 1975. A baby, minutes old, is forcibly taken from its devastated mother. 2010. The body of an elderly woman is found in a Dublin public park in the depths of winter.
Detective Inspector Tom Reynolds is working the case. He’s convinced the murder is linked to historical events that took place in the notorious Magdalene Laundries. Reynolds and his team follow the trail to an isolated convent in the Irish countryside. But once inside, it becomes disturbingly clear that the killer is amongst them . . . and is determined to exact further vengeance for the sins of the past.

My Q&A with Jo Spain


Jo’s first book, crime novel With Our Blessing, introduced DI Tom Reynolds and was published in 2015 by Quercus Books London, after she was chosen as one of seven shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition that year.

Jo is a former parliamentary assistant in Ireland’s Leinster House and has been the vice-chair of the InterTrade Ireland business body for the last five years.

With Our Blessing was a top ten bestseller and chosen as an Irish Times crime book of 2015, Declan Burke’s debut of the year on RTÉ and received critical acclaim.

A graduate of Trinity College, Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and four small children.


Describe yourself using three words? 

Mammy. Reader. Runner.

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

Reading everybody else’s. I wanted to be a story-teller, too.

What time of day do you like to write? 

Anytime (when the kids let me).

What is your favourite book and why? 

And then there were none. It’s a master class in crime writing.  

How did you pick the title of your book? 

It just came to me. There’s a line in the book where somebody says evil things were done ‘with our blessing’. And I thought, yep, perfect.

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

No, though the lead detective shares a few traits with my hubby.

What’s your favourite word? 

Can I pick two? The end.

If you were a colour what would it be? 

Yellow. Nice and bright.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? 

I plan it almost to the last detail. It helps me write the first draft quickly. Then I finesse in the edit.

Who is your favourite Author? 

Jane Austen, for being a genius.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? 

The poor, mad wife in Jane Eyre. Locked in a tower while her husband cavorts with the governess! If ever anybody needed a break.

Are you working on a new project? 

Always. I’m in the middle of book 5 at the mo.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 

No, but Beneath the Surface will be released in June in Britain

Thank you so much, Jo Spain and @QuercusBooks for being on my blog today. 

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The Key Of All Unknown @KathrynHitchins #Q&A #Giveaway


Brilliant scientific researcher Tilda Moss wakes up in the hospital unable to speak or move and with no recollection of what happened to her. Determined to find answers and prove she is not in a persistent vegetative state, she travels back through her fractured memories looking for clues. Could someone really have tried to kill her? An indulged younger brother, an obsessive flatmate, jealous colleagues and a missing lover. Everyone has a motive. On the edge of death, and questioning the value of her life, Tilda’s only hope is to unlock the key of all unknown.

My Q&A with K A Hitchins

What inspired you to write your novel?

I’ve often tried to imagine what it would be like if I were suddenly faced with a life-threatening condition. I’d seen my own father die from cancer a few years previously and wondered whether he’d been able to hear me and my mother and sister in those last days of unconsciousness. He believed he was going to a better place and had been brave to the last, but I wished I’d known what thoughts were going through his mind, if any, as he faced that greatest of unknowns. This was the initial inspiration for my second novel.

When I was about halfway through the first draft, I woke up one morning with a rash of non-blanching spots, some unexplained bruises and blood blisters in my mouth. My GP sent me immediately to the hospital. After tests, a registrar from Haematology told me I had developed Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia, a condition where my immune system destroys the blood platelets and prevents the blood from clotting.

I was given medication and taken to the Critical Dependency Unit to be observed overnight in case I was bleeding internally. I was told I probably wouldn’t sleep because of the drugs I’d been given. I lay in the dark listening to the sounds of the hospital, and the cries of the elderly lady opposite who kept asking where she was and if anyone was there.

By the next morning, the ulcers in my mouth had stopped bleeding. My blood pressure was stable and I was sent home with high dosage steroids to switch off my faulty immune system. During the days that followed, I spent most of my time in bed. However, the medication-induced insomnia was chronic and I was surviving on a couple of hours of sleep a night at most. I decided to continue writing, tapping away on my laptop during the night while the family was asleep. Having just experienced my own life-threatening moment and spell in hospital, ideas poured out of me. Within a week I’d completed 30,000 words and finished the first draft.

Thankfully I’m in remission now. There’s a one in three chance that the problem could return in future. Like all of us, I walk that narrow path between life and death, but now I have a better understanding of how I might react at the end.

What time of day do you like to write?

Any time will do. If I could, I’d write all the time. The difficulty is fitting it round a busy family life and other commitments. I think about what I’m going to write while walking the dog first thing in the morning. Once back home I’m constantly weighing up what’s more important – cleaning the bathroom or ironing for instance, or writing. I have no particular writing routine, which I know is bad. I’m often scribbling away while sitting in the car waiting to pick up the kids.

What is your favourite book and why?

I love the Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. The novel embeds several stories within the story, going back through the past and peeling back layers of family history. It’s a bit like those Russian Dolls. Not until you get to the very end do you understand who the blind assassin is.


How did you pick the title of your book?

It’s the title of a very old hymn which I first heard at the funeral of a 98-year-old friend. I thought it would make a lovely title and it perfectly fitted with the theme of my book.

1. God holds the key of all unknown,
And I am glad;
If other hands should hold the key,
Or if He trusted it to me,
I might be sad, I might be sad.

2. What if tomorrow’s cares were here
Without its rest!
I’d rather He unlocked the day;
And, as the hours swing open, say,
My will is best, My will is best.

3. The very dimness of my sight
Makes me secure;
For, groping in my misty way,
I feel His hand; I hear Him say,
My help is sure, My help is sure.

4. I cannot read His future plans;
But this I know;
I have the smiling of His face,
And all the refuge of His grace,
While here below, while here below.

5. Enough! this covers all my wants,
And so I rest!
For what I cannot, He can see,
And in His care I saved shall be,
Forever blest, forever blest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #1947

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Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No, though I have drawn on some real life experiences as I mentioned previously.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I plan my opening chapter and my closing chapter very carefully so I know where I’m headed. Often the twists and turns in the middle surprise me as I’m writing them.

Who is your favourite Author?

There are too many to mention. I read most genres, and enjoy both literary and commercial fiction. It depends on my mood at the time.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

Count Dracula. There have been lots of spin offs of the vampire genre in the past few years, but you can’t beat Vlad the Impaler for macho charisma and terror.


Are you working on a new project?

Yes. I’ve nearly finished my third novel but the storyline is under wraps at the moment.


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Thank you so much to K A Hitchins for such an honest and beautiful Q&A, please come back soon with the next project. ~K~

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Run Like A Girl @authorKEGARVEY #Q&A #Giveaway

Run Like A Girl By K. E Garvey will be released on the 2nd May 2017 and is book 2 in the ‘Like A Girl’ series.

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Fight or flight? When a homemade sex tape falls into the wrong hands, Marti Jerome jumps to conclusions and chooses the path of least resistance by running far and fast, a skill she has mastered as well as a pirouette. Just as she relaxes into thinking she’s put a safe distance between her and her troubles, she learns that even a small town in the Texas hill country isn’t far away enough to hide from the most relentless of pursuers—her conscience.


My Q&A with K E Garvey

Describe yourself using three words? – Modest, quirky, family-oriented.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  – Reading a bad one. I was laid up following a riding accident with little more to do than read. After a particularly lousy book (by a well-known author), for little more than shitz and giggles I decided to give it a try.

What time of day do you like to write?  – Mornings, always. My mind tends to get bogged down by the day at some point in the afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why? – Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has been my favorite book since the first time I read it. I think it’s the richness in character and setting that not only made it a great read, but made me want to pay a visit to Savannah. It had been years since I’d been there and the book took me back.

How did you pick the title of your book?  – Run Like A Girl is actually book 2 in the “Like A Girl” series. What began as one novel quickly became three when I realized at about 35,000 words that I simply had too much story for one book. I broke the lead characters into three standalone books and added around them. Book 1, Cry Like A Girl came out last July. Run Like A Girl was May 2nd of this year, and I’m hoping to have the last in the series, Fight Like A Girl, out about the same time next year.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  – Not in anything I’ve published to date (although I have a book lying in wait that is heavily based on a true story). I suppose I pull traits or facts here and there from actual people, but not enough to make them recognizable.

What’s your favourite word?  – Wow! Can writers have a single favorite word? Maybe I’m an anomaly because I love them all! My favorite unusual word would be ‘grody’, as in grimy or disgusting.

If you were a colour what would it be?  –Blue or green, something calm and peaceful.

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow? – I’ve converted from pantsing to plotting. Although I find pantsing less constricting, I’ve come to appreciate the structure of plotting as it saves time by keeping me on track even if I do make frequent detours.

Who is your favourite Author?  – I’ve been asked this so many times during interviews and it’s never an easy question to answer. I enjoy the work of so many, often for different reasons. Off the top of my head at this moment, Maya Angelou, although if you were to ask me next week, it would probably be different.

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why? – Two in one shot, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: as a kid I thought it would be so cool to hang out with them. From my latest read, Mack Phillips from The Shack. I would love to experience (whether real or imagined) at the shack. Last, John Coffee. What a gift he had!

What book are you reading at the moment?  – A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Where in the world is your happy place?  – Outdoors, preferably in the Endless Mountain region.

If you had one superpower what would it be?  – To heal the sick (back to John Coffee)

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  – Each villain that comes to mind seems to be from a movie and not a book. Kevin Costner’s character in A Perfect World comes to mind. He was a killer, but he had a heart as he revealed in the way he treated his hostage. While watching it, I did want him to get away…

Are you working on a new project?  – Aside from Fight Like A Girl, which I’m in the early stages of a first draft, I have a collection of short stories called, Everyday People, although I have no release date at this time. I also have a Christmas themed novella, Christmas Carol, that I was planning for this coming holiday season, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen, we’ll see. The only other iron in the fire is a work I hired a ghostwriter to complete. I felt I was too close to be objective so I supplied close to 1,000 pages of notes and stories and acted as a consultant as he built the plot. I am anxious but unable to release it at this time due to a few pending legal issues surrounding it, but I’ve been told it should be green-lighted soon.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  – Not at this time. I have been doing a lot more in the way of podcasts and guest spots on local television than actual signings and appearances at book fairs. I moved to Texas last August for what was only supposed to be three months that turned into seven so I haven’t been too sure where I would be at any given time, making scheduling a nightmare. That should settle soon and I’ll be able to better plan my events.

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41VixvAgeeLThe descent into madness isn’t always accompanied by flashing lights and sirens. Sometimes, it sneaks up as quietly as fog…

To the unknowing, Susan and Henry McFarland appear to be just another small-town couple working toward the American dream. Susan, an introverted housewife and part-time librarian is the yin to Henry’s extroverted, rising-star yang.
Susan has always dreamed of the perfect life: a loving husband and a home filled with children, all wrapped up in a white picket fence. But the perfect life she dreams of is rooted in the soil of a dark secret.
Henry is a man’s man: confident, likable, and no more than a handshake away from taking hold of the brass ring. Unknown to him, his brass ring is hanging on the proverbial gates of hell and his perfect life lives on the opposite side of the picket fence.
It’s their seven-year anniversary. While Susan spends the day preparing the meal for their traditional anniversary dinner, Henry accepts the terms of a new job assignment and seals the deal with a night out with the boys. Susan’s worry turns to anger when Henry stumbles in after midnight and falls into bed without acknowledging the importance of the day or her efforts.
That single marital infraction turns out to be the first of many; each silently picking at the seams of Susan’s damaged past.
In a twist of irony, just as Henry realizes the consequences of his wrongdoings, the universe begins to punish him for them. As he scrambles to right his wrongs and change the course of their lives, someone else is determined to see him fail.
It is a tale of lessons learned too late. Beautifully wrought and as moving as it is tragic, the life and love of Susan and Henry will pull on the heartstrings of even the most phlegmatic.

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The Married Girls @Dineycost @HoZ_Books #Q&A #RT


The war is over, but trouble is brewing…

Wynsdown, 1949. In the small Somerset village of Wynsdown, Charlotte Shepherd is happily married to farmer Billy. She arrived from Germany on the Kindertransport as a child during the war and now feels settled in her adopted home.

Meanwhile, the squire’s fighter pilot son, Felix, has returned to the village with a fiancée in tow. Daphne is beautiful, charming… and harbouring secrets. After meeting during the war, Felix knows some of Daphne’s past, but she has worked hard to conceal that which could unravel her carefully built life.

For Charlotte, too, a dangerous past is coming back in the shape of fellow refugee, bad boy Harry Black. Forever bound by their childhoods, Charlotte will always care for him, but Harry’s return disrupts the village quiet and it’s not long before gossip spreads.

The war may have ended, but for these girls, trouble is only just beginning.

My Q&A with Diney Costeloe

Describe yourself using three words? wife, mother, grandmother

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

BBC Women’s Hour Romantic Novelist competition.

What time of day do you like to write?

I tend to be an afternoon/evening person from choice, but I work around the other things in my life.

What is your favourite book and why?

If you are a prolific reader it’s almost impossible to have one favourite book, but if I have to pick just one it would probably by Pride and Prejudice. Why? Because it is beautifully written with Jane Austen’s eye for the pretentious and the ridiculous making it highly entertaining.


How did you pick the title of your book?

In discussion with my publisher.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?  

No. But obviously, character traits that you observe in the people around you can be used individually bring fictitious characters to life.

What’s your favourite word?  


If you were a colour what would it be?  


Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I have a beginning, an end, and probably an outline of the middle, but how I actually get from one end to the other may well change as I go along.

Who is your favourite Author?  

I have several depending on my mood.  Jane Austen, Susan Hill, Cynthia Harrod Eagles  and Hilary Mantel are among the top five.

Hilary Mantel

You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?

Atticus Finch,  Simon Serrailler,  Rudolf Rassendyll  Lord Peter Wimsey

All these men have great integrity and it would be very interesting to discuss 21st Century problems with them.

Atticus Finch

What book are you reading at the moment?

Keep The Home Fires Burning by Cynthia Harrod Eagles

Keep The Home Fires Burning by Cynthia Harrod Eagles

Where in the world is your happy place?

My home

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Being able to fly

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?  

Rupert of Hentzau

Rupert of Hentzau

Thank you to Diney Costeloe and Blake Brooks @HoZ_Books for allowing me to be part of this wonderful tour. 


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Have You Seen Melody? @sophiehannahCB1 @HodderBooks 


Pushed to breaking point, Cara Burrows abandons her home and family and escapes to a five-star spa resort she can’t afford. Late at night, exhausted and desperate, she lets herself into her hotel room and is shocked to find it already occupied – by a man and a teenage girl.

A simple mistake on the part of the hotel receptionist – but Cara’s fear intensifies when she works out that the girl she saw alive and well in the hotel room is someone she can’t possibly have seen: the most famous murder victim in the country, Melody Chapa, whose parents are serving life sentences for her murder.

Cara doesn’t know what to trust: everything she’s read and heard about the case, or the evidence of her own eyes. Did she really see Melody? And is she prepared to ask herself that question and answer it honestly if it means risking her own life?

My Review 

I didn’t read the back of the book before starting, I just went to my NetGalley books which have been neglected and picked one. Boy oh boy, what a doozy of a pick. It was my first Sophie Hannah book, it won’t be my last. If I were in a bookstore now and saw one of her books I would buy it without any thought. Why? Because she is a such a good storyteller. Her talented way of building the story up with the perfect pace and suspense, when you think you have it figured out she just laughs at you and throws in another road that you never saw coming. This book will keep you up at night, make you late for work, you might even miss your train stop. A terrific mystery thriller with more turns and twists than the Pepsi roller coaster at Blackpool (wait is that still there?).

The characters are individually memorable, they each have their own unique identities all flawed in some way, as all humans are. The are all colourful, none are beige and blending wall flowers. They all have a purpose and a strong voice.

I don’t have any negative points, the pace was good, I had no parts I had to skim. I loved the television show dialogue it was a great way to get the important required information to the reader in a very cleverly thought out format.


This book is available to pre-order today on Amazon ~ Release date is August 24, 2017

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Many thanks to Sophie Hannah, Hodder & Staughton and NetGalley for the advanced Arc copy.  It was a honour to review. 

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