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*CRIME Fiction Takeover* Moira Cormack @cormackmoira The Witch Of Land & Sea #Interview #Exclusive

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is

Moira Cormack ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Duplicate keys by Jane Smiley. It ousted In cold blood by Trueman Capitol which was some achievement.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Eclectic, grand, creative and formal

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Jackson Brodie who appears in a few novels  by Kate Atkinson. He is a male detective in touch with his Feminine side.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • The Grassmarket at the moment but I am fickle so it might change by the time you write this up.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • Miss Marple, Jackson Brodie, Rebus and Salander. To see what she makes if them and they her.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • My inspiration comes from my day to day life. If something stands out for me I write it now. I have a soft spot for images.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • Five beans by Rozi Plain

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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Bobby hunched down at the gates to Greyfriars Church yard. He sniffed the air and he smelt of petrol fumes, damp ground and something else. Something elusive. He breathed in again but whatever it was burrowed away in his mind like an earthworm escaping back into the soil. Uncertain for a moment he snapped the end off his banana, monkey style, then took a bite letting the soft flesh squish against the roof of his mouth. When the time was right it would come to him but for now he must wait. 

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • Bizarrely I can’t remember where the inspiration for my second novel has come from. I can only think of small snapshots of writing which have formed into a bigger picture in my head.

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter ~ @cormackmoira

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Ruby is unhappy at home and excluded by the girls at school. She goes to the forbidden bay to be alone little knowing that she is walking into a trap set by the Witch. On land life is vibrant and strange and the Witch’s cottage appears to be welcoming but all is not what it seems.

Join Ruby on her adventure in this thrilling story.

Welcome to ‘The Witch of land and sea’ a book for anyone from age 8 to 108 or over.

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*CRIME Fiction Takeover Event* Nobody Gets Hurt @RJBaileyBooks #Interview

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today we have Mr & Mrs Bailey ~ AKA R J Bailey

RJ Bailey ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • It is characters rather than plots which tend to impress both of us. We agree that The Talented Mr Ripley stayed with both of us, wondering why we ended up rooting for a psychopath.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Fun, friendly, foodie and (sadly) far away.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • Mrs Bailey nominated Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie, because he is a believable, well-drawn, vulnerable character. Mr Bailey goes for Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther, who is like Chandler’s shop-soiled Galahad, albeit in a far more lethal environment.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • Well every time we are in Edinburgh we seem to end up eating in Leith – last time at a great place called Norn (we had the set lunch – it’s not cheap otherwise), so it’s Leith for us (especially as we remember it before the likes of Martin Wishart pitched up).

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • John D MacDonald’s Travis McGhee, because we like the way he mixes a martini (must be Plymouth gin). Not quite crime maybe, but “Harry Palmer” (he doesn’t have a name in Len Deighton’s books) could help with the cooking, as could Robert B. Parker’s Spenser. I reckon Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski could hold her own with that lot.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • A lot of them come from newspaper articles, often small, down-page stories. Also picking up on stories people tell us (see answer to Q. 10)

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • Everybody Hurts – R.E.M. (the book is Nobody Gets Hurt – which is a lie).

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Keep a watch, the man said. Don’t move from your spot. Who the hell does he think I am? Bleedin’ Greyfriars Bobby? I’ve got better things to do with my time than stare at a doorway that had been painted a garish banana yellow. It was so bright it hurt my eyes. But the Big Fella was paying me top dollar, so in the end I sat in the shitty Hyundai he had hired for me and watched and watched till my eyeballs ached. How much the man inside owed – the guy whose picture sat on my passenger seat –  the Big Fella I had no idea. Not my worry. Just follow him and let me know where he goes. He didn’t go anywhere all morning, but lunchtime came and I walked down the road and bought an apple, a Kit Kat and a Fanta from a convenience store. I must have been out of sight of that yellow door for two minutes at most. Ninety seconds. But as I walked back I could see a note had been pinned to it. I dumped my lunch in the car, hesitated and thought, what the hell? I crossed over and read it. Man in silver Hyundai. You are being set up. I’ll be in the Washbar at five this afternoon. Take the rest of the day off.       So I did.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • It is about the hero, bodyguard Sam Wylde, taking a job because she needs the money to continue the search for her missing daughter. It should be simple – drive the client from Normandy to Luxembourg for a meeting. But someone doesn’t want the client to arrive. Inspired by a (true, he claimed) story told by a relative who is an actor, about an armourer he met on a film set who had spent decades tracking down the men and women who murdered his wife and killing them, one by one.

How can my readers connect with you?

Website ~  rjbaileybooks.com

Twitter ~ @RJBaileyBooks

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Sam Wylde is a Close Protection Officer to the rich and powerful.

In a world dominated by men, being a woman has been an advantage. And she is the best in the business at what she does.

But has she taken on a case too dangerous to survive?

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Exit Five From Charing Cross @ValerieKeogh1 #QA #Bookblog

Exit Five From Charing Cross By Valerie Keogh

The Real You By Valerie Keogh 

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Welcome to my blog Valerie, thank you so much for spending a little time here today.

Describe yourself using three words?

Imaginative, persistent,  self-doubting

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I’ve wanted to write for a long time. Fear of failure stopped me starting until  a few years ago – I haven’t stopped since and I’m now on my 9th novel.

What time of day do you like to write?

I try to do e-mails and promoting in the morning and get down to writing in the early afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why?

I love Kate Atkinson’s novel, Life after Life, a fascinating and challenging read. My all-time favourite novels are EF Benson’s Mapp and Lucia series of novels. Brilliant, witty and beautifully written.

How did you pick the title of your book?

I took the title for, That One May Smile, straight from Hamlet, I liked the sound of it and it seemed appropriate. Shakespeare is always a good one to borrow from.

I was sitting at a coffee shop outside exit five from Charing Cross when I came up with the idea for this novel so it seemed like a good idea to use it as the title for it. When I decide on a title I always check on Amazon to make sure it hasn’t been used already before I become too attached to it.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

The characters aren’t but I often use mannerisms or quirks that people have to add complexity to my characters.

What’s your favourite word?

I don’t have a favourite word but I often overuse words as my editor points out! I’ve stopped my characters ‘nodding’ all the time.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Sometimes bright yellow and sometimes dark grey.

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

I usually have a vague idea of the plot but definitely go with it once I start and almost allow the characters take over. I knew That One May Smile was going to be a series so the characters needed to be ones that readers related to and cared about.

When I wrote Exit Five from Charing Cross I started with the last chapters and then backfilled the story.

Who is your favourite Author?

There are so many – EF Benson, Kate Atkinson, John Connolly, Steven King – a wide range as you can see!

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

Frankenstein’s monster – I think he was hard done by!

Are you working on a new project?

I’m always working on something but at the moment I’m working on three which is crazy! I’ve started the 4th in my Irish crime series plus two different stand-alone novels. I can’t decide which to focus on so hop from one to the other!

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m going to the Dublin Writer’s Conference in Dublin, 23rd-25th June. It should be a great conference for any writers out thereFacebook Cover Page final

Back Of The Book 

A life built on a lie.
Rich investment banker, Jake, has everything he’s ever dreamed about. Money, a beautiful wife, two children.
But nothing in Jake’s world is as it seems. He dislikes his wife, never sees his children and is in so much debt there doesn’t appear to be a way out…unless….?
Faced with the only decision that seems to make sense, he makes a choice that will change all their lives forever.

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The Breaking Of Liam Glass @chasharris @MarbleCityPub #ChapterExclusive #Preorder

The Breaking Of Liam Glass By Charlie Harris 
Published: By Marble City Publishing ~ 29 June 2017
Article: By Kelly 

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Charles Harris 

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Charles Harris is an international award-winning writer-director and a highly-respected script consultant, writing and directing for cinema, television and theatre. He is also a best-selling non-fiction author with titles including A Complete Screenwriting Course, Police Slang, and Jaws in Space. Several of his short stories have been published, with two shortlisted for awards.

Charles has a black belt in Aikido and teaches police, security personnel and the public, self-defence against street violence, including knife attacks.

Exclusive Excerpt ~ Sneak Peak 

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How long? Ho-o-ow lo-o-o-o-ong can it take you, Liam? How long, Lia-a-a-a-am? I’m going out of my mind. Out. Of. My. Mind. How long, Liam-baby?

He’d been gone an hour already and his homework book on the kitchen table not even touched, and sometimes Katrina wished she had a man around, but not that man, not that man for sure, and the pizza man had been and gone and would have accepted the debit card himself. She hadn’t known. She went out and leant over the parapet, looked up and down in both directions.

Going out of my mind.

The cashpoint was right there – she could almost see it. But there was no-one below on Gordon Road under the street lights, just two Bengali teenagers, one tall, one short, kicking something small and dark on the ground. One more time she took her phone from her handbag.

‘Yo!’ His voice answered bright as ever and she said ‘Liam’ just in case, but of course it went on, ‘Leave that message, bro!’ Like he was black or something. He always refused to change it. She said, ‘Liam, Liam-baby, this is Mum again. Waiting. Like, the pizza  came and went back, and where the fuck are you.’

Katrina went back to the walkway. The Bengali teenagers were jumping in and out of the shadows now, hoods up, larking about, and she called out, ‘Hey!’ One of them looked at her and then they both ran off. The street was silent without them.

She thought about strangling Liam when he got back, good kid and all. He was mush-brain, except when it came to kicking a ball. Not the brightest shop sign in the High Street.

Liam-baby, where are you? She looked up and down and then stopped in her open doorway and thought of phoning his friends. She’d start with Shay and Zen, she decided, though they’d just had a fight with him about football. But she didn’t want to be a stupid mother, making a fuss about nothing. He’d be back in two minutes and asking for his dinner and getting on Facebook. But there was no-one and she felt a chill coming off the walkway. This was mad. She’d rented a DVD of Avatar to watch, and she had to iron her blouse for the morning and this wasn’t even doing any of it.

She went inside to grab her denim jacket and car keys to go look for him, and then she stopped. Perhaps she should wait in case he came back.

Her stomach felt sour with fear, but she drove to the cashpoint by the bank anyway and he wasn’t there. She looked around for those two Paki teenagers too – there was something about them, but they’d disappeared.

So she sat in the car and phoned Liam’s mates, all she could think of, Shay and Zen and Kyle that she was sure was into drugs, and Chardonnay who got him to dye his hair purple for a month. When she didn’t have the numbers for his friends she phoned their parents, even Mo Patterson, who was a pig and made sarky comments about people who worked in Tesco. But they all said no, shit, no, fuck, no, Shay, Zen, Kyle, Chardonnay, Mo, they hadn’t seen Liam at all. Not on a school night. They’d talked to him on Facebook – but that was well over an hour ago.

She came home and when she opened the door she called his name in case he’d come back, but the flat was silent and dark. So she lit a Lambert and Butler and turned on the light in his bedroom, which felt weird, too bright. And she sat at his computer, with all his clothes on the floor and his smell, sticky and male. She felt ill. She posted a message on his Facebook page, for what that was worth, and even tried some girl called Jules who he’d been messaging, but didn’t get a reply. Then she thought of phoning 999, but again she didn’t want to make a fuss.

She phoned 999.

‘I know this is like stupid,’ she said, ‘but have you arrested a kid called Liam Glass?’

The woman on the 999 asked why she was calling. Katrina said, ‘I don’t know where my son is.’

The other woman asked how old he was and when she last saw him, and said, ‘Most come back in the next twenty-four hours – two hours isn’t long at all, Mrs Glass, not for a kid of fourteen, they get up to all kinds of things.’

‘I’m sorry,’ Katrina said. ‘I didn’t know who else to call.’

‘You should phone the local hospitals. It’s worth it. For peace of mind.’

‘You think he’s in hospital?’ Katrina could hardly breathe. The phone, the woman’s voice, Liam’s clothes on the floor, his unmade bed, it wasn’t real. It was like she was in EastEnders.

‘He’s probably fine. But for peace of mind.’

So Katrina went onto Google and wrote down the numbers of the local hospitals and there were six. She didn’t want to do this but forced herself to be brave and started with the one that was closest. Her heart was in her mouth, just like in the stories in the magazines. She tried to breathe slower the way the writers always told you in articles about stress. She asked each operator if there was a Liam Glass, fourteen, and each operator told her they didn’t have anyone called Liam Glass. She double-checked they’d heard his name right, and they all said they didn’t have any fourteen-year-old kids at all, not tonight. And each time she asked if they were sure, and they were sure. Some were friendly, some not.

Then she ran out of hospitals and she didn’t usually like taking Valium, but she took one all the same

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*CRIME FICTION* Sewing The Shadows Together ~ @alisonbailliex #Interview @matadorbooks

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Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Alison Baillie, author of Sewing The Shadows Together 

Alison Baillie~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

  • Miss Smilla’s feeling for Snow by Peter Hoeg was the first Scandinavian crime novel I read (nearly thirty years ago) and I can still remember the intriguing main character and the haunting Greenland setting.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

  • Where my heart is

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • John Rebus – because he is so complex and human. Reading Ian Rankin’s books I feel that I really know him as a person I’d like to talk to in the Oxford Bar.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • Portobello. My mother came from there and I used to spend all my holidays there when I was a child. I love the beach and I make a ritual stroll along the prom every time I come to Scotland. It is also the setting for my book Sewing the Shadows Together.

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

  • John Rebus, of course, Roberta Steele (Stuart MacBride) Logan McLean (James Oswald) and Rhona MacLeod (Lin Anderson). I think we’d have a great conversation.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

  • Mostly from places I’ve visited, people I’ve met and imagining ‘what if…’

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

  • If you don’t know me by now (Simply Red)

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

Archie Kilbride walked up the Mound, watching the sun setting behind the dark silhouette of the castle. When he heard the sound of laughter coming from the Wash Bar he wished he could go in – Noir at the Bar was on tonight and listening to the readings might give him inspiration for his new career as a PI. But he was meeting his first client in the Greyfriar’s Bobby Bar in ten minutes and couldn’t be late.

Standing at the bar he sipped a pint, excited about meeting the man who was to give him his first case. A figure sidled up to him, his hand in the pocket of his long dark coat. The cloth bulged, pointing towards him. Archie felt a moment of panic. Was it a gun?

The stranger spoke in a low voice. ‘There’s no room for another PI in north Edinburgh. This is my patch.’

Archie gulped. Perhaps he’d been a little hasty in his decision to change career paths.

The other man withdrew his hand from his pocket. In it was a banana. ‘Remember you’re the monkey, and it’ll no be just a banana if I catch you on my pitch again.’  

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

  • I’m thrilled that I’m part of a FREE fringe event at Bloody Scotland. Sharon Bairden is moderating a panel on indie authors with Alan Jones (Bloq) David Videcette (The Detriment) and me. It takes place at 3.30 on Sunday 10th September at the Curly Coo pub. Hope to see you all there!

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

  • My current novel, provisionally called Echoes of Other Lives, is a psychological suspense about a young Scottish mother living in Switzerland. As her perfect family life begins to crumble dark secrets from her past begin to catch up with her.

Often people go abroad to escape something in their past (not me!) and the inspiration came from imagining what would happen if somebody’s past caught up with them.

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From The Back Of The Book 

Can you ever get over the death of your sister? Or of your best friend? More than 30 years after 13-year-old Shona McIver was raped and murdered in Portobello, the seaside suburb of Edinburgh, the crime still casts a shadow over the lives of her brother Tom and her best friend Sarah. When modern DNA evidence shows that the wrong man was convicted of the crime, the case is reopened. So who did kill Shona? Sarah and Tom are caught up in the search for Shona’s murderer, and suspicions fall on family and friends. The foundations of Sarah’s perfect family life begin to crumble as she realises that nothing is as it appears. Dark secrets from the past are uncovered, and there is another death, before the identity of the real killer is finally revealed… Set in Edinburgh, the Outer Hebrides and South Africa, Sewing the Shadows Together is a thoroughly modern murder mystery that keeps the reader guessing to the end. Filled with characters who could easily be friends, family or people we work with, it asks the question: Do we ever really know the people closest to us?

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Day Of The Dead @MR_CrimeWriter @HoZ_Books #QA

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A serial killer. A hero to some. A wanted criminal to others.

The man who calls himself Vindici broke out of prison last year. Now he’s filmed himself torturing and killing paedophiles in Liverpool’s affluent suburbs.

Half the city are celebrating: the streets are now safer for their children. But for DCI Eve Clay and her team at the Merseyside Police, it’s a nightmare. Their job is to solve crimes and lock up the killer – hard enough without being despised by the public they are trying to protect.

And now, just when they think they’ve cracked the case, they receive a photo of Vindici at a Day of The Dead parade in Mexico. If Vindici is 5,000 miles away, who are they hunting in Liverpool? DCI Eve Clay must draw on all her cunning to unmask a killer who is somehow always one step ahead.

My Q&A with Mark Roberts 

Describe yourself using three words?

Triple I.  Industrious Imaginative Individual

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I’ve always created stories and, from an early age, written them down.  Writing my first novel was a logical step forward.

What time of day do you like to write?

During school term, I write from 4.30 pm to 7.30pm.  During weekends and holidays. morning until mid-late afternoon.

What is your favourite book and why?

It’s The Trilogy by Samuel Beckett.  ‘Molloy’.  ‘Malone Dies.’  ‘The Unnamable’.  There are many mysteries in Beckett’s work and his writing works on so many levels.  It deals with the most profound philosophical question, in my view.  What is it to be a human being? 

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How did you pick the title of your book?

The titles evolve from the stories.  Blood Mist is set against foul winter weather conditions and there is a lot of bloodshed.  Clay is driving through thick fog and sees a red traffic light, the visual effect being a blood mist.  Dead Silent?  I can’t explain because it would give too much away.  Day of the Dead comes from the Mexican festivities in the October-November time window.  People celebrate their passed loved-ones and welcome them back.   

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Sister Philomena who Clay remembers well from her childhood and, who we meet through flashback, was based on a real Roman Catholic Nun of the same name.  Back in the 1960s and 70s she used to help single mothers and mothers were struggling with PND.

I guess the majority of characters are an amalgam of people.  

What’s your favourite word?

Because.  It’s the door to understanding.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Sunset red.

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

I write a document which I put in a drawer and never look at again.  I go with the flow.

Who is your favourite author?

My all-time favourite is Edgar Allan Poe.

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

Will Graham the FBI agent from ‘Red Dragon’.  How do you square thinking like a serial with being a ‘normal’ man?  When did you first become aware of your special talent and what was the process like?

Paul Sheldon the writer from ‘Misery’.  If I ever get abducted by an over-enthusiastic reader, how should I play it?

  1. Auguste Dupin the detective from ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’.  What was it like inside Edgar Allan  Poe’s head?

Father Lankester Merrin from ‘The Exorcist’.  When did you first realise that you were a marked man?  And why do you think The Devil picked on you?

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What book are you reading at the moment?

‘Stalkers’ by Paul Finch.

Where in the world is your happy place?

Home.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Telepathy.

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

Alex from ‘A Clockwork Orange’.  I’d have him getting lynched by his victims but then being laid to rest next to Beethoven.

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Are you working on a new project?

I am working on ‘Black Sun’.  It’s an Eve Clay novel and it’s set in Liverpool.  I’ll leave it there if that’s ok.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

12th July 6.30 pm Waterstones Liverpool One.  I’m on a panel with four other authors talking about crime fiction.

You can purchase your copy here: Amazon

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Charlie’s Promise @aldhammer #BookEvent #Scotland @cranachanbooks #PrestonpansMiningMuseum

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Part two of my Monday (05/06/1) was spent at the Prestonpans Mining Museum, where Annemarie Allan was taking P7 pupils from Sanderson’s Wynd Primary School on an adventure trail. Showing where she got her inspiration for the book Charlie’s Promise. We were very lucky to see inside the Beam House which is normally closed. It was a lovely sunny day, the kids were laughing and full of questions and in awe of Annemarie.

Here are some photographs from the day.

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Would you break the rules or break your promise? On the outskirts of Edinburgh, just before the outbreak of WW2, Charlie finds a starving German boy called Josef hiding in the woods near his home. Josef can’t speak English and is desperately afraid, especially of anyone in uniform. Charlie promises to help Josef find his Jewish relatives in the city. It’s a journey that will force them to face their fears, testing their new-found friendship, and Charlie’s promise, to the limit. ‘Poignant, graceful, and relevant for today’ Alex Nye

You can purchase your copy of Charlie’s Promise here Amazon UK

Huge thanks to Annemarie Allen, I had a wonderful day with the children and hearing more about Charlie’s Promise. Fantastic! 

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Author, Crime Fiction Takeover, Scotland

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Crime Fiction

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #Author #Exclusive

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, is Douglas Skelton, author of Tag – You’re Dead

~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

A number of crime novels have affected me. I loved Peter May’s ‘Entry Island’ and Craig Russell’s ‘The Ghosts of Altona’, for instance. But Graeme Macrae Burnet’s ‘His Bloody Project’ really impressed me because I feared I would be left behind by its literariness (is that a word?) but it turned out to be a rattling good read.

If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Impressive but not Glasgow

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

I have many but currently, it’s John Connolly’s, Charlie Parker. I love his mixture of toughness and melancholy.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

Has to be the High Street – the Royal Mile. So much history, so much atmosphere

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Elvis Cole, Charlie Parker (those two would have so much to talk about), Gervase Fen (he’d be so witty and urbane) and Philip Marlowe, because he’d make fun of everyone else.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

It just happens. An idea will pop into my head – it may be a setting, a scene or a hook – and I take it from there.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

Sorry by Brenda Lee, It’s used throughout it!

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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If it hadn’t been for that damned banana outside The Wash Bar, Michael ‘The Crusher’ Malone wouldn’t have ended up as dead as Greyfriars Bobby.

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

Nothing until September 23 when I’m in the Bures Road Festival in Glasgow with the Crime Factor squad – Gordon Brown, Neil Broadfoot and Mark Leggat. The following day I’m with Caro Ramsay, Theresa Talbot and Michael J. Malone (whose nickname is NOT The Crusher) in our comedy mystery play Carry on Sleuthing during the Tidelines Festival in Irvine.

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

It’s called ‘Tag – You’re Dead’ and it’s the second in the Dominic Queste series. This time he finds himself being stalked by a serial killer who uses his love of films against him. It was the title that came into my head first and then the idea that the serial killer would warn each of his/her victims ahead of time – tag them, really – that they were next on the list. The means of selection is also like the game of ‘tag’ in that each one is somehow connected, albeit tenuously, to the last.

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Maverick investigator Dominic Queste is on the trail of missing butcher Sam Price. But he soon uncovers links to a killer with a taste for games. What began as a simple favour for his girlfriend quickly descends into a battle for survival against an enemy who has no qualms about turning victims into prime cuts. Amidst a twisted game of cat and mouse, suspicious coppers, vicious crooks and a seemingly random burglary, Queste has to keep his wits about him. Or he might just find himself on the butcher s block.

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Thank you so much to Douglas Skelton for being on my blog today. 

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Author, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive

#CrimeFictionTakeover #QA #Author #Exclusive @OwenMullen6

Crime Fiction

Every day we will have Authors from different genres answering my exclusive questionnaire.

Today on the blog, we have Author Owen Mullen, check out his crime scene and discover what he thinks of Edinburgh

Owen Mullen~ Crime Fiction TakeOver Interview

Which crime novel stayed with you long after you had finished?

The Hound Of The Baskervilles…read it when I was 15 and have never forgotten it. So much going on in it: the atmosphere of Dartmoor, Victorian London, Holmes and Watson and a phantom dug! Did I mention a family curse?

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If you had, to sum up, Edinburgh in four words, what would they be?

Historic – atmospheric – cosmopolitan – brammer!

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

The above mentioned Sherlock…unique!

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

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For obvious reasons, many people love the Old Town. I beg to differ. The New Town with it’s neoclassical and Georgian architecture, and beautiful wide streets; a real pleasure to just wander, absorb and admire. UNESCO can’t make up its mind; they are both World Heritage sites. So you’ll have to visit and decide for yourself!

If you could have dinner with four fictional crime characters who would they be?

Professor James Moriarty, John Luther, Dave Robicheaux and Philip Marlowe.

About your own work, where do you find inspiration for your books?

Inspiration comes from everywhere and anywhere. Games People Play began on a beach in Crete. Old Friends And New Enemies came from a trip to Loch Lomond. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead came from two articles in a magazine.

If your current book had a theme song what would it be?

Funny you should mention this. My next book which will be published in October and set in New Orleans does have a theme tune. A background as a musician comes in handy sometimes!

Write the scene of a crime for us, set in Edinburgh, one paragraph long. Include these three items ~ Banana, Greyfriars Bobby and The Wash Bar.

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The door of the Wash Bar burst open and a man stumbled in; wild eyed and breathless. He pushed his way to the front, through a crowd of women on a hen night. One glance at his ashen face was enough to make them draw away. His fist pounded the bar and his voice cracked with emotion.
     ‘Rum. Gimme a banana rum. Quick!’
     Somebody asked, ‘What’s wrong? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.’
     He threw the rum over and wiped his lips with a trembling hand. ‘It’s Bobby.’
     ‘Bobby who?’
     ‘Greyfriars Bobby. He’s gone.’
     ‘But he’s been there for over a hundred and fifty years.’
     ‘Maybe so. But he’s no there now. Some bastard’s took him.’
     ‘Don’t be draft, man. Who’d steal a statue of a wee dog?’
     ‘It’s no Bobby they want. It’s Whit’s inside him!’

Do you have any events lined up either online or in person that my readers could attend?

No events lined up at the moment… working on it! Don’t suppose anyone fancies coming to Crete for a Noir At The Taverna?

Could you tell us about your current novel and how you got inspired to write it?

My current novel and coincidentally one of the very first books I wrote, due out
in October was inspired by two things: my desire to see if I could write a good PI novel and my love of faraway places. New Orleans stays with me so it seemed right to set my guy there.

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter ~ @OwenMullen6

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Check out Owen Mullens book ~

Old Friends And New Enemies (PI Charlie Cameron Book 2)

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The body on the mortuary slab wasn’t who Glasgow PI Charlie Cameron was looking for.

But it wasn’t a stranger.

Suddenly, a routine missing person investigation becomes a fight for survival. As Charlie is dragged deeper into Glasgow’s underbelly he goes up against notorious gangster Jimmy Rafferty and discovers what fear really is.

Rafferty is so ruthless even his own sons are terrified of him.

Now he wants Charlie to find something. And Jimmy Rafferty always gets what he wants.

There is only one problem… Charlie doesn’t know where it is.

You can read this today ~ buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Thank you so much, Owen, for being part of my special event. I am so grateful to have you on board.

Kelly x

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Author, Promo, Q&A

Blind Side @Jennie_Ensor @unbounders @Unbound_Digital #QA #WeekendOffer

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Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?

London, five months before 7/7. Georgie, a young woman wary of relationships after previous heartbreak, gives in and agrees to sleep with close friend Julian. She’s shocked when Julian reveals he’s loved her for a long time.

But Georgie can’t resist her attraction to Nikolai, a Russian former soldier she meets in a pub. While Julian struggles to deal with her rejection, Georgie realises how deeply war-time incidents in Chechnya have affected Nikolai. She begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her.

Then London is attacked…

Blind Side explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and obsession. An explosive, debate-provoking thriller that confronts urgent issues of our times and contemplates some of our deepest fears.

My Q&A with Jennie Ensor 

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Jennie Ensor is a Londoner descended from a long line of Irish folk. She worked overseas for some years as a freelance journalist, covering topics from forced marriages to accidents in the mining industry. These days Ms E lives in London with her husband and their cuddle-loving, sofa-hogging terrier. When not chasing the dog through local woodland or dreaming of setting off on an unfeasibly long journey with a Kindle full of books, she writes novels, flash fiction and occasionally poetry (published under another name). She is working on her second novel, a dark and unsettling psychological drama.

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

It took me a long time to get going as a writer. I wondered about writing a novel one day after my English teacher said my writing reminded her of Richard Hughes’ A High Wind in Jamaica. But it seemed a wildly unlikely thing to do, and that stayed a fantasy. After university I travelled widely and worked in all sorts of jobs overseas, not finding anything that really grabbed me till I into journalism as a freelance journalist. My passion was social justice issues, such as forced marriages.

I started writing a novel in my late thirties after returning to live in the UK. (I’d really wanted to find work in journalism here but got only one interview in nearly a year.) Getting published was a long slog. By 2015 I’d written three novels without finding an agent, which had been my goal, so I changed tack and submitted direct to publishers. Within a month or so I had an offer from the independent publisher Unbound, conditional on me crowdfunding the book production costs. Thankfully I managed to do this, though it was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. Since then both an e-book and a paperback have been released, and I can at last say I’ve achieved my dream.

Describe yourself using three words?

Stubborn, rebellious, idealistic

What inspired you to write your first novel?

So hard to say, my brain is a murky place at the best of times. With hindsight…

Among other things, Blind Side is about the obsessive side of love and ‘the enemy within’ – whether oneself, another person or a community. It asks to what extent one can every really know anyone else, such as lovers and friends, even if one has known them for a long time. I’ve long been fascinated by people who appear normal on the surface but who have another completely different, secretive and possibly dangerous side to them. In 2005 after I read that the perpetrators of the London suicide attacks were all brought up in Yorkshire, I felt I had to put those events into my novel somehow.

I’ve also been in a few unnerving situations over the years, which have no doubt influenced me. Some involved hurt ex-boyfriends and infatuated friends – also strangers appearing unexpectedly. I was driving up a remote, very twisty road in Australia in my 20s when I noticed a car following mine after I stopped to fill up, which was scary.

What time of day do you like to write?

Ideally, straight after breakfast (anytime from 7-10am as a recovering insomniac) and for as long as it takes with short breaks for a walk/food/cups of tea. I’m a bit obsessive admittedly and love being right ‘in the zone’, unwilling to leave the computer for the loo or a ring at the front door (my office is 3 floors up so I have an excuse) With my first book out I’ve had to pay attention to other stuff lately but I’m looking forward to getting back in the groove again.

What is your favourite book and why?

Currently, it’s All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I’ve been reading more historical fiction lately alongside a fair few psychological thrillers. I love his storytelling and imagination, the poetry of the language – and in places it made me want to weep.

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How did you pick the title of your book?

My first was ‘Nikolai’, the second Ghosts Of Chechnya, which my editor wasn’t keen on because it didn’t properly reflect my narrator’s experiences. Finding a third title was hell – it came after putting out various options for votes on Facebook and my blogs, anguished calls to fellow writers and much middle of the night mulling. But ‘Blind Side’ is apt in so many ways… and is conveniently short to type 😊

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

My scarred-by-love narrator Georgie isn’t based on any one person, but some aspects and situations have come from the lives of certain friends who have been heartbroken or burned by love. The traumatised soldier Nikolai came to me fully formed, right down to how he speaks. Julian, who’s secretly in love with Georgie, is a hotchpotch of several people I’ve known.

What’s your favourite word?

I use ‘splendid’ a fair bit – I like it’s old-fashioned, uplifting feel.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Deep turquoise, the colour of the sea on a cloudless day.

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

Novels – I mull over and make endless outlines of events, but a large chunk has to remain unknown, discovered through the writing process. Short stories – I like to start something with no idea what I’m writing about, just see where it goes.

Who is your favourite Author?

Some favourites: Kazuo Ishiguro, Helen Dunmore and Margaret Atwood

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

To be honest I’d prefer to have dinner with some of my favourite authors, such as Margaret Atwood, Stephen King and Haruki Murakami.

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie. We share the same publisher and have shared some of our publication experiences too. So it’s interesting to finally read this book (and a pleasure, I hasten to add).

 

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Where in the world is your happy place?

The garden of my husband’s house in France. It’s bliss to relax with a book under a shady tree, listening to the gurgling stream and gazing at the mountains. I finished an early draft of Blind Side there years ago and last summer I made the final edits – also it’s inspired lots of poems.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Flight (the solar powered/green option) would be cool. Alternatively, I’d instantly render all nuclear weapons useless.

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

Maybe I’m hard-hearted, I can’t think of any villains who didn’t deserve what they got. It implies no redeeming qualities? But out of those initially nasty characters who become more rounded, I might save Will in Me Before You – this book has way too much of a weepy ending!

Are you working on a new project?

My second novel is nearly done and dusted (I can hear a distant chuckle). It’s a dark, disturbing psychological novel, which won’t be for everyone. But it’s something I needed to write.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m doing a panel event (Real Life: Real Books) in July with two other Unbound authors, Kerensa Jennings and Jesscia Duchen. Katherine Sunderland (aka Bibliomaniacuk) will be asking us questions on the real-life aspects of our books. There will be all sorts of stuff happening on the night including a raffle. Info: https://bibliomaniacuk.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/real-life-real-books-authorevent-july5th.html

Thank you, Jennie, for being on my blog today, please come back soon.

Kelly x

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