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Games People Play @OwenMullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #Interview #Exclusive

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An utterly gripping crime thriller from ‘a major new force in British crime fiction.’

Thirteen-month-old Lily Hamilton is abducted from Ayr beach in Scotland while her parents are just yards away.

Three days later the distraught father turns up at private investigator Charlie Cameron’s office. Mark Hamilton believes he knows who has stolen his daughter. And why.

Against his better judgment, Charlie gets involved in the case and when more bodies are discovered the awful truth dawns: there is a serial killer whose work has gone undetected for decades.

Is baby Lily the latest victim of a madman?

For Charlie it’s too late, he can’t let go.

His demons won’t let him.

My Q&A with Owen Mullen

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Hi Kelly thanks for asking me here today, I’ll try to give you some insight into The Real Me.
I’ve been many things in my life – my CV looks a bit like Alan Whicker’s passport.  But, one morning ten years ago when I  decided I was going to write a book, was when I finally found what I should have been doing from the beginning. That started me on a journey I couldn’t have imagined and introduced me to many helpful people, some of whom are now friends. 
Writing the book turned out to be the easy bit. I didn’t realise how much energy and commitment it would take to get my work published.  I’d once thought getting a break in the music business was difficult – the book world is the music business on acid! Long story short: I signed a 3 book deal with the very forward-looking Bloodhound Books in September 2016. Games People Play, the first in the Charlie Cameron Glasgow PI series, launched in January and almost immediately achieved both bestseller badge and entry to the Amazon top 100.   
 
Describe yourself using three words?
Creative  Positive  Focussed

 

What inspired you to write your first novel?  
 
The global financial meltdown, and a most unwelcome electricity bill!

 

What time of day do you like to write?      
I pPrefer to start around 8 am although I am not really a morning person. I find if I don’t get to writing straight away then life takes over and the day is lost.

 

What is your favourite book and why?    
 
I have good memories of really enjoying early Stephen King books like Salem’s Lot and The Dead Zone. For me, he captured the essence of story telling 
How did you pick the title of your book?   
The title for Games People Play came from the old Joe South Song, which stuck in my mind and gave me the idea for the multi layered tale that followed. Old Friends And New Enemies really captures what is going on in the book. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead came from an old Irish toast. So I guess for me it varies, sometimes an idea from a song or a film etc and sometimes the story decides. 

 

Are the characters in your book based on real people?
Some of my characters come from memories I didn’t even know I had stashed away. Others, I create as the need arises in the unfolding story.  

 

What’s your favourite word?     
Obstreperous – a word my grandfather used…not too many opportunities to squeeze it in! 

 

If you were a colour what would it be?      
Midnight blue 

 

Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?      
Always have both beginning and end, then the flow can commence! 

 

Who is your favourite Author?      
Don’t have one but I really like Conan Doyle 

 

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?    
James  Moriarty from the televised Sherlock – I loved his humour.

 

Are you working on a new project?      
Several – 3 days ago I completed the first novel in an American PI series, today I started Charlie Cameron 4. I have begun a London trilogy, and am putting finishing touches to a Pakistan thriller., which I loved writing. 
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You can order you copy today ~ Amazon UK
Thank you, Owen Mullen, for stopping by my blog today.

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The Undercurrent ~ @thewriterjude @bloodhoundbooks #Review J A Warnock

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Phoebe and her disabled husband, Martyn, move into a new house in a village on the edge of County Durham. They plan to lead a quiet existence, a set up that suits them both.

Then Anna, who lives over the road and is bored of spending her days alone, seeks friendship with Phoebe and events take a dark turn.

Phoebe has secrets and is haunted by her past and Anna’s arrival in her life may prove to be the catalyst for her undoing.

What is Phoebe hiding and why are she and her husband so reclusive?

When Anna gets caught in a storm and is rescued by Phoebe the truth becomes apparent and Anna is thrown into danger.

Is there a difference between madness and evil?

Some friendships can be murder.

Buy your copy here ~ AMAZON UK

 

About J A Baker 

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J.A.BAKER was born and brought up in the north-east of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.
After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.
She has a love of local history and genealogy and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.
In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent. J.A. Baker is currently working on her second novel.
She has four adult children and a grandchild and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and dog.
You find out more about J.A.Baker by visiting her website at jabakerauthor.com

J A Warnock ~ Guest Review 

‘Undercurrent’ by J. A. Baker opens with an incredible enticement. A stand-alone chapter called ‘The Escape’ which acts as a wonderful hook. A rush of emotion and adrenaline from a character, known only as ‘she’, who finally got away. As we skip back three months to chapter one, we have many unanswered questions; Who is running? From what? From whom? The language of the story that follows is perhaps a little flowery for my taste but sets out the events that lead to that dramatic escape. As the characters are introduced every female is a possible ‘she’ and I found myself looking for clues. Every character is a possible captor who is cleverly referred to as only ‘A dark, sinister figure […] laced with a special kind of madness’. It was perhaps my digging for clues that led me into trouble with this book. You see there are lots. So many in fact that at times I wondered if the reader was supposed to be in on the plot watching the other characters’ react and work it all out. I think I would have enjoyed it more if my role as the reader had been more clearly defined. I was distracted and perplexed by my own unanswered questions. Am I just an unbearable smart arse who guessed the ending? Have I missed a conspiratorial edge? How am I supposed to respond? That aside, the book is nicely paced and J. A. Baker really gets into the psychology of her characters. My review is tainted by my discombobulated response so please don’t let it put you off. If you like psychological crime thrillers, definitely give it a go.

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The Crying Boy ~ @jane_e_james @Bloodhoundbook #Giveaway

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Clayton and Avril Shaw have lost their little boy and are still grieving when they move into Swallow’s Nest on the Yorkshire moors.

In their new house Avril discovers a painting and is intrigued by the history surrounding it. When she learns that the boy in the painting was deaf, like her dead son, she starts to try and communicate with his ghost.

Meanwhile, Clayton finds himself entangled in an equally undesirable friendship with a retired fire chief who knows more about the painting than he is prepared to let on.

Is The Crying Boy painting cursed and can numerous house fires be linked to it?

Struggling with their unstable marriage, the couple find themselves in further danger as an increasingly disturbing bond develops between Avril and The Crying Boy.

In a twist of events, Avril’s irrational behaviour is brought to a dramatic halt when she discovers she is pregnant. With her affections once again restored for Clayton, she decides to dispose of the sinister portrait. But the cast off painting wants revenge and its anger towards Avril’s unborn child might just prove immeasurable.

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Jane E James

MYSTERY & SUSPENSE WRITER Jane E James weaves supernatural elements through her novels to create chilling reads that appeal to fans of psychological thrillers & dark fiction.

Jane has always been interested in dark, disturbing subjects and finds damaged and dysfunctional people far more intriguing than ordinary, everyday characters, especially unreliable narrators who never let truth get in the way of a good story.

She enjoys living ‘the good life’ in the Cambridgeshire countryside with her husband but can mostly be found with her head in a book or writing at her desk with a Jack Russell Terrier curled up at her feet. Rebecca, Carrie, The Woman in Black and Wuthering Heights are among some of her favourite reads.

A long walk in the woods or a stroll along the coastline is what inspires her to write but most of her ideas come when she is relaxing in the bath with a glass of wine. Not being afraid of ‘being afraid’ is another of the forces that drives her. She says she writes what she likes to read and makes no apologies for that.

Visit her website http://www.janeejames.com or catch up with her on facebook and twitter. But bring Monster Munch and wine…

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Buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK
Thank you to Jane E James and Helen Claire, Bloodhound Books.