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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.

Order your copy here ~ Etsy Shop

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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?

Pre-order your copy today

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*Crime Fiction Takeover* Baby Dear @LindaHuber19 @Bloodhoundbook #Exclusive

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

Today on the blog, is

Linda Huber ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

  • Which crime novel, stayed with you long after you had finished?
    A Cry In The Night by Mary Higgins Clark. It’s about Jenny, a single parent who married Erich, not knowing he would put both her and her children through months of terror before abducting her little girls. Jenny’s horror and helplessness is chillingly portrayed.

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

  • Historical. Vibrant. Fun. Multi-culti.

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

  • I think Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway is fabulous. She struggles with her weight (which makes her sympathetic to millions, me included!), she has to juggle motherhood and a job, she’s independent and feisty and clever – I wish I was more like her!

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

  • The Royal Mile, tourists and all. You get such a buzz walking up towards the castle. Just think of all the millions of feet that have walked across those stones over the centuries – it’s mind-blowing.

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

  • Ooh, great question. Ruth Galloway (see nr.3), Hercule Poirot, Val McDermid’s Tony Hill, and Inspector Rebus.

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

  • Everyday life. There are plenty of odd, unexpected, emotional things happening all around us. The idea for one of my books (Chosen Child) came at a wedding while I was chatting to someone who worked with problem families, for example. Another is more inspired by setting – it begins on the lovely Isle of Arran, where I spent all my teenage summers.

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

  • The title is Baby Dear, so how about a rather spooky nursery rhyme – Bye, Baby Bunting.

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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  1. Dusk was falling as he ran up the Mound. He was late, and he was starving. Heart pounding, he pushed the door of The Wash Bar open and stepped in, scanning tables and panting. She wasn’t here, oh God, she must have left without him. No, no – she would never cope alone. Wheeling round, he grabbed a banana from the bowl on the bar and tossed a pound coin at the astonished barman. Quick, quick, up to Greyfriars. Cutting between buildings, he took the fastest route towards the Kirk. Into the kirkyard now, how spooky it was in the dark. And how deserted. He ran, calling her name now, she must be here… But she wasn’t. For a moment he bent double, his breath clouding cold. He had failed. Hot tears on chilled cheeks, he trudged back to the street. And that was where he saw her. Crumpled beneath the statue of Greyfriars Bobby, a pool of blood around her head.

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

  • Not at the moment, though I’m hoping to visit the UK this summer. Anyone wanting info about my books, or contact details, can find visit my website lindahuber.net

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

  • Baby Dear is my sixth psychological thriller. It’s about three women – Caro, who’s desperate to have a baby, Sharon, who’s eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother, and Julie, single mother of a small boy and a baby – she doesn’t have two pennies to rub together. Then there’s Jeff, Caro’s husband, who is infertile – but rich… I was inspired to write this one by news stories of a women who lost a baby, and subsequently abducted one from a hospital.

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Baby Dear: a gripping psychological thriller

Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby.

Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way.

Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…

Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what lengths is he prepared to go to?

Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?

Purchase your copy today  ~

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Book Blog, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

*CRIME FICTION TAKEOVER* #QA #Exclusive @ReneeConoulty @KindredInkPress

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

Today on the blog, is Renee Conoulty author of Don’t Mean A Thing. 

Renee Conoulty ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

Lock In by John Scalzi stayed with me for ages. It’s an FBI murder investigation story but the thing that had me most intrigued was the setting. It was set in the future when a virus has caused many people to suffer from lock in syndrome and the modern technology allows them to continue to interact with the world.

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

That cold Scottish city

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Detective Ella Marconi from the series by Katherine Howell. I love her because I found her very relatable. I love strong Aussie women in fiction.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

I’ve never been to Edinburgh, so I’d love to see everything. The best part of any city is the people and the best place to catch up with my friends who live in Edinburgh would be at a swing dancing class. https://www.facebook.com/EdinburghSwingDanceSociety/

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

I’d love to hang out with a bunch of women like me, so I’d look in the cozy mystery section for dinner companions. Maybe Corinna Chapman by Kerry Greenwood – she’d bring some fresh baked bread. Scout Davis by Maggie Groff – we could chat crochet and knitting then, maybe, yarn bomb the neighbours house whose dog keeps barking. Hannah Swensen by Joanne Fluke – lemon meringue pie, need I say more? And Ella Marconi, of course.

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

I find inspiration from my own life and the people around me. There are lots of anecdotes in my novel that are based on things that really happened, but there are also lots of things I made up myself when I imagined what might happen next.

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

My debut novel is called Don’t Mean a Thing – it’s named after the song that features a few times – It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing. My publisher even put together a playlist for my book. https://youtu.be/ne2BNjgCt5U?list=PLxXufbj_JB747EpCl6mKkwXljEjUmPYMC

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.

“Come on, Ben.” We all laughed as we approached but he didn’t move.

Ben was right where we’d left him. Stripped to his underwear and tied to the Greyfriars Bobby statue. The banana still protruding from the front of his jocks. We’d been kicked out of The Wash Bar before it closed. Drunk and disorderly – whatever, that’s what bucks nights are supposed to be. We were walking back to Ruaridh’s place, to continue the party, when we saw that grey dog. People do it all the time in the movies, it seemed like a great idea at the time. We only left him there for an hour. It was August, it hadn’t been that cold. Not cold enough to kill him.

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

I don’t have any events currently scheduled but I always love to chat to readers on my Facebook page.

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

I was inspired to write Don’t Mean a Thing because I wanted to read it. I’d been looking for stories set in Darwin, stories involving swing dancing and stories about women in the Australian military but I couldn’t find any. I decided to wrap all those things into one book.

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What if you finally took the lead, but life refused to follow?

Thirty-year-old introvert, Macie Harman, has finally found a career she is passionate about, and after months of training, she’s begun her new job in the Royal Australian Air Force. Leaving behind her family, friends, and the life she knew, Macie has travelled to the other side of the country where the only person she knows is Rachael, the extroverted girl she went through basic training with. Everywhere Macie goes, Rachael is there too.

While looking for a way to widen her circle of friends in her new town, Macie discovers a local swing dancing class. The jazz music captures her heart, and Matt, the sexy swing dancer, sweeps her off her feet. Matt has claimed the tropical Northern Territory as home and has no plans to leave. He loves his teaching career with its predictable routine and has a great bunch of friends. All he wants now is the right girl to make his house a home.

Military life is tougher than Macie expected, and not everyone can deal with the inevitable separations and last minute changes. Is this exciting but unpredictable life something Macie wants to fight for, or could she give it up and put down roots with Matt?

You can purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Many thanks Renee for being part of our special Crime Fiction Takeover. Do come back soon.

Kelly x

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Nailing Jess @TScullyWriter @cranachanbooks #Review #QA #NailingJess

Nailing Jess By Triona Scully 
Published By Cranachan Publishing  26/06/17
Article By Kelly 

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Well I am overjoyed to be kick starting the Blog Tour party train for Nailing Jess by Triona Scully.  It’s published on the 26th of this month by Cranachan Publishing.

The Real You Interview with Triona Scully 

Hello Triona, thank you so much for taking the time to be on Love Books Group, I do hope it’s the first of many visits.

Could you please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey  

As a first-time novelist, with no previous published work, I consider myself exceptionally fortunate to have been signed by my publishers, the wonderfully authentic Cranachan Publishing. I’ve always written, but before ‘Nailing Jess’ all my work was performance based- for the stage not the page. Writing and re-writing and re-writing some more has been a real challenge. Reading through a copy of ‘Nailing Jess’, and recognising how much better the book becomes with each edit is very gratifying. All those hours, trailing the floor, searching for yet another verb to describe the act of walking – you try it! It’s exhausting – have paid off, and before you me is a finished book. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Describe yourself using three words?

Kind. Curious. Easily distracted.

What inspired you to write your first novel?

The lack of over-weight, un-kempt, ill mannered, sexist role models for girls and young women has always been a source of concern to me, and with ‘Nailing Jess’ I have tried, in my own limited way, to redress the balance.

What time of day do you like to write? Morning.

What is your favourite book and why?

The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I re-read it every few years. I think it has the most perfect ending.

How did you pick the title of your book?  

Sadly, I can’t claim credit for ‘Nailing Jess’. The title was the brain-child of the lovely Anne Glennie from Cranachan. Anne felt that it was more in keeping with a crime novel than my previous more cryptic working title. And I agreed.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. Absolutely not. Even the slightest. Ever. For me, it’s really hard not to have some-one in the back of my head that I have met that’s working as an arch type, but because I have this, I start to re-shape the characters to make sure they are very different. Or, at least I try to.

What’s your favourite word?

 That’s an outstanding question! Metaphysical.

If you were a colour what would it be?  Aqua.

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

With ‘Nailing Jess’ the first draft was flow and then I had to create structure.

Who is your favourite Author? Agatha Christie.

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

Miss Marple ‘coz she’s seen some living! The Mum from ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, I’d tell her it wasn’t her fault, he was always a bad ‘un! Heathcliff ‘coz I never get past the first chapter of ‘Wuthering Heights’, and he could tell me what happens. Lastly, I’d pick Tony Hill from the Val McDermid series, if I couldn’t make Kevin’s Mum feel better, maybe he could.

What book are you reading at the moment? The Power by Naomi Alderman

Where in the world is your happy place? Wherever my son is.

If you had one superpower what would it be? This is so tragic but I’d be a super-cleaner, and get all the housework done in five minutes.

If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose? I’d have to say Heathcliff 😉

Are you working on a new project?  Yeah, but I keep my cards close to my chest when it comes to un finished work.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?  ‘Nailing Jess’ is being launched by Blackwell’s, South Bridge Edinburgh at 6.30 p.m. All welcome.

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My Review of Nailing Jess by Triona Scully 

The Cover:

The cover stands out and I love the way it’s subtle yet impacting. 

My Thoughts:

This book is different from anything else I have ever read. Is that a good thing? Well it certainly made me sit up and pay attention. I started the book twice, I have to be honest and say from the start I had  some trouble grasping the swapping of genders.  But it certainly kept me on my toes and it was a welcomed challenge.
It is a genius plot idea and very well executed by Triona Scully.  To be such a unique book in today’s world is in itself to be applauded.  But having the added bonus that it is a well paced interesting read with memorable characters is the icing on the cake.
I wasn’t a fan of the  swearing, I do have to add that. But that’s my own personal preference.
I know for sure that Nailing Jess is merely the starter, all be it a tasty and tantalising one, of Triona Scully’s talents.  I do believe Cranachan Publishing have found a star!

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Back Of The Book

Welcome to Withering, a small town with a big problem in modern, matriarchal Britain. Here the women wear the trousers, while the men hold the handbags. Literally.

There’s a serial strangler on the loose and the bodies of teenage boys are piling up on maverick D.C.I. Jane Wayne’s patch.

Wayne needs to catch ‘The Withering Wringer’, but it’s not going to be easy. Demoted for her inappropriate behaviour, she must take orders from a man—and not just any man—an ugly one.

Still, at least she can rely on her drug stash from a recent police raid to keep her sane…

Shocking. Funny. Clever. A gender-bending, Agatha-Christie-meets-Chris-Brookmyre, mash-up. Simply genius.

Scully’s debut novel takes classic crime and turns it on its head with a deliciously absurd comic twist.

You can preorder you copy today ~ Amazon UK

Thank you to Triona Scully and Cranachan Books for the opportunity to be on the blog tour.

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Safe With Me @GraceLowrie1 @AccentPress #QA

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An emotional and evocative story about the deepest bonds of friendship.

Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.

From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.

When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become too intense to ignore. But as secrets come back to haunt them, are they destined to be separated once more?

Perfect for fans of Hilary Boyd and Nicholas Sparks.

 

My Q&A with Grace Lowrie 

Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey before the questions that would be super. 

Hello *waves* I’m thrilled to be here despite being rather shy. My debut novel Kindred Hearts was published by Accent Press in 2015 and Safe With Me, the first in a series of three contemporary women’s fiction novels, is due out on the 22nd June 2017. It’s available to pre-order here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071F2QZB7  – I still have to pinch myself.

Describe yourself using three words?

Creative, romantic, practical. (Those last two sound contradictory don’t they?)

What inspired you to write your first novel?   

Once I had the idea for the story the characters started talking to each other in my head – it was a case of start writing it down or go slightly mad.

What time of day do you like to write?  

First thing in the morning is preferable but usually not practical with my day job, and writing in the evening is dangerous because it’s sometimes hard to stop and I need my sleep. I tend to cram most of my writing into my weekends.

What is your favourite book and why?

Ahh! It’s almost impossible to pick just one book, but for today I’ll go with If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor. The way it’s written is amazingly clever and poetic with many layers, and yet it’s easy to read and quietly accessible – everybody I’ve recommended it to loves it.

How did you pick the title of your book?

Safe With Me is part of a line of dialogue that is significant in the book – but I can’t say why without giving too much away.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No they are fictional – although I sometimes incorporate the quirks, traits and foibles of people I’ve observed, into my characters.

What’s your favourite word?  

Delicious.

If you were a colour what would it be?   

Forest green – calm, natural and soothing with a hidden energy.

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

I plan out a structured beginning, middle and end – with a twist (that’s the best bit) – and then I try to go with the flow as much as possible while writing the first draft; allowing my characters to take me where they will.

Who is your favourite Author?   

My favourite changes all the time but I recently devoured all eight of Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander books in the space of about three months. I’m in awe of her.

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

Lisbeth Salander the computer hacker from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series; Matt Sky the unstable writer from M. Pierce’s The Night Owl Trilogy; Arya Stark the brave girl from George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones books; and Frank the psychopathic teenager from Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory. I suspect dinner would be a total disaster with a mix of such strong personalities, but it would certainly be interesting!

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. He’s another of my favourite authors – his writing always inspires.

Where in the world is your happy place?

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne. I’m not a religious person but I truly feel at peace there.

If you had one superpower what would it be?

Teleportation. To be able to write in an exotic far-flung location, at a moments notice – without the time, hassle, expense and environmental cost of air travel – would be wonderful.

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

I can’t think of a literary villain who deserves a happy ending, but I do wish that Paul Marshall, a character in Ian McEwan’s wonderful novel Atonement, met a sticky end. That he gets away with what he did is entirely probable, but it still rankles.

Are you working on a new project?   

I’m currently editing the next two books in The Wildham Series – each standalone novel is connected by its characters and the fictional town of Wildham – but I’m also writing the first draft of a new book and toying with a few short story ideas…

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?   

I’m hoping to attend an author event in March, but the details aren’t yet confirmed.

Huge thanks to Grace Lowrie and Accent Press for having Lovebooksgroup on the Blog Tour. 

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Duplicity @LisaJHobmanAuth #RealYou #QA

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Duplicity By Lisa J Hobman
Published 03/01/2017

I  would like to welcome Lisa author of  Duplicity to my blog today.  Thank you for being part of making my blog special.

The Real You ~ Interview

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Lisa J Hobman’s debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic was shortlisted in the Romantic Novelists Association’s Romance Novel of the Year 2014 (The RoNAs) – Contemporary Romance Category. A happily married mum of one with two crazy dogs, Lisa especially enjoys being creative and now writes almost full time. In 2012 Lisa and her family relocated from England to their beloved Scotland; a place of happy holidays and memories for them and her new location now features in most of her books. Writing has always been something Lisa has enjoyed, although in the past it has centered on poetry and song lyrics. Some of which appear in her stories. The story in her debut novel, Bridge Over the Atlantic, was building in her mind for a long while but until the relocation, she never had the time to put it down in black and white. The move north of the border has certainly given Lisa the opportunity to pursue her dream. Being signed to 5 Prince Publishing in 2013 made that dream a reality but she has since self published works also.

 

Describe yourself using three words?

Untidy, creative, lovable

What inspired you to write your first novel?

Scotland! We moved up here in 2012 and I started to write and haven’t stopped since! Most of my books are set in this beautiful place I now call home.

What time of day do you like to write?

Any time of day the ideas come or the motivation strikes. I don’t have a set writing pattern but I probably should have!

What is your favourite book and why?

Yikes! So many. I think it would have to be Catcher in the Rye as it reminds me of my youth.

How did you pick the title of your book?

The main male character has two sides to his personality. And the title hopefully expresses that.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Nope. Never. That’s not to say there aren’t elements of personalities  meet in the traits of some of my characters but I never base my characters on people I know.

What’s your favourite word?

Passion. The word just conjures up so many images, whether it’s a passion for something like writing or the passion between two people. It’s a very evocative word.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Red. My workspace at home is usually a mess! I should be surrounded by signs that say “Writer at work! Approach area with caution!”

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

I try to plan at the beginning but the story usually ends up going in a totally different direction! 

Who is your favourite Author?

As far as contemporary authors go it would have to be Melynda Price. Her words are just wonderful.

Are you working on a new project?

Always! I usually have several projects on the go at once and I move from one to another when the mood takes me in that direction.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

Dedicated Ink Author signing, Newcastle in June 2017

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Fin Hunter has spent his life striving for his father’s elusive love and approval by following a life path set out for him and not of his own choosing. However, when he is yet again blamed for something out of his control, he snaps.
Deciding to stand on his own two feet, he chooses to follow his true passion – music. But will he find real happiness?
Star Mendoza is living her dream in Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up in a small USA town. Now working in a city coffee shop, the tattooed, pink-haired young woman fantasises about the handsome businessman she serves daily. He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream.
Suddenly he stops calling in only to show up again in the most unlikely of places. Could her fantasy now become a reality? Or is the attraction of opposites doomed to fail?

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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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Book Blog, Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

*CRIME Fiction Takeover* Uncoiled Lies @LizCrimeWarp @Bloodhoundbook

Crime Fiction

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

Today on the blog, is Liz Mistry author of Uncoiled Lies 

Liz Mistry ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

At the minute, I’m still thinking about Mark Billingham’s Love Like Blood which I finished last week.  The subject matter (Honour Killings) was truly haunting and I think Billingham did it justice.  It certainly got me thinking

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

Friendly spirit of Scotland

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

It’s got to be Stuart MacBride’s Roberta Steel.  She is such a nightmare but you gotta love her.  I literally pee myself with her antics.  She is a truly inspired character and if he ever gets these books televised I’m putting in to play her- bra groping, foul mouthed hilarious woman that she is.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

I have very fond memories of Cockburn Street in the ‘auld toon’ with all its trendy, quirky little shops and cobbles… and of course it’s a stone’s throw from Fleshmarket Close (the title of Ian Rankin’s 15th Rebus novel), St Giles Cathedral, The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle.

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

Graham Smith’s Jake Boulder would be number one because he’s smoking hot totty.  Val McDermid’s Tony Hill because he’s so likeable and quirky and I could pick his brains about psychological profiling.  Sharon Bolton’s Lacey Flint because I like the way her vulnerability juxtaposes her inner strength and Elly Griffith’s Ruth Galloway because she’s so down to earth and I think she’d make a brilliant friend.

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

I find inspiration in the most unlikely places.  I love to eavesdrop (I’m a nosy cow) so I spend an inordinate amount of time in pubs and cafes ‘researching’.  When I was writing Unquiet Souls I overheard a conversation between some elderly women.  They were discussing how on a particular day the soaked their smalls and wouldn’t allow anyone into the house on that day – that made it into the book.  

So, basically I’m always on the lookout for inspiration and it hits me at any time and can strike when I’m doing almost anything.  I love it!

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

Blood Brothers by Bruce Springsteen.  It really incorporates my emotions when writing my current work in progress, Untainted Blood, which is due out in August.

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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“Ah wandered oot o’ The Wash Bar at the arse end o’ the night feeling fair gallus like.  Ah’d had a few, mind ye, but ah wis alright.  Then, a needed a pish so, ah thocht, here Greyfriar, git yersel doon thon dark alley where naebody’ll see ye.

And aff ah went.  Ah wis nae sooner in there though, when mah foot landed oan something squishy like.  A thocht aw crap!  But when a looked doon it wur only a broon banana ah’d nearly skited oan.  Then, wid ye believe it?… ah looked up and there, suspended fae a blue nylon rope, his troosers roond his ankles, wis mah mate Bobby… and he wur deid!”

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

I’m doing a series of four creative writing workshops in Keighley Library in June.  Click here

I’m on the Northern Noir: Bradford in Crime Fiction panel at Bradford Literature festival with AA Dhand in July.  Click here

I’m at Ilkley Literature Festival in September (details to follow)

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

My most recent novel Uncoiled Lies was inspired the idea of no-one knowing everything about another person.

In Uncoiled lies I built up layers of lies in order to explore how they can affect relationships and the resulting consequences when those lies are revealed.  Of course, I write crime fiction so there was always going to be a few wee murders in and amongst the lies….

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter @LizCrimeWarp
FB @LizMistrybooks

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Murder. Love. Corruption. DI Angus McGuire and the team are back and have their work cut out.

Murdered prostitutes and a turf war between local gangsters takes the investigation into Bradford’s Immigrant communities where tensions run high.

To make matters worse McGuire is juggling an illicit relationship with his boss’s daughter and has fraught family relations.

Who is The Old Man?

What is the link between three dead prostitutes and a long forgotten murder?

Will McGuire and his team get the answers they want or is the uncomfortable truth much closer to home?

Purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

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Crime Fiction Takeover, Exclusive, Interview

*Crime Fiction Takeover* The Girl On The Bus @normthewriter @Bloodhoundbook

Crime Fiction

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

Today on the blog, is N.M Brown, author of The Girl On The Train.

N.M Brown ~ Crime Fiction Takeover Interview

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

Elmore Leonard’s ‘Out of Sight’ -the dialogue was perfect and I loved the central relationship between US Marshall Karen Cisco and bank robber Jack Foley

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

Mystical, Beguiling, Vibrant, European  

Who is your favourite fictional crime character and why?

Michael Connelly  – I think that Harry Bosch is a such rich and complex character, with so many titles that you can dip into or binge read.

What is your favourite part of Edinburgh and why?

A tricky one, but I would probably have to say the National museum on Chamber Street – it always fascinated me as kid, and having been there since 1866 is a reminder of the city’s rich Victorian history.

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

Lisbeth Salander, Harry Bosch, Karen Cisco and Leighton Jones

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

Mostly in my own ridiculously overactive imagination. I often imagine stories and lives behind the places and people I see in everyday life then write about them.

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

Riders on the Storm – The Doors

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.

…The detective turned off the demented wipers and clambered out of the car into the dark gothic labyrinth of Edinburgh’s old town. Up ahead a parked police car was casting blue flashes into the misty night air. Leaning against this vehicle was a shivering officer.

‘Hey,’ the detective said as he approached the officer, ‘I got dragged out of a bloody warm bed for this, it had better be good.’

‘Sorry sir,’ the officer stood up and unclipped a slick metal torch from the holster on his belt, ‘I was the one called it in – it’s just horrific. It’s best if you see for yourself.

In one easy move, the officer clicked the torch on and shone a bright cone of light on to something behind the detective, who turned around and had to suppress a retch of revulsion. The bronze statue of Greyfriars Bobby which had sat proudly on the corner of Candlemaker’s Row for more than a century had been repainted banana yellow.

‘Jesus,’ the detective dragged a hand across his stubbled face, ‘what kind of sick mind would do something like this to a harmless replica dog?’

‘It’s anyone’s guess sir,’ the young officer shrugged, ‘But I heard on the radio that other tourist sites have been hit – The Scott Monument has been painted beige, the Castle has been whitewashed and they initially thought The Wash Bar had been targeted too, but apparently it was always been painted in garish colours…

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

I will hopefully be attending Bloody Scotland in September. In the online universe I can also be found engaged in daily activity on Twitter.

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

My Current novel is called The Girl on the Bus and is based around a girl called Vicki Reiner whose best friend has vanished during a bus journey through California’s dusty backroads. Vicky enlists the reluctant help of a retired detective Leighton Jones and they both embark on a mission to uncover the shocking truth.

The novel was inspired by a journey I made in my youth.

About twenty years ago, I was completing my university studies and was working mornings and evenings with a local youth charity in Stirling. My manager at the time had arranged to give a presentation to a group of employees in the highland city if Inverness. However, she had double-booked herself and asked if I could go in her place. I happily agreed, thinking that it would only involve a brief train trip. I was wrong. My manager had pre-booked a bust ticket! That meant a journey of over three hours through the picturesque but isolated Cairngorms National Park.

The trip was lovely and the scenery stunning. Stirling merged into Perth then Perth into Pitlochry. As I sank into my bus seat, complete with curtained window and complimentary cup holder, I lost myself in the pages of a cheap paperback book. Occasionally, I would drift off and wake with my face sliding on the cold glass of the window.  But at some point, as the bus weaved its way through the craggy mountains, I realised that the dramatic landscape outside was quite devoid of civilisation. If anything happened to the coach party out there, no-one would ever know. Then, in the typically morbid spirit of any crime fiction fan, I considered how terrible it would be if anyone on that solitary bus was actually a killer. Glancing nervously around at my fellow commuters, I studied their faces for traces of psychopathy, and concluded that they all had potential (it was Scotland after all). I then hit on an even more worrying possibility. What if everyone on the bus, including the driver, were killers? It would be a mobile crime scene. And what if that bus picked up a naive passenger who felt safe because there were plenty of other people on the bus with them?

The following day, I delivered an undoubtedly dreadful presentation to some poor bored souls. Then I packed up my rucksack and clambered back on a bus to Stirling. This time it was an evening journey and the rumbling bus slid through a shadowy landscape of jagged silhouettes. However, throughout this entire journey home, I purposely didn’t nod off and, even as I read the final pages of my novel, I kept one beady eye on the driver…just in case.   

How can my readers connect with you?

Twitter: @normthewriter

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nmbrownfiction

Blog: http://www.nmbrownfiction.blogspot.com

website: www,nmbrownfiction.com

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Vicki Reiner is emotionally isolated and craves the fleeting happiness she experienced in the years prior to her college graduation. In an attempt to recapture this, she invites her  old friend, Laurie,  for a break at her deserted beachside home. However, despite booking an online bus ticket, her friend never shows up.

Unable to accept the bizarre circumstances of the disappearance, Vicki approaches the police who dismiss her concerns before enlisting the reluctant help of Leighton Jones – a newly retired detective who is haunted by the death of his teenage daughter.

Despite trying to remain detached from the case, Leighton is drawn to Vicki and her search for justice.

The unlikely pair face numerous obstacles but using a combination of methods they track down the answers across the dusty freeways of North America.  Soon Vicki and Leighton will find themselves in grave danger.

Will they ever discover what happened to Laurie?

And can they both escape with their lives?

Purchase your copy here ~Amazon UK

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