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Games People Play @OwenMullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #QA

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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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The Rise Of Terror @Farset_I #Q&A #RT #WIN 2 Signed Copies Up For Grabs

About The Book 

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Following the brutal murder of his Uncle outside a semi-derelict school building on West Belfast’s Falls Road, Mark Shaw inherits sole proprietorship of Farset Investigations. In the wake of a failed police investigation, Shaw vows to find his Uncle’s killer himself, unaware that in doing so, he will find himself on the trail of not one, but two cult movements and their respective leaders, putting the lives of himself, his family and his newly assembled investigation team on the line. 
The self-proclaimed, Terror, alter-ego of  Belfast Chronicle reporter, Caleb Doyle, has vowed to rid the world of people who he has deemed are #famousforallthewrongreasons and in doing so, has created a worldwide following, keen to do his will.
The Prophet, global leader of The Enlightenment Movement has total and absolute control of those who are members of his Church. He will stop at nothing to retain his power, the great wealth he has amassed and to cover up the many crimes and misdemeanours of those who act in his name, including bribery, corruption and murder.
Farset Investigations- Based on the site of the former St. Comgall’s Primary School in West Belfast, this building holds many secrets, some of which it has given up with the help of Psychic  Medium, Patrick Rodgers, an unlikely ally, but soon to be an associate of the Farset Team.
This first novel in the series, an inverted detective story, although primarily based in the West Belfast area, takes us from, Liverpool to Strauss Park, New York and from London to Perth and beyond, as Shaw and his team try to bring to an end a string of murders and find justice for his Uncle.

Q&A with James Murphy 

Describe yourself using three words

Writer, Teacher, Familyman

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I had a long held ambition and a chance visit to a Psychic Medium gave me the confidence I lacked.

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What time of day do you like to write?

Mostly in the Evenings after my young daughter has gone to bed and Weekends in the afternoon.

 What is your favourite book and why?

To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve taught it for over 10 years and it never fails to inspire me or my students.

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How did you pick the title of your book?

I wanted it largely to be in line with the theme of a developing killer and his motivation.

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No, at least I hope not, though I do find elements of me in each of my characters, good or bad.

What’s your favourite word?

Resilience

 If you were a colour what would it be?

I think, Grey. A think all good crime fiction writers should have an appreciation of where light and dark meet.

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

I tend to only plan a little. I like to listen to my characters and take the story where they lead it.

Who is your favourite Author?

I’m a huge fan of James Patterson, though from writing my book I have developed friendships with other local authors so now have lots of favourites.

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

Lady Macbeth. Now that would be a sequel!

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Are you working on a new project?

Yes, I’ve just started to write the second book in what will be, the Terror trilogy, I Am Terror #Thepastispain. Hopefully for an October 2017 launch

All About James Murphy 

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Born on October 10th 1976, I was raised in West Belfast, attending St. Comgall’s Primary School, which has become a central building to my novel. Beyond my Post-Primary Education, I attended Queens University where I obtained an English Degree. In 1999 I qualified as an English Teacher and have worked within the field of education ever since. For the last 10 years, I have been the Head Teacher of a school which provides education for the children of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, I married my wife in 2006 after 10 years together and we had a daughter in 2012. We have lived in Antrim since 2010, though still maintain relationships with family in West and South Belfast.
This is my first foray into novel writing or indeed any writing beyond that of the world of academia, discounting an article I had written for the Andersonstown News as a teen when I had aspirations to be a journalist.
I’ve always harboured an ambition to write a novel but lacked the confidence to do so, that is until a visit to a  Medium a few years ago ( who also finds his way into the story), wherein, I received the message that I was to bite the bullet and get the book written. I know how that may sound but believe me when I say that everything that I was told on this and subsequent visits have become fact. So here it is, I’m sure you will agree that a life led in association with West Belfast, Northern Ireland Education at a high level, Cult and  Medium associations, I do indeed have a story to tell and one which I hope you will be interested in.

Contact James 

Twitter ~@farset_i

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Meeting Lydia @LindaMac1 ~ Enter to #WIN AudioBook

Today I have Linda Macdonald, author of Meeting Lydia. Available in eBook, hardcopy and audio book.

About the Book 

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When Marianne comes home from work one day to find her husband talking to a glamorous woman in the kitchen, insecurities resurface from a time when she was bullied at school. Jealousy rears its head and her marriage begins to fall apart. Desperate for a solution, she finds herself trying to track down her first schoolgirl crush: Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.

Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession, jealousy and the ever-growing trend of Internet relationships. It will appeal to fans of adult fiction and those interested in the dynamics and psychology of relationships. Author Linda is inspired by Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon and David Lodge.

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My Q&A with Linda 

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Can you tell me a little about yourself and your writing journey?

I am a retired psychology teacher, originally from Cumbria and now living in Beckenham in south-east London. I’ve always loved to write as a sideline and completed two full-length novels over a period of twenty years during my early working life. I call these my practice novels. In the back of my mind, I’d always wanted to write a book about the long-term effects of childhood bullying. But I didn’t have a plot until 2001 (see below for the inspiration!)  I was still teaching at the time and Meeting Lydia took 5 years to complete during snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. When I finished it, I believed it was publishable, but it wasn’t until a fateful event in 2009 that I decided to launch an independent publishing career.

One lunchtime, while teaching, I tripped over the leg of a classroom chair, dislocated my elbow and smashed my wrist so badly I had to have a metal plate put in it. My operation was delayed for a week because of a spate of traffic accidents and falls due to the onset of icy weather. I was struck by the fragility of life and decided there was no time to waste. Meeting Lydia was published in 2011 and I have written three further stand-alone novels in the series – two published and one on the way. Adapting Meeting Lydia as an audiobook has been like going full circle. I’m delighted by the result and if it is successful, I would love to do the same with my other novels.

All my novels have underlying themes of relationships psychology. They are multi-layered and thought-provoking. A recent reviewer from USA comments that Meeting Lydia continues to make you think and to reassess your life after you have finished it. I like that.

Describe yourself using three words

Loyal, indecisive, quirky

What inspired you to write your first novel?

I began writing Meeting Lydia in 2001 after an encounter with a former classmate via the internet. He was in the same class as me when we were 10. I was the only girl in the class and I was bullied. He was the only boy who was never horrible to me. Reconnecting with him somehow laid the ghosts of the past to rest: ghosts that had haunted most of my adult life. Soon after, I was struck with the idea for Meeting Lydia. I thought, if I spice up the reality, I may have a novel here; a novel about childhood bullying, midlife crises and internet relationships.

What time of day do you like to write?

Late evenings and mornings. I am more inspired in the evenings but prefer to do the graft of writing and editing in the mornings. Useless in the afternoons. Snoozetime!

What is your favourite book and why?

Paradise News by David Lodge is one of several I could choose. It has a delightful balance between humour and pathos. It’s thought-provoking too. I aspire to write like this.

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How did you pick the title of your book?

Meeting Lydia came to me as soon as I had the idea for the book before I started to write it. People say to me: ‘I’ve read your blurb and there’s no mention of Lydia. Who is she?’ Lydia is one of the surprises. You have to read or listen to find out why!

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

The childhood story is inspired by real children but out of respect for individuals, the bullies are an amalgamation of characters. Some of the bullying that happened to Marianne, happened to me. And there was a real Edward Harvey. The adults and their stories are fictional apart from Marianne finding Edward on the internet.

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

Both. But I like to know what the end will be before I start to write. And also a few key happenings along the way that will make it an interesting plot. However, my characters have so far been very willful and sometimes take the lead in the direction they wish to go

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

Eustacia Vye in Hardy’s Return of the Native. She is a villain of a sort who comes to a very unhappy end. But she is an interesting character who, I feel, is misunderstood.

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Are you working on a new project?

The Man in the Needlecord Jacket is the fourth novel of the Lydia series. It also stands alone and is about psychological abuse, emotional infidelity and the difficulty of leaving a long-term destructive relationship. It is due out in May although the ebook will probably be released before that.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I will be at Petts Wood Library on the afternoon of 28th April, talking about The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. If your members are able to listen to Radio Scilly on 22nd June, I shall be appearing on their Book Show to talk about my writing.

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Twitter – @LindaMac1

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#FavFive with Heather Robinson #Indiebook ~ Wall Of Stone

Wall Of Stone By Heather Robinson 

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In AD121 the Twentieth Legion of Rome stands at the northern frontier of Britannia. Forgotten, neglected and dour in spirit, they must still do their duty for an Empire whose meaning is becoming lost to them. As the lives of the local Teviot family intertwine with the legion, relationships of love and bitter anguish unfurl. Will the invading army push north? Will the disputing native tribes unite in an uprising? Can Marcus be with Jolinda? When peace is fragile, friendships count for everything…

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

My favourite book cover is The Boar Stone by Jules Watson.  An understated yet effective cover.  The font, the boar and the bronze coloured edging all blend superbly to yell ‘Roman’ at me – my favourite period of history to read and write about

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What is your favourite time to read?

My favourite time to read is the evening; I always read in the evening.

Do you have a favourite snack to nibble whilst reading?

I don’t have a favourite snack to nibble when I’m writing, but I do have a drip feed of coffee.  I should put it in a camel pack really.

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

The moles of Duncton Wood by William Horwood have stayed with me since I read the series three decades ago!  Boswell the moledom scribe is my absolute favourite.

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What is your favourite book quote?

The opening line from Death of Kings by Bernard Cornwell gives me my favourite book quote: “Every day is ordinary,” Father Willibald said, “until it isn’t.”  That hits such a chord with me; you lope along innocently in life, then ‘bang’, something unexpected presents itself.

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Thank you, Heather Robinson, for stopping by.

Kelly xx

 

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Blog Tour #Q&A ~ The Revenge Of The Malakim By Paul Harrison ~ Published @WillandWhiting #RT

About The Book 

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Paul Harrison

It’s high summer and the streets of Bridlington East Yorkshire are awash with tourists. A serial killer is on the loose. DCI Will Scott and his team embark upon a fast paced investigation to catch a killer with a unique agenda. As the body count rises the killer randomly moves location and the police are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister world where cover-ups and corruption reigns. A place where no one can truly be trusted and nothing is ever what it seems

Q&A With Paul Harrison 

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How did you get into the world of books?

I have a background in the Criminal Justice system, working as a police officer, covering three decades. Strangely, I worked alongside many officers who made it to the top, (to the rank of Chief Constable) on their way up the career ladder, including the CC of Greater Manchester, and the ex-Chief of Police Scotland, and one ex-Chief Inspector of Constabularies.  This was followed by a brief stay, as a High Court Judges Clerk, at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. I later worked in the Charity Sector, helping vulnerable adults and children.  In 2010, I won the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’ award, for my voluntary work helping victims of abuse.

I actually started writing, back in 1999 during my police career, when I had my first non-fiction true crime book published. Since then I’ve had 30 plus non-fiction books published. Now, its crime fiction books all the way.

Describe yourself using three words? 

Honest, personable, loyal (to those I care about)

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

It felt like a natural transition. The different career paths of life I have walked, have provided me with a wealth of experience to draw on, and what better way to use them, than in my novels. For instance, I’ve interviewed many serial killers, so many that they literally become quite boring. So it was great to be able to create my own.  My good guys are loosely based on a culmination of people I have met.

What time of day do you like to write? 

It varies.  I like to work with a bit of background music playing, so it inspires me. It’s always upbeat but not to the point of distraction.

What is your favourite book and why? 

Easy this one.  Moby Dick by Hermann Melville. I just love, the dark obsessive character of Captain Ahab, and how Moby Dick survived the conflict. I really don’t like to see animals persecuted, or hurt. So don’t expect to see any in my books.

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How did you pick the title of your book? 

I wanted a champion to protect children and came across the term Malakim.  This, effectively, is an angel, who wreaks vengeance on those who harm children.

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

The good guys are, but not so the baddies. The latter are unique creations.

If you were a colour what would it be? 

Wow, that’s a tough one. I think I’m more of a rainbow. Adaptable maybe.

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

I try to create a storyline, however, my characters do take over, and I just let them run. I like to think it keeps everything realistic.

Who is your favourite Author? 

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The original Sherlock Holmes stories are hard to beat, for me. I’m also very much into Agatha Christie.

 

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

Norman Bates, from Robert Bloch’s novel – Psycho.

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Are you working on a new project? 

Yes, I’m currently writing book two of the Grooming Parlour Trilogy (The Dark Web). After this trilogy, I have more exciting adventures planned for my lead Detective, DCI Will Scott, and his team.

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

Yes, and they’ll be most welcome at any event. I’d love to see them.

I’m appearing at libraries in Bridlington, Driffield and Beverley, and Anlaby, East Yorkshire where the book is based on 22 March 27 & 28 March, all events are 6.30pm to 8.30pm. I’m appearing at Deal Noir (Kent) on March 25. I’m also in Kettering and Northampton on 24/25 March. More info can be found on my website www.paulharrisonbooks.co.ukm or on my Detectives site www.DCIWillScott.com

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Thank you, Paul Harrison & @WillandWhiting for taking the time out for Love Books Group, see you again soon.

 

 

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Miles Of Files @MikeSahno ~ #Q&A #Win Amazon Card

 

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Michael J. Sahno

Welcome to my blog Michael, so happy you’re here today to answer my questions and for the readers to learn about your book Miles Of Files out now.

About The Book 

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Michael J Sahno

In Miles of Files, the main character, Paul Panepinto, an employee at Flambet Insurance, learns that his manager Graham Woodcock is stealing from the company. Paul struggles with whether or not to report the boss at the risk of losing his position. Eventually, Graham fires Paul anyway and Paul is forced to pursue justice, but the story doesn’t end as expected. Readers move through a fast-paced adventure with many twists and turns, including high points, drama, comedy, and an edge that Sahno captures through his writing.

 

My Q&A with Micheal J. Sahno 

Describe yourself using three words?

Scorpio Dragon Novelist. Oh no, did I actually write that down?

What inspired you to write your first novel?

In chapter one of Brothers’ Hand, the protagonist gets his hand chopped off by a speeding locomotive whilst under the influence of LSD. Learning to live without his right hand is a bit like an alcoholic learning to live sober…something I know a bit about. I didn’t set out to write a metaphor for recovery, but that’s ultimately what happened.

What time of day do you like to write?

I’m an afternoon or evening kinda guy; definitely not a morning person.
What is your favourite book and why?

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron. I thought the movie was magnificent, but then when I read the book, I understood why people had been disappointed in the movie. It’s a masterful novel.

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The phrase “miles of files” appears in my second novel, Jana. I think it was inspired by the Joni Mitchell album Miles of Aisles. I liked it so much, I decided to use it as the title of my third novel.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?

No. There are some characteristics of certain people that inspire aspects of some characters, but that’s about it.
What’s your favourite word?

My brother and I are pretty fond of saying the word doily. Say it out loud a couple times. Could anything be more inappropriate-sounding for what it’s supposed to represent? Doily. Come on, tell me you didn’t at least grin.
If you were a colour what would it be?

Probably red, but I’d like to be black because, you know, black is cool.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?

I go with the flow. Then I get stuck and have to go back and do some planning.

Who is your favourite Author?

I know I mentioned Styron for favourite book, but my favourite author has to be Honoré de Balzac.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?

I wouldn’t. I’d put Scrooge in prison for being a greedy old coot. That’s how I roll.

Are you working on a new project?

I have two novels in embryonic stages. The big news is the collection of short stories I’m putting together: I’m going to give them away as a free e-book for anyone who’s on my email list.
Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m in the USA, so, unfortunately, probably not. However, I’m open to doing some online events in the near future, so anyone who wants can contact me at info@msahno.com and I’ll respond as soon as I can!

 

You can purchase your copy here ~ Amazon UK

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About Michael J. Sahno

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American author Michael J. Sahno began writing stories at an early age. Eventually, he was selected for Editor-in-Chief of his high school literary magazine. The quality of his work led to several honorary titles and academic awards by his senior year, which made it clear he was predestined to serve a role in literary excellence.

Mr. Sahno earned his Bachelor’s from Lynchburg College in Virginia and later went on to earn his Master’s in English from Binghamton University in New York.

After college, Mr. Sahno served in several management positions, including Director at a marketing research firm, Assistant Vice President at a Tampa-based mortgage company and college professor in the field of English composition.

Sahno became a full-time professional writer in 2001 and, in the following years, wrote more than 1,000 marketing articles on a wide range of topics.

His experience with quality copy, research and resourcefulness put him in high demand in the business community across the southeastern United States. In fact, several of the publications with which he was associated won Addy Awards in 2008 and 2010.

Mr. Sahno has written and published three novels: Brothers’ Hand, Jana, and Miles of Files. He is the founder of Sahno Publishing and available for professional speaking engagements upon request

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There’s Something About Cornwall @daisyjamesbooks @HQDigitalUK #Q&A

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Daisy James 

About The Book 

A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer, Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the wind-swept Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor, Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy tale dreams come true?

About Daisy James

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Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

 

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks, especially if they have given any of the recipes in her book a whirl… photos are very welcome.

Q&A with Daisy James

A huge thank you to Kelly for having me as a guest on her lovely blog. I can’t believe that my fourth book is about to be published. There’s Something About Cornwall is due out now and I’m super excited. For me, Cornwall evokes carefree summer holidays spent running in the dunes, eating sand-covered sandwiches and sheltering from the wind and rain behind a windbreak. Curiously, my sisters and I never seemed to notice the cold!

When I start writing a brand new story, along with the plot and the characters, I love researching the location where all the action and drama will take place. Consequently, I make sure to choose a place I  want to spend a lot of time in. My debut novel – The Runaway Bridesmaid – was set in New York and I loved immersing my thoughts in all things Manhattan. My next book is set in Greece and as I look out of the window this dark February morning I can dream of the warm sunshine, the clear blue sky and the smell of baked earth all to the tune of the cicadas.

1. Describe yourself using three words?

Friendly, talkative, loyal

2. What inspired you to write your first novel?

I’ve written stories for many years, but my first novel was inspired by an unexpectedly extended holiday in New York where we had gone to celebrate a milestone birthday. Hurricane Sandy caused every flight out to be delayed and everything was shut down. We were holed up in the hotel so I decided to start writing a full-length novel set in the city. The Runaway Bridesmaid was born.

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

I find that I’m most creative in the mornings. I, therefore, try to write as much as I can before lunch and then spend the afternoons editing.

4. What is your favourite book and why?

Gosh, it’s really hard to pick just one book! Can I pick a genre? My favourite genre is travel memoir. I love reading all those stories about intrepid travellers who go off on long arduous journeys, or those brave adventurers who buy a shack in the middle of nowhere (usually in sunny climes) and wrestle with all manner of difficulties, from getting building work done to speaking the language. I’ve just finished reading Snowball Oranges by Peter Kerr and immediately wanted to take a trip to Majorca.

5. How did you pick the title of your book?

Settling on a title for a book is sometimes almost as difficult as writing the first chapter! I write down the key events in the story and then bounce around ideas until one pops out!

6. Are the characters in your book based on real people?

Funny you should ask that. Usually, the answer would be a very definite no. However, in There’sSomething About Cornwall there are two real people playing cameo roles. A fellow romance author TA Williams features as… well, as a romance author. Also, there’s a theme running through the book of artisan beverages made in the county and there’s a distillery in Cornwall that makes Cornish Pastis and the owner – Tarquin Leadbetter – agreed to be featured too.

7. What your favourite word?

Strawberry.

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

Light blue, the colour of a summer sky.

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

I’m definitely a plotter. I like to know the beginning, the middle and the end before I start although sometimes the story takes on a life of its own and I have no choice but to go with the flow.

10. Who is your favourite Author?

That’s such a difficult question to answer. I prefer to say I have a favourite genre – mentioned above!

11. Are you working on a new project?

I’m currently working on my summer release set in Greece. I’ve also started to plan my Christmas novel.

12. Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

I’m not sure yet. Last year I took part in the Newcastle Book Festival which was fun. It’s little early to know whether the organisers are planning a repeat presentation from romance authors.

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Contact Daisy James 

Twitter @daisyjamesbooks

Facebook Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/daisyjamesbooks/

There is a lovely competition running on Daisy’s Twitter page to win these goodies.

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Thanks for stopping by Daisy James, come back soon.

Kelly xx

Q&A

Q&A Spot ~ Keep You Near ~ @RobRoughley @Bloodhoundbook #RT

About Robin Roughley 

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Robin Roughley

Robin Roughley lives in Wigan in the North West of England (God’s coal bunker) though he hopes to one day be released for good behaviour.
He is the author of eleven crime/thriller novels featuring DS Lasser. The novels are set between the run down streets of a northern town and the beautiful yet desolate west Pennine moors.
If you love your crime fiction crammed with square-jawed heroes driving flash cars and glorious women who shimmer with inner light, then the DS Lasser novels are probably not for you.
However, if you prefer your characters to be flawed, with a sprinkling of dandruff and old acne scars, the plots to be laced with dark humour, then give them a try.
1 The Needle House
2 The Way that it Falls
3 Tethered to the Dead.
4 Twisted
5 More Equal than Others
6 Vanished Beneath
7 Riven
8 Bad Self
9 Crave
10 Moment Back

Q&A 

Hi Kelly, thank you for inviting me to the blog. I have been a full-time author for the past three years and have thirteen books in the DS Lasser series available on Amazon. I am also working on the new Marnie Hammond crime series for Bloodhound Publishing. Before I tackled a novel I wrote plays for fun, a couple of which were performed script in hand at the Contact Theatre in Manchester. With the rise of companies like Amazon I decided to try my hand at a novel, after having no joy with the traditional publisher I uploaded it to Amazon and I haven’t really stopped writing since. I love to write and as long as the readers are happy then so am I.

Describe yourself using three words?  

Determined, solitary, hopeless.

What inspired you to write your first novel?  

Reading so many bad ones, I simply lost the thrill of reading and decided to have a bash myself.

What time of day do you like to write?  

I normally start around half seven in the morning and clock off around six.

What is your favourite book and why? 

December by Phil Rickman, wonderfully evocative with fantastic characters that are a joy to read, and very scary as well which all adds to the atmosphere of the book.  

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December by Phil Rickman

How did you pick the title of your book?

I wanted something that kind of explains what motivates certain characters within the story and it seemed to fit the bill.  

Are the characters in your book based on real people?

 I never really use actual people but I do use traits that I admire in others and take it from there.

What’s your favourite word?

 Pies.

If you were a colour what would it be?

Green, as I prefer to be out walking in the open countryside rather than working.

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

I did try working that way but not anymore, I prefer to let the characters lead me by the nose and see where it takes me.

Who is your favourite Author?  Phil Rickman

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

Moriarty from the Holmes novels.

Are you working on a new project?  

I am working on the second in the brand new Marnie Hammond series at the moment and going well so far.

Keep You Near 

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How far would you go to find your missing sister?
A normal day in the park turns into a nerve-shredding nightmare for eleven-year-old Marnie Hammond when she finds herself in a desperate chase to stop the ‘bad man,’ from abducting Abby.
Fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant but the memory of her missing sister still haunts her dreams.
When it becomes clear that someone is stalking the streets of Kirkhead DS Hammond has her hands full, and after remains are discovered buried in a dense woodland, Marnie fears the worst. But this is only the start of a nightmare that will unearth more bones, more victims and the terror that Abby might be among the dead.
To stop the monster Marnie knows she must break the rules, but when the twisted killer turns his attention on her it becomes a fight not only for the truth but for her sanity and her survival.

Can Marnie catch the murderer and solve her sister’s disappearance?

This is the first book in the thrilling new Marnie Hammond Series

Q&A

Chromozone Flesh & Blood @MrPDRoberts #Q&A

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About The Book

The first book of The Sinister Series features Sara Greene. A mother to an adorable seven-year-old who is deaf from birth. Straight away their world is thrown into turmoil when a contagious infection is spreading across the United Kingdom, turning the living into a new breed of zombie like no other. Fearful for their lives, Sara has no choice but to build up the courage to protect her only child one way or another. She learns the hard way that the rules have changed. It’s kill or be killed.

Just how far will Sara go to protect the one thing that means everything to her? Can she put all her instincts aside and become a killer?

My Q&A with Paul Roberts 

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Describe yourself using three words?

Curious, perfectionist and a dreamer.

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

I get inspired by both movies and dreams that I have. I’m a very lucid dreamer and I put various aspects of my dreams into my stories.

What time of day do you like to write? 

I try to write at any time of the day, but I feel my imagination is more active at night. Annoyingly I get the best ideas when I am in bed!

What is your favourite book and why? 

There are too many good books to be able to just pick one. I do enjoy reading Max Brooks: How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse and World War Z.

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How did you pick the title of your book? 

It was a bit of a play on words, I can’t give too much away because it can spoil the story. My subtitle has two meanings and I like that because it allows the reader to interpret it any way they want.

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

No, they are all completely fictional. Although I take certain traits and personalities from real people and add them to my characters.

What’s your favourite word? 

Dream. I’ve always been fascinated with dreams from a young age, wondering why and how we get them. 

If you were a colour what would it be?

Neon blue with a hint of purple. It’s a feel-good colour, but it also it has a sense of calmness to it.   

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

I would say a bit of both. I start off with a very basic idea of what I want and then as time goes on I flesh it out more and think of new ideas.

Who is your favourite Author? 

J. R. R. Tolkien. I think he has such a vivid imagination and it really comes through in his books. I love how he can create a whole new world to transport you to and lose yourself.

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

Lord Voldermort. I could see him hanging up his wand and becoming a champion quidditch player.

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Are you working on a new project? 

Yes, currently working on the sequel to Chromozone Flesh and Blood. Hoping to release it later this year. 

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend?

Not at the moment, but watch this space!.  

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Paul Roberts

Buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK

Connect with Paul Roberts 

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Paul Roberts

Your Twitter – @MrPDRoberts

Facebook Author Page – www.facebook.com/thesinisterseries

Your Author Website – www.thesinisterseries.co.uk

Huge thanks to Paul Roberts for stopping by the blog today.

Giveaway Prizes, Q&A

Q&A With Voinks~ Author of #Changes @olympiapub ~ Novel #Giveaway #Win

Our Q&A

Describe yourself using three words? 

Quirky, Unicorn and dragon-lover, (who uses hyphens so she can cheat.)

 

What inspired you to write your first novel? 

A freak accident left me housebound and going stir- crazy, but there’s always a rainbow. It gave me the opportunity to concentrate on writing and get my first book published. Did you know that even with one leg useless you can still do a ‘happy dance’ when you get that ‘We want to publish your book’ letter? 

 

What time of day do you like to write? 

Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (Perhaps I’m secretly a vampire.)

 

What is your favourite book and why? 

Selfishly, it would have to be my own book because it threw me into the wonderful world of authorism.  Apart from that, I love too many books and authors to be able to choose.

It might have been because of the changes happening in my own life at the time. It became a standing joke as my elderly mother could never remember the title. In despair, I played her David Bowie’s record (assuming she would never have heard of him) to which her response was ‘Changes! Why didn’t you say so?’ and remembered it forever after. 

 

Are the characters in your book based on real people? 

I didn’t think they were, but several friends reading it immediately ‘recognised’ various characters. 

 

What’s your favourite word? 

‘Antidisestablishmentarianism.’ Not for any political or religious reasons, just a childish delight in the sound of the word. My least favourite is probably ‘just’ as I have a habit of sneaking it in everywhere. 

 

If you were a colour what would it be? 

Blue for serenity or mauve for passion, because I’m a bit of both.

 

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

I don’t write my stories, my characters do. As soon as I start writing they take over and fight until my fingers get them down on the page. They don’t plan so I just go with the flow.

Who is your favourite Author? 

A terrible admission but I rarely noticed authors’ names, however much I enjoyed their books. I am getting better but read most types of fiction so don’t have a particular favourite, although Jodi Picoult and Stephen King spring to mind. I have a small collection of autographed books by ‘unknown’ Indie authors which I treasure.

 

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

Difficult one. Even considering everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter, and Barabas to Count Dracula didn’t help me make a decision. I’ll go for either TD, one of my own characters, or Celine from Gunshot Glitter by Yasmin Selena Butt.  

 

Are you working on a new project? 

My 100,000-word ‘Murder of Changes’ mystery thriller is finished but undergoing its 10-millionth proof read. If I can leave the ‘Procrastinators are us’ group I hope it will be published, either traditionally or by self-publishing, sometime this year. In between I have several other projects on the go; either short stories, competition entries, or learning marketing, formatting and other crafts from online courses. 

 

Do you have any upcoming events our members can attend? 

I wish! Due to ‘poor little me’ syndrome, I have difficulty travelling, but if there are any members in South East London who are good at nagging me, it would be a great inspiration to make an event get off the ground. Otherwise, it’s all online

About Voink’s Books 

 

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Voinks

Jane’s safe, stable job comes to an end through redundancy. Her sister, who is her best friend and confidante, moves to the other side of the world. A casual visit to the hairdressers is the start of a chain of events that change her humdrum life completely. Her dreary, suburban London home is swapped for a villa in the Mediterranean; she meets the man of her dreams, and her old life becomes a distant memory. Or has it? His reticence and mysterious absences bring back her old insecure feelings. Then, a family emergency has her rushing back to her childhood roots. Her new life and home are lost. It is as if the changes had never happened. Except now she is alone, homeless and jobless. But fate has not finished with her yet. More changes lay in wait.

Buy your copy here ~ Amazon UK

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Abigail has a middle-class upbringing, Beatrice has to grow up fast as life is tough, Cecelia is part of the privileged elite. All have different backgrounds, but what do they have in common? Forced by her perverted stepfather to leave home at a young age, Delphine meets Eustace, a man of shady character, who becomes her employer and father figure. Whilst working on an undercover investigation Frank encounters Delphine, who becomes the love of his life. She moves in with him and quickly falls pregnant. As a first-time father, working away, Frank calls every night to reassure himself, and initially everything is fine. It is only when he returns home that the nightmare begins. He is told Delphine has had a stillborn and wants no further contact with him. Meanwhile, Delphine is left alone to mourn her loss and start to rebuild her life. Destiny has entwined the lives of the characters, but will they discover the secret that binds them together?

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