Call to Arms: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 5) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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Call To Arms is another excellent book in the Kay Hunter series. They just go from strength to strength and the regular character’s grow on me more and more with each book.

In Call To Arms Kay returns to work on so called light duties after almost losing her life (you’ll have to read the series!). She find herself acting DI and doesn’t have much time to recover before being faced with a decade old cold case and finding proof to clear her colleague’s name. Her career, and her colleague’s, depends on a positive outcome to this re-opened investigation. What was deemed a tragic motorbike accident, years ago, is looking more and more suspicious as the team revisit family, old friends and witnesses involved at the time and the truth is more shocking than anyone could have ever imagined, me especially!

This is a fast-paced, beautifully written police procedural with twists and turns galore. I love this team, their dedication to one another and the banter they share. They are a very likeable bunch. Kay is a very dedicated detective, but is also very real and believable. I love the small details Rachel Amphlett uses to make her all the more human to the reader, including little habits such as rubbing her right eye when she’s nervous, upset, agitated….. These kind of things really bring a character to life for me.

Every single chapter in this book, and in the series as a whole, makes you have to keep reading. I’ve had to force myself to put it down when other things have had to be done, but trust me, I could have quite happily read this in one sitting.

I can’t wait to read book 6, Gone To Ground.

Via AmazonUK…..

Loyalty has a price.

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country’s most evil serial killers.

Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn’t the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil.

Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser.

But as she gets closer to the truth, she realises her enquiries could do more harm than good.

Torn between protecting her mentor and finding out the truth, the consequences of Kay’s enquiries will reach far beyond her new role…

Call to Arms is a gripping police procedural, and the fifth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY
5. CALL TO ARMS

A page-turning murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and Harlen Coben.

Praise for Call to Arms

Call to Arms throws the reader straight into the action, and the pace doesn’t let up until the final page.” ~ Jo’s Book Blog

Call to Arms is a riveting thriller, full of twists and turns, lies and secrets and totally engrossing!” ~ Good n’ Read-y

Call to Arms kept me on the edge of my seat – it’s a real page turner!” ~ Bonnies Book Talk

rachel-amphlettBefore turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.

A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance, usually with a crime fiction festival tacked on for good measure! You can stay in touch with Rachel via her Reader’s Group at http://www.rachelamphlett.com.

Rachel Amphlett’s Amazon Author Page

My reviews for the previous books in the Kay Hunter series…..

Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Will To Live (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 2) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

One to Watch: A Detective Kay Hunter mystery, Book 3 by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Hell to Pay: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 4) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

 

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Winter Downs #BookLaunch @Jancoledwards @SoTLibraries @penkhullpress @sot2021

Congratulations to Jan Edwards who has won the Arnold Bennett Book Prize for the wonderful Winter Downs! A very well deserved win! I thought I’d re-blog the lovely memories from the book launch. You will find the link to buy in the original post. I highly recommend you add it to your list, if you haven’t already read it.

Chat About Books

Yesterday I attended Jan Edwards’ book launch for Winter Downs at City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, along with my Mum, Gill and friend, Gayle 🙂  

Those who I am friends with on Facebook may have already seen my photos but I thought I would share them in a blog post as it was such a lovely event!

The launch had a 1940’s tea and cakes theme which was lovely 🙂 (All homemade too!)

It started at 11.30am, where we were greeted with a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as delicious cakes…..

…..We bought our books ready for signing…..

Winter Downs…..then we were treated to a couple of lovely readings…..

…..before the lady herself, Jan Edwards, read us the opening of Winter Downs…..

Afterwards, there was a lovely Q&A. Lots of interesting questions with very articulate answers and some discussion around the room amongst a friendly and supportive…

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#Free #Reader #Writer #Event 6X6Writingcafe @Writingcafe6X6 @SoTLibraries with @Jancoledwards & @MishaHerwin

Reminder!

At a loose end this evening? Get yourself down to the library for this lovely quarterly event. It’s always a great evening!

6x6 June

6X6 Reading Café

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. Join us for the ever-popular 6X6 Reading Café, where local authors read and promote their work. You can see details of this month’s writers at the 6X6 blog; everyone is welcome to come, listen and support.

https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/

Contact City Central Library to book your free place

Tel: 01782 238455 Email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk

Hope to see you there!

(Thanks in advance for sharing)

 

Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson @davewatsonbooks #BlogTour #BookPromo & #Giveaway @rararesources

Hiya! 

Today I have the pleasure of joining in with D.A. Watson’s Cuttin’ Heads blog tour.

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Many thanks as always to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part.

Cuttin’ Heads

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Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music. Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother. Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar. They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast. When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder. Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

Purchase from Amazon UK –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuttin-Heads-D-Watson-ebook/dp/B07CG8DN4V/

Author Bio –

Cutting Heads author

Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.  He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”  – Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/dave.watson.books/

https://twitter.com/davewatsonbooks

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5612424.D_A_Watson

Giveaway –

Win a signed copy of Cuttin’ Heads

*Terms and Conditions –Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Follow the rest of the Cuttin’ Heads blog tour for reviews, and more, with these awesome book bloggers…..

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Enjoy!

Hell to Pay: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 4) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

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Wow, this series just gets better and better, if that’s at all possible! I’ve found myself totally gripped with Hell To Pay, grabbing every chance I’ve had to read it, even if it’s only been a couple of chapters at a time. I have to say though, telling myself ‘just one more chapter’ happened quite regularly whilst reading this book so I’ve read it quite quickly (for me!). I love Rachel Amphlett’s writing style. Her books are so easy to immerse yourself in. If you haven’t read this series as yet, then I highly recommend that you do.

In Hell To Pay Detective Kay Hunter and her team are called to a road traffic accident. They aren’t quite sure why at first until they realise there is a dead body in the boot of the car. The body of a young woman. What they eventually unearth as they investigate this unusual case is nothing short of horrific! Kay’s determination to see this particularly nasty criminal brought to justice puts her in serious danger as he becomes as obsessed with her as she is with him. A storyline which had me holding my breath and my heart racing!

Absolutely brilliantly written. I loved it! It’s fast-paced, with short chapter’s which add to the tension and pace of the story making you NEED to read on. Characterisation is excellent. I feel like I’m getting to know the main character’s quite well now and it almost feels like catching up with old friends when I start the next book in the series. They are real and believable and I find myself really caring about what happens to them. I’ve already started book five – Call To Arms.

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy of Hell To Pay. I highly recommend!

Via Amazon UK…..

Praise for Hell to Pay:

Gripping, pacy, twisty, and suspenseful, this is how all good crime novels should read.” ~ Goodreads

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

Hell to Pay is a gripping fast paced crime thriller, and the fourth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:

1. SCARED TO DEATH
2. WILL TO LIVE
3. ONE TO WATCH
4. HELL TO PAY
5. CALL TO ARMS (2018)

A highly addictive serial killer murder mystery for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and James Patterson.

What reviewers are saying about Hell to Pay

“Hell to Pay was another exciting read that gets your adrenaline going, the pacing is fast and furious and begins on page one and never ends!” ~ Novel Gossip

“Hell to Pay is an absolutely brilliant fire-filled crime story, checking all the boxes of a police procedural”~ Chocolate & Waffles

rachel-amphlett

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.

A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance, usually with a crime fiction festival tacked on for good measure! You can stay in touch with Rachel via her Reader’s Group at http://www.rachelamphlett.com.

Find all of Rachel’s books here…..

Rachel Amphlett’s Amazon Author Page

My reviews of previous books in the Kay Hunter series…..

Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Will To Live (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 2) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

One to Watch: A Detective Kay Hunter mystery, Book 3 by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

 

 

#Rockford #literary #podcast with Dan Klefstad @danklefstad

Hi, I have something a little different for you today…..

There’s a new literary podcast out of Rockford, Illinois, and Dan Klefstad is their first guest. The Rockford Writers’ Guild recorded Dan reading five of his stories, beginning with “The Caretaker” which I reviewed – The Caretaker – A short story by Dan Klefstad @danklefstad. The other four are follow-ups. Dan will record a handful more later this summer. Give them a try — they’re free!

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Photo courtesy of The Rockford Writers’ Guild

 

Ep.1 “The Caretaker” http://bit.ly/2lx3HyD

Ep. 2 “The Interview” http://bit.ly/2m9HKpX

Ep. 3 “Solstice” http://bit.ly/2D47OJg

Ep. 4 “Wolf at Fiona’s Castle” http://bit.ly/2GCZAKt

Ep. 5  “Hauptsturmführer Fillennius”
http://bit.ly/2E6OSNL

 

Enjoy!

#CoverReveal Gone To Ground (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 6) by @RachelAmphlett

Hi all!

Today I am delighted to bring you the cover reveal for Gone To Ground (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 6) 🙂

Gone to Ground

(Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 6)

Imprint: Saxon Publishing

Publication date: 8 July 2018

Availability: Worldwide

ISBN eBook: 978-0-6482355-6-9

ISBN paperback: 978-0-6482355-7-6

ISBN audiobook: 978-0-6482355-8-3

Contact details

Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

Website: www.rachelamphlett.com

Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Facebook: Rachel Amphlett

Gone to Ground

(Detective Kay Hunter series)

by

Rachel Amphlett

While attending a crime scene on the

outskirts of Maidstone, DI Kay Hunter

makes a shocking discovery.

The victim has been brutally cut to

pieces, his identity unknown.

When more body parts start turning up in

the Kentish countryside, Kay realises the

disturbing truth

a serial killer is at large

and must be stopped at all costs.

With no motive for the murders and a killer

who has gone undetected until now, Kay

and her team of detectives must work fast

to calm a terrified local population.

When a third victim is found, her

investigation grows even more

complicated.

As she begins to expose a dark underbelly

to the county town, Kay and her team are

pulled into a web of jealousy and intrigue

that, if left unchecked, will soon claim

another life.

Gone to Ground

is a gripping serial killer

thriller full of page-turning suspense, and

the sixth book in the

Detective Kay Hunter

British detective series:

Check this out ⇓⇓⇓

 

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Love it!

Out on 8th July 2018!

If you haven’t already, read the previous books in the series now…..

1. Scared to Death

2. Will to Live

3. One to Watch

4. Hell to Pay

5. Call to Arms

6. Gone to Ground

Rachel Amphlett’s Amazon Author Page

Enjoy!

About the author…..

rachel-amphlett

Before turning to writing, Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the Detective Kay Hunter series.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel cites her writing influences as Michael Connelly, Lee Child, and Robert Ludlum. She’s also a huge fan of Peter James, Val McDermid, Angela Marsons, Robert Bryndza, Ken Follett, and Stuart MacBride.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Her novels are available in eBook, paperback and audiobook formats from worldwide retailers including Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and Google Play.

A keen traveller, Rachel holds both EU and Australian passports and can usually be found plotting her next trip two years in advance, usually with a crime fiction festival tacked on for good measure! You can stay in touch with Rachel via her Reader’s Group at http://www.rachelamphlett.com.

#Interview with #author Deborah Sheldon @OscillateWPress

Hiya!

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Deborah Sheldon to Chat About Books.

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Many thanks to Claire Fitzpatrick, Senior Developmental Editor @ Oscillate Wildly Press (http://www.oscillatewildlypress.com) for arranging the following interview…..

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I’m a professional writer from Melbourne, Australia. I write short stories, novellas and novels across the darker spectrum of horror, crime and noir. My releases, through several publishing houses, include the dark literary collection 300 Degree Days and Other Stories, the bio-horror novella Thylacines, the dark fantasy and horror collection Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, the romance-suspense novella The Long Shot, the bio-horror novel Devil Dragon, and the crime noir novellas Dark Waters and Ronnie and Rita.

My short fiction has appeared in many well-respected magazines such as Quadrant, Island, Aurealis, SQ Mag, and Midnight Echo. My work has been shortlisted for numerous Aurealis Awards and Australian Shadows Awards, long-listed for a Bram Stoker Award, and included in “best of” anthologies. Other credits include TV scripts, feature articles, non-fiction books, stage plays, and award-winning medical writing.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere. Most nights after dinner, I trawl the Internet, looking for oddities that I can use as a springboard. For example, my short story “Angel hair” (which was nominated for an Aurealis Award, I’m happy to say!) came from a feature article about the phenomenon of spiders floating on their silks to escape floodwaters. I had major surgery in January, so I used this experience as fodder for an as-yet-unpublished psychological- and body-horror story. I’m often inspired by memories, dreams, nightmares, hurtful words. Very rarely, I come up with a title first and find the story later. My flash fiction “Post hoc ergo propter hoc” came about this way. It is Latin for “After this therefore because of this”, which is a type of logical fallacy that mistakes correlation with causation. It took me a few years to find the story to fit that title.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

It helps to have an idea of what my characters look like. Sometimes, I’ll pick someone I have known or else seen on TV. Occasionally, I’ll notice a stranger and be so taken by their appearance that I’ll file them away for future reference. Just a single trait will often do the trick: a person’s gait, posture, or a distinguishing characteristic such as an interesting beard.

However, I never base a character on the personality of anyone I know. My characters have to fit my plots and themes.

How do you pick your character names?

I’m guided by my character’s sex, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. I also have a baby name book that includes 50,000 names from around the world, so I’m never short of inspiration.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

First comes the initial idea. For example, in my short story “Across the white desert”, I wanted to focus on the technique of writing an action-adventure story centred around a chase. Ultimately, I chose Antarctica because it is a treeless expanse with nowhere to hide; I built up the story elements from the setting. Other times, my idea is based on something in the real world. For example, I wanted to write about de-extinction science and my research led me to write my bio-horror novella Thylacines. It’s about a genetically-engineered litter of an extinct Australian dog-like species known as the Tasmanian tiger.

I rewrite as I go along. Moving forward in my first draft is impossible unless I’m happy with what I’ve already written. Once I’ve completed my manuscript, I let it sit for a few weeks, then edit ruthlessly. Beta readers and professional editors are, in my opinion, essential before submitting any manuscript to a publisher.

Who are your top five favourite authors?

Only five? That’s a tough one! With apologies to the dozens of authors I admire, respect and love, I would have to choose (in no particular order) Annie Proulx, Daphne du Maurier, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Chandler and Stephen King.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Homer, the legendary author of The Iliad and The Odyssey. I wouldn’t have any question in particular to ask. Instead, I’d just tell him that his works are still read and revered some 29 centuries after he wrote them. Wow, can you imagine his reaction? The look on his face? I’d probably take along smelling salts – he’d need them to recover from his faint.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Reading was – and still is – my number one hobby. From a young age, I always had my nose in a book. As a little girl, my favourite books were by Enid Blyton. During primary school, I became interested in science and medicine. By the time I hit my teens, I was a sci-fi addict.

When did you start to write?

Before I knew my letters. I used to draw my stories instead. They all had essentially the same plot: someone gets kidnapped by a bad guy and then a team (including animal sidekicks such as dogs and birds) would rescue them. Not very sophisticated but, in my defence, I was only about three or four years old!

By the age of 11, I knew I was a writer. At 18, I sold my first piece of writing – a feature article on steroid abuse – to a bodybuilding magazine. That was during my first year at university, and I’ve been writing professionally ever since.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

That’s a difficult question. The books I hold close to my heart are, in their various ways, perfect to me, including their endings. I’m an admirer of noir, where the endings are never happy. Those that make me cry are, paradoxically, the best kind. I want fiction to move me. If I felt the need to rewrite the ending of a book, chances are I’d have wanted to rewrite the whole thing because I didn’t like it.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Oh, so many. Every book that imprints itself on my heart is one that I wish I had written, if only to have it closer to me. I’d love to have been privy to the creative processes.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

I’m very private, so the idea of writing an autobiography is excruciating; akin to parading naked in the streets. But, if I had to come up with a title, it would be something like: I Did the Best I Could and underneath in smaller text: (Considering the Circumstances).

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Raymond Chandler’s famed detective, Philip Marlowe. I’d take him to a little hole-in-the-wall dive in an out-of-the-way place, maybe in one of Melbourne’s dim, graffitied back lanes, and make sure the barista had a bottle of bourbon to liven up Marlowe’s coffee.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I love solving cryptic crosswords.

What are you working on right now?

A range of short stories. A few will be kept aside for inclusion in my dark fiction retrospective collection (as yet untitled) due for release in 2019. The others I’ll submit to horror and spec-fic magazines as I complete them. Later in the year, I intend to start on a novel in a horror subgenre I’ve never attempted before. Should be fun, I hope!

Tell us about your latest release?

300 Degree Days and Other Stories is a petite collection. First published in March 2014 by Ginninderra Press, it was re-released by Oscillate Wildly Press in February 2018. It’s available as an ebook and in paperback.

The back-cover blurb reads:

Sometimes, the ties that bind are sharp enough to cut. In these eleven stories, set in contemporary Australian suburbia, Deborah Sheldon examines the darker side of family relationships. Unsettling and incisively written, each story of betrayal, envy, loss or bad blood resonates for a long time after reading.

Do you have a new release due?

In September 2018, IFWG Publishing Australia will release my horror novel Contrition. I’m pleased to say that the cover design is by Bram Stoker Award-winning artist, Greg Chapman.

The back-cover blurb reads:

In her late teens, Meredith Berg-Olsen had had all the makings of a runway model. Now in her late forties, after everything she had been through – including horrors that John could only guess at – she looked bloodless instead of pale, skeletal instead of slender, more dead than alive… John Penrose has two secrets. One is the flatmate he keeps hidden from the world: his high-school sweetheart, Meredith. His other secret is the reason he feels compelled to look after her. Contrition is a horror story with noir undertones and an atmosphere of mounting dread.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I always have a few drinks! Chardonnay is my tipple of choice. My husband and son like to take me out to dinner.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I have a monthly newsletter that includes updates and ebook giveaways. The signup button is on my website: http://deborahsheldon.wordpress.com

I’m not on Facebook personally, but one of my publishers, IFWG Publishing Australia, runs a page on my behalf: https://www.facebook.com/Deborah-Sheldon-936388749723500/

I love being friended on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3312459.Deborah_Sheldon

And I try to keep my Amazon author page up-to-date: https://www.amazon.com/Ms-Deborah-Sheldon/e/B0035MWQ98/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Reader reviews on Amazon or Goodreads mean a great deal to authors and publishers. Please consider leaving a review after reading a book, whether your opinion is good, bad or indifferent. Feedback – of all kinds – is very much appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Deborah 🙂

And thank you so much for having me on your blog. Your questions were really thought-provoking!

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‘Sheldon’s stories lift the skin of small, suburban lives to expose the raw nerves beneath. Her writing is intimate, compelling and alarming…’ – The Short Review, UK.

Sometimes, the ties that bind are sharp enough to cut. In these eleven stories, set in contemporary Australian suburbia, Deborah Sheldon examines the darker side of family relationships. Unsettling and incisively written, each story of betrayal, envy, loss or bad blood resonates for a long time after reading.

Enjoy!

#Interview with #author Greg Smith @GregVSmith48

Hi all!

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Greg Smith to Chat About Books.

Greg Smith

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I’ve been an artist all my life and the transition to writing, imagination-wise, has been quite easy. My main trouble is my mind that never stops concocting ideas for stories or characters.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Capt. Kramer, USMC is very loosely based on my son, Jason, who is a major in the Marines. Others, I suppose, could be regarded as amalgamations of various people from my past while some are straight from my imagination. While Shadow doesn’t resemble our beloved dog who passed some 2 years ago, I named him in honor of Shadow who is sorely missed.

How do you pick your characters names?

I’m always on the lookout for interesting character names — from any source. But I’ve been known to garner some from the phone book … a first name here, a surname there.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I generally have a reasonable concept of a story before I put ‘pen to paper.’ As I make it a point to have factual material, places, etc in my writing, the next and major step is to carry out as much research as possible until I’m satisfied I have enough to begin writing. Unlike some fellow writers and not in accordance with the lessons I received from my online course with James Patterson, I do not plan my story out but simply begin writing. I try to follow the idea-in-mind for the storyline but generally find the characters will quite often take control at times and dictate new directions. My wife laughed when I announced my surprise on one occasion there had been an unexpected murder.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

A tough question, that. My top 5 (and not in order of any preference) would be James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Edward Rutherfurd, Jack Whyte, and Lee Child.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

If I had that opportunity I would have to choose Jack Whyte. I’m enthralled with his Arthur series. And as I am tackling my own historical fiction at present I would be intrigued to learn from him how he pieced together his fiction and historical fact so intrinsically.

Were you a big reader as a child?

When I wasn’t deep in drawing I read an awful lot. Back in the day it was mainly science fiction, but in later years I moved over to historical fiction, crime, mystery and thrillers.

When did you start to write?

My “career” has its early roots in the assignments given out by my teachers in primary and high school (I grew up in Australia). I always achieved 10/10 or A+s for my writing. It might astound your readers to learn back then I wrote with a nib pen and inkwell. It wasn’t until about 8-9 years ago that I actually put my artwork aside to try my hand at writing ‘seriously’.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Good question. Surprisingly enough, I don’t think I would consider re-writing the end of any of my books. Even though my wife and some friends have scolded me for killing off some favored characters, the endings have reached the point pre-ordained, even if slightly manipulated by a character or two.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Jack Whyte’s Arthur series struck such a deep note within me that I would like to have written those books. Hopefully my own historical fiction will achieve at least a modicum of success compared to his.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

That’s a tricky question. Right at this particular moment in time and my current frame of mind I guess the title could be OF TWO MINDS.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

He would be King Arthur and I would walk him through contemporary England so he and I could bemoan the shortcomings and massive failures of his ancestors and celebrate their well-deserved achievements.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I grew up in Papua New Guinea just a few years after the end of WWII.

What are you working on right now?

THE ARCHER’S DIARY is the title of my current 2-book historical fiction. I have been working on it for some 7 years, most of that time being spent on research. Right now I am tackling the 5th rewrite.

Tell us about your last release?

LEX TALIONIS was released Dec., 24, 2017 and is the 3rd book in my action crime series featuring Capt. Kramer, USMC and his Anatolian shepherd dog, Sgt. Shadow, USMC. It has these two confronting their nemesis, Shelley Harper, who vows to bring America to its knees for the death of her husband and crime boss, Valdiron and their daughter. There could be a 4th book to follow if I gain an appreciative following.

Do you have a new release due?

THE ARCHER’S DIARY, Book One will be my next release but no date is fixed as yet. I am hoping for possibly late 2018.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

My wife and I generally go out to dinner and celebrate over a good meal and wine. Oh yes, and catch my breath before diving into the next book.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Everyone, readers in particular, have an open invitation to visit my web site where they can find my contact information. I welcome any and all comments, suggestions, ideas, etc.

https://gvsimages.wixsite.com/gregsmith-author

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone interested to become a Beta Reader for me to visit my web site and drop me a line. I’m hoping to have THE ARCHER’S DIARY available some time soon.

I also want to thank Kerry for inviting me to this interview. Without the likes of her, and her interest in our work, us writers would be lose many an opportunity to reach a wider audience. Thanks Kerry.

You’re very welcome, Greg. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions 🙂

Lex Talionis

LEX TALIONIS
 
 Greg Smith has written a strong story with an intriguing premise; one that can easily become all too real in this day and age. LEX TALIONIS takes the reader into Kramer’s doubts and struggles with his own demons as he leads his team against a malevolent opponent. They face an almost untenable situation with survival questionable.
 
 Kramer and his dog, Shadow (both former US Marines) are forced to confront their nemesis and international crime boss, Shelley Harper, when they learn of her plans to exact retribution from America on a monumental scale with help from ISIS. She plans to bring America to its knees. People on all sides have their own scores to settle. Who will be left standing after the dust settles? This story could very easily be tomorrow’s headlines—for real.

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Greg Smith is the author of action crime crossover novels. He is a student of James Patterson’s school of writing. To date he has written and published three novels; KILLING SOFTLY (2013) – an erotic thriller, THE PITS (2013) – an action/crime crossover, and YOU CAN RUN (2016) – an action/crime crossover. His book, THE PITS, the first in his Kramer and Shadow Series won Runner-Up in the Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book.
 
LEX TALIONIS is his latest novel.
 
He has over 30 years’ experience as a graphic designer and book designer in the publishing industry both in Australia and United States. Smith was born in Sydney, Australia and has lived in America since 1999.

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