Antiques and Alibis by @WendyHJones #BlogTour #Spotlight #BookPromo #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Wendy H Jones’s Antiques and Alibis blog tour!

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Antiques & Alibis

Blurb

Cass Claymore, a red
headed, motorbike riding, ex-ballerina inherits a Detective Agency, and
accidentally employs an ex-con dwarf and an octogenarian. Hired by a client who
should know better, Cass has no leads, no clue and a complete inability to
solve a case. Still a girl needs to eat and her highbred client’s offering good
money. Join her as, with bungling incompetence, she follows a trail littered
with missing antique teddies, hapless crooks, a misplaced Lord of the Realm and
dead bodies. Will Cass, and Scotland, survive?

Buy Link

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 Author Information

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Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

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The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James @CarolineJames12 #BlogTour #BookReview @RubyFiction @rararesources

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Many thanks to Caroline James and Rachel Gilby for the opportunity to join in with the fab blog tour for this awesome book!

My review…..

The Best Boomerville Hotel has been a wonderful read, I have absolutely LOVED it!

I’m neither over 50 or single, but it sounds like an amazing place for a relaxing and revitalising holiday and I think the whole concept is a great idea. It reminded me a little bit of my 40th Birthday girlie (5 day) break at Alvaston Hall in Nantwich (Warner Hotel), last October. We did bring the average age down quite considerably, but it was brilliant. There was always something going on (we even learned how to Salsa!), the staff were great and the food was out of this world! I’d love to go again. Anyway, I’m rambling again! This is a lovely story with a fabulous bunch of characters. Kate is instantly likeable. When she decides to holiday at Boomerville, having recently lost her Dad to dementia, she is more than ready for a break, but she has no idea just how much it will change her life forever.

I have to say that I have loved almost all of the characters in this book, although one I could have happily slapped! He is still an interesting character though and I’m sure there are people like him in the real world. You’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it. If you haven’t yet then you really need to! Hattie is definitely one of my favourites. She made me laugh so much! I loved the relationship between her and Jo also. Their friendship and professional relationship go hand in hand perfectly and they make a great team. They are such real and believable characters. I love how much Jo really cares about her customers whereas Hattie is the more practical one and always thinking of the potential profit. This makes them perfect business partners.

This story has plenty of humour, fun, quirky characters, romance, friendship and its fair share of sadness. It’s so brilliantly written it will be a pleasure to recommend it to all.

I will be adding Caroline James’s other books to my list.

Many thanks to Caroline James and Rachel for my review kindle copy, but I actually read the paperback version I’d purchased myself.

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Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

Purchase Links

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Itunes: https://apple.co/2lZrl6F

Author Bio:

CAROLINE JAMES (PROMO SHOOT 26.06.2018)

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Caroline James Links:

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Twitter: @CarolineJames12

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FaceBook: Caroline James Author https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolineJames/

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Finding Jess by @JuliaIbbotson #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @Endeavour_Media #LoveBooksGroupTours

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Hi and welcome to my stop on Julia Ibbotson’s Finding Jess blog tour!

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With thanks to Julia Ibbotson and to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours 🙂

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Interview with Julia Ibbotson…..

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

Hi Kerry, lovely to chat with you today! Well, I’m the author of best-selling award-winning books with my lovely publisher, Endeavour. At the moment I’m promoting the last of my Drumbeats trilogy, called Finding Jess, which was recently published http://mybook.to/FindingJess The first one, Drumbeats, is set in 1965, and is a coming-of-age romance in the midst of civil war in Africa; there’s a spice of mystery too http://myBook.to/Drumbeatstrilogy The trilogy follows my main character, Jess, through the decades, starting with the 1960s at age 18, when she goes off to Africa for a gap year, and moving on to the 1980s and 1990s with Walking in the Rain http://myBook.to/WalkingintheRainDrumbeatstrilogy . And now, Jess’s story is completed with Finding Jess. Hopefully it’s feel-good story; it’s about a woman’s strength and spirit.

I have written in different genres: a memoir/history of food/recipe book (The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen) http://myBook.to/TheOldRectory a medieval fantasy children’s book (S.C.A.R.S) http://myBook.to/SCARSchildrensbook , the Drumbeats trilogy (women’s fiction) and a medieval mystery time-slip (A Shape on the Air) http://myBook.to/ASOTA .

I’ve just moved to writing fulltime, after a career in education, as a secondary school teacher (English and Drama) and a senior lecturer/researcher at university.

I am a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, which is a very supportive organisation and we meet up every month for lunch, and also the Society of Authors and the Historical Novel Society.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Sometimes from real life, my experiences and those of other people around me. Drumbeats and Finding Jess were inspired by my time working in Ghana; I’d always wanted to write about this fascinating country. I also find the 1960s an interesting period: I’m told that anything prior to 1968 is now history! And I’m intrigued by history, especially the medieval period, and by the concept of time and time travel, which inspired S.C.A.R.S and A Shape on the Air.

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

Hmmm, I don’t know whether to confess that! Seriously, I think all writers take bits of people they know but they might end up with creating a hybrid character who isn’t really anything like those original sources.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Names come to me almost automatically; I do think that you tend to imagine a person from a name. In A Shape on the Air, I had an interesting system because the characters in the dark ages, 499 AD, had to be a reflection of those in the present day, as they were reaching out to each other across the centuries, and part of a ‘thread’, so their names were sort of similar. There is also a narrative in the book about the Lady of the Lake, and so names evolved from that literature and legend.

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

I start my day swimming about 25 lengths of the pool, followed by 30 minutes in the gym, then I’m all set to work for a couple of hours in the morning and 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon, although I try to take frequent breaks, which is difficult if I’m ‘on a roll’. I might go for a walk or do some gardening in the middle, if it’s a nice day. I spend the summer researching, plotting and planning, and the winter writing the manuscript. I’m an outdoor person so I research/read outside as much as I can, whenever the English weather permits. I plan fairly thoroughly and edit quite a lot as I go along but often just write a note in red if I know I need to work further on a particular scene, so that I don’t lose the momentum. I write through from chapter one (or the prologue – I’m quite keen on those!) right to the end, and I edit the whole thing several times again when the ms is complete.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I love historical time-slip. Barbara Erskine is a favourite, Pamela Hartshorne who mainly sets her books in York where I went to school, Susanna Kearsley. I also love Jodie Picoult and Tracy Chevalier. I like books that make me think, and also that are evocative of time and/or place.

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

Tracy Chevalier, and I’d like to know how she goes about plotting her books and researching their background. I very nearly met her at an HNS conference, but just missed her.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I remember my mother reading to me at bedtime when I was little, especially the Anne of Green Gables series, which was her own favourite. I also recall reading the full adult version of David Copperfield when I was 8 and my teacher not believing me!

When did you start to write?

I’ve always written, ever since I could hold a pencil in my little hand: short stories and then a full novel at 10. It was about farms and horses and adventures. But later on I had a very demanding career and I was a single parent for 10 years so I didn’t seriously start to think about writing to publish until about 7 years ago, and was lucky enough to secure a publisher quite quickly. I’ve published 6 books since then and I’m writing my 7th at the moment.

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

I think it’s always interesting to see how other writers decide to ‘wrap up’ a story and work out what was the thinking behind it.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Well, it has to be the Harry Potter series, doesn’t it! But seriously, Lady of Hay (Barbara Erskine), or Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) – such imagination and skill, both.

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

Saturday’s Child – or maybe Never Give Up

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

Rev Sidney Chambers of The Grantchester Chronicles (preferably as James Norton who acted him) and I’d invite him over to mine for coffee and home-made ginger flapjacks. He’s the inspiration for one of the main protagonists in A Shape on the Air and my current WIP Azulejo – or maybe that’s James Norton!

What are you working on right now?

Another historical multi-period mystery, but a bit later in the medieval period than A Shape on the Air. It’s set in the present day, the 14 century and the 16th century, and it’s set in Madeira (which is a place I love) and closely reflects the history of the island, which is fascinating.

Tell us about your last release?

Finding Jess, the last of the Drumbeats trilogy, was published this summer, and sees single mother, Jess, struggling to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and of her best friend. On the brink of losing everything, including her family, and still haunted by her past and the Ghanaian drumbeats that pervade her life, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is mysteriously sent a newspaper clipping of a temporary job back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find?

Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity http://mybook.to/FindingJess

Do you have a new release due?

I’m working on my new book, provisionally entitled Azulejo. I’ll let you know when it’s due to be released!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

We go out for a slap-up dinner in a favourite restaurant, often in Madeira, and it entails a long glam dress, full make-up and heels. Or else, as it’s usually in the summer, I’m just lying in the sun reading and sipping prosecco.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

All my books are available on Amazon, in ebook and paperback editions:

http://Author.to/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

But do check out my other sites:

Author website: https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuliaIbbotson

Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book

http://pinterest.com/juliai1/

Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/juliaibbotson

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I also run an editing service for writers (who may be authors/aspiring authors writing creative work, or students writing academic work, such as dissertations) and you can find details on my website at https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/ and email me through there.

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

Thank you for the lovely chat today, Kerry, and thanks for featuring me on your blog.

Finding Jess (new)

Blurb

Single mum Jess has had her world turned upside down. Now it’s about to be turned inside out.

Jess has got a tough life back on track after love-of-her-life husband Simon walked out on her and their beautiful young daughters Katy and Abi. But she has long-time friend and confidante Polly to turn to…until Polly and Simon start having an affair together.

When Polly decides to apply for a job at Jess’s school, in the English department, Jess feels threatened. So why has Polly set her sights on the department head’s role? And why is the school now offering Jess a sideways ‘promotion’?

Jess can no longer trust anyone – including herself. Then out of the blue she is mysteriously sent a clipping for a temporary post in the Ministry of Education in Ghana, where she did a gap year as a teenager, and where she was happy. She is on the brink of losing everything at home but could this be a lifeline?

Julia Ibbotson’s Finding Jess is a passionate study of love and betrayal – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust after suffering great misfortune. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

 

Buy Link  

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Fishing For Maui by Isa Pearl Ritchie @IsaPearlRitchie #BlogTour #BookPromo @rararesources

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A novel about food, whānau, and mental illness.

Valerie reads George Eliot to get to sleep – just to take her mind off worries over her patients, her children, their father and the next family dinner. Elena is so obsessed with health, traditional food, her pregnancy and her blog she doesn’t notice that her partner, Malcolm the ethicist, is getting himself into a moral dilemma of his own making. Evie wants to save the world one chicken at a time. Meanwhile her boyfriend, Michael is on a quest to reconnect with his Māori heritage and discover his own identity. Rosa is eight years old and lost in her own fantasy world, but she’s the only one who can tell something’s not right. Crisis has the power to bring this family together, but will it be too late?

“An accomplished story of a family in crisis – Ritchie’s great skill is her ability to conjure the inner lives if her characters. Fishing For Maui is a compassionate meditation on what it means to be well”. – Sarah Jane Barnett

Purchase Links

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fishing-Maui-Isa-Pearl-Ritchie-ebook/dp/B07DZBXSCN/

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/826608

Author Bio –

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Isa Ritchie is a Wellington-based writer. She grew up as a Pākehā child in a bicultural family and Māori was her first written language. She has completed a PhD on food sovereignty in Aotearoa. She is passionate about food, wellbeing and social justice.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/isapearlritchie/

https://twitter.com/IsaPearlRitchie

https://www.instagram.com/isapearlritchie/

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Blood, White and Blue by @JamesSilvester1 #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @UrbaneBooks #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on James Silvester’s Blood, White and Blue blog tour!

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Many thanks to James Silvester and to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours 🙂

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Interview with James Silvester…..

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

Hello there, thanks for having me on! My name is James Silvester, and I’m a former Mod/Blues show host turned author. My first two books, ‘Escape to Perdition’ in 2015 and 2017’s follow up, ‘The Prague Ultimatum’ were Cold War style thrillers set in present day Europe. My new offering is called ‘Blood, White and Blue’. Alas I still have a day job and I’m a bit of a shameless geek. I also play harmonica spectacularly badly.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Ooh, a few places to be honest. A lot of the inspiration for my books stems from the love I have for Prague, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, their people and histories. I trained in political history and I’ve always been fascinated by the machinations of political players of the past (and frustrated by those of the present). Combined with that is a love of Cold War style thrillers like the early Bonds and the Karla Trilogy, and I try to write that type of story within modern day settings.

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

Absolutely, but that would be telling 😉.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I’ve no hard and fast rule for it. I always remember being at school and being made to write an essay about what the name ‘Lockwood’ in Wuthering Heights revealed about his character, and while I’m not exactly in that league I sometimes try and name characters in a similar manner. More often though I borrow the names of actors I enjoy or borrow them from friends. The protagonist in my first book is named directly after a friend of mine, whose name just seemed to ‘fit’.

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

Quite piecemeal to be honest. I never write beginning to end; I usually find myself writing specific conversations or plot points all over the place, then going back and tidying them all up and linking them together. Finding the time is difficult too with having a young family and a day job, I quite often don’t start writing until after 9:30pm and grabbing hours here and there when I can.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Hard to narrow down, but for a combination of intelligence and sheer readability, I’d say Bernard Cornwell, John le Carre, Franz Kafka, Douglas Adams and Agatha Christie.

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

None of the above! I’d quite like to meet Ian Fleming and take him to see the next Bond film. I’d love to know his thoughts on whether he even recognised the character his books spawned and whether he was pleased or dismayed at how cinema had adapted his creation. I think he died shortly before ‘Goldfinger’ was released in 1964, which was the first ‘formulaic’ Bond movie, so he missed the Bondmania of the sixties. It would be interesting to know which actor he thought best captured the character he wrote.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, I’ve always enjoyed reading. I started off with Enid Blyton I think. As I started growing up I loved Conan-Doyle and Douglas Adams.

When did you start to write?

I think seriously around 2013. I remember starting my first book, Escape to Perdition, in anger after a bad day at work around that time. Before that I’d penned bits and bobs but was quite undisciplined with it.

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

Is there a book you wish you had written?

This isn’t going to sound terribly profound, but the ending of JAWS has always bugged me a little. I don’t like the way the shark just turned over and died at the last minute, I always wanted something a little more climactic. If I could have written any one book, it would be 1984.

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

Apologies for the Inconvenience.

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

I’ll be good and not choose Doctor Who… Maybe Abraham Van Helsing from Dracula, we could go for a night time stroll in Highgate Cemetery.

What are you working on right now?

Well, I’m busy trying to spread the word and market ‘Blood, White and Blue’, and I’m also writing its follow up, ‘Sealed with a Death’ which is planned for a July ’19 release. I’m pretty much always either writing or plugging!

Tell us about your last release?

My last book was ‘The Prague Ultimatum’ released in 2017. It was the second in my Prague Thrillers mini series and was set in a Post Brexit Europe, beset by an emboldened extreme Right and the threat of terrorism. Captain Lincoln Stone is a career soldier dragged into the seedy world of espionage with colleagues he isn’t sure he can trust.

Do you have a new release due?

I do indeed 😊. ‘Blood, White and Blue’ is the first in a new series of thrillers featuring Lucie Musilova, a half British, half Czech spy. When an infamous defector from the sixties re-surfaces and threatens to bring down the government, Lucie finds herself pressganged into the service of a country that hates her.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

That depends how many pennies are in the bank! So far there’s been a bottle of champagne and a sneaky McDonalds. This year we’re hoping to have a lunch party on or around the official publication day so that should be great.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

People can follow me on Twitter: @jamessilvester1 or through my Facebook page: @jamessilvesterauthor

My website will be re-launching shortly too (www.jamessilvesterauthor.com)

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

That if you read my books I’ll be your best friend?

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

No problem, thanks very much for having me!

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Love, deception and murder dominate as thriller writer James Silvester delivers the first in the Lucie Musilova series.

Britain is a hotbed of racial tension and economic uncertainty. Only Sir Geoffrey Hartnell, an ageing but hugely respected MP, can bring about a successful resolution to the talks, but a ghost from the past threatens to bring the UK to its knees.

Lucie Musilova meanwhile, is a young woman running out of places to hide. Half-British, half-Czech and rejected by both countries in the aftermath of Brexit, she meets ‘Mr. Lake’, the eccentric Head of a branch of the intelligence services known as The Overlappers, and is press ganged into service on the Huxley case.

As events spiral out of control it becomes clear it is not just Lucie’s life that is at stake, but the future of the very nation.

The new thriller from the bestselling author of Escape to Perdition and The Prague Ultimatum, is a gripping tale of corruption and perfect for fans of Luke Jennings, Daniel Silva and Stella Rimington. If you’re a fan of Killing Eve you’ll love this!

 

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Belfast Central by @amherst_ak #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on A K Amherst’s Belfast Central blog tour!

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Interview with A K Amherst…..

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

Hello, my name is Andrea and I am an Austrian writer and a passionate traveller. I love to dive into new worlds and discover new things. My debut novel „Belfast Central“ is a thriller with historical background. It’s set in Belfast in the 1990s and 1930s and tells the story of the young paramedic Ryan and the former IRA man Adam whose world’s collide one night during a shooting at Belfast Central Station.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

There are so many topics that each and everyone of us comes across every day that it is really just a matter of selection. I am very interested in foreign countries, their culture and their history. So whenever I come across a topic that catches my interest I delve into it.

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

Actually, I am trying to avoid it simply because it limits my imagination. Characters need to grow freely with a story. If I would include someone I know I would constantly think: „Oh no, he wouldn’t say this, he wouldn’t do that …“ But I guess in the end there is always a little bit of oneself in your main characters.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

When introducing a character a writer creates a certain association with a name. Be it bravery, a sense of humour or a specific flaw. Ideally, the readers see the name and have a certain picture in their head. And I am not talking about looks, not solely. That’s what makes a name so meaningful. It’s more than just letters on a book page. It’s the personification of a story. So while crafting my main and secondary characters their names come naturally along the way. It’s a matter of what feels right, of what fits. At some point there is no other choice left but that one name.

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

At the centre of my stories is always a unique relationship. In „Belfast Central“ it is the mentor/mentee relationship of Ryan and Adam. That’s what I usually start with – a relationship, a dynamic between two characters. Then I craft the story around them. In order to get a feeling for them, to understand who they are, I write dialogs in which they are challenged in their opinions and need to express themselves emotionally. Even if those scenes don’t make it into the final draft I need to know how they feel about certain things around them.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Tess Gerritsen – because she can describe an autopsy as if you are standing right next to the medical examiner

Kristian Bang Foss – „Death drives Audi“ is a remarkable book about friendship. I couldn’t put it down.

Emma Healey – In „Elisabeth is missing“ Healey creates a memorable main character, an elderly woman with dementia.

Arthur Conan Doyle – he is much more than just the writer of „Sherlock Holmes“, he is able write many different genres (adventures like „The Lost World“ or mysterious stories like „the mystery of Cloomber“).

Oscar Wilde – so much of his stories and opinions still accounts today, I really have to tip my hat.

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

If I really could meet any author (living or dead) I would like to meet Oscar Wilde. Reading his work and also some of his most famous quotes, I think he was a very smart and interesting guy. What would I ask him? I would ask him about that one story he always wanted to write but never did. Because every writer has such a story. An idea that never made it to the paper, a story that stays untold.

Were you a big reader as a child?

When I first started reading I didn’t like it. I didn’t like learning it. So my mother made me read short paragraphs in kid books every day for practice. In the end, it was my stepdad who made me start to read obsessively. He was a big reader himself and constantly bought me books in the hope they would get me hooked. One day, he came home with a mystery story for kids. I read it at once, eager for more. Thankfully it was a book series. I still have all fifty pieces of them.

When did you start to write?

My passion for writing started about the same time as my passion for reading. At some point I caught up with that kid book series and had to wait for the next book to be out. So in the meantime I „borrowed“ the characters and made up my own story. I started to write it down. Recently I found the four-page story in my old storage boxes. Since I couldn’t remember the story I read it with curiosity and was even surprised by the ending. It was a weird experience knowing I had written this a long time ago. With no recollection of the story at all it felt like reading the story of another author.

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

That’s a tricky question because I would be hesitant to interfere with any writer’s work. If any I would probably re-write Romeo and Juliet. Just because I am a hopeless romantic and I really think they would have deserved a happy ending. Sorry, Shakespeare.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

I am really impressed with George Orwell’s 1984. I wish I would be this visionary. Sometimes when I look around me at the bus stop where people wait and stare at their mobile phones I remember this quote: “The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening“.

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

The Girl with the Writer Tattoo“

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

I would invite Phileas Fogg. I think we would have a lot to talk about when it comes to traveling. And since my home town was not part of his „Around the World in Eight Days“ adventure I would take him for a coffee there. We have a beautiful hill in the middle of the city centre, up there are cafes with amazing views over the whole city.

What are you working on right now?

Currently, I am working on two projects: The sequel to „Belfast Central“ and a novel about the Lost Generation in Australia. I guess it would make more sense to focus on the sequel first and then go on to something new. The problem is that I have the idea for this „Australian novel“ in my head for so long, the story and its characters are eager to get out.

Tell us about your last release?

Well, my last release is also my first one and it’s called „Belfast Central“. The book deals with a friendship that bridges a great divide. Ryan and Adam come from different generations, religious backgrounds and social classes. Still, they connect over the one thing they have in common: they are the only survivors of a shooting at the Belfast Central Station. They are both lost and traumatised, finding some ease to their pain in each others company. Together they want to bring down the people who were responsible for the shooting.

Do you have a new release due?

Since I am writing two books at the same time right now and I have to do the marketing for „Belfast Central“ I don’t have a release date for my next book yet. But I am intending to release my next book in about a year.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Well, it was very important for me to publish my novel „Belfast Central“ on the 10th of April 2018 – the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. By chance, the London Book Fair was scheduled to start exactly on that day. So I decided to travel to London and exhibit at the fair. It was mind-blowing. What an environment to release your first novel! I signed my first books and gave my first interviews there. It was more than I ever could ask for. We ended the day in a pub and drank a beer to celebrate the day. It was not a long night, though. We were so tired we collapsed into bed before midnight.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

My readers can reach out to me via email, follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter. I am also a Goodreads author, so you can also get in touch there. And of course I have a website where I share travel tips, short stories and information about book releases.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Recently „Belfast Central“ made it to the Longlist of the German Selfpublishing Award. When I first found out about it I couldn’t believe it: I was among the top 20 of 1100 submissions! That was huge. The media interest in Austria increased significantly afterwards, after all I was the only Austrian who made it this far. I am really proud of this story and of how far it has come. I am glad I am able to give Ryan and Adam the stage they deserve.

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

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Blurb

Belfast 1993: A nocturnal ambulance service at the Belfast Central Station almost turns deadly for the young paramedic Ryan. In the crosshairs of the IRA, he is badly wounded and wakes up in the hospital with muddled memories. The police close the case fast, leaving too many burning questions unanswered. Most importantly, who was that old man who appeared at the scene out of nowhere and saved Ryan’s life? Not fully recovered yet, Ryan begins searching for the mysterious man, only to get dragged into a feud between opposing paramilitaries – with fatal consequences…

A thrilling story about fates in 20th century Northern Ireland.  

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2xWg6T0

Author Bio

Born and raised in Austria, A.K. Amherst travelled the world from a young age. This influenced her writing, which relates to history and cultures of foreign countries. Intensive research is part of her job, and she really loves her job. You want to be taken into another setting and experience life from a different angle? Then Amherst is the writer for you.

There is a more detailed author bio on my website if you need it longer, but I prefer to keep it short 😉 Link to author bio “longer version”: http://akamherst.com/aboutme/

 

The Haunted Broch by @WendyHJones #BlogTour #Spotlight #BookPromo #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Wendy H Jones’s The Haunted Broch blog tour 🙂

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With thanks to Wendy H Jones and to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

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Blurb

A Scottish Broch.

An archaeologist scorned.

A ghost disturbed.

The Detective Duo, Fergus and Flora, are spending their summer on an archaeological dig, searching for the Lost Broch.

But someone—or something—seems set on sabotaging the project. An infestation of spiders—a swarm of mice—the campsite trashed—who knew archaeology could be so dangerous?

And is the Lost Broch really under a curse?

The Haunted Broch

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2PonlNq

Author Information

Bertie The Buffalo author

Award Winning Author Wendy H. Jones lives in Scotland, and her police procedural series featuring Detective Inspector Shona McKenzie, is set in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. Wendy has led a varied and adventurous life. Her love for adventure led to her joining the Royal Navy to undertake nurse training. After six years in the Navy she joined the Army where she served as an Officer for a further 17 years. This took her all over the world including Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Much of her spare time is now spent travelling around the UK, and lands much further afield. As well as nursing Wendy also worked for many years in Academia. This led to publication in academic textbooks and journals. Killer’s Countdown is her first novel and the first book in the Shona McKenzie Mystery series. Killer’s Crew won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2107. There are now six books in this series with Killer’s Crypt being released in August, 2017. The Dagger’s Curse is the first book in The Fergus and Flora Mysteries for Young Adults. This book is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Magazine Readers Choice Award Book of the Year. She is also a highly successful marketer and she shares her methods in the book, Power Packed Book Marketing.

ICYMI….

Bertie The Buffalo by @WendyHJones #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @malcolmdown #LoveBooksGroupTours

 

Picking Up The Pieces by @JoanneWorgan #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @Urbanebooks #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Joanne Worgan’s Picking Up The Pieces blog tour!

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Many thanks to Joanne Worgan and to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

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Interview with Joanne Worgan…..

Picking Up The Pieces author

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

Hello, and thank you for inviting me on your wonderful blog.

You’re very welcome, Joanne 🙂

Where to start? I’ve been married to Andrew for 20 years, we met at school, and we have two boys. I studied English Literature and Drama at University, but later went on to train and then work as a renal nurse. Today I work as a freelance copywriter when I’m not busy writing stories.

My book is called Picking Up The Pieces and it’s about the importance of family, of friendship and protecting your child at any cost. The novel revolves around Kate, who is a single mum to Sam, her six-year-old autistic son. She believes that her past is now far behind her, as is her abusive ex-partner, but she soon learns that she is not safe, and her life as she knows it will be turned upside down.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The story that became Picking Up The Pieces had been brewing inside ne for many years. My youngest son is autistic, and when he was diagnosed at age 3 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) I wanted to help other parents who were in a similar situation, and so I sat and wrote a kind of self-help book, of all the things I had learned about parenting an autistic child. It was during this time that my mum told me I should write fiction, but I just shrugged this idea off. But, the seed had been planted and I started to write little notes and ideas about a young boy, who eventually became Sam. The rest of the story grew around him.

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

No, not really. I suppose Sam is an amalgamation of my youngest son, and of other autistic children that I’ve had the pleasure to meet over the years. Kate and Matt do have some characteristics of people I know, but I shan’t name them.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Oh, that’s a great question. Sam became Sam as he was originally Joe, but after watching The A Word on TV I decided to change his name. I’ve always liked the name Sam. I chose the name Kate because it is a lovely and popular name and when I pictured this character in my head it was the first name that instantly cane to mind. Now, Matt for some reason became Matt as I started to write about him. It’s a solid name, a no-nonsense name, and I think that this really did reflect Matt’s personality, as the reliable and trustworthy guy next door.

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

In a nutshell? OK. Well, I try and find time to write every day. This may be for half an hour, for most of the day, or just a few minutes. It depends on other work commitments, if it’s the school holidays, and how far I am into the story. I joined Jenn Ashworth (a fantastic northern author) on her 100 days of writing journey on Twitter and I found it so incredibly useful for just getting all those ideas down. As the saying goes, you can’t edit a blank page.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Only 5? Oh my word! That’s so incredibly difficult as there are so many authors that I love and admire greatly. So, five from this huge collection would have to be Jo Nesbo, Joanna Cannon, Amanda Prowse, Jo Spain and Audrey Niffenegger (as The Time Traveler’s Wife is my favourite book of all time). Oh, and Matt Haig, I know that’s six, but I adore How To Stop Time.

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

Oh that’s a difficult one. Let me think. Just one author? I’d have to choose George Orwell. I’d ask him, ‘so what do you think about our world now?’ that would make for an interesting conversation.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Oh my goodness, yes I was. Our house was always full of books, and my parents were avid readers. I also adored the local library. My dad took me every Saturday. I loved my library card. I think I read every book in the children’s section. I also have my mum to thank for my love of Daphne Du Maurrier, as she lent me her copy of Jamaica Inn. My favourite book as a little girl was Little Women, as I wanted to be Jo.

When did you start to write?

I’ve always loved to write stories. Aa a little girl I had a notebook and would write short stories. Then, when I went to university I wrote on and off, it’s always been a part of my life. It wasn’t really though until my son was diagnosed that I believed that I could write. From there I wrote my nonfiction books about raising an autistic child, which then led to me writing a blog for the Huffington Post and my local paper, the Lancaster Guardian. I then joined Wattpad and dabbled in romantic fiction and to be honest I haven’t looked back.

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

Oh, that’s another difficult question. You know, to be honest, a book ends how it ends. It’s what the author intended. Now, if I don’t like that I can always change the ending in my head. One book instantly pops to mind, but I feel it would be unfair to say what book, or even to give the ending away.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Oh, so many books I really wish I had written The Time Traveler’s Wife. That and Pride and Prejudice.

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

Love this question. ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.’ I am an eternal optimist.

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

Oh, there are so many characters to choose from. But, if I had to choose, it would be Mr Darcey. I’d take him to the Shore Cafe down the road and ask him when was the moment that he fell in love with Elizabeth Bennett.

What are you working on right now?

I am about 60,000 words into a novel that revolves around a young woman who is losing her sight and that sometimes we all need to take a leap of faith, and a bucketful of courage to simply live life. It’s a lot of fun to write

Do you have a new release due?

Picking Up The Pieces is published by Urbane on November 8th.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’ll probably wave the boys off to school and then pop into town for a coffee. I may even bake a cake.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I am on twitter @JoanneWorgan, so feel free to tweet me at any time. I’m on there quite a lot. You can also reach me via my book review site at Brew and Books Review. I’ve also got an author page over on the Urbane website.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just that I feel incredibly lucky to be a published author. I’d like to thank Matthew Smith over at Urbane for believing in me, and to family and friends who always said I could do it. I suppose my final message is to never give up on your dreams, and to not let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Because, you can.

Thank you so much Kerry for inviting me on your blog and being part of the Picking Up The Pieces blog tour.

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

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Blurb

A compelling and emotive fiction debut about a mother’s unbreakable love for her autistic son.

Kate has a six-year-old autistic son, Sam. She has started a new life to escape her controlling and abusive boyfriend Jake. She believes that the past is behind her and that she and Sam are safe. But after spotting Jake through a misted-up cafe window, Kate knows that Jake has found her.

Kate confides in her neighbour Matt, a man running from his own past. He seems to offer a genuine chance at happiness for her and son Sam, but Jake is determined to get them back at all costs….

Picking Up The Pieces is an original, moving and gripping page-turner about a woman’s search for happiness as she fights to protect her autistic son’s future.  

Buy Link  

https://amzn.to/2DEWM22

Happy reading 🙂

 

The Savage Shore by @david_hewson #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @severnhouse #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hi and welcome to my stop on David Hewson’s The Savage Shore blog tour! I’m honoured to be one of the lucky bloggers to be kicking things off 🙂

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Many thanks to David Hewson and to Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

#LoveBooksGroupTours

Interview with David Hewson…..

Savage Shore author David Hewson

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

Over the last 25 years I’ve published 30 or so books (you stop counting after a while) including the Nic Costa series set in Italy, the Pieter Vos books set in Amsterdam, and adaptations of The Killing TV series set in Copenhagen. I live in Kent, England, but travel to Europe a fair bit, especially Italy.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Mostly from travel. The Savage Shore is based upon some research I carried out in Calabria which is the toe of Italy, a wild region pretty much unknown to foreigners.

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

Never. I’d find that very strange.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Reading local newspapers. Visiting graveyards. Trying to find a name that fits with the kind of person they are and isn’t too difficult to pronounce.

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

I imagine the world of the story. I imagine the characters. I create a starting problem for them to tackle. I then set them loose and see what they achieve.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I only ever list dead ones for that question because the live ones get mad if you leave them out. Robert Graves, Ed McBain, Mary Renault, Jorge Luis Borges and Giorgio Bassani.

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

I’d love to meet the ghost of Bassani and find out the stories behind his wonderful story of pre-war Italy, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Were you a big reader as a child?

Absolutely. I lived in libraries.

When did you start to write?

I left school when I was 17 and joined a local paper so in a sense I’ve been writing all my life. But I didn’t manage to get my fiction to work until I was in my early forties. You need a bit of life behind you to give you something to write about.

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

I wouldn’t change any of them.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

No. I don’t think that way.

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

Probably something along the lines of ‘Like I give a…’

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

The emperor Claudius from Graves’ I Claudius. I’d take him to a favourite restaurant by the ruins of the Roman forum and ask him what he made of things now.

What are you working on right now?

Something I can’t talk about. I never discuss work in progress until it’s announced. But it’s a new project, and set in Italy though not a series book.

Tell us about your last release?

The Savage Shore is the tenth book in the Nic Costa series. It’s set in Calabria where Costa, a Roman detective, has gone to try to engineer the surrender of a gang lord who wants to turn state witness. But in order to get the guy out Costa has to go inside the gang and pretend to be a hoodlum himself.

Do you have a new release due?

I have a couple of projects coming out in 2019 but not ones I can talk about right now. One is audio only which is a medium I work in a lot these days. I won an Audie for best original work earlier this year for an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet performed by that wonderful actor Richard Armitage.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I might find my way to the pub in the evening.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Twitter and the website – the usual.

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

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Blurb

Detective Nic Costa finds himself a stranger in a strange land when he’s sent to infiltrate the mob in a remote part of southern Italy.

Roman police detective Nic Costa has been sent undercover to Italy’s beautiful, remote Calabrian coast to bring in the head of the feared mob, the ‘Ndrangheta, who has offered to turn state witness for reasons of his own.

Hoping to reel in the biggest prize the state police have seen in years, the infamous Butcher of Palermo, Costa and his team are aware the stakes are high. But the constant deception is taking its toll. Out of their depth in a lawless part of Italy where they are the outcasts, not the men in the hills, with their shotguns and rough justice, the detectives find themselves pitched as much against one another as the mob. As the tension rises, it’s clear the operation is not going to plan. Is Nic Costa getting too close to the enemy for comfort – and is there a traitor among them …?

 

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2Ol1abs

Happy reading 🙂

 

 

City of Secrets (Adventures of Letty Parker) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin #BookReview @penkhullpress

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I know I don’t often read and review children’s books, but I was intrigued by City of Secrets and it has been a breath of fresh air to read something a bit different for a change. I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed it! It is aimed at 9-12 year olds and I’m ever so slightly older than that, but I think this will be enjoyed by many children and adults alike. If you have children around this age then I am sure they will love it. Or why not enjoy it together. I think it would be great read aloud. It is beautifully descriptive with an array of interesting characters and an intriguing storyline. I’m sure you’d find it as captivating as I have.

Letty Parker is a feisty little character! She lives alone, selling pies on the streets of Bristol for a living. Bristol is portrayed as a dark and often dangerous city (the eels sound particularly creepy!) making it a very atmospheric setting.

When Letty’s stepsister and others disappear she is determined to find them and hatches a plan with Jeb. Nothing could prepare them for what they would discover though. Will the police believe her and put an end to the evil happening almost under their noses. Letty certainly won’t be giving up without a fight.

Featuring monsters, dragons and gargoyles, what more could you want from a story full of suspense and secrets. Misha Herwin certainly has a vivid imagination which is more than evident in her writing. She certainly brings her characters to life and transports the reader to life with Letty, on the streets of Bristol, effortlessly.

Many thanks to Misha Herwin for my review copy. I highly recommend.

Buy here…..

https://www.amazon.co.uk/City-Secrets-Adventures-Letty-Parker/dp/0993000878/ref=la_B0034P2O9I_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1541357576&sr=1-1

It would make a great Christmas gift for the children in your life!

Letty Parker lives by her wits. Estranged from her family, she sells pies on the streets of Bristol. But this is a Bristol full of dark secrets, peopled by gangs, monsters, dragons and gargoyles – and by creatures older than time. When her friend and stepsister disappear, when members of Jeb’s gang vanish, Letty is plunged headlong into a conspiracy where homeless children are being spirited away to a place where a terrible fate awaits them. These are the poor and the lost children of the streets whom no one seems to care about – except for Letty. But what if a rich child went missing? Would the authorities then act? Together, Letty and Jeb hatch a plan…

About the author…..

Misha Herwin

Misha Herwin was born in England of Polish parents. English was not her first language but once she learned to speak it, she has never stopped. At twelve she wrote and staged her first play in a theatre made from a cardboard box. Since then things have improved and her plays have been both performed in England and Jamaica, where she lived for a while. As Misha M Herwin she has written two novels “Picking up the Pieces” and “House of Shadows”, both published by Penkull Press. “Dragonfire” “Juggler of Shapes” and “Master of Trades” are her fantasy trilogy for kids. Her stories for adult readers have appeared in a number of anthologies including “A Fairy’s Story,” in “Bitch Lit”, and “The Satan Stones” in “Ancient Wonders,” by Alchemy Press. Her latest “The Loop Line” is in “The Darkest Midnight in December”. Her children are grown up and she lives in Staffordshire England with her husband in a house with a dragon in the garden.

Misha blogs at http://mishaherwin.wordpress.com/

Misha Herwin Amazon Author Page

Happy reading 🙂

Picking Up The Pieces by Misha M. Herwin #BookReview @MishaHerwin @penkhullpress

Shadows On The Grass by @MishaHerwin #LaunchDay #BookReview @penkhullpress