The Benevolent Dictator by Tom Trott @tjtrott #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @rararesources

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Interview with Tom Trott…..

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

Sure, I’m from Brighton, and both my previous books (You Can’t Make Old Friends, and Choose Your Parents Wisely) were set there. They are detective novels, which is the genre I’m most comfortable in. For my latest book, The Benevolent Dictator, I felt inspired to do something entirely different: a political thriller set in the Middle East. I’m pretty young (still in my twenties) and know nothing about anything, which means I have to do an awful lot of research, but thankfully I’m naturally curious so I enjoy the process.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

My subconscious cooked up the idea for The Benevolent Dictator from a combination of The Great Gatsby, Ozymandias, and the Adam Curtis documentary Hypernormalisation. Generally speaking I’m a thematic writer: I know what theme I want to write about and I’m always just searching for the right story and characters to explore that theme.

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

This is my most personal book, in that the character of Ben Hollow (the narrator) is much more closely based on myself than anything I’ve previously written. He is me if I had followed a different path, but he’s also inspired by my perceptions of some real life figures. When I write my Brighton-set novels I very often use people I know as inspiration; some of them manage to spot themselves, but many more don’t!

How do you pick your characters names?

With the two principle characters of The Benevolent Dictator I actually used two different approaches. For the narrator, Ben Hollow, I recycled a name I had used in something unpublished. I loved the symbolism of the name Hollow, and how it suggested the idea of seeing the book through his eyes. For the title character, Amal, I trawled through Arabic names until I found one with a meaning I felt was appropriate, in this case “hope”. It’s actually a female name, so I had to explain that away in the book because I didn’t want to give up good symbolism. For the rest of the characters I used a similar approach to Amal, finding names that either suggested how others saw them, or their true nature underneath.

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

I have a day job, so for me it’s very much about snatching moments to write and do what I can when I can. I plan quite carefully (a four of five line paragraph for each 3000 word chapter) and that means that I don’t have to do a lot of figuring out when I’m writing.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Raymond Chandler is my number one, and where I go for comfort reading. Agatha Christie is number two for sure. Then I’d have to fill in the rest with Arthur Conan Doyle for pure ridiculous fun, J R R Tolkien for a fully realised world, and Daphne Du Maurier for atmosphere.

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

Agatha Christie, and I would ask her how she kept innovating. People who have never read her novels have a perception of them as formulaic, but I have never seen any mystery novelist so consistently innovate from book to book. She knows you’ve read the last book and she uses it to trick you in the next one.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Perhaps above average, but I didn’t devour books in the way some people do and still don’t. I envy people who read a book a week. I’m a slow reader by choice, I like to luxuriate in the world.

When did you start to write?

When I was too young to remember, but back then it was plays and sketches, nothing so formal or disciplined as prose.

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

That’s a very hard question. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by the end of a book, but it’s more likely that I don’t remember them because they weren’t good enough to stick in the memory. Of course it would be tempting to give a happy ending to something, but it would be a betrayal of the story. With my own books I know there are bigger twists I could put in, but they betray the central theme and that’s what I’m most concerned with. I would perhaps add an extra five pages onto the end of Murder on the Orient Express, it ends very abruptly and without emotional resolution.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Rebecca. It’s perfect.

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

Moving On (which I think is the secret to both good writing and general happiness).

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

Philip Marlowe, and just your average dive. He’d have some stories to tell.

What are you working on right now?

The third in my detective series, I’m already two-thirds in. I’m not revealing the title yet but the initials are I.N.G.A. and the clue is The Two Jakes. No one has figured it out yet, if they do I might put their name in the book!

Do you have a new release due?

Not before then.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Anxiously look at the KDP, Createspace, and ACX dashboards to see if anyone is buying my book. Then I tend to just get on with my day, there’s nothing to celebrate unless people buy it. I’m much more likely to celebrate the day I finish typing.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can follow me on Twitter (@tjtrott), Facebook (@tomtrottbooks), or contact me through my website (tomtrott.com) where they can also sign up to my email newsletter to get news and offers.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just that The Benevolent Dictator is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, so there’s no excuse not to read it!

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

You’re welcome,

Tom x

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Ben longs to be prime minister one day. But with no political connections, he is about to crash out of a Masters degree with no future ahead. So when by chance he becomes fast friends with a young Arab prince, and is offered a job in his government, he jumps at the chance to get on the political ladder.

Amal dreads the throne. And with Ben’s help he wants to reform his country, steering it onto a path towards democracy. But with the king’s health failing, revolutionaries in the streets, and terrorism threatening everyone, the country is ready to tear itself apart.

Alone in a hostile land, Ben must help Amal weigh what is best against what is right, making decisions that will risk his country, his family, and his life.

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www.amazon.co.uk/Benevolent-Dictator-Tom-Trott-ebook/dp/B07BZQHTDB

Author Bio –

Tom Trott was born in Brighton. He first started writing at Junior School, where he and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for school assemblies, much to the amusement of their fellow pupils. Since leaving school and growing up to be a big boy, he has written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; he has written Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel, and he has won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. He is the proverbial Brighton rock, and currently lives in the city with his wife.

Social Media Links –

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www.facebook.com/tomtrottbooks

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Crimson Siege – Blood Riders Book One by Jay Raven @JayRavenAuthor #BlogTour #Spotlight @rararesources

Hi and welcome to my stop on Jay Raven’s Crimson Siege – Blood Riders Book One blog tour!

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Crimson Siege – Blood Riders Book One.

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In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Author Bio –

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Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter: @JayRavenAuthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

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The Gathering by B. R. Giacomazzo @bg_writes_stuff #BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview @rararesources

Hi and welcome to my stop on Bernadette Giacomazzo’s The Gathering blog blitz…..

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Many thanks to the author and Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources

Interview with Bernadette Giacomazzo…..

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

My name is Bernadette Giacomazzo, and I’m an editor, writer, and photographer with more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. I’ve been lucky enough to see my work featured in People, The Daily Mail, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and countless other publications. I’m currently a contributing writer at The Inquisitr, HipHopDX, and Wrestling, Inc., and I’m a copy editor for a book publishing company, as well.

My book series is a dystopian fiction series called The Uprising, and the first book is called The Gathering. It’s out now. I plan to release the second book, Kings and Queens, sometime in the Spring of 2019.

My website is http://www.bernadettegiacomazzo.com, and the website for the book is http://www.longlivetheuprising.com.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

For this series – which will be my only fiction series – I got my ideas from a variety of places, but my main influence was the so-called “Old New York,” which was New York City and the Five Boros in the 1970s and 1980s. What you see in New York City today is nothing like it was when I was growing up.

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

Absolutely. I firmly believe that it’s a writer’s divine right to use his/her life as inspiration – whether good or bad – for everything s/he does.

How do you pick your characters names?

Believe it or not, they just came to me. Some minor characters are named after real people – Pualani, for example, is named after my college roommate; Rock, Rush, Steele and Chainsaw are the nicknames of real friends of mine – but the names of the main characters (Jamie, Basile, Kanoa, Evanora, and Tommy) are totally fictitious.

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

I’m old-school: I write down a three-sentence summary of the story. Then, I write a proper outline – introduction, body, and conclusion. Then, I develop the characters – I give them full backstories, draw up what they look like, and everything else. From there, I just write. Then, I go back and re-read the story three times – each time, making edits. I finally give it one last glance over before turning it over to a third party to give it a final pair of eyes and make notes. When I get their notes back, I make the changes if appropriate, then hit publish.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

In no order, particularly: Stephen King, Friedrich Pohl, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, and Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park).

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

I would love to have a chat with Neil Gaiman one day. I wouldn’t just ask him one question – it would be a full-on conversation with tea and sandwiches. And then we’d pick up Stephen King and George R.R. Martin for ice cream, and we’d all have a nice chat.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, and I still am. My family likes to joke that I like books more than I like people – and they’re not far off, LOL.

When did you start to write?

Professionally, at 21. But I really wanted to be a writer from the time I was 12 or 13.

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

It’s not up to me to tell another author how to write. Something being “good” or “crap” is subjective anyway. Without going into detail, let me just say that there are certain authors that are garbage people, have garbage fandoms, and write garbage books. Anything that fetishizes a culture or a people – I don’t know why, but a lot of “historical romance” novels love to fetishize Scotland & Scottish warriors; the British call it “tartanalia” – is something that, in my mind, is absolute trash, and can be used to pick up what my dog leaves behind on a walk. Barring their use on dog walks, I avoid garbage books at all costs, because they’re an insult to me as a reader, and a disgrace to me as a writer and editor.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

No. You can only tell the story you were meant to tell.

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

My Life on the Press List, because honestly, that’s where I’ve spent most of my adult life.

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

I’d take Randall Flagg from Stephen King’s The Stand to Alice’s Tea Cup on the Upper West Side in New York City. The twisted nature of that whole concept is, strangely, appealing to me.

What are you working on right now?

The follow-up to The Gathering, which is called Kings and Queens. I loved the multi-layered nature of that title – it not only refers to two counties in New York (Brooklyn, a/k/a Kings, and Queens), but it refers to an Aerosmith song of the same name, released on their Draw the Line album back in 1977. The song is about medieval times, of course, but it has a larger message about people willing to die for what they believe in, and that’s the case in Kings and Queens, the book.

The second act of every series is always “darker” than the first act, and Kings and Queens is darker, more action packed, and less forgiving than The Gathering. Without spoiling it, however, it also has a surprise, twist ending filled with hope, too – even though the characters don’t have much of it left.

Do you have a new release due?

King and Queens won’t be out until spring of next year.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I pull a Cersei Lannister and drink wine.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can email me – bernadette@bernadettegiacomazzo.com. They can “like” my Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/bernadettergiacomazzo. They can follow me on Twitter — @BG_Writes_Stuff – or follow me on Instagram — @BG_Takes_Pics.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I’m just really grateful for your time, and for even thinking about reading my book. It’s an honor.

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions 🙂

The Gathering

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The Uprising Series tells the story of three freedom fighters and their friends in high — and low — places that come together to overthrow a vainglorious Emperor and his militaristic Cabal to restore the city, and the way of life, they once knew and loved. In The Gathering, Jamie Ryan has defected from the Cabal and has joined his former brothers-in-arms — Basile Perrinault and Kanoa Shinomura — to form a collective known as The Uprising. When an explosion leads to him crossing paths with Evanora Cunningham — a product of Jamie’s past — he discovers that The Uprising is bigger, and more important, than he thought.

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With an impressive list of credentials earned over the course of two decades, Bernadette R. Giacomazzo is a multi-hyphenate in the truest sense of the word: an editor, writer, photographer, publicist, and digital marketing specialist who has demonstrated an uncanny ability to thrive in each industry with equal aplomb. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, People, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, and many, many more. She served as the news editor of Go! NYC Magazine for nearly a decade, the executive editor of LatinTRENDS Magazine for five years, the eye candy editor of XXL Magazine for two years, and the editor-at-large at iOne/Zona de Sabor for two years. As a publicist, she has worked with the likes of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and his G-Unit record label, rapper Kool G. Rap, and various photographers, artists, and models. As a digital marketing specialist, Bernadette is Google Adwords certified, has an advanced knowledge of SEO, PPC, link-building, and other digital marketing techniques, and has worked for a variety of clients in the legal, medical, and real estate industries.

Based in New York City, Bernadette is the co-author of Swimming with Sharks: A Real World, How-To Guide to Success (and Failure) in the Business of Music (for the 21st Century), and the author of the forthcoming dystopian fiction series, The Uprising. She also contributed a story to the upcoming Beyonce Knowles tribute anthology, The King Bey Bible, which will be available in bookstores nationwide in the summer of 2018.

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Bone Deep by Sandra Ireland @22_Ireland @PolygonBooks #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #BoneDeep #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Sandra Ireland’s Bone Deep blog tour.

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Many thanks to Sandra Ireland and Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

Interview with Sandra Ireland…..

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Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Because my books are quite dark and twisty, I always think it’s a good plan to write about what scares me, and I’m sure many of my readers share those fears! I’m terrified of mice, water and abandoned buildings. Also scrapyards and old cars, so that’s a clue for book 3…I like to combine seemingly random ideas too, which often leads to some interesting subplots.

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

Actually no, but sometimes I come across people in real life who remind me of my characters! For example, I work one day a week in my local ironmongers, and one day a lady walked in and I thought, ‘You’re Mac!’ (Bone Deep). She was wearing a Barbour jacket, with the pockets full of dog biscuits, and proceeded to tell me all about her spaniels in rather a posh accent!

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Sometimes it requires a bit of thought. I like to give a nod to the classics. In Beneath the Skin, Walt’s full name is Robert Walton, the narrator from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I liked the idea that Walt is on the outside looking in, observing this strange household he’s become a part of. Lucie Snowe in Bone Deep is called after Lucy Snowe in Villette by Charlotte Brontë. Like my Lucie, Brontë’s Lucy finds herself in difficult circumstances and ends up far from home. My other favourite Lucie is Lucie Westenra from Dracula, whose passions get the better of her!

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

I try to write (type) 500 words every day, but I don’t write quickly. I edit constantly, and I’m obsessed with word choice. Everything has to fit before I can move on which is a bit laborious! I’d love to just spew out a first draft in a month, but that doesn’t feel right to me. I like to craft a story, and it’s painstaking.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

That’s a really difficult one, because, of course, I love the Brontës and all things related to them, but there are some super-talented debut writers coming up, and I’m lucky to know many of them personally. Here are my top five in no particular order:

Toni Morrison

Margaret Atwood

ES Thomson

Sarah Pinborough

Emily Brontë

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

I’d ask Emily Brontë who inspired Heathcliff!

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, I consumed books about horses! I loved the books of Christine Pullein-Thompson and Monica Edwards.

When did you start to write?

I’ve written since I was a little girl, and really got the bug seriously as a teenager! I never thought anything would ever happen with my stories, because being a writer wasn’t a ‘thing’ back then. Now, we celebrate creativity in young people, whereas when I was in my teens, you were expected to get a ‘proper’ job.

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

I recently read White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht. Such a powerful book. It reduced me to tears. I so wanted something to happen at the end, but I can’t give any spoilers. Read the book and you’ll understand!

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman). Her characterisation is phenomenal. I loved Eleanor, and I’d love to create a character like that.

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

She Got There In The End

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

I’d take Eleanor Oliphant to one of our lovely cafes in Carnoustie. I think she’d like the good service and a nice walk on the beach.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on novel number 4, which is the first in a series, possibly. I can’t say too much about it but the main character is an older woman who finds herself caught between the generations, caring for an elderly relative while looking out for her young daughter. I think many women will identify with that. Needless to say there will be a few dark twists along the way!

Tell us about your last release?

My debut novel is Beneath the Skin, which was shortlisted for a Saltire Society First Novel Award. It’s the story of Walt, a soldier suffering from PTSD, who drifts into the lives of two rather odd sisters. One sister, Alys, is a taxidermist and Walt is offered a job as her assistant. Working with her dead specimens does not help his mental health, but he’s determined to stick around to find out exactly what is happening in this house of secrets.

Do you have a new release due?

Bone Deep will be published by Polygon at the beginning of July. This is another psychological thriller set in an abandoned watermill. Lucie arrives there under a cloud to do some work for Mac, a rather grumpy academic. Lucie, it turns out, is harbouring as many secrets as the old mill…

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

It will involve bubbly, that’s for sure! Bone Deep will be having three launches. The main one if at The Scottish Arts Club in Edinburgh, and then two local ones at the Two Sisters Café, Carnoustie and the Bookhouse, Monifieth.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m on Twitter @22_ireland and my website is https://sandrairelandauthor.com I’m also on Goodreads, and Facebook (Sandra Ireland Author)

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

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Synopsis

What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?

The consequences threaten to be far-reaching and potentially deadly. Bone Deep is a contemporary novel of sibling rivalry, love, betrayal and murder. It is a dual narrative, told in alternative chapters by Mac, a woman bent on keeping the secrets of the past from her only son, and the enigmatic Lucie, whose own past is something of a closed book. Their story is underpinned by the creaking presence of an abandoned water mill, and haunted by the local legend of two long-dead sisters, themselves rivals in love, and ready to point an accusing finger from the pages of history.

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Martinis and Memories by A. L. Michael @ALMichael_ #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @canelo_co @ElliePilcher95

Hi and welcome to my stop on A. L. Michael’s Martinis and Memories blog tour…..

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Interview with A. L. Michael…..

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

I’ve been writing for about 6 years, and Martinis and Memories is my 11th book. I usually write about difficult women and the search for vulnerability. I hopefully put a little comedy in there too.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I think as a writer you’re always looking for ideas. Whether that’s watching movies and wondering ‘what if this was different’ or hearing stories from people you know. I tend to steal lines from my friends, and often, as a somewhat anxious person, I’m always wondering about what might happen, what might go wrong, so my stories tend to be created out of that.

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

Some of the things they say are out of my friends’ mouths, but the characters are completely fictional.

How do you pick your characters names?

Sometimes they’re things I would have liked to name future kids but they’re a little too out there (Savannah, Tigerlily, Arabella). I like things that can be shortened so other characters can give them nicknames. Sometimes it’s just going through Baby Name books until something stands out. I often forget which surnames I’ve given characters though, which can be problematic!

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

I sketch ideas out, I usually know the beginning and roughly what happens when I start writing, but I’m not an intensive plotter, I like to be able to discover the story as I write it. There’s nothing quite like having those ‘ahah!’ moments when you find out something about your character that you didn’t know at the start. I sketch out bits on my phone or in notebooks, and then when I start writing I do a whole draft before going back. I think finishing the first draft is always the most important thing. It’s a structure. The detail (and genius) is usually in the editing.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Mhairi Mcfarlane, C L Taylor, Liane Moriarty, Jenny Crusie, Laini Taylor

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

Honestly, I’m a nervous person and I’d rather not meet my heroes – I like the author to stay as this mystical creature in the background. They’ve given me the present of a book, I don’t want to talk to anyone though!

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yep always loved reading, stayed up late under the covers with a torch. Consumed everything. Every genre, anything that had a story, I’d read it.

When did you start to write?

I’d always written, but I took part in a creative writing class when I was about 10 and I was set on being a writer from then on.

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

I honestly have no idea, I’ve suddenly forgotten the ending to every book ever!

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Holly Bourne’s How Do You Like Me Now? It’s so relatable, so brilliantly done, the characters are excellent, and it’s really got an important message. It’s so incredibly of our time and I think every young woman should read it.

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

Yes, I’m still here.

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

I feel like I’d love to chat to Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Partly because I’m dying to read the next book in the series, but also because he’s someone completely in love with knowledge and stories, just like me. I think I’d take him to some sort of crazy tea emporium with hundreds of types of tea and lots of interesting artefacts!

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I trained in therapeutic writing, so I run workshops to help people use writing to feel good. I did my research project on helping women with eating disorders.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just finished a book for my agent so I’m waiting to see what she says!

Tell us about your last release?

My last book was Prosecco and Promises, the second book in The Martini Series. It’s set on the Italian island of Ischia and it’s all heartbreak, beauty and nostalgia.

Do you have a new release due?

My latest book is the last in the series, it’s called Martinis and Memories. It’s about Bel, the owner of a burlesque club and what she does when her past catches up with her.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Ideally there would be fizzy wine, and the day usually starts with an almond croissant. Generally I just take it as an excuse to do/eat/drink things I enjoy and feel lots of love online!

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m always bumbling around on Twitter @almichael_ or my website http://www.almichael.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just thanks for having me!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂

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Title: Martinis and Memories

Author Name: A.L. Michael

Previous Books (if applicable): Cocktails and Dreams and Prosecco and Promises

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance

Release Date: 13th August 2018

Publisher: Canelo

Book Blurb: A fun, feisty novel of love and chasing your dreams

Bel Hailstone has spent the past decade building her dream – Soho’s best burlesque club – from the ground up. But now The Martini Club is under threat and it will take everything in Bel’s power to resist encroaching developers and save her pride and joy.

Amidst the chaos Bel’s past comes knocking with the unexpected arrivals of her still-not-quite-ex-husband, her estranged mother and Brodie Porter – the boy who got away all those years ago.

To keep her beloved club afloat – not to mention her sanity – Bel will have to accept help for the first time in a long time, put the past to rest and claim the happy ever after she once thought was lost for good.

Links to Book:

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Author Bio:

A. L. Michael is the author of 13 novels. Almost all of them are snarky love stories where difficult women learn to embrace vulnerability. Andi works as a content writer, so no matter what she’s doing, she’s all about the words. She has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Creative Business and an MSc in Creative Writing. She is represented by Hayley Steed at Madeleine Milburn.

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Twitter: @almichael_

Website: http://www.almichael.com

 

#Implant by Ray Clark @T1LOM #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @urbanebooks #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Ray Clark’s Implant blog tour.

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Many thanks to Ray Clark and to Kelly @ Lovebooksgrouptours

Interview with Ray Clark…..

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Other people: that sounds awful, doesn’t it? I don’t mean that I steal ideas. We all have lots of conversations everyday. What happens with me is that a throwaway comment in the middle of a conversation simply refuses to leave my brain. The thoughts then multiply, and before I know where I am, an idea for a book or a short story has developed. A classic example of that happened some time back when I mentioned to a friend that I loved the old Rod Serling TV series, The Twilight Zone. He replied that he felt the same, but no matter how many he’d seen, he’d never seen the same one twice. Neither had I, which prompted me to write a short story entitled Lost & Found, which appeared recently in a collection entitled, A Devil’s Dozen.

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

Only one. The second in the IMP series, entitled, Imperfection (also published by Urbane Books) dealt with a killer who was extremely adept in the art of disguise. He committed his first murder in the Grand Theatre in Leeds in front of the whole audience, before promptly leaving the theatre disguised as the man he had just killed, fooling everyone, including the man who looked after the stage door. I based him on a friend I used to work with, a real Yorkshireman with oodles of character. I never told him, but I suspect I won’t have to now.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I believe names depend largely on the situation the characters find themselves in. I try to work it out from their lifestyles, and the things they like to watch, listen to, and do: are they from a poor background, or a well to do family is often another consideration. It’s not unknown for me to change a character’s name as I go along because I feel it doesn’t suit him or her.

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

I don’t really have one. I’m not the kind of writer who rises at a particular time and has to complete a certain number of words before breakfast, or a set number each day. With me, I have to go with the flow. Sometimes, if I’m really passionate about a plot, I get up early, feed my cats, have my breakfast and then start – and nothing else gets done until I’ve finished. There are other days when I don’t write a word. The one thing I feel I have to do, however, is finish writing the chapter I have started in one session if at all possible. That way, I don’t lose the flow. As far as a book is concerned, once I have the initial idea, the development process is pretty much the same. I usually spend 3 months minimum, simply researching and making notes. Before I actually start to write the book I need to have the first twelve chapters mapped out. After that I let my characters drive the plot. I very rarely know the ending of the novel until I’m well into it. If I’m happy with the research and the development of the characters I am very confident that they will drive it to a believable finish.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Peter James.

Graham Masterton.

Peter Lovesey.

Nigel McCreery

Simon Kernick.

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

It would have to be Nigel McCreery, the only one from the list above that I have not personally met. Nigel was the man behind the big TV hits, Silent Witness and New Tricks, the latter being my all time favourite show. He is also the author of a number of police procedurals featuring a very strong character called, DCI Mark Lapslie. The first, entitled, Still Waters, is one of the best books I have ever read. Lapslie lives with a very unusual condition that I had never even heard of, but it was written so convincingly that I thought it simply must be real. I could not put it down, even to the point of delaying meals. The question I would ask Nigel is, who or what influenced the character of Mark Lapslie?

Were you a big reader as a child?

Not really. The strange thing is, I read more of the classics as a child than I ever have as an adult: A Christmas Carol, 20’000 Leagues Under The Sea etc. I remember vividly the first book I ever read was, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which nearly frightened me to death because of the character Injun Joe: the final scenes in the caves stayed with me for many years.

When did you start to write?

I actually started writing at school. My problem then was, I could never finish anything. I always started off very dramatically, putting everything into it, but I’d burn out at the halfway mark. The teachers always said I had a very good imagination and should do more with it. I think that really hit home when I was in my early twenties and I picked up a book entitled, The Manitou, by a then unknown author to me, Graham Masterton. The rest of the world knew Graham very well – it was only me that didn’t. That book kept me glued to the seat. The story revolved around the rebirth of a Native American Medicine Man into modern day culture: the fact that he chose to be reborn inside someone else really hyped up the tension. It was absolutely steeped in myths and legends that were so well written that I took them all to be completely true. Whether or not they were, I’m not sure. The Manitou started me on my writing career. I later found out that Graham took only one week to write it. I realized then that I had a long way to go if I wanted to reach that kind of standard.

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

I really don’t know the answer to this question, and I think my main concern is whether or not I will offend anyone by doing so. When I finally did start reading books regularly, in my late teens, one of the authors I really liked was James Herbert. The quality of his writing, plotting and characterization were pretty much second to none, but I could never accept his endings. Maybe I misunderstood what James was trying to achieve, but to me they always felt weak, leaving me – if not other readers – unsatisfied, or wanting more. I really don’t want to upset anyone with this comment but that was how I felt when I read a James Herbert book.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

What a great question. There are a number of books I’d love to have written: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris to name but one; Denial by Peter James, or Black Angel by Graham Masterton. But if I was pressed to choose one it would be Watch me by A.J. Holt. It’s an American police procedural, and the first time we meet the protagonist – a cop – she’s in court for catching a serial killer, but she’s the one being convicted because the computer program she wrote for tracking killers was illegal. She is quickly demoted and sent to a small backwater community to do nothing other than firewatch. Whilst there, she stumbles upon a problem the police are having with a man who runs a group of Internet serial killers. She decides, illegal or not, the program deserves to be used. That is one awesome book I would have been proud to put my name to.

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

At the risk of stealing the title of Christopher Lee’s autobiography, I think there’s only one thing it could be, The Lord of Misrule, which is the name of my website.

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

Miss Marple, but only if she was Margaret Rutherford. Miss Marple lives in a world I’d love to inhabit, a delightful existence of long afternoons spent with friends, dining on tea and scones and home-made baking, in a village where time stands still, and old-fashioned values are the mainstay of life, with no outside threat from the modern world of global warming and nuclear weapons. I remember seeing Margaret in a Norman Wisdom film called Just My Luck when Norman, who knew nothing about horse racing, placed a bet on a six-horse accumulator, backing not the horse but the jockey. Finally, on a winning streak, the last horse was pulled and Norman ended up visiting its eccentric owner, played by Margaret Rutherford, to try to persuade her to change her mind. She lived in large, rambling mansion, full of animals sharing her rooms. Quite frankly all I could see was Miss Marple. But I would love to have afternoon cream tea with her at Betty’s in Harrogate or York.

What are you working on right now?

Book 6 in the IMP series, entitled, Imperceptible: which examines what you do when one of your own goes rogue. And a novella entitled Ryder On The Storm, which is based on a true story about an unsolved murder in 1855, where the body was found at the side of a railway track. The clue to finally solving the case 150 years later lies in a haunted house, nestled on the side of the same railway track.

Tell us about your last release?

Implant is the third book in the IMP series (each having a one word title beginning with the letters IMP)

The novel is designed to make you think about where the world is heading, about how much we all rely on technology, which we believe makes our lives easier. We all have smart phones and TV’s and everything we become involved in depends heavily on that technology.

It all materialized from a book talk. I was invited to a large hall in a town quite close to where I live, to talk to an audience about the writing process, in particular, the secret behind short stories.

I’m not sure how many people attended but one thing I did notice was that a large percentage of them were of the younger generation: you know, the ones glued to their mobile phones, whose removal required surgery. Naturally, I was quite surprised: not by the fact that before, during and after, they were using the phones – merely that they had in fact turned up, which told me that some, if not most, actually read books. Some were texting, others taking photos, including selfies: a few were actually holding a conversation as I was talking.

Afterwards, I was pretty intrigued when I spoke to some of them. I could not fathom out why they relied so heavily on such technology. Rather amusingly, they couldn’t figure out why I didn’t!

Young people run their entire lives on their phones: Internet banking, on-line buying, social media: almost everything they do is through that phone. If they lose it they are virtually shut down themselves.

But think about what would happen if suddenly, that sophisticated machinery fell into the wrong hands and was used against us: if someone was clever enough to manipulate it, and in turn use it to exploit us – especially an enemy. How much damage could one person cause by turning something as small as a phone into a weapon: if a killer was clever enough to use it in such a way that he or she didn’t even have to be anywhere near the crime scene? How tough would that be for the investigating detective?

Do you have a new release due?

Only Implant, on August 9th.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I don’t tend to do anything special but what usually happens is I’ll attend a book signing shortly after publication day, and afterwards go out for a meal and a drink with some of my closest friends.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

All the usual social media sites and my website:

Website: www.thelordofmisrule.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/T1LOM

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ray.clark.184

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ray-Clark/e/B0034OMYLM

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I love music, and before setting my heart on writing, I spent years as a musician working the length and breadth of the UK, both as a solo artist and with a trio called Stagefright. The other two members thought that name very apt, because before every show I would walk a trench into the dressing room floor because of nerves. Live performances can do that to you, but I’d never stop because I love it. Later this year I have arranged a concert at a theatre close to where I live for OPA_UK with the proceeds going to the Fiona Wade Appeal, featuring six acts together for one-night only in a fundraising event to support The Oesophageal Patients’ Association charity. I love my music almost as much as my writing, so it’s a real honour to be able to take part in such a worthwhile cause.

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

Implant
Gardener and Reilly Crime Series #3

Ray Clark

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Blurb

Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire. Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.

Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims, no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence. Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy?

Implant is the perfect read for fans of Peter May, Mark Billingham and Peter James.

Book info:

Publication Day: 9th August 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
ISBN: 978-1911583981
Pages: 376
Category: Fiction, Genre: Thriller / Crime / Psychological

Buying links:

Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2HzlTAL
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2jceVY2
Foyles: http://bit.ly/2JDHFnQ
Waterstones: http://bit.ly/2FpKPJ6

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Ray Clark

About the Author

The British Fantasy Society published Ray Clark’s first work in 1995 – Manitou Man: The World of Graham Masterton, was nominated for both the World and British Fantasy Awards. In 2009, Ray’s short story, Promises To Keep, made the final shortlist for the best short story award from The Tom Howard Foundation. Ray is based in Goole, and has set his Gardener and Reilly crime series in nearby Leeds.

Social Media links:

Website: http://www.thelordofmisrule.net/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/T1LOM

 

The Last Lie She Told by K. J. McGillick @KJMcGillickAuth #BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview @rararesources

Hi and welcome to my stop on K. J. McGillick’s The Last Lie She Told blog blitz.

My apologies for posting so late. I have been in contact with Rachel to explain. Thank you for your understanding Rachel. x

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Interview with K. J. McGillick…..

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

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The ideas from my books come from my background in travel, the law and medicine. I have a passion for travel and art so over the years I have visited dozens of European museums and read nearly 100 books on art and art history which was the subject of my first book. My second book had to do with black market organ harvesting and I drew from my medical background for that book. My third book centred around Wall Street and bio terrorism and that idea was populated by world events.

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

Yes. My newest book’s main character was loosely based on a girl that disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the ‘90’s and never found.

How do you pick your characters names?

Some just come to me and others I try to pick based upon the intonation of their name. Do they sound like a solid citizen or flighty.

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

I start with a seven point plot wheel to outline the plot on one piece of paper. Then I flesh out my characters. After I have my characters and basic plot in place I then outline it so I have a three act story in place.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Dan Silva, Kristen Ashley, J. A. Huss

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

J.A. Huss who is an indie author. How do you write 8 books a year and do everything yourself and not hire anyone to help you.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes and my favourite series was Nancy Drew.

When did you start to write?

As an attorney I have to write briefs and legal papers all the time. However, my first stab at writing was when I returned from a concentration camp in Germany in 2005 and started a book on the Nazi pillage of art. I didn’t have the writing tools available now and the manuscript sat dormant not to be resuscitated.

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

Gone With the Wind. Scarlett and Rhett would have a happily ever after.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The daVinci Code

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

The Struggle Was Worth It

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

Gabriel Allon from Dan Silva’s novels and it would be a coffee house in my area

What are you working on right now?

The next book in a the series, a romantic suspense

Do you have a new release due?

The one The Last Lie She Told and another around December

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Have a special lunch with a friend

How can readers keep in touch with you?

http://www.kjmcgillick.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Every bit of my personal history has brought me to the place I am now where I use it all in my books.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

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The Last Lie She Told

Lies and misdirection rule the game.


To some, Fiona O’Dell is clever and manipulative. To others, she is a dangerous sociopath. One thing is certain – she’s trouble wherever she goes. Now she has vanished from her job, but not before being seen leaving a motel room where one man is found dead, another on the edge of death. Is this grizzly crime scene a BDSM encounter gone wrong? Or is it related to a company data breach where all three are employed? 

Private security expert Lee Stone and NYPD Detective Belle Hughes are assigned to the case. In a race to find Fiona, they track her across four states and shocked to find men from her past are being murdered. With little information and even less evidence, each new crime scene brings more questions than answers.

While secrets are revealed, there is only one conclusion: Fiona controls the game, the players, even the course of the investigation. The danger escalates, and the game must be mastered, or all fall victim to it. As Lee and Belle struggle to put all the pieces together, the two investigators find their relationship heats up as they are drawn to each other. Looking for a murder mystery with a feisty female detective that’s filled with twists and turns? Explore The Last Lie She Told for a thrill ride that leaves you guessing until the end.

Purchase Links

Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FBSY51Y

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FBSY51Y

The Last Lie She Told is 99p/c until the 14th August.

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Author Bio –

K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right?

As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/KJMcGillickauthor/

Kathleen McGillick

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https://twitter.com/KJMcGillickAuth

11th – 13th August – Three: Deception Love Murder also by K.J. McGillick will be FREE

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Peppermint Park by Stephanie Harte @StephanieHarte3 #BookReview

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Peppermint Park is another book which has been on my review list for a long time. I am working my way through them all slowly, but surely! My apologies to Stephanie Harte for taking so long to read and review. 

Anyway, I have to say that Peppermint Park has been a lovely read! Quite different to what I usually read which has made a refreshing change.

We meet Violet and Bradley, teenage sweethearts running away to America together. Violet really doesn’t want to leave her mother with her abusive father, but at the same time she’s desperate to escape her suffocating home-life. A fresh start with the love of her life is just what she needs. They join Bradley’s father at a hippy commune where they are free to enjoy each other and a very relaxed way of life. I have to say, some aspects are very appealing, but I definitely couldn’t cope with the nakedness or drugs! It’s easy to see why some people would prefer it over the stresses and constraints of ‘normal’ every day life though.

Unfortunately for Violet, things aren’t rosy for long, as Bradley takes their relaxed, free-loving way of life too far.

I really warmed to Violet and I loved her mothers character. I couldn’t help but like most of the characters at the commune, especially Randolph!

This is a unique, well written, emotional story about young love, adventure, deceit, domestic abuse and hope.

I am more than happy to recommend.

Many thanks to the author for my review copy.

Via AmazonUK…..

A bittersweet romance set in the swinging sixties.
Peppermint Park stood on a tree-lined street in the affluent suburb of Chigwell, Essex. It looked picture perfect on the outside, but behind closed doors, family secrets were hidden from public view.
To escape a life of torment, Violet boards a plane bound for San Francisco with her boyfriend, Bradley. Once they stepped inside the boundaries of Happy Acres, a hippie commune, they entered a different realm, one without clocks and calendars, where smoking marijuana became a daily pastime.
Violet and Bradley were having the time of their lives. But was their amphetamine-fueled existence about to come crashing down around them? Surely you can never have too much of a good thing, can you? Join them on their journey as they take a leap of faith into unknown territory in search of a new beginning.

Buy a copy here…..

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Blood Ribbon by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 #PublicationDay #BlogBlitz #Spotlight @rararesources

Hi and welcome to my spot on Roger Bray’s Blood Ribbon blog blitz!

Happy Publication Day, Roger Bray 🙂

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Many thanks to Roger Bray and to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to join in with the celebrations.

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When there’s more than secrets buried, where do you start digging?

When Brooke Adams is found battered, bleeding, and barely conscious, the police are at a loss as to who her attacker is or why she was targeted.

Then, PI Rod Morgan turns up convinced that Brooke’s attack is the latest in a string of unsolved disappearances dating back twenty-five years.

The police, however, aren’t convinced, so Brooke and Rod must investigate the cases themselves.

As secrets from the past start unravelling, will they find Brooke’s attacker before he strikes again, or is that one secret that will stay buried forever?

Purchase Link –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Ribbon-theres-secrets-digging-ebook/dp/B07F9CC32X/

About Roger Bray

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–  I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Social Media Links –

https://twitter.com/rogerbray22

https://www.facebook.com/rogerbraybooks/

https://rogerbraybooks.com/

 

 

The Bespokist Society Guide to London by The Bespokist Society @TheBespokist #BlogTour #GuestPost @rararesources

Hi and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Bespokist Society Guide to London 🙂

The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

Many thanks to the author and to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources

Guest post…..

Celeb vegan hairdresser Juno Marshall tells The Bespokist Society about his incredible cat, Darby.

When I opened Darby’s I was desperate to create a vegan hair salon where people could finally have their hair cut without feeling like ignorant murderers. Little did I know I would end up changing society forever.

Darby and I met when he was only a kitten. I was in a really dark place after realising I’d eaten some butter ghee and we started looking after each other. For me Darby’s veganism has always been a very personal choice of his. He’s simply never shown any interest in meat and has always been quite happy to gobble up whatever fruit and veg I have lying around (mushrooms and swiss chard are his favourites!).

It was only when he started bringing other neighbourhood cats into the salon for snacks of cauliflower and beetroot that I realised that Darby was actually becoming a vociferous advocate of a vegan lifestyle. He can be very persuasive and although I can’t speak his language, I can often see him engaged in heated debates in the streets. He has also started becoming highly political and while I don’t necessarily condone his actions, I did feel a pang of pride when I discovered him and his pals had ambushed the local artisan butcher and scratched his trousers.

Now that – thanks to Darby – the vegan message has spread through the cat (and now even canine) communities, the salon has become something of a symbol of tolerance and kindness in a crazy city. We’ve had a lot of amazing vegan celebs through the doors but sadly it’s also had its downside. Darby has been the victim of anonymous death threats (we believe that Whiskas and Pedigree Chum could be to blame…) and recently we experienced a hate crime when someone dropped a haribo gummy bear by the hairdryers.

Darby however has been my rock and has been utterly unshakeable in his commitment to our cause. I couldn’t be prouder 🙂

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The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest” http://www.londonpetlover.com

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

Purchase Link –

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bespokist-Society-Guide-London/dp/1912615142/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523828780&sr=8-1&keywords=bespokist


Author Bio –

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.

Social Media Links –

@TheBespokist

www.bespokistsociety.com

Check out the rest of the blog tour for reviews, and more, with these awesome book bloggers…..

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