Vengeance by Roger A Price @RAPriceAuthor @EndeavourPress @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour #AuthorInterview

Today I have the pleasure of being one of three book bloggers kicking off Roger A Price’s Vengeance blog tour! 🙂

Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for the invitation to join in.

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Q&A with Roger A Price…..

Roger A Price

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

Hello, I live in Lancashire and retired from the police as a detective inspector having seen service, both covertly as well as overtly, all over the UK, Europe and as far away as South East Asia. I can’t write about those events but I can let them drive my fictional pen. My first two novels – By Their Rules and A New Menace – are in their own series and follow the fortunes of John Burrows and Jane Lee who work for a secret government undercover unit.

My next two novels are Nemesis and Vengeance (just released) and they follow maverick cop, DI Vinnie Palmer and Christine Jones a sassy TV news reporter. They make unlikely bedfellows as they come from different occupations each with their own agendas but both seeking the same thing: the truth. In real life, the cops and the media often clash so it is fun to explore this facet fictionally, plus I thought it would make an original pairing from many of the protagonists we see in contemporary crime fiction.

This new series, with Vinnie and Christine is called the Badge and the Pen series and based mainly in the north west of England, centred in and around Preston.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I feed from my police experiences to fire my imagination. I also like to put snippets of reality into my narrative to hopefully, add to the authenticity.

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

I always avoid that. If a character is based on a real person and they recognise themselves and don’t like what your story needs the character to do, it can cause trouble. You may even be guilty of libel in extreme cases, so I feel it is best to stay away from doing that. Plus, it can restrict what you do with the character. I prefer to take little bits of persona from all over and put them together with a large lump of totally made up facets.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I just play around with words and how they go together. Not only must the name fit the person, the first and last name should have a cadence to it.

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

I lock myself away in the loft, where I have an office and I usually write the loose plot for about five or six thousand words wrapped around the skeletal concept of the story. I then write that lump up before plotting the next bit and so on. Some writers plot an entire novel before they even start to write, I’m not that clever. I have never known the endings, final twists etc. for any of my books until I actually arrive there. I figure if I don’t know what’s happening, the finished book should hopefully keep the reader guessing too. That’s the hope anyway.

Who are your top five favourite authors?

Lee Child, Stephen Leather, Michael Connelly, Alex Berenson and Ian Rankin – for now, but it’s a fairly fluent list as one discovers and reads new writers. I always buy books from new writers as well as my favourite ones.

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

Ernest Hemingway, perhaps. And ask him how he knuckled down to write when living in Florida and Cuba; I’d have been on the beach all day. I have no such distractions in Preston.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Definitely where my love affair with books started; reading Enid Byton’s Famous Five.

When did you start to write?

I dabbled with short stories on and off but didn’t start writing in earnest until April 2011.

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

The dictionary; as crucial as Samuel Johnson’s work is to us all, and I know we’ve been relying on it since 1755 but the ending is a bit boring – gives me the zzzzs – it could do with a couple of murders throwing into the mix and a final twist or two!!

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Killing Floor by Lee Child, the first Jack Reacher novel.

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

Probably Dr Who and I’d invite him to have coffee with me back at his TARDIS, and then try and find the start button and press it while he puts the kettle on.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just started the third book in the Badge and the Pen series, the next after Vengeance and I’m also writing an original drama for TV – though this is not commissioned so very much speculative at the mo.

Do you have a new release due?

Vengeance came out in its E-version on 27th February and the paperback version is due to follow very shortly.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Nothing too sexy I’m afraid, my first concern is to get on to my various social media accounts and groups and let people know. Send out a newsletter and then just think, “Crumbs, that’s another one published, how wonderful.”

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I have a website www.rogerapriceauthor.com, a blog www.rogerapriceauthor.blogspot.co.uk where you can also join my mailing list and receive a free story, or you can find me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/CrimethillersbyRogerAPrice/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel or on Twitter: @RAPriceAuthor

You can also find me on LinkedIn and Pinterest or simply email me at: rapriceauthor@aol.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just to say thank you for having me along today.

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

Vengeance Price

Publisher: Endeavour Press (27th February 2017)

Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker…

Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done.

But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.

Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police. He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit.

Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess.

And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston.

He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.

Christine Jones is a TV reporter. She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer.

They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional.

But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.

Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother-in-law’s funeral.

As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger.

And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?

Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, Vengeance is must read for crime fans everywhere.

Roger A Price’s Amazon Author Page

 

Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead by Owen Mullen @OwenMullen6 @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour #Extract #bloghounds

I have the pleasure of being today’s stop on Owen Mullen’s Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead blog tour 🙂

Many thanks for the opportunity to join in.

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Extract…..

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4.30. Hogmanay

Francis Fallon Hospital, Glasgow

 

The car drifted into the path of a bus headed for Springburn. Just in time, Gavin Law caught the flash of headlights and realised his mistake. He swerved back to his own side of the road and felt the wheels lose traction on the icy road. If he didn’t get a grip there would be no new year for him. Fat snowflakes landed on the windscreen. He didn’t see them. The shocking turn of events had made him blind. He’d been a fool and he knew that now. His mistake had been to believe he was the one dropping the bomb. Wrong. They were ahead of him.

Half an hour earlier, he had taken the lift to the seventh floor of the private hospital and barged into the director’s office. Jimmy Hambley was alone. He looked up from behind his desk; if he was surprised he didn’t show it. Law launched his ultimatum, boiling with righteous indignation.

‘I complained months ago about Wallace Maitland. You know what he did to Mrs Cooper yet he’s still operating. Your inquiry disregarded my evidence, and cleared him for Christ’s sake. The family has asked me to testify on their behalf in their legal action and I’m going to. I’ll be the star witness.’

He leaned across the table.

‘You’re covering for Maitland because he’s your wife’s brother, but you won’t get away with it. Francis Fallon will be on the front page of every newspaper in the country and it won’t stop there; the GMC will get involved. This is your last chance to do the right thing – admit liability and settle with the Coopers. After that I expect you to deal with Maitland.’

The response was unexpected and more ruthless than anything Gavin Law could have foreseen. The director listened to the outburst then calmly reversed the roles.

‘Mr Law. I was going to send for you. You’ve saved me the trouble. An allegation of misconduct has been made against you. Serious misconduct.’

Gavin Law sneered. ‘What is this? What the hell is this?’

‘A letter informing you of the process and your rights is on its way. You may wish to consider representation. That would be my advice. It may well be a matter for the police. As of now you’re suspended from all duties. Please leave the premises.’

‘Allegation? Of what?’

Hambley told him and watched the colour drain from Law’s face.

The accuser had become the accused.

 Before The Devil Knows You're Dead by [Mullen, Owen]

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (21st March 2017)

An explosive new crime thriller from a best-selling author

Charlie’s Back!

Gavin Law was a whistleblower.

Now he’s missing.

Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.

Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?

Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.

Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty.

With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.

If that means murder, then so be it.

Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.

He may not be so lucky a second time.

What the readers are saying:

‘An exciting new voice in Glasgow’s crime fiction genre – it will have you hooked from page one!’
Lorraine Patrick
Westender Magazine

I have a very pleasurable problem with Owen Mullen’s books – after I have finished reading them, I am spoilt for anything else until I come down off my ‘Charlie high’.
Sandy
Goodreads Top 100 Reviewer

This is a cracking read, fast-paced and well plotted. More please!
Chris Nolan

*** Also available in this breathtaking series ***

Book 1: Games People Play

Book 2: Old Friends and New Enemies

Owen Mullen’s Amazon Author Page

 

More Faces by Simon Maltman @simonmaltman @Solsticepublish #NewRelease #ShortStories

Today I am delighted to welcome Simon Maltman back to Chat About Books 🙂

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Check out Simon’s new collection of short stories…..

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Publisher: Solstice Publishing (21st March 2017)

More Faces is a crime short story collection from A Chaser on the Rocks author Simon Maltman. The twelve mystery noirs included feature published and previously unpublished stories and all series shorts currently available. Take a journey across Northern Ireland, through the beauty and darkness, with the fresh new voice in Irish Crime Fiction.

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Previous posts featuring Simon Maltman…..

Political Suicide by Simon Maltman

**Blog Tour** Q&A with author, Simon Maltman #AChaserOnTheRocks

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Dangerous To Know by Anne Buist @anneebuist @Legend_Press #BlogTour #AuthorInterview

Today I have the pleasure of bringing you a Q&A with Anne Buist, as part of her Dangerous To Know blog tour 🙂

Anne Buist

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

I am the Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and have over 25 years clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry. I work with Protective Services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder.

In my psychological thrillers, Medea’s Curse and Dangerous to Know, tarte noir heroine, forensic psychiatrist Natalie King, encounters infanticide, a missing child, murder and arson as she fights for her patients, her life and her sanity. The third in the series, This I Would Kill For, is currently with my Aussie publisher…and as a bit of light relief I have recently co-authored a romantic comedy (set on the Camino de Santiago) with her husband, called Two Steps Forward, out in Australia in October. 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Ideas are inspired from real life and some of the people I see and assess, though it is the themes I take rather than any individual. Sometimes I start off with one aspect of a person and then develop a back story and add bits and pieces as I go.

How do you pick your character’s names?

Names often change, have to be right for the age of the person (good old google) but also have to feel right and not be too like another character’s name. It can be quite tricky!

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

I often start writing and do a chapter or two to get the voice and feel, but then I sit and plan it all out, chapter by chapter. This can change a bit, but it means there is never writer’s block (okay, there can be planner’s block, but rarely–I brainstorm and work with my husband on his and my plots and stories, which is why writing a book together was so easy (relatively). I write quite quickly…but then there is the leave, read, re-write, have others read, re-write (and sometimes another re-write or two…).

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I read a lot and always have, and started writing at eight though I never finished anything until I was fifteen (and it was all really, really, bad). Top five authors of all time…have to include Enid Blyton (though these days it would be JK Rowling who I also love) as she got me reading and what a great imagination! Then…I love the magic of Pat Conroy’s words that conjure up South Carolina in a way I feel I can smell and taste it. Graeme Simsion…have to say that because I’m married to him, but The Rosie Project is one of the few books I rolled around laughing as I read (and if I can’t have him, then John Irving for A Prayer for Owen Meany). As I read and write crime-thrillers I really have to have a couple in this genre but how to pick? Lee Child is very consistent…Tana French writes very well and I like them all, but particularly The Secret Place. Ah but what about Michael Robotham? And John Steinbeck for East of Eden…

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

Rewrite an ending? Well it would ruin it, but damn it, I wanted Rhett to come back to Scarlett (Gone With the Wind).

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Book I wished I’d written? Mmm, don’t have enough time to wish thinks that can’t be…just like to read, enjoy, learn, improve. Probably The Secret Place though. It’s very well written, smart and my genre. 

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

Fictional character for coffee? Can’t it be a cocktail? Darcy probably…(the Jane Austen one, though the Bridget Jones one isn’t too bad…and both played by the rather cute Colin Firth anyway).

What are you working on right now?

Will be doing second round of edits soon on Two Steps Forward and then first round edits (I hope) on This I Would Kill For, but also started another stand alone thriller, Everything to Lose. So as usual, busy!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I celebrate pub day with a small launch, champagne and a dinner with husband and friends after. I will never tire of these!

People can contact me via my website and email is up there too: www.annebuist.com

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Anne 🙂

Many thanks also to Lucy, at Legend Press, for inviting me to join in with the blog tour.

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Publisher: Legend Press (15th March 2017)

Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country, and a low-key research job at a provincial university nearby.

But Natalie and trouble have a strange mutual fascination. Her charismatic new boss Frank is friendly, even attractive. But it turns out his pregnant wife is an old enemy of Natalie’s. And when Frank’s tragic personal history is revealed – then reprised in the most shocking way – Natalie finds herself drawn deep into a mystery. And even deeper into danger.

A harrowing and thrilling mystery. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Lisa Gardner and Lynda la Plante

Anne Buist’s Amazon Author Page

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Mystery at Maplemead Castle by Kitty French @KFrenchBooks @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

I am absolutely over the moon to taking part in Kitty French’s Mystery at Maplemead Castle: A laugh-till-you-cry cozy mystery (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 2) blog tour! 🙂

This fabulous book was released on 17th March.

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Publisher: Bookouture (17th March 2017)

Welcome to Chapelwick, a leafy English town in the hills of Shropshire, where chocolate pecan cookies come with a helping of sabotage.

Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.

A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?

Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.

Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?

An utterly hilarious, gripping, spooktastic read for fans of HY Hanna, MC Beaton, Gina LaManna and Jana DeLeon.

My review…..

This book is hilarious!! Just what I needed to lift my spirits! 😉

Having read and loved The Skeletons of Scarborough House: An absolutely hilarious cozy mystery (The Chapelwick Mysteries Book 1), which at the time was called Melody Bittersweet and The Girl’s Ghostbusting Agency, I was very much looking forward to reading book 2.

I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Melody, Marina and Artie as well as Melody’s mother and champagne drinking Gran. Not forgetting Lestat, the pug. I think he is my favourite character!

In this book, Melody and her team are called to Maplemead castle as it’s new occupants, who are also highly amusing, are having a few issues with circus performer ghosts, one of which really doesn’t want them to live there. The new residents are planning on renting the castle out as a film set, but are unable to until their paranormal problem is resolved.

Melody finds herself having to work along side Leo Dark, her rival and her ex. Not ideal, but she’s determined to prove her professionalism. They don’t have long to figure out how to help these ghosts to move on.

If you haven’t read book 1 yet, I really recommend that you do. This could probably be enjoyed as a standalone, but there are references to book 1. Plus, you’re just missing out if you don’t read them both anyway.

I LOVE the characters in this series. They are all so different and endearing in their own way. Melody cracks me up! I have laughed out loud, A LOT, whilst reading this book. I love the relationship she shares with her Mum and Gran and her loyalty to her colleagues and friends. I especially enjoyed her love/hate relationship with Fletcher Gunn. Very entertaining! The daft things Melody comes out with when he’s around, because he flusters her so much, are just so funny!

I have loved everything about this story. For the most part, it is highly amusing, but it also has some beautifully moving moments. It’s so wonderfully written. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this series. I highly recommend and I can’t wait for book 3!

Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley and to the lovely Kim Nash for inviting me to join in with this fabulous blog tour.

My review of book 1….. Melody Bittersweet and The Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency (Melody Bittersweet Mysteries Book 1) by Kitty French

About the author…..

Kitty French

USA Today best selling author Kitty French writes romantic comedy and hot romance, all best enjoyed with your feet up and a glass of your favourite tipple!

The USA Today best selling Lucien Knight romance series has been a hit around the world, and the Melody Bittersweet Ghost-busting series is perfect for readers of cosy mystery with a heavy does of humour.

SIGN UP FOR KITTY’S NEWSLETTER for all the gossip and release information by emailing on kittyfrenchwriter@me.com

Kitty is also the disreputable alter-ego of a romantic comedy writer Kat French. She writes full time, and lives in England with her husband and two little boys.

You can get in touch with Kitty on facebook and via her blog – http://www.kittyfrench.co.uk, or you can find her on @kfrenchbooks on twitter.

Kitty French’s Amazon Author Page

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Q&A with author, Colleen Coleman @CollColemanAuth @bookouture #BlogTour #AuthorInterview

I am delighted to be one of three book bloggers kicking off Colleen Coleman’s Don’t Stop Me Now blog tour!

Happy Publication Day, Colleen and Bookouture!! 🙂

Many thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to join in. x

Colleen Coleman

Q&A…..

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

My name is Colleen Coleman. I was born in Canada but raised in Ireland. I write fun, light, uplifting women’s contemporary fiction and I’m signed with my dream publisher Bookouture. My debut Don’t Stop Me Now is out in March and I am over the moon.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Gossip! Only joking ( -ish!) I love to socialise and chat and I’m hugely interested in real life personal stories. So my ears perk up and my imagination starts whirring when I hear of someone who has found themselves in an interesting situation and I follow with interest how they figure out how to move onwards and upwards. There is nothing more extraordinary than the ordinary.

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

There may be elements of people I know but I only draw on the positive or I might incorporate something of their way of speaking or sense of style.

How do you pick your characters names?

What a great question! This is one of my favourite things to do EVER. I have twin girls and I spent my entire pregnancy writing girls’ names in glitter gel pen on scraps of paper. I love names; they can make such an impression straight away so it’s one of the bits I look forward to most. Usually once I get the character in my head, the name just comes and it feels right but when I ‘m stuck I’ll read the credits at the end of a tv programme or film to get some new ideas.

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

I start with the character and what they want / need most in their lives that they haven’t got at the moment. Then I try to think of ways they could learn the lessons they need to which brings me to the middle, then the character needs to show that growth and make their own choices to get us both to the end. I love to draw so I storyboard it all and then I’ll start to build the bigger idea with lots of pictures like a scrapbook. And once the story is uncovered, I write pretty quickly.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Marian Keyes

Linsay Kelk

Andy Jones

Claudia Carroll

Helen Fielding

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

Marian Keyes. I dream of meeting her. I feel I grew up with her. The warmth and wit of her stories have made such a difference to my life especially when I first left Ireland and felt very homesick. I have several copies of all her books, ones I reached for on long lonely train journeys and ones I collapsed into bed with sobbing after a hard day at work. Opening up a Marian Keyes has never failed to lift my mood and give me hope. And laugh, of course!

What would I ask her? Probably. ‘How do you do it and can you teach me?! I’d ask her to spill all her secrets on how she makes her stories sparkle. Oh, and I’d ask her about her amazing clothes. I love her style too.. I know, I’m a big fan

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. I read everything going. From poems to maps to menus, if it was in English, I read it.

When did you start to write?

Once we started creative writing in school, I was hooked and wrote for pleasure from then on. My parents and teachers were wonderful and encouraged me simply by reading what I produced and treating it like it was interesting or entertaining. That was more than enough to make me smile and continue.

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

Well, I know it isn’t a book but I just saw La La Land and I’d change the ending so that they do get together and achieve their shared dream …. I left the cinema muttering with disbelief.. NO!!! YOU BELONG TOGETHER!!

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Too many to mention! I read Roald Dahl with my daughters and the stories are wonderful on so many levels.

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

I love these questions! I loved the character of Emma in One Day. I bawled for two days when I got to the end of that book. Couldn’t speak. I’d love to take her to her North London Deli and ask her what she’d change, what she would do differently, what are her conclusions of life and love and everything in between.

What are you working on right now?

My second book which is about a character that I just love already and I desperately want her to get the happiness she deserves.

Do you have a new release due?

Don’t Stop Me Now is out March 22nd . Not long now!!!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’m having a little party. Cupcakes, canapes and cocktails. And I spotted a pair of red ankle-boot heels (!) like Poppy is wearing on my front cover, so I may just check out if they have them in my size.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Email list: http://www.bookouture.com/colleen-coleman

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

Twitter: @CollColemanAuth

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

One of the first reviews I received explained how the lady was in a lot of pain and seeking solace from reading. She then said that Don’t Stop Me Now was the perfect book to lift her spirits and make her laugh. This is the most wonderful compliment I have ever received in my life and if I never get another review, I will have this and it will be more than worth it. This makes me so so happy.

I am tremendously grateful for everyone taking the time to read this and for reading Don’t Stop Me Now. Any aspiring writers out there do get in touch and don’t give up! Keep plugging away and keep believing in yourself. I’m rooting for you all the way xxx

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Colleen 🙂

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Publisher: Bookouture (22nd March 2017)

A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

A laugh-out-loud story about friendship, second chances, and new love, perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Marian Keyes and Jane Costello.

About the author…..

Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now is her first book and will be released in March. 

Colleen Coleman’s Amazon Author Page

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Q&A with author, Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @bookouture #AuthorInterview

I am thrilled to be able to bring you a Q&A with the very lovely Christie Barlow today! 🙂

I recently reviewed Christie’s newest release, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, as part of her wonderful blog tour, last week. #HighlyRecommend

Christie Barlow

For those who don’t know already, Could you tell us about yourself and books please?

I grew up in Northwich, Cheshire where my parents still live today. After meeting my husband, we moved to Manchester where all of our four children were born but recently, we have moved to a gorgeous picturesque village in the heart of Staffordshire where I am the proud owner of chickens and a mad cocker spaniel called Woody. My writing career came as somewhat of a surprise! Once hitting my mid-life crisis (but dodging the tattoo and the fast car) after wholly dedicating my life to the care of my children, they asked me what I wanted to do in life while we were discussing their career options. ‘I’ve always wanted to write a book,’ I found myself answering, and so the notion was born.

I self-published my first novel and will always remember the proud moment I showed my children the finished product. I stood in front of them, with a book that had my name on the cover and the message was loud and clear. If I could achieve something by setting my mind to it, then so could they. I would have been happy enough if my demonstration of what hard work and determination could achieve had ended there, but it didn’t. I knew that a strong social media presence would be necessary to promote it – and sure enough, it circulated quickly and became the talk of the town. Within a few months, the first novel I wrote became an Amazon #1 bestseller in the UK and the USA. I landed a five-book publication deal and an agent and recently I’ve signed a further two book contract. I am a full- time writer of women’s commercial fiction, specifically romantic comedy.

I have written five books so far! A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother and The Misadventures of a Playground Mother (these are feel-good comedies about life at the school gates). Kitty’s Countryside Dream (a feel-good romantic comedy about life, love and family), Lizzie’s Christmas Escape (a sparkling Christmas romance) and Evie’s Year of Taking Chances (a heart-warming romantic comedy).

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

My ideas can be sparked from any every day situation. My latest book Evie’s Year of Taking Chances would never have been written if it wasn’t for a lady called Marie ‘Mim’ Deakin whose vintage café and book club in Cannock, Staffordshire provided the inspiration behind this novel. I was sitting in her café eating the most delicious Victoria sponge cake when the idea came to me. I wanted to write a warm, funny comedy about a character who loved books that took the reader on a whole roller-coaster of emotions. The character Evie Cooper was born, her job as a librarian had always been her safe haven until one birthday her life is turned upside down when a mysterious parcel containing a book with a poignant inscription arrives for her. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie as she’s inspired to finally search for her real mother.

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

Now there is a very probing question! My characters aren’t based on specific people but I have drawn on my own experiences and memories. It’s important that I am able to relate to my characters and love who they are – faults as well. It’s all part of creating these unique personalities that you put into your book. But as my favourite primary school teacher said, I have an imagination that knows no bounds! I think it’s why writers write and actors act – it gives us the opportunity to unleash our imaginations and create a fictional experience that pleases our audience.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

This is going to sound very morbid but I usually wander around the graveyard looking at the headstones. I particularly like old fashioned and unusual names!

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

After dropping the children off at school, I usually I go off for a brisk walk with my cocker spaniel, Woody. Then I come home to drink numerous cups of tea and settle down in my writing cave. I have read numerous blog posts about authors who have story boards and spend hours on mind plans, however I’ll let you in on a little secret … I write whatever is whirling around in my head at the time. I know my characters inside and out and the general gist of how I want the story to progress, but then I love it when all of a sudden the story goes flying off in a totally different direction than I’d originally intended. That’s the magic of writing! I write one draft from start to finish then I ping it over to my lovely editor and then go into complete melt down while I wait to hear her thoughts!

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

That is such a difficult question! Katie Fforde, Enid Blyton, Sue Townsend, Carole Matthews and Cathy Bramley.

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

I would have loved to have met Enid Blyton. As a child I simply adored all of her books and I’d have asked her, out of the whole of her back catalogue of books, which was her favourite to write and why?

Were you a big reader as a child?

The simple answer to that is yes! Everywhere I went so did a book!

When did you start to write?

As a child, I wrote a diary every day up until my first child was born. All of these diaries are bound together up in the loft and one day will be discovered! But, I only started to write women’s fiction three years ago.

Is there a book you wish you’d written?

The Adrian Mole Diaries by Sue Townsend. I still love them to this day.

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

I would invite Eeyore to my local vintage café for a spot of cake!

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently writing book 6; I don’t want to give much away except that it features narrowboats and an old picture house. I’m loving writing every second of it and I hope you’ll love it too!

Do you have a release date?

My next book is due to be released September 2017.

What do you normally do to celebrate publication day?

In the daytime I usually go for a spot of lunch with my friends and in the evening I spend time with my gorgeous family.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Readers can keep in touch with me via my twitter page @ChristieJBarlow My Facebook page, Christie Barlow author and my website www.christiebarlow.com

Is there anyone else you would like us to know?

The past three years have been truly amazing in the land of books and that is down to all the lovely readers, bloggers, friends and family. I absolutely appreciate that they have chosen my books to read and all the kind words and messages they send me. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be doing the job I love, so thank you. If you enjoyed any of my books I would be forever grateful if you’d write a review. Your recommendations can always help others to discover my books.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Christie 🙂

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Publisher: Bookouture (10th March 2017)

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.

Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

A romantic, funny and poignant story of living life to the full and finding love in the most unlikely of places. Fans of Debbie Johnson and Cathy Bramley will adore this book!

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

What readers are saying about Christie Barlow:

‘An utterly gorgeous story, with an utterly gorgeous plot that kept me turning the pages … left me feeling full of happiness and hope.’ Becca’s Books

This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog

A heart-warming and cosy countryside read with characters you will love.’ Rachael Lucas

‘I found this book really enjoyable, the author has an engaging writing style that managed to draw me into the storyline and the lives of our character. The storyline flowed at a great pace and I raced through the book in no time soaking up the wonderful detailed descriptions. I can see that fans of Cathy Bramley and Cathy Woodman would love this book.’ Rea’s Book Reviews

This will have you laughing and smiling one minute and then you’ll feel it pulling at your heart strings.Crooks on Books

‘I didn’t want to put the book down.’ Best Crime Books and More

A soul-boosting necessity. I have a suspicion it’s been sprinkled with a little bit of magic, as on the darkest days it’ll warm your cockles and make everything seem right with the world.’ Little Bookness Lane

‘A fantastic story, one that will keep you reading long into the night, just to find out what happens’. Rachel’s Random Reads

‘I was unable to put this book down. I read it within a day because I was so drawn in to the characters themselves it was like I knew them. I would completely recommend this book to anyone and everyone. Definitely a huge 5 stars!’ Katie’s Reading Korner Review

‘This had me gripped from the first chapter. It will have you laughing, crying and will just give you a warm feeling inside.’ Laura H Book Blog

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eBooks or physical books?

Both!

Paperback or hardback?

Paperback

Online or in-store shopping?

Mostly online

Trilogies or series?

Series

Heroes or villains?

Both, for different reasons!

A book you want everyone to read?

Letters to the Lost by [Grey, Iona] It’s amazing!

Recommend an underrated book?

Portal to Murder by [Lingwood, Alison] Alison is a local (to me) author and friend of mine. She writes for herself and doesn’t do much self-promotion. This is the first in her series and is a great read!

The last book you finished?

After She's Gone by [James, Maggie]

Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Erm…….probably a hospital appointment letter.

Used books, yes or no?

Yes!

Top three favourite genres?

Crime

Psychological thriller

Romance

Borrow or Buy?

Buy (other than the review copies I receive).

Characters or plot?

Both

Short or long book?

Either

Long or short chapters?

Short

Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?

Either, as long as they’re well made and true to the story.

Name the first three books you think of?

Watching Over You by [Sherratt, Mel] Cathedral of Lies (Detective Inspector Doug Taylor Book 1) by [Pye, John] The Abattoir of Dreams: a stunning psychological thriller by [Tilbury, Mark]

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Both

Our world or fictional worlds?

Our world

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

All the time!

Series or standalone?

Both

I now have to tag three other book bloggers.

My apologies if you’ve already been tagged.

Adele at Kraftireader

Wendy at LittleBooknessLane

Kaisha at The Writing Garnet

Also tagging anyone else who’d like to join in.

Share your links with me in the comments.

 

 

 

Q&A with author, Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne @ChocLituk #AuthorInterview

I am thrilled to welcome Sheryl Browne today 🙂

Sheryl Browne

Sheryl is the author of the new DI Matthew Adams series, as well as many other books.

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Q&A…..

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

Without being too boring you mean? Okay, here goes. I’m a keen boater. I do strange things occasionally like skydiving from 20,000 feet. I’m a mother and I also foster disabled dogs, most of which I inevitably end up keeping. I write contemporary fiction and psychological thriller (apparently I have a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. Thank you Rachel at Rachel’s Random Reads. I’m flattered … I think). I’m a member of the Crime Writers’ Association the Romantic Novelists’ Association and have several books published, along with two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where I completed my MA in Creative Writing, finally. Life, what can I say?

I think the blurbs describe my new psychological thrillers perfectly, but to sum up:

Are you ready to take a journey into the mind of a madman?

After She’s Gone.

Sins of the Father.

All-consuming thrillers that will eat you and spit you back out.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

People inspire me, and the whole gamut of emotion that comes with them. I tend to gravitate towards family and family dynamics and just how strong a family unit can be. A writer’s mind thrives on exploration. Every scenario, every face, every place tells a story. A glimpsed situation, an argument between a couple, for instance, which came into play in Sins of the Father, a verbal ‘slanging match’ in the street, and you have your stimulus for a story, upon which your overzealous writer’s mind will weave fictional facts. You simply can’t help yourself.

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

As mentioned, above, the ideas for my book are often based upon some witnessed scenario. Mulling them over at night, as writers tend to, I wake up and there’s a fully-formed character in my head who won’t let me go. He, or she, calls to me. They are what they are (good or bad) and I have to follow them. With my latest thrillers, DI Matthew Adams simply appeared, along with his flaws and traits. He was a family man, I knew this immediately, and the core of the story was his need to protect his family, inevitably therefore his family was under threat. So, while my characters might not be based on people I know intimately, they are based on people I’ve met.

How do you pick your characters names?

Again, as mentioned, they come fully formed. I have no idea how or why, but they are already Christened.

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

With my ragtag family of disabled dogs, my mornings are pandemonium. I rise at six and try to get emails out of the way and have a quick dip into social media. Then it’s dog feeding, medication and walking time and thereafter back to my keyboard. I try to devote the daytime to writing and then go back to social media in the evening. Sometimes very late in the evening. Oh, and I fit the odd bit of housework in there somewhere.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I love Stephen King. Who could ever forget Misery? Unsuspecting, injured author held captive by a psychopathic and very angry fan? What a simple and truly fabulous premise. Martina Cole, too. Her books were a huge influence on me and the inspiration behind my desire to delve into the darker psyche of some of my characters. A book that stays with me is The Ladykiller. It’s with morbid fascination you glimpse into the mindset of a sexually depraved killer. I’m currently reading The Safe Word (Eleanor Raven series Book 1) by Karen Long. Before that Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer. With both of these books, the opening had me hooked immediately. I can’t help but admire that in a writer, so they’re fast becoming favourites. Lastly, he’s not a thriller writer, but there are definitely policemen involved: John Donoghue. His book, Police, Crime & 999 – The True Story of a Front Line Officer, is totally hilarious. His other books, Police, Lies & Alibis, Shakespeare My Butt and Police, Arrests & Suspects are similarly screamingly funny. Pure therapy.

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

Martina Cole. Q: Does (one of my books) work for you? Failing that, John Donoghue, because I think he’d make me laugh my socks off.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, but I think I found the reading/writing bug around about the time I read A Kestrel for a Knave (Kes) by Barry Hines, a coming of age novel which tells the story of a young Yorkshire boy, Billy Casper, who finds solace from a life of bullying and neglect by rearing a wild kestrel he calls Kes. The book is set in the 1960s but there’s a wonderful timelessness to the story. This book certainly fired my childhood imagination.

When did you start to write?

Please see above.

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

Can I choose a screenplay, Thelma and Louise, an enduring classic written by Callie Khouri? Two women walk away from their lives of drudgery and relationships with indifferent men to hit the road and ‘find themselves’. The ending was superb: pursued by the authorities and facing certain prison, they consciously ‘keep on going’ over the edge of the Grand Canyon. Sadly, it couldn’t have ended any other way. The women found themselves. They discovered who they were and were never going to allow themselves to be stifled ever again, but I would so like to have seen them endure.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Any one of Martina Cole’s books.

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

Poldark. Upstairs. Oops, sorry.

What are you working on right now?

I have stories coming out of my ears at the moment. As I seem to be in thriller mode, I’m currently working on a book in that genre, working title: Scream for Me (or Out on Licence). Watch this space.

Do you have a new release due?

I have a book in edits. Working title, The Edge of Sanity. Another family under threat thriller.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Wet the baby’s head.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Please find all of my links below my bio. Feel free to contact me via my website, Twitter, Facebook or email. I love to hear from readers and am always happy to answer questions. You are the true inspiration behind my writing,

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone, readers and especially book bloggers for their fantastic support? I say it a lot and I truly mean it: I could not do this without you. THANK YOU!

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

Thank you so much, Kerry, for indulging me. X

After She's Gone: A gripping psychological thriller (DI Matthew Adams Book 1) by [Browne, Sheryl]

Publisher: Death by Choc Lit (19th February 2017)

After She’s Gone

He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?

There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable.

When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.

But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.

Sins of the Father: A gripping edge-of-your seat thriller (DI Matthew Adams Book 2) by [Browne, Sheryl]

Publisher: Death by Choc Lit (26th February 2017)

Sins of the Father

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruellest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.

A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from multi-award winning Choc Lit.

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Trailer Link:

DI Matthew Adams series: https://youtu.be/0MqZ5TpBwGk

#AfterShesGone by Maggie James @mjamesfiction @TAsTPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview

I am delighted to be today’s stop on Maggie James’ #AfterShesGone blog tour! 🙂

Many thanks to Noelle at Thick As Thieves Promo (noelle.thickasthievespromo@gmail.com) for inviting me to take part. 

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Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (16th March 2017)

Lori Golden’s family have had more than their fair share of troubles. But through it all, Lori and her sister, Jessie, have always supported each other. Then Jessie is killed. And Lori’s world turns upside down.

Devastated, Lori struggles to cope with her loss, and to learn to live in a world without her bright, bubbly sister by her side. Around her, her already fractured family start to fall apart. And, as Lori and her mother try to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives, secrets long thought buried are coming painfully to light.

Faced with the unthinkable, Lori is forced to ask herself how well she really knows those who are left behind…

My review…..

It took me a little while to get in to After She’s Gone, but I think that’s more to do with my mood and personal circumstances over this last few weeks. My Grandad passed away on 20th February and we only had his funeral yesterday (16th March), so I have only managed to read this in dribs and drabs and have just managed to finish it this afternoon (17th March). My apologies to Maggie James as I’m not sure my review will do it justice, but I have enjoyed it. I just think I would have enjoyed it more if I had been able to properly absorb myself in it, if you know what I mean.

It’s a heart-breaking and terrifying story of the Golden family’s loss of sixteen year old Jessie, brutally raped and strangled. Her mother, Dana, is naturally devastated, as is her older sister, Lori and their father, Fraser. Dana and Fraser are no longer together. Dana’s health isn’t great anyway, as she is in need of a kidney transplant and the devastation of losing her youngest daughter is too much for her to bare. Lori tries to stay strong for her mother, but she has her own grief to deal with and needs desperately to find out who did this to her baby sister. She goes through phases of suspecting almost everyone, which I imagine would be quite natural. I think the families reaction to Jessie’s murder is quite realistic, although non of us can know how we would react in such horrific circumstances. Lori’s relationship with her new boyfriend, Ryan, is very believable as I can imagine needing the comfort of someone you feel safe with. Is Lori putting her trust in the wrong people though?

I can’t say much more without giving anything away, but this is a good crime thriller with likeable characters and a storyline that will keep you guessing. I did think I had it sussed at one point and was determined to discover the truth. There are plenty of shocks and surprises along the way! I will certainly be adding Maggie James’ other books to my reading list.

Many thanks for my ARC and for letting me join in with the blog tour.

Maggie James

About the author…..

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!

Author Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MJamesFiction/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjamesfiction

Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James

Blog: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com/blog

Website: http://www.maggiejamesfiction.com

Don’t forget to catch up with, and follow, the rest of the blog tour…..

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Enjoy!