The Tissue Veil by Brenda Bannister #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @rararesources

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Interview with Brenda Bannister…..

with thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources

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

My name is Brenda Bannister and I’m a retired college librarian, living in Frome, Somerset, where I write, volunteer at the local theatre box office, potter in my garden, visit my elderly mum and look after the cat. I am the current organiser for the Frome Festival Short Story Competition and a founder member of Frome Writers’ Collective. My first novel, The Tissue Veil, is set in East London where I worked for eighteen years. It’s told over two time frames, beginning in 1901 and 2001, with the narratives alternating. There’s an element of the supernatural — the two main characters live in the same house 100 years apart and a mysterious link develops between them — but the real concern is with the lives of young women in both eras, and the problems they share in following their own paths.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The area of East London where I worked for 18 years was a big influence, as were the people there.

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

Mostly they are amalgams of aspects of lots of people, with a healthy dose of make-believe. However, one of the lecturers — Andy — in the modern narrative owes a debt to a past colleague.

How do you pick your characters names?

I take care to choose first names which fit the period or the age of the character. With the Edwardian story, it helped to think of famous people from that era — politicians, writers etc. The modern story features a Bangladeshi family: some of their names were familiar, others came from online lists of muslim names aimed at new parents. Characters are like babies — they soon grow into their names and couldn’t be called anything else!

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

It’s a bit shambolic. A few days of thinking, maybe scribbling an outline in a notebook, then type straight onto the screen.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I’m not great at lists and don’t read ‘series’ very often, though I do enjoy Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Uhtred’ books. I’ll say Dickens would have to be there, Philip Pullman for young adult and fantasy, Jane Smiley, Hilary Mantel, David Mitchell — but if you ask me next week, I might have changed my mind!

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

I’d like to ask Hilary Mantel when the third book in the Wolf Hall trilogy will be published!

Were you a big reader as a child?

Definitely. I’d choose an Enid Blyton from the library, sit reading it on the front doorstep, then complain bitterly that I couldn’t exchange the book until the following day. In my teens I read anything from Dickens to Dumas and Hemingway to Emily Bronte.

When did you start to write?

I’d written short pieces on and off since my teens, but didn’t really write seriously until I retired to Frome, nearly eight years ago.

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

I suppose it’s only human to want happy endings — make Cordelia survive in King Lear, save Hardy’s Tess from hanging – and I really wanted Lyra and Will to be able to stay in the same world together in The Amber Spyglass, but no — I wouldn’t change them.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Another difficult one! Much as I admire the grand sweep of nineteenth century novelists, I think I’d choose something small but perfectly formed like J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country.

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

It’s unlikely, but as an arch procrastinator, I’ll tell you tomorrow.

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

If she hasn’t reformed too much, I reckon Jane Austen’s Emma would have plenty of gossip to share.

What are you working on right now?

A story set in Somerset in the first half of the twentieth century. Lily, the feisty heroine, is let down by her father and makes a disastrous marriage in the search for a substitute figure.

Do you have a new release due?

No, I have to finish it first!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I haven’t published enough yet to set a pattern — probably a get-together with my writing buddies over a bottle of wine.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

There’s a contact form on my website (http://brenbannister.co.uk/) or go to my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/brendabannisterwriter/). I’d be happy to hear from you!

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just that I’m really grateful for this opportunity to ‘chat about books’ with you and your followers. Thank you for having me!

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

The Tissue Veil

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What if you discovered a hundred-year-old diary under your floorboards – and then found references in it to yourself? Or if you lived in 1901, yet kept seeing glimpses of a girl from modern times? And what if both of you had problems that only the other could really understand? Emily and Aysha live in the same Stepney house and an inexplicable link develops between them, fuelled by Aysha’s discovery of a journal and Emily’s sightings of a ‘future ghost’. Each takes courage from the other’s predicament – after all, what’s a hundred years between friends?

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio –

Brenda studied English at university and later qualified as a librarian, working in various educational settings from schools to higher education. Moving from London to Frome in Somerset in 2010 proved a catalyst for her own writing as she joined local fiction and script writing groups. She has had a number of short stories published, plus short plays produced in local pub theatre, but all the while was incubating a story based in the area of Tower Hamlets where she had worked for eighteen years. This germ of a story became ‘The Tissue Veil’.

Brenda is a founder member of Frome Writers’ Collective, an organisation which has grown from a handful of members to over a hundred in the past four years, and helped set up its innovative Silver Crow Book Brand. She is also the current organiser of the annual Frome Festival Short Story Competition. A lifelong reader, Brenda rarely follows genres, but enjoys modern literary fiction, historical fiction, classics and the occasional detective novel. The latest Bernard Cornwell might be a guilty pleasure, but she’ll be even more eager to get her hands on Hilary Mantel’s final instalment of Thomas Cromwell’s story.

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#HushHush by @writermels @AvonBooksUK #PublicationDay

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A gripping new series from million-copy bestseller Mel Sherratt

‘On a thriller cocktail list, Hush Hush would be a Bloody Mary with a perfect twist…’ FIONA BARTON

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‘Twists and turns and delivers a satisfying shot of tension’ RACHEL ABBOTT

A killer is on the loose, attacking people in places they feel most safe: their workplaces, their homes. It’s up to DS Grace Allendale to stop the murders, and prove herself to her new team.

All clues lead to local crime family the Steeles, but that’s where things get complicated. Because the Steeles aren’t just any family, they’re Grace’s family. Two brothers and two sisters, connected by the violent father only Grace and her mother escaped.

To catch the killer, Grace will have to choose between her team and her blood. But who do you trust, when both sides are out to get you?

An unforgettable thriller that fans of MARTINA COLE and CARA HUNTER won’t be able to put down.

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Bobby ‘Chicken Legs’ Muldoon: Fame and Fortune in the Gorbals (The Bobby Muldoon Trilogy Book 3) by @Donnekate #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Kate Donne’s Bobby ‘Chicken Legs’ Muldoon: Fame and Fortune in the Gorbals (The Bobby Muldoon Trilogy Book 3) blog tour with Love Books Group Tours!

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Many thanks to Kate Donne and Kelly @ Love Books Group Tours

Interview with Kate Donne…..

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

My name is Kate Donne and I live in Dollar, Clackmannanshire with my Welsh husband Steve, my dog Brodie and eight chickens!

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I have always used the creative side of my brain! I’m no academic. In fact, I failed my O grade Arithmetic in secondary school! From school plays to directing musicals to writing scripts, that has been my life. I spent three years at The Royal Conservatoire in Glasgow, studying drama and we did a lot of character building work there. Ideas for characters and scenarios seem to come easily but I must admit, where they come from I have no idea!

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

I have been running my personal development company for many years and, thinking back to the first book, I would say I based my characters on personality types rather than specific people.

Bobby is a young man with no confidence but he is very determined and has a sharp, witty sense of humour. Maw is an aggressive character and Granny Pat is simply aff er heid! Then there’s Faither who is extremely submissive. I felt that mix gave me plenty of scope for conflict! Then I added Jeannie, Bobby’s girlfriend, to bring a bit of normality to the mix as a very clear thinking, confident young woman.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I use lots of combinations of first and last names until I find the right fit. I think the names have to reflect the characters personalities. I write comedy so I needed names with a touch of humour. For instance, I don’t think Bobby ‘Chicken Legs’ Ferguson would have worked!

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

I have been trained to think in pictures so I see the characters in the storyline before I write it! Does that make sense? If I can’t see it then I know it won’t work! Perhaps all along I have been writing a stage play and I’ve only just realised it! Many of my readers have said they love reading Bobby out loud. That’s great feedback.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Number one would have to be Rhonda Byrne, author of The Secret. I have read the whole series, The Secret, The Power, Hero and How The Secret changed my life. Her books certainly changed my life!

Numbers two and three would be Scottish authors James Kelman (How Late It Was, How Late) and Anne Donovan (Buddha Da). Both have had real success using the Scottish dialect and their work is a joy to read.

Four would have to be Alexandra Sokoloff. I am working my way through her book Screenwriting Tricks for Authors at the moment. It’s a big read full of amazing advice.

Five is Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence. He claims EQ is much more important than IQ and his book is packed with self development advice! His chapter on turning our negative affirmation into positive affirmation is mind blowing!

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

I’d like to meet Chris Brookmyre! I was short listed last year in the Tarbert Book Festival short story competition and Chris did an amazing presentation as part of the weekend. The guy’s a genius!

Were you a big reader as a child

My honest answer would be ‘No’. I was part of a folk group when I was very young and I sang professionally all through my teens until my late twenties. There was very little time for reading.

When did you start to write?

It started at primary school when I was 12. I wrote a story about Rabbie Burns and all his girlfriends and it won the Robert Burns competition! I went on to write humorous weegie poems and short stories and was pleased to have some of them published. That’s when I decided to take my writing to the next level.

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

This has got to be the ending in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. I remember reading somewhere that her publisher went against her wishes and insisted on the unsatisfactory ending! I would rewrite it and do a happily ever after ending for Jo and Laurie and leave Amy to be bored out of her mind with the dull professor!

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights

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

Me, Myself and I. (I have many different characters in me!)

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

I would invite every single character from Shakespeare’s Complete Works! Then I would host a massive costume party in the grounds of Stirling Castle and stand back and wait for the fireworks!

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a stage adaptation of the trilogy. I plan to spend the next year working on this and create a three act stage play. Then I want to tour Scottish theatres with Bobby! I have many professional contacts who are already interested in working as a team so I am very excited at the moment! All I need is lots of funding and I’m aware that will be the biggest challenge!

Tell us about your last release?

Book three of the trilogy, Fame and Fortune in The Gorbals, was released earlier this year. It brings the story to a very positive end but still leaves it open for future books!

Do you have a new release due?

I am about to release the complete Trilogy. It’s called Life in The Gorbals and it will be out next week!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Breathe a sigh of relief first, then start planning the next phase of Bobby’s journey!

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Readers can find me on

Website: weegiewords.com

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

Instagram: katedonne

Twitter: @Donnekate

Linkedin: Kate Donne (BA Dramatic Studies)

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Not much more to say except ‘thank you’!

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

Fame and Fortune

Blurb

Robert James Muldoon. That’s me. Sixteen years auld, four feet three wi bright red hair an legs like a chicken…’

It’s 1969 and Bobby, as he is usually known, has spent the last year dealing with one crisis after another. He’s a Gorbals’ boy though so with sheer determination and a witty sense of humour he’s moving on. Thanks to some carefully considered action plans and the support of Jeannie, the love of his life, Bobby has so far overcome every obstacle in his path. Now he and Jeannie have a plan to create a good life for themselves. Will Bobby finally become a confident, successful young man? Or will he go one step further and find…

Fame and Fortune in The Gorbals?

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#6x6readingcafe @Writingcafe6X6 @Jancoledwards @MishaHerwin #free #reader #writer #events in #stokeontrent #supportinglocaltalent @SoTLibraries @SOTCulture #localandproud

Hi! Do you live in, or around, Stoke-on-Trent? If yes then why not come along to the 6×6 Reading Café…..

6X6 Reading Café

6x6 December

This is always a lovely evening and is becoming increasingly popular. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 11 December, 7-8.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. By popular request, this will be a seasonal evening, with readings that echo the time of year – be that Christmas, Yule, New Year or other Winter/December celebrations.

For details of how to submit your work, go to the Writing Guidelines page at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/  The submissions window opens 1st October and ends 25th November. If you’re not reading your work aloud, you are very welcome to come, listen and give your support.

This event is free, but tickets should be booked in advance.

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

 

Spirits of the Dead: A Supernatural Adventure (The Christopher Daring Adventures Book 1) by @StephenJWillis #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Stephen J. Willis’s Spirits of the Dead blog tour with Love Books Group Tours!

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Interview with Stephen J Willis…..

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

My interest in the arts started in the acting world, wherein I had a few TV spots, like a pilot in the TV series Mile High on Sky One, and was even in an award-winning short film called Casting Call. I have written books in different genres. I have two novellas, based on true stories, a thriller and a very short ghost story. This current teen series is: The Christopher Daring Adventures, book1: Spirits of the Dead, book2: The Forest of Riddles. Other books in the series shall follow next year.

My website is: http://www.stephenjwillis.com

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

They come from various aspects of life and have built up from over the years. I read a cross-section of books and am interested in all sorts of films and documentaries. I constantly make notes for things to use in the future.

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

Yes, a mixture normally. But I’d never say incase the people found out…

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Some names just seem to site nicely, whereas others I need to use deeper meanings for. I may use names with deeper meanings depending on the persons ethnic background too.

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

1) I work out an overall story

2) I list key moments/scenes/scenario/characters/plots/interests/worries/etc

3) I bullet-point each chapter, then add sub-subjects

4) I then begin to write each chapter. Although not necessarily in order

5) I then review if further layers or sub-plots are needed

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

1) James Herbert

2) J.K. Rowling

3) Dan Brown

4) Christopher Fowler

5) M.C. Beaton

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

James Herbert (back in the day) and ask where he got all his intel. Some of the stuff he wrote about was so secret I wonder how he found out.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Not really. Just the odd Roald Dahl or Enid Blyton. But in my mid-late teens I became more interested in positive business mind-set, and so would read and listen to constructive books and tapes all the time. Only in my twenties did I start back in to literary books.

When did you start to write?

I wrote my first basic story when I was 14 years old. It was called Liberation, but it was never finished. I wrote various bits and bobs over the next twenty years, but never took what I was doing seriously.

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

Only one of my own shorter ones. I’d add a final twist, that I always wished I’d added.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The Harry Potter series I suppose.

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

Lies aside, let me tell you the truth

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

Robert Langdon, (Dan Brown novels) and I’d take him to Brighton for a walk around the Lanes and sea front, before sitting down for a coffee at one of the wonderful coffee bars on the actual lower promenade.

What are you working on right now?

The current book I am working on is a psychological drama based on a true event. It is 90% done. I have been working on this. on an off, for about ten years actually, but I never felt happy with it. But I think I am practically there now. I’ll probably send it off to my editor for a first read sometime in November.

Tell us about your last release?

I released two books together: The Christopher Daring Adventures, book1: Spirits of the Dead, book2: The Forest of Riddles. Throughout the series, Christopher and his friends must overcome various despicable foes as they battle with riddles, codes, creatures of the night, deathly spectres and secret orders, as they go in search of Christopher’s missing brother and father. Other books in the series shall follow next year.

Do you have a new release due?

Nope, the new books are now out on Amazon or can be bought through any book seller.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I have never celebrated actually. I just was so engrossed in getting the last release done that I was too tired to even think about a celebration.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can subscribe to my Newsletter on my website and get a free audio book in the process. As well as all the latest news, they will get the short ghost story: The Figure in the Mist sent to them. http://www.stephenjwillis.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I drink too much tea and have a weakness for salted-caramel chocolate!

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

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Blurb

Throughout the series, Christopher and his friends must overcome various despicable foes as they battle with riddles, codes, creatures of the night, deathly spectres and secret orders, as they go in search of Christopher’s missing brother and father.

Through the darkness of a starless night a tall shadowy figure rode silently along the long wet road. His black cloak flapped about him like the wings of a great vampire bat. Christopher Daring looked on from his bedroom window, both intrigue and suspicion forming the seed of a new adventure.

Once accompanied by his best friend Jason, they embark upon a ghostly trail into the unknown. They soon find themselves fighting for their lives as they become unexpectedly entwined with both the living and the dead.

Upon Jason becoming spiritually trapped and in danger of being lost to the clutches of death itself, Christopher takes up a quest to find a missing golden pocket watch, that should restore balance to the dark forces that surround them all. But, the twisted greed of the local ghostly priest and his demonic hound, Satan, have other ideas.

With an unusual mix of science, technology, cosmology, fantasy fiction and a dash of the spiritual self, the Christopher Daring Adventures is a thrilling ride into the impossible.

 

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The Black Hornet (James Ryker Book 2) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

The Black Hornet

It was most definitely about time I read The Black Hornet, which is the second book in the James Ryker series, as it has been a while since I read book one, The Red Cobra. I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Ryker again. I only wish I could have properly immersed myself in his world. It’s been a busy week or so and I’ve found myself feeling quite frustrated regarding the lack of time I’ve had to read, but it’s just how it goes sometimes. However, Rob Sinclair’s writing never fails to draw me in. His memorable characters and plots are just as compelling whether dipping in and out or reading large amounts at a time, although I do prefer the latter.

Ryker is one of my favourite character’s in a book series. He’s very charismatic, in his own way. Very intriguing! He hasn’t had the easiest of lives and bares many scars, both physically and mentally, and his nightmare continues in The Black Hornet. He finds himself back in Mexico, searching for the love of his life, Lisa, who he found to be missing on returning home. He gets somewhat side-tracked (to say the least!), but Lisa is never far from his mind. He needs answers and he needs them fast. The journey he takes to find the answers he’s looking for is a dangerous one and would absolutely terrify me as it would most people, I would imagine. Ryker is confident in his own abilities though, with plenty of experience dealing with the sort of people he’s having to deal with, and he is determined to discover the truth.

This is another fast-paced, cram packed full of action crime thriller which is brilliantly written, as always. I have to say, I love the fight scenes! I’ve probably said it before, but these books would make an awesome television series, in my opinion.

I will be reading book three as soon as possible!

Via AmazonUK…..

The Black Hornet: an action packed and utterly gripping thriller from the best-selling James Ryker series

What do you do when the love of your life vanishes without a trace? If you’re ex-intelligence agent James Ryker you search for the answers whatever the cost, however much blood and sacrifice it takes…

Six months ago Lisa was taken from Ryker, and he’ll stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and why. Following a trail to Mexico, the ex-Joint Intelligence Agency asset soon finds himself in the firing line of enemies he long thought he’d left behind. Set-up for the murder of a former informant, Ryker is thrown into a crumbling jail run by The Black Hornet, the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel. But what connects the cartel to the informant’s murder, and to Lisa’s disappearance? And just who is the mystery American claiming he can help Ryker in his hour of need?

The Black Hornet is the second book in the bestselling James Ryker series. Part Bourne, part Reacher, it’s an explosive and action-packed thriller to rival any other.

Also available in The James Ryker Series:

The Red Cobra

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About the author…..

Rob Sinclair

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy series and James Ryker series of espionage thrillers. His books have sold nearly half a million copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

Rob’s website is http://www.robsinclairauthor.com and he can be followed on twitter at @rsinclairauthor and facebook at https://www.facebook.com/robsinclairauthor/

 

Without Rules by Andrew Field #BlogBlitz #BookReview @AFwithoutrules #damppebblesblogtours #WithoutRules

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Hi and welcome to my stop on Andrew Field’s Without Rules blog blitz!

My apologies for the late posting.

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Many thanks to Andrew Field and Emma @ damppebblesblogtours

My review…..

Without Rules has been quite a disturbing read and definitely won’t be your cup of tea if you’re easily offended by sexually graphic language, particularly as it involves children. There are parts that make for very uncomfortable reading.

China is a feisty character and has a particularly foul mouth, but that’s somewhat unsurprising considering the abuse she has endured from the age of six. She is determined to make someone pay for what she has been subjected to and I was praying she would find the justice she deserves and those accountable would get their comeuppance.

I have to admit that this book was quite confusing to start with as we are introduced to a lot of characters in quick succession and there’s a lot going on which doesn’t seem to make much sense at the very beginning. Don’t let this put you off though as it all becomes clear along the way and I found myself totally gripped.

There are many characters throughout this story who literally made my stomach turn. Arrogant, sadistic, self-absorbed people who think they are above the law and untouchable, particularly if they have money and/or are in positions of power. What makes it all the more sickening is knowing that there are people like this getting away with crimes like these in the real world and some probably never get the punishment they deserve, until they meet their maker. It’s heart-breaking to think how many victims there are out there who never get the justice they deserve because they are too frightened to speak out or have been successfully convinced that no-one would believe them anyway.

Without Rules is an extremely fast-paced story with very short, sharp chapters told from the perspectives of various characters. It certainly kept me on the edge of my seat!

Many thanks for my review copy.

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Book Blurb:

When a professional hitman turns up at Candy’s World to hide, China Mackie discovers her plan to flee from her abusive father has tragically backfired. A gruesome bloodbath has left four people dead on the streets of a northern city centre on a cold wet Sunday morning. China knows she’s next to die. Unless she is more ruthless than everyone else. She must improvise fast. Seduce her father’s assassin. Plead her case so he helps her escape in a fight to the death where rules don’t matter but the consequences do.

Purchase Links:

Andrew Field’s online bookstore: http://andrewfield.info/shop/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Without-Rules-Does-justify-means-ebook/dp/B07DVL69PJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1537214050&sr=1-1&keywords=without+rules+andrew

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Without-Rules-Does-justify-means-ebook/dp/B07DVL69PJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537214080&sr=8-1&keywords=without+rules+andrew

About Andrew Field:

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Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR and marketing consultant helping raise the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight as the author of Without Rules, a crime thriller about vulnerable people forced to do bad things to escape evil people. “Authors, by the nature of what they do, are relatively introverted. They work in isolation. Inhabit imaginary worlds of their own creation. They can spend ages staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves. Writing is the easy part compared to the marketing, especially when crime fiction has become a very crowded marketplace.”

From my point of view, professional PR people operate best from behind the scenes. They should never become the story otherwise you’re deflecting attention away from the messages you’re trying to communicate,” says Andrew. “The New Labour experiment, for example, was doomed the minute Tony Blair’s media guru Alistair Campbell generated his own headlines. Bragged about ‘spin’. Believed his own hype. Ditto Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as the shortest-serving White House communications director in history – and his “off the record” expletive-ridden rant about his colleagues in Donald Trump’s White House.”

As a PR, Andrew memorably handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural media partnerships with newspapers and TV stations for the beer brand – but also PR’d a fashion entrepreneur who was a convicted armed bank robber and a property developer who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail. “Having a diverse range of clients keeps it interesting. They are all different but the core requirement is to be seen as a believable and trusted information source ready to take advantage of PR opportunities as and when they arise. As a novelist, you look to do exactly the same with your work and yourself.”

The catalyst for Without Rules was a friend testifying against her father in an abuse case. Although the prosecution was successful, she can never really escape the consequences of what happened to her. She has to find a way of coping for the rest of her life while he was sentenced to two and half years.”

Andrew says crime fiction has a duty to try and educate and as well as entertain. “The memorable books are the ones you’re still thinking about 48-hours after you finished reading.”

Andrew lives, works and plays in Manchester, England, Europe, with his partner, Catherine. He has been a trade journalist in Southampton in his youth. He owned a PR agency in the nineties and early noughties and is now an independent PR, marketing and publishing consultant looking forward to the challenge of becoming the story with the publication of Without Rules.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AFwithoutrules

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

Website: http://andrewfield.info/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afnoir_/

Publishing Information:

Published by Boomslang on Monday 15th October 2018 in eBook and paperback formats.

#free #reader #writer #events in #stokeontrent #supportinglocaltalent @SoTLibraries @SOTCulture #localandproud

Hi! Do you live in, or around, Stoke-on-Trent? If yes then why not go along to one (or both) of the following events…..

City Voices: Season of Mists

Wednesday 17 October, 6:30-8:30pm (doors open 6.15pm)

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

The event will begin with an introduction to the evening at 6:30pm.  Following which, members of the City Voices Writers Group will share their work until 8pm.  Time permitting, there will then be an opportunity for audience members to share their own work (2-3 minutes per person). Please bring a story or poem with you if you would like to share your own work. Books produced by the group and its writers will be available to buy on the night.

This event is free, but tickets should be booked in advance.

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

 

6X6 Reading Café

6x6 December

This is always a lovely evening and is becoming increasingly popular. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday 11 December, 7-8.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

City Central Library, Hanley

Cost: free

Six writers…six readings…six minutes each. By popular request, this will be a seasonal evening, with readings that echo the time of year – be that Christmas, Yule, New Year or other Winter/December celebrations.

For details of how to submit your work, go to the Writing Guidelines page at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/  The submissions window opens 1st October and ends 25th November. If you’re not reading your work aloud, you are very welcome to come, listen and give your support.

This event is free, but tickets should be booked in advance.

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

 

The Water and the Wine by @HodesTamar @HooklineBooks #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Tamar Hodes’s The Water And The Wine blog tour with Hookline Books and Love Books Group Tours 🙂

Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group

Interview with Tamar Hodes…..

Water and the Wine author

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I am lucky that ideas seem to come to me all the time, usually in the middle of the night! This novel is a mixture of fact, fiction, research and my own ideas.

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

Yes. Many of the characters are based on the real people who lived on Hydra in the sixties but I have fictionalised them to some extent. Jack and Frieda Silver are based on my parents but again they are a fictionalised version of them. Not all the events in the novel happened.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

That was easy as most of the characters have the real names that they had but the made-up names came easily.

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

I think that a lot of writing is thinking. Driving to work and also swimming provide me with the mental space to try to think about characters and plot and work issues out. By the time I sit at the computer, all that planning and a strange kind of alchemy happen and the words pour out although, of course, there is also a lot of editing and redrafting that comes later.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Alice Munro, Anita Shreve, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, and Emily Bronte for Wuthering Heights.

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

I would love to have met Virginia Woolf, although I suspect that I would have been intimidated by her manner and her incredible talent.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. I read a huge amount and my parents always encouraged me to do so, but not in a pushy way.

When did you start to write?

I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen but I was always writing as a child. It seems to be innately what and who I am.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

No specific book but I would urge writers not to feel that they have to have happy endings. I see life as messier and more complex than that. Fairy tales which end with ‘And they lived happily ever after’ seem ludicrous to me.

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

Pageturner. That would capture my own reading, how I want my novels to be for my readers, and my philosophy, which is to try to keep going forwards and to enjoy good times when they occur but to walk through the hard times. My father had a useful saying: There are times to enjoy and times to endure.

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

I like Dorothea in Middlemarch as she embodies that stoical philosophy. I would take her for a treat and give her lovely pastries and good coffee as she is always thinking of others rather than herself.

What are you working on right now?

I always have short stories on the boil or rather on simmer. I can return to them in between novels, when I want to.

Tell us about your last release?

Apart from The Water and the Wine, I have three short stories being published this year.

Do you have a new release due?

Only short stories.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Drink champagne with my family and have a toast.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can post reviews on my Amazon page or Goodreads but if they want to ask me a question they can email me on tamar.hodes@virgin.net.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I see life as difficult, wonderful, beautiful, ugly, magical and mundane. I hope that I convey that in my fiction.

thewaterandwine_v4

Blurb

It is the 1960s and a group of young writers and artists gather on the Greek island of Hydra. Leonard Cohen is at the start of his career and in love with Marianne, who is also muse to her ex-husband, Axel. Australian authors George Johnston and Charmian Clift write, drink and fight. It is a hedonistic time of love, sex and new ideas. As the island hums with excitement, Jack and Frieda Silver join the community, hoping to mend their broken marriage. However, Greece is overtaken by a military junta and the artistic idyll is threatened.

 

Buy link:

https://amzn.to/2OtOgUw 

About the Author

Growing up, Tamar Hodes’ neighbours were Leonard Cohen, his girlfriend Marianne, and other writers and artists on the Greek island of Hydra. Her parents took her to the island to pursue their own art and writing. However, the bohemian nature of Hydra destroyed their marriage. The Water and the Wine is a fictional account of those days.; Tamar Hodes’ first novel Raffy’s Shapes was published in 2006. She has had stories on Radio 4 and others in anthologies including Salt’s The Best British Short Stories 2015, The Pigeonhole, Your One Phone Call, the Ofi Press, MIR online and Fictive Dream. Tamar was born in Israel and lived in Greece and South Africa before settling in the UK. She read English and Education at Homerton College, Cambridge. For the past thirty-three years she has taught English in schools, universities and prisons.

Chasing Monsters by @PHarrisonauthor @UrbaneBooks #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #Lovebooksgrouptours

Hi and welcome to my stop on Paul Harrison’s Chasing Monsters blog tour with Urbane Publications and Love Books Group Tours 🙂

chasing-monsters blog tour

Many thanks to Kelly @ LoveBooksGroup

Interview with Paul Harrison…..

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

Paul Harrison has several published books. You will find them all here – Paul Harrison’s Amazon Author Page

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Mainly from my own life, past and present experiences, and of course from my encounters with serial killers across the globe.

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

Some are based on people I have come across in my life, yes. I can’t name them here though.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I think about the areas the characters are based and try to fit names that would be recognisable there.

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

I commit everything, idea wise to paper, create back stories for everyone in the story, then I begin to plot. I let the story tell itself and unfold before me. It’s a bit scary sometimes. I never plan the ending, it just seems to happen.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

They change over time, however: Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Guy Fraser Sampson, Danielle Ramsey and Jon Goodman.

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

Stephen King. Where do you get your ideas from?

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes and no. I loved reading but spent much of my time outdoors, playing football.

When did you start to write?

At school, I was a prolific story teller. Then a few years later whilst I was in the police force, I decided to write my first book. It was true crime and I was fascinated by the Jack the Ripper case and the misinformation that existed in so many of the books.

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

Moby Dick – by Herman Melville. I would like to see that the whale survives, and not simply drag Ahab under the sea. I’d like to know the whale went on to have a happy life. I’m a huge animal lover by the way and hate to see any form of cruelty or abuse.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

I was asked by Reggie Kray to write his life story. I was a Police officers at the time and was advised by the Chief Constable that I would have to give up my career if I wrote it. Reg was such an interesting bloke, not only because of his infamous past, but as an individual. He told me things about himself that not many knew.

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

You Didn’t Win!

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

Batman, and we would go to a coffee shop in Garforth High Street, close to where I was raised. It was relating to Batman that helped me survive my childhood.

What are you working on right now?

A book about the unsolved US murderer known as The Zodiac killer.

Tell us about your last release?

Mind Games – Inside The Serial Killer Phenomenno, it’s about the psyche of serial killers, and my encounters with them. There is also a novel being released the same day – Chasing Monsters, which I loved writing.

Do you have a new release due?

See above

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Smile a lot and feel proud.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can contact me via my website www.paulharrisonauthor.co.uk or via Facebook Paul Harrison events or twitter pharrisonauthor

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I am so excited and happy with my writing life at the moment. Thanks to Matthew at Urbane Books for believing in me. They are an amazing publisher to work with.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Paul.

Chasing Monsters

Blurb

The first thrilling book in the Will Scott series.

In a sleepy northern seaside resort, The Eastborough Police Force is shocked into action when a heavily mutilated body is found in a quiet suburb. Murder rarely happens in these parts. Within a short space of time, the body count begins to rise rapidly, as a serial killer runs amok.

DI Will Scott is tasked with finding the murderer. In so doing he treads paths he never expected to traverse and uncovers a web of deceit where no one can be trusted.

The killer relentlessly continues to strike terror across the community, but without warning, the killing ground changes. Where will the killer strike next …?  

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Happy reading 🙂