Dangerous Score by Michael Bearcroft @mikebearcroft1 #AuthorInterview #Giveaway @rararesources

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Michael Bearcroft to Chat About Books as part of his Dangerous Score blog tour.

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Interview with Michael Bearcroft…..

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

I have been involved in soccer for all of my life, as a player, manager, sponsor, club director and chairman….so it made sense, when writing my first book, a thriller, ‘Dangerous Score’, to set it in the world of soccer.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I read two books a month, so I guess I have formed ideas from those, also from the changes I have seen and changes I would like to see happen in the future, whether it be from soccer, the business world, law or people in general.

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

Not on any one person in particular, but I have met so many different people from all walks of life during my lifetime which has certainly helped me to build the characters in the book.

How do you pick your characters names?

Soccer players usually have nick names within the team, so once I had decided the position, build and expertise of each player, I could then very easily put a name and nick-name to those players. Other characters were formed by their stature and looks and named accordingly. For instance the hero Jason resembled the celebrity George Clooney and the heroine Jessica was a Catherine Zeta-Jones look-a-like!

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

I write a vague outline of the whole story then break it down to three parts, beginning/middle/end, then as I start to write, the characters themselves seem to drive the story forward, creating situations and reacting to them in the way their characters would. I found I was then following the story rather than writing it!

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

CJ Sansom, Gregg Isles, Mark Gimenez, Antholy Horowitz and Harlem Coben.

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

I would love to meet Anthony Horowitz whose memorable characters include Foyle from Foyles War and Sherlock Holmes from his novel Moriarty. I would ask him how it felt to be chosen to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel and how did he tackle it?

Were you a big reader as a child?

I have been an avid reader from the age of six….with a very eclectic mix in literature.

When did you start to write?

I wrote commercial copy as part of my career in sales and marketing. Later in life I penned murder mystery and pantomime scripts for both professional and amateur companies. Then following a triple heart bypass I decided to try my hand at a novel…to aid recovery!

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

Dominion by CJ Sansom writes about a different WW11 scenario to the real one, a bit like SSGB by Len Deighton. I am not capable of improving a CJ Sansom ending….BUT….I would have liked to have known what happened to the central characters and what happened to the UK after the war.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

There are hundreds of books I wish I had written but most of all The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which is such a timeless classic. I would’ve loved to have played ‘Toad’ as he was a wonderful character!

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

Variety Has Been My Spice of Life!’ which is also the title of my talk as a guest speaker for various organisations.

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

I would live to meet Flashman from the George Macdonald Fraser books and take him to Trellisick House in Cornwall where I think he’d be very much at home!

What are you working on right now?

I’m actually working on a second ‘talk’ to add to my Guest Speaker repertoire, based on business and charity working together, which I touch on in Dangerous Score.

Do you have a new release due?

I have no new release due at present as I am really busy with talks, interviews and promoting Dangerous Score before I pen the sequel.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day

There was a press conference at Everton Football Club in Liverpool for Dangerous Score and an appearance on TV news, followed by a few glasses of champagne and a late night!

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Anyone can keep in touch via my website at www.dangerousscore.co.uk where they can contact me via Facebook, Twitter, email or phone.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Dangerous Score in either paperback or hardback can be bought from Amazon, or via my website where signed copies can be ordered. As human trafficking plays quite a big part in my book, I joined forces with the anti slavery charity Hope for Justice, so I hope that readers feel motivated to help organisations fighting this terrible injustice.

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

Dangerous Score

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Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high….until a date with a beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into battle with the criminal underworld.

Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future, Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his new girlfriend’s family. From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love, as a player and as a man.

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About Michael Bearcroft

Michael Bearcroft

Ex Sheffield United Junior, former Chairman Corby Town FC Actor and stage director, former British Red Cross Regional Director

Website: http://michaelbearcroftdangerousscore.co.uk/

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/mikebearcroft1

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#DoubleCoverReveal with Sue Featherstone @SueF_Writer & Susan Pape @wordfocus @rararesources

For the first time ever on Chat About Books I’m delighted to share a DOUBLE cover reveal with you all! 🙂

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A FALLING FRIEND

There are two sides to every friendship.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate.

What could possibly go wrong?

Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.

And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.

A Falling Friend

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A FORSAKEN FRIEND

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

A Forsaken Friend

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About the Authors

Sue & Susan

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra. They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/

You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus

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Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period by Andrew Mackay @Andrew_CVB #PublicationDay #SneekPeek @rararesources

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Bloody Hell! All together now… There were two girls called Vicky & Lizzie Who kept the Academy busy Causing trouble and mirth For all they were worth Sending teachers right into a tizzy They kicked-off a false, nasty rumour That one of the staff was a groomer For everyone knows Gossip spreads out and grows But the school didn’t quite see the humour Would Vicky & Lizzie regret All the damage they caused? Nah, not yet Scheming, conniving The girls kept on vying A dangerous precedent was set Vicky & Lizzie delivered a blitz On a school at the end of its wits Did they care? Did they f**k They were common as muck Those nasty, vindictive young s#!ts This might cause upset and uproar It’s a musical satire, what’s more For the first time ever We promise you’ve never Read anything like this before So pick up your copy today Of a story about which you will say That I wanted to barf But so hard I did laugh Vicky & Lizzie have just made my day!

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Lizzie slammed her rucksack on the wall outside the school. A torrent of students poured around them, making their way into the grounds.

Vicky pulled out her mobile phone and looked at the screen. ‘It’s only eight-twenty. We’re well early. How much did we get?’

Lizzie held up her hand and counted the gold and silver metal in her palm.

‘Dunno, hard to tell, I need to count it. Looks like about fifteen quid.’

‘It’s not enough, man,’ Vicky slapped Lizzie on the back. The brunette nearly dropped the coins to the floor. ‘We need to rake in some more cash.’

‘Be careful!’

The school buzzer blasted around the school ground entrance. Vicky looked over at the stone fountain that sat in the patio grounds. ‘Got any stuff left?’

‘Yeah, loads,’ Lizzie pocketed the coins and emptied the contents of her shirt into the rucksack. ‘Got all these fanny pads I stole, too.’

‘What are we gonna do with those, man?’

‘Dunno, yet.’ Lizzie zipped up her rucksack. She was about to lift it over her shoulders when a handsome young boy and his friend came into view.

Time seemed to slow down. The taller of the two boys, Jonnie Barron, shot Lizzie a shit-eating grin as they approached.

‘Hey, Jonnie,’ Lizzie said, fluttering her eyelashes at him.

Jonnie snorted and bopped his little bespectacled friend, Sam, on the shoulder. ‘Yeah, whatever.’

‘Have a good weekend?’

‘Yeah, mate,’ Jonnie chuckled. ‘Spent it wanking over your Skullbook photos, didn’t I?’

‘What?’ Lizzie gasped as Vicky burst out laughing. ‘That’s gross, man!’

‘Go fuck your Dad.’

Lizzie liked Jonnie, and made damn sure he knew that she didn’t appreciate his rude remark. Jonnie made amends.

‘I’m sorry, that wasn’t right.’

Lizzie looked up, ready to forgive his apology. ‘That’s okay, Jon—’

‘—I meant step-dad. He’s not your real Dad, is he?’

‘No.’

‘Cool. So you can fuck him and it won’t be against the law, then.’

Jonnie and Sam burst out laughing. They made their way past the stone font that stood in the grounds of the school.

Gobsmacked, Lizzie turned to her friend. She found the whole exchange riotously funny. ‘What are you laughing at, you cow? You think that’s funny?’

‘He’s such a prick.’ Vicky shook her head and made her way toward the school entrance. ‘Dunno what you see in him.’

‘He’s fit, that’s all.’

‘You can do better than Jonnie Barron, mate.’

Lizzie sighed and looked over her shoulder. She saw a little ginger girl run up behind her and whispered to Vicky. ‘Ugh, that little gingerbread doll’s seen us.’

‘Hey, Lizzie!’ Jody caught up to her, tightening a hair band around her ginger ponytail. ‘You okay?’

‘Uh, hey, Jody. Yeah, whatever.’

‘You hear from Layla?’ Jody asked. ‘She’s been off for a week, now.’

‘We ain’t heard shit from Layla Quick,’ Vicky said. ‘Where is she?’

‘She’s moved to another school, temporarily. Since that whole thing with Mr Galigan from Geography.’

Vicky, Lizzie and Jody pushed through the main school doors and into the entrance.

Staff members milled around talking to each other. Vicky turned to Jody as they walked. ‘What happened, then?’

‘What do you mean?’

‘With Layla and Mr Galigan?’ Lizzie butted in, losing her patience.

‘Not here,’ Jody whispered. She was scared members might overhear them. ‘I’ll tell you in tutor.’

The three girls made their way past the reception – and almost into the path of Mr Foster, the principal of the school.

‘Girls, mind where you’re going.’

Vicky made an apologetic face. ‘Yes, sir.’

‘It’s nearly twenty to nine. Go straight to tutor, please.’

‘Yes, sir.’

Vicky giggled to herself and winked at Mr Foster. He watched the trio walk toward the playground as the final morning bell sounded off.

‘What are you playing at?’ Lizzie asked Vicky.

‘What?’

‘Giving Foster the eye and being all like “sorry, sir,” like a proper teacher’s pet.’

Vicky pushed through the set of double doors that lead to the IT department staircase. ‘Oh, come on, Liz.’

‘What?’

‘Every chance he gets, he gawps at my legs.’

‘Eh? Does he actually?’

‘Are you really that stupid? He tries not to show it, but he’s definitely doing it.’

‘Ugh, that’s gross, man.’

Vicky and Lizzie gripped the stair rail and aided their two-at-a-time ascent up the stairs. Jody tried to enact the same but was far too small to keep up.

‘Wait for me, guys!’

‘Come on, you redheaded stepchild!’ Lizzie screamed after her. ‘Keep up!’

‘Don’t call me that!’

Jody reached the top step and disappeared into the IT corridor with her two chums.

The twelve-year-olds ran into the corridor with gay abandon. They were unaware that their lives – and the lives of the staff – were about to change significantly during the course of the week..

About Andrew Mackay

Some authors are afraid to cross the line. Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point… My brand is satire. I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you! I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire. My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit. My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen. My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

Andrew Mackay

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#Free for #ValentinesDay The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise @RebekahBe4 #sharethebooklove

Sharing the book love this Valentines Day…..

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From Rebekah Louise…..

I am very excited to share this post with you. As most of you will be aware, I have published my latest book ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’.

This is my second book and I decided to write a novelette. I love the idea of a short story, the reader can enjoy it in one or two sittings, fitting it in around their hectic lifestyles.

The idea for ‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ came when a close friend of mine was waiting for her partner to propose. I thought about what someone might do in that situation and I think most people would try and gain control, giving rise to the idea for my new book.

This story was an exciting piece for me to write. I took on Lisa’s character with ease as she was fun to write about (I think I could also see some of myself in her). Authors will tell you to write about a topic that you would want to read yourself and this is a book that I would want to snuggle up with. I also love the cover, which I had great fun designing, and I am guilty of choosing a book by its cover, so I hope it will attract you too. My wonderful husband put together the book trailer and I think it is a wonderful teaser of what’s to come.

‘The Bulletproof Proposal’ was published in November 2017, and my hope is that you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it. Please leave a review if you liked it, on either Amazon or Goodreads, and tell your friends and family about it, it would be much appreciated.

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Book blurb…..

After five years of dating Lisa is anticipating that all-important question, will you marry me?

Impatient, Lisa decides to take matters into her own hands and propose to Matt, after all it is the 21st Century.

Only she takes it one step further and with the help of her best friend Mandy, she prepares the ultimate proposal.

What she doesn’t know is whether this will be the beginning of her happily-ever- after or the beginning of the end.

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Why Do We Stop Reading a Book?

Honoured to be a part of this interesting research article by Richie Billing…..

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Last week I shared an article by writer Chuck Wendig in which he set out his twenty-five reasons for putting down a book and banishing it to the pits of hell. That got me thinking. What about everyone else? What are the main reasons people stop reading a book?

Reliving my old university days, I undertook a bit of research. I wrote to several book reviewers and launched a few polls on a number of Facebook groups: AmWritingFantasy (693 members), Fantasy Writers Support Group (5,447 members), The Phoenix Quill…

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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café by Richard Dee Sci-Fi @RichardDockett1 #BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview @rararesources

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Richard Dee as part of his Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café blog blitz 🙂

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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

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Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn! She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past. But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets. Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands. In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

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A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. He can be found at http://www.richarddeescifi.co.uk

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/@RichardDockett1

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Interview with Richard Dee…..

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

Hi, I’m Richard Dee and I live in Brixham, Devon. I write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures. I’m a retired Master Mariner and Thames River Pilot, living in Brixham Devon, which is where I was born. I have a website at www.richarddeescifi.co.uk and you can also find me on Facebook at RichardDeeAuthor

I wanted to start writing years ago but never seemed to have the time until I retired. When I actually fired up the keyboard, I found that the more I wrote, the more I wanted to write. Ideas just poured into my head as fast as I could get them down. I now have seven novels and two books of short stories published, with several more ready to go.

I chose the self-publishing route, for the control it gave me, after hearing horror stories about author’s experiences with the traditional publishing route. I started by writing Science Fiction, which I have always loved, then I moved onto Steampunk. I found a great editor and a fantastic cover designer to make my novels as professional as I could.

I have three current series, The Dave Travise (Freefall and Myra), the Balcom (Ribbonworld and Jungle Green) and the Norlandian Steampunk (The Rocks of Aserol, A New life in Ventis and Tales form Norlandia).

All have sequels in planning, I also have spin-off novels and standalone works in the pipeline, you can keep up at https://richarddeescifi.co.uk/portfolio

I had a few ideas for the adventures of an amateur detective and was inspired by my wife and three daughters to create a female character, Andorra Pett. As well as being a composite of the ladies in my life, I like to think of her as a cross between Agatha Raisin and Miss Marple, in space! Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café is out now, Andorra Pett on Mars will be published in April 2018, Andorra Pett and her Sister is a work in progress.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Mostly they come from snatches of dreams or overheard conversations in coffee shops or pubs. I might see something on the news which will give me an idea, or a piece about some new invention that I could use. The stories themselves are not dependant on the Sci-fi or Steampunk element; it’s rather like an extra character, the location where the story takes place and the necessary technology to tie it all together.

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

As I mentioned above, Andorra Pett is based on parts of my immediate family. In my other works, it’s not so simple or clear-cut. I think that all authors would say that there is a little of them in what they write, whether it’s a hero or a villain, there’s probably a bit of me in the explorer of other worlds. I’m sure that one day in the far future, a part of my DNA will live on, will be entwined in the cells of a person standing on another planet.

How do you pick your characters names?

That’s a surprisingly difficult thing to have to do. Names are so emotive. You can use a name to enhance your plot, give a sense of whether that person is good or bad, mislead or confuse the reader and a whole lot more. Some names are synonymous with things, you can use that.

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

Try to imagine watching a film in your head and typing what you see. You can rewind, pause and slow the action down but you can’t fast forward. Every time I start writing, I never know what will happen. I have to keep going until I get to a good bit. Sometimes that can be after 1,000 words, sometimes 5,000.

I never know the ending until I get to it, this can leave me with several potential suspects, in the case of a murder mystery. When they are revealed, it’s as much of a surprise to me as it is to the reader.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Desmond Bagley, Wilbur Smith and Frederick Forsyth. Not necessarily in that order, I love the relentless pace they inject into the action, the believable background and their ability to describe a world in three sentences. They all provide escapism and entertainment, which is what I aspire to do.

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

Isaac Asimov, I’d like to know how he thought up the Foundation trilogy in the late 1930’s, given that it was so far removed from anything else at the time.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Very much, I started on Famous Five at a fairly early age and progressed through Narnia to Sci-fi as I grew up.

When did you start to write?

I wrote a short story in 1979 and turned it into a novel in 2012. Since then I have picked up the pace a little and now do three or four novels a year. The research for them throws up a lot of short stories as well, and I get requests for sequels, prequels and spin-offs from readers, which I do my best to accommodate.

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

That’s a very hard question, there are usually enough things in any novel to start a sequel without changing the ending, I would have liked The Day of The Jackal to have ended differently, with the Jackal surviving (sorry Lebel, although maybe he could have just been wounded, arising from his hospital bed to continue the chase). The book could have detailed his escape, which I’m sure would have been as meticulously planned as his attempt.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

My father’s naval career, he would never talk about what he got up to. I only found a few things out from a person I met who had shared some of them with him. Sadly I never got the chance to learn it all, but it sounded like it would have made a great memoir.

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

Another tricky one, I’ve been lucky to have lived an interesting life, Cape Horn, the Amazon, a Jumbo jet crash landing, shot at by the P.L.O. and that was before I was 30! How about “Believe it or Not?”

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

I would have loved to talk about world building with Terry Pratchett.

What are you working on right now?

I have just finished NaNoWriMo, the annual challenge to write a 50,000-word novel in a month. It was my third attempt and I managed 72,000 words this year. That has to be edited, meanwhile, I have several other projects in progress. I’m currently producing an online course in World Building, to help other writers create

Do you have a new release due?

The sequel to Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, called Andorra Pett on Mars is due out in April 2018

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Breathe a huge sigh of relief and try not to look at the sales figures.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

My website is at www.richarddeescifi.co.uk. There are lots of freebies and a weekly post about writing. I’m also on Facebook as RichardDeeAuthor and I’ll be ramping up my twitter presence @richarddockett1

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

In the immortal words of Captain James T Kirk, “I work in Outer Space.”

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Richard 🙂Andorro Pett3

 

Check out the rest of the blog blitz with these fab book bloggers…..

Andorro Pet blog tour

Enjoy!

The Betrayal by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 #BlogTour #Promo @rararesources

Today I am pleased to be joining in with Anne Allen’s The Betrayal blog tour!

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Many thanks to Rachel

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The Betrayal

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

1940. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…

1942. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.

1945. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.

2011. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest?

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

Purchase Link –

http://myBook.to/TheBetrayal

Not read the previous books in the series as yet? Don’t miss out on this fab offer…..

A Triple Celebration and a Price Reduction!

For this week only, until 18th February, the price of books 2-6 of The Guernsey Novels is only £1.99/$2.99, with book 1, ‘Dangerous Waters, remaining at 99p/99c

This is in celebration of Anne Allen’s birthday, the 6th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dangerous Waters’ and the recent publication of book 6, ‘The Betrayal’.

Find them all HERE

Author Bio –

Anne Allen

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

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Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.anneallen.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anne-Allen-Author-176883759173475/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnneAllen21

Giveaway –

Win a signed copy of The Betrayal by Anne Allen (Open Internationally)

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour with these fab book bloggers…..

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Enjoy!

#Free #reader 📖 #writer 📚 #events in #stokeontrent at #stokeontrentlibrary

Hello everyone 😊

Here’s a quick reminder about two of the events which will take place soon at City Central Library:

 

Postcard Poets

Saturday 3 March, 11am-12noon

City Central Library, Hanley

You may have seen some of the beautiful poetry postcards, produced by Poetry On Loan and available in libraries. We’re very pleased that three of the poets whose work is featured on these postcards – Jonny Fluffypunk, Simon Fletcher and Dave Reeves – will read and perform at City Central Library. With their variety of performance and poetry styles, this will be an enjoyable and entertaining start to our Spring programme.

Free admission; no need to book

 

6X6 Reading Café

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Tuesday 13 March, 7pm

City Central Library

As the ever-popular 6X6 Reading Café enters its third year, six more writers will read their work for a maximum of six minutes each. If you’d like your work to be considered, you can find submission details and writing guidelines at https://6x6writingcafe.wordpress.com/ . The deadline for submissions for the March event is Sunday 25 February. Everyone is welcome to come and listen at this free event (places can be booked in advance).

Tel: 01782 238455

Email: central.library@stoke.gov.uk

 

As ever, if you’d like to know more about these, just get in touch with Emma at City Central Library

Emma George,

Community Librarian

Libraries and Archives

Housing and Customer Services

City of Stoke-on-Trent 

City Central Library

Bethesda Street

Hanley

Stoke-on-Trent

ST1 3RS

t 01782 236177   e emma.george@stoke.gov.uk

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Dark Skies by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book7

Dark Skies

My review…..

Well, I have to say that I have absolutely LOVED this series. I don’t think I’ve ever read a series in such a short time, which says it all really.

Dark Skies is another brilliant book in this brilliant series. What is Lowerson thinking of though!?? I’m really worried about him! Sorry, that won’t make sense to anyone who hasn’t read this already, but I think it highlights just how much I have connected with some of the characters in these books. Dark Skies is book 7, so I really do feel like I almost know some of them personally. The way L J Ross writes her characters makes them very real and I do find myself talking about them as if they are. I was reading one of the previous books in the car a couple of weeks ago and I said to my husband, ‘Awwww, Ryan and Anna are getting married.’ Obviously Steve’s reply was ‘Who?’ Lol! I did explain, but I think he thought I was losing the plot. The characters do make these books for me, even though they are very much plot driven stories.

In Dark Skies, Ryan and his team are faced with the mysterious death of a teenage boy who surfaces from the bottom of a reservoir. He has been preserved by the bog which would have been there before the water was added and initially they have no idea how long he might have been there. Could he be a local boy who was reported missing years before, but had seemingly run away and didn’t want to be found?

Then one of Anna’s students is found brutally murdered in a seemingly random attack, so the team have their work cut out as always.

I love the police procedural aspects, the way the investigation keeps me on my toes. I love how loyal (mostly!) the team are to each other and the banter they share. I also love how Jen Lucas (great name btw!) has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons. I can’t wait to find out more about her. I just hope Lowerson comes to his senses before it’s too late.

This book has it all, as does the whole series so far. I can’t imagine any murder mystery/crime fiction fans not enjoying them. I highly recommend and can’t wait for book 8!

Many thanks to L J Ross for my kindle and signed paperback copy of this fab book. LOVED it!

FROM THE #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF HOLY ISLAND

Beware what lies beneath…

One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England’s biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant…until now.

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past. Meanwhile, back at Northumbria CID, an old foe has taken the helm as Superintendent and is determined to destroy Ryan at any cost.

Who will prevail in Ryan’s most dangerous case yet?

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times

“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle

“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph

About the author…..

LJ Ross is the author of the international #1 bestselling series of DCI Ryan mystery novels. Her debut, Holy Island, was released in January 2015 and reached number one in the Amazon Kindle UK best sellers chart.

​Its sequels, Sycamore Gap, Heavenfield, Angel and High Force were all top five UK best sellers and she recently hit the top of the charts again with her sixth book, Cragside, which was number one in the UK on pre-orders alone.

The novels are all available to purchase in e-book, paperback and audiobook formats on the Amazon store, as well as in selected independent bookshops. Holy Island is also available in German translation.

Now, she writes full time and lives with her husband and son in Bath. She enjoys reading all manner of books, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

If you would like to connect with LJ Ross, she would be very happy to hear from you:

https://www.facebook.com/LJRossAuthor
https://twitter.com/ljross_author
http://www.ljrossauthor.com
http://www.lovesuspense.com
lj_ross@outlook.com

Previous reviews of the DCI Ryan mysteries series…..

Holy Island (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 1) by @LJRoss_author #Review

Sycamore Gap by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Heavenfield by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Angel by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book4

High Force by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book5

Cragside by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyan #Book6

*All links to buy are included in the review posts*

Enjoy!

 

#AuthorInterview with ROBIN BARONE @whereisrobinusa

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Robin Barone to Chat About Books 🙂

Robin Barone

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The idea for my series first came from my travel blog. I was blessed with the opportunity to have time off to travel around the world and documented the experience for my family and friends. I wanted to show that people are the same wherever you go respective of differences in culture, religion, and government. My business school professor, the late Patrick Turner, encouraged me to develop a bigger perspective of my idea and suddenly a series was born.

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

The central character Robin is based on myself. I am an naturally curious person and constantly asking “What if” and imagining scenarios that are possible. In this series we travel and connect to local experiences- history, culture, the outdoors. I believe that we all have different interests; whatever they are be curious and learn more about them!

How do you pick your characters names?

The central character was based off of my name and the blog. Fortunately, my name translates well to an animal character that is cute and fun loving!

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

My writing process is multi-disciplinary. I have structured time that I allocate to write; however, the stories never leave me. I could be eating dinner and suddenly a line that I was stuck on comes to me! The overall writing process is a challenge. Initially it was scary putting my stories out there in the world. They are like my children. I want to nurture and protect them. But at some point they have to grow up and live. At the heart of every book is a structure storyline. Deciding the flow and content is the most consuming part of the process, but it is important to creating a book that is timeless, fun, and not too long. Once those decisions are in place, the fun begins as I decide the action scenes and find ways to capture a moment in 4 to 6 lines.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I am a bit of a non fiction geek and love reading the paper. My prior background is in finance and I look forward to the reading the columns posted in the NY Times from Friedman, Brooks, Bruni, as well as other commentaries from people like Byron Wein and Steve Marks. As for authors of books, my favorites are Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss! I love their use of imagination and play on words. They are timeless.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes! I love to read! My pediatrician had an amazing room of books in his waiting room. I used to love to go there. It was like a personal library. I am fortunate that my mom read to me nightly, and we would visit the library for story times during the summer.

When did you start to write?

My interest began as a child when I would write stories. I asked Santa Claus for a Smith Corona typewriter to begin my career. I couldn’t wait. I remember opening the book, typing my name, and then stopping. I did not have a story to tell. I joined the high school newspaper from an initial interest in becoming a journalist. Over time that evolved from current events to stories that shape s.

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

I am not sure there is one book that I would re-write but a group of books. I found that books were like the movies always creating happy endings. The heroine always wins. But that’s not life and in order to win there is often a lot more grit and resilience required that is never addressed. For a dreamer like me, I felt lot many stories that I read as a child set me up to fail. When I imagine my series, I wanted to maintain a reader’s sense of dreams and find a way to introduce them to the concepts of being resilient, persistent, and relentless, and trusting your inner self. Too often, particularly towards girls, they are sent contrary messages.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The biography of Abraham Lincoln – I would have loved the opportunity to interview a complex and interesting man. He lived and lead by principles which in an environment with noise is extremely hard to stay on course. He achieved so much in his short life.

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

Living a curious life.

I have lived a life with a lot of privilege all do to hard work and following my inner curiosities. Listening to my voice has taken me down different paths, and the choices that I am grateful for have all come from following my curiosity with persistence and being relentless. At times it has been uncomfortable – but growth and amazing things come from taking risks and moving forward as opposed to remaining in the same place.

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

I would love to have coffee with the character Ally McBeal, the lawyer from the television series awhile back. She was an intelligent and ambitious women who wanted a full life with love and a family. She did not believe that she would have to sacrifice one for the other, but yet she was surrounded by people who sent her different messages. I loved how they showed her inner voice and true desires. Her character was real and honest.

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am editing a book on Philadelphia which goes to print in May and working with an illustrator on developing the sketches for the books coming out in 2019!

Tell us about your last release?

Our last release is Where is Robin? Los Angeles which came out February 1st! It is our first city book which takes our central character on an epic trip around Los Angeles. Los Angeles is an amazing place to explore with culture and adventure for all ages!

Do you have a new release due?

This April we are releasing a book called Where is Robin? Washington, DC which is a trip around the capital of the United States. I am thrilled with the final product of both and grateful to all of the hard work of the talented illustrators!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

To celebrate I am hosting a family event at a location from the book. For our book on Los Angeles, I am having an event at the Getty Villa with lunch. For our book on Washington, DC we are having a private tour of the Smithsonian.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

The best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our newsletter. We send out activities at least once a month and bring joy to our readers through art! Go to http://www.whereisrobin.org

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

The series that I authored, Where is Robin, is designed to use travel to teach curiosity! Curiosity is an important life skill which leads to increased respect, compassion, and engagement with the world. Curious people are open minded and more often happier. I nurtured my curiosity through travel, and I hope that my stories inspire people to be more curious about the world and people around them!

Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, Robin 🙂

Where Is Robin

This book is specially designed in Amazon’s fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read.

Take flight with the adventurous Robin. Robin is ready to see the USA, and she wants you to join her. Follow her to the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Rockies. Fly over towering skyscrapers and across gigantic bridges and historic landmarks. Have fun exploring and discovering all the wonderful cultures and traditions this land has to offer. She promises you a memorable journey full of learning, laughter, and love. Don’t let her fly alone, spread your wings and come along!

Robin Barone’s Amazon Author Page