Q&A with author, Helena Fairfax @HelenaFairfax

I am delighted to welcome Helena Fairfax today 🙂

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

I live in the village of Saltaire, near Bradford, and I write contemporary romance/women’s fiction – and sometimes romantic mysteries, because I love reading them so much myself! I’m also an editor, and I love reading other writers’ manuscripts and helping them develop their stories. Basically, I love anything to do with books and reading!

When not immersed in a book, I’m generally out walking on the Yorkshire moors, near where I live, with my rescue dog, Lexi. We’re out there every day, rain or shine, and we both love it. It’s great to watch the changing seasons and the wildlife, and to blow the cobwebs away.

Besides reading, I also knit all sorts, from babies’ cardies to adult pullovers – once even knitting an entire Royal Wedding! I do my knitting whilst binge-watching box sets on Netflix.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

My ideas come from so many different places. It’s hard to pinpoint just when a story comes together. I quite often have the seed of an idea while watching a film or TV programme. I had the spark of inspiration for my latest release, Felicity at the Cross Hotel, after watching a Bollywood film. I’ve become a big fan of Bollywood – I love the romance and drama of it – and the heroine of a film called Jab We Met inspired my own heroine. Of course our settings are totally different – you couldn’t get more different than the Lake District and Delhi! – but the heroines share the same characteristics of cheerfulness and liveliness.

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

My first ever novel, The Silk Romance, is set in Lyon, where I once worked as an au pair. My downstairs neighbour was an incredibly good-looking man – dark and tanned in that southern French way. He already had a girlfriend (of course!) and I was very much in love with my boyfriend in England at the time, but I based the hero of The Silk Romance on him.

How do you pick your characters names?

I love symbolism and I often pick a name that suits the character’s personality. The hero of The Antique Love is called Kurt Bold – he’s a quiet man, and also brave. “Kurt by name and curt by nature”, as the heroine says!

I loved giving the hero and heroine of Felicity at the Cross Hotel names which are definitely symbolic. Felicity means “happiness”, because she’s lively and cheerful, and Patrick Cross is the owner of the Cross Hotel – a place that’s been dogged by bad luck and tragedy.

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

I write contemporary romance, and the most important thing in a romance is to work out what it is that’s keeping the hero and heroine apart. Why can’t they be together from page one? The thing driving them apart is called the romantic conflict. Before I start a book, I work out just what it is that’s going to keep my two characters from being together and then I think up a series of situations that are going to make it as hard as possible for them to admit they are in love. Forcing them apart is a cruel way to treat them – but they do always get their happy ending!

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

That is such a difficult question! Jane Austen definitely has to be on the list (the best romance writer ever), Georgette Heyer (I grew up on her books, and re-read them often), Mary Stewart, who writes gripping romantic suspense, Charles Dickens, whose books are full of drama and brilliant characters, and a sci-fi author called Stanislaw Lem, who wrote one of my favourite romantic heroes in a book called Return from the Stars.

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

I would love to meet Shakespeare. I’ve always been curious to know what he was like. How did he dream up these amazing stories, with characters who still seem real today? I don’t know what I’d ask him. It would be great to ask him something personal, like whether he was truly in love with his wife, but I’d probably be too tongue-tied to speak.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, books were an escape for me. I came to England from Uganda when I was six, and I found everything cold and bewildering. I began reading at a very young age and I found books helped me make sense of the world.

When did you start to write?

I’ve been writing on and off for years, but I didn’t sit down and write my first novel until about five years ago. I wish now that I’d started much earlier.

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

I’d love to change the ending to Gone with the Wind. I remember the first time I saw the film, and being so disappointed that it ended in this way. Perhaps it really couldn’t end any other way – but I’d love to rewind the story so that Rhett Butler has the happy ending he deserved.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Books are quite personal things, so I don’t think there is any book I wish I’d written. Those books belong to their own authors. I’m always looking to the next book I’m going to write – and wishing it was already written!

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

I’m not sure I’d write my own autobiography. I don’t think I could make my life interesting enough. I find it much more fun writing about fictional characters!

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

I love the Poldark books and I’ve been loving the TV series. I think I’d take Demelza for a coffee in my local café. She seems like she’d be really good fun and she could do with a break from all the stresses and tragedy in her life. I’d love to buy her a massive piece of hot chocolate fudge cake and whipped cream and talk about the trials of being married to Ross Poldark.

What are you working on right now?

This year I started working on a non-fiction book about the lives of women in Halifax, Yorkshire, from 1850-1950. The book is due for release next year, to coincide with the anniversary of the first women getting the vote. Working on this book has given me the idea for a novel, loosely based on some of the brilliant women I’ve discovered while doing my research.

Do you have a new release due?

My latest release is Felicity at the Cross Hotel. It’s a feel good summer read, set in the Lake District. Fliss Everdene works for her father, who owns a global chain of corporate hotels. Fliss and her dad have been having several rows, and she’s conflicted about his ruthless way of taking over ailing hotels. She decides to take a break for a while, to stay at the Cross Hotel in the Lakes.

Patrick Cross is the Cross Hotel’s new owner. His father has recently died, and he’s inherited a business with lots of problems, a runaway barmaid, and a grumpy chef. Patrick is glad of Fliss’s help – until he learns she’s a member of the notorious Everdene family, and her dad is waiting in the wings…

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

It’s varied each time, but to be honest, I’m generally exhausted by publication day, and I’d be happy having a quiet glass of wine at home!

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I have a newsletter that readers can subscribe to, and I love it when people reply. I reply to every email I receive. I’m giving away a free story to all new subscribers at the moment, and you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bRQtsT

If you are interested in my editing services, I have a website here: www.helenafarifax.com

Besides the above, I also post photos of the moors and other places I’ve visited on social media.

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/HelenaFairfax

Pinterest https://uk.pinterest.com/helenafairfax/

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

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

Thanks so much for having me, Kerry, and for your great questions!

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Publisher: Helena Fairfax (7th July 2017)

“Helena Fairfax writes feel good romances that are guaranteed to leave a smile on your face!” Elaine Everest, Sunday Times bestselling author

A quaint hotel in the Lake District. The Cross Hotel is the perfect getaway. Or is it?
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel …
Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he’s forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?

Praise for Helena Fairfax: “Ms Fairfax’s writing is lovely, romantic, evocative and sweet with a hint at an old fashioned love story…” Anita Davidson, Author
“Helena Fairfax spins a romantic tale…” Robbi Perna Phd. Author and lecturer
“Who can resist Helena’s reasons for writing romances, which include her optimistic view of humanity?” Kenneth Hicks, Author

Pre-order your copy now…..


#CoverReveal #TheMissingGirls @carolewyer @bookouture

I am delighted to be joining in with Bookouture’s cover reveal tonight for Carol Wyer’s The Missing Girls.


An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)

Out on 14th September 2017


Pre-order now…..

One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

Are you ready…..



What readers are saying about the DI Robyn Carter series:
‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn’t want to put it down – it’s one of the best I’ve read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! … Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! … kept me hooked from page one … genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5*

‘I loved every page … captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages … 5 shining stars … I loved it!’ Write Escape

What a page-turner! Wow. My head was spinning from the first page to the last. I was so gripped by the introduction to the characters and then just pulled right into the meat of the thriller until the very last page! Five Stars!’ Jersey Girl Forever

‘The suspense was fantastic … the drive to keep turning pages was overpowering … really well written I want more!’ The Belgian Reviewer

‘This book totally gripped me from start to finish. It is a very cleverly crafted thriller which leaves no loose ends. Five stars!’ Sincerely Book Angels

If you haven’t read the first two books in the series as yet, you will find them here on Carol E. Wyer’s Amazon Author Page


We Have Lost The Coffee #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @QuiteFunnyGuy @WeHaveLostBooks @emmamitchellfpr

I am thrilled to be joining in with Paul Mathews’ We Have Lost The Coffee blog tour! 🙂

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Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to take part.

We Have Lost The Coffee will be released on 28th June and is available to pre-order now!

Q&A with Paul Mathews…..

Paul Mathews

Did your writing skills come natural or did you have to attend courses to help you develop that creative side?

I’ve had a creative streak for as long as I can remember. I loved reading the classic comics of the 1970s and 1980s: The Beano, Dandy, Whizzer and Chips, Whoopee etc. And I started writing and drawing my own comics from the age of 11-years-old. It was very time-consuming, and involved plotting stories and planning each frame. But, when I think about it, it was great practice for writing a novel: creating characters, devising a storyline and writing dialogue.

I also enjoyed choose-your-own-adventure books as a kid (which involved making decisions, rolling dice and battling monsters) and wrote a couple of my own, which I loaned to school friends.

I was also a member of my primary school drama club. And in my late 30s, I acted in a local amateur dramatics group and that helped me enormously to understand what works and what doesn’t in dramatic terms.

Before I became an author, I wrote plays for amateur production and did a lot of research about story structure, characters, plotting etc. And writing plays taught me how to write good dialogue, which is a central part of all my books. Writing a novel was a progression from those years of writing stage plays.

So, it’s been quite a long journey!

What books/authors inspired your writing journey?

I read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series as a teenager and loved it. I try to carry over some of his quirkiness into my work. I also include lots of references to the number 42. You’ll see We Have Lost the Coffee has 42 chapters – that’s not a coincidence!

I also enjoy John Farrell’s comedy novels. He employs fewer characters than me, and more one-liners, but our sense of humour is very similar.

How does it feel to know that your books inspire others? Whether readers with a response to the content or other aspiring authors?

I’m not sure if I’ve inspired anyone – if I have and you’re reading this, please get in touch! My main motivation is to entertain people and make them laugh. I know from all the Goodreads and Amazon ratings that the majority of my readers are happy bunnies and that’s what counts.

Do you have any writing rituals? What are they?

I try to write a chapter in a day (about 2,000 words), when I am in full novel-writing mode and then I stop – unless I’m nearing the end of the novel and then I might squeeze out a few more words. I usually plan a couple of months with a break when I’m about halfway through. I do this Monday to Friday and then take a timeout at the weekend. I’m not a believer in the ‘write something every day’ mantra. You need days where you switch off and get away from it all.

If you could have written any literary character, who would it be and why?

Marvin the Paranoid Android from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – his depressive take on life is just so comically British. Only an Englishman could have created a robot that is so permanently cheesed off with the universe!

Within your genre, is there a subject that you would never write about? What? Why?

I would never write about something that wasn’t funny. No point making your own life difficult!

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London, 2045. Three months into the Coffee Wars and Britain’s caffeine supplies are at critical levels. Brits are drinking even more tea than usual, keeping a stiff upper lip and praying for an end to it all.

A secret Government coffee stockpile could save the day … but then mysteriously disappears overnight.

One man is asked to unravel the missing-coffee mystery. His name is Pond. Howie Pond. And he’s in desperate need of a triple espresso. Meanwhile, his journalist wife, Britt, is hunting royal fugitive Emma Windsor on the streets of the capital.

Can Howie save the British Republic from caffeine-starved chaos? Will the runaway royal be found? And just what will desperate coffee drinkers do for their next caffeine fix? Find out, in Paul Mathews’ latest comedy-thriller set in the Britain of the future…

‘We Have Lost The Coffee’ is packed with dry British humour, political satire, dozens of comedy characters and enough coffee jokes to keep you awake all night. It’s full of crazy action and adventure in London, and beyond, and is guaranteed to set your pulse racing faster than a quadruple espresso.

So, join Howie, Britt and friends – as well as some enemies – as you travel forward in time to 2040s London.

Buy a copy…..

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Q&A with author, Rebekah Louise @RebekahBe4

I am delighted to welcome Rebekah Louise today! 🙂

Rebekah Louise self-published Love, Life & Dreams: A cocktail of five short stories on 25th May 2017.

Rebekah Louise

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

Hi, I’m Rebekah Louise. I am 32 and live in Worcestershire with my family. The things I love to do the most when I’m not writing is to spend time with family and friends. I enjoy cups of coffee with a large slice of cake (preferably chocolate). I also am a fan of yoga and going out for a cocktail or two.

My book is called Love, Life & Dreams and is a collection of five short stories. The idea behind the book was for women (men too if they like a bit of chick lit) to be able to sneak away for 10 minutes to read a full story in one go. Each story is unique so hopefully there is something for everyone.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Various places. An idea may have been sparked from something I have watched on T.V. or a conversation I’ve been part of (or overheard). I have formed some of my stories using a title or a theme, using this to create ideas and a plot.

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

Yes, when I am bringing my characters to life I often think about people’s traits, mannerisms, likes and dislikes and I may form a person from that.

How do you pick your characters names?

They have to suit the individual so I imagine what they would look like and choose an appropriate name. Other times it may be a name I like and I pair it with the best character in that particular story.

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

Idea, jot down notes, turn the notes into a bubble diagram, start writing, research, write some more and then edit.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

In no particular order I would have to say:

Sophie Kinsella

Jane Fallon

Holly Seddon

Liane Moriarty

B.A. Paris

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

I think it would be Sophie Kinsella. I would like to know where her inspiration comes from and the key to her success in the literature world. I am quite nosey so I would also want to ask her about what her life is like behind closed doors – what does she enjoy doing? Favourite foods, that kind of thing.

Were you a big reader as a child?

No, not really. I enjoyed Malory Towers and Sweet Valley High books when I was a teenager.

When did you start to write?

I started a blog about four years ago and I enjoyed connecting with people through my writing and sharing my experiences. I then began writing stories about a year ago.

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

I think I would choose ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by B.A. Paris. As much as I enjoyed the story, the ending was too abrupt. I wanted to know what happened next. I would want to see her husband brought to justice in the public eye. I would also like to know what happened to the main character (Grace) and how she re-builds her life?

Is there a book you wish you had written?

No, I think the ideas behind each book and story is personal to each author.

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

Mmm something like, The Life of a Chicholic.

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

I would invite Sex & the City character Charlotte. I think I would enjoy settling down in a cute tea shop with her, sipping tea from china cups whilst eating cream scones.

What are you working on right now?

At the moment I am planning my next story. I am thinking of taking one of my short stories and continuing the journey the character is on.

Do you have a new release due?

No, not yet. Within the next year would be great.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

On the release of Love, Life & Dreams it was just me and my little boy at home – we had cheese sandwiches and went to the park. So hopefully with my next book we will do something a bit more grand.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I love to hear from readers, I am on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and have a website too.

You can find them all here: www.rebekahlouiseauthor.co.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RebekahBe4

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

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

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Just a big thank you to those of you who have read Love, Life & Dreams and if you haven’t yet, I hope you will enjoy reading it.

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

Love, Life & Dreams: A cocktail of five short stories by [Louise, Rebekah]

Love, Life & Dreams is a collection of five short stories. Each story is unique and is ideal for enjoying whilst on holiday or for escapism.

In Doctor’s Orders, meet sisters Emma and Alice. Alice comes to her sister’s rescue after her marriage breaks down. Little does Emma know what the future holds for her.

In Julie, meet Tom, a successful businessman and a loving father, that is until Julie shows up at his office.

In Live the Dream, meet Louis and Emma. Share in their moving story about the wonders of love and imagination.

In Off the Record, meet James. He is a top radio DJ who makes a mistake that leads him to consider his behaviour.

In Suite 200, meet Ania, a cleaner of a five-star hotel. Life for Ania is arduous and her future looks bleak, that’s until she meets a guest that will challenge her view.

Buy a copy…..



The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh #BlogTour #BookReview @bookouture @KimTheBookworm

I am very honoured to be taking part in Lesley Welsh’s blog tour for The Serial Killer’s Daughter.


Many thanks to Kim Nash for the opportunity to join in.

My review…..

Wow! This Don Tyler is a piece of work! To say he’s disturbed would be the understatement of understatements.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I started The Serial Killer’s Daughter. Obviously I wasn’t expecting a lovey dovey romance, given the title, but I was not prepared for the truly awful crimes committed by this evil psychopath. This story isn’t for the faint-hearted or for anyone who is easily offended by vulgar language, but it is an interesting insight into the mind of a serial killer who kills for no other reason than just because they can and because they continually manage to avoid capture. I know this is fiction, but we all know there are people like this roaming our earth.

Don comes across to me as being an average looking bloke, but one who is successful with the ladies because he has the gift of the gab and is able to switch on the charm when it suits. He has no regard for human life, just his own selfish and sadistic desires and the need to do whatever it takes to get him what, who and where he wants. He has serious Mummy issues and he doesn’t even love his own children.

When his daughter, Suzanne, is contacted by Rose (Don’s current partner), as Don has passed away and she has some personal belongings to pass on, she has no idea of the situation she is walking into or the danger she will face thanks to her own father.

There are lots of characters, all with their own integral part to the story. Don is a scarily intelligent, manipulative character. There are twists and turns galore which kept me gripped from start to finish. The story flows perfectly with numerous shocking truths uncovered along the way. Brilliantly written with excellent characterisation. I highly recommend.


Publisher: Bookouture (14th June 2017)

Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him.

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

Buy a copy…..

About the author…..

Lesley Welsh

Lesley Welsh sadly passed away in April this year.

Lesley was born in Strawberry Field children’s home and raised on a notorious council estate in Liverpool. Later she moved to London where she studied English and Drama and worked as a freelance writer specialising in alternative lifestyles. Her articles appeared in CosmopolitanMarie ClaireRedBiteTime Out and many others before she established Moondance Media, a magazine publishing company. Her dark and compelling short story Mrs Webster’s Obsession was turned into a film.  Lesley moved to Spain and sadly passed away in April.

Rest In Peace, Lesley. x

Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Scared to Death (The Detective Kay Hunter series) (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 1) by [Amphlett, Rachel]

Publisher: Saxon Publishing (3rd December 2016)

“If you want to see your daughter alive again, listen carefully.”

When the body of a snatched schoolgirl is found in an abandoned biosciences building, the case is first treated as a kidnapping gone wrong.

But Detective Kay Hunter isn’t convinced, especially when a man is found dead with the ransom money still in his possession.

When a second schoolgirl is taken, Kay’s worst fears are realised.

With her career in jeopardy and desperate to conceal a disturbing secret, Kay’s hunt for the killer becomes a race against time before he claims another life.

For the killer, the game has only just begun…

My review…..

Well, I recently joined in with Rachel Amphlett’s blog tour for Book 3 in this series, so I thought it was about time I bumped Book 1 to the top of my list and I am so glad I did! Why have I never read a book by Rachel Amphlett before now??

Scared to Death is a brilliant start to a new series. I warmed to Detective Kay Hunter immediately. There’s a back story there that hasn’t been fully explained as yet, which I find very intriguing. She seems to be up against her fair share of negativity at work, via certain colleagues, although others very much seem to have her back. We also get an insight in to her personal life and her relationship with her partner, which I like as it shows a softer side to an otherwise professional character.

Kay and her team are faced with the difficult task of investigating the death of a local 17 year old girl who had been kidnapped whilst her parents were on a business trip. A ransom had been demanded, her parents had paid and not reported the kidnapping as requested, as they believed their daughter would be spared if they cooperated. When they arrive at her location, however, their worst fears are realised. Every parents worst nightmare. The way this poor girl met her end is nothing short of horrific and these parts of the story are very upsetting. Her killer is a very disturbed character.

When a second girl is kidnapped, Kay and her colleagues race against time to figure out where she is being kept before it’s too late and this time it’s personal. There is a very sick game being played which makes this a very dark crime thriller. Just brilliant!

Scared To Death is a very cleverly written police procedural with a tense and fast-paced storyline. There are many plot twists and shocks along the way. I was totally gripped and I’m very much looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you add this to your reading list. It’s definitely one I would happily buy as a gift for family and friends.

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy. It’s very much appreciated, as always.

Buy a copy…..

About the author…..


Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the popular new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Lee Child, James Patterson, and Chris Chibnall.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

You can keep in touch with Rachel by signing up to her mailing list via her website (http://www.rachelamphlett.com), or via Facebook (http://on.fb.me/TN7rpu) and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

Rachel Amphlett’s Amazon Author Page

Previous posts featuring Rachel Amphlett and her books…..

#ScaredtoDeath (A Detective Kay Hunter Novel) @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour Q&A

One To Watch #BlogTour @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #Extract


#NewRelease Bongo Fury by @simonmaltman

I am very pleased to let you all know that Simon Maltman has a new release, out today! Happy Publication Day, Simon 🙂

Bongo Fury

From the Bestselling author of A Chaser on the Rocks and More Faces, comes the noir novella series: Bongo Fury. Follow Maltman’s new protagonist as he tries to balance a music shop, his paramilitary family, a newborn, a little drug dealing and a spot of private detection.

A black comedy from the fresh new voice in Northern Irish Crime Fiction.

Previous press:

“A flair for adrenalin-packed action and unpredictable characters.”
Murder, Mayhem and More

“The mood is cynical, the wisecracks are plentiful.”
The High Window

“You hit the ground running and it’s a sprint finish.”
Crime Book Junkie

Buy your copy…..

About the author…..

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Simon Maltman is a Best-selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland.

Please check out the books available on his Amazon Author Page and stay in touch through the links below.

@simonmaltman on twitter

Previous posts featuring Simon Maltman and his books…..

Political Suicide by Simon Maltman

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

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


Safe With Me #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @GraceLowrie1 @AccentPress @karenbultiauw

I am delighted to be joining in with Grace Lowrie’s Safe With Me blog tour! 🙂

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Many thanks to Karen Bultiauw, at Accent Press, for the opportunity to take part.

Q&A with Grace Lowrie…..

Grace Lowrie

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

Hi Kerry, thank you so much for inviting me to your blog.

I’m a romantic introvert with a penchant for rock music, art nouveau design, blue cheese and grumpy ginger tomcats. Having worked as a collage artist, sculptor, prop maker and garden designer over the years, I now write contemporary women’s fiction from my Hertfordshire home. Safe With Me is a standalone novel, the first of three, set in the fictional town of Wildham. It is my second novel to be published by Accent Press.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I’m fascinated by human relationships and tend to conjure up intriguing questions in my mind, for example: What if you were abandoned as a child and your only family was a foster brother/sister? What if you were then separated? Would that bond always exist between you? In this case the answering of these questions led me to create Safe With Me.

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

I don’t think so – I tend to draw on aspects of a variety of different people’s personalities, both real or imagined, to create my characters. Some of my friends and family may recognise parts of themselves in the pages of my books, but hopefully never enough for them to take any offence.

How do you pick your characters names?

That’s often tricky as the name can make or break a character for a reader. Sometimes a name comes instinctively once I start hearing my character’s voice but not always, and I do prefer to put a name to the voice early on. One of my favourite sources of inspiration is watch the closing credits of films and TV shows – it’s a great way of picking up interesting and unusual names.

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

I tend to start with a great idea for an ending and a feel for some strong characters and then plot to create a beginning and a middle. Life is busy and I haven’t yet managed to carve out a set time each day in which to write, but I’m constantly scribbling notes and bits of dialogue on scraps of paper and then spend hours at a time typing furiously at my laptop.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Wow that’s tough, that changes all the time. Right now I’d have to say: Kate Atkinson, Lucie Whitehouse, Ian Banks, Diana Gabaldon and Iain McEwan.

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

I would like to meet Audrey Niffenegger to ask her about the sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife that I believe she’s working on.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. My parents are both keen readers and got my sister and I into books from an early age. After a long day at work my dad would fall asleep reading The Hobbit to me at bedtime – somehow he managed to keep talking but all the words would turn to gibberish as he drifted off.

When did you start to write?

As soon as I was able – I wrote a lot of poetry and short stories at school and won a competition for a Haiku about a post box. I stopped during my teenage years, through a lack of confidence more than anything, but found my way back to it again about ten years ago on a lonely trip to Malta.

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

I loved reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton but I found the ending frustrating – too many loose ends that I would like to tidy up. I’m hoping she’s working on a sequel.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor is absolute genius but easily accessible – everybody I recommend it to loves it. I’m really looking forward to reading his latest work; Reservoir 13.

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

Is it shallow to say Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books? I’d invite him to my place for coffee so that I wouldn’t have to share him with the rest of the female population.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently editing the next two books in The Wildham Series and writing the first draft of a fourth.

Do you have a new release due?

Safe With Me is due out on 22nd June 2017 and is already available to pre-order here:

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I have a bottle of bubbly on ice ready to share with my family, as a thank you for all their support.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I have a website http://www.gracelowrie.com and a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GraceLowrieWriter and can also be found on twitter @gracelowrie1.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Only that I’m very grateful for this opportunity and appreciate all the readers out there that make being an author so rewarding.

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

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Hitchin author publishes emotional and evocative second novel about the deepest bonds of friendship.

Accent Press is publishing Hitchin-based author Grace Lowrie’s second novel, a contemporary women’s fiction novel exploring how friendship can be a life-long influence.

How far would you go to feel safe again?
Abandoned as children, Kat and Jamie were inseparable growing up in foster care. But their bond couldn’t protect them forever.
From a troubled upbringing to working in a London greasy spoon, Kat’s life has never been easy. On the surface Jamie’s living the high-life, but appearances can be deceiving.
When they unexpectedly reunite, their feelings become too intense to ignore. But as secrets come back to haunt them, are they destined to be separated once more.


Italian Millionaire, Runaway Principessa #BlogTour #Excerpt @sunchara3 @HarperImpulse @sparklyword

I am thrilled to be joining in with Sun Chara’s Italian Millionaire, Runaway Pincipessa blog tour! 🙂


Many thanks to Petra Quelch for the invitation to take part.


Chapter 1

Peter saw her. And he saw men at the bar ogling her every curve.

The waitress scrap-of-nothing she wore accentuated the length and shape of her legs, clad in net stockings. How she managed to walk on stiletto heels was beyond his male comprehension. The flimsy froth of fabric barely covered her bottom and had her breasts nearly spilling from the Grand Canyon neckline, to the delight of every male eye in the smoke-filled room.

He brushed rain-damp hair off his brow, warring with his gut instinct to stride over, sling her across his shoulder, and take her home. Hot blood surged through him and his aorta boxed his chest. Home where she belonged, with him, and in his bed—

The crash of glass jolted him from plunging deeper into the erotic fantasy. Since she’d run out on him, his mind was set on replay…a constant rankling to his Italian pride.

A muscle assaulted his jaw.

Her rebellious escapade could bring him down, and her with him. Premeditated or a case of the lamb amidst wolves? His chest constricted. It was time to set the record straight, even the score. Although he had to move fast to snare the coup d’ etat he was after, he’d do it his way. He inhaled, filling his lungs with needed oxygen and grimaced at the smoke-tainted air in the club. He exhaled and snared her in his narrow focus.

She was floundering to pick up broken glass from the floor. Her admirers were moving in, but in two long strides he was beside her.

The spinning strobe light cast a halo around her, making her hair gold and her skin a shimmer of silk. Memories rushed in, taunting, smothering… and he almost changed his mind. Passion and anger raged inside him. Pent-up pressure in his chest sizzled between his teeth and banished the past, but only for the moment.

“Let me help you.” He hunkered down, playing knight gallant but feeling more like a Neanderthal. His words held a double meaning for this woman, who kept a special place in his heart, his life, and who had spurned his every effort. Why would she have left him otherwise? Without a word, without a backward glance?

The deep timbre of the man’s voice filtered to Ellie through the music and laughter, but she kept her head bent until the embarrassed blush receded from her features. “Thank you.”

He dropped a handful of sharp pieces onto her tray, and the gold cufflink on his white shirt cuff gleamed from beneath the dark sleeve of his jacket. His hand was strong, his fingers long and sensitive with a smattering of black hair across his knuckles.

She swallowed and glanced up, her heart splitting in two. “Pet-e-r.”

His raised eyebrow spoke volumes.

“What are you doing here?” She held the tray between them like a defense, gripping it so tight her fingers hurt. Her stomach lurched; air whooshed from her lips and every fiber of her being buzzed with life on seeing him again. But with that came a profound sadness.

She turned away from his penetrating blue gaze. His relentless pursuit of his profession had nearly destroyed her and their marriage. She couldn’t go back to him. Wouldn’t.

Not unless he was willing to change… give her what she wanted, what she… they… deserved… a real marriage. Tears stung her eyelids, and she gulped them down with her next breath.

A melody drifted to her, a balm to her frazzled emotions.

She’d been stagnating, except in the bedroom. And she wanted to be

more to him than a bedroom playmate. In a desperate attempt to reclaim her

life, and save her marriage, she had made a rash decision and fled.

She was playing a risky card, especially since he controlled the deck.

Could she pull it off? Would he ever see her as more than a possession?

“Better question is” –he dropped a chipped martini glass on her tray,

shattering her thoughts— “what’re you doing here, Ellie?”

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Tug-a-war between the sexes!
Infamous Italian neurosurgeon, Peter Medeci, has a score to settle with his estranged wife: her reckless bid for independence has nearly destroyed his medical career. Ellie, desperate to reassert herself as more than his bedroom playmate, flees the ‘fairytale’ for a gig in a Hollywood club until Peter comes looking for her. For her freedom, Ellie must spend the next three weeks being the ‘good doctor’s wife’ in public…and his mistres s in private!

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About the author…..

Sun Chara

Sun Chara, a multi-published, JABBIC winner
for Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella , writes
sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance, high
adventure historical romance, and any genre that
knocks at her imagination. Globetrotting for lore
while keeping tabs on Hollywood leads, she
loves the challenge of creating stories for book
and screen. Designer Frappuccinos with
whipping cream/sprinkles on top make everyday
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Coming Soon! in the ‘global millionaires’
Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride –
November 2017


#CoverReveal Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) @SpookyMrsGreen


Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliff Novel)

Catherine Green

Eye of the Tiger A Redcliffe Novel

COVER REVEAL – Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) – book 4 – by Catherine Green

Jessica Stone used to be a normal human. Then she fell in love with a vampire, met his identical twin werewolf brother, and her life fell apart spectacularly. Meeting Detective Jack Mason, and his brother Danny, brought about a powerful change, and Jessica’s magic was released. Now, in Redcliffe book 4, she must learn to control her ethereal animal familiar, who lusts after the alpha werewolf, and will stop at nothing to use her human mistress as a tool… Or is that a weapon?


The Redcliffe novels series follow the adventures of bookshop owner Jessica Stone as she meets a man and falls in love, only to discover the hidden werewolf secrets of her close friends. Who knew the Cornish coast could be so deadly?

Eye of the Tiger (A Redcliffe Novel) – coming June 2017

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