#CoverReveal #MurderGame @Caroline_writes @bookouture @nholten40

Hi all!

I am over the moon to be joining in with Caroline Mitchell’s cover reveal for the third book in the Ruby Preston series, Murder Game. 🙂 🙂 🙂


To catch a killer, you must first think like one …

A killer is playing a twisted game of life or death with his victims. After he captures them, a countdown begins. He marks the time by sending clues to the whereabouts of the women he has taken in three disturbing images: alive, tortured, dead.

In a race against the clock, East London Detective Ruby Preston must play the killer’s terrifying murder game and decipher the clues before more women die.

But this isn’t the first time the police have seen such a sickening crime. The notorious Lonely Hearts Killer, Mason Gatley, was put behind bars ten years ago for murdering six women in exactly the same chilling way. Desperate for more information, Ruby asks her gangster boyfriend, Nathan Crosby, to set up a dangerous meeting to allow her to see into the twisted mind of a murderer.


Caroline Mitchell (2)

USA Today Bestselling Thriller Author.

Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family, parrot and two dogs in a pretty village on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Published by Bookouture and Thomas & Mercer, she now writes full time and all her books have become number 1 best sellers in their categories.

Her fast-paced DC Jennifer Knight thrillers carry a hint of the supernatural and are weaved from Caroline’s personal experiences in the police and paranormal.

Set in Shoreditch, London, her DS Ruby Preston series is described as “terrifying, addictive serial killer thrillers”.

Caroline also writes psychological thrillers, the most recent, Witness, has been described as “thrilling, tense, exciting, dark and twisted in the best possible way”.

Sign up to join her Reader’s club for access to news, updates and exclusive competitions and giveaways. http://eepurl.com/IxsTj

Connect with Caroline:




Twitter: @Caroline_writes


And here it is…..


Pre-order now…..

UK: http://amzn.to/2v1l8v5

US: http://amzn.to/2umrDqp

Marked For Death #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @MHiltonauthor @canelo_co @ElliePilcher95

My blog has been very quiet this last week or so, due to holidays, but I am very glad to be back for Matt Hilton’s Marked For Death blog tour! 🙂 

Marked for Death Blog Tour Final (1)

Many thanks to Ellie Pilcher, at Canelo, for the opportunity to join in and for arranging the following interview.

Q&A with Matt Hilton…..

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

My name is Matt Hilton. I quit my career as a police officer back in 2008 to pursue my love of writing action thrillers, and am lucky to have done so full time since. I’m the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, and also the Tess Grey and Nicolas ‘Po’ Villere crime fiction series. My first Hunter book, Dead Men’s Dust, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013 and 2016. I’ve also been published in a number of anthologies and collections, and have independently published novels in the supernatural/horror genre. I live on the north Cumbrian coastline with my wife and two dogs.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I think I’m just blessed with a wild and vivid imagination. I tend to have ideas that I visualise and then put them down on paper. Sometimes the idea is a single scene, which then leads to an entire book, or it is only useful as a short story or such. Sometimes a random snatch of conversation, or some snippet of information I read, is enough to get my mind working and writing.

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

I’d like to say that Joe Hunter is based on me, but he is the younger, more handsome, fitter, slimmer version. Seriously though, no I can’t say that I have based any of my characters on any real person, other than perhaps as composites of many people I’ve met throughout my life.

How do you pick your characters names?

I mentioned my characters aren’t based on real people, but sometimes their names are. I’ve written in characters bearing names of some of my friends and readers – usually as bad guys who end up in horrible situations. But that tends to be what my readers love. Other times I grab names off the TV or from my Facebook feed and change and alter them to suit. Joe Hunter in particular had a name change before his first adventure went to press. Originally he had a different name that my publisher decided wasn’t punchy enough, so I had to come up with something new. I chose Joe because it is short and memorable and the everyman, and Hunter because it had a good ring to it, had local connections to me, and also did what it said on the tin – Hunter was the result of a straw poll, so it was a combined effort with my publisher.

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

I’m pretty much one of those that writes by the seat of the pants. I don’t tend to plot too far in advance, and prefer spontaneity in my writing. I often have a theme and arc to the book, but no idea at the beginning how I’m going to navigate through to the end. I write directly onto a Mac these days, and usually edit as I go. I try to write something every day and aim for around two thousand words. When I’m full steam ahead on a book my word count goes up dramatically.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

John Connolly, J. A (Jack) Kerley, Robert Crais, Robert E. Howard and Dean Koontz are the authors I always reach for as soon as they have a new book out, but I also read many other favourites and it really does depend on my mood at what I read. I tend to read either thriller or horror books.

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

I’ve been fortunate in that I’ve met many of my favourite authors and spoken to them at length, so would probably pick Robert E. Howard (who died back in 1936). He was the author behind Conan the Cimmerian, among many other iconic characters, and he also invented a fictional pre-historical world. I’d love to ask him if he had any hidden knowledge concerning pre Ice Age civilisations, because I’m a firm believer that mankind was advanced long before current accepted history would have it.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, I loved to read as a child. If I wasn’t reading, I was writing or drawing, or making Plasticine models.

When did you start to write?

I first started writing fiction when I was in junior school, but really took to it in my early teens. I wrote my first book at 13, and have continued writing since. I’d written seven or eight novels, and hundreds of short stories, before I finally got a publishing deal at age 42. Sometimes some people thought I was an overnight success, but it took me decades to get to that point.

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

I’m assuming you mean one of my own? Like many authors, I sometimes look back on my debut novel – Dead Men’s Dust – and cringe at some of the novice mistakes I made. I wouldn’t rewrite the end though, just certain passages, and get rid of other stuff that has come back to haunt me since. For instance, I made the mistake of giving Joe Hunter a birth date in the late 1960’s. That would make him knocking on fifty years old now, if his timeline was contemporaneous with our own. These days I never mention his age, other than he is simply a forty-something. I hope to keep him around for years to come, but without hearing his knees creaking when he hobbles across the page.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

The Stand by Stephen King.

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

“Hiya. It’s Only Me.” Apparently it’s a catch phrase of mine that I’m usually unaware of saying.

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

I’d invite Sherlock Holmes to my local Starbucks -where I often sit and people watch – and see if he can deduce exactly what all those weird flavourings are that people put in their coffees these days because I haven’t got a clue. I only drink it black, with a wave of the milk jug over the top.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on two projects. The next untitled Joe Hunter thriller is bubbling away in my mind and demanding release, and also a standalone high-concept thriller.

Do you have a new release due?

I do. I’ve a brand new Joe Hunter thriller called Marked For Death out on the 17th July 2017, published by Canelo. It’s a rip-roaring action thriller that I hope will please and entertain my long-time and new readers. This September I’ve also my next Tess and Po thriller – Worst Fear – coming out.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I used to hold a launch party and signing. But, you know, after twelve Joe Hunter books and four Tess and Po books, plus a bunch of standalones, my publication days aren’t as exciting as they once were, so I don’t tend to celebrate as such. It’s not that I’m jaded, I just worry people are probably sick of turning out for my latest book (only joking). Often I’m back at my computer working on my next novel. I tend to celebrate more a few days later when I get feedback from readers who have enjoyed the latest read.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and also via my website. If anyone wants to give me a nudge, I’m happy to talk books and writing and make them the recipient of my latest odd cheesy joke.

www.matthiltonbooks.com website

https://twitter.com/MHiltonauthor @MHiltonauthor Twitter

www.facebook.com/MattHiltonAuthor Facebook

www.facebook.com/MattHiltonBooks official author page at Facebook

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Only that I’d like to thank you, and your readers for giving me this opportunity. I appreciate it very much, Kerry, and thanks for having me.

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

Marked for Death by Matt Hilton (1)

Publisher: Canelo (17th July 2017)

Joe Hunter has been Marked for Death in his most explosive outing to date

It should be a routine job. Joe Hunter and his associates are hired to provide security for an elite event in Miami. Wear a tux, stay professional, job done.

But things go wrong.

Hunter is drawn into what appears to be a domestic altercation. When he crosses the mysterious Mikhail however, he soon finds something altogether more sinister…

Before long this chance encounter has serious repercussions for Hunter and his friends. Good people are being killed. On the run, in the line of fire, the clock is ticking.

From the bars of Miami beach to car chases and superyacht grenade battles, bestseller Matt Hilton dials up the intensity in this rip-roaring, set-piece filled thriller perfect for fans of Lee Child, David Baldacci and Stephen Leather.

Buy your copy…..


In Your Name #BlogTour #GuestPost @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #bloghounds @sarahhardy681

Today I have the pleasure of being one of two stops on Rob Ashman’s In Your Name blog tour! 🙂

In Your Name Blog tour

Thanks to Sarah Hardy, at Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to join in.

Guest post by Rob Ashman…..

Listening to the voices in my head.

 It’s never a great thing to admit in public but the inspiration for my books come from the voices in my head. I can remember, as if it was yesterday, the reaction from my friends when I first made that admission. There were knowing glances all round, they didn’t need to say a word.

 When writing the Mechanic Trilogy, the characters that lived inside my head would constantly compete for my attention. They laughed, cried, argued, fought and because of the nature of my story lines tried to kill each other.

I finished the final book in the early hours of a Friday morning. I was ecstatic and went to bed, unable to sleep. I must have dropped off because I woke in the morning to the sound of silence in my head. It was the strangest feeling. I hadn’t realised but for the past five years there had been a constant stream of chatter and now it was quiet. The story had been told. To this day none of the characters involved in the Mechanic series have returned.

All was quiet until June of 2016. I was working on a project in Blackpool and staying at the Hilton Hotel. I was billy-no-mates, eating in the restaurant on my own one night, and the voices started again. This time it was someone completely new. He told me about his early life – how he had tried to commit suicide on his thirteenth birthday and how he had killed his parents while he was still a youngster. He spoke to me in the first person, which was really weird because I always write in the third person. He stayed with me for the remainder of the project and by the time it ended I had around four thousand words of this new character speaking to me.

That was a year ago and those conversations formed the backbone of my latest novel, titled Faceless, which I completed in June 2017.

The latest voice in my head, a lead character in my fifth book, also speaks to me in the first person. He is very different to the other serial killers that roam inside my head and for ages I could not figure out why. Then he told me – he is not a died in the wool psycho like the others who are compelled to kill due to their fractured personalities, this one kills for revenge. It took me by surprise. I’m looking forward to finding out how this story unfolds.


Publisher: Bloodhound Books (13th July 2017)

A chilling serial killer thriller from The Mechanic trilogy

Police detective Lucas has become consumed with tracking down the deranged killer, known as Mechanic, and bringing the murderer to justice. Nothing else matters, not even his wife. His marriage is falling apart.

Mechanic has not killed for eight months and the trail has gone cold, then Lucas receives a terrifying letter. In a desperate bid to reignite the case, he tries to convince his boss to mount an operation in Baton Rouge where the letter was posted.

But was the letter really sent by Mechanic?

Not knowing where to turn, with his marriage in turmoil and his career on the rocks, Lucas begins to spiral out of control and when Mechanic meets the head of a drug smuggling cartel the situation takes a grave turn.

Meanwhile, a bizarre set of murders are taking place in Vegas and Detective Rebecca Moran is put on the case. She will stop at nothing to make a name for herself.

Is there a link between the murders and Mechanic?

Can Lucas apprehend the killer this time or will Mechanic remain one step ahead?  

Buy your copy…..

About the author…..

Rob Ashman

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.


Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August


Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

Twitter tag : @RobAshmanAuthor

Facebook author page :
Rob Ashman Author

Website link :

Q&A with @clarnic #Author of Rain Falls On Everyone @Legend_Press #Giveaway

I have the pleasure of welcoming Clar Ni Chonghaile today 🙂 

Fractured Author - Clar Ni Chonghaile

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

Hello, Kerry. Thanks a million for inviting me to your blog. I grew up in An Spidéal, in County Galway in Ireland. I moved to London aged 19 to work as a graduate trainee at the Reuters news agency. That was the start of more than 20 years working as a reporter in Europe and Africa. I married my infinitely patient husband in Paris, gave birth to my elder daughter in Dakar, Senegal, had my second child in Camden and lived in Kenya for nearly six years before moving back to the UK in 2014. We now live in St Albans, which is quite the change. My first novel, Fractured, was published last year and my second, Rain Falls on Everyone, is published in July.

What else? I love White House dramas and disaster movies, despite being a total nervous Nellie in real life; I am an enthusiastic but desperately out-of-tune singer; I talk too much and think too little; and I am way too dependent on my to-do list.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I don’t really think I get my ideas. They get me. Somewhere in the dark recesses of my overloaded brain, things I’ve seen and things I’ve felt and things I’ve thought come together and that process brings forth a voice, or voices. Then, they demand their stories be told. Certainly my work as a journalist has contributed. My first novel is set mainly in Somalia, a country I visited a few times while working as a freelance journalist in Nairobi. It’s about a kidnapped journalist and the friendship that develops between him and one of his captors, a Somali teenager. My second novel is set in Dublin and features a young Rwandan man who came to Ireland as a child after the genocide in his country. My work as a reporter in Africa piqued my interest in some facets of these stories and introduced me to the experiences of people on that continent. But I’d like to think my novels are less about specific locations and more about the joy and heartbreak inherent in the human condition.

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

Fictional characters always have some basis in reality but mine are generally composites of people I know, or people I’ve met along the way, or people I’ve read about. They often reflect some of my interests, my fears or my obsessions but these are minor details in a whole that eventually, hopefully, transcends me. That’s the magic of fiction. You bring new beings to life, and then they take over.

How do you pick your characters names?

I don’t really have a method. Names come to me and then I write them in. If it feels right, it stays. When writing characters from other cultures, I research names to make sure I choose one that is accurate.

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

I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. I don’t like to plot too thoroughly because if I do there is nothing to discover and then what is the point? To quote Robert Frost: “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader”. I write in bursts, punctuated by faffing on social media, pretending to clean the kitchen and mooching around the house thinking that things would look much tidier if I just bought more plastic boxes.

I love it when my characters head off and do something I hadn’t expected. I know it sounds daft but that is how I experience it. I think I have an over-active subconscious. I am also a perfectionist so I sometimes find it hard to move on if I am not totally satisfied with a particular passage. I will rewrite and rewrite until I get as close as I can to what I am trying to say.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

This question is going to keep me up at night because no matter what I say, I will get the answer wrong. When you’ve been reading for more than four decades, it’s a tough call to choose just five authors. But here are five from my infinitely long list of tops: Emily Brontë because Wuthering Heights was my favourite book as a teenager; Margaret Atwood because she is a master world-creator; Roald Dahl because I never tire of re-reading his books; Isabel Allende because of the depth of her imagination; and William Boyd, mainly because of Brazzaville Beach.

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

I would love to sit down with Roald Dahl and ask him to tell me a story. Then I’d sit back and listen.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I read all the time. My favourite writers were Enid Blyton, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Wilbur Smith, Agatha Christie, Maeve Binchy, Liam O’Flaherty, Walter Macken, Barbara Taylor Bradford and Hugh Leonard. I always had a book on the go, and it is one of my greatest pleasures now to see our daughters greedily devouring books.

When did you start to write?

I’ve been writing forever. I wrote my first book when I was 10 or 11. It was about a little bear and Jack Frost. I wrote it on copybook pages and drew pictures in the top half of each page. I knew nothing so I sent it off to a very high-profile publisher. They kindly replied and said ‘it was not quite right for their lists’. Even kinder, they added a postscript, gently pointing out that manuscripts were ‘usually typed’. I’ve been writing ever since. I dabbled in poetry for a while as a teenager (well, who doesn’t), I’ve written short stories of debatable merit, and thousands of articles on everything from the Cannes film festival to child soldiers in the Central African Republic.

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

I can’t imagine ever wanting to do that. A book is the author’s vision. I would never want to tamper with someone else’s creation. Mind you, I might make an exception for Sleeping Beauty. Marrying a man just because he kisses you awake does not seem logical to me. And the whole Happily Ever After ending is, in my humble opinion, a bit of a stretch.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

My daughters wish I had written the Harry Potter series, and in fact still wonder why I don’t churn out bestsellers about wizards and witches. They don’t seem to buy the that-is-not-the-kind-of-writer-I-am-so-sorry explanation.

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

That’s Way Too Long.

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

I would love to meet Logan Mountstuart from William Boyd’s Any Human Heart. I remember feeling a little bereft when the book ended and he was gone from my life. I don’t think coffee would cut it though. I’d take him to a basement bar with cool, damp walls and dim lights somewhere on the left bank of the Seine.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve tentatively started writing another novel and this fact fills me with equal amounts of fear and excitement. My main character is a 70-plus woman who has lived a life less conventional and must now take stock of the damage wreaked by her decisions. The book will span the 20th century, taking in the death of her husband after World War Two, her decision to abandon her daughter and her search for a kind of amoral freedom through journalism and writing. I love my main character – she is very cynical, very clear-sighted and very smart. I’m really looking forward to spending more time with her and getting to the bottom of her story.

Do you have a new release due?

My second novel, Rain Falls on Everyone, is published by the wonderful Legend Press on July 15. The novel is set in Dublin and revolves around Theo, a young Rwandan who came to Ireland after the 1994 genocide, and drifts into the city’s drug underworld. As Theo struggles to make sense of his fragmented memories and stay on the right side of a dangerous drug lord, he meets Deirdre, a mother-of-three who is trapped in her own domestic nightmare. They become unlikely friends before violence threatens to tear their fragile lives apart.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I wish I had published enough books to have a publication day routine. Last year, I had a delightful launch the week before Fractured went on sale, and then on the day, I went to work. This time, I am supposed to be setting up stalls at my daughter’s school fair on July 15. I am flying back from Nairobi the night before, so fingers crossed the flight will be on time and I will be on site, however bleary-eyed.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m on Twitter as @clarnic. I write an occasional blog at clarnichonghaile.wordpress.com and I have a Goodreads Author page where people can reach me. I’m always happy to chat – some would say this is one of my biggest failings.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I’d just like to say thank you to all those wonderful people who have helped me in so many different ways on this fantastic journey. They know who they are. And thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Clar Ni Chonghaile 🙂

Thanks also to Imogen Harris for arranging the interview.

Rain Falls on Everyone

Publisher: Legend Press (15th July 2017)

‘Powerful, thought-provoking, and at times horrifying; yet also a compelling story of friendship against all the odds’ – Nick Brownlee
‘A fast-paced, powerful and emotional novel deftly crafted and shot
through with insight, empathy and poetic beauty. As worlds collide, a
gripping story of belonging, identity, memory, culpability and
forgiveness unfolds, creating a poignant and profound novel for our
times’ – Deborah Andrews

Theo, a young Rwandan boy fleeing his country’s genocide, arrives in Dublin, penniless, alone and afraid. Still haunted by a traumatic memory in which his father committed a murderous act of violence, he struggles to find his place in the foreign city.


Plagued by his past, Theo is gradually drawn deeper into the world of Dublin’s feared criminal gangs. But a chance encounter in a restaurant with Deirdre offers him a lifeline.


Theo and Deirdre’s tender friendship is however soon threatened by tragedy. Can they confront their addictions to carve a future out of the catastrophe that engulfs both their lives?


Imogen Harris, at Legend Press, has very kindly offered a paperback copy of Rain Falls On Everyone for me to giveaway to one of you lucky people. All you have to do to be in with a chance is comment on this post and I will choose a winner at random.

The giveaway will close on Friday 21st July.

(The winner will be asked for their postal address, which I will pass on to Imogen Harris at Legend Press.)

Good Luck!

If you’re not lucky enough to win…..

Buy your copy…..


Out Of The Darkness by @KatyHogan #BookReview

Publisher: Illumine Publishing; First edition (6th July 2015)


DOES EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAPPEN PURELY BY CHANCE? OR ARE WE GUIDED TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP US IN OUR HOUR OF NEED? Following the sudden death of her beloved mother, Jessica Gibson’s world falls apart. But after meeting a man who seems heaven-sent, she starts to feel she has something to live for again, and soon discovers that their connection holds far more significance than she could ever have imagined. And when Jessica strikes an unlikely bond with Alexandra Green, the two new friends are taken on an emotional journey into the world of the supernatural, where psychic mediums pass on messages from beyond the grave. What — or who — is causing the strange goings-on in Alex’s home? What secret is she keeping from Jessica? And who is the young woman who so badly needs their help? In a series of surprising twists and turns, the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place and a mystery is unwittingly solved — with life-changing consequences for all involved. ‘Out of the Darkness’ is an uplifting tale of friendship and redemption; of love and loss. And life…after death.

My review…..

Wow! What an emotional roller-coaster of a read Out Of The Darkness has been.

Katy Hogan very kindly sent me a beautiful paperback copy of this book, a fair while ago now (thank you again, Katy), and I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to get around to reading it. I know a lot of my lovely book blogger friends have read and loved this book so I knew I was in for a treat. It’s such a beautifully written, powerful story which captivated me from the very first page. I was completely immersed in the story from beginning to end.

When we first meet Jessica, she has recently lost her mother, quite suddenly and quite young. She initially comes across as quite an unapproachable character, but I instantly warmed to her as it was obvious she was consumed with grief she had no idea how to deal with. Everyone deals with grief differently and Jessica’s initial coping strategy was to try to shut out the world and everyone in it and in doing so comes across as rude and abrupt with anyone she comes in to contact with. Her emotion is so raw, my heart broke for her. Jessica has no time for believing in God and certainly doesn’t believe in any kind of afterlife and this made me feel for her all the more. I know our loved ones are still with us after they’ve passed and my faith is of great comfort to me. I don’t think we need to see to believe. That’s what faith is all about. I love the quote:

A person is like a candle,”….. “The wick is the body, the flame is the soul, bringing light into the world.”

When Jessica meets Finn, she is instantly drawn to him and is at ease in his company. After spending the night together, Jessica feels like maybe life will be worth living again after all. Could he be what she needs to move on with her life? When she doesn’t hear from him again though, it seems the connection they seem to have made didn’t mean as much to him as it did to her and she begins to accept that she was just a one night stand to him. She is feeling more positive though and even goes to a grief counselling group, albeit very reluctantly at first. Here she meets Hannah, who seems completely lost also. Soon after she makes friends with Alex, who has moved into the house next door to the one where her group meet. Before very long at all, they become very close friends, but none of them could know at the time, just how closely linked they really are.

Such a beautiful, heart-wrenching, but also uplifting story. I have cried so much I could barely see the words at times! Just amazing! This is a book I will never forget and I will highly recommend. I’m so looking forward to whatever Katy Hogan writes next.

Buy your copy…..

About the author…..

Having grown up with a mother who consulted her tarot cards on a weekly basis, and who would frequently sense an other-worldly presence, it has always been perfectly natural for me to assume that there is more to this life than meets the eye. I have even experienced a few mysterious encounters myself. But it was only when I suffered the loss of a loved one that I started to question the possibility of life after death, and decided to find out more.
And so began a fascinating quest, where I met ‘ordinary’ people who claimed to have experienced the extraordinary. This is where I found the inspiration for my debut novel, ‘Out of the Darkness’. Although it’s fiction, much of the phenomena written about in the story have been experienced by me, my friends or people I spoke to during my research.
I have started work on my second novel, but when I’m not writing, you will find me keeping tabs on my teenage children or walking my dogs in the Hertfordshire countryside.
Please see http://www.outofthedarknessnovel.com




Publisher: DEBBY CONRAD; 2 edition (26th November 2013)

Who would have guessed a lie could bring them together?

LUKE GALLOWAY doesn’t lie. Well, not normally. And never about anything as serious as death. But, somehow Luke’s friend and business partner, Sam Paris, convinces Luke he needs to do just that. Sam believes the only way his daughter will come back to see him is if he were dying. And so the lies begin . . .

RUSTY PARIS has been alone most of her life. Her parents were divorced when she was very young. She was pushed off to boarding schools, while her mother made a hobby of marrying rich men. She doesn’t remember much about her father, only that he never made an attempt to be a part of her life for the past twenty-some years. But all that is about to change. When she gets word he is dying, she runs home to be by his side, which puts her right in the path of that scoundrel Luke Galloway.

Luke has no room in his life for rich heiresses. Been there. Done that. From the first time Luke and Rusty meet, they clash. She considers him nothing more than a lowly ranch hand who enjoys riling her temper. He finds her arrogant and prissy. But that doesn’t mean he can fight his attraction to her, nor hers to him. And when they find out they’ve both been duped by Rusty’s father the sparks really start to fly.

My review…..

Love, Lies & High Heels has been on my Kindle for ages, so I thought it was about time I gave it a go and I’m glad I did. It has been quite an entertaining read.

When we meet Rusty, she comes across as a typical spoilt rich kid, who has everything, but has never had to work a day in her life for it. She’s not unlikeable though and has inherited her fortune from her mother, who has sadly died. She hasn’t had a relationship with her father since she was a little girl. Her father, Sam, has always regretted this and has decided it’s time they tried to form some sort of relationship. Out of fear of rejection, he sends his best friend and colleague, Luke, to Rusty with a lie. He is to tell her that Sam is dying and wishes to see her before it’s too late. He doesn’t think she’ll see him otherwise. Rusty rushes to be at her father’s side, regretting the time they’ve wasted too. To some this might seem a bit unbelievable, but I think many people soon put the past behind them when they think time is running out to make amends. I think we’re all guilty, sometimes, of assuming we’ll have our family and loved ones forever!

Anyway, it’s quite clear from the start that Rusty and Luke fancy the pants off each other, although they act as though they can’t stand the sight of each other! They’re like a pair of moody teenagers who can’t admit their obvious attraction to themselves, let alone one another. I seriously wanted to bang their heads together on more than one occasion, although I did find them quite amusing at times also! Luke had been hurt in the past though and Rusty has never had a man make her feel the way Luke does, and it unsettles her. Their relationship is a prime example of two people not communicating properly and also how you shouldn’t eavesdrop on someone else’s conversation and jump to all the wrong conclusions!

I’m a true believer in love at first sight and it was obvious from the start that Rusty and Luke were made for each other. Thankfully they get their act together eventually, but not before some heart-break along the way.

I definitely recommend this book if you like a love story, which gets a bit raunchy at times, but isn’t always plain sailing, with likeable characters, who might drive you a bit crazy at times.

There is a happy ending also, and who doesn’t like a happy ending?

I have already added book 2 to my TBR list.

Buy your copy…..


Spark Out #BlogTour #Extract @nickripp @emmamitchellfpr

I am delighted to be joining in with Nick Rippington’s Spark Out blog tour! 🙂 

Nick Rippington Banner

Thanks to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to take part.


From the prologue …

Big Mo nodded his head slowly, his eyes rolling. “That’s right, Shooter, me old mucka,” he said. “You’ve finally got it… have a gold star.” He gave a mirthless chuckle, pausing before delivering the punch line with perfect comic timing. “Strange, though, because the way you’ve been acting I can only assume you believe my head buttons up the back.”

Everything was still, silent for a moment, the only sound that of laboured snorts coming from the prisoner, who was trying to clear the blood from his airwaves.

Wh… what sh’you mean?” Shooter stuttered eventually.

Ripping me off,” said Mo. “I know what you took away from that Holland Park raid. You owe me a lot more – a couple of grand, I reckon – and it’s a bloody cheek you’ve held out on me after I tipped you off to the opportunity. Don’t you know there’s a recession on? I got a wife and kid to feed, with another on the way. I’m sorry Shooter, truly. You always seemed a loyal soldier and a good mate, but now I’ve got to make an example of you. I can’t afford people thinking I’m a soft touch. Seems no one can be trusted these days. Handsome? Keep hold of him. Cozza, get Reg, would you?”

Oh shit. No!” pleaded Shooter. “Not Reg. Look, I’ll make it up to you. Pay you extra, if that’s what you want. Do another job especially for you. It wasn’t on purpose, honest, I’d never do that to you, Mo, you know that. I must have miscalculated is all I can think. I’ve always been useless at maths…”

Chuck let out a whimper. He didn’t know what it was all about but he didn’t like seeing his daddy so cross. Big Mo looked at him and winked as if to say, “It’s all right son, none of this is real”. Chuck told himself what he was seeing was a magic trick, the red stuff on Shooter’s face not blood but tomato sauce, like he had at home on his chips.

HOURS later Chuck was in bed, crying himself to sleep. Big Mo told his wife the youngster was overtired. They had popped into the pub after their ‘bit of business’, just to take the edge off things, and Chuck had fallen asleep. Beryl Dolan looked at her husband.

You’ve made him a part of it, haven’t you?” she said. “I asked you, even begged you, but you couldn’t help it. You had to ‘toughen him up’. I can only guess what you’ve been up to. You took that… thing… with you. I can see the blood. There’s a stain on my carpet and a trail on the tiles in the hall.”

Big Mo looked out from beneath his thick, black, caterpillar eyebrows, pushing his hand wearily through the bristles on his head. He didn’t feel like justifying his actions. It had been a long day. He had done what he had done, and in his mind he had made the right call. A row with the missus was the last thing he needed.

Lifting himself from his favourite armchair, Mo reached over and switched on the television, turning up the volume to dissuade his wife from carrying on with the conversation. A well-dressed man was standing in front of a weather map pointing at various areas of the country, but Mo wasn’t interested.

Bending down slowly, he picked up the three-foot length of wood he had propped beside him on the sofa. Noting the dark stains for the first time, he vowed to rub it down with a hot, damp cloth in the morning to get rid of any ‘evidence’. Shame. To his way of thinking it just added to the character, like when you had a champion conker as a kid and the more messed up it looked, the more scars it had, the more you knew it had done its job. Walking out through the sliding glass-partition doors, he swung the sawn-off curtain pole at his side, the spherical ball on the end reflecting the light. Resting it gently against the wall in the corner of the small parlour room, he patted it affectionately.

Night, Reg,” he said.

Spark Out Cover MEDIUM WEB

Think Arnie Dolan was trouble? Now meet the old man…

MAURICE ‘BIG MO’ DOLAN is prone to headaches and there is one main cause: his family. He believes eldest son Chuck, 7, needs toughening up, his wife Beryl is too lenient, his career-criminal father has no respect for him and he is about to lose his younger brother Clive to the army.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, though. With Margaret Thatcher’s government backing initiative and suggesting people get ‘on their bikes’ to find work, Mo believes it is the perfect time for him to expand his business… into armed robbery.

As he plans the ultimate raid to drag him out of the poverty trap, he believes his fortunes are bound to get better… but with the Falklands War just around the corner they are about to become a whole lot worse.

A hard-boiled suspense thriller that’s not for the faint hearted.

A prequel to Crossing The Whitewash, the novel is set in 1982 as Britain comes to terms with a Thatcher government and the prospect of war in the south Atlantic…

Buying links:

Amazon UK:


Amazon US:


About the author…..

Nick Rippington

NICK RIPPINGTON is one of the victims of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal you never hear about. Having proudly taken his dream job as the newspaper’s Welsh Sports Editor, he was made redundant with two days’ notice when Rupert Murdoch closed down Europe’s biggest-selling tabloid six years ago. The dramatic events prompted Nick to write UK gangland thriller Crossing the Whitewash, which was released in August 2015. Spark Out is the second novel in his Boxer Boys series. Married to Liz, Nick has two children – Jemma, 35, and Olivia, 7. A Bristolian at heart, he lives near Ilford, Essex.

Q&A with Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks #authors of Weave a Murderous Web: A Jane Larson Novel @MelangeBooks @BookPubServices

I have the pleasure of welcoming Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks today 🙂

Anne Ken

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

We have been collaborating on books for forty-six years. Our first joint effort was a student project while Anne was at Bryn Mawr College and Ken attended Haverford. Since then, we have written over twenty books together. We live and work in New York City, where many of our books are set.

Our Jane Larson series of mystery/thrillers involves a high-powered New York City attorney with a penchant for getting involved in situations that she would be better off leaving alone. These novels have been praised by reviewers for their gritty portrayals of city life, lively characters, fast action, surprise endings and highly polished prose. Jane is cynical and rebellious, but she finds herself drawn to the simple life her deceased mother lived as an attorney who served women unable to afford legal services. Weave A Murderous Web. Praise Her, Praise Diana, and Mind Me, Milady have all been published by Melange Books, LLC.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Ideas come many sources, including the newspaper and TV news stories, chatter overheard on the bus, life experiences, and even idle gossip. Imagination takes the bits and pieces and weaves them into a story.

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

We have never consciously based a character on a person we know. That being said, it would be hard not to include aspects of people in characters, and we are sure that some of our creations have various traits of individuals that we know or have run across in the course of our lives.

How do you pick your characters names?

We wanted Jane to have a very simple, one syllable name. It is the kind of name that has been around for a long time, nothing fancy. Her mother, Martha, was a no-nonsense lawyer and woman who would not have given her daughter any other kind of name.

Other characters also have names that we feel fit their personalities in one way or another.

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

One of us will draft a portion of a chapter, and the other will work it over. Then the pages are handed back to the person who originally wrote them and worked over again, and so the process continues until we are happy with the result. We talk a lot about what seems to be effective and what is not.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut, William Faulkner, William Stegner, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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

Ken actually did meet Kurt Vonnegut and asked him when he knew he wanted to be a writer. Mr. Vonnegut’s answer was that he always knew he wanted to be a writer.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. We both read at an early age and read many books. Anne used to go alphabetically through her age appropriate section at the local library to be sure she didn’t miss anything.

When did you start to write?

We both each wrote our first stories while we were still in elementary school. Anne also wrote rhyming poetry when she was young.

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

Anne would like to finish Dickens’ last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

There are many books that we admire. But we would not say that we wish we had written them. We can only write our books, not anyone else’s.

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

A harmonium from The Sirens of Titan.

What are you working on right now?

We are working on another Jane Larson novel.

Do you have a new release due?

We expect to release a second book in our tween series very soon. It is called Remembering Thomas, and is a time travel book in which four of the main characters from our original book, Things Are Not What They Seem, travel back to the beginnings of the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Manhattan.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Our children generally insist on taking us out to a nice dinner. They have done this for every book we have published. They also follow any reviews we get, especially the good ones, with avid interest.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Our facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/Kenneth-Hicks-and-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-622272714477979

Our blog is: www.randh71productions.com/blog

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Buy links for Praise Her, Praise Diana:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Praise-Her-Diana-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B00NVDGCIM/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1485443323&sr=1-4

Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/praise-her-praise-diana-anne-rothman-hicks/1120805267?ean=9781612359441

Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/diana.html

Weave A Murderous Web:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Weave-Murderous-Web-Larson-Novel-ebook/dp/B01CDMB72W/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Barnes and Nobel” https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weave-a-murderous-web-anne-rothman-hicks/1123847239?ean=2940152901085

Melange Books LLC: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/web.html

Mind Me, Milady:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mind-Me-Milady-Anne-Rothman-Hicks-ebook/dp/B06XWHY859/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496868407&sr=8-1&keywords=mind+me%2C+milady

Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mind-me-milady-anne-rothman-hicks/1126178316?ean=9781680464382

Melange: http://www.melange-books.com/authors/hicks/milady.html

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Anne and Kenneth 🙂

Thanks also to Kelsey Butts for arranging the interview.

Weave Book Cover

Publisher: Melange Books, LLC; First edition (8th March 2016)

No good deed goes unpunished. When Jane Larson—a hot-shot litigator for a large firm in New York City—helps out a friend, she is sucked into the unfamiliar world of divorce and child support.

Jane’s discovery of the deadbeat dad’s hidden assets soon unravels a web of lies, drugs, and murder that keeps getting more dangerous.

Soon, Jane is involved in a high stakes race to recover a missing suitcase of cash and catch the murderer before she becomes the next victim.


A sleuthing lawyer returns to the streets of New York in this mystery of drugs, murder, and financial skullduggery… the husband-wife team of Rothman-Hicks and Hicks has again produced a fast-paced, engaging story… overall, this is a satisfying read. An enjoyable romp involving a shady attorney and the mob that should make readers look forward to the next Jane Larson caper.” – Kirkus


Weave a Murderous Web is an enthralling murder mystery. It gets your heart pounding with action and passion, while simultaneously entangling your mind with its ambiguity…. Engaging. Witty. Fast paced. As the plot progresses, the intensity heightens, catapulting you into a surprising twist, then plummets you into a sudden, yet satisfying end.” – 5 Stars, Cheryl E. Rodriguez, Readers’ Favorite


Jane Larson is the kind of character that will be loved by many readers… The plot is well thought out and masterfully executed, laced with numerous surprises to keep readers turning the pages. This is one of those books that should occupy an enviable place in your shelf if you are into fast-paced thrillers and compelling investigative stories.” – 5 Stars, Ruffina Oserio, Readers’ Favorite

All 3 Books


Q&A with @katemildenhall #author of Skylarking @Legend_Press

I have the pleasure of welcoming Kate Mildenhall today 🙂

Kate Mildenhall

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

I’m an Australian writer and teacher. I have two young daughters and live with them and my husband in Hurstbridge, on the leafy outskirts of Melbourne. My debut novel, Skylarking (Legend Press, 2017), is the story of best friends, Kate and Harriet, growing up on a remote light station on the rugged coast of Australia in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. One moment in McPhail’s hut changes everything.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Well, Skylarking is based on a true story, and is actually inspired by a grave I stumbled upon during a camping trip! The grave belonged to Harriet Parker, a young woman who grew up at the Cape St George Lighthouse. I was interested in finding out more about the story of Harriet and her best friend, Kate and what life might have been like for them. Writing this story meant I could explore ideas around friendship, desire, and the place of women in this colonial society. Skylarking reimagines the lives of these two young women, and the tragedy that befalls them.

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

At the heart of this book is the friendship between Kate and Harriet, and so I did draw on some of my own experiences of wonderful and very long friendships I’ve had. My best friend and I have been so since we were 12, and now our children are best friends! Having said that Kate and Harriet are very much fictional characters, ones I hope resonate with many women as they recall their own experiences of childhood and adolescent friendship.

How do you pick your characters names?

This was easy in one sense because I kept the girls’ first names in Skylarking. Although it has been a little awkward that my character shares my own name!

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

Coffee. And no internet!

Besides those two key ingredients, I’m a binge-writer – so I’m most prolific when I can grab a couple of hours down at the local library, or even better, when I’ve been lucky enough to have residential writing retreats for uninterrupted time and space and quiet! It’s all very messy and chaotic, but also just a little bit magic as things start to take shape.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Ooh – too hard! Here are some faves in no particular order!

Margaret Attwood

Tim Winton

Hannah Kent

Charlotte Wood

Alice Munro

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. Voracious. My first memory of reading independently is falling in love with Anne of Green Gables when I was six.

When did you start to write?

Like many writers, as a child I scribbled poetry and wrote terribly dramatic stories that I adored sharing with anyone would listen. I had a story published in a collection when I was thirteen, my first taste of publication, and, as it turns out, quite addictive.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Just recently – Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West.

What are you working on right now?

My second novel tells the story of a mother forced from her home and looking for a safe place for herself and her kids. It’s a contemporary novel and it’s my way of exploring some of the ideas and political issues that have confronted me over the past few years.

Do you have a new release due?

Watch this space!

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’ve only had one so far, but that was incredibly exciting and nerve-wracking and involved nervously signing books as my youngest daughter unpacked them from boxes at a local independent bookshop. There was also champagne. And lots of pictures from proud friends standing in book stores all around the place. And, of course, some tears.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’d love for readers to get in touch via my website https://katemildenhall.com/ or on


Twitter: @katemildenhall

Insta: kmildenhall

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Thanks for having me! I hope readers enjoy reading Skylarking and being part of Kate and Harriet’s world for a little while. Kate x

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

Thanks also to Imogen Harris, at Legend Press, for arranging the interview.


Publisher: Legend Press (3rd July 2017)

Kate and Harriet are best friends growing up together on an isolated Australian cape. As the daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community.

When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. An innocent moment in McPhail’s hut then occurs that threatens to tear their peaceful community apart.

Inspired by a true story, Skylarking is a spellbinding tale of friendship and desire, memory and truth, which questions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget.


‘[Mildenhall’s] research of life on a remote cape in a young colony manifests in lovingly drawn descriptions of the natural landscape … the novel’s strength lies with following Kate’s and Harriet’s stumbles and skylarking from childhood to womanhood; and their close, sometimes stifling, friendship.’ –Thuy On, Sydney Morning Herald

‘It’s no surprise to learn that debut author Kate Mildenhall counts Geraldine Brooks and Hannah Kent among her favourite writers. Inspired by a true story, Skylarking recreates a particular time and place as evocatively as they do…this is a beautifully written book, with lyrical descriptions of the desolate yet beautiful landscape.’ —AFR Magazine

‘It’s testament to Kate Mildenhall’s skill that you become so immersed in the lives of best friends Kate and Harriet you feel the dread, but hope it will not be so … fans of Emily Bitto’s The Strays and Favel Parrett’s Past the Shallows will find much to admire here.’ —Herald Sun

‘Mildenhall is at her best when she is exploring the complex relationship between these two young women as their burgeoning sexuality begins to cause problems within their tiny community.’ —Books+Publishing

‘Kate Mildenhall’s impressive debut novel takes an historical case and re-imagines it with such sensitivity and insight that we feel this must be how it truly happened.’ –Emily Bitto

‘It is hard to believe that Skylarking is Kate Mildenhall’s debut novel, as her ability to create both character and atmosphere is impressive.’ –Annie Condon, Readings Monthly

‘The storm-lashed coastline of the Great Southern Land is the setting for this poetic, slow-moving tale of the friendship … an evocative yarn.’ —Australian Women’s Weekly

Skylarking is a strikingly real and deeply moving meditation on adolescent friendship in all its complexities – a heart-wrenching work.’ –Olga Lorenzo

‘A brave, beautiful and richly textured book that delicately explores the fault lines in love and friendship.’ –Lucy Treloar

‘Author Kate Mildenhall evocatively brings to the mind’s eye the lives of two young girls in Victorian-era Australia.’ —Better Reading

Buy your copy…..


Hunting Angels #BlogTour #Extract @ConradJones @emmamitchellfpr

I am delighted to be joining in with Conrad Jones’ Hunting Angels blog tour! 🙂 

(My apologies for the late posting)

I will be sharing extract 6, so please make sure you catch up with the previous bloggers posts, if you haven’t already…..

Hunting Angels - Banner

Extract 6…..

I don’t know what you’re talking about, Jennifer.”

I’m not Jennifer here, mundane one,” she whispered. “Call me Baphomet.”

Baphomet!” Malcolm snorted. He was tiring of the game, and his muscles ached. He needed to stand up and clear his head. The name sent prickles of fear along his flesh. He could feel goosebumps rising on his arms. “You’ve had too much vodka, darling.”

I didn’t drink any vodka you fool.”

What do you mean?” Malcolm nodded, laughing. “You were pouring it down your throat. Are you having a giraffe?” As he looked into her dark eyes, he answered the question himself. She wasn’t having a laugh at all. He swallowed hard and felt a raging thirst coming over him. He tried to smile and cock his head to the side, but it was held fast by something. “Look. Let’s stop fucking around. You’ve had a laugh at my expense and now I need a beer and a piss, not necessarily in that order.”

Shut up, you fat pig, and answer my question.”

Come on love, I’m gasping for a drink here.” Malcolm laughed nervously. “If you want to tie me up and play rough, I’m game, but I need the loo first.” He struggled with the bonds around his arms, but they wouldn’t budge.

What were you about to publish about us?”

Hunting Angels (Box Set) (The Hunting Angels Series) by [Jones, Conrad]

Publisher: GerriCon Books (28th November 2013)

When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive.

Buy your copy…..

About the author…..

Conrad is the author of seventeen novels, eight author guides and two biographies. He has three series;
The Detective Alec Ramsay Series; seven books Gritty Crime Thrillers
The Soft Target Series; Gritty Thrillers six books (Reacher Style)
The Hunting Angels Diaries; three books Horror Thrillers
You can find out more; http://www.conradjonesauthor.com

I am Conrad Jones, a fifty-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th, 1993, I was managing the restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’; You can see them here;

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my fifteenth novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three-book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here;

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.

Conrad Jones’ Amazon Author Page