#JustOneTime #BlogTour #AuthorInterview with @Author_KSHunter @rararesources

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Having joined in with the cover reveal for Just One Time earlier this month (https://chataboutbooks.wordpress.com/?s=just+one+time), I am delighted to be bringing you an interview with the author herself 🙂

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Interview with K.S. Hunter…..

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

I was born earlier this year. I’m actually the pen name of an international bestselling author. Just One Time is my ‘first’ novel. It’s a steamy psychological thriller about lust, seduction, obsession and revenge. I’d liken it to the classic movie Fatal Attraction.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

My novels so far have typically been inspired by other authors’ books and their writing styles. But Just One Time is based on something that happened to me when I was in a theatre in London. I unwittingly shared my mobile phone number with a stranger who offered to help find my phone when I dropped it on the floor in the dark. Only after I’d shared it did my mind fill with a lot of what-ifs. What if this person contacts you and then won’t go away? I thought. So that ended up being the beginning of Just One Time. The rest of it, thankfully, is all made up.

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

None of the characters are based on me or anyone I know – and I’m glad because they’re all really unpleasant people. Gone Girl is filled with vile characters, so I didn’t shy away from making them all seem like shits.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

With great difficulty. And it’s usually several pages of writing before I realise I’ve already used a name, or one that sounds like it, in one of my previous books. It’s just a case of trial and error really. I’ve changed my mind many times during writing. In one book, I actually changed a character name right at the end.

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

With Just One Time, it was sit down, drink Jack Daniel’s and watch the words flow!

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

K.S. Hunter’s favourite authors are Gillian Flynn, Sidney Sheldon, Harold Robbins, E.L. James and Bret Easton Ellis. But mine are Sophie Hannah, Ian McEwan, Harlan Coben, Tennessee Williams and John Williams.

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

John Williams. He wrote the most beautiful novel called Stoner. It was released in 1965 and quickly went out of print. A few years ago, it was republished and became a bestseller. I’d just love him to know the success that his novel found so many decades later and I’d ask him how that made him feel. A movie is about to begin production. I can’t wait to see it.

Were you a big reader as a child?

I started reading when I was about thirteen. I never read books for children or teenagers. I asked my dad, who was an avid reader, to give me a novel and it started from there. That magical book was The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon.

When did you start to write?

I wrote my first novel when I was sixteen. It sat in a cupboard for several years and then I revised it. It was published almost a decade ago now.

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

Gone Girl. It started off so well and had me hooked. Then it just became plain ridiculous.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. It is the cleverest piece of writing I’ve ever encountered. One by one, ten strangers who have been lured to an island start to die. And when you’re down to the last two survivors you’re still none the wiser about who the killer is. It’s got an epic twist.

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

Why is my name K.S. Hunter?

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

William Stoner from John Williams’ Stoner. I’d give him a kick in the backside to make him realise he needs to stand up for himself.

What are you working on right now?

I’ve got the beginning of a novel written and know the rest of the story, which is unusual for me. Right now, I’m waiting to see what happens with Just One Time. If it sells well, the next book will become a steamy psychological thriller. Otherwise, the story will be twisted into a sequel to my bestseller. So I will either be K.S. Hunter again, or I will be me.

Do you have a new release due?

Just One Time will be out on 7th December.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I click onto Amazon every three minutes, obsessively checking if the sales rank has gone up.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Facebook and Twitter. And I have a new website. Of course, it won’t really be ‘me’ they communicate with.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂 I’m so intrigued by who you really are!! 

K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

Website: http://www.AuthorKSHunter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.kshunter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_KSHunter

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Just-One-Time-K-S-Hunterebook/dp/B077CXFVK3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1510845487&sr=82&keywords=just+one+time

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Time-K-S-Hunterebook/dp/B077CXFVK3/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1510845562&sr=87&keywords=just+one+time+hunter

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36590627-just-one-time?from_search=true

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/just-one-time-1

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Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.
She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.
What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.
She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.
She is unstoppable
Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Enjoy!

#CoverReveal #JustOneTime by @Author_KSHunter with @rararesources

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing a cover reveal for Just One Time by K.S. Hunter! 

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to join in 🙂

Just One Time

The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences
Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible
Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.
What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable
Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable
Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Praise for K.S. Hunter

‘An author to watch out for – always interesting and unpredictable’ Sophie Hannah

Is your book part of a series / standalone? Standalone

Are there any possible trigger warnings that bloggers/readers need to be aware of? Some graphic sexual content

Publication Date – 7th December 2017

Author Bio –

K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/author.kshunter

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Enjoy!

#AwardWinning Justice Gone by Nicholas Lombardi @Nichola14282741 #Spotlight #BookPromo

You may remember Justice Gone featured on Chat About Books last year. Well, this book has only gone on to win even more awards since then so I’m sharing an updated spotlight with you to reflect these fabulous achievements!

Congratulations, Nicholas Lombardi! 

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WINNER OF FIVE AWARDS

2020 INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD

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NEW YORK CITY BIG BOOK AWARD 2019

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2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD

NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCY AWARD – Best Legal Thriller of 2019

SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2019 READERS’ FAVORITES AWARDS

Chosen by Wiki.ezvid.com among their list of 10 Gripping and Intelligent Legal Thrillers

 

The courtroom scenes are wonderfully written…the characters are well described and the author paints a picture of each in the mind of the reader…Strong plot, strong characters and a strong writing style that I really enjoyed. This one is a definite “thumbs-up.” Strongly recommend! I look forward to reading additional works by N. Lombardi, Jr.

Kim M Aalaie, Author’s Den

 

One of my favorite suspense novels of the year. It will make you question the legal system.

The Eclectic Review

 

The courtroom action is excellent, trimmed to the most gripping parts of the trial, with plenty of emotional impact…a fairly realistic portrayal of the way small-town US society works…a fast-moving story with plenty of dramatic moments, and a big twist in the final pages.

Crime Review 

 

An act of police brutality hurls a small town into a turmoil of rage and fear, igniting a relentless witch hunt and ending in the trial of the decade.

“When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

 A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”

BUY LINKS

Amazon UK

https://amzn.to/2UxIxja

Amazon US

https://amzn.to/2WCTodE

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40398725-justice-gone?ac=1&from_search=true

Barnes and Noble
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/justice-gone-n-lombardi-jr/1128875661?ean=9781785358760
https://bit.ly/2SoiKwc

Book Depository
https://www.bookdepository.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/9781785358760?ref=grid-view&qid=1544400889897&sr=1-1
https://www.bookdepository.com/Justice-Gone-N-Lombardi-Jr/9781785358760?ref=grid-view&qid=1549051281975&sr=1-1

Waterstones
https://www.waterstones.com/book/justice-gone/n-lombardi-jr/9781785358760
https://bit.ly/2D37Y56

Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/justice-gone
https://bit.ly/2BgY7ID

Amazon India
https://www.amazon.in/Justice-Gone-N-Jr-Lombardi-ebook/dp/B07N175RZJ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1548392856&sr=1-1&keywords=justice+gone

AUTHOR LINKS

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/nick.lombardi.9400
https://bit.ly/2sY7LeN

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40398725-justice-gone#
https://bit.ly/2D1Ktt5

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N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.
Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.
Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Visit his Goodreads page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6982373.N_Lombardi_Jr_

happy reading!

 

The Cabinet of Calm by Paul Anthony Jones @paulanthjones @HaggardHawks #BlogTour #Giveaway @eandtbooks + #shoutout Nantwich Bookshop @NantwichBook

Many thanks to Alison Menzies @eandtbooks for the opportunity to join in with Paul Anthony Jones’ latest blog tour…..

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I’m thrilled to be able to offer you the chance to win your very own physical copy of this lovely book…..

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THE CABINET OF CALM

Soothing Words for Troubled Times

PAUL ANTHONY JONES

Publication date: 14 May 2020

*To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week: 18–24 May*

Price: £12.99 B-format hardback

ISBN: 9781783964703

Open The Cabinet of Calm and discover a soothing word that’s equal to your troubles…

These are words to soothe an unquiet mind. To inspire our creativity. To encourage fellow thinking and community spirit, and to give us fresh hope. In essence, collected here are nothing but kind words, for these unkind times.’

For almost a decade, Paul Anthony Jones has written about the oddities and origins of the English language, amassing a vast collection of some of its more unusual words. Last year, doubly bereaved and struggling to regain his spirits, he turned to words – words that could be applied to difficult, challenging times and found solace. The Cabinet of Calm is the result.

Paul has unearthed fifty-one linguistic remedies to offer reassurance, inspiration and hope in the face of such feelings as grief and despair, homesickness and exhaustion, missing our friends and a loss of hope.

Written with a trademark lightness of touch, The Cabinet of Calm shows us that we’re not alone. From MELORISM, when you’re worried about the future of the world and AGATHISM, when you’re feeling disillusionment or struggling to remain positive to SELF-SOOTHE, when you’re struggling to sleep and STOUND, for when you’re grieving, someone else has felt like this before, and so there’s a word to help, whatever the challenge.

For your chance to win a copy of The Cabinet of Calm all you need to do is comment on this post!

(UK only please)

A winner will be chosen at random and will need to be happy to provide a UK address which I will pass on to the publisher for the purpose of sending out the prize only.

Good luck!

I have my very own copy, with many thanks to the publisher. (My photos really don’t do it justice!)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul has a Masters in Linguistics and is a language blogger from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. His obsession with words began with a child’s dictionary he received as a Christmas present when he was eight years old. As @HaggardHawks he has tweeted obscure words since 2013 and now has a social media following of over 75k, including the likes of JK Rowling, Robert Macfarlane, Susie Dent, Richard Osman, Greg Jenner, Ian McMillan, Rufus Sewell, Simon Mayo, Michael Rosen and Cerys Matthews.

HaggardHawks.com brings together the entire HH network including a blog, books, quizzes & games, the 500 Words YouTube series, Instagram gallery and newsletter. He regularly contributes to the media.

BOOKS

He has written seven books, most recently Around the World in 80 Words: A Journey Through the English Language (hardback 2018); The Accidental Dictionary: The Remarkable Twists and Turns of English Words; The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words and Word Drops: A Sprinkling of Linguistic.

‘I love this gifty and gorgeous compendium of beguiling words from which you can select to soothe the troubles that afflict you… [A] warm bath of linguistic remedies.’ Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller (Editor’s Choice for May 2020)

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THE CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES A Yearbook of Forgotten Words by Paul Anthony Jones @paulanthjones @HaggardHawks @eandtbooks @alisonmenziespr #ForgottenWords

Shout Out – Independent Book Shop

As part of this blog tour we have been asked if we can include a shout out for a local independent book shop as many will be struggling during these difficult times. The only independent book shop in Newcastle-under-Lyme doesn’t have a website unfortunately but can be found on Merrial Street if you ever fancy a visit when it’s safe to do so! However, the very lovely Nantwich Bookshop sprung to mind and is kind of local to me (only a short drive, if hubby takes me, or train ride away). I have visited a few times and will do so again in future. They have a lovely café! You can follow their journey through Covid-19 lockdown on their Facebook Page and on Twitter. I hope to be visiting Nantwich again as soon as I can. Maybe we can meet there for coffee sometime?

In the meantime, stay safe & happy reading 🙂

Fallible Justice (Wilde Investigations Book 1) by Laura Laakso @LLaaksoWriter with Louise Walters Books @LouiseWalters12 #BookReview

Fallible Justice

Fallible Justice

Laura Laakso

(Louise Walters Books)

(Review written on 15th April 2020)

Fallible Justice has been on my bookshelf, unread, for far too long and I’m so glad I have finally had the chance to read it! It has made a wonderfully refreshing change to read something quite different to most of the books I tend to gravitate towards.

This is an Urban Fantasy which is generally out of my reading comfort zone (I have no idea why though), but I found it completely captivating. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it during the last few days (mostly in the comfort of my back garden, in the sunshine). 😊

Fallible Justice is similar to most of what I read, in the sense that it is a crime thriller of sorts. There is still a mystery to solve and an investigation to follow and to become immersed in. I loved the supernatural side of this investigation and the many fascinating characters we meet along the way. It is very cleverly written, and I happily escaped real life to lose myself within the pages of this book.

Given what is going on in the world right now particularly (COVID-19 – in case we need a reminder in years to come), it was a very welcome distraction.

The main character, Yannia Wilde, is a Private Investigator and is hired by the daughter of a man who is due to be executed for a crime she believes he is innocent of. Yannia is her last hope of saving her father’s life. Can she prove his innocence in less than a week? They don’t have the luxury of time and despite her initial reluctance Yannia decides to take on the case with the help of her friend, Karrion (a bird shaman) who becomes her new apprentice. I was as determined as they are to find out the truth.

Yannia is one of the Wild Folk who escaped the conclave to make a life for herself in the city of Old London. I was very much drawn to Yannia and fascinated by her story. I really warmed to Karrion too and I’m very much looking forward to catching up with them both in book 2 (which I have already purchased).

Pure escapism!

I look forward to reading more books in this genre in future.

Many thanks to Louise Walters for my review copy.

Via Amazon UK

In Old London, where paranormal races co-exist with ordinary humans, criminal verdicts delivered by the all-seeing Heralds of Justice are infallible. After a man is declared guilty of murder and sentenced to death, his daughter turns to private investigator Yannia Wilde to do the impossible and prove the Heralds wrong.
Yannia has escaped a restrictive life in the Wild Folk conclave where she was raised, but her origins mark her as an outsider in the city. Those origins lend her the sensory abilities of all of nature. Yet Yannia is lonely and struggling to adapt to life in the city. The case could be the break she needs. She enlists the help of her only friend, a Bird Shaman named Karrion, and together they accept the challenge of proving a guilty man innocent.
So begins a breathless race against time and against all conceivable odds. Can Yannia and Karrion save a man who has been judged infallibly guilty?

happy reading 🙂

 

One Last Shot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on Stephen Anthony Brotherton’s One Last Shot blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources!

One Last Shot

Having read and enjoyed the previous two books in this series, Another Shot and An Extra Shot, I was very much looking forward to reading this conclusion to Freddie’s and Jo-Jo’s rollercoaster love story.

This book starts pretty much where An Extra Shot left off. We find out how Freddie has coped with Jo-Jo’s bombshell news. He hasn’t coped well and once again I really felt for Freddie. She has turned his life upside down once again. From the very beginning I have found Freddie to be a very likeable, but vulnerable, character. For him, Jo-Jo was his life and not having her in it has been something he has struggled to get over for years. Now Jo-Jo is back, thirty years later, he seems as confused and deflated as ever. Jo-Jo still can’t seem to make her mind up what she wants which did make me wonder why she ever got back in touch with him again at all. I’m not sure she did him any favours telling him her secret either. She obviously thinks he deserves to know, and he probably does, but I don’t think him knowing now really does anyone any good. I feel it was more to ease her own conscience for not telling him at the time, although I don’t doubt for one second how heart-breaking it must have been for her to make such a lifechanging decision and to live with that secret for all these years. My feelings towards Jo-Jo are very conflicted. I still didn’t particularly warm to her, if I’m honest. She doesn’t seem to do Freddie’s mental health much good. He quite blatantly adores her though and she obviously loves him in her own way. She does seem genuinely worried about him, but at the same time she is the one who has caused his trauma. I’m not convinced she could make him happy, but I hope I’m wrong.

Likable, or not, I do feel like I really connected with these characters, throughout all three books. I have been well and truly invested in their story and genuinely enjoyed learning more about them.

I loved Jack. He’s a good friend to Freddie. Amy grew on me more throughout this book also.

This book is another emotional read and one I found equally compelling to the first two books. I think anyone would enjoy Freddie’s and Jo-Jo’s story. I’m going to have a look at some of the other reviews now as I’m interested to see if anyone else felt the same about Jo-Jo as I have, or if it’s just me!

Many thanks to the author and to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Reads for my review copy of One Last Shot. I will happily recommend.

Blurb

Can first love ever be reignited?

One Last Shot concludes the trilogy of Freddie and Jo-Jo, which has moved through time in a series of flashbacks, showing how the couple fell in love as teenagers, why they drifted apart, what happened in their lives away from each other, and what happens when they meet up again over three decades later.

At the end of the second book, An Extra Shot, Jo-Jo tells Freddie about her dark secret. Confused, vulnerable and in a state of shock, he says he needs time to think about what to do next. Jo-Jo’s right to be worried. Freddie doesn’t react well…

Praise for his previous books in the trilogy:

A story of second chances, fractured relationships, passion, secrets and emotion.
Dash Fan Book Reviews

We’re back with a book that does the will they, won’t they thing so well.
B R Maycock

An emotional, compelling but poignant read. It’s impossible not to get caught up in.
Over the Rainbow

I loved the characters, the flashbacks, the music, the culture and I left captivated, yet again.
Ann S

Buy HERE

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#AnotherShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

#AnExtraShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

happy reading 🙂

That Special Someone by Tanya Bullock @TanyaBullock15 #BookReview

That Someone Special

That Special Someone has been, unread, on my bookcase for far too long and I am SO glad that I finally got to read it! I am a big fan of Tanya Bullock’s so why it’s taken me so long to read this is beyond me. Simply too many books and not enough time, unfortunately.

What a beautiful, powerful and emotional story!

That Special Someone centres around single Mum, Izzie, and her 18 year old, learning-disabled, daughter, Jaya. Having never known her father or any grandparents, Jaya has only ever had her mother. They have only ever really had each other.

Izzie is fiercely protective of Jaya and isn’t really prepared for her to become an adult. When Jaya announces that she would like to be married and have babies, Izzie just goes into panic mode. She had thought Jaya would just live with her forever, but she is forced to confront the fact that Jaya is a beautiful young lady with wants and needs of her own.

As a mother I can totally understand how hard it is to let your children grow up, make their own decisions and mistakes and trust that you’ve brought them up well enough to be responsible for themselves (my children are 19 and 18). However, if your child has any kind of disability or difficulty then it must a hundred times harder. Izzie comes across as completely neurotic at times, but I totally got her, and my heart went out to her.

When Jaya falls for her teaching assistant at college the story takes a completely different direction. Jaya is just dreaming of her happy future with the man she loves and doesn’t have any malicious intent in her actions, but clearly doesn’t anticipate the hurt she is about to cause. I could almost physically feel the pain Izzie endures at this time. I can’t even imagine what I would do in the same situation.

I love how this story alternates from the point of view of the different characters, almost like diary entries. Looking at the same situation from the very different perspectives of Izzie and Jaya was captivating. Jaya’s innocence, and naivety, is so beautifully written. It’s so clever how effortlessly this contrast’s to Izzie’s viewpoint as a protective mother, living on her nerves and completely defensive on behalf of her daughter. The bond they share is blatantly unbreakable.

This is such an amazing story full of love and raw emotion, with a beautiful ending. I loved it!

Via Amazon UK

“Like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, this novel informs readers about young people living with disability.” GOODREADS

If you enjoy Mike Leigh films you will love this book.” GOODREADS

“The lightest, most entertaining, of reads on a serious dilemma facing many parents of autistic teens, single parent or not.” GOODREADS

“This is not like any other novel I have ever read – It tackles major taboos head-on, but the author does it in a way which is so sensitive and witty, you wonder why they were ever taboos at all!” GOODREADS

‘A wonderful, poignant and witty story about the life, loves and struggles of a young woman with learning difficulties.’ JILL FRASIER, Founder and Director of healthcare charity, KISSING IT BETTER

“A brilliant debut novel. One regret – it finished too soon! I want to know more!” GOODREADS

Life as the single mum of a learning-disabled teen is tough…

…but it gets so much harder when puberty hits.

To single mum Izzie’s alarm, all her 18 yr old daughter Jaya wants from life is to get married and have babies. This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie. How she can continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go?

In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a ‘suitable husband’ via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy?

But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college’s Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events are set in motion. Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.

“The complex issues surrounding learning disability are addressed in an honest & thought-provoking manner.” GOODREADS

“Debut novel manages to combine a sensitive subject with Black Country Humour”. ‘WATERSTONES LOVES’, WATERSTONES, WALSALL

“Utterly engrossing and innovatively written.” AMAZON READER

“A refreshingly different book – thoroughly recommended!” AMAZON READER

“One of the best autism books out there.” GOODREADS

If you enjoy fiction by Mark Haddon & Jojo Moyes you’ll love this beautifully-written, page-turner of a novel. Download your free sample now…

This book is free in Kindle Unlimited!

About the author

Tanya Bullock

Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. She lives in the UK with her husband and two young children. She has a passion for foreign culture and languages (inherited from her French mother) and, in her youth, travelled extensively throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional television broadcast, through ITV’s First Cut scheme, two nominations for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award, and, in 2010, a Royal Television Society Award in the category of best promotional film. On maternity leave in 2011 and in need of a creative outlet, Tanya began to write That Special Someone, the story of a mother’s quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. It was a finalist for The People’s Book Prize and The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award 2016. Her second novel, Homecoming, a love story with an unexpected twist, was published in 2016. The Lonely Hearts Crime Club is Tanya’s third novel. A cozy mystery with a surprising finale, it will be published in the spring of 2019. All Tanya’s novels are published by Blackbird Digital Books.

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The Lonely Hearts Crime Club by Tanya Bullock @TanyaBullock15 @Blackbird_Bks #BlogTour #BookReview

Homecoming: Quite Possibly The Strangest Romance Ever Told by Tanya Bullock

happy reading 🙂

 

#WhenStarsWillShine #HelpingOurHeroesOnePageAtATime with Emma Mitchell ~ Creating Perfection @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour #BookReview

Welcome to my stop on the fabulous When Stars Will Shine blog tour! 🙂

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When Stars Will Shine

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.

With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.

From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!

 

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.

There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Full contents:

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Believe by Mark Brownless

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron

Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne

Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli

Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Inside Out by KA Richardson

Penance by Jane Risdon

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Family Time by Graham Smith

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My review

When Stars Will Shine is a fabulous collection of short stories written by some of the most talented writers and complied by the very lovely Emma Mitchell. Collectively they have worked together, donating their time and talent, to raise vital funds for Help For Heroes.

I am married to a veteran, we have many military friends and I have massive respect for our armed forces as a whole, so this is a cause very close to my heart and I take my hat off to Emma and all involved for what they have achieved with this beautiful book. You should all be very proud!

 

Now I’m not very good a reviewing short stories to be perfectly honest so I thought I would just share my very first thoughts of each story, as I read them. I hope that’s okay. Here goes….

 

Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Heart-wrenching and heart-warming.

 

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

A very clever tale of revenge.

 

A Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Actually gave me goosebumps!

 

Believe by Mark Brownless

Creepy! I did not see that coming.

 

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? By Lucy Cameron

Quite amusing!

 

Mountain Dew by Paul T Campbell

Gave me goosebumps!

 

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A chilling mystery with a touch of romance.

 

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Heart-warming. Sometimes the kindest people are those who don’t have much themselves.

 

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Hard hitting. A split-second decision with devastating consequences.

 

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

A very powerful and emotional story, beautifully written.

 

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jenson

Made my blood run cold!

 

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

Terrifying!

 

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

So sad, but full of hope.

 

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Heart-warming and heart-breaking.

 

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Spine tingling!

 

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Captivating and thought provoking with a heart-breaking conclusion.

 

Pivotal Moments by Anna Osborne

So, so sad. I can’t imagine feeling so helpless, but there is always something, or someone, worth living for.

 

Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli

Just beautiful!

 

Time for a Barbecue by Carmen Radtke

Oooo, creepy!

 

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Lovely!

 

Inside Out by KA Richardson

So sad to think how much some people suffer from past traumas. This story is full of hope for a brighter future though and proof that just one person can make all the difference.

 

Penance by Jane Risdon

Oh my! Not what I was expecting at all. Very cleverly written,

 

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Another thought provoking tale and an important message to us all.

 

Family Time by Graham Smith

A tale of sacrifice and truly being the bigger person. Beautifully written!

 

There really is something for everyone with this collection. I loved it and would highly recommend to all! Even if you don’t read (I don’t get that, but I’m told some people don’t!), buy it anyway! It will make the perfect Christmas gift for your family and friends. Don’t forget, all proceeds go to Help For Heroes! What more incentive do you need!?

Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for my advance kindle copy for review and for the opportunity to be a part of this awesome blog tour!

I did pre-order also and have since bought a beautiful paperback copy. I now just need to meet all the authors at some point and ask if they will sign it for me. What are the chances you can all make our next author/book blogger meet up in Stoke-on-Trent, in March!? 😉 A long shot, but that would be awesome! https://www.facebook.com/events/2458309034251599/

Follow the authors on Twitter

Robert Scragg: @robert_scragg
Paul Moore: @mooros69
Graham Smith: @grahamsmith1972
Malcolm Hollingdrake: @MHollingdrake
Alex Kane: @AlexKaneWriter
Owen Mullen: @OwenMullen6
Gordon Bickerstaff: @GFBickerstaff
Lexi Rees: @Lexi_Rees
Megan Steer: @tjsarcat15
Anna Franklin Osborne: @HomeOsborne
Stewart Giles: @stewartGiles
Jane Risdon: @Jane_Risdon
Louise Jensen: @fabricating_fiction
Rob Ashman: @RobAshmanAuthor
Carmen Radtke: @carmenradtke1
Val Portelli: @ValPortelli
Mark Brownless: @MarkBrownless
John Carson: @JohnCarsonBooks
Kris Egleton: @Mouse6420
Paul T. Campbell: @PtcCampbell
Lucy Cameron: @lucycameron22
KA Richardson: @KerryAnn77
Billy McLaughlin: @bilbob20

happy reading 🙂

 

Justice Gone by N. Lombard Jr. #BlogTour #Extract @DamppebblesBTs

Welcome to my stop on N. Lombard Jr’s Justice Gone blog tour, with Damppebbles Blog Tours!

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Many thanks to Emma @ damppebbles blog tours.

Extract

“What does voir dire mean?” Penny asked out of the blue. “The judge said something about…”
“It means that I and the prosecutor get to question each prospective juror directly. Only the judge has that authority, we lawyers have to ask permission to do so.”
They entered the visitation room, a cramped stuffy space bounded by the same pea-green walls, with a wooden table and straight-backed wooden chairs in the middle of the room. It was dimly lit and windowless. They found Darfield already standing by the table, and after greetings, along with hugs on the part of Tessa and Penny, they all sat down.
“I think it’s time I made a proper introduction,” Emily Bodine said. She smiled appealingly. She was a comely woman of about thirty, with honey-brown hair combed sensually around her glossy oval face and down to her shoulders, and possessing jaunty blue eyes, a cute button nose, and alluring lips. She wore a brown lawyerly, Chanel-style pants suit. “You already know I’m Nat’s daughter and his co-counsel.”
“Not as flamboyant as me, but she gets the job done,” Bodine put in.
“Thanks, Dad. Closest thing to a complement that I’ll ever get from him,” she told the others with a fleeting grin before getting down to business. “Today was the formal arraignment, and now we are entering the discovery phase.”
“What’s that mean, exactly?” Darfield wanted to know.
“It means that the State has to turn over all its evidence to us including a list of witnesses they intend to call, the exhibits they intend to admit, things like that…so we can prepare our case. And we have to do likewise.”
“When is the trial going to be?” Tessa asked, getting to the issue that was a priority on her mind.
“Yeah, I’d like to know that, too,” Darfield said.
“Well, I don’t expect before the end of the year. We have the holidays coming up. It has to be within one hundred and twenty days, you heard the judge. Maybe sometime in February.”
Tessa was upset. “February! And Donald will be locked up until then?”
Bodine intervened. “Well, it’s like six of one and half dozen of the other. We’ll at least get sufficient time to prepare. It could have been worse if we waived the right to a speedy trial. Could have been a year or more because the State’s got a weak case and they’d use that time to bone it up.”
Darfield patted her arm. “Don’t worry, Tessa, I can make it all right.”
Bodine continued. “As Emily already mentioned, this is the discovery phase, so the more time the better. You see, most prosecutors play this disgusting game in collusion with the police, to take their time with the paperwork and to withhold things until we have to file motions repeatedly complaining to the judge to get hold of what they got, even though by law we are one hundred percent entitled to it. Oh, yeah, by the way, you got a source of funds?”
Tessa backed off, and sort of shriveled up. “We assumed you were working pro bono.”
“Well I am, but that means I’m only waiving my fees. There are still expenses to pay; you don’t expect me to dig into my own pockets for those, do you?”
“What expenses?”
Emily explained. “Phone calls, photocopying, transport, investigation costs…”
“Investigation?”
“Yes, that’s a must if we’re going to trial. And then there’s the experts.”
“Experts?”
The elder Bodine once again took the reins. “Look, they don’t have any evidence that Donald killed those three men. They need eyewitnesses, and they don’t have any. And the only forensic evidence is going to be based on ballistics. So they’re going to get some expert, who works for the government of New Jersey and who is loyal to the prosecution, and get him in the witness stand and give the jury a whole mumbo-jumbo about how Donald’s weapon is tied to the bullets they found. Except it’s gonna be bullshit. But the jury will eat it up; even if they don’t understand what he’s saying, ‘cause he’s an expert, and if we rely just on my cross-examination, me, a lil ol’ lawyer, a blind one at that, trying to rip apart his testimony, it always appears as a lack of respect when I attack his credibility. I mean he’s the expert, ain’t he? That’s why we need our own expert to show up the other guy, and let me tell you, they don’t come cheap.”
“We’ll do a fund-raising,” Penny said. “How much will we need?
“Shoot for a hundred thousand,” Bodine advised. “Shit!” Darfield blurted.
“There is something that we must consider right from the start,” Emily said. “This case hinges on jury sentiment. There’s nothing else when you come right down to it. And that’s not in our favor. Asarn County is ninety-percent white and is very conservative, as well as generally supportive of their local police.”
“I thought I saw a few people outside holding signs,” Penny said. “I think they were supportive of Donald.”
“That’s the last thing we want!” Bodine remonstrated loudly, banging his cane on the floor.
The door opened and a uniformed jailer appeared. “Is there a problem in here?”
“No officer, I was just making a point.”
“Well, could you make it a little more quietly, please?” “Yeah, now shut the door.”
The guard shot Bodine a harsh glance before closing the door. “Little pipsqueak.” He pointed his cane toward the far corner, where a camera was suspended close to the ceiling. “They can see everything going on—closed-circuit television. Can’t hear us though… He damn well knew there wasn’t any problem, just wanted to assert the little authority he has…now, as I was saying…any protesters showing up here are likely to be outsiders with a political agenda. The local community is still in shock over those cold-blooded murders; they’ve already forgotten the original incident, Felson’s beating, and they’ll consider such shenanigans as insensitive liberal nonsense…and if the jury should be exposed to these types of demonstrations, they’ll turn against us.”
“You have to realize,” Emily broke in, “that this is all about assigning blame. Three men are dead and someone has to be held responsible. They can’t just let it hang in the air.”
“What about my alibi?” Darfield shot in.
Bodine turned his head in the general direction of Darfield’s voice. “I sent someone down there, and we’ll get his report soon.” “What about this judge?” Darfield asked. “Is he going to be
the same one for the trial? Looks like a mean sucker.”
“Good question, Donald,” Bodine replied. “I would say yes, most assuredly. He’s an elected judge, and this is an election year.
“Is that good or bad?” Penny asked. “Not good.”
“There’s been a study done,” Emily said, “that shows that elected judges tend to have more convictions and give out stiffer penalties during their election years.”
“And,” Bodine added, “they usually run on a platform of being tough on crime. Last campaign, Tupelo had as his slogan, Vote for Judge Tupelo, ‘cause he just don’t let ‘em go. So the DA already has one up on us, he’s got the judge. But I have a way to put Tupelo on a leash. You see, there’s one thing a judge fears, and that is having their verdicts or their decisions overturned by either an Appeals Court, or worse, the Supreme Court. Makes ‘em look bad. And I’ll be threatening him with that from the get-go.”
“I noticed they dropped some of the charges,” Tessa said. “Surely that’s a good sign.”
“No, not really,” Bodine rebutted. “The police always overdo it, then wait for the DA to choose which of them they’re gonna run with. In this case, it looks like they want to concentrate their case on the most serious charges, and it also shows their confidence in getting a conviction. If they weren’t, they would have kept all those charges hoping for at least some of them to stick.” He addressed Darfield. “Make no mistake about it, son, you’re going to end up doing time for something. If you get acquitted, they’re going to bring you up again on reckless endangerment, for sure. And that reminds me, if that’s what happens, we can rely on your PTSD as mitigating circumstances, but NOT, I repeat NOT for this case. The prosecution will no doubt bring that up, but for our part, we’re going to downplay that as much as possible.” Bodine cleared his throat, obviously dry from all this talking. “Now there’s one more thing before I go. This matter of isolation. My hunch is that they’re going to keep you in the same cell, but just add a bunkmate. And he’ll be the snitch. Do whatever you can to keep him away from you. They won’t put you in the regular bullpen, because there’s eight guys sharing a single area, and all eight would have to corroborate each other, you get me?” Bodine didn’t wait for an answer, “Otherwise I can call the others to the stand who would testify they didn’t hear shit. But if the State does what I just said, stick him in alone with you, it’s more work for me because without witnesses to contradict him, I’ll have to spend some effort at tearing up the little rat on the stand.”
Tessa sat upright and put both hands on the table. “What about this sequestering of the jury. I noticed you were quite upset.”
“First of all, we’re gonna be restricted when it comes to jury selection. Some of the most sympathetic won’t be able to do it, for example single mothers, those who might need medical monitoring, people who cannot be away for a long time… but what I’m really concerned about is that they’ll hasten deliberation, come to a judgment too quick ‘cause they’re fed up being treated like prisoners, which, mark my word, that’s how they’ll be treated. Now some of them may resent the State because of that, but some might feel some bond with the State because they’re the ones taking care of them. Remember, that in the trial proceedings the State goes first, they can take their time, but it’s gonna force us to rush a bit because by that time the jury members are getting unhappy living the way they’re living. If we want to go meticulously about our case, then the jury will blame us for taking too long and prolonging their suffering. Now, is there anything else before Emily and I take our leave?”
“When will you come back?” Darfield asked. “We’ll be back by the end of the week.”

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WINNER OF 3 AWARDS
2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD

WINNER NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD – Best legal thriller 2019
SILVER MEDAL 2019 READER’S FAVORITES AWARDS

Chosen by Wiki.ezvid.com among its list of 10 Gripping and Intelligent Legal Thrillers

When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down. A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase. Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers get there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture. Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge? Justice Gone is the first in a series of psychological thrillers involving Dr Tessa Thorpe, wrapped in the divisive issues of modern American society including police brutality and disenfranchised returning war veterans. N Lombardi Jr. is the author of compelling and heartfelt novel The Plain of Jars.

About the author

Justice Gone author

N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao, Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.
Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone, was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

#OneLastSummer by Victoria Connelly @VictoriaDarcy @AmazonPub #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Victoria Connelly’s One Last Summer blog tour with Love Books Tours!

One Last Summer tour

Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Victoria Connelly…..

One Last Summer Victoria Connelly

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

I’ve been writing stories ever since I was a teenager. It’s my job and it’s my joy. I love writing stories about people who are trying to find their place in the world. Many of my characters are trying to escape difficult pasts or situations. And I always set my books in beautiful locations – manor houses, medieval castles or country cottages. I truly love the English landscape.

My new novel, One Last Summer, is set on the Somerset coast in an ancient priory which my heroine, Harrie, has hired for herself and her two best friends. But the holiday isn’t all what it seems because Harrie has been keeping a secret…
Where did/do you get your ideas from?

– All sorts of places. A piece of junk mail inspired my novel, Molly’s Millions. But most of my novels are inspired by my own interests and passions – my love of Jane Austen inspired my Austen Addicts series, and my love of old houses and gardens has inspired a lot of my settings, and my obsession with books helped me write my Book Lovers series.

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

– Not exactly. I wanted to write about the effects of illness because I lost a very dear friend last year. But the character of Harrie in One Last Summer is fictional. However, there are elements of Audrey that come directly from me – I’m a bit of a workaholic and have had a few health issues that have made me slow down a little this last year!

How do you pick your characters’ names?

– I love choosing character names. When choosing the three friends in One Last Summer, they all had to be different and yet fit together well. ‘Harrie’ sounds so sweet and friendly, ‘Audrey’ sounds more serious and ‘Lisa’ has a light-hearted feel – all perfect for the characters. But the name I love the most is that of the stonemason: Samson Haverstock. I wanted something strong and unusual – something my heroine, Harrie, could poke fun of!

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

– I try to write two novels a year plus another shorter project like a novella. When I’m writing my first drafts, I aim to write 1,000 words a day. I work best in the mornings and I often use voice recognition software as I suffer from RSI if I type too much. I don’t plan my stories in any great detail. For me, that would take the fun out of the process.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

– H E Bates, Miss Read, Rosamunde Pilcher, Debbie Macomber and – a new discovery of mine – Mary Alice Monroe.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

– Debbie Macomber – her output and her sales are astonishing. I’d love to ask her how she organises her time. She’s also an amazing business woman, running reader weekends and even cruises! She’s a real inspiration to me and I’d love to have a tour with her of her home town – the setting for her lovely Rose Harbour Inn series.

Were you a big reader as a child?

– Yes! I was a huge fan of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series, but I always wanted Anne to have a summer romance. You could tell I was going to become write romantic novels one day! And I remember my excitement at buying my very first book with my own pocket money: it was Watership Down and it was £1.25. A great investment.

When did you start to write?

– I started writing my first novel when I was fourteen, using a manual typewriter and copious amounts of Tipex. I used to take it into school for my friends to read and that early feedback got me hooked, I think!
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Is there a book you wish you had written?

– Ending change: Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It’s just too sad! Tess has already been through enough without that ending too!

– The book I wish I’d written is H E Bates’s The Darling Buds of May – I love this book – the characters, the setting, the lyrical language and the pure joy of it all.

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

– I have actually written three short autobiographies about moving from London to the Suffolk countryside – the first book is called Escape to Mulberry Cottage and is followed by A Year at Mulberry Cottage and Summer at Mulberry Cottage.

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

– I would love to meet Ma Larkin from The Darling Buds of May, but could I go to hers for tea instead? I would love to sample some of her baking and see Home Farm!
What are you working on right now?

– I’m writing the fourth novel in my Book Lovers series. I know readers have been eagerly awaiting Josh Nightingale’s story. I’m also writing my first screenplay which is very exciting. It’s quite a different process from writing a novel, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

Tell us about your last release?

Here’s the blurb:

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?
Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.
First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?
Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

Do you have a new release due?

– The fourth Book Lovers novel should be out in the autumn. Do sign up to my newsletter via my website to be the first to hear about it.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

– I’m usually already deep into writing the next book! But we’ll often have a day out and my husband spoils me with my favourite rose or violet cream chocolates!

How can readers keep in touch with you?

My website is at: http://www.victoriaconnelly.com where readers can download a free novella.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312085782631729/
Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy
Instagram: @VictoriaConnellyAuthor
Is there anything else you would like us to know?

– One Last Summer is my twentieth published novel so this is a real celebratory year for me and I’d love to take this opportunity to thank every single reader who has read and reviewed my books. I couldn’t do this job without my readers!

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

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Blurb

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes. 

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2J2RbnU

Author Biography

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.

She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

Her website is www.victoriaconnelly.com where readers can download a free novella.

 

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Twitter: @VictoriaDarcy

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