#CoverReveal The Vagabond Mother by Tracey Scott Townsend @authortrace @Wildpressed #LoveBooksTours

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Before we see the cover, here’s some information about the book for you…..

 

Blurb:

The Vagabond Mother

Tracey Scott-Townsend

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…

Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.

Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.

Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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The Oath by Michael L. Lewis #BlogTour #BookPromo @rararesources

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THREE JUNIORS

A BLOOD OATH

A DEADLY OUTCOME

1955. The polished veneer of a boys’ boarding school in Northern England masks a cadre of wickedness. Seniors viciously torment any junior they deem unfit. Jonathan Simon, in his first term is warned that there are three monsters in his dorm; seniors Flicker, Sleeth and Tunk, and that the code of conduct mandates no snitching.

Simon befriends two other juniors; pixie-faced Ian Gracey and witty, grossly overweight Arthur Crown. During a cross-country run, the three friends take a short cut and stumble into the cadet rifle range. Corps Sergeant Sleeth puts them through a degrading punishment using human excrement. The three juniors swear a blood oath never to allow another bully to abuse them.

Will this oath be their downfall, or will they make it through the school year? Snitching could have serious consequences but keeping silent will break their blood oath.

As Simon, Gracey and Crown try to survive this perilous journey, the constant threat of harm brings their friendship ever closer…

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Author Bio –

The Oath author

Michael L. Lewis was born and raised in England. After preparatory school in London, he was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham. Michael now lives in Los Angeles, California, has a law degree, and writes full-time. He was on the Board of Trustees for several schools and has been a member of the same book club for twenty-five years.

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

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The Man In The Dark by Jonathan Whitelaw @JDWhitelaw13 @urbanebooks #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Jonathan Whitelaw’s The Man In The Dark blog tour, with Love Books Tours!

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

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

I’m a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in Glasgow. I’ve been writing professionally since 2015, with The Man in the Dark my third novel and second in the HellCorp series.
It sees the return of The Devil – who previously longed for a holiday, only to be challenged by God to solve the murder of a man who took 40 years to die. This time around he’s on the trail of a woman kidnapped by international terrorists. Only while he’s away, Brutus and Cassius (the infamous Romans) are plotting to overthrow him and steal his Underworld crown.
I started writing when I was in school and have pursued it ever since. I studied psychology at university along with creative writing before moving into politics when I graduated. And since 2012 I’ve been combining my writing work with being an online reporter and a reviewer for BBC radio.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I like to keep my eyes open everywhere and anywhere I go. It’s part of being a writer – your job is channel and capture the human condition.

But as much as I say I get my inspiration from real life – you don’t regularly get to see The Devil and God having an argument in the middle of the street!

The inspiration for HellCorp came about when I wanted to write a crime novel – but I knew I was nowhere good enough compared to some of the fantastic writers working in the genre. Then I thought – if I had an antihero, not just any antihero but the ULTIMATE antihero in the lead, would that work? And from there the story really was built around that idea.

And for The Man in the Dark it was, unfortunately, born out of the frightening and dangerous real world that we live in. It’s sad that kidnappings and terrorism are as much part of every day life for a lot of people on this planet. And I wanted to highlight that this can affect everybody.

TMITD also sees The Devil put on the backfoot for the first time in his lifetime. That was a lot of fun to see how a character like that reacts to those types of scenarios.

 

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

Now that would be telling!

I think all writers do in some way. We can’t help but be moved and shaped by the world that surrounds us.

Being a journalist I’ve been given the chance to meet some really interesting, fascinating people from all walks of life. It means I’m exposed to a great deal, good and bad, and I know that there have been times where I’ve let that influence my work and my characters.

I know there’s definitely some subconscious influence in characters that I create. But I’m okay with that, I think it makes for more interesting characters and creations.

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?

You know it’s not something I’ve ever given a huge deal of thought to. I normally go by feeling rather than spending a lot of time going through different options and things like that. I know writers who obsess over character names and will spend a great deal of time researching this.

But I’ve always been more of a tactile sort of person when it comes to this. I’ll have a couple of ideas and I’ll see how they feel, how they sit with the character’s personality and traits. And as bonkers as it sounds, I say them out loud to get to grips with how they sound. Does that make me a bit weird? Probably!

 

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

In a nutshell – it’s just simply to write! I’m not overly complicated as a person, I like to keep it as simple as possible.

I’m often asked what my best tips are for people just starting out their writing journey. And it’s always the same answer I give them. Just write. You can’t edit a blank page and nobody can read your work if it’s still stuck in your head. We’re pretty advanced technology wise but we can’t do that just yet!

As far as my writing process, I like to try and hammer out something every day. This can be 50 words or 5,000 words, I don’t really mind. If I’m on a deadline then I’ll be a bit more disciplined with what I’m doing and ensure I have a good chunk of work done. But otherwise I just love to write as much or as little as possible. For me I can’t force it – that results in bad writing. And as much as I say just write – I find it better to stop at 10 words of good stuff you know fits the bill than continue for 10,000 just for the sake of it.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Only 5? You’re cruel!

I guess, if I had to pick JUST the five they’d be as follows:

William Shakespaere – for still being taught to schoolkids and fuelling their imaginations
Iain Banks – for making me laugh and cry sometimes in the same sentence
Roald Dahl – for introducing me to a world of writing that doesn’t have to be super serious all of the time
Hanna Jameson – for being an exciting new voice that I’ve been lucky enough to review before she becomes a megastar
CJ Tudor – for being the single nicest person in the world

 

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

Hear me out on this one, but I’d love to meet Ernest Hemingway. The reason I ask you to hear me out is that I know that may sound like a massive cliche, but I’ve always been fascinated by him, both as a writer and a character.

He is, quite rightly, held up as one of the great literary minds of the 20th century and arguably of all time. His work is so complicated, so precise and so important that I think I’d just be in awe if I ever got the chance to actually shake his hand.

And of course, his own battles with his demons are well documented. I’m always saddened when I read Hemingway to wonder just how different things could have been for him and the rest of the world if he’d lived in a time where he could have gotten more help. Thankfully writers don’t have to suffer in silence today and I think more awareness of mental health and issues can only be a good thing.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

I was. I went through periods of reading all the time and then maybe stopping for a while. I had a weird love/hate relationship with reading. I adored reading sci-fi and fantasy, my shelves were stacked with Star Wars novelisations growing up and they were a staple of every Christmas and birthday. But I always struggled to get motivated to read for school reports and reviews.

I guess it all worked out in the end though. Now I do it for a living!

 

When did you start to write?

I can remember writing stories and little tales from pretty much as soon as I could write!

I grew up playing with Star Wars figures and Lego and, when I went on holiday, I wouldn’t be able to take all my sets and toys with me. So I used to come up with stories and write them down, acting them out when I got home.

While I didn’t realise it at the time, that was the start of what would become my creative writing career. It blossomed in my late teens, I studied it at Glasgow and Strathclyde Unis and it’s something I’ve carried on into my adult life. My writing has probably been the longest, most consistent part of my life for the longest time.

 

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

I was once told “The first line of a book sells it to the reader. The last line sells the next one”. And it’s always stuck with me, particularly in my own work.

It’s a tough one because I think we all have our own interpretations of great novels and how they play out. A soppy, weepy ending might be great for one person but a cop-out for another. Same goes for a real downer that maybe should have been more positive. It’s all subjective I guess.

But if I had the chance to, I’d like to re-write 1984 by George Orwell. Sacrilidge I know. But I always felt that the reader deserves to have something a bit more “Hollywood” than we got. SPOILER: Winston ends up brainwashed and proclaims that he loves Big Brother – despite all the rebellion, all the unrequited, secret love, despite everything.

I get that it’s supposed to be a commentary on conformism and how the state always wins. But I would have had Winston and Julia go out in a blaze of glory rather than the damp squib we end up with. Orwell was a fantastic journalist so hopefully he wouldn’t mind my all-out thrills and spills ending too much.

 

Is there a book you wish you had written?

You know I was actually having a conversation about this the other day with a writer friend. We were talking about going back in time and what book we would write that hadn’t been written yet.

My answer is The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick. It’s such a clever, cerebral take on the alternate history sci-fi trope and executed so well. Thankfully it’s reached a whole new audience via the TV show but it’s actually a really enjoyable read too. So I think I’d have to go for that one.

 

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

That’s a difficult one – mostly because I find coming up with titles one of the hardest parts of being a writer!

I always liked the veteran broadcaster Des Lynam’s biography title – I Should Have Been At Work – it’s a great summary of a man who never saw his career as a job as he loved it so much. I feel exactly the same. So maybe Des won’t mind if I pilfer his snazzy title.

 

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

This is going to sound dreadful but I always sort of liked Lady Macbeth. That is weird isn’t it? I don’t care I’m sticking with it.

When I first read Macbeth as a teenager I was totally hooked. For me it’s actually a play about her – her obsession with power, rank and place in the world. She’s manipulative, malevolent and altogether marvellous. She’s a headstrong woman who knows exactly how to get what she wants in a world dominated by vain and violent men. And she is the archetypal arch-villain that so many writers have tried to copy since.

In terms of where we go, I supposed I should take her somewhere nice, seeing as she’s royalty. Maybe The Ritz for afternoon tea, somewhere like that.

 

What are you working on right now?

I’m always writing or at least working on ideas. I’m currently developing the early bones of the third HellCorp which is very exciting. Working on a series is completely new for me and a real eye-opening experience. When you start a new project you’ve normally got lots of freedoms when it comes to creating brand new characters. With a series, you have a central cast who, while still develop, are already there and ready to play with. So it’s been really exciting.

But I’m always on the hunt for new ideas and you’ll constantly find me filling up my ideas books and jotters.

 

Tell us about your last release?

HellCorp came out last July. Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime. But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs…

 

Do you have a new release due?

The Man in the Dark is out on September 26. The Devil is back and he’s still not had his holiday! There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.
While The Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown. It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe stop the apocalypse.

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’ve started a little tradition of going out for a nice meal with my wife before heading to the book launch. I’ve been lucky enough to have some great events over the years and it’s always nice to get something in your stomach before you get completely overtaken by the nerves. All of that goes away of course when you’re surrounded by friends, family and new readers too. It’s a really wonderful feeling to be published and one that I relish and am hugely grateful for every time it happens.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

You’ll mostly find me skulking about social media.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jdwhitelaw13
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanWhitelawAuthor/

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Only that it’s been an absolute pleasure speaking to you and a massive thank you for featuring on the Man in the Dark tour!

You are most welcome, Jonathan. Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂

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Blurb

The Devil’s back – and he’s STILL not had a holiday.

There’s another mystery to solve – a woman kidnapped by terrorists and the world trying to find her. While he hates doing God’s bidding, The Devil can’t resist trying to put one over on Him. But nothing is EVER that simple.

While the Devil helps the London cops crack the case, there’s trouble in the Underworld. And two of humanity’s greatest backstabbers – Brutus and Cassius – are sharpening their knives with an eye on stealing his crown.

It’s a race against time to find the girl, be the bad guy and maybe stop the apocalypse.

 

happy reading 🙂

 

Author Info

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.

Social Media links:

Website: https://urbanepublications.com/authors/jonathan-whitelaw/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JDWhitelaw13
FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanWhitelawAuthor/

 

#ChaseBookFest at the Museum of Cannock Chase @DavyTheCanary with Steph @StefLozBookBlog @KimTheBookworm @PhillipaAshley @Iona_Grey @TillyTenWriter @CathyBramley @ItsEmmacooper @AnouskaKnight & many more…..

Chase Book Fest ticket

On Saturday (21st September) I attended the very first Chase Book Fest with my lovely friend, and fellow book blogger, Steph (https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com/) and my somewhat less enthusiastic husband, Steve. Lol! Bless him. He is very supportive of my obsession with books, but is not a regular reader himself.  However, he willingly drove us both to the museum, purchased a ticket (as he wouldn’t have been allowed on the premises otherwise) and hovered around for several hours whilst me and Steph had a lovely time. If that isn’t love for you, I don’t know what is!

Anyway, what a fab event! We thoroughly enjoyed it. I take my hat off to Kim Nash, Phillipa Ashley and everyone else involved in organising it. It was a truly wonderful day!

Here’s me and Steph with another lovely fellow book blogger, Shell @ https://bakersnotsosecret.blog/

Thanks for allowing me to steal your photo, Shell. xx

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(Shell, Me & Steph)

I also got to meet the lovely Anne Williams (https://beinganne.com/) for the first time. We didn’t have a selfie though, unfortunately 😦

The event started at 10am and there was loads going on right through to 4pm. Here was the line up…..

Chase Book Fest

Without a doubt the highlight of the day for me was meeting the very lovely Iona Grey! I am in absolute awe of this lady and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it was to meet her, and get my books signed. I think you can tell by my face on this photo how happy this made me…..

Chase Book Fest Me & Iona Grey

Iona is the writer of the very beautiful ‘Letters To The Lost’ and ‘The Glittering Hour’, undoubtedly two of my most favourite books, EVER! If you haven’t read them yet you really have no idea what you’re missing out on. They are just stunning! I really can’t recommend them highly enough!

Look how pretty…..

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Tea and Conversation with Iona Grey & Kim Nash was a lovely way to spend a hour. With tea and cake included, we learned about Iona’s writing journey, how she met her husband and what she would save if her house was burning down. It was fascinating and inspirational and I thought Iona and Kim were very natural in conversation together. It was so relaxed. I was surprised to hear that Iona doesn’t consider herself to be romantic. However, the way she met and instantly fell in love with her husband is very relatable to me (I fell in love with my husband instantly too and we’ve been together for twenty years). This shows in her writing also. Her books are the most powerful love stories, full of raw emotion. They make my heart ache every time I think of them. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever forget Stella and Dan for as long as I live!

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this chat.

Iona & Kim

(Iona Grey & Kim Nash)

When I met Iona to get my books signed she informed me that I was her top review for The Glittering Hour, on Amazon! I had not realised this and thought she must have had me mixed up with someone else, but Steph had a cheeky check and found that I am! I am OVER THE MOON! Obviously I had to get photographic proof before someone else knocks me off the top spot…..

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After a spot of lunch we sauntered over for a couple of author readings by Tilly Tennant….

Tilly Tennant

and Iona Grey…..

Iona Grey

both excellent, of course!

From here we hopped across to the Women’s Fiction Panel 2 featuring Cathy Bramley,

Cathy Bramley

Emma Cooper,

Emma Cooper

Tilly Tennant

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and Anouska Knight

Anouska Knight

This was such good fun! 🙂 All of the ladies had fascinating stories to tell and it really was a good laugh too. A brilliant way to end our day! 🙂

The only sad thing was that some of the events overlapped so I didn’t get to see all that I would have liked to 😦 I never got to say hello to Phillipa Ashley. I would have enjoyed all of the readings, but especially Anouska Knight’s. Unfortunately it was at the same time as Iona Grey’s meet & sign. I would have attended the Thriller Panel had it not been at the same time as Iona Grey’s tea and conversation. Mark Edwards and Rob Sinclair are another two of my favourite authors, but their readings were at the same time as the Women’s Fiction Panel 2 as was Mark Edward’s tea and conversation which I would have attended otherwise. I totally understand that the organisers want something to be going on at all times, suitable for everyone, but I’m a bit greedy and wanted to do it all! 😉

I truly hope this will become an annual event. I look forward to who and what we might see next year!

🙂

 

When we got back home I made a quick stir fry with tuna steaks for dinner and then I rounded off the day with a small glass of wine brought to me by my gorgeous husband! Lol!

Steve & wine

A perfect day!

Cheers & happy reading 🙂

The Rising Storm (Paradigm Trilogy Book 1) by Ceri A. Lowe @cerilowepetrask #BookReview @MorecambeVice #CrimeWritingFestival #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity

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Welcome to my stop on this fabulous blog tour! I have my review of Ceri A. Lowe’s The Rising Storm as well as an interview with the author herself for you all to enjoy 🙂

Many thanks to Sarah @ BOTBSPublicity for the opportunity to join in.

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My review…..

The Rising Storm is completely out of my reading comfort zone, but do you know what!? I have been totally gripped from the very beginning! If you are a regular follower of my blog you will know that this is not the sort of book I read and review often, but I am so glad I decided to give it a go when Sarah invited me to the Morcambe & Vice tour.

In The Rising Storm the world has been devastated by violent storms which have wiped out a massive percentage of the population. Paradigm Industries seem to have the only means of survival and any chance of those remaining to be able to create a new life for themselves. What makes this book more scary is that, the way things are going it’s quite believable.

Carter is an interesting character who seems older than his fifteen years, but then his childhood has been quite different to what kids have to deal with these days. He’s very self-assured, apart from having one weakness he tries to deny.

Alice is a completely different fifteen year old. She initially comes across as quite immature in comparison, but again her childhood has been entirely different to Carter’s. She finds herself all alone in the storms when her mother disappears and has no choice but the fend for herself. She is relieved when she is taken in by Paradigm Industries and feels safer than she ever has, but are they all really?

This book is quite fascinating and terrifying at the same time. It has been a breath of fresh air for me. Many thanks for my review copy. I have already downloaded the following two books in the trilogy!

 

Interview with Ceri A. Lowe…..

 

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

About me? Well I was born in Wales in a time before the internet. When I’m not writing, I’m a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. I know – exciting stuff *yawn* I live in Bristol, with my partner Lara and our son Frankie. I have various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and my dogs, Pablo and Barney.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

When I’m writing short stories, I often take the headline of a news article and imagine what could the story be behind it. Also, a number of my short stories in my collection Five Hundred Words for Snow are loosely based on events of my childhood. However, when I started to become interested in cryogenics a few years ago, I knew there was a much longer tale to be told. So, I started researching the background behind companies who actually freeze people when they die. It’s a dark and murky world and I became totally fascinated with a particular organisation that morphed into Paradigm Industries aka ‘The Industry’.

 

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

The simple answer to that is yes. Some of the main characters are based on people from my past – old friends and colleagues. The heroine of the Trilogy, Alice, shares a lot of traits with my little sister. But her name isn’t Alice.

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Lots of my characters are named after people I know, and some are randomly selected from news articles and social media. There are well over fifty characters in the trilogy, so I had to maintain a spreadsheet to remember them all!

 

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

It depends, but mostly I tend to just write everything that comes into my head in a stream of consciousness and then go back and edit as the story develops. That makes for as very labour-intensive editing process and a LOT of continuity checking, which makes my editor’s job a nightmare! However, when planning something as long as a three-novel story I tend to draft the outline of each chapter in bullet points and then fill in the details as I go along. That requires a spreadsheet to keep track of all the threads of the characters and I sometimes spend more time completing that than actually writing.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Margaret Atwood – I love her work and style of writing

Ian McEwan

Stephen King

Toni Morrison

Patrick Ness

 

But my favourites change a lot. I also love Fran Vick (and she’s pretty fabulous in person too).

 

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

As an author I’m pretty to have met some awesome ones but one I’ve not met – and this is kind of random – but probably Patrick Ness and I’d ask him say a few words as the character Manchee in The Knife of Never Letting Go. I’m keen to know how his voice sounds and whether it’s the same as is in my head.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

Absolutely – like many of my generation I read Enid Blyton voraciously, but I was interested in pretty much anything I could get my hands on. I found a copy of Robinson Crusoe when I was about five or six and read it each night under the covers by torchlight.

 

When did you start to write?

I’ve always written – but in the last eight years or so I started to write seriously. I began by submitting short stories to writing competitions and establishing myself as an author. It was then that the idea for the Paradigm Trilogy came to me.

 

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?

I wouldn’t want to rewrite the ending to anyone else’s book – it’s their story to tell. Plus, I have enough of my own work to do. I do wish I’d written 11.22.63 by Stephen King though. I love that book.

 

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

Hmmm….Tricky.

No, really, that’s what I’d call it, Tricky.

 

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

I’d definitely take Manchee the dog (see above) out for cocktails in Weston-Super-Mare.

 

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I used to be able to recite the dialling codes for every town in the UK. Not sure I still can now though, no-one’s asked me to for a very long time. Go on, ask me one.

 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve just started a new novel, based in the same sort of world as the Paradigm Trilogy but with a very different set of characters. One of them is a professional executioner. Not sure you get amateur ones but that’s his job.

 

Tell us about your last release?

The last book I released was The Storm Girl’s Secret, part three of the trilogy. It was so satisfying to complete such a large piece of work that has been germinating for many years. It was sad, writing the end as the characters have been a part of my life for so long, but I literally walked them off into the sunset. *sheds a single tear*

 

Do you have a new release due?

Not at the moment, but watch this space!

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Generally, I keep it relatively low-key – a nice meal out and some cocktails. Actually, lots of cocktails. When book three of the Paradigm trilogy was released my son was only ten days old so I was mostly on feeding and changing duty.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can follow me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cerialowe) or Twitter (@cerilowepetrask) – that’s always the best way to get hold of me!

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I am very good at musical statues – does that count?

 

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

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The Weighing Of The Heart by @PaulTOwen @ObliteratiPress #BlogTour #GuestPost #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Paul Tudor Owen’s The Weighing Of The Heart blog tour with Love Books Tours!

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Paul Tudor Owen, whose debut novel The Weighing of the Heart is published by Obliterati Press, explains why he chose to set his book in New York City

Like many people, I fell for New York before I’d ever set foot there.

Growing up 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in Manchester, for me New York was the city of impossible possibility described in The Great Gatsby, of underage drinking and comically hard-boiled teenage slang of The Catcher in the Rye, the place packed full of artists and writers and musicians in James Baldwin’s Another Country. It was the grimy, crime-plagued and thrilling grid of traffic depicted in Taxi Driver and Mean Streets, horns honking, neon swimming in the night.

It was the “voices leaking from a sad cafe” in Simon and Garfunkel’s Bleecker Street, and “music on Clinton Street all through the evening” in Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat. It was the home of Public Enemy and Edward Hopper. “Anything can happen now that we’ve slid over this bridge,” Fitzgerald wrote.

Every artist, musician, filmmaker or writer I loved from America – and many from much further afield – seemed to have either cut their teeth there or depicted it in their work. David Bowie and John Lennon lived there. It inspired PJ Harvey’s best album. Dylan Thomas died there. Jack Kerouac set off from there in On the Road.

But to me as a teenager, New York was as remote and out of reach as the moon. It was almost a fictional place – a set for some of the greatest works of art and literature of the 20th Century, many of which I was studying at the University of Sheffield.

The third year of my American Studies degree was spent abroad, at the University of Pittsburgh, and in January 2000 I visited New York for the first time.

Even the journey there gave me a sense of moving into a fictional world – my friends Tony and Heidi and I boarded the Greyhound in Pittsburgh just as Paul Simon’s characters do at the start of America. Heidi tapped me on the shoulder to wake me up early the next morning as the coach thundered along the overpass somewhere near Newark and the skyline of Manhattan came into view. I remember the Twin Towers, and the crush of buildings below, beside and around them compressed between the rivers. It seemed simultaneously instantly familiar and strangely unreal.

We stepped off the bus at the unlovely Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown. It was cold and grey and the streets were filthy. But we were walking the same sidewalks as the characters in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy and Don DeLillo’s Underworld; we were stepping straight into a song by Blondie or a scene from a Woody Allen film.

Not everyone in the streets around us was going to become the next Don DeLillo or Debbie Harry – of course not. But it felt to me like if the next Don DeLillo or Debbie Harry existed, they were probably here somewhere, toiling away in obscurity. I wanted to be part of it.

Over the next few years, after returning to the UK, I would try to visit New York as often as I could, and that feeling never wore off. The skyscrapers that are New York’s most potent emblem symbolised the city’s sense of infinite possibility for me – the layers of lives stacked one on top of another; the lateral thinking of just deciding to build straight up; the yearning I felt seeing the skyline from the airport or the rivers or the bridges. I hoovered up books and articles about the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, the Flatiron and the Twin Towers – especially after the horrifying destruction of the latter had made New York the focal point of a terrible geopolitical realignment in 2001.

Eventually, four years ago, just as I was beginning to come to terms with the fact that I would never live there, my girlfriend and I both managed to get jobs there, and in March that year I arrived at JFK airport with three enormous suitcases, and within a week or so had found an apartment on St Marks Place – where Jeff Buckley recorded Live at Sin-é, where William S Borroughs, Leon Trotsky and WH Auden all once lived (not together), where Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground ran their legendary night Exploding Plastic Inevitable and Billie Holiday and Miles Davis played at the Five Spot jazz club.

By that time, I had finished the first draft of my novel The Weighing of the Heart, my attempt to set down some of what I felt about New York in writing as I told the story of Nick, a young artist who steals a priceless painting from the wall of his landlords’ home on the Upper East Side. Nick moved to New York long before I did – how he feels about the city is how I imagined I would feel if I ever managed to live there. Life ended up imitating art.

But some things I got wrong. I discovered, embarrassingly behind time, that the city’s cultural centre of gravity had clearly moved from Manhattan across the river to Brooklyn – and had to rewrite scenes and references in the book as I redrafted the manuscript over the next three years. I found that the dome of the Chrysler Building – where I’d claimed there was a restaurant in the book – was actually the unlikely home to a number of dental surgeries, one of which I enthusiastically signed up to as soon as I could, getting six fillings for my trouble along with a spectacular panoramic view as I sat in the chair.

In the book, Nick, British like me, finds himself gradually beginning to feel like an American, but I never did – although I can see some of my friends are on their way along that path. And I found that being forced to reinvent yourself, something Nick embraces unreservedly from page one of The Weighing of the Heart, has downsides as well as upsides.

On the other hand there were one or two moments in the book that I’d invented from whole cloth that ended up playing out in real life – for example the startling sight of a goods train barrelling through our local subway station late one night.

And when Nick describes how “out past the flat roof almost all the skyscrapers had disappeared into mist, just the odd coloured light blinking groggily here and there”, and “feels exultantly what the New Yorkers of a hundred years ago must have felt, two hundred, three hundred, that this island and this city was theirs to create from scratch,” that was how I felt, looking out at “the ragged buildings in front of the park, windows sparkling, plate glass reflecting the last fragments of the sunset, the sheets of offices hanging high above the rushing streets … The enormous country was spread out behind us and New York was leading it like the prow of a ship.”

And there was an echo of my own first sight of New York, arriving on the Greyhound with Tony and Heidi in 2000, in the chapter when Nick describes his plane touching down for the first time at JFK: “the vast wall of skyscrapers like a gateway in the harbour, the Twin Towers its two gigantic gateposts.” It had become my second home.

Paul Tudor Owen in New York in 2000

Paul Tudor Owen with his wife Eleanor in the East Village, 2018

The view from the dentist’s in the Chrysler Building

• Paul Tudor Owen’s debut novel The Weighing of the Heart is published by Obliterati Press and has been nominated for the People’s Book Prize 2019 and the Not the Booker Prize 2019

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Blurb

Following a sudden break-up, Englishman in New York Nick Braeburn takes a room with the elderly Peacock sisters in their lavish Upper East Side apartment, and finds himself increasingly drawn to the priceless piece of Egyptian art on their study wall – and to Lydia, the beautiful Portuguese artist who lives across the roof garden.

But as Nick draws Lydia into a crime he hopes will bring them together, they both begin to unravel, and each find that the other is not quite who they seem.

Paul Tudor Owen’s intriguing debut novel brilliantly evokes the New York of Paul Auster and Joseph O’Neill.

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#ShesBack by Lisa Unwin & Deb Khan @shesback @UrbaneBooks #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on the She’s Back blog tour with Love Books Tours!

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

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The genesis of the book was Lisa’s own experience. She’d had a successful twenty year career as a management consultant but after taking a six year career break when her children were young, she found getting back on track very difficult. Impossible, in fact.

Deb was working as a consultant to lots of companies in the creative sector – advertising agencies, architects and the like. She knew the problems were just the same there. Together Lisa and Deb set about figuring out exactly how women could get their careers back on track.

The She’s Back book was the result of four years of research into exactly what the hurdles are and how to overcome them,

 

Could you tell us a little about the people who feature in your book?

The book is full of the stories of women and men we met along the way. People whose careers didn’t follow nice straight lines and who had to be inventive, creative and determined when it came to picking up again.

Our online survey reached over 1,300 women and we ran workshops with over 120. Added to which we met lots and lots of individuals )and drank a vast amount of coffee in the process).

 

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

The thought of writing 60,000 words was daunting, to say the least, so we began by breaking it down into chapters. Each chapter would talk about one aspect of the problem or the solution: we identified around 18 chapter headings which we thought of as 18 articles of around 3,000 words. Still not 60,000 but definitely more achievable.

We wrote around Lisa’s kitchen table, taking one chapter at a time. We like to write the way we speak so if ever it felt as thought the writing was becoming too “corporate” we’d stand up, pace around the table and say what we wanted to say out loud. And then write that down.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

(Lisa)

Margaret Atwood
Maya Angelou
Jane Austen
Salman Rushdie
Rohinton Mistry

 

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

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. What’s next?

(Deb) Great answer, I can’t top that.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

(Lisa)

Totally. All the classics. The Little Princess, What Katy Did, The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables – all very girly. But also Treasure Island, White Fang … I would hide up a tree in the garden so that I could finish a book.

 

When did you start to write?

Lisa My last “proper” job was as Director of Communication at Deloitte, so I had to write for that but the writing was a little dull. I think I first found my groove when I had to do a blog about the Beijing Olympics as part of the team that went out there.

Everyone else was writing about the sport …I tended to muse on why people who clearly had never done a day’s exercise were suddenly walking about wearing sports gear and the truly awful pastel colours of the kaghouls we were given when it rained.

Deb I’ve worked for myself for the last 20 years, and a lot of that has been about helping organisations and teams tell their story. I would craft and shape the narrative for architects, charities, marketing and creative agencies when they were pitching, and I would help leaders tell their stories. So I guess I’ve been writing, on and off, for the past 20 years. But never anything as ambitious as a book like this.

However, when I started working with Lisa, we clicked. We quickly found a way to write collaboratively, talking through the words on the page so they felt like speaking to an informed friend. It was a very rewarding process.

 

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?

Lisa

The end of a Fine Balance. They’d all live happily ever after.

A book I wish I’d written? The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg. Or anything by her really, sublime writing.

Deb

I would re-write the ending of Gone With The Wind. Scarlet becomes president.

 

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

Lisa

She’s Back: the inside story. I’m not very inventive when it comes to titles.

Deb

Do The Hustle.

 

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

Lisa

Anne of Green Gables. I think taking her to the Ritz would be a laugh.

Deb

Bernadette, from Where’d You Go Bernadette. I’d convince her to take up architecture again, and I think we’d get on.

 

What are you working on right now?

Lisa

Practising what I preach. I’m working on a new venture called the Reignite Academy which is providing paths back to work for “career break” lawyers.

Deb

I’ve just taken up a new role as VP of Culture at Kano, a creative tech company, so I’m helping lots of women in that industry. And I’m continuing to do what I’ve always done with my clients: creative inspiration, delivering business growth differently.

 

Tell us about your last release?

n/a

 

Do you have a new release due?

No

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Lisa

On publication day we had a fabulous party hosted by one of Deb’s ad agency clients and drank copious amounts of pousse rapiere (an orange liqueur from the south west of France that you mix with prosecco). Delicious.

Deb

The creative agency was Mother (who happen to be brilliant) and their brand was a perfect fit for us. We also had the luxury of a private dinner at Claridges, hosted by Annoushka Ducas, founder of Links London, and now running Annoushka Jewellery. Annoushka is a huge champion of women in work, and we had so many great women at that dinner, representing so many sectors.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

We have a Facebook group called She’s Back that’s pretty active, I’m also do quite a lot on LinkedIn, and we’re on instagram sporadically @shesbackuk

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I’m pretty proud of the fact that I found my creative flair in my fifties.

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Authors Info

ABOUT LISA UNWIN

She's back author Lisa Unwin
Lisa Unwin is the founder of She’s Back, a business whose purpose is to enable business to access the unique talent in women returning to work after an extended career break. A former partner with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Director of Brand and Communication at Deloitte, Lisa had a 20 year career in professional services prior to setting up She’s Back.

ABOUT DEB KHAN

She's Back Author Deb Khan

Deb Khan combines two successful careers, leveraging her background in the creative arts. She has a proven track record affecting change across a wide range of businesses in the Advertising & Media, Technology, Charity & Education sectors. Deb is a results driven Trainer, Workshop Leader, Facilitator & Coach.

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The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson (Author) @AuthorDThompson & Connor Edwards (Illustrator) #BookReview

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Having read and LOVED The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale, I was only too happy to read and review The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson and what another fabulous book it is!

If you and your children enjoy wonderfully imaginative, rhyming stories then you will LOVE this book. It is unique and highly entertaining with a very important message for us all.

Such excellent use of language. I have a few new favourite words now! This author has a natural way with words.

The illustrations are just awesome and compliment the story perfectly. Daniel Thompson and Connor Edwards make an excellent team and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. This is most definitely another book of theirs which I will happily buy for nieces, nephews and friends.

I recommend to all with younger children. Mine are 19 and 17, although I’m sure they’d both still enjoy it all the same.

Many thanks to Daniel Thompson for my gorgeous review copy.

I will treasure it and plan to pass it on to my future grandchildren (hopefully, if we’re blessed with any. Not too soon though!).

 

ICYMI…..

The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale by Daniel Thompson @AuthorDThompson #BookReview #childrensbook

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The Calibre Of Death (A DCI Timothy mystery, Book 5) by Alison Lingwood #BookReview

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The Calibre Of Death is book 5 in the DCI Timothy mystery series and I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole series!

In this book we are treated to another suspenseful murder mystery. The story is set in Staffordshire when the HS2 rail link is becoming a very real possibility and not everyone is pleased about it. Aasa Heald is visiting from London for a meeting which has to be cancelled, so she finds herself having coffee with a local elderly lady by the name of Thelma Hodgson. Thelma has found herself in a very difficult situation having been deceived out of all she owns by two less than honest excuses for human beings claiming to be long lost family. Maybe Aasa would be able to help? She doesn’t get a chance though as she is shot dead right there at their table in the café. No-one is able to save her, and no-one knows where the bullets were fired from. I can’t even imagine witnessing such an horrific act of violence.

DCI Christopher Timothy and his team have their work cut out trying to piece together a very confusing puzzle. Who locally would want this woman dead? Was she even the intended target?

As well as investigating murder, Chris has his teenager sister-in-law, Florence, staying with them as her alcoholic mother has gone to a clinic for help. This brings its own challenges for their little family, especially as Florence seems to have befriended their main suspect!

Nothing is ever straight forward, but it all comes together with dedication and determination. Another excellent police procedural.

I LOVED the last chapter, although tinged with sadness. Exciting times ahead for the Timothy family. I can’t wait to read book 6!

 

New to this series?

I recommend you start with book 1…..

 

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Ryder On The Storm by Ray Clark @T1LOM #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Ray Clark’s Ryder On The Storm blog tour, with Love Books Tours!

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

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

From an early age I have loved stories, firstly listening to them, and eventually wanting to write them. My first came when I was at school and if I remember correctly it was a story I entered as part of my English ‘O’ level. I remember you had to submit something like 6 stories. I put forward one I had started writing a couple of years previously and had never finished. At the time, I still couldn’t finish it. I think I had run of out steam. I rushed and pretty much put any old ending to it. Many, many years later I stumbled across it, read through it, and decided I could make a far better job of it – because I had more patience. I even gave it a title – One Rainy Night, which eventually became part of the collection, A Devil’s Dozen. Since then I have written many stories, and a number of novels. I am also the author of the Gardener/Reilly books, known as the IMP series.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

This sounds awful but whenever that question is pitched to me the answer is always the same: usually other people. I don’t mean I plagiarise other people’s work but often they will make a throwaway comment and I will seize upon it. One classic example was a conversation between a friend and myself about a classic, 60’s sci-fi series, Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone. I absolutely loved it. So did he, and he said to me, I’ve seen loads of those but I’ve never seen the same one twice. I replied, neither have I. When I asked a number of other people, they all said the same thing. I simply had to write something. The title was Lost & Found, and if I remember correctly that was also part of A Devil’s Dozen – or it might have been A Detective’s Dozen.

 

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

Only once: all my characters are usually fictitious with either a little bit of me or a hint of someone I know. Only once did I ever use a colleague. His mannerisms and his speech pattern were far too good and far too funny to ignore. I suppose if he ever finds out he’ll have a few choice words for me. He featured in the second book in the IMP series, Imperfection, which was set in the world of film and theatre, featuring a killer who had an obsession with the one time film idol, Lon Chaney, who was so good with make-up that he was dubbed, The Man of a Thousand Faces, which the killer was able to use to great advantage. The research on that book was very absorbing and time consuming but I learned so much about a world I love, allowing me to blend fact and fiction to support what I wanted to say. I suppose I’m giving far too much away now but he had a minor role, looking after the stage door of the theatre where the first murder took place, on the stage, in front of the audience, prompting the question that if your killer was that good with a make-up bag, how were you going to catch him?

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Names are very important, and I simply don’t think you can pluck them out of thin air: you really have to think about them. I believe that the plot and time period that you’re writing about play a very important role. When I wrote Seven Secrets, the lead role had to have a very old-fashioned detective who used old-fashioned policing methods to solve his crimes. I knew that he was going to be approaching retirement age and he’d never had an unsolved crime. After some serious thought, a very simple name of Arthur White dropped into my head and it fitted perfectly. As did his young sidekick, Stuart Robinson, who was the polar opposite of White. Strangely enough, for the IMP series, which have been my most successful crime novels, I really can’t remember how I came up with Stewart Gardener – how bad is that?

 

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

It’s quite a long one for me because I such a stickler for detail. The whole process will take me something around a year. I’m usually inspired by a throwaway comment in a conversation. I know when it’s going to work for me because the comment will continue to spin around in my head, and then I find myself adding to it. Before long I’ll have lost of pieces of paper all over my desk. Once I decide to put them all on the computer in a file and I can finally make sense of those mad ramblings, I join them up into some kind of skeletal framework. And then I start to get really serious with the research. I usually have around 150 pages of ideas, which include plot, synopsis, characters, and a variety of other bits and bobs, before I actually start writing the novel. The beauty of that for me, with all those notes, it virtually writes itself.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Peter James.
Graham Masterton.
Nigel McCrery.
Peter Lovesey.
L.S. Hilton.

 

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

If you’d asked me that question two or three years ago I would probably have gone for one of the past masters like H.G. Wells, or Bram Stoker, but today it has to be L.S. Hilton, author of the trilogy that has become a global phenomenon. First you had Maestra, then Domina, and finally Ultima. The books have been described as The Talented Mr. Ripley meets Fifty Shades of Grey. I would simply have to ask what one thing inspired those novels. I might be tempted to ask her what experience she had to write those novels but I might end up with a black eye.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

Not really. I don’t think I started to take a real interest in reading until I started school, and even then it was later in life, around the age of eleven when you were properly introduced to books in your English classes, when the teacher would read a book to the class. I think one of the earliest I took an interest in was John Stienbeck’s Of Mice And Men. After that I think it was Black Beauty, but the one that really caught my interest was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

 

When did you start to write?

Definitely at school, around the time of my ‘O’ levels. I remember having to submit 6 pieces of fiction. One of those stories featured an old stationmaster, out in the sticks, checking and locking the station for the night in the middle of a torrential thunderstorm when suddenly he comes face to face with an intruder. I got so carried away building that story up that I couldn’t finish it: I had no ending, I didn’t know where to go. I remember rushing something down. It was many years later that I revisited it and I did know where I was going, so it ended up with the title, One Rainy Night and was the first story in the collection A Devil’s Dozen.

 

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Lots of them. When I read The Manitou by Graham Masterton I simply couldn’t believe anyone on the planet could capture my imagination so much. Straight after that I picked up a couple of his political thrillers entitled, Ikon and Sacrifice, and I was so absorbed by the quality of his writing and the conviction of the plot that I actually started to believe what he was saying: that America was being run by Russia.

 

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

I think there’s only one title it could be, The Lord of Misrule. The only problem there is, I would be stepping on the toes of the acting legend, Christopher Lee.

 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve literally just finished writing a new cross genre novel entitled Spirit. Last year, I took a trip to Romania, a country I’ve always wanted to visit because I seem to remember spending my childhood watching old Universal and Hammer horror films, most of which were set in Transylvania. I realise that neither cast nor crew were anywhere near the place and most – if not all – of the films were made at Bray Studios. But the atmosphere and the haunting sets drew me in.

I joined eleven other people on a guided tour and we had the most fabulous time, taking in all the popular locations and sights, Bran Castle being one of them, reportedly the home of Dracula. On a visit to a small village called Viscri, where time has stood still since the dawn of mankind, the guide was drawn into conversation with one of my fellow travellers, where I overheard him mention an old custom for exorcising ghosts in Romania. The conversation would not leave my head and as the rest of the party knew I was an author, we all found ourselves discussing possible ideas for the book whenever we met up for food and drink.

The trap was set and I simply had to write something. When I came home I immersed myself into the research, which is always my favourite part of any book. A year later, the end result is a 400-page cross genre novel set in Whitby (also reportedly the home of Dracula), entitled Spirit, which also gave me the chance the revisit (six years later) the characters from Seven Secrets.

 

Tell us about your last release?

The last one was the third book in the IMP series, entitled, Implant, featuring detectives Gardener and Reilly. The idea came from a book talk I was giving locally, and in the audience were a number of young people – some of them teenagers, which is quite staggering because you don’t really think of them as book readers. They are, but they do it in a different way – on their phones. In fact, they pretty much run their whole lives on phones, which I find quite amusing. I spoke to a number of them afterwards and I couldn’t believe how much trust they placed in those small gadgets. An idea suddenly struck me, what if someone was clever enough to use that machine against them – possibly even control their lives before finally taking it?

Synopsis

Bramfield, near Leeds, a sleepy little market town nestled on the borders of West and North Yorkshire.
Monday morning, as the clock strikes 9:00, Detectives Stewart Gardener and Sean Reilly discover the naked corpse of Alex Wilson, nailed to the wall of a cellar in his uncle’s hardware store. His lips are sewn together and his body bears only one mark, a fresh scar near his abdomen.
Above his head are two plain white envelopes. They do not contain any answers – only further problems, especially when they find out the scar is hiding a very sinister secret.
Within twenty-four hours, they have one body, one suspect – with a motive but no evidence – and a number of other possible suspects.
But they’re all missing.
Within forty-eight hours, their investigation results in dead ends, more victims: no suspects and very little in the way of solid evidence.
Gardener and Reilly have a problem and a question on their hands: are the residents of Bramfield prepared for one of history’s most sadistic killers, The Tooth Fairy?

 

Do you have a new release due?

Yes, in fact it came out July 1st. Ryder On The Storm was inspired by an article in a local publication I have, entitled, Heroes, Victims & Villains of Leeds, written by Stephen Wade, a writer who specialises in the history of crime and law. The article was all about an unsolved crime in 1855 when police found a body on the line of the Lancashire to Yorkshire Railway near the Bowling Tunnel:

Synopsis:

When builder Terry Johnson spots what he thinks is a bargain he can’t resist but to succumb to temptation. The large, detached house stands on the side of a railway track and would be perfect for his needs … and it’s cheap! But Billington Manor has a very tainted history, and the grounds upon which it stands were part of an unsolved murder back in the 1850’s. Terry is about to discover that the road to hell is not always paved with good intentions.
Based upon a true incident, Ryder On The Storm is a stand-alone supernatural crime novella, featuring one of the characters from the IMP series, desk sergeant Maurice Cragg.

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

To be honest I don’t really do much of anything special these days. If it’s going to be anything, a meal and a glass or two of wine with a small group of friends often hits the spot.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

The best way is through my website (www.thelordofmisrule.net). There is a contact page on there. I do also have an Amazon page, as well as a Facebook and Twitter account, so there are any numbers of ways.

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

When I’m not writing I am usually heavily involved in music. I pretty much grew up as a working musician cutting my teeth on the workingmen’s club scene in Hull. My interest in music has continued to this day and I still do live performances but these days it mostly in theatres and for charity, raising money and awareness for the OPA (Oesophageal Patients Association). They are a small charity that receive little or no government backing but it’s a pleasure working with them. One of the patrons is Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade.

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

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Blurb

When builder Terry Johnson spots what he thinks is a bargain he can’t resist but to succumb to temptation. The large, detached house stands on the side of a railway track and would be perfect for his needs … and it’s cheap!
But Billington Manor has a very tainted history, and the grounds upon which it stands were part of an unsolved murder back in the 1850s. Terry is about to discover that the road to hell is not always paved with good intentions.
Based upon a true incident, Ryder On The Storm is a stand-alone supernatural crime novella from the author of the IMP series, featuring desk sergeant Maurice Cragg.

 

Buy Link 

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