30 June 2016

Q&A INTERVIEW WITH OWEN MULLEN PLUS GIVEAWAY

This morning I am excited that Owen Muller has dropped by my blog to take part in my Q&A interview. Owen is author of Charlie Cameron Series which I highly recommend. I also have a very special giveaway up for grabs. Owen has kindly offered a signed copy of the first two in the series. For your chance to win please share or Tweet this post. So with without further ado I would like to welcome Mr Owen Muller.




Morning thank you for joining me this morning

Thank you for inviting me, I am delighted to be here


Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I am Scottish, from a town outside Glasgow. My early life was all about music; I was a professional musician both in Scotland and London - everybody involved in music went to London at some point. I have been lucky enough to play with some really good people, some who went on to be famous (and no, I'm not telling you their names). In London I worked as a session singer but eventually went back home. Then I became an education junkie and went on to start my own marketing and design business. Ten years ago I started writing.

When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? and how did you go about it?
I woke up one morning  and decided I would do it; and that's the truth. First thing I wrote was a short story, after that I went straight into writing full length novels.

Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
My books are in crime fiction/thriller/mystery and the audience who will get the most from them are people who enjoy character driven stories with lots of twists - and a fair dash of sex drugs and rock 'n 'roll.

What is your writing process? and how long does it take?
I start with a core idea and sometimes a title. I usually have the beginning and the ending - from there I am just looking for that pesky 70,000 words in between.  I normally write around 6 hours a day and it usually takes 3-4 months. Of course, that was before I went indie. Now every hour has somebody's name on it.

Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
The characters are fictional but something rubs off from every person I've ever met.

Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
Yes. For example, the day before I started writing Old Friends and New Enemies I was at Luss with my wife. A bunch of kids were diving off the pier and an old guy was painting his fence blue. Both of those appear in the book.

  What research do you do?
Tons. Whatever I need. I have had an idea for a long time for a story set in Marrakech. To get background I have made 3 trips there. I read, use the Internet, talk to people who know what I need to know; take notes, study maps and lots of photograph taking.

Who would you like to co-write with and why?
I would like to co-write with my wife because she is just brimming with ideas and understands my style so well; but she insists that I'm the writer.

What's your favorite book?
I've read A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul 3 times so I guess I must like it.

What's your favorite food?
Indian and Thai. As they say in Glasgow - I could murder a curry.

What's your favorite film?
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - it always makes me laugh.

What's your favorite song?
All Right Now by Free and Dixie Chicken by Little Feat

How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?

My author pages on Amazon and Goodreads. youtu.be/aOn5WSbP2C0  Twitter @OwenMullen6 and facebook.com/owenmullen10



29 June 2016

All The Missing Girls By Megan Miranda

All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All The Missing Girls is a story about the disappearances of two young girls told a decade apart-in reverse. Very intriguing I have to say Megan Miranda as took a risk writing a story in this I actually thought to myself how is going to work and I couldn't wait to get started and OMG I loved it I couldn't put it down.

Its been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her hometown after the disappearance of best friend Corinne. She is back again to tie up lose ends and care for her father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corrine's case. So the story is told backwards Day 15 to Day 1 with each chapter titled what day we are on until we reach the beginning again. Original or what?!

This story takes you on a journey like you've never been on before revealing shocking truths friends and family and what really happened to Corinne ten years ago. I was on tender hooks that's for sure keeping me guessing every page I turned. Without a doubt one unique story full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. This is what a psychological thriller is all about!

This is a must read for all crime fans that love a page turner I highly recommend it giving it 5 stars.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.







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27 June 2016

THE VAULT BY KAREN LONG ~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~

THE VAULT
BY KAREN LONG
Genre: Mystery / thriller / crime
Eleanor Raven Series: 2
VAULT: A large room or chamber used for storage of valuables, especially an underground one…

In the unrelenting heat of the Toronto summer, a fire at a land-fill site uncovers the remains of a local prostitute. But the post-mortem reveals disturbing details –the body has been preserved and is not who or what it seems.

DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she’s carrying deep scars – mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
As Eleanor battles her own demons, it looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruesome human collection. And Eleanor’s fight to save the last victim of the Collector becomes a battle to save herself.

Praise for the first novel in the Eleanor Raven series:
Most fictional detectives these days have to have a ‘thing’ to set them apart from the others, and Raven’s is one of the most original for a long time. The plot moves in some unexpected directions, and builds to a genuinely exciting climax. The Safe Word is an impressive, confident debut. Convincing characters and some nice twists make for a compelling, satisfying thriller, and I look forward to seeing what’s next for Eleanor Raven. Killing Time



My thoughts
After reading The Safe Word and loving it  I couldn't wait to read the Vault which is the second book in the Eleanor Raven series. Which I Devoured in one day.This one dark gritty read, I absolutely love this series.
So in The Vault DI Eleanor Raven is back on duty six months after barely surviving being kidnapped and tortured by a depraved serial killer. Work is her sanctuary but she’s carrying deep scars – mental as well as physical. Where do you go when the place you feel safest is also the place where you are most at risk?
As Eleanor battles her own demons, it looks as though a killer in the city is making a gruesome human collection. And Eleanor’s fight to save the last victim of the Collector becomes a battle to save herself.
I was totally gripped from the first page Karen Long certainly knows how to keep the reader's attention. In this story we get to know more of Eleanor. I love her dark strong original character she has issues but I can totally relate to her nothing in her life is plain sailing which is one of the things that makes this series unique. I can't wait to see how her relationship develops with Detective Whitefoot and I feel there is a lot more to come with his character has we don't really know his past.   

This can definitely be read as a standalone although it's too good a series not to read The Safe Word first. Which  I highly recommend giving it 5 massive stars. Karen Long is certainly an author to look out for. I can't wait to read the next installment.


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ABOUT KAREN LONG
Karen Long was born and raised in the English midlands, educated at Bangor University and taught English and Drama for fifteen years. During her teaching years she studied biology and neurology with the Open University and this interest in medicine, forensics and forensic psychology is reflected in her writing. She is an enthusiastic traveller and has spent time in Toronto, which became the backdrop and inspiration for The Safe Word.  
She is a keen amateur naturalist with a deep and abiding love for the crow family. She has dedicated time, love and several fingers in an effort to rehabilitate crows, magpies, rooks and ravens.   
Karen is happy to correspond with readers and can be contacted through her website KarenLongWriter.com, where she posts regular blogs. 
The Safe Word is Karen's first novel and was an Amazon bestseller, later joined by the second in the Eleanor Raven series, The Vault. Karen is working on the third novel in the series.
AUTHOR LINKS
All author or review enquires please contact Karen Long’s Personal Assistant J.B. Johnston – brookbooks@hotmail.co.uk


Did you know that Eleanor Raven is also online?
check out THE SAFE WORD!


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24 June 2016

#Blogival Festival Hunt For The Enemy by Rob Sinclair

I’m delighted to be taking part in the #Blogival Festival organised by Click Street for the second time this week. This time with a 5 star review for Hunt For The Enemy which is the third book in the  Enemy series which is available on Amazon



The Book
They've erased his past. Wiped out his very existence. But Carl Logan isn't finished yet.


On the run in a harsh Russian winter, Logan - once an invaluable asset but now branded a traitor - has been framed for murder. His own firm, the secretive Joint Intelligence Agency, have labeled him a rogue operative after two decades of loyal service. The agency is hunting him down... and they're not the only ones.


But there's much more at stake than just Logan's life. One by one, agents and informants from all sides, all allegiances, are dying. And Carl Logan is the only man who can put a stop to it, once and for all.


My thoughts


OMG what a grande finale having read all three books and loving them all this one without a shadow of a doubt is the best one. It totally blew me away.


In Hunt For the enemy we catch up with Carl Logan who is on the run for being framed for murder. Each book in the series left me wanting to know more about Carl Logan and the author certainly gives us that in this story. Where we see more of an insight to his past and the trilogy is nicely woven together.


Again it is a very gripping page turner full of action and some very gritty scenes.With some nicely added surprises which I loved. Rob Sinclair is very talented writer and knows how to keep the reader entertained. I have to say I am totally gutted this series has come to an end. Or has it?!

I found myself on the edge of my sit with the ending. This has to be the best trilogy I have read this year and fans of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne will love it. I highly recommend it giving it 5 massive stars.


THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE BY MELANIE ROBERTSON-KING ~~~~~BLOG TOUR~~~~~

THE SECRET OF HILLCREST HOUSE
BY MELANIE ROBERTSON-KING
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 16, 2016
Publisher: King Park Press
Sometimes there’s more to a house than bricks and mortar.
Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.
Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.
Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel The Secret of Hillcrest House?
Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel serves up a delightful blend of the supernatural and spicy romance, Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural, & The Accusers

Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat twist in the tale make this riveting reading, Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit Author
A fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending, Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle's Time, Moria's Time, Adelle's Time, & Logan's Time.

EXCERPT


The wind picked up making it difficult for Jessica to return the contents to the pouch. As she turned to place them in her purse, a face and hands appeared in the window over the side porch. “There’s someone in there,” she gasped, pointing to the location.
“Keys. I’ll need them unless you want me to break in.”
Transfixed by the image, Jessica couldn’t look away. She extended her arm and dropped her ring holding her house and car keys into his hand.
“You stay here,” he ordered before sprinting to the front of the house.
The face appeared to be that of a young child. After a few minutes, the image faded. She blinked thinking it vanished because she’d stared at it for so long, but even that didn’t help.
Frightened by the disappearance, she dashed after the officer.
When she stepped through the door, the pungent smells of damp and stale assailed her nostrils. Out of habit, Jessica reached for the light switch. She discovered an old-fashioned push button one indicative of knob and tube wiring. That was another expense she wasn’t prepared for.
At one time, the dark wainscoting in the foyer shone. Now it was dull, dingy and covered with dust. The paint above it and on the ceiling had peeled and curled. Flakes littered the floor and stairs. She grabbed a loose piece of paint from the wall and gave it a tug. It pulled away with little resistance.
Two large rooms stood on either side of the main hall. Jessica entered the one to her left. Pocket doors, off their tracks, cut off part of the large doorway. Yellowed wall and ceiling paper hung from crazy angles. The plaster it once covered now exposed. Sheets covered the furniture. At one time, they had been white but now, layered with dust. Jessica thumped her hand down on the back of a sofa forcing a cloud of the grubby powder into the air. Choking, she scurried out and into the room across the corridor.
It, too, was in the same state but in here, boards didn’t cover the windows. Sun shone through grimy panes of glass, and dust particles floated in the air trapped by the beams of light.
The sound of footfalls on the stairs echoed through the house. Jessica turned. She gasped and clapped her hand over her mouth. On the back of a sheet-covered sofa, lay a pristine, long-stemmed red rose.
The officer stepped into the room, securing his truncheon to his belt. “I thought I told you to stay outside.”
She didn’t reply. Stood shaking and pointing at the flower. Tried to speak but no sound came out. The room started swimming in front of her eyes. Her mouth went dry. She felt cold and clammy.
Jessica came to outside on the verandah with no idea how she got there or what happened.
“You fainted,” the cop said. “I caught you before you fell and brought you out into the fresh air.”
She stared at him and nodded only half understanding what he told her.
“By the way, I’m Alain Fournier.” He flashed a smile revealing brilliant white, perfect teeth. “And you are?”
“J-Jessica Maitland.”
“There was no one anywhere in the house. I’ve checked it from top to bottom.”
“But …,” she sagged against his shoulder.
How could that be? She saw the face in the window and the hands pressed against the glass. If no one had been inside the house, how did that rose get there? It was fresh. Not wilted. It made no sense. Her mind had to be playing tricks on her. Tired from the long drive and concentrating on the GPS directions, all she wanted was sleep.


My Thoughts

I jumped at the chance to read this, as I love a good ghost story. And this is a Ghost story with a difference, a spice of romance I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.....I loved it.

In this story we meet Jessica Maitland new owner of Hillcrest house with strange visions appearing in the window of the second floor stranger things happen inside the walls! Non of the owners stay long but will Jessica be able to unravel the dark secret that lies within the house?!

I was hooked from the start with creepy descriptions and a mystery unraveling throughout the story that had me guessing until the end. And of course the romance, who doesn't love a bit of romance throw in.

I love the authors style of writing i found this a quick and easy fun read and I will  be looking out for more of Melanie Robertson-King in the future.

This is one fresh unique story that I highly recommend giving it 4.5 stars.

Thank you to Brook Cottage Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review.








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ABOUT MELANIE ROBERTSON-KING




Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the orphanage where he was raised.


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


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22 June 2016

Q&A Interview with Helen J.Christmas

Today I am very excited that Helen J. Christmas author of Same Face Different Place series has dropped by my blog to take part in my Q&A Interview. So without further ado I would like to welcome Helen J. Christmas.




Can you tell us a little about yourself and background?
I am an avid reader and writer, with a passion for good stories. I’m lucky to be living in an idyllic 17th Century thatched cottage with my husband, Peter where we run our own web design business from home. We share our cottage with an overweight fluffy white cat called Theo and a border collie called Barney and as we live right near the sea, I enjoy taking him for lovely walks along the beach (which is the idea for my first series of books began.) I trained in marketing and graphic design and worked for a number of different companies before my husband and I decided to go self-employed.


When did you know that you wanted to become a writer? And how did you go about it?
I’ve always been a writer from the time I wrote an illustrated book of fairy stories at the age of six! In my teens, I wrote comic stories and experimented with different genres throughout my adulthood. I even wrote a few articles for local magazines as well as impassioned letters to a local newspaper. Writing seems to be ingrained in my soul.


How did I go about it? I was thinking about my current book series long before I started writing it (wondering if I would ever have time) but there came a weekend when I just knew I was ready. I found myself on a loose end, one Sunday, got the laptop out and I just went for it. 12 months later, I self-published my debut novel ‘Beginnings’ on Amazon.


Can you tell us what genre your books are and the audience you write for?
My books don’t slot neatly into any one genre. My series ‘Same Face Different Place’ is a mystery that stretches over four decades; the first book, ‘Beginnings,’ is part romance and part thriller set in the ganglands of 1970s London. The second book ‘Visions’ is more a psychological thriller. Though there are crime elements, I don’t consider it a crime thriller. It does contain elements of social history to depict each decade - it is very dark and depicts a corrupt world so I think it also falls under the banner of British Noir.


What is your writing process? And how long does it take?
I love writing and try and fit some into every day. I am working hard on my fourth book now and trying to finish the series. Early mornings work best for me as there are no distractions. My first book took me a year to complete from start to finish but as it was my first, my writing style did improve and I did another edit on it last year.


Books 2 and 3 took two years to each complete. Writing the first draft is always the fun part when you are developing story lines from a synopsis. After that, I go through several stages of editing. It is like a rough diamond that has to be honed down to perfection. I am lucky enough to have a few beta readers who give vital feedback before it goes live.


Are your characters based on anyone you know or are they just fictional?
They are all purely fictional though in truth, I get ideas from people I know in real life. People ask, which character is mine? I reply, there is a little of me in all of them, even the baddies! Human beings are complex and it takes the experiences and knocks in life to shape us into the people we are. People can also change. For example one of the characters one would imagine as ‘good’ turns bad through drug addiction; while one of the inherently ‘evil’ characters mellows, as a result of good fortune, family life and kids.


Have you wrote about a personal experience in your novels?
Woven into the story are social and political changes that have shaped my own life as well as the nature of Britain, such as the rise in house prices in the late 80s. Much of the detail in my books are things I remember myself while I was growing up and this provides an interesting backdrop for the whole series.


What research do you do?
Research to me has become as important as the writing process. I enjoy visiting the locations of my novels, especially London; the thrill of riding on the underground to research a scene where a chase takes place - sitting in the Old Bailey watching a murder trial to depict a court case in my 3rd book. Putting yourself in the setting of a book can be hugely inspirational and aids the writing process. Other than that, the internet is really useful for checking my facts including the music and TV of the time and I have a good book for researching the current affairs relevant to each year (The Visual History of Britain.) Recently, I have done a fair bit of research just by talking to people - from a long serving police officer to a retired army Colonel.


What's your favourite book?
It has to be ‘Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follet. His books are mostly thrillers, with a bit of romance thrown in but they are essentially about people. Although ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is a historic story set in medieval times, it depicts the best and worst of human nature. I like to think my own books do the same.


What's your favourite food?
I enjoy a good barbecue, especially grilled fish and salad. My most sinful favourite food is Pizza but I just love it, preferably oozing with lots of cheese.


What's your favourite music?
This may come as a surprise but I have always loved British dance music from 70s disco to 90s rave. In 2011 when I started writing ‘Beginnings,’ I discovered Drum and Bass and bought an album by ‘Chase and Status.’ It had a really dark, gangland feel about it! I also love the British group ‘Nero’ whose latest album is intensely emotional and has inspired lots of passion for Book 4, ‘Retribution’ which is due out next year.


How can readers find out more information about yourself and your books?
I have my own website http://www.samefacedifferentplace.com/ which has links to all my social networks.


Networking Links
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/author.helenchristmas/


Here’s the blurb to my debut novel, ‘Beginnings.’
A dark tale set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London; two young people who fall foul of a political conspiracy to end the life of a British MP. Dutch rock musician, Jake, is the only person who witnessed a suspicious scene, prior to a deadly car bomb explosion... now those responsible are plotting to have him killed. It is only when he is found in an underground cell and rescued by 16 year old Eleanor, he escapes to live another day. This is an intense and moving love story and the first book of a British mystery thriller series, ‘Same Face Different Place.’