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Noireland Is Back For 2020

Noireland International Crime Festival, BelfastA new year, a new line up and a new venue, Noireland is officially back with a bang.

Taking place on Saturday 28th March, this packed one day event will be taking place at its new home at the Clayton Hotel, Belfast.

The event sees the return of some of Northern Ireland’s finest authors as well some authors that have already graced the Northern Ireland crime scene such as Ann Cleeves and Liz Nugent.

They have also crammed in bestselling author, Mark Billingham, as well as a walking tour, a special screening of ‘Odd Man Out’ the wonderful Jack-a-noir-y and even a creative writing morning which promises to be informative, affordable and useful to all aspiring crime writers.
 
This year’s NOIRELAND is also full of exclusives – early releases from the likes of Steve Cavanagh, Brian McGilloway and Jane Casey. Plus, a sneak preview of Adrian McKinty’s new Sean Duffy novel at Jack-a-noir-y.

Check out the ‘At a Glance’ NOIRELAND programme to find out what’s on in our ‘Writers’ Morning’, ‘Noirish Afternoon’ and ‘Noirish Night of Stars’.

Adele Parks Reveals New Book – Just My Luck

Just My LuckDouble exciting news for fans of Adele Parks as she’s just announced a new three book deal with HQ Stories, as well as her new book for 2020 called ‘Just My Luck’.

What the back cover says –

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

After Adele’s previous book called ‘Lies Lies Lies’ was a number one bestseller, ‘Just My Luck’ sounds just as thrilling.

You can pre-order ‘Just My Luck’ from Amazon and will be avaialble to buy from good bookshops from 10th December 2020.

Milly Johnson Reveals New Book – My One True North

My One True NorthMilly Johnson has just announced her book for 2020 called ‘My One True North’

What the back cover says

Laurie and Pete should never have met.

But fate has pushed them together for a reason.

Six months ago, on the same night, Laurie and Pete both lost their partners.

Struggling to manage the grief, they join the same counselling group – and meet each other.

From their sadness, Pete and Laurie find happiness growing and they sense a fresh new beginning.
Except, the more they talk, the more they begin to spot the strange parallels in their stories.
Then Pete discovers a truth that changes everything.

But, as surely as a compass points north, some people cannot be kept apart.

‘My One True North’ is a story of friendship and what love means, of secrets uncovered, teashops on corners and the northern lights.

You can pre-order ‘My One True North’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 5th March 2020.

C.L Taylor Reveals New Book – Strangers

StrangersIf you loved ‘Sleep’ by C.L Taylor, then great news as she has revealed her new book for 2020 called ‘Strangers’.

What the back cover says –

Ursula, Gareth and Alice have never met before.

Ursula thinks she killed the love of her life.
Gareth’s been receiving strange postcards.
And Alice is being stalked.

None of them are used to relying on others – but when the three strangers’ lives unexpectedly collide, there’s only one thing for it: they have to stick together. Otherwise, one of them will die.

Three strangers, two secrets, one terrifying evening.

I don’t know about you, but this is definitely one of the books of 2020 that I’m really looking forward to reading.

You can pre-order ‘Strangers’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 2nd April 2020.

How I wove fact and fiction into The Lace Maiden by Evie Grace

Evie GraceOn the book tour for Evie Grace’s new book called ‘The Lace Maiden’, Evie talks about she wrote about fact and fiction in her story.

As a writer it’s all too easy to be sucked into doing hours of research because it’s so fascinating, but what do you do with all those amazing snippets of information? When I was writing The Lace Maiden, I was sorely tempted to include them all, but then Louisa’s story would have read as a series of facts and dates, like an academic history book. I had to rein in my enthusiasm and plan how to weave fact and fiction together.

Fact can be defined as something that is perceived to be true, rather than being the actual truth. When I was researching the history of England’s smugglers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, I was aware that the information I read wasn’t often written as it happened, the facts having been altered over the years by the telling and retelling of real events. Therefore, some of the sources I was looking at were probably fictional, something feigned or a product of the writer’s imagination.

My interest in Deal – the town in which I set The Lace Maiden – and the smugglers who ran contraband from France to the Kent coast was piqued by the story of the Aldington gang who came to the fore in the 1820s. Some accounts of smuggling romanticised the bravery and enterprise of the men and women who ran goods while others told what I think is a more accurate tale of threats, skulduggery and violence.

I was keen to link Louisa’s story in The Lace Maiden with the Aldington gang, but I didn’t for two reasons.

Firstly, they were just too unpleasant – they hid the bodies of their adversaries in wells, for example, and murdered Revenue officers. There was no way I could feel any respect or empathy for them, and I wouldn’t have enjoyed writing about them – I hope my readers feel the same!

Secondly, having read more about Deal and how its fortunes rose during the Napoleonic Wars, I decided this was a more exciting era in which to set The Lace Maiden. Involved in shipbuilding and equipping the naval fleet, Deal was a thriving port and army town.

The Lace Maiden

Many people moved in, the population expanding rapidly. The bootmakers, ropemakers, market gardeners, chandlers and provisioners flourished. The smugglers found lucrative work in smuggling illegal imports of cognac, lace and silks from France to England and taking escaped French prisoners of war and gold in the opposite direction across the Channel. After Napoleon was defeated, trade dropped off and the people of Deal suffered greatly from an economic depression with many families becoming dependent on the poorhouse to save themselves from starvation.

When writing about Deal, I chose to use some real places, some of which can still be found today on a stroll through the town, but I also added fictional ones when the story required them. For example, the Three Kings on the seafront where Nelson once stayed is now the Royal Hotel, but there is no evidence that a building in Walmer that was once known as the Rattling Cat was ever an inn. I liked the name so much though that I turned it into one and moved it into Deal.

I’ve had a lot of fun weaving fact and fiction into The Lace Maiden, and still have plenty of information to use in the next book in the series, The Gold Maiden.

Happy reading!
Evie x

You can ‘The Lace Maiden’ from Amazon