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The Fear Book Tour – Extract

The FearToday I’m hosting the book tour for C.L Taylor’s brand new book, ‘The Fear’ and I’ve an extract from the exciting book.

We are sitting so close that, when he just changed gear, I had to lean to my left to avoid his forearm brushing mine. A wave of panic courses through me. The last time I was in a car with this man we were driving through France. But Mike doesn’t recognise me. He did a quick sweep of my body as I rounded the van, a casual appraisal any man might do to a woman he’s never met before, but there was no spark of interest when I opened the passenger door and got in. Why would there be? I’m a grown woman, not a child.

As he navigates his way back down to the road and up the muddy track to the barn he chatters away about nothing in particular – the weather, the flooding, the news. I nod and shrug but I’m not really listening. I can’t stop staring at his face.

He’s forty-nine now and his hair is more grey than black, but it’s still thick and wavy, cut short above the ears and at the nape of his neck. Deep lines stripe across his brow and fan out at the corner of his eyes. He looks old and tired.

I was afraid that all the feelings I’d had as a teenager would come flooding back and overwhelm me, but I don’t feel love or desire. Not even hate or fear. What I feel, as I look at his long, thick fingers curved over the steering wheel, is revulsion.
 
‘Here we are then.’ He pulls on the handbrake and turns off the engine. We’re in the yard. Parked up outside the barn.

This is just a small taster from an exciting book that was unsettling and exciting in equal parts.

You can pre-order The Fear from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.

The Fear By C.L Taylor

The Fear‘The Fear’ is by C.L Taylor.

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes. Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become changed, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itsee his prey.

The Fear is the latest book by CL Taylor and it’s another cracking story, filled with strong female characters and an extremely dislikable male lead, this story was thrilling from the very start.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Lou, a young woman who never really fully got over her first love. It left with her a deep, rooted fear that the man who groomed her when she was just 13 would return to her life. But, when she returns to her childhood home, she sees Mike, the man who tried to kidnap her with a young girl. Terrified, that history is going to repeat itself, Lou tries to reach out to Chloe, but it all ends disastrously, especially with Wendy after the pair of them seeking revenge.

The story is written in the past and present tense which gives a great insight into the characters. The sequences written in the past present are seen through Lou’s diary entries and I find these particularly interesting as they set the scenes perfectly, from Lou’s innocent eyes as they slowly widened to the world around her. Now, as a woman, she’s insecure and hesitant to relationships and tends to keep people at distance.

Meanwhile, Chloe is Mike’s latest victim, a typical teenager, who’s uncomfortable in her skin, he latches onto her insecurity and unhappiness and uses it to his advantage. Whilst Wendy, is angry woman with revenge on her mind, she’s vindictive and surprisingly quite witty, which adds unexpected sprinkling of humour to the story.

A chilling and powerful story that regularly made for unsettling reading. ‘The Fear’ is a smartly written tale, that focuses on grooming and the naive and innocent victims and how easy it is to fall into the wrong hands.

You can pre-order The Fear from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.

C.L Taylor Reveals New Book – The Fear

The Fear Exciting times for C.L. Taylor fans, as she has just revealed her new book called ‘The Fear’.

What the back cover says –

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.
Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.

Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become changed, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itsee his prey.

The million copy ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.

You can pre-order The Fear from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.

C.L Taylor’s Writers Tips

C.L. TaylorAuthor of ‘The Escape, C.L. Taylor shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

Don’t spend too much time writing and rewriting your first few chapters, keep writing until you reach the end. You may find that you have started the book in the wrong place and you need to cut your first few chapters.

C.L. Taylor

C.L. TaylorC.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and young son. She studied for a degree in Psychology at the University of Northumbria,Newcastle and has worked as a sales administrator, web developer, instructional designer and as the manager of a distance learning team at a London university. She now writes full time.

CL Taylor’s first psychological thriller ‘The Accident; was one of the top ten bestselling debut novels of 2014 according to The Bookseller. Her second and third novels, ‘The Lie’ and ‘The Missing’, were Sunday Times Bestsellers and #1 Amazon Kindle chart bestsellers. Her fourth psychological thriller, ‘The Escape’, will be published on 23 March 2017. She is currently writing her first young adult thriller, ’The Treatment’, which will be published in September 2017.

  1. To the readers of the blog, that may not be familiar with you or your writing, can tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing?
    My mum recently cleared out her attic and found a huge pile of books I’d written and illustrated as a child. When I was eight I sent one of them, ‘The Flower Friends and The Evil Weed’, to Ladybird publishers. They rejected it but they did send me a very nice letter with lots of useful advice like ‘Ask an adult to type it up for you’ and ‘Keep the illustrations on separate pages’. I tried again when I was eleven and was rejected again.

    I was thirty-five when my first book was published – A supernatural romantic comedy called ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (Orion). My second book, ‘Home for Christmas’, was published two years later (writing as Cally Taylor). Whilst on maternity leave with my son in 2012 I had an idea for a psychological thriller. That book, ‘The Accident’, was published in 2014. Since then I have written a psychological thriller a year – ‘The Lie’, ‘The Missing’, ‘The Escape’ – all published by Avon HarperCollins.

  2. Where do you get your ideas for your stories?
    A lot of my books are based on my fears – fear that an abusive ex will return, fear that friends could turn against me, fear that something could happen to my son. Other ideas are based on news reports I read and documentaries I watch or are just plucked out of thin air.
  3. The Escape

  4. If you were to start your own book club, what authors would you ask to join?
    I do have my own book club! OK, it’s an electronic book club where I review books that I think will be the next big thing (www.cltaylorauthor.com/newsletter) but if I could ask questions of any author I’d love to chat to Margaret Atwood and Maggie O’Farrell.
  5. What’s your favourite opening line from a book?
    ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ – ‘1984’, George Orwell. So much intrigue in one sentence!
  6. What’s your favourite part of the writing process?
    Holding the finished book in my hand. Coming a close second is brainstorming the idea initially. I love the adrenaline rush when an idea or scene that works pops into my brain.
  7. What do you think makes a good crime book?
    A strong mystery, perfect pace, intriguing characters and a killer ending.
  8. From books and films, who has been your favourite bad guy?
    ‘Dexter’! I love him.
  9. Out of all the books that you have written, which one is your favourite?
    I am most proud of ‘The Escape’. The more books I write the more I learn about what works, what doesn’t and where my strengths and weaknesses lie as a writer. Whenever I finish writing a book I am always a little disappointed that it doesn’t perfectly reflect the initial idea in my head. The Escape is the one book that comes closest to my initial idea.
  10. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    The Harry Potter series (is that cheating?), the complete works of Shakespeare, and ‘War and Peace’ (there’s no way I’m going to find the time to read it otherwise).
  11. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Don’t spend too much time writing and rewriting your first few chapters, keep writing until you reach the end. You may find that you have started the book in the wrong place and you need to cut your first few chapters.

    All writers reach points in their books when they become convinced that it’s awful and they should write something else instead. Typically these points are at 20,000, 40,000 and 60,000 words. Keep writing through your doubts. You can fix anything that isn’t working in the rewrite.

  12. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    Diet coke!
  13. And finally Cally do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website?
    This year I’ve also written a YA thriller – ‘The Treatment’ – which will be published by HarperCollins HQ on 19th October. I can’t say too much about it yet but if you loved my novel ‘The Lie’ this book should be right up your street!

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