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Perfect Death Book Tour – Extract

Perfect DeathOn the book tour for Helen Fields’ latest chilling book, sit back and enjoy an extract from ‘Perfect Death’, the third book in her DI Callanach series.

Taking lives was more complicated than people imagined. You didn’t just blunder in unprepared. He had to know he was capable of carrying Sean. A daily work out with dumbbells ensured that would be possible, and the exercise had the added effect of keeping his body toned and desirable. He wasn’t vain, but there was no point in false modesty. Good looks and taut muscles made life easier. Then there was fight or flight. Life was unpredictable. Better to imagine potential conflicts and prepare for them. He liked a fight though. Dominance. Exertion. But he knew when to run. The first lessons of his childhood – when to run, when to hide, when to remain silent. Staying in shape reduced the chances of capture.

Watching Sean warm up, he saw a man who prided himself on being jovial. There was a smile for everyone around him, one of those ‘what a wonderful world’ smiles too, nothing fake about it. Sean wanted to like and to be liked. That would make approaching him much easier. Manipulating him would be almost no challenge at all. A shame, really. Sean’s height and weight were the key to knowing how much sedative he would need for incapacitation. He didn’t want to kill him too quickly. That would give no satisfaction at all. Grief was best enjoyed slowly, a drip-drip-drip of emotion, and he wanted to be there to lick every tear from the face of Sean’s best beloved. There was more to do yet. Trust to be built. A fire to kindle. That made him think of Lily. He shut his eyes, willing himself not to be distracted by the memory. He studied Sean instead. There was something vital about him. Utterly intoxicating. His hands itched to hold him.

You can buy Perfect Death from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Lindsey Kelk Reveals New Book – One In A Million

One In A MillionI’m delighted to see that Lindsey Kelk is back with a new book called ‘One In A Million’.

What the back cover says –

Annie Higgins has 30 days to make Sam famous. But when the time’s up, will she choose followers and likes – or real relationships and love?

Tired of the advertising idiots across the hallway making fun of her business, social media specialist Annie Higgins (iPhone in one hand, glass of wine in the other) accepts a bet that she can make anyone famous in thirty days. Even when the advertising idiots choose the office weirdo, Sam, as her target, she’s determined to win – whether he likes it or not.

Annie soon discovers that getting to know Sam means getting to know more about herself – and before the thirty days are out, has a difficult decision to make about what’s really important.

Funny, real and heart-meltingly romantic, Annie and Sam’s story is Bridget Jones meets My Fair Lady for the social media set, and the perfect summer romcom.

You can pre-order One in a Million from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th June 2018.

Sam Carrington Writers Tip

Sam Carrington By James HuntleyAuthor of ‘Bad Sister’, Sam Carrington shares her writers tips for aspiring authors.

I think that’s going to be personal and specific to each individual writer. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. For example, one thing I need to develop is my description – I often leave out details in favour of faster pace, however for my reader to build up a picture and visualise the place and characters, this needs to be weaved in. I do have several ‘how to’ books on writing and there are plenty of writing courses to help develop your skills. Ultimately, I feel the more you write, the better you’ll become and if you take on board feedback and constructive criticism, then the process might be quicker!

Places I Have Written. Or Tried To Write Anyway By Maddie Please

A Year Of New AdventuresOn the book tour for Maddie Please’s new book called ‘A Year Of New Adventures’, Maddie talks about her favourite places for writing.

On the train
It’s not often I go on a train but when I do it’s the ideal place to write. I like a table seat with a charging point, a large coffee and possibly a biscuit or two and I’m off. Surprising how many people are also typing away although I expect they are doing spread sheets for international trade expositions or finance deals with the World Bank.

At the hairdresser
I don’t enjoy these visits but somehow I am now in a never-ending cycle of going to the hairdresser. I’m sure it’s a cunning plan. Otherwise I look like a sad old bag lady with stripy hair. The place is far too chic for me; the staff are all depressingly young, thin and cool. As the visit usually lasts at least two hours I take a notebook and pencil so I can write. The alternative is watching my reflection with a head covered in plap and foils, looking unnervingly like my mother.

In the office
I try to write every day. My husband also works from home and we share a garden office and have desks that face each other. I’ve heard it said the perfect view for a writer is a brick wall, but I have a gorgeous view over some wonderful Devon countryside that can be quite a distraction. So can the birds that flock to our garden because I keep tempting them in with over priced fat balls. I’ve just registered for the RSPB annual bird watch much to my son’s amusement. He says I’m now officially middle aged, which is unexpectedly kind of him. As our house is white and on top of a hill I think we are a landmark for the Devon Air Ambulance and some huge military planes that routinely go over us. I love it when that happens and I usually run outside and wave. Sad really.

On holiday
This is really the best. I’ve written on patios overlooking the sea (The Summer of Second Chances), in an old stone longère in Normandy, by the side of swimming pools (A Year of New Adventures) and in huge Malls in America. My absolute favourite was last year on the Queen Mary 2 when my wonderful husband took me on a fantastic trip. The quality of eavesdropping to be had on a transatlantic crossing cannot in my opinion be bettered. I found a favourite spot in the Commodore Club with a fabulous view over the front of the ship (we sea dogs call it the Bow). Every morning I went there to edit my next book, provisionally called ‘The Girl at the End of the Garden’. There were waiters within hailing distance, a beautiful painting next to my favourite chair, and in the adjacent room (glass doors) variously there were meetings of AA, a renewal of wedding vows ceremony and an 80th birthday party for a lady who looked twenty years younger. Sailing obviously agrees with her; I can’t recommend it highly enough.

You can pre-order A Year of New Adventures from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops from 5th April 2018.

Manchester: A City Of Grey Areas By Marnie Riches

Marnie Riches.Credit-Phil-TragenOn the concluding day of the book tour for Marnie Riches new book, ‘The Cover-Up’. Marnie talks about the criminal landscape of Manchester.

‘The Cover-Up’ has just published. If someone asked me what was the most interesting element of this book and its predecessor, ‘Born Bad’, I’d say that it’s examining the morally grey areas that are part of the criminal landscape. My Manchester series is all about gangsters. One or two are irredeemably wholly nasty characters.

Paddy O’Brien, for example, is a beast of a man. You’re meant to love to hate him. Though he has survived a tragic childhood, he is so unremittingly violent and bullying that it’s impossible for the average reader to identify with him. The same is true of the strange and deadly assassin, The Fish Man. But as the author, I had the greatest fun writing the characters of Leviticus Bell, his mother Gloria, and of course, Sheila O’Brien.

How far are these three leading protagonists away from you or me? Not very, I’ll vouch. They, above all the colourful characters in ‘The Cover-Up’, including Frank O’Brien, the superclub owner, Hank the Wank, the spying builder and Youssuf Khan, the long-suffering father, are the closest to your average citizen…gone wrong.

Imagine that you’re a young man with a terrible, drug-addicted babymother, an unloving narcissist of a mother, no education, few legitimate employment prospects and an ailing baby son whom you adore. Those are the hurdles in life faced by Leviticus Bell. He already thinks he’s killed one man and he’s continually waiting for retribution to come and find him, wearing a knuckle duster and carrying a gun. What lengths would you go to to remedy your situation and to secure a brighter future for your son? Now, imagine that you’re a battered wife.

Having escaped the clutches of your violent, domineering husband, what would you do if you were faced with having inherited an empire worth millions in dirty money? Would you relinquish it so easily? How would you even dispose of the effects without getting embroiled in a court case that could put you in prison as an accessory?

The Cover Up

You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. So, would you willingly hand your children’s inheritance over to strangers for free or at a knock-down price? And imagine you came from absolutely nothing – a poor girl who had been abused, manipulated by men and denigrated all her life. If you convinced yourself that you were doing other abused women a favour, would you try to better yourself through a less-than-legitimate business? If you were a cleaner who had the chance to turn your u-bend-scrubbing skills into a profitable company, employing others, though the pay was solely a roof over their heads in substandard accommodation and you, personally, were able to move out of a concrete ghetto to the leafy suburbs, would you?

These are the moral decisions faced by the characters in ‘The Cover-Up’ and its predecessor, Born Bad. As a litmus test for your ability to navigate your way through those grey areas, how about you give ‘The Cover-Up’ a read and see which side of the fence you find yourself sitting? Staying on the right side of the law when faced with temptation and the potential for loss of liberty is not as clear-cut a path as you might think…especially when the stakes are so high!

You can buy The Cover Up from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.