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The Promise Book Tour – Extract

The PromiseEnjoy an extract from Katerina Diamond’s latest chilling tale called ‘The Promise’.

Imogen put her hands on her hips and looked around the room some more. It was a small space and they were on the verge of being in the way, so she signalled to Adrian who stepped out of the room first. She followed him, nodding to the technicians, and they headed down the corridor, peering into the bathroom.

Another technician was in there taking swabs and samples. They would have to come back when it had been properly processed; there simply wasn’t enough room for everyone. This initial assessment would have to do for now.

DCI Mira Kapoor was standing in the lounge when they got downstairs. She had a suitably sombre expression on her face. She always behaved the way she was supposed to behave, said what she was supposed to say when in public. At the same time, she was quite rebellious, at least on the sly, in her office where it mattered.

She listened when she needed to listen and she never took any action that wasn’t carefully considered. Imogen was quite taken with her, although she still reserved some judgement; she had been burned by her superiors before.

‘Poor girl. I want you two to speak to the neighbours and work colleagues, see if you can get a picture of who she was. Later on, you can speak to the sister, she was pretty inconsolable by all accounts and the hospital have admitted her. She’s sleeping now apparently.’

‘OK, Ma’am,’ Imogen said.

As they went to leave, the DCI spoke again.

‘Grey, can I have a private word?’

Imogen nodded to Adrian who carried on outside. The DCI gestured to Imogen to come closer and jerked her head at Adrian’s fast retreating back.

‘How is he doing?’

‘OK, quiet. He’s OK though.’

‘Do you know if he’s been to see the bereavement counsellor?’

‘He hasn’t mentioned it, but I’m going to guess not.’

‘See if you can get him to, please. Last thing I need is him cracking up.’

You can buy The Promise from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

The Angel By Katerina Diamond

The Angel’The Angel’ is the latest book by Katerina Diamond.

When a burned body is found in a disused signal box, suspicion falls on lonely teenager Gabriel Webb. There’s no doubt he was at the scene of the crime, but does he really deserve what awaits him in prison? DS Imogen Grey is certain there’s more to the case than meets the eye. But while she struggles to convince those around her of the truth, her partner DS Adrian Miles is distracted by his own demons. When a brutal double murder is reported, their investigation is stopped in its tracks. Is the body in the box even who they thought it was? The duo realise Gabriel might have been locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. But with enemies watching Gabriel’s every move, they may be too late.

I spent my weekend with my head buried in this book, as I do love this detective duo but as much I love Adrian and Imogen I did feel there was a sense of finality to the couple.

In this book, we meet Gabriel, a young man who is in the wrong place at the wrong time when a man is found dead and he’s the prime suspect. Only at 19, he finds himself in prison and fearing for his life when he becomes the unlikely object of a fellow inmate’s attention. But being in prison has hardened Gabriel and he’s not going to let himself be bullied.

On the outside, Adrian and Imogen are investigating the case that Gabriel is arrested for as well as the gruesome murder of an elderly couple which has gone viral. As the pair of them investigate the horrendous case, they find themselves delving into something a lot more deeper, darker and a lot more closer to home than they ever expected. This story investigates the deep and twisted worlds of children’s homes and the detrimental effects these homes can have on people and how they mould people for life.

Grim and gruesome from the very beginning, this book is a gripping story that really pulls the reader in. It’s unsettling in parts and can make for uncomfortable reading as it’s primarily about child abuse. But, for every dark moment in the book, Katerina occasionally adds an element of humour between Adrian and Imogen.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story that keeps the reader on their toes, ‘The Angel’ is a well paced and twisted story was impossible to put down until I got to the final page.

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

The Angel Book Tour – Extract

The Angel Sit back and enjoy an extract from Katerina Diamond’s latest gruesome tale called ‘The Angel’.

Gabriel Webb was a killer. He didn’t know it yet, but before the day was out he would know what it felt like to take someone’s life. He turned the music up in his bedroom to drown out the sound of his parents arguing about him. Apparently, he was ‘out of control’ and ‘needed to be taken in hand’. His mother had suggested sending him to live with an aunt in Cheltenham. His father had suggested forcing him to join the army, which ‘might show him how good he had it at home’. All this because Gabriel had shoulder-length hair and occasionally wore eyeliner.

He pulled on his red tartan punk trousers and leather New Rock boots, feeding the laces through the chrome shin panels on the front. Searching through his tops, he tried to decide which one to wear today, which one would be best for what they had planned. His phone beeped and he looked at the screen. An array of emojis all signifying excitement from his girlfriend Emma, listed in his phone as Proserpina, Roman Goddess and Queen of the underworld. He was in her phone as Pluto, the God of Death. Embracing darkness was part of the fun of being a goth. Tonight, they were going to see Apocalyptica, a nu-metal band, in a local club, a rare occurrence in Exeter now that the artisan hipster gin bars had all but taken over the city.

Gabriel pulled on his black wet-look cycling top; it hugged his lean muscular frame and he loved the way Emma looked at him when he was in it. He would catch her eyes resting on his chest as she swallowed hard, suppressing whatever desire his body aroused in her until they were alone. He grabbed the black buckled leather cincher out of his wardrobe and put it on, despite his parents’ voices echoing in his head. A man in a corset? Ridiculous. It wasn’t like it pulled his waist in or anything, it was just a fashion statement – not a nod to his sexuality. He couldn’t worry about what his parents thought though. His clothes were an expression of himself, for himself. It wasn’t about shocking anyone or even about rebelling. It was about feeling good in his skin, and this outfit made Gabriel feel good. He wrapped black electrical tape around his wrists and hands, then picked up the black eyeliner and drew a star on his left cheek. He was ready.

On entering the kitchen, his mother took a deep breath and turned her attention to the kitchen sink. Avoiding being a part of the conversation that was about to happen.

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

Katerina Diamond’s Writers Tip

Katerina DiamondAuthor of ‘The Secret’, Katerina Diamond shares her writing tips for aspiring authors. Write all the time, for ten minutes or ten hours it doesn’t matter. Also read books on story structure and things like that, there are some excellent books out there and they can really help.

Katerina Diamond

Katerina DiamondKaterina Diamond is the author of the ‘Sunday’ Times Best Selling crime thriller ‘The Teacher’, and Number 1 Kindle best selling novel ‘The Secret’. Katerina is currently working on her third novel in the series. Katerina lives in East Kent. Katerina was born in Weston-super-Mare and has lived in various places since including Greece, Cyprus, Derby, East London and Exeter. Katerina loves stories and is currently working on her third novel. ‘The Secret’ is her second book in the series.

  1. To the readers of the website, who aren’t familiar with your writing and your books, can you tell us about yourself and how you got into writing.
    I am a Crime Thriller writer. I have always been an avid reader, and I am quite into movies, too. I used to spend my one day off from my job when I was younger in the cinema all day, watching whatever the new releases were. About 15 years ago I decided I wanted to try and write this idea I had for a movie. I continued to learn the craft of screenwriting for several years, writing several screenplays but never getting anywhere with them. I entered a local competition and didn’t do so well with it, but I persevered and entered twice more in following years. After joining a local writing group for a few months I adapted the things I had learned from all the books on screenwriting I had read over the years. I won the competition for the first chapter of a novel, which became the first chapter of ‘The Teacher’, my debut novel and ‘Sunday Times’ Bestseller.
  2. What book inspired you to start writing?
    It’s hard to pick an exact book actually. I just love crime fiction and wanted to see if I could do it.
  3. Can you describe your writing style?
    I would say that it’s pretty pacey, I try to constantly move the story forward. I have also got a bit of a reputation for being shocking and extreme.
  4. You’re books are incredibly graphic and gory, what’s been the most goriest book you’ve even read?
    I don’t ever recall reading anything particularly gory, probably the most unpleasant and shocking book I ever read was delicatessen by William. S. Burroughs though.
  5. The Secret

  6. What do you think makes a good crime novel?
    Lots of surprises and plenty of tension.
  7. Your books are based on the investigative team DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles, who are quite an complex team with a good dynamic between the pair. Do you have a favourite of the couple
    Actually my allegiance often swap sides, sometimes I love one more than the other but I don’t think I could pick one of them.

  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you bring with you to pass the time?
    Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’, ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ by Alexander Dumas – and an SAS extreme survival guide.
  9. What area do you suggest a budding writer should concentrate on to further their abilities?
    Write all the time, for ten minutes or ten hours it doesn’t matter. Also read books on story structure and things like that, there are some excellent books out there and they can really help.
  10. When sitting down to write, what is the one item you need beside you?
    A pint of water is the boring answer, but also I have a winter soldier bobble head toy that sits on my monitor.
  11. And finally Katerina, do you have any projects or releases on the horizon which you would like to share with the readers of the website
    I am currently Editing book 3 of the Miles and Grey series of books, and I have started writing book 4. After that I have no definite plans – 2 projects at a time is enough!

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