A Lover of Books

Interview with DJ Priddle

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DJ Priddle’s debut novel ‘The Honey Trap’ is being published by Percy Publishing.  It is out on Kindle from Monday 1st September 2014 with the paperback being released on 19th September 2014.  DJ Priddle kindly took the time to answer some questions for me.

 

Tell me a bit about your book ‘The Honey Trap’.

The Honey Trap is a story about a ‘bad’ cop, Jonas Brock, who used to work in the Metropolitan Police Force. He has made some pretty bad decisions and ended up in prison. The story focuses on his life, and his attempts to rebuild his broken relationships, but unfortunately for him, he is not very good at it. He is selfish and broken by his own past, and continues to hurt all of the people that he cares for the most. Jonas takes on some private investigator work, but is soon out of his depth with an enormous fraud case and unexplained murder.

 

How long did it take you to write it?

I did a lot of reading and learning before I sat down to write the book. I looked at a lot of advice pages and blogs to try to learn the process, and one quote that stuck in my mind throughout, was from Stephen King. He said, “If you haven’t finished it in three months then it’s not worth keeping.” I used this as my own rule and kept to his guidelines. I built the story in my mind for the first month and then got it down on paper in the second month. It is at this point when the real writing starts, because most people will find that the first draft is terrible. Only a small handful of people will have the perfect first draft, but for most of us, it is just a written barrage of nonsensical ideas. I edited for the third month, crossing things out and screwing up whole pages of drivel, before only keeping what works. It is very difficult to know when to stop editing, it is easy to become hyper critical of your own work, so I listened to a quote from Leonardo Da Vinci and it became my mantra, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

 

Did you have to do any research?

Yes. Lots. ‘The Honey Trap’ is about things that I knew nothing about. While the story line (I hope) is about human interaction and relationships, the setting was new to me. I am a huge fan of British TV police dramas and wanted to explore those dark ideas. As I began to build Jonas Brock’s back-story, I decided that to know as much about him as possible, I would write short biographies of each of his close family. In each case, I researched the historical details of their lives, such as his mother’s role as a female in the MET throughout the sixties and seventies, and also the closure of the London cargo docks. Although very little of this research appeared in the book, I found that it gave me a far better insight into the environment that Jonas was part of.

I also enlisted the help of a friend, who works in the police force, to ensure that the procedural information was correct.

 

Did you always want to write?

It was not that always wanted to write, I just did. Since I was young, I’ve always enjoyed creative writing. Throughout school I wrote short stories and enjoyed studying English Literature and the Greek Classics. I had two English teachers at high school who were a huge inspiration to me, and their passion for the classic writings of Sophocles, Homer, Harper Lee and Shakespeare meant that I really engaged with them. I remember closing my eyes as they would read the books aloud to the class, and letting the ideas and images fill my brain. I was inspired by the way that the characters interacted with each other. The main storyline always felt merely like a top layer of a much more complex idea, to me, and that is what I wished to create in my own writing. As I got older, I continued to write, but never completed anything. I realised that I did not know how to write a story, to the end. I did not have the focus or the attention span to see it through. So, I had to retrain my brain and learn the craft of ‘long-distance’ writing.

 

Are you working on any other writing projects?

I am currently working on the follow up second and third book of the series. After finishing ‘The Honey Trap’ I realised that I had only really finished the very beginning of the story. The story is bigger than I had originally planned, and Jonas has a long way to go before his own journey is complete. I began planning the second book, ‘Blood Runs Deep,’ at the end of June this year, but as I was planning, I soon found that book two and three were so closely intertwined, that they would have to be written together. It has become a very complex story, with a great deal more characters to introduce, and I think that the only way to stay true to the original idea is to write them both, and then split them into two books.

 

What advice do you have for anyone wishing to write their first novel?

My advice would probably go on for pages and pages, but I will try to be brief.

  1. Learn how to write. By this I mean, don’t assume that the idea in your head will spill out onto the pages fully formed. This is rarely the case. The mind is a collection of ideas and images, connected by the thinnest and delicate threads. On paper, these ideas are less than appealing to a reader. Take the time to learn the process. There is now so much information out there from authors, teachers and editors. Trawl the Internet and you can find help groups and lessons on how other people have gone about it. I read the ‘Dramatica Theory of Story Structure,’ an idea that the story has its own mind and personality predetermined by the storytelling, and tried to implement some of its ideas into my own writing. Read anything on the Internet called, ‘How to write a novel,’ or similar and learn whatever you can.
  2. Plan! Plan! Plan! The more time that you dedicate to planning your book the better you will understand it. If you don’t know the story, how can you ever expect to narrate it to your reader? Readers are as fickle as you are, and they will quickly see through a writer who is ‘making it up as they go along.’ So, you have to believe what you are writing. Know your backdrop, understand your story and feel your characters. Laugh with them, get angry with them and cry with them. It will make the story more believable for your reader.
  3. Probably the most important advice of all is, Write. Nobody wrote a novel by staring at a computer screen. It is true that everyone has a novel inside them, but what is the main difference between them and an author? The author actually finished it.

So, sit and tap away at the keyboard, and give yourself permission to be exceptionally bad at it. Write rubbish, use terrible grammar, make spelling mistakes and lose your storyline to go on a worthless tangent, but do not stop, until its finished. Then, and only then, edit. Writing and editing are different processes; do not confuse them as one. When you write, you do just that. No sooner than the idea is formed in your mind, it is shot out of your fingertips and onto the page. Editing is a slow and analytical process, and in my opinion, where the real storytelling happens. Each sentence is taken apart, one word at a time, and reconstructed to flow and to entice the reader to read on. Write hot, edit cold. Write freely without censoring yourself in any way. Allow those creative ideas to rush out of your psyche, and hopefully you will create something wonderful. Edit as if it is the worst story that you have ever read. Be harsh, show no mercy and do not spare your feelings. Sometimes in an edit, you will have to get rid of ideas that you have come to care about. You will kill off characters, lose whole scenes of amazing creativity, and sometimes you will be sad to see them go. However, if it does not move the narrative forward, then you need to get rid of it. Be prepared to kill those ideas. Do not get precious about them. What you have at the end could be the greatest work of fiction that the world has ever seen, it probably is not, but that ‘maybe’ is hope enough for any author.

 

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I’m the lead singer of a rock band. No really, I am. My wife and I run a wedding and function band, and I’m the front man. I travel the country in an old transit van and perform on stage. When I am not doing that, I write press releases for an independent PR company and I present a show on local radio. I live with my wife and three daughters, which mean that my spare time is filled very quickly with DIY, day’s out and dad duties. If after all of that, I have any time left, I might watch a film.

 

About DJ Priddle

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DJ Priddle has worked as a professional musician and actor since leaving school and drawing from his experiences from performing.  As well as filming with BBC and ITV, he has always been a keen writer of lyrics, scripts and short stories, and now his love of crime thrillers and dark fantasy novels has helped him to pursue his own professional writing career.

Now he performs weekly in a top UK function band as well as presenting on local radio, while working as a full time writer.

He lives on the Isle of Wight with his wife and three young daughters.

 

‘The Honey Trap’ will be available to buy on Amazon and can currently be pre-ordered:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Honey-Trap-DJ-Priddle-ebook/dp/B00MZEMP6Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409381115&sr=8-3&keywords=the+honey+trap

 

 

‘The Mill River Redemption’ by Darcie Chan

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Today is the first day of this blog tour in which we are celebrating Darcie Chan’s second novel, ‘The Mill River Redemption’ which is being published tomorrow by Sphere.

 

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I was asked if I would like to review ‘The Mill River Redemption’.  I had never heard of Darcie Chan until then but the book sounded both interesting and intriguing so I decided to give it a go especially as it is recommended for fans of Maeve Binchy whose books I absolutely love.

Josie DiSanti had no idea about what was about to happen and she certainly didn’t expect to lose her husband.  With no way to support herself and her two young children, Josie has little choice but to go and live in the small town of Mill River with her Aunt Ivy.  Rose and Emily, Josie’s daughters, are totally inseparable and look out for each other whilst they are growing up.  But then something tragic and unforgiveable happens which tears the two sisters apart and they go their own separate ways.

Many years later, Rose and Emily are contacted with news that their mother has died and they find themselves back in Mill River for the reading of her will.  Josie tried her best to get her daughters talking again but was unsuccessful in her attempts.  Still determined she has left them a task in which she hopes they will work together and reconcile their differences.  In order to comply with her wishes Rose and Emily must move to Mill River and live in neighbouring houses.  The two sisters reluctantly get on with the task at hand.  But will they succeed in completing it and will it bring them together?

I really liked the cover.  The colours go well together and it is such a lovely peaceful image.  I wouldn’t of minded living in one of those houses.  Set in 2013, this novel goes back and forth from 1983 onwards so that the reader gets to learn the whole story.  The chapters which are based in the past are clearly marked.

Out of the two sisters, Emily was my favourite.  I found it hard to warm to Rose even though she had issues and needed help desperately.  I absolutely loved Aunt Ivy and reading about her bookstore.  I could have spent hours in there!  I wasn’t sure what I thought about the twist towards the end of the story.  It was a bit of a shocker and rather drastic.

This story is about family, love, forgiveness and facing up to your problems.

Having enjoyed ‘The Mill River Redemption’, I do hope to get round to reading ‘The Mill River Recluse’ at some point soon as it is about one of the earlier character’s mentioned in this story.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

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Darcie Chan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mill River Recluse. Her second novel, The Mill River Redemption, is also set in the fictional town of Mill River. Darcie has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. She writes fiction full-time and lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.

Follow her on twitter @DarcieChan

 

‘The Mill River Redemption’ by Darcie Chan (Sphere) is available as an eBook from tomorrow.

Interview with Mary Papas

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Mary Papas has written several flash fiction stories for various online journals and websites.  She expressed an interest in being interviewed for my blog.

 

 

You have published two anthologies and one novel.  Can you tell me a bit about them?

I haven’t published a novel. I have published 3 anthologies and one single short story. My first anthology, ”Take Off Your Mask” is about people who pretend to be something they are not and eventually have to make a decision: Will they keep doing it, or will they have to show who they really are? My anthology “14 Twisted Tales to Enthrall” is a collaboration with author Ray Tullett (I have written 7 stories, he has written the other 7). The stories in this anthology are about twisted characters, living twisted lives. Mothers in law from hell, gold diggers, bitter ex’s turned into enemies all meet in this book.

Also, I recently published a new anthology called ”Murder”. Several authors participate besides me in this anthology and all stories involve a murder. A murder planned, a murder on impulse, a murder framed on someone else.Last but not least, I have a single funny short story called ”The Wannabe Author” . In this story, I talk about a new aspiring author who secretly writes her first novel while working at an office, doing a job she hates with colleagues she hates for a boss she also hates. She has no training, no idea about social media but still thinks she can be a star.   I tried to talk in a funny way about the various mistakes a new author can make.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently working on a new anthology that will be titled ”Valentine’s Day” and will have stories about Valentine’s Day and the different  way several couples spend that day.

 

When are you aiming to publish your next book?

”Valentine’s Day” will be ready at the end of the summer.

 

Have you always wanted to write?

I was always an avid reader, so writing came naturally to me as a form of expression (don’t all avid readers want to become authors?) I love that through writing I get to be author, director, actor and reader, all at once.  I love playing all those different roles and creating new worlds.

 

What are you currently reading?

I tend to read what I write, which is mostly short stories and flash fiction stories. I enjoy the fast pace and the tight structure and development; because of the  limited word count in flash fiction and short stories, there is no room to ramble on, you have to focus strictly on  what is really  important. Also, because I like to read a lot, short stories work best for me, as I get to finish them sooner.  I read simultaneously several stories, both to read more and to broaden my horizons, currently I am reading  the anthologies ” A Kind of Mad Courage” and  ” Stories to Read on the Train”.

 

Links

You can purchase Mary Papas books on Amazon:-
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=mary+papas+

Blog – http://papasmary2013.blogspot.gr/

 

‘Dance with the Enemy’ by Rob Sinclair + Competition

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Earlier this year Rob Sinclair published his debut novel ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  The first in a trilogy, the second book should be published next year.

 

Book Blurb

Carl Logan was the perfect agent. A loner, with no real friends or family, he was trained to deal with any situation with cold efficiency, devoid of emotion. But Logan isn’t the man he used to be, or the asset he once was. Five months ago his life changed forever when he was captured, tortured and left for dead by Youssef Selim, one of the world’s most violent terrorists. When Selim mysteriously reappears in Paris, linked to the kidnapping of America’s Attorney General, Logan smells his chance for revenge. Pursuing his man relentlessly, oblivious to the growing trail of destruction that he leaves in his wake, Logan delves increasingly deep into the web of lies and deceit surrounding the kidnapping. Finally, he comes to learn just what it means to Dance with the Enemy.

 

Author Bio

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Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

Dance with the Enemy, the story of embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan, is Rob’s first published novel and the first in a trilogy of novels following Carl Logan.

The second novel in the series is planned for release in 2015. Rob is a qualified accountant. He has worked for a global accounting firm since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

 

‘Dance with the Enemy is available to buy on Amazon.  Click on the links below:-

UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Enemy-Rob-Sinclair-ebook/dp/B00KK6FJSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407093974&sr=8-1&keywords=dance+with+the+enemy

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Enemy-Rob-Sinclair-ebook/dp/B00KK6FJSC/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1407839570&sr=8-1&keywords=dance+with+the+enemy

 

Competition

Three very lucky people have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what books you have bought or won recently.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 7th September 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Rob Sinclair who will send out your prizes.

 

Good luck! :-)

Interview with Jane Carroll

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Jane Carroll, Author of Bertha-Size Your Life!, is a Life Coach, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does.   Jane very kindly took part in an interview for my blog.

 

You published your new book at the end of May.  Can you tell me a bit about it please?

Bertha-Size Your Life!, or Bertha as most of us call her, has been re-released by Master Koda Select Publishing. I’m really excited about being part of the MKSP family and Bertha is excited to be back in circulation.

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Bertha is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins.

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph!

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.

 

Where do you get your ideas from?

Anything and everything from cleaning the gutters to sweeping the kitchen floor to digging up monkey grass can spark my attention. I suppose it is a result of years of immersing myself in inspirational and personal growth information. It’s like something totally unrelated will suddenly make it click and a Bertha story is born.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

The sequel to Bertha-Size, Becoming Bertha, is slated for release by MKSP in the fall. Where the Joys Are: Bertha’s Guided Journal is on for late summer by MKSP. And there’s a cozy mystery in the works featuring Bertha as a senior sleuth along with a zany cast of teenagers and of course, a pesky cat and lots of shoes.

 

Did you always want to write?

I first remember writing some pretty sappy poetry in about seventh grade. I always enjoyed writing and considered journalism as a college major rather than nursing but Mama was paying the tuition and she chose nursing. And the rest as they say is history. As a young wife and mother I did journal some and always dreamed of writing a book that would help women in some way. I didn’t start writing in earnest until I was around fifty and I haven’t stopped since.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to ride my bike, read, cook, do a little bit of yard work and of course, write. But some afternoons, nothing beats a good nap!

 

Describe a day in your life.

I’m a school nurse so during the school year I get up between three and four just to have some quiet time before I leave home. I generally meditate, read something inspirational, blog, and play on social media. Most people think I’m crazy for getting up so early, but if I don’t have that time to get grounded I’m not very fun to be around. Then it’s on to work where I pass out band aids, peppermints, medicine, and lots of TLC all day. By the time I get home there’s dinner and dishes and maybe some reading before a very early bedtime. I don’t watch a lot of TV but when I do it’s either a comedy or HGTV. Bertha says there’s enough drama in my life without me watching more on TV…and I have to agree with her.

It’s summer now, so my days are a bit more relaxed…it’s still usually dark when I get up but it’s also dark when I go to bed. I have more time for writing and marketing and playing on social media.

 

Links

Bertha-Size Your Life! http://amzn.com/B00KNDIGCI

Website: http://www.janecarrollauthor.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janecarrollauthor

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/janecarroll10

Publisher: http://www.masterkodaselectpublishing.com

 

Jane Lark – Review of ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’

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Jane Lark is a bestselling author of both historical romance and new adult genres.  To celebrate her novels various blogs have been taking part in a summer extravaganza.  Today I am reviewing her fabulous book ‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’, the first in the Marlow Intrigues series.

 

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ was published by HarperImpulse last year.  As a lover of historical fiction I was keen to read this book.

Ellen Harding appears to live a charmed life as mistress to Lord Gainsborough. However, no one knows exactly what is going on behind the scenes.  Ellen may always look glamorous and as if she is treated well, but inside she is empty.  She is trapped and wants desperately to escape from Gainsborough’s clutches.

Lord Edward Marlow comes on the scene and an unexpected encounter leaves Ellen with some hope and a longing for him.  Edward could prove to be her salvation.  He might just be able to help her and get her away from Gainsborough.  After enduring many years of abuse will she finally get the life she deserves?

From the very first page I just knew I was going to love this book.  The words flowed so easily and I found it very hard to put my kindle down once I got into the story.  Jane Lark writes beautifully and the descriptions throughout, from the gowns and jewellery Ellen wore to the ballrooms were wonderful.

It took a while for Ellen to trust Edward totally and to be able to feel that she could confide in him completely, but then that’s no surprise after what she had been through.  I think Edward did a lot to strengthen her character.

‘The Illicit Love of a Courtesan’ is an exciting and deliciously romantic novel.  If you love historical fiction this book is sure to keep you turning the pages.

I hope to read the rest of the Marlow Intrigue series.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

About the Author

 

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Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things that craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story. Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.

 

Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/JaneLark

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Janelarkauthor?fref=ts

Website – http://www.janelark.co.uk/index.html

Visit Jane Lark’s Amazon page where you will find all her books – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jane-Lark/e/B00CF5WXKI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

‘Upside Down’ by Lia Riley

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Lia Riley writes off beat New Adult Romance.  ‘Upside Down’ was published by Piatkus as an ebook on the 5th August 2014 and it is the first book in the Off the Map trilogy.  I was sent a copy to review.

Natalia Stolfi is twenty-one years old and lives in Santa Cruz, California.  Lately things have been very hard for her.  Natalia suffers from OCD and panic attacks, plus she has been trying to deal with a recent loss.  But she knows it is time for her to say goodbye to all those painful memories and sort herself out.  So Natalia decides to go on a six month trip to Melbourne.  There she will make out that she is an exchange student with absolutely no worries.  But will she succeed?

Bran Lockhart has had the worst year of his life.  After a failed relationship he returns to Melbourne to try and piece his life back together.  He doesn’t believe in love anymore.  However, he unexpectedly meets Talia and realises that he really wants to be with her.  Are they meant to be together or will they go their own separate ways?

I’ve never read a New Adult Romance novel before and although ‘Upside Down’ sounded interesting I didn’t really know how I would get on with it.  As it turns out I finished the book within a couple of days.  I didn’t get into the story fully until after the first few chapters and then I found it hard to put down.  I liked the writing style and it was interesting to learn what some of the words meant in Australia.  For instance ‘thongs’ means flip-flops and not underwear.  This story also had a wide range of characters.

I felt sorry for Talia and what she had been through.  She went away in the hope of forgetting her past and curing herself of her OCD only to discover that it wasn’t all that simple.  Her trip away and the experiences she had made her a much stronger person though and it helped her shape her future.

I am now looking forward to reading the next book as it will be interesting to find out how Talia’s life progresses.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

‘Sideswiped’, the second book in this trilogy is due to be published on the 7th October 2014.

Interview with Karen Magill

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Karen Magill lives in an eclectic area of Vancouver in Canada.  She gets her inspiration from the history and stories around her.  Karen kindly took the time to answer a few questions for my blog.

 

Tell me about the type of books you write.

For my fiction works, I write paranormal. My latest series are paranormal mysteries set in Vancouver that combine historical fact with the fiction. To date, I have four published paranormal books – The Bond, A Paranormal Love Story, Let Us Play, A Rock ‘n Roll Love Story (Mystique Rising in Kindle), Missing Flowers and A Little Poison.

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I have one non-fiction and that book is entitled On The Right Side, My Story of Survival and Success. This one is the story of my journey, so far, with multiple sclerosis.

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Sometimes I can be influenced by a news article or a historical event and then I try to bring in characters and add something paranormal. Just to make it a little more interesting. For On The Right Side, I lived what happened.  When writing it, I consulted two diaries I kept when I was first diagnosed and the book grew from that.

 

What are you working on at the moment?

Besides promoting my books, I am also starting to plan the sequel to Missing Flowers and A Little Poison. That one should be out next year and will be entitled Eden Damned. As well, I am starting a career as a motivational speaker so I am working on speeches, learning PowerPoint and trying to find places I can speak at.

 

Have you got a favourite place where you do your writing?

I recently got a laptop and connected my desktop to my television. I like writing on the desktop now because I have such a big screen! When I write entries for my blog, the Vancouver Vagabond, (http://karen-magill.blogspot.ca) I love it because the photos are so large and clear now.

 

What advice do you have for anyone wishing to pen their first novel?

Just sit down and write and find the system that works best for you. Some people love to plan everything out while others just write. Get it edited again and again. Remember too that your first book may not be worthy of publication but it will be something good for you to do, to learn the discipline of completing a book.

 

Did you always want to be a writer?

I come from a family of writers and ever since I learned to put words together, I have written. I tried many things in the past but something always brought me back to writing. So I guess yes would be the answer.

 

Describe a day in your life. 

Usually I get up and check my email then maybe watch the morning news. I am on disability so I don’t go to a regular job. I spend my days working on promotion or writing or learning. Nothing really exciting.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to walk and with my blog, I take photos of Vancouver and historical homes and places. I also enjoy curling up on the sofa and watching a good movie. Which is why I connected my desktop to my television. LOL

 

Karen Magill’s Amazon Page:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Karen-Magill/e/B003DI10YG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1407444311&sr=1-2-ent

Book Launch – ‘Guernsey Retreat’ by Anne Allen

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Anne Allen recently published her third novel, ‘Guernsey Retreat’.

 

Blurb

Two violent deaths. Separated by time, but with a fatal connection…

A man loses his father. A young woman loses her mother. Both in tragic circumstances that lead, when they meet, to surprising revelations from the past.

Louisa needs to find the father she has never known, to warn him of possible danger – for them both. Her search takes her from England to Guernsey. Malcolm’s journey is more tortuous: conceived in Guernsey, he travels to Canada as a baby with his bereaved mother. Many years later he arrives in India, and from here he is led back to Guernsey to open a health centre at La Folie. This was his father’s home, where Malcolm was conceived, but never lived and where his father was killed at the start of the Second World War.

At the heart of the two deaths lie stolen jewels. Valuable enough to kill for. Twice.

Finding her father brings Louisa more than she bargains for, and her life is transformed, while Malcolm learns that life is, after all, for sharing…

 

To buy yourself a copy of ‘Guernsey Retreat’ click on the link below:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guernsey-Retreat-Novels-Book-ebook/dp/B00M8EV0DC

 

‘A Place for Us – Part One’ by Harriet Evans

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Today saw the publication by Headline Review of the first of four instalments of this book.  It is available in ebook with the next part due out on the 28th August 2014.  The complete novel will be published in January 2015.  I was kindly sent a copy to review.

The story starts off with an element of intrigue.  It is August 2012 and Martha Winter’s eightieth birthday is fast approaching.  She had made a huge decision, one which is set to change things for good.  It’s time to tell all.  But how will Martha go about doing this?

The first part of ‘A Place for Us’ gives the reader a good introduction to the Winter family with each chapter being narrated by an individual character.  I felt that this worked well as it told me a lot about their lives.  I also like the way the story has been set in different locations.

A complex family with secrets from the past, I reckon Part Two is when things will really start to hot up.  I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

I give the first part of ‘A Place for Us’ 4 out of 5.

 

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