A Lover of Books

‘Appleby Farm’ Series by Cathy Bramley – Cover Reveal

Appleby FarmCathy Bramley has written another eBook series and today I am pleased to be taking part in the cover reveal.  Read more about ‘Appleby Farm’ below.

 

After I finished writing Ivy Lane earlier this year, my editor asked me if I’d consider a spin-off series, taking one character from Ivy Lane and plunging them into a new setting and a new story with perhaps a few surprise visits from some old friends from Ivy Lane. I thought this was a great idea and immediately set to work creating Appleby Farm, which I’m hoping readers of Ivy Lane will fall in love with.

It’s set in the glorious Lake District, an area I adore, and follows the story of a young woman and her fight to save the farm which has been in her family for generations. It features lots of wonderful people including a very attractive farmer on neighbouring Willow Farm, Vintage tearooms, a trip to Paris and a wedding. Appleby Farm will be published by Transworld in four monthly parts between February and May 2015 and they are all available to pre-order now!

The covers themselves have been designed by Kate Forrester, the same illustrator who drew my Ivy Lane covers and I think she has conjured up the warm and friendly farm set in the beautiful Lake District perfectly.

The link to part one on Amazon UK is http://smarturl.it/Af1

Interview with Colin Llewelyn Chapman

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Colin Llewelyn Chapman has recently had his debut novel ‘Cold Call’ published.  I was interested in knowing more about his book.

 

Tell me a bit about ‘Cold Call’.

‘Cold Call’ essentially follows a selfish, loathsome man called Robin Bradford as he travels around Essex visiting massage parlours.  The girls are subsequently brutally murdered.  But who is responsible for these killings?

The book is both violent and sexually graphic…although it is not gratuitous.

 

How long did it take you to write this book?

Incredibly the first draft only took three months to write…but I came up short on the word count.  The additional work and rewrite took another month…I hand write (or flash write as I like to call it) my keyboards skills can’t keep pace with my mind…so I prefer to ‘thrash’ it out and hone it after. The final edit took a little while to do too…as it needed to please Percy Publishing as well as myself.

 

Where did you get your ideas from?

My own personal reading has always been centred around true crime…I have gleaned a lot of information from that.  I struggle to understand why these people do the things they do.  It fascinates me…but this is not admiration. I also love crime dramas like Luther. ..trial and retribution…The darker the better.  The sexual element within my work is very explicit…Percy give me a free reign (at times they have told me to sex it up more!) it works in the current market, as we become more open.

 

Do you have a favourite place where you write?

I like to write in a peaceful quiet place (a lot of this book was actually written in my van).  If I get rich and famous, you will find me sitting on the side of a fjord in Norway!  Fishing rod in one hand…pen in the other.

 

Is writing something you’ve always wanted to do?

Ironically I had no designs to write until I started this three years ago.  I am constantly looking to challenge myself…push the boundaries, so to speak.  I sampled my first fictional book since school (Dan Brown’s ‘The Lost Symbol’) around four years ago.  I was so struck by his descriptive work…I literally said ‘I wonder if I could do that’.  I like to think the answer to that is a big fat yes!

 

Can we look forward to more books from you?

Percy Publishing have signed me for a further 6 books…and I am part way through the second.  Watch this space!

 

Have you got any good advice for anyone wishing to pen a novel?

My best advice to budding writers is… just get on with it!

 

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I love the countryside and country sports, fishing, shooting and taking time out with good friends and family.

Interview with Joseph V Sultana

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Joseph V Sultana’s writing career was kick-started by losing a bet with a friend.  Now known as the ‘Accidental Author’, it wasn’t long before he was writing his first novel.  His book ‘Reapers Shadow’ is set to be made into a film.  Joe kindly took the time answer a few questions for me.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your new book please?

It’s a dark tale set in a future England that has been abandoned by the world after London was destroyed in a devastating nuclear attack in 2012. Scotland, Wales and even Cornwall have separated from the once centre of a mighty empire and all that remains is the corrupt marshal law in the form of enforcers and crime is a way of life for most.

 

How long did it take you to write?

It took about 11 months solid work but over a two and a half year period. I only had the time from my commute and lunch breaks you see.

 

Did you have to do any research for your novel?

I did.  I researched a lot on Scottish independence which took me to the Welsh independence quest and then finally the Kernow movement. A real fight from some of the Cornish people to breakaway from England. Also the layout of Launceston, couldn’t have done it without Google.

 

How do you feel about ‘Reapers Shadows’ being made into a film?

Oh I love the idea. I cannot believe how well received the book has been and the momentum that the film has picked up. The fact that stars like John Challis, Ray Quinn et al. plus the added amazement that Hollywood actors Michele Martin and Matt Wolf have signed up too. I have a couple more but not allowed to say who at this stage. Believe me when I say its amazing.

 

Would you like to be one of the actors?

Nope.  I can honestly say I have no drive for that at the moment, might do a sneaky cameo though.

 

Where do you do most of your writing?

Pret or any local coffee shop.

 

What are you currently working on?

The film production, the sequel book, audio book, graphic novel, audio drama, a possible computer game, a few short films and a couple of documentaries.

 

Does Percy the dog give good advice?

You know he is a dog don’t you?

 

Percy Publishing – The Story

LogoMilitary secrets, hedonism and the dark London underworld may seem like it is lifted straight out of a movie script, but for the Authors signed to independent publishing house, Percy Publishing it’s all in a days work. Working under the premise of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, Percy Publishing are bringing a flavour of debauchery to the world of books and are fast developing a fan base with a taste for the aberrant. From twisted erotica to a violent military coup d’état, and featuring a character list jam packed full of mercenaries, prostitutes, businessmen and crime syndicates, the books guarantee to have everything that an avid reader of pulp-fiction truly needs.

With the main criteria for new authors being highlighted as action packed, fast paced and sexy manuscripts, it comes as no surprise to Managing Director Clifford Marker that the company is already gathering a lot of attention.

“I travel a lot for the engineering company that I own, and I spent a lot of time in airports looking for books that I wanted to read and finish over short trips away. A lot of these tended to be nice stories about romance aimed at young women going on holidays. I wanted something exciting that I could read from beginning to end and really get my teeth into.” Says Clifford. “Fast paced no nonsense action, that a bloke could read as well. Then I heard an old saying, ‘If you can’t find a book that you want to read, then write it,’ and it became my mantra. I thought to myself, ‘yes, that’s exactly what I will do.’ I went looking for some new unsigned writers that were writing the kind of stories that I like.”

The first book published was the cult read, “Unsceptred Isle: Three of a Kind” by an accidental new author Joseph V. Sultana, who wrote his first novel, purely as a bet with friends. Having already gained a cult fan base, the book is now being adapted for feature film release in 2015. It tells a surreal tale of a post-apocalyptic England, and gives an account of tortured souls, sex and violence that give this book a quintessentially British feel.

Being an ex-soldier Clifford soon found a military connection and had published authors from a similar armed service background. Jamie Fineran, a former Prince of Wales Regiment soldier has been shortlisted for literary awards and featured in National military magazines since the publication of his book series, “Sabre Six – File 51,” which follows Michael Fox, an ex-SAS soldier as he assists the MI5 in an important case, and “Ace of Spades – File 52,” which tells a tale of the Taliban and the lost control of the country’s opium fields.

John Marsh, an ex-Royal Corps Signaller offered a fictitious account of life in the army in his debut novel ‘Hearts of Green,’ gathering both notoriety and five star reviews for its brazen tale of sex and violence from the point of view of a twenty-two year serving soldier. Already the book has received reviews from ex-servicemen throughout the country and has been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize.

“I didn’t imagine that setting up a publishing company would give me such a blast from the past.” Says Clifford, “But as an ex-soldier myself, I can understand the catharsis of putting things down onto paper. From my own perspective, I understand that the military lifestyle is one of explosive and vivid experiences that make it ideal as a work of fiction. As soon as I picked up the manuscript, I knew that it was exactly my kind of book.”

Following on from the military theme, Simon Chambers offers a true-life account of a ruthless mercenary joining the infamous Blackwater. Having been sent to Iraq, he soon finds that he is putting his own life on the line to get paid, with no questions asked.

“It’s another fast and intense read.” Says Ruth Killeen, Literary Agent for Percy Publishing. “I am also a fan of pulp-fiction and hard hitting stories, and working alongside Clifford, I have developed a clear idea of the type of books that he is looking for. We have expanded our catalogue of books now, and have different styles and genres with some of our new authors. It’s such a great team of people ranging from a celebrity tattooist to an ex-middle man for the London gangster scene. We also have a rock singer, an artist and a builder on our rosta, so you can see that we really are an eclectic bunch.”

Two of the books due for release next year are very much anticipated by the publisher. The first is already being cast for a biopic feature film. The casting have confirmed actors such as X-Factor finalist and Dancing on Ice winner Ray Quinn along with rumours of Ex-Eastenders stars also on the billing. The film will be directed by the notorious Mr. H, and tells the biographical story of an ex-gangster, who spent a long and lucrative career as a middleman in London. The second is a photo and sketchbook from the celebrity tattooist, Kevin Paul. The book is hugely exciting for Kevin who has already tattooed celebrities from TOWIE, as well as naming Harry Styles and Ed Sheeran amongst his friends.

“I had a tough time growing up. But I thought, if I can tattoo celebrities, hopefully I could give my family a better life.” Said Kevin, “Initially, it was hard work but I’m proud of what I have achieved. Now I want to use my own experiences to help others, and especially younger people who are dealing with difficult situations like I did. Hopefully the book will show those kids that it doesn’t have to end badly, and if I can make something of myself, then anyone can. I’m proud of my work and I’m excited to show some of it.”

Along with the military fiction and the autobiographical sections of Percy Publishing, new authors have been signed from the Crime, Mystery and Thriller fields. Builder, Colin Llewelyn Chapman, has seen his first novel, Cold Call, hit the shelves. Its seedy and racy story follows a wealthy entrepreneur, Robin Bradford finding another outlet for his energy while he waits for his business to recover from the financial strain, taking him down a very dark and lonely road while he attempts to juggle between his two lives.

While rock singer, DJ Priddle writes about an ex-detective in the MET, Jonas Brock, who has already served five years in Belmarsh for his protection racquets and prostitutes. Now free to live his life, but still entranced by the young prostitute, Selena that he has protected for over ten years, can Jonas use his new job as a private detective to solve a huge fraud case, worth millions of pounds.

With an ever-increasing fan base, that is hungry for these pulp-fiction style stories, the future looks bright for the independent publisher and their entire roster of creative talent.

 

For more information and a list of current titles please contact WeDo PR on either (01983) 241895 or news@wedopr.co.uk

‘Letting in Light’ by Emma Davies – Cover Reveal

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‘Letting in Light’ is Emma Davies debut novel.  Today I am very excited to be revealing the new cover for her book.

 

Book Blurb

Rowan Hill. Come first out of curiosity, explore as a guest, return as a friend. 

When Ellie arrives at Rowan Hill all she wants is peace and quiet and a place to lick her wounds, but fate it would seem has other things in mind for her. 

Firstly there’s Will, who has a reputation for being a humourless grumpy loner; things would be perfect if everyone would just leave him and his estate alone. Is he just plain grumpy, or is it the big fat secret he’s keeping that makes him act the way he does? 

Then there’s Finn, who’s drop dead gorgeous, but who ran away from his past. He’s now planning a return home to Rowan Hill, and although he knows Will’s secret, he’s not about to tell Ellie. Is it loyalty to his brother that keeps him quiet, or perhaps it’s just that he has a few secrets of his own? 

The perfect solution for all of them is staring Ellie in the face, trouble is she’s been accused of meddling before. Her vision for Rowan Hill could be just what everyone needs, so should she follow her heart or her head? 

As Ellie puts her plans to save Rowan Hill into action, romance and friendships blossom, however the complications of the past are never far away, and a shocking revelation soon threatens their hopes for the future. Suddenly the beliefs they once held true become the biggest obstacle they have to overcome. Will Ellie find the courage to learn from the truth and finally let a little light into all their lives. 

After all, life, like art, is all about perception, and sometimes it just depends on your point of view…. 

 

‘Letting in Light’ is available to buy at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1kZLlka

Blog Tour – ‘Race to Death’ by Leigh Russell

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‘Race to Death’ by Leigh Russell is the second book in the new series featuring DI Ian Peterson.  Having previously taken part in her last blog tour I was definitely interested in participating in this one too.

Book Cover

‘Moments before, he had been enjoying a day out at the races. Now he could be dying…. As he fell a loud wind roared past his ears, indistinguishable from the roar of the crowd. The race was over’.

A man plummets to his death during the York Races. Suicide or murder?  Newly-promoted DI Ian Peterson is plunged into a complex and high-profile case, and as the body count increases, the pressure mounts for his team to solve the crimes quickly.

But the killer is following the investigation far more keenly than Ian realises and time is running out as the case suddenly gets a lot closer to home…

 

Competition

I am running a competition where one lucky person can win a copy of ‘Race to Death’.  To enter just answer my question by leaving a comment.  Have you read any of Leigh Russell’s other novels?

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 9th November 2014.

The winner will be notified within 7 days and his/her details will be passed on to No Exit Press who will send out the prize.

 

Good luck! :-)

Scott Mariani Cover Reveal

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Next year one of the biggest books for 2015 is being published.  ‘The Forgotten Holocaust’ by Scott Mariani is the breath-taking new adventure starring Ben Hope…

A lost, aimless and hard-drinking Ben Hope has wandered back to his old haunt in Ireland. The ex-SAS soldier is searching for peace, but trouble soon appears when Kirsten Hall, a young journalist, is brutally murdered right in front of him. Unable to prevent it, Ben is driven by guilt to hunt down the killers. All he has to go on is a handful of clues from Kirsten’s research – but how can the journals of Lady Stamford, the wife of an English lord during the time of the Irish Great Famine, have put Kirsten in mortal danger?

Ben’s quest for the truth leads him across the world and finally Oklahoma, USA, where a deadly secret awaits. What connects the journals, a wealthy American politician and an intrigue surrounding the Irish Famine?

What Ben uncovers is a shocking historical conspiracy linked to the deaths of some two million people: a varitable holocaust that time has all but forgotten. Those who are still profiting from the lies and corruption of the time, and who are ready to kill anyone to protect their secret, are about to pay…

My 3rd Blog Anniversary

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Three years ago I started this blog and I can’t believe it is still going.  At the beginning I didn’t really do many posts, but over the past year my love of all things books has led to me doing a variety of things on here.  As well as reviewing books I have also interviewed a number of authors, taken part in book launches, cover reveals and run quite a few competitions.

Through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook I have met some amazing authors and got to know a number of publishers.  I hope to be able to continue with my book reviewing as well as loads more stuff for some time to come.

To celebrate my blog anniversary I am running a special competition where one lucky person will get to choose a book of their choice from Amazon up to the value of £10.00.  It can be an eBook, paperback or hardback.  To enter just leave a comment.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open worldwide.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 9th November 2014.

I will randomly pick a winner and contact them to arrange their prize.

 

Good luck! :-)

‘Baggy Pants and Bootees’ by Marilyn Chapman + Competition

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‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’ is Marilyn Chapman’s debut novel.  Out in eBook, it was recently published in paperback.

 

Book Blurb

When war baby Sophie joins the macho world of 1960s journalism she’s determined to prove that she’s ‘one of the boys’. Her career is threatened by a phone call from her estranged mother setting Sophie on a quest to uncover the secret of her birth. Was her father the all-American soldier she dreamt of when she was a child, or someone far more sinister? This is the story the ambitious reporter was destined to write. Helped by the charming but mysterious David, Sophie uncovers the story of a heartbroken wartime orphan, a GI romance and a terrifying rape that leads to an innocent man’s court martial – and finds clues to her own unhappy childhood. Torn between her secret love for Steve, the newspaper’s most eligible bachelor, and her desire to know who she really is, Sophie follows David to search for her father. Only when faced with the startling truth can she accept the tragedy of love, loss and betrayal, and begin a very different kind of future.

 

‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’ is available to buy from Amazon:-

Paperback – http://amzn.to/1rheyX5

Kindle Edition – http://amzn.to/1DBnuOS

 

Competition

One very lucky person has the chance to win a signed paperback copy of ‘Baggy Pants & Bootees’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what books are on your wish list for Christmas.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd November 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Marilyn Chapman who will send out the prize.

 

Good luck! :-)

‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ Competition

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‘Beneath the Moon and the Stars’ by Amelia Thorne is now out.  To celebrate the launch, Amelia has a fab prize bundle to giveaway.  You could win these gorgeous hand carved wooden necklaces, a £15 iTunes voucher and a £50 theatre ticket voucher.

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All you have to do is copy one of the pre-prepared tweets below, tweet it and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win this prize bundle. The more you tweet, the more times you’ll be entered.

You can even make up your own tweet about the book, just as long as it has the book link to amazon, (http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw) the hashtag #BeneathTheMoon and Amelia’s Twitter name @Amelia_Writes in the tweet you’ll be entered into the draw.

The competition will run until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 26th October and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 28th October so plenty of time for tweeting.  Every time you tweet, you’ll be entered into the draw.

 

Tweets

Beneath The Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is out now, a gorgeous story of love, friendship and secrets http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; beautiful men,a feisty heroine and a gorgeous lovestory http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has it all; 3 gorgeous men,2 adorable dogs, 1 beautiful love story http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes is a gorgeous story of love, secrets and misguided revenge http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has secrets, revenge, a diamond thief & a beautiful love story http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

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Beneath the Moon and the Stars by @Amelia_Writes has 3 gorgeous men, 2 weddings and a whole heap load of secrets http://amzn.to/1sdZ0rw

 

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