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Blog Tour – ‘After She’s Gone’ and ‘Sins of the Father’ by Sheryl Browne

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I am delighted to be taking part in Sheryl Browne’s blog tour for her books, ‘After She’s Gone’, published recently and ‘Sins of the Father’ which is out today, both by Choc Lit.  The covers alone should tempt you to buy these books, but here’s what they are about.

 

Are you ready to take a journey into the mind of a madman?

After She’s Gone.

Sins of the Father.

All-consuming thrillers that will eat you and spit you back out.

 

After She’s Gone

He’s killed your child and kidnapped your wife. What would YOU do?

There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer, there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable.

When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground. All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.

But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.

 

Sins of the Father

What if you’d been accused of one of the worst crimes imaginable?

Detective Inspector Matthew Adams is slowly picking up the pieces from a case that nearly cost him the lives of his entire family and his own sanity too. On the surface, he seems to be moving on, but he drinks to forget – and when he closes his eyes, the nightmares still come.

But the past is the past – or is it? Because the evil Patrick Sullivan might be out of the picture, but there’s somebody who is just as intent on making Matthew’s life hell, and they’re doing it in the cruelest way possible.

When Matthew finds himself accused of a horrific and violent crime, will his family stand by him? And will he even be around to help when his new enemy goes after them as well?

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Sound good?  Just to whet your appetites that little bit more here’s an excerpt from ‘After She’s Gone’.

 

Excerpt – After She’s Gone

Matthew walked purposefully, his breath freezing and flying into the crisp air like a soft white djinn. He’d debated hard whether to make the call. One call and air surveillance could be hovering overhead in minutes, armed officers despatched and honing in on their target, ready to shoot Sullivan down if they caught so much as a glimpse of him. And where might that leave Becky and Ashley? His thumb hovering over his mobile, he’d factored in that Sullivan would use them as a human shield.

Matthew hadn’t made the call. Those were exactly the tactics the coward would resort to, and Matthew had no idea whether Becky was in there. Depending on the soundness of the roof, thermal imaging might have indicated how many people there were and pinpointed their location, but it couldn’t have identified who was who. Ashley he’d heard. Matthew’s heart sank afresh as he recalled her soul-crushing scream. Becky though … The thought of her imprisoned in some dank, confined space … an underground sewer, a box buried somewhere … and the only man who knew where, shot down and killed before he’d disclosed her location? That was the unbearable scenario that had decided him.

The gun, bought with one specific aim in mind, to destroy Sullivan like the vermin he was, was now useless. Matthew had it with him. Biting rain now slashing down, obscuring his vision and soaking him through to the skin, he checked his jacket pocket for the lump of cold metal. He’d abandoned the shoulder holster, thought about trying to secrete the gun, but then abandoned that idea too. Sullivan would search him. He’d find it in seconds. Ditto any other weapon Matthew had considered. He had no plan. His only hope, he knew, as did Sullivan, was to do as instructed. Turn up at the designated time. Wiping a hand over his eyes, Matthew squinted at his watch. Thereafter, offer himself in exchange for Becky and Ashley, beg Sullivan to release them, take whatever crap the sick bastard dished out. Nothing could be worse than the pain tearing Matthew apart now, except to lose the woman he loved. To know that she and Ashley had suffered and he’d been able to do nothing about it.

Rage smouldering steadily inside him, Matthew stopped directly in front of the property, making sure he was in full view. One clear shot and Sullivan could take him out in an instant. But Sullivan wasn’t about to do that. He needed to satiate his depraved appetites, play his perverted little game, and in the nightmare this game had become, Sullivan was winning hands down.

Five minutes ticked by, excruciatingly slowly. Matthew didn’t move, other than to blink away the rain falling from his eyelashes like icy tears from a frond. Trying not to imagine what might greet him inside, he scanned the outside of the building, mentally noting all available exits. Close up, it was more dilapidated than he’d thought: slates off the roof, the framework skeletal in places, empty sockets for windows upstairs, dark, like blind eyes watching him. There was a hayloft-door hanging off, rotting supporting beams interlacing the brickwork. Two windows downstairs, both boarded, bar a gap in one, through which Matthew had no doubt he was being watched. A sturdy front door, cast iron hinges … Matthew fixed his gaze on it and waited.

Eventually, he heard a bolt being drawn. Bracing himself, Matthew drew in a long breath as the door slowly opened, jarring on the uneven floor as it went.

 

About Sheryl Browne

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Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy contemporary fiction and psychological thrillers.

A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

Recommended to the publisher by the WHSmith Travel fiction buyer, Sheryl’s contemporary fiction comes to you from multi-award winning Choc Lit.

 

Author Links

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Trailer Links

DI Matthew Adams series: https://youtu.be/0MqZ5TpBwGk

After She’s Gone: https://youtu.be/ujK0mFpYYrM

 

Interview with Jane Lovering

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Last week I took part in a cover reveal post for Jane Lovering’s new book, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ which is out at the end of this month.  I now have for you all an interview I did with Jane recently in which I asked her about her novel, ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’, published last month.

 

Can you tell me a bit about ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’ please?

The main character is Winter Gregory, who has come to a small North Yorkshire town to write her ‘difficult second book’, and also to avoid her ex- boyfriend (also her editor), Daniel. They split up when he tried to drive a wedge between Winter and her identical twin sister Daisy. Whilst in Yorkshire, Winter befriends Scarlet, an eight year old girl, and Alex, the uncle who is bringing her up after the death of her mother. The book also stars a guinea pig called Bobso and Scarlet’s hobby horse, Light Bulb.

 

Is it part of a series and if so can your novels be read as standalones? 

My books are listed as ‘The Yorkshire Series’, but that’s more a convenience than anything.  They are all absolute standalones, with not so much as a character in common.  In fact, the only thing that runs through all of them (and therefore makes them a ‘series’) is the North Yorkshire countryside, although that does play a significant part in quite a few of the books, so might be termed a character in its own right, I suppose.

 

How long did it take you to write?

Well, I have a day job too, so can’t dedicate every second of my time to writing (although I suspect that, even if I could I’d spend most of the day on Facebook or Twitter, or websites with pictures of kittens, so it’s probably just as well).  So, it took me somewhere between six and nine months to write (I say ‘somewhere between’ because I am easily distracted by shiny things and kittens, so it was more like six months of constant writing, with three months built-in for kitten-staring).

 

Can you relate to any of your characters?

I’d have to say that I relate most closely to Scarlet, the eight year old.  I was an inveterate owner of guinea pigs and rider of hobby horses when I was young, so I understand that desire to have a pony and pets.  I can also relate to Winter, because it wouldn’t be much good me writing a main character that I basically didn’t understand, would it? Although it might be a good plot for a future book…

 

Do you jot down ideas as they come to you? 

Gosh, no, I am the world’s worst ever planner-in-advance, so if I ever had an idea I wanted to jot down, first I’d have to find a pen (and I have a puppy who’s eaten every Biro in the house, so it’s quite difficult to find anything that writes.  And there’s never a pencil. Ever.  I keep buying them and they keep disappearing, I’ve no idea where but I am looking quite hard at said puppy right now).  Then I’d have to find a notebook, of which there are thousands dotted around the place.  Having written the note I’d probably forget which notebook I’d written it in anyway.  Rubbish at forward planning, as I said.

 

How many books have you written in total?

Let’s discount the three full-length (and really really bad) books that I wrote when I was starting out, which I have now destroyed anyway for the good of mankind.  So I’ve written nine published novels, one of which is about to be re-released after a bit of a titivation, and two more which are hopefully coming out in due course. So that’s a grand total of fourteen books written, three which will never see the light of day (and quite right too. Let it be a lesson to everyone, just because you’ve written 85,000 consecutive words, does not mean it’s a book).

 

Have you got any other writing projects on the go?

I’m currently getting my ideas sorted out (for which read looking at astonishingly large numbers of pictures of kittens and eating biscuits) for my Christmas novella, and I’ve made a start on a new book, which is essentially a ghost story. Plus blogging (I blog every week, usually on a Sunday, unless kittens or biscuits have intervened).

 

Was it easy for you to get published?

<falls off chair, laughing>.  Er.  No.  My first UK published book (which, incidentally won Romantic Novel of the Year in 2012) was turned down by just about everyone, before Choc Lit picked it up and published it.  I’d been beginning to think I had whatever the literary equivalent of typhoid is.

 

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given about writing?

It’s read.  Read everything you can find, in every genre.  So many people think they will write hugely successful novels without having read anything since they were forced to read Lord of the Flies in Year 10.  Honestly.  Read.  Then read more.  If you don’t have time to read (seriously?  What else are you doing? Apart from kittens and biscuits, obviously) then there are audio books.

 

If you had the chance to live life all over again would you still write books?

I don’t think I have much choice, it’s all I’m any good at.  Apart from dressage riding, and I’m pretty rubbish at that too, come to think of it.

 

Who are your favourite authors?

The greatest of them all, Terry Pratchett, of course.  Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes, Jim Butcher (I love the Dresden Files), Jane Austen, Kate Atkinson.  Also all my mates at Choc Lit, who consistently turn out books that become ‘new favourites’. For non-fiction I love Francis Pryor (he writes about the Bronze/Iron Age a lot) and Bill Bryson.

 

If you were only allowed to keep three items what would they be?

My suitcase full of photos of my children, my Kindle and some flipping Biros!

 

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What if the one person you wanted to talk to wouldn’t listen?

Winter Gregory and her twin sister Daisy live oceans apart but they still have the twin thing going on. Daisy is Winter’s port in the storm, the first person she calls when things go wrong …

And things are wrong. Winter has travelled to a remote Yorkshire village to write her new book, and to escape her ex-boyfriend Dan Bekener. Dan never liked her reliance on Daisy and made her choose but Winter’s twin will always be her first choice.

She soon finds herself immersed in village life after meeting the troubled Hill family; horse-loving eight-year-old Scarlet and damaged, yet temptingly gorgeous, Alex. The distraction is welcome and, when Winter needs to talk, Daisy is always there.

But Dan can’t stay away and remains intent on driving the sisters apart because Dan knows something about Daisy …

I Don’t Want to Talk About It by Jane Lovering is now available to buy in paperback from all good book stockists and retailers.

 

About Jane Lovering

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing.

Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described  as ‘quirky’.

Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

 

Cover Reveal – ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering

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This is the gorgeous cover for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ by Jane Lovering which is being published on the 28th June 2016.  Read on to find out more about this book.

 

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Is it all too good to be true?

When Willow runs into her old university crush, Luke, she’s a new woman with a new look – not to mention a little bit more cash after a rather substantial inheritance. Could she be lucky enough to score a fortune and her dream man at the same time?

Then Willow meets Cal; a computer geek with a slightly odd sense of humour. They get on like a house on fire — although she soon realises that there is far more to her unassuming new friend than meets the eye …

But money doesn’t always bring happiness, and Willow finds herself struggling to know who to trust. Are the new people in her life there because they care – or is there another reason?

 

Can’t Buy Me Love is published by Choc Lit and is now available to pre-order as an eBook!

Click HERE for pre-order information.

 

 

Cover Reveal – ‘Before You’ by Kathryn Freeman

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I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘Before You’, Kathryn Freeman’s new book which is being published by Choc Lit on the 21st June 2016 as an eBook.  Isn’t it just lovely?  Read on to find out what the book is about.

 

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When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …

Melanie Taylor’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.

 

Before You is published by Choc Lit and is now available to pre-order as an eBook!

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