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Cover Reveal – ‘Lost in the Lake’ by A.J. Waines

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for A.J. Waines new book.  Don’t you just love it!  I for one can’t wait to read this book.  ‘Lost in the Lake’ is out on the 7th September 2017 in paperback and as an eBook.  Here’s what it’s all about:-

 

Book Blurb

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.

 

About A.J. Waines

AJ Waines has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks).

In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

‘Lost in the Lake’ can be pre-ordered (eBook only) from:-

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073W8X17W

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073W8X17W

 

Blog Tour – ‘Will to Live’ by Rachel Amphlett

Big congratulations to Rachel Amphlett whose new book, ‘Will to Live’, the second Detective Kay Hunter novel is out today.  Read on for my review.

When the driver of a packed commuter train sees a body on the track he is unable to stop in time. It looks like yet another suicide, but it soon becomes evident that there has been foul play and that in fact the victim has been murdered. As the investigation evolves a pattern emerges and more murders are uncovered. Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises that the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempts to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own enemies.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, Kay realises that the clock is ticking. The killer needs to be caught as soon as possible before anyone else dies.

I read ‘Scared to Death’ towards the end of last year when it came out and have really been looking forward to ‘Will to Live’. Well, all I can say is WOW! This was one thriller of a read and it was extremely hard to put down. It was so very exciting and fast paced and it had me trying to work out who the killer was.  I felt as if I was trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle. I just love Rachel Amphlett’s style of writing. The short chapters added to the intrigue and left me needing to know more.

It was so nice meeting some of the characters who were in the first book again. I can’t help liking Ian Barnes rather dry sense of humour. I think the team worked really well together in trying to solve this case.  I enjoyed reading about the police procedurals too which the author obviously did a lot of research for. I was also really interested in the continuing storyline with Kay. I have a hunch about who it could be but will have to wait a bit longer I guess to see if my suspicions are correct.

I’d like to thank Rachel Amphlett for a fantastic read and for not making me wait too long between books. I shall now wait with bated breath for the third book.

Crime fans, I really recommend that you check out this series. Whilst ‘Will to Live’ can be read as a standalone I personally think you should read ‘Scared to Death’ first.

I can see this series being on TV at some stage in the future.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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Has my review whet your appetite?  If so, there’ s a competition running in which two lucky people will win an eBook copy of ‘Will to Live’.  To enter click on this link – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About Rachel Amphlett

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014.

An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.

You can keep in touch with Rachel by signing up to her mailing list via her website (http://www.rachelamphlett.com), or via Facebook (http://on.fb.me/TN7rpu) and Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

 

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Live-Detective-Hunter-thriller-ebook/dp/B06XZHB17C/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491245863&sr=1-1&keywords=will+to+live+by+rachel+amphlett

Kobo – http://smarturl.it/KH2_Kobo

iBooks – http://smarturl.it/KH2_iBooks

 

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I hope you all enjoyed my post.  Do visit the other blogs taking part in this tour.

For those of you who use Facebook there is a launch party taking place this evening.  Here is the link – https://www.facebook.com/events/238051203320198/

 

Cover Reveal – ‘Will to Live’ by Rachel Amphlett

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I am absolutely delighted to be revealing the cover of Rachel Amphlett’s new book.  ‘Will to Live’, the second Detective Kay Hunter novel is out on the 4th April.  To whet your appetites read on to find out what it’s all about.

 

Book Blurb

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.

 

Blog Tour – ‘Beneath the Ashes’ by Jane Isaac

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Jane Isaac’s new book, ‘Beneath the Ashes’ was published yesterday the 1st November 2016 by Legend Press.  I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour to celebrate it.  I have a guest post for all of you which Jane has very kindly written but first, here’s what the book is all about.

 

Book Blurb

The floor felt hard beneath her face. Nancy opened her eyes. Blinked several times. A pain seared through her head. She could feel fluid. No. She was lying in fluid.

When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.

Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.

Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?

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Writing Through the Eyes of a Different Gender

When I started writing fiction, I kicked off with a female lead and my first two novels featured Detective Chief Inspector Helen Lavery. Writing through the eyes of another woman was almost like second nature. While Helen is very different from me, she is a working mother who juggles her home and work life balance. I could relate to that. I got to know her really well during the time we spent together and look forward to working with her again in future books.

With my third novel, I started a new series set in Stratford upon Avon featuring Detective Inspector Will Jackman and my latest release, Beneath the Ashes, is the second in this series. So, why the change?

It initially came about as a result of a conversation with my husband. As I was sitting at my PC, putting the finishing touches to my second book he came and leant over my shoulder one morning and said, ‘Do you think you can write a novel with a male lead?’ My reaction was immediate, ‘Of course, I can!’ He was teasing me really, the question tongue in cheek. But the challenge had been laid. I’d worked with peripheral male characters in the past, how hard could it be to work with a male lead?

It’s no secret that men and women think differently and act differently in certain circumstances. You don’t need to have read Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus to be aware of those distinctions. Then there are those little character traits: At a shop counter, a woman might delve into a handbag full of items to retrieve her purse to pay; a man might rummage through his trouser pocket or retrieve a wallet from the inside of his jacket. Huge generalisations, but while the physical differences between men and women are fairly obvious to see, some of the cognitive and behavioural differences are less so.

I need to get underneath the skin of a character, to think like they do, breathe the same air, bring them to life on the page. This is especially important for a lead – if they are not real to me, how can I expect them to become real to my readers? I’d already laid some ground rules: Will Jackman was a strong character, a former marine. He was also a father, a husband. But the question was – how would I climb into his head?

First, I pulled on my favourite male fictional characters and analysed their behaviour; writing down the elements I liked and that fitted with what I was trying to achieve, disregarding the ones that didn’t. I considered the male influences in my own life: my father, my brothers, my husband and my friends. I spoke to a lot of serving police officers and detectives to see what their working/home life was like. And slowly the foundations of Jackman’s character were laid. But even then, as I was writing I was constantly saying to my husband, “How would you react to … What would you say to…” for validation that I’d got it somewhere near.

What was the result of my research? While Helen is a strong independent woman, she is no man in a skirt and is deeply passionate about the finding a result for victim’s family. Jackman is more single minded, less emotional, although you’d be wrong if you thought he saw the world as black and white. He’s a thinker and a feeler and there are definite elements of grey in his peripheral vision.

There is a lot of technology in modern day policing from CCTV cameras to mobile phones and tracking devices, to name but a few. Jackman embraces all of these, naturally, but he’s also a perceptive, seasoned detective: constantly reading body language, looking around him, picking up on those subtle little clues that many of the rest of us miss as daily life passes us by.

It took a while to become familiar with Will Jackman. In fact, it wasn’t until I was watching a film with my family one evening, not long after I’d completed the initial draft of the first novel in the series, Before It’s Too Late, when I found myself saying, ‘Jackman wouldn’t do that…’ My daughter immediately rounded on me, ‘You do know he’s not real, right mum?’ I allowed myself a wry smile. Because that’s where she was wrong. That’s the moment when I realised, he was finally real to me.

 

About Jane Isaac

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Jane Isaac lives with her husband and daughter in rural Northamptonshire, UK where she can often be found trudging over the fields with her Labrador, Bollo. An Unfamiliar Murder, her first novel, marked the start of the DCI Helen Lavery series and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’ The follow up, The Truth Will Out, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by E-Thriller.com.

In June 2015, Jane released Before It’s Too Late, the first in the DI Will Jackman series set in Stratford upon Avon. Beneath the Ashes is the second in this series and May 2017 will see the release of the third, The Lies Within. Connect with Jane at www.janeisaac.co.uk.

 

‘Beneath the Ashes’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beneath-Ashes-Shocking-Page-Turning-Thriller/dp/1785079476/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1477942740&sr=1-1

Interview with Daniel Ingram-Brown

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I would like to introduce you all to Daniel Ingram-Brown.  Daniel has a new book coming out soon and was interested in being interviewed.

 

Firstly, you mentioned that you have a new book coming out in May. Can you tell me a little bit about it please?

Yes, it’s called The Nemesis Charm. It’s the second book in The Firebird Chronicles series. The first book, Rise of the Shadow Stealers, came out in 2013. The Nemesis Charm continues the story of Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop. They train at a school called Blotting’s Academy, where all Story Characters go to be trained. The departments at Blotting’s Academy orbit around different types of story – so, for example, Apprentice Heroes train in the Department for Overcoming Monsters and Apprentice Spell-Shakers in the Department of Seasons. Fletcher and Scoop are part of the Department of Quests.

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When the story starts, the two Apprentices are enjoying life. They’ve been at the Academy for a year – their Beginning year – and are just about to move into their Middle year. They’re well known and well liked at the Academy, almost having celebrity status because of their exploits in the first book. But all that is about to change. The Storyteller (the mysterious king of the island where Blotting’s Academy is based) has become aware of a sickness that is threatening Fletcher and Scoop’s world. It’s been slowly seeping through the sea, causing many in the surrounding islands to fall into a deep sleep, from which they cannot be woken.

The Storyteller has discovered that the sickness is spilling from a doorway that has opened up in the sea, a Threshold between worlds. He knows that if he is to save his own world, he must find somebody to cross that doorway, to reach the source of the sickness and bring it to an end. He knows that to send somebody on such a quest is tantamount to sending them into the mouth of death itself, but it has to be done. And the Storyteller has two people in mind for the task – two children. I’m sure you can guess who they are!

As you might have picked up, The Nemesis Charm (and the whole of The Firebird Chronicles series) is about stories. Stories are the magic in Fletcher and Scoop’s world. This second book in the series is about the battle to control the doorway through which the sickness is spilling. Whoever controls that doorway will control the story itself and will hold the destiny of that world in their hands.

 

How long did it take you to write?

It took me about three years – not working on it constantly (I’ve had lots of other projects on in that time too), but it was about a three year process in all.

 

How many more books in the series are there to come?

There’s one more book in this series – Fletcher and Scoop’s Ending year.

 

Can you relate to any of your characters at all?

I think I relate to a lot of them. In many ways, all the characters in a book rise from the author’s subconscious, so they all express a part of me. If I had to pick one though, I’d probably pick Fletcher. He doubts his core identity. He struggles to accept that at heart, he’s a redemptive figure. That’s probably a struggle I have too, perhaps we all do. It’s the struggle to see the good in ourselves, as well as have an awareness of our faults and failings. Fletcher’s also moody and lacks social skills – I think I was like that when I was a teenager! He’s sharp, though. He sees things for what they are, he’s just not always good at dealing with that sensitively. These days, I think I’m a little more like Scoop – friendlier and more rounded! I hope so. Perhaps it’s good to have a mix of both of them!

In terms of who I’d like to be (I realise you didn’t ask that, but your question got me thinking…) I’d like to be like the Yarnbard or the Storyteller – those wise older characters who handle the seriousness of life lightly and in a playful way, who carry paradoxes in themselves and so are able to hold the world together. But I also know that there’s a side of me like Grizelda too – the manipulator, lurking in the shadows. She’s a side I’m trying to shed, although she is great fun to write!

 

Will you be having a book launch?

I will! It’s on 27th May at Waterstones in Leeds, as part of the Leeds Big Bookend Festival. There’s going to be live music and free drinks. I’ll be reading from the book, being interviewed, and there’ll be a Q&A. I can’t wait! (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/book-launch-for-the-nemesis-charm-by-daniel-ingram-brown-tickets-23707953126)

 

Who designs your book covers? 

A designer employed by my publisher, Our Street Books (an imprint of John Hunt Publishing). I’m lucky enough to have quite a lot of input in the cover, though. The ship image and the dark colours were something I had in mind right from the start. I think having an image in mind helps me to find a direction and feel for the book. I know what the image for the third book will be already…

 

I see that you are also a playwright.  What sort of projects do you get involved in?

I’ve mainly been involved in small-scale touring; big community productions, or journey based performance. In fact, journeys as a motif is probably the thing that ties all my work together. At the moment, I’m Artistic Director for Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre. We have a one woman show that tours to schools – it’s a classroom show. Everything comes out of an old suitcase (including a ladder – I like the shows to feel magical). At the end of the performance, the classroom is transformed, with a sort of tree having emerged from the suitcase. It’s great fun. Our next show is going to be a stage adaptation of Rise of the Shadow Stealers! The other production I’m working on at the moment is a journey based performance of Wind in the Willows – the audience walk from a castle, down along a river to a stately home, and along the way meet Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger. I wrote the adaptation and am directing the show. It’s on in August. Hopefully it’ll be sunny!!

 

How long have you been a playwright for?

I started writing plays after university, when I set up my first company – that was about nineteen years ago now.

 

Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere – walking, films, people, books, philosophy, dreams. That’s the great thing about ideas, they’re always leaping out at you!

 

Describe a day in your life?

My days are always different. I find myself leading workshops, designing books or fliers, organising events, chairing meetings, directing actors, applying for funding (boring), writing in cafés or in my little office at home, meeting people.

On a good day, I get to the gym and spend some time in silence. Everything else is up for grabs!

 

Who are your favourite authors?

Philip Pullman, C.S. Lewis, Umberto Eco, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman – those authors that ask big questions about life, but deal with them in playful ways.

 

About Daniel Ingram-Brown

Born in East London, Daniel now live in Knaresborough, in a house built from the stones of the town’s ruined castle.

As well as being an author and chair of the Leeds Big Bookend Festival, he works in the field of performance and is currently Artistic Director of Suitcase and Spectacles Children’s Theatre.

Daniel enjoys leading workshops and giving author talks in schools, and has led numerous community theatre projects that explore how stories shape us and what mark they leave on the places we live.

Daniel is interested in exploring philosophical and spiritual questions in fun and engaging ways that inspire children and adults to think and to wonder.

 

Links

Author’s Website – www.firebirdchronicles.com

Publisher – http://www.ourstreet-books.com/authors/daniel-ingram-brown

Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/danielingrambrown

Twitter – www.twitter.com/daningrambrown

 

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