Guest Post from Sam Taylor-Pye #author of Goldsmith Jones ~ plus #Extract #BlogTour @authorightUKPR @gilbster1000

The anxious manic novelist: doing an MA 

by Sam Taylor-Pye

I started writing my novel the summer before starting an MA in creative writing. I had my main character pretty fleshed out. The storyline was chugging along nicely. And some of the dialogue scenes I felt were sounding impressive. I figured the degree was where I’d hone my already amazing skills and by the end I’d have, not only a certificate, but also a NYT bestseller, and possibly a lucrative deal with Netflix.

So when October came around, and classes started, I was feeling fairly confident and eager to get going. 

The first thing we had to do was submit a novel synopsis, and a couple of first chapters for something called a ‘critique’. I wasn’t worried. In fact I was elated. 

Euphoric even.  Continue reading

Burned and Broken by Mark Hardie #Crime #FridayReads @ClaraHDiaz #BlogTour

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Burned and Broken

  • 51xwtl1oqxl-_sx312_bo1204203200_Author: Mark Hardie
  • Published: January 2017 by Sphere
  • Category: Police Procedural, Crime
  • three-half-stars

An enigmatic policeman – currently the subject of an internal investigation – is found burned to death in his car on the Southend sea front.

A vulnerable young woman, fresh out of the care system, is trying to discover the truth behind the sudden death of her best friend.

Set in a drearily portrayed Southend-on-Sea, the story begins with a shocking scene of someone burned alive in their car. The narrative then takes us back, covering events of the few days prior to the discovery of the body in the burnt out vehicle, who the police have identified as one of their own. DS Frank Pearson and DC Catherine (Cat) Russell from the Essex Police Major Investigation Team are leading the investigation.  Continue reading

Paradise Prison (Dark Minds #4) by @FaithMortimer #Psychological #Thriller @BrookCottageBks #Giveaway

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  • coverbk18-1-smallAuthor: Faith Mortimer
  • Published: January 2017 by Topsails Charter
  • Category: Psychological Thriller
  • four-stars

The perfect hiding-place…Haven…or Hell?

During a huge row, Gillian stands up to her abusive boyfriend. The consequences are horrendous and far-reaching.

Terrified, she flees her home, seeking anonymity abroad while coming to terms with the outcome of her actions.

After a severe beating from her abusive and controlling partner, Lawrence, Gillian snaps when he also attacks the friend who is trying to defend her. When Lawrence turns on her again, Gillian fights back. Panicking at the enormity of what just happened and the scene in front of her, Gillian enlists the help of her best friend, Rebecca, and flees abroad, certain that Lawrence will come after her.  Continue reading

Gilding The Lily by @JustineCJohn ~ #Blog Tour ~ Guest Post #TuesdayBookBlog @authorightUKPR @gilbster1000

gilding-the-lilyA gripping mystery of jealousy, murder and lies.

An invitation to her estranged, wealthy father’s surprise 75th birthday party in New York sees Amelia and her husband, Jack, set off across the pond to meet a whole new world of family politics.

Amelia, now a successful businesswoman, feels guilty about never liking her father’s women, so does her upmost to give his new socialite partner, Evelyn, the benefit of the doubt. Wouldn’t it be nice if they could just all get along? But there’s something very dark, determined and dangerous about her…

When Amelia’s father, Roger, becomes ill, Jack grows suspicious that there is more to it. Amelia understands why, but no one else will believe them. They travel back to America to piece together the puzzle, but when Roger goes missing, the couple are driven to their wits’ end. It takes a DEA officer and a secret assassin to bring them answers, but the ruthless truth is something no one expected…

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Justine’s insight into the character of Amelia. 

Amelia is a tall, intelligent and elegant lady in her mid-40s.  She has dark blonde hair and loves to travel.  She runs a small recruitment agency in London which she is, and always has been determined to make successful.  She has high hopes for her company and hopes to expand it.   Continue reading

Spotlight, Q&A by #Author @RachelAmphlett #ScaredtoDeath Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on Rachel’s blog tour for her new crime thriller Scared To Death.

Tell us a little about yourself, Rachel, what you do when not writing. 

I currently live in Brisbane, Australia after emigrating here 11 years ago from the UK. Prior to emigrating, I played guitar in bands, helped run a pub, and worked in local radio as a freelance producer and broadcast assistant. To date, I’ve written eight books with Scared to Death being the latest.

If I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing or sorting out the business and marketing side of the writing in between my part-time job! Continue reading

Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson ~ #Blog Tour ~ #Fantasy Novel @rogersonsm

Welcome to day one of the blog tour for Visions of Zarua, Suzanne Rogerson’s debut fantasy novel. During the next two weeks there will be reviews, giveaways, excerpts, guest posts, Q&As and more, so please do check out the links listed below.

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Alpha Wanted ~ The Complete Serial

  • Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00024]Author: Justine Winter
  • Kindle Edition, released March 2015
  • Category: Paranormal, Romance
  • four-stars

Agent Kira ‘Midnight’ Knight is a force to be reckoned with at the Paranormal Division of the Secret Intelligence Service. She’s a fierce werewolf, highly intelligent and maintains quite a smart mouth.

Lieutenant Colonel Ryker ‘Storm’ West commands a small team of elite werewolf soldiers, including his Military Working Dog, Nero. He’s logical, loyal and deadly.

When the Director of P.D.S.I.S assigns Kira the task of recruiting Ryker to the agency, conflict soon compromises the logistics of an easy case. With a fiery relationship bubbling between them, they’re faced with a tough decision.

Follow orders or follow their heart.

* This is a 3-part serial. *

Kira Knight, codename: Midnight, an agent with the Paranormal Division of the Secret Intelligence Service is on surveillance duty. Her orders are to bring in Lieutenant Colonel Ryker West, codename: Storm. As a werewolf, Ryker has reached maturity and consequently has not aged for the last hundred years. Working with that fact, Nina Fox, the director of the PDSIS thought the issue of his age would be enough to sway him but Ryker was adamant. He would not abandon his team of elite werewolf soldiers, who are also his good friends. Ryker is recently back from a tour of duty with his team and personal Military Working Dog, German Shepherd Nero, with whom he has a deep-rooted connection. Continue reading

Guest Post by Glynis Astie ~ The Philosophy of Yoda & French Fry Excerpt

I’m very happy to welcome Glynis back to BetweenTheLines with an imaginative and fun guest post in which she considers….

The Philosophy of Yoda

Whether you’re a Star Wars geek or not, you can learn a great deal from this petite powerhouse. Whenever I find myself unsure of a decision, my first thought is, “How the heck did this happen?” followed very quickly by, “What would Yoda do?” It may sound insane, but this brilliant (though fictional) character moved through his very long life with a grace and humility that we could all learn from. Feeling skeptical? Let me fill you in on the genius of this Grand Jedi Master. Continue reading

Stalemate

 

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  • IMG_2388-1Author: Alan Hamilton
  • Published: July 2014 by Silverwood Books
  • Category: Crime/Mystery/Suspense, Historical
  • four-half-stars

Summer 1930 and Walter Bruce is told he has a terminal disease. With nursing care and an easier job he could have five more years. With neither he may not see out the year. But he’s got a wife to keep – one too selfish and idle to be his nurse.

This novel is woven intricately around facts based on an actual, seemingly senseless and violent unsolved murder case from the 1930’s. Walter Bruce is an insurance salesman in a loveless marriage. He is diagnosed with a terminal illness and at the same time acquires evidence his wife has not only deceived him about her past all the years he’s known her, but has also been unfaithful. He formulates a plan to allow him to live out his remaining years in comfort, with the nursing and care he knows will not be forthcoming from his wife. There is no turning back. Bruce’s chess player’s mind devises the details of a plan and as that plan slowly unravels he must accept the terrible consequences of his actions.

The main protagonist is very difficult to like, yet at the same time, given his lifestyle and home life, there is a small amount of pity mixed in with the aversion. There are many restrictions in the between-the-wars world of lower to middle class Liverpool, but to dispassionately plot his wife’s murder and involve two other, equally distasteful characters, shows quite a calculating and cold nature. 

The ability to plan and deliberately kill someone was not an accomplishment you could learn, like chess or the violin. When the intended victim was close to you, someone you lived with, it called for a hardness of heart, insensitivity to pity, indifference to suffering and denial of the sanctity of human life. You might have the idea but if you didn’t have these qualities you’d never progress beyond that. The point was though, he knew he did have them; had always had them. 

The courtroom scenes are described in detail and, although at times I was overwhelmed with the specifics and technicalities, I appreciate the painstaking research and work that has gone into, not only this aspect, but the whole. Bruce’s feelings throughout are defined so vividly I almost felt I was the one in court. How very frightening to be in that position, especially knowing the evidence was being manipulated. Bruce thought he had orchestrated the ‘perfect murder’ and was totally unprepared for the final verdict, actually believing himself innocent of the specific charge of murder.

This fictional reconstruction of a classic, unsolved mystery is revised to reflect the possible scenario of Bruce plotting his wife’s murder and written with much of the original events and evidence, as the author states in his note at the end of the book…..’Much in the preceding pages follows the details of that case very closely, to the point that some of the dialogue is lifted directly from what was reported as having been said during the events, and, in particular from the then Liverpool City Police Force, and transcripts of the committal, trial and appeal court proceedings in the real Wallace case.’

As in the original case, there seems to all outside intents and purposes, no motive for the crime and only circumstantial evidence against the accused. As for the real-life murder, only William Herbert Wallace would be able to tell the truth of what happened in Anfield, Liverpool in 1931.

Many thanks to Alan Hamilton and JB Johnson at Brook Cottage Books for sending me a copy for review.

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About the author

alan2Alan Hamilton finds that real events, where there is 
a mystery or something unexplained, leave so much to the imagination they give the writer of fiction license to make it up. At heart he’s a conspiracy theorist though his head tells him accident is usually more likely – albeit far less interesting. As an antidote to the urge to write creatively, Alan is 
a publisher’s editor for non-fiction, academic books and journal articles. He lives by the sea in the South West of the UK. His hobbies are cooking and cryptic crosswords in the national newspapers, winning first prize twice in ten years.

You can find Alan on his website, Twitter and Facebook

Deadly Lies

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  • Deadly LiesAuthor: Chris Patchell
  • Published: March 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Crime/Mystery/Thriller
  • four-half-stars

As a teenager, Jill Shannon fell victim to her stepfather’s cruel abuse. Now, as an adult, Jill’s made it—she has a successful career and a solid, if not static, marriage to Detective Alex Shannon. Together they live out what seems to be a perfect life in Seattle.

The vow she made as a teenager to never again be a victim lies dormant—until one day a reporter lures her to his hotel room under the pretense of an interview—and suddenly it all comes rushing back.

Jill seeks revenge on the reporter, triggering a series of events that leads Jill down a wormhole of retribution, forcing her to spin an ever-widening web of lies.

Meanwhile, Alex is on the case of a series of murders that began as cyber relationships. There seems to be a familiar fingerprint on these crimes, but Alex refuses to believe that the murderer could be so close to him.

Husband and wife stand on opposite sides of a divide created by lies and rooted in a dark and deadly past…

Alex and Jill are facing marital problems. Their jobs keep them apart for most of the week and it doesn’t help that Jill is having an affair with her boss, until, that is, he decides to move on to someone else. While trying to resolve the awkward situation Jill has manoeuvred herself into something totally unexpected and horrific occurs but after the initial shock she sees how this could work to her advantage. 

After the abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Jill resolved never to be at the mercy of another man. When she is compromised by a reporter supposedly wanting an interview she takes matters into her own hands. Jill’s behaviour, even as you feel for the young girl she was, is totally disproportionate and spirals out of all control.

“Ready or not, here I come,” her stepfather, Master Sergeant Samuel Morris, called out in that creepy, singsong voice, like this was some sort of sick game.

Her hands shook, and she clasped them in a tight knot under her chin. Her mother’s scent – baby powder and cinnamon – filled the small space, enveloping her like a warm cloak, and she wished she could hide here forever. Safe. Untouched.

Tears stung her eyes. God, she missed her mother. It was bad before. His punishments had always been harsh, but since her mother’s death, everything had changed.

Alex is a detective with the Seattle Police Force and is investigating the disappearance of his ex fiancée’s sister, which is linked to a serial killer. During the course of his investigations he begins to wonder how much he really knows his wife. He realises she has changed in an elusive way but can’t quite rationalise how or why. He is shocked and unbelieving at where the clues are leading him.

This is a very skilfully written debut novel, with strong, well-developed characters. The absorbing storyline is full of intrigue and suspense. Alex is someone I could relate to immediately and, for all Jill is a very complex and complicated character, and because of childhood suffering I could understand, up to a very definite point, what drove her. And Alex’s partner, Jackson, is a great character too, always having Alex’s back.

The detail and descriptive prose gives a very intense and realistic slant….and the ending! I didn’t see that one coming! There is nothing I dislike about this book, although the ending did leave me quite shell-shocked. Definitely an author to look out for. Many thanks to JB Johnson at Brook Cottage Books for sending me a copy. So glad I didn’t miss this one.

 About the author

Chris PatchellWhen Chris Patchell isn’t hiking in the Cascade Mountains or hanging out with family and friends, she is working at her hi-tech job or writing gritty suspense novels. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Chris. She fell in love with storytelling in the third grade when her half-page creative writing assignment turned into a five-page story on vampires. Even back then Chris had a gift for writing intricate plots that were so good her father refused to believe she didn’t steal them from comic books.

Years later, Chris spent long afternoons managing her own independent record store and writing romance novels. After closing the record store and going to college, Chris launched a successful career in hi-tech. She married, had kids but amid all the madness, the itch to write never really went away. So she started writing again. Not romance this time – suspense filled with drama, and angst, speckled with a little bit of blood.

Why suspense? Chris blames her obsession with the dark on two things: watching Stephen King movies as a kid and spending ridiculous amounts of time commuting in Seattle traffic. “My stories are based on scenarios I live every day, distorted through the fictional lens. And my stories come with the added bonus of not having to be restrained by socially acceptable behavior.”

To learn more about Chris and her debut novel, DEADLY LIES, visit www.chrispatchell.com/

Join her on Facebook for book giveaways and more gritty fun at www.facebook.com/authorchrispatchell 

“Chris Patchell”s debut novel, Deadly Lies, is a taut, fast-paced thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. Patchell is a master storyteller with a real talent for creating pulse-pounding suspense.”—Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author of Unspeakable.

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