#BlogTour #Excerpt The Accidental Hero of the City of Brotherly Love by Richard J. O’Brien @RRBookTours1 @btwnthelinespub

Hello lovelies and welcome to the blog tour for The Accidental Hero of the City of Brotherly Love, by Richard J. O’Brien! I have an excerpt, plus a giveaway to win a digital copy of this novel but first a little about the book:

Title: The Accidental Hero of the City of Brotherly Love by Richard J. O’Brien 

Date Published: March 31, 2020

Genre: Contemporary/ Magical Realism

Description:

In the tumultuous days following 9/11, Spencer Lee Kavanagh works as a security professional, juggling jobs, relationships, and his writing craft while trying to figure out where his life is headed. One autumn day in 2002, Kavanagh’s life changes forever after he crosses paths with Khalid Neshar, a promising graduate engineering student who recently became radicalized thanks to a less-than-scrupulous imam.

A workplace accident caused by Kavanagh results in Neshar’s death. Freshly arrived in the afterlife, Neshar strikes a deal with Allah. He goes back in time as a djinni so that he can haunt Kavanagh and thereby alter the course of events that led to his untimely death; only, Neshar isn’t much good at it. Meanwhile, in the post-9/11 hysteria of the day, Kavanagh’s anonymity and his literary ambitions are sidelined when he’s hailed as a hero for stopping a would-be terror attack. Like the stranger he accidentally killed, Kavanagh just wants his life back. The television news crews camped out in front of his apartment building have other ideas.

You can buy your copy here:

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Excerpt:

No sooner than I passed the edge of my building the lights came on atop a half-dozen cameras. Reporters jostled to stick their microphones in my face. As they blasted me with questions, I couldn’t help thinking two things: one was that the author of the ninja book was full of shit, and the other was that he probably no ninja at all.

“How does it feel to foil the terror plot that would have killed countless commuters?”

“Care to comment on the phone call you received from Vice President Cheney?”

“There was no call,” I mumbled as I inched my way past them, keeping my head down so that the bill of the baseball cap masked most of my face.

“Mr. Kavanagh,” one of the reporters stepped in front of me. “Do you have any remorse?”

“Will you continue to work at Tiffany and Company?”

“Is it true that the city will pay to have the Atlas clock restored?”

“Are you at liberty to tell us which agency you actually work for?”

“What?” I cried. “I’m just a guy.”

“Lee, are you afraid of retaliation?”

“Will you relocate?”

“Is the government offering to put you under their protective custody?”

“What’s your position on invading Iraq?”

“Do you support our troops?”

“Were you scared that the device might have blown up while you stood over the terrorist’s body?”

I inched closer to the steps.

“Would you be willing to disclose the names of the operatives in your team?”

“Operatives?” I asked.

“Do you think Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks?”

“What’s your position on immigration?”

“Did law enforcement officials disclose to you whether there are any other threats in the city?”

One of the reporters followed me up the steps to the main door. She reached out and took hold of the door handle as I inserted my key into the lock.

“Is this a safe house, Mr. Kavanagh?” she asked. “If it is, now that it’s compromised, where will you go?”

I managed to unlock the door and slip into the foyer. When I did, they kept at it with their questions. Once the door was closed behind me, the reporters banged on the door as the camera lights lit up the foyer. They filmed me checking my mailbox. For once I was grateful that there were no letters from Maggie. After I locked the mailbox, I turned to the cameras crowding the door windows. With my head down, I offered them a salute before I entered the first-floor hall.

About the Author:

Richard J. O’Brien is a graduate of the Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA in Creative Writing Program. Richard’s novels include Under the Bronze Moon, Infestation, and The Garden of Fragile Things. His short stories have appeared in The Del Sol Review, Duende, Pulp Literature, The Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Review, Weirdbook, and other magazines. Richard lives in New Jersey, where he teaches at Rowan College at Gloucester County and Stockton University.

Richard J. O’Brien: https://obrienwriter.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-J.-OBrien/e/B0096UJEPW

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#BlogTour #TheKompromatKill by Michael Jenkins @FailsafeQuery @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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Title: The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

Date Published: 19th June 2019

Genre: Spy Thriller

Description:

‘They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down……’

A DIPLOMAT VANISHES
A BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERT GOES ROGUE

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kompromat-Kill-Deadly-Hunt-Nizari-ebook/dp/B07QFSF44F/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+kompromat+kill&qid=1588446159&sr=8-1

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Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second in the Sean Richardson series but it can be read as a standalone, something I can attest to having not read the first myself.

Spy thrillers are not something I read very often but I was intrigued by the blurb for The Kompromat Kill so I thought I’d take a chance on it.

The Kompromat Kill is an intriguing spy novel that is so realistic at times it’s a little scary.

The writing was wonderfully descriptive and at times intense with so much packed into the story. There’s deadly assassins, kidnapping, murder, international terror plots and even mentions of the Cold War.

Sean is how I’d imagine a real spy. He can blend in yet be charming and charismatic and of course be a ruthless killer when he needs to be. 

As the story is so realistic, there is a fair bit of technical jargon throughout the story which the author does try to explain but a lot of it went over my head. Also there’s a fair amount of politics which I found a little distracting, I just wanted to get back to the action.

The Kompromat Kill is a believable and intricately plotted novel and a must if you enjoy a spy thriller.

About Michael Jenkins MBE:

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, michael jenkinsand then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers. 

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.  

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FailsafeQuery

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

Website: https://www.michaeljenkins.org/

#BlogTour #WhispersintheWineCellar by Keeley Webb @keemol @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Whispers In The Wine Cellar by Keeley Webb

Date Published: 1st February 2020

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

A florist, an estate agent, a prostitute, a call centre operative, a wife and mother.

What could possibly link them all? A love of flowers. That was a start. A skilled florist, who uses his produce and charm to select his beautiful victims. Compliance is a must. You will be bound, you will be kept, you will be broken.

Failure to comply is not an option. Can they keep his interest? Can they follow his rules?

A distraught ex-husband, faithful friends and loving parents. The search has started, the clock is ticking. Who will survive of those that are missing?

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B083ZF3NDX/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

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Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Whispers in the wine cellar is a dark and intense psychological thriller.

The story is told from multiple perspectives, each giving their own unique take on what’s happening from the victims to our killer to the police giving you a rounded story. 

We know from the off who our killer is and really get into his head. We see how he uses his charm to manipulate women for his own twisted end. There was something almost Ted Bundy like about him. Also I will warn you being inside the head of a serial killer is at times disturbing and a little uncomfortable.

As the story is told in first person it felt like the characters were talking at me rather than to me which I found a little off putting at times. 

Whisper in the wine cellar is something I’d recommend if you enjoy a serial killer thriller that really gets into the mind of a psychopath. 

About The Author:

Born in Leeds but currently residing in Worcestershire with her husband, two childrenKeeley Webb and a Staffordshire bull terrier. Keeley Webb spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book, Roald Dahl books, Nancy Drew, The Never-ending story to name just a few.

In 2017 her Maternal Grandmother had a stroke, to deal with her grief Keeley started to write a book, loosely based on a dream she’d had. Death Made Me was published in 2017 and is available via Amazon.co.uk/com. The abundance of feedback and positive reviews encouraged her to write more.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/keemol

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keeley-Webb/e/B076P4VY18/

#BlogTour The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James @BOTBSPublicity @StuartJames73 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

Title: The House On Rectory Lane by Stuart James

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 4th May 2020

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Jake and Kate live in London but after an altercation with a stranger who threatens Jake with a knife, they take their son and move to a house in the woods.

It’s their dream home, or so they think until people in the village warn them they shouldn’t have come.

Their neighbours are strange and when Kate sees a face at the window, the family realise they might be in danger.

When they find a tape hidden in the loft of the house, a video recording of the previous family who once lived there, it chills them to the bone.

They soon realise that the family living there before them have disappeared and they too could now be next.

What is the mystery surrounding the house on Rectory Lane? 

Jake and Kate are about to find out…

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Review:

I want to thank Sarah at Books On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What a great twisty read The House on Rectory Lane was!

Stuart James has been on my radar for a while now, so I was looking forward to actually sitting down to read one of his books.

The story follows Jake, Kate and their son Sean. They’re sick of London and after a series of scary events they find the perfect house for their little family. It’s quiet and secluded but as soon as they move in strange things start to happen. They need to get to the bottom of the mystery before they disappear just like the previous family.

Jake is a likeable character that you can’t help rooting for. You can really feel his terror and paranoia oozing from the pages as you read.

The book pulls you in from the very beginning with great tension, suspense and a fast pace, culminating into a surprising ending.

Truthfully the ending verged on the is this really that believable but it was still enjoyable all the same.

The House on Rectory Lane is a well crafted novel with plenty of heart in your mouth moments. A must for thriller fans!

About The Author:

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.53189233_420820595321355_327068416789708800_n

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breath away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.

I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.

That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.

A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.

A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.

A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year. 

I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.

I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true. 

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@StuartJames73

https://www.facebook.com/stuartjamesauthor/

#BlogTour #Review The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy book 1) by M.R. Carey @orbitbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Title: The Book of Koli (Rampart Trilogy book 1) by M.R. Carey 

Date Published: 14th April 2020 

Publisher: Orbit

Genre: Fantasy

Description:

‘This is a BEAUTIFUL book. Gripping, engaging, and absolutely worth the time it takes to burrow yourself into its reality. I can’t recommend it highly enough’ Seanan McGuire

The Book of Koli begins a breathtakingly original new trilogy set in a strange and deadly world of our own making.

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.

‘A captivating start to what promises to be an epic post-apocalyptic fable . . . Narrator Koli’s inquisitive mind and kind heart make him the perfect guide to Carey’s immersive, impeccably rendered world’ Kirkus

‘Carey writes with compassion and fire – strange and surprising and humane’ Lauren Beukes

‘Koli embarks on a journey as perilous as it is enlightening . . . Enthralling’ Guardian

‘An ingenious, dizzily provocative novel . . . Carey invents a fantastic far-future world, finding humanity in unlikely places’ Helen Marshall, World Fantasy Award-winning author

‘A thought-provoking and deeply engaging story’ C. A. Fletcher, author of A Boy and his Dog At The End of the World

Look out for the next novels in the trilogy: THE TRIALS OF KOLI and THE FALL OF KOLI

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Review:

I want to thank Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for inviting me on this blog tour and Orbit for providing me with a copy of The Book of Koli.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a fantasy novel and I’ve heard such good things about M.R. Carey, I thought I’d give it a go.

The books of Koli is a cleverly written fantasy novel with elements of a coming of age story all wrapped up in a dystopian adventure. 

It’s told in first person point of view, in the voice of Koli himself. It feels exactly like he’s talking directly to you which I really enjoyed. It took me a little getting used to his voice as his speech patterns are a little different to our own.

Koli is around fifteen or so at the beginning of the story and there were points in the story where he reminded me of my own fifteen year old son. There was that confidence that they know what’s best, coupled with naivete and inability to really hide their emotions that made Koli such a realistic character to me. 

The world building was also fantastic with nature basically turning against the human race, forcing them to live in fairly primitive ways. But then there was the added intrigue of ‘tech’ left behind that can only be controlled by a few chosen individuals.

This for me was a book of two halves, the first was slow build, giving us some back story and showing us Koli’s world, the second half was full on, tension and adventure packed. I have to be honest I did almost give up during the first half of the book but keep going with it, all the set up really does pay off in the end.

The Book of Koli is clever, compelling and a real escape from reality.

About The Author:

M.R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

#BookReview The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith @evecsmith @OrendaBooks

Title: The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith

Date Published: 9th April 2020

Publisher: Orenda Books

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable: a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed ‘The Waiting Rooms.’ Hospitals where no one ever gets well.

Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother’s past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything.

Because Kate is not the only secret that her birth mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too.

Sweeping from an all-too-real modern world to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away.

Review:

I want to thank Orenda Books and THE Book Club Reviewer Group for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Waiting Rooms is a captivating, if slightly scary, read.

So I decided what better book to read during a pandemic is a book about a pandemic! As it happens this novel turned out to be so much more than that, the pandemic sort of fades into the background and it becomes more of a tale of love and loss.

Eve Smith has created a believable world not too far off from our own world, where the overuse of antibiotics had led to disease or injury, once easily treated, has become deadly. Over seventies are denied medication or treatment, they have the option to either end their lives or suffer their illness until the end. They are sent to ‘waiting rooms’ if they’re lucky they end up in a top notch nursing home, the less lucky ones end rotting away in flats.

The main story revolves around three women. Kate who’s adoptive mother has just died leading her to look for her birth mother. Lily, who is just coming up for her seventieth birthday and is afraid that someone from her past is coming back to haunt her. Then there’s Mary whose POV starts before the crisis and goes to the root of what happened.  Each character is really fleshed out and flawed, you almost think that they’re real.

The parts that were set in Africa were amazing and descriptive, I could almost picture myself there while I was reading.

If I’m going to nitpick here, certain aspects of the story were a little predictable but of course that’s just my opinion.

The Waiting room has realistic characters and an evocative story line that makes it an almost hypnotising read.

About The Author:

Eve Smith’s debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize Firsteve c smith Novel Award. Eve writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills.

Eve’s flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues.

Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband.

When she’s not writing, she’s racing across fields after her dog, attempting to organise herself and her family or off exploring somewhere new.

Follow Eve: @evecsmith & www.evesmithauthor.com

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The Terror Within (The DCI Banham Series) by Linda Regan #AuthorInterview #TheTerrorWithin @Linda_Regan @AccentPress @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #Promo

Hello lovelies and happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Today I have a fabulous Q&A with Linda Regan as part of the blog tour organised by Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours but first a little about the book:

Title: The Terror Within by Linda Regan

Publisher: Headline Accent

Date Published: 12th December 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

CAN THEY SAVE THE HOSTAGES BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT?

Just as DCI Banham and DI Alison Grainger are about to get married, a policeman is shot and all officers are urgently called to the scene.

Banham, a trained hostage negotiator, rushes to the street when he hears his friend, PC Martin Neville, has been injured and taken hostage, along with four others. As Banham tries to negotiate, things go from dangerous to critical, with PC Neville is in a life-threatening condition.

Meanwhile Grainger, having been left at the altar, defies orders and is working on the case from the CCTV room. When the pieces begin to fall together, she finds herself in a deadly situation. With time nearly up, the demands of the hostage-takers are yet to be met and lives remain at risk…

DCI Banham returns in the latest heart racing novel from critically acclaimed author Linda Regan. This fast-paced and gritty thriller is perfect for fans of Lynda La Plante and Kimberley Chambers.

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Terror-Within-Linda-Regan-ebook/dp/B07ZHCD93R/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+terror+within&qid=1585423977&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Linda_Regan_The_Terror_Within?id=tYq7DwAAQBAJ

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Q&A with Linda Regan

First of all, can you tell us about your latest book, The Terror Within?

The Terror Within is a police procedural crime story. It opens as two of my regular police are about to get married when an alert goes out to all officers in the area that a policeman has been shot and taken hostage, along with another female PC, and three civilians. DI Banham is a trained hostage negotiator, he abandons his wedding just as it is about to start and rushes to the scene. Time is against them as the injured PC needs urgent attention and the hostage takers are making impossible demands for his release. Meanwhile against her fiancé, Banham’s orders, DI Alison Grainger is at the police station working the case from there. As the clock ticks perilously away Grainger discovers more danger lurking behind this siege and venturing from the station to help, she finds herself in the thick of that danger as she tries to save other innocent lives. Tensions are at their height, as the the siege is turned on its head in an explosive climax where the surprise ending nearly knocks the whole force off their guard. 

Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

I can only say from inside my head. I walk the dog and while I am walking, I often think, oh I think I’d like to write about that, and it goes from there.

What characteristics/personality traits do you and your lead character have in common?

DCI Banham and DI Alison Grainger are really my lead characters. I can’t see what I have in common with DCI Paul Banham, but Alison is stubborn, and independent and strong. I would like to think I am those. I stand up for what I believe in, I would never back down if I thought someone was doing something wrong to anyone I love.

If your book was made into a movie, which famous actor/s would play the lead characters?

I have always thought Robert Glenister would make a great DCI Banham. He has quiet strength and is excellent at his craft. As for Alison Grainger, I am not sure. I guess an unknown actress. There are so many good actors and actresses out there, and when I watch films and television I feel I see too many of the same faces. I would love to cast a brand new face.

Who is your writing hero?

Well that depends. I love so many writers, but my complete hero every time would be the late, great, Colin Dexter. He was one of my tutors when I did my MA. He helped me enormously, as he has helped many other up and coming writers. He said he loved teaching if he believed in his pupils. He told me he believed in me, and gave me the confidence I have today. May he RIP. He was a wonderful teacher and a very supportive friend.

Which book do you wish you had written?

Only the ones in my head, that I intend to write. My own work only. I have no desire to have written anyone else’s.

What advice would you give to someone taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?

Do it. Don’t judge yourself or your work, just keep writing. And then re-writing. And don’t be afraid to have to delete something that was right when you wrote it but as you go along doesn’t fit in. Writing it wasn’t a waste of time, writing is about learning about your own writing, and the only way to do that is to write. (Gosh I hope that makes sense). Also to remember there are no rights or wrongs, if someone rejects you, it is only their opinion, someone else will love it. Don’t let anyone put you down or put you off. And don’t doubt yourself. Pick up that pen.

If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers, living or dead, who would you invite?

Colin Dexter for sure, I need to thank him for his help and support. Tennesee Williams, he wrote with such sensitivity and wrote such good parts for women in his plays. I would have to thank him for that. Wearing my actresses’ hat, I know how few good parts are written for women. Things are getting better, but Tennessee was ahead of his time. (He wrote plays such as Streetcar Named Desire, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Glass Menagerie to name but a few). And, wouldn’t it be nice to have William Shakespeare- the Bard, at the party. So many things have been said and thought about his work, his sonnets and whether he wrote everything etc. There are so many unanswered questions there. Oh, and Colin Dexter would adore those two to dine with. Colin was a teacher and adored hearing students reading beautiful words and poetry, and there were none better, in my book.

What is the one question you wish I had asked, and what’s the answer?

I think I would like you to have asked me why I write crime novels. I am the daughter of a comic, and am married to an actor known widely for his comedy work. As a child I was surrounded by comics, and I even went into the BBC hit sitcom HiDeHi playing a regular character. But still I write crime, strong and gritty too, as it is in London(where I set my novels), today. I think I am drawn to crime because I am so afraid of it. I want to give my reader satisfaction that the baddies won’t get away with it, and there are people out there who will find them and make our world a safer place to be in. 

Thank you for having me on your blog.

About the author:

Linda is a successful actress, still best known for her portrayal of April, the sweet yellow-Linda Regancoat, in the BBC award winning comedy Hi-De-Hi. Other programmes she has appeared in include: The Bafta nominated Channel five series: Harry and Cosh, The Bill, London’s Burning, Minder, Gentle Touch, The Knock, a Lynda La Plante series: Framed, to name but a few. Also many films, a season with the RSC, and many good theatre roles. To date she has appeared in nearly a hundred commercials.

She has been writing all her life: short stories, radio, fact and fiction. Her first crime novel was published in 2006, and her subsequent novels have all received excellent reviews.

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