#BookSpotlight Q&A Universe: Awakening by D. Ellis Overttun #Scifi

Today I’m excited to bring you a Q&A with author D. Ellis Overttun. Originally David contacted me over a year ago to review Universe: Awakening but decided it need more work, now I’m here with an interview to celebrate the re-publishing. Without further ado, a little about the book:

Title: Universe: Awakening by D. Ellis Overttun

Date Re-Published: 7th October 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

Description:

The year — 526,780. A probe is deployed from ISV Intrepid at the outer edge of the universe. It is the last of a complement of twelve that is part of the Deep Exploration of Uncharted Space or DEUS. Its mission: collect data on the redshift of light and spatial distortions. Time horizon: 1,000 years.

Before ISV Intrepid can return to base, something goes wrong. There is an accident. The ship is later salvaged but its pilot is missing, its copilot in a coma.

The probes collect their data with uneventful regularity.

Fast forward to 526,880. A sole surviving probe still sits in the darkness at the outer edge of the universe. Now, unseen to the naked eye, the space around the probe begins to stretch and distend. Then, the probe disappears, engulfed by an energy of unknown origin and unknown composition. However, it manages to transmit one final message.

CD3C has monitored the disappearance of each probe over the last three years. While the interpretation of the data remains a mystery, speculation is that something has invaded the universe and is moving a superluminal velocity. Its effects could be manifested in as little as the next thousand years. To the Celesti, this is one lifetime.

What can be done?

The one person who might be able to solve this problem is the copilot of ISV Intrepid. He has been lying in stasis suffering from mental trauma. He has been this way for the past century, the longest recorded case in medical history. His unchanging condition has been a convenient solution to stall any inquiry into the accident that put him there.

This threat changes everything. Now, he is needed.

Is it possible to unlock his mind?

The task falls to Auberon, a career nobody inhabiting the lower level of the hierarchy of the Ministry of Science. Can something be awakened in him to allow someone ordinary do something extraordinary?

Universe: Awakening answers this question. In the process, it explores the world of the Celesti, a highly evolved humanoid species with advanced technology, physiology and a unique way of procreation. It blends science and political intrigue to reveal the interplay of storyline and character development that forms the staging ground for the Terra Nova Series.

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Q&A with David Ellis Overttun

Can you tell me a little bit about Universe: Awakening?

Universe (Book 1) is a story about how people react to bad news: in this case, the end of the universe. Just like the threats to our own planet, there are those who accept the threat, the deniers and those who think we still have time. It draws attention to the premise that in many cases facts don’t matter. It is narrative consistency that counts and that generally means we do tomorrow what we did today.

Notwithstanding, what holds this and any story together are the relationships among its characters. One theme is how friendships are formed from adversity. Another is how self interest affects our interactions. Finally, there is love: the love between parent and child, the beginnings of love and how love endures over time.

This is the second edition of the book. Essentially, it is a major rewrite of the first third of the original version because of constructive comments I received from reviewers who noted there was more tell than show. My bad — I have a background in technical writing and can be somewhat pedantic. (Book 2, Genesis: Vision of the New World, cured me of that affliction.) So, I ripped out those sections and replaced it with dialogue to emphasize character development and relationships.

Also, LJ, you were the one who told me in a very nice way the original cover was blah. So, I let my wife do this one.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

I have always been struck by the difference between religion and science, between faith and fact. Oddly enough, this has translated into two enduring interests of mine: biblical scholarship and physics. Full disclosure: These are only interests. I have absolutely no skill in either area. I do not speak or read Greek, Hebrew or any of the other languages that might help give me direct access to an ancient text. (I am still trying to master English.) I also do not have the requisite math skills to even begin to investigate physics. However, I am very good at arithmetic.

The result is a sci-fi series with Judeo-Christian themes. The references are everywhere. For example: the names of some of the characters (“el” means “god”), Guardians that can form wings and fly, auras (aka halos), the mark of Cain, etc. What it is not is an opinion about science and religion or the importance of one over the other.

If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

Sci-fi sprinkled with the Old Testament.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

I only have a very general direction of where the story is going, that I have to end up in a certain place. In that sense, I’m very much like the reader waiting to see what comes next. It’s the thing that gets me excited.

I write like a songwriter. They will typically start out with a riff and see where it leads. I do the same. I have a premise for the day’s segment but I look for that opening riff. Ideas come to me just before I fall asleep at night or when I’m just about to wake in the morning. I try to empty my head ASAP. Once the ideas are “on paper”, I go back and refine later in the day. The next morning, the process repeats itself.

When I am in writing mode, I write somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 words a day. So, it takes me about 2 months to get to a first draft. Then, the real work begins: editing, copyediting and getting rid of stupid stuff.

If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

Without hesitation, if I could only recommend just one book to read (and not one of mine in shameless self promotion), it would have to be Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. For me, it has crystalized my view of risk and how to deal with it. I am not just talking about financial risk. I am also talking about the kinds of risk you see in the TV series The Science of Stupid. I have found that people only become aware of risk when bad things happen. Antifragile defines and describes risk in a way that has influenced the way that I view the world.

Who are your favourite authors?

I mostly read things that my wife gives me for Christmas which tends to focus on interesting perspectives (eg. The Upside of Down or An Illustrated Short History of Progress). Having said that, my favorite author has to be Nassim Taleb. I love the irreverent way he describes how the world works and admonishes the powers that be. Next on my list would be Niall Ferguson for the unique way he sees things.

Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I played piano in some bars around town one year to help put myself through university. Talent wise, I was and am just below a mediocre musician — cover your ears on my worst day and you can listen to maybe one song on my best. However, that background has helped me to pen the lyrics to 3 songs in Universe:“Girl-Wind”, an untitled piece and “Wanderer”.

Author Bio:

I grew up in a town in the Midwest, my mother was a bookkeeper for a small HVAC company and my father was a draftsman. At university, I studied chemistry. However, when I graduated, I did not (or could not) pursue that vocation because I was terrible in the lab.

I have been a storyteller ever since I can remember. It started as a way to get out of trouble and evolved as a way to entertain those around me. My first recollection of writing prose was in elementary school when I had to write a short essay about a picture from a magazine. (Mine was a freshly baked loaf of bread.) In grade 7, I penned two short stories for a school writing competition. One was entitled “My Funny Cousin”, a descriptive piece about a relative (a little older than me) who stayed with us one summer. My mother very quickly killed that story. At the time, it didn’t make sense to me because she told me she thought it was very funny. It was only later that I figured out that I could have replaced “Funny” with “Flamboyant” in the title. So, it was back to the drawing board. My second attempt was a collection of anecdotes about the life of my maternal grandfather titled “The Hilarious Things My Grandfather Did”. That one went on to win.

My first complete novel was a story about a soldier of fortune in the age of horse and bow. At the time, I had contact with people in the entertainment business in California. The feedback I got was that I should take one of the chapters and expand it into a novel. That made no sense to me. What the heck did that mean? How could you expand something so small into something big? So, I never pursued it. However, the comment stuck with me. It was only much later that I figured out that it meant that I should never rush the telling of a story.

This brings us to the present and the Terra Nova Series. (Book 2 has just been published and Book 3 is in progress.) I write for an audience of one: my wife. She loves the stories. Now, all I have to do is get 99,999 more like her and I’ll have a hit!

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#BlogTour Q&A #BookSpotlight The Nanny Song by Misti Mount @MistyAMount @RRBookTours1 #TheNannySong

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Today I’m very excited to bring you a Q&A with author Misti Mount and a giveaway as part of the blog tour for The Nanny Song but first a bit about the book:

Title: The Nanny Song by Misti Mount

Publication Date: May 10th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Suspense/ Romance

Publisher: Willow River Press

Description:

Mallory Riscoe is no stranger to dysfunction. Despite her tumultuous childhood, at twenty-two, she has established herself as a fully functional, self-made woman. However the safe, mundane life she has created for herself is quickly turned upside-down when she’s falsely accused of theft and promptly fired.

Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children; Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.

Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered that bond, and possibly Mallory’s life itself is now at risk. Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?

You Can Buy A Copy Here:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540755411&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nanny+song

Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540215168&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=misty+mount&dpPl=1&dpID=51wBnJHfs-L&ref=plSrch

Barnes & Noble:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-nanny-song-misty-mount/1128876014?ean=9780999655672

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Q&A with Misti Mount:

1. Where did the inspiration for The Nanny Song come from?

I wrote this story in my very early twenties, my teenage years full of babysitting and nannying still fresh on my mind. I wanted to write something that reflected my struggles and adventures in bonding with other people’s children. The real kids I worked with will always have a place in my heart and thankfully, most of them were not as badly behaved as the duo in my book.

2. If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

A modern-day Jane Eyre meets a (good) Lifetime movie.

3. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I usually wait for the house to quiet down after everyone has gone to sleep, then I bust out my laptop at the dining room table. I’m frequently guilty of staying up all night and suffering intense drowsiness the next day.

4. If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

That’s so hard! I’ll have to say The Princess Bride because it has a bit of everything: true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and tons more!

5. Who are your favourite authors?

I love classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick and Larry Niven. I also love old mystery and gothic romance authors like Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

6. Is writing your only job? If not, what is your other job?

In addition to being a mom and caring for my sister, I do daycare part time and work as a personal care attendant for people with special needs.

7. Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I have always been deeply empathetic and I often suffer from “sympathy pain” if I witness someone physically hurting or emotionally suffering.

8. What are you currently working on?

I’m nearly finished with my next novel, a sort of origin story that was inspired by my character in the first role-playing game I ever played.

Giveaway!!!

For your chance to win 1 Print Copy of The Nanny Song or 2 Digital Copies click the link below (I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.)

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About the Author:

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a Author Pic (1)caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mistyamount @MistyAMount

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15569092.Misty_Mount

Check out the other amazing bloggers taking part in this blog tour:

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Reads & Reels (Review) http://www.readsandreels.com

Didi Oviatt (Promo) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

The Bookstanista (Review) https://bookstanista.com

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

The Reading Mermaid (Review) https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live/

October 30th

Helen Hollick (Guest Post) https://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk/

The Cozy Pages (Promo) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Darque Dreamer Reads (Review) https://darquedreamerreads.wordpress.com

My Books, My Baby, and I (Review) https://mybabymybooksandi.wordpress.com

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

October 31st

Loving Life Every Day (Interview) https://lauramorningstar.com

Valerie’s Musings (Interview) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Bri’s Book Nook (Review) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

November 1st

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) Dashfan81.blogspot.com

Wicked Good Reads (Review) http://www.wickedgoodreads.com

Plot Monsters (Promo) http://plotmonster.wordpress.com

On the Shelf Reviews (Interview) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

November 2nd

Cup of Toast (Interview) https://cupoftoast.co.uk

The Genre Minx (Promo) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

Jessica Rachow (Review) Jessicarachow.wordpress.com

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#BlogTour Q&A The Kithseeker by M.K. Wiseman @rararesources @FaublesFables

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Today I’d to welcome M.K Wiseman to my blog and I want to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour. I have an exclusive Q&A with M.K. but first a little about her new book:

Title: The Kithseeker by M.K Wiseman

Date Published: 21st August 2018

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Description:

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

https://smile.amazon.com/Kithseeker-Bookminder-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07FMSMHW8/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kithseeker-Bookminder-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07FMSMHW8/

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Now for my Q&A with M.K. Wiseman:

Can you tell me a little bit about your book?

Sure thing, The Kithseeker is the second in the Bookminder series. Continuing the story of Liara and Nagarath (and their enemy, the now incantate war mage, Anisthe of Vrsar) the stakes are raised and the world established in book 1 widens.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

Bookminders inspiration is three-fold. The “guts” of the plot-driving magick system came from a combination of a dream in 2004 and my job in the book assessment department of the main campus library. Add to that my Croatian heritage and, poof!, historical fantasy. (It was, of course, not that easy to develop from there. But the origins of the story are essentially as simple as that.)

If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

17th century wizards fighting amongst themselves and causing chaos.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Honestly, for me, a typical writing day is often punctuated and uneven. My dedicated writing time may grind to a halt under the siren call of emails or lawn mowing. (The perils of working from home.) That said, I don’t suffer from as much “Internet distraction” as others. Sure, I positively live on Twitter but I actually try to do my drafts on little yellow legal pads. No muss, no fuss, no stopping to watch cat videos. (Of course, I may someday be crushed to death by the stack of filled notebooks that live in my office closet.) For variety—and practicality, as I am a lefty with atrocious handwriting—I also have a 1937 Royal on my desk and a well-travelled laptop. Sort of depends on the scene and the deadline. If I’m thick in edits, I’ll usually jump right into a fresh document on my computer, just to save myself the extra work of transcription.

If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

What. A. Ride.

Seriously, if I can recommend just one book, just one, I’d have to say this one because you’ll get the most milage with it. It’s just . . . beautiful, hilarious, poignant, and exceptionally weird. It will stick with you. It will keep you up at night. And if you’re like me, you will return to it every few years and it will always bring a smile to your face.

Who are your favourite authors?

Laurie R. King; Orson Scott Card (his earlier work, specifically); Carol Kendall; Ursula LeGuin; Madeline L’Engle; J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Adams; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; & Adrian Conan Doyle

Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I can’t swim/I sink in water. (Yes, I have been called to demonstrate this fact to the disbelieving. It is a bit of an Issue in my life, considering my love of sailing and fishing. No, I have not yet found a solution other than floaties and generally avoiding swimming pools.)

What are you currently working on?

Am currently working on Fatewreaker, book 3 of Bookminder, interspersed with a bit of work on other ‘back burner’ projects. I tend to work straight through a draft so as to not dawdle along the way or lose the voice of the particular project. But sometimes, my brain needs a break and so I dive into something else with unmatched fury, giving myself whatever it is I need to then go back to the actual task (with actual deadlines!) at hand.

Thank you M.K Wiseman for your great answers! I love that you recommend Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams, I haven’t read it years but I agree it is a great book!

Author Bio –

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University ofThe Kithseeker - MKWiseman_pic Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

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#BlogTour Q&A The Spy’s Gamble by Howard Kaplan #LoveBooksGroupTours #TheSpysGamble

Today I’m bring you an exclusive Q&A with Howard Kaplan author of The Spy’s Gamble, but first a little bit about the book:

Title: The Spy’s Gamble by Howard Kaplan

Date Published: 5th June 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

When the Israeli Prime Minister boards a new stealth submarine in Norfolk, Virginia intending a celebratory ride and the sub vanishes, it sets in motion a suspenseful story that intertwines the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a story of what could be.

Shai Shaham—an Israeli intelligence officer—contacts old friend and adversary Ramzy Awwad—a former PLO intelligence officer and one of the great writers of his people—for help in locating the missing prime minister. But can they trust each other? Can their friendship withstand the turbulent political landscape?

Eli Bardin—an agent who is feeling the strain of being away from his wife and children for so long in the field—is also tasked to contact Ramzy for the help in finding the missing sub. It seems the Russian have great interest in the technology, and he must locate the prime minister…because losing him is a national calamity that threatens to upset a delicate political balance in the most terrifying ways.

Starkly depicting the excesses of both sides and moving through actual events, THE SPY’S GAMBLE relies on in-depth research to weave a thrilling tale of suspense of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spys-Gamble-Jerusalem-Spy-ebook/dp/B07DF86VDS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532875846&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Spy%27s+Gamble

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Now here’s my Q&A with Howard Kaplan:

1. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

I like to travel first with a notepad and camera and go to the locations I’m thinking about writing about, in this case both Israel and the West Bank, into Palestinian refugee camps, towns and villages and through the underside and less seen parts of Jerusalem so I can create a novel around what I hope are interesting places.

2. If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

The Israeli and Palestinian peoples hope and quest for peace.

3. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I’m a morning person and these days seem to fall asleep a bit too early with the television on. I grind some coffee beans and start with two strong cups, before too long in the summer heat it’s the remainder over ice. I work from about eight until noon, force myself to take an hour for lunch; if I go back to work too quickly then I get tired a bit sooner than I’d like. I work until about 3, take another break, ride my bike or such and then typically make a few notes for the following day. I sometimes use a trick I learned from Hemingway—to not finish a scene so I have a place to start the following morning.

4. If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

I’m in the thriller genre and it would be LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and then the Alec Guinness miniseries of the novel. LeCarre is unsurpassed in both character, plot and themes. He’s a joy to read.

5. Who are your favourite authors?

There’s a lesser known American thriller writer Charles McCarry who is just great. I like Jennifer Egan, who wrote Visit From the Goon Squad, I read all her novels. I love the old greats: Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. I like smart intelligent suspense which is what I attempt. And what can be better in title and theme than The Heart of the Matter.

6. Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I got married in my 40’s was worried I might not have children and ended up with a fabulous son and dedicated The Spy’s Gamble to him, with great pleasure.

7. What are you currently working on?

The Spy’s Gamble is part of a 3 book series, that are all stand alones. I think it’s best read first then one can go back and read the prequel set 30 years earlier, Bullets of Palestine, and the central book in terms of when it takes place, To Destroy Jerusalem is just about out.

About The Author:

HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet DSC_0460 retouchedUnion to smuggle a dissident’s manuscript on microfilm to London. His first trip was a success. On his second trip, he transferred a manuscript to the Dutch Ambassador inside his Moscow embassy. A week later, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and then two days in Moscow, before being expelled from the USSR. The KGB had picked him up for meeting dissidents and did not know about the manuscript transfers.

He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of five novels.

DAMASCUS COVER is now a major motion picture starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sir John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Visit Howard’s websitehttp://www.howardkaplanauthor.com

Author Page on Facebook for photos of the DAMASCUS COVER film shoot and other updates: https://www.facebook.com/HowardKaplanauthorDamascusCover


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#BlogTour Q&A Married Lies by Chris Collett @JoffeBooks @crime_crow @Books_n_all #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks

Today I’m excited to bring you a Q&A with the lovely Chris Collett as part of the blog tour for her latest novel Married Lies, first a little bit about the book:

Title: Married Lies by Chris Collett

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

Description:

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters? Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon

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Q&A with Chris Collett

For those readers who have never read your Tom Mariner series, can you give them a brief overview?

The series is a police procedural set in the city of Birmingham, UK. DI Tom Mariner works out of a suburban police station on the range of complex cases that might be expected in a huge multi-ethnic conurbation. As one reader/reviewer recently put it: If I was the victim of a crime, Mariner is the detective I’d want to investigate!

Can you tell us a bit about Married Lies?

Often the inspiration for the Mariner books comes from a news story or magazine article I’ve read. Married Lies followed on from a piece I saw about women who had been stalked, and eventually murdered, by someone close to them. I’m intrigued by the mentality of the stalker and the lengths that (usually) he will go to. Married Lies is primarily about a young woman who is being stalked by person(s) unknown.

Where did the inspiration for Tom Mariner come from?

The simple answer to that is I don’t know! When I embarked on the first book in the series – Deadly Lies – he really was an unknown entity. I knew how the story would unfold and what I wanted my detective to do to solve the mystery, but Mariner himself ‘evolved’ during the course of that book, and I hope he has continued to do so. While not based on any one person, I suspect that I’ve taken Mariner’s character traits and foibles from all sorts of people I’ve known – including me! His name also went through several previous incarnations, none of which felt quite right. But given that I grew up by the sea, and my great-great grandfather was a trawlerman, I like the idea that my protagonist is also a Mariner.


If you were to recommend one book everyone should read, what would it be?

The most affecting book I’ve read is Chris Mullin’s ‘Error of Judgement’ about the six men wrongly convicted of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings (an event touched on in the third Mariner book ‘Killer Lies’). The revelation of such blatant (and violent) prejudice inside the institutions designed to protect us, along with that feeling of ‘it could happen to anyone’, is terrifying. It kept me awake for nights.

My fiction recommendation would be ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel. In Thomas Cromwell Mantel has taken an unprepossessing man and somehow created an enormously attractive and charismatic character. I found the book totally gripping. I was later lucky enough to see the RSC dramatisation at Stratford too.


What is a typical writing day for you?

I think because (like many writers) I started out when I was working full-time and had a young family, I’ve never had a regular writing routine. Instead it had to be fitted in with other things. What this does mean is that I’m pretty flexible about when and where I write. I do have a designated ‘office’ space, but often end up elsewhere. What has changed since I retired from the day job is that I have the freedom to spend much more time each day writing, which feels like such a luxury!


Tell us something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!). In my teens I was football mad and played in a women’s football team.


What are you currently working on?

While continuing to revise the original Mariner series for Joffe, I’m in the very early stages of the next (#9) Mariner outing. I’m also working another crime novel – working title Pure Evil – which I hope will be the start of another series with two new protagonists.
CHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go inChris Collett author photo jpg England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

#BlogTour Q&A Murder At Work by Faith Martin @JoffeBooks @FaithMartin_Nov #Promo #NewRelease

A little extra post this week with a Q&A from Faith Martin answering all those frequently asked questions.  First a little bit about the book.  I haven’t unfortunately had the time to read this book but it looks fantastic!  I’ll be adding it to my mountainous tbr pile….  

Title: Murder At Work by Faith Martin (Hiliary Greene No 11)

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 13th April 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Police Procedural

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Book Description:

Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

Meet DI HILLARY GREENE, a policewoman struggling to save her career and catch criminals.

Hillary will retire in a few weeks. But can her boss get Hillary to change her mind by putting her on a murder investigation?

The victim is found dead with his head bashed in with a piece of wood. Michael Ivers was a gambler and a notorious womaniser. He had few friends and there is a long list of people who might have wanted him dead.

Hillary wants to solve her final case as a police officer and she has just days left to find out who killed him. To add to her problems, her old enemy, ex-Sergeant Frank Ross is back on the scene and is a prime suspect.

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER AT WORK is the eleventh in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION:
A small industrial/business unit on the outskirts of a large market town. It has six units, including a scrap-metal yard, a builders’ yard, a shoe warehouse, a newspaper delivery depot, a garden supplies unit and an auto repair shop. Modern but unattractive, it is a small working community, where everyone knows everyone else, and most workers eat in a small on-site café.

THE DETECTIVE:
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a police officer of many years’ experience, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. Popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW EXIT.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK

THIS IS NOT HILLARY’S LAST CASE. SHE WILL RETURN TO INVESTIGATE MORE FIENDISH CRIMES.

Books 12-17 coming soon!

Frequently Asked Questions by Faith Martin:

Where do you get your ideas from?

It would be nice if ideas came to me in my dreams, then all I’d have to do in the morning is jot them down and hey presto! Alas, this has never yet happened. So, whenever I approach any murder mystery, I start with the basic facts – ie, ‘A’ murders ‘B’ because of ‘C’. I then invent other motives for other characters, chose my murder method, and then add in clues. When you pick up a book as reader, you begin with chapter one and are then, step-by-step, taken further and deeper in the story until you come to the denouement at the end. In other words, you start on the outside of the spider’s web, and work your way to the centre. But as a writer, I start from the central core and work outwards!
What made you decide to write your first book?

I trained as a secretary, but when I was only 19, my parents had a very bad car accident that left them partially disabled. After a few years, it became clear that they needed some long-term help, so I left my secretarial job, and stayed at home as a carer. But I needed something else to do – and since I had always been a creative sort, and had always loved reading books, I decided to try and write one for myself. (As you do!) I started writing romance first, and as MAXINE BARRY was lucky enough to have my first book published by Orion. I then later decided to turn to crime! And now the lovely Jasper Joffe has been kind enough to fight DI Hillary Greene’s corner.
Who do you like to read when you’re not writing a book yourself?

I love reading authors from around the world, and read anything crime-related, except horror (too chicken!) There are some great Scandinavian authors around at the moment (especially in the noir genre), but also some marvellous African and Australian authors. But my very favourites are still golden age authors. At the moment, for instance, I’m reading a Rex Stout novel. But I’ve also ordered from my local library as many copies of the British Library Classic Crime series as I can find. Everyone knows the famous authors, of course, but that era produced some writers who are totally unknown now, but who deserve a renaissance.
What do you like most about being a writer?

There are so many things, it’s hard to put them in any order. I love getting letters from readers, thanking me for a book that they’ve just enjoyed reading, for instance. That always makes my day. And when the postman comes with my complimentary copies from my publisher. There’s something about getting my hands on my newly released novel for the first time that’s absolutely wonderful. And the satisfaction of typing in THE END after months of hard work! What a relief!
What do you most dislike about being a writer?

Not much, to be honest. But being your own boss can sometimes be difficult (you can’t blame the boss when things go wrong, for instance!). And when the sun’s shining, and the dog is looking at you hopefully, it can be hard to knuckle down and finish off that bit in chapter four, when all you really want to do is head out for a ramble in the countryside instead. Also, although it sounds like an old cliché, writing can be a very lonely occupation sometimes. Not just physically – being alone in a room, without work colleagues – but mentally too. When it’s just you and a blank, unhelpful screen, you can sometimes feel as if you’re living on Mars!

About The Author:

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city ofAuthor photo (1) dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 11 books in the series are available now.


Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

#BlogTour Q&A with Chauncey Rogers @ChaunceyRogers @shanannigans81

Today I’m excited to be hosting a Q&A with Chauncey Rogers for his latest book Happily. First here’s little bit about the book and the author:

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Description:

If the shoe fits, wear it. If it doesn’t, make it. Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to hoodwink the royal family and survive to tell the tale.Add Happily on GoodReads
Purchase Happily on Amazon!

About The Author:

Chauncey Rogers - OptionalChauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.Q&A:

Welcome Chauncey!

Thank you Lorna for letting the tour drop by your lovely blog! It’s a privilege to be here.

Can you tell us a bit about Happily and the inspiration behind it?

Sure! Happily is yet another Cinderella story, only this time, it isn’t about Cinderella at all. Rather, it’s the story of Laure, a nobody and a thief, who decides to take advantage of the royal family’s hunt for a missing princess for her own personal gain. And while other girls just tried to fit a glass slipper, Laure goes the extra mile to pull off her deception.

I’ve always enjoyed the story of Cinderella, but also thought that quite a few of the plot points in it were a bit odd. Why couldn’t the prince recognize the girl he loved? Why didn’t the shoe fit on anybody else’s foot? So when my three-year-old daughter asked me to write a story for her, I thought I’d take a crack at Cinderella, since Cinderella was her undisputed favorite princess. While I didn’t write my story for a three-year-old reader, I hope that my daughter will have a fun time with it once she’s a bit older.

What is your favourite genre/author to read?

I jump around in genres quite a bit, but some of my favorites are scifi and fantasy, biographies, and military histories. I try to pick up something outside those genres fairly regularly, though, so that my reading doesn’t start to feel stale. As for a favorite author? I think I’d have to say Brandon Sanderson. His books have always been pretty solid with me. Not all of them are amazing, but they’ve all at least been good, and some have been magnificent.

What is your favourite genre to write?

Hmmm… I’m not sure if I’m experienced enough yet to decide on something like that! I did feel like writing horror was easier than writing Happily, but I think I felt more emotionally connected with Happily than I did with my two previous novels. Not really a straight answer, is it? I suppose I’ll just say that my favorite genre is whichever one I’m working in.

What is a typical writing day for you?

I like to write in the mornings. The writing part of my brain seems to work better in the morning, the editing part in the evening. I usually have my writing planned out – what scenes I’ll be working through–so I just sit down and go. I’ll take a break for lunch, and maybe another break or two to stretch my legs, get some fresh air, help wrangle kids, or have a snack. Sometimes I write while walking on a treadmill, if I feel like I’m slowing down. I write 2,000 words each day, though, and try and have them be good, too. Sometimes I’m done fast, sometimes it takes longer, but that’s usually how it goes.

Tell us something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I cry very easily when I laugh, or when I feel very happy. I’ll almost always cry when I share one of the Disney classic movies with my kids for the first time. I’m not sure why I have such overactive tear glands, but I’m okay with it now. Besides, I hear it’s good for you.

What are you currently working on?

Well, trying to get Happily well on its way and out the door has been pretty consuming, to be honest. But for writing projects, I’ve been contemplating either editing or rewriting a novel I wrote last year, a space-fantasy called Angela of the Stars. There are other projects, too. Secret projects…. 😉 


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#Author #Interview with K.C Tansley @KourHei

So today I’m excited to bring you an interview of lovely K.C Tansley, the author of the fantastic Unbelievables series. 

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Book Summary

She tried to ignore them. Now she might risk everything to save them.

After a summer spent in a haunted castle—a summer in which she traveled through time to solve a murder mystery—Kat is looking forward to a totally normal senior year at McTernan Academy. Then the ghost of a little girl appears and begs Kat for help, and more unquiet apparitions follow. All of them are terrified by the Dark One, and it soon becomes clear that that this evil force wants Kat dead.

Searching for help, Kat leaves school for the ancestral home she’s only just discovered. Her friend Evan, whose family is joined to her own by an arcane history, accompanies her. With the assistance of her eccentric great aunts and a loyal family ghost, Kat soon learns that she and Evan can only fix the present by traveling into the past.

As Kat and Evan make their way through nineteenth-century Vienna, the Dark One stalks them, and Kat must decide what she’s willing to sacrifice to save a ghost.

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One sentence summary:

When an ancestor’s ghost begs her for help, Kat risks herself—and the friend who’s sworn to protect her—by traveling in time to nineteenth-century Vienna.

You can read my review here.

 

Interview:

I have recently read the second book in the Unbelievables series, The girl who saved the ghosts, could you tell me a little about the series?
The Unbelievables series are fast-paced YA time-travel murder mysteries that combines time-traveling, paranormal, and gothic mystery genres to weave a tale full of ancestral curses, powerful spells, strange connections, and inherited surprises.

My best friend Anthony and I came up with the concept for the first book when we were in 7th grade. We just put everything we loved in books into our own concept. We wanted to tell the story of four families who were linked across time by bonds they couldn’t escape, so we always saw it as a series.

In Book 1, prep school junior Kat Preston accidentally time travels to 1886 Connecticut, where she must share a body with a rebellious Victorian lady, prevent a gruesome wedding night murder, disprove a deadly family curse, and find a way back to her own time.

What inspired the series?

I was a big fan of ghost stories and Gothic stories as a kid. I remember reading about banshees and thinking there was nothing cooler. One of my all-time favorite reads is Wuthering Heights with its Gothic love story. Agatha Christie mysteries were a must-read for me too. I loved the intricate plotting and how it all came together so perfectly in the end.

As an adult, I read The Woman in Black, and it probably contributed to some of the creepier moments in the story. The Harry Potter series played a big role in my writing this book because I was distraught over Hermione and Harry leaving my life. I realized if I wrote my own books, my characters would be with me forever.



This is probably one you’ve heard a million times, but do you believe in ghosts?

I definitely believe in the unbelievables—ghosts, spells, time travel.

When I lived on Wall Street, there were several nights in that haze between dreaming and fully awake where I saw ghosts at the end of my bed. People dressed in clothes from another era and exuding an eerie bluish light. It turns out there were some horrible fires that destroyed buildings down there. I think when people die tragically something of them remains.

In my apartment in Washington, D.C., I used to hear people walking in the living room at night. At the time, I lived alone. It scared me so much I would throw the covers over my head. Because as we all know that protects us from the supernatural. I never went to investigate, but to this day, I think ghosts were moving around in there at night.

I know you also write for adults, what made you take the leap into young adult fiction?

It felt right for the story and the characters. At its heart, The Unbelievables series is about finding out who you are and where you belong. I think that’s a coming of age theme that is best suited to YA fiction.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors like myself?

Enjoying a great story and learning how to write a great story are two very different things. Take writing classes, attend workshops, read craft books, read writing magazines, and keep writing and revising. Every word you write makes you a better writer!

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m outlining Book 3 in the series. I like to spend a couple weeks playing with the major plotlines and story moments. It’s big picture stuff and character emotional arcs. I create a 3-4 page synopsis that I use as a guide when drafting my story.

I love this part of the process because I get to try out different scenarios and if I don’t like it, I can erase a few sentences and change it. Once I am drafting, it’s harder to cut entire scenes and rework plots. I still do it, but it’s just so much easier to do it now.

I have been going through books of baby names to name my new characters. I really enjoy figuring out their names and their backstories. 

Bio

K.C. Tansley lives with her warrior lapdog, Emerson, and two quirky golden retrievers on a hillIMG_7858 somewhere in Connecticut. She tends to believe in the unbelievables—spells, ghosts, time travel—and writes about them.

Never one to say no to a road trip, she’s climbed the Great Wall twice, hopped on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, and danced the night away in the dunes of Cape Hatteras. She loves the ocean and hates the sun, which makes for interesting beach days. The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts is her award-winning and bestselling first novel in The Unbelievables series.

As Kourtney Heintz, she also writes award winning cross-genre fiction for adults.

You can find out more about her at: http://kctansley.com

 

Links

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Author Website

 

Also available in the series, The Girl Who Ignored The Ghosts:

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