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Today I’m on the ‘The Grass Trail (Trail Series #3)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, AA Abbott, but b
About the Author :
English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.
Shaun knows who put him inside – and he wants to make her pay…
Shaun Halloran wouldn’t be in prison if glamorous Kat White hadn’t taken his gun. Pictures of the stunning blonde are plastered all over his cell. As soon as he can escape, she’s dead. But with his criminal empire crumbling, he can’t trust anyone.
Kat, panicked by poison pen letters, has nowhere to turn. Her parents are dead and her brother’s ill. Even her sexy new business partner may not be what he seems. When she receives life-changing news, vodka is the only answer…
A tense crime thriller with plenty of twists, “The Grass Trail” races through Birmingham, London and the former Soviet Union – tempting you to turn each page.
Guest Post :
The Twist that Turned a Book Around
Inspiration struck in the middle of the night…
“The Grass Trail” was the hardest book I’d ever written. Third in a series, it had to work as a standalone crime thriller while holding the interest of readers who already knew the characters well. A heady story of marijuana farming, prison escape plots and illegal vodka stills, it nevertheless had something missing. Fretfully, I tossed and turned in my bed during the small hours of the morning, unable to sleep until I’d figured it out.
I’d heard other writers speak of that blinding flash of inspiration, but this was the first and only time it had ever happened to me. Suddenly, the answer appeared. “I know your game,” I said out loud.
“Pardon?” my husband mumbled, still in the Land of Nod.
“I know her game. Marina, the ice queen. I know what she’s up to,” I told him.
He drifted back to sleep, and I began to focus on Marina. A cool, beautiful blonde, she had appeared like a ghost from afar to Marty Bridges in “The Vodka Trail”. Captured by terrorists in the former Soviet Union, he’d squinted at her from the small window in his cell, shocked to see a woman he’d believed was dead. Marina hadn’t just defrauded him of a large sum of money, she’d married the man Marty suspected of killing her first husband. Now she was being unfaithful to him with a young, sexy terrorist.
Why would a woman behave that way? Was she simply evil? Or – as I now realised – was she playing a clever game as the instrument of the police state in which she lived?
Marina was, in fact, ideologically driven. She was a secret agent, getting close to men in order to spy on them. Her lovers, and their deaths, were decided by the state.
Marina’s story, gradually unfolding to her nearest and dearest, was the spicy twist that “The Grass Trail” needed. In my opinion, that lightbulb moment turned the book around. I’d love to know if you agree!
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