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Today I’m on the ‘The Wife’s Revenge’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

5FXzZvnwI live in Brighton with my husband and a tabby cat called Chester. After a career in public sector admin, most recently at the University of Brighton, it was time to stop dreaming about being a writer and actually do something about it! Fast forward to the present, and now I’m both traditionally published and self-published, with five women’s fiction novels under my own name, and five ‘cosy’ reads, writing as Zara Thorne. I’ve also published a book of short stories, most of which were previously published in The People’s Friend magazine. ‘The Wife’s Revenge’ is my first foray into the psychological suspense genre.

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Sometimes the lie is safer than the truth.
Fran made the biggest mistake of her life when she had an affair with Ben. Both families live in the village of Oakheart; their children are friends. Fran’s guilt shadows her days. But it’s no more than she deserves, or is it? At least she’s managed to protect her husband, Hector, from the harsh truth.
But for how long?
Tessa has left her troubles in the past and now has the perfect life. Ben might have his faults, but his life has not been easy. They need each other, and Tessa will do whatever it takes to eliminate any threats to her marriage.
Threats from women like Fran.
A cliff overlooks a disused chalk-pit. The locals call it High Heaven. It’s a place of secrets. And it’s where Oakheart newcomer Maria died. When Fran discovers a link between Maria and Ben, disturbing questions arise to which she has no way of knowing the answers.
Faced with an ultimatum from Tessa, time is running out for Fran. She’s scared, every minute of every day.
But where does the real danger lie?

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#CoverReveal #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 : Ten Tales for a Dark Tomorrow – Kevin A. Kuhn @Big_Kuhna #Scifi

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours, to reveal the cover of

Ten Tales for a Dark Tomorrow
by
Kevin A. Kuhn

But first some information.

About the Author :

Author PicKevin A. Kuhn is a proud member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. His first novel, Do You Realize?, won five independent literary awards and spent time as a number one Amazon best seller in four countries. He is also a retired technology executive who currently teaches at a major business school. Kevin lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with his wife, Melinda, and their five kids—three human children and two schnoodles.

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Synopsis :

Title: Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow
Expected Publication Date: October 21, 2019
Genre: Speculative Fiction / Sci-Fi / Anthology

Ten speculative fiction stories inspired by the original Twilight Zone series, including cautionary tales, horror, science fiction, and more.
In the spirit of that iconic, timeless show, these mysterious and gripping narratives explore parallel worlds, faraway planets, dystopian societies, and unsettling reality.
• A toddler shifts through parallel worlds, changing into different versions of herself. What would a mother do for her daughter?
• A chef finds an alternate food source on a remote world. When the new chef arrives, will he be forced to reveal a horrific secret?
• A twelve-year-old Earth girl is randomly chosen to rule the galaxy. Why are galactic administrators so desperate to stop her?
• Humanity is on trial, annihilation at stake. Can an underdog alien lawyer save us?
• Time seems to stand still as a young boy bikes with his troubled friend. Is the friend causing this phenomenon—and what if he doesn’t stop it?
Explore space and time—and confront humanity’s deepest fears—with Ten Tales of a Dark Tomorrow.

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She says nothing, content to burrow into my chest. I look at the top of her head: thick blond hair, a line of pink scalp at her part. She’s wicked smart for her age, and I’m still trying to get used to that. The doctors have used words like gifted, genius, and prodigy. She plays piano pieces that most couldn’t master at any age. She can multiply three-digit numbers in her head instantly. She reads voraciously and beat me in chess the first time we played. People say she is a gift. I smile, but only I know what she is. She’s my child, but she isn’t—she’s a version, a duplicate.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Darkest Hour – Rachel Churcher @Rachel_Churcher

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Today I’m on the ‘Darkest Hour’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

lm36auoARachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

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dURq0GKQBex Ellman and Ketty Smith are fighting on opposite sides in a British civil war. Bex and her friends are in hiding, but when Ketty threatens her family, Bex learns that her safety is more fragile than she thought.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence.

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #PromoPost : The Angel of Evil (The Great Devil War #4) #AngelofEvil – Kenneth B. Andersen @K_B_Andersen #YAFantasy #Fantasy #YAReads

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Today I’m on the ‘The Angel of Evil (The Great Devil War #4)’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicI WAS BORN IN DENMARK ON A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT IN NOVEMBER 1976 …
… and I began writing when I was a teenager. My first book was a really awful horror novel titled Nidhug’s Slaves. It didn’t get published. Luckily.
During the next 7 years, I wrote nearly 20 novels–all of which were rejected–while working as a school teacher. The rest of the time I spent writing.
In 2000 I published my debut fantasy book, The Battle of Caïssa, and that’s when things really took off. Since then I’ve published more than thirty-five books for children and young adults in genres ranging from fantasy to horror and science fiction.
My books have been translated into more than 15 languages and my series about the superhero Antboy has been adapted for film, which is available on Netflix. An animated tv series is currently in development.
A musical of The Devil’s Apprentice opened in the fall 2018 and the movie rights for the series have also been optioned.
I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two boys, a dog named Milo and spiders in the basement.
About THE GREAT DEVIL WAR: The Great Devil War was published in Denmark from 2005-2016, beginning with The Devil’s Apprentice.
Even though the story (mostly) takes place in Hell and deals with themes like evil, death and free will, it is also a humoristic tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective. A tale that hopefully will make the reader – young or old, boy or girl – laugh and think.
Welcome to the other side!

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The angel of evil coverTitle: The Angel of Evil (The Great Devil War #4)
Publication Date: October 20th, 2019 (Today)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Multi-award winning series, published in 10 countries, movie rights optioned!
Continuing the dark adventure that begins with The Devil’s Apprentice, The Die of Death and The Wrongful Death.

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Nothing will ever be the same. Satina is gone, kidnapped by the enemy. Disobeying Lucifer, Philip heads out to find her, journeying into the deep darkness of Outer Reach.
But nothing can prepare Philip for the horror that awaits—or the demons he will face.
Meanwhile, Lucifer’s kingdom is threatened as the Great Devil War draws closer. All Hell is about to break loose…
THE GREAT DEVIL WAR is a gripping, humorous and dark tale about good and evil seen from a different perspective, making the reader laugh and think. It’s filled with biblical and historical characters and set in a world beyond your wildest dreams. Or nightmares.

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The Devil’s Apprentice
The Die of Death
The Wrongful Death

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : Geraldine – John Mead @JohnMeadAuthor

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oTV-qWGAHatred is such a nasty thing – we all deplore it in others but do not necessarily recognise it in ourselves. At what point does resentment, jealousy, betrayal or humiliation turn into anger and then grow to an all consuming hatred? Hatred can be slow, taking years to fester, or can explode in seconds – it can linger for a lifetime or wither in seconds of its conception.
Inspector Matthew Merry and Sergeant Julie Lukula have to deal with the consequences of violence and murder on a daily basis and in the case of Gerry Driver they both see that hatred is the prime motive. But is it, as Julie thinks, one of a series of hate crimes that has led to this killing? Or, is Matthew right in saying, ‘Driver’s death is undoubtedly a hate filled crime but I’m just not convinced that there are sufficient links to suggest it is part of a pattern of hate crimes.’
Only time and their investigation, which takes as many twists and turns as the Thames does along it course through London and past Wapping Old Stairs, will tell.

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About the Author :

66H7-ZfwJohn was born in the mid-fifties in East London, on part of the largest council estate ever built, and was the first pupil from his local secondary modern school to attend university. He has now taken early retirement to write, having spent the first part of his life working in education and the public sector. He was the director of a college, a senior school inspector for a local authority, and was head of a unit for young people with physical and mental health needs.
He has travelled extensively, from America to Tibet, and he enjoys visiting the theatre, reading and going to the pub. It is, perhaps, no surprise that he is an avid ‘people watcher’ and loves to find out about people, their lives, culture and history. When he is not travelling, going to the theatre or the pub; he writes.
Many of the occurrences recounted and the characters found in his novels are based on real incidents and people he has come across. Although he has allowed himself a wide degree of poetic licence in writing about the main characters, their motivations and the killings that are depicted.
John is currently working on a series of novels set in modern day London. These police procedurals examine the darker side of modern life in the East End of the city.

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Review :

This is the second book with Detective Inspector Matthew Merry and Detective Sergeant Julie Lukula as main characters.
They’re more established in this book in my opinion, as we get to know them better than in the previous one.
I was again impressed with the writing style, which is easy-going and elaborate, especially the description of the crime(s).
It was a good and reasonable police procedural which drow me in from the beginning and held my attention until the very end.
I definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to another book.

 

#Blogtour @hashtag_press @literallypr / #QandAs : Pivotal #pivotalnovel – Nikki Vallance @Nikki_Vallance

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Today I’m on a blogtour to promote ‘Pivotal’ by Nikki Vallance.
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ZfW8ogVANikki Vallance is a writer and coach who works with others to unlock their writing talents. She runs coaching programs and one to one sessions to help aspiring writers achieve their goals.
She began writing ‘Pivotal’ nine years ago, whilst still working in her recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with her own coach. She has given talks and presentations on her writing process and career.
‘Pivotal’ looks at the multiple paths a life may take at the crossroads of each significant decision. Nikki is fascinated by what makes us who we are and how much control we have over our destiny, and interviewed a number of hypnotherapists in researching the book.
Nikki is married with her own blended family of five children. Although a beginner, she’s a big fan of Argentine Tango, which she hopes to dance in Buenos Aires one day.

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Synopsis :

3cS6mAHZTitle: Pivotal
Author: Nikki Vallance
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Hashtag Press
Publication: October 17, 2019
Availability: Paperback & eBook
ISBN: 9781999300678

Dulcie Braybrooke is breaking through as a celebrated ceramicist.
Elizabeth is a lonely City head-hunter.
Annie is a teacher who’s lost her verve.
Liza is a lap dancer with a strong will and a tough life.
When a mysterious bequest throws each of the four into chaos, they seek support in the guise of hypnotherapist, Dr Kath O’Hannon. Through a process of self-discovery, their new-found knowledge weighs heavily, as they unpick four decades of life choices. They could accept the windfall, yet if they do, something entirely unexpected lies around the corner…
‘Pivotal’ is a relationship mystery, which portrays the impact of a shared life-changing dilemma on four seemingly unconnected lives. It follows a cast of strong women in their forties whose lives are disrupted by an extraordinary event, and explores the common experiences and dilemmas of ordinary women, who might be questioning the paths they have chosen. A book with many twists and turns, it is a mystery within a mystery. A story with relatable characters that prompts the reader to consider the decisions we make in life, the paths we take, and what could happen with even just the slightest change of direction.
Is it self-determination or destiny? How many doors does one person open in a lifetime? When you pass through a door, does your life change forever? Or, do you have power over who you become through the choices you make?

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I’ve changed direction several times in my career. I have a chemistry degree, studied and worked as a Big 4 auditor before falling into a long successful career in recruitment.
I guess though, I’ve always been a writer, having written an anthology of poems as a child, a number of songs and a daily teenage diary. Although I continued to use my skills during my career, creative writing took a back seat for quite a while.
In 2003 I qualified as coach and I ran my coaching business for a number of years alongside my full-time positions, working with senior managers and executives to help them unlock their career potential.
I began writing my novel ‘Pivotal’, whilst still working in my recruitment career, following a flash of inspiration in a session with my own coach.
Then in 2016, I decided to combine my writing and coaching skills and launched The Writers’ Pod to help others nurture their writing talents. Working for myself also gave me the flexibility to juggle the two and opportunity to focus on finishing my own novel.
I live in Hertfordshire with my second husband. Between us with have a blended family of five children across two hemispheres. Although a beginner, I’m a big fan of Argentine Tango, which I hope to dance in Buenos Aires one day.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I’ve always loved reading. I must admit some of the best stories I’ve read have been those treasured books of my childhood. All the Enid Blighton’s, Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH (Robert c. O’Brien), Gobbolino The Witches Cat (Ursula Williams), The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis), 101 Dalmatians (Dodie Smith) and its lesser known but equally – if not more so – brilliant sequel, Starlight Barking (Dodie Smith).
I went on to read all sorts of fiction from Nevil Shute to Iris Murdoch, Oscar Wilde to James Herriot, Dickens to Daphne Du Maurier. Having discovered a second-hand bookstall in our local covered market, I even consumed the Mills and Boon back catalogue with a guilty voraciousness.
Now, I read an eclectic mix ranging from thrillers to historical fiction to romantic comedies. I’m always excited to read books by debut authors too. It can be a bit of a risk but it’s a great way to find new favourites, as I did in 2017 when I read Ruth Hogan’s, The Keeper of Lost Things.
In non-fiction I’m a sucker for books supporting Positive Mental Attitude and wellbeing. I’m also fascinated by what makes us who we are and how the brain works. I’m currently reading an excellent book by Jodie Jackson – You Are What You Read. If you are disturbed by today’s doom and gloom news and want to feel less despondent and more empowered, it might be just what you’re looking for.

Is there an writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
It would have to be Mary Wesley. Firstly, she became a best selling author in her seventies, which fills me with admiration and should give hope to any aspiring novelist that it’s never too late. More importantly I loved every single one of her novels, which are full of sass, guts and individuality. I’d ask her how she was always able to find one perfect word where others would use ten.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’d invite PJ from my novel, Pivotal. He’s a professional Argentine Tango dancer and could teach me to dance. If we put in the hours, like they do on ‘Strictly’ I hope I’d have half a chance of getting past the basic steps!

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I wouldn’t say I have any rituals. I do write my first draft longhand. I find it helps my creativity flow more easily. I tend to write for about 2 hours at a time which produces, on average 1200 words. I annotate the scribbles with a shorthand code where I notice repeated words and for any continuity checks or further research. I pick these up in the second draft as I type– a kind of first edit.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Often people ask me where they might find inspiration to write and imagine it’s hard. My ideas come from all around me. Sometimes, there are so many it’s like trying to tame wild horses! Usually, that happens when I’m meant to be working on an edit or have a deadline to meet.
All of my characters are fictitious so no-one around me need worry. Having said that when Ali Smith on Desert Island Discs described the process of writing a novel as “a giant hoover, it just hoovers up everything that comes through you” it completely resonated with me. Maybe a gesture or a phrase from someone I know will appear somewhere…

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a bit of both. For most of my stories I have a clear idea of the main story arc, characters, twists etc but then I write free flow and see where the characters take me. For Pivotal, the premise and the four main characters were clearly formed almost as soon as the idea came to me. During the middle section I did create a spreadsheet with a timeline and family trees for the main characters to maintain consistency. With multiple points of view, twists and turns I might otherwise have literally lost the plot!

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Many people say they’ve always wanted to write a book but have no idea where to begin, so you might say the biggest challenge is getting started. For those that do start, many keep it secret or do not finish for fear of being judged as ‘not good enough.’ This lack of confidence weaves a common thread through writers’ lives. Those who succeed are the ones who find a way to tackle it when it threatens to take over. A good support network or group, a cheer squad and a coach can make all the difference.
Often people complain about a lack of time too. If you dig a little deeper, more often than not there’s something else going on. Either it’s back to a lack of self-confidence or it doesn’t feature as a high enough priority for them. When it comes down to it, we all have the same number of hours in a day. If you want something badly enough you have to make space for it.
In a nutshell: Do keep writing and Don’t give up. Persistence is the key to success.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m definitely writing more novels. I have three strong story outlines and long lists of ideas for further novels. I’ve already started book two which is still contemporary fiction but this time based on a true story romance. I’d love to write historical fiction too and have two front runners as ideas for this genre. I’m also keen to capture my experiences and knowledge in a guide for new writers to encourage them to keep writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Two thirds of the way through there is a scene in the club where Liza works. Something might kick off…

The club had an edge to the air. It fizzled and cracked with tension. Liza knew times like these were dangerous; testosterone and excessive alcohol an unstable mix. Throw a spark to that tinderbox and it would surely ignite. Tonight, Candy was the spark.

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Nikki Vallance.

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Today I’m on the ‘A Fool’s Circle’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and giveaway.

About the Author :

18702441Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.

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Publication Date: March 17th, 2019
Genre: Thriller / Domestic Thriller / Suspense

Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?

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