#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride – Virginia Heath @VirginiaHeath_ @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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Today I’m on the ‘The Scoundrel’s Bartered Bride’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The Mysterious Lord Millcroft - Virginia HeathWhen Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Despite that, it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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33Awcl3IMarriage … To the highest bidder
Lady Lydia Barton cannot seem to avoid Owen Wolfe since he returned after being wrongly transported for stealing her family’s jewels! But Lydia has more pressing problems―like her impending arranged marriage. Until Owen makes her father a counter-offer for her hand. Is Owen purely after her society connections? Or does Lydia dare hope that the charming stable boy she once loved is still within her ruthless, wealthy new husband?

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A year ago, I asked my followers on social media what sort of story they would like to see next. I had two ideas—both of which I liked a great deal. The first was a marriage of convenience story involving a governess and an earl, and the second an enemies to lovers story which centred around the heroine’s misdeeds in the past before the hero went off to war.
Assuming they would be as excited as I was about these two stories, I stupidly put it to the vote to see which I should write first, and that’s where all my best laid plans unravelled like knitting.
You see, my followers had another idea. Because clearly my job as an author wasn’t hard enough already, they wanted me to write an amalgamation! An enemies to lovers, marriage of convenience story! Their two favourite tropes perfectly executed in one eighty-thousand-word package. To do either of those justice isn’t easy as they are both well-used as well as well loved, and I always want to do something original, so I had severe misgivings.
But as I’d asked, I listened. I threw my other two perfectly good ideas out of the window and went back to the drawing board, dug out my research books and thankfully, and entirely because of a dusty impulse buy from Amazon a decade ago, inspiration struck.
Therefore, there is no governess in this book. The hero isn’t an earl either. The heroine doesn’t have a checkered past and nobody went to war.
Now my story involves the explosive end to a forbidden first love, a former stable boy turned convict who has recently returned from Botany Bay, and an aristocratic heroine sold to pay her family’s crushing debts. There is also gentleman’s club, a whole wardrobe of rattling skeletons, a near seven foot tall bouncer with the soul of an artist, a diminutive but meddling three foot sidekick, an unconventional dash to Gretna Green and, because I stumbled across some fascinating research on the meaning of convict tattoos, a sexy flock of swallows etched into the hero’s left bicep which occupies a great deal of my heroine’s thoughts.
I hope you enjoy reading THE SCOUNDREL’S BARTERED BRIDE half as much as I enjoyed writing it! And enjoy those sexy swallows…

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Celeste Three Is Missing – Chris Calder @CalderAuthor

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Today I’m on the ‘Celeste Three Is Missing’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

UkF1K2uMAfter ten happy years of retirement in rural France, Chris Calder is back in England. He came late to writing novels, penning his first whilst incarcerated in a French hospital following cancer surgery. At the time he spoke little French. Unable to communicate effectively with the staff, he spent his time fleshing out his first novel. Five more have followed; light thrillers leavened with humour. Best of all, the cancer is now history.
Chris knows that readers of fiction expect to be diverted and entertained. He loves feedback and believes passionately that taking on board readers’ views improves what what he does. You can email him at chris@chriscalder.com. Go on, he’d love to hear from you.

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-fR199IcThe world’s first earth-orbit passenger plane, the sensational Celeste Three, takes off from its base in Arizona, also the only place where it is designed land. On a routine flight the craft disappears.
On board is Viktor Karenkov, billionaire oil magnate who has used his wealth to evade prosecution for a murder he committed years earlier. Gregory Topozian, the murdered man’s friend, has been waiting for a chance to bring Karenkov to justice. With dogged determination and considerable ingenuity, he conceives an audacious plan.
Getting the craft down in total secrecy is key. And someone has to pay the huge costs involved.

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The Awful Truth

In 1937, master tailor Isaac Bartelewski left his home in the Sudetenland and settled with his wife and son in East London, where he soon established a reputation as the best bespoke tailor in the Mile End Road.
Isaac worked long hours, but every morning he took a tea break in Jacko’s tearoom. In those days such places were not called cafés. Tea cost a penny, but only three farthings if you brought your own mug. Isaac’s was a white enamelled one with a blue handle and rim. A farthing was a farthing, after all.
Isaac became one of a small group who spent their tea breaks setting the world to rights. Sometimes he took his seven-year-old son Daniel along for a mug of tea and a bun. Little Danny would sit listening intently, saying nothing.
One day the topic at the table was, as it had been every day of late, the expected war and its outcome. One man said that he admired immigrants like Isaac who had fled the Nazis but, God forbid, what would they do if Hitler won?
To Isaac the very idea was unthinkable! Puce with fury he rose, leaned forward and placed his palms on the table. Little Danny cowered, his eyes saucer wide. Isaac, sputtering in frustration as he tried to find the right words, finally spoke.
“Hitler vin?” he thundered, shaking with fury. “HITLER VIN? Let me telling you, Adolf Hitler will becoming a Jew before he is becoming King of England!”
Thus did a little boy in the East End of London come to believe for a short while (for hadn’t his own papa said so?) that Adolf Hitler would become King of England, after he had first converted to Judaism.

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The Cloud Diver: Level 1 – Joshua Pantalleresco @jpantalleresco , A #GuestPost

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but I’m sharing a guest post written by Joshua Pantalleresco, author of The Cloud Diver: Level 1 to promote this book.
Before I let you read it, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Head ShotI write stuff…and podcast too!
Last year I published my second book, Stormdancer, which is part of the Watcher series. The Watcher is an epic poem about a Slave boy that escapes his dragon masters and goes into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, discovering that there is more to life than being a slave. Stormdancer continues the story – Kristin and friends go on their own journey to save the Watcher from the clutches of dragons. Both books are available on Amazon and are published through Mirror World Books.
I have an Amazon author page at http://amazon.com/author/jpantalleresco. Feel free to take a look. I also write comic books. Paradigm is the book that i’m working on with Twyla April. You can read the first issue at http://paradigmcomic.wordpress.com.
In addition to comics, I also run a podcast called Just Joshing. a podcast about life, art, and pursuing dreams. It airs weekly On podomatic, at http://jpantalleresco.podomatic.com. He even has merchandise for the podcast that you can use to support the show at http://www.redbubble.com/people/jpantalleresco.
In addition to being an artist, Joshua Pantalleresco is also a fan. He loves comics, video games, novels, pro wrestling and illustration. He posts actively on twitter, is playing with alternative food and medicine, and is trying to live life. He lives in Calgary.

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Cloud Diver 2How’s this: Johnny Wheeler was perfectly happy being a diver in Void Life. One fateful day doing his job in cyberspace he ends up finding a secret floor in the tower, and finds a woman with a Gunblade walking towards an ancient storage system known as the cloud. Johnny follows her and gets a file that everyone from zombie mobsters to unicorns that farts rainbows are after. Johnny’s only escape from this adventure business is that girl with the Gunblade (who may or may not like him very much.)

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I’m fascinated with history. We literally tell stories of the past from the pieces we are given. We question what is real and what is fiction based on the pieces we are given. What kind of person was William Shakespeare? Was Jesus real? Was Tutankhamen as strange as he seems? Or was there more to the story than we realized? With history there are many interpretations, fascinating facts and all in all we can retell our tales of history and debate each other until the end of time.
History didn’t have the smart phone however. They didn’t have the cloud. They didn’t have computers that have piles and piles of data recording everything over and over again. More than any other time, we literally have a footprint of our existence from beginning to end if you were born after 2000. So unlike the previous examples, history may not be the telling the tale of events, but of people.
This was the idea that spawned my novel. What if you found a lost storage system, and in it, contained all the knowledge and stories up to a certain point in history? What treasures would you find there, and in so doing, what would you learn about you? For all the craziness of killer cupcakes, spam bots and zombie mobsters, there is the key concept. You find this incredible world of information, what do you do with it?
Johnny, Gunblade and company are about to embark on that journey in my novel. I imagine what our descendants will have an easier time finding our adventures. I imagine our firewalls will be something considered cute or ancient or maudlin. Something that grandpa did that was kind of cool, but something we’ve learned to evolve past.
Once we’re found, then what?
My opinion? Fiction and history will merge. It doesn’t matter what kind of book writers write, the best stories are about people living through things. Sometimes we are heroes, sometimes we are villains, but we live regardless. No one is perfect, and more and more as time goes on, our flaws are out there for all to see and hear.
What an opportunity we have to learn from each other. We have the ability to construct our narrative from beginning to end. Our tweets, pictures, posts, and recordings are shared to the world. Our ability to connect with each other has never been this strong. We can tell our story more than ever any way we choose to.
This thought is the real germ of the Cloud Diver. We have so much digital service and knowledge available to us these days its staggering. Unlike other points in history where information has to be pieced together, our archaeologists will be sifting through sand to find gold. So much knowledge is out there that the challenge will be to filter out the narrative. I think it will be scattered in abundance and hidden in plain sight, much like a lot of the best answers to our problems.
Our battle won’t be with knowledge but in how we construct the story going forward. We will have more pieces to play with. Will we add or subtract things that don’t fit our narrative? Temples book about lenses showed that English historians hid the fact that the ancient Egyptians understood how lenses worked even in ancient times. Bifocals may have been a device used even back then. What did that say about ancient Egypt’s knowledge base? That perhaps they were smarter than even the our more modern, reasoned times? Far simpler is the narrative that our ancient ancestors knew far less and were far more unwise than we are.
Or will we judge more harshly? All our sins are laid bare. I have been cruel to people in the past. I have done some things in the early years of my life that probably make me out to be a deviant. Will I be judged always for my actions then? Or will I be judged for who I was when I walk away? People are going to be looking at all our lives with mirrors of themselves. They will applaud us when we’re at our best. They will hate us when we are at our worst.
I’d be lying if I said I wonder what people will think of me in the future. I may be an arrogant prick saying this, but maybe I’m actually interesting enough that someone will take the time to look at me. Do I want to be the guy that hits on women and only shows off dick pics, or do I actually want to say something profound and do something worthwhile? That quote from Gladiator about what we do echoing in eternity has a lot more gravity with each passing day.
Perhaps that doesn’t really matter. A more disturbing thought passed my mind when I looked past myself. Will we be real to them? We’ll be digitized, two dimensional images frozen in time for all to see. Is that real? Or will someone imagine a story for each person that they care to look at? Or will they even care at all?
I think they’ll care. We tend to meet and connect with people. We have that need, past and future. But I think our images are much more clearer. We’ll be bigger mirrors, bigger characters in the story that is being constructed.
Will we be characters that archeologist imagine knowing more, as they will be more intimate with our knowledge and vulnerabilities than at any other point in history? I can’t help but imagine Commander Laforge in Star Trek fantasizing about a woman so much he created a program to interact with his take on her. It was fascinating, and creepy. Will future historians be as obsessed?
Looking at history will change. There is no doubt that we won’t be going back to the way things were before when we were looking at pyramids or cathedrals. We’ll have images, words, thoughts, hopes, dreams, defeats.
We’ll have facebook.
That’s a depressing thought.
How we look at history will be different. How we learn from it will be different too. I hope the stories we tell will be more sophisticated. Much like comparing the novels of today with the novels from the past. Writers today get into the hearts and minds of characters that much more. The depth and dimension will be explored more. Maybe we’ll be telling new stories going forward. There will be more depth, more debate, more questions. I hope we learn more about ourselves going forward. That I feel is the real secret to history. Understanding where we’ve been. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll learn just a bit more about where we’re going.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Captured By Her Enemy Knight – Nicole Locke @NicoleLockeNews @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

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Today I’m on the ‘Captured By Her Enemy Knight’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ocBgtkswNicole first discovered romance novels hidden in her grandmother’s closet. Convinced hidden books must be better, Nicole greedily read them. It was only natural she should start writing them (but now not so secretly).
If she isn’t working on the next book in her historical series, she can be reached at NicoleLocke.com!

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Cressida Howe, the Archer, is a well-tuned weapon. But she’s also a woman captivated by a man—Eldric of Hawskmoor, the warrior knight her father ordered her to kill. Instead, for years, Cressida has simply watched him… Now she’s been captured by her formidable enemy, and her well-ordered world comes crashing down, for Eldric is even more compelling up close. Cressida curses her traitorous heart—this assassin has fallen for her target!

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Top Ten things about the hero Eldric of Hawksmoor:

1. He looks like Brock O’Hurn, so yeah, I loved doing the research, and describing him, and…and…and.
2. Eldric was in a previous book: Her Christmas Knight as a friend of Hugh’s.
3. Whilst talking to Hugh, he mentions that the three perfect scars on his arm are caused by an Archer who will pay for his dishonourable deeds.
4. Little does he know the Archer is a woman.
5. He also doesn’t know he dances with that same woman at a Christmas Ball (she’s in disguise). He kinda liked dancing with her…and thinks about her a lot.
6. So when he meets this Archer (aka the fight), he’s a little torn and intrigued, full of lust and loathing, and…and…and.
7. Instead of killing her, he captures her. Romance ensues.
8. The problem with the Archer’s secrets, which involves the scars on the arm, is that they are juicy secrets. They also conflict with all of Eldric’s secrets.
9. Oh! And he whistles. All the time. In fact, that’s how the Archer first noticed Eldric…when she was a child. And over the years, she observes him again, and again, and again.
10. You see…she’s always loved him, and though he realises their connection may be a bit stronger than revenge, all those secrets may keep them from their HEA.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : An Implacable Woman – KT Findlay @KtFindlay

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Today I’m on the ‘An Implacable Woman’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Guest Post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

VoUTNEq0K.T. Findlay lives on a small farm where he dovetails his writing with fighting the blackberry and convincing the quadbike that killing its rider isn’t a vital part of its job description.

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CjJcTa5QIf a tooth costs a tooth and an eye costs an eye
When a man hits his wife, then it’s his turn to die

Furious that the courts and police can’t prevent respected surgeon John Kirby from beating his wife, Sally Mellors steps in to save her. Permanently…
But Grace Kirby isn’t the only one who needs saving and Sally quickly discovers she’s taken on a much bigger job than she’d thought.
With her unique ability to blend justice with fun, Sally sets joyfully about the business of removing the monsters from women’s lives, but is she in danger of becoming a monster herself?
As her friends in the police get ever closer, Sally has some serious questions of her own to answer.

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It’s the little things that get you.
Like the spider I encountered the other day. She was so quick that I never laid eyes on her, but she managed to sink her fangs into the back of my knee three times before I knew she’d done it. That made for an interesting week…
Don’t get me wrong. I like spiders. A Lot. I look out for them, and in return they do their share of removing insects from the house. But on this occasion she’d settled down to hunt inside my clothes. That was fine overnight, but she took serious offence when I started to get dressed the following morning, hence the bites.
We’ve not spoken since.
And we’re not likely to either, given I don’t know which one she is, and she herself has shown no interest in furthering our communication. She appears to be satisfied that as long as the message has been taken on board, there’s no need to lecture me further on my shortcomings.
Thinking about it, things could have been considerably worse than they actually were!
I can live quite happily with most of the little things around me, but I draw the line at mosquitoes. In my country they’re just an itchy, whiney nuisance, but that’s quite enough to get them squished. I don’t begrudge them the odd drop of blood, but throwing in a days long itch like a “but wait, there’s more!” TV salesman, isn’t at all reasonable. And if I lived in a bit of the world where their free offers included malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever etc. then I’d be even less inclined to give them house room. Did you know that the mosquito has killed more human beings than anything else in history? Not the same one… obviously… but something to ponder none the less.
We authors are faced by a different kind of tiny terror, that lurks amongst the sentences, stalks the paragraphs, and nibbles quietly away at the marks on the page. Spelling and wording errors seem to have a will to survive that matches the most determined plant and animal species on the planet. No matter how many times you go through the manuscript, or how many beta readers you have, or how good your editors are, somehow, at least one the little blighters will manage to sneak through to the final work.
Did you see that!? There’s even one in the previous sentence, so well hidden that you can’t actually see it! The swine! That’s just not playing fair. Well, we can’t have that. I’m going to put it back right now! “… somehow, at least one of the little blighters will manage to sneak through to the final work.”
Yep, I’m more certain than ever. It’s the little things that get you. Every single time…

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#BlogTour #Booktamins @booktamins / #GuestPost : Behind Blue Eyes – Anna Mocikat @anna_mocikat

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Today I’m on the ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ blogtour, organised by Booktamins.
To promote this book I have a Guest Post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Anna MocikatAnna Mocikat was born in Warsaw, Poland, but spent most of her life in Germany where she attended film school, worked as a screenwriter and a game writer for several years. Her “MUC” novels have been nominated for the most prestigious awards for Fantasy and Science-Fiction in Germany. In 2016 Anna moved to the USA where she continued her writing career. “Shadow City” was her debut in English in 2019. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, and is a proud dog-mom of three rescues who assist her when she’s writing.

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Title: Behind Blue Eyes
Publication day: 20th May 2020
Genres: Science Fiction

front coverThey are the perfect hybrid between human and machine. They are the next step in the evolution of mankind. And when they come after you, nothing in the world will save you… Welcome to the year 2095. Society has overcome everything that made human life miserable. It has become a utopia — so perfect that it needs killer cyborgs to hunt down anyone who disagrees with it. Nephilim isn’t just any elite death squad member, she is the best. Genetically and cybernetically enhanced, she and others like her strike terror wherever they go. Knowing nothing besides this lifestyle, Nephilim believes that she’s part of a righteous cause. But everything changes for her after a hostile EMP attack. She suffers a severe system glitch. Disconnected from the grid, for the first time in her life, she begins doubting the system. Shortly after the attack, she meets Jake. He is a 100% biological human, and she falls in love with him. Jake helps her discover that everything she had believed in was a lie. But there is no walking away from the system. And soon, Nephilim finds herself hunted by members of her own death squad. In an era of deception, who can she trust? And in this brave new world, is there a place for love between a human and a cyborg? Behind Blue Eyes is a fast-paced, cinematic action story in a dystopian setting. It’s a modern-day version of 1984 – on steroids.

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My new book Behind Blue Eyes is a Cyberpunk Noir Thriller in the tradition of Phillip K. Dick and his classic, Blade Runner.
However, it’s also a completely different story with a new approach.
The main character is female, but no damsel in distress; her motives are ambiguous. Nephilim is a killer-cyborg, a cold-blooded enforcer for a totalitarian, dystopian system.
It was my intention to create a heroine, who is also a villain – at least at the beginning of the story.
Behind Blue Eyes is set in a future in which three mega-corporations have taken over the world. They are in constant war with each other, and their proxies in this never-ending battle are genetically and cybernetically enhanced super-soldiers – cyborgs.
The location for the story is a futuristic Atlanta, now called Olympias City I. I picked Atlanta purposely because it’s an uncommon location for a Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk story and because I know the city quite well. Living in South Carolina, I visit Atlanta frequently.
Olympias City I, a gigantic mega-city, has been built over former Atlanta, leaving only parts of the former metropolis standing, such as, for example, Downtown, which is now called Oldtown, because it’s so old-fashioned in the year 2095.
Locals will recognize many locations that I used and modified into a futuristic world, such as the subway system MARTA, the Underground Mall, and the famous Atlanta Aquarium.
Everybody else will hopefully have fun exploring a futuristic mega-city like none they have ever seen before!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Along Came A Soldier – Brenda Davies @authorbrenda1

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Today I’m on the ‘Along Came A Soldier’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Guest Post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

ivq1pfzsBrenda Davies can trace her Cornish heritage back to the 17th century. She loves to indulge her passion of history and all things Cornish by delving into the past and bringing it alive for the reader to experience, which inspired her to write her debut novel Along Came a Soldier. She enjoys whiskey, chocolate, going to the theatre, and losing herself in a good book. She resides in Bristol, England, where she is currently working on her next novel.

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8qbQW0Y8When murder stalks St. Merryn, no secrets are safe…
A forbidden romance…
Set in 1820 Cornwall, Charity Perrow lives a sheltered life in the village of St. Merryn. When she meets and falls for Jethro Ennor, they soon learn their families are bitter enemies, and Charity finds herself torn between remaining loyal to her family and giving into her growing desire for a man they hate.
A village with hidden secrets…
A battle-scarred redcoat is lurking In Greenoak Woods. Struggling to keep his grip on sanity, he’s come home to settle the score with those responsible for the heavy burden he’s been carrying all these years.
An innocent man accused…
When a villager is murdered, the suspicion falls on Jethro. Now Charity must risk everything, including being disowned by her family, to prove his innocence and save him from the gallows.
But as Charity hunts for the truth, she begins to uncover secrets over a decade old—secrets that will change everything.

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Thank you, Stefanie for letting me share some of my thoughts with your readers.
My novel, Along Came A Soldier, is set in Cornwall in 1820. I love writing historical fiction and making the past come alive. It all began when I started researching my family tree. I discovered that the British Newspaper Archive held many historic newspapers that could be read online, including The West Briton, Cornwall’s principal county newspaper at the time.
I was fascinated to read true stories that ranged from press gangs to hangings at the ‘county drop’ in Bodmin, wife selling, and body-snatching. The list of stories is endless as are the many characters that appeared in the papers, some on a regular basis. Such as a John Parkyn who was hung for stealing a pony that he had no use for, or Sydney Guelph Churchill, a quack doctor who treated wounds with cobwebs. It was a time of highway robbers and simple beliefs in curses and witches and wizards.
The skill in writing about the past is to bring it believably alive without making it a history text. Most of the research I do will be valuable for me as a writer, so I can imagine the world I’m creating, but it doesn’t necessarily make it into the book.
I prefer to write about the working class and the struggles they had. Many labourers could not read or write and their belief in superstition was strong. If crops failed or animals died, they usually sought the help of a scatterer of witch spells instead of looking to remedies for disease or sickness. There are many stories of boys as young as ten being sent to prison and whipped, just for stealing sweets and the threats of cholera or typhoid that could wipe out whole families were ever-present. I may not tell the reader all of this, but I do need the reader to see the characters in the setting of 1820. My characters may not react the way you or I would, they cannot consult the internet or even a book, they did not have television or radio, they made their own entertainment if they had the time. Villages would often set themselves against each other just for fun and the clashes between them were often violent.
The people were simple and uneducated and often small-minded. They had pox marked faces and rotten black teeth, lice, and nits, and crabs were common, so was disease and accidents; health and safety did not exist. You grabbed at life, at what was offered, knowing that life was often short.
So my book tries to reflect these times. I do cover the violence that occurred and the different way people died, but these are true newspaper stories that I have incorporated into my own. Times were tough and I want my book to show this. One of my characters is a battle-scarred redcoat who’s struggling to keep a grip on his sanity. He’s fought in many battles from the age of fifteen, and this violent and brutal life has taken its toll.
At the same time, I do believe that friendship and love and loyalty were always present. When two of my characters discover a chance for happiness and love they seize the opportunity. My character Charity’s world rarely extends beyond her village boundary and the local cemetery is a constant reminder of how cruel disease can be, so when the chance of love presents itself, she risks everything to get it and keep it. In a village where everyone knows everyone, friends come together and help each other, and loyalty and bonds are strong.
I do hope you enjoy my novel, Along Came A Soldier.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Sometimes in Bath – Charles Nevin @charlesnevin

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Today I’m on the ‘Sometimes in Bath’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Guest Post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

9gZLp0mwCharles Nevin is a freelance journalist, author, exiled northerner and generally bemused observer of life and its turns.

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4F5rHGfcThe stories and History of ‘Britain’s most elegant and intriguing city’. Sometimes in Bath is a captivating story-tour through the city’s history conducted by Charles Nevin, the award-winning journalist, national newspaper columnist, author and humorist. Beau Nash, Old King Bladud, young Horatio Nelson, Jane Austen’s Mr Bennet, the Emperor Haile Selassie and many more spring to life in episodes shimmering with the curious magic of Britain’s oldest resort and premier purveyor of good health, happiness and romance for the last 2000 years. Each story has an afterword distinguishing the fiction from fact, adding enthralling historical detail – and giving visitors useful links to Bath’s many sights and fascinations. Sometimes in Bath is warm, witty, wistful and will be loved by all who come to and from this most enchanting and enchanted of cities.

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Everyone who knows England knows Bath. Indeed, they know it so well that they are pleasingly oblivious to the oddness of its name. We don’t, for example, have anywhere called Shower, or Sink, or Bed. No, everyone knows Bath because Bath has always been there, or at least was there well before we started writing our history down. And so, exactly like an old and familiar piece of furniture, Bath goes unnoticed and unremarked, its unique peculiarities unconsidered.
That was certainly the case for me when I came to live nearby, not because of Bath, although I had been a couple of times before on day trips. Why I wasn’t smitten then, I cannot say. Probably something to do with the chippiness of someone from a northern industrial town confronted by age and beauty that seem a touch unfair. Similarly, a certain smugness about the place. And, possibly, a slight resentment that it was almost an obligation for a Briton to visit the place.
Whatever, somewhere that’s been around for over 2,000 years and has endured or enjoyed any number of charmers, chancers and charlatans can afford to be magnificently untroubled by carping from some Johnny Come Lately. This is a city that knows how to wait.
And, sure enough, that old Bath magic soon got me under its spell. It’s in the look of the place, the way it sits in and climbs the mighty green natural amphitheatre that holds and surrounds it, the way its buildings and pasts nudge each other, and you, all within a walk, Georgian elegances next to Roman remains next to Medieval survivals like the magnificent Abbey.
Once you begin to appreciate this, you also start to take notice of other unique and extraordinary aspects of Bath, not least its reason for being, the hot springs that have fed its baths for so many centuries and made it the oldest holiday resort in Britain and quite possibly Europe. The water arrives from thousands of feet below the Mendip Hills at a temperature of at least 45° C and at a rate of a quarter of a million gallons of water a day, channelling the result of rain that fell 6,000 years ago. How could there not be magic here?
Then, of course, there are those charmers, chancers and charlatans: what a collection of characters! From the legendary King Bladud, founder of the city and the man, who among much else tried to fly, through Romans and Saxons, including the great Alfred, through the Abbey builders to the Georgian era of Beau Nash, John Wood and the stream of visitors, Elizabeth I, Dr Johnson, Horatio Nelson, Charles Dickens, the Emperor Haile Selassie, John Betjeman…what else would a writer of short stories do but write a series of stories about them set in Bath through its time?
Stories. But, being a journalist, I also wanted to be clear how much fiction was going on without spoiling the magic. Which is why I hit on the idea of giving each story an afterword setting out the history of its era, with suggestions for further reading and where to go in Bath to see where the action takes place. This has the useful added function of building up a history and guide to the city.
It’s an unusual format, but one which I think works rather well. But then I would, wouldn’t I? So why not see for yourself?

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : The Lazarus Charter – Tony Bassett @tonybassett1

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Today I’m on the ‘The Lazarus Charter’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Guest Post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

CZ-6FcZgTony Bassett, who was born in West Kent, grew up wanting to be a writer from the age of nine when he edited a school magazine. After attending Hull University where he won a `Time-Life’ magazine student journalism award, he spent six years working as a journalist in Sidcup, Worcester and Cardiff before moving to Fleet Street. Tony spent 37 years working for the national press, mainly for the `Sunday People’ where he worked both for the newsdesk and the investigations department. He helped cover the Jeremy Thorpe trial for the `Evening Standard’, broke the news in the `Sun’ of Bill Wyman’s plans to marry Mandy Smith and found evidence for the `Sunday People’ of Rod Stewart’s secret love child. On one occasion, while working for `The People’, he took an escaped gangster back to prison. His first book, `Smile Of The Stowaway’, is one of four crime novels Tony has written over the past three years. He has five grown-up children and eleven grandchildren. He lives in South East London with his partner, Lin.

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0Jrk7VTQBob Shaw is baffled to see a man in a brown coat at a bustling Underground station. Surely it can’t be his friend, the scientist Professor Morley? Morley perished weeks before in a blazing car. Is the man an impostor or did his friend fake his death?
This fascinating and ingenious thriller tells of Bob’s battle to find out the truth, helped by his wife Anne. They are confronted by ruthless enemies and forced to flee their home in this fast-paced spy thriller from the author of ‘Smile of the Stowaway’.

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The main inspiration for writing The Lazarus Charter came to me in February 2019. I was waiting on a London Underground platform as a train came in. One of the passengers stepping out of the compartment vaguely resembled a friend of mine. It would have been an amazing coincidence if it had been my friend, I thought, and, of course, we would have stopped and had a chat.
But then I wondered what would happen if someone spotted a friend on a train who couldn’t possibly be there because they were no longer alive. In other words, someone whose funeral they had been to.
This became the starting point for my novel. In my mind, teacher Bob Shaw (who featured in my first book, the crime novel Smile Of The Stowaway) became the man standing on the Underground platform and his close friend Professor Gus Morley became the man on the train.
I went home and the next day, as soon as I started writing, the rest of the plot simply fell into place. Three months later, in May of last year, the first draft was completed.
I like to think that this spy thriller, The Lazarus Charter, is a natural sequel to Smile Of The Stowaway. The first book began with the marriage of Bob and Anne Shaw being sorely put to the test by the arrival in their midst of immigrant Yusuf Osman.
In this second book, their marriage is severely challenged again – this time by Bob’s absurd-sounding claim that, weeks after they attended the funeral, he has seen his friend Morley alive.
And in the same way that Anne took charge of events in the first book when Osman became a murder suspect, Anne at once assumes responsibility – embarking upon an in-depth investigation into whether the professor has faked his own death.
As the story develops, the couple’s lives are turned upside down and they are forced to leave their home. But who is behind the threats against them? And who or what is the dreaded Eagle’s Claw?
The latter part of the story was partly influenced by a series of poisoning incidents in Britain over the past decade and a half. An attempt was made in 2018 to poison former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury with the nerve agent Novichok. But there have been many other macabre events involving Russians living in the UK– in particular, the murder with polonium of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006. I was working as a freelance reporter in London at the time of Litvinenko’s death and can recall the grim scene in Muswell Hill as scenes of crime officers erected a white tent outside the Litvinenko family home.
Russian intelligence agents were reportedly involved in these deaths – the kind of incidents we used to associate with the Cold War between Russia and the West.
The peak of the Cold War came in the 1950s and early 1960s with the unmasking of Soviet spies like Burgess, Maclean and Philby. But it was finally believed the Cold War had come to an end when the Berlin Wall came down in Germany in 1989 and Russian Communism came crashing down with it. How wrong we were! It seems (although no longer associated with Communism) the Cold War never really went away.
The Russian intelligence officers that appear in The Lazarus Charter, Dmitry Bogdanov and Sergei Petrenko, are not based on any real-life figures, but their characters have been inspired by some of the events I have outlined here.

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#BlogTour #DamppebblesBlogTours @damppebbles / #GuestPost : The Watch List #TheWatchList – Joseph Mitcham @MitchamJoseph

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Today I’m on the ‘The Watch List’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Joseph Mitcham - reducedJoseph Mitcham served with the British military in elite and technical units for over 16 years. His service not only gave him a thorough tactical and technical understanding of some of techniques and processes employed in his first novel, it also provided him with the opportunity to develop himself, earning a first class honours degree in business leadership by the end of his service.
The inspiration for writing ‘The Watch List’ was taken from personal experiences from the roles that he has served in and characteristics from some of the people that he has served with. Joseph has written an incredible, yet compellingly credible story that plays out in our world as he sees it today.

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Synopsis :

watch list cover newSixty-eight dead and nearly 300 injured in a hostile vehicle and bomb attack on a community festival in Birmingham, the country is in shock.
Battling the mental turmoil of the aftermath, Alex, a former Army communications specialist, stumbles across the UK Terror Watch List – he cannot resist the challenge of stealing the list from under the nose of his contract supervisor, Lucy Butler, a razor sharp and headstrong Intelligence Corps corporal with big ambitions.
Wrestling with his conscience and the ethics of tackling unconvicted suspects, Alex enlists the help of famed former UK Special Forces Warrant Officer, Craig Medhurst. Alex struggles to win the respect of Craig’s core team, but together they hatch a daring plan to act on their selected targets.
Can Alex use his charm to persuade Corporal Butler to join them?

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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and digital formats on 2nd December 2019.

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SOLDIER, OFFICER, AUTHOR

I left the Regular Army in 2015 and found my feet in civvy street working for Sunderland Council, preparing the city to host The Tall Ships Races; it was great doing something new and interesting, and being able to live at home with my young family for the first time since meeting my wife in 2010.
In 2017, I’d just finished an online business degree, so had twenty hours a week back that I had no immediate use for. There had been several high profile terror attacks in the UK and on the continent, and there had been a lot of press around what the authorities knew about the perpetrators of these terror attacks. On the evening of the Monday 22nd May, and I started making notes for a story that had been bouncing around in my head; it was about what might happen if the UK Terror Watch List got into the hands of some over-exuberant ex-squaddies. As I wrote, news broke on the TV that an explosion had happened at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena. I was shocked by the scenes and fallout from the attack, but enthused to write on in earnest.
Writing fiction was not a hobby that I would have envisioned myself getting into, but I became so involved with the characters that I had dreamt up, and felt that my story line was so compelling, current and evocative, that I became addicted to spewing my thoughts out onto my laptop. I soon found myself sitting for hours at a time, no music, no TV, just the keyboard and the screen. It gave me a new sense of release and helped me to unwind my brain after difficult days at work.
I had no idea whether what I was writing would end up as, or if my naturally developing style of writing would be popular, or even readable, but I did feel that it was going to be different from anything else on the market. I consider my background as a Private soldier in the Parachute Regiment, coming through to commission as an officer in the Royal Corps of Signals, as my ‘unique selling point’ as an author. Military authors are usually from one of two broad camps; commissioned officers who have great stories of leadership to tell, and non-commissioned soldiers, with fantastically gritty stories, usually based on their own lived experiences.
The former group are predominantly well-educated and quite capable of penning good quality memoires or factual accounts, but don’t have that raw edge to their work that a soldier might have. Typically speaking, soldiers of the ranks’ stories are about super-tough Special Forces guys, not often showing vulnerability or weakness to their characters. Alex, the hero of my book is a young, technical veteran who is not as mentally robust as he might wish to be, and he has great trouble dealing with the issues that his chosen mission presents him. There are plenty of ‘super-tough’ characters in ‘The Watch List’, but even some of these have clear and problematic weaknesses. The strongest character in the story is the female lead; Lucy has a personality based on a blend of real Army women who are not to be crossed!
There are few, if any, military techno-thrillers written directly by Armed Forces personnel without writing support, and who retain one hundred percent of the grass-root soldier’s writing authenticity. I hope that I have achieved this with what I have produced. I concede that my writing is not ‘Masters level’ English, but certainly good enough for the intended audience to enjoy.
‘The Watch List’ is peppered with insights of how our stereotypically rough and ready soldiers interact and behave. It was very important to me to communicate my views on how they regard their experiences of live ‘contact’ with the enemy, and how they cope with the death of comrades in action. These insights are taken primarily from my own limited experience in Afghanistan, and from observing the reactions and manifestations of guilt, sorrow and sadness expressed by fellow soldiers. I want my non-military readers to gain insight and understanding from this, but I would be over-joyed if military readers of the book can say ‘wow, that’s how I feel’.

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