#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : When Adam Met Evie – Giulia Skye @GiuliaSkye

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Today I’m on the ‘When Adam Met Evie’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

xLiiClPwItalian-born Giulia Skye spent her childhood watching classic Hollywood films and thinking up her own romantic stories. After two decades working in TV production, she knew turning those stories into novels would be much more enjoyable – and far cheaper – than turning them into films. She still keeps her hand in TV production but is at her happiest being a stay-at-home mum, spending time with her family, growing her own vegetables and conjuring up sizzling stories about sexy heroes meeting fiesty heroines who aren’t always as they at first appear. When Adam Met Evie is her first novel, Book 1 of her “Take a Holiday” series.

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Synopsis :

se9k94CgWhen former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist traveling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a better disguise… and he’s just found it.
Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him.
He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveler, right?

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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 spent the past twenty years working in TV production but I’ve always wanted to write romance novels. I made a conscious effort to pursue this lifelong ambition when my children started school. I still keep my hand in the TV industry but my main occupation now is writing (and looking after children). I did the ‘juggling work and kids’ thing for several years and I am extremely lucky (and very thankful) that my husband earns enough to keep the household going. I suppose I became an author by planting my bottom on a chair for countless hours and writing!

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I wasn’t a great reader as a child and, despite studying literature at college and University, it wasn’t until I started commuting to work in my early twenties that I really started to read a lot. I read on the train and then when I discovered contemporary romance, I read at all spare hours and into the night! I rarely read anything else now.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
There are many! But the one who first springs to mind is Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She writes such great male and female characters, storylines and brilliant prose. I’d like to know how she does it and if she struggles as much as I do!

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Michael Adams (“Adam”) in my debut novel When Adam Met Evie. Maybe it’s because he’s “my first” but I’m in love with him and would invite him for tea so that I could gawp at his sportsman’s body.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
No, I just count myself lucky if I write anything I’m happy with!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas pop into my head when I least expect, sometimes they’re triggered by snippets of conversation I overhear, or a book I’m reading, or a film I’m watching, but mostly, my ideas come from my imagination. Once I have the germ of an idea, I think it over, nurture it, and wait for it to grow into a scene, or part of a character’s backstory. I do base my characters on elements, or the essence, of people I know but as I’m lucky to know so many lovely people, no one needs to be worried!

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
A bit of both. I plot in my head but only a rough plan. Once I start writing scenes down, I might take time out of the “pantsing” and plot for a bit so that ideas are cemented in my head before I go any further.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
My favourite tip; write the book you would love to read. Please yourself as a reader. If you like it, then others will too. My second tip (or rather something to remember when writing) is; writing is re-writing. First drafts are meant to be bad. Keep writing, even when the words don’t flow. You can work with a bad page, not a blank one. Also, read as much as you can and study the books in your chosen genre. How do other writers express key plot points and emotions. How do they build character and tell the story? I put together a Behind-the-scenes look at how I wrote When Adam Met Evie and feature the advice that most helped me. Readers can get a free copy via my website.

What are your futureplans as an author?
My second novel, The Summer of Sebastian, is currently being edited and will be published in late Summer 2020, followed by A Cook Islands Story (working title), hopefully published at the end of 2020/early 2021. These make up books 2 and 3 of my Take a Holiday series. The next 3 book series I have planned will be set around the TV industry and will mix my love of travel with my knowledge of making TV shows.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
I’d love to! This is the moment when Adam, a runaway sportsman travelling incognito, first meets Evie. Desperate to cool down from the tropical Australian heat, he’s just snuck into the campground showers despite them being closed for cleaning.

He stripped and stood under the shower, turning the dial full blast toward the blue arrow. He’d be thirty seconds, sixty tops—just long enough to feel something cold on his skin and wash away the three-day grime. By the time the cleaning guy returned, he’d be cooled off, semi-dressed and out.
Only the water wasn’t cold and the cleaning guy not a guy at all.
Adam wiped soapy water from his eyes and focused on the figure standing before him. The cleaning guy was a young woman with huge brown eyes and sun-streaked hair scraped back into a tight knot on the top of her head, just like his favorite aunt Florence used to wear. Except Aunt Flo’s hair was gray and looked like wire, and she’d never before stood outside his shower gawping at his naked penis—unlike this bug-eyed stranger.
“The showers are closed,” the woman said to his bare butt as he whipped around. Her accent was flat and clipped—British—like royalty, though looking over his shoulder he saw nothing regal about her. She was dressed in dark green shorts and a dirty light-blue vest, damp with patches of sweat or water, or both. White earphones dangled around her neck. He turned off the shower.
“Didn’t you notice the bright yellow sign? The cleaning bucket? The distinct lack of shower curtain?”
Well, he’d ignored the sign and bucket, obviously, and throughout his career, he’d been in plenty of changing rooms at top sporting venues around the world all boasting a distinct lack of shower curtain. Okay, they were all a lot nicer than this dump, but he’d never been in a place like this before so how would he know?
“If you’d be so kind as to pass me my towel, I’ll get out of your way.”
She handed it to him, finally lifting her gaze to his face. Her eyes narrowed. He narrowed his own back, already picturing the headlines.
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“I’ve not seen you before,” she finally said. “Only paying clientele can use these showers. When did you check in?”
Close call. She hadn’t recognized him. Adam wrapped the towel around himself. “A few minutes ago.”
He waited for her to move to the side so he could step out of the cubicle, but she seemed too distracted by his chest to move. He watched, mildly amused, as her gaze trailed a slow journey south to where he’d tucked the towel low over his narrow hips. The corners of his mouth kicked up and he couldn’t help himself. He flexed his torso, bulging each of his intensely trained muscles.
“Like what you see, honey?”
“What? Oh, God! I’m so sorry.” Aunt Flo slapped both hands on her red cheeks and whirled round, and he couldn’t help but snicker.
“Yeah, funny guy,” she snapped in that dry tone only the British could pull off. “What would you do if you found a naked supermodel in the shower while you were trying to clean it?”
Actually, he’d had enough of supermodels, naked or clothed, and being compared to one himself, after the year he’d had, wiped the smile off his face. This body hadn’t come from vanity. It was the result of years of discipline, dedication, and hard, hard work. He snapped on his boxer shorts and stepped out of the cubicle. Aunt Flo faced him again, not looking so impressed now she no longer had a view of his penis.
Like most women, she barely reached his chest, but the lack of height didn’t seem to bother her in the slightest. She tilted her chin up as if this alone would make up the shortfall. “You ignored the sign.”
“So shoot me.”
“If I had a gun I would.” She grabbed the rest of his clothes off the bench and pushed them at his damp chest. “Now please leave so I can finish up here.” She then shooed him to the door and shut it in his face.
Huh.
Adam stared at the chipped and faded yellow paint inches from his nose. No one had ever shut a door in his face before.
A slow grin spread from ear to ear.
Normal people.
So this is how it feels to be like everyone else.

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

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Today I’m on the ‘One’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Trust Me Author PhotoK. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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Synopsis :

MdTqFtpAA stolen life. A Faustian bargain. Prey becomes predator.
Azar Abed is out for revenge for the life Dr. Adrian Armond stole from her. No matter what the cost. Adrien Armond will stop at nothing to recover the massive fortune Azar Abed embezzled from him. Neither will walk away until the other is dead. Someone’s going to die, that is for certain.
Personal revenge gets caught up in a bio-terror plot to crash the world’s economy as darkness spirals into darkness and terror is the order of the day. Azar Abed and Adrien Armond are on a collision course that could have catastrophic consequences on a global scale.
Who will kill who first? Will it be enough? Can anyone stop the bio-terror plot to destroy the world’s economy that is already in motion? Does anyone have enough humanity left even to try?
Set against a backdrop of Washington, DC, ONE is a heart pounding-psychological thriller pitting greed against greed in a cat-and-mouse game where vengeance is the only prize. It can be read as a standalone, or as the conclusion to events begun in its predecessor, TWO. It concludes the Path of Deception and Betrayal series.

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Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I got my inspiration from two sources. First I am a lover of art but a student of art history. So I knew that I wanted to include art in my books whenever I could. Several of my books revolved around the theme of art and art forgery. Second, money laundering has always intrigued me. It is such a complex operation and so few people get caught that I felt it would blend well in crime fiction.

What is your writing process?
I no longer use an extensive plotting mechanism for my manuscripts. What I now do is start with a premise and then let the book take me where it wants to go. I have a character or two in mind when I start the novel but inevitably pick up more along the way. Every morning I’m up at 4 and start to write until I have completed the chapter. Then, in the evening I review the morning work.

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
Always on a computer. I am trying the new feature in Word which allows you to dictate but I haven’t mastered that yet and it may be awhile.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
Aunt Mary the 90 year old woman who looks like the mother from the Golden Girls TV series. She’s unfiltered, bold, crabby and funny.

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
I have only given thought to a few character names and only when it is because I want the reader to feel their ethnicity or look for a quirkiness about them.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
The Struggle Was Worth It

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
Gabriel Allon from Dan Silva’s novels and it would be a coffee house in my area.

Do you have a new release due?
SPIDER GAMES-February 1

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
Have a special lunch with a friend

How can readers keep in touch with you?
http://www.kjmcgillick.com and kjmcgillick@gmail.com

Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Every bit of my personal history has brought me to the place I am now where I use it all in my books.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Beyond The Margin – Jo Jackson @JoJackson589

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Today I’m on the ‘Beyond The Margin’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

CDX0iCFAJo Jackson reads books and writes them too.
Having worked with some of the most vulnerable people in society she has a unique voice apparent in her second novel Beyond the Margin.
She was a nurse, midwife and family psychotherapist and now lives in rural Shropshire with her husband. She loves travelling and walking as well as gardening, philosophy and art.
Her first novel Too Loud a Silence is set in Egypt where Jo lived for a few years with her husband and three children. Events there were the inspiration for her book which she describes as ‘a story she had to write’.

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IrZl4osAIs living on the edge of society a choice? Or is choice a luxury of the fortunate?
Joe, fighting drug addiction, runs until the sea halts his progress. His is a faltering search for meaningful relationships.
‘Let luck be a friend’, Nuala is told but it had never felt that way. Abandoned at five years old survival means learning not to care. Her only hope is to take control of her own destiny.
The intertwining of their lives makes a compelling story of darkness and light, trauma, loss and second chances.

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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 only began to write seriously when I retired and joined a creative writing group. It must always have been something I enjoyed doing because in junior school I wrote an adventure story and the school had it typed, illustrated and bound and it was put in the school library. Definitely a collectors piece!
At grammar school I was fortunate to have an inspirational English teacher who threw away the old fuddy-duddy curriculum and had us debating issues and out in the community interviewing the public and compiling newspapers. Her enthusiasm fed my love of books and writing.
My career was as a nurse, a midwife then a psychotherapist so with that and a husband and three children there was little time for writing.
In my thirties, having returned from living in Egypt for two years, I began to write a story inspired by events that had occurred there. Thirty-seven years later it was to become my first novel Too Loud a Silence! I still have the handwritten manuscript but at the time family and career took over and it was never completed.
The story remained with me and I began to re-write it when I joined the writing group. I didn’t re-read the old manuscript but the two little girls who had inspired it in the first place remained the inspiration. As I began to write, the colour, the sounds and smells of Cairo were as vivid as ever.

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Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I was an avid reader as a child and the weekly visit to the library was a highlight. The Famous Five were all read but my favourites were the Cherry Ames and Sue Barton series – books about women who were nurses. Clearly an influence as it was what I was determined to be from that time onwards. As a teenager I loved John Steinbeck, and I still do. Now I enjoy literary fiction and non-fiction. Favourites recently have been, Rupert Thomson ‘s Katherine Carlyle, In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne and Melisande by Hillel Halkin.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would like to have a conversation with the Dutch writer Gerbrand Bakker, author of The Twin and Ten White Geese. His language is pared down but evocative, beautiful but precise. He conjures images and scenes so vivid and moving it feels like you are there. Such a unique skill I don’t know another author who writes as he does.

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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 would like to invite Yasmin, Adam’s sister from The Boy from Aleppo Who Painted the War. I would like to spoil her and show her the kindness she showed her family. I would like to tell her how incredibly brave and dignified I thought she was. I wouldn’t pretend to understand her feelings about what happened, but her strength and determination shames her captors into being the cowards they are.

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Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Probably my only ritual is rising early in the morning and writing for 2-3 hours before breakfast. I have witnessed many beautiful dawns, so they tend to feature in my writing.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Ideas tend to bubble to the surface inspired by a place, a person or an event. I think about them when out walking the dog and the seed usually grows and wants to be written.
I have worked closely with people all my life. Observing them has supplied me with rich and fascinating material. No one needs to be worried, but I might use a mannerism, a look, a way of speaking.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Absolutely the latter. For me the joy of writing is that characters write themselves into a novel and write their own story. I may have a beginning; the end will suggest itself as the story evolves but how I get there I leave to the characters themselves. In my first book, Too Loud a Silence, Hosni and Wahida are good examples as is Joe in Beyond the Margin. I think writing character driven literary fiction allows you to do that. It probably wouldn’t work with plot driven books.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The best thing I did was join a writing group. They are encouraging, supportive and your fiercest critics. Listen to the feedback and consider following it. If something isn’t working for them, it probably won’t work for your readers either.

What are your future plans as an author?
To enjoy writing a few short stories and flash fiction for a while. To keep walking the dog and being open to the ideas that will inevitably come.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
An extract from chapter 3 of Beyond the Margin where readers are introduced to Joe, one of the main characters, and begin to learn a little of where he came from.

Shunned by Derry’s inhabitants, ignored, abused, all of which I could take, but humiliated ̶ no. I was around three years old when I learned if I didn’t look out for Micky Joe McCurdy then no one else would. I fought my older brothers for the food on the table and learned to survive on scraps, read the signs when my stepdad came home from the pub and Mum got battered just for breathing. Hid under the bed waiting for the belt to come off. The streets were tough but join the right gang and you were okay. Show respect where it counted, be smarter than the next kid. Show you didn’t give a toss about school, the cops, anything.
No one messed with Michael Joseph McCurdy.
Until Nuala.

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

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Today I’m on the ‘Buried in My Past’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicEva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.
She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

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Synopsis :

50025615._SX318_SY475_Title: Buried in My Past
Genre: domestic/romantic suspense
Publisher: Craven Ink Press
Publication date: 02/06/2020

She’s desperate to stop the panic attacks. But the truth won’t set her free…
Jamie Kendal sees life through the bottom of a bottle. After surviving assault and betrayal, she is forced back to her hometown to care for her mother. Not long after her return, she’s plagued by terrifying slivers of memories from the night her twin brother disappeared forever…
Unearthing new evidence, she’s shocked to learn she’d been found wandering in the woods that same night—covered in blood. More than one person from her past hid the haunting truth that’s bubbling to the surface. The deeper she digs into the horrors from her past, the more she fears almost anyone could be a killer, including Jamie herself.
Can Jamie expose what happened that night, or will she join her missing brother?

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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! 🙂
Thank you for having me.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I think like most people who make a major career change late in life; it is because I don’t love my current job. I have worked in law enforcement for thirteen years and I like the solitude writing gives me. I’m a people person, but I also enjoy hanging out at my house and working in my P. J’s. I mean, who wouldn’t. I am also a wife and mother of three young children.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read a ton of V. C. Andrews in my teens. I remember those being my favorite books. Now, the sky is the limit. I read many genre’s and enjoy most. I’m talking a wide range from Sci-Fi, fantasy, some YA, romantic suspense, thrillers, and horror. Some of my most recent favorites would be Dark Matter and Where the Crawdads Sing.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Dean Koontz. I love his books. He is a master of suspense and atmosphere. Two things I strive for in my own writing. If your skin isn’t tingling, I’m not doing my job. I want readers to feel scared, sad and maybe even sexy. I love evoking different emotions.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Dolores Claiborne, hands down. It would be like having tea with my angry grandmother. Some real old school stuff. I listened to this on audio, which I highly recommend, and I realized at the end that the whole book was ONE interview. Stephen King is a master. I think for me I love when there is blurred lines between the villian and the hero. Or learning why good people do bad things. It’s not always the reasons we think.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t. I wish I did. I have three young children, so the name of the game is get it done when I can. It’s during nap time or after they go to bed for the night, then my writing can begin.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I think my husband might be worried after my next book comes out. It begins with just a spark of an idea. A secret note found years later and something bad happened… then I expand on that small idea. This is by far my favorite part of the process. I am analytical by nature and it plays right into my stories. Finding the angle of a character’s motivation is a sure way to nail down a solid plot and character arc.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a hard-core plotter. I plan every scene until The End. That doesn’t mean things won’t change in the revising phase, on the contrary, I am very flexible once the story is written. But readers want to read a story that is interesting, intricate and makes sense. If I pantsed, I can only imagine what it would be at the end.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
If you are having a hard time finishing that work in progress, try plotting. I know many people think it takes the freedom out of writing, but with a clear goal, you might just finish that book, and who knows, write another one. Also, with that, don’t edit as you go if you can’t seem to get that story done. You could bog down the process with polishing when the story just needs to spring up.

What are your futureplans as an author?
To publish two books a year for now. When the story idea’s stop, then I guess I’ll retire, or go back to school.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Instead of waking from a nightmare, Jamie Kendal is living in one. Tortured by an event from her past, she can not remember. Taunted by evidence of her brother’s disappearance and her possible role in the horrifying event. A night she can’t remember… a mystery she must uncover. Can Jamie survive what’s buried in her past?

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

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : His Wife’s Secret – Susan Willis @SusanWillis69

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Today I’m on the ‘His Wife’s Secret’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

TGGUtIEASusan Willis is a published author of four novels and five novellas. She lives in Co-Durham surrounded by a big family and dear friends. Susan works as a food technologist developing new recipes and weaves the different aspects of her job into stories.
Her last two novels are psychological suspense. Readers who have left reviews on amazon love the books because they are realistic with everyday people in situations that can happen.
She has a collection of Fun-Size Tales of Love & Family which are available in Ebook and paperback.
Susan is now writing Cozy Crime Short Reads and incorporating up to date issues of poor mental health in a kidnap scene, the perils of social media, and an intruder on Skype. Nest year she hopes to publish these stories into a collection.

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Synopsis :

CA7bnozQWhen David meets old school-friend, Erin again he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But, in a small village people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour starts to change in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?

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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 am a published author of five novels and six novellas. I live in Co-Durham surrounded by a big family and dear friends. I work as a food technologist developing new recipes and weave the different aspects of my job into stories.
My last two novels have been psychological suspense. Readers who left reviews on amazon love my books because they are realistic with everyday people in situations that can happen. I also have a collection of Fun-Size Tales of Love & Family which are available in Ebook and paperback. I’m now writing Cozy Crime Short Reads. I’m incorporating up to date issues: poor mental health in a kidnap scene, the perils of social media, an intruder on Skype. Next year I’m hoping to write more and publish these stories into a collection.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child I mostly read comics until aged fifteen and then found Catherine Cookson who wrote stories about the north east. I remember being absorbed in these and my love of reading began in earnest. Nowadays, I tend to read psychological suspense and crime novels.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d love to be inside the brain of Harlan Coben. He is my favourite American crime writer. His characters and plots make my head spin in awe. He is also the master of the twist at the end which I love. Every time I read the last line of his story, I think, goodness, I didn’t see that coming!

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Maybe, I’m at bit old-fashioned but I’d love to have tea with Miss Marple in her chocolate-box cottage. I’d enjoy listening to her sensible powers of deduction.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really. My day usually consists of an hour of social media then I write. I have a word count in my mind that I’d like to achieve for the day. Sometimes this works – sometimes it doesn’t – all depending on the flow of words.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Not at all. I think we all have bits of people we know to add into characters. If I am thinking of someone I know, I always change names, age, and appearances.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Definitely a plotter. I outline each chapter and know what needs to go into the sequence of events. Sometimes I change these around or add or remove but I always know the basis of where my storyline is going. However, my characters often go with the flow. Once I’ve got to know them after a few chapters I let them lead me. This is when I change bits & pieces. I often think, noooo, she’d never do or say that!

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
All I can say, is NEVER give up. If you have a story that you think has merit, then tell it. Someone somewhere will want to read it.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m working out plots & storylines for another cozy crime short reads to add to a collection. I also have a novel from the end of 2018 which needs editing before I publish in the spring, called, Me and My Family.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Here is Erin’s flashback to her traumatic childhood incident:

I got to our usual picnic area and stopped dead in my tracks clinging to the trunk of a tree. I caught my breath at the sight before me. My father had slumped to his knees on the edge of the river as two burly policemen dragged my mother out of the water. Father leant his head back and howled. I will never forget the noise it was like a tiger or a lion from one of my storybooks. He simply roared and howled until one of the policemen placed a hand firmly upon his shoulder.
At the same time the other policeman shouted, ‘Oh, God, there he is!’ I crept around the other side of the tree trunk to see my baby brother floating on the top of the water.
‘But he can’t swim!’ I’d cried aloud and staggered towards the water’s edge to tug at the policeman’s shirt sleeve. The other policeman was soon behind me and hauled me up into the air and away from the riverbank. But not before I’d seen Neil’s waxen-white face with dirty brown reeds clinging to his curly hair. His big pale-blue eyes had been wide open and staring straight at me as though he wanted me to help him. But of course, I couldn’t.

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

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Today I’m on the ‘The Vault’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tour.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Mark-DawsonMark Dawson is an award-nominated, USA Today bestseller, with more than 20 books published and over 2 million books downloaded in multiple countries and languages. Mark was born in Lowestoft, in the UK. He has worked as a DJ, a door-to-door ice cream seller, factory hand and club promoter. He eventually trained as a lawyer and worked for ten years in the City of London and Soho, firstly pursuing money launderers and then acting for A-list celebrities suing newspapers for libel.

Synopsis :

The Vault CoverIn the dying days of the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall still casts a long and deadly shadow
1989. MI6 agent Harry Mackintosh embarks on an audacious plan to exfiltrate a valuable asset through a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. But things go badly wrong and what could have been a brilliant coup ends in a bloody failure, with Mackintosh only just escaping with his life. Now he wants revenge.
Mackintosh returns to London for help. He asks for seasoned professionals but gets Jimmy Walker, a bank robber blackmailed into working with British intelligence. Walker has been given a stark choice: a long stretch in prison or a trip behind the Iron Curtain. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the resourceful robber – desperate to keep his liberty and lured by tales of Stasi gold – might just be the right man for the job after all.

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 was originally published by Macmillan in 2000 and 2001, but the experience wasn’t the happiest. I decided to self-publish subsequent works and have now sold more than 3m copies of my Milton and Rose series around the world. I’ve been full-time for five years and love every minute of it.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved Dickens as a child, together with hefty fantasy works: Lord of the Rings and Thomas Covenant, among others. And of course Sherlock Holmes – I was gifted compendium editions of the stories and I feasted on them one after another. My reading these days tends to focus on non-fiction, and choices mirror what I’m writing.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Elmore Leonard – no one writes dialogue like he did.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Most of my characters are assassins or other miscreants, so I’d probably pass on that one…

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I like to hit between 2000 and 3000 words a day. If I can manage that, and enjoy it, my books reflect it in the pace with which they can be read.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I worked in the film industry for a decade and used to watch 300 or more films a year. I have a natural sense of pace and tension, and I’ve absorbed so many ideas over the years that my creative well has never dried up. Plus, of course, we live in interesting times and a new idea can always be found in the next headline.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Something in between. I’ll have a rough idea where I’m going and then trace the lines between scenes.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Best one is to read a lot and write a lot. I disgorged 500,000 words before anything was published. You just need to grease the machinery a little, and the only way to do that is to work. Butt in seat.

What are your future plans as an author?
2020 should see six new books from me, time permitting. After that, we have hopes of a TV deal for one of my series in the US. We will see.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

Mackintosh opened the door and stepped out onto the street. Strelitzer Straße was cobbled with two rows of four-storey apartment blocks that faced each other. Cars had been slotted against the kerb with their noses poking out, leaving enough space for two lines of traffic to proceed in either direction. An attempt had been made to soften the brutal architecture with the planting of a row of young elms, although the winter winds had long since plucked the last leaves from the branches. Mackintosh took a step away from the door and turned left and right to look for any sign that there was anyone else here with him. The street was heavy with snow, save a slushy stripe where the cars had been passing. Mackintosh looked left and saw the Fernsehturm, the enormous television mast in Alexanderplatz that was visible all across the city. He had always hated it; the Communists had erected it in an attempt to demonstrate their power, but it had always embodied their surveillance to Mackintosh, the sense that they looked over everything and that nowhere was safe from their suspicious gaze.

From Mark Dawson’s THE VAULT, published in eBook 31 January, £3.99

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

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 @Shanannigans81 / #QandAs : Drowning #Drowning – Steven M. Cross @stevecrosswords @btwnthelinespub #YA #YAReads #YABooks #Drama

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Today I’m on the ‘Drowning’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicSteven Cross remembers his first literary success, a play about a wolfman that his English class read. His first publication was a Haiku about hearing wolves at sunset one evening as he sat on his back deck with Luke his faithful mutt by his side. He also published a horror story about mutant moles whose taste buds begin to crave human flesh.
Cross, born in Missouri, has published plays, novels, and poetry and done well in some screenwriting competitions, most recently as a quarterfinalist in The Bluecat Screenwriting competition, considered one of the best in the country.
Cross often writes about mental illness. He is an example of how a person can overcome mental illness and succeed. His young adult book Drowning covers bullying and mental illness and is a must-read for teenagers, parents, and teachers.
An educator for over 30 years, he is now semi-retired. Right now he and his wife Jean live in Poplar Bluff, MO, where they spend a lot of time spoiling their grandchildren. Cross is a St. Louis Cardinals fan and has been ever since he was old enough to hold a baseball card. He also enjoys music, reading, and of course writing.

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Synopsis :

Drowning Book CoverTitle: Drowning
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Liminal Books

Dean knows being different isn’t always a good thing.
Trapped by the voices and visits from the dead, Dean is drowning. His father, allegedly drowned, and the friend who took his own life taunt like the school bullies he can’t seem to get away from.
A sliver of hope breaks through when his mother announces they are moving. A chance for a fresh start for all of them. So why does she move them to the cottage near the river his father drowned in?
The water begins to envelop him, threatening to pull him under, when Dean discovers nothing changes and the bullies find not only him, but his twin sister, Dee, as favorite targets. Dean’s personal struggles worsen as his tentative grasp on reality weakens.
An unexpected hand plunges through the water toward him, bringing with it questions and a family secret that haunts them all.

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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’m a retired teacher from Southeast Missouri. I spent over 30 years in education as an English teacher, so that’s how my love of literature began. My wife Jean and I have one daughter Megan. She and her husband Sean have given us two wonderful grandchildren that we spoil as much as we can. I guess I’ve always had an imagination. The first thing I can really recall writing was a play about a werewolf. When I was in college, I started writing for my broadcasting class, and I entered a short story in a contest (It didn’t win anything), and that was it. I took a couple of creative writing classes, and I’ve never looked back.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I loved anything Dr. Seuss when I was in elementary school. One of the first books that really impacted me was David and the Phoenix. It was published the same year I was born, and it opened my eyes to the world of fantasy. I loved it, and recently, I purchased another copy of it for old times sake. During my middle-grade years I fell in love with a series called Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. In high school my interests turned mainly to science fiction and fantasy. Of course, in college I read the classics. As an adult, I find myself reading a lot of young adult fiction because that’s what I write. For leisure reading, I like Stephen King and Dean Koontz and a variey of fantasy books.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I would love to sit down with Stephen King or Dean Koontz. I like Stephen King because hey, I’m a Steven and my last name is close too, Cross. I think what I admire most about these two authors is not only their genres, I like horror and suspense, but also their character development. I think all good stories should revolve around unforgettable characters.

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 honestly would like to take my own character from Drowning, Dean Knight to talk to him. Of course, I have experienced many parallels to his life. I’m bipolar, a victim of bullies – and I’d like to talk to him about my own life and let him know that he can overcome and do something good with his life.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Honestly, I don’t. I am a random, thought by association writer. A died-in-the-wool pantster. Before I start something, I might scratch out a few notes, but generally, it’s kind of a pell mell, chaotic procedure. Now, if you want to talk about journaling, that’s a different subject. That’s almost all pattern and ritual. For example, in my journal, at the beginning of every month I write myself a letter, revisiting the past month and setting goals and dreams for the upcoming month. I guess I organize my approach to my journals so much because I have to have some order in my life.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I usually start with character or a situation. Then, I run with it. I use fragments of real people in my lives, but not whole characters. I think I also get inspiration from reading. If you’re a writer and you’re not reading, then you are doing yourselves a grave disservice.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
Pantster all the way.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I think the best advice I can give to people is don’t think you know everything about writing. You don’t. Listen to other people. I have always thought that if enough people tell you something about what you’re doing, then there must be something to it. I’d also tell novice writers to learn their craft. You don’t know it all, and you won’t know it all on the day you die, but maybe you’ll know enough that people want to publish you and pay for your work. I would also caution that writers should not go into writing with the idea that they will make a fortune for their work. I hope it does, but if that’s your only motivation, then you maybe should try something else. I have always felt the same way about teaching. If you’re just doing it because of the holidays and the summers off, you’ll do more harm than good.

What are your futureplans as an author?
Well, I have some irons in the fire. I want to do a ssequel to Drowning. I’m calling it Drifting. Between the Lines will be publishing a second novel called Masters of Camelot which is a science fiction version of Camelot mainly from Lancelot’s viewpoint. We’ll see what happens with them. I also want to do a middle-grade series based on traditional fairy tales. I’m working on the first one which is a Pied Piper influenced story. I’ve always dreamed of being a screenwriter, but I don’t know if that one will ever happen. It’s a form I like to write because it helps my fiction even if it never gets sold or produced.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

As soon as I take a deep breath and start my swim, the thought occurs to me that I’m swimming into a wet, cold mouth. I almost lose it when a second into my swim I close my eyes and hit my head on rock, and I feel as if I’m in a concrete coffin that is slowly getting smaller and pressing in on me. Then I open my eyes. I can see the mouth of the cave in front of me. This is the moment of truth. I can turn around, leaving my balls at the bottom of the river, or I can go forward.
I go forward, kicking my feet as hard as I can with a concrete coffin pressing in on me. I go under the arch, but I’m still in water – water everywhere. When my lungs are about to burst, I feel my feet touch the bottom and I use the ground to launch myself upward. I’ll either find air or knock myself out on the cave ceiling and drown peacefully.
Then, I’m in the sweet air, floating in water with a good two feet between the top of the water and the rock above me. The breeze is much fresher here. The tunnel goes farther back in the hillside, and I float in that direction. A little bit of light illuminates my path, and I realize it’s from the small opening that I’d spotted above the flat rock. No more than five or six feet away from the opening, the light vanishes, and I feel as if I have suddenly been swallowed. I panic and flop around in the water, trying to find some footing.
“Son, if you drown here, no one will find you.” My dead dad sticks to the wall like a spider. What if there are spiders in here, or snakes! Panic convulses me, and I know I’m going to drown, but then my feet kick up against some kind of ledge or rock next to the cave wall. Touching solid ground calms me, and I stand still, gasping for breath.
“You can’t be so afraid of things, Dean.”

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

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