#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridget – Julie Stock @wood_beez48

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Today I’m on the ‘The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridget’ 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 :

fP6zKcAQJulie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here. As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.
You can connect with Julie via her website, on Twitter, via her Facebook Author, and on Instagram. Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

Synopsis :

When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?
Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.
Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…
Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills,
Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan.
When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.
But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?
A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

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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?
Thank you so much, Stefanie, for inviting me on to your blog. I’m a contemporary romance author of novels, novellas and short stories. I started writing about 6 years ago when I was in my late forties. I’d often thought about writing a novel but had never been able to come up with an idea that I would be able to sustain over 80/90,000 words. Then one day, an idea came and I sat down and started writing what became my debut novel, From Here to Nashville, and I haven’t looked back since!

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a child, I loved reading from a very early age and we would go to the library every week to get a pile of books to read. It was my favourite time of the week! I used to love reading Enid Blyton, first the Magic Faraway Tree books, then the Naughtiest Girl in the School and Malory Towers. I loved them all. Later on, I loved the Anne of Green Gables stories and The Secret Garden.
As a grown up, I love to read romance of all kinds, from contemporary through to historical. I especially like really sad stories though! I love JoJo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger. I’ve always loved Romeo and Juliet too 🙂 I love a real tearjerker. I find it quite cathartic.
I also love Robert Harris novels and I enjoy a really good thriller.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’ve recently discovered Rosanna Ley’s books and I find them so beautifully written. Rosanna also teaches creative writing but she lives a long way from me so I’ll probably never be able to attend one of her courses. If I could pick her brain for advice about writing craft and how she manages to weave setting into her writing, that would be wonderful.

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 read The Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine not long ago, which was an absolutely fascinating story set both in modern day and in medieval England. So I’d invite the main character – Jo Clifford/the Lady of Hay who goes between the two periods – because I’d love to know more about what it was like to live in medieval times, but also to be regressed in the way that she was.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Not really. I write on a Mac using Scrivener with my notes next to me on my desk. If I’m struggling to keep going, and not get distracted, I’ll set a timer making myself write for 30 minutes and then take a break, before doing the same thing all over again. I just keep going until I reach my word count for the session. I do usually like to drink a cup of tea while writing.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
It’s usually a setting that gives me an idea for writing, but not always. I’m inspired by things I read, TV programmes – fiction and non-fiction, my own life experiences. The list is endless now that I’ve finally started writing.
I do use things from normal life in my writing but I would never write someone I know into a book exactly as they are. I take aspects of lots of people and merge them into a character that way. So no-one needs to be too worried…

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I started out as a pantser but only because I’d had no experience, really. Then even as I was writing my first book, I knew that I should have done more planning. With each successive book, I have plotted it out more, but I keep things flexible so I can make changes if I want to.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
One piece of advice I would give is to make time for your writing. Lots of us think that we have no time to write, but with even a small mindset change, we can make time. So for example, when I was writing my first book and finding it hard to find time to write, I started writing in my lunch hour at work. In just half an hour a day, I started writing 300 words and that turned into 10,000 words within the month. That’s a book within 8 or 9 months.
As an indie author, I would advise new writers not to be constrained into thinking that the traditional publishing route is the only path to publication. Self-publishing is a viable option for everyone now and it can be mastered by most people with a little effort.

What are your future plans as an author?
As well as my new novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, I have a short story collection coming out this summer (it may even be out by the time your readers read this post!) Then I will be starting work on a new novel in the autumn. I’m not sure whether it will be the second book in a series or a brand new book, but I will be writing.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
This teaser is from the end of chapter 2 when Olivia has just arrived at the restaurant, and she is trying to find out what went wrong before. Finn is on the defensive but Olivia is determined to get her way.

‘To put it simply, Mr Anderson, I want to know if you can cook, otherwise we’re lost before we’ve even started. I’d like you to make me your signature dish, please.’
‘My signature dish? What the hell do you mean by that?’
‘Surely you’re not telling me you don’t know what a signature dish is? I don’t think you can call yourself a chef if you don’t know that term.’ Her lips twitched as she teased him.
‘I know full well what a signature dish is, and you know that’s not what I meant.’
Olivia raised her eyebrows but said nothing.
Finn went on. ‘I want to know why you’re asking me to cook it. I don’t need your approval, you know.’
‘Not to put too fine a point on it, Mr Anderson, the only way I can find out if you can cook is if you make me something to eat. Then I’ll know whether the reason the restaurant failed is because you can’t cook, or whether it’s down to something else.’

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

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : The Stationmaster’s Daughter – Kathleen McGurl @KathMcGurl

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

About the Author :

PepDrn7gKathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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Synopsis :

As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?
Dorset 1935
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.
But soon the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…
Present day
Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken. When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office. Tilly is soon swept up in Ted’s story, and the fateful accident that changed his life forever.
But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can’t help but feel a connection with Ted’s story in the past.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : The Unlikely Occultist – Isobel Blackthorn @IBlackthorn

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

About the Author :

PMHA_VyQIsobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of unique and engaging fiction. She writes across a range of genres, including psychological thrillers, gripping mysteries, captivating travel fiction and hilarious dark satire.
Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism for her ground-breaking study of the texts of Theosophist Alice A. Bailey. Her engagement with Alice Bailey’s life and works has culminated in the biographical novel, The Unlikely Occultist.

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Synopsis :

G9SR-QtgLibrarian Heather Brown discovers the fascinating life of Alice Bailey – a long forgotten occultist.
Back in 1931, Alice is preparing to give a speech at a Swiss summer school. But how can she stave the tide of hatred and greed set to bring the world to its knees?
Soon after, Alice is put on Hitler’s blacklist. What she doesn’t realize is the enormity of her influence to the world, and the real enemies who are much closer than she thinks.
A dynamic and complex figure, Alice Bailey’s reach was huge. She was influential among people and organizations of global power, especially the United Nations, and is widely regarded as the Mother of the New Age.
Yet today she is maligned by fundamentalist Christians, Theosophists, Jews, academics and above all, by conspiracy theorists. Are any of these groups justified in rejecting the unlikely occultist?

“Blackthorn’s exploration of Alice Bailey’s life and work provides a unique and intimate insight into Bailey’s life and the times in which she lived. For anyone seeking to explore the roots of Bailey’s influence on the New Age movement as well as her unsought role as the bête noire of the conspiracy scene, there’s no better place to begin.”
– Aaron John Gulyas, associate professor and author of Conspiracy Theories

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : Brides of the Kindred series – Evangeline Anderson @EvangelineA

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Today I’m on the ‘Brides of the Kindred series’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

Evangaline AndersonEvangeline Anderson is the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.

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Synopsis :

Volume 1_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume One
(Claimed, Hunted, Sought, Found)
Genre: SciFi, Paranormal Romance

Claimed:
A race of Genetic Traders from beyond the stars.
Three very different types of Alpha males
all focused on one thing…claiming their brides
In all their years of travel the Kindred have come across only three worlds with
species close enough to their own to initiate a trade.
Earth is the fourth.
Olivia Waterhouse is about to be Claimed.

Hunted:
A desperate girl on the run
with nowhere to hide…
A warrior who has made a vow
never to claim a bride…
Sophia Waterhouse is being Hunted
and the only man who can save her
is the one she fears the most…

Sought:
One woman…Two hot guys…A galaxy of problems
Kat O’Connor is no pushover. She’s a no nonsense girl with a commonsense approach to life. But there’s nothing common about what’s happening to her lately…
Kat is being Sought by two Kindred warriors at once–how will she ever survive?

Found:
A warrior with a scarred heart who doesn’t know how to love. And the woman who must teach him how before it’s too late…Can Lauren and Xairn, the abused and wounded son of the All-Father come together in time to avert catastrophe? You’ll have to read Found to find out.

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Volume 2_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Two
(Revealed, Pursued, Exiled)

Revealed:
Nadiah is bound to her home planet and a male she doesn’t love by an unbreakable blood bond—a bond only a Kindred warrior can break.
Rast is just an ordinary human with no chance of setting her free…or is he? The truth is about to be Revealed

Pursued:
A warrior scarred both inside and out.
A woman broken by her past.
Can they make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain? If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her.
Elise is being Pursued.

Exiled:
A timid priestess turned Mistress…
A proud warrior posing as her slave…
Will their love blossom on the savage world where domination, submission, and kinky sex are the order of the day?
Or will Lissa be Exiled from the one male she loves above all others?

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Volume 3_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Three
(Shadowed, Chained, Divided)

Shadowed:
Reddix is a Kindred warrior with RTS—a debilitating disease that forces him to endure the emotions of others like a physical invasion every time he is around anyone. Nina is the girl he dreams of but can never have. Will he open up enough for Nina to heal him or will his fate remain Shadowed?

Chained:
A shy scientist with no experience of anything outside the laboratory.
An enslaved warrior with a shadowed past.
Can they rescue each other before it’s too late?
Or will both be forever Chained in darkness…

Divided:
One girl who was supposed to be a nun
Two hot warriors constantly at odds with each other
Both of them want her
But neither one can have her alone.
Because with these Kindred, it takes two…

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Volume 4_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Four
(Devoured, Enhanced, Cursed)

Devoured:
A girl on the run from her past
A warrior trying to forestall the future
Can Tess help Garron contain the ravenous beast that lurks within him?
If not, she will surely be…Devoured

Enhanced:
A frightened girl. running from her dreams of a dark warrior…
A warrior without emotions, determined not to feel.
But when their encounter forces him to face the darkness of his past will he go mad…
Or finally learn to love?
You’ll have to read Enhanced to find out.

Cursed:
A fierce warrior, forced to feel the agony of others
A girl with a past full of pain caused by his kind
When the two of them go undercover on a dangerous mission will they bond?
Or are they Cursed to be apart forever?

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Volume 5_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Five
(Enslaved, Targeted, Forgotten)

Enslaved:
A warrior sold as a slave against his will…
Bought by a woman forbidden to love him
When passion flares, she grants him his freedom
But his heart has been forever…Enslaved.

Targeted:
A Kindred warrior turned assassin, sworn to kill his prey or die trying
A girl who lives a boring life on the outside yet hides a remarkable secret within
When Tragar recognizes Emily for what she is, he must make a choice.
Will he fulfill his mission and terminate her life? Or will he give his own to save her?
Emily Brooks has no idea she has been…Targeted

Forgotten:
A warrior sworn to get his mate back or die trying
A woman under a curse which stole her love
Rone is determined to win back Kate’s heart
Even though he has been…Forgotten

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Volume 6_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Six
(Switched, Uncharted, Unbound)

Switched:
A warrior with a talent that could get him killed
A girl transported to a new existence with no warning
When the two of them trade lives, it places them in mortal peril.
Not to mention really screwing up their love lives!
Will they ever be able to get back in their rightful bodies?
Or have they been forever…Switched?

Uncharted:
A wounded Warrior seeking Revenge for all that has been taken from him.
A woman looking desperately for a Cure for her terminally ill sister.
Drawn together by the will of the Goddess, they must journey to the Dark Sector.
What awaits them there–love or death? Or both?
You’ll have to read Uncharted to find out.

Unbound:
Slave to Love…
A Warrior bound by blood and Love
A Princess in Danger
He must risk everything to save her…
Even if it means losing his bond with her forever.

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Volume 7_400x600Title: Brides of the Kindred Box Set: Volume Seven
(Surrendered, Vanished, Imprisoned)

Surrendered:
A warrior working undercover allows himself to be sold as a slave.
A Mistress lonely for a male she can trust buys him.
Can Thorn give Neh’sa his body without losing his heart?
Read Surrendered to find out

Vanished:
A warrior traveling through time
A girl who must be changed in order to prevent a nightmare future
Can the two of them alter the past in order to avert disaster?
And will their love sustain them when Harper has Vanished…

Imprisoned:
A girl dressed as a boy
In a Triple Max prison full of savage predators
A Kindred warrior undercover, trying to protect
What he thinks is an innocent boy.
Lathe can’t understand why he is so drawn to Ari
But when her secret comes out, will it kill them both?

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TrappedInTime-1400x2100Title: Trapped in Time (A Kindred Tales PLUS Novel)

A woman trapped in the past
A dark, intense warrior who claims she is his wife
Will Caroline survive her stay in the parallel universe she has fallen into?
Or will she be forever…Trapped in Time?
Dr. Caroline Lambert has a PhD in Astro-Temporal Physics but no clue about matters of the heart. Married to her work, she has built a machine called PORTAL, capable of opening a window into other universes. She believes it is only for observation, so imagine her horror when she finds herself sucked through the window and right into a whole other world–a world that seems stuck in the past, around the time of the Victorian era.
Now Caroline must deal with hoop skirts and elaborate etiquette, not to mention all the dangers of the past. It’s a minefield of antiquated social mores and poisons used as medicines and cosmetics. But perhaps the most perplexing problem is the husband she has somehow acquired–a tall, dark Blood Kindred named Richard who claims she is his wife and refuses to let her go. For in this universe, the Kindred arrived 200 years earlier than in her own time and they have made their way into polite society…as Richard seems determined to make his way into Caroline’s heart.
Will Caroline ever find her way back to her own time and universe? Will she succumb to Richard’s charms and give in to the big Blood Kindred who claims her as his own? And what about the scheming mother she has in this world who is determined that she will leave Richard for a Viscount of questionable morals? Caroline doesn’t know what to do, she only knows that if she cannot somehow open another window into her own world she will be forever…Trapped in Time.

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#BlogTour #BookOnTheBrightSide @BOTBSPublicity / #Excerpt : A Cruel Deception #ACruelDeception – Kim Booth @K_B_Author

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Today I’m on the ‘A Cruel Deception’ blogtour, organised by Book On The Bright Side.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

The author retired from the Lincolnshire Police as Detective Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Economic Crime Unit. He now provides anti-fraud advice and fraud investigation on a consultancy basis together with assisting authors with police procedural issues and story lines.

Prior to joining the police I had numerous jobs, Worked in a chicken factory for next to nothing, In a Bakery, Royal Mail as a Postman, With my dad who was a civil engineer construction roads and sewerage works and finally in a hotel. Had dealings with the CID and thought “I can do that” and joined the police with the sole intention of being a CID man! Joined Lincolnshire Police in July 1975.

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Walked the streets in uniform for 18 months sorting yobbos out then given a car and latched onto drink drivers for a year then went into the CID at Louth in Lincolnshire for a year or so then Skegness for a summer season. Stayed in the CID for twelve years at various location including regional Crime Squad now National Crime Agency conducting static and mobile surveillance nationally dealing with murders extortions Kidnaps and the like then promoted to Uniform Sergeant for two years then back in the CID in the drug squad for four years as a Detective Sergeant, The next move was Detective Sergeant Special Branch dealing with all terrorist matter including surveillance, regional risk assessments on Economic Key points ie Oil and gas terminals, National Infrastructure Gas Electricity and Water and all Military establishments, threat assessments on high profile individuals such a Judges MP’s and witness protection subjects etc. Worked with the Security Services ie MI5 and MI6 and was a member of Home Office National Anti- Terrorism Exercise Programme setting up terrorist exercises both in the UK and abroad to test response of the local enforcement agencies. Promoted to Detective Inspector within Special Branch with 14 staff. Stayed there for five years then moved to Uniform Inspector in charge of the Lincolnshire Police Control room 36 staff dealing and resourcing whatever came in authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents. Two years in there (more than enough!) the moved to be in charge of the Economic and Hi Tech Crime Unit dealing with all frauds , Internet Crime together with the Paedophile Unit and Proceeds of Crime Unit 27 staff, Stayed there for four years, retired on the Friday and started work the following Monday being the Senior Investigating Officer in charge of a $300 million fraud investigation involving 3300 investors worldwide, worked with colleagues in New Zealand, Japan, America, Hong Kong, Bahamas and Canada, The case concluded in 2010 I retired again! Went fitting UPVC windows with a mate. Did that for 9 months, wrote a book on fraud, did some qualifications at Uni then came to work for TUI (Thomson and First Choice)as a Corporate Security Manager investigating fraud within the travel industry, Hobbies- Property restoration, DIY and motor cycling. That’s a quick snap shot!
Three children, eldest son is a Police Officer in Lincolnshire. Middle daughter is a first aid trainer and the MK 3 model daughter is a primary school teacher. Met the wife on the docks at Boston Lincolnshire (where she was working as Policewoman I should add!)

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On Shooting range with FBI in New Orleans
Somethings you didn’t know?
(1) Whilst engaged in a terrorist incident and working in COBRA under Whitehall fell asleep on the Home Secretary’s bed! It was a 48 hour shift!
(2) Was engaged for two years putting MI5 and MI6 operatives through police interviews to test their legends (cover stories) under pressure, prior to deployment in foreign countries.
(3) Investigated 23 murders including two serial murderers, nine extortions and Kidnaps involving Sainburys, Imperial Tobacco and Mars and investigated and detected the only murder by postal IED (improvised Explosive Device) in the UK to date and a drugs related “contract killing”
(4) As a Uniformed Inspector in the force control room covering Lincolnshire was authorised to deploy firearms officers to incidents but was considered not to be psychologically suitable to hold a Police Firearms permit to possess a firearm! Been a standing joke for years!!!
After retirement for the third time decided to write a few book of my experiences including a crime fiction loosely based on previous events (W.I.P.)
And the rest as they say is history!

Synopsis :

414fuzXY-6LFor Joan and Ted Warner, an innocent and trusting couple, a chance encounter with Barbara Hendry, a cunning con-woman who turned their settled lives into a living nightmare
The Warners were not victims of a remote scam, carried out over the internet by fraudsters from afar. For six years, faking a friendship face-to-face, this plausible woman carried off the impersonation of a member of the nobility fallen on hard times, manipulating the emotions of her victims, deceitfully draining them of every penny they had set aside for their retirement, and plunging them into debt.
Hendrys intention was to slip away, having sucked the Warners dry of all their hard-earned savings. But for some dogged investigative work by adetermined detective she would have succeeded- and remained free to prey on other vulnerable victims.
Follow this journey of fraud and depravity in the company of the one man who knows the full story – the British detective who cracked the case and brought Barbara Hendry to justice.
A Cruel Deception is an insightful and gripping work of true crime, which illustrates the depth of wickedness and the possibility that we can all be deceived.

‘No one knows this horrifying true crime case better than the detective who cracked it. Kim Booth will take you on an unforgettable journey into lies, deceit, cunning and malice.’
Nick Louth

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There is a skill in obtaining information from individuals whether it be from a witness or a defendant and the object of either is being able to elicit the information required. In addition there are ruses that can be used to trigger an individual a certain way in order that they will take steps that have been provoked by the actions by the interviewer. For instance this is best demonstrated in a particular way on TV albeit slightly exaggerated. When watching the TV detective Columbo he will for instance interview his suspect and feed him information during the conversation that will make them think that they have made a mistake. The suspect will usually then take a course of action that has been prompted by what he has been told by the investigator i.e. Colombo. At the conclusion of the conversation Columbo will make to leave the room and just before going out of the door he will stop turn around and say something like “Oh, just one more thing that bothers me” or words to that effect and will drop a comment that will certainly get the suspect thinking and then Columbo will leave. This is what I call a “Columbo” moment. This can provoke the suspect into action such as cover their tracks, move the body, dispose of the murder weapon and the like.

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#BlogTour #SilverDaggerBookTours @SDSXXTours / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : The Descendants Series – Destiny Hawkins @That_1_Author

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Today I’m on the ‘The Descendants Series’ blogtour, organised by Silver Dagger Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

Destiny HawkinsDestiny Hawkins is a multi-genre author with a dark imagination and a love for magic.
She enjoys cooking, running, swimming, listening to music, reading, and of course watching anime filled with fantasy! Her favorite genres to read and work in are Fantasy, LGBT, Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Sci-fi, and young adult. After three years of writing she has published almost 20 books and she has many more coming!

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Synopsis :

1- The DescendantsTitle: The Descendants (The Descendants Series Book 1)
Genre: Dark Fantasy

Fail the tests and become a slave. Display defectiveness and be put to death.
Monroe Academy was built to separate the weak from the strong. Pass the biyearly leveling and be released into society upon graduation. Fail to be promoted and be stripped of rank and forced into servitude.
That was a rule that applied to all but Rayah Bardeau. A student of Monroe Academy, branded as a Null because of her absence of Lighter energy. With her mother standing as a slave in her place, Rayah was given until the age of twenty to make level six, but at nineteen-years-old and with only eight months until her twentieth birthday, she was only a mere level one. The same level she’s been since she was ten.
With the stress of her upcoming test, the loss of a friend, and the constant wrongdoings towards her, Rayah could only dream of escaping from Lytonia, and escape she did. Only, when she awakened in her dorm, she couldn’t distinguish if she had only dreamt of meeting Soren, a wild and adventurous defect in the Wild Lands, or if she had somehow used her Lighter Form to get there.
But only the elite ― the most powerful of Lighters ― could tap into their Lighter Forms. Right?
And what was the dark energy she used when she and Soren were attacked by Depleters? Was Rayah really as powerless as she thought? Was she a defect? And if she used dark energy, could she call herself a Lighter at all?

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2- The CallingTitle: The Calling (The Descendants Series Book 2)

She was given a second chance to prove that she could fall in line, but with her lack of power, that would be impossible.
Rayah’s entire life, she’d always been different from everyone else, and in Lytonia, being different was treated as a crime, but in her case, she was granted a pass.
In only a few months, she had to present her abilities to the council and prove to them that she was worthy of walking the halls of Monroe Academy, but Artemis, her tormentor and superior officer, would stop at nothing to keep her from excelling. Being powerless and not proving herself meant that she would be transitioned into a slave, and Artemis would become her master.
What Rayah realized was that she wasn’t as powerless as she thought. For weeks she had been able to do things that only the elite lighters could do, and even though this meant that she was strong, it made her more different than she could have ever imagined. Rayah went from being weak to possibly being as strong as a Gods Daughter, and she couldn’t tell anyone.
The standard colors of a Lytonians powers are white, royal blue, and turquoise blue.
Hers were black…

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#BlogTour #RandRBookTours @RRBookTours1 / #QandAs : The Devil’s Apprentice #TheDevilsApprentice #TheGreatDevilWar – Kenneth B. Andersen @K_B_Andersen

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

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Book CoverTitle: The Devil’s Apprentice (The Great Devil War #1)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Philip is a good boy, a really good boy, who accidentally gets sent to Hell to become the Devil’s heir. The Devil, Lucifer, is dying and desperately in need of a successor, but there’s been a mistake and Philip is the wrong boy. Philip is terrible at being bad, but Lucifer has no other choice than to begin the difficult task of training him in the ways of evil. Philip gets both friends and enemies in this odd, gloomy underworld—but who can he trust, when he discovers an evil-minded plot against the dark throne?

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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 42 years old and used to be a school teacher, now a full time writer. I was born in Denmark and I live in Copenhagen with my wife, two sons and a dog. I began writing in high school. I’ve always loved to read, but when I was introduced to Stephen King it blew my mind. I was 15 years old when my school teacher gave me a copy of ”The Shining” and I was hooked. King inspired me (as well as many others) to start writing. But I wasn’t very good at it and it took me seven years and fifteen turned-down manuscripts before I finally got my first book published. But I was never close to giving up – on the contrary. It became an obsession for me to write something that was good enough to get published. Which finally happened in 2000. Since then I’ve published more than 35 books.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
”Narnia” and ”The Never-Ending Story” were favourites of mine. But mostly I was into horror when I was a kid. Still am, but now I’m more selective. I’m always excited when a new King-novel comes out. I’m also a big fan of his son Joe Hill. His graphic novel ”Locke & Key” is awesome. I try to read all different kind of genres, but like things with a twist. I recently discovered the author Christina Henry. She’s very good. I like it when the world we know is turned upside down, but I value credibility above all else. Not in the sense of story, but the way the story is told. Credibility and language.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
If I can go with a dead one, I’d pick Ray Bradbury. I’ve read all his books and short stories – ”Fahrenheit 451” is a book everyone should read (and no, it doesn’t count if you just see the movie). A tremendous imagination, a tremendous langauge, a tremendous mind.

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 love to have both the Devil, God and Death over for tea (all characters in The Great Devil War). It would be a lot of fun, I think. And I would have a lot of questions for them.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I drink a cup of coffee or two and that’s it. No music, just silence. I write four hours a day. I have an office in my basement and I write from 8 am – 10 am and then again from 1 pm – 3 pm. I don’t aim for a certain amount of words or pages. Sometimes I write half a page in two hours if things go slow, sometimes three pages. It depends.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I often get inspired by reading books and watching movies, and sometimes I even get my ideas from them. A good example of this is ”The Devil’s Apprentice”. Years ago I was reading a Danish novel called “Little Lucifer”, where the main character misbehaves and someone yells at him, that he’s the Devil’s apprentice. At the exact moment I read those two words I thought that would be awesome: To write a story about a boy who literally ends up as that – the Devil’s Apprentice. In Hell where he is to be trained in evil by the Devil himself. Hell is very much inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy – although my Hell differs a lot from Dante’s.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a plotter, but at the same time I try to go with the flow. If new (good) ideas pop up, then the plot will change. When I started writing ”The Devil’s Apprentice”, I basically knew everything that was going to happen. But I didn’t know, that I was actually starting a story which would turn out to be much, much bigger, making The Devil’s Apprentice book 1 of 6 in The Great Devil War series.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Write a lot and read a lot. Books are good for inspiration, but it’s by writing and writing and writing you develop your own style and your own ideas. And if you want to be good at something then you have to practice. And not give up.

What are your future plans as an author?
Years ago I wrote a superhero series called Antboy. I wrote six books, which were turned into three movies (they are available on Netflix, low-budget, but high-charm 😊) Right now I’m working on three, maybe four more Antboy books. I’m also working hard on getting some of my other books out in English.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
In this scene Philip has just arrived at the gates of Hell, meeting the gatekeeper (the demon on the cover of the book) for the first time.

“You’re fairly young, aren’t you?” A forked tongue moistened his scaly fingers, and the gatekeeper flipped through more pages. “How old are you?”
“I’m thirteen.”
“Thirteen?” the beast mumbled, clearly impressed. “It’s not very often they come to us so young. You must’ve done something really horrific.”
“What do you mean?” Philip shook his head. “What is this place?”
“This place?” The monster raised an eyebrow. “Haven’t you figured it out yet? Oh well, evilness and stupidity often go hand in hand.” His crooked smile revealed pointed teeth, and his gruff voice lowered to a hiss. “This, my boy, is the outer court of Hell. That—” he directed a hooked nail at the black gate, “is Hell.”

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

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