#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #Excerpt : The Final Trail (Trail Series #5) – AA Abbott @AAAbbottStories

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Today I’m on the ‘The Final Trail (Trail Series #5)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

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Synopsis :

TFT thumbnailFamily feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.
The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.

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Excerpt :

Obsessed by glamorous Kat White, London gangster Shaun Halloran stalked her and tried to kill her. Now Shaun is dead and Kat has given evidence at his inquest.

She wanted to run from the chamber, from the court processes, well-meaning friends and blistering memories. Instead, her legs wobbled. To her relief, Kat made it to the oak doors opposite the jury, without a backward glance.
She passed into a lobby: small, dark and claustrophobic. The stuffy air seemed to suck breath from her lungs. It emerged in short, sharp gasps until, like a diver resurfacing, she burst from the tiny room onto a light and bright landing. A stone staircase led to the building’s imposing entrance on the floor below. Freedom and sunshine lay within her grasp.
She hadn’t quite reached the first step when she heard doors swishing open.
“Kat, wait,” Tim called.
She couldn’t bear to look.
His voice was lost in the clamour, as journalists surged towards her, tugging at her sleeve.
“Miss White, how are you feeling?”
“Was Shaun your boyfriend?”
“Kat, darling, I can offer you an exclusive – my paper will pay good money…”
She pulled away from the press pack, biting her lip. Tears nevertheless flowed freely. Attempting to dry her eyes with the back of her hand, Kat dashed downstairs and out onto the street below.
The reporters followed. Mobile phones and microphones were thrust in her face; cameras flashed.
“I can’t speak now,” she whispered. Outside, the air, laden with exhaust fumes, seemed even more stifling than in the courtroom. Sweat prickled her skin and dampened her hair into curls. She removed the uncomfortable black jacket.
Amy pushed through the crowd. “You left your bag,” she said, thrusting the cheap satchel into Kat’s hands.
“Thanks.” Kat looked down, unable to meet her friend’s eyes. There was no way she was talking to Tim, journalists or anyone else, either. Panic threatened to overwhelm her if she couldn’t escape.
A red bus slowed to a halt, mere yards away. She made as if to catch it, then raced past the queue, rushing around the rear of the vehicle and across the busy street.
Heedless of high heels pinching, Kat ran until she saw a black cab for hire. She hailed it, barely noticing Amy and Tim’s shocked faces among the throng as the taxi left them behind.
Tim would have even more questions. She couldn’t deal with them. It was bad enough casting her mind back to the horror of that final encounter with Shaun.
She’d read Shaun wrong when they first met. Although she knew he was a villain, she thought she could handle him. Now, she had a job she loved, making vodka, but her circumstances had been very different three years before. As a croupier in London’s West End, she’d lived in a flat she could barely afford and drifted from party to party without a purpose. The promise of cash had blinded her when Shaun asked her to train the croupiers in his speakeasy.
That had gone pear-shaped when he thought she’d stolen from him. Even though it wasn’t true, it had led to his arrest and life imprisonment. She’d testified against him, having seen him kill a man as easily as lighting a cigarette.
Forgiveness wasn’t his style. She knew why he’d come to that hotel room.
Shaun’s death had freed her from his menace. He couldn’t reach her from the grave.
But his sons were still alive.

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#CoverReveal #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup : The Final Trail (Trail Series #5) – AA Abbott @AAAbbottStories

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour, to reveal the cover of

The Final Trail
by
AA Abbott

But first some information

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

Website
Twitter

Synopsis :

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.
To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.
The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.

After this great teaser I hope you are still excited for the cover reveals, because this is happening

right now!

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Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It’s available from today on Amazon.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @LoveBooksGroup / #GuestPost : The Revenge Trail (Trail Series #4) – AA Abbott @AAAbbottStories

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Today I’m on the ‘The Revenge Trail (Trail Series #4)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, AA Abbott, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

Synopsis :

TRT thumbnail SMALLVODKA TO DIE FOR…
Kat’s craft vodka brand makes it big, but a crazed murderer’s on her trail.

Glamorous blonde Kat White makes the best vodka in the world. At last, her craft vodka from Birmingham is going places, while the mother who abandoned her faces financial ruin.
So does vodka salesman Marty Bridges. Kat doesn’t trust him, but she has to save his business or hers will go under too.
That’s not her biggest problem. Crazed murderer Shaun Halloran wants to kill her, even if it means breaking out of jail to take his revenge.
Kat dreams of love, riches and success in her life – but shouldn’t she just focus on staying alive?

Guest Post :

VODKA, DEATH & DESIRE

Glamorous blonde Kat White was the heiress to a high-end vodka business. When her parents lost their riches and their lives, she was a teenager cast adrift in Birmingham to make a living as best she could. Lured for a while by the bright lights of London, she’s finally turned her back on cocktail bars, parties and sugar daddies. Back in Birmingham, she’s determined to make the best vodka in the world.
Birmingham entrepreneur Marty Bridges, by contrast, is completely unglamorous. The years have swapped his curly hair and fast motorbike for a bald spot and a Jag. He’s a millionaire, however, having made a fortune importing premium vodka from the former Soviet Union. If anyone can help Kat sell her wares to millions of trendy drinkers, it’s Marty.
Unfortunately, they can’t stand each other. The air crackles with tension when they meet, yet the sparks are not those of romance.
“When are they going to bed together?” a reader asks.
“They’re not,” I say, through gritted teeth. “Kat and Marty will NEVER have an affair. It would be too gross. He’s twice her age, and she’s going out with his son.”
Marty is convinced Kat has targeted his son, Tim, in an effort to steal the family business. Little does he know that Kat, despite her intense desire for Tim, is trying to keep her distance because she dislikes Marty so much.
Alas, in “The Revenge Trail”, fourth in the Trail series of crime thrillers, the simmering antipathy between Kat and Marty threatens to explode. Marty’s biggest supplier sends him vodka spiked with deadly methanol. Knowing it could kill his customers, Marty has to source the product elsewhere. He’s forced to beg Kat for help. She refuses.
The uneasy relationship with Marty is the least of Kat’s problems, though. Her evidence has sent a crime lord to jail, and he’s looking for revenge. Thanks to the high profile of Kat’s new vodka business, he knows exactly where to find her…

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @LoveBooksGroup / #GuestPost : The Grass Trail (Trail Series #3) – AA Abbott @AAAbbottStories

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Today I’m on the ‘The Grass Trail (Trail Series #3)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, AA Abbott, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

Synopsis :

Abbott_GrassTrail_EbookShaun knows who put him inside – and he wants to make her pay…

Shaun Halloran wouldn’t be in prison if glamorous Kat White hadn’t taken his gun. Pictures of the stunning blonde are plastered all over his cell. As soon as he can escape, she’s dead. But with his criminal empire crumbling, he can’t trust anyone.
Kat, panicked by poison pen letters, has nowhere to turn. Her parents are dead and her brother’s ill. Even her sexy new business partner may not be what he seems. When she receives life-changing news, vodka is the only answer…

A tense crime thriller with plenty of twists, “The Grass Trail” races through Birmingham, London and the former Soviet Union – tempting you to turn each page.

Guest Post :

The Twist that Turned a Book Around

Inspiration struck in the middle of the night…
“The Grass Trail” was the hardest book I’d ever written. Third in a series, it had to work as a standalone crime thriller while holding the interest of readers who already knew the characters well. A heady story of marijuana farming, prison escape plots and illegal vodka stills, it nevertheless had something missing. Fretfully, I tossed and turned in my bed during the small hours of the morning, unable to sleep until I’d figured it out.
I’d heard other writers speak of that blinding flash of inspiration, but this was the first and only time it had ever happened to me. Suddenly, the answer appeared. “I know your game,” I said out loud.
“Pardon?” my husband mumbled, still in the Land of Nod.
“I know her game. Marina, the ice queen. I know what she’s up to,” I told him.
He drifted back to sleep, and I began to focus on Marina. A cool, beautiful blonde, she had appeared like a ghost from afar to Marty Bridges in “The Vodka Trail”. Captured by terrorists in the former Soviet Union, he’d squinted at her from the small window in his cell, shocked to see a woman he’d believed was dead. Marina hadn’t just defrauded him of a large sum of money, she’d married the man Marty suspected of killing her first husband. Now she was being unfaithful to him with a young, sexy terrorist.
Why would a woman behave that way? Was she simply evil? Or – as I now realised – was she playing a clever game as the instrument of the police state in which she lived?
Marina was, in fact, ideologically driven. She was a secret agent, getting close to men in order to spy on them. Her lovers, and their deaths, were decided by the state.
Marina’s story, gradually unfolding to her nearest and dearest, was the spicy twist that “The Grass Trail” needed. In my opinion, that lightbulb moment turned the book around. I’d love to know if you agree!

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Love Books Group Tour / Guest Post : A TEAM EFFORT – AA Abbott, author of The Vodka Trail (Trail Series #2)

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Today I’m on the ‘The Vodka Trail (Trail Series #2)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, AA Abbott, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

Synopsis :

Abbott_VodkaTrail_EbookIs this vodka to die for?

Kat White ended up a penniless teenager marooned in London when her parents died in a foreign prison. She blames Marty Bridges, her father’s business partner, for their deaths.
Now Kat wants to recover the family vodka business and stop Marty’s gravy train. But when she’s taken hostage by terrorists, Marty holds her life in his hands…

A compelling crime thriller, sizzling with suspense, seduction, tension and twists.

Guest Post :

A TEAM EFFORT

“The Vodka Trail” was the easiest book I’ve ever written. Having intended “The Bride’s Trail” to be a standalone story, I loved the characters so much that I wanted to follow their fortunes. It was obvious from the tension between Kat White and Marty Bridges that she believed he’d stolen her birthright. Kat had been brought up as heiress to the high-end Snow Mountain vodka business, yet she’d ended up penniless in London. The plot for “The Vodka Trail” emerged as I considered how she’d try to get the family business back – and get her own back on Marty.
It usually takes me three to four months to produce a draft I’m happy to share. I zipped through “The Vodka Trail” in two. As ever, though, that was just the beginning of the journey. Twenty beta readers and my editor demanded significant changes. Alana Green, the ball-breaking chief executive who readers loved to hate, had her point of view cut out of the book entirely. At least she survived to pop up again later in the series. The overwhelming opinion of the beta readers was that Alana was far too interesting to kill as I’d initially intended.
If the term “beta reader” puzzles you, apologies! It’s the book trade term for the generous souls who, unpaid, iron out all the wrinkles in a manuscript. “The Vodka Trail” had plenty for them to look at. For instance, there was a dramatic chase on motorbike and horseback. Family and Facebook friends who had ever ridden either were roped in to read the relevant chapter. It was completely re-written, so much so that readers of the final version think I know how to ride a motorbike. I don’t. As a teenager, I tried once, sitting behind the driver and clutching him as he drove at the heady speed of 20 mph. I was terrified out of my wits. Ditto my sole foray on horseback, when even a sedate pony seemed alarmingly wobbly.
I needed to find out more about vodka for the series, too. Funnily enough, I was never short of volunteers to help me with that. My dream remains to organise a vodka trail – one giant cocktail bar crawl – in Birmingham, where much of the action in “The Vodka Trail” is set. Watch this space!

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Love Books Group Tour / Excerpt : The Bride’s Trail (Trail Series #1) – AA Abbott

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Today I’m on the ‘The Bride’s Trail (Trail Series #1)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote AA Abbott her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Copy of Helen_Author_38English thriller writer AA Abbott’s real name is Helen Blenkinsop, but like JK Rowling, she wanted to . She loves city life, having lived and worked in London, Birmingham and Bristol. Her crime thrillers, set in Birmingham and London, sizzle with suspense, twists and the evils of office politics.
Helen’s books are available in a dyslexia-friendly large print as well as standard paperback and Kindle editions.
Her Trail Series follows the fortunes of glamorous blonde Kat White, a party girl who finds her purpose making vodka, shrewd businessman Marty Bridges, and manipulative East End crime lord Shaun Halloran.

Synopsis :

Abbott_BridesTrail_EbookThis great story, packed with twists and turns, begins in London’s smart Fitzrovia and ends in secret tunnels below central Birmingham.

Ross has a swanky penthouse and a high-flying job in the City. When he meets Kat, a glamorous blonde croupier, he starts to plan a future. Now she’s disappeared, he’s devastated.
Casino boss Shaun realises it’s not just Kat who’s vanished – £20,000 is missing too. He wants his money back and he’s after Kat’s blood.
Young graduate Amy has discovered Kat’s stolen her ID for a sham marriage. She can’t stand Ross, but only he will help her find Kat and clear her name.

High stakes, twists, action and suspense keep the pages turning in A.A. Abbott’s crime thriller, the first in the Trail Series.

Excerpt :

Ross finished his breakfast quickly and returned to his iPad. The train had just left Birmingham International station when he nudged her.
“What?” Amy had started to doze off. She had a sleep deficit to make good.
Ross was looking pleased with himself again. “I’ve just been playing online poker. I won back the cost of our train fares and hotel.”
“How?”
“It’s all about maths,” Ross explained, adding cuttingly, “Kat would understand.”
“Well done,” Amy said grudgingly. “Remind me never to play poker against anyone, especially not an actuary, and most of all, not you.”
Birmingham New Street was the next stop, a warren of white tunnels, silvery escalators and sliding doors. “For crying out loud,” Ross grumbled as they stood on the escalator.
“What’s the problem?” Amy was puzzled.
“Nobody’s moving.” Although in London, there would have been two lines of people, those on the left racing past the stationary passengers on the right, here everyone stood still.
“It’s not the Tube, Ross,” Amy said, suppressing a grin.
Still impatient, Ross insisted they took a taxi from the station.
“Are you sure?” the driver asked when Ross barked the name of their hotel. “It isn’t far.”
“Just drive there,” Ross said, in his usual imperious manner.
The driver looked sympathetically at Amy, and shrugged. Three minutes later, he delivered them to the Malmaison hotel, a few hundred metres away from the station.

Copyright © 2015 A.A. Abbott

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