#OneDayBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : A Gentleman’s Promise – Penny Hampson @penny_hampson

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Today I’m on the ‘A Gentleman’s Promise’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

MxCLhVjwPenny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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Synopsis :

A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?
Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.
The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?
Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?
Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Girl A – Dan Scottow @DanScottow @Bloodhoundbook

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Today I’m on the ‘Girl A’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Dan grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to London in his early twenties. After more than ten years living there, he decided enough was enough, and packed his bags for Scotland in search of a more peaceful life.
Dan works as a graphic designer, but dreams of the day he can give it up and write full time.
Besides writing, he enjoys painting, watching a good scary film, travelling the world (at least, he used to!), good food, a gin and tonic or two, long walks on the beach with his dogs, and of course, reading a great book.
Dan’s debut novel ‘Damaged’ was released in January 2020, published by Bloodhound books.

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Someone thinks they know who she is… and what she did.
But she insists it’s a mistake.
All Beth has ever wanted is a quiet life for her and her family. And that is what she has, until one evening a note is pushed through the door, with two words scrawled in menacing black ink; Found you.
As Beth’s neatly crafted life begins to unravel, an unseen menace torments her and those she loves. But who’s behind the threats?
Somebody is out to get Beth, but do they have the right woman?
Beth faces losing everything, and there is far more at stake than just her marriage…

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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! 🙂
Thanks for having me. It’s an absolute pleasure!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I always wanted to write but managed to come up with a million excuses not to. I moved from London to Scotland about eight years ago and have found that a quieter lifestyle has freed up time for me to do other things outside of my working (9-5 job) day. I’d had the idea for my first novel playing about in my head for a while, and eventually decided to start putting words onto a page. I was so scared that people would hate it, I honestly put off submitting it to a publisher for a long time. But a couple of people close to me read it and told me I should definitely submit it. When readers started contacting me to tell me how much they had enjoyed it, it gave me the confidence to carry on, and so here I am, having just finished writing my third novel!

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a young child, I loved reading Roald Dahl, probably because they had a dark edge to them. As I got older I began to read darker fiction. I read a lot of horror when I was in my teens. Loads of Steven King. These days I mostly read psychological thrillers, the darker and more disturbing, the better. But now and then I like to read something lighter that makes me laugh.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I have had a lot of advice from Caro Ramsay, which has been invaluable to me. I’ve also connected with a lot of authors through social media, and I chat most days to some of them. So in reality, I’m getting great advice all the time from some wonderful authors. In a fantasy world, I’d love to have a chat with Harlan Coben, just to see how he keeps coming up with his plots. I always worry that I’m going to run out of ideas and draw a blank for the next one…

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Hannibal Lecter could be fun… as long as I wasn’t on the menu! He was a very complex character… intriguing, and strangely likeable, even though he was a monster.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t! I don’t have a set time that I write, or a specific writing space. I write when I feel inspired, and wherever I feel comfortable. I like to have total silence when I’m working, but in this busy life, it’s sometimes too much to ask for!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
There’s some inspiration from real life… not my life, but in the news etc. I think there is a lot of darkness in reality. When I’ve been researching my books I’ve stumbled across some truly shocking cases, which are far more horrific than any fiction you could read. When I’m trying to write a really scary scene, I think about times when I’ve felt afraid, and what has caused me to feel that way. I try to channel that emotion, and the elements that contributed to those feelings. In terms of people in my life, it’s only those who really piss me off who need to worry… they will probably end up dead in one of my stories. 😉

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
My first novel wasn’t plotted much at all. I had the ending, and from that I knew how I wanted it to begin… but everything in between I just sat and wrote with very little in terms of notes about specific things that were to happen. I knew in my head, points that had to be reached along the way, but none of it was written down anywhere. My second and third books have been much more heavily plotted in a notebook, so as my writing develops, I’m realising I’m probably more of a plotter.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The best advice I ever read, was don’t talk about it, do it. I spent so long thinking, ‘I should write a book’ but never did anything about it. I really wish I’d done it sooner. So I’d say to anyone who wants to write, or is thinking about it… just do it. Words on a page are better than words in your head. In terms of do’s and don’ts, I’ve never really been one for following rules. I’ve read a lot of stuff that says ‘a real writer doesn’t do this, or does do that, or, you should never…’ etc, and I think it’s nonsense. If you’re a writer, it’s up to you. Make your own rules! That’s the beauty of doing this job.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’d love to be to be able to give up my 9-5, and write full time… but in reality that’s a very scary prospect. We never know what the future holds, but that would be the dream for me.

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

Two little words.
That was all it took. Eight letters scribbled on a scrap of paper, and one family’s world was about to come crashing down around them. When you imagine things that might alter the course of your life, you think of major catastrophic events.
A car crash. An illness. Hard-hitting, a punch in the face.
In reality, sometimes it’s not like that at all. As Charlie Carter sat watching the television with his wife Beth on a Friday evening, neither of them had any idea that everything they knew was about to change.
A quiet existence was all they wanted. And so they made one for themselves. Two great kids. A nice secluded farmhouse with no neighbours. The Carters kept themselves to themselves and they were happy that way.
As Charlie watched Beth struggling to stay awake, two fictional detectives on the telly argued about who the killer may or may not be. The security light at the front of the house flicked on suddenly, streaming through the bay window. This was not so unusual in their remote location; often triggered by a cat or a fox, sometimes maybe even a bat.
But tonight the loud and unmistakable chime of the doorbell closely followed, echoing through their home.
The dog barked excitedly. Charlie and Beth glanced up from the television and their eyes met across the living room. Charlie frowned, the unspoken question between them, who could that be?

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

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : I Lost My Compass At the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five – Clara L. Molina @BoxaEl

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Today I’m on the ‘I Lost My Compass At the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

pjWFJEr2_400x400Clara L Molina writes Science Fiction books most of the time, dabbles in comic drawings occasionally, and writes to laugh at herself all the time. She has a computer science degree, but has been a lifelong writer. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, and enjoys fresh air and days where her hair is not frizzy.

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xazsD0agSophia Lorenzo awoke with no memory or identity and given a mission to murder a mysterious man named Murich Rhys. What will she do? There’s only one way to find out as she heads to his castle and embarks on a long and arduous journey to complete a task she does not want.
Can she battle the scorching heat of the desert? What lies in the wake and maze of the forest? Can she escape from the Snow Dwellers and the inhabitants of the contentious city of Absolute Zero?
She heads to the castle to discover who she is and why she was given this task. The truth is just as crazy as her mission. Sophia Lorenzo finds her compass on the Bermuda Triangle and Dream Five.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Girl With Secrets – Carol Rivers @carol_rivers

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Today I’m on the ‘Girl With Secrets’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

4Fe0FdhAMum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.
As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.
I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

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3S2HYzVQIN THE TURMOIL OF WAR, CAN SHE KEEP HER FAMILY TOGETHER?
1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.
But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement. Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.
Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.
Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?

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Secrets are kept and stored away by the ever-watchful Daisy

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Girl with Secrets, my 2021 book, has been thrilling to write and quite emotional. It’s 1938 and nine-year-old Daisy relocates with her family from the peaceful village of Wattcombe (above) to the tumult, noise and excitement of London’s Isle of Dogs, (under) the heart of the East End.
Her father’s rash decision to uproot his family just as war breaks out, is one that the Purbrights come to regret! The powerful Luftwaffe air raids are timed to coincide with the tidal low point of the River Thames. Water mains are severed by the unloading of 10,000 fire bombs on the city. Daisy and her family – so unused to city life let alone the devastating aerial bombardments of the blitz – each meet this challenge in their own way.
Secrets are kept and stored away. The ever-watchful Daisy wants only to keep her family together. But families around her are torn apart and the Purbrights are no exception!
I do hope you enjoy Daisy’s intimate and heartbreakingly honest account of her life during one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century!
Much love as always, Carol x

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Old Cases, New Colours – Madalyn Morgan @ActScribblerDJ

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Today I’m on the ‘Old Cases, New Colours’ blogtour, organized 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 :

I was brought up in a pub in a small market town called Lutterworth. For as long as I can remember, my dream was to be an actress and a writer. The pub was a great place for an aspiring actress and writer to live with so many characters to study and accents to learn. I was offered Crossroads the first time around. However, my mother wanted me to have a ‘proper’ job that I could fall back on if I needed to, so I did a hairdressing apprenticeship. Eight years later, aged twenty-four, I gave up a successful salon and wig-hire business in the theatre for a place at East 15 Drama College and a career as an actress, working in Repertory theatre, the West End, film and television.
In 1995, with fewer parts for older actresses, I gave up acting. I taught myself to touch-type, completed a two-year correspondence course with The Writer’s Bureau and began writing articles and presenting radio.
In 2010, after living in London for thirty-six years, I moved back to Lutterworth. I swapped two window boxes and a mortgage for a garden and the freedom to write. Since then, I have written nine novels. The first four, The Dudley Sisters’ Saga, tell the stories of four sisters in World War 2. My current novel, Old Cases, New Colours, is a thriller/detective story set in 1960. I am writing Christmas book – Christmas Applause – and a Memoir; a collection of short stories, articles, poems, photographs and character breakdowns from my days as an actress.

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Sick of working in a world of spies and bureaucracy, Ena Green, nee Dudley, leaves the Home Office and starts her own investigating agency.
Working for herself she can choose which investigations to take and, more importantly, which to turn down.
While working on two investigations, Ena is called as a prosecution witness in the Old Bailey trial of a cold-blooded killer who she exposed as a spy the year before.

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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! 🙂
Thank you for asking me. I hope my answers do your questions justice.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I became an author after being an actress for thirty years. An actress needs to be good at many other jobs. If you don’t mind me blowing my own trumpet, I was a very good receptionist, researcher and credit controller, persuading large companies to pay small companies for the work they’d done. It was while I was temping in an accounts office that I did a two-year writing course. I taught myself to touch-type and wrote my first article. I interviewed three top business executives about their love of football. I called it, Women With Balls. Three months later, an almost identical article was published in a popular women’s magazine. The author of the piece was the assistant to the editor of the football magazine where I had first sent the article. As an unknown author, I wasn’t able to do anything about it.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read my mother’s books, Little Women and Jo’s Boys. As a child, I liked music. We had a jukebox in the pub that I was brought up in and I knew the lyrics to every song. I went to drama college so I read plays. I devoured every play from Shakespeare to Pinter. I also read biographies. Then my neighbours in London did a moonlight flit, leaving behind some wonderful books. My old caretaker gave them to me and from then on I became addicted to reading. My favourites at that time were Agatha Christie and Mary Webb. Now it’s John Lawton, John le Carré, and C.J.Sansom. I’m a little in love with Sansom’s lawyer, Matthew Shardlake.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
When I was writing spy thrillers, I’d have said the late John le Carré. Now I’m writing detective thrillers set in 1960 – and love the characters of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott – it’s Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling. I like the story-lines, the two main characters work really well together, and the reader is allowed to use his or her imagination and intelligence. I hate books that talk down to their readers.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Although my favourite character in my books is Ena Green, nee Dudley, from The 9:45 To Bletchley, There Is No Going Home, She Casts A Long Shadow and now, Old Cases New Colours, I would invite Claire Dudley to tea. In WW2, while in the WAAF, Claire was recruited by the SOE and sent into German occupied France to work with the Resistance. She fell in love and had a secret love affair. Claire’s journey was exciting, dangerous and passionate.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
If I have a problem, I can’t resolve a plot point or piece of action, I think about it as I’m falling asleep and I often wake up the next morning with the resolution. I always take a notepad and pen to bed so when I wake up in the night with an idea I can write it down.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
That’s a good question. My ideas just come. They started with the wartime saga and, since then, it’s been a natural progression. Things that are not resolved in my books are often resolved in stand-alone sequels. Though I do like to write in different genres to stretch myself. As for ending up in one of my books? No, family and friends don’t have to worry. Having said that, when I wrote She Casts A Long Shadow, I gave a spy-club owner the name Nick Miller. Nick was the highest for my novel, There Is No Going Home, which was auctioned at ‘Children In Read’ for the charity ‘Children in Need.’ This year, Old Cases New Colours has a lovely nurse in it called Jeanie.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a plotter. I couldn’t write three investigations at the same time with a court case in the middle without plotting. I hate waffle and find I go off at a tangent if I don’t plot. While writing Foxden Acres, I had to have a day diary, or I’d never have known where any of the Dudley sisters were when writing their stories. I once wrote a chapter about Polish airmen escaping Poland. They went from village to village, helped by local people, doctors and a priest all the way to Gdansk and the Baltic Sea. I loved doing the research and I loved writing it, but when the book was finished the Polish chapter was irrelevant and I had to cut it. One day I’ll add it to ‘Cuts’ in my blog.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The tip every writer gives, and the one that is the most important is, don’t give up. And that’s true. However, before you start writing, do a creative writing course. Then, when you’ve written your novel, send it to a professional editor/proofreader. A good editor is worth their weight in gold.

What are your future plans as an author?
Except Applause, each of the books in the Dudley Sisters Saga has a sequel. My plan is to write a sequel called Christmas Applause. I’m also gathering material for a memoir of my working life. From hairdresser in the theatre, to actress and then writer. There will be short stories, poems, articles – and character breakdowns and histories to go with photographs from when I was an actress.

Last, but not least: Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
…. The role of spy catcher, unearthing spies hiding in the shadows of respectability and exposing people who held senior positions in the country’s security services, was too much responsibility for one person. The job made Ena feel grubby. She’d had enough of dishonest and corrupt people. Working on cold cases for The Home Office, she had no choice but to …

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

Thank you, Magic of Wor(l)ds, that was interesting and fun.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Pluto’s In Uranus – Patrick Haylock @Patthequipper

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Today I’m on the ‘Pluto’s In Uranus’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

sDGCILIAPatrick Haylock is a globally unrecognised writer who if you discount a school sweet pea growing competition, has won no awards whatsoever!
He was born in Enfield at a very dark time in the world. It was 1:45 am, to be precise, and it wasn’t too long before it dawned on him.
To make something of himself he was going to need two things the ability to tell the difference between a green onion and a scallion, and a good education.
Wormley Primary and Baas Hill Comprehensive schools did their best to fulfil both requirements, and after giving them 12 years of his life, they gave him seven printed sheets of paper, and the knowledge that there was no difference between a green onion and a scallion.
He also learned that the difference between onions and bagpipes was that no one ever
cries when you chop up bagpipes.
The certificated wisdom secured a national newspaper messenger’s job, which led to an editorial trainee position, followed by a production editor’s post, and progression
into freelance journalism.
‘Knowing his onions’ helped him to successfully establish his own publishing company, design studio, online retro webstore and high street art gallery.
Patrick lives with his wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where he claims the 6% ABV air quality inspires him to craft his nutty tales.
Although a ‘new voice’, in the literary world, those ‘in the know’ will willingly testify that his gift for imaginative storytelling is engaging, and, amusingly unique!

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Ba9WZPKQThis Christmas Jupiter and Saturn will become closer to each other than they have been for almost 800 years. It is an event that has set the world astrological community abuzz with the possible consequences of such an alignment and its potential impact on global leaders and world events.
But what happens when an even rarer conjunction between Pluto and Uranus occurs and what affect does it hold in store for the lives of everyday ‘ordinary folk’?
Well, it’s something that Dave from the post room is about to find out. Pluto is in Uranus and for him this indicates that everything is about to come up smelling of roses or so he thinks!
Dave suffers from OCF, Obsessive Compulsive Fatalism, and his Achilles heel is his daily horoscope, which is about to become dramatically affected by the historic planetary alignment.
The lucky omens predicted will compel him to take uncharacteristic chances, cross paths with a hotchpotch of larger than life characters who get him embroiled in situations with hilarious outcomes that are way beyond his control and out of his comfort zone
Pluto’s In Uranus is written by globally unrecognised no award-winning Essex author Patrick Haylock.
Discounting his definitive guide to publishing invisible books Pluto’s in Uranus is Patrick’s debut novel, and it is now available in Bookstores on Amazon and other online outlets.

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Pluto’s in Uranus bears absolutely no similarities whatsoever to Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin!
The only tenuous link I can offer is that it could have been called Haylock’s Adventures of Davedave, so good they named him twice, or at least that’s what River suggests during a late-night telephone taunt.
River is the blue haired garage owning ‘underworld’ mechanic who is Diamond Geezer Georges crime transport facilitator. She is also responsible for supervising Dave’s undertaking of a WIIFU that has been organised by Greg, Georges bank manager and self-proclaimed sausage roll addict.
I could tell you more about Greg but that would spoil the pleasure of finding out for yourself.
What I can reveal is that WIIFU is a ‘What’s In It For Us’ contract that Dave has inadvertently signed with George. All that Dave is required to do to fulfil the terms of the WIIFU contract is to complete a task for George.
Once successfully completed the WIIFU will be exchanged for the urgent funds Dave needs to recoup his job and reimburse his boss and post room colleagues their unwon winnings due to his disastrous horse racing wager.
In Fairness the undertaking of the calamitous gamble was not entirely Dave’s fault it was due to an OCF (Obsessive-Compulsive Fatalism) syndrome which he attributed to being born on December25th.
This syndrome makes it imperative for Dave to read his online horoscope prior to leaving home every day, and after many years of failed predictions due to the mystical planetary alignment of Pluto and Uranus this one was going to prove to be spectacularly accurate.
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‘Pluto has moved into Uranus, indicating revolution, a time of rebirth, new thinking, and the sweeping out of old ways.
The risk-averse should abandon their fears and take a leap of faith, as an uncharacteristic decision will turn out well!
Those with names that contain an E D A or V should be extra vigilant, as many surprising, and unexpected, opportunities are about to come your way.
Acting upon these fortuitous omens will secure outcomes and rewards beyond your wildest dreams.
New friendships are on the horizon, and a black cat crossing your path will signify an imminent boost to your finances.
The time to be bold is Now, let impulse take the lead, because, today, EVERYTHING is coming up roses!’
Or is it?
Entirely due to this fated prediction Dave’s day of destiny will lead him to take a giant leap of faith resulting in catastrophically hilarious consequences.
Anyhow that’s enough about Dave what about me, well I’m a globally unrecognised writer who, after discounting a school sweet pea growing competition, (for which I won a box of Roses sweets, not flowers) has won absolutely won nothing else!
I live with my wife in a converted Old Essex Brewery, where the 6% ABV air quality has inspired me to write this entertaining tale.
You can discover more about Pluto’s in Uranus and see what makes me laugh, by following me on twitter.
I hope that this appetizer will have intrigued you enough to seek out the main course.
Kushti Bok! Patrick

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : A Chance Encounter – Rae Shaw @RaeShawauthor

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Today I’m on the ‘A Chance Encounter’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Julianna Baptiste_logo-pinkRae Shaw is a pen name for the author Rachel Walkley.
Rachel is based in the North West of England. She read her first grown-up detective novel at the age of eleven, which proved to be a catalyst for filling many shelves with crime books, which still occupy her home and grow in number whenever she visits a book shop.
As well as crime, Rachel likes to unplug from the real world and writes mysteries that have a touch of magic woven into family secrets.

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Synopsis :

a Chance Encounter_ebookYears ago, he chose a victim.
Now the wait is over.
Julianna Baptiste, a feisty bodyguard, finds her new job tedious, until her boss, the evasive Jackson Haynes, spikes her curiosity. Who is behind the vicious threats to his beautiful wife and why is he interested in two estranged siblings?
Mark works for Haynes’ vast company. He’s hiding from ruthless money launderers.
His teenage sister Ellen has an online friend she has never met. Ellen guards a terrible secret.
For eight years their duplicitous father has languished in prison, claiming he is innocent of murder. The evidence against him is overwhelming, so why does Mark persist with an appeal?
Keen to prove her potential as an investigator, Julianna forces Mark to confront his past mistakes. The consequences will put all their lives on the line.
HIDE OR CONFRONT?

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Excerpt :

Julianna will shortly be meeting a new co-worker for the first time – Mark, a man she has indirectly been told to keep an eye on by her boss. Why she doesn’t know. But Mark has a past that he doesn’t want to advertise. When his mother rings him at work, the call is unwelcome.

His mobile sang an unmelodious tune, which he had specifically picked for a purpose. She had to ring him, on his first day. He flicked the mobile to speaker phone then slid it a good distance away from his hand. His fingers clutched a pen.
‘Mum.’
‘I rang you yesterday.’ No hello or how are you. Bloody typical.
‘What do you want, Mum?’
‘When are you going to send me the two hundred you promised?’ She whined like a teenager.
Always money. It wasn’t as if he was rolling in it. According to her, she hadn’t a penny left even with the two jobs she worked. Lawyers cost, she liked to remind him, which was a gripe at his preferred profession. He never regretted his choice of career. Numbers were more polite than words.
‘Give me a chance, will you. It’s my first day. I’m trying to make an impression.’
A lengthy pause. She wasn’t impressed. Deidre had to be the most important person in his life.
‘Fine.’ She sniffed. The fake disappointment washed over Mark. She couldn’t act.
‘I’ll transfer some money this evening. Just a hundred though. I’ve taken out a deposit on a new apartment.’ He instantly regretted mentioning the flat.
‘Another one? You’re always moving.’
Away from you, he nearly said. Instead, he chewed the end of the pen. ‘It’s on the bus route. If you want me to splash out and buy a car…’
‘No, no. Save your money, darling.’
The “darling” made his toes curl. He hated it. Hated the falseness of her tone, the way she delivered affection in little packages as if it made up for all the crap she threw at him.
‘Don’t forget to find a solicitor. There must be good ones in London. Better than up here.’
‘God, Mum. It doesn’t make any difference.’ He punctuated each word staccato style. ‘If anything, they’ll be more expensive.’
Deidre clung to the hope new evidence was around the corner. She fruitlessly pursued missing connections, the names of her husband’s backstabbing mates who supposedly had slithered away to secret hideouts in London. Mark’s optimism had vanished years ago. Nobody spoke up for his father. Whoever held the clues to Bill Clewer’s guilt or innocence remained shamelessly silent or petrified. The whole bunch of them were scared, not of the law, but of what life had turned them into – career criminals. Clearing his father’s name wasn’t top of anyone’s list.
‘Well, let’s hope that means something.’ She didn’t bother to say goodbye.
Releasing his grip on the pen, Mark reached for the office telephone and dialled a number.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : You Let Me Go – Eliza Graham

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Today I’m on the ‘You Let Me Go’ mini blog blitz, organized 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 :

rscxSEcgEliza Graham’s novels have been long-listed for the UK’s Richard & Judy Summer Book Club in the UK, and short-listed for World Book Day’s ‘Hidden Gem’ competition. She has also been nominated for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Her books have been bestsellers both in Europe and the US.
She is fascinated by the world of the 1930s and 1940s: the Second World War and its immediate aftermath and the trickle-down effect on future generations. Consequently she’s made trips to visit bunkers in Brittany, decoy harbours in Cornwall, wartime radio studios in Bedfordshire and cemeteries in Szczecin, Poland. And those are the less obscure research trips.
It was probably inevitable that Eliza would pursue a life of writing. She spent biology lessons reading Jean Plaidy novels behind the textbooks, sitting at the back of the classroom. In English and history lessons she sat right at the front, hanging on to every word. At home she read books while getting dressed and cleaning her teeth. During school holidays she visited the public library multiple times a day.
Eliza lives in an ancient village in the Oxfordshire countryside with her family. Not far from her house there is a large perforated sarsen stone that can apparently summon King Alfred if you blow into it correctly. Eliza has never managed to summon him. Her interests still mainly revolve around reading, but she also enjoys walking in the downland country around her home and travelling around the world to research her novels.

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Synopsis :

8DxCnsbwAfter her beloved grandmother Rozenn’s death, Morane is heartbroken to learn that her sister is the sole inheritor of the family home in Cornwall—while she herself has been written out of the will. With both her business and her relationship with her sister on the rocks, Morane becomes consumed by one question: what made Rozenn turn her back on her?
When she finds an old letter linking her grandmother to Brittany under German occupation, Morane escapes on the trail of her family’s past. In the coastal village where Rozenn lived in 1941, she uncovers a web of shameful secrets that haunted Rozenn to the end of her days. Was it to protect those she loved that a desperate Rozenn made a heartbreaking decision and changed the course of all their lives forever?
Morane goes in search of the truth but the truth can be painful. Can she make her peace with the past and repair her relationship with her sister?

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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 us something about yourself and how you became an author?
Thank you for having me on the blog! I grew up in a London suburb, later studying English at Oxford University. For reasons I still don’t really understand, I worked in what was then called a merchant bank. I spent most of the time in a daydream and not surprisingly it wasn’t a great success. So I switched to writing copy and doing PR for an exhibitions company, moving on to financial and professional services PR and marketing. By the time I was 32 I’d written hundreds of thousands of words but none of them fiction. As I’d been a great reader since childhood (see below) this struck me as strange, so when I was first pregnant and working from home I started writing novels. The first one was awful—I can’t tell you just how dire it was. The second attempt actually did get published as my second novel, RESTITUTION. Meanwhile, I’d written a third book, PLAYING WITH THE MOON, which was published as my first novel by a Macmillan imprint in 2007.
All my books have historical settings, at least in part. Often they are blended narratives: past and contemporary. I’m very interested in how history affects present generations, how secrets and traumas trickle down families. The Second World War and its aftermath have fascinated me since I was a child. We used to stay with my grandmother and sneak off to play in the old air-raid shelters, to her horror! She said they were full of rats and drunks.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read everything from C S Lewis to Ruby Ferguson, author of the Jill pony books, also taking in Malcolm Saville’s children’s books. These days I still read very widely: often rereading the Victorian canon, especially Trollop, Dickens and Wilkie Collins, then switching to psychological and spy thrillers. I like a good horror novel, too. Strangely enough, or perhaps not, when I’m working on a book, I tend to avoid historicals set in the 1930s and 1940s as they’re too close to my own work.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Almost any novelist who wrote before typewriters and especially laptops: I’d like to ask how they managed to form sentences and outline paragraphs, pages and chapters in their minds before committing them to paper. On a laptop you can take chances, write something down and then delete most of it and take another stab at it. I’m imagining that if paper was a more expensive commodity and writing a process that required more manual effort, you’d take great care. You wouldn’t be slapdash. I’ve seen some manuscripts where authors have crossed out and rewritten, but you could only do that so many times.

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 love Alan Furst’s spy novels, set in the noir-ish 1930s and 1940s. He’s so good at depicting world-weary, yet usually worldly but essentially decent characters who find themselves in a world sliding into destruction. I’m not sure I’d invite them for tea; would it be OK to meet one of his most alluring male characters for a drink in a Paris café? This encounter would take place on a warm late-spring evening in a non-COVID world. The lime trees will be blossoming. I want to hear the stories of escape, the great rivers crossed at night, the night-time arrests dodged, the friends made, the affairs started and abandoned, the moral compromises and acts of courage.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
Only really bad ones, like distracting myself with online browsing instead of knuckling down to tackle difficult plot areas! I need to substitute some good habits instead. All suggestions gratefully received.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I never know where ideas come from. I read at least three books a week, listen to a lot of radio and watch TV most nights, so it’s hard to tell what’s percolating away in my head.
I very rarely base characters on real-life characters, though. However, I once saw this young girl dancing at a local village festival. It was midsummer, beautiful evening light, and she had long red hair and wore a leaf-green dress and the sunshine caught her and turned her all to gold. She looked so happy, so at one with her surroundings and could have been dancing at midsummer in any century. Something about her was just magical, almost mythical, and I am still trying to fit my fleeting impression of her into a book.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m a bit of mixture. I produce a short outline of what I’m trying to achieve in a book, then plunge in and write as much as I can, almost off the top of my head, while the energy and enthusiasm is powering me forward. Then I stop, draw breath, print off what I have, assess whether it’s working and panic like mad. I then become more analytical, possibly using software like Dramatica Pro (though I’m not very skilled on the program). Sometimes I change POVs, first to third and vice versa, to see whether I’m getting a better feel for the character.
I think if I planned the whole book out in advance it would feel as though I’d already written it and I’d find it hard to inject any energy or excitement into it. On the other hand, producing 85,000 or so words that didn’t work would be a waste of valuable time. So I aim for a rather woolly pantser/plotter compromise.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
• Read a lot both in your chosen genre and more widely. I don’t know any authors who aren’t greedy devourers of books.
• Do get a critique partner or join an online (or in real time, if and when you’re somewhere that’s not COVID restricted) writers’ group. Nothing is as good for your writing as reading someone else’s manuscript and formulating thoughts on it and receiving your partner’s comments in return. It can be a lonely process and companionship helps. I’ve made wonderful friends this way.
• Don’t be disheartened if it takes some time to reach a professional writing level: when I first started someone told me to think of a three-year apprenticeship or university course. It seemed like a long time but it actually took me about five years in the end before I had my first novel accepted. Resilience is probably the most important personal quality for a writer as you do get knocked back many times.

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m in the early stages of writing a new novel. It’s set on a liner making the hazardous journey across the North Atlantic in 1941 as German U-boats prowl around. Any moment now it’s going to be struck by a torpedo and the passengers, including refugee children, will be placed in terrible peril. The story’s loosely based on the real-life wartime sinking of several ships carrying civilians.

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

When I was small the days and weeks leading to the third Saturday in July would slow to a crawl. I usually packed my rucksack a week ahead of departure, refusing to remove my colouring pens, pyjamas and spongebag from it. Finally we’d shrug off school and set our alarm clocks for half-five to avoid the holiday traffic heading out of London to the south-west. Dad would worry that we wouldn’t fit the rubber dinghy and oars into the boot. My older sister would fret that she hadn’t packed enough pairs of shorts and books to read. Mum would fuss about the neighbour forgetting to water the pots on the back patio. I’d be sitting in the back of the car, silently bellowing at them all to hurry. I wanted to be in Cornwall. Now.
Anticipation would weigh down the last mile of the drive through narrow-banked lanes to Helford, crushing me so I felt close to panic. Sometimes I made Dad pull over because I thought I might actually throw up. ‘Stop being weird.’ Gwen would screw her features into a grimace. ‘We’re only going on holiday. Can’t you just be normal, Morie?’
But staying at Vue Claire was never just a holiday for me. Time spent with my grandmother in her house on a small creek off the Helford estuary on the south coast of Cornwall was the part of the year that mattered more than anything. She’d be waiting for us at the front door, her rare but dazzling smile illuminating her face. Mes petites. She’d enfold us into her cashmere- or linen-clad arms, scented faintly with the woody-citrus scent she’d worn as long as I remembered.
I’d dash through the house, leaving the others to bring in the bags, and out of the back door, over the small lawn that sloped to the water. If it was high tide, I’d lie on the jetty and dip my hands into the water. At low tide, I’d pull off my sandals and jump off the jetty to wade through the pools left behind. Gwen would complain that I wasn’t doing my fair share of bringing bags in from the car and I’d have to sever myself from the estuary and go to help.
I loved the white-walled interior of Vue Claire as much as the outside. Rozenn – for reasons nobody could recall we had always called her this rather than Granny, Grandma or a French version – stored curious wooden carved animals and puzzles in an old wooden chest. There were games, books, sketching pads and grown-ups paints we were encouraged to use. Sometimes I’d catch our grandmother watching us approvingly as Gwen and I sat close together, my auburn and Gwen’s blonde heads almost touching as we played a card game. Rozenn would take us to the nearby riding stables for pony trekking and take photographs of us on sturdy ponies: me beaming, Gwen more wary.
‘Stay close to one another,’ she urged us as we grew up into such different people. ‘Sisters should be part of one another’s lives.’
But then she herself had done the thing most likely to rip us apart.

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

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#CoverReveal #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources : Summer Sin (Northern Witch #4) – K. S. Marsden @KSMarsden

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources, to reveal the cover of

Summer Sin(1)

But first some information

About the Author :

author 500x500Kelly S. Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.
Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has several successful series under her belt.

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Synopsis :

As an eventful school year draws to a close, Mark has to face his greatest challenge yet.
Witches, demons and spells have quickly become the norm for Mark, but he will find that magic can’t solve all of his problems.
With everyone relying on him, will Mark be able to save the day?
Or will the price of being a hero be too high?

After this great teaser I hope you are still excited for the

blog-cover reveal

because this is happening

right now!

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Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It will be released May 1st, 2020, but is already available for pre-order at special pre-order deal of 99p (normal price £3.50/$3.99) on Books2Read.

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#MiniBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : The Warriors Innocent Captive – Ella Matthews @ellamattauthor @HarlequinBooks @MillsandBoon

– ‘The Magic of Wor(l)ds’ blog is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free. –

Today I’m on the ‘The Warriors Innocent Captive’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Ella Matthews lives and works in beautiful South Wales. When not thinking about handsome heroes she can be found walking along the coast with her husband and their two children (probably still thinking about heroes but at least pretending to be interested in everyone else).

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Synopsis :

An impossible choice:
His family or love
As steward to the Earl of Borwyn, Erik Ward had only admired sheltered noblewoman Linota Leofric from afar – until he has to escort her on a dangerous journey. When she’s kidnapped, he rescues the courageous beauty, revelling in finally having her in his arms. But Erik has a secret plan to reunite his family – now he’s forced to choose between that and his growing feelings for Linota…

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Excerpt :

Erik and Linota have admired one another from afar but in the following extract, they meet for the first time. It’s a sweet meeting of two lonely people, before events being to conspire against them.

‘Mistress Leofric.’ Linota jumped when a man standing next to her addressed her directly. She’d been so busy thinking about Erik Ward that she hadn’t seen anyone approach. ‘It is very good to see you and your sister out of your chambers. A beautiful little thing like you shouldn’t be hidden in the dark.’
The hairs on the back of Linota’s neck stood to attention at being called a ‘thing’, but Katherine had ingrained in her the need to be polite to everyone they met. The taint of treason had hung around their family like an unwanted stench for so long. Today their brother had married into the influential Ogmore family. The wedding and the celebration was the first time she and Katherine had left their chamber for this long in years. It was liberating and exciting, but Linota knew that it could all be over in an instant if she made the wrong move.
So she turned to smile politely at the speaker and then wished she hadn’t. The man’s thick lips were wet and there were flecks of food in his long beard. His gaze ran over her body and she shuddered.
Involuntarily, she stepped backwards and hit a wall. A wall that hadn’t been there a moment ago. She glanced upwards and realised she’d hit the solid muscle of Erik Ward’s chest.
‘Leave the lady alone, Mabon.’ Erik’s deep voice rumbled through her.
Mabon paled and didn’t wait to be told twice. He scuttled away, not even saying good evening as he departed quickly.
‘Thank you kindly, sir.’ She stepped away from him and turned to look up at him. Her gaze met his piercing blue eyes and her heart fluttered wildly in her chest.
‘It was no bother,’ he said, his eyes twinkling in the dim light of the room. ‘Mabon is a foolish little toad. I enjoyed putting him in his place.’ His lips curved into a half-smile and Linota couldn’t help but smile back.
‘I’m Erik Ward.’
‘I know.’
He raised an eyebrow and heat spread across her cheeks. She didn’t want him to think she had noticed him particularly, although she had. He was hard to miss. Most other men in the room were polished, but Erik was a little rough around the edges with his hair ruffled and worn long to his shoulders.
‘The Earl of Borwyn has caused quite a stir by coming to Ogmore,’ she floundered. ‘Even though I’ve been sequestered in my rooms it is hard to miss the excitement of his arrival along with his entourage.’
Erik’s lips quirked. ‘Thank you for putting me in my place.’
Linota felt herself become even hotter. She was not experienced with talking to men. Was this a flirtation? From the way those women were talking, Erik was experienced in a way she was not. Not one of the men who had approached this evening had caused her stomach to turn over in the way it was doing now. She was hooked on Erik’s piercing gaze and couldn’t turn her head away.
‘Um… I’m Linota Leofric,’ she said.
‘I know.’
She giggled; she couldn’t help herself. Erik Ward had a reputation of being the Earl of Borwyn’s muscle, the one who fought the Earl’s battles, and with his broad shoulders she didn’t doubt that the rumours were true. But now that she was talking to him she could see the tell-tale humour in his gaze which suggested there was more to him than just mindless thuggery.
‘Are you going to ask how I know?’ he asked.
She shrugged. ‘Everyone knows who I am. I’m the younger daughter of the infamous John Leofric, traitor to the Crown. One of the two daughters who hardly ever come out of their chambers because their mother has gone insane due to the upset of being thrown from our castle when I was only a young child. My brother is the one whose wedding celebrations we’re attending and, while not infamous, he is certainly well known due to the hideous scarring on his face. I would guess that there isn’t a single person in here who doesn’t know my name or my family history.’
Erik raised both eyebrows. ‘I wasn’t going to put it quite like that.’
‘Oh?’
‘I was going to say I know who you are because you are by far and away the most beautiful woman in the room.’

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