#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : Hunter’s Rules – Val Penny @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @darkstrokedark

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Hunters Rules

Today I’m on the ‘Hunter’s Secret’ 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 :

sGCoOwzwHunter’s Rules is the sixth book in Val Penny’s Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series of novels published by darkstroke.
Val Penny’s other crime novels in this bestselling series are Hunter’s Chase, Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force, Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available now and she has most recently contributed her short story, Cats and Dogs to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.

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Synopsis :

Hunters Rules CoverWhen best-laid plans go awry…
Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans come to an abrupt end when they stumble into the scene of a crime.
A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has traumatic injuries, but she clings to life. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two other women, who died from their ordeal.
Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify the assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes?
When Hunter is identified as a suspect, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?

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Excerpt :

Meera and her colleague, David Murray, were the attending pathologists for the two women who had been murdered.

Meera scrubbed up and disinfected her hands then made her way over to the examination room where David was already waiting for her. He had wheeled in the body of the second victim into the hospital mortuary. She looked around her domain and thought how much her post-mortem examination room looked like an operating theatre.
David had already transferred the corpse to a stainless-steel table that occupied the middle of the spotlessly clean white floor. The victim was lying on her back with her arms loosely resting by her sides. Meera glanced at David and shook her head.
“This is so vicious,” she said. “And very difficult when we know so little about the victim.”
“That’s true. But we’ll find out what we can. Who do you think will attend for Police Scotland today?”
“I believe metallurgists found the corpse in its original site on Cramond beach. PC Neil Larkin was the first officer on the scene. Hunter told me that he planned to second Neil to CID, so I believe he and Nadia Chan have been delegated to come today.”
“Well I hope Neil manages a little better than some of the other first timers. Didn’t Bear Zewedu faint during his first post-mortem?”
Meera nodded.
“But Nadia is a trouper. We can always rely on her, at least to stay conscious.” David smiled.
Meera turned her attention to the body on the table. She noted the livor mortis on the woman’s body caused by the settling of the blood.
“She was definitely not killed in the location where she was found.” David frowned.
“True enough indeed. Oh, it sounds like the boys and girls in blue are arriving,” Meera said.
As Neil and Nadia walked towards the examination room, Meera looked up and smiled.
“DC Chan, how good to see you again.”
“Thanks Doctor Sharma. This is my colleague, DC Larkin.”
“DC Larkin, hello. Thank you for coming. It seems we were correct on our guess of attending officers, David.”
“Post-mortems are always interesting, but I would happily never come here again if it meant that people stopped getting killed.” Nadia looked at Meera then at Neil.
“And I would just quite happily never come here again. It smells awful,” Neil said.
“We should get gowned up, Neil,” Nadia said. “This way.”
“There really is a distinctive smell in here, isn’t there?” Neil commented as he followed Nadia.
“Yes, a bit like a combination of formaldehyde, antiseptic and industrial soap, isn’t it? It’s also a bit chilly, just those few degrees below what would be considered comfortable makes all the difference.”
“It’s a big room,” said Neil, when Nadia and Neil returned to witness the post-mortem.
“Yes, well by the time I’ve got my large double sinks along the wall, a metal counter to hold all the tools and the channel leading to the drain, I suppose it has to be big,” Meera said.
“When you two are finished discussing the equipment, might we get on with the job?” David asked.
The two DCs moved so that they could see the body on the stainless-steel examination table below the powerful circular halogen lights which were suspended from the ceiling. Meera positioned herself on the other side of the table from the two detectives. They watched in silence as Meera first freed the body from its sandy, laced shoes. There were cuts and grazes on the body’s hands, possibly from a fight she put up against her attacker, and there were animal bites and scratches that she had suffered since death. Meera also noticed the tiny abrasions and colour changes to around the neck.
“Look at this,” Meera said. “Her neck was bound, held or restrained in some way, by the looks of things. She might have been throttled into unconsciousness before her eyes were removed.”
David pulled a face as he watched Meera remove the clothes from the top of the body to get a better look. “There’s bits of sand and dirt stuck to that,” he said. “Probably from after she was dumped on the beach.”
“Yes, that would be right. She was just above the tideline when the metal detecting guys called it in. That’s where I first saw her,” Neil said.
As each piece of clothing was taken from the body, Meera methodically gave them to David. He put every item carefully into plastic evidence bags which would be handed over to the forensics experts for further examination. Meera then took blood, urine and hair samples as well as oral, vaginal and anal swabs. When Meera removed the victim’s underwear – the next thing she noticed was the large bruise on the victim’s belly.
“Have you seen this David?” she asked. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he knelt on her to get the purchase to remove the eyes. We’ll need to check for injuries to the internal organs.
“Nasty!” David Murray frowned.
“I don’t suppose there’s much doubt about the cause of death.” Neil grimaced.
“I don’t like to pre-empt our findings, but the poor soul would have suffered severe shock from the removal of the eyeballs and if we find damage to the internal organs, there could be massive internal bleeding inside the abdominal cavity,” Meera said.
Then David looked at Neil. “We expect to find evidence that she was drugged like the first victim. If so, she would never have recovered consciousness from that and the strangulation. The victims may not even have felt the pain from the cuts.”
Nadia gasped. Neil closed his eyes and fell to the floor with a thud.
“And he was doing so well,” David said.
Nadia didn’t respond. She just placed Neil gently into the recovery position, apologised to the doctors and invited them to continue with their work.

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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : The First Cut – Val Penny @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks @darkstrokedark

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Today I’m on the ‘The First Cut’ 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 :

This is the first in the new series of novels, The Jane Renwick Thrillers.  Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase, Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force, Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available now and she has most recently contributed her short story, Cats and Dogs to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland.
Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.

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Facebook Val’s Book Bundle
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Synopsis :

It’s hard to escape a brutal past…
A vicious serial killer is on the loose. Victims include an academic and notable members of Edinburgh’s high society.
When Detective Sergeant Jane Renwick learns through DNA that a member of her family could be the killer, she is banished to the sidelines of the case and forced to look on impotently as the hunt for the killer ramps up.
Frustrated, she decides to conduct her own investigations.
Has someone from her estranged birth family returned to haunt her? And where will the killer strike next?
It’s a race against time…

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I really appreciate it.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I took early retirement when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and there were times when I suffered severe side effects from my treatment. I could not go out, spend time with friends or indulge in many of my favourite hobbies, but watching daytime television gets very old very fast, so I turned to reading. It was the only thing I had the energy to do and could do safely.
After a while, I began to feel a little better and decided to start reviewing the books I read in a blog http://www.bookreviewstoday.info I enjoyed doing that. Then, as I began to feel better still, I got restless, but was still did not well enough to do very much and I complained to my long-suffering husband about getting bored. It was then he challenged me: ‘If you know so much about what makes a good book, why don’t you write one?’ I did laugh. However, the challenge set, I have been writing police procedural crime thrillers set in Scotland ever since.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read voraciously. I always have. It is the adventures of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five that led me to Agatha Christie’s novels and a life of crime! I particularly enjoy reading crime fiction and thrillers. I indulge this interest with many crime novels including those by Peter Robinson, Paula Williams, Ian Rankin, Joan Livingston, Linwood Barclay, Erin Kelly and Kathy Reichs.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I have been lucky to have been mentored by some excellent crime writers including Erin Kelly, Karen Campbell, Simon Hall and Peter Robinson, They each have their own strengths, but the most lasting advice came from Peter. He encouraged me to write under my own name, and not a pen name. He also explained to me the doctrine of show, don’t tell. I remain grateful to him and each of the established authors who mentored me.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Jane Renwick, she has plenty of stories to tell.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I usually write with the cat on my lap – not my choice, but hers. Probably because I’m the warmest thing in the room!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I scour the newspapers for ideas and also listen to conversations on public transport – it’s amazing what you read and hear. I carry a notebook wherever I go.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I aspire to being a plotter, but usually my characters divert me and the pantser in me comes to the fore.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Do hone your craft. A large part of writing is practice. Attend classes, writing retreats and writing clubs that allow you to mix with other writers and learn from them. Don’t give up. There is a new book launched on Amazon every 5 minutes. When you publish yours, you’ll have to promote it for the rest of your life.

What are your future plans as an author?
I am working on the next volume in my series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. It is due to be published in December. 2021. I have also been asked to contribute to a charity anthology of short stories, so I am working on that. I am also running a short course at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School and have been asked to lead the writers’ group in my village. There is always a lot to do.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
I very much hope your readers will enjoy my new Jane Renwick Thriller, The First Cut. Here is a short extract:

“Don’t know that name, but there’s nobody else here right now. I’m working. Please just go away.”
He felt the blow of dismissal, like everybody had always dismissed him. How dare they? How dare he? This foreigner didn’t even belong here. None of them did. None of them deserved the time of day, never mind the air they breathed. He would soon stop all that.
He smiled and took a few steps into the room.
“What you busy with? It’s late to be working.” He walked around the desk, took out his blade, and punched it into his victim’s carotid artery with practised precision. He dragged the blade across the neck to slice the artery, a quick second slice to make sure, but the first cut was the deepest. He made no errors, no mistakes. There was no hesitation. His victim stared at him, clutching his throat as the life blood ran out of him. All over the desk, all over the laptop computer, all over the important work that had required his dismissal. The blood sprayed over the desk, spattered the bookcase and into his mouth. That tinny, metallic taste he had come to enjoy. He would need to wipe his face before he left the room. It was a lucky break that he had a packet of tissues.
He smiled as his victim held his neck, the struggle, the gurgle, the death rattle of the man who tried to hold the life sustaining liquid in his body. They all did that. Again, ridiculous. It would never work. Not for long. It splashed through his fingers and onto the floor. That carpet hadn’t been up to much before, and it wasn’t worth shit now.

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

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

About the Author :

sGCoOwzwVal Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter’s Secret, follows shortly.

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Synopsis :

wTzKqaDUDetective Inspector Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse, but when Hunter arrives it has disappeared, and all is not as it seems.
Hunter recalls the disappearance of a dead body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but sees no connection – it is too long ago. Hunter is determined to investigate the past and the present with the benefit of modern DNA testing.
Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, is released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter. Will Hunter accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer?
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. Will it change his life? And can he keep Edinburgh safe?

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Guest Post :

Thank you for inviting me to your blog today. I am thrilled to be launching my new novel. Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson is the main protagonist of my new crime novel ‘Hunter’s Secret’ that is to be published by darkstroke on 08.08.2020.
Hunter’s Secret is the fifth novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series. Although the books form a series they can easily be read and enjoyed as standalone novels.
Throughout the series, the readers have come to trust the main character, DI Hunter Wilson, but in this book, it is clear that he is holding something back and hiding his actions from his partner Dr. Meera Sharma. It seems out of character but perhaps his feelings towards her have changed.
When Hunter is called to the scene of a murder, all is not as it seems. Two members of his team, DCs Tim Myerscough and Bear Zewedu found a corpse when they were training in an Edinburgh Park, but Hunter arrives the body has disappeared.
Hunter recalls the disappearance of a body thirty years earlier. The Major Incident Team is called in but their officer in charge, DCI Arthur Inglis, dismisses any possibility of an association between the two cases. He thinks the earlier murder was too long ago for a connection to be made. However, Hunter is determined to consider the possibility and investigate the past and present murders with the benefit of modern DNA testing.
Tim has other problems in his life. His father, Sir Peter Myerscough, has been released from jail. He, too, remembers the earlier murder. There is no love lost between Hunter and Sir Peter but Hunter may have to accept help from his nemesis to catch a killer.
Hunter’s own secret is exciting and crucial to his future. He knows it could change his life. He also knows he must not allow it to take up too much of his time because he must stop a murderer to keep Edinburgh’s citizens safe once more.
I very much hope your readers will enjoy the new book and join Hunter while he investigates this next, important case.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Review : Let’s Get Published – Val Penny @valerieepenny

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About the Author :

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ ‘Hunter’s Revenge’, ‘Hunter’s Force’ and ‘Hunter’s Blood’ form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, ‘Hunter’s Secret’, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, ‘Let’s Get Published’ is available now.

Synopsis :

51p+ZEyXqOL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is!
A book written to assist authors maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

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Review :

I’ve always been interested in books and since a couple of years I’ve been playing with the idea of writing one myself.
Of course I already know it’s not just putting words on paper, having a great idea or having a nice style of writing (Not my own opinion by the way, just what people have said to me!), but it’s really hard work!
But what to do if you have a manuscript and you think you want to take the plunge and publish?
Another daunting task, if you ask me, as there are so many ways in this day in age.
Luckily for us Val Penny comes to our rescue as she wrote a book about getting published with the motivational title ‘Let’s Get Published’.
And that’s really what this book is, a very inspirational non-fiction about every step you could and should take to be successful at getting your book to readers.
It’s a fantastic read with lots of insightful and useful tips, not only for the already seasoned writer, but also for the first time try-er.
It’s a down to earth guide that gives you all that you need to have a polished manuscript that has a chance to catch someone’s eye whichever way you choose to publish.
The author is also not afraid to tell you the truth.
She admits that it will be hard work, it will be a wobbly road, we’ll make mistakes,… but at the same time she’s very motivational.
The main thing I get from reading this book is whatever you do, don’t ever give up on that dream!
Thank you Val Penny for your help and support by writing this wonderful guide every (want to be) author should have on their bookshelf.

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#CoverReveal #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup : Let’s Get Published – Val Penny @valeriepenny

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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

Let’s Get Published
by
Val Penny

But first some information

About the Author :

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.
Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.

Website
Facebook
Facebook Group
Twitter

Synopsis :

At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is!
A book written to assist authors maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success.
The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.

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’s already available on Amazon.

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

About the Author :

sGCoOwzwVal Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter’s Secret, follows shortly.

Website
Facebook
Facebook Group
Twitter

Synopsis :

wJvOxXCgDI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.
Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.
A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.
Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?
Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

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Guest Post :

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. I am so excited that my fourth crime novel, Hunter’s Blood was published by darkstroke this month. New Year, New Decade, New Month, New Book – exciting times! It made me think about how I got to this point and my writing journey as a whole.
I firmly believe that to be a good writer you must first develop a love of reading and stories and telling stories. I remember when my younger sister and I were little girls our Mum used to make time to sit and read stories to us, particularly on a Sunday afternoon. These were not like bed-time stories. On a Sunday we would get to sit in the ‘good’ living room and she would read us books including ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens, ‘King Solomon’s Mines’ by H. Rider Haggard, ’Swallows Amazons by Arthur Ransome and ‘Emma’ by Jane Austin.
We loved listening to the stories but after we were in bed, having heard another story, my sister often could not get to sleep right away, so I would make up my own stories to tell her until she fell asleep. The first book I ever wrote was one of these stories, an adventure entitled ‘The Douglas Family’. I was about 9. I always planned to write a sequel, maybe one day I will.
It is often said that when we are teenagers we rebel and when we grow older we become ourselves again. It was certainly true of me! I always read voraciously but my writing, for many years, was confined to studies, work and journals. However, when I was older, I discovered blogging and it was when I was diagnosed with breast cancer that my way of coping during my treatment was to revert to type. I read all I could about the disease and began to blog about my journey at www.survivingbreastcancernow.com.
However, I have also always enjoyed good food and loved to travel. It is said I would go to the opening of a paper bag! So, I decided to start another blog to encompass these interests. Whenever I go anywhere, or go out to eat, I will share the experience here at www.hotelandrestaurantreviews.com  – to date it has not resulted in free meals, but I live in hope!
It was also during the time that I was recovering from cancer that I began my book review site. For almost a year I was too ill, first from the disease and then from the cure, to do very much. However, I could read: and I did, even more than I ever had. It seemed sensible to extend my blogging to include reviews of the books I was reading, so my third blog, www.bookreviewstoday.info was born.
I always enjoy reading books by writers that are new to me, as well as those with whose work I am familiar. I just like to read. I have always found that reading can take you to all kinds of places to meet different people. Perhaps it is my love of travel, this time through the medium of the written word. This was a great way for me to escape, especially from myself, when I was ill.
My own debut crime novel series, ‘The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries’ is published by darkstroke. The series is set in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. I did consider creating an imaginary town for my protagonist, DI Hunter Wilson. However, I know the city of Edinburgh well as I lived there for many years and it has everything a writer could need. It is a diverse city with all different kinds of buildings and people. It is small enough that characters can move around it quickly and large enough for it to be credible that anything I want to happen there, could happen.
Edinburgh is also a beautiful city with a castle, a palace and a cathedral, wealthy homes, horrible slums, fine restaurants, fast food outlets and idiosyncratic pubs. It is home to an Olympic size pool, the National Rugby Team and two famous football teams. It also hosts the Edinburgh International Festivals every August. What more could I or my characters want?
Now I can celebrate the publication of the fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood. While some members of the team visit a farm outside of Edinburgh in this novel, the story is very much Edinburgh based. I hope readers will enjoy this next adventure with DI Hunter Wilson and his team.

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

About the Author :

sGCoOwzwVal Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ and ‘Hunter’s Force’ are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, ‘Hunter’s Blood’, follows shortly.

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Synopsis :

Hunter's force coverHunter by name – Hunter by nature:
Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?

DI Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son, Cameron. Who has murdered the young student who shares Cameron’s flat? Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city?
Now that the united police force, Police Scotland exists, Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation. Hunter’s ability to investigate anything further is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks?
Hunter’s team must work closely with MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taught crime thriller.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Hunter’s Force – Val Penny @valeriepenny @crookedcatbooks

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Today I’m on the ‘Hunter’s Force’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote Val Penny her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

author's photographVal Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge and Hunter’s Force are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fourth book in the series, Hunter’s Blood, follows shortly.

Synopsis :

Hunter's force coverHunter by name – Hunter by nature:
Can DI Hunter Wilson keep Edinburgh safe when he is the hunted?

DI Hunter Wilson is woken in the early hours of the morning by a call from his son, Cameron. Who has murdered the young student who shares Cameron’s flat? Why would anybody want to kill a young woman recently arrived in the city?
Now that the united police force, Police Scotland exists, Hunter must call in the new Major Incident Team (MIT) to lead the investigation. Hunter’s ability to investigate anything further is put in severe doubt when someone from his past decides to take revenge on him. He goes missing and his team have no idea where to look for him. Who would want to stop Hunter in his tracks?
Hunter’s team must work closely with MIT, with or without him, to solve the murder in this taught crime thriller.

Excerpt :

Chapter 15

Hunter decided to go straight home rather than go back to the station. He had a darts match tonight. His team were now trailing their East Lothian rivals by four games, and that did not sit well with the competitive bunch.
He parked the car as near to his flat as he could get and made towards the front door of his tenement. Hunter had enjoyed lunch with Cameron and was surprised by the favourable impression Lucky had made on him, so he was in a good mood when he trotted up to the second floor. His good mood did not last long. His door had been skilfully opened. There was no damage to the structure, but somebody had left the door ajar and he knew that had not been him.
He caught the eye of his next-door neighbour, Mrs Lamb, watching him as he pushed the door further.
He shouted. “Who’s there?”
His voice echoed around the flat. He walked in. He pushed open the bedroom doors and moved along the hallway to check the kitchen and bathroom. The place looked empty, but it did not feel empty. He shoved the living room door open with his foot and peered inside. He could sense another presence but did not see it.
“Who’s there?” Hunter said.
Silence was the reply. He crept further into the room and a fast heavy blow to the back of the head laid him out on the floor.
“Oh, dear. Sorry, Hunter. Another mistake,” a familiar voice said insincerely.
***
Hunter’s phone rang. It went to voicemail. Cameron deduced his dad must be out with that bird of his. He just hung up.
Hunter’s phone rang again, but went to voicemail when he did not pick up. Meera suddenly remembered about his darts match, left a message and rang off.
“Clouseau still not here?” Tom asked the rest of the darts team.
“No, not yet,” they replied.
“He’s not usually this late, and he’s not answering his phone,” Tom said.
“Must be busy on a case, I suppose. You better play again for the last leg, Tom,” Jim said.

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Love Books Group Tour / Excerpt : Hunter’s Revenge (Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #2) – Val Penny

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

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Today I’m on the ‘Hunter’s Revenge (Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #2)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote Val Penny her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

author pic 2Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ and ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The third book in the series, ‘Hunter’s Force’, follows shortly.

Synopsis :

Hunter's Revenge CoverHunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until his friend’s death is avenged.
DI Hunter Wilson is called to the scene of a murder. He is shocked to find the victim is his friend and colleague, George Reinbold. Who would want to harm the quiet, old man? Why was a book worth £23,000 delivered to him that morning? Why is the security in George’s home so intense? Hunter must investigate his friend’s past as well as the present to identify the killer and identify George’s killer. Hunter also finds a new supply of cocaine from Peru flooding HMP Edinburgh and the city. The courier leads Hunter to the criminal gang but Hunter requires the help of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable, Sir Peter Myerscough and local gangster Ian Thomson to make his case. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller.

Excerpt :

Prologue
East Germany, January 1968

The last thing Georg did on his eighteenth birthday was kill a man.
He really hadn’t meant to kill the Stasi officer in front of him, but it was him or Georg – and Georg did not want to die. It was the first time he’d seen a corpse. The streets were slick with ice. The man lost his balance and cracked his head on the pavement. Georg stared down at the body: there was blood and brains all over the pavement. He looked into the officer’s eyes. They stared blindly to heaven, but Georg knew there wasn’t a Stasi officer on earth who was going there. He looked away from death and towards his friends in horror, but when they saw what had happened, they scattered. Georg picked up the officer’s gun and began to run.
More Stasi officers appeared as the boys fled.
Georg was out of breath when he got home.
“What’s the rush, son?” his father asked.
“Shit, Dad! It’s bad.”
“You’re drunk! No language in this house, boy,” said his grandmother.
“Dad, the boys and me were leaving the bar to come home and we saw a Stasi officer”
“So?”
“We were laughing and having fun.”
“And?”
“For a laugh I knocked his hat off.”
“Idiot! You know Stasi have no sense of humour. Ever. So what next?”
“He pulled his gun and told us to stand silently against the wall.”
“And you apologised and complied, I hope.”
“I panicked and punched him. He slipped on the ice and fell over. He hit his head on the ground, and when I checked him, he wasn’t breathing. He was dead. I just took his gun and ran.”
The silence in the room was deafening.
“You did what? You fucking idiot! Did you really punch a Stasi officer? Are you mad? You know we don’t even have to openly engage in resistance to draw the attention of the Stasi and incur its retribution. Just failing to conform with mainstream society can be enough. Shit! I sired a fool.” Georg’s father’s red face reflected his rage.
“And now you are here,” his grandmother added. “You ran home, leading them straight to us. We will all die now. Thank you.”
“What is all the noise?” Georg’s mother came through from the kitchen, drying her hands on her apron. His twin sister Ingrid and younger brother Wilhelm followed her. They looked bewildered. Their father rarely raised his voice, especially not to Georg.
As his father explained the issues, Georg’s mother burst into tears.
“They will kill him,” she whispered.

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Love Books Group Tour / Excerpt : Hunter’s Chase (Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1) – Val Penny

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

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Today I’m on the ‘Hunter’s Chase (Edinburgh Crime Mysteries #1)’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour.
To promote Val Penny her book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author pic EdinburghVal Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ and ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The third book in the series, ‘Hunter’s Force’, follows shortly.

Synopsis :

Hunter's Chase book coverHunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.
Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, and he needs to find the source, but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.
Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder, but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: Detective Constable Tim Myerscough, the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough.
Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

Excerpt :

Hunter Wilson sat at his desk on Friday morning. Young Myerscough would not be starting with him till Monday. Pity. It would have been an education to take him to the post mortem. Not to worry. There would be other chances to test the lad’s mettle.
His gut told him the corpse found on his patch was not the result of an accident. Hunter did not like the thought of murder on his watch; it was even worse than this influx of cocaine. As soon as Rachael Anderson arrived they would head over to the Scottish Parliament building, interview Sir Peter and find out what he had to say for himself. Probably more than Hunter wanted to listen to, but he might have some insight into the burial site. After all, even if the man was an oaf, he had over 25 years experience on the force to draw on.
Hunter did not like the Scottish Parliament building. It had been designed by a Spanish architect who died before its completion, probably of shame. The project was completed ten times over budget and nearly three years late. As the DI mused about what would happen within the police force if it tried to proceed on that basis, Rachael walked in.
“Morning, Boss. I got time for coffee?” she asked, clearly more in hope than expectation.
Hunter shook his head and tossed her the car keys.
“Will this take long, do you think?”
“Not if I can help it. Anyway we have to be back for the briefing at 10am.”
Rachael was silent as she drove them to the bottom of the Royal Mile. She pulled up outside the modern Scottish Parliament building, then trotted up the stairs ahead of Hunter as if they were part of a dressage exercise.
Inside, the detectives showed their badges and asked for Sir Peter Myerscough.
“I’m sorry. Sir Peter phoned to say he had had a break-in last night and had stayed at The New Club on Princes Street,” the admittance clerk said. Then she added. “Very nice, the New Club, I believe.”
Hunter grunted.
The clerk ignored him and went on: “He had to go home to supervise repairs. He is to speak to his insurers, I believe. He won’t be in until the joiner has finished work on the broken doors and replaced locks. Do you want to leave a message?”
“Fucking arse,” Hunter said.
“No thanks, no message. We’ll contact Mr Myerscough at home,” Rachael said.
“Sir Peter to you, I think, officer.”

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