Author Interview She’s Bad News

 

How long have you been writing?

Since I was about eight years old! I was always obsessed with books, and had a lot of Ladybird books when I was younger. So I used to make my own, by folding sheets of A4 paper and writing my stories on one side, and illustrating them on the other.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Currently I love to write women’s fiction. I enjoy writing stories that are uplifting, with relatable heroines and plenty of laughs.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

People have told me I should try writing crime fiction which, I admit, would be an interesting genre to explore. Maybe it’s something I’ll consider in the future! Other than that, I’ve had a YA idea in my head for many years, so hopefully soon I’ll finally sit down to write it.

Please tell us about your book.

She’s Bad News is about Bella Brown, an aspiring reporter still living in her small hometown, who wakes up one day to find she has super powers. Seeing as her journalistic dreams have yet to be fulfilled, she decides to use her abilities for a bit of career progression. Bella decides to keep her ‘P-Word’ a secret until she’s managed to find out just where her powers came from, but she soon finds out that leading a double life is not easy.

Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?Oh, and she’s an overnight superheroine. So there’s that.

As for my least favourite, Tom is a prime candidate, along with Bella’s boss, Layla. But I don’t want to spoil anything.

Predictably, my favourite is probably Bella! And not just because I envy her super abilities. Bella sticks to her goals despite the obstacles that get in her way, and persists even when she thinks she’s failing. She’s also funny, resourceful and daring! Yes, she has her faults, but hey, who doesn’t?

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The most difficult part was probably the editing, having to cut the initial word count down by a big chunk and, inevitably, lose some scenes that I really liked. I did several rewrites to get it just the way I wanted, but I always had to cut chapters and, in some cases, characters (sorry, Cameron!) When it comes to editing and rewriting though, after a while there comes a point where you have to be cruel to be kind.

What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I don’t have a set schedule (but I’m trying to maintain one at the moment!) Strangely, I seem to do my best writing when I have limited time. Targets and deadlines work well for me. I have a full-time job, so I fit my writing around that, going to the cafe nearby for an hour or two before the working day begins, or having a writing session in the evening. I always keep a notebook with me at all times should inspiration strike (and it usually does at the most inconvenient moments). That’s the one thing I always need to have!

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

The initial first draft took me a month. After that, I did several rewrites and each took a good 4-6 months! I wrote a few versions of the novel before settling on the final. There was even an earlier draft in which Bella lived in London, but I didn’t fall in love with it and instead returned to Bella as a small-town heroine as she was in the original story.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

When it comes to editing, the first step for me is the Red Pen of Doom. I get a printout of the manuscript and sit down to scribble all over it. (I’ll admit, it’s a bit old fashioned but it’s therapeutic!) I’ll read through, taking into account any feedback I’ve received, and note what needs to be removed or changed. Once that’s done, I’ll start a new Scrivener file and begin writing a brand new draft.

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

At the moment Bella’s story is a standalone novel, but I have been thinking of writing a sequel (and I even have ideas for the plot!). However, I’m currently enjoying working on other projects, so any plans of revisiting the town of Hartleybourne wouldn’t be for a while yet.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Also, if you want to write, write what makes you happy. Don’t write something because you think it’ll be the next big trend; write for you.

The most important advice (which you’ve probably heard a million times already!) is to read and write as much as you can. Just keep writing. If you’re thinking about writing a book but are also considering all the reasons why you can’t – ignore them and just do it. Write a first draft, and keep writing – don’t keep going back to edit and make it perfect, that part comes later. The feeling of actually writing ‘The End’ is amazing.

Why should everyone read your book?

Because it’s fun, it’s a bit quirky, and it explores the idea of a regular person getting super powers! If She’s Bad News gives people a couple of hours of fun reading it, then I will be immensely happy. That’s all I want!

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose? Secondly, I’d like to meet Gina Kirkham. Her debut novel, Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, was released last year and I love it. She’s a wonderful author, a former police officer, and is absolutely hilarious. Her book and blog posts have made me laugh and cry; she sees the funny side even in times of such sadness and her writing is so uplifting. Plus, if she’s anything like her character Mavis Upton, meeting her would be so much fun.

And my third choice? Jayne Fisher. In the 1970s, Ladybird Books published the Garden Gang series, which Jayne wrote and illustrated (at the age of nine!). As a child in the 80s I had all of these books, which sparked my ambition to become a writer. I wanted to be a young author like Jayne, so I wrote and illustrated stories too. Sadly, I don’t know if she has written any books since, and I would love to meet her to find out what she’s doing now, if she still writes, and of course, to say a huge thank-you!

Hmm, that’s a tricky one! Firstly, I’d choose Stephen King. I love his books (well, I’m still working my way through his many novels and recently finished Pet Sematary), and I’ve also read his memoir, On Writing. The advice in it is fantastic, and he seems very down to earth and realistic. I’d love to chat about writing and his love for horror.

What inspired you to write your book?

I’m a huge fan of comic books and have always wondered what it would be like to have amazing powers. It’s one of those big questions we all ask ourselves sometimes, isn’t it? Like, if you won the lottery, what would you spend it on? If you had super powers, what would you do? I thought it would be a great concept to explore. I also read a lot of women’s fiction, and wanted to combine my favourite genres and write a women’s fiction novel with a superhero element. And so it began.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Right now I’m working on the rewrite of my second novel, which is quite different to She’s Bad News. After that, I’ll go back to working on the first draft of book three. It has nothing supernatural or strange in it, which is a first for me!

AUTHOR BIO

Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.

Now, Elle writes contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. Her other interests include running, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.

LINKS

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784ZKW1Y

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36688258-she-s-bad-news

Twitter: @capesandcorsets

 

Author Interview Times and Places

  • How long have you been writing?

Throughout the nineties and a couple of years beyond, I wrote a diary and so have a record of what I was thinking and doing every day. I think this discipline helped develop my writing skills, but, besides a few poems and one short children’s story, I only really started writing about five years ago: again children’s stories. I wanted though to write a novel: “Times and Places” is the result!

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I like Jonathan Coe’s style of strong observational humour tinged with plenty of pathos, even a little light gothic horror. I have tried to write similarly, though his books are more political, mine I think more spiritual… I’m not saying mine is as good!

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

For the immediate future I can’t see myself writing anything other than children’s stories and humorous, thought provoking, accessible novels. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with knowing what you like as a writer and focusing on that, at least initially. A lot of top authors stick to what they know – Stephen King and horror, John Grisham and legal dramas. I do though admire writers or any artists who successfully try new genres… perhaps one day, but I’m not ready for it yet… articles maybe?

  • Please tell us about your book.

Fergus and Sylvie are a late middle aged couple who lost their 24 year old daughter a decade previously. Fergus has grown anxious in the intervening years and they take a three week cruise to help him relax. In fact, his vivid imagination and a series of bizarre events only bring his anxieties to a head. The book allows me to observe cruise life and the eccentric characters – to love and loath – who inhabit it, and there’s lots of that observational humour and pathos, as well as exotic destinations.

In alternating chapters we flash back to important moments in Fergus and his daughter’s life: these take place in a range of “times and places”, including the Isles of Scilly, Slovenia and (my home area) the Chilterns. I also take Fergus to Lancashire on retreat to think through his feelings and his faith, but the story asks rather than answers spiritual questions and readers can make up their own minds. Overall, I hope the natural settings in my story provide a softly spiritual feel to a poignant, humourous read.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

I think I would choose Fergus himself as my favourite. He is both deep thinking and deep feeling, slightly detached from the world, and a little vulnerable. I don’t have a least favorite character: the joy of a cruise ship is that, along with the novel’s main protagonists, I was able to create a whole host of colourful side characters, most of whom are very likeable, but a few less so – a trio of boorish men, cruise staff who try too hard to sell extras – but even they add to my overall story, so I regret nobody.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Two chapters of my thirty two chapter book describe Fergus’ visit to that silent retreat. While I knew what I wanted to say and so these chapters were not difficult to write, the decision to include them was quite tough. They are accessible, maintain the humour and leave readers free to think Fergus quite deluded if they so wish… but they do crank up the spirituality and I knew that this wouldn’t be everybody’s cup of tea and that the rest of the book would work without them. For me though, those chapters are at the heart of the story and so I bit the bullet and kept them in: some things are worth the risk!

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I need nothing except my PC and quiet. I wrote “Times and Places” in about five months: hours and hours writing at weekends and lots of time writing in the evenings after work too. But I found that, once I started, I became immersed and time flew, though every now and then I would get stuck and several hours would pass just on one sentence. That was frustrating. Then of course came months and months of editing…

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

From first word to publication day took 26 months.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I completed my first draft and reread it on screen several times, performing what I naively thought was a fine tune, before printing it out. In fact this was just the start. My Mum was an English teacher and remains an avid reader, so I showed it to her and then polished it through a number of versions before I showed it to a handful of friends. One in particular came back with very helpful comments and – I think then seeing how serious I was – my Mum cranked up a gear in terms of her scrutiny of the text. Three or four more versions followed before I finally sent it to The Book Guild. Then the copy edit/proof reading stages began. I still made a few textual changes, but was amazed how inadequate my punctuation had been, so most edits were simply lots and lots and lots of commas, and breaking up a few longer sentences, or changing words I had used twice in quick succession. Finally I signed off the proofs. I can still see sentences I could have tweaked, perhaps should have, but eventually you have to let it go!

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

No, I want this to be a one off. Though I do hope to start a second novel with a different subject in the next few months. I have some ideas…

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Start writing. Some people feel they have to have a fully fledged book in their head, or at least a complex plan and outline. This puts them off. Perhaps in the past you did, but now it is easy to edit what you have written. The key is to start based on an initial idea and then see how you go: you can polish the text and fine tune (even perform major surgery on) the plot later, if necessary you can start again, but you’ll never write a book unless you start.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

There is something in it for everyone: humour, romance, pathos, spirituality, the natural world, even light gothic horror. I think, above all, it provides food for thought and I believe most people have their reflective moments. But don’t worry! As I’ve said, I was determined my book left it to readers to reach their own conclusions, you can enjoy the book whilst reaching very different ones from Fergus. I believe my book is quite unique, I can’t think of anything too like it, so I hope people who enjoy a thoughtful, poignant read will give it a try.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Representing older fiction I’d choose Emily Bronte or Thomas Hardy because, in Wuthering Heights and Tess, they wrote the two classics I genuinely enjoyed (I must read more!) Representing children’s literature would be Road Dahl (I so nearly did meet him once) because he had fantastic imagination and saw the world in a unique and colourful way. Then, representing modern fiction, it would be Jonathan Coe, though nervously, because I like his books a great deal … I once profoundly admired a musician and, when we fleetingly met, he or she didn’t profoundly admire me: in a flash their music was ruined. I’d hate the same to happen to “What a Carve Up!”, “House of Sleep”, “The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Simm” and many others…

  • What inspired you to write your book?

It’s a mix of four things:

I went on that silent retreat and it was eye-opening to experience what happens to the mind when it is taken out of the busy world. Things were clearer and I became aware of the mental junk that I was carrying around. Of course it is tough to hold on to such perspectives for long once you leave. Anyway, I wanted to send Fergus there to think his own issues through.

Then, I went on a cruise and, as I’ve said, it struck me as an ideal setting for a novel: trapped with people you wouldn’t usually mix with, travelling between exotic destinations on a beautiful ocean, the cruise company an open goal for satire too.

I lost my father many years ago and it still hurts, I wanted to try respectfully to explore how much more painful it would be to lose a child, even an adult one. Fergus reflects on all the tragedies there have ever been, remembering countless: “photos of innocent, cheeky little faces staring out of newspapers, taken before some wickedness befell them.” Somehow this helps him put the death of his adult daughter in context, as he reflects how “she had lived and she had lived well… nobody could ever take that away”.

Finally I love wildlife and the natural world, I wanted to share some of my favourite places, and the animals I’ve seen which inhabit them.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m really just trying to market “Times and Places” at the moment, though I am still writing short stories, the latest was “The Juggler of Poisonous Frogs” for my goddaughter’s seventh birthday! However I do have very initial ideas for a second novel, so I’m hoping there will be one…

Times and Places

Ten years after his daughter Justine’s death, an anxious Fergus embarks on a cruise with his wife. On board, he meets a myriad of characters and is entranced by some, irritated by others and disgusted by one. These turbulent feelings, combined with a sequence of bizarre events, only lead to his increased anxiety.

In a series of flashbacks, Justine enjoys an ultimately short romance, a woman concludes she killed her and an investigating police officer is drawn into her idyllic world. Fergus, haunted by poignant memories, withdraws in search of answers.

Back on the cruise, Fergus reaches breaking point, fearing he has done something terrible. By the time the ship returns, his world has changed forever.

“Times and Places” spans Atlantic islands, the Chiltern countryside, Cornish coasts and rural Slovenia, all of which provide spectacular backdrops to a humorous and moving tale of quiet spirituality.

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Author Bio

Keith was born and brought up in the Chilterns, to where he returned after studying French at university in Aberystwyth and a subsequent spell living in west London. He has a love of nature, both in his native Buckinghamshire countryside, but also in Cornwall and wherever there is a wild sea.

Keith has been lucky enough to spend time living in France, Spain, Belgium, Serbia and Croatia, as well as being a regular visitor to Germany, and languages were the only thing he was ever half good at in school. Since graduating he has worked in government departments, but between 2005 and 2008 he was seconded to the European Commission in Brussels and, thanks to a friend from Ljubljana he met there, has travelled regularly to Slovenia, getting to know that country well.

Keith’s other great love is music and he plays classical and finger picking blues guitar, though with persistently limited success. He has always enjoyed writing, including attempts at children’s fiction, and in 2016 he began work on his first full book with “Times and Places” the end result: an accessible, observational story, mixing quiet spirituality with humour, pathos and gothic horror, and setting it against a rich backdrop of the natural world.

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Book Tours: The Belch Park Field Trip

  • How long have you been writing?

About fifteen seconds, why? Nah, just kidding. I’ve been a screenwriter for nearly twenty years. I’ve been a novelist since October 2016. The Belch Park Field Trip is my fifteenth book, so I’ve produced one full length novel per month, roughly.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Satire, without question. I’m a natural born piss-taker. That said, I’m multi-genre within the satire label. I’ve written satirical humor, horror, thriller, crime, romance and slapstick farce. I’m about to do with same with sci-fi.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Sci-fi. I’d say most of my author friends write fantasy and sci-fi, two genres I’ve not dabbled in too much. I’m not really a fan of Lord of the Rings and stuff like that. You probably won’t see me write about goblins and fairies. That said, some of my favourite films and books have been sci-fi (Robocop, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Firefly, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy etc) and so my venture into sci-fi doesn’t seem so annoying (haha!). In fact, I hope my desire to do something different within the sci-fi genre may give it that edge, that certain something that makes it stand out from the others.

  • Please tell us about your book.

The Belch Park Field Trip is the third book in the Chrome Junction Academy series. The series is very sharp satire, starting with crime – Let’s Kill Mr Pond is about two twelve-year-old boys who plot to murder their teacher. The second book, Vicky & Lizzie’s First Period, is a South Park-esque musical about a nasty rumour the girls start about their teacher. The girls are in the same class as the boys in the first book.

Now, we have the third book, where the kids are going on a field trip to a theme park. The really bad kids have been sent there because the school inspectors are coming in. So the principal wants them as far away from the building as possible.

Belch Park is fundamentally a screwball, madcap comedy farce. It’s a lot like a cartoon, and it can be enjoyed by young adults and probably teenagers. I think of it as The Goonies meets Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are roller coasters and attractions. It’s a cute and funny underdog story at its core. When Henry and the gang from CJA get there, they discover that their rival school – a notoriously vicious south London Roman Catholic bunch – are in the park as well.

So, there’s no end to the opportunities of chaos and destruction.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

My favourite character… hmm, there are probably two.

Henry Williams, the lead, is an inch shorter than is allowed to go on the rides. He’s a bit of a dweeb, and so has to think resourcefully to get what he wants and prove himself. He’s the underdog.

Also, without question, the “lead” of the rival school – a nasty piece of work named Pearce Grobbelaar – is at once sycophantic in front of the nuns, but flips on a dime when he’s with his friends. It’s meant to be farcical, and Pearce was an absolute joy to write. That’s probably because he extrapolated the mischievous and narcissistic tendencies I have. It’s always fun to write the bad guys, isn’t it? But I never, ever think of my bad guys as bad guys. I try to see the human and good in all the characters. It makes them far more interesting to me.

Least favourite? Hmm… I guess the park’s resident mind-reader/charlatan who occasionally pops up. His name is Rip Fandango, and is kind of the Obi Wan-Kenobi of this book. He advises Henry to man-up and kick his adversaries in “the bit between the balls and ass” – the barse. I’m planning a series for Rip Fandango in the future, but in Belch Park he’s limited. I couldn’t do as much as I would have liked with him, so he’s more of a story point and symbol of Henry’s failing than an actual character at the moment.

But Rip Fandango will get his own series. Mind-reader extraordinaire. A satire, essentially, on all these televangelists we see now. The Cris Angels and David Blaines of the world will get skewered…

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

The hardest part of any book is starting. The first sentence has to smack the reader in the face, grab their throat and never let go. I think I’m pretty good at that. Belch Park starts with a none-too-subtle homage to Dr Strangelove, one of my favourite films. I’ve painted the school inspectors as Nazis (they are from a government body named HEiL – Higher Expectations in Learning) Whenever the name is mentioned, everyone does a Nazi salute. It’s silly, but it amuses me – and if it makes me laugh, a gag usually stays in.

Belch Park was an unusual process for me. I wrote the first draft quickly. I took six days. But… it was full of swearing and nasty stuff. Essentially, though, it just got me to the end. The second pass was a bit like writing the book all over again. Stripping out the extreme cursing and being more PG-rated and inventive with it. I dialed down a lot of the violence and contentious moments. Moreover, I tweaked the story points so that every character had an arc to follow – something personal to achieve within the story. And, of course, I made it very ironic.

I’ve not done with so much with the fourteen books that came before it.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

As long as I have a beginning, middle and end – and a sort of soundtrack – I’m good to go. When I get ideas, I let them bake for a few days. I create a soundtrack for it and daydream the movie trailer in my head.

Let me explain.

For Belch Park I had Love Roller Coaster by Red Hot Chili Peppers and a number of other theme park related songs on my phone. I’ll go out for a walk and just imagine certain scenes to the music, as if it was a movie trailer. Once that happens, the characters take shape and some of the visuals help me form the beginning, middle and end. One of the first things I saw in the imaginary trailer were:

A girl holding on to her restraint, flying off the back of a roller coaster.

A fat kid vomiting, and everyone getting covered in spew on the same roller coaster.

A mega-drop tower suddenly had the harnesses break free, and everyone screaming and holding on to them as the ride plummeted.

A tiger climbing a launch roller coaster.

A food fight in a restaurant

Stuff like that. All came from the “trailer” – and so, it was just a matter of working those ideas into the story.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

First draft takes about five or six days, clocking in at 60k words. I write really, really fast. The self-edit before I push it to my content editor takes about two days. I produce a book a month this way. What’s curious is that I don’t write every day. I prefer to do twelve hour bursts of around 15-20k words (with breaks, usually for smoking)

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

Yes, it’s very simple.

First Draft Complete (6 days ish) > Walk away and let my subconscious work on it (2 days) > Tidy up first draft (2-3 days) > Send to editor, and let her line/proof edit (3-4 days) > Go through edit notes (1 day) > Send to my proof reading team (3 days) > Get the notes back and fix the errors (1 day) > Send to ARC team and let them read it (1 week) > Release.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Yes, it’s the third book in the Chrome Junction Academy series. I must stress, though, that all my books can be read as a standalone. If you’ve read all my stuff, you’ll be rewarded with easter eggs and stuff. All my books are set in Chrome Valley. Characters from different books run into each other all the time. Names and organisations are mentioned… the prolific whale reader will get lots out of it!

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t listen to anyone – just start typing. If you’re serious, you’ll write. If you’re not, you won’t. The more you read and write, the better you’ll get. Embrace feedback – especially the most brutal feedback you can find. I’d go so far as to sending your book to someone who hates you personally, and seeing what they think. The last thing you want is for people to rub your back and say “ohh, it’s great” because they don’t want to offend you. That will kill your author career in a heartbeat – why? Because you’ll make the same damn mistakes over and over again.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Because they’re a lot of fun and will evoke a range of emotions. You’ll laugh, puke, cry and gasp – usually in that order. A reader may not like every book – or any book – heck, they may love it. But they’ll never forget it. I’m all about pushing boundaries and exemplifying free speech and non-restrictions of ideas. You won’t have read anything quite like it before.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

George Orwell – one of the UK’s most brilliant minds and satirists.  Douglas Adams, for being brave enough to write something as inventive as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Carl Jung, the psychologist, purely to pick his brains. All three are dead, though, so the chances of a meaningful get-together are limited.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I write for a lot of reasons. Belch Park was unusual because I wanted to flex my farce and chaos muscles. It’s the definitive adventure book set in a theme park, as far as I’m concerned. I think readers of all ages will get a thrill out of it. I’m not aiming for much more than that with this book. It’a a bit naughty, and a bit vicious and just a hell of a lot of fun. And very relatable, in my view.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Yes, I’m working on a family-friendly sci-fi satire series. I’m not going to expatiate on it too much, as I’m in the “movie trailer/daydream” phase right now. I can tell you that it will be out April 2018. That there will be at least three of them. It’s my most mainstream effort yet, and I am absolutely in love with it.

If anyone reading would like to be kept abreast of my work and forthcoming releases, they should join Chrome Valley Books on Facebook and follow me at Amazon.

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The Belch Park Field Trip

IT’S A JUNGLE IN THERE!

Henry Williams has never been a leader.
Or stood up to the bullies.
Or kissed the girl of his dreams.
In fact, he’s never stood out from the school crowd.
Mind you, he’s only twelve years-old.
And a foot shorter than his classmates.
All that will change today, though.
The school inspectors are visiting Chrome Junction Academy.
The principal needs to get rid of the cream of the cr@p!
He would have preferred to send them to another galaxy far, far away…
Instead, the obnoxious, high-on-energy-drinks brats are off to…
BELCH PARK!
Roller coasters! Mega-drop towers! Ghost trains! Ferris wheels! Bumper cars!
No end of opportunities for fun, thrills and spills!
The perfect place to run rampant and enjoy themselves…
But wait!
South London’s notorious Our Lady of Sacrifice Roman Catholic school is also there.
They’re Chrome Junction Academy’s natural enemy.
Oh bugger
NOW IT’S WAR!
Limbs will break…
Dares will result in irreparable damage…
The innocent will be caught in the crossfire…
Even the park may not survive
Henry’s destiny awaits…
Chrome Junction Academy’s underdog must step up… and grow a pair.
He’ll have to ensure the safety of his friends.
Fend off the bigger, badder kids.
and get them out of Belch Park in one piece!

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About Andrew Mackay​

Some authors are afraid to cross the line.

Me? Oh, I’m glad you asked! I make “the line” my starting point…

My brand is satire.

I hop between genres like madman on crack because my razor-sharp literary knife is hungry for political and social commentary. One genre just can’t cut it (if you’ll forgive the pun.) I’m obsessed, I tell you!

I write straight-up humor and farce, horror, crime, romance… all under the banner of satire.

My novels often contain a ruthless commentary on society, delving into the darker machinations of modern life. They can be uproarious, funny, outrageous and shocking. Make no mistake, though. They are this way for a reason, and always come equipped with a sense of humanity and wit.

My influences include John Cleese, Tom Sharpe, Kurt Vonnegut, James Patterson, Hunter S Thompson, Douglas Adams, Imogen Edwards-Jones, Michael Frayn, Chris Morris, Jerry Sadowitz, Christopher Hitchins, Bill Maher, George Carlin, Jordan Peterson, Pat Condell, and writer/director Larry Cohen.

My obsessions include (and are essentially limited to) obscene amounts of: smoking, drugs, alcohol, caffeine, sex, debating, daydreaming and writing about himself in the third person.

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Author Interview Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

  • How long have you been writing?

I wrote a short story in 1979 and it became a novel in 2012! I guess that life got in the way there. I never thought that I’d write more than one novel. Then someone asked me why a character did something in that story and I realized that I could write a prequel to explain it. The rest, as they say, is history. I’ve picked up the pace since then; I now have 7 novels, 2 books of short stories and a piece in a collection of Historical Fiction.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I love writing Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, often involving a chase, a love story or the triumph of one person against the odds. I try to include as many of the above as I can in every story.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’d love to try my hand at Fantasy. After Game of Thrones, which I found via the T.V. Series, I’d like to have a go at some sort of epic saga but with a more Sci-fi angle to it.  Maybe dabble in magic or special powers. Everything I’ve done up to now has a basis in science, it would be fun to explore the alternatives.

  • Please tell us about your book.

Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café is the first in what I hope will be a series. At about the same time, in 2016, I had an idea for a short story about a murder on a space station and I was challenged to write a female character. I wanted to do something a bit more light-hearted and thought that I could combine the two. A fish out of water lady, escaping from her past life with the only person she could trust, ends up on a space station and discovers a secret. It’s all a bit Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin, with dry humour and excitement, I hope. I wrote a short story, which went down well; I was encouraged to develop it into a novel. It was my NaNoWriMo project for 2016 and was first published in June 2017.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Andorra Pett is a great character to work with. She’s feisty, a bit clumsy and accident prone. She can snatch defeat from the very jaws of victory. Underneath it all, she is cleverer than she realizes. Having three daughters gave me some clues to develop her personality, I wouldn’t say it’s them but there are bits of them in her.

I hate writing villains in general, being basically a nice person, I struggle to get the motivation and reasoning that allows someone to justify doing bad things. In Andorra Pett, there were a couple of people who right from the start were difficult to write. I don’t want to give the plot away but they took a lot of effort to fit into things, especially as it wasn’t clear what their role would be, even though I knew they had to be there.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

As I don’t plot, I never know who the bad guy (pardon my gender type) will be until I get to the end. In this book, I had several suspects, right up to the moment when the real killer revealed themselves. And it was as much a shock to me as I hope it is to anyone reading it. In the end, I find it easier to let my characters choose among themselves.  They seem to know what’s going on better than I do most of the time.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I do most of my writing in the early mornings, an unfortunate legacy of my job is the inability to lie in. I was always on call, so to speak, when I wake up I get up. A cup of herbal tea and I’m good to go. I’ll try and do 2,000 or so words before breakfast. I might do more later if I have a good idea. I keep a notebook and watch/listen for inspiration. I also walk on the cliffs near my house; it’s where things often pop into my head, it’s like strolling in a store filled with inspiration.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

Andorra Pett took a month to enlarge the short story to 70,000 words. That was largely thanks to NaNoWriMo giving me a focus. Most titles take a little longer, as I have the tendency to hop from project to project as I get ideas. But I reckon to complete three books a year, all around the 80,000-word mark

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I’m lucky to have a fantastic team. I have an editor, a formatter and a team of beta readers. My work gets an edit, a beta read, a second edit, a format, a third edit and a final check before it goes on sale. I also have a great cover designer.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

When I finished Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, I realised that there was a lot more that Andorra could get up to. I actually started the second story, Andorra Pett on Mars while I was writing the first. That one is being edited at the moment and will hopefully be out in April. I also have ideas for several other adventures. The third, Andorra Pett and her Sister, is about a quarter written and Andorra Pett takes a Break is more than an idea. And that’s before I start on the prequels and spin-offs which will inevitably come to mind.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Get some words down on paper (or screen), it doesn’t matter what they are (to a certain extent), you can always edit them, but only once you’ve written them! And try to get into a routine, once you are, it will all flow and cease to be a chore.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

I write about familiar themes, principally conspiracy, love, loss and redemption. Not necessarily in that order.  The idea is not to blind people with the Science, it’s there to complement the Fiction. Putting people in unfamiliar settings and seeing what happens is a great way to engage, it’s a thing that we can all relate to. The greatest compliment I have been paid was “I’m not usually a fan of Science Fiction but Ribbonworld (one of my other novels) is a thriller that would work in any genre.”

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Isaac Asimov, Frederick Forsyth and Charles Dickens. They have all influenced me and my work; they were all masters of creating a setting, drawing you into the lives of real people, providing action and excitement.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

There was room in the world for someone like Andorra Pett, she had an interesting story to tell. You can never have enough amateur detectives. And who knows, one day the situations I’ve devised for her to exist in might be as normal to us as flying to Spain is now.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m always working on something, I try to write new stuff but keep getting sidetracked with sequels, prequels and spin-offs from my existing catalogue. So at the moment, I’m working on a sequel to each of my Sci-fi and steampunk series, more Andorra Pett and some new projects, which are all exciting me. In 2018, I hope to have an online course available, giving you my method of creating a realistic Sci-fi or Steampunk world. Featuring examples, video and exercises, I hope it will show you just how easy it is to construct a setting for any type of speculative fiction.

Watch my website, www.richarddeescifi.co.uk for news, free short stories, extracts and a weekly post. . I’m also on Facebook as RichardDeeAuthor and I’ll be ramping up my twitter presence @richarddockett1

Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

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Author Bio

A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

He can be found at www.richarddeescifi.co.uk

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Author Interview All Systems Down

  • How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first book fifteen years ago. Although I never published it, I got a lot of interest in the book after it was a finalist for a big writing award. But I was graduating college, and I let it drop. In the interim, I worked as a journalist, started my own business, sold it, and finally started writing again. Now that All Systems Down is coming out in February, I’m devoting myself to writing full time.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Thrillers with a pinch of science fiction. But not so much that it affects the sense that everything in the book could happen today.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’d love to write a Western. No one reads Westerns, but there’s something charming about an Eastern lawman who heads out to the open plains to swap gunshots with outlaws. Maybe I’d put in a twist at the end. Betrayal. Reversal of fortune. Enemies become friends, friends become dead.

No? Well, that’s why no one writes Westerns anymore.

  • Please tell us about your book.

At its heart, All Systems Down centers around one man, Brendan Chogan. He’s out-of-work and trying to support his wife and children. But when banks shut down, the electric grid collapses, and satellites fall from the sky, he’s forced to make tough choices to keep his family safe.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Lieutenant Kelly Seong is my favorite character. She’s salty, smart, and a pain in the ass. Scenes from her point of view came easy.

I don’t really have a least-favorite character.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Probably the rewrites. It was difficult cutting 30,000 words in one day. I mourned. Then I rolled up my sleeves and did what my publisher needed me to do.

 

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I walk my kids to school, come home, get a second cup of coffee, and write until mid-day. That’s the idea anyway. Sometimes I just drink coffee and browse the Internet with self-loathing.

 

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

I wrote it over a couple years. The process was slow at first, since I was writing on evenings and weekends. Now that I’m full-time, the process is faster.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

The two main types of edits I went through were structural edits and line edits. Structural edits came in the form of my editors telling me to hack off large chunks of the book and completely rewrite them. All of Act III got cut and rewritten, for example.

Line edits were a bit easier. Every sentence and paragraph came under the scrutiny of multiple editors who made the pages flow red with ink. But the gratification was more immediate than with structural edits.

I don’t love editing, but it made the book strong, and I’m grateful to all the editors who helped craft the final product.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

All Systems Down is the first in what I imagine will be a three-book series.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write a good book, then rewrite. Then rewrite again. It hurts. Keep doing it.

Write a good query letter. Don’t send it. Read as much as you can about querying. Edit your query a dozen times, and finally put it out there. Target only maybe ten agents at a time.

Know that if you’re a first-time writer, you’re also your own marketing department, no matter the size of your publisher.

Try to get as many people to read your book as possible. It’s not about money – you’re not going to make money early on. It’s about exposure. Give away your first chapter. You can read mine at http://cyberwarbooks.com/all-systems-down-ch-1/

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Not everyone should read my book. But if you’re a fan of Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy, odds are you’ll enjoy All Systems Down. It’s a fast-paced thriller that explores how society falters when cyber war takes down the power grid. And, so far, it seems that a lot of people like what they’ve read!

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Harper Lee, because of her impact on modern American writing.

Jules Verne, because he’s the grandfather of science fiction and he’d probably give me some great ideas.

Mark Twain, because he’s snarky and smart, and I’d like to buy him a beer.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

Real-life events. North Korea really does have an army of hackers, Unit 101, based in China. Russia really has crippled the banking infrastructure of its foreign adversaries. Iran really did sneak malware into American Dams. And our power grid… maybe I shouldn’t even tell you.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I’m working on the sequel to All Systems Down. It’s far from complete, but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a lot of fun to read.

About All Systems Down

Pak Han-Yong’s day is here. An elite hacker with Unit 101 of the North Korean military, he’s labored for years to launch Project Sonnimne: a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist infrastructure.
And with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate.
Brendan Chogan isn’t a hero. He’s an out-of-work parking enforcement officer and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and children. But now there’s a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting him.
Brendan must do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.
In the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers collide.
Strangers whose survival depends upon each other’s skills and courage.
For fans of REVOLUTION, Tom Clancy, and Thom Stark’s MAY DAY, ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is a riveting cyber war thriller that presents a threat so credible you’ll be questioning reality.
Read a sample chapter.
 

Author Bio

Sam Boush is a novelist and award-winning journalist.

He has worked as a wildland firefighter, journalist, and owner of a mid-sized marketing agency. Though he’s lived in France and Spain, his heart belongs to Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Tehra, two wonderful children, and a messy cat that keeps them from owning anything nice.

He is a member of the Center for Internet Security, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and Cloud Security Alliance.

ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is his first novel, with more to come.

Author Interview Ashael Rising

  • How long have you been writing?

I wrote a little as a child and teenager but didn’t really take it seriously and let it fall away while I pursued other interests. I started to write properly in the summer of 2014 after taking a career break to care for my children.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Fantasy. I love pretty much all of the subgenres and play about with them in different pieces, but I am a fantasy fan through and through.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

I’d like to try and write a courtroom drama at some point, as my other great love is Law.

  • Please tell us about your book.

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why? Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Bhearra is my favourite character, she’s the sort of person I want to be when I grow up! Daven is my least favourite – he’s the worst of the Zanthar and the main villain of the story.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I don’t have a particular routine. I have three young children at home, so I’m generally trying to squeeze writing into five minutes here and ten minutes there. I prefer to work in quiet conditions, but I rarely get the opportunity.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

About eighteen months for the first draft, interrupted by spells of not working on it. Three months to get it into better shape before submitting it to my editor. Another three months or so for structural edits, copy edits and proofreading. In total, I would say around 2 years, but some of that work was with my publisher.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I write the first draft, then get beta readers and my critique group to look it over. I collate all the feedback and read over the story myself before deciding what big changes need to be made. Then I do a structural pass, making any big changes. After that it’s tweaking; cutting unnecessary words, rephrasing for clarity, adding in sensory details and physical descriptions. One more proofing pass and I’m ready to submit.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Ashael Rising is book one of The Vessel of KalaDene series. At the moment, I intend for that to be a trilogy but as a discovery writer, it is possible that the story will grow bigger than planned.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Read everything you can get your hands on and analyse it – the good and the bad. You can learn a lot about writing from critiquing other people’s work. Be persistent. Be kind to yourself. No matter what, keep writing.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

There’s magic, strong female characters, a focus on female friendships, magic, love, tragedy, revenge, magic, fantastical creatures, active gods and did I mention magic?

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Stephen King, Terry Pratchett and Kate Mosse.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

The story came from a dream I had about ten years ago, where I was a warrior fairy. One image from the dream stuck in my mind and became the seed that the book grew from. The act of writing was inspired by my husband.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I am currently working on the sequel, Ashael Falling. I hope to have that submitted to my publisher by late spring/ early summer. I also have two novellas underway, a few short stories and a serialised story that I’m collaborating on with a wonderful fantasy artist which should launch this spring. You can get more details of everything I’m working on by visiting my website: www.shonakinsella.com

Ashael Rising

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

Purchase on Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Ashael-Rising-Vessel-KalaDene-Book-ebook/dp/B01MRCASMU/

Author Bio

Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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Author Interview with G.A. Minton

How long have you been writing?

For only a few years, but my story is a rare and unique one. I didn’t choose to be an author—it chose me, since I really didn’t have much choice in the matter! I was inspired to write creatively after sustaining a closed-head injury when rear-ended in my car by a drunk driver traveling 80 to 90 mph. Immediately after the accident, I suffered from memory loss and aphasia, a problem with expressing my speech and communicating with others. When the damage to my brain finally healed, I was left with an overwhelming desire to write stories (acquired savant syndrome). That’s how my first two novels, TRISOMY XXI and ANTITHEUS were spawned.  

What is your favorite genre to write?

Horror

Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Fantasy

Please tell us about your book.

ANTITHEUS, a supernatural horror novel published by World Castle Publishing, will be released on October 16, 2017 in eBook, Paperback, and Hardcover.

Trapped by a blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of clergymen attending a religious conference find themselves thrown into a gruesome battle with evil incarnate itself. One by one, the holy leaders are being brutally slaughtered by an unknown, malevolent entity. Facing impossible odds and running out of time, the survivors must work together to match wits against their deadly adversary. It’s an epic battle of Good versus Evil, with the winner taking all. . .the fate of every man, woman, and child on Earth hangs in the balance! 

Conjured up from the vivid imagination of G.A. Minton, the award-winning author of TRISOMY XXI, comes a tale of unspeakable horror. Akin to Seven, The Prophecy, and Angel Heart, ANTITHEUS takes the forces of light and darkness to a whole new level—holding an unforeseen ending that will both surprise and amaze its reader. Prepare yourself for a terrifying trip into the world of infinite evil!

Which character was your favorite, and why?

Sheriff Scott Parker, one of the protagonists in the story, is both a unique character and a brave leader (I named him after my son).

Which character was your least favorite, and why?

Stan Loomis, one of The Shepherds of God, doesn’t get an opportunity to utter a single word in this tale of terror.

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

ANTITHEUS, a suspenseful tale of the supernatural, is written with a number of  surprises, twists, and turns, all of which are interrelated and strategically placed in the storyline. Though fun and challenging, this makes for a more complex write for the author.  

What is your writing routine?

I’m pretty disciplined, so I write whenever I can, especially since I enjoy this creative outlet so much. I usually write in the evenings during the week, and in the mornings and nights on the weekend. I’ve never suffered from “writer’s block,” so fortunately for me, I’m able to write whenever I want to record my thoughts. A pen and piece of paper always lie receptively on my nightstand, ready and willing to accept any epiphanies that awaken me during the night!

Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

My laptop computer. If that isn’t available, then a pen and paper.

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

It took me approximately three months to write ANTITHEUS, with the publishing process lasting another nine months or so.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

Since I’m a perfectionist, and a little obsessive-compulsive to boot, after I complete a chapter in my novel, I go back through it and make any needed revisions before continuing on to write the next chapter. When I’ve finished a manuscript, I go back to the beginning  and re-edit it in its entirety. Only when I’m completely satisfied with my editing job do I submit the entire book to my editor and publisher for the final rounds of professional editing.  

Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

ANTITHEUS is a standalone supernatural horror novel and not part of a series.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors

In order to fine-tune and better hone your craft, read as many books by different authors as you can. If you truly have a love for writing, don’t allow yourself to get discouraged—and most importantly, never give up!

Why should everyone read your book?

 I think reading the following book reviews by professional reviewers will answer that question!  “ANTITHEUS by G.A. Minton is a blend of horror and fantasy, a story that brilliantly handles the all-time conflict between good and evil. G.A. Minton knows perfectly well how to give his readers the creeps and goosebumps.  The writing is exceptionally good, highly descriptive, and it captures the pulse of the characters, the wonderful setting that seems to blend beautifully with the theme and the compelling characters. The plot moves like a race and there is no stop or rest for the reader. ANTITHEUS is a masterfully executed story that will entertain fans of horror and stay with them for a long time. Couldn’t put down!” – Christian Sia’s 5-STAR Review from Readers’ Favorite.

“Harken back to Stephen King’s now-famous characters who were trapped in a huge hotel with a blizzard raging outside (while the demons raged within), and throw in some of the debates regarding right vs. wrong that Dan Brown focused upon in his now-famous tale, and you will create a mixture from where this incredible book could have been born. To say this is simply one of those good vs. evil battles would really not do this tale justice; it’s too well-written. The author has made sure that every character has that touch of evil. Minton has made sure no stone was left unturned.” Quill says: If you want that great horror story that’s intelligent and frightens you to death, this is the book for you! – Amber Lignor from Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

“ANTITHEUS by G.A. Minton is part horror, part supernatural thriller–a gripping story that will leave the reader with shivers. I finished this book before realizing I’d even started reading, absorbed in the intense action and the well-crafted, dramatic scenes that touched all sorts of emotions in me. G.A. Minton has a unique signature for descriptive prose and his writing conjures images, scents, and emotions that literally flood the reader’s senses. I also enjoyed how he awakens the sense of fear and urgency in his characters, steeping them in very tight situations. The plot is riveting, imagined with unexpected detours. The drama is intense, the characters believable and rock-solid, and the entire piece is mind-blowing. ANTITHEUS is written to read like an irresistible spell for fans of thrillers and realistic tales of horror.” –  Readers’ Favorite 5-STAR Review from Romuald Dzemo.

“When it comes down to it, I will recommend Antitheus to those looking for a quick and easy read, without having to compromise on quality and style. Minton is very good at what he does, so make sure to lock the doors before you start reading!” – Horror Palace Book Review by Damnetha Jules.

ANTITHEUS was also a Finalist in the mystery genre category of the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Awards!   

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Edgar Allan Poe,  H.P. Lovecraft, and Mary Shelley.

What inspired you to write your book?

Truth is stranger than fiction, so they say. I’m a believer in that adage, because it happened to me, and it has changed my life! This is how my novels, TRISOMY XXI and ANTITHEUS, came into being. A few years ago, I was rear-ended by a speeding, drunk driver, resulting in my car being totaled and sending me to the hospital emergency room. As a result of this devastating car accident, I suffered a closed-head injury, which left me with memory loss and the inability to effectively communicate with others. After numerous visits to a neurologist and months of taking medication used by patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease, my injured brain slowly began to mend itself. When the damage to my brain finally healed though, I noticed something very different in my thought patterns. Now, I had this overwhelming urge, this compulsive desire to put on paper fascinating stories that had formed de novo in my mind. I can’t explain it, but my thoughts were now primarily focused on writing tales of horror. That’s how TRISOMY XXI and ANTITHEUS were born. One could only surmise that the damaged neurons in my frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements of my brain (a rare medical condition known as “acquired savant syndrome.” God only knows…stranger things have happened!   

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

Currently, I am busy processing the text for another tale of the macabre that will both entertain and horrify its reader. Like TRISOMY XXI and ANTITHEUS, this novel possesses a unique and intriguing plot. Each of my horror stories contain an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would baffle even the likes of the great Sherlock Holmes!

About the Author

G.A. Minton has always been a diehard fan of science fiction and horror.  Strangely enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury that he developed a newfound passion for writing. After numerous visits to a neurologist and months of taking medication used by patients afflicted with  Alzheimer’s Disease, his injured brain slowly began to mend itself. When the damage to his brain finally healed, G.A. noticed something very different in his thought patterns. Now, there was an overwhelming urge, a compulsive drive to put on paper fascinating stories that had formed de novo in his mind. That’s how TRISOMY XXI, his first novel and recipient of multiple awards, was born. One could surmise that the damaged neurons in G.A.’s frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements in his brain (a rare medical condition called “acquired savant syndrome”). G.A. is now referred to as “the savant horror writer” by his friends. ANTITHEUS, a supernatural horror novel and recipient of rave reviews, will be released October 16, 2017. Currently, his brain is busy at work, meticulously processing the text for another story of the macabre that will both entertain and horrify its reader. One of G.A.’s trademarks is that his stories contain an O. Henry or Rod Serling surprise ending that would baffle even the likes of the great Sherlock Holmes! G.A. lives in Texas with his wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats named Phinneas and Shamus.

You can find out more information about G.A. Minton and his books at:

G.A. Minton Author Website: https://www.gaminton.com

G.A. Minton Author Webpage at World Castle Publishing Website: http://www.worldcastlepublishing.com/author_g_a_minton.html

ANTITHEUS by G.A. Minton: www.amzn.com/B0744XJ11K

TRISOMY XXI by G.A. Minton: www.amzn.com/1629894443

Author Interview with Nancy Christie

How long have you been writing?

I started in second grade, and except for a few “life intermissions,” I haven’t stopped writing since then!

In terms of being a professional writer, I started my career writing for newspapers and magazines in the mid-eighties, branched into corporate work in the nineties and published by first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE (Atria/Beyond Words) in 2004. That book was followed by two short fiction e-books—ANNABELLE and ALICE IN WONDERLAND—and TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES (Pixel Hall Press) in 2014. RUT-BUSTING BOOK FOR WRITERS (Mill City Press), which just came out, is my third print book.

I’ve also had essays and short stories published in print magazines and online.

What is your favorite genre to write?

Fiction, especially short stories. For some reason, that is my go-to genre. But I have written a few novels—all of which are unpublished so far—and working on developing my ability in that area.

Which genre have you never tried before, but would like to try out?

I’ve done fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry, so I don’t think there is too much left in terms of broad categories. I don’t think I have the skillset for detective stories and don’t have the right attitude for romance novels—somehow I think dark humor and/or satire would surface!

Please tell us about your book.

That would be RUT-BUSTING BOOK FOR WRITERS—my newest baby! When my first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE, came out, I started doing “Rut-Busting” workshops, and then developed a series just for writers: “Rut-Busting” Workshop for Writers. Every time I did one, people would ask if I had a book that went along with the workshop but all I offered were handouts. So this spring, I decided to pull all my notes together, reached out to more than 50 writers, authors and other industry professionals for their input, and voila! RUT-BUSTING BOOK FOR WRITERS was born!

RUT-BUSTING BOOK FOR WRITERS offers strategies to get writers unstuck, along with inspiring words and proactive suggestions from other writers who have “been there and done that” and are now willing to share their knowledge and experience. By following the tips in this book, writers will spend less time trapped in their particular writing rut and more time following their creative passion!

What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Just finding the time! I write for a living—primarily for ad agencies—and to keep a roof over my head and the cats fed, I have to devote a fair amount of time to also soliciting new work. Once I decided to produce this book, I would go into my office around 5 AM and work for two hours each day plus hours on weekends, because I wanted to turn it in to the publisher before July 15.

I made it, too—I am a very focused, deadline-oriented person!

What is your writing routine?

I devote at least 1 hour every morning to my own writing—fiction, primarily. Then, I do some marketing, and blog and social media postings. Then, I work out, get cleaned up, grab some yogurt, and head into my office to start my official work day by 9 AM.

Weekends, I spend hours in the office, in between yardwork.

So basically, I work all the time!

Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

Coffee helps, but really I just need quiet when I am creating: no TV, no music. But if I’m editing, then I can have something on in the background.

How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

Technically, just a few months. I started in April and got it done with edits by the first week of July. But a lot of it came from the workshops I have done and the author interviews I have conducted on my blogs, plus the additional contributions from other writers.

It would have taken a lot longer if I didn’t have so much background material to draw from.

Can you tell us about your editing process?

It’s long and ugly and makes me feel like some evil spirit was at work on the keyboard! I write, then edit, then print out and read aloud.

Then I edit and revise, then send it to my editor Ann Henry so she can tell me all the places where I don’t have commas but should have, and have commas where I shouldn’t, along with other obvious mistakes that I missed! (You can never perfectly edit your own work because you see what isn’t there and don’t see what is!)

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Don’t focus on getting the book out by a certain date. Focus on writing the best possible book you can, and allowing enough time for all the necessary revisions.

Why should everyone read your book?

If you’re a professional writer, it will give you practical suggestions for handling the business side of writing, from learning to negotiate fees to dealing with rejections. From a creative standpoint, it will encourage you to set aside time for writing, regardless of its income potential, as well as overcome those obstacles, aka writing blocks, that can deter you from writing.

And many of the tips and suggestions apply equally to those in other creative fields. Giving yourself permission to devote time and energy to your art, learning to set a value on your work and being able to hear “Thanks, but no thanks” and still keep moving forward are skills any creative person needs to have.

If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Shirley Jackson.

Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

In my “upcoming projects” basket is a second short story collection, edits to a novel and another novel that right now is just a collection of notes.

 

Book Excerpt

The Procrastination Predicament

From RUT-BUSTING BOOK FOR WRITERS by Nancy Christie

I do a lot of book events and writing workshops, and at each one, without fail, someone will come up to me and say, “I’ve got a great idea for a book and I’m going to write it someday as soon as I have the time.”

I so want to tell them that if they are waiting for the Time Fairy to grant them several months, or possibly even years, to produce a manuscript, they’d better settle in for a good long wait. There’s no Time Fairy, and there’s no guarantee of an open space for writing. All you have—all any person has—is this moment right now.

“But I don’t have time,” you protest. “There’s work and family and…” and here it comes, the list of reasons why you can’t do what you say you want to do. Too often, however, what you believe is a lack of time is really a lack of prioritizing. Think about it. If something is really important to you, you find time for it. You shoehorn it in among all the other items on your To-Do list and, one way or the other, you get it done.

So why not the writing? Why have you fallen victim to the Power of Procrastination, that insidious little voice that tells you “There’s no rush! You have plenty of time!” instead of moving forward on that project you claim is so near and dear to your heart? What is holding you back?

Very often it is one of the following excuses.

Excuse #1: You’re afraid of failing.

Whether this is your first foray into writing or you’ve completed other pieces but are now trying something new, fear can be a major procrastination-producer. Writing is like being on a tightrope. You can see the end, but between that and the first step stretches a very long, very skinny rope. And that rope doesn’t even have the decency to remain still but sways with the winds of change: how you feel, what else is going on in your life, what other people say about your idea.

So you stand there, think about giving it a go, but never really move—too afraid of “falling” (i.e., failing) to take the first step.

What you need to remember is that, when it comes to writing, the only real failure is in not writing. All writers—famous or insignificant, published or not—have had work that didn’t turn out the way they had hoped. But they didn’t allow that to stop them from going back to the desk and trying again.

Excuse #2: You feel guilty taking time for writing.

Ah, guilt… like Lon Chaney, it’s an emotion with a thousand faces: responsibility, self-sacrifice, duty—you name it and guilt is probably behind it. Of course you need to fulfill your other obligations, but would spending 30 minutes a day or a few hours a week harm the other people in your life? And if you were able to take the time and work on your dream, wouldn’t it make you feel better about yourself and your circumstances? And if you felt better, wouldn’t you be a nicer person to be around?

There is no reason to feel guilty about using the talents you were given and finding new ways to express your thoughts and emotions. The only guilt that should surface is the one that comes when you realize you chose to waste that creative gift.

Excuse # 3: It’s so big an undertaking that you don’t know where to start—so you don’t.

You may have a great idea—writing a research-heavy biography of a little-known missionary or starting a freelance writing business—but then you are so overwhelmed by the ramifications of the project you’re considering that you can’t even start it!

It’s not that you don’t want to do it—there may be moments when you are really excited about the prospect. But you just can’t take those first, all-important steps. To use a trip analogy, your luggage is packed and the gas tank is filled, but you resist starting the engine and heading down the road because you don’t know if you have what it takes to complete the journey.

So instead, you talk about what you’re going to do for weeks or months (or could it even be years?), but talking is all you have to show for it. You’re excited by the idea of it but overwhelmed as well. It’s just so darned big! Whatever it is, there is something about the project that makes it seem more than you can handle, and so you look for ways to avoid doing it and settle for talking about doing. And the only way to get out of that talking-not-doing rut is to take the leap.

Just pick one small task and start working on it. Tell yourself that you’ll spend a half hour or so taking a little writing “journey”: draft some dialogue or outline the top-line plot points, research markets for your article or clients for your copywriting service. You aren’t trying to do everything—the book, the article, the business—all at once. You’re just completing one leg of your trek.

The next time, you “drive” a little farther toward your destination. Eventually, as you get deeper into the project, you spend longer periods of time and work on larger chunks until one day you realize your goal is in sight.

Links

Website: www.nancychristie.com

Book page: www.rutbustingbookforwriters.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NChristie_OH  (@NChristie_OH)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyChristieAuthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/NancyChristie

Make A Change blog: http://www.nancychristie.com/makeachange/

The Writer’s Place blog: http://www.nancychristie.com/writersplace/

One on One blog: http://www.nancychristie.com/oneonone/

Focus on Fiction blog: http://www.nancychristie.com/focusonfiction/

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Author Interview Ocean’s Fire

  • How long have you been writing?

I started writing in 2004 in an effort to make sense of my insane life, planning a second wedding to a man with three small children, amidst my mother’s battle with cancer. It was journaling mostly. I discovered it was a transformative tool to help me understand my own feelings and communicate them to others. That turned into a self published memoir and how-to on second weddings. My writing has evolved from there, thank goodness. That first book wasn’t very good.

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

I enjoy writing anything that makes readers look at the world in a new way. If I can prompt someone to get curious, I’ve done my job. I also want my words to inspire others to get in touch with their passions and take action, be it toward making their dreams come true, taking a stand for something, volunteering, improving their lives. Whatever it may be, get moving and go do it.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Erotica, ha! Well maybe. The phenomenon of 50 Shades showed our tightly wound country that women are desperate for outlets to express their sexuality in a healthy way. Not that I necessarily think that story was healthy! We are in need of great, authentic storytelling that celebrates the sensuality that is our birthright. But seriously, after this trilogy is complete, I have my sights on Middle Grade fiction. Our young girls need more heroines!

  • Please tell us about your book.

Ocean’s Fire is the first installment of The Equal Night Trilogy. The Three Great Mothers, Fire, Air and Water, were once guardians of the secrets of Mother Earth. It was a time when women were revered, sex was sacred and magic was real. Those secrets have surfaced in the lost Book of Sophia, a book looking for Skylar Southmartin. Skylar gets caught up in the lives of four mystical women and learns her life is not as it appears to be. Meanwhile after reconnecting with her childhood sweetheart, she crosses paths with a dangerous stranger, who has intentions of ruining everything.

At the heart of Ocean’s Fire is a coming of age story that asks the question, Once you learn the truth, what are you going to do with it?

  • Which character was your favorite, and why?

Milicent, the antagonist was my favorite to write. Aren’t the bad ones the most fun?? There is no grey area for Milicent. It’s yes or it’s no. Most of us don’t live that way. It was fun and freeing to think so simply. My least favorite was Joshua. I re-wrote his entire character thread twice. He was originally as cold as Milicent and that didn’t sit with me. Skylar couldn’t be attracted to someone so void of feeling. Once I made him a bit more tortured, I felt better.

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

Keeping it to one! The story line is so rich and the characters so complex, I knew it would have to be a series. I researched women’s history, ancient cultures, religions and mysticism, and goddess culture for three years for this trilogy. Each topic was so fascinating and led to volumes of new information. Sifting through it all was challenging.

  • What is your writing routine?

As a mom of a sporty boy, I’ve had to make writing on-the-go my routine. But usually once he’s on the bus I will write for a few hours until my body says it’s time to move. Then I hit the gym. Most afternoons I’m pecking at my computer at the hockey rink.

  • Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

One cup of coffee should do it. And a deadline! The first book took three years, the second will take three months because I have a deadline!!

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

All in, three years from the idea to the approval of the ARC. This book started with an actual dream I had one night. I wrote sixty pages that very first day. I thought it was a breeze until I hit a wall and didn’t touch it for a year. Then I remembered that book I started writing awhile a go, and dug it out. Once I got all fired up about the manipulation of women’s history, it became a goal I had to finish.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I discovered Scrivener after my word document became unmanageable. I haven’t picked my head up to see if there are any other or better organization tools out there. This one works for me. I take it as far as I can in Scrivener then convert it back to Word and look for professional editing help. I am open to the advice of those better than me.

  • Is this book part of a series?

Yes, it is book one of The Equal Night Trilogy.

  • If so, how many installments do you have planned?

Ocean’s Fire is book one. I am currently writing book two, Alchemy’s Air. The yet to be named Water will be book three.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

It is vital to get in touch with the voice within you that’s dying to get out. That is your fuel. Your inner passions and truths will keep you focused on your goals when obstacles pop up. My favorite fortune cookie is: You only see the obstacles when you take your eye off the goal. I live by that. You will be told no. The burning desire within you that has to get out at all costs will drive you to keep going when you hear those nos.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

I will say every woman should read my book. I am in my forties and I was raised not to question authority. It wasn’t until great loss in my life that my eyes were opened to a world few are talking about-the world where women know their own power and worth, and make decisions on their own authority. Great shifts are happening on the planet and every woman is feeling a restlessness to act. They yearn to be seen, to show the world their gifts and live with vitality and passion. My book is a lot of things but I think mostly it is a love story to women everywhere. My goal is that they fall in love with themselves.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

My number one is Thoth, the Egyptian God credited with inventing writing. I mean if you have the opportunity to meet an Egyptian God, you take it right? I have my list of questions ready. I’m not sure where you go from Egyptian God…Dr. Seuss maybe. I’m in awe of all the rhyming. Third would be Masaru Emoto, author of Messages in Water. I am excited to dive into his research for my third book.

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I started researching ancient goddess culture and was astounded and pissed to high hell about the slow death of women’s rights in ancient civilizations. After patriarchal societies took over, women were officially second-class, at best. And it remained that way for thousands of years. But our time has come and women are recognizing and sharing the extraordinary gifts within them. This book is my own small way to offer support and inspiration.

  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I am close to a first draft of book two, Alchemy’s Air. It continues to explore the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship. It also focuses on the sacredness of female sexuality. As this is the Great Mother of Air’s turn to shine, I hope to do the beauty and power of nature justice. I also hope to convey the idea that our breath is our connection to the great divine within us all.

OCEAN’S FIRE: Book One in the Equal Night Trilogy by Stacey Tucker

Pub: October 10, 2017 | SparkPress
Once the Greeks forced their male gods upon the world, the belief in the power of women was severed. For centuries it has been thought that the wisdom of the high priestesses perished at the hand of the patriarchs – but now the ancient Book of Sophia has surfaced. Its pages contain the truths hidden by history, and the sacred knowledge for the coming age. And it is looking for Skylar Southmartin.
Busy picking up the pieces after her mother’s untimely death and trying to finish her veterinary degree, Skylar has no idea that she is the link between four mystical women in her life, and the perfect storm the Great Mothers have been waiting for. Meanwhile, she’s just reconnected with the first and only love of her life, Argan – but Joshua, a dangerous, irresistible stranger, threatens to ruin everything she’s trying to build. Amidst unraveling family secrets that shatter her views of the world and call into question everything she’s ever known, Skylar must fight off Joshua’s maddening pull and get a handle on her own budding powers… before it’s too late.

About Stacey Tucker

After her own mother’s death a decade ago, Stacey Tucker started down a path that taught her our world is far from what it seems. A desire to build a bridge between today’s science and the magic of a time forgotten has landed her in the world of fiction writing. She continues to redefine the word Feminine in America by speaking to women’s groups on cultivating the fire within as a catalyst for self-transformation. Tucker self-published Eat, Drink and ReMarry: StaceyLu’s Guide to Planning the Second Time Around as a way to survive planning her second wedding. Her debut novel, Ocean’s Fire: Book One of the Equal Night Trilogy, comes out this October.
Buy from Amazon.

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Blog Tour: High Hopes

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Title: High Hopes

Series: Standalone

Author: Sue Lilley

Publisher: Sue Lilley

Cover Artist: Humble Nations

Release Date: April 19, 2016

Romance Genre(s): Contemporary

Words: 60,000

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Author Interview

1) Can you tell us a little about High Hopes?

In High Hopes, three old friends are confronted with a secret from twenty years ago. An adopted child traces her birth mother. The father knows nothing about her and when the truth is revealed, it rocks them to the core. They think they know everything about each other but are shocked to uncover jealousy and hurt simmering beneath the surface. High Hopes is the name of a place in the book and also represents the theme of having “high hopes” for the future.

 

2) Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

 

I’ve long had a fascination for secrets, how people go to great lengths to hide things and what happens when the truth comes out.

 

3) How long have you been writing?

Over twenty years. After having stories published in womens’ magazines, I moved on to longer works as I always wanted to know what happened next to my characters. I’ve now published two novels – High Hopes and Another Summer. Writing is my therapy and not as expensive as buying shoes.

4) What do you love most about writing romance and women’s fiction?

It’s lovely to escape to a different world sometimes. I do like a happy ending and I enjoy fitting all the pieces of the puzzle together without it seeming contrived. And I’m particularly fond of the misunderstood rebel, the bad boy with a soft centre.

5) What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I don’t find the writing itself difficult but finding time to do it is enormously frustrating. I have a full-time job and a lovely family, so fitting in quality writing time requires forward planning and a tendency towards anti-social behavior, which does not come naturally to a closet rock-chick like myself.

6) How long did it take to write the book from start to finish?

I published Another Summer in Dec 2014 then High Hopes in April 2016. So, just over a year. As I have a full-time job, I write mainly at weekends. During the week, I mull over the next bit of the plot so I’m ready to go as soon as I sit down at my computer. I walk around with a notebook and a purple pen, working out my next scene. I have become that mad woman talking to herself on the bus.

7) What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely have to do before you sit down and write?

I like a quiet house so I can walk around talking to myself as I work through my scenes. I always have a supply of new purple pens and a bowl of sweets – the more childish and embarrassing the better! I also like a glass of sparkling water in a cocktail glass.

8) Can you tell us about your editing process?

 

I tend to write in scenes which are mostly dialogue. In my next draft, I add in the setting and necessary explanation of what’s going on. I then formulate it all into chapters with enticing breaks to keep the reader hooked. My problem is knowing when to stop. I always want to polish and tweak until I drive myself mad. When I start waking up in the middle of the night because I’ve dreamed about one perfect word, I know it’s time to let it go.

9) If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, who would they be?

Three of my all-time favourite books are Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell; Scruples by Judith Krantz and The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher. They’re all big, complex stories with a cast of thousands. I’d love to know how those authors kept track of everything.

10) What’re you working on at the moment? Any new novels in the pipeline?

 

I’m working on my third novel which I’m really enjoying. My progress was a bit delayed by my daughter having the most adorable baby (not that I’m biased!) I also have some short stories in progress. Readers loved my story Painting Rainbows so I’m hoping they’re keen for more while they’re waiting for the next novel. All my work is stand-alone, although I do seem to have developed a common theme of placing a house at the centre of the action.

About the Book

Blurb

HighHopes

“It was one stolen night. He was my soulmate and I’d never felt more alive. I couldn’t tell him I got pregnant. It would’ve ruined everything. But now his daughter wants to meet him and I need to make things right.” Another tear escaped down her cheek. “Everybody’s going to hate me.”

Three friends are rocked when a 20-year secret blows their world apart. Steamy, passionate, and unpredictable. If you like sizzling love triangles you won’t want to miss it.

Grace has kept her heart-breaking secret for twenty years – a love child she gave up for adoption. She was a penniless student – how could she raise a baby alone? Then she receives a letter out of the blue. Her long-lost daughter is searching for answers.

Her two best friends are married and don’t know one of them is the girl’s father. If Grace confesses now, the marriage will be destroyed and it will surely be the end of their lifelong friendship. But what choice does Grace have?

Set in the wilds of Poldark-country – the stormy cliffs and windswept beaches of picturesque Cornwall – an engrossing saga filled with suspense, simmering jealousy and heartbreak. Can a future be built on the quicksand of secrets and lies? Surely there can be no second chances when three friends discover they don’t know each other at all.

Buy Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

About Sue Lilley

Author Bio

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Described as an exciting new voice in Women’s Fiction, Sue Lilley lives in the north east of England, when she isn’t escaping somewhere else in her imagination. She is often found eavesdropping for inspiration. Her first two novels were well received. Another Summer is “an alluring example of its genre”. High Hopes is “a story that holds immense appeal for readers who like plots containing sizzling love triangles.” She is hard at work on her third novel.

Connect with Sue

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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