Happy Insecure Writers Day!

Hey,

So it’s that time of the month again, where we all come around to support each other in our writing journey.

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This was the brain child of Alex Cavanaugh and along with his co-hosts, on the first Wednesday of the month we all come together to take part in a blog hop.

I am going to go straight into the question of the month:

It’s Spring! Does This Season Inspire You To Write More Than Others, or Not?

I think it’s nicer to write in the Spring because you can sit outside, or sit on the decking and write. Also when I am out walking the dog the scenery is nicer and so I guess inspires more. But Spring and Summer also brings summer holidays and children off school which then takes away time.

Having already posted about my submission woes I won’t bore you with them again!

Happy Insecure Writer’s Day and I hope it brings you all the clarification and support you need.

 

C

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Rocky Road to Success

Hey,

So I have started to submit my novel to agents and publishers alike and truth be known I am kinda finding it stressful and it’s making me very MANIC!

After I entered that first competition and was like yeah here we go, I think it’s kinda a come down. I know it’s only since the 19th April when I started which isn’t even a month ago! I had this great idea of I would submit 5 of each and then wait till they all reject me and then try another five. But that idea has kinda gone out of the window. As I keep finding people to submit to, never mind whether they were on my list or not. I have also been trying to find people who are already publishing what I write….

I have had two rejections for agents and one rejection from a publisher out of the 12 (as of yesterday) I had sent out.

Book two woe’s continue, as I try and find information on immigration and asylum and try and find people to speak to. One person I had to defend my character to! As she wasn’t willing to help because she didn’t want my readers to think that people came to England to traffic drug. Needless to say I haven’t heard from said charity again! Though I have a great friend who is a social worker and she has been answering my general questions. You know what I think I need to just WRITE! and worry about getting it correct later!

I hope everyone else out there is doing okay 🙂

yours as always

C

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Needle Song by Russell Day Cover Reveal!!!

Needle Song by Russell Day

Question markSpending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn’t her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it.

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth – but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.

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Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard.

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This Time Next Year…

Hey,

So I started this blog to diary my road to my publishing dreams. I have attempted flash fiction, joined a blog hop, moaned about my health, attempted some book reviewing and even attempted a 5 year journal (and failed)

At my last mentoring session at the weekend Rachel said by the end of the week I can start contacting publishers / agents!

And as this weekend the nominations for Crime novel of the year have come out from Theakston’s Festival. I felt that it was only right to mark this occasion by saying this time next year that will be me!!! I need to go on Davina’s tv programme

I have submitted already to two competitions and the third will go in also by the end of the week. I have my list of five agents and five publishers who I’m going to approach first.

Then I will begin the waiting game….

So hold tight….

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Silent Victim – Book Review

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recently finished Caroline Mitchell’s latest offering, having read The Silent Twin and Witness and having two different reading experiences I was keen to read what was on offer.

This book deals with someone abusing their duty of care for their students. The book doesn’t go into graphic details but you know from the way Caroline describes things and drip feeds you information you know exactly what is going on.

Though you can understand how the victim, Emma in this case feels for her abuser you also kind of feel sorry for her. Though her crush is her teacher we have all been there with boys at school who we used to fancy the following, the getting hold of their timetables etc.

The story is told over three different time periods and three different POVs and I found that unless you read the title of the chapter you could easily become confused as to what was happening.

I agree with some other reviewers who said that this book dragged on a bit and I did feel the same way in parts, but I was still keen for the next instalment on my commute to work.

As always there is the twist at the end, which I kinda felt wasn’t necessary and just added another story line to the book that you hadn’t originally paid any attention to. Did we really need to know this? I did wonder if the author was low on her word count and had to add it in.

At parts in this story I was a bit like FFS support your wife, and in the end Alex does come round but I kinda felt in parts he should of done more to believe and support her.

I didn’t hate that books, but I didn’t love it. Caroline seems to write a mixture of books I love and some that weren’t so great which is what I like about this author as she strives to write books her audience will love but also branches out to bring in new readers.

I am going to give this four stars out of five, following what I previously reviewed The Silent Twin as and I look forward to reading future novels from Caroline and hope she gets a print deal soon! As I would love to have some of her novels as paperback on my shelves.

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Happy Insecure Writers Day!

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Insecure Writer’s day is the brain child of Alex Cavanaugh, on the 1st Wednesday of the month we all come together to share our insecurities and to support each other.

If you would like to join in the fun, sign up and join the Blog Hop.

 

Our dog decided to spill a cup of coffee over my laptop, which had since died and gone to be repaired, who are now refusing to repair it! So yeah big problems! Luckily all my stuff is backed up, but still causing an issue. Then there has been some redundancy’s at work, which have been pretty shite, so life isn’t to great in general atm 😦

When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?

As I have other health related issues I want to say sleep, apparently writing little and often helps, eg 350 words a day, which I been pretty rubbish at keeping to, but I will just blame everything else that is going on.

I am sorry for shooting and running,

C

 

Blog Blitz – No Comment

No Comment – Graham Smith

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When a single mother, Julie Simon, is found in her kitchen with a stab wound to her stomach, Cumbria’s Major Crimes Team are handed the case. Under the supervision of DI Campbell and with advice from his former DI, Harry Evans, DC Amir Bhaki fights to discover who assaulted an innocent woman and left her with life-threatening injuries.
Nothing is as it first appears and when the team looks into Julie’s life they uncover a hidden sex-life that may just hold the key to the identity of her attacker.

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I was excited to discover a new crime writer, so super keen to join the Blog Blitz for “No Comment” by Graham Smith.

I have read other Novella’s by similar authors but with this story I felt that so much had been crammed into a short space. I couldn’t help me feel that there was something missing from the story.

The story starts off Julie Simon’s who is alone in her kitchen with two men standing over her branding a knife. There is so much description in this first opening chapter, how that though Julie is bound and gagged life still goes on in her kitchen. The author tells us how Julie makes mental notes of the description of the men so she can report it all to the police if she makes it out of this alive. We are also given clues that these men want information about her son. It makes us question who is her son and what is he involved in. I for one thought her son was older and some criminal We are then taken to the aftermath and the clean up operation of when the police arrive.

The team come across as having no confidence in their new DI, as they visit on several occasions their former DI Evan’s who is now medically retired for advice and guidance. It almost felt like he was part of the investigation and there wasn’t really any use for the new DI. We later learn that DI Evans is going to be a consultant for the team and there is some question as to whether DC Laura Philips had anything to do with it.

I felt that we were being dropped into the middle of the story when we learn that Julie’s son is in prison for drug possession after drugs are found in his school locker and that he refused to name where or how he got them.

As I read the story and researched the author I began to wonder if this book is to bridge a gap between DI Evan’s injury and him becoming a consultant in a future novel.

This is a clever way, to make sure the series can carry on, while the author makes a huge change in the character’s and their role in the story.

Though I enjoyed reading this book, I felt like that there was something missing and just as we were dropped into the middle of a case the story ends in the middle of the case they were investigating.

I look forward to reading more from this author, but feel that this Novella wasn’t for me being a first time reader of Graham Smith where as those already accustomed to his character’s would possibly enjoy this book more.

About the Author:

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Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and three novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

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No Comment is available to purchase from: Amazon UK          Amazon.com

 

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Thank you to Rachel and Graham Smith for providing me an ARC of “No Comment”