Consuming Fire @metalmamawrites @crookedcatbooks @Rararesources #Q&A #Giveaway

Consuming Fire @metalmamawrites @crookedcatbooks  @Rararesources #Q&A #Giveaway

Consuming Fire

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Consuming Fire

What Has Been Seen Cannot Be Unseen…

Liverpool is in the grip of an intense heatwave, and strange things are happening.

A woman dies in an apparent case of Spontaneous Human Combustion; a truck explodes on the dock road; the charred corpses of pets litter the city; forest fires ravage the pinewoods…and there are birds everywhere, silent flocks drawing in ominously.

Detective Inspector Darren Swift thinks there are connections, and his investigation delves into the worlds of football, nightclubs and organised crime. But is he imagining things?

Dr. Helen Hope doesn’t think so. And she believes the key lies in a mysterious seventeenth-century occult book which has gone missing from Liverpool Library.

In the blistering sequel to Reprobation, DI Swift is forced to confront some inconvenient ghosts from his past, as a terrifying shadow lies over his city’s reality….

 

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The blurb for this book made me think of the summer’s we now experience here in the UK where it is anything but cool! Also reminds me of being at work, where the heat can sometimes drive you towards wanting to commit murder.

 

Q1: What inspired you to write Consuming Fire?

The book is a sequel to my first novel Reprobation, and develops some of the characters I created, in particular Detective Inspector Darren Swift. But it can also be read as a standalone. It was inspired by the practice of coupe-feu, a traditional healing method in which a combination of pagan ritual and Catholic prayer is used to cure burns. This is still practised today in rural Switzerland and France, and can even be done over the phone. So I wondered, what if instead of praying to angels to cure burns, you tried praying to demons to cause fire? Over the phone?

As with Reprobation, I wanted to give a potentially supernatural twist to the crimes DI Swift has to investigate, as he continues his journey towards the occult.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

Oh I think my books would make a marvellous TV series! But doesn’t every author think that…

If the dream became reality, it would be wonderful to have Liverpudlian actors. Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) would be perfect for Helen Hope.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

I was very lucky; I made an initial application to a handful of agents and publishers and I got picked up very quickly by Crooked Cat. It was largely a case of right place, right time. I haven’t looked back since.

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

As a teenager I devoured classic crime fiction – Agatha Christie, PD James, Ruth Rendell, Conan Doyle – so I’m sure all that inspired me subconsciously to write my own crime novels.

I write high-concept with a supernatural twist, so I’m inspired by high-concept writers like Stephen King and Alex Garland. And my favourite author is Kazuo Ishiguro, for the beauty and restraint of his writing.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have a routine; it’s not possible because I have four small children plus my journalism work, so I have to be very flexible. I write whenever and wherever I can, long-hand in notebooks. I always transcribe and save everything I have written onto my laptop at the end of the day. My philosophy is ‘get it down’. I don’t worry too much about writing the perfect sentence or paragraph; I’d rather churn out 2000 words of stream-of-consciousness because I know I can edit later. The diamonds are often hidden in the rough!

Q6: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Don’t be afraid to commit. By that I mean emotionally and spiritually, rather than in practical terms. Because very few people have the luxury of giving up their job to write full-time. But I was embarrassed to admit I was writing; for some reason I found it humiliating to say, even to my husband, ‘I’m writing a novel’. I thought my family and friends would judge me for wasting time, for entertaining frivolous dreams. So I wrote in stealth, waiting until everyone was asleep, until I was alone. If I’d only had the confidence to tell people what I was doing I would have got on much faster, and I could have sought help more easily. If you’re writing, you’re a writer, whether you’re published or not – be proud!

Q7: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Join a critiquing group, take classes, read as widely as possible, write as much as possible – flash fiction, short stories, blog posts, freelance articles. You have to learn your craft, but you can teach yourself. There are a lot of resources out there.

Q8: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

My last job was a breastfeeding counsellor, so I might still be doing that. But I also write part-time as a music journalist, so if I didn’t have my novels I would probably still be writing anyway.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

My first job was resident pianist at Harry Ramsden’s Fish and Chip Restaurant on the Liverpool docks. I was a very shy 16-year old piano student, and I just wanted to sit quietly playing classical music and Beatles songs. But I would get loads of drunk customers heckling me and requesting Come On Eileen or Nirvana. I found it so stressful! That was the beginning of the end of my career as a pianist.

Thank you Catherine x

Catherine Fearns is from Liverpool, UK. In previous incarnations she was a financial analyst, a cocktail pianist and a breastfeeding counsellor, but nowadays she likes to write. Her first novel, Reprobation, was published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in several categories. The follow-up, Consuming Fire, is currently on pre-order and will be available in early 2019.

Catherine writes for music website Pure Grain Audio, and her music journalism has also appeared in Broken Amp and Noisey. Her short fiction and non-fiction pieces have been published in Here Comes Everyone, Toasted Cheese, Offshoots & Metal Music Studies. She holds a degree in History from Oxford University, a Masters from the London School of Economics, and is a member of the Crime Writers’ Association.

When Catherine is not writing, she plays guitar in a heavy metal band, mainly to annoy her four children.

 

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Cover Reveal – A Thread of Hope @racheljbonner1 @rararesources #Coverreveal

Cover Reveal – A Thread of Hope @racheljbonner1 @rararesources #Coverreveal

A Thread of Hope

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Honesty is the best policy. Isn’t it?

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?

Prospero is prepared to tell Leonie most of his past – if he can find her – but one of his secrets could send her running again. Another could destroy any future they might have. And one could kill her. Dare he risk it?

Leonie is terrified of the consequences of sharing any of her past with anyone. But not even Leonie knows the secrets that her very existence contains.

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie and they could tear the world apart. Who does he turn to, and who should he share them with? If he tells the wrong person he could seal not just Leonie’s death warrant but those of millions more.

And no one has told Leonie the mystery of her necklace. When she discovers that, will she sacrifice everything and risk all that Gabriel has been working for?

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What a beautiful cover! It looks like the cover artist has painted the picture themselves! I hope the cover transfers well to print! Having seen the cover I am really looking forward to me Q&A with Rachel in the future.

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Rachel J Bonner is the author of the four book Choices and Consequences series, the first of which, Strand of Faith, is due out in November 2018.

Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in paranormal romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Target shooting only, honest.  Nothing to worry about.

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice. When the choice is between life and love, who can possibly decide? And who can be trusted for advice?

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The Ghostly Father @AuthorSusanB @crookedcatbooks @Rararesources #Q&A #Giveaway

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The Ghostly Father

The Ghostly Father

Was this what really happened to Romeo & Juliet?

Think you know the world’s most famous love story?  Think again.  What if the story of Romeo & Juliet really happened – but not quite in the way we’ve all been told?

This part-prequel, part-sequel to the original tale, told from the point of view of the Friar, tells how an ancient Italian manuscript reveals secrets and lies which have remained hidden for hundreds of years, and casts new doubts on the official story of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lovers.

If you love the Romeo & Juliet story but are disappointed with the way it ended, this is the book for you.

Author Q&A

Sue Barnard Author

How good does this novel sound! A really interesting take on a story we all know and no doubt studied! I am still very much hung up on the film. Enough on that this is blog tour…

 

Q1: What inspired you to write The Ghostly Father?

I’ve always loved the Romeo & Juliet story but was disappointed and frustrated by the way it ends.  I wanted to give the young lovers a happier outcome.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I’d love to see Hugh Jackman as the Friar, with Eddie Redmayne as Romeo and Lily James as Giulietta.

Q3: How many rejections did you get before you got a publishing deal?

Before The Ghostly Father was accepted for publication, I entered it in a couple of competitions.  It didn’t win, so I suppose that counts as rejection.  The weirdest rejection I’ve ever had was for my second novel, Nice Girls Don’t – the publisher in question turned it down it for a reason which directly contradicted their own guidelines!  Even now, more than five years later, I’m still trying to work out why.

Q4: How did you deal with them when you started out?

By telling myself that my work just wasn’t right for that particular publisher, and being determined to move on and try again.  Only once have I ever felt moved to question a rejection.  That was in the case I mentioned above, and I never did get a satisfactory answer.

Q5: Which authors inspired you to write?

Shakespeare (obviously); also John Wyndham (I love his short stories) and the great Terry Pratchett.  But my biggest inspiration is the wonderful Sally Quilford, who is not only the author of more than twenty amazing works of romantic intrigue, but who also taught me to write.

Q6: What are your writing routines?

Routines?  HELLO???

Q7: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

Writing a novel is nowhere near as easy as the experts make it look.  So don’t be surprised, or disillusioned, if you find that it takes a lot longer than you think.

Q8: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Just go for it.  If I can do it, you can!

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

Pushing up the daisies.  I can’t imagine a life without writing.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

I once went out for dinner and ended up being sawn in half.

Thank you Susan x

Sue Barnard is a British novelist, editor and award-winning poet.  She was born in North Wales some time during the last millennium, but has spent most of her life in and around Manchester.  After graduating from Durham University she had a variety of office jobs before becoming a full-time parent.  If she had her way, the phrase “Non-Working Mother” would be banned from the English language.

Her mind is so warped that she has appeared on BBC TV’s Only Connect quiz show, and she has also compiled questions for BBC Radio 4’s fiendishly difficult Round Britain Quiz. This once caused one of her sons to describe her as “professionally weird.” The label has stuck.

Sue speaks French like a Belgian, German like a schoolgirl, and Italian and Portuguese like an Englishwoman abroad.  She is also very interested in family history.  Her own background is far stranger than any work of fiction; she would write a book about it if she thought anybody would believe her.

Sue now lives in Cheshire, UK, with her extremely patient husband and a large collection of unfinished scribblings.

 

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Happy IWSG Day! #IWSG @TheIWSG

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Being full of lurgy I am going to keep it short this month.

New Beginning:

I now have my edits back from my aunty so I can start submitting properly. I’ve had one agent so far ask if they can send it on to a colleague (fingers crossed) and one rejection so far.

Being full of lurgy does not help things as I also need to finish stuff for the Lucy Cavendish competition.

This months question: Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?

As some of you will know I used to make models with loom bands, and have also recently started sewing!!!! A picture for my friend baby…

I am sorry I’m not more chirpy and talkative. i’ve going to put my head down on my desk now and sleep.

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Cover Reveal – A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #Coverreveal

Cover Reveal – A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #Coverreveal

A Bakery At The Little Duck Pond

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Ellie’s dreams of opening a bakery in Sunnybrook are finally coming true and best friends Fen and Jaz are happily rallying round, helping her to plan a fabulous grand opening day. Everything in their garden seems to be rosy – until the arrival of a newcomer brings chaos to the village and tests relationships to the limit. Can the bakery succeed in the face of such upheaval? And more importantly, can firm friendships survive?

 

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Pond and Ducks seem to be in at the moment when it comes to cover reveals! What is there not to like about this cover it has pictures of cakes on it!!!!

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Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

​Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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Cover Reveal – Return to Lilly Pond Lane @emilyharvale Crescent Gate Publishing @rararesources #Coverreveal

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Return to Lilly Pond Lane

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Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Book Review: A Justified State @iainthekid #SelfPublished

A Justified State

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In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation. Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

I became aware of Iain and his flash fiction writing when I joined Friday Fictioners, having decided to follow his blog I am treated to his writing on a regular occurrence. So imagine my excitement when I noticed he had published a novel.

I am not sure how I would describe A Justified State to a friend but in the centre of the story there is a crime fiction story which we all know I enjoy. This is also a Si-fi / Dystopian novel of how our world could be in the future. When Iain described the landscape and the things that were happening some of it felt a bit to close to home.

At times I got quite frustrated with the Detective in this story, whether intentional or not I felt like the character was just floating along in life and just getting by. Not really bothered about his job he was just there so be there. At time I kind of wanted to shake him and tell him to pull himself together.

I felt that Henrik was well placed to be Danny’s partner, someone who was so blinded by what was going on to not notice the cracks in the wall so to speak. Especially as he was the chief of police’s son, special placed to keep an eye on the investigation and report back to daddy. Not wanting to give away the ending, but I hope the actions we have seen in this novel improve lives when.

After reading the book I couldn’t help but wonder if Detective Phillips and Gabriella had been in it together from the start? Detective Phillips only really came to life part way through the book. After being a silent bystander for most of the beginning of the book. But the characters are both written in such away you realise they don’t know each other. But maybe that is intentional.

One thing I can say for certain the imagery in this book in immense, I could see the book playing out in my head as I turned the pages.  I wasn’t able to read the last page as the tears began to stream down my face, feeling a really connection to those characters and their journeys and the ending.

I wonder where Iain will go next with this, will he write more about Gabriella and Phillips or was that the last we see how them. What ever he does I’ll be in the queue for the next part.

I hired this book from the Amazon library and I am more than happy to go back and pay for a copy.

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