Echo @EchoTheBook1 #Q&A #SelfPublished

Echo

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“Believe me, hearing her kill isn’t something you forget.”

Would you kill for your own survival?

How far would you go to protect somebody you just met?

Is the future inevitable, or can it be changed?

One week is all it took for Chloe to change the lives of Jackson and Allister, two private eyes who thought they had seen it all.

Who is the girl with glowing eyes, and what does she want with Chloe? Will Jackson and Allister be able to stop her?

Echoes of the past and future collide and a young girl’s life hangs in the balance.

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When I saw a post from R.C Glenn’s on twitter. Asking for bloggers to help promote his new book, I jumped at the chance to help a self published author and to learn about the man himself and his book.

Q1: What inspired you to write Echo?

I have been writing ever since I was in primary school in one way or another, but always for myself and rarely let others read anything I wrote. A year ago, I decided that I had to do what I have been putting off for most of my life and actually put my work out there. Make the jump, as it were. The actual idea for Echo however, came from a sitcom a friend and myself wrote around 10 years ago. It was about two private investigators who worked in Tenerife and received text messages about the future that they then needed to solve to save a life. We wrote eight episodes in total. Sadly nothing ever came of it, but the idea always stuck with me. As did one of the characters. Chloe. She was only in one script, but both myself and the co-writer Mark felt she had the potential for a larger story. That story became Echo. Which while having some similarities with the sitcom, took on it’s own tone and genre. Becoming a much darker tale. I never set any limits on what the story would become and just let it find it’s own way. Which turned out to be the right choice.

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

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I know exactly who I would like if I was ever lucky enough to get a TV/film deal. There are three main characters and the actors I would choose for each are as follows: Jackson by Colin Morgan (Humans) Allister by Matt Lewis (Harry Potter) and Chloe by Olivia Swinton (a relatively unknown singer/actress, but one of my beta readers suggested her as they felt she would be perfect for the role.) I think each of them would do the roles justice.

Q3: Why did you decide to self publish?

I knew from the start that getting an agent, let alone a publisher to consider you was a huge challenge. Especially as an unknown author. I have a very busy life and felt that self publishing would be a better option for me personally. I can fit my writing and marketing around work and family commitments. Also I can choose my own release date. Which is a huge bonus.

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

There’s a question haha. I’ve read thousands of books over the years and have had many favourite authors along the way. At the moment I would say the most inspirational authors for me are Alex Scarrow, (Time Riders) Will Hill, (Department 19) Michael Grant (Gone) and Charlie Higson (The Enemy). Each have written some amazing book series which made me want to attempt the same. I would recommend all four of them.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I write whenever I can grab five minutes to myself. As I said previously this is usually on the bus or on my lunch break. Occasionally at home if I have some spare time. I have learned the hard way that to try and set aside time to write is to invite catastrophe to intervene. But I’ve found my current system works well for me personally. I’ve already written nearly 50k words for my follow up book, so it seems to be a system that works for now at least.

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

To not try and force a story to go a certain way. Let it find it’s own direction. If you intended one aspect to play a bigger part but it isn’t working, then leave it alone to a smaller contribution. If a character you only intended to have a minor role demands to play a bigger part, then let them. More than a few of my characters were not happy with the small parts they had to play and kept coming back. Jade being the best example. She originally was intended for nothing more than a background character in one part of the story. She just kept showing up and became a very important character to the story. Sometimes the idea knows better than I do, so just follow it.

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

If you have an idea that keeps trying to push it’s way out, then grab a pen and start writing. Not everybody can be a writer, but if you’ve got the itch then scratch it. Twenty years ago, only the lucky got to publish a book. Now anybody can, if you want it and are prepared to put the work in.

Q8: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

I write the old fashioned way with a note pad and biro pen. I then copy onto word on my phone then rework the final draft on my home computer. The majority of my writing I do on the bus or on my launch break at work. So all I really need is a pad, a pen and my phone and I’m away. Also my imagination. I could not live without a pad and pen though. My writing is more organic with them and flows easier.

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

I’m a train conductor, so I would be doing that. I would like to write full time, so let’s see what the future brings.

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

As this my debut novel I imagine there will be a lot my readers will not know. Which is probably a good thing. But I will say that I am a massive geek and have been since before it was cool haha. I have collected Transformer action figures (they are not toys!!) for most of my life, and have thousands of comics and animated television shows. I’m a fan of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, Red Dwarf and many more traditionally geeky shows. But strangely not Dr Who. No idea why. So yeah, I’m a geek, and proud of it.

Thank you, Richard. I am surprised you’re not writing stories about the people you meet on the train. But maybe that market is a little crowded at the moment.

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Richard has been writing in one form or another since he was a child, but Echo is the first story he has self-published and is the first in a four-part story.

With a busy personal and work life, he wrote the book with a biro pen on a notepad before copying it on his phone, almost exclusively while travelling to work on the bus or during his lunch break, proving to himself that you can always find time to make a dream a reality.

Born in Birmingham, and having moved around England, Richard finally settled in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where he lives with his family and no pets, whatsoever.”

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Book Review: Arbitrage @ColetteKebell @rararesources #selfpublished

Book Review: Arbitrage @ColetteKebell @rararesources #selfpublished

Arbitrage

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Ryan Logan thinks he has it all… A young attorney specialising in finance and tax law, Logan has earned an impressive reputation and commands a hefty fee for his services. But when he advises his corporate employers against a merger with a shady financial institution, he soon finds himself caught up in a web of betrayal and deceit. Framed for the murder of his wealthy boss, Logan is forced to accept a plea deal, to keep his own dark secrets from coming to light…
Arbitrage is a fast-paced, stand-alone financial thriller. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, sweet revenge, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, you’ll love this eye-opening look into the world of financial crime.
Can a burned out lawyer outwit an army of con artists and killers?

My Thoughts:

Though Logan didn’t come across very well at the beginning of the novel (intentionally?), I really felt sorry for him after failing in love, being an expecting father to have it all so cruelly ripped away.

I also really like Amelia, my kind of girl she came across smart, independent and though she was about to inherit a bank she wasn’t about to be taken for a ride.

Though I work in insurance, when I read the blurb to this book, I was keen to learn more about financial crime and how they were going to pull it off. I found myself google “Arbitrage” but was also glad that in the book the author broke it down and had a character who has to have things explained to her bit by bit.

Though I need to re-read the end of the book again now I am not so enthralled in the story to understand the ending. I really enjoyed arbitrage, it was one of those books where you think you’ve got it all figured out when in fact you haven’t. It also very much reminded me of the BBC tv programme Hustle that my mum and I used to enjoy.

Is it just me or does the gentleman on the front of this cover look like Tom Ellis as in Lucifier?

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Colette Kebell is an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one.  Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book to be launched on 5th April 2019

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

 

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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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