Thursday, 23 November 2017

Author Interview: Peter Murphy

Today is publication day for Peter Murphy's latest book Walden of Bermondsey and it's my pleasure to welcome Peter to the blog to find out a little more about himself and his writing.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your writing journey?
My career was in the law.  I started writing fiction many years ago, as a relief from all the technical legal writing I was doing, but I only got really serious about it some ten years ago.  Along the way, I had the usual number of rejection letters, before a publisher finally liked two novels I’d written: Removal, and the first in my Ben Schroeder series, A Higher Duty.

If you had to give an elevator pitch for Walden of Bermondsey, what would it be? 
The book that answers the question: what would Horace Rumpole have been like as a judge?

I've read that you have previously been a judge amongst other positions, how much of yourself is in Charlie Walden? 
Not too much, although I was a resident judge at the end of my career, and quite a lot of the book is based on personal experience.  But Charlie is a composite of two or three people (as my characters always are: I don’t use a single person).  But there is a serious aspect to Walden.  Charlie shares my own frustrations.  He knows how much irreversible damage is being done to the court system because of ideological cuts disguised as economic measures.  People are at a greater risk of suffering injustice now than at any time since the nineteenth century, because of attacks on legal aid, cutting back of courts and staff, cutting corners, and disempowering the judiciary.  I think he has something of my own sense of humour, too, and hopefully he shares my sense of why his job is important, and why it’s worth fighting to make sure justice is done in the court system. 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Emma's Review: A Winter Love Song by Rita Bradshaw

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Bonnie Lindsay is born into a travelling fair community in the north-east in 1918, and when her mother dies just months later, Bonnie’s beloved father becomes everything to her. Then at the tender age of ten years old, disaster strikes. Heartbroken, Bonnie’s left at the mercy of her embittered grandmother and her lecherous step-grandfather.

Five years later, the events of one terrible night cause Bonnie to flee to London where she starts to earn her living as a singer. She changes her name and cuts all links with the past.

Time passes. Bonnie falls in love, but just when she dares to hope for a rosy future, WW2 is declared. She does her bit for the war effort, singing for the troops and travelling to Burma to boost morale, but heartache and pain are just around the corner, and she begins to ask herself if she will ever find happiness again?

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Character Profile: Meet Matron Kathleen Fox

Today it's my pleasure to welcome saga author Donna Douglas back to the blog with an introduction to one of the central characters in her Nightingales series.  Regular followers of the blog will no doubt have spotted that I'm a huge fan of this series, having read most of the books in the series, as well as Donna's new Steeple Street series.

Since The Nightingale Christmas Show is the fourth festive Nightingale novel I’ve written, this time around I decided to try something different. Rather than writing one novel, I thought it might be fun to put together a collection of interlinked short stories. 

It’s Christmas 1945, and the staff of the Nightingale Hospital are putting on a festive show to cheer up the patients. But rehearsals have barely started before the sparks start to fly and old rivalries resurface. Can the nurses overcome the shadows of the past and pull together in time to save the show?

Each story looks at the same event from a different nurse’s viewpoint, from scatty student nurse Daisy to ambitious Assistant Matron Charlotte Davis. But as ever, holding it all together is Matron Kathleen Fox. 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Giveaway: Win a copy of Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson

Today it's my stop on Ragnar Jonasson's Whiteout blog tour for which I had been planning to do a review but sadly I've been ill this week with a chest infection which has affected my energy levels and reading mojo.  So instead I have decided to do a giveaway for a paperback copy of Whiteout and will do a separate review at a later date.

Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kálfshamarvík. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Debut Spotlight: D.K. Hood

Today it's my pleasure to be shining the spotlight on US crime writer D.K. Hood and her debut novel Don't Tell a Soul which was published a couple of weeks ago.

I've always had a wicked sense of humor, and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many wonderful vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I'll look forward to sharing many spine tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

Twitter: @DKHood_Author
Facebook: DK Hood author

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your writing journey? 
Writing for me has been a varied path. I started with romance but found my stories leaned more toward action adventure or suspense. I love to read crime, mystery and thrillers in a wide variety of genres, from military Black Ops to mysteries set in small villages. I had so many story ideas running around in my head, I decided to change my entire world around and write a crime thriller.

It took a lot of research to decide where to send my very first crime thriller submission and I decided to submit to Bookouture. I could not believe my eyes when a reply came back saying they loved my story and a three-book deal followed.

Being a debut author in a genre with a massive amount of brilliant writers has been terrifying but with Bookouture’s great team behind me and being with the best group of authors in the world, I’m confident my work will go out into the world the best it can be.

If you had to give an elevator pitch for Don't Tell a Soul, what would it be? 
Small town. Big Crimes. Dark Secrets.

Don’t Tell A Soul is a fast-paced, crime thriller, featuring two ex-special agents looking to hide from their past in the sheriff’s office of a small US town.