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Friday, 26 May 2017

Blog Tour Spotlight: Summer at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

After having previously reviewed Something Old, Something New by Darcie Boleyn, I was really looking forward to reading more from her. So when Summer at Conwenna Cove came around and I was invited onto the blog tour, I jumped at the chance. After all, what self-respecting book blogger could resist a stop on a blog tour for a book they've been looking forward to reading? Definitely not me, that's for sure!

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I also got the opportunity to ask Darcie about how she did her research for the book:
I did a lot of reading about Cornwall on the internet and made lots of notes about typical Cornish towns and villages. I also looked at old holiday photographs from my own Cornish holidays, to try to get the details just right. To get the greyhound details accurate, I contacted some of the very helpful people at Greyhound Rescue Wales for their greyhound stories and for advice about Gabe’s behaviour in the story.
About Summer at Conwenna Cove

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Image: Darcie Boleyn / Faye Rogers PR
Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fears aside and learn to love again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.

Summer at Conwenna Cove is available to buy now.

About Darcie Boleyn

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Image: Darcie Boleyn / Faye Rogers PR
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night.

Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. 

Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

For more information about Darcie and her books, check out her blog or follow her on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Guest Post: Five Places to Visit With My Fiction by Hannah Fielding

In all my fiction, one truth is apparent: I am passionate about travel. Kenya, Italy, Spain, France, Britain, Ireland, the Greek Islands, Egypt – all these countries, and more – are places that have inspired my writing.

Here are five places you can visit by reading one of my books.

Las Ramblas, Barcelona

Novel: Legacy

In my latest book, the protagonists meet as strangers in the big, bustling, vibrant city of Barcelona. Here is a glimpse of the heroine’s impressions of Las Ramblas, the busy main street:
The brightly lit promenade, adorned with plane trees, was seething with a river of people. As she joined the cosmopolitan throng, it felt like all of the action – Barcelona’s entire nightlife – was centred on this wide, tree-lined street, from cosy traditional Spanish bars and restaurants to clubs lit up with neon. The hubbub was indescribable. … Luna could barely take in the staggering parade of diversions. There were booksellers, souvenir stands, flamenco dancers, clowns and acrobats. A dozen street performers, painted bronze or white like statues, wowed the crowds in a fantastic array of costumes, some standing or sitting, others moving in jerky mime.
The Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Novel: Burning Embers

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Image: Hannah Fielding
The Masai Mara is a vast game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, where visitors can see so many wild animals in their natural habitat: lions and leopards and cheetahs and zebras and wildebeest and the Thomson’s gazelle. In Burning Embers, my characters have a spectacular opportunity to view the Masai Mara from on high, with a hot-air balloon ride:
Gradually the mist had lifted, and the sun burst forth, a ball of fire radiating the sky with unnaturally incandescent hues. Coral was reminded of the strident brushwork and wild colors of the Fauvist paintings that filled her mother’s gallery, which Coral had always loved. The scene was now set for the show to begin: the drama in which the broad, breath-taking landscapes of Africa were the stage and the animals the actors.
Pamplona, Spain

Novel: Masquerade

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Image: Hannah Fielding
Pamplona is a beautiful city that is known internationally for a single event: the Running of the Bulls. This is a very old tradition in which six bulls are let loose in the old quarter of the town’s streets and people attempt to outrun them before they reach the bullring, a distance of 825 metres. The Encierro lasts only two and a half minutes or so, but so much occurs in that time. It is what Ernest Hemingway called a ‘wonderful nightmare’.

Piazza San Marco, Venice

Novel: The Echoes of Love

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Image: Hannah Fielding
Napoleon called St Mark’s Square in Venice ‘the drawing room of Europe’. Certainly, it is always busy, because it is so popular with tourists (and with pigeons, I may add!). They come for good reason: to see the stunning Byzantine architecture of St Mark’s Basilica, its imposing Campanile bell tower with gold archangel Gabriel weathervane, and the early-Renaissance clock tower. They also flock to the oldest coffee house in the world, Caffè Florian, whose clientele has included Balzac, Goethe, Casanova, Lord Byron, Proust, Stravinsky, Rousseau and Dickens.

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Novel: Indiscretion

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Image: Hannah Fielding
This complex of palaces has a fairy-tale feel right out of the Arabian Nights. It was built by the Moors on a steep wooded hill during the mid-14th century, and it is the very pinnacle of their architecture, a glorification of a long-distant past. Here, within these silent walls, where the shadows and echoes of the past confront one at every step, where the ghosts of emirs, slaves and beautiful princesses move through the corridors with silent footsteps; here in this wonderful and mystery-laden atmosphere dwells romance.

About Legacy

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Image: Hannah Fielding
A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.

Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.

The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…

Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?

Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets, you need to be careful what you wish for…

Legacy is available to buy now.

About Hannah Fielding

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Image: Hannah Fielding
Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean. 

Hannah is a multi-award-winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

For more information about Hannah and her work, please visit her website or follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Goodreads.

Which of these places do you wish you could visit? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Interview: Pat Abercromby

It's my stop on the blog tour for Just One Life by Pat Abercromby! I sat down with Pat for a quick chat.

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Good morning, Pat! Tell me a little about yourself.

I am beyond retirement age but not retired! My background is eclectic and covers medical research, journalism, running my own recruiting company, therapeutic massage, and running a training school for therapists. I currently still have a private practice and I am also a partner in a corporate wellness company.

How did you first become interested in writing?

I have been involved in journalism on and off since my late teens and decided to write my first fictional novel two years ago when I finally had time to focus on writing.

Tell me about Just One Life.

This story is about one successful and fulfilled woman’s life which spirals into obliteration when her husband has a serious stroke and almost overnight, all that identified her is sublimated into her full-time caring role. She then discovers a shocking secret about her husband, but it is too late to leave and she is trapped. But she is a survivor and when her husband develops dementia and goes into full-time residential nursing home care, she reclaims herself and carries on with her life, supported throughout by her childhood girlfriend Iona.

Where did you get the inspiration from?

From elements of my own life and from a strong desire to honour the role and lives of the millions of unsung carers in this country alone, who have had to put their own hopes and ambitions aside to care for a family member. It is also to honour the value of friendship when the going gets hard.

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Image: Pat Abercromby / Authoright UK PR
Tell me about your research process for the book.

This is my first novel and I am so impressed with the information available on Google! Research at this level has been very easy, no need to spend hours pouring over reference books in the library. I have been in all the locations mentioned in the story too.

What was your writing process like?

My first draft just getting the story line written down quickly was 10,000 words. My goal was 80,000 and my creative writing teacher really helped me with the craft of writing a novel. Also the constructive feedback I got from friends and other creative writers really helped.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Probably finding time in a busy life. I am a night owl, but sometimes I am too tired after a busy day to write and I refuse to get up at 5am as some writers do! Also, the reviewing of proofreading and editing which meant reading through the manuscript several times, that was tedious but a very necessary part of the writing process.


What do you love most about writing?

I love the way the characters take on a life of their own once you start writing about them. I had the basic story line in my head, but some of the unexpected events that popped into the plot quite took me by surprise!

Which authors inspire you?

Kate Atkinson, Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult. I admire them both for their style of writing and the diverse range of story lines that they develop.

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Image: Pat Abercromby / Authoright UK PR

What’s your all-time favourite book?

I must have read thousands over my lifetime but the first book I remember being enthralled with as a youngster was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell and that story started me off with an unquenchable desire for reading.

If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you’d be doing?

I would have loved to be a vet although I would be retired by now. The other most fulfilling work I still do is remedial massage. I like to ease my clients’ aches and pains.

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

Classical music and gardening and walking my dog in the fields where I live. Meeting up with friends and travelling when I can.

What are you currently working on? 

An environmental book called Safe As Houses.

It has been on the back burner for a couple of years since I started writing Just One Life, but I need to get on with it now although I have another novel waiting in my head to be written which could be a distraction!


What are you reading at the moment?

I belong to two book clubs and currently I am reading William Boyd, Any Human Heart. Not my choice but it has made me laugh in places so far (his description of a rugby scrum is priceless) but probably would not bother to read another book by him.

Just One Life is available to buy now.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below! 

Friday, 5 May 2017

Guest Post: Writing Fantasy from Experience by Ryan Elainska

Sometimes I play a game with myself. It goes like this: I’ll be driving along the highway, thinking about how I need to generate new story ideas, so I’ll decide that I will force myself to come up with one right then and there, based on whatever next catches my attention. Back when I was writing screenplays, I once played this game when I was driving alongside a semi-truck, and it resulted in an idea for a script about a woman who finds out that her truck-driver husband has four other wives all along his route, and goes on a road trip to meet them. I actually wrote the first draft of this. Was it a great idea? Meh. It could have been. I’m not sure I put in the work to make it as good as I could have, and that’s probably why that script is sitting in a drawer somewhere.

The last time I played this game, I was driving past a small clump of trees behind an old farmhouse standing on the south edge of U.S. Highway 30 in Northern Indiana. It was the dead of winter, and the trees were glittering with frost. An image floated into my head of something frozen and dying, something old and left behind from former days, crawling out of the woods into that old farmhouse, trying to cling to life. Within seconds, that something had taken shape as one of the dryads of Classical mythology, still lingering in the world but growing weak from lack of human reverence and the encroachment of developed society into the domain of leaf and branch. (Like Tolkien and his characters, I feel almost personally aggrieved every time I see a tree cut down for what I deem insufficient cause.)

That dryad eventually grew into one half of the story for my novel Beneath the Trees, but the other half needed to be human. Their story needed to reflect the waning days of magic and power slowly stealing the vitality of the dryads, so the narrator of Beneath the Trees became a singer-songwriter whose wife is fading out of the world because of a terminal illness.

I’ve never lost a spouse, but for the better part of a year early in our marriage, my wife had a terrible and debilitating migraine. It never left her, and on her very best days, she could only function at about seventy-five percent. On her worst days, she stayed in bed, curled into a ball, with a pillow over her eyes. I’m forced to imagine what she must have felt during those eight months, but I know from experience what it was like for me to watch someone I loved suffer, to occasionally have to care for her to the detriment of my own productivity and to worry that she would never be whole again.

Beneath the Trees is not about me or my wife, but I put my own experience to work in writing this story of someone struggling to keep their spirits alive and to imagine how their life could possibly continue as their partner slips into the darkness. (Naturally, I also researched the process of caring for a loved one with this specific illness, and that research shaped not only the details of certain scenes but the very climax of the story.) The resulting story combines a theme that holds a deeply personal significance to me with a lifelong love of trees, and of being lost in the woods. Anyone who wants to come in and get lost with me is welcome.

About Beneath the Trees


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Image: Ryan Elainska
I should have known better than to go running in the woods after dark like that. Maybe that’s why the storm came - why I found the wood nymph huddled in the wreckage of our barn the next morning. My wife had been fading fast; I could hardly recognise whatever was looking out of her eyes these days, and it was just the wrong time for painful old memories to come knocking at our door. I let the darkness into the house - into my thoughts - and before I knew it, I was losing not just Molly but the spark that made us come alive.

And there she was: the spirit of the trees, summoning me to recover what she’d lost - and what I’d lost? She wasn’t quite so clear about that part. But just her touch sent me plummeting down into a world I’d never dared to really believe in - the world of the dryads, a world under siege by a dark, foreign power that cares nothing for the trees. And was I supposed to drive it out, to take back what it had stolen? All I really wanted was just to get Molly through these last few days with dignity, without pain - or that’s what I told myself. What she wanted - I just couldn’t figure out how to give her that.

Beneath the Trees is available to buy now.

About Ryan Elainska


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Image: Ryan Elainska
Ryan Elainska’s writing career started in early childhood, with his first short story about a monster who eats the fuses out of a family’s fuse box. He has been writing ever since. After a short flirtation with screenwriting and two years in the world of TV and film production, he started (and finished) a blog exploring the intersection between Christianity and feminism before returning to fiction-writing. Throughout 2016, he published Her True Name, a series of mythological short stories about an immortal Unnamed Heroine. Readers can still find the series for free at his website.

Ryan lives in Northern Indiana with his wife Sally. Connect with him on Twitter, at his website, or on Goodreads.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Spotlight: Madam Tulip by David Ahern

Suspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs.

The setting is Ireland, and out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is young, talented, a teeny bit psychic … and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, and with a little help from her theatrical friends, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madame Tulip, fortune-teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig - a celebrity charity weekend in a castle - a famous rap artist will die.

As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of celebrities, supermodels and millionaires, she finds herself playing the most dangerous role of her acting life. Trapped in a maze of intrigue, money and drugs, Derry's attempts at amateur detective could soon destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.


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Image: David Ahern
Madame Tulip is the first in a series of Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

Fans of humorous mystery writers Janet Evanovich and Carl Hiaasen will love Madam Tulip.

Madam Tulip is available to buy now.

About David Ahern

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David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate and taught in major Universities but could never explain to his granny why he didn’t own a stethoscope.

Finding the challenge of pretending to know things exhausting, David Ahern shaved off his beard and absconded once more, this time to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

For no particular reason, David Ahern took to writing fiction. Madame Tulip wasn’t his first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’d ever had with a computer. The second in the Madam Tulip mystery series, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts, was published in autumn 2016. He is now writing the third Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

To find out more about Madam Tulip and David Ahern, visit his website.

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Guest Post: Behind the Title - Creation of a Love Story by Cynthia Roberts

Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes. I think I was twelve when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds, I truly thought it was a masterpiece.

There’s another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that is the one between music and literature. There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as the 18th century.

'If I Die Young' by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot. 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet. Sting’s 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' was based on an Anne Rice novel, Interview With A Vampire.

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Image: Cynthia Roberts
More interestingly, though, the anatomy of a song also has, within its lyrics, a pretty fascinating backstory as well. For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics. I grew up listening to my mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s and 60s. Those lyrics have forever been embossed into my brain; I still sing along whenever I hear them. Lyrics like those back then told a story. They were so strong and emotional - their effects were everlasting.

I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in. From this list, I began to formulate a series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Standards series. I made a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five. That number was quite overwhelming and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios. So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.

I made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one. I knew from the start what I wanted my covers to look like. They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own. My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.

After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried. I took a short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a romantic suspense, A Pawn for Malice. Happily, the first two books of my series received a 5-Star Readers Favourite Award, which ended my promotional efforts. I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally. My focus now is to both promote my series' and finish the final four titles - All The Way, It’s Impossible, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.

The Love Song Standards series is available to buy now.

About Cynthia Roberts

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Image: Cynthia Roberts
My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life that I actually took up the pen to write my first historical romance, Wind Warrior. I really don't fit into one specific niche. Once a story starts to flow, it's only then I know what genre or sub-genre it will fit under.

I have only one regret, and that is not getting to this point in my career much sooner rather than later. Life has a way of setting up road blocks, which for me, was supposed to work out that way. Because of those detours, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer, allowing me to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel.

It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance of knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities."

To find out more about Cynthia and her novels, please visit her website.

What's your favourite love song? Let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Interview & Giveaway (CLOSED): Gemma Metcalfe

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It's my stop on the blog tour for Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe! I grabbed a few minutes with Gemma for a chat about her writing, making it as an author, and, of course, the book... 

Firstly, tell me a little about yourself and your background.

I'm 31 and originally from Manchester. I now live in Tenerife with my husband Danny and two fluffy hooligans - Dora and Diego. My husband says I'm the dizziest, cleverest, most hardworking lazy person he knows!

How did you first become interested in writing?

I have always loved to read, and I’ve always had a pretty good imagination. I have enjoyed writing from a young age, often winning school competitions and such like. Trust Me was actually my first full novel, and writing a novel was something I have dreamed of achieving for a long time.

What draws you to writing thrillers?

I like mystery and subtext. When I read, I love writers who can pull the rug out from underneath you, who can draw you into the inner workings of a person's mind. I'm not really the gushy, romantic type, nor do I like mindless violence.

Tell me about Trust Me.

Trust Me is based on a chance phone call between two strangers. Lana, a single mother from Manchester, finds herself on the run in Tenerife, working in a backstreet call centre with an overpowering boss. She cold calls Liam, who is at home in Manchester choosing the quickest way to die. Liam has reached rock bottom, but decides that somebody ought to know the truth behind his suicide before he goes. As the story progresses, both begin to learn of the other's story, told through flashbacks. Trust Me covers many issues; depression, mental abuse, debt, addiction, fertility problems. It is a character driven story with twists and turns throughout and one almighty twist at the end!

How do you get inspiration?

Trust Me was actually inspired by my job as a call centre operative. For many years, I worked in a call centre here in Tenerife, selling promotional holidays. I was fascinated by the conversations I had with strangers, often building up friendships and becoming the sounding board for all types of issues; divorce, illness, loneliness. Some people really do want to talk, even if the other person is a stranger. I always knew this concept would make a good thriller. One day, whilst in the bath, I had a thought. What would I do if the person who answered the phone was about to commit suicide? It was this hypothetical question which drove the whole novel.


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Image: Gemma Metcalfe / Neverland Book Tours

What’s your writing process?


I normally have a rough idea and an ending. I then begin to write, often changing things as I go along. My characters develop the more time I spend with them, which often means I go back over the beginning chapters. I am not a planner, preferring to see where the story takes me as I go along.

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Writer's block! I have suffered with it a lot whilst writing book two. It's not always the idea that isn’t there, but rather the ability to write it. Sometimes I can sit down and the words will flow, other times, it's like the car lights have gone out and I’m crawling down a dark back road in a storm!

What do you love most about writing?

I love getting lost in my own imagination and creating storylines and characters which people can relate to. It really is the best job in the world.

Which authors inspire you?

I love Virginia Andrews purely because of Flowers In The Attic. I am also a huge fan of Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and B.A. Paris. I am hugely inspired by Lisa Hall, as she is with the same publisher as me and has done incredibly well. I am also inspired by Mark Edwards and Rachel Abbott. Both are self-published and are dominating the thriller genre.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Write a story that you want to read. Then hopefully others will too!

What’s your all-time favourite book?

Flowers In The Attic by Virginia Andrews. That novel creeped me out but it is a work of pure genius. The film was very poorly done, though, and I keep praying that someday it will be made into a Hollywood blockbuster!

Where’s your favourite place to write?

I can’t really work with distractions, so I write at my desk in my bedroom. Very boring seen as though I live in the sunshine! However, last summer I did finish writing Trust Me on my balcony of an evening with a glass of wine!


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Image: Gemma Metcalfe / Neverland Book Tours
What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I absolutely want to become an Amazon number 1 bestseller. I have told my husband that I will achieve this dream in five years… so watch this space!

If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you’d be doing?

Well, I am a year 4 teacher already. At the moment I do both jobs, and I love teaching with all of my heart. Becoming a teacher was also another dream of mine.

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

My main interests are reading and writing, I don’t really do much else! I am really interested in conspiracy theories and watching documentaries about real life problems, as well as watching thriller films!

What are you currently working on?

My WIP is based on two young women, one of whom mysteriously vanishes one evening after leaving to follow a man suspected of cheating. The two girls share a tainted past, and a terrible secret which they have hidden for years. Like Trust Me, the story is told through past and present, and I hope I have another twist or two in store.

What are you reading at the moment?

I am reading Mark Edwards' The Lucky Ones, which he sent me a few weeks ago. I was really excited as I considered that I’d 'made it' if Mark was sending me free stuff!

Trust Me is available to buy now. To find out more about Gemma and her writing, follow her on Twitter.

Giveaway

Fancy reading the book? Gemma is very generously running a giveaway alongside the blog tour, offering you the chance to win a hard copy of the book, a Boots voucher and some Boots goodies! Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Terms and conditions:
1. Giveaway closes on 12th May 2017 at 11.59pm (GMT).
2. The prize consists of one hard copy of Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe, a Boots voucher, and Boots goodies.
3. Upon confirmation of the winner's address, the prize will be sent to the winner by Gemma Metcalfe and Neverland Book Tours, NOT The Writing Greyhound.
4. This giveaway is open only to residents of the UK aged 18 and over.
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6. The winner will be informed by email once the giveaway has ended.

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Reading Round-Up: March/April 2017

Where is this year going? I don't know about you, but I can't believe that it's the end of April already!

If you missed the first edition of 2017, catch up with that here.

What is reading round-up?

Reading round-up is a simple way for me to keep track of everything book-related, and a fun way to show my readers what I've been reading over the last few months!

Out are the books I've read in March and April.

In are the books I've acquired during that time.

And wishlist are the books I've found out about and want to buy but haven't managed to get my hands on yet!

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In
  • The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Imposters in Paradise by Maxine Berry
  • Mark of Destiny by Azrael James
  • The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Out
  • Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger
  • I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1) by Pittacus Lore 
  • The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore 
Wishlist
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper by James Carnac
What have you been reading recently? Have you read a book I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Guest Post: My Life as an Author by Bluette Matthey

I’ve been hooked on mysteries since third grade and travelling at least as long. My dad was forever getting us up at two or three in the morning to start off on a trip to Florida, or Canada, or to head out West from our Ohio farm. So, I decided to merge my two passions and began writing the Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery series, international mysteries, with amateur sleuth Hardy Durkin as my hunky protagonist.

Travelling inspires me to write. It feeds the part of me that wishes it had been born in a different century. The thrill and wonderment of discovering and exploring something totally new, experiencing something so beautiful that it astounds, or beholding a thing so ancient I marvel it still exists … all resonate and beckon, drawing me on.

Instead of the London-Paris-Rome circuit (all fantastic places), I chose to use less-known locales as settings for my mysteries. My books are heavily researched for authenticity, which includes a boots-on-the-ground approach, so I get to enjoy visiting all the places I write about. I’ve had some amazing experiences, eaten wonderful regional foods, met lovely people, and taken some pretty interesting treks.

Hardy Durkin owns an outfitter business specialising in European treks. He is also a crack marksman, trained in signals intelligence, who speaks four languages. I’ve duplicated some of his easier hikes (I’m not as fit as he is). I hiked into the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo (11th century) near Roccamorice, Abruzzo, Italy, aware I was the only human around for miles as I trekked through the Majella National Park. Animal scat along the trail reminded me there were bears, wolves, and other beasts present. I climbed to the top of Rocca Calascio, built in the 10th century by the Romans as a watch tower and the highest fortress in the Apennines. This was for my second book, Abruzzo Intrigue.

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Dalmatian Traffick took me to the Balkans, where I visited Croatia, Montenegro, and Albania. I didn’t hike to the Ostrog Monastery, but took my life, literally, in my hands and drove there. Mostly one-lane, snaking up the mountain of Ostroška Greda with the mountain wall on one side and a drop-off that increased at an alarming rate on the other, and no guard rails, anywhere. Perhaps a row of rather insignificant rocks placed beside the road, or an occasional tree, but nothing substantial to keep you from plummeting over the edge into eternity. The guide books tell you to hire a taxi, but driving in Montenegro is almost a blood sport and I opted to control my own fate, so I drove slowly and steadfastly, praying that no cars would come from the other direction.

Walking the streets of Ajaccio, Corsica, one night while working on Corsican Justice, I was drawn into a small, unremarkable bar by polyphonic singing, the a cappella music whose harmonious chords express the heart of Corsican culture. Deeply moving, other-worldly, listening to the exquisite music was a time-travel journey for my soul that spanned ages, leaving an imprint I cherish.

Black Forest Reckoning took me to Baden-Baden, Germany, where I spent half a day in the Friedrichsbad Spa, Roman baths that are a monument to Old World pampering, followed by a meal to remember at Schneider’s Weinstube. That was before spending the night at Gasthaus Zum Lowen in Staufen, where Faustus met his end when the devil came to collect his due.

Exploring the traboules of Old Lyon, France was part of stepping back in time with the Knights Templar in Engadine Aerie. I also was a guest at the annual Engadine Skimarathon last year, which features prominently in Engadine Aerie. Dangerous conditions at the time prevented me from hiking into the Morteratsch Glacier. I’m hoping this year I’ll be able to explore the eternal ice of the glacier when I return to St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the Skimarathon for a book promotion of my latest Hardy Durkin Travel Mystery, Engadine Aerie.

Hardy’s next adventure takes him to the eastern area of France known as Franche-Comte which runs along the Franco-Swiss border. The book is yet untitled, but I’ve already enjoyed hiking a portion of La Vy aux Moines, the Sacred Way, used by monks to travel the Jura Mountains between Switzerland and France during the Middle Ages.

I invite you to discover where in the world is Hardy Durkin... he can be a tough guy to keep track of.

About Bluette Matthey

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Bluette Matthey is a 3rd generation Swiss-American and an avid lover of European cultures. She has decades of travel and writing experience. She is a keen reader of mysteries, especially those that immerse the reader in the history, inhabitants, culture, and cuisine of new places. Her passion for travel, except airports (where she keeps a mystery to pass the time), is shared by her husband, who owned a tour outfitter business in Europe.

 Bluette particularly loves to explore regions that are not on the “15 days in Europe” itineraries. She also enjoys little-known discoveries, such as those in the London Walks, in well-known areas. She firmly believes that walking and hiking bring her closer to the real life of any locale. Bluette maintains a list of hikes and pilgrimages throughout Europe for future exploration. She lives in Le Locle, Switzerland, with her husband and band of loving cats. Bluette can often be seen hiking in the Jura Mountains along the Swiss-French frontier. 

For more information, visit her website or follow her on Twitter

About Engadine Aerie

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Image: Bluette Matthey
My protagonist, Hardy Durkin, is a twenty-seven-year-old hunk who is a crack marksman, trained in SIGINT, and fluent in four languages. Interesting set of subskills, yes? He gave working in research and development a shot but life in a rabbit warren wasn't a good fit for him, so he started Durkin Tours, an outfitter company specialising in European treks. Mayhem, murder, and madness have a habit of stalking Hardy wherever he goes.

Engadine Aerie is available to buy now.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Extracts: Gustave Flaubert by Giuseppe Cafiero

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A quick note from the author:

I thought that it would be very stimulating to write a story which would also involve the characters in Flaubert’s books, to allow them to experience a fascinating and different adventure. An intimate and specular journey characterised by two primary elements: his life and the characters in his books.

Extracts

1. The Muse, Louise Colet, has never been a tranquil woman, respectful of the feelings and lives of others. She is invasive, possessive, indiscreet to the point of tedium. She has consumed, with her blond grace and languishing simpering, an entire generation of intellectuals, she has engulfed some of the most brilliant minds of our epoch. Still not content, and now mature in age, she has taken to investigating and inquiring into the past to provoke new troubles, to be tediously importunate, to make herself definitively hated.

Our Muse, mon cher Max, has never known or wanted to accept the shadow of anonymity, to which she seemed inevitably condemned, in which it was permissible and legitimate to foresee that she would have finished up after having stirred up so much dust, after having long played the role of the beautiful statuette. Worse as a writer, worse as a woman. She tried to become a George Sand and has ended up a caryatid who has put into print poisonous little books and verses.

2. The almée, the courtesan of Esneh, the petite princesse, Koutchouk-Hanem, marked me deeply. I remember every moment of our night of love. I remember the sky filled with stars, the tremulous lights of the oil lamps, the scent of resin, her majestic body, her look, her lips, her warm and welcoming sex, the silence of love-making. In twenty years the recollections and the sensations I experienced have never weakened, vanished or changed. I relive even today the sensual rapture of her flexible movements, of the warm colours of her clothes. Why should one renounce one’s own joy?

Cher ami, cher Max Du Camp, I don’t know if the years have marked us. The detritus of memory appears today as signs of small indecipherable scars. Confidences like secrets, rarefied curiosities of time. The events of long ago seem now like stains, violated by successions of days, hours, minutes. What happened and what is happening. It is inevitable. The Muse is part of the detritus of time, of the dystonias of an open weave frayed by the precariousness of feelings.

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3. Gustave was fundamentally a fabricator of books with the rhythm of one word every hour, as Edmond de Goncourt goes around saying. Gustave’s desire to make me a real character was based instead on very ambiguous considerations.

Everything began for me on 29 March 1862 when Monsieur Gustave Flaubert began to manifest his dreams, his plans for a novel. He had a great desire, which he was unable to renounce, to write a book on the Orient … a book he had just sketched out, a book he would have entitled Harel Bey. This then is how I was imagined and, in truth, created from a diligent and scrupulous reflection by a writer usually seduced by eccentric fables, even though they were always original.

Here I am then, forged in a manner similar to how you Christians will mould a man, making use of a prodigious but tried and true formula. This in synthesis is my creation. Now, and diligently, let us go over once again our meeting, our finding each other, albeit for very fortuitous reasons, as characters imagined by that writer called Gustave Flaubert.

About Giuseppe Cafiero

Giuseppe Cafiero is a prolific writer of plays and fiction who has produced numerous programs for the Italian-Swiss Radio, Radio Della Svizzera Italiana, and Slovenia’s Radio Capodistria. The author of ten published works focusing on cultural giants from Vincent Van Gogh to Edgar Allan Poe, Cafiero lives in Italy, in the Tuscan countryside.

For more information about Giuseppe and his work, visit his website or find him on Facebook. Gustave Flaubert is available to buy now.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Guest Post: Exploring the Celtic Way of Life by Tony Halker

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I have imagined and written about a time, hundreds or a thousand years before the Romans threatened the Celts of Britain, about their civilisation, values, order, myths and relationships; about emerging hidden art and sounds we may call music.

It is impossible not to be in awe of peoples who thousands of years ago mixed metals in exact proportions to refine the properties they needed to harness, to make agricultural implements and weapons, then being able to repeat the formula time and time again. They did these things without the benefits of chemical analysis. Perhaps an ingot would ring or sing when hit in a certain way with stone, telling them whether they had achieved the right mix for their purpose.

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We talk of the Celtic nations today, but before the Romans came much of Britain and Europe were peopled by the Celts and their Druid Priests' class. We have romanticised who and what they were, the legacies they gifted us. We can walk the places they did and see remnants and beauty they created as gifts to the Goddess Nature.

In folklore, the Druids seem to imbue who and what we were before the Roman invasion and therefore what we are now. Their society did not use writing, so we have very few hard facts about what they valued and revered or from where they came. Most of what we think we know is either Roman propaganda or what we glean from wonderful artefacts often found hidden in the UK landscape and indeed all over Europe. Celtic Druid cultural remnants, values and genes are in many of us, yet we often rely on the words of their enemies to define them.

Celts were in their own time originally seen as outsiders, people on the fringes of what considered itself the “civilised” world: Greek and Roman civilisations. The colonial marketing machines of those civilisations wanted to define the Celts as savages at their fringes to be brought under Roman “guidance”.

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My fiction is set long before the coming of the Roman Empire. At a later date, it is clear that the Celts were a threat to Roman expansion in terms of culture, military prowess, organisation and the extent of their own linked civilisation through Europe. In later times the powerful Celtic remnants were on the fringes in England, Wales and Ireland.

No civilisation and culture suddenly appears or disappears, even when it seems that way in the archaeological record. Foundations are laid, tribes develop, technologies become important, power structures organise peoples who prosper and spread. I envisage Druids as a learned warrior and craft priest caste, providing balance to tribal clan power. The Druids exercised influence through, knowledge, learning, connections with the Deities of nature and monopolies of valuable trade.

I like to imagine their lives in our landscape because we know so few facts and can use folklore and landscape to invent these peoples from the nano information we really do have; the canvas on which to reinvent them is almost blank, but a few items of beauty and enigma are there to look at and enrich the imagination. Folklore passed down the ages and festivals still sung, danced and celebrated also inform our view.

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Much of the landscape they inhabited has hard stone remnants built or “created by the gods” before Celtic times, during the stone age. The circles, standing stones, dolmen and mounds we see today existed in and on the landscape when the Celts and Druids first emerged, were there before them. Therefore these great structures helped form the ancient Celts' views of ancestors and gods, perhaps especially the Mother Goddess.

I am motivated by the craggy hard stark and powerful landscapes in which so many of these remnant artefacts nestle. I can imagine Druids in these places and while I know they came from more mellow lands across England and Europe, I prefer to think of them on today's Celtic coast, in the mountains and gulleys of North Wales and Ireland.

These peoples were much more important than the Romans would admit; they were more than an irritant and had a culture that survived Roman domination and brutality. Twice the Romans attacked Anglesey and its sacred Druid groves. When Boudica rose up and attacked Colchester the Roman military governor was away beating up the Welsh Druids on Anglesey. Seventeen years later they had to go back to finish the job since this persistent, organised rich culture was threatening again.

An efficient thriving society needs, organisation, structure, technology, culture and values. I have taken, places, landscape, beautiful artefacts and Roman propaganda and imagined the way these people were and lived. They needed trade; their pots and jewellery are found all over Europe as are common designs for swords, spearheads and shields. Rich trade would have been controlled. Perhaps it was Druid networks through Europe that prospered with trade and undermined Roman merchants, perhaps it was a society where women held sway and shared power that threatened Roman patriarchy.

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The Learn is available to buy now.

About Tony Halker

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Born in London, Tony Halker studied geology at Leeds University after which he worked as a geologist, travelling extensively overseas. Following an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, he became a manager in hi-tech business and later a businessman and entrepreneur. His writing is inspired by powerful natural landscapes and his interest in the people and technologies emerging from those hard places.

For more information about Tony Halker, visit his website or blog.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spotlight: The Eden Tree by Peter Worthington

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An ancient relic opens a family up to new beginnings, and dangerous forces, in this captivating new fiction inspired by the author’s own experiences with losing a child to cancer.

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

John James Morgan knew the day he was born. Two days before his sixty-first birthday he found out why.

John is a happily married businessman, father and grandfather, living in Cheshire, in the heart of England. Happy, that is until his family face a crisis. His grandson Wesley, son of his daughter Becky, is terminally ill. Darkness has come to Kirmingsham Hall. At the local market, a flower-seller tells John a story of a mysterious box that will change his life and those around him. Assured his destiny is in his own hands, John crosses the globe in pursuit of a religious artefact which has remained hidden for two thousand years. Finally, in Tel Aviv, he is presented with an antique box containing maps, parchments and a bag of leaves. 

On his return to the UK John witnesses a miracle. With the box in his possession, John and his family find new friends and enemies; lives are threatened and people die, although some will be healed. With the help of many different people, from all walks of life -from a Mossad Colonel, a group of cyber buffs, and his son James– John’s journey will finally lead him to the discovery of an extraordinary and mysterious tree. But what will this Eden tree mean to John, his family, their faith and their future?

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The Eden Tree is author Peter Worthington's first novel and is inspired by his own experiences with his son, John Wesley, who underwent treatment for cancer but sadly passed away shortly after his seventh birthday. Although a difficult time, Peter has never lost his faith or exuberance for life, and The Eden Tree is his way of giving his much-loved son a happier ending. He hopes it will give comfort, and escapism, to others who have gone or are going through similar difficult situations in their own lives.

Peter commented, "I knew the story of the Garden of Eden and was aware that the leaves from the Tree of Life were said to bring healing. Using my biblical knowledge about Jesus and His followers I began to imagine what could happen if the Saviour was in possession of leaves from the Tree and maps to Eden. I developed a scenario of how Jesus passed on the leaves and parchments and the instructions. I grew the story to include the mystery box, its lid and my protagonist’s tattoo.

Soon I had surrounded the Wesley in my story with the main character, his grandfather, and his wife, family and friends. The story had a life of its own as characters had their own story lines portraying their development. Other people also joined the plotlines, many having their own adventures within the central story of The Eden Tree.

My debut novel, The Eden Tree, has believable characters in a story which is also plausible. Readers looking for some mystery, action, romance and a message of hope, should find the book entertaining. What sets it apart is cancer, the framework of a caring family circle, the IT and survivalist skills within the extended family, and my knowledge of the Bible and its core themes. Using detailed research about the location of the mystical garden my characters are able to solve the mystery of the garden of Eden. It is unique in that it both asks questions and yields some answers as an apologetic.

Enlightening and adventurous with touches of comedy and a World of Warcraft tournament, The Eden Tree is an engrossing and heart-warming story that can, and will, be enjoyed again and again.

The Eden Tree is available to buy now.

About Peter Worthington

Today Peter Worthington lives in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire with his wife Margaret. Peter has enjoyed a bright and varied career as a church minister, financial adviser and internet consultant. Now retired he is busier than ever thanks to his three grandchildren, studying for an Open University Degree in Creative Writing, public speaking voluntary work, playing World of Warcraft, serving on the board of a housing association and writing. He has previously published short stories in a number of Christian magazines.

To find out more about Peter and his work, you can visit his website or follow him on Twitter.

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Interview: Azrael James

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Azrael James' debut novel, Mark of Destiny. To celebrate, I managed to catch up with Azrael for a quick chat ahead of the book's release.

Firstly, tell me a little about your childhood.

Well, here goes. I was raised in a very gypsy-like family. Before I was seventeen, we had lived in twenty-seven different places across the western half of the United States. My dad travelled a lot for his work.

I developed an interest in the guitar and fantasy fiction when I was twelve years old, and haven’t set either of them aside for long. Currently, I am teaching guitar and working on developing my writing career.

How did you first become interested in writing?

I would have to say that my love for reading has really been the catalyst for the desire to write fiction. This desire really came to a head when I owned a used bookstore, but between running the store and working two other day jobs to keep it afloat, there was very little time to even consider writing. Sadly the store closed, but when one door smacks you in the ass, you tend to look for a better situation.

What draws you to writing fantasy?

I love fantasy. This genre has always been my doorway into other worlds, an escape from the known. Honestly, when I read, I read to leave this world behind. After reading Tolkien, I was hooked.

Tell me about Mark of Destiny.

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Mark of Destiny is my debut novel, and it is truly the birth of a new world. While retaining many fantasy norms, the novel is also quite unique. Tizrah, the main character, represents the maxim, ‘Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans’. Sometimes this road called life takes unexpected twists and turns, and we find ourselves a long way off from where we originally intended to go. I think this is kind of the theme of the novel. Yes, there are wizards, gods, magic, and even a dragon, but over all the theme of the novel is really about chance, or destiny.

How do you get inspiration?

Inspiration comes to me through reading awesome books by authors like Sanderson, Rothfuss, and others. When I am brainstorming a plot, I tend to get very enthusiastic. The muse comes in so many forms. It could be the way the sunlight reflects off of a water droplet. We just have to open ourselves to the amazing flow of life surrounding us at every instant.

What’s your writing process?

Plotting, loosely constructing the outline, procrastination, and then crunch time. I write with an outline, but many of the twists and turns happen all on their own. Sometimes my characters decide to do things differently. I try to be open to where the story will take me.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Work hard at perfecting your craft. Always approach every situation with a mind open and ready to learn. Learn as much as you can about marketing and promotion, what works, and what is a waste of time and resources.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

I am working hard to realise my dream of being a full-time writer. My plan is to accomplish this in under two years.

What are your interests outside of writing and reading?

Music, meditation, family, and living with peace in my heart.

What are you currently working on?

Fate of Belstrom, the sequel to Mark of Destiny is my current project, but I am also working on a YA steampunk novel.

What are you reading at the moment?

Age of Myth by Michael Sullivan, and so far I am really impressed with it.

To find out more about Azrael, you can follow him on Goodreads or find him on Facebook.

Mark of Destiny is available to buy now.

Will you be reading the book? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Gig Review: Amy Macdonald at Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

First published here by Kettle Mag:

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Scottish songstress Amy Macdonald is currently in the middle of her latest tour, heading out across the UK to promote her recently-released album, Under Stars. As this is the singer-songwriter’s fourth studio album, she now has a healthy back catalogue to draw on and is able to alternate between rousing fan favourites and showcasing her new material.

Under Stars builds on the classic Amy Macdonald sound, now virtually perfected after four albums and ten years in the limelight. It may seem as though Amy has come a long way since the release of her debut album, This is the Life, in 2007, but the Scot is one of those precious few stars who hasn’t lost sight of her beginnings since she started off along the long road to fame.

Confessing her nerves to the audience and begging them to “be kind” to her at points during the set, Amy still seems to be living one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. Admitting that she was incredibly nervous about performing without the safety net of her band behind her, it is this kind of realness and air of vulnerability that lends a particularly endearing quality to both the performance and Amy as a person.

Performing a good mix of new tracks and old favourites, the set lasted almost 2 hours – 2 hours of non-stop entertainment on a Saturday night in the city. Her band were talented and enthusiastic, but it was Amy’s incredible voice that really stole the show. Performing a stripped-back ballad version of hit single ‘4th of July’, the power and emotion in her voice were clear to see. It wasn’t hard to understand why the audience went silent whenever Amy opened her mouth; everyone was utterly captivated by the palpable atmosphere in the room.

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Supported by singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, the show was a massive success from start to finish. Newton’s unique blend of folk-inspired pop-rock was the perfect opening act for the evening to come – and with a set lasting approximately 45 minutes, there was plenty of time to get the crowd warmed up ready for the main event. Newton played a strong combination of tracks, comprising of well-known singles like ‘Dream Catch Me’ right through to unfinished half songs from his upcoming sixth album.

Performing entirely solo, with only the accompaniment of a trusty guitar, a kick-drum and a loop pedal, it’s clear to see his influence in other acts like Ben Howard and fellow redhead Ed Sheeran. Ending the set with a truly remarkable one-man rendition of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Newton very nearly managed to steal the show.


The crowd present at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on Saturday night were treated to a memorable night of music, thanks to two extremely talented artists. It’s rare to find musicians who refuse to let their rise to stardom change who they are, but both Newton Faulkner and Amy Macdonald have managed to do just that, sticking to their roots regardless of the trappings of fame.

In a cut-throat industry like the music business, it’s more Amy Macdonald’s and Newton Faulkner’s that we need.

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