Divine Poison by AB Morgan @AliMorgan2304 @Bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #qanda

Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Divine Poison by AB Morgan! Many thanks to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for the invitation and to AB Morgan who has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions for us but first, here is what Divine Poison is all about.

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Author : AB Morgan
Title : Divine Poison
Pages : 284
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : January 4, 2018

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For a community psychiatric nurse, Monica Morris has an unhealthy interest in poison, and when, on impulse, she buys an antique Ship’s Doctor’s Cabinet with a set of leather-bound journals she becomes fascinated by the content.

A few days later, she discovers the body of her patient, Jan Collins, and although police assume suicide by overdose, Monica is not convinced.

When more unexplained deaths involving poisoning occur, Monica realises they are linked and so does DS Adams who is investigating. But how are they connected? And why?

When it becomes obvious that she’s unwittingly stepped into a trap set for someone else, Monica’s career, her own sanity and her life are placed at risk. But where can she turn to for help?

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* What did you learn from writing your first novel that you have benefitted from since?

 I could probably write a whole book about lessons learnt through writing and achieving publication. ‘How to Deal with Rejection in Twenty-four Easy Lessons,’ that sort of thing.

 The biggest lesson was to listen to advice from those that know. When I read through the first draught of A Justifiable Madness, my very first attempt at writing a novel, I thought it was pretty sound. I was wrong. Then I spent hard-earned cash having the raw manuscript critiqued and had to swallow the painful truth that it was far from publishable. That was the best money I’ve ever spent.

Once I’d taken on board the advice, revised, reviewed, rewritten and grasped the core skills … I was away.

However then came the rest of my lessons:

            Buy a book about punctuation.

            Read out loud. If it doesn’t sound right then it won’t read well.

            Edit, edit and edit again.

            Play to your strengths.

And the rest.

* How best would you describe your style of writing?

 That’s a tricky question to answer. I’m not very poetic or overly descriptive, and I aim to create an easy read through narrative that entertains and moves the story along but also represents real life. Even when I try to immerse myself in a character’s desperate situation I can’t escape from my own sense of humour, despite writing about the darkest of subjects. It’s a nurse’s coping strategy… gallows humour.

A bit like me, my style is more casual than formal, jeans and a cosy jumper, rather than a business suit or long flowing gown.

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Divine Poison is published today and available for purchase!

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Alison Morgan started writing a couple of years ago to address that niggling question: could she write a book? The answer was a simple yes. She’s had to retire from the NHS a little earlier than planned, but has discovered a new passion. Writing. Her debut novel, A Justifiable Madness, was published by Bloodhound Books in September 2017 attracting great reviews for its refreshing premise and dark humour. With two further novels being published at the beginning of 2018, it seems Alison has a promising future as an author. Divine Poison is the second novel to feature Monica Morris, a mental health nurse, as the main protagonist in this crime mystery, but there are no plans for a series. Alison’s third suspense novel, The Camera Lies, steps away from the field of nursing and into the world of real crime documentary films.

Alison lives with her husband Andy and their dog Sadie, in a small village north of Bedford. She’s not the type to let life get in the way of adventure and so, always up for the next challenge, she decided to have a proper midlife crisis and learn to ride a motorbike. In August she passed, first time. Her husband was impressed until she swung her leg over his prized Triumph and roared off with a big grin on her face. ‘Research for the next book,’ she cried. The fourth book is under construction and does indeed feature motorbikes.

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We Have Lost The Chichuahuas by Paul Mathews @emmamitchellfpr #blogtour #qanda

Happy Hump Day and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for We Have Lost The Chihuahuas by Paul Mathews. Many thanks to Emma Mitchell! Paul has very kindly taken the time to answer a few questions but first, here’s some information on the book!

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Author : Paul Mathews
Title : We Have Lost The Chihuahuas
Series : We Have Lost #4
Pages : 279
Publisher : Amazon Digital Services
Publication date : November 28, 2017

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London, 2046. The British Republic has a new First Lady. She’s Californian, ‘in-your-face, for sure’ and she’s got big plans for a Buckingham Palace refurb. When her three Chihuahuas go missing, one man is determined to avoid getting dragged into it all. His name is Pond. Howie Pond – presidential spokesperson, retired secret agent and cat lover.

Meanwhile, Howie’s wife Britt is handed her first assignment as a National Security and Intelligence Service rookie – to solve the mystery of the missing canine trio.

Will Howie manage to slope off to the pub before he can be roped into help? Will Britt unmask the dog-napper and grab the glory?

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* How important are the names in your book? Do you choose the names based on liking the way they sound or their meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?

I always try and match a name to a character, where possible. ‘Howie’ just came to me for my main character. He’s a laid-back type of guy and it just seemed to fit.

Other names require a little more thought. For example, for foreign characters I always check the meaning of names for something suitable.

Names can change during the writing process. My main female character, Britt, started off as Malina (I think, I never keep the notes!). One character changed from Magda to Martha and I kept transposing the two – I’ve learnt my lesson about changing a name to a similarly sounding one!

* Are you a plotter or pantster? 

I’m most definitely a plotter who writes a brief summary of each chapter. But I often add in new elements, characters or locations along the way.

While early chapters go to plan, it’s actually pretty difficult to be 100 per cent certain what’s going to happen in chapter 40. This means my daily routine has a structure but I can go off on a tangent where the story allows. For example, in ‘We Have Lost The Chihuahuas’ I added in a completely new character, called Arthur, right at the end who adds to the comedy chaos. Like most things in life, a bit of flexibility always helps.

* Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?

Yes, I read every review on Amazon and Goodreads. It’s how you pick up occasional tips about what worked and what didn’t.

Experience has taught me never to respond to reviews. I did once on Goodreads, after a fellow author wrote something critical which wasn’t at all justified (after reading one chapter). But then her band of merry followers decided to troll me, Goodreads deleted all my perfectly reasonable comments and it’s a real mess now. Never again!

* What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process? 

Reviewing the same text time and time again – especially towards the end, when it doesn’t change much – can turn the brain to mush after a while! I now try and build gaps of at least a week of two between major edits.

* What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write? 

Opening and concluding chapters are always fun. The former because you’re starting a new project and actually doing some writing (rather than plotting, marketing & other indie publisher chores) and the latter because there is literary light at the end of the tunnel!

* If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? 

The ability to become a cat for a day and see the world from a feline perspective.

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Thanks so much to Paul Mathews for taking the time out to answer these questions!

We Have Lost The Chihuahuas will be published on November 28th.

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Paul Mathews is a quite funny British guy who’s managed to escape his day job and is currently on the run as a comedy novelist. His sharp, satirical – often surreal – sense of humour draws on 20 years as a British Government press officer, during which time he encountered politicians, senior civil servants, HR managers, and lots of other people who really sucked at their jobs.

His popular ‘We Have Lost’ comedy-thriller series set in 2040s London, starring beleaguered presidential spokesman and wannabe secret agent Howie Pond, currently comprises four titles with more on the way. Paul has read all the books at least ten times and highly recommends them.

Make him happy by signing up for his ‘Very Funny Newsletter’ here. If you don’t want to sign up for it, stay calm and do nothing.

Paul also owns a cat, Lulu, who works as his assistant. All fan mail to her, please.

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Absolution by P.A. Davies @padavies_ @CarolineBookBit #blogtour #Q&A

Today, I join the blog tour for Absolution and it’s my pleasure to welcome author P.A. Davies to the blog who was kind enough to make some time to answer a few questions. But first, here’s what Absolution is about.

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Author : P.A. Davies
Title : Absolution
Pages : 355
Publisher : MJD Publishing
Publication date : October 24, 2017

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When the Militia entered the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1992 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace.

Soldiers of the SFL committed untold atrocities in that small farming village and from a line of terrified children, boys were chosen to become recruits of the Militia, whilst girls were taken for selling within a market of odious buyers. Those who weren’t selected were either left to perish or murdered where they stood.

In a field of high maize next to the village, sixteen-year old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kiden; powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.

But now – tortured by grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long & arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and earn his absolution … or die trying!

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Welcome to Novel Deelights, Paul!

Why did you write a book? 

Ever since my days at school, I have loved English and the written word and have always been fascinated by the magic that books can bring into one’s life.  I have dabbled in writing short stories and poems though I wrote my first novel (Letterbox) for two reasons.

The first was because the idea was born out of a wine fuelled discussion with a good friend of mine and the second is because I love to write and a novel seemed the natural way forward.  Five novels in and I still love writing.

Do you write every day?

Unfortunately not.  At the moment, writing is not my primary profession so I have to write when I can, which is on my days off or after I have finished my “day” job.

Do you work to a plot or do you prefer to see where the idea takes you?

I normally have a basic plot in my head but just let that develop as I write and yes, see where it takes me.

How long does it take you to write a book?

Anywhere between 6 months and 12 months. Depends on how in-depth the research is (Letterbox took 4 months to research for example) and how much spare time I can generate.

What’s the worst thing about writing a book?

Authors in general would say getting “writer’s block” although I, fortunately, haven’t suffered from this as yet.  The worst thing for me is actually coming to the end of writing a book.  I develop a strong connection with my characters and the end is like having to say goodbye to somebody close.

What’s the best thing about writing a book?

The ability to go where you like, create who you like and have the power to make characters come alive before your eyes.  It is a time to unleash your imagination without boundaries. What else gives you that freedom?

Do you have a preferred genre? 

No. I like – and write in – all genres. I am a storyteller and there are too many ‘different’ stories to be told to be pigeon-holed into one genre.

If you had to write in one genre, what would be your preferred genre to write in?

That would be faction – fact based fiction.

Which book character do you wish you had written?

Wow, that is a great question. There are so many memorable and fantastic characters out there in the world of literature that I could ponder over that question for days.  However, if I was pushed, I would say Ebenezer Scrooge … or any Dickens’ character for that matter.

What do you think are the best and the worst things about social media?

It is a great way to interact with people from all over the world who share the same interests … or not … plus it’s a brilliant marketing tool and information hub.  I think the worst things are known by us all and need no further comment.

A few questions, just for fun:

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Hmmm. Probably loiter inside 10 Downing Street to see what really goes on haha!

If I joined you on your perfect day, what would we be doing?

Sitting outside a small bistro in the sunshine somewhere in Europe, drinking lattes and writing my next novel … Bliss.

What’s your signature dish?

Tuna Pasta Bake … I make a mean Tuna Pasta Bake.

If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be?

Jesus. Just because …

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Thank you so much to P.A. Davies for this great Q&A and to Caroline Vincent for inviting me on the tour!

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P.A. Davies was born in Manchester, UK, a city he has lived in and around all his life. He loves Manchester and is proud to be part of the multi-cultural, modern city that houses two Premiership football teams and is the birthplace of many a famous band, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses, Take That and Simply Red.

For most of his life, he has dabbled with writing various pieces – from poems to short fictional stories – but this was always just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It came as no surprise that the writing bug subsequently became firmly embedded within him.

P.A. Davies’ second book – George: A Gentleman of the Road – was published in May 2013 and is a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel – The Good in Mister Philips – is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth – Nobody Heard Me Cry (Dec. 2015) – is again a fact-based tale about Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel.

To label P.A. Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works range from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story, making P.A. Davies an imaginative and versatile storyteller.

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Hunting Angels Series by Conrad Jones @ConradJones @emmamitchellfpr #blogtour #qanda

It’s my pleasure to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Hunting Angels by Conrad Jones! Thank you Emma Mitchell for inviting me on the tour! Today, I have the author himself on the blog answering a few questions but first here’s a wee something about the books.

Author : Conrad Jones
Title : Hunting Angels
Pages : 527
Series : Hunting Angels Diaries
Publisher : GerriCon Books
Publication date : November 28, 2013

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When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive.

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How important are the names in your book? Do you choose names based on liking the way they sound or their meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?

I use names of people I know and mix them up. Sometimes I use the internet, especially if it is a foreign name.

Are you a plotter or pantster?

I don’t plot. The story takes me where it goes rather than the other way around.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad? How do you deal with the bad? 

I ignore the bad ones. I respond to FB reviews but not Amazon.

What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process? 

I don’t have one. I love what I do!

What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write? 

I love every second of writing. I get lost in space. It doesn’t matter to me.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? 

Flying …I think. That would be fun!

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Thank you so much, Conrad, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions!

The Hunting Angels Series is available to buy from these links :

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Conrad is the author of seventeen novels, eight author guides and two biographies. He has three series : The Detective Alec Ramsay Series, Gritty Thrillers (Reacher Style) and The Hunting Angels Diaries.

I am Conrad Jones, a fifty-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
On March 20th, 1993, I was managing the restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’; You can see them here.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my fifteenth novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three-book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.

You can find out more by visiting Conrad’s website  or follow him on Twitter

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The Silence by Katharine Johnson @kjohnsonwrites @emmamitchellfpr #blogtour #qanda

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Silence! Today I have a Q&A with author Katharine Johnson for you but first, here’s the brilliant cover and a little something about the book.

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Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.

In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

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How important are the names in your book? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you can recommend?

I just choose the names on the basis of what sounds right in my head. I changed some of the names at second draft stage because I had too many starting with the same letter which I find confusing as a reader. I worried most about the foreign names in case I inadvertently picked ones that sounded ridiculous – like someone from another country calling the chief of police Rod Stewart or Robbie Williams. I spent longest choosing the name of the villa – I went through a lot of traditional girls’ names before settling on Leonida. 

Are you a plotter or pantster? 

A bit of both. I love plotting out my stories but rarely stick to the plan.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them if they are particularly good or bad?

I always read, never respond to bad ones although it’s tempting! 

What is your least favourite part of the writing/publishing process?

Too much screen work makes my eyes red and scratchy.

What are your favourite and least favourite types of scenes to write?

Favourite would involve honest dialogue between two people. Least favourite would be a romantic scene – so easy to get wrong!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

I would love to fly but my son says that isn’t a superpower so I will say telekinesis – I’d love to be able to move things around using the power of my mind like Matilda.

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Thank you so much, Katharine, for taking the time to answer these questions! And thank you, Emma, for inviting me on the tour!

The Silence was published in paperback in April with the ebook coming on June 8th.

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