Blog Tour – Deadly Friend by K.D. Bloodworth

Blog Tour – Deadly Friend by K.D. Bloodworth

Today, I’m sharing a piece from K.D. Bloodworth about the new book, Deadly Friend.

About Deadly Friend

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Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.

Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.

Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.

The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.

K.D. Bloodworth says:

The characters in both MrPerfect.com and Deadly Friend are based on people I have known and myself. The places although are actual places, I have changed the names of some.  Both books are based on real-life experiences with my vivid imagination taking me to all the places I would never want to visit.

I thought the story of Dawn and John had come to an end, but friends and readers wanted more.  I struggled on how to continue their story.  As with most of my ideas, it occurred to me one early morning, when one is not quite asleep but not awake. A what if moment. Those are the mornings when I jump up out of bed and write my thoughts down before they escape into the daylight.  Dawn and John needed a new adventure, a change, something she could prove she was alright, not only to John but herself. As before, I based the move from all she knew about events in my life.

Last year my husband and I moved to Georgia, to a place where we knew not a soul, for the third time in our married life.  We have settled in, made friends and enjoy mountain living. These days, a great adventure is finding my car in the parking lot at the grocery store.

About K.D. Bloodworth

I lived in three different states before I started school, but then lived in the same house with my parents until I was nineteen. The wander lust took over and since then I have lived in nine different states and have lost count of how many different addresses I have owned.

Other than my family and dog, I have two other loves in life, photography and writing. The writing came to me later in life when I decided I could write some good fiction based on real life experiences. Truthfully, many of the things I have done most people would think I was making that stuff up. So, I started changing names and some places, adding a bit of spice, and my writing career began.

People often ask me if something in the story happened to me and all I can do is smile. Some secrets are best well kept.

LINKS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006979873628

Twitter – @kdbloodworth

Website – http://www.kdbloodworth.com/

Interviewing the Book Reviewer – Jill from Books n All

Interviewing the Book Reviewer – Jill from Books n All

I thought that along with interviewing my favourite authors, I would like to interview my fellow book bloggers.  Introducing Jill.

Jill is not only a busy book reviewer but she also runs a small book promotions company, Books n All Book Promotions.  She is amazing at her job and hosts launch parties and plans blog tours for latest releases.

Handing over to Jill…

First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi, my name is Jill Burkinshaw (but just call me Jill)  I am mother to 5 wonderful children who are now adults and living all over (1 in San Francisco) so I book in advance to catch up with them.

Someone got my star sign wrong when I was born because I was born Libra and Librans supposedly have difficulty making decisions but that definitely doesn’t apply to me.  I make decisions, BIG decisions suddenly and once a decision is made I will move heaven and earth to see it through. 

I now live in Matlock in the heart of the Peak District with my partner and dog.  Sheba and I spend a few hours a day exploring the countryside.

I have always loved reading and I have fond memories of swapping books with Mum.

Jill on Book Reviews

How soon after finishing a book do you write the review?

As soon as possible after finishing reading so that I don’t forget anything

What are the best and worst parts of being a Book Reviewer?

I always worry that I haven’t done the book justice.  That is the worst part if I really love a book I always worry that I haven’t managed to put in the right words to encourage others to buy the book.  The best part is knowing that every review plays a very big part in promoting the book.  If a book gets to the top of the Amazon charts I know that my review contributed to that even in such a tiny way.

Jill on Reading

Do you have a favourite book? Tell me about it.

Not really I read a lot of books and I have many I really like but I couldn’t pick just 1

What is your favourite genre and why?

My favourite is Crime Fiction, especially psychological thrillers,  The darker the better

Who are your favourite authors?

All the Joffe authors and several self published authors including Stewart Giles, Stephen Puleston and Adam Croft

Does your family get your passion for reading?

Probably not.  Mum was a big reader and my children all read books but not with the same passion as I do.

What items are essentials to have by your side when you read?

A cuppa.

Do you have a favourite place to read? Tell me about it.

In bed.  I like to sit in bed with peace and quiet and read. 

Do you think audiobooks, eBooks or physical books are better? Why?

I was always a paperback reader and although I was bought a Kindle as a present I had never used it.  Then I got Bells Palsy and it killed the nerves in the left hand side of my face including my eye.  My eyesight was badly affected and the ability to make the text larger on my Kindle was a life saver.  I have been addicted to ebooks ever since.  Audio books I cant get on with. I agree they have their place and uses for sight impaired people but the noise and reading just don’t go together for me.

Jill’s Random Thoughts

Do you ever feel inspired to write your own book?  Have you ever written your own book?

No I have no aspirations to write anything other than reviews I have no imagination I would be really rubbish at it.

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

The thought of going walking with Sheba (my German Shepherd)

What is your most unusual reader’s quirk?

I think the main one is I can’t stop reading until I reach the end of a chapter.  This can be more problematic than you think if a book has long chapters as I have to work out if I have time to read it or stop where I am.

Do you feel like you would be a better book reviewer if you wore sparkly rainbow socks during your reading sessions?

No I don’t think what you wear has anything to do with reading or reviewing.

 

Interviewing the Author – Stewart Giles

Interviewing the Author – Stewart Giles

Today, I would like to introduce another of my favourite authors to you, Stewart Giles.  Initially, I wasn’t keen on Stewart’s writing style but he’s certainly grown on me and I’m now rather fond of him.

Stewart’s crime fiction novels have been published by Joffe Books but he’s now self publishing the majority of them.  He’s certainly pretty amazing to do the writing, publishing, and promoting isn’t he?

Links to some of his most popular books can be found at the end of the interview.

So, for now, I will hand the stage over to Stewart.

First off, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

Hi there. I’m Stewart Giles, 45 years old and living in the sunshine of South Africa. I’ve written 12 books so far – all crime thrillers. 9 DS Jason Smith books and 3 Detective Harriet Taylor ones.

Stewart on Writing

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research as I go along. I research just about everything. In fact, if the FBI ever got hold of my browsing history there would be some probing questions to be asked.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

It depends. I wrote one of my books in three weeks and another in six months.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

Definitely. Especially the ones who end up dead. Although I won’t elaborate on that.

Is there anything you regret about the books you have written? (Characters, Storylines, etc.)

One of the underlying themes in one of my books makes me cringe a bit when I read it now.

What items are essentials to have by your side when you write?

A big tub of wine gums, my CD player and a photo of my dad behind me.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Tell me about it.

I used to write everything out free hand in block capitals and I could write anywhere. Now, I’m a more civilised writer – everything is done in my study, surrounded by other people’s books.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I wrote a series based on Willard Price’s ‘Adventure’ stories. I was 8 or 9.

Stewart on Feedback

Do you read the reviews of your books? How do you deal with the negative ones?

I read all the reviews. If the negative ones are constructive, I use them to improve on my stuff – if they’re downright nasty, I laugh them off. A thick skin is essential in this industry.

Do any of your family members read your books?

My mum is my biggest fan. She’s read everything I’ve written. My brother is also a keen reader of my stuff as are my cousins.

Stewart on Reading

Who are your favourite authors?

I love Scandinavian Noir Crime – Henning Mankell, Lars Kepler, Gunnar Staalesen, Antti Tuomainen, Ragnar Jonasson etc.

Stewart’s Random Thoughts

What does literary success look like to you?

If I can make people laugh, cry or scream with my books then I consider it a success.

Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

I see it more as the brain telling you do go and play with the dogs instead.

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

Usually my bladder, but sometimes I look forward to the next few chapters.

What is your most unusual writer’s quirk?

I like to write in sparkly socks. I feel it makes me a better writer.

Do you feel like you would be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

Oh, I thought 14 was the last question.

Stewart’s Books

The DS Jason Smith Series

The Detective Harriet Taylor Series

Interviewing the Book Reviewer – Joanna Larum

Interviewing the Book Reviewer – Joanna Larum

I thought that along with interviewing my favourite authors, I would like to interview my fellow book bloggers.  Here’s the first of the Book Reviewer interviews, Joanna Larum.

Joanna is not only a busy book reviewer but she is also an author herself.  Her latest book, Martha’s Secrets was released earlier this month and it’s a fantastic read.

Now I’m handing over to Joanna who will, no doubt, entertain you. 🙂

First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am Joanna Larum.  I spent 25 years working for the library services. Now I’m retired and have time to read again.

Joanna on Book Reviews

When did you start reviewing books and why?

I have reviewed books on Amazon since about 2010. I aim to encourage writers who write the books I like and spread the word to other readers.

How soon after finishing a book do you write the review?

Usually immediately, but always very soon after.

What are the best and worst parts of being a Book Reviewer?

Best – being able to talk about books and encourage other readers. Worst – when I’ve read them all and I’m waiting for a new one!

Joanna on Reading

What is your earliest reading memory?

Finally being able to read the ends of all the stories my big sister began reading aloud to me before I started school.

Do you have a favourite book? Tell me about it.

The Minipins by Carol Kendall. It is a junior book which I first read in 1962. I still have a copy of it. Wonderful story.

What is your favourite genre and why?

Not just one! Historical, fantasy, crime, saga etc. The only one I don’t like is horror!

Who are your favourite authors?

Oh heck! Tolkien, Anya Seton, Rosemary Sutcliffe, Joy Ellis, Stewart Giles, Charlie Gallagher, Daisy White, Gretta Mulrooney, Norah Lofts, Catherine Cookson, Steve Parker, Helen Durant, etc etc

Does your family get your passion for reading?

NO

What items are essentials to have by your side when you read?

Chocolate.

Do you have a favourite place to read? Tell me about it.

Anytime, any place any where!

Do you think audiobooks, eBooks or physical books are better? Why?

Can’t do with audiobooks – too slow! I love ebooks and physical books equally.

Joanna’s Random Thoughts

Do you ever feel inspired to write your own book?  Have you ever written your own book?

Oh yes! I’ve just finished my 7th historical novel, Martha’s Secrets. I’ve also written a book for children Rowandell and have others half written.

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

My writing and my cats and grandchildren

What is your most unusual reader’s quirk?

Books I really love I will read over and over and over again.

Do you feel like you would be a better book reviewer if you wore sparkly rainbow socks during your reading sessions?

No, but I would be a better reviewer if I got chocolate delivered every day.

Joanna’s Books

Interviewing the Author – Joy Ellis

Interviewing the Author – Joy Ellis

Today, I would like to introduce one of my favourite authors to you, Joy Ellis.  She also happens to be my best stationery loving friend. 

Joy’s crime fiction novels are published by Joffe Books and she has sold over 1 million copies.  What an acheivement, don’t you agree?  

Links to some of her most popular books can be found at the end of the interview.

So, for now, I will hand the stage over to Joy.

First off, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

I’m Joy Ellis and I write crime novels set in the Lincolnshire Fens. All my novels are inspired by the landscape here, thought by some to be flat and uninteresting, but most know that they possess an airy beauty with 360degrees of sky and miles of misty waterways. I live with my partner Jacqueline, who is a retired police officer, and now in-house police procedural consultant (and tea-maker!) We have three Springer spaniels, so have ample opportunity to tramp the fen lanes looking for good spots for a murder!

Joy on Writing

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research long and hard. I love that part of writing. Every time you learn something new.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

Three to four months.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

Inadvertently! But never intentionally!

Is there anything you regret about the books you have written? (Characters, Storylines, etc.)

I wrote one stand alone novel called Beware the Past. Spoiler alert!!!! At the end I left the team in tatters, the DI retiring and his sergeant in ITU not expected to recover. Fine for a stand-alone, but…. they want a sequel. Rats! How do I get out of that one?

What items are essentials to have by your side when you write?

Tea. Tea. Tea. Dog biscuits, because I’m rarely alone, And I have to have my lucky thesaurus (given as a gift by two lovely people who are no longer with us), several four leaf clovers, a selection of rocks and crystals, an amethyst angel and a small brass Buddha, (I’m covering all bases here) two plastic aliens, a set of angel cards and a china dog picking four leaf clovers. Not that I’m in any way ritualistic….

Do you have a favourite place to write? Tell me about it.

My office, surrounded by all of the above.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

A ghost story, written around the age of eight?

Joy on Feedback

Do you read the reviews of your books? How do you deal with the negative ones?

I find reading reviews desperately hard. I do read them because some kind soul (mostly although not always kind) has taken the time to read and digest every word that I have written, so that needs recognition. Constructive criticism I welcome, and I work on, but I’m very sensitive and serious negativity in a review can block my writing for days. I take everything to heart, if someone says my book is pants, then I believe them and immediately consider giving up!

Do any of your family members read your books?

Just Jacqueline, as my police procedural advisor, all the rest of my family are long gone, bless them!

Joy on Reading

Who are your favourite authors?

One is tempted to say Helen H Durrant, Charlie Gallagher, etc and all the other Joffe books authors, but if I’m to be serious I adore British women crime writers from Agatha Christie and PD James to Elly Griffiths and Kate Atkinson. In a very different vein, Paulo Coelho, Charles Dickens, Umberto Eco and the man who wrote what I consider the most chilling crime novel ever, the 1966 true story/novel,  In Cold Blood, and that is Truman Capote.

Joy’s Random Thoughts

What does literary success look like to you?

Simply seeing your name on the cover of a book. Success!

Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

Big style. Only hit me once, but it was devastating!

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

Three dogs with crossed legs!

What is your most unusual writer’s quirk?

If I don’t start writing very early, like around 6am,  I think I’ve jinxed myself for the rest of the day. Weird, mind-set, but then I do kill people for a living.

Do you feel like you would be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

Now that’s a thought! But frankly, no.

Joy’s Books

The DI Nikki Galena Series

The DI Jackman and DS Evans Series

Blog Tour: Murder in the Garden – An Interview with Faith Martin

Blog Tour: Murder in the Garden – An Interview with Faith Martin

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to one of my new-found favourite authors, Kristin Gleeson.  Today, I have a lovely new author for you to meet.  I’ve been very lucky to be given the opportunity to work with this author.  I discovered her books shortly after Christmas when I took out a free 3 month subscription to Kindle Unlimited.

The author we’re meeting today is Faith Martin.  She is responsible for the amazing DI Hillary Greene series.  Currently, the series is being revised and republished by Joffe Books.

This interview is forming part of a larger blog tour to celebrate the release of Book 9 in the series, Murder in the Garden

Hi Faith, It’s lovely to ‘meet’ you.  Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself?

Hello – lovely to meet you too!  I’ve been writing for over 25 years now (which makes me feel very old.)  When I started out there was no self-publishing, so I’ve always been traditionally published.  I began writing romance novels as Maxine Barry (great fun – I got to write thriller/love stories set in romantic places, with sexy, good-looking men!)  Then modern romance took a dip, so I started writing crime – which was my first ‘love’.  I discovered Agatha Christie and other golden age authors when I was about 13, and read them voraciously.  And so, as Joyce Cato, I started writing classic-style “proper” whodunits, with clues, red herrings, etc.  I have to say though, it’s far easier to read them than to write them!  Trying to come up with a fiendishly clever murder method gives me brain ache!  But then I created DI Hillary Greene – who is the woman I’d like to be (but haven’t a hope!)

I LOVE Crime Fiction and I first met DI Greene shortly after Christmas when I acquired my Kindle.  Where did you get your inspiration from? 

I’ve lived near the Oxford canal all my life, so when I wanted to write a police procedural series, it had to the Oxford area – as I don’t know anywhere else!  Alas, Morse (and all the other golden age authors who wrote about Oxford) cast a big shadow.  So I deliberately tried to do something different. Creating a female detective was an obvious start.  And avoiding the colleges/Oxford acedmia that proliferates in Morse and Lewis was another must.  So I created a female detective who worked out of Kidlington Thames Valley and attended crime scenes in the local villages and market towns (and occasionaly Oxford!)  Most good detectives have a slightly turbulent home life it seems, but I didn’t want anything too extreme – hence Hillary Greenes circumstances in the first of the series.

Do you have a research process prior to writing?  If so, which is your favourite part and why?

I always do my research before starting to write a book. Also a character analysis, a general synopsis and then a chapter-by-chapter time-line.  This means the whole book is planned out before I even type in ‘Chapter One’!  I find this works best for me.  Some books require a lot of research (one of my romances was set in Hawaii, where I’ve never been, and the storyline involved the cultivation of a black orchid!  Needless to say, I knew nothing about orchids!  That book took me almost as long to research and plot as it did to write!) Other books require no particular research.  I have to say, I prefer the latter!  I love the actual writing/creating process far more than the very necessary slog-work!    

How long, on average, does it take to write your novels?

From the start – when I get the germ of an idea, through research, plotting, and actual writing (including 2nd drafts and re-writes) about 4 months. (ish!)

With regards to your DI Greene series, are there any characters that are (perhaps loosely) based on real people in your life?

Never!  I never ever ever do that!  To begin with, if people I knew guessed, I’d be mortified.  But more than that, all my stories are fictional, and as a consquence I need my characters to behave in ways that I want them to throughout the novel.  But knowing real people and their own personal habits and how they would behave in certain circumstances, I’d never get them to fit my storyline character profile!  Real people are very hard to judge and tend to ‘do their own thing’ – whereas my own characters do what I tell them because they come out of my own head!  (Er…. Does that make sense?)

Meeting DI Greene for the first time while she was under investigation thanks to her dead, corrupt ex-husband was a real will she won’t she experience.  The characters have all developed and although some have moved on to new experiences and new characters have taken their places, they are all very memorable. 
Do you have a favourite character from the series?

Er, not sure I understood that first sentence! 

Actually, Faith neither did I.  I think I was trying to say that it was uncertain she would be exonerated.  Fortunately, she was. 

But as for favourites – no.  I tend to like them all for various reasons.  Even Frank Ross does his job properly and provides comic relief and makes everybody hate him!  I think Marcus Donleavy is my secret heart-throb though!  If I was still writing romances, wouldn’t he make a delicious, enigmatic hero? 

Oh, he would… you have a knack for describing people.  I understand that Murder in the Garden is the 9th book in the DI Greene series that has been revamped by Joffe Books.  I haven’t read the books that follow so I’m not sure how the series ends or even if it does.  Is there potential for more additions to the series?  If not, do you have any other books that crime fiction lovers should add to their list?

Don’t worry – there are 17 in the series!  And the last book is a natural ending – but that doesn’t mean I can’t write more if readers want them! But I don’t want to put out spoilers!   But as for other books – yes, I’ve written nearly 50!  If you like reading the country-house, classic Poirot-like crime stories, then my Joyce Cato series is for you.  I have a travelling cook amateur sleuth, and I’ve also written 3 with a vicar’s wife for the sleuth!  How quintesentially English is that?  And if romance is your thing, then you need to check out THE LYING GAME, IMPOSTERS IN PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE, at Corazon Books, writen under my pen name Maxine Barry.  My romances all have a thriller element, are contemporary, and are usually set on exotic islands or other interesting places.  I’ve also just had published, by Crowood Press, a slightly-spooky crime novel called the Lavender Lady Casefile, under the name Jessie Daniels.

(A little different) Do you have any advice for wannabe authors, young and old?

Yes – the best advice I was ever given was simple but vital – and it’s this.  DON’T EVER GIVE UP!  You can’t expect (unless you’re phenominally lucky) to just write a book and get it published.  Like anything else, you probably need to practice.  I was writing for nearly 5 years before I got my first book published.  Of course, nowadays, with self-publishing, you don’t have to go down the traditonal route.  As for advice on self-publishing – sorry, I have no idea!  I wouldn’t even known how to go about it!

Thank you for giving me your time.  One final question, is there anything else that you want to mention (that hasn’t already been covered above?

Crikey – I don’t think so!  I know it sounds a cliché but writing can be a very lonely sort of life.  For days on end it’s just you and your (often scaringly blank) screen.  But it can also be a lot of fun and rewarding.  Other days, you can tear your hair out! 

If you fancy giving DI Hillary Greene a go, the series is available from the following links.