#FridayBookShare While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft #Psychological #Thriller

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I created the Friday Book Share Game to help search for that ideal novel/author.

Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

Here’s mine:

It’s my spot on the Blog Tour for Kathryn Croft’s new psychological thriller, While You Were Sleeping, and I thought it would make a fabulous addition to the Friday Book Share Game. Continue reading “#FridayBookShare While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft #Psychological #Thriller”

#wwwBlogs A spot of Murder and Mayhem with @carolJhedges #Author #Interview

I’m delighted to have author, Carol Hedges on my blog today. The last time Carol popped over for a chat, it was to talk about a new release – you can read that interview HERE. Since then, Carol has been busy penning a further two books for her Victorian Murder Mystery series.

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What is (or was) your occupation?

I trained as a librarian, and worked for Brent Libraries and Camden Libraries as a Children’s Librarian and a Music Librarian, stopping work in 1984 when I had my daughter. It was far harder to hold down a full time job in those days, as workplace nurseries and wraparound childcare just didn’t exist. And I believed raising a child WAS a full time job! So we put up with the privations of living on one wage until she got to 14, when I re-trained (age 46) as a secondary English teacher.

What are your hobbies? Continue reading “#wwwBlogs A spot of Murder and Mayhem with @carolJhedges #Author #Interview”

#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by @SueColetta1 #RBRT #Crime

#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by Sue Coletta #RBRT

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Author: Sue Coletta

Category: Crime/Thriller

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Shawnee Daniels is a computer forensics specialist by day and a cat burglar by night. I loved how the author managed to blend the two ‘roles’ so well. You get an insight into the talented specialist (or hacker!) as she uses her computer skills to aid the detectives, and then the flip side of her secret life of breaking and entering. Continue reading “#BookReview Wings of Mayhem by @SueColetta1 #RBRT #Crime”

Meet #horror Author, Joan De La Haye (@JoanDeLaHaye)

Today, I’m joined by horror author, Joan De La Haye, as we talk about her latest release, Fury, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

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The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

I live in Pretoria, which is the capital city of South Africa.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a writer, but since that wasn’t a very practical job I also thought about being dentist, a profiler, a psychologist, or a journalist. I ended up studying art and design, but didn’t end up doing any of that.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Meet #horror Author, Joan De La Haye (@JoanDeLaHaye)”

#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog

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Author: Dylan J Morgan

Category: Horror

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

Dylan Morgan is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Once again I was instantly captivated by the descriptive writing and fully developed characters. The opening scene of a wife murdering her husband, chopping him up and serving him up for dinner certainly hooked me in.

The brutal and graphic murders that haunt the small town of Vacant are sinister and menacing, but so too are the townsfolk and half of the police force. Continue reading “#BookReview Flesh by @DylanJMorgan #RBRT #TuesdayBookBlog”

How The Jekyll and Hyde Effect Helps My Writing #Writing

 

How the Jekyll and Hyde Effect Helps My Writing as a Multi-Genre Author.

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If it were possible for Dr Jekyll to uphold his social standing in Victorian London, while also entertaining his ‘inner demon’, Mr Hyde, then surely it’s possible that a writer can do the same.

You see, I often think of my non-fiction books as the grown-up, sophisticated side of my personality.  I write about personal development, holistic health and finding inspiration, topics that resonate with many people and boost their wellbeing.  And I hope that my books go some way to guide my readers in finding the answers they are searching for.

Then the switch flips and I’m taken over by that second skin, the mask that settles over me and allows the demons to run free.  Unlike Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll, I do not spend hours in a laboratory concocting potions that will enable me to express murderous tendencies without remorse.  No, in fact, I’m more likely to be found in the kitchen concocting a hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream – not very demonic of me!

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My Ms ‘Hyde’ may not be a lower class pauper of pure evil, but it is, as with Robert Louis Stephenson’s character, a younger version of myself.  That unrecognisable part of me, the one that stopped growing up once she reached seventeen, is still inside.  Not skulking, nor searching for unsuspecting victims, but creating vivid stories and colourful characters.  My version of Hyde is a young adult, trapped in a sagging body (it’s so true that everything plummets south once you’ve hit your forties!)

Do I hope to expel this second skin?  Should I rid myself of the one true friend who encourages me to speak out?  Not a hope in hell – I love my alter ego.  She pushes me to succeed and to learn more about my craft.  Yes, I’ve beheaded the odd teen at her request, I’ve also disembowelled a General using ferocious demons, but I refuse to stop feeding Ms Hyde as she gives me much in return.

Once the clashing of swords dies down and the scent of lavender oil washes over me, Ms Hyde retreats to a quiet space in my head and allows my Dr Jekyll to flourish.  It’s normally at this time when I run my vision board workshops or hold talks on meditation for beginners, I feel motivated and inspired by the like-minded people around me.

However, it’s a great comfort to know that Ms Hyde is lurking deep within, just waiting to be called forth when I need her.  You see, I truly believe that Dr Jekyll loved being Mr Hyde, he thrived on the freedom as I love to tap into my seventeen-year-old self and run wild in the faerie realms I create.

It didn’t end well for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, but their influence will assist me with my writing goals for many years to come.  Thank you, Mr Stephenson, for creating such a complex character who helps to make sense of a multi-genre writer’s brain.

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I’d love to hear your thoughts about writing for multiple genres, classic literature, or anything else you fancy sharing. That’s what the comments box is for 😉