Guest post by Matt Hilton

Today on my blog I am hosting author Matt Hilton with a guest post.  I have yet to read one of his novels but the descriptions look amazing.

You are in for a real treat with tbis guest post

If you’re looking for trouble…

When publishers issue a new book, particularly by a debut author, they often look for a hook on which to hang it, to attract the readership of another established author in the same or similar genre. Take for instance the recent flood of Scandinavian crime writers most of whom were pegged “The New Stieg Larsson”, despite their styles being very different. When my first Joe Hunter thriller– Dead Men’s Dust – was published back in 2009, my publisher’s marketing team were keen to compare me with Lee Child, and tags such as “If you like Reacher, you’ll love Hunter” were emblazoned on the cover and publicity material. To be honest I was thrilled at being compared to the giant of the thriller genre, but also not a little humbled and nervous. I prepared myself for the backlash from Reacher fans, and it was inevitable that some of them would find the comparison unfavourable, and they did. Thankfully though, most could rise above the obvious marketing ploy and approach my books as separate and unique entities, and enjoy them in their own right. The first time I met Lee Child, I was mortified about the blurb on my book, and made my humble apology to him, but being the top bloke and generous guy he is, Lee laughed it off and reassured me he was in no way offended. In fact he told me when he was first published he was tagged as “The New John Grisham”.

    These days I look on the comparison as a huge honour. Hey, who wouldn’t want to be mentioned in the same sentence as the top selling author in my genre? OK, so my writing style still polarizes opinions, but good or bad, at least my books aren’t being ignored! Joe Hunter has earned himself a legion of fans of his own, so I’m very happy. For those of you wondering if I’m akin to an Elvis impersonator in cheap acrylic wig and rhinestone jumpsuit trying to knock the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll off his perch, the answer is no. If Reacher is The King, then Hunter could better be compared to Jerry Lee Lewis, or Bill Haley, or Little Richard, all unique contenders to the rock and roll throne, depending on individual taste. Hunter strides through a similar fictional crime thriller universe as Reacher, but on his own path and in his own rambunctious style. They are both ex-military men, and prone to meting out vigilante justice, but that’s possibly where the similarities end. Hunter is a reckless spirit, who sometimes acts before he thinks, driven by passion and a questionable set of morals. I describe him as a good man at heart doing bad things to terrible people. And he is the sum of many parts.

    I grew up reading men’s action adventure books – Think Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan (The Executioner), Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir’s Remo Williams (The Destroyer) and George G. Gilman’s Edge and Adam Steele books – as well as heroic fantasy – Robert E Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian, Karl Edward Wagner’s Kane, Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melnibone – and my early attempts at writing were pastiche versions of similar characters. As I grew older and my reading habits expanded I began picking up US crime and espionage thrillers by the likes of David Morrell, and Robert Ludlum, and also thrillers by Dean Koontz. All the while I was writing, and aspiring to write in a similar vein. All of those influences went into the formation of Joe Hunter, as did comic book characters I read – The Punisher, Judge Dredd – but first he went through a few incarnations. I wrote some (unpublished) novels in a gothic fantasy setting about a wandering lawman that took justice to the barbaric corners of his world at the edge of his sword, and later a (unpublished) novel featuring a private eye called Phil Ellis and his sidekick Davey Oxford who became the actual flesh and blood progenitors of Joe Hunter and his pal, Jared ‘Rink’ Rington. In its earliest form, my debut novel – Dead Men’s Dust – was written as a vehicle for Ellis and Oxford, but I came to realise that neither of my tough, well-meaning investigators, had the necessary skills to carry them through the kind of adventures I hoped to send them. Ellis became Hunter (albeit after another name change discarded by the publisher) and Oxford became Rink. They’re the illegitimate children of many literary forefathers, but they’re also their own men.

    The twelfth Joe Hunter thriller – Marked For Death – is published on 17th July 2017. In my humble opinion it’s Hunter’s most explosive and daring adventure to date. If you are looking for a cerebral mystery to be solved, well you won’t find it in this book. But…(at this point you should picture me curling back my top lip, flipping back my quiff and swivelling my hips) “If you’re looking for trouble…dum-dum-dum-dum-dum…you came to the right place.”

Thank you very much.

BIO

Matt Hilton is the author of the high-octane Joe Hunter thriller series, and the Tess Grey and Po Villere thrillers. His first book, ‘Dead Men’s Dust’, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Writers’ Debut Book of 2009 Award, and was a Sunday Times bestseller, also being named as a ‘thriller of the year 2009’ by The Daily Telegraph. Dead Men’s Dust was also a top ten Kindle bestseller in 2013 and 2016.

Matt has published novels in the supernatural/horror genre, namely ‘Preternatural’, ‘Dominion’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘The Shadows Call’.

His next Joe Hunter novel, Marked For Death, will be published 17th July 2017, and his next Tess and Po novel, Worst Fear, on 29th September 2017.

www.matthiltonbooks.com website

https://twitter.com/MHiltonauthor  @MHiltonauthor Twitter

www.facebook.com/MattHiltonAuthor Facebook

www.facebook.com/MattHiltonBooks official author page at Facebook

About the book:

Marked For Death

Joe Hunter has been Marked for Death in his most explosive outing to date

It should be a routine job. Joe Hunter and his associates are hired to provide security for an elite event in Miami. Wear a tux, stay professional, job done.


But things go wrong.


Hunter is drawn into what appears to be a domestic altercation. When he crosses the mysterious Mikhail however, he soon finds something altogether more sinister…

Before long this chance encounter has serious repercussions for Hunter and his friends. Good people are being killed. On the run, in the line of fire, the clock is ticking.

From the bars of Miami Beach to car chases and superyacht grenade battles, bestseller Matt Hilton dials up the intensity in this rip-roaring, set-piece filled thriller perfect for fans of Lee Child, David Baldacci and Stephen Leather.

Available for pre-order now:  http://amzn.eu/8jiDk7w

The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher Blogtour

Today I have the honour of hosting the blogtour for Casey Kelleher and her latest novel The Betrayed.

AUTHOR BIO/LINKS

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise and her latest release, The Betrayed is due for publication on the 21st June 2017. 


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For all news and updates:

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

About The Book:

Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne.  He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence and lies.  With her two children, Nancy and Daniel, Colleen is in too deep, bound to Jimmy forever.


TWENTY YEARS LATER
Nancy has grown into her father’s daughter, strong, calculated – and ruthless, while Colleen blots out the pain of her marriage any way she can. When Jimmy is found brutally murdered, Nancy is hell bent on finding the culprit.  She’s going to make them pay for what they did.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone who betrayed them all. To catch a killer, mother and daughter must find the secrets tearing their family apart… 

TWENTY YEARS LATER
Nancy has grown into her father’s daughter, strong, calculated – and ruthless, while Colleen blots out the pain of her marriage any way she can. When Jimmy is found brutally murdered, Nancy is hell bent on finding the culprit.  She’s going to make them pay for what they did.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone who betrayed them all. To catch a killer, mother and daughter must find the secrets tearing their family apart… 

A totally gripping and gritty thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Kimberly Chambers, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane. 

My Review

With reading this book you get to see the real genius of the author.  She has one of the best talents at getting characters who are lifelike as well as multi dimensional.

There is a lot to say about authors who can write characters that are very well developed.  I love the view points that she has used as well as she has multiple characters all distinguishing themselves in her work.

Her villains are very well designed and slightly scary.  Wonderfully written book and I can’t wait to see what is next.

Interview with David Vidicette 

To coincide with the release of the second in the series about Jake Flannagan I am happy to share with you a recent interview with David Vidicette. 

David has published one novel with the second The Detriment to be released on June 26th.  

I have been very privaledged to receive advanced reader copies of both of his books.  His writing is very impressive and it all comes from real life experience.

Without further delay here is the interview.

1.    If you could write another genre of book what would it be and why?

I really enjoy writing crime fiction, but having worked in the police for twenty years, my first love will always be crime fact. I originally set out to write an autobiographical novel about one of the infamous cases I’ve worked on during my detective career, but the Official Secrets Act prevented me. However, investigations are in my blood, so I would still love to get my teeth into non-fiction books about real-life crimes and murders. There are many, infamous unsolved mysteries which I could provide an interesting and alternative narrative around!  

2.    If you could co-write with any author who would it be and why?

Phyllis Bottome – she’s no household name, but she was a widely respected British author in the early 20th Century. She wrote her first book aged 17, and went on to produce more than thirty works over the next half a century or so.

In 1946, Faber & Faber published her novel ‘The Lifeline’. It was an espionage adventure full of intrigue, romantic encounters and daring deeds – and featured a British spy whom most of us have never heard of, who went by the unassuming name of Mark Chalmers.

Fast forward on seven years and 1953 would see Ian Fleming introduce our now most beloved spy to the world. Today, there are some literary historians who believe that Fleming’s James Bond was actually a rip off of Phyllis Bottome’s original Mark Chalmers.

I’d love to be able to go back in time to work with Bottome and find out what gave her that drive to write so prolifically, and for so long. I’d also like to discover whether Mark Chalmers was actually the blueprint for the original Bond, and perhaps what she thinks about it all today!

3.    What inspired you to become an author?

Much of my career in the police was spent as a detective in specialist operations and counter terror units. After you’ve done the detective work, the job involves producing lots of written reports with which to brief senior officers or Crown Prosecutors – basically you are telling the story of what happened, how and why. Putting pen to paper in this way was something that I really enjoyed.

It wasn’t until I worked on the 7/7 London bombings investigation, that the urge to tell my story really took hold, though. Operation Theseus was a case that I could never let go of and one which would never let go of me. It took over my life completely, yet despite years and years of painstaking work, I still feel that we only ever scratched the surface of what really went on – and so, my debut novel, The Theseus Paradox was born.

4.    If you could ask one question to your favourite author, what would it be?

Ian Rankin created a forty-year-old detective, John Rebus with his first book ‘Knots and Crosses’ published back in 1987. That means that Rebus should therefore be the grand old age of seventy in 2017, but interestingly, Rankin has slowed down Rebus’s aging process in recent books. He is still in his mid-sixties today.

Obviously at some stage Rebus will have to retire – I’d like to know what Rankin’s plans are. Will he refresh the franchise? Go back in time? Or create something new?    

5.    As a former public servant you’ve worked on hundreds of cases. I know your stories are based on real-life events. What are your future plans for your series of novels?

I want to continue building on Detective Flannagan’s caseload and his audience. Jake has a big following in the UK, and a growing American fan base. Readers in Canada, Australia and India are all beginning to take him into their hearts too.  I want to document his adventures further – I have lots and lots of real-life adventures to put him through.  My next book will potentially have a much more international element and sees him working abroad on true events that you will have seen on TV.

6.    Your character is very lifelike. Is he based on anyone that you have known in real life?

There’s a famous quote that goes: ‘Write what you know, and know what you write.’  I feel it’s often misunderstood. Yes you should stick to subject areas that you know about – (or make sure you do your research thoroughly!) – but I think it applies equally to emotions and reactions. When I’m writing about Jake chasing a suspect down a railway track with a high-speed train approaching – yes, I’m writing from the physical memory of having had that experience. The nuts and bolts of it are easy, but the big question as a writer is – can you convey the emotional aspects of it realistically? Can you draw upon how you felt – that anger, pain, longing, jealousy, loss? How would you feel if this incident happened in real life? How would others naturally react to those events? I would say Detective Jake Flannagan is very much based on me and my experiences from an emotional perspective – but as a writer, if you can channel your own emotions in whatever you’re writing about, it makes for a more consistent and authentic experience for the reader.

7.    Your cover art is so interesting. Who designs your covers?

The challenge for my second book, The Detriment, was to ensure that the cover design was in-keeping and consistent with the overall look of the series, whilst at the same time continuing to move Jake’s story on. I wanted readers to be able to identify that this is a brand new Detective Jake Flannagan adventure. I’m currently working with the team at Bespoke Book CoversI’ve been pleased with the way they are building a cohesive overall look and I’m excited to be starting work on the next cover in the series very shortly!

8.    I have been very impressed by your writing and how you can convey the images that are part of your novels.  With that did you always wish to write novels?

I’ve been lucky enough to work in television a fair bit during my policing career. I’ve consulted on organised crime for police dramas such as ITV’s ‘The Bill’. I worked on reconstructing real-life armed robberies for Crimewatch and I’ve been involved with several BBC documentaries about true crime. I think this has given me an interesting perspective on how crime fact can crossover into entertainment as crime fiction. I’ve also written for industry magazines and had various blogs for many years, so it felt as if writing a full-length novel was a natural next step for me.

In terms of the visual side of things, I’m a huge film buff.  I go to the cinema at least once a week and watch pretty much every big movie that is released. I think that, together with my TV background, makes me very visual in the way in which I write.

10. How can readers find out more about you?

Crime fans can chat to me on Facebook, or Twitter or Instagram.

Find out more about me here or take a look at my books on Amazon. And if you’d like the chance to win a signed paperback copy of my latest release, you can enter your email address here, and you’ll go into the hat each time I have a new release out.

The Theseus Paradox is available to buy on Kindle or in paperback at Amazon, or via The Book Depository with free international delivery.

The Detriment is out on 29th June and can be pre-ordered on Kindle or at The Book Depository, with a paperback to follow on Amazon.

I wish to Thank David for his time in responding to my questions and for all the wonderful images that have been used in this post.

I know I am looking forward to more from this wonderful storyteller.

Guilty by Laura Elliott blog tour

Hi all

Today I am sharing some information for Guilty the new Laura Elliott book

GUILTY by Laura Elliot

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It begins with a phone call. It ends with a missing child.

On a warm summer’s morning, thirteen-year-old school girl Constance Lawson is reported missing. 

A few days later, Constance’s uncle, Karl Lawson, suddenly finds himself swept up in a media frenzy created by journalist Amanda Bowe implying that he is the prime suspect. 

Six years later …

Karl’s life is in ruins. His marriage is over, his family destroyed. But the woman who took everything away from him is thriving. With a successful career, husband and a gorgeous baby boy, Amanda’s world is complete. Until the day she receives a phone call and in a heartbeat, she is plunged into every mother’s worst nightmare. 

An utterly compelling psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and Sarah A. Denzil’s Silent Child.

About the author

Laura Elliot is an Irish novelist and lives in the coastal town of Malahide, Co. Dublin. She loves travelling. The beautiful South Island of New Zealand was the inspiration for her setting in The Prodigal Sister. The Burren in County Clare became the mysterious setting for Stolen Child and the Broadmeadow Estuary behind her home provides the background for The Betrayal. She has worked as a journalist and magazine editor 
For more details checkhttps://www.lauraelliotauthor.com

https://www.facebook.com/lauraelliotauthor/

https://twitter.com/Elliot_Laura

This book looks amazing and can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.

Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson blog tour

I have the very great pleasure today to host the blog tour for Kerry Wilkinson newest book Two Sisters. 

TWO SISTERS by Kerry Wilkinson


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They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff. 

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason. 

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, Sue Fortin and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.

About the author

Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.

He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.

http://www.kerrywilkinson.com/

http://www.twitter.com/kerrywk


My Review 

This is not like his Jessica Daniels series in fact this is more like the traditional mysteries I remember reading when I was younger.  It isn’t all about the thrills but deals a lot with the emotions of the two sisters after the untimely death of their parents.

I really enjoyed this book as it held a different kind of fascination for me thst I wasn’t expecting. I love the interactions between the sisters even if one of them is more withdrawn.  Also the interactions between the girls and the village people is unique. 

Kerry has done a wonderful job of cleaning out his characters. Chloe seems to me the more difficult one to pin down she is artistic and is a vegan which seems tondefine her to a point.  Everything is about pointing it out.

Meg has the more harsh problems as she seems to be fighting herself all the time.  Whether it’s food or just trying to learn about herself she is the one that I kept watching.  

Cover reveal Special

Hi all

I have been honoured to be given the chance to participate in a cover reveal for #bookouture author Carol What and the book is The Missing Girls.

THE MISSING GIRLS by Carol Wyer



An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)


Out on 14th September 2017


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One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

What readers are saying about the DI Robyn Carter series:


‘This book was fantastic and it kept me gripped from the first page and I read it in a day, I really, really didn’t want to put it down – it’s one of the best I’ve read so far in 2017 … Would not hesitate to give the book 5 stars!!’ Donna’s Book Blog

Fantastic! So good to the point that I finished it in just over a day! … Wow, wow, wow. This was a great book!! … kept me hooked from page one … genuinely didn’t guess who it was until it was revealed! There are lots of twists and turns, and a great ending! I can’t wait for the next book!!’ Stardust Book Reviews 5*

I loved every page … captivating and unputdownable. The tension, twists and turns, kept me flipping the pages … 5 shining stars … I loved it!’ Write Escape

What a page-turner! Wow. My head was spinning from the first page to the last. I was so gripped by the introduction to the characters and then just pulled right into the meat of the thriller until the very last page! Five Stars!’ Jersey Girl Forever

‘The suspense was fantastic … the drive to keep turning pages was overpowering … really well written I want more!’ The Belgian Reviewer

‘This book totally gripped me from start to finish. It is a very cleverly crafted thriller which leaves no loose ends. Five stars!’ Sincerely Book Angels

Beyond Evidence by Emma Clapperton

Today I am hosting part of the blog tour for Emma Clapperton’s latest book Beyond Evidence.

Book Description:

In an alley way of the back streets of Glasgow there lies a decomposing corpse of a slain female baking in the midday heat. No one has found her yet, but medium Patrick McLaughlin knows she is there. It is not the first time he has dreamt of death… and he soon finds out that it is not to be the last. Meanwhile, the local police start to request DNA samples from twenty something men in the bustling city of Glasgow where several bizarre murders have taken place. Through a hunch and in the belief that the terrifying dreams hold the key to the identity of the murderer, Patrick works alongside the police to track down the predator before they can strike again. The nightmares do not ease up and begin to tear at Patrick’s sanity and in the midst of the investigation, at what cost would Patrick have to pay to stop the killer striking again? His friends? His family? His life.

Author Bio:

Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books.

Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire.
She is the writer of a supernatural crime series based in Glasgow, which she writes under the pen name of Emma L Clapperton.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.
You can contact Emma via:

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEmmaLClapperton

https://twitter.com/EmmaLClapperton

http://www.eclapperton550@gmail.com

My Review

I am a big fan of paranormal books and while I am still not sure what I think of this book which uses the Mediums to solve murders.  While I do believe that psychic events can happen this book put it out a bit further than what I was hoping.

Generally when I do psychic investigations books I want to have something that is less about the mysticism and more about the actual case with the backdrop of a Medium.  I do believe that this book while it wasn’t the best I have read in paranormal it is also not the worst.

I can see a lot of potential in this book and with a series as well and I can see why others would really go in for it.  This is just like watching the psionic style that comes with many fantasy novels.  This is not a fantasy book however and while it does keep things attached pretty well I think that there is always room for improvement with this thing.

The characters I was not really happy with as they seemed like they were always fake.  I do like the fact that it showed that the characters who had the psychic abilities also was the leader of a Church.

 Would I read another of her novels the answer is yes I would.  I see a lot of potential in her characters as well as her story telling.