BLOG TOUR – Fire on the Fens by Joy Ellis

I am super excited to be kicking off the Blog Tour for FIRE ON THE FENS bay the brilliant Joy Ellis. This is book 9 in the Nikki Galena series and is a brilliant addition to the series. Gripping, adrenaline pumping edge-of-your-seat thriller that you don’t want to miss. All this at a bargain release price of £1.99.

BoathouseFIRE ON THE FENS by Joy Ellis

Available from Amazon

Do you love gripping detective mysteries? Then try this book by a #1 best-selling author now. You won’t be able to put it down. By an author everyone’s talking about.

Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist.

Someone is lighting fires on the fens. First they target property, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes.

More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives and apparently there’s no connection between them.

Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman.

Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.

This is book 9 of the international best-selling books featuring Nikki Galena.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.
HER PARTNER
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.

THE SETTING
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS
Book 9: FIRE ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND
Book 4: THE GUILTY ONES


My Thoughts

Every book I read by the phenomenal Joy Ellis has been absolutely first class.   She set a very high bar a few books back and I keep thinking that she wont be able to surpass that one but every time that bar goes a bit higher.

So here we are yet another absolutely brilliant addition to the Nikki Galena series.  A totally unique story-line that sets the heart racing at the beginning and the suspense builds steadily and increasingly throughout the story.  People are being burned to death and the clock is ticking will Nikki crack this one before another victim dies?

I love Nikki Galena she is a feisty caring character and every member of her team give 100% loyalty and that loyalty is returned in full.  Her personal life plays a big part in this story as she continues to build her relationship with her mother.  Eve and her band of friends bring a bit of humour and uniqueness to the book.  Nikki’s relationship with Joseph continues to deepen and everyone is holding their breath hoping that the powers that be don’t learn of it and throw a spanner in the works.

I cant find the words to do this book justice.  If you like Crime fiction, detective stories, psychological thrillers, police procedural ……  Then this is a must read.  If you like a good book then this is for you.

Absolutely brilliant I can’t wait for the next book.


Joy+and+the+boys+039+jpgJOY ELLIS

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

1 million books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

BLOG TOUR – Murder Never Retires by Faith Martin

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour and I am sharing with you a Guest Post where Faith talks about her writing journey.

MURDER NEVER RETIRES coverMURDER NEVER RETIRES by Faith Martin

Available from Amazon
Looking for a brilliant best-selling murder mystery with a feisty female detective?

DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE IS BACK! And this time she’s going to solve the most difficult cold cases.

Hillary Greene returns to Thames Valley Police HQ, acting as a consultant for the Crime Review Team, looking into murders which the police have never been able to solve.

She wasn’t sure she wanted to go back. But solving crimes is irresistible for Hillary Greene. And it doesn’t hurt that her new boss is devastatingly handsome.

Twenty years ago, mother-of-three Anna McRae was found beaten to death in her kitchen with a rolling pin. She’d been having an affair with her brother-in-law, so the prime suspect was Anna’s sister Debbie.

However as Hillary digs deeper, more secrets and betrayals emerge. Who wanted Anna dead and can Hillary finally bring her justice?

Meanwhile, Hillary is distracted by an unknown admirer, who quickly seems to be going from suitor to stalker.

Can Hillary solve a fiendishly complex case from the past while fending off unwanted attention?

This is a crime mystery full of well-observed characters, which will have you gripped from start to the absolutely thrilling conclusion.

MURDER NEVER RETIRES is the twelfth in a series of page-turning crime thrillers set in Oxfordshire.

THE LOCATION
The village of Chesterton, just a few miles from the market town of Bicester. With recent development, the village (like many near large towns) is nowadays in danger of becoming a mere ‘suburb’ of its biggest neighbour. Especially since it’s a stones-throw from Bicester Village — the famous high-end designer-label shopping centre that brings large amounts of UK and foreign shoppers. But at the time of the original murder investigation, it was a village like many to be found in rural Oxfordshire. Surrounded by farmland, it was a peaceful, quiet location. Not the sort of place where you’d expect a shocking murder to happen

THE DETECTIVE
DI Hillary Greene
An attractive woman in her forties, Hillary Greene is a retired police detective. She had many years’ experience solving the toughest murder cases, and came up through the ranks. Consequently, she knows how the system works, and is fiercely loyal to the force without being blinkered to its faults. She was popular with the rank and file for her no-nonsense attitude and competence.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “A NARROW RETURN.”

DI HILLARY GREENE SERIES
BOOK 1: MURDER ON THE OXFORD CANAL
BOOK 2: MURDER AT THE UNIVERSITY
BOOK 3: MURDER OF THE BRIDE
BOOK 4: MURDER IN THE VILLAGE
BOOK 5: MURDER IN THE FAMILY
BOOK 6: MURDER AT HOME
BOOK 7: MURDER IN THE MEADOW
BOOK 8: MURDER IN THE MANSION
BOOK 9: MURDER IN THE GARDEN
BOOK 10: MURDER BY FIRE
BOOK 11: MURDER AT WORK
BOOK 12: MURDER NEVER RETIRES


Guest Post

When you write a series of books, and readers really appreciate and invest in your central character, it is utterly heart-warming. And if feels as if something quite magical is happening.  And since last October, so many wonderful readers, reviewers and bloggers have posted about how much they enjoy reading the DI Hillary Greene novels, and how they felt as if they almost become a part of her team, following the leads along with her as they come in, and rooting for and her colleagues when times get rough. It’s as if they’re right there with her, solving the crimes and taking it personally when the ‘top brass’ do her down.  Which is great and how it should be!  As a reader myself, I know how important it is to really relate to the main protagonist and get involved on a personal basis with the storyline.  And so I’m always super-conscious, when writing, of that special bond between writer and reader, and the unspoken but always present commitment that I’m making, to try and write a book that they will approve of and enjoy.  And the more a character is loved, the more solemn – and sometimes terrifying- that responsiblity can be!

So when I was asked by my agent to think about writing a ‘retro’ crime book (since vintage is now very ‘in’ apparently!) I had to stop and think.  Of course, it’s so easy to say ‘No’ to something new.  Fear of the unknown isn’t something that just affects writers, after all.  But rising to a challenge always brings it’s own rewards, and stretching yourself as a writer is no bad thing (I hope!).  And so, after much deliberation with myself, I bit the bullet, and after 17 Hillary Greene books, started from scratch with two new protagonists.  Set in 1960’s Oxford, they had to solve crimes without the aid of mobile phones, the internet, or any of the amazing forensic services that DI Hillary Greene would take for granted.  Naturally, I’ve been very nervous about how this new venture would be received by my wonderful (and so far, very supportive) readers.  So you can imagine how relieved I am that nearly all of the early reviews are so  positive!  Mind you – this doesn’t mean that I won’t be biting my nails until A Fatal Obsession comes out on general release in June, and I can get proper feedback on what more of my readers make of WPC Trudy Loveday and Dr Clement Ryder!   I can only hope that they’re not disappointed.

In the meantime, however, books 12-17 of the DI Hillary Greene series are due to be released over the coming months – so die-hard DI Greene fans needn’t feel neglected!


Author photoAUTHOR BIO

Faith Martin has been writing for over 25 years, in four genres and under four different pen names. She was born in Oxford and sets most of her crime novels within sight of the city of dreaming spires. A real nature lover and afficionado of the countryside, descriptions of wildlife and native flora often find their way into her manuscripts. Right now, JOFFE BOOKS are re-issuing the DI Hillary Greene novels in new updated editions! The first 12 books in the series are available now.
Her romance novels, written under the name of Maxine Barry, are now available from Corazon Books. IMPOSTERS In PARADISE, and HEART OF FIRE are both out, and others will very quickly become available in the future.

Her first foray into writing ‘spooky’ crime, (and written under the pen name of Jessie Daniels) comes out in November 2017. THE LAVENDER LADY CASEFILE is published by Robert Hale, an imprint of Crowood Press.

As Joyce Cato, she writes more classically-inspired ‘proper’ whodunits. So, if you like an amateur sleuth, plenty of clues and red herrings, plus a baffling murder mystery to solve, these are the books for you.

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Married Lies by Chris Collett

Thank you very much to all the brilliant bloggers on the Blog Tour for MARRIED LIES by Chris Collett.  You are all amazing.  Thank you for all your help with this and every other book you help to promote.  Jill, Chris & Joffe Books. x

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Black Books Blog

The book is a brilliantly written police procedural book, which I thoroughly enjoyed and couldn’t put down. Read more here


Linda Strong Book Reviews

This is an excellent addition to a series that is well written, with outstanding characters, and a terrific story premise. Along with the professional side of Mariner and his team, the reader is also treated to a glimpse of their personal sides, which make them much more credible.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

To say that the Detective Tom Mariner series is addictive reading has to be the understatement of the year.  I was hooked on this book from the first word on the first page and I wasn’t released from the book’s grip until the moment I closed the back cover so to speak.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

The pace in this one was great and I really enjoyed the story, it is the fifth in the series but I would say that this one can easily be read as a stand alone.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

#guestpost Q&A


Sassy Redhead Book Reviews

This was another great story with DCI Mariner. I enjoy reading this series as each story has a lot of twists and suspense, but the stories all take you into the life of DCI Mariner and his team, Tony Knox, Jamilla Khatoon, and Charlie Glover along with their Commanding Officer, DCI Davina Sharp.   Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

All in all, a magnificent story which had me glued to the pages. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to all lovers of crime books.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

Fantastic Read, highly recommended. Fab storyline and easy to read.  Read more here


MARRIED LIES 2MARRIED LIES by CHRIS COLLETT

Available from:   Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada

Do you love gripping mysteries with great characters?

Discover Detective Tom Mariner in this critically acclaimed series.

‘Collett is a wonderful writer, subtle, clever, strong on atmosphere and character.’ Yorkshire Post

Lucy Jarrett is terrified. Someone is watching her every move, following her home from work and making threatening phone calls. But her husband doesn’t believe her and no one else is listening.

Lucy’s married life is proving anything but blissful. Her musician husband is perpetually away on tour and doesn’t want to start a family.

Lucy finally calls on DI Tom Mariner for help, and he takes her fears seriously because of the recent murder of another young woman by her ex-partner.

Mariner himself is already on the hunt for a sadistic killer. Nina Silvero, wife of an ex-police officer, was duped into sipping sulphuric acid disguised as celebratory wine. Grappling with her apparently motiveless killing, Mariner delegates Lucy’s case to Millie Khatoon.  Is someone out for revenge against the police?

Can DI Tom Mariner track down the stalker and catch the killer before anyone else dies?

Discover an absorbing crime mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ian Rankin and Peter Robinson. This is the fifth book in the DI MARINER SERIES, more books coming soon!

THE SETTING

Birmingham is a city of stark contrasts with a rich cultural and historical heritage. Playing a key role in the industrial revolution, it helped shape the nation’s manufacturing industry

But with its many green spaces, Birmingham also borders on the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire and Warwickshire, is just a few miles from Stratford on Avon and a short drive from the wild country of mid-Wales.

Birmingham’s population is large and ethnically diverse, and while urban regeneration has forged a modern and culturally vibrant city, the decaying remnants of the industrial past and 1960s concrete jungle give it a unique and gritty character; the dark underbelly policed by DI Tom Mariner and his team.

THE DETECTIVE

Detective Inspector Tom Mariner is, on the surface, an average dedicated policeman, but his experiences as a younger man have given him an insight into life on the dark side, and a clear sense of right and wrong. Mariner has little interest in material things. He lives in a modest canal-side cottage, enjoys the occasional (real) beer and game of dominoes and drives an old car. He is most at home in the outdoors, with an OS map and a compass, and in times of crisis, will take off and walk for miles in any weather.

THIS IS A REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “STALKED BY SHADOWS.”

DI MARINER SERIES

Book 1: Deadly Lies

Book 2: Innocent Lies

Book 3: Killer Lies

Book 4: Baby Lies

Book 5: Married Lies

Books 6-7 coming soon


Chris Collett author photo jpgCHRIS COLLETT – AUTHOR BIO

I was born and grew up in a Norfolk seaside town, almost as far east as it’s possible to go in England without falling into the North Sea. There I worked variously in a boarding house (now defunct) a local bakery (closed down) and a crisp factory (razed to the ground). I graduated in Liverpool, then for twenty-five years taught children and young people with learning disabilities, including autism, before going into higher education as a senior lecturer.

Mindful of its reputation, I moved somewhat reluctantly to Birmingham, where I met my husband, in 1981. But just a few years later DI Tom Mariner was created to police its mean streets, and these days I relish the vibrancy and rich social history of the city. After eight outings for Mariner, I still feel as if I’ve barely scratched the surface.

Recently retired from lecturing and I’m currently luxuriating in the time I now have to continue the Mariner series, alongside published short stories and academic works. In my spare time, among other things, I’m a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association.

Links

Website: www.chriscollettcrime.co.uk

Twitter: @crime_crow

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.collett.5477

BLOG TOUR: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #GuestPost

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for CRIMSON SIEGE by Jay Raven. This is book 1 in the Bloodriders series.  I would like to share with you a #guestpost where the author explains how he got from Humourist to writer of Horror fiction.  Curious?  So was I so I will let you read on.

Jay Raven, whose vampire chiller Crimson Siege is being launched by Junction Publishing this week, reveals how he made the startling switch from gags to gore.

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One man- two different faces.

Humour writer Iain Pattison

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his Jay Raven horror writing alter ego.

 

I adore Gothic horror and dark fantasy – writing historical chillers set in a murderous past where monsters roam free and terror is only one full moon midnight encounter away. Vampires, werewolves and witches fill my imagination and more of my thinking time than is entirely healthy.

But although I am besotted with this most nerve-tingling of genres, I have to admit that it was not my first love. In fact, the only screams I used to seek were screams of laughter. Because, for the first 15 years of my writing career, I was a humorist. My speciality was comedy twist-ender short stories.

So how the heck did a funny man end up penning nightmare visions? Well, it happened by accident. About five years ago Canadian small publisher Absolute Xpress was bringing out a flash fiction anthology called Creatures of the Night and was inviting submissions.

My first reaction was to pen a gentle parody or bit of supernatural slapstick. But the more I thought about it, the more I found myself wondering if I could do it straight.

Remembering how much I loved Hammer Horror films  as a kid, I decided to write a vampire tale and a werewolf story, hoping one or the other would catch the judge’s eye. And two surprising things happened that forever changed my writing career – the publisher took BOTH stories and suggested I send in more, and I realised my brain was bursting with Gothic horror plotlines.

So, for quite some time, I became two separate writers – deciding on my mood each morning whether to be jokey or go to the dark side.  I calculated that to avoid confusion I’d pen humour under my own name (Iain Pattison) and dark fantasy under my Jay Raven pen name.

Inevitably one side or the other would triumph. And last Christmas I was offered a two-book deal by Junction Publishing (it has since become a three book deal) to write Gothic horror novels. So humour has been given the heave-ho… certainly for the medium term.

But that’s great. I’m really looking forward to a future filled with fiends, foul play and fear…


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Blood Riders – Book One: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


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Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

Joffe Books Rolling Blog: Interview with Jasper Joffe. #TeamJoffeBooks

Over the last 25 days we have heard from Joffe authors and the wonderful people who help with promoting, reviewing and reading the brilliant books produced by Joffe Books.  All these people work together to help promote the books and make sure as many readers know about them as possible.  All these people make up the JOFFE LAUNCH TEAM (nicknamed Crazies)  However we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the skills and expertise of the people working away behind the scenes at Joffe Books.  These include the proofreaders and editors, Rudi (who is Jasper’s right hand man) but most of all the man himself the awesome JASPER JOFFE.  I am, therefore, very excited to have had the opportunity to interview Jasper and share it with you all.  


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Interview with Jasper Joffe

Hello Jasper, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.

Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how/why you decided to start Joffe Books?

Hi, Jill, firstly thank you for all the great blogging you do! Well, I’ve always loved reading and even wrote a book of my own once. And everything about Joffe Books comes from a love of reading. Kindle and Amazon created amazing opportunities for new publishers to innovate. Basically it became much easier to publish books and sell them all around the world, and we’ve ridden the wave of this massive change.

I have been running the Rolling Blog for 2 weeks now what do you think of what your authors are saying are you surprised at any of the comments?

Been very happy to read their very kind words. We’re very lucky to work with such a great bunch of people. They are very talented and very nice, and that makes publishing them a great pleasure.

You obviously have a great relationship with your authors and they think very highly of you and Joffe Books. Could you tell us a little about your author ethos?

I always try to remember how much work the authors put in to write a book. Everything begins there. And we have to do our best to edit and present it in the best possible way. But I never forget that the author has done the big part and that what they do isn’t just a normal job, it’s their passion and calling.

Joffe Books seems to be pretty unique in that the authors all support and help each other and I know you and Rudi support the Launch Team idea. Do you think this is good for everyone to work as a team?

Yes, we respect your work and the bloggers and reviewers, and we’re all doing our best to get these great books out to readers. I love the fact that the authors and bloggers and you are all great friends and support each other. A real bonus!

Your authors are obviously very happy and I know many have refused offers from other publishers. You obviously put a lot of effort into making sure your authors are happy could you tell us a little about that?

We’ve worked together for many years, some of them, like Helen, since practically the beginning. And so I care about them and their books. They are always the most important people to listen to. I’m very involved in every decision about every book, and that means I work very closely with the authors.

How do you see the future of Joffe Books? The company is currently very successful and you obviously have a hands-on approach that wouldn’t be sustainable if Joffe Books were to grow. What is your long term vision?

Long term, we want to sell more great books and keep working with our brilliant authors. We’d like to reach the same level of prominence in the USA as we have in the UK. And we want to continue to build the international careers of our authors. We’ve worked really successfully with Lorella Belli to sell translation, audio, and film rights, and we want to continue to grow this side of things. And every day there are new opportunities and challenges in the publishing world. I love it.

Can you keep going at this pace and would you ever consider selling?

Yes, we’re just getting started. We want to keep growing and we’re more into buying than selling!

How do you see the future of publishing regarding digital versus paperbacks?

There’s room for all formats. I read exclusively on Kindle (because I love the ease and immediacy) but what does it matter which format people read in, although of course Kindle books are usually great value, and much easier on the eyes!

What do you look for in a novel?

I have to say, a great story which I can’t put down.

Do you read every book you publish? If not how many do you read?

No, I don’t read the whole of every book. But I read most of them!

You mentioned in your Podcast that you read a lot and at every opportunity. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, I seem to read day and night. I think I’m pretty fast. When I was kid, we had a competition to read Lord of the Rings. I think I did it in a week, which is not too bad!

Who is your favourite character in fiction and why – can be books, films, tv or myth/legend?

I like Tony Soprano, Jim Dixon (from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim) and Rabbit (from John Updike’s Rabbit books). Now that’s a pretty motley crew, but they are all incredibly and indelibly realised by their creators.

What is the greatest moment in your life that you will never forget?

The most important was the birth of my daughters.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or Joffe Books?

Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible dream come true: a small publisher like us topping the best seller charts! And thanks to the authors for trusting us with their books, and to the readers for giving us their valuable time reading the stories we publish.

Thank you Jasper, I look forward to many more years working with Joffe Books this last year has been life changing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Rudi for taking a chance on me.  I feel privelidged to be working with so many wonderful, caring people.

Joffe Books Rolling Blog: Interview with Jasper Joffe. #TeamJoffeBooks

Over the last 25 days we have heard from Joffe authors and the wonderful people who help with promoting, reviewing and reading the brilliant books produced by Joffe Books.  All these people work together to help promote the books and make sure as many readers know about them as possible.  All these people make up the JOFFE LAUNCH TEAM (nicknamed Crazies)  However we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the skills and expertise of the people working away behind the scenes at Joffe Books.  These include the proofreaders and editors, Rudi (who is Jasper’s right hand man) but most of all the man himself the awesome JASPER JOFFE.  I am, therefore, very excited to have had the opportunity to interview Jasper and share it with you all.  


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Interview with Jasper Joffe

 

Hello Jasper, thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview.

Could you please tell us a little about yourself and how/why you decided to start Joffe Books?

Hi, Jill, firstly thank you for all the great blogging you do! Well, I’ve always loved reading and even wrote a book of my own once. And everything about Joffe Books comes from a love of reading. Kindle and Amazon created amazing opportunities for new publishers to innovate. Basically it became much easier to publish books and sell them all around the world, and we’ve ridden the wave of this massive change.

 

I have been running the Rolling Blog for 2 weeks now what do you think of what your authors are saying are you surprised at any of the comments?

Been very happy to read their very kind words. We’re very lucky to work with such a great bunch of people. They are very talented and very nice, and that makes publishing them a great pleasure.

 

You obviously have a great relationship with your authors and they think very highly of you and Joffe Books. Could you tell us a little about your author ethos?

I always try to remember how much work the authors put in to write a book. Everything begins there. And we have to do our best to edit and present it in the best possible way. But I never forget that the author has done the big part and that what they do isn’t just a normal job, it’s their passion and calling.

 

Joffe Books seems to be pretty unique in that the authors all support and help each other and I know you and Rudi support the Launch Team idea. Do you think this is good for everyone to work as a team?

Yes, we respect your work and the bloggers and reviewers, and we’re all doing our best to get these great books out to readers. I love the fact that the authors and bloggers and you are all great friends and support each other. A real bonus!

 

Your authors are obviously very happy and I know many have refused offers from other publishers. You obviously put a lot of effort into making sure your authors are happy could you tell us a little about that?

We’ve worked together for many years, some of them, like Helen, since practically the beginning. And so I care about them and their books. They are always the most important people to listen to. I’m very involved in every decision about every book, and that means I work very closely with the authors.

 

How do you see the future of Joffe Books? The company is currently very successful and you obviously have a hands-on approach that wouldn’t be sustainable if Joffe Books were to grow. What is your long term vision?

Long term, we want to sell more great books and keep working with our brilliant authors. We’d like to reach the same level of prominence in the USA as we have in the UK. And we want to continue to build the international careers of our authors. We’ve worked really successfully with Lorella Belli to sell translation, audio, and film rights, and we want to continue to grow this side of things. And every day there are new opportunities and challenges in the publishing world. I love it.

 

Can you keep going at this pace and would you ever consider selling?

Yes, we’re just getting started. We want to keep growing and we’re more into buying than selling!

 

How do you see the future of publishing regarding digital versus paperbacks?

There’s room for all formats. I read exclusively on Kindle (because I love the ease and immediacy) but what does it matter which format people read in, although of course Kindle books are usually great value, and much easier on the eyes!

 

What do you look for in a novel?

I have to say, a great story which I can’t put down.

 

Do you read every book you publish? If not how many do you read?

No, I don’t read the whole of every book. But I read most of them!

 

You mentioned in your Podcast that you read a lot and at every opportunity. Are you a fast reader?

Yes, I seem to read day and night. I think I’m pretty fast. When I was kid, we had a competition to read Lord of the Rings. I think I did it in a week, which is not too bad!

 

Who is your favourite character in fiction and why – can be books, films, tv or myth/legend?

I like Tony Soprano, Jim Dixon (from Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim) and Rabbit (from John Updike’s Rabbit books). Now that’s a pretty motley crew, but they are all incredibly and indelibly realised by their creators.

 

What is the greatest moment in your life that you will never forget?

The most important was the birth of my daughters.

 

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself or Joffe Books?

Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible dream come true: a small publisher like us topping the best seller charts! And thanks to the authors for trusting us with their books, and to the readers for giving us their valuable time reading the stories we publish.

 

Thank you Jasper, I look forward to many more years working with Joffe Books this last year has been life changing and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Rudi for taking a chance on me.  I feel privelidged to be working with so many wonderful, caring people.

BLOG TOUR: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven #GuestPost

Today I am sharing with you a Guest Post by Jay Raven where he talks about the challenges of revamping the vampire.  This is unscheduled and is something Jay wrote as a back up.  I have just finished reading CRIMSON SIEGE and although I haven’t read Horror for many years I found I was totally gripped and couldn’t put it down.  Having read it I thought It was important to share this with you.


Horror author Jay Raven whose novel Crimson Siege is launched by Junction Publishing this week talks about the challenges of revamping the vampire.

I’ve always wanted to write a chilling nosferatu series, pitting mankind against the most alluring, mysterious and deadly monsters to ever walk the Earth. I’ve been obsessed by vampires since sneaking out of school to watch Hammer Horror films at my local fleapit.
But when it came to actually planning the first of my Blood Riders books I came to a startling realisation. Vampires had been – if you’ll pardon the pun – done to death. A tidal wave of self-published horror novels had flooded the market with fang-filled fiends, so many that the bloodsuckers seemed hackneyed and dull.
Added to that, there was huge confusion about what a vampire was. Depending on who you spoke to, they wore tight leather cat suits and fired machine guns, acted like consumptive Victorian poets – all lace shirts and languor – or hung around with teenagers and twinkled.
My mission was to make these creatures of the night genuinely scary again – and original, offering elements and twists that would surprise and intrigue. So I tackled the problem from two directions. Firstly, a back to basics make-over.
My monsters were going to be… well, monstrous – vicious, cold, amoral predators with supernatural speed, strength and intelligence. They’d view humans as playthings, “fruit to be plucked from the trees” to satisfy any whim or desire. And to up the ante, they’d be able to communicate telepathically over short distances.
These would not be the kind of creatures to give you a playful nip on the neck, they’d rip your entire throat out in a single visceral gulp and go on to devour half your face.
Secondly, I wanted them to have a new context, a new environment in which to hunt and slay, so I made my 19th century Transylvania a mirror of the American wild west – lawless, violent, desolate and unpredictable. A decade on from a war between mortals and monsters, the vanquished aristocratic vampire families are holed up on reservations. To stray from their safe havens makes them fair game for bounty hunters.
Crimson Siege charts the horrifying consequences when the favourite son of the feared Modjeski vampire house is kidnapped and held in a small town jail. His kin invade the town but rescuing their leader leads to death, terror and destruction for both sides, as the small community is defended by the only man vampire-kind has good reason to fear…
I hope I’ve injected a dose of newness and awe into the genre. My fingers are crossed horror fans will think so too.

 


Crimson Siege ebook cover

Blood Riders – Book One: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…
When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…


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Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

Website: http://www.jayraven.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iain.pattison.1

Twitter: @jayravenauthor

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 25: Sarah Hardy #TeamJoffeBooks

Day 25 of my Joffe Books Rolling Blog and today, in the limelight, is Sarah from By The Letter Book Reviews.  This is my last blogger/reader interview but stay tuned because coming up I have an interview with the amazing JASPER JOFFE but now lets see what Sarah has to say:

 

Hello, could you tell us a little about yourself and what made you start blogging?

Hi, I’m Sarah and i’m a wife, mother as well as working for Bloodhound Books. I also blog at bytheletterbookreviews. I started blogging after reading bloggers posts in an online book group. Due to the group i had discovered so many new authors to me and i wanted to help spread the word about the authors and books i enjoyed and blogging for me was the way to do it.

 

How long have you been blogging (when you first set up your blog)

I have been blogging for just over three years now and love it as much as i did when i first started. I have to admit i never thought i would get past setting it up never mind sticking with it but it has given me a new lease of life.

 

When did you start joining Blog Tours and why?

I’m not actually sure when i started taking part in them. To start with it would just be authors contacting me asking if I would read and review their book then I slowly started to get approached by publishers. I have to admit it was very nerve wracking doing my first one but there was no need and I love being involved in them.

 

Do you join blog tours for a lot of publishers? About how many?

I used to do them for quite a a lot of publishers but due to work and life in general I have cut down to a select few now as I just don’t have the time to read as many books as I used to.

 

What do you think of the books Joffe publish are they usually good, average, bad?

I have only read a few of Joffe’s books and have a couple sat waiting patiently on my kindle to be read but in the main they have usually been good.

 

How do Joffe Blog Tours compare to the ones run by other publishers?

They are probably along the same par in how they are run though they do tend to be more short notice.

 

Joffe Books is run differently to other publishers is the short notice of book releases a problem given how much in demand bloggers are?

Previously it wouldn’t have been to much of an issue for me but now a days, it’s not often I can help out with it being short notice unless it is to host a guest post as it doesn’t give me enough time to read and review it.

 

Some Bloggers leave room for Joffe Books are you one of those?  If so why?

Due to it being such short notice unfortunately not. My diary gets filled up quite quickly and with cutting down it makes it nigh on impossible to help out. If more notice was to be given then possibly yes i would save room to help out more.

 

Joffe Books has a launch team that get together in a virtual party setting and many of the authors support each other and chat with the readers and bloggers.  Do you think this is a good idea?  If so why?

I think it’s always great for there to be interaction between authors and readers and think readers are more likely to go on and read more of the authors books.

 

Have you ever gone to a Joffe Launch Party?

What do you think of them? Yes I have been to a few and they are generally a lot of fun.



JOFFE BOOKS ROLLING BLOG

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 1 – T J Brearton

JOFFE BOOKS: What Their Authors Think. Day 2 – Ken Ogilvie

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 3: Helen Durrant

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 4 – Janice Frost

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 5 – Stewart Giles

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 6 – Derek Thompson

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 7 – Charlie Gallagher

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 8 – Joy Ellis

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 9 – Daisy White

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 10 – Faith Martin

JOFFE BOOKS – What their authors think. Day 11 – Anne Penketh

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 12: Gretta Mulrooney

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 13: Michael Hambling

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 15: Taylor Adams

JOFFE BOOKS: What their authors think. Day 16: Chris Collett

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 17: Black Books Blog.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 18: On The Shelf Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 19: Daisy White’s Wicked Words.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 20: Book Lovers Book Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 21: Sassy Redhead Book Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 22: Joanna Larum’s Reviews.

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 23: Beverley Ann Hopper

JOFFE BOOKS: What the Bloggers & Readers think. Day 24: Donna Maguire

 

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – Dead Bad by Helen Durrant

A big THANK YOU to all the marvelous bloggers on the Blog Tour for DEAD BAD by Helen Durrant.  Another Amazon top 20 and that is down to you guys you are THE BEST – many thanks from Helen, Joffe books and myself xx

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Linda Strong Book Reviews

Another excellent addition to an excellent series! Well written and action packed, it can be read easily as a stand alone. But I highly recommend starting at the beginning.   Read more here


Joanna Larum’s Reviews

All of these strands are interwoven with consummate skill, making page-turning an absolute must and forcing the reader to give up on sleeping or eating until the conclusion is reached.  Read more here


On the Shelf Reviews

This was such an absorbing, fast paced read. With the kidnapping of Calladine and the brutal killer on the loose story lines, I just could not stop turning those pages!   Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

Oh my where do I start with this book?  I don’t mean that in a bad way but in a good way.  There were several story strands to this book that were equally as good as each other and it would be wrong to just pick out one.  In case you hadn’t guessed I absolutely flipping, totally and utterly loved reading this book but more about that in a bit.  Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

It has a brilliant story, it has the characters that I love and the writing style was superb as always. I loved the pace and it had me gripped from the first page to the last – so, so good – so as you can probably guess, yes it is 5 stars from me – I loved it!!  Read more here


J.V. Baptie

The novel is very pacey and there are several story strands to follow and each one opens up a host of questions, this is exactly how I like a book to be.  It’s hard to write this review without giving too much away but the characters face some interesting personal turmoil which also makes for good reading and there is a good balance of light and dark moments.  Read more here


Turn the Page Blog

I found this book easy to read and it kept me guessing!  Read more here

Mystery Thriller Week

Writing crime fiction takes a bit of skill and creativity, amongst other things, for the desired result. Dead Bad even though it’s a short read, has all those elements. Check out this series!  Read more here


Black Books Blog

This story  is a brilliant one as we learn a lot more about Bayliss and her life, including some possible decisions she has to make, which could affect everyone around her. The book has so much going on that at times it is hard to remember what has happened, but with so much happening you never lose interest and just as you think you have it sorted something comes up which throws you again.  Read more here


Beth in a Box


DEAD BAD.jpgDEAD BAD by Helen H. Durrant

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Looking for a brilliant best-selling crime mystery with great detectives?

Detective Calladine and Bayliss face a vicious serial killer in a mystery with a shocking ending.

A woman’s body is found in a disused church, a homemade stuffed toy by her side. The victim had been dumped there months ago. The crime has the hallmarks of twenty-year-old case whose alleged perpetrator is in prison.

Detective Ruth Bayliss must work out whether a serial killer has returned, or whether a new killer is just taunting the police.

Her partner DI Tom Calladine faces the fight of his life to clear his name of corruption accusations. And then things go from bad to worse for Calladine . . .

With the team under massive pressure and drugs flooding the streets, another gruesomely presented body is found.

In an ending with a huge twist, the detectives must unpick decades’ old lies before anyone else dies.

If you like Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott, Mel Sherratt, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will enjoy this exciting new crime fiction writer.

DEAD BAD is book eight of a new series of detective thrillers featuring D.S. Ruth Bayliss and D.I. Tom Calladine.

THE DETECTIVES
Tom Calladine is a detective inspector who is devoted to his job. His personal life, however, is not so successful. Having been married and divorced before the age of twenty-one has set a pattern that he finds difficult to escape.

Ruth Bayliss is in her mid-thirties, plain-speaking but loyal. She is balancing her professional life with looking after a small child.

THE SETTING
The fictional village of Leesdon on the outskirts of an industrial northern English city. There is little work and a lot of crime. The bane of Calladine’s life is the Hobfield housing estate, breeding ground to all that is wrong with the area that he calls home.

THE CALLADINE & BAYLISS MYSTERY SERIES
Book 1: DEAD WRONG
Book 2: DEAD SILENT
Book 3: DEAD LIST
Book 4: DEAD LOST
Book 5: DEAD & BURIED
Book 6: DEAD NASTY
Book 7: DEAD JEALOUS
BOOK 8: DEAD BAD

THE DCI GRECO BOOKS
Book 1: DARK MURDER
Book 2: DARK HOUSES
Book 3: DARK TRADE
Book 4: DARK ANGEL

TALBOT DYSON
HIS THIRD VICTIM


 

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