BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven @junctionpublish @jayravenauthor #horror

Jay, Junction Publishing and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for TO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven. At such a busy time of year your help with this is very much appreciated THANK YOU XX

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Beth in a Box

#Guestpost

Gothic horror writer Jay Raven reveals the surprising discovery he made when he began delving into the world of hexes and spells.  So without further ado, let’s give Jay the stage.  Read more here


The Bookworm Drinketh

….All I can say is, that endingWow. I just feel like I wouldn’t have seen that coming. I would highly recommend it, for sure!  Read more here


Mind Garbage

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don’t know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I was hooked on this novella from the moment I picked the book up and began to read.  I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy reading a shorter story as I am used to reading longer books but I needn’t have worried.  This novella has so much action crammed into a small number of pages that at times I thought I was reading a longer book.  I soon became addicted to the writing style, the characters and the story.   Read more here


Mother Geek

I won’t spoil the story, but if you’re anything like me, you will read this in one sitting!   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

To be 100% honest I didn’t find it scary but that didn’t bother me as what I did sound was a brilliant story that I really, really enjoyed!  Read more here


Loopy Lou Laura

This book has been well researched and the description of the process of locating witches was both accurate and horrific. Witches in England were not burned at the stake: this was the fate of witches in Europe.  Read more here


Jade’s Long Journey

That wasn’t an issue with To Snare a Witch, since it is only 77 pages long and has quite short chapters it was a great book to pick up just to have a bit of me time once the kids are in bed without the pressure of trying to get through to the end of a huge chapter.  Read more here


Cookiez Meltdown

Jay really made the Novella come to life, the characters were amazingly well written and i connected to this story like i was a part of it, the plot, the setting and the jam packed action of it all had left me wanting more.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

What follows is a brilliant story, full of little twists, which I never saw coming, and a brilliant conclusion to the story.  Read more here


To Snare a Witch ebook FINALTO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Canada   Amazon Australia

No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty,  intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition  sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…


My Review

This is a novella and a very gripping read.  I struggle to review novellas as they are short and concise so it is very easy to include spoilers.  I hope I have managed to tell you enough to want to read it but not spoil it.

It is some time since I read a Witch story but I have read Jay Raven’s work before and was very impressed so was looking forward to reading this one.  I like the way the author is taking the older horror subjects and reinventing them so was intrigued as to how he would develop Witches.

The story begins with Thomas and Matthew enacting a scene.  It is sheer brilliance that he has taken 2 actors and remixed them and it works perfectly.  Thomas and Matthew have found a way to make significant amounts of money finding and identifying Witches. We begin with a Witch being tried via a reworking of the old dunking method but all is not what it seems.

Add a lusting old man and a beautiful young woman into the mix and the reader is taken on a bumpy ride through witchery, lies and impersonations the like of which I have never read before.

Many twists and turns are involved in this story.  It is fast paced gripping with many curve balls in the mix and the ending is brilliant.  I am really hoping for more to add to this story.


Jay Raven author photo (2)AUTHOR BIO

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

FEATURE FRIDAY – DEREK THOMPSON #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #ThomasBladen #detectivebook #thriller #featurefriday @derekwritelines @joffebooks

Today my Feature Friday introduces Derek Thompson author of the awesome Thomas Bladen series.  First Derek talks about what he does when he isn’t writing. Then we have a snapshot of his books and his thoughts on Joffe Books.  Enjoy….

Step away from the pen…

Chapel Carn BreaI’m sometimes asked what I do when I’m not writing, apart from thinking about writing! Whatever the weather, when the mood takes me, I like to get outdoors and walk the land. There’s always something new to see and discover – a bug, a flower, or an unexpected nettle sting. When I’m out and about in the wilds of Cornwall, often as not, I’ll visit one of the many ancient sites in this part of the world.Standing stone 4

I’ve heard the places referred to as ancient temples, astronomical alignments, faery stones even. Frankly, I don’t think anyone really knows the truth about these amazing remnants of a megalithic culture and that’s part of the appeal. To me, the stones represent a silent link to some forgotten and now mythic past. They have a place and a presence that’s hard to define with words, so we have to fall back on other senses and our imagination.

Standing stone 3There are stone circles and lone stones all over the UK and Ireland, and in other parts of the world too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stone_circles

In this case, unfortunately, my pictures do not paint a thousand words but they’ll hopefully give you a sense of the uniqueness of each stone. It first started for me in the 1980s when I visited Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle, and Wayland’s Smithy. Often, these ancient monuments are written into local folklore, which I know is straying perilously closely to writing again, but hear me out.Standing stone 1

Those myths and tales, sometimes reshaped and reinterpreted by successive generations, are trying to tell us something. It’s that sense of mystery, of having to disengage the logical brain and enter into another way of thinking, that I find so appealing. Maybe that’s what our ancestors intended all along!


Books by Derek Thompson

Thomas Bladen works for the UK’s Surveillance Support Unit, assisting other government departments, law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He has an eye for the details other people miss and a talent for finding trouble – a combination that was never going to give him an easy life, professionally or personally.

Each adventure combines an SSU assignment, Thomas’s turbulent relationship with Miranda, his sideline in solving other people’s problems, and the struggle against the Shadow State.

Standpoint.jpgSTANDPOINT

ASSIGNMENT: HM CUSTOMS

After Thomas spots an unidentified observer at a routine operation, he uncovers a web of deceit that brings a killer out of hiding.  Betrayed, conspired against, and forced to trust a stranger, it’s time to come out fighting.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

Line of sightLINE OF SIGHT

ASSIGNMENT: THE BRITISH ARMY

When Thomas and Karl investigate the death of Amy Johanson at an army test facility they’re pitted against big business and political expediency. A favour from a local crime lord, Jack Langton, draws Thomas deeper into the murky world of counter-intelligence.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

Cause and effectCAUSE & EFFECT

ASSIGNMENT: BENEFITS INVESTIGATION TEAM

Two unconnected events – an attack on a child and a pact with an assassin – put Thomas and Karl’s private lives under the spotlight. Jack Langton may be in prison but he’s still pulling the strings and everyone is dancing.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

Shadow stateSHADOW STATE

ASSIGNMENT: THE METROPOLITAN POLICE

When Thomas is blackmailed into helping expose a defector, it’s a race against time to expose the real enemy and neutralise them. This time his actions have dark consequences for ‘innocent’ bystanders.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

FlashpointFLASHPOINT

ASSIGNMENT: MI5

After a London terror attack the SSU comes under MI5’s control and two senior SSU figures disappear. Could there be a mole on the team? The reappearance of old adversaries forces Thomas into uneasy alliances and hard choices.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

Spy chaserSPY CHASER

Spy Chaser is a collection of the first three Thomas Bladen novels: Standpoint, Line of Sight, and Cause & Effect.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN


What Derek thinks about his Publisher: Joffe Books

I contracted with Joffe Books three years ago and I consider myself four-leaf-clover fortunate. I’d tried self-publishing (the world’s densest magical fantasy) and had two short ebooks signed to a non-defunct US indie. When I pitched to Joffe Books I had one completed spy thriller, most of a sequel, and big plans for a series. Jasper asked the right questions, identified potential challenges – which all proved to be bang on the money – and took a chance on an emerging author.

Seeing my novels available as downloads and in paperback is brilliant, as is receiving quarterly royalties. But as every author knows, there’s much more to it. Writing, rewriting, participating in promotional activity, sales, reviews, planning for the next book, and regular angst sessions – it’s like a mind gym, a marathon and an emotional rollercoaster all rolled into one!

I haven’t met Jasper in person and we’ve never even spoken – he rang once while I was out! – but were it not for his encouragement I doubt I’d have had the confidence and tenacity to write five novels in a series and to take myself seriously as a novelist. He understands the writing process firsthand, edits hard (rightly so) and partners with authors to do everything in his power to make their books commercially successful. Although I’ve written in many forms and for many years, I am still on a steep learning curve and feel proud to be part of the Joffe Books family. The inspiration and support from my fellow authors is an unscripted bonus and I look forward to continuing my journey with them.

Quite simply, Jasper’s investment in me and my writing ambitions is the luckiest break this writer has ever had. And now I’d better get writing!


Derek+ThompsonDerek Thompson – Author Bio

Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.

He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.

His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.

He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.

www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.co.uk

@DerekWriteLines

BLOG TOUR WRAP UP – To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven @junctionpublish @jayravenauthor #horror

Jay, Junction Publishing and I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers on the Blog Tour for TO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven. At such a busy time of year your help with this is very much appreciated THANK YOU XX

thankyou_banner

Beth in a Box

#Guestpost

Gothic horror writer Jay Raven reveals the surprising discovery he made when he began delving into the world of hexes and spells.  So without further ado, let’s give Jay the stage.  Read more here


The Bookworm Drinketh

….All I can say is, that endingWow. I just feel like I wouldn’t have seen that coming. I would highly recommend it, for sure!  Read more here


Mind Garbage

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don’t know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.  Read more here


Ginger Book Geek

I was hooked on this novella from the moment I picked the book up and began to read.  I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy reading a shorter story as I am used to reading longer books but I needn’t have worried.  This novella has so much action crammed into a small number of pages that at times I thought I was reading a longer book.  I soon became addicted to the writing style, the characters and the story.   Read more here


Mother Geek

I won’t spoil the story, but if you’re anything like me, you will read this in one sitting!   Read more here


Donna’s Book Blog

To be 100% honest I didn’t find it scary but that didn’t bother me as what I did sound was a brilliant story that I really, really enjoyed!  Read more here


Loopy Lou Laura

This book has been well researched and the description of the process of locating witches was both accurate and horrific. Witches in England were not burned at the stake: this was the fate of witches in Europe.  Read more here


Jade’s Long Journey

That wasn’t an issue with To Snare a Witch, since it is only 77 pages long and has quite short chapters it was a great book to pick up just to have a bit of me time once the kids are in bed without the pressure of trying to get through to the end of a huge chapter.  Read more here


Cookiez Meltdown

Jay really made the Novella come to life, the characters were amazingly well written and i connected to this story like i was a part of it, the plot, the setting and the jam packed action of it all had left me wanting more.  Read more here


Black Books Blog

What follows is a brilliant story, full of little twists, which I never saw coming, and a brilliant conclusion to the story.  Read more here


To Snare a Witch ebook FINALTO SNARE A WITCH by Jay Raven

Available from: Amazon UK  Amazon US   Amazon Canada   Amazon Australia

No female dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England’s most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the Devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty,  intelligence and guile. Coming from an influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn’t understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition  sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity – leaving them both staring into the face of true evil…


My Review

This is a novella and a very gripping read.  I struggle to review novellas as they are short and concise so it is very easy to include spoilers.  I hope I have managed to tell you enough to want to read it but not spoil it.

It is some time since I read a Witch story but I have read Jay Raven’s work before and was very impressed so was looking forward to reading this one.  I like the way the author is taking the older horror subjects and reinventing them so was intrigued as to how he would develop Witches.

The story begins with Thomas and Matthew enacting a scene.  It is sheer brilliance that he has taken 2 actors and remixed them and it works perfectly.  Thomas and Matthew have found a way to make significant amounts of money finding and identifying Witches. We begin with a Witch being tried via a reworking of the old dunking method but all is not what it seems.

Add a lusting old man and a beautiful young woman into the mix and the reader is taken on a bumpy ride through witchery, lies and impersonations the like of which I have never read before.

Many twists and turns are involved in this story.  It is fast paced gripping with many curve balls in the mix and the ending is brilliant.  I am really hoping for more to add to this story.


Jay Raven author photo (2)AUTHOR BIO

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

#Giveaway #2 & #freebook THE BACKPACKER by Stewart Giles #crimefiction #policeprocedural @stewartgiles @jillngary

Today is Day 2 of THE BACKPACKER giveaway and since it is FRIDAY I have more good news.  First:  To be entered in the draw for a paperback of THE BACKPACKER just join the STEWART GILES READERS CLUB by either filling in this form:  google form  or you can subscribe via this link: subscribe. All Readers Club members are entered in a draw and each day Paperback of THE BACKPACKER will be won by a lucky member. Also the first 50 members will receive an additional gift. (all members receive a welcome pack)

while you are waiting impatiently to read THE BACKPACKER Stewart has made UNWORTHY (DS Jason Smith #8) FREE you can buy it here

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The Backpacker (DC Harriet Taylor #3) by Stewart Giles

www.stewartgiles.com

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new detective story set on the Cornish coast. Where the pretty villages and towns hold some very dark secrets.

WHAT IS THE SECRET AT LANDELL’S FARM?

A girl’s body is found hidden in a remote spot of a Cornish Farm. The same farm that a young girl ran towards, to escape her pursuer, many years before. Detective Harriet Taylor has to abandon her day out to investigate.
As Littlemore and the forensics team get to work they uncover another mystery hidden among the rocks.
Who would kill a young backpacker who hurt nobody? Is there a link between this and a mystery from many years ago?
As Harriet and the team get to work they find more questions than answers. What secrets is the sleepy Cornish village hiding?

This is a fast-paced page-turner that has so many twists and turns it keeps the reader guessing right up to the shocking end.

If you like Police Procedurals, then this is a series you won’t want to miss.

THE SETTING
Trotterdown and the surrounding villages is a fictional village in Cornwall. It is typical of Cornish villages with remote farms and sleepy Cornish stone cottages. However, the area is steeped in history and the residents of the quaint cottages have their share of myths and secrets making it the ideal setting for this series.

THE DETECTIVE
DC Harriet Taylor had only been married for 2 years when her philandering husband was killed in a car crash. It is common knowledge around the station that the woman who died next to him was his latest lover. Harriet transferred to Trotterdown to escape the gossip and sympathetic looks. She is now finding her way around Cornwall and getting to know the other members of the team.

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper   link to The Beekeeper Blog Tour post
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder  Link to The Perfect Murder Blog Tour post
Book 3 – The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5 – Phobia   Link to Phobia Blog Tour Post
Book 1 – Smith   Link to Smith Blog Tour post
Book 2 – Boomerang
Book 3 – Ladybird
Book 4 – Occam’s Razor
Book 5 – Harlequin
Book 6 – Selene
Book 7 – Horsemen
Book 8 – Unworthy   Link to Unworthy Blog Tour post

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FEATURE FRIDAY #3 – DEREK THOMPSON #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #ThomasBladen #detectivebook #thriller #featurefriday @derekwritelines @joffebooks

Today my Feature Friday introduces Derek Thompson author of the awesome Thomas Bladen series.  First Derek talks about what he does when he isn’t writing. Then we have a snapshot of his books and his thoughts on Joffe Books.  Enjoy….

 

Step away from the pen…

Chapel Carn BreaI’m sometimes asked what I do when I’m not writing, apart from thinking about writing! Whatever the weather, when the mood takes me, I like to get outdoors and walk the land. There’s always something new to see and discover – a bug, a flower, or an unexpected nettle sting. When I’m out and about in the wilds of Cornwall, often as not, I’ll visit one of the many ancient sites in this part of the world.Standing stone 4

I’ve heard the places referred to as ancient temples, astronomical alignments, faery stones even. Frankly, I don’t think anyone really knows the truth about these amazing remnants of a megalithic culture and that’s part of the appeal. To me, the stones represent a silent link to some forgotten and now mythic past. They have a place and a presence that’s hard to define with words, so we have to fall back on other senses and our imagination.

Standing stone 3There are stone circles and lone stones all over the UK and Ireland, and in other parts of the world too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_stone_circles

In this case, unfortunately, my pictures do not paint a thousand words but they’ll hopefully give you a sense of the uniqueness of each stone. It first started for me in the 1980s when I visited Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle, and Wayland’s Smithy. Often, these ancient monuments are written into local folklore, which I know is straying perilously closely to writing again, but hear me out.Standing stone 1

Those myths and tales, sometimes reshaped and reinterpreted by successive generations, are trying to tell us something. It’s that sense of mystery, of having to disengage the logical brain and enter into another way of thinking, that I find so appealing. Maybe that’s what our ancestors intended all along!


Books by Derek Thompson

Thomas Bladen works for the UK’s Surveillance Support Unit, assisting other government departments, law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He has an eye for the details other people miss and a talent for finding trouble – a combination that was never going to give him an easy life, professionally or personally.

Each adventure combines an SSU assignment, Thomas’s turbulent relationship with Miranda, his sideline in solving other people’s problems, and the struggle against the Shadow State.

Standpoint.jpgSTANDPOINT

ASSIGNMENT: HM CUSTOMS

After Thomas spots an unidentified observer at a routine operation, he uncovers a web of deceit that brings a killer out of hiding.  Betrayed, conspired against, and forced to trust a stranger, it’s time to come out fighting.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

Line of sightLINE OF SIGHT

ASSIGNMENT: THE BRITISH ARMY

When Thomas and Karl investigate the death of Amy Johanson at an army test facility they’re pitted against big business and political expediency. A favour from a local crime lord, Jack Langton, draws Thomas deeper into the murky world of counter-intelligence.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

Cause and effectCAUSE & EFFECT

ASSIGNMENT: BENEFITS INVESTIGATION TEAM

Two unconnected events – an attack on a child and a pact with an assassin – put Thomas and Karl’s private lives under the spotlight. Jack Langton may be in prison but he’s still pulling the strings and everyone is dancing.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

Shadow stateSHADOW STATE

ASSIGNMENT: THE METROPOLITAN POLICE

When Thomas is blackmailed into helping expose a defector, it’s a race against time to expose the real enemy and neutralise them. This time his actions have dark consequences for ‘innocent’ bystanders.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

FlashpointFLASHPOINT

ASSIGNMENT: MI5

After a London terror attack the SSU comes under MI5’s control and two senior SSU figures disappear. Could there be a mole on the team? The reappearance of old adversaries forces Thomas into uneasy alliances and hard choices.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

Spy chaserSPY CHASER

Spy Chaser is a collection of the first three Thomas Bladen novels: Standpoint, Line of Sight, and Cause & Effect.

UK              USA           AUS           CAN

 

 

 


What Derek thinks about his Publisher: Joffe Books

I contracted with Joffe Books three years ago and I consider myself four-leaf-clover fortunate. I’d tried self-publishing (the world’s densest magical fantasy) and had two short ebooks signed to a non-defunct US indie. When I pitched to Joffe Books I had one completed spy thriller, most of a sequel, and big plans for a series. Jasper asked the right questions, identified potential challenges – which all proved to be bang on the money – and took a chance on an emerging author.

Seeing my novels available as downloads and in paperback is brilliant, as is receiving quarterly royalties. But as every author knows, there’s much more to it. Writing, rewriting, participating in promotional activity, sales, reviews, planning for the next book, and regular angst sessions – it’s like a mind gym, a marathon and an emotional rollercoaster all rolled into one!

I haven’t met Jasper in person and we’ve never even spoken – he rang once while I was out! – but were it not for his encouragement I doubt I’d have had the confidence and tenacity to write five novels in a series and to take myself seriously as a novelist. He understands the writing process firsthand, edits hard (rightly so) and partners with authors to do everything in his power to make their books commercially successful. Although I’ve written in many forms and for many years, I am still on a steep learning curve and feel proud to be part of the Joffe Books family. The inspiration and support from my fellow authors is an unscripted bonus and I look forward to continuing my journey with them.

Quite simply, Jasper’s investment in me and my writing ambitions is the luckiest break this writer has ever had. And now I’d better get writing!


Derek+ThompsonDerek Thompson – Author Bio

Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.

He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.

His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.

He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.

www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.co.uk

@DerekWriteLines

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