BLOG TOUR – The Lost Children (Ray Paterson #2) by Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook#thriller #guestpost

Apologies for the delay but I am belatedly sharing my Blog Post for THE LOST CHILDREN  This is a stunning new addition to the Ray Paterson series that will have the adrenaline pumping from the first page to the last.  Today I am sharing a Guest Post where Steve responds to Questions Readers often ask:

Questions that readers ask me.

 How did you start working with Joffe Books?

I had self-published my first book and whilst it initially did okay, it very quickly sunk into Amazon oblivion and I had no idea as to how to revive it. So I didn’t. I left it out there and got on with writing the next one and when that was done, put it aside and started again. As I began work on the third book I got wondering what the point of it all was if I never intended publishing them and then I remembered that a couple of years ago, I came across a couple of digital publishers and also remembered that I had considering submitting to them but never got around to it. So, I went onto the net and saw that Joffe had an open submissions policy. I dusted off the first one, sent it off never expecting anything to come of it and to my surprise, Jasper came back pretty quickly with an offer to publish. That was only a few months ago and I have now had those first two books published and, dare I say it, are doing extremely well. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I took a chance and Joffe Books took a chance on me!

What’s your favourite/ most memorable reader review?

That’s not an easy one. I have been fortunate to have had so many 5* reviews and some of them have been generous with the content. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to write any kind of review but to know that someone has sat down and given me their honest thoughts and opinion, sometimes over several paragraphs, is truly humbling. That someone thought enough of the story and the characters to be moved to write about it and share their thoughts is good enough reason for me to keep writing..

Do you get a lot of fan mail?

I’ve had a few, yes. Some people have taken the time to write to me via the contact page on my website which, to be honest, caught me by surprise a bit. I know we put these sites up for people to read but I don’t think I ever really expected anyone to actually do so given that the web is clogged with author sites. The letters that I have had so far have been extremely encouraging. Who knows, maybe more people will write to me as time goes on.

What is your writing routine?

Ah…Okay, fess up time here. I don’t have a writing routine as such. I know I should have and I’m working to get myself much more disciplined, but I’m easily distracted. I live in a small close where the neighbours are apt to drop in without warning. I don’t mind, I like to see them of course, but it’s an interruption I can sometimes do without! Of late, I’ve taken to writing in the car with an iPad.

My editing is mostly done at home though, simply because it’s easier and I have a bigger screen to work with. Editing is done after 9pm when I know there’s virtually no chance of anyone wanting a cuppa and a chat.

Do you like TV crime shows?

Definitely. I’ve watched crime shows since I was a kid and just love them (not all of them, mind!). If I know that there’s a show coming on written by Jed Mecurio or Chris Lang, I’m there. I also love Sally Wainwrights’ ‘Happy Valley.’ I didn’t think I would but after the first episode, I was hooked. Brilliant writer that she needs to get on with doing series 3!

As a point of interest, I have spent some time downloading and studying scripts of these TV shows. For me, scriptwritng is the best way to learn to tell a story. You have to think very visually and write very tightly. My first book ‘Their Last Words’ began it’s life as a script and when I came to turn it into a book, I struggled to bring up the word count. I found it hard to put in descriptions of things as it’s not something you have to worry about in a script. But, that script was a ready-made template for a book and even now, when I write, I outline it almost as I would do if it were a script.

What does your partner think about your books?

My wife, Carol is just thrilled. She knew that I wanted to write books for years but life got in the way (as it often does) and when I got the opportunity to do it, she was fully there for me. I think she was shocked when she read the first one as she couldn’t equate the content of the book with the me that she knows but she is fully aware that I have seen and done things that perhaps needed to find an outlet. However, to both our surprise, she was hooked and I say surprise because she has never read a crime thriller in her life. Never been interested. Now, I’m getting my earhole bent to write more. She wants to know how things are going to turn out for Paterson & Clocks in the long-run and I’m told it better end well.

My sons can’t read them. They can’t seem to separate me as dad and me as writer. My eldest read the first page of Their Last Words and that was as far as he got. I can understand that. I’m not sure how I would have felt if my dad wrote some of the things I do.

Are there any books/genres you’d love to write?

Yes. A few actually. I grew up with my father reading horror stories all the time and I always wanted to do that. In fact, I have written four short stories and put them under a pen name on Amazon (you’ll never find it). I also have a couple of ideas for psychological thrillers that I want to get around to at some point and I would also like to write an adult fairy story. As you would expect from the mind that brought you Paterson and Clocks, it will be dark. Very dark.


Escape
THE LOST CHILDREN by Steve Parker

Available from AMAZON
Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.
A MAN IS SHOT DEAD IN THE STREET. BUT WHAT THE POLICE FIND NEARBY IS FAR WORSE.
An elderly African man is found dead in the street, shot through the head. The killing has the hallmark of a professional assassin. Dumped in a waste bin next to the dead man is the dismembered torso of a child.
On his first day back at work, disgraced Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson finds himself teamed up again with newly promoted Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks.
They must hunt down a ruthless killer with connections that go far beyond anything they’ve ever come across before.
Within days they know who committed the murders and why, but are left reeling when they are ordered by the government to release the child’s killers.

FINDING THE KILLERS WASN’T THE HARD PART. BRINGING THEM TO JUSTICE IS.

This is the second in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth.

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole.

TWO DETECTIVES WHO HATE EVERYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER MUST WORK TOGETHER.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.
Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

THE AUTHOR
Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING
Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON

Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN


Steve Parker author photoAuthor Bio

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

BLOG TOUR: Boomerang (DS Smith #2) by Stewart Giles #policeprocedural #DSSmith #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for BOOMERANG by Stewart Giles. This is book 2 in the very gripping DS Smith series. I absolutely love this series and very pleased to be helping with the relaunch of the digitally remastered version.

Boomerang coverBoomerang (DS Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.
Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.
All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

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
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Boomerang:

It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong
I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah
What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David
‘Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill
Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S


My Review

This is book 2 in a very addictive series I find myself reaching for the next book as soon as I have finished the previous one.

The story begins with a suicide that turns out to be murder.  Then Smith’s life is changed forever.  People are dying and the dates are significant dates from the past.  Someone has Smith in their sights but why?  What happened all those years ago and why is Smith being held accountable?

This is an adrenaline pumping read from the very first page.  The suspense and pace build gradually as we progress into the book and the further I got the more invested I was in the story and the characters.

Lets talk about the characters: Jason is the lead character I have followed his journey from the beginning in Phobia and then Smith but if you haven’t read those it is perfectly okay as Stewart makes a brilliant job of building the history into the book.  He is flawed he has had a difficult time with many heart-breaking losses and now this! All this comes accross in the book excellently.  He is on a mission to put away the bad guys whatever it takes.  He is a bit of a loose cannon and a straight talker and that brings humour to the book.

Witton is his favoured partner.  She has a lot of feelings for Smith but he isn’t returning them, yet.  She has Smith’s back and that makes her vulnerable at times.  I think they are a relationship waiting to happen but we will see.  They look out for each other and that becomes very important in this story.

The main theme of the story is Smith’s past and part of that is Lucy, an old flame from his teenage years.  As the looking back into his past takes Smith out of his comfort zone the murderer is ranking up and the bodies are stacking up.  The clock is ticking.

Suspense, twists, turns and curve balls.  This book has it all.  An adrenaline pumping page turner that I found very difficult to put down.  Definitely 5 golden stars from me.  Now I am off to read Ladybird.


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

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

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

BLOG TOUR: Boomerang (DS Smith #2) by Stewart Giles #policeprocedural #DSSmith #crimefiction #detective @stewartgiles

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for BOOMERANG by Stewart Giles. This is book 2 in the very gripping DS Smith series. I absolutely love this series and very pleased to be helping with the relaunch of the digitally remastered version.

Boomerang coverBoomerang (DS Jason Smith #2) by Stewart Giles

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

A MAN IS KILLING PEOPLE IN YORK!

Initially the murders appear to be the random acts of a maniac.
Detective Jason Smith is put in charge of the investigation. It soon becomes clear that the murders are all connected to him in one way or another.
All of the killings correspond to events in Smith’s life and the murderer leaves dates at the crime scene which tie up to important dates in Smith’s history. When one of the dates is a time before Smith was even born, he realises he must look deep into the past to find a way to stop the worst spate of murders in York’s long history.
As the countdown begins can Jason catch York’s first serial killer before it’s too late?

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
York is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England.
At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVES
DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things and that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures.
DS Thompson is of the same rank as Jason, but he doesn’t have the same support or success. He and Jason have a love/hate relationship which brings a bit of humour to the series. Thompson is old school and thinks his age should give him respect and privileges, but life doesn’t work that way for him.
DC Erica Witton is Jason’s preferred partner they work well together and share a bond. She isn’t always appreciated by Jason, but they care about each other and that brings a different dimension to the series.

What readers are saying about Boomerang:

It’s fast-paced and action-packed. I look forward to reading the next book in Smith’s adventures.’ – Linda Strong
I’m really enjoying this series. This story flips between events in Vietnam with modern day murders.’ – Sarah
What a great page turner for the first book I have read by this author.’ – David
‘Really liked this book. Great characters and dialogue, black humour in spades.’ – James O’Neill
Great read …. enjoying this series very much.’ – Caroline S


My Review

This is book 2 in a very addictive series I find myself reaching for the next book as soon as I have finished the previous one.

The story begins with a suicide that turns out to be murder.  Then Smith’s life is changed forever.  People are dying and the dates are significant dates from the past.  Someone has Smith in their sights but why?  What happened all those years ago and why is Smith being held accountable?

This is an adrenaline pumping read from the very first page.  The suspense and pace build gradually as we progress into the book and the further I got the more invested I was in the story and the characters.

Lets talk about the characters: Jason is the lead character I have followed his journey from the beginning in Phobia and then Smith but if you haven’t read those it is perfectly okay as Stewart makes a brilliant job of building the history into the book.  He is flawed he has had a difficult time with many heart-breaking losses and now this! All this comes accross in the book excellently.  He is on a mission to put away the bad guys whatever it takes.  He is a bit of a loose cannon and a straight talker and that brings humour to the book.

Witton is his favoured partner.  She has a lot of feelings for Smith but he isn’t returning them, yet.  She has Smith’s back and that makes her vulnerable at times.  I think they are a relationship waiting to happen but we will see.  They look out for each other and that becomes very important in this story.

The main theme of the story is Smith’s past and part of that is Lucy, an old flame from his teenage years.  As the looking back into his past takes Smith out of his comfort zone the murderer is ranking up and the bodies are stacking up.  The clock is ticking.

Suspense, twists, turns and curve balls.  This book has it all.  An adrenaline pumping page turner that I found very difficult to put down.  Definitely 5 golden stars from me.  Now I am off to read Ladybird.


SG Author photo (4)Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live. After Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later. 3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series. The Beekeeper hit the shelves and hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well. The third in the series, The Backpacker I have self-published and is now available.

Links
Website: www.stewartgiles.com
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

You can join the Stewart Giles reader club by completing this form https://mailchi.mp/a64f6de4c541/sgreadersclub

BOOKS BY STEWART GILES

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

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1 – The Beekeeper
Book 2 – The Perfect Murder
Book 3 – The Backpacker

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