New Author to Joffe Books #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

We are very pleased to welcome ROY LEWIS to Joffe Books Publishing. Roy has been writing Crime Fiction for many years and we are thrilled that Joffe Books is now republishing the brilliant Inspector Crow series. A LOVER TOO MANY will be released on Friday 14th September so watch this space.

Inspector Crow by Roy Lewis

“Life in the fifties! No mobile phones, no laptops, no extensive social media. Life was certainly simpler then, though perhaps not for DI John Crow as he faces puzzling–and sometimes dangerous–criminal cases. Unlike many fictional detectives he has a settled home life, is not handsome and is neither alcoholic nor obsessive. But he is a humane man, principled and dogged and though faced with much professional hostility is persistent in seeking out the truth–while also recognising the human costs of exposing the truth….”

A lover too many cover

A LOVER TOO MANY (Inspector Crow #1) by Roy Lewis

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


About my writing by Roy Lewis 

“After I was called to the Bar at the inner Temple I started writing legal textbooks but when I was appointed  as One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools I was told that activity had to end, so–happily–I turned to crime fiction (being an obsessive writer). My first novel was A Lover  Too Many, Collins Publishers said they wanted an author not a book, and I was launched! Life was easier those days! That first book was not particularly descriptive of a certain area but as things went on I began to use my own experiences–of life in the Rhondda Valley, the West Midlands and later, Tyneside.
A Lover Too Many proved successful being published in UK and USA, France (in translation) Portugal and over the years has run into several editions, published by different houses. It introduced DI John Crow who appeared in several further novels.”

 


Author photoAuthor Bio:

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

New Author to Joffe Books #NewRelease #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction @joffebooks

We are very pleased to welcome ROY LEWIS to Joffe Books Publishing. Roy has been writing Crime Fiction for many years and we are thrilled that Joffe Books is now republishing the brilliant Inspector Crow series. A LOVER TOO MANY will be released on Friday 14th September so watch this space.

Read on to learn a little about Roy’s writing career:

“After I was called to the Bar at the inner Temple I started writing legal textbooks but when I was appointed  as One of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools I was told that activity had to end, so–happily–I turned to crime fiction (being an obsessive writer). My first novel was A Lover  Too Many, Collins Publishers said they wanted an author not a book, and I was launched! Life was easier those days! That first book was not particularly descriptive of a certain area but as things went on I began to use my own experiences–of life in the Rhondda Valley, the West Midlands and later, Tyneside.
A Lover Too Many proved successful being published in UK and USA, France (in translation) Portugal and over the years has run into several editions, published by different houses. It introduced DI John Crow who appeared in several further novels.”

A lover too many cover

A LOVER TOO MANY (Inspector Crow #1) by Roy Lewis

Discover Inspector Crow of Scotland Yard. Enjoy a beautifully told story from a time before smart phones and DNA testing.

 

“Builds up to a good climax and keeps you reading.” The Observer

 

Peter Marlin’s wife is found strangled and he becomes the prime suspect. She’d only just returned from an unexplained absence of several months. And during that time, Peter had found a new lover. Everything points to the husband but there’s no real proof.

 

Inspector John Crow is called in to help the local police. But his new colleagues aren’t keen on an outsider. And Crow must solve the case before anyone else dies.

 

This fast-paced mystery will have you gripped from start to finish. Set in England in the late 1960s, this is the first book to feature Inspector John Crow. More coming soon.

 

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY WRITER

 

Perfect for fans of Peter James, Ruth Rendell, P.D. James and Peter Robinson.

 

Roy Lewis is one of the most critically acclaimed crime writers of his generation.

 

PRAISE FOR ROY LEWIS MYSTERIES

 

Each Lewis seems to better the last. Here is an intriguing puzzle and likely police work and a fine picture of Northumbrian society and countryside” The Times

 

“Roy Lewis has demonstrated an enviable range both in geography and style…a nice neat story” The Financial Times

 

“Lots of cunning complications embracing conservation and financial fiddles” The Guardian

 

“A thorough, unpretentious and immensely solid piece of work with an interesting and likeable hero” Times Literary Supplement

 

Tightly written, well paced and relentlessly accurate” Oxford Times

 

“Chilly drama with some stirring cliff hanger” Sunday Telegraph

 

THE DETECTIVE

Skeletally-built, mild-mannered Inspector John Crow is established in the Murder Squad in London and constantly meets hostility when he is called upon to work on murder cases in regional crime squads in Wales and the Midlands. He displays strong moral feelings, and a sensitivity which brings him into conflict with regional staff as he doggedly and successfully pursues the truth in cases where he is called in.


Author photoAuthor Bio:

Roy Lewis is a well-established crime writer with 60 novels to his name. He lives in the north of England where he sets many of his books. He is a former college principal and Inspector of Schools who now runs business training programmes and has business interests in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. He has three children – all of them lawyers.

BLOG TOUR – Deadly Friend by K D Bloodworth @junctionpublish @kdbloodworth

27393332_385530311907013_1842344660_oDEADLY FRIEND by K D Bloodworth

Available from AMAZON

Following the horrific events in MRPERFECT.COM, Dawn thought she would never escape the demons that had haunted her every waking moment. But months of therapy finally freed her from the memories, allowing her and John to start their lives afresh with a new home in a new town. Slowly making new friends and gaining the confidence to take a part-time bar job, life was better than it had been for a long time.

Then, the past Dawn had tried so hard to forget caught up with her.

Awaking to her worst nightmare, beaten, bound and bloody, Dawn dared not move, fearing she would wake the monster in the room.

The man sleeping in the chair looked like her friend. Something was horribly wrong.


Chapter 1

I watched as John packed his overnight bag.

“Are you sure you’ll be alright?”

I nodded. “Jake and I will be fine—promise.”

There comes a time in your life when you think; things are finally working out. It had been almost three years since my ordeal in Montana. Through John’s love, understanding, and a lot of therapy, I’d almost overcome dying at the hands of a serial killer. The crazy man that had raped and tried to kill me didn’t fare as well—a grizzly bear ate him. Still, it took all that time to get over the fear that often ran through me.

The feeling that someone was watching me never completely went away. Sometimes I would make it through the entire day before it crept back into my brain. The way the sun set through the pine trees that grew on the edge of the fields or a particular smell on the air would set my danger sensor off. I knew, of course, that Jake, our faithful black lab who was always by my side, would never allow anyone to harm me.

Jake had stayed with me during my struggle to survive in the backcountry of Montana. After my rescue, I promised to take care of him. In return, the second anyone turned into our driveway; Jake would sound the alarm before the motion sensors even had the chance to beep.

John would call before he turned into the driveway, so I wasn’t freaked out. It had taken almost a full year before I could finally tell him he didn’t need to call to give me prior warning. That didn’t mean, however, that when the alarm sounded, I wasn’t on high alert, anxious to see who was coming down the driveway. But there was a shotgun in the corner by the front door, and three pistols dotted throughout the place—in a drawer by the back door in the mudroom, in my nightstand and in my makeup drawer in the master bathroom.

I no longer needed therapy sessions. John and the family disagreed with me, but they weren’t the ones that had to drag it all up once a week. I was way past talking about what had happened. It was time I got on with my life.

Today would be the real test. John needed to travel back to Richmond for a job interview.

“I could leave in the middle of the night if you’d prefer?” he suggested.

“No, that’s silly. If you go tonight, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep and arrive rested for the interview.”

“I’m afraid you’ll take a backward step if you have to spend the entire night alone.”

“I’m more than capable. After all, I won’t really be alone. Jake will be with me, as well as my guns. I’ll be in good company. If anyone dares to mess with me, I won’t hesitate to use them.”

I knew he worried about my state of mind and, to be honest, who could blame him? It had been a long struggle for me, far more than I’d ever let on.

Before he left, we checked the locks on the doors and windows and made sure the car had plenty of gas. He also checked to see that my cell phone was fully charged.

Jake followed us through several trips around the house, watching our every move. He watched John put his bag and his briefcase in the truck, wagging his tail in anticipation of going for a ride.

John patted him on the head. “Sorry Jake, you need to stay here and take care of Mom and the house.”

“John, you’re making me nervous! I’m going to be fine. It’s time! Really, it’s time.” I smiled as I reached for him, stepping into his arms. I gave him a reassuring hug.

“Are you absolutely sure?” he whispered.

“I’ll be fine. In fact, when you get back, I think we should take a vacation.”

He pulled away from me, looking into my eyes as if I’d told him I had just won the lottery. “Really?”

“Yes. I want to go to Yellowstone.” Probably the last place on earth John would expect I’d want to go. Granted it was Montana, but only partially. Yellowstone was a long way from Great Falls and the Sun Canyon. I needed to do this. Now I just had to convince him.

“Yellowstone? Why there?” I could see the confusion in his eyes.

“I think a trip there will be my final therapy session. This is my idea, not Doctor Reynolds.”

“Okay, I’ll think about it. We’ll talk about it when I get back tomorrow night.”

Jake and I walked him out to his truck, and I kissed him good-bye. Moments later, we watched as he pulled down the driveway.

I took a deep breath and looked around the open area where our house sat. Everything was silent except for my frantically beating heart. I can do this! I will do this!


Author PhotoAUTHOR BIO

I lived in three different states before I started school, but then lived in the same house with my parents until I was nineteen. The wander lust took over and since then I have lived in nine different states and have lost count of how many different addresses I have owned.

Other than my family and dog, I have two other loves in life, photography and writing. The writing came to me later in life when I decided I could write some good fiction based on real life experiences. Truthfully, many of the things I have done most people would think I was making that stuff up. So, I started changing names and some places, adding a bit of spice, and my writing career began.

People often ask me if something in the story happened to me and all I can do is smile. Some secrets are best well kept.

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BLOG TOUR – Decree Absolute by WA Cooper @junctionpublish

CoverDecree Absolute by W A Cooper

Available from AMAZON

Jessica Barron no longer believes in love.

Her first husband died tragically and she discovers her second husband in flagrante with their children’s nanny. But with the faithless pair gone, her parents holidaying overseas, and her friend Amy in no state to assist, the Leeds divorce advocate can’t juggle the demands of her job with the care of her children, Luke and Gemmy, who she is emotionally estranged from. Jessica needs a new nanny, and fast.

Renée Arden is over relationships. Reeling from a recent break up, the Home Solution Agency owner is temporarily homeless. When Jessica mistakes her for a staff member, the solution is obvious. Renée will step in as nanny.

On their initial meeting Jessica and Renée clash. But desperate times call for desperate measures and the women put aside their differences. Both women, in their own way, need each other.

Renée’s efficient running of the household, enables Jessica to reconnect with her children and their relationship moves from professional to friendship, with the possibility of so much more.

But circumstances and supposed friends conspire against them.

Further heartbreak, hidden truths and secret desires test their fledgling relationship.

Decree Absolute…the end is a new beginning. Or is it?


#Guestpost

Rationale:

There are many over 35+ women out there that have married, had children and then fallen in love with other women. I wanted a chance to write a novel showcasing their journey in a fictional way and Decree Absolute is that starting point for me.

A British television series that shall remain nameless, heavily influenced me. Two women featured strongly in the storyline only to have the ‘let’s kill off one of the lesbians’ troupe play out yet again. More interesting for me was my reaction to this. I felt as if I’d lost a friend; someone I identified with, and I was angry, upset and downright livid.

But the positive of this was I started writing a story I had tucked away many years ago and I haven’t stopped since. I might put my main characters through hell, but I refuse to kill them off!

Lead character:

Jessica Barron is my main character. She is in her early forties, headstrong, single-minded and supposedly straight. But her world, which includes a cheating husband, two children who she is emotionally estranged from and a crippling mortgage, is turned over by a series of events that will test her to her limit. Decree Absolute is Jessica’s journey through this emotional, period of her life and how love can come out of the blue, with a person you least expect. In Jessica’s case it is Renée Arden, the owner of a home assistant agency.

I force the two of them together, which neither of them really wants, then bury them so deep in problems that they have to work together to get through it all.

It is Jessica who undergoes the most change and when finally they are allowed to live their lives together she is a happier, more loving person because of her love for Renée.


Author Photo - WA CooperAUTHOR BIO

Hi my name is Wendy Cooper. Growing up surrounded by books was a given. Dad was a bookseller back in the day and I worked for a publishing company in England on my big overseas adventure. I couldn’t escape the lure of books if I wanted to. For thirty years I was a flight attendant with our national carrier, and still immersed myself in reading on those long tours of duty away from New Zealand. On retiring from that career I settled on the Volcanic Plateau with my partner and two exotic cats who bring us much joy with their antics.

Travel writing and photography diplomas make up the sum total of my academic background. I prefer to inform those who ask, I graduated from the University of Life and am doing post graduate studies for the rest of my life!

I’ve been mentored by two fantastic writers who have helped my writing get to where it is today. Lee Murray and Eileen Mueller thank you for believing in me.

Women’s fiction with strong romantic themes (mainly gay women, but not exclusively) seems to be where my genre lies. Once I’ve written all the stories I have on my ‘To do’ list, I might try fantasy. There’s a blind dragon who has befriended a fairy who can’t fly. They would like their story told. Amazon Author Page…

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/wendy.cooper.54922

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.

FEATURE FRIDAY: Steve Parker @mrparkerspen @joffebooks #raypaterson #theirlastwords #TeamJoffeBooks #crimefiction #Policeprocedural

This week the star of my FEATURE FRIDAY is Steve Parker.  Steve is a new addition to the fantastic group of authors published by the awesome JOFFE BOOKS.  I am very excited to share with you an article written by Steve where he tells us all about himself.  I know you are eager to read on so I will leave you to it.  I hope you enjoy it!  Do read on to find out all about his brilliant debut thriller: THEIR LAST WORDS.

A few things you might be interested to know about me by Steve Parker

I’m not as sick as you may think! The reaction to my first book has been…interesting. Those who know me well and were involved in reading the early drafts of my books look at me like I’m a complete stranger to them. They seem to think that I’m hiding some kind of dark side and even my wife looked at me a bit funny when she read the first one! I’m not hiding a dark side at all. I’m just writing about the life I know and feel most comfortable in and even though I’ve retired, that blue streak runs deep and I still consider myself to be a copper (weird, eh?).

I was forced to retire early due to injury. When I was quite young in service I found myself somewhat outnumbered in a street fight which resulted in some brave soul kicking me in the back. After getting myself back to some level of health I got into another fight and got pushed onto the corner of a fireplace and it jabbed me right in the same place. That did it. I couldn’t stand for three months. Amazing what you can do with a positive mental attitude, a truck load of physio and a deep desire to find the little B who pushed me (I did). Every day’s a painful day but, that’s life. I can stand and I can run so I’m winning. Moral of the story: be a better fighter!

My primary characters are, of course, an amalgamation of people I have known and crossed paths with over the years. I really did know two millionaire policemen and God knows how many Johnny Clocks’s!

I try not to get hung up on the procedural bit in my books although I accept that there is some of it. All I want to do is tell a story that I hope will engage people and keep them entertained and it is the story that drives me. I do, like most storytellers, gild the lily a bit and to those people who say ‘yeah, that wouldn’t happen in real life,’ don’t be so sure (apart from the bits where Commissioner Young comes out to play. An office rof that rank coming out from behind his desk? That would never happen!). I also like to try and throw a bit of humour into my stories because that’s how police cope. We find humour in the darkest of corners and sometimes… we just see some funny stuff and it would be unrealistic if my characters didn’t see the humour in things.

Someone once said that as an author I was the lovechild of Martina Cole and James Patterson. I love that!

I believe that those of us who write about crime do so out of a need to show people what the world is really like beneath the veneer of the ordinary. We wrap it in what we hope is an entertaining, thrilling story but what we’re really saying is ‘there be monsters out there and the slippery buggers look like me and you. Watch yerself!’. The things that police officers see and do, mark us on some level. My second book will drive that point home.

On a cheerier note; my writing influences? Hard to say. So many. I actually learned to read from the comics my dad used to bring home for me every Friday when he got home from work and I learned to read at a very young age. Dad used to read a lot of Stephen King and I picked them up when he’d finished but I preferred crime and gravitated toward Ed McBain and his 87th precinct books. Joseph Wambaugh’s ‘The Choirboys’ had a big influence on me and made me want to be a copper. It seemed like a laugh…

I have no real form of writing routine. I just write wherever I can. Of late, I’ve been hanging the iPad over the steering wheel of my car and typing with a bluetooth keyboard. Have wheels, will travel. I tend to write wherever I can and edit at home on a laptop on the dining room table.

My first published works was, wait for it… articles in Health magazines. Whilst I was still a police officer I trained as a clinical hypnotherapist and eventually went on to teach the subject in my spare time. My specialist subject was in the treatment of trauma using something called EMDR. You can look that one up online if you’re interested as it would take far too long to explain here!

I am an avid photographer and had my first exhibition when I was 18. I have sold to magazines around the world and one or two of mine are in private collections. My first love is for black and white and I seriously, seriously, miss my old darkroom.

My wife and I have been married since time began and we have two incredible boys who are off-hand now and live happy and very productive lives. As a parent, that’ll do for me. We moved to the coast a few years ago and have a cockerpoo as a surrogate child! It’s whilst walking along the sea shore (shingles, really – did I mention it was the south coast?) with her that I get to thinking…what if?

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What do I think of my publisher?

I’m a newbie to Joffe books but I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for them I would still be writing into a void. My first book was self-published and after a promising start, tanked into oblivion. I sent it to Jasper and to my surprise, he accepted it! In a very short space of time that book was re-titled, re-covered and in the Top 100 on the Amazon bestsellers chart and I found myself in a list that contained the likes of Lee Child, James Patterson and J.K Rowling! I’m still bewildered.

What I do like is that there is no pressure on me. Jasper wants me to write the best book I can before handing it in for editing and I appreciate and respect that. There is no deadline imposed upon me to produce and I’m not expected to just churn them out.

What I am suprised about, and grateful for, is the camaraderie amongst the other Joffe authors and the way that they all band together to help each other. Writing is a lonely business and it’s a great feeling to know that there’s someone out there willing to help or just talk to when things go a little bit wonky-donk with the story. And, not just any old authors – massive selling authors with zero ego and an eager willingness to help. How bad’s that?

I’m also deeply grateful to all of the bloggers and reviewers who take the time to help us to get noticed under the watchful eye of our very formidable launch team. The works these guys do is hugely important in the life of us authors and their contribution to our success does not go unnoticed. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure that that sort of help and support isn’t so readliy available to ‘traditionally’ published authors.

As I said, I’m a newbie with just one book under my belt so I don’t know yet what’s in store for me but I like to think that somewhere, in that innovative and clever mind of Jasper’s, there’s a plan for me, for all of his authors and for Joffe Books itself. Whatever his plan is, wherever I go, I’m honored to be a part of it. Take a look at the bestseller charts. Dominated by Joffe authors. Owned!


THEIR LAST WORDS.jpgTHEIR LAST WORDS (Ray Paterson #1) by Steve Parker

Available from    Amazon UK  Amazon US  Amazon Australia  Amazon Canada

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A VICTIM. A MUTILATED BODY. A SINGLE WORD.

A young woman is found dead on the streets of London. Her throat slashed, her body mutilated, and one word carved into her flesh: “DON’T.”

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is assigned to the case. Young, handsome, and from a well-off background, he’s tipped for the top. He joins a team based out of Bermondsey, South London. It’s meant to be a stepping stone to his next promotion, but this case will threaten to bring down his career and everything he thought he knew about policing.

Paterson is put in charge of the dead girl’s investigation and quickly discovers he must rely on his friend and mentor, Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan to guide him through.

THEN ANOTHER BODY IS DISCOVERED. ANOTHER WORD CUT INTO THE VICTIM’S CHEST.

The police realise they may have a depraved serial killer on their hands. The murderer is trying to send them a message carved in his victims’ bodies. But who’s the message for?

How many more must die? Detective Paterson may be the only man who can stop this vile killer . . . if he can survive long enough.

This is the first 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 Mark Billingham.

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVILY REVISED EDITION OF A BOOK FIRST PUBLISHED AS “THE SKY IS CRYING.”

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 Sergeant 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.

Detective Sergeant Dave Jordan is an old-school copper who trusts his instincts but relies on evidence. He is typical in that his marriage has broken down and he’s been unable to form a relationship since.

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.

What the readers are saying:

On the Shelf Reviews

This also has a little twist on the usual crime books, as the superintendent is one of the main characters investigating the murder. I can honestly say I haven’t seen before, usually they’re in the background making it harder for people to do their jobs. Also Ray Paterson is a bit flash, driving round in an Aston Martin wearing Gucci shoes and posh suits, coming from money he doesn’t really have to work either unlike your usual copper.  Read more here

Linda Strong Book Reviews

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

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you like crime novels, if you enjoy a good story, if you want a novel which will grab you and hold you until the end and then leave you fizzing for more, then this is the book for you. I cannot wait for the next one!  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley, this was one hell of an unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride of a read.  The story hit the ground running and maintained the pace throughout.  As soon as I read the first sentence I just knew that I was going to become addicted to reading this book and so it proved.  For me ‘Their Last Words’ really is a ‘CPID’ (can’t put it down) book.   Read more here

The Bookworm Drinketh

I loved getting to know the characters and Steve Parker did a great job at really getting you to feel the weight that the work puts on these officers and how they deal with it. Will they shut down? Will they deal with it with dark humour? Will they take to the drink? From the very beginning you wondered how these officers could go out there and do their jobs, seeing what they see.  Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I really, really enjoyed this book – it was well written and it completely captivated me.  I am a massive crime fiction fan and I love reading book from new authors to me and this one was a complete delight for me.  Read more here

Robin Loves Reading

The first half of the book was a bit difficult for me as I am rather sensitive. But, once they had a bead on the killer, it then became a matter of locating him before he could continue to murder people. This fast-paced book truly became a page turner from this point on. I had a surprisingly emotional reaction to the shocking conclusion. Haven’t not read much crime fiction before, I was impressed.  Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

My turn to tell you how brilliant this book is! I must admit it’s a bit got in places compared to some books I have read, but i think that’s what makes it interesting.  Read more here

Orchard Book Club

A gruesome body on the first page and I was hooked. This book never takes its foot off the gas, as bodies turn up left right and centre Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and his team have their work cut out for them.  Read more here

Black Books Blog

I really got into this story very quickly with the murders as they were done in such a way that you would assume it was personal, or the killer is some deranged character who will kill more and lead the police on a merry chase, so I knew I was going to be in for a good ride with Paterson as he and his little team investigate everything.  Read more here

Beth in a Box: Guest Review by Margaret Russell

You need your wits about you with this book. It is fast paced and the author has developed a strong cast of characters and a good plot, all dealing with a particularly gruesome crime that develops into a series of crimes. They are all committed by the same pertpetrator who leaves no forensic clues behind to help the Police out.  Read more here


Steve Parker author photo

 Steve Parker author 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.

Links

Twitter: @mrparkerspen

BLOG TOUR – Her Last Breath by Charlie Gallagher @joffebooks @gloriouscharlie #georgeelms #herlastbreath #netgalley #kindleunlimited #policeprocedural #crimefiction #detectivebook

Today is my stop on the BLOG TOUR for HER LAST BREATH by Charlie Gallager.  I am, in all honesty, very sad to be sharing this guest post.  I have not yet read all the George Elms books.  I joined the party with End Game and the previous 3 are on my kindle awaiting a gap. BUT, I did feel a connection to George from the very beginning.  Charlie did say that this would be the LAST George Elms but I always hoped he might change his mind.  Her Last Breath is a heartbreakingly awesome read and a fitting tribute to a special character.  Read on to hear why Charlie decided the time was right for George to walk away from his Police work…..

#GUESTPOST by Charlie Gallagher – ‘Why I retired George Elms’

‘Her Last Breath’ is the last book to feature George Elms. For readers that have followed his journey from the beginning I am hoping this is something you will understand, maybe even be a little bit relieved about!

Because George has had a tough time. In his seven novels he has been blown up, shot at, dragged through a car window, he has battled alcoholism, shot two of his best friends, shattered his ankle in a car crash, been tasered, gone to prison, come out of prison, tortured a man to death, seen his family split up and move away and nearly lost his mind trying to get it all back together again. And most recently of course he was forced to talk a woman out of throwing her cat at him while trying to get a cup of tea to go with his Jammy Dodgers.

It’s been a busy few years.

The plan for George originally was three books. That turned into four. Then I started writing ‘Missing’ and I got to the point where I needed a detective sergeant to be introduced to push the story on. Originally this was someone else. It was supposed to be a bit-part but the story was starting to fizz out and I suddenly didn’t know where to go next. Then I tried bringing George in to be the DS that gets involved and the book took back off. I wrote the rest of that book as fast as I could type it!

‘Then She Ran’ was when I knew George was coming up for retirement. He became difficult to work with, suspicious of everyone and believing he was the only person who was doing any decent police work. He’d always had a bit of that about him, but it peaked in this book and he became a little more difficult to like – and he started to hurt the people around him that he truly cared about. I couldn’t write him any other way, you get to know these characters really well and that was just the way he was going. His saving grace throughout was his absolute dedication to catching criminals. That never wavered. He did whatever it took to get the right result and I can tell you from first hand experience that there are not enough police officers left like that. Coppers like George simply couldn’t survive in modern day policing.

As I knew ‘Her Last Breath’ was going to see George walking away, I wanted to be sure it was a case that would hit him hard, hard enough for someone like him to realise that it just wasn’t what he wanted to do anymore. Not if he had a chance at a ‘normal’ life. I was very happy with the book, I think people will excuse him for calling time. And I think it was George at his best.

So what next? I have seen a lot of feedback, a lot of lovely reviews and the books are really picking up – and it’s all focussed on George. People seem to really like him, which is incredible. It’s so important to have readers routing for your lead. This then, is perhaps a silly time to be moving on – but I don’t think so. I have a brand new series. Everything I learned from George and the eight books so far will help with the new series. The first book is done, the tone and the themes are the same, I have a new lead – DS Maddie Ives and in her first ever scene she steps on a baddie’s crutch and lingers long enough to leave her mark. I love her already. I sincerely hope you will too.

I’ve had a lot of questions about whether George will come back in the future. Right now I don’t think so. But I do miss him already!

Thanks so much to everyone who has been in touch about George – or the books in general. There has been a real positive vibe and it really motivates me to keep working. I know all the Joffe authors feel the same. Thank you for all your support.

And to George – happy retirement! And thanks for all the memories.


EscapeHER LAST BREATH by Charlie Gallagher

Available from Amazon

Discover a crime thriller which will have you gripped from the explosive start to one of the most shocking endings of the year.

Henry Roberts is a serial killer. He has a type — young, blonde, attractive women. He is three years into a life sentence.

Two of his victims were never found.

Now, Henry Roberts is dying. He wants to make a deal. Move him to a secure unit by the sea and he will tell the police where the other victims’ remains are.

The offer is accepted and Detective George Elms travels to the force who led the original investigation. He is the messenger. He finds a police force and a community still shattered. As he reviews the old case notes he also learns something else. Henry Roberts didn’t work alone.

A woman goes missing. She fits the profile of the other victims. The circumstances of her disappearance do too — she never made it from her commuter train to her car.

Then a second woman goes missing. George is convinced they are linked. Henry Roberts told him on his prison visit that two is better because: you can make the other one watch.

Time running out for George. He is convinced that Henry Roberts knows who he should be chasing, but will he help before he takes his last breath? Or the women take theirs?

Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Mark Billingham.

THE AUTHOR
Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

ALSO BY CHARLIE GALLAGHER
LANGTHORNE POLICE SERIES
Book 1: BODILY HARM
Book 2: PANIC BUTTON
Book 3: BLOOD MONEY
Book 4: END GAME

MISSING
THEN SHE RAN
RUTHLESS


Author Bio

Charlie Gallagher has been a serving UK police officer for ten years. During that time he has had many roles, starting as a front-line response officer, then a member of a specialist tactical team and is currently a detective investigating serious offences.

LINKS
Website: https://www.writercharliegallagher.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/writercharliegallagher
Twitter: @gloriouscharlie

THE TITAN SERIES by T.J. Brearton #BargainBooks #crimefiction #Guestpost #TeamJoffeBooks @joffebooks @breartontj #kindleunlimited

The TITAN series by the brilliant TJ Brearton is now available as a 4 book box set and  for a short period you will be able to purchase this 4 books set for a  £2.99 / $3.93 for a short period (full price will be £4.99 / $6.99).  Read on for a Guest Post by T.J. Brearton about the Titan series.  

Available from: Amazon UK    Amazon US     Amazon Australia   Amazon Canada


Guest Post by T.J. Brearton

TITAN
Four thrilling books complete the series that follows broken cop Brendan Healy and tenacious special prosecutor Jennifer Aiken as they hunt down corrupt officials and punish human traffickers:

HABIT
Rookie Detective Brendan Healy investigates the death of Rebecca Heilshorn, a young escort with ties to powerful people in high places, while he struggles with addiction and past demons.

SURVIVORS
Two years later and as a private citizen, Healy investigates the death of a friend, tied into the same escort service and multinational corporation – Titan – now being watched by Jennifer Aiken, an agent with the DOJ. When Aiken gets kidnapped, Healy struggles to save her.

DAYBREAK
Imprisoned for the murder of a powerful businessman, Healy escapes jail in order to find Rebecca Heilshorn’s daughter. Healy and Aiken are fugitives, dogged at every turn, rushing to uncover the truth behind Titan and its collusion with the federal government.

BLACK SOUL
Now expatriates, Healy and Aiken become Chase and Beckett, fighting human trafficking and government corruption around the world. A missing young woman draws them to Central America, where Healy’s impulsiveness and rough methods may take their final toll.

Author’s Note:

How deep does the rabbit hole go? There’s probably no blurb or summary that can really get across what the Titan Series is — you have to experience it for yourself. That’s partly because it’s a little bit of everything, perhaps, with police investigating a murder in a rural community to a group of brilliant internet hackers to a former cop breaking out of prison to the story of two people falling in love. But what it really is will be what YOU bring to it, what you see through the eyes of Brendan and Jennifer, how you apply the events in the four books to our contemporary world. I hope you have as much fun reading as I had writing, and I thank you.


titan series box.jpgTHE TITAN SERIES box set of four absolutely gripping thrillers 

DO YOU LOVE GRIPPING CRIME THRILLERS? THEN DISCOVER ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING SERIES OF THE DECADE.

YOU GET FOUR HEART-POUNDING THRILLERS IN THIS AMAZING BOX SET.

For the first time ever, the four best-selling books in The Titan Series are available in one edition.

JENNIFER AIKEN AND BRENDAN HEALY. TWO INVESTIGATORS FIGHTING A DANGEROUS WORLD OF CRIME AND CORRUPTION.

BOOK 1: HABIT
A MURDER MYSTERY WITH MUCH MORE BEHIND IT. Rebecca Heilshorn, lies stabbed to death in her bed in a remote, upstate New York farmhouse. Rookie detective Brendan Healy is called in to investigate. All hell breaks loose when her brother bursts onto the scene. Rebecca turns out to have many secrets and connections to a sordid network mixing power, wealth, and sex.

Detective Brendan Healy, trying to put his demons behind him, pursues a dangerous investigation that will risk both his life and his sanity.

BOOK 2: SURVIVORS
KIDNAP, CORRUPTION AND VERY DARK CONSPIRACIES. The phone rings. One of Brendan Healy’s oldest and best friends is dead. Healy must return home to Hawthorne to found out why. Meanwhile, Agent Jennifer Aiken is investigating the same dark conspiracy involving politicians, prostitution, and black markets. The trail will put both her and Brendan’s life in mortal danger, as well as introducing Healy to the fascinating young woman Sloane Dewan, who may hold the key to it all.

BOOK 3: DAYBREAK
FULL OF MASSIVE TWISTS AND TURNS. Brendan and Jennifer work together to expose the corruption at the heart of the American government and the people attempting to control the economy, military, and police for their own ends. Can Brendan finally get justice for his wife and daughter and all the other victims of the dark forces subverting freedom?

BOOK 4: BLACK SOUL
INTERNATIONAL CRIME IN PARADISE. Free-spirited Rene Sterling vanished ten days ago. Her father fears she’s been sold into sex slavery. Investigators William Chase and Hanna Beckett are his last hope to find her. Find out what Brendan and Jennifer did next in this brilliantly gripping thriller.

If you like James Patterson, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo, or Dennis Lehane novels you will be gripped by the compelling crime thriller box set of four books.

ALL BOOKS WERE PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED SEPARATELY AS HABIT, SURVIVORS, DAYBREAK (PUBLISHED AS A BOX SET “A WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN A FARMHOUSE”), AND BLACK SOUL

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOKS

“The single best crime investigation fiction I’ve ever read. It’s well written, believable characters, and the best part is, it’s long enough that I have a chance to enjoy it for days.” R. Glueck

“Detective Brendan Healy solves a complex case, facing his own demons, in a brilliant police procedural with a dark conspiracy in the background.” Sarah Victor

Couldn’t put it down. No work done until I’d finished it.” Sue

“Filled with twists and turns which you definitely don’t see coming, the suspense grows as the book progresses, until the point comes where you want to shake some sense into Brendan.” Aurora

“I was totally hooked from the very first paragraph.” Peachieday

“This is an intense, emotional, gripping thriller that kept me reading until it was over.” KC

“Keeps you on the edge right till the end, one of those books you don’t want to put down, would highly recommend it.” Lynda

Excellent series that you must read from book 1 or you will miss out on so much.” Lisa

BLOG TOUR – Catching Love when it Falls by Deryn Pittar

Today I am delighted to be kicking off the Blog Tour for Catching Love when it Falls. This is the first book in the Future Movers series and I am sharing with you Deryn’s rationale for the book/series.

catching love when it fallsCATCHING LOVE WHEN IT FALLS  by Deryn Pittar

Available from Amazon

William and Belinda, both genetically altered, meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government’s defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they will be conscripted and never be free again.

William’s talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye. Belinda can lift objects of great weight with her mind. Their relationship creates a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

Catching Love when it Falls 2

CATCHING LOVE WHEN IT FALLS is the first book in the FUTURE MOVERS series and the rest of the series will be released soon:

THE FUTURE MOVERS SERIES

Love’s Bright Star – 19th June

Love’s Red Heart – 26th June

A Stellar Affair – 3rd July

Romancing the Memory Collector – 10th July

5 book box set – 7th August

 


#GuestPost – Future Movers Rationale

The  rationale for ‘Catching Love When it Falls’ developed from the public discussions across all media about the genetic modification of plants, adding genes to prevent diseases and changing the way the plants react. There were for and against opinions; and so The Future Movers Series was born.

I wondered what the consequences would be if a rogue group of scientists placed animal genes into human embryos. From this premise rose the following questions:

Who would do this and proclaim a legal right to do so?

Who would carry these children to full term and who care for them?

What types of talents could they have?

If they mingled with the normal populations what would people think?

How could they live a normal life with their unusual features and talents?

I had to answer all these questions as I developed my stories, plus any questions that arose along the way. I set the series in the future to make all this possible.

Therefore,  I created the Defense Department as the legal breeders; their excuse being the children’s extraordinary talents could be used in defense of the country (i.e. New Zealand and Australia) and although not mentioned in each book surrogate mothers were tricked into carrying the embryos thinking they were helping infertile couples.

Then I needed a place for the children to be reared, so the Nursery was created. A time limit was also needed so that the children could be released for adoption into the general public if they appeared normal by the age of seven. As conscription into life-long service in the Defense Dpartment was considered a prison sentence the children began to hide their talents.

Throughout the series more details are revealed but the whole rationale holds together really well.

I also had a heap of fun coming up with the talents some of the Nursery’s residents develop from the cocktail of genes some of them received.


Deryn croppedAUTHOR BIO

I write futuristic and fantasy fiction, spiced with romance and adventure. This allows my imagination to run free, to create interesting characters caught in unusual circumstances and events. Sometimes I have the pleasure of watching science and technology catch up with my imagination.

I also write Young Adult, short stories and flash fiction; articles on writing and I am published in these genre. I self-published a children’s rhyming book and once won a prize for a short screen script.

I’m a published poet and I endeavour to put my poetry skills into my fiction writing to enhance the word pictures I create.

I live in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand which lives up to its name. I belong to the Romance Writers of N.Z., Tauranga Writers, and Spec.Fic.NZ (speculative fictionNZ).

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