Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Needle Song - Russell Day #BlogTor #Extract @NeedleSongBook

Needle Song 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Needle Song by Russell Day.  My thanks go to Emma Welton @Damppebbles Blog Tours.

About the Book

Spending the night with a beautiful woman would be a good alibi, if the body in the next room wasn't her husband.

Doc Slidesmith has a habit of knowing things he shouldn’t. He knows the woman Chris Rudjer meets online is married. He knows the adult fun she’s looking for is likely to be short lived. And when her husband’s killed, he knows Chris Rudjer didn’t do it. 

Only trouble is the police disagree and no one wants to waste time investigating an open and shut case.

No one except Doc.

Using lies, blackmail and a loaded pack of Tarot cards, Doc sets about looking for the truth - but the more truth he finds, the less he thinks his friend is going to like it.


Settle down and get comfortable as I have a sneaky extract from #NeedleSongBook for you to tempt you even further.

The car stank of old food and someone who’d only just stopped being a teenager. I gave the guy behind the wheel my best don’t-fuck-with-me look. His mouth opened and closed a couple of times but nothing came out. He found his voice as Doc opened the rear door and climbed in.

“What do you think you’re doing?”

He did his best to sound outraged. He didn’t do it very well.

“That’s what we’re asking you,” Doc told him. I could hear him smiling. This, more than the situation, made me angry again. I wasn’t seeing the humour in any of this. “Now, why are you following my friend Jan?”

“I got no idea what you’re talking about.” He was trying hard to keep his head still, trying to keep contact with Doc. Doing what he could to appear sincere. There was one of Doc’s silences but it drew out nothing useful, the guy just repeated himself, “I don’t know what you mean, I got no idea.”

“You just followed us around an empty industrial estate, twice, then down a dead-end.” Doc shifted on the back seat, moved into the driver’s personal space. “Why? Looking for some dogging action?”
The driver giggled, either nerves or an attempt to ingratiate himself. The silence in the car swallowed the sound whole.

“Why are you following Jan Keller?” Doc asked again.

The driver let out a sigh, he sounded tired. Worn out tired, not bored. Doc was right about back to back twelve-hour shifts, they’re a killer. Ask any nurse.

“I’m being paid to. Someone wants to know what she gets up to, that’s all I can say.”

We waited but nothing else was forth coming.

Doc said, “Who’s paying you?”

In the gloom, I saw the outline of the driver’s head shake.

“I’m not saying anything else. More than my job’s worth.”

I felt something inside me shift. The anger had been there all day, since I’d seen Middle Age Gut snooping with his mobile, but it had been aimless. Now it changed, became pointed. I reached up to the roof light of the car and switched it on. The driver watched me. He was still nervous, but now he had an air of defiance to him. Maybe deciding the line he was going to take had made him feel in control.

I reached into a pocket of my leather, pulled out the Stanley knife. I held it in front of me to make sure he’d seen it then thumbed the blade open and thrust it toward him. He jerked away and came to a stop pressed hard against the door pillar, then jammed his head back into the seat rest as far as he could. He wound up with nowhere to go and the tip of the blade just under the angle of his jaw. His head was craned back so he was looking straight up to heaven. Eyes wide.

“Jesus Christ,” he squeaked.

We waited a moment. Jesus didn’t show, so we carried on without him.

Wow what a sneaky peak and if you are anything like me, I now need to know what happens next!!   If the above has tempted you, the links are below to enable you to buy from Amazon or the publishers Fahrenheit Press. 

About the Author

Russell Day was born in 1966 and grew up in Harlesden, NW10 – a geographic region searching for an alibi. From an early age it was clear the only things he cared about were motorcycles, tattoos and writing. At a later stage he added family life to his list of interests and now lives with his wife and two children. He’s still in London, but has moved south of the river for the milder climate.

Although he only writes crime fiction Russ doesn’t consider his work restricted. ‘As long as there have been people there has been crime, as long as there are people there will be crime.’ That attitude leaves a lot of scope for settings and characters. One of the first short stories he had published, The Second Rat and the Automatic Nun, was a double-cross story set in a world where the church had taken over policing. In his first novel, Needle Song, an amateur detective employs logic, psychology and a loaded pack of tarot cards to investigate a death.

Russ often tells people he seldom smiles due to nerve damage, sustained when his jaw was broken. In fact, this is a total fabrication and his family will tell you he’s has always been a miserable bastard. 

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My thanks to Russell Day for providing this exciting extract, the publishers Farhenheit Press and also Emma @ Damppebbles Blog Tours for my spot on the blog tour.   

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Death on the Coast - B A Steadman #BlogBlitz #GuestPost #BloodhoundBooks

Death on the Coast 

Today I am pleased to be able to participate in the blog tour for Death on the Coast by B A Steadman.  My thanks go to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books. 

About the Book

Can DCI Dan Hellier decipher the twisted mind behind the ritualised burning of homeless men on Devon’s beaches before more people are sacrificed?

When images from the burning appear all over social media, Hellier realises that he is dealing with a cult and a mystery that will leads back to the Irish Troubles.

Hellier will battle a bitter man who has plotted revenge for more than twenty years, without a care for the lives he will destroy.

 Guest Post 

Today on my blog I am joined by B A Steadman who has an interesting topic to discuss with you my lovely readers.  

Why an editor is so important

There is a peculiar moment between finishing a novel and waiting for it to be returned full of the changes and edits I will need to make in order for it to be enjoyed. I’m suddenly free of the necessity to produce a couple of thousand words a day. The story has matured and gone through major changes and some re-writing over the last few months. And now, for a few short weeks, I can do nothing. It’s liberating. A sense of achievement. The editor at Bloodhound Books will beaver away while I enjoy the gorgeous summer weather and plot the next one. Then the doubt sets in. Just how much will need to be changed? Should I have left that scene in, or taken that character out?

These questions are why the role of editor or any critical reader is vital in the production of a novel, which of course, is about far more than writing a good yarn. Without that detached view, connections which may seem obvious to me, having lived with the characters for so many months, may not be clear to first-time readers. I’ll think I’ve explained everything but find that lots of it exists only in my head, not on the page.

Also writing at speed can mean the repetition of phrases and words or clich├ęs that I overuse which will jar with a reader, whereas to me they are second nature (there’s another one) and I don’t see them. Sometimes the flow of the story is impeded by too much back story. Sometimes I like a new character and go off on a tangent writing a scene especially for them, that then has to come out. This time, for Death on the Coast I took out a whole character. I’ve saved her for a future book but she just wasn’t needed in this one.

Through the editing process, the book becomes tighter and more readable. It is, however, not ‘top-down’. Editing is a two-way dialogue between two experts, you are the expert in your story and characters, the editor is an expert in polishing the rough diamond, but in the end, the writer has to agree the changes!

Now for those of you that may be budding authors out there and thinking of publishing a book, maybe the above topic is of interest to you.  It was interesting to me and I have no intention of publishing a book, don't think I have it in me to write one!!  I'll just settle for reading the fabulous books the rest of the lovely authors slave over for us readers to grab that few minutes relaxation, away from the family to wind down from the days stresses and strains or work and family life, or maybe you are one of those that is quite happy to curl up with a book and leave your other half to watch the football and are quite glad that we have the World Cup on at present, but hopefully some of you are cheering on England and hoping that we can go the distance! 

About the Author

Bernie taught English for many years but only dabbled in short fiction and poetry until a few years ago when she took to writing full-time.  She completed her debut novel, Death in the Woods when she escaped the classroom and could finally stop marking essays. This was the first in the West Country Mysteries series featuring DI Dan Hellier and his Exeter-based team. There are now three in the series, Death on Dartmoor and Death on the Coast completing the series.       

Bernie lives in a small village in East Devon and her novels are set in and around the ancient Roman city of Exeter, which has seen its fair share of murder and mayhem over the centuries. The books explore the beauty of the area, but demonstrate that even in the most charming of settings, terrible events may occur.

When not glued to the laptop, Bernie is a keen yoga fan and enjoys walking and cycling in the Devon countryside with her husband. They share their home with two large, black cats which came from the animal sanctuary where she is a volunteer and trustee.

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My thanks to B A Steadman for joining me on my blog today and discussing “Why an Editor is so important”, the publishers Bloodhound Books and also Sarah Hardy for my spot on the blog tour.