#Giveaway #Audible #DeadLands by @LloydOtisWriter #FridayFreebies UK only @urbanebooks

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Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis
Synopsis:

The stunning debut from thriller writer Lloyd Otis.

When a woman’s body is found a special team is called in to investigate and prime suspect Alex Troy is arrested for the murder. Desperate to remain a free man, Troy protests his innocence, but refuses to use his alibi. Trying to protect the woman he loves becomes a dangerous game – questions are asked and suspicions deepen.

When the prime suspect completes a daring escape from custody, DI Breck and DS Kearns begin the hunt. Breck wants out of the force while Kearns has her own agenda and seeks revenge – and a right-wing march provides an explosive backdrop to their hunt for Troy.

Lloyd Otis brings a startling account of the past back to life over a burgeoning ’70s landscape, and delivers a thrilling piece of crime fiction that will excite any fan of the genre.

Giveaway:

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Audio book information:

Dead Lands
Written by: Lloyd Otis
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins

Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:14/12/2017
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Lloyd Otis
Authors links:
Website: https://lloydotis.com/
Twitter: @LloydOtisWriter

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#BlogTour Q&A with @AmyHeydenrych #Author of, Shame On You #CrimeFiction #Thriller #NewRelease

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Shame On You by Amy Heydenrych
Synopsis:

Have you ever lied about who you are to get more likes?
Have you ever followed someone online who you think is perfect?
Have you ever reached the New Year and thought it’s time to reinvent yourself?

Meet Holly.

Social media sensation. The face of clean eating.

Everyone loves her. Everyone wants to be her.

But when Holly is attacked by a man she’s only just met, her life starts to spiral out of control. He seemed to know her – but she doesn’t know him.

What if Holly isn’t who she seems to be? What if Holly’s living a lie?

But surely we all lie a bit online, don’t we . . .?

YOU THINK YOU KNOW HER . . .

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) My novel is set in London, and is about social media star Holly who seems to have it all. Her Instagram and blog – a personal platform to document how she brought on her remission from cancer through a healthy diet – now has millions of loyal followers. So when she meets a striking young surgeon in Starbucks, it feels like yet another win in her wildly successful life. However, at the end of their dream date, the surgeon takes out his scalpel and viciously attacks her, claiming to be giving her what she deserves. Her followers are stunned, and cry for justice, but as their investigation deepens, they get closer to an ugly truth that Holly wants nobody to see. As her fans swing from adoration to hatred, the surgeon circles in on her, promising to leave her more than disfigured this time around. A final devastating discovery gives her a chance to tell her followers her side of the story.
My background is slightly different! I am South African and based the setting of the story on the years I spent living and working in London. I am trained as a journalist and in political science, but fiction writing has always been my first love.

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) Shame on You came to me as a fully-formed idea. I had been speaking to a well-known fashion blogger and was surprised to hear how different her life was in reality compared to the image she portrayed. It seemed like the perfect start for a chilling story. I have a personal interest in clean-eating and have always wondered how much deception goes on among clean-eaters on social media – surely one cannot be that healthy all the time! I sketched out the plot and treated the book like a full time job – I was able to do this because I work as a freelance corporate writer. In a couple of months, I had a first draft, which I sent to my writing group and a few other trusted readers for comment. After a few rounds of revisions, I started with the pitching process.
I came very close to signing a few agents, and eventually I was signed by the wonderful Jenny Bent and Sarah Manning of The Bent Agency. Together, we polished the manuscript further until it was ready to go out to pitch. Sarah sold the rights to Bonnier Zaffre in the UK and, in a hilarious turn of events, the offer came through as I was going into labour with my little son, Zach!

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) I read very widely – most of all, I enjoy a mix of literary and thriller novels. My favourite authors are Tana French, Jennifer Egan, Anne Patchett, Margaret Atwood and Louise O Neil. My favourite psychological thrillers this year were Good Me, Bad Me, by Ali Land and Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough. Other books I loved were: Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, and The Mothers by Brit Bennett.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I was a massive book nerd as a child and read everything in my library! I was the ultimate Nancy Drew fangirl as a young girl. As a teen, the book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby stands out – I was just discovering a whole lot of new music and that book tapped into the deep emotions I felt for certain songs and infatuations I felt for certain boys.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) Having other people engage with my story and form opinions about my characters! There is no greater thrill than having something you have written come to life in the imagination of another.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My family have been there from the start, and have never doubted that I could make writing my career.

My husband has been an incredible support, and has been my unfailing source of encouragement when it felt like every week brought on a new rejection in my writing career.

My writing group – Blaize Kaye and Catherine Jarvis – have been amazing first readers and provided consolation during all the highs and lows that a writer’s life brings.

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Amy Heydenrych
Authors links:
My personal website: http://www.bookish.co.za
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyHeydenrych
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amyheydenrych/

*Thank you for taking part in the Q&A on my blog, I wish you every success with your writing career.

 

Q&A with @Jamalthewriter #Author of, Project Terror @ProdigyGoldBks #CrimeFiction #AmericanNoir

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Project Terror by Jamal Lewis
Synopsis:

In a street war, there’s always a body to be discovered.

Lamar Dunken is a dedicated monster who presents the perfect image of a street terrorist. He knows how to respond when a desperate crisis threatens his operation, and he exacts horrifying tactics to get things under control.

FBI Special Agent Livingston is faced with the serious task of investigating Lamar’s tactics while connecting killings start to terrorize Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Also, a violent criminal locked behind bars a year before Lamar was even born is back on the streets and looking for him. Lamar is forced to call on his deepest strength to face his accusers and ensure that the values that he holds most dear will survive.

The nightmare has begun.

Again.

Q&A:

Q) For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

A) I have a military background. United States Army, precisely. I was a military brat and then I enlisted myself. But I also have a poverty-stricken background. It wasn’t pretty in either place, leading to the setting of PROJECT TERROR. The housing project where the story takes place is a place that my mother forbid me to hang, but of course, I did anyway. I watched the FBI and DEA take out whole communities with drug busts and sought to cover that in PROJECT TERROR. But I add a twist. I wondered what that big drug bust would have looked like if an undercover agent moved into an apartment in the project months before the bust. So, I tossed him into the book and crafted a plot around him, making for a delightful crime thriller (if that is possible).

Q) Can you talk us through the journey from idea to writing to publication?

A) It was an process like no other. I am not a typer, so I hand wrote the book on notepads and blank paper. I then had it typed before submitting it to publishers, and ultimately signing with Prodigy Gold Books. The team there was similar to boot camp instructors. They warned me of the process before signing me and assuring that I was ready for the editing process and the pre-publication promotion, and even this interview and publicity phase. I didn’t know that so much went into this process, but I am here and looking forward to getting my second novel all typed up.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are Iceberg Slim and Walter Mosley. I like the way they depict stories about the struggle and success of urban communities. They played a role in forcing me to write a story from my angle.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) My teenaged reads were text books and the early Dr. Suess and Bernstein Bears classics.

Q) What has been your favourite moment of being a published author?

A) My favorite moment was finally being signed and the start of the editing process. Having a professional point out plot holes and character flaws were a gut-punch, but worth it. I am an amateur boxer of sorts, so I can take a punch.

Q) Who has been your source of support/encouragement, throughout the writing process?

A) My support comes from my family and friends, and my Prodigy team. My mother is my rock, along with one of my sisters.

JL
Jamal Lewis 
Author Bio:
Jamal Lewis was born in Philadelphia, a former boxer, and military brat. He pursued a writing career while serving a federal prison term after allowing his life to take a terrible turn resulting in him being shot four times. His debut crime thriller, PROJECT TERROR (Prodigy Gold Books, 2017) was released Halloween 2017 on his birthday.
Author links:
https://prodigygoldbooks.com
Twitter: @Jamalthewriter
Book: PROJECT TERROR by Jamal Lewis releases on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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#12DaysOfClinkStreet #Christmas #Extract Porcelain Flesh Of Innocents by @lee_leecockburn #CrimeFiction @gilbster1000

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Porcelain Flesh Of Innocents
Synopsis:

Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks is back and in charge of tracking down a sadistic vigilante, with a penchant for torturing paedophiles, in this unsettling crime thriller by a real-life police sergeant.

High-powered businessmen are turning up tortured around the city of Edinburgh with one specific thing in common — a sinister double life involving pedophilia. Leaving his ‘victims’ in a disturbing state, the individual responsible calls the police and lays bare the evidence of their targets’ twisted misdemeanours to discover, along with a special memento of their own troubled past — a chilling calling card. Once again heading the investigation team is Detective Sergeant Taylor Nicks, along with her partner Detective Constable Marcus Black, who are tasked not only with tracking the perpetrator down but also dealing with the unusual scenario of having to arrest the victims for their own barbarous crimes. But with the wounded piling up the predator’s thirst for revenge intensifies and soon Nicks discovers that she is no longer chasing down a sinister attacker but a deadly serial killer.

Vivid, dark and deeply unsettling Porcelain: Flesh of Innocents is the perfect next read for serious crime and police thriller fans.

#Extract:

Innocent or Not?
He tried to get up, struggling to get to his feet as the bat struck his other knee with equally brutal and damaging force. As he buckled to the floor, the bat crashed into his ribs, smashing them so hard that he fell over onto his side. Saliva hanging down from his mouth, he struggled to get a breath as he moaned out loud, putting his hands up in a futile attempt to stop any further assault from the masked stranger that stood in front of him, looking straight into his eyes.
“What do you want from me, why are you doing this to me, what have I ever done to you?” The man’s quavering voice asked of the ominously silent figure staring right at him.
A small but strong hand gripped on to his face twisting it out of shape, nails digging right into his skin, blood oozing out as they forced deeper into his flesh with pure hate and venom. They deliberately pushed close to his eyes, cruelly taunting him. The stranger took a step back and began to kick him like a crazed animal, his face, his neck, all over his body. A boot stamped down hard on his chest and his stomach. As he lay there winded and in severe pain, the man sensed hesitation from his attacker. He felt his leg being moved forcefully over as he lay on his back, the pain now coursing through him and he feared what would happen next. Suddenly he felt an excruciating pain in his groin, as the bat slammed down on his genitals with such force it seemed to crush them against his pelvis, then another, then another. He was now rendered completely unable to move, barely conscious as he was rolled over. He could feel his belt being unbuckled, then the hands wrenching at his trousers and underwear as they were sliced with a blade. His mind raced in terror at what could be coming next, fearing the worst that he may lose his balls, then he felt a ripping, tearing sensation and searing pain, sickness to the pit of his stomach just before he lost consciousness. A merciless grin was etched on the attacker’s face as they stood up, their last kick forcing the weapon deeper into his anus, before they turned away with a sense of satisfaction.
Carefully they cleaned up the scene, even wiping the victim’s face where their hand had gripped him so brutally, making sure they hadn’t left a single trace of themselves on him, not leaving a clue about who or what they were. His pad had been pristine prior to this unwanted visit, expensive tastes, no warmth or homeliness, very clinical with modern hi tech audio equipment, and masculine fixtures and fittings, now all sprayed with blood spatter from the assault that had just taken place.
The stranger looked around the room, taking in the surroundings. A sense of empowerment and satisfaction warming them deep inside as they looked down on the wounded animal in front of them.
Putting on gloves they thumbed through the DVDs that lay close to the bed, no markings on them, just countless black cases. There was no fear over the length of time they had been in his house, because if the police were coming, they would have been there by now. The stranger was well-versed on police procedure. The chosen DVD was pushed into the player and the telly was clicked on. The stranger hesitated prior to pressing play, an inner apprehension holding them back. The 50-inch mounted Sony HD television came to life and the surround sound speakers made the screams of the very young female child more painful to hear, the obvious fear and pain she was in sending shivers down their back as they paused the film on the harrowing scene. The face of the beaten man was clearly visible as the perpetrator of the crime taking place. Nausea overwhelmed the stranger as they stood up and selected a calling card out of a bag and left it beside the television, taking care to position it in full view for when the police arrived.
The flash lit up the room as the stranger stopped to take a souvenir, a photograph of the first vengeful retribution. Lifting a mobile phone from a table near to where the man lay, now trussed up to prevent his escape, a finger punched in 999. One final look round the room and they were gone, like a ghost in the night.
Driving away, sirens could be heard making their way to respond to the silent treble nine call just received in the control room.

Chapter 4
Who and Why?
DS Taylor Nicks strode confidently into the room, smartly dressed in a figure hugging two-piece suit; long, slim, toned legs; fitted blouse carefully crafted to draw attention to her perfect feminine shape. She smiled at her colleagues as she made her way to her desk. They resembled meerkats as she passed them by. DC Marcus Black was already at his desk working away in front of his favourite family photo. A conscientious, hard working individual, Marcus was very handsome with rugged and chiselled facial features and a toned athletic physique. He was also a really decent guy. He raised his head as he saw Taylor approach and greeted her with a genuine smile, which stretched across his face as she gave him a playful shove in the back. Their bond was very strong as they had worked together for many years. They had built up a good relationship and friendship and trusted each other implicitly.
“Hi, how long have you been in? You always make me look really bad, always being in before me.”
He just smiled at her, knowing she didn’t really care and would never change her ways just to look good. She enjoyed life too much to waste a moment of her private life at her work’s expense, unless there was something special going on, always living life on the edge.
“Great result yesterday with Susan. Can you imagine if that had gone the other way, that would have been a travesty, which I was actually thinking might happen.”
“Totally the right decision though! What would society be if she had been sent down. He deserved everything he got and more, and thank goodness the jury thought that too!” Marcus replied. “How’s Kay holding up, is she any better?”
“Not so good. Her injuries are healing but her head isn’t in a good place right now. She’s finding it hard to come to terms with what happened, and she seems to be disappearing into herself lately.”
“No wonder though, she nearly died.”
Kay was Taylor’s current partner. They hadn’t been together very long but their short time spent with each other had been an incredibly intense affair, filled with passion, lust and desire. Kay had never been with a woman before and Taylor had always shied away from any sort of relationship, but Kay was different. Unfortunately, that hadn’t been enough, even with their strong feelings for one another. Taylor had faltered and had had a passionate encounter with one of her team during their last enquiry whilst hunting Brennan. She had been tempted by her fit and very attractive colleague Fran Andrews, a feisty, good-looking woman, who had openly flirted with Taylor, something Taylor very rarely could resist.
“Anyway, enough doom and gloom, what have we got today, anything worthwhile?”
Both knew that, after hunting for Brennan, the sheer enormity of that enquiry would be hard to beat in terms of interest and excitement.

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Lee Cockburn
About Lee Cockburn
Lee Cockburn has worked for Police Scotland for sixteen years including as a police sergeant in Edinburgh for seven years and also as a public order officer. Before joining the force, she played for Scotland Women’s rugby team for fifteen years, earning over eighty caps for the Scottish ladies and British Lionesses teams. She also swam competitively for twelve years, successfully representing Edinburgh at the age of fifteen in the youth Olympics in Denmark in 1984. Lee lives in Edinburgh with her civil partner Emily and their two young sons Jamie and Harry. Her first book Devil’s Demise was published by Clink Street Publishing November 2014.
Follow Lee Cockburn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lee_leecockburn

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#BlogTour #Review #BreakingBones by @robwhite247 – Robert White @EndeavourPress #CrimeFiction #Preston

*Delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for this fantastic gritty northern novel!
I received an arc via the publisher in return for an honest review.*

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Breaking Bones by Robert White
Synopsis:

The streets of Preston are alive with music and banter.

But nothing can drown out the sound of breaking bones.

Inseparable since childhood and feared by their community, Tony, Eddie and Frankie are beyond the reach of justice.

The brutal gang, The Three Dogs, are a law unto themselves.

Detective Jim Hacker has watched The Dogs grow from thuggish youths to psychotic criminals. He seems to be the only one who wants to see their empire fall.

Meanwhile Jamie Strange, a young Royal Marine, finds himself embroiled in the lives of The Three Dogs when his girlfriend, Laurie Holland, cuts off their engagement… to be with the most dangerous of The Dogs: Frankie Verdi.

Jamie vows to save Laurie, before Frankie damns them both.

Every dog will have its day.

This gritty, addictive crime story, fizzes with the energy of the eighties.

My review:

Breaking Bones is set in my home town county of Lancashire. The novel centres around a criminal gang The Three Dogs. From their early years adolescence to their adulthood criminal empire. The copper attempting to take them down Detective Jim Hacker is met with a wall of silence.
The Three Dogs run the Moor Nook estate in Preston, they rule with drugs, money, violence and fear! Everyone is terrified of being on their bad side!

The Three Dogs, themselves as a gang, form an interesting mixture of violent gangsters. Preston’s answer to the Krays but set in the 1980s.
Leader of The Three Dogs, is Frankie Verdi. A violent psychopath, with no respect for anybody outside of his gang. Verdi is a terrifying individual, one you would hope never to meet.
Tony Thompson is the biggest in size of the three, but with learning difficulties, he is merely the muscle of the organisation. I would say Tony is the only one, that comes close to holding any empathy/sympathy for others.
Finally, we have Eddie Williams, Eddie is a complex character. He is a man living with a secret and a deep obsessional love for womaniser Verdi. He is ruthless with his ambition and devoted to the gang!
All three ‘dogs’ have a extremely strong bond of brotherhood. One that has already withstood many tests. By adulthood the bond is simply unbreakable. Making them an untouchable, savage and brutal gang!

Detective Jim Hacker is close personal friends with Harry Strange. They met when Hacker worked the investigation into Harry’s wife’s death. Harry’s young son Jamie is in the Royal Marines. Throughout the novel he faces war in the Falklands and the troubles of Northern Ireland. Usually with best friend and fellow squaddie Richard ‘Birdman’ Valance, by his side.
I felt the portrayal of Jamie and ‘Birdman’ as military best friends, very accurate indeed. My husband is a veteran of 15 year’s military service, it really is a brotherhood that never dies!
Jamie is dumped by fiancé Laurie Holland, as he returns to camp after his mother’s funeral. Laurie has set her sights on Frankie Verdi, a decision she will no doubt come to regret.
Laurie’s character has had a turbulent and abusive childhood, leading her to believe that access to power, respect and fear will bring safety! Laurie is sadly misguided in this belief.

“I’ll have you Laurie, make no mistake nothing and no one will stop me”
Frankie Verdi.

As the plot unravels we see all the characters mature and develop. Jamie experiences the brutality of war, which changes every man it touches. The Three Dogs rise in their criminal enterprises and Laurie learns some harsh truths, as the life of a gangster’s moll.
This novel is incredibly detailed, and I most definitely recommend! It has violence, gangs, drug empires and portrays the life of a violent gang kingpin. It vividly depicts how the love of money is the root of all evil!

It has a phenomenal ending, which literally reads right to the very last page!
4.5*

RW
Robert White 
Authors links:
Website: http://www.robertwhiteauthor.co.uk
Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/robertwhiteauthor/
Twitter: @robwhite247

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