Publication Day Q&A with @Rahiemthewriter #Author of, A Butler Christmas @ProdigyGoldBks #NewRelease #RomanticThriller

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A Butler Christmas by Rahiem Brooks
Synopsis:
Naim Butler, a rainmaker, has perfected the art of sentencing mitigation, as a partner with Manhattan power-firm, Baker and Keefe. He’s the kind of captivating and accomplished man that therapists vent too. His bachelorhood is turned upside down when an old flame, Sinia Love, drops a seventeen-year-old son into his lap forcing him to balance this revelation and his budding romance with Brandy Scott.

Professionally, Naim’s assigned to prove a man’s innocence of murder is filthy work itself, but catastrophic when an envious lover of Sinia Love’s sets out to kill him while hiding amongst the glitterati of Manhattan’s upper crust.

“Brooks’s clunky first Naim Butler contemporary romantic thriller has strong characters…The well-developed relationships among the characters propel the story until the addition of suspense very late in the book…”–Publishers Weekly

Q&A:

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

A) Yes, certainly. I have worked as a legal researcher for a criminal defense attorney, which spawned the idea to cover a topic in a novel that could paint a picture of the current state of the criminal justice system. Naim Butler, the main character, grew up in poverty-stricken Chicago. He escapes that life and heads to New Orleans for college before being recruited by a law firm in New York City. He works as a Sentencing Mitigation Specialists and having the time of his life as a NYC Bachelor. And, then it happens. A child that he created in Chicago seventeen-years earlier drops into his life unexpectedly. Life gets complicated by a son, and his new romance with reporter, Brandy Scott. But he is a strong man that makes it work, although, someone has to die in the process.

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

A) Writing is fun activity for me. I am a plotter as I need to know what things need to happen to satisfy my readers. I am on book number six, and I know that they will call you out with errors, so I research and try to get things right.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) My favorite authors are quite commercial. James Patterson (his actual written novels and the ones stamped with his name) is my favorite author machine. I begin my reading life with Along Came a Spider and I often skim through a copy as a teaching tool of scene setting and plotting. I am a crime fiction lover, so I enjoy John Grisham ( his voice is authentic to the legal thriller) and Sue Grafton.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I didn’t read much as a team. Like Naim Butler I grew up in poverty, so reading wasn’t high on many people’s list of hobbies. I did read an old encyclopedia set that my grandmother had. She still has it. I like learning new things and that lead me to reading around nineteen.

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

A) My favorite moment is being on panels and at conferences. I have a blast kicking it with readers and writers.

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

A) My support comes from my author friends that I regard as colleagues. I can contact them and run ideas by them and they get it. Most people not into books cannot relate to me trying to make believable dialogue in a manuscript. (chuckles)

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Rahiem Brooks
Authors links:
Twitter: @rahiemthewriter
Facebook: @novelistrahiembrooks
Instagram: @rahiemthewriter
Website: https://prodigygoldbooks.com/33%25-off-pre-order-1?olsPage=products/a-butler-christmas-by-rahiem-brooks&olsFocus=false

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

Q&A with Nic Stone @getnicced #Author of, Dear Martin @randomhousekids @CrownPublishing #NewRelease #YA

I recently reviewed Dear martin on my blog (she here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/11/16/review-5-dear-martin-by-getnicced-nic-stone-ya-randomhousekids-crownpublishing-newrelease/). I then asked Nic if she would like to be part of a novel Q&A. So here it is!

Firstly, here is the novel

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Synopsis:
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League–but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.
Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up–way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

Q&A:

Q) Firstly, can you please tell the readers about yourself and your amazing novel, Dear Martin?

A) Hi there! I’m Nic, current YA novelist, former Jack(Nic?)-of-all-trades, though master-of-none. 🙂 My debut novel, DEAR MARTIN—which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list, can you even believe that!?—follows Justyce McAllister, a seventeen-year-old African American boy who, after a traumatic racial profiling incident, begins a journal of letters written to the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where he attempts to process his experiences moving through a world that often treats him with disdain based solely on his skin color. In a nutshell, it’s a book about American race relations here in the 21st century.

Q) I read a wealth of diverse literature and what made Dear Martin stand out, was the comparison between the Dr Martin Luther King Jr era and the modern day. What was the inspiration behind the idea of the letters entitled, Dear Martin?

A) This story is a response to seeing people in positions of great influence (i.e. Bill O’Reilly, Mike Huckabee, and former mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed) invoke Dr. King in opposition to exactly the type of nonviolent protest he championed. Every time I heard “Dr. King would be appalled by the #BlackLivesMatter movement,” I wanted to break something, so I used that fury for fuel and wrote this book instead.

Q) Justyce is such a likable, realistic character. As we read the novel we watch him come of age and begin to understand the society he lives in. Was Justyce based on anyone from real life? Or a mixture of people from real life?

A) Definitely a mixture of people, myself included. I really wrote this book for my two young sons who will one day be seen as threats before they’re seen as children. I wanted them to have something that would validate the way I’m sure they’ll feel. But yeah, some of Justyce’s experiences were pulled from my own life. Like the test score conversation in the classroom? That really happened to me.

Q) SJ is another character, whose opinions on race, culture and identity are wise beyond her years! I really admired her grounded and wise points of view. I felt her voice within the novel may inspire other white people to re-think their conscious and unconscious prejudices. Therefore, I think this novel would be perfect for education settings. Would you like to see the novel debated in English classes in the US and the UK?

A) I would love to see this novel used in classrooms to spark conversations! I’ve actually had the privilege of seeing it happen already, and I hope it continues.

Q) SJ covers the topic of white privilege, which I think was possibly, one of the best ways I have heard it broken down. I loved that the topic wasn’t ‘told’ to the reader, but explained with examples. Did the writing of SJ’s character, enable you to write/walk in someone else’s shoes? As Justyce enables the reader too.

A) So funny thing: SJ is really ME/my thinking wrapped in a person white people will actually listen to because they can identify with her. My husband is Jewish and I lived in Israel for a few years, so her Jewishness is a tribute to him as well as the large contingent of Jewish people who were instrumental during the Civil Rights movement. But every word that comes out of her mouth is a word I wish I could say to white people and get away with it, lol. Secret’s out!

Q) The novel largely covers the theme of racism in modern day America. With recent Nazi marches and a president who seems unable to condemn any form of racism, America is truly experiencing some trying times. I must ask will we see a follow-on novel?

A) Mum’s the word (**insert smirking emoji**). What I will say is that I’m glad these things are happening. The ugly things, I mean. For longer than I care to think about, I’ve heard people deny the continued existence of Racism, but now it’s indisputable. First step to overcoming a problem is admitting it exists, so I see all of this as a step in the right direction.

Q) what has been your favourite moment since the novel published? Have you been into any school settings with the novel yet?

A) I had the pleasure and privilege of being on a panel at a conference with a group of 8th graders who did this really cool multi-modal study of the book in their Language Arts class. The project included stuff like a blog and twitter handle and a few Instagram accounts, and it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. The kids put me to shame on the panel… they knew way more about the book than I did, lol!

Q) What have you got planned next in your writing? Are we able to have any snippets of news?

A) All I’m at liberty to say is new book—unrelated to DEAR MARTIN—coming Fall 2018!

*Huge thanks to author Nic Stone for agreeing to be on my blog for a Q&A. I wish you every success with your writing career, of which I am certain, will be exceptionally bright!

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Nic Stone
Authors links:
Website: http://www.nicstone.info/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/getnicced

*For my 5* review of Dear martin, see here: https://annebonnybookreviews.com/2017/11/16/review-5-dear-martin-by-getnicced-nic-stone-ya-randomhousekids-crownpublishing-newrelease/ *

#BlogTour #Review Chasing The Traveller by @AlexKaneWriter 4* #CrimeFiction #NewRelease #Indie

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Chasing The Traveller by Alex Kane
Synopsis:

‘I’ve fled from my husband and the only life I’ve ever known. I’m terrified that if he finds me, I’ll never find myself.’

Kat is trapped in a world where she has never belonged. As a traveller, she has always felt lost, especially since the death of her parents in a fire when she was fourteen years old. Having been taken on by the Denton family as their own, Kat falls in love with their son, tearaway Jimmy. His charm soon wears off and Kat finds herself married to a controlling and violent thug.

Sixteen years later, Kat decides enough is enough and begins plotting her escape from a lifetime of abuse.

Stripped of her personality, Kat has no idea how to start again but she finds an unlikely ally in her sister-in-law Ellie who shows Kat that she is not alone.

Kat and Ellie Denton begin their venture into a new world, where they meet new people and build new lives. But Kat still wants to know more about her parents’ past and when she seeks the location of an address on the back of a family photograph, Kat begins to uncover more than she expected including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the traveller site she had been so desperate to escape from.

Will she find the answers she is looking for, or will she fall prey to the violent Jimmy Denton once more?

My Review:

This novel opens with a prologue, which is a scene of brutal domestic violence. We become rapidly aware that Jimmy Denton is a jealous thug and his ‘wife’, has been subjected to physical violence, rape and being spat on regularly!
Jimmy’s wife Kat, is the central protagonist. She has lived a life of fear, dominance, and complete and utter control! Jimmy decides what she eats and wears. He views her, merely as his property! Kat is alone in the world with no family of her own. She is apathetic and accepts a lifetime with the ‘Denton’s’ on their traveling site. That is until a ray of hope is offered from an unlikely source……

Jimmy’s sister Ellie Denton, has always treated Kat with contempt. But one day, the women take a moment to confide in each other of the psychological scars they both bare due to Jimmy’s violent ways.
Together they are stronger, and it is together, a plan is forged!

“This is no way to live. You know it as much as the rest of us here” – Ellie

Kat after years of being victimised and dehumanised, relies upon Ellie tremendously, for their plan to work!
Their plan is one of escape, but an escape, that must be secretively, carefully and meticulously planned. If their plan is discovered, Jimmy may kill both the women.
When Kate discovers she is pregnant with Jimmy’s child, she fears for not only her own safety but the safety of her unborn child. She must put all her faith and trust in Ellie.

The traveller site that the Denton family ‘rule’, is fully explained. Denton women are forbidden to leave the site unless accompanied by a Denton man. It is easy to see how a community such as this, can easily harbour domestic abuse and sexual violence. Women are treated as possessions to be owned, rather than partners to be loved.

“Kat we’ll do it together. We’ll change our names so no one can trace us, we’ll start a new life together and we’ll get away from this shit hole” – Ellie

The women leave, with Kat clutching nothing but a single photograph of her parents. They are positively terrified, and fear follows their every step away from the site…….

I really admired the characterisation of the women. Kat as the victim and Ellie as the saviour. It was refreshing to read a novel where a female character, is helped by a fellow female, to save her own life. I found this very accurate and realistic. Ellie nurtures Kat, back to her former self.
There is a lot to be said, for the power of sisterhood amongst women and this novel is a perfect example.

The novel then progresses to one year later. Kat is now Katelyn with a three-month-old daughter named Lucia. Auntie Helen (Ellie) is still helping Katelyn overcome her painful past. Helen encourages Katelyn to seek therapy, as the women live their lives, always looking over their shoulder!
Katelyn begins to investigate the photograph, her only one possession taken from the site. What she uncovers is decades of secrets and a glimpse into her own family’s history on the traveller site!

The opening pages that describe the travellers site and the violence easily meted out. I could have quite easily believed to have been a Martina Cole novel. The writing was so detailed and brutally honest! The mental hold of domestic violence and dehumanisation is fully explored!
Beat, control and dominate!

Can Kat set herself free? Can she overcome the past? What will become of baby Lucia, if Kat fails to find the strength? Will Jimmy seek revenge?
To find out more of Kat’s journey, you will have to read the novel! But remember
“Don’t allow your past to define your future”
4*

 

#Review The Mountain by Luca D’Andrea @maclehosepress #NewRelease 4.5* @CorinnaZifko @bookbridgr @HowardCurtis49

*I received an arc via Bookbridgr in return for an honest review*

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The Mountain by Luca D’Andrea
Translated by Howard Curtis
Synopsis:
A CURSED PLACE. A COLD CASE. A KILLER WHO LEFT NO TRACE.
Jeremiah Salinger blames himself. The crash was his fault. He was the only survivor. Now the depression and the nightmares are closing in. Only his daughter Clara can put a smile on his face.
But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach – a canyon in the Dolomites rich in fossil remains – he overhears by chance a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985 three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found.
Salinger, a New Yorker, is far from home, and these Italian mountains, where his wife was born, harbour a close-knit, tight-lipped community whose mistrust of outsiders can turn ugly. All the same, solving this mystery might be the only thing that can keep him sane.
Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis

My review:

WOW! This novel is so much more in-depth than its synopsis! At the beginning I found the novel to be rather, slow burning and jumps from one event to another. However, once it gets going it is HIGHLY addictive!
The characterisation is brilliant, you slowly warm to protagonist, Jeremiah Salinger.
But once he had me, I was completely gripped at watching the plot unravel, through Jeremiah’s eyes!

Jeremiah Salinger, known as Salinger. Is married to the beautiful Annelise and has a young daughter Clara. Salinger is a documentary film maker with her best friend Mike McMellan. When Salinger’s career begins to struggle, his wife recommends a trip, to her native isolated home of Siebenhoch in Italy.
A break Salinger welcomes.
But Annelise may live to regret………..

Once arrived at the atmospheric location of Siebenhoch, Salinger has lengthy conversations with his father-in-law, Werner. Siebenhoch is a small remote village situated at an altitude of 1400 metres. The now, elderly Werner delights Salinger with tales from his time running and operating the Dolomite mountain rescue. This inspires Salinger to re-start the mountain rescue team. A move that does not go according to plan!
When a rescue mission goes wrong and leaves everyone dead except Salinger, he becomes a shunned man in the village. Combine that with the mental trauma of being the sole survivor and you have a very broken and devastated Salinger……….

It is during his recovery from this disastrous rescue mission, that Salinger learns of the Bletterbach killings of 1985! A case that could destroy not only Salinger but everything and everyone he holds dear. But without the beauty of hindsight and Salinger’s curious investigative mind. A re-opening of the case is born…..

“I’ll tell you everything I know without leaving anything out, and in return you promise me that you won’t let yourself be devoured by this story” – Werner

Salinger must be discreet, his wife has ensured he take a vow of sabbatical, from work, for at least a year, after the devastating rescue. But it isn’t long until Salinger is seeking out the help of local police officer Chief Max Krun. Salinger learns that three young adults went up to the secluded area of Bletterbach and were slaughtered in a brutal murder. The killer was never found, and the small village has never recovered from the deaths of Evi, Markus and Kurt. The crime scene is described in graphic detail, various limbs and heads missing from the victims. The aftermath of the crime plunged the surviving parents into a life of alcoholism and suicide.
Something, Salinger himself understands, only too well.

“That horror went inside you and you couldn’t leave” – Werner

There was little media coverage of the crime due to the remote location. There were no viable suspects, despite everyone in the area being investigated. There was no identifiable motive!
Who killed the group? And why?
Salinger just can’t get the case out of his head. He becomes determined to solve it once and for all.
Salinger’s investigation continues in secret but at quite a rapid pace. The novel may open slowly, but the investigation ignites the pace and makes for gripping reading! The locals react rather hostile towards Salinger and he learns that he must be-friend them before, he asks prying and painful questions.

“The Bletterbach is just a graveyard for monsters” – Verena

“Let’s leave the dead where they are they’re happier than us” – Hermann

The novel contains some fantastic writing and a twist you will NOT see coming! I was genuinely amazed at how much this seemingly cold case, gripped me. In the process of his case Salinger uncovers revelation after revelation, some of which shake him to his core!
I am so pleased that the novel is being translated into 30 languages, so that more readers can enjoy the amazing writing of, debut author Luca D’Andrea! 4.5*

“Some say you become an adult when you bury your parents; others, when you become a parent yourself. I didn’t agree with either of these two philosophies. You become an adult when you learn to apologise” – Jeremiah Salinger

Q&A with @jackiechaddy #Author of, In The Still & Briefly Maiden @fahrenheitpress #NewRelease

Delighted to open today with a publication day Q&A with Jacqueline Chadwick.
But first here are the novels…………

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In The Still
Ali Dalglish #1
Synopsis:

“An astounding debut, breathtaking…”

When Ali Dalglish immigrated to Canada she left behind her career as Britain’s most in-demand forensic pathologist & criminal psychologist.

Now, eight years later, Ali feels alone, and bored, and full of resentment. Suffocated and frustrated by her circumstances and in an increasingly love-starved marriage, Ali finds herself embroiled in a murder case that forces her to call upon her dormant investigative skills.

As she’s pulled deeper into the case of ‘The Alder Beach Girl’ and into the mind of a true psychopath, Ali is forced to confront her fears and to finally embrace her own history of mental illness.

In an increasingly febrile atmosphere Ali must fight hard to protect those she loves from the wrath of a determined and vicious predator and to ultimately allow the woman she once was to breathe again.

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Briefly Maiden
Ali Dalglish #2
Synopsis:

Ali Dalglish is back in the role she loves: working alongside Vancouver Island’s Integrated Major Incident Squad and is once again partnered with Inspector Rey Cuzzocrea.

As the chemistry between Ali and Cuzzocrea intensifies so does the hunt for a twisted killer as they are tasked with solving a series of violent murders with links to a sinister paedophile ring in the idyllic island city of Cedar River.

In the midst of the chaos, Ali is pulled by her desire to find and save the children at the heart of the case but she is thwarted by an evil so cunning and powerful that it threatens to become the nemesis she never imagined possible: one that could bring her to her knees.

Q&A:

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

A) In Briefly Maiden, Ali Dalglish has her life back on track. Recently divorced, she is working alongside the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Incident Squad investigating the brutal murder and dismemberment of a man in Cedar River. When a second victim is discovered, it becomes clear to Ali that a crime spree is underway and the investigation leads the VIIMIS team to a local paedophile ring. As the lines dividing good and evil, right and wrong become increasingly blurred, Ali must utilise her wealth of expertise in a race again time to save the children lost in an unimaginably dark existence.

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

A) With a character like Ali Dalglish, there’s never any shortage of possibilities so the ideas flow easily and the series comes together relatively effortlessly. I adore the writing process, every aspect of it (even the scary, heart-pounding moments of sending it off and hoping it won’t be rejected) it’s all exciting and rewarding. Specific plots always come about as a result of things that madden me during the research stage of writing. I am angered by injustice and the holes in the law that allow monsters the freedom to prey upon innocents. Briefly Maiden explores those issues and the dangerous psychology that drives deviants to seek each other out, to gain power in numbers and the role we, as a society, play in that.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) I’m a crime fiction fan and so I love P.D. James, Christie and Doyle. Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Val McDermid and Ian Rankin are guaranteed brilliance but my favourite author has to be Thomas Harris. At the moment I’m working my way through the Fahrenheit Press novels and, wow, can they pick winners. Every book on their list is terrific, I love Jo Perry’s work, Derek Farrell is belting and I’m currently fan-girling for Nikki Dolson.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) When I was little, I devoured Roald Dhal. The first book I fell in love with was Fungus the Bogeyman. As a teenager I would immerse myself in Stephen King and Dean Koontz so I have them to blame for my twisted mind.

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

A) Life is waaaaaay better as a published writer. Having low expectations has always served me well in life and so I deliberately keep them low with regard to my books, it makes every moment a fantastic surprise. The thought of someone actually buying my book and enjoying it, of them picturing the characters and settings is a feeling I’ll never take for granted. But the very best moment is seeing a front cover design for the first time. Fahrenheit Press just get that so right, check out their books, they’re absolutely beautiful, each one is a piece of art and (being unapologetically biased) mine are frigging awesome!

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

A) Chris McVeigh at Fahrenheit Press is the epitome of support and encouragement. My husband and kids, I have the best little family in the world and they are all so supportive and excited.

JC
Jacqueline Chadwick
Author links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackiechaddy?lang=en – @jackiechaddy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17006765.Jacqueline_Chadwick