#BlogTour Q&A with @Author_KSHunter #Author of, Just One Time #PublicationDay @rararesources

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Just One Time by KS Hunter
Synopsis:
The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.
A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion.

Q&A:

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

A) I’ve written three novels before Just One Time, but not as K.S. Hunter. One of them was a top ten bestseller in the UK and it also reached number one in Australia. Just One Time is a different type of genre from what I am typically known for, so K.S. Hunter was born.
Just One Time begins with David Madden, whose marriage is on the verge of collapse because of a ‘mistake’ he made two years earlier, arriving at a theatre in London. There, in the dark, he loses his phone, and the woman next to him offers to ring it to help him find it. He gives her his number and unwittingly invites her into his life. Once she’s in it, she won’t go away, not until he sleeps with her, just one time.
So it’s a steamy psychological thriller, very much a modern-day Fatal Attraction, which explores the idea of desire, seduction, obsession and revenge, and I hope it offers readers the kind of final act they have never seen before.

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

A) I love the theatre and what I described above happening to David happened to me. Well, the first part did. But when I gave my mobile number to a stranger, it got my imagination stirring and I really wondered what it would be like if she got in touch, found out where I lived, found out all about me and wouldn’t go away. Of course, I’m glad that didn’t happen, but without that chance encounter Just One Time and K.S. Hunter wouldn’t exist.
I parted company with my literary agent after my third novel. When I started Just One Time, I spoke with a number of agents and editors. They liked what I was writing, but I was surprised to learn that although erotic fiction is popular with readers, publishers are still very cautious about it – despite Fifty Shades….
It was during that time that another conversation with an agent led me to the idea of writing under a pseudonym and then that made me think about self-publishing: controlling the whole process and really trying to see what kind of impact something I write could have if I didn’t follow the traditional route. It’s been an interesting journey and so far, so good.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) K.S. Hunter would have to go for the steam and thrillers, so let’s say Gillian Flynn, E.L. James, John Lutz and Harrold Robins. But if I stop pretending for a moment, I would say Ian McEwan, Sophie Hannah, Tennessee Williams and Wilkie Collins.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I remember having lots of books in my room when I was a kid, but I don’t remember reading them. I don’t think I ever read a YA book as a teenager (not even sure if that genre existed then!), but I distinctly remember the moment when I got into reading. My dad was an avid reader, so I asked him for a book. He suggested The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon. And that was where my love of reading began. From that moment on, I read what he recommended and they were always adult novels.

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

A) Seeing my second novel climb the charts the way it did. Now with the internet you can watch chart positions climb by the hour. It’s such a thrilling sensation. 500, then 250, then 100, then 58, then 21, then 9… and finally 6. And when my agent reported sales of 7,000 copies in one day, that was a pretty special moment too.

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

A) As this is my fourth, I’ve just got on with it really. Throughout my time writing, a number of authors have been particularly supportive and encouraging. Top of that list is Sophie Hannah, who I would say really mentored me through my first two books.

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.
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Website: http://www.AuthorKSHunter.com

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

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Q&A with #Author Louise Mullins @MullinsAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #Psychological #Thriller

Louise Mullins is an accomplished author with eight psychological thrillers  available!
I invited Louise to the blog for a Q&A to tell us more…….

Q&A:

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

A) To date I’ve written eight psychological thrillers. My next release, Lucky, is the first in a crime thriller series based on the Rio Grande river that separates the US and California from Mexico, known as Death Valley. Inspiration came knocking in the form of an idea when researching a previously published title. It’s a serial killer thriller, but the main themes are human trafficking, drug smuggling, and corruption.

Geraldine Jackson is a homicide detective. She is investigating the death of a Mexican journalist and the suspected suicide of a local escort, when two Hispanic women are found murdered in the South Valley district of New Mexico, US. The connection to the three seemingly unrelated crimes is Lucky.
Lucky is a strong, confident woman, who is addicted to methamphetamine. She supports her habit by working as a prostitute. She leaves California when offered work in a high paid strip club in Mexico, but within weeks she is trafficked, and her dream job soon becomes a nightmare.

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

A) Anything can spark an idea, but it’s often the characters that leap out at me first. They springboard the plot basis with their incessant chatter, until I sit down and take note of what they have to say. I write a synopsis first, then a chapter breakdown, but the end arrives once I’m there.

I begin my research as soon as my character has given me a general life story to base my novel on. The research aspect continues until I have a complete first draft, which usually takes four weeks to write, and may only be 50,000 words. The second draft involves a total rewrite, and this is where I add and cut words until I have a complete novel. Editing can take up to three months. I polish the manuscript until it shines, proofread like a reader, making final changes and adjustments as I go until I’m ready to send it to my betas. Only with their approval, will I send the novel to my publisher.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) Chevy Stevens, is by far my top shelf author. All her titles are original, thrilling, and totally believable. There have been some fabulous debut authors this year that are worth mentioning, including: Kristen Lepionka, Amy Gentry, Patricia Gibney, Gemma Metcalf, Alice Feeney, Lucinda Berry, Carol Wyer, Sarah Stovell, JP Delaney, Kate Medina, C. J. Skuse, and L. V. Hay. But the standouts for me were Andrea Mara’s The Other Side of The Wall, and Caz Frear’s Sweet Little Lies. I’ve no doubt they will become big names for 2018.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I devoured books as a child, but my most memorable, well-read novel, was Junk by Melvin Burgess. I guess this book introduced me to crime, and gave me a good foundation for how to plot a book on the growth of characters.

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

A) When my husband asked Alexa who Louise Mullins was, and she told him I was a crime author.

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

A) Without a doubt, my husband. He is my rock. My parents have supported me from the moment I told them I wanted to be published. And my children have given me the strength to keep writing.

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Louise Mullins
Authors links:
http://louisemullins2010.wixsite.com/author
https://www.facebook.com/LouiseMullinsAuthor
https://twitter.com/MullinsAuthor

*Huge thanks to Louise for taking part in a Q&A on my blog!

Books on offer:
What I Never Told You- FREE until 5th December.
The Perfect Wife- FREE until 5th December.
One Night Only- FREE until 6th December.
Why She Left- FREE until 6th December.

So let me tell you more about the novels currently available for free!

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What I Never Told You 
Synopsis:

Two women’s lives collide when a husband, father, and son is accused of unspeakable crimes.

Kate thought she’d never have to set eyes on the man she blames for ruining her childhood again, but she was wrong. Teresa has always stood by her son, believing in his innocence, but the evidence is compelling. When a trial date looms a shocking event turns both their worlds upside-down, forcing them to confront their darkest fears.

Can Kate accept the past she’s tried hard to forget and is forgiveness possible for Teresa, the mother of the man painted as a monster?

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The Perfect Wife
Synopsis:

THE STUNNING THRILLER FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, LOUISE MULLINS, DUBBED THE QUEEN OF DOMESTIC NOIR.

Annette is happily married, living in a beautiful house with her husband. Her two older daughters have left home. She no longer has to work. Life is perfect. But one day changes all that, awakening a sinister past she’d rather forget.

Annette thinks her husband is having an affair. He says she has been living a comfortable delusion for the past ten years. Annette decides to uncover the truth, but doing so might unearth more than she is prepared for.

Who should you believe?

What happened all those years ago to cause such friction in this couples otherwise content life?

And why is their marriage now on the brink of collapse?

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One Night Only
Synopsis:

THE KINDLE BESTSELLER IN PSYCHOLOGICAL CRIME THRILLERS.

Claire is an ordinary woman with a son and career. But below the facade of happiness lies the foundations which threaten to shatter the home she’s made for herself and her son. She is in thousands of pounds worth of debt and with nobody to help her out she has no option but to accept an offer from a stranger. One which is far more dangerous than she thought possible.

‘The man I am going to meet is called Ewan. He is a builder. He has green eyes and a kind smile. That is all I know. For One Night Only I am his and then I will be debt free.’

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Why She Left
Synopsis:

THE NEW PULSE-POUNDING THRILLER
FROM AMAZON BESTSELLER, LOUISE MULLINS

What do we really know about the people we love?

When his wife goes missing, Scott attempts to
piece together the fragments of her past
whilst remaining under the watchful eye of the police.
What he discovers though is more shocking than
he could have imagined, forcing him to
question everything he thought he knew about her.

Is it too late to save her?
Have they both fallen victim to their own destruction?

 

Early #SneakPeak 5* #Review Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit @orion_crime @orionbooks @RebeccaGray

*I received an arc via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I also have the permission of the publisher to share my review as a #SneakPeak #Review.*

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Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit
Synopsis:

You’d die for your family. But would you kill for them?

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Family is everything.
So what if yours was being terrorised by a neighbour – a man who doesn’t listen to reason, whose actions become more erratic and sinister with each passing day? And those you thought would help – the police, your lawyer – can’t help you.
You become afraid to leave your family at home alone. But there’s nothing more you can do to protect them.
Is there?

My review: (Written March 2017)

This is such a unique quirky read but it is also the first read this year to give me literal nightmares! Out of a staggering 56 read so far!
The plot and themes really get inside your head.

Fear is written by German author Dirk Kurbjweit and loosely based around his own real life case of being stalked. Stalking, or more so, terrorising is the central theme and it is so subtle yet eerie and fear provoking all at the same time. Randolph is the protagonist he is reluctant, kind and maybe slightly too passive and a successful Architect by trade. His wife Rebecca is the real intended victim of the stalker with every attempt being made, one to strike at her emotions and generate fear. They also have two young children Paul and Fay. What they don’t know when they move into the flat in Berlin is that it harbours a rather sinister secret within its basement in the form of the neighbouring tenant.

The stalking begins with biscuits and treats and is taken as it should be a friendly gesture of kindness. However, it quickly develops into poetry and letters. The basement tenant Dieter is relentless in his approach to victimise and terrorise the family, especially Rebecca. What starts as innocent over shows at attempts of affection escalates into sexualised harassments and intimidation. Eventually Dieter fully accuses Randolph and Rebecca of abusing their own children.
They begin to both become self-conscious and self-accusatory and their marriage begins to suffer.

One thing that really struck a chord with me with this novel, is that early on whilst receiving no help from the police at all. The couple begin to play down Dieters disturbing behaviour. I am not criticising their experiences, just wonder why do we do that in society? It’s almost as if we rush to assume that something we did actively contributed towards someone victimising us? Often we like to think when reading a novel that’s dark and haunting, that it could never happen to us, but as this novel shows essentially it can happen to anyone!

There is a backstory surrounding Randolph’s father being in jail for murder. The obvious conclusion is drawn that it is linked to the case, but to learn the full truth we must read the novel to discover. Randolph’s childhood is talked about and he perhaps too often repeats that he had a normal/happy childhood and is thoroughly middle-class. Dieter on the other hand grew up subjected to abuse, humiliation, physical beating and sexual assaults.
Could this be his motivation for tormenting the family? Is Dieter jealous of the family’s previous happy state? Is their Happiness the source of his rage?

With friends, family members and even the children affected by Dieter’s continued passive aggressive actions the question becomes, what is Randolph going to do about it? They exhaust the legal procedures. Sgt Leidinger can provide no further support due to their being no anti-stalking laws at this time. The family hits breaking point!

This novel would make ideal reading for book groups as the plot raises so many questions. Why do we allow casual sexual harassment? Why do we wait to be attacked? Why do we our legal systems undermine the power that slander and accusations can have in a modern world?
I thoroughly recommend this novel for fans of the thriller genre and as I have stated it will get in your head! 5*

***This novel is due to be released 25th January 2018 and it is sure to be a huge hit!***
Currently available for pre-order online!

Q&A with @McGuinnessRoss #Author of Five Parks @EndeavourPress #Psychological #Thriller #DebutNovel

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Five Parks by Ross McGuinness
Synopsis:

Five Parks.
Five blind dates.
Five potential kidnappers.
No escape.

After breaking off her engagement with Michael, Suzanne is still looking for The One. Bored with her freelancing job, she decides to take matters of both work and love into her own hands and Five Parks is born.

She starts a blog, offering five prospective suitors a chance of one of five dates in five London parks. Suzanne’s blog goes viral, amassing a huge following and even getting a column in a daily newspaper.

But after the fifth date – which she has no memory of – Suzanne wakes up shackled to a bed in a windowless room. The only items with her are a table, a chair and a laptop.

And an instruction from her captor: Keep Writing.

Q&A:

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

A) Five Parks is a psychological thriller about a freelance journalist who sets up a dating blog to go on five blind dates with five different men in five London parks. After the fifth date, of which she has no memory, she wakes up alone in a dark room, handcuffed. The only light comes from a laptop her captor has left her, along with a simple instruction… ‘Keep writing’. She must do so, as well as go through her previous blog posts, if she is to uncover which of her dates kidnapped her, and more importantly, find a way out.

Like Suzanne, the protagonist of my novel, I am a freelance journalist, and have been for the past three years, writing for Yahoo, Metro.co.uk, The Guardian and the BBC. Before that, I spent three years as news features editor at the Metro newspaper in London.

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

A) Every debut author has a long, drawn-out tale of climbing the mountain to publication, and I guess I’m no different. In 2013, an agent, Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates, approached me and asked if I had any plans to write a book. We met and I pitched him several (mostly rubbish) ideas, but there was one he liked. So off I went for the next year and cracked out a first draft of what I hoped would be my debut novel. Only trouble was, just as I finished it, another book with a very similar jumping-off point was published. I decided to put what I had written to one side and concentrate instead on another idea, one that would eventually become Five Parks. I spent another year or so writing Five Parks and then after that Andrew found it a home at Endeavour Press.

Q) What are your favourite authors and recommended reads?

A) If a brilliant novel was published a year ago, you can guarantee I’ll get to it in another 12 months – I’m terrible! I’ve only just read Behind Her Eyes, Sarah Pinborough’s thriller that totally deserved its famous #WTFthatending hashtag. It actually should have had a #WTFthatbeginning hashtag, because once you read the WTF ending you can’t help thinking what happened at the start was even more out there. Brilliant book.

I absolutely love Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series. I went to university in Dublin and also worked there, and she captures the city’s seedy side so wonderfully. She’s one of those rare crime writers who doesn’t have to rely on plot developments to hold your attention – the writing on its own is just so fantastic.

Q) What were your childhood/teenage favourite reads?

A) I went straight from Roald Dahl into Stephen King, a literary journey I would highly recommend. Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes are still as horrifying as anything King has concocted. Most would-be authors say On Writing is King’s best book – and it kind of is – but it’s a fight between Salem’s Lot and The Dark Half in my 13-year-old brain. The best book I’ve ever read is still Frankenstein though – every single sentence is packed with ideas.

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

A) I did my own Five Parks book tour, leaving free copies on benches in each of the five London parks from the novel. In one of the parks, I overheard a reader who had picked up her copy say, ‘This has made my day!’ – which pretty much made mine.

I also found out recently that Five Parks has made it into its first book club, which is tremendous. Even if they spend just two minutes discussing the novel before moving on to talking about how crap work is or what they’re watching on Netflix (like every book club ever), Five Parks will still have made it into a book club!

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

A) Just like Suzanne, I was very secretive with Five Parks. The only person who knew I was writing a novel at all, apart from my agent, was my wife. I couldn’t have done it without her.

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Ross McGuinness
Authors links:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/McGuinnessRoss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ross.mcg.58

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#Exclusive #Giveaway Dead Lands by @LloydOtisWriter #SignedCopy #BookyPen @urbanepub @urbanebooks

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Dead Lands by Lloyd Otis
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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: 

To be in with a chance of winning the signed copy of Dead Lands (& the booky pen! love a booky pen). Just comment ONE answer of the following questions. Comment on either the blog post, pinned Tweet or original Facebbook post at Anne Bonny Book Reviews.
What I want to know is…………
What decade is Dead Lands set in?
What UK city?
What is the protagonist police officers name?
You only have to answer one question correctly to be in with a chance of winning!
Dead Lands fans are free to answer all 3, if they like!
Each entry will receive a number and one of my kids shall pick at random!
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Lloyd Otis
Author bio:
Lloyd was born in London and attained a BA (Hons) in Media and Communication. After gaining several years of valuable experience within the finance and digital sectors, he completed a course in journalism. Lloyd has interviewed a host of bestselling authors, such as Mark Billingham, Hugh Howey, Kerry Hudson, and Lawrence Block. Two of his short stories were selected for publication in the ‘Out of My Window’ anthology, and he currently works as an Editor.
Authors links:
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Via Urbane: http://urbanepublications.com/book_author/lloyd-otis/
Twitter: @LloydOtisWriter
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