Thursday, 29 January 2015

Leaping into 2015...



Jaye is in the chair today...



Sounds great, doesn’t it, leaping into 2015?

When I first saw this picture, I thought wow, that’s what I want to do.

But I’m afraid my leaping days disappeared a while ago. What with the dodgy hip, damaged knee and general stiffness, I won’t be leaping anywhere anytime soon.
Mentally though, that’s quite different. I can still leap with the best of them, in my mind. But the trouble with all this enthusiasm at my age is that it tends to fluctuate. A lot. One minute you are firing on all cylinders, the next you can’t be asked.

As the editor (oily rag) of this establishment, at present I am busy editing Anita’s fifth book “More Lives Than One” (wip), and trying to promote her other four plus my own. I am writing the sequel to “The Ninth Life”, called “The Last Chance” and maintaining two blogs keeps me busy.
I also try to maintain a reasonable presence on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.

If all of this wasn’t enough, we manage to fit in some hilarious and valuable brainstorming sessions, where we discuss our WIP, and if there is any spare time left, there are my hobbies. But I have to admit, some of them haven’t seen daylight in a while.
Considering all my techie shortcomings, I think we did reasonably well last year. Didn’t quite get the response we were looking for, but did manage to sell a few books and the blog did attract more visitors.

It is always possible that we have gone about as far as we can with my limited promotional skills, and may have to accept the fact that we need to write more, better books and just get on with it.

So I will keep this blog running and make it as interesting as I can, and we will both write our socks off. Something that does seem to be getting easier, must be all the practise!

For I think I am almost done with all the frustration and feelings of inadequacy that seem to beset my every waking moment. With racking my slowly shrinking brain to learn techniques that would baffle better minds than mine.
Having said all that, I have become fascinated with this new thing called ‘Scrivener’ and can never resist a challenge. Writers everywhere are going on about how wonderful it is, and how it makes the process of writing easier, so I am going to have a go…
It might be good, or a disaster, watch this space to find out what happens!

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This weeks promotion is for  ‘Simple Says’, Anita’s second book.
Here is our favourite review;

Format:Kindle Edition
This is a story about some very tough and mean people somewhere in the backwoods and mountains of America. It is told from the perspective of a young girl whose mission in life is to protect her big, but simple-minded brother from harm. The story is compelling, frightening and sometimes brutal in the manner of the film Deliverance, but it is also a heartwarming story of loyalty, love and deep affection. It was not what I was expecting, but I'm glad I read it. It has an unforgettable quality about it and the characters are complex but convincing. It really is a great story and unputdownable.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Six Months to get a Life... by Ben Adams




How many times can you say ‘I’m not bitter’ and mean it?

A lot of married couples end up too tired to fight anymore, and the way you met should have been a clue… but what could have been a depressing read turned out to be more interesting than ‘Bridget Jones’.

The diary format and intelligent humour really works, creating six hilarious months to change Graham Hope’s life.
Interestingly, on his original to-do list, there was no mention of finding someone new to love, but he manages that too, in spectacular style.
There were sad moments, well integrated into the story, and even though you are with him every step of the way, you end up applauding his achievements as if they were your own…
I usually try to visualise a book as a film when I’m reading it…and if it works, it’s a good indication of how good it really is. This book was a film, at least it felt like one to me. I think I laughed practically all the way through!
Ben has managed to turn what was essentially a miserably bad time, into the funniest book I have read in a while!

Love the comment about the size of Grahams ego…


Ben Adams
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Like a lot of people, Ben went to school, then college and eventually grew up and got a responsible job, a house and a family. 

And then his mid-life crisis kicked in.
Realising that life was in danger of becoming all too serious, Ben started writing. Not in the way that Forest Gump started running, but at least he started.

He wrote on steamed up mirrors in the bathroom to make his children smile.  Eventually he graduated to making up stories to entertain his kids at bed-time.
For some reason his boys didn’t seem interested in his tales of every-day life, relationships, family, trauma, farce and the occasional bit of debauchery.  His 12 year old son told him that he preferred JK someone or other.
Following his short-lived career as a children’s author, Ben now concentrates on writing stories for grown-ups.  He writes for people who have lived, loved, worked, strived and suffered – people like himself. People like you.

He has a gift for finding humour where others just find pain; and also for finding pain where others find humour.
Ben lives in southwest London with his two boys, his dog and his constant stream of girlfriends.  He dreams a lot too.
Follow Ben's journey further at http://blog.benadamsauthor.com


 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Review for Someone Else's Skin by Sarah Hilary





When I first heard about this book, I wasn’t sure if it would be my kind of read. Crime/detective stories have a great following, but I have always preferred Stephen King to James Patterson.

At the time, my sister, Jaye was writing her first book ‘The Ninth Life’ and it was supposed to be a mystery with more than a hint of the supernatural about it. Just the kind of book I love to read.
But the characters she found in her head had other ideas, and before she knew what was happening, one of them had turned into a violent and demented serial killer.

‘The Ninth Life’ is published now, and I enjoyed reading it, and that was when I knew I had to read Sarah Hilary’s book.

Someone Else’s Skin is brilliantly relentless and overpowering, moving so fast it leaves you breathless. Almost too painful at times to actually read, this is a fictional mastery of a very different kind.
We all know that life isn’t all sweetness and light, and some of us know exactly how bad it can be. Human beings can be weak and cruel, cunning and heartless, and that most of the time nothing is fair, not even close.

The heroine in Someone Else’s Skin, detective Inspector Marnie Rome, has more reason than most to try and put the world to rights for she has her own demons to fight, and sometimes they get in the way of her day job. Her world is terrifyingly real and shockingly honest, so much so that at times you find yourself begging her to get it right.

Raw, unspoken horror lurks between the pages of this book. But if you look harder, if something in your own life makes you look harder, there are grains of truth behind the suffering. It is possible that Sarah Hilary knows something of which she writes, maybe more than something, as there is far too much honesty peeking out at you. The pain so finely wrought.
If it does nothing else, this book will make you wonder about the people who do these terrible jobs. What kind of people were they, before they began and what kind of person did it eventually make them? Violence tends to stain everything, it doesn’t need to touch you physically, but in the end it will destroy you if you’re not careful.

This book is by far a better story than most of the ones I have read, and I cannot wait for the sequel, No Other Darkness





Bad Moon, one of my most neglected novels, is receiving good reviews on FanStory.com this week and I am delighted. Kindle copies are only £2.44 on Amazon at the moment. Click on the cover at the side of this post and check it out!