Blog Tour: My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend by Peter Jones {Author Q & A}

Today I have a wonderful author Q & A with Peter Jones, the author behind My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend.

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Synopsis

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Adrian Turner, Mountaineer, Secret Agent, Fireman… Ade would dearly like to be any of these things, though he’d trade them all to win the heart of feisty Public Relations Executive, Paige.

Instead, he’s a disillusioned school teacher, on suspension, after an unfortunate incident with a heavy piece of computer equipment. And somebody’s foot. And Paige? Despite being his girlfriend for the past eighteen months, she still seems to have one foot out of the door and hasn’t quite committed to leaving a toothbrush in the bathroom.

​Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. A man who in almost every way imaginable is better, taller, wealthier, hairier, and infinitely more successful than Ade.

​Is Paige still in love with Sebastian? Why then did she suggest they get away for a few days? Some place romantic…

​But when Adrian finds himself in Slovenia – with Sebastian in the room down the hall – he realises there’s serious possibility that he’s in danger of losing his job, his mind, and the woman he loves…

​From best-selling author Peter Jones comes this hilarious romp about love, and the things people do to keep it from getting away.

Q & A

What is your favourite thing about the whole writing process?

Hmmm. That moment when I finish a book is pretty special! Or the moment just before when I start to tie up loose ends and it’s all starting to come together nicely.

No. No – the best bit is when I’m having a good writing day, and the words are just pouring out of me, and even when I get up to make a cup of tea I end up coming back to my keyboard before I’ve made it to the kitchen because I’ve just thought of something really amazing and if I don’t write it down now… that’s the best bit about writing.

What books/authors inspired your writing journey?

I was quite a late starter when it came to reading. Other than my mother nobody else in my family used to read. My parent’s book case was (and still is) pretty uninspiring.

School wasn’t much better. Until I was in my mid teens the ‘reading list’ was dire! But, I remember one teacher recommending The Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, and for the first time ever I’d been given a book that I didn’t want to stop reading. It wasn’t a chore, it was a delight. And my painfully slow reading ability was suddenly a good thing. I read everything Douglas Adams ever wrote after that.

As I got older there were a handful of other books that had a similar effect. John Wyndham’s Day Of The Triffids, sticks out as another amazing book that had a profound effect on me.

What are you currently reading?

I have a number of books on the go at the moment, but I’m about to start He Said She Said by Erin Kelly.

My favourite authors (the ones who I’m completely in awe of) would be Nick Hornby (his last novel – Funny Girl – was very unusual and very clever), Audrey Niffenegger (Her Fearful Symmetry being my favourite), the late great Sir Terry Pratchett (of course), and more recently Claire North (The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August being my current ‘favourite book of all time’).

Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook, why?

Facebook. Without a doubt.

I don’t really understand twitter (and believe me I’ve tried). To me it feels like several hundred people, all armed with a mega phone, standing in a gymnasium, broadcasting their every thought! Nobody seems to be actually listening to any one else. And when you factor in the RTs, it all just becomes a scrolling wall of noise.

Facebook on the other had feels like office banter. But maybe that’s because of the way I tend to use it. I have a question or an amusing thought pops into my head or I see something interesting and thirty seconds later I’m chatting to people about it. Come and join in! http://facebook.com/peterjonesauthor

All that said, one of my favourite characters – ie. a character I created – somehow got her own twitter account. @ZlataLovesCake is just hilarious… and it isn’t written by me.

If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Wow! Where did that question come from!? Blimey. Well I was going to say I’d pop into every branch of Waterstones I can get to in a day and move my books to a more prominent spot… but I’ve just realised I don’t actually have to be invisible to do that, and the sight of books floating around might draw unwanted attention!

I’d really quite like to see what exactly happens to your bags when they disappear down the chute at the airport – that would be interesting! I imagine this labyrinth of conveyer belts and xray machines and luggage robots… but who knows?

Other than that I think I’d probably visit some stately home somewhere and pretend to be a ghost.

Hmmm… which is quite a good idea for a story…

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey and Peter Jones for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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About The Author

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Peter Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit card banking. Fun times.

​Nowadays, Peter spends his days writing, or talking about writing. He’s written three novels; a Rom-Com (Romantic Comedy), A Crim-Com (Crime Comedy), and a Rom-Com-Ding-Dong (a sort-of Romantic-ish Comedy, with attitude). He’s currently working on his fourth novel, which – if it’s a musical – he’ll no doubt describe as a Rom-Com-Sing-Song. (Spoiler: It isn’t).

​He is also the author of three and a half popular self-help books on the subjects of happiness, staying slim and dating. If you’re overweight, lonely, or unhappy – he’s your guy.

​Peter doesn’t own a large departmental store and probably isn’t the same guy you’ve seen on the TV show Dragons’ Den.

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Blog Tour: The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen {Extract}

Today I have a fantastic extract for you as part of the blog tour for The Bitches of Suburbia by Jane Owen.

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Synopsis

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Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

Extract

She looked back up the road and watched the last of the boxes come off the big burgundy lorry. Even Hilary with her limited imagination could see that Casa de la Luna was special and all that, Hilary was fairly sure, did not come cheap so the new owners couldn’t be short of a bob or two. Maybe she should make friends with them, ingratiate herself into their lives. Maybe they’d be a glamorous couple who’d throw fabulous parties where she’d meet a wonderful man and then they could all double date, maybe share a villa in Tuscany for a couple of weeks in July, or a ski chalet in the winter. Not that Hilary had even been skiing. In reality, the thought of hurtling down the side of a mountain with two thin bits of wood strapped to her feet absolutely terrified her but the idea of après ski, such as she understood it, was very appealing indeed.

She was almost right: the new residents would certainly turn out to be a glamorous couple and they would indeed throw fabulous parties but, despite her best efforts, all of Hilary’s attempts to ingratiate herself would not be met with success but rather would bring about a chain of events that would have catastrophic consequences for all concerned. Of course Hilary had no psychic powers, no ability to see what was coming even when it was right under her nose and her inability to see any point of view except her own was a severe handicap when it came to reading social situations but on the plus side, the thought did at least lift her spirits slightly, give her something to look forward to, a light at the end of the tunnel which would sadly turn out to be an oncoming train.

But that was all a long way off and for now, all thoughts of gardening abandoned, Hilary grabbed her wheelie bin, dragged it back down to the gate at the side of her house and left it there. This, although Hilary was completely unaware of the fact, was one of the very actions that annoyed Kelly Cunningham so much, flew in the face of her strongly held view that wheelie bins should live on the other side of side gates and not be visible from the street. Hilary went in her front door and closed it behind her. Her house was of the upside down variety: once through the front door, there were two bedrooms and a bathroom off a small hallway and a flight of stairs down to the ground level. Hilary slept in the larger room at the front, on the bed left by her predecessor. When she’d found out the house she’d bought came virtually fully furnished, she’d been so relieved. The thought of having to go out and buy everything, every last little thing had made her feel sick to her stomach. All those decisions, the mere thought of it made her head swim.  Even though both bedrooms came with fitted wardrobes and drawers, most of her clothes were still in bin liners and the boxes of personal things that had arrived with her sat unopened in the second bedroom. Since she’d been there, she’d done bugger all really, other than sit on the previous tenant’s sofa and watch his television. She certainly hadn’t properly unpacked and given the small amount of stuff she actually owned, it probably wouldn’t have taken that long. Maybe, somewhere, right down inside her hard little heart, there was a tiny piece of her that didn’t want to unpack because that would make it final, that would be the last thing. The opening of the boxes would bring closure whether she wanted it or not and once there was closure there was no going back. Actually, there was no going back anyway, closure or no closure. Hilary Jones’ fate had been sealed the moment she decided to buy Number Ten Horseshoe Lane.

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey and Jane Owen for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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About The Author

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Jane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch.  She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more.  Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing.  Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing.  Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

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Blog Tour: Shanghai Tang by Mick Bose {Guest Post}

Today I have a fantastic guest post for you as part of the blog tour for Shanghai Tang by Mick Bose, the latest instalment of the Dan Roy series.

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Synopsis

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Shanghai Tang – a fast paced and heart pounding action thriller from the wildly popular Dan Roy Series.

A betrayed assassin is thrust into the secret life of Shanghai’s underworld.

Dan Roy, ex Black Ops legend, is becoming a new legend in the infamous blood fight tournament called Kumite, in Hong Kong. He is carving himself a new life, when disaster strikes his loved ones back home. He gets a phone call, and he cannot deny Kimberly Smith’s plea for help. Not only is Kim’s life endangered, the rumbles of discontent have reached the White House…

A devastating secret lurks inside the glamorous night life of Shanghai. Political interests are involved, and soon Dan finds himself in a ruthless and twisted struggle for survival. He gets help from Xiao Wei-Ling, A Chinese woman who is on the run herself. An ambitious Triad boss is making a bid to overrule the whole of Shanghai, and Dan Roy has become a thorn in his side. The Triads have help from the police, and all eyes are on Dan – alone in a foreign land.

Get prepared for a white-knuckle ride from Hong Kong and Shanghai to the corridors of power in Washington, as we follow Dan on a terrifying adventure that could be his last.

Will Dan meet his nemesis in the murky underworld of Shanghai? Or will he fight to live another day?

Guest Post – A Few of My Favourite Things

Animal

I like dogs, but we don’t have a pet in the house.

TV show

Currently, I have become obsessed with the TV serial Narcos – about the notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. At one stage, he was making a million dollars a day, and had to buy warehouses just to store his cash.

Film

Shawshank Redemption. The Motorcycle Diaries as well, about the life of Che Guevara.

Meal

Curries! I love to cook them, and even more to eat them! I also love chilli sauces, and often have a green chilli with my food.

Dessert

Nothing beats a nice chocolate gateau with single cream. Oh, I can taste it just now.

Need a break from writing…and then some wine as well.

Holiday Destination

Went to Mauritius recently, and loved it. The snorkelling was mind blowing, the fish and corals I see were out of this world. It’s also very safe, unlike some parts of the Caribbean.

Town/City

For better or worse, richer or poorer – has to be London City. By that I mean South London. You can take me out of London, but not South London out of me.

Breakfast Cereal

Not for me.

Item of clothing

My brown faded leather jacket.

Many thanks to Emma Mitchell and Mick Bose for the opportunity to be part of the blog tour.

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About The Author

Author_Mick BoseIf you are enthralled by Lee Child, David Baldacci and mesmerised by Vince Flynn, then you will like Mick Bose. Mick Bose is a writer in London who can often be found jogging around the parks of Wimbledon, when he is not writing.

The popular and well received series about Dan Roy is a tornado of hard action and military secrets. A novella introducing Dan is now out, which is available to subscribers free at http://www.mickbose.com.

He also has a standalone thriller, Enemy Within, which is a nail biting, fast paced manhunt about a secret weapon that can change World War 1. It is also a gesture of respect to the 100-year anniversary of the Great War.

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Blog Tour: Maggie by Netta Newbound

I’m thrilled to be helping kick of the blog blitz for Maggie by Netta Newbound.

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Synopsis

PrintWhen sixteen-year-old Maggie Simms’ mum loses her battle with cancer, the only family she has left is her abusive stepfather, Kenny.

Horrified to discover he intends to continue his nightly abuse, Maggie is driven to put a stop to him once and for all.

However, she finds her troubles are only just beginning when several of her closest allies are killed.

Although nothing seems to be linking the deaths, Maggie believes she is jinxed.

Why are the people she cares about being targeted?

And who is really behind the murders?

Sometimes the truth is closer than you think.

Review

 

Having not read anything by the author previously I wasn’t sure what to expect from her latest novel, Maggie. Well I wasn’t disappointed, that’s for sure.

Maggie is fast paced and highly intriguing and it will have you hooked from the beginning. There are twists and turns throughout the book and just when you think you have it figured out, something switches and you’re back to square one.

The characters are well written and you really do have to feel sorry for Maggie with everything she is going through. However, there were a couple of occasions when I forgot how old Maggie actually was due to her behaviour. At times she seemed a lot older than her sixteen years.

The pace of the story is perfect and the short chapters mean you can race along and get straight to the point which I loved and found to work extremely well with this story.

I would highly recommend this book and will be seeking out more by this author.

Many thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for organising this blog blitz. Thanks also to the author, Netta Newbound, for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fantastic book.

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About the Author

Netta pic (1)My name’s Netta Newbound. I write thrillers in many different styles — some grittier than others. The Cold Case Files have a lighter tone and are full of fun. I also write a series set in London, which features one of my favourite characters, Detective Adam Stanley. These books are a little grittier. My standalone books, The Watcher and An Impossible Dilemma, are not for the faint hearted, and it seems you either love them or hate them—I’d love to know what you think.

Originally from Manchester, England, I have travelled extensively and have lived and worked in a variety of exciting places. I now live in New Zealand with my husband. We have three grown up children and four grandchildren.

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Blog Blitz: Her Dark Retreat by J A Baker

Welcome to one of today’s stops on the blog blitz for Her Dark Retreat by J A Baker.

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Synopsis

21752117_10214226756167987_3932665672794896677_nThe coastguard’s residence Chamber Cottage, which sits high up on the North Yorkshire cliffs, overlooking The North Sea, holds many dark secrets.

Alec and Peggy are struggling to overcome their marital problems. Both damaged by issues from their childhoods, they are trying to get on with their lives. But this is hard for them to do when they both believe they are being watched. As a result, Peggy, who has terrible scars on her face, becomes more agoraphobic.

To make matters worse, Peggy discovers her estranged mother is stalking both she and Alec, claiming she has a dark secret that is putting Peggy in danger.

What caused the scars on Peggy’s face? Is Alec really the monster Peggy’s mother believes him to be? And what secrets does Chamber Cottage hold?

Review

The opening chapter of this book grabbed my attention immediately and kept me hooked until the very end. The details in the prologue definitely set the scene for this dark thriller.

Told from multiple perspectives you are never truly sure who is telling the truth and where the story will lead. The characters were extremely well written, if not particularly likeable, and I found myself following their actions closely trying to piece together the crumbs left by the writer.

I had an inkling of what had happened, although I was still totally shocked by the final scenes as the truth began to unravel.

The chilling setting was easy for me to imagine, especially as I’m from Yorkshire, and I found myself picturing the scene vividly in my mind. The bleakness of the cliffs comes through in the writing and leaves you with the feeling of isolation from the location.

Her Dark Retreat was a quick and enjoyable read with a different take on the usual psychological thrillers. The short chapters, which overlapped in places, made it easy to read and keep up with the cast of characters involved.

 

Many thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for organising this blog blitz. Thanks also to the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review this superb book.

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About the Author

dmiimlbpigiilldgBorn in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J A Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular to psychological thrillers.

After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.

J A Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

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Blog Tour: The Stories She Tells by L K Chapman

I am delighted to be able to share with your a guest post from L K Chapman, as part of the blog tour for her latest book, The Stories She Tells.

There are still a few remaining stops on the tour, here’s where it’s heading next.

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Synopsis

51BhtPU+WPL.jpgWhen Michael decides to track down ex-girlfriend Rae who disappeared ten years ago while pregnant with his baby, he knows it could change his life forever. His search for her takes unexpected turns as he unearths multiple changes of identity and a childhood she tried to pretend never happened, but nothing could prepare him for what awaits when he finally finds her.

Appearing to be happily married with a brand-new baby daughter, Rae is cagey about what happened to Michael’s child and starts to say alarming things- that her husband is trying to force her to give up her new baby for adoption, that he’s attempting to undermine the bond between her and her child, and deliberately making her doubt her own sanity.

As Michael is drawn in deeper to her disturbing claims he begins to doubt the truth of what she is saying. But is she really making it all up, or is there a shocking and heartbreaking secret at the root of the stories she tells?

A day in the life of Tamsin Quinnell

..1Tamsin wakes up when her baby daughter Madeline starts to cry. Her husband Paul is still asleep and she reluctantly gets out of bed to make up a bottle for the baby, feeling tired and withdrawn. She wants to have an easy day with Madeline but doesn’t hold up much hope that that will be the case as she finds being a mum very challenging and draining. She always seems to be forgetting things and getting confused, so in the kitchen she concentrates very hard as she measures out scoops of baby formula into the bottle.

..2Madeline’s room is decorated in soft pinks. There is a pile of clean, folded sheets and baby clothes on top of the chest of drawers. Tamsin sits on a chair in the nursery with the baby on her lap and before long she hears Paul get up and go downstairs to make some coffee. She joins him in the kitchen and he gives her and the baby a slightly odd, sad look that sends a feeling of unease through her, but then he kisses both her and Madeline and everything seems normal again.

..3Once Paul has gone out to a business meeting and she has spent a fraught hour or so of trying to calm a fussing and crying Madeline, Tamsin has a long bath while the little girl is sleeping. Afterwards she sits down at her mirrored dressing table to carefully apply her makeup, then she spends a while choosing an outfit. She hears the front door open downstairs and her housekeeper calls out a greeting, but Tamsin doesn’t reply straight away, she’s concentrating on getting dressed and styling her hair. She finally says hello to her housekeeper Sally when she feels peckish and goes downstairs to find something to eat. She looks around for a while for some food she fancies and settles on a handful of blueberries, which she eats in a few big mouthfuls, while Sally chatters away cheerfully to her.

..4Later on, Tamsin goes out for a walk to the farm shop down the road, taking Madeline with her in her pushchair. She spends a long time walking around the shop looking at all the produce, but buys very little and makes her way slowly back to the house again. She feels listless, and is looking forward to Paul coming back home. She opens the fridge to find something to snack on and she sees that Sally has left a dish of pasta bake for them to heat up for their dinner later on. Briefly it feels surreal to her to have nice, home-cooked food in the house but she shakes the feeling away.

..5When Madeline goes for a nap again, Tamsin pours herself a glass of wine and goes down to her art studio in the garden, taking the baby monitor with her. There is a cosy sofa against the wall in the studio and she sprawls out across it taking sips of wine and looking out of the window, watching the sun across the fields behind the garden. Before long she falls asleep and wakes up when Paul finds her and tells her that Madeline is crying, and Tamsin realises that although she has the baby monitor with her, it hasn’t actually been on.

..6During the evening Tamsin drinks more wine with Paul and forgets for a while about her struggles caring for Madeline as the pair laugh and talk together. She snuggles close to Paul in bed and tells him that she loves him. He says that he loves her too but that he wishes things weren’t so hard for her, but she has already fallen asleep.

 

Many thanks to Louise and Emma for inviting me on the tour!

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About the Author

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Louise Katherine Chapman was born in Somerset, UK, in 1986. She studied psychology at the University of Southampton and has worked as a psychologist creating personality questionnaires for a consultancy company. She has also spent some time volunteering for mental health charity Mind.

Chapman loves to write because she loves learning about people and she loves stories. A major turning point in her life was the day she realised that no matter how strange, cruel or unfathomable the actions of other people can sometimes be, there is always a reason for it, some sequence of events to be unravelled. Since then she is always asking “why” and “what if” and she is fascinated by real life stories capturing the strength, peculiarities or extremes of human nature.

L K Chapman’s first novel, Networked, was a sci-fi thriller but now she’s turned her attention to writing psychological suspense. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and young family, and enjoys walks in the woods, video games, and spending time with family and friends.

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Cover Reveal: Nearly Dead by Conrad Jones

Today I have a fabulous new cover to reveal! Please take a look at Conrad Jones’ latest cover for Nearly Dead.

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Nearly Dead is Conrad’s 19th book and is released on 20 October. If you want to secure your copy then click here to pre-order.

Synopsis

The renovation of a remote farmhouse on the outskirts of Liverpool uncovers a chamber of horrors but the crimes are historical. DI Alec Ramsay must sift through the evidence to identify both the victims and the perpetrators, while trying to dismantle the dangerous drug gangs that plague the city. The prequel to The Child Taker, this book is a must for fans of the Alec Ramsay series.

About the Author

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I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

On March 20th 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’ ; You can see them here

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I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 15 novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series, but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here

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As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.

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