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Monday, 30 June 2014

So What are YOU Reading?



Chris Longmuir ask, 'What are you reading?'

I’m asking because I’m currently reading a traditionally published, well known, best selling author, and it struck me that this book was no better than many of the independantly published books, otherwise known as indies, and looked down on by publishers and many traditionally published authors as self-published.

The reason I am saying this is because I’ve recently published my non fiction book, Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution, for which I conducted intensive research into all things indie, including the reading of 61 indie novels by writers, some of whom I knew by reputation, but the majority of whom I did not know at all. In fact the majority of these indie writers might not even suspect I’ve included them in this book. But the ones who have discovered themselves between the pages have been highly delighted.

Most of the crime novels I read were good, some very good, and some were excellent. Admittedly, I came across a few which, shall we say, were less than perfect (I’m being polite). The ones that did not meet the grade, I scrapped, and they were not included in the finished book.

I cannot quote all the authors who wrote books I thought were excellent, but I did come across a lot of characters that will remain in my mind. Nanci Rathbun’s Angelina Bonaparte was one. I really liked Angelina who was a most unusual sleuth. Then there was the homeopath Erica Bruce, in the Valerie Laws’ thrillers. Jessica Blackwood, the ex-magician FBI agent, written by Andrew Mayne, and, of course, Jack Daniels in the J A Konrath series. I wish I could quote all the books I liked, but there were far too many. And most of them excellently written. These books would give any traditionally published authors a run for their money.

So, if you haven’t yet tried one of the fantastic selection of indie books, then I suggest you give them a go. If you’re careful in what you choose you won’t be sorry. And to start you off on where to find good indie books look no further than the Famous Five Plus website’s book page or the Awsome Indies web site, all the books on this site are vetted before inclusion, so you won’t find anything that lacks quality here.

Now, I must get back to the book I’m reading. I can’t wait to finish it so I can get back to my favourite indie authors.

Chris Longmuir







Saturday, 28 June 2014

HUG A BOOK with Tall Dark and Kilted by Lizzie Lamb


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Tall, Dark and Kilted




Meet Lizzie


Lizzie Lamb - After thirty four years as a primary school teacher, Lizzie decided it was time to find out if she had it what it took to become a published author. Leaving the chalk face behind, she toyed around with various romantic sub genres before deciding that rom coms were her ‘thang’.

She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and spent the next few years honing her craft. It was at an RNA Conference that she met Amanda Grange (Mr D’Arcy’s Diary) who was self publishing her back catalogue on Amazon -quite an innovation at the time. Mandy encouraged Lizzie to write from her heart and not to focus too overtly on what she ‘believed’ agents and publishers were looking for.

After some deliberation, Lizzie formed the New Romantics 4 with three other members of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and went down the self-publishing route. It was the best decision she ever made. With help and encouragement from Mandy and the other three members of NR4 she finished Tall, Dark and Kilted and published it as a paperback and formatted it for kindle download on all amazon sites in November 2012.

Since then she has written and published Boot Camp Bride. 



Details of Tall, Dark and Kilted


Fliss Bagshawe longs for a passport out of Pimlico where she works as a holistic therapist. After attending a party in Notting Hill she loses her job and with it the  dream of being her own boss. She’s offered the chance to take over a failing therapy centre, but there's a catch. The centre lies five hundred miles north in Wester RossScotland.

Fliss’s romantic view of the highlands populated by Men in Kilts is shattered when she has an upclose and personal encounter with the Laird of Kinloch Mara, Ruairi Urquhart. He’s determined to pull the plug on the business, bring his eccentric family to heel and eject undesirables from his estate - starting with Fliss. Facing the dole queue once more Fliss resolves to make sexy, infuriating Ruairi revise his unflattering opinion of her, turn the therapy centre around and sort out his dysfunctional family.

Can Fliss tame the Monarch of the Glen and find the happiness she deserves?


Available for Kindle & paperback

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Excerpt


Two hours later, Murdo pulled off the main road and started a long slow descent, leaving the mountains behind and following a minor road flanked by a mixed plantation of pine and deciduous trees. Eventually he stopped and pulled off the road, turning round to Fliss he gestured at the stunning view in front of them.
‘There she is: Tigh na Locha, Fliss. The House by the Loch
‘Oh God.’ Isla laid her head on her arms on the dashboard. ‘Dead man walking,’ she intoned, as if thoroughly dejected by the thought of the life she’d left behind in London.
‘Don’t be such a drama queen, Isla,’ Cat slipped in one last dig as she and Fliss clambered out of the Land Rover with Lassie hard on their heels. 

From their vantage point, the mountains behind them were hidden by trees and Fliss could see soft, rounded hills that swept all the way down to a large loch. The colours were dazzling; the green of the hills and trees, the blue sky reflected in the deeper blue of the loch and the ochre of the sandy beach, which gave way to paler sand near a pebble path. The shore line dipped in and out of the expanse of water and in the distance, at vanishing point, the opposing shores appeared to link hands, cutting the loch off from the sea.

And, way below them, nestled in the trees with a wide lawn leading down to the waters’ edge where it became a beach, was Tigh na Locha. Solid, ancient, a slice of Scottish history complete with white painted turrets and stepped gables, and with a look of permanency that said: ‘I’ve been here for a thousand years. Wha’ dares challenge me?’
After the car journey, the view of the loch was balm to her soul and Fliss let out a long, shuddering sigh. Unasked for tears prickled her nose and blurred her view. ‘It’s beautiful,’ she said, a catch in her voice. Then she whispered softly so that no one could hear: ‘I’ve come home.’


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Five Fab Fun Answers: Madalyn Morgan


Madalyn Morgan author of gripping WWII best sellers shares the answers to five fun questions, take it away Madalyn....


First lines are important in novels. What is the favourite first line you’ve written and from what work is it?

“Look out!  Stop!  Margaret didn’t look.  She didn’t stop until she was pushed into a doorway.” APPLAUSE (2nd book in the Dudley Sisters Quartet) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J7Y5LCW


If someone told you your characters were sitting in the room across the hall, would you walk across to meet them? Why or why not?

I think I would.  I know them and love them, so I can’t see why I wouldn’t want to meet them.  When I was an actress I believed wholeheartedly in the characters I played, eventually (on stage) becoming them.  That way the audience would believe in them too.  I work the same with the characters in my novels.  Gosh, imagine if I met them and I'd got one of them wrong.  The protagonists in my novels are sisters and, although they have very different personalities and characters, they are all very strong women.  If I had got one wrong, I would expect her to tell me.


If you could magically become one of your characters, who would it be?

The next one.  It is always the next one for me.  When I was writing Foxden Acres, it was Bess Dudley.  Writing Applause it was Margot Dudley – and now it’s sister number three, Claire Dudley.  It is always the next lead character that I want to be, and who excites me the most.  I like beginnings, I like starting new things, and I like the unknown.  Claire’s story, China Blue, is set in France with the SOE and French Resistance.  It’s a love story and she’s a heroine. Who wouldn’t want to be Claire?


What day of the week is your favourite for writing?

I’d like to say, Monday.  I would like to say I am disciplined – and that I work on weekdays and spend my weekends relaxing, or visiting interesting places.  The truth is, when I’m writing, I am often woken up in the early hours of the morning with characters, or ideas, running round in my head.  When that happens, I have to get up and write it down, or I forget.  When the creative thoughts and ideas are flowing I write every day, sometimes for weeks.  When they are not flowing, I find it difficult to write a shopping list. 


Compare your novels to a food item or entré.



FOXDEN ACRES (2013), my first novel, is a healthy homemade loaf.   It is made with homegrown ingredients, kneaded with strong capable hands, left to rise in its own time – and then baked with love.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00BCX59LE


APPLAUSE (2014), my second novel, is a tiered cake-stand full of fancy fairy cakes.  Some with icing, some with chocolate, others with custard, cream, or a cherry on the top.  The higher up the cake-stand you go, the more exiting the cake.  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00J7Y5LCW 


CHINA BLUE (2015), which I am currently writing, is a Madeleine.       La véritable petite Madeleine de Commercy.
  



Thank you, I’ve really enjoyed this Q and A session.  It was fun.  Now I’d better write that shopping list. x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Guest in the Spotlight: PR Guro, Kim Nash



When it comes to PR and Marketing it is always good to talk to someone who knows what they are doing. Today a FFP HQ Pauline Barclay talks to Kim Nash who has set up her own Marketing company for authors and publishers.

Q: Kim, thank you so much for taking time out to stop by our Head Quarters. Help yourself to coffee and cake. I am so looking forward to learning all about your new company for Author PR & Marketing business, what prompted you to do this?


A: I’ve always worked in sales and marketing and for the last few years have been working with a full service marketing and PR agency.  Last year I decided to shuffle my hours slightly so that I can work on building up my own stuff one day a week. 

I found that I was loving what I was doing on my “own” day more than the other four days a week and decided that I wanted to explore further.  In April this year I decided that if I wanted it to happen, I had to make it happen for myself.  So I did!

As you know, I’ve been blogging for around 4 years now and I’ve always loved working with books and authors so even though I do work with other companies, I am mainly working with authors and publishers and as I able to do this in my now “day” job, I’m living my dream.  I can also fit it to work around my 6 year old son Ollie and am loving being around for him more too.


Q: Living the dream is what it is all about, congratulations for taking the plunge. Who are you aiming your services at?


A: Mainly at authors or publishers that need some help with marketing themselves and their books.   I can offer my services by the hour, and can offer as little as a couple of hours work, or some clients pay me on a retainer basis, so I work for them for a set amount of hours throughout the month.   I also do some work for businesses that need some ad-hoc or regular marketing, tele-sales or social media support. 


Q:  It all sounds flexible would you explain a little about what you offer


A: Having a strong admin and sales and marketing background, and being a huge fan of social media, I offer social media set up and support, blog and newsletter support, event management, blog tours, researching for reviewers and arranging for review copies to be sent out, writing, sending out and chasing up press releases, researching and targeting appropriate media and general admin and PA support. Phew! Didn’t realise the list was that long. 

I also sell advertising space on my blog for a small fee.  For this, I tweet and post on Facebook too about the book.   


Q: All of this is important, but why do you feel it is beneficial for authors to consider PR / professional promotions etc


A: These days writing a book is just the start of the journey.  As an author and to sell books you have to create, build and maintain a social media profile, keep your audience entertained, educate them, want them coming back for your next book, arrange events, write blog posts, newsletters and all that mullarkey.  Most of the authors I know, write around being a busy mum, wife, working and running a home which we all know is job in itself. 

Some authors don’t know where to start or how to do any of the above, don’t have the time, or simply don’t like doing it.  All they want to do is write.  That’s their passion and their dream.  And why shouldn’t it be?  Even the most successful and famous authors these days are busy tweeting and posting on Facebook to keep their fans engaged.  Whilst social media is a great platform to sell books and build an author profile, to do it right is time consuming.  You have to have a plan and fit it in with your general marketing plan.  Or if you don’t have either of those, I could help!

Sometimes just to get a little support from someone who is as passionate about books and marketing them as you are, can help you to get the word out and ultimately sell more books.  

While I’m giving that bit of support in the background, the author can then get on with writing their next book or swan around in spas all day, whichever you prefer!


Q: Now what about you Kim, tell us a little about you, please.


Mom to the love of my life Oliver who is 6, and is also my best friend, I love spending quality time with him more than anything and we love to travel and explore new places.  I also plan to revive the family travel and review side of my blog as I’ve spent some time over the last few years doing this for a blog and am looking to do more in this area for myself.  And as you know, I pretty much always have my nose in a book.

I work as freelance publicity manager for a digital publisher Bookouture, (www.bookouture.com) and am constantly learning about the publishing world.  They have some incredible authors and books and I feel incredible blessed to be working with them. 

I love to tell the world about the fabulous books I have read and the amazingly talented authors I meet both on and off line on a regular basis.  There are so many awesome books and authors in the world, and I love being part of the world that gets to share them with other like-minded people. 

My reading pile is enormous, so I am desperately trying to catch up with all the reviews I have promised, but work has to come first I’m afraid!  Although when working in my “booky” world, it doesn’t feel like work at all!

I get to go to fabulous book/author events, and meet some amazing people that I’ve been reading for years and I’m totally and utterly delighted to be finally working in this world! 

Thank you Kim, it really sounds like you have covered everything and I am sure you are going to be manically busy in the coming months and years. Good luck.



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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Chris Longmuir: Finally I got my rights back



I’m marking this date in my calendar as the date I finally managed to turn Dead Wood, my Dundee International Prize winning book, into an ebook.

So, why had I not done this before? Well, I couldn’t because my publisher held the publishing rights including the electronic rights. So, if they didn’t publish it as an ebook, then it couldn’t be published at all.

It would have been easy for them to publish it as an ebook, but they didn’t want to honour my contracted royalties. They did offer to put it online provided I took a cut of 60% in the royalties that they had committed themselves to in my original contract. But who in their right mind would take a 60% cut in their income? Certainly not me. The result was, no ebook.

Now, last year, Dead Wood went out of print, and it became exceedingly difficult for readers to obtain a copy, print or otherwise. I won’t bore you with the details, but a few weeks ago the publishers reverted the publishing rights to me. They wished me well and hoped I would find a home for the book. Well, that wasn’t so terribly difficult because the home had been waiting for it for some time.

So now, the ebook is online with a brand new cover, and the paperback will follow within the next week or two.









Monday, 23 June 2014

Shades On it's Summer!


With the longest day being enjoyed in this part of the world on 21st,  Pauline Barclay decided to show off her summer poster produced by Avalon Graphics

'Now it's officially summer, I couldn't resist sharing a little sunshine. It makes me smile every time I look at it, hope it makes you feel all summery!'

All Pauline's books are available for Kindle and in Paperback

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Book Promo Blitz: My Life in a Nutshell by Tanya J Peterson

Today at Famous Five Plus we are linking up with Brook Cottage Books for a fabulous Book Promo Blitz for My Life in a Nutshell, Tanya J Peterson




First we kick off with a review ....

Heart-rending, emotional, amusing and heart lifting. This is a beautiful story on how, in silence, a wonderfully gifted man lives his life despite crippling anxiety and panic attacks. There is a key that could help him unlock his mental turmoil. This key comes in the form of a seven year old girl who lives in her own nightmare, but does the key fit and if so can the lock be turned to help both of them? My Life in a Nutshell is truly beautiful. I could not put it down and although I know the time it takes to write such a breath taking page turning book, I cannot wait for more from this amazing author. I have given this 5 stars because that it the maximum on offer, but I would give it 10 if that was possible. (Seen on Amazon)




Bio of Tanya J Peterson

Tanya J. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, Master of Science in counseling, and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been a teacher and a counselor in various settings, including a traditional high school and an alternative school for homeless and runaway adolescents, and she has volunteered her services in both schools and communities. Peterson is an active volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and she is a regular columnist for the Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog on HealthyPlace.com.
She draws on her education, experience, and personal background with bipolar 1 disorder and anxiety to write stories about the psychological aspect of the human condition, specifically mental illness and the impact it has on human beings. Her goal is to change the way the world thinks about mental illness and the people who live with it. 
Peterson believes that fiction is a powerful vehicle for teaching fact. Further, she knows that people empathize with characters in novels, and commonly they transfer their empathy to real-life human beings. To that end, she has published Leave of Absence, My Life in a Nutshell, and the YA novel Losing Elizabeth.  Additionally, she has published Challenge!, a short story about a person who finds the confidence to overcome criticism and achieve a goal, and a book review of Linley and Joseph’s Positive Therapy: A Meta-Theory for Positive Psychological Practice that appeared in Counseling Today, the national publication of the American Counseling Association.
Peterson has also been interviewed on numerous radio shows, given presentations on mental illness and book readings nationwide, spoken on mental illness at the 2013 national conference of the Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc., and has been quoted in various articles about mental health and mental illness.




Book Blurb

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel is the story of one man's struggles with debilitating anxiety. Brian Cunningham has isolated himself to such a degree that his human contact is barely more than an hour a day. While lonely, he feels powerless to change his life. Unexpectedly, his safe little world is invaded by one Abigail Harris, a seven-year-old girl who, for the last five years, has bounced from foster home to foster home. She has come to live with an aunt and uncle she has never known. Unsure if she can trust her new environment, she turns to Brian. Neither one quite knows how to live in the world. Can they possibly help each other?



Tanya J. Peterson, MS, NCC

Mental Health Novelist, Writer, & Speaker







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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Eileen Schuh, answers five fun questions:

First lines are important in novels. What is the favourite first line you’ve written and from what work is it? 

“The world was depending on her; she had promises to keep.” DISPASSIONATE LIES 
http://bookshow.me/B00KOG45J2



If someone told you your characters were sitting in the room across the hall, would you walk across to meet them? Why or why not?

Definitely! My BackTracker characters are so real to me, I probably wouldn’t even notice the absurdity of their visit. I’d love to give them all a hug.


If you could magically become one of your characters, who would it be?

Despite her traumatic past, I can’t help but envy Katrina , the young protagonist in the BackTracker series. She has beauty and brains and a fearless energy that leads her into great adventures. As she matures, she seizes opportunities to act heroically and ends up making many positive differences on a world scale. I’d like to be a hero like her.


What day of the week is your favourite for writing?

Monday. I usually don’t write on the weekends, often going into the wilderness for a break even from the internet. Come Monday, I’m refreshed and raring to go.

Compare one of your novels to a food item or entré.

 DISPASSIONATE LIES is dark creamy chocolate--sinful, delicious, comfort food. 

http://bookshow.me/B00KOG45J2



Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Information for Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution



 Information for Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution from Chris Longmuir

Serial killers, private eyes, cops, and bodies inhabit this guide to crime fiction in the electronic age, where reading habits are undergoing change with the growing use of e-books and e-readers.

The book takes the reader on a fascinating trawl through the many sub-genres of crime fiction, including a history of the genre and how it has developed over the years to include a much darker reading experience. Mystery and detection novels are still popular, but many readers now turn to dark crime stories, and the rise of noir novels has been spectacular.

This guide considers murder and mystery, from the cosy to the noir, and how it has developed over the years, stretching from The Newgate Calendars, through the dime novels and penny dreadfuls, covering the golden age authors typified by Agatha Christie, the hard-boiled era of Hammett and Chandler, and on to the modern crime and thriller novels.

There are sections on e-books and e-readers, the indie author and publisher, and publishing options. There are also sections on many subgenres of crime fiction including mystery, cosy, romantic suspense, historical, paranormal/supernatural, psychological, humour, medical, legal, political, hard-boiled, female sleuths, police procedural, noir/dark, tartan noir, and serial killers.

Over the last few years there has been a noticeable change in the reading habits of many people. This book looks at the development of the e-book – it’s been around longer than you think – and the way many people are choosing to read books on electronic devices. It considers the advantages and disadvanges of both print and electronic books, as well as a history of electronic publishing. It also considers the reasons many authors now choose to become an indie, by publishing independently.

This book looks at the rise of the indie publishing phenomenon which includes the good, the bad and the ugly, and how to choose between them. It considers many types of crime novel with examples drawn from sixty-one indie published books, and how they compare to traditionally published books.

The focus is on e-books and the independent authors, known as indies, who write them, and the aim is to introduce indie crime fiction to discerning e-book readers.

Chris Longmuir is an award winning writer as well as an established short story, and article writer. Her crime novels have won the Pitlochry Award, and the Dundee International Book Prize. She is the author of the popular Dundee Crime Series, and the Kirsty Campbell Novels


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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Reviewed: Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb



"When I started this book I was just in the mood for a light- hearted contemporary romance with a bit of something special to make it stand out from the crowd. This is exactly what ‘Boot Camp Bride’ delivers,' says Julie Ryan.

I loved the first meeting between Charlee and Rafa and the way she digs herself into a hole. It’s nervousness mixed with showing off which makes her very human and approachable to the reader who can imagine being in the same position perhaps.

Although the theme of the book is fairly standard with the reader hoping for a happy ever after, the plot most certainly isn’t. This is one fast –paced, page-turning story if ever there was one with the reader being swept along for the ride.

When Charlee goes undercover at the Boot Camp, the story takes on a whole new dimension and Anastasia is another interesting character.

A thoroughly enjoyable well-crafted book that gets my vote!


You can find out more about Julie's reviews by visiting her Blog

Monday, 16 June 2014

The Death Game, it's Your Turn to Play!



The Death Game, it's your turn to play!
A taster from Chris Longmuir's latest crime thriller


Friday night, 31 October 1919
Thoughts of witches and banshees raced through the young constable’s mind as he ran through the dark cemetery in the direction of the screams.
His lantern swung wildly, splashing light indiscriminately in front of him, illuminating trees, bushes and gravestones. The unearthly sound of the screaming grew louder, and he dreaded what he was going to find.
He swore softly under his breath, cursing the gent who had reported the screaming, and cursing his partner for not being with him. It had not seemed to matter when he had agreed to cover the beat on his own to give Harry time to go off with one of the Overgate girls. But now he bitterly regretted it.
A movement, over to his left, was caught briefly in the wavering beam and he turned, raising his lantern higher. The light flickered over a macabre tableau. The girl was crouched over something on the flat top of a gravestone. She pushed herself upwards, stopped screaming, and stared towards the light with glazed eyes. Her white gown was saturated with something dark. The same dark liquid dribbled down the knife she held and, in the silence, he could hear the drips plop onto the body spreadeagled on the gravestone.
He took two steps backward, fumbled for his whistle, raised it to his lips with shaking fingers, and blasted on it for all he was worth.

Chris Longmuir

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

HUG A BOOK with Missing Believed Dead by Chris Longmuir


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Missing Believed Dead





Meet Chris



Chris Longmuir was born in Wiltshire and now lives in Angus. Her family moved to Scotland when she was two. After leaving school at fifteen, Chris worked in shops, offices, mills and factories, and was a bus conductor for a spell, before working as a social worker for Angus Council (latterly serving as Assistant Principal Officer for Adoption and Fostering).

Chris is an award winning novelist and has published three novels in her Dundee Crime Series. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the Scottish Association of Writers’ Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award. Missing Believed Dead is the third book in the series.

Her crime novels are set in DundeeScotland, and have been described as scary, atmospheric, page turners. Chris also writes historical sagas, short stories and historical articles which have been published in America and Britain. Writing is like an addiction to me, Chris says, I go into withdrawals without it. She is currently working on a further 2 crime novels.

Chris is a member of the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association and the Scottish Association of Writers. She designed her own website and confesses to being a techno-geek who builds computers in her spare time.




Details of Missing Believed Dead



Missing children! Internet predators! Dead bodies!

She crossed his arms over his chest, and placed the jade beads in his eyes. ‘To remind you of me,’ she said.

Jade was 13 when she disappeared, five years ago, and DS Bill Murphy suspects someone from her family is responsible for recent Dundee murders. But is it her mother, Diane, who now suffers from OCD? Or Emma, her twin sister, who was catatonic for a year after Jade’s disappearance. Or Jade’s brother, Ryan, who enjoys dressing in women’s clothes and is going through a sexuality crisis, unsure whether or not he is gay.

What happened to Jade? Is she alive or dead? Or has she returned to wreak a terrible revenge on all male predators?



Available for Kindle & paperback



Excerpt



Bill Murphy teased the paper cup from underneath the coffee machine spout. It required a special technique to get cup to desk without suffering first degree burns, and Bill hadn’t mastered it yet. Not to be beaten, he pulled his shirt-tail out of his trousers and used it to protect his fingers.
Coffee slopped onto the desk and his shirt when he laid the cup down. ‘Damn it,’ he said. It had been one of those days when his reactions had been slow, his limbs did not seem to belong to him, and his head felt as if it would explode.
‘What’s up?’ Sue Rogers closed the file she’d been studying and looked at him.
‘I’m knackered. That’s what’s up,’ Bill grumbled. ‘I spent most of yesterday with the couple from Hell. Their daughter’s gone walkabout again, and they’re convinced she’s been snatched by a paedo. I’ve got half the force out searching for her, and she’ll turn up, same as she did the last time, after a rave-up with her pals. Bloody waste of time, if you ask me. Then to top it all, that call out last night took forever. Body in a bag, they said. Bloody body indeed! Turned out it was a dog the size of a race horse. I could have been in my bed instead of spending most of the night freezing my balls off on Broughty Ferry beach.’
‘You should have taken time off this morning,’ Sue said. ‘I’d have covered for you.’
‘That’ll be right.’ Bill rubbed his shirt with a grubby paper napkin he’d dug out of a drawer. ‘A little birdie told me our new DI is descending on us today. And I’m already in the super’s bad books. Damn, I wish Andy was back.’
Sue reached for another file. ‘Speaking of Andy, I had a phone call from a woman this morning. She wanted to talk to him about an investigation to do with her missing daughter. I tried to tell her Andy wasn’t available but she wouldn’t listen. There was something strange about her though – couldn’t put my finger on it, although I did wonder whether she might be having a panic attack.’
Bill groaned. ‘Not Mrs Fraser again? That woman’s driving me nuts.’
‘Don’t know. I asked for her name but she didn’t give it. Daughter’s name is Jade though, and she said there had been a development. Thought I might find something in these old files.’
‘It’s probably some nutter.’
‘Maybe, but she did ask for Andy by name.’
Sue turned her attention back to the heap of files on her desk. ‘Are you going to faff about all day, or are you going to help me sort out these files?’
Bill continued scrubbing at his shirt. ‘Bloody coffee stain’s not coming out.’



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Thursday, 12 June 2014

In the Spotlight: Lizzie Lamb


Lizzie Lamb - After thirty four years as a primary school teacher, Lizzie decided it was time to find out if she had it what it took to become a published author. Leaving the chalk face behind, she toyed around with various romantic sub genres before deciding that rom coms were her ‘thang’.

She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association and spent the next few years honing her craft. It was at an RNA Conference that she met Amanda Grange (Mr D’Arcy’s Diary) who was self publishing her back catalogue on Amazon -quite an innovation at the time. Mandy encouraged Lizzie to write from her heart and not to focus too overtly on what she ‘believed’ agents and publishers were looking for.




After some deliberation, Lizzie formed the New Romantics 4 with three other members of the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme and went down the self-publishing route. It was the best decision she ever made. With help and encouragement from Mandy and the other three members of NR4 she finished Tall, Dark and Kilted and published it as a paperback and formatted it for kindle download on all amazon sites in November 2012.



Since then Lizzie has written and published Boot Camp Bride.

Boot Camp Bride - Romance and Intrigue on the Norfolk marshes 

Tall, Dark and Kilted Notting Hill Meets Monarch of the Glen

"when I'm not writing - I'm dreaming"

twitter: @lizzie_lamb