The Occasional Murder Is Never Enough?

So, your favourite romance author – well, one of them – is diving into her first thriller!

DCI Gerald Persaud is a maverick – he would be; he’s my detective! He works for the London Metropolitan Police in the Basic Command Unit covering Ealing, Garton, Hillingdon and Hounslow, which would be a surprise to the Detective Chief Superintendent as Garton is fictional.  DCI Persaud is bored; overseeing others investigating sundry crimes, including murder, isn’t why he joined up. When a frantic cat shut in an apparently empty house is reported, he can’t resist taking a personal interest…

62,803 words written to date, I have needed a great deal of advice on all sorts, from police procedure to a suitable location for Garton, and beta readers who get to see the story for free, so how about becoming involved yourself?

How, I hear you ask eagerly, or I hope I do! Join my Facebook Reviewer Group. It’s private, but send me a PM – I’m easily found if you are not already a friend; you know what I look like – and say you’re interested, and I’ll invite you.

So far, I’m indebted to Ruth Coulson for the cover, aided and abetted by Sharon Brownlie of aspirebookcovers.com, John Nicholl, best-selling author of physiological thrillers  for putting me in touch with his son-in-law who serves in The Met, Michelle Dunbar who has lived in London – I just love the city and visit – Lesley Hayes, psychotherapist, for advice (on characters!), Rebecca Bryn and Tom Benson, beta reader volunteers, and members who pop along often with much-appreciated encouragement.

NEW RELEASE!

Don’t miss Rebecca Bryn’s latest historical novel! The human story behind the industrial revolution.

Rebecca Bryn

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to say The Chainmakers’ Daughter is finally here. Set in 1900s England in the midst of the industrial revolution, we find Rosie Wallace and her family working in the sweat shops of the Black Country. Life is relentlessly hard for ten-year-old Rosie as she struggles to do the family chores and help her mother make chain in her backyard forge. The average wage for a man working the chain factories is about twenty shillings a week. The average wage for a woman, working the same hours – about fifty-four a week – is four shillings. (forty-eight pennies)

A loaf of bread costs three or four pennies, rent of their tiny home is almost five shillings, the cost of fuel for the forge is thruppence a basket, and all they can afford is bread and bacon fat to live on – as…

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GUEST POST REBECCA BRYN

A fascinating “insider” glimpse into the life of one of my favourite authors.

lucinda E Clarke

I am a massive fan of this week’s guest and I can only shout GET HER BOOKS!  I’ve read all but one, I have her latest on pre-order, and I’m thrilled I asked her to be my guest this week as I see one book I’ve not read – how did that slip through the net?  Over to Rebecca in her own words.

ruth author pic

Thank you, Lucinda, for letting me loose on your blog. According to my document recovery pane, this version was created on January 1st 1601 at 1 o’clock in the morning. I don’t remember being up at 1am, but it was New Year, and the 17th century was pretty boisterous, so maybe…

As you know, I live in West Wales with my husband and rescue dog and love walking and painting in watercolour. Living close to the sea, painting it in all its moods has become…

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New release! Nothing really changes.

Don’t miss the latest Rebecca Bryn novel!

Rebecca Bryn

Firstly, I’m happy to announce that my latest novel, The Chainmakers’ Daughter is available to pre-order at http://mybook.to/ChainmakersDaughter

It’s been an interesting book to write given the present happenings around the globe – so much in it resonates with today’s problems – truly, nothing really changes.

Rosie is the daughter of chainmakers. Her story begins in 1901 – she’s ten years old and has just left school to work full time with her mother, learning how to make chain. She and her parents work long hours – fifty-four or more hours a week. Her father is paid around twenty shillings a week, that’s a pound in modern money, while her mother earns around four shillings a week for the same hours and has to pay for fuel for her forge out of that at 3d a bucket. Rosie, learning and helping, earns nothing of her own. Given that a loaf…

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Meet Paul Tait. Composer, Singer, & Poet.

The Man Behind the Music in One Alone in the World

Paul Tait doesn’t just take my breath away: he leaves me speechless. Not all the time or I wouldn’t be chatting to you about him. Just when he emails his latest music to “see if I like it”. I love it, and so will you.

For One Alone in the World, he let me use the lyrics to I Didn’t Quit I Surrendered, which gave Richard his big break, and Midnight Angels, which would be a spoiler if I told you where that music was used.  Gonna love you. Gonna love you, girl.” One tiny clue. The girl on the left is Richard and Maria’s daughter, Eleanor.

Tonight, the very latest!

The studio recording and promo video for Run Wild – a beautiful song that is begging for a romantic love story. I guess when I’ve completed a sexy thriller – no title yet, so keep following – I’ll write one. Listen and see if you can resist RUN WILD

My reviews of Paul’s poetry, Boston Dialect books one and two, can be found under “Books I’ve Loved”.

Stay Inside – Stay Safe – Stay Alive

Four steaming novels, or choose to get them all in Royal Command Family Saga: Plus Sizzling Sunset, the exclusive new novella.

If you prefer your romance full of suspense but the sort of book you can lend to your sixteen-year-old daughter, try the Richard and Maria Trilogy.      

Read any of them free with Kindle Unlimited

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or go to an individual title by selecting below

 

Stay Inside & Read – STAY ALIVE

Romance, Thrillers, Crime, Horror, Historical, Erotica, Military and Children’s books reduced to $0.99 to make them affordable for all.

A group of authors, working from home as governments worldwide have ordered, have reduced the prices of dozens of books, cutting what they earn to almost nil as their contribution in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. If you want to say thank you, honest reviews on Amazon are always appreciated, but the greatest reward we can have is that our gesture, small beside the sacrifices of so many, keeps you entertained. All of you who read this are in my prayers.

Browse/Choose/Buy

 

Beta or Worse?

I wish this was mandatory reading for all authors.

Tom Benson - Creative

Okay, so you’ve written a book and you’ve got a cover.

When you’re happy, do you go ahead and publish, or do you take it steady and make sure it’s readable?

Personally, I ask for beta readers and the more the merrier, whether it be a novel or a         collection of short stories. Yes, there might be a few issues in the final product but they also appear in books by acclaimed traditionally-published authors. Errors can be cut down dramatically with some effort and patience. It’s the responsibility of the author to produce the best book they can.

Before I send a manuscript to readers I’ll have gone at least as far as the third draft and on at least two occasions printed the story to perform a ‘red-pen’ edit. Even then, I tend to offer my beta readers a handful of things I’m    concerned…

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Tips for Writing Action Scenes

Good tips for all authors. I love some of the alternative words suggested.

Story Empire

Hi, SEers. You’re with Mae today for a look at writing action scenes. Of all the types of scenes that go into constructing a novel, I used to dread action the most. Not so much these days, but they’re still the scenes I tweak and re-tweak most during editing.

When writing an action scene, there are a few tips to keep in mind:

Use Short Sentences
Short sentences generally work best in action scenes. Keep your reader pumped up and immersed in the moment. Don’t leave them stumbling over a tangle of lengthy sentences. Intersperse longer sentences with dialogue and/or shorter sentences to propel the action forward.

dog running toward camera, with open mouth, all four paws in air above groundAvoid Weak Verbs
Actions scenes call for strong verbs. Avoid verbs that are overused (turned, pulled, looked, moved). A trick I use when I write action is to focus on the urgency of the moment. As an example, people don’t just turn or

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International Women’s Day

Celebrate – Buy a Book by a Female Author

Each of my novels takes months to write, usually taking several hours work daily. Research – double-checking every fact behind the fiction – or actually typing, formatting as I go. All of it requires editing, proofreading, a cover and a short description. When I hit “publish” on Amazon, I’ve usually set a launch price of 99 cents or the equivalent worldwide. So, what next? Fix a realistic price – $2.99, less than the price of a coffee because readers won’t pay more.

 

If my husband didn’t earn a high salary, I couldn’t afford to use my talent – not my words; the awards my books have won speak for me. So, as we celebrate smashed glass ceilings in many fields, remember those who provide a break from reality, the chance to live in a different world for a few hours, but earn a pittance. Far too little to make a real difference to the charities to which I donate 100% of my royalties.

Preview/Buy

Available on Kindle Unlimited

One Alone in the World  (Richard & Maria Book 3) will be published around Easter.