Blog Tour: Unfinished Business by S C Cunningham {Guest Post}

Hey Everyone,

First of all I apologise for bringing this to you a day late. I’ve not been well this week and as a result I didn’t check my planner properly. However, as they say ‘it’s better late than never”.

Blurb…

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables on her stalker and make him suffer as she has done.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS continues the roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, scheming David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face. How much trouble can one man cause?

Guest Post…

I adore writing, creating thrilling worlds for readers to escape into, but am lousy at talking about myself. A few questions that I’m regularly asked are;

When did you realise you wanted to write?

I remember at a very young age my English teacher had given us homework to write a whole page on our weekend. I wrote about a family day at a very packed Sussex Coast beach.

Describing the lines of overweight, semi-naked sun bathers, I wrote the words;

“I looked out over an ocean of uncontrollable flesh…”

Which gave my teacher a fit of uncontrollable giggles. I wasn’t sure why she was laughing, but I realised then the power of words. She told me I should write and her words stayed with me.

I didn’t start writing in earnest until ten years ago, I was a full time working single mum, so wrote in the weekends and holidays.

My ex-husband and I had a music to film production studio in London. My passion for good storylines for film started then. Consequently I write with film in mind.

What genre do you write and why?

I write thrillers, with a splash of steamy romance, laughter and madness.

The why is because I like to write what I know, it’s easier and I’m lazy.

My works are inspired by incidents I’ve witnessed in the past. I write Psychological Thrillers (The David Trilogy) and Paranormal Thrillers (The Fallen Angel Series).

Also, as respite from all the blood and gore of my thrillers, I’ve written a children’s picture book about a rescue dog (based on a rescue Pyrenees Mountain Dog I had when living in Texas), my daughter Artist Scarlett Raven produced the art work.

Why Paranormal Thrillers?

When I was about 3 or 4 years old I was taken, I got away, the following week another little girl was taken, but she didn’t get away, she died. I come from an Irish Catholic family; I remember saying my prayers at night, asking God to do a deal with me. If I was a good girl, when I die would he let me sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and help him get the baddies that slip through his fingers? This inspired my Fallen Angel Series (Paranormal Thriller).

I’ve always had a strong feeling of justice, of looking after the underdog. There have been a few times in my life where I seemed to have been extremely lucky to have survived situations. I call it my Angels looking out for me. There is something else up there; I don’t know what it is, but it’s there. If my gut says something, I have learned to follow it. My paranormal works are taking this idea to the next level, of Vigilante Angels dishing out tough karma from the skies. I am an old romantic; there’s always a steamy love story.

Why Psychological Thrillers?

The David Trilogy is based on an incident that happened to me in my 20’s, I crossed paths with a prolific violent serial attacker who was haunting London at the time, targeting girls living on their own in basement flats in Notting Hill and Olympia. I got away unscathed (those angels again) and helped Police with a photo fit. I remember looking at him wondering why? What makes someone so evil? The seed for my David Trilogy was sown.

The common thread here is I write what I know, I guess it choses me.

Describe your novels in 12 words?

Fast paced, exciting, thought provoking, sexy, funny, heart pounding, thrilling, murder mystery.

What is your writing routine?

I have a writing room at home. I write whenever I can, I have no social life, am a bit of a recluse. I set the scene to write, with lovely smells/candles, soft music, lighting, nibbly food and dogs curled at my feet.

It takes hours/days to block out the world in my head, then I settle down to churn out the words. It’s hard to get to that writing ‘place’ but once you are in the zone, it’s wonderful.

My ideal writing spot would be in a villa with a pool in the sunshine, where I could pop out to take a dip in the pool between chapters… but hey, one day

What inspires you?

Life experiences. Thought-provoking story-lines that teach, help others. Justice.

I’m getting old, I’ve worked in various industries; Music, Film, Football, Modelling, Sports Celebrity Management, and more lately in crime – Crime Investigator, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Wanted and Absconder Unit for Sussex Police.

All of which inspire ideas.

Where do you get your story-line ideas?

My own life experiences, studying people, observing, listening. I see stories in everything, even as I walk down a street… sometimes it’s a bit exhausting

I’ve found myself on more than one occasion following people who look suspicious to check all is ok. Which can be dangerous, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Are your characters based on real people or people you know?

Yes absolutely, I’m lazy, my characters are a mishmash of different people I know. It’s easier to write about the truth.

Who is your favourite author?

Lee Child, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter.

My writing has been compared to that of Martina Cole. Wow! … how wonderful is that.

Your favourite book and why?

The Lee Child Jack Reacher Series… I have a crush on Jack Reacher. Although if I ever get to meet Lee Child I will bollock him for selling out to Tom Cruise. Cruise is wonderful, but he is no Jack Reacher.

How do you research?

My life is research in a way. I’m constantly observing, learning and adapting my own experiences to the page, and am of course SO grateful to google which answers any technical questions I may have ie blood splatter, gun calibre, drugs, health symptoms etc (my web search history is damming).

My Police Investigation work is like a university degree in the criminal mind. However I have signed the Official Secrets Act, therefore am not able to talk about cases I work on – which is of course right.

Who do you see playing the lead in your book and why?

The David Trilogy, Tom Hardy. I think he has the depth of mind to play the part. He’s been there and done that in his own life, therefore can bring it to the fore in his acting.

The Fallen Angel Series, Hmmmm… (scratches head)… I actually cannot think of anyone yet… maybe an unknown actor could step forward and shock the socks off people.

How do you plot?

I don’t plan too much in the beginning, I’m given an idea that eats away at me until I put pen to paper and just start writing. It tends to develop itself. A little spooky I know, but I don’t want to question it, no dissection, just let the magic do its stuff.

If I knew what happened in the end I would be bored to put the months of hard work in. I love the way a story writes itself.

What advice can you give to budding writers?

Just start, keep doing it, every day, the first outline can be as rough as you like, no one else sees it.

The magic starts to come in the first edit. Then edit again and again and again. Have beta readers that you trust, who are not afraid to tell you like it is. Then edit, edit and edit some more, until you’ve shone that lump of coal into a diamond.

Learn to wear three hats – writer, editor and marketer.

What are your future plans?

Am working on the final of The David Trilogy, called ‘For My Sins’.

Am also working on the next of The Fallen Angel Series, called ‘Karma’.

Book I of The David Trilogy has been adapted to film script and is sitting on a desk in Hollywood as the moment. Fingers crossed. Would love to have both series adapted to Screenplay.

Thank you for stopping by.

Siobhan x

S C Cunningham

Social Media Links…

YouTube

Website

Twitter

Facebook

BOOK LINKS…

USA LINKS

USA Author Page

USA The Deal (Fallen Angel Series, Book I)

USA The Penance List (David Trilogy, Book I)

USA Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

UK LINKS

UK Author Page

UK The Deal (Fallen Angel Series Book I)

UK The Penance List (David Triogy Book I)

UK Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

Thank you Siobhan for doing this guest post.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: Love Me Like I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I bring you a blog tour review from Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb…

‘If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice.

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down.

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Review

I have not read a book by this author before and therefore had no idea what to expect with her writing. However, I was pleasantly surprised. As soon as I read the first chapter I was hooked and the book just got better the more I delved into it’s pages.

The characters are colourful and well described and while Dot and Maud and polar opposites they forge an unlikely friendship.

My only slight criticism is that I found some aspects of Maud’s life quite predictable but it did not distract from the overall story and It certainly doesn’t take anything away from her as a character.

Lizzie writes really well and creates a great visual backdrop, convincing characters and more importantly characters we want to learn about and feel like we get to know as the book progresses.

Chapter to chapter the writing flows well and each character has a unique voice which is instantly recognisable.

All in all this book was a lovely surprise and a perfect read for this summer weather. I would rate it a solid 4 stars.

Thank you to Rachel and Lizzie for allowing me to be part of this tour and I hope you all enjoy my review.

Emma-Louise x

*Disclaimer – I received this book free in order to take part on this blog tour. This does not bias my opinion which I based my review on. This review is my own and based solely on my experience reading this book.

The Date by Louise Jensen {Review}

Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the latest book from Louise Jensen titled The Date. I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a copy of this from NetGalley.

Blurb…

One night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her…

Review…

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Louise Jensen, I wanted to try it as I’ve heard so many good things about her other novels.

I did enjoy the book right from the start. The opening chapter got me intrigued and I had to keep going to find out what happened.

I liked the main character Ali, I thought that the issue surrounding her facial recognition problems was written really well. I often found myself wondering how hard that must be to deal with in a real life situation.

Not once did I suspect that the main ‘villian’ would be who it was. I love it when a book is unpredictable.

Louise’s written is really smoothly done and the settings were realistic and easy to imagine.

I would give this book a solid 4.5 stars and I will be eagerly waiting to try out her other novels now.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

June Wrap Up

Hey Everyone.

Today I’m going to bring you my June Wrap up.

Books Read/Reviewed

The first book I finished in June was Close Your Eye’s by Darren O’Sullivan. You can read my review here.

Next we have The Retreat by Mark Edwards. You can read my review here.

I also posted my review of An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson which you can read here.

I finally got around to reading The Date by Louise Jensen which I was lucky enough to get on NetGalley. I’ll have my review of this posted soon and I’ll add a link.

I also read and reviewed Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne as part of the Blog Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources. You can see my review here.

Health Update

In terms of my health I am steadily improving. I am still waiting to get an appointment for the specialist and for my next surgery. Hopefully I won’t be waiting much longer. I’m much more active now than I was which is Amazon in itself.

Favourite Blog Post

One of my favourite things about June was the arrival of my The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box. You can see my full review here.

I hope you had a fab month and thank you for taking the time to read these posts.

Emma-Louise x