Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Giveaway Time with The Black Rose #RPBP



The Killing Game
A seductive story about corruption, sin, lust, and redemption.

The Series opens as Ives Andrich, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Division of the FBI, is confronted with investigating the woman he has waited a lifetime to find. Because of her more than accurate novel about an Italian crime lord, the Bureau, against Ives' wishes, asks for her help in infiltrating the internal organization of the nation's most nefarious Mafia don.

When the Bureau’s plan fails, and she becomes dangerously entangled in the private life of the United States' most wanted criminal, Ives’ tolerance for Bureau mishaps vanishes. No holds barred, he puts everything on the line to save the woman he loves in the first book in The Killing Game Series, a suspense thriller series by The Black Rose.

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Monday, 24 October 2016

"ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ THIS YEAR!" A Journey of Self Discovery~@SusanJourneys #99cents #RPBP #ASMSG

A Journey of Discovery (Journeys Book 2)
by Award Winning Author Susan Joyce
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You’re young, living comfortably in southern California. You’re financially secure, though you don’t know why or how. Your husband simply ignores you when you ask too many questions. He’s hoping for another job overseas, doing something. You’re not sure what, but you suspect it’s not what he says.

You marriage is shaky. You survived a war in Cyprus together, and lost everything. Now you’re basically biding time.

A letter arrives from friends you knew in Cyprus. They’re sailing a new yacht from Taiwan to Europe for a Swedish millionaire. You’re invited to join them in Sri Lanka, as crew. Neither of you knows boats, but you’ll learn — it will be the trip of a lifetime, cruising the Indian Ocean in a pleasure yacht!

And, it turns out, in monsoon season. With no charts. And an emotionally unstable crew mate. What could possibly go wrong?

SPOILER: everything.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Getting To Know Susan Joyce As She Talks To Sarah Jane Butfield #RPBP

Hello and welcome to a very special guest blog feature. 
Author, editor and publisher Susan Joyce has been a guest here before, but today we have some probing questions for Susan about her life, writing and her award winning travel memoir Good Morning Diego Garcia which is on 99c Sale now - so be sure to grab a copy!

Welcome Susan and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat to us today.

Susan Joyce, Age 9, Tucson, AZ
Thank you Sarah Jane, it's wonderful to be here.
I'd like to start by finding out more about your childhood and how it impacted your writing career. When did you decide to become a writer?
At age nine. After many years of struggling to read and write so that I could be understood by others, I wrote a story about my dog Brownie and his bad liver breath. My class loved it and my teacher helped me enter it in a writing contest. I won and the win convinced me to write on.

What were you like at school?
Curious. Asked lots of questions.

Were you good at English?
No. I had to work at it. I had dyslexia and my words got mixed up when I read or spoke so my mother helped me learn words by making up simple rhyming riddles; teaching me to become more aware of how the sounds in words work. Years later I put her ideas into a series of books for children called Alphabet Riddles. http://susanjoycejourneys.com/books/

The incredible personal journey, which you have experienced is excellently documented in your first memoir, The Lullaby Illusion, but what else have you written?
I've been writing for many years. Short stories, poems, blogs, educational books for children, songs, plays. And now a series of memoirs.

Susan Joyce, Kyrenia, Cyprus, 1974
What genre are your books?

Memoir, true life travel adventures.

What draws you to this genre?

I've had a most unusual life and I love hearing other true stories.

What are you working on at the minute?
I'm working on two different projects. One is about soul connections and how these eternal links of light help us manifest our highest potential. I'm also writing about a recent trip my husband and I took to visit ancient civilizations and sites in Peru and Bolivia.

How much research do you do to add depth to your memoirs?
I do research to verify information written in my travel journal is correct as I recalled it. For example in Good Morning Diego Garcia, I wrote about arriving in India on Day One of a declared Emergency. Research proved my recollection was correct.

Have you written any other books in collaboration with other writers?
I haven't collaborated with other authors but sounds like a fun idea to toss around. I would love to collaborate on a screen play.

Susan & Doug, Book Signing, Germany, 1985

Can I ask what is the hardest thing about writing?
Starting a new project.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest memoir?
Taking time to digest new information that came to me shortly before the book was finished and incorporate it in the story.

What is the easiest thing about writing it?
Having notes from my travel journal on hand.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
One to two years. My goal is to get better and faster.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

When I get stumped, I take a walk or watch nature in action in our garden. Or take a power nap which includes a dream with solutions.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To write a screenplay and more books. For me quality is more important than quantity. To continue to do my best as a writer.

Which actress would you like to see playing you in your most recent book if it was adapted for the big screen?

I would love to see it on big screen. How about Jennifer Lawrence? A super actor.

Which writers inspire you?
Writers who continue to grow. Penelope Lively is one who comes to mind.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Full time. Except when I travel.

Is there a special time for you to write or how is your day structured?
I don't have a set time. I usually start writing after my first cup of coffee.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write daily. Sometimes for only an hour. Other days I spend hours writing.

Are you target driven, do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No! Unless the assignment is for a set amount of words.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer and longhand.

Good Morning Diego Garcia is part of a series, can you tell us a little about it?
I've lived a most unusual life and through my travels and adventures have witnessed history in the making.
The first book in the series, The Lullaby Illusion: A Journey of Awakening, tells of my decision at age 20 to take a year off and explore the world—a choice which blossomed into twelve years of journeys through the world, influencing my evolving sense of self.
The second book, Good Morning Diego Garcia: A Journey of Discovery documents the process whereby I grasp for something greater than stability and comfort, only to find myself nearly losing everything - a second time.

Not everyone would opt to embark on a sailing trip only to find out too late that it's taking place during monsoon season. Not everyone would jump at the offer to help crew a new boat with a set of strangers when my own experience as a sailor is limited. I'm not even a strong swimmer. And few would survive the storms that batter ship and psyche alike but I came to discover that the illusions in my world were real, and my only hope was to let go of fear and embrace the unknown.
Susan Joyce, Charon, Venezuela, 1998

What are your thoughts on writing a book series.
It's important if you want to sell books. A standalone book doesn't create a following.

Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors.
I read daily. Usually more than one book at a time.
Susan & Doug, Ketchikan, Alaska, 2015 - Inside Passage Cruise

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I like all of the above. Audio books are also great to listen to when traveling.

What book/s are you reading at present?
At present, I'm reading screen plays since I plan to write some soon.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I go over them numerous times but get an outside editor to do the final editing.

Do you let the book rest – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
Yes! It's amazing how different it reads when allowed to sit and gel. The proof is in the pudding.

Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
My husband helped with the final edit because after 30 years together, he knows my story well.

Did you format your own book?
My husband did the layout and formatting for the different platforms.

Who designed your book cover/s?
My husband is an artist and book designer. He designed my covers.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
The cover is the first impression of the work. It's very important for it to convey what the story is about and create interest.

How are you publishing this book and why? e.g. Indie, traditional or both?
Our own small independent press. We've been in publishing for 30 years.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
We have the advantage of knowing how traditional publishing works and are learning how ebooks have changed the market.

How do you market your books?
Through distributors and online sites.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
It's a hands-on learning. Take marketing classes. I'm taking one now and am enjoying learning new things.

What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing your book?
Hours and hours. To many.

What do you do to get book reviews?
I have Beta readers and I submit to literary reviewers.

How successful has your quest for reviews been so far?
Good. I'm happy with the results.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers?
Since my works are memoirs, I belong to a group called We Love Memoirs and they are a wonderful group of avid readers who love to review books they enjoy. You can find them at: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=We%20Love%20Memoirs
Rukia Publishing is also very supportive of authors with their Book Club. You can find them at: http://www.rukiapublishing.com/about-rukia-book-club.html An awesome group to work with.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Both are valid and important.

What’s your views on social media for marketing?
It's necessary.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
A Press Release is a MUST. I have done many promos to promote my work and am now trying to figure out how to limit promo time so I can get back to writing. I'm thinking of doing promos only twice a year. Stay tuned.

Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
They don't get noticed in the ocean of books out there.

Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think it works well if it's given in the market of interest.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Be open to the flow of thoughts and go with them.

Where do you see publishing going in the future?

Attention spans appear to be changing but I believe good quality writing projects with multimedia potential will live on and on. Writers must be creators of multimedia adventures; ones that invite readers to explore their feeling and thoughts, and interact in the trans-media field. Audio books will flourish as will other methods of creative self expression relating to a book subject matter.

In what formats is your book available?
Print, epub, kindle, ibooks, pdf, a Google format, and audio.

Now for some quick fire reader questions!

What is your favourite motivational phrase.
Dream on!

What is your favourite positive saying?
Go with the flow!

What is your favourite book and why?
Illusions by Richard Bach. It's a book about being aware as you traverse through life. A timeless and profound read.

What is your favourite quote?
There is never any hurry on the creative plane; and there is no lack of opportunity."

What is your favourite film and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird. So many great lines Most famous of course is “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” — Atticus Finch

Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?
Living a low profile, tranquil life-- one day at a time, reflecting and writing my thoughts.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Trust your gut feelings. Know thyself.

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Arthur Miller. He was a brilliant writer and I loved the way he picked bits and pieces out of the air and explored different avenues of writing.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
Illusions by Richard Bach. It has greatly influenced my life and my writing.

Well done Susan great answers under pressure!

Where can readers find out more about you and buy your books? 
My books are available in bookstores and online. They can be viewed on my 
Twitter:  SusanJoyce @SusanJourneys

Thank you for asking these great questions! They made me stop and think. Nice!
Susan Joyce

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

“There’s enough here to kill everybody..." The Case of the Dead #Dowager @JudithLucci #RPBP #IARTG

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A young woman disappears after a job interview at a 

well-known dentist’s office in Richmond, Virginia and retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson, along with her close friend, the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase, and Richmond police join forces to solve the crime. This case pits them against evil and greed armed with tentacles that span continents and generations.


What Price Must a City Pay to Keep its Citizen's Safe?
A lunch gathering of old friends at Richmond’s historic Hotel Jefferson finds Countess Dottie Borghase dialing 911 to report the sudden collapse of her dear friend, Camilla. The subsequent death of Camilla Rothrock, the mother of decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock, has authorities buzzing with concerns about international safety and retaliation.

When other restaurants have patrons succumb to similar illnesses and death, the Richmond Police, local FBI and their Washington profilers assist Michaela and Dottie in the chase of two nefarious and heinous mass murderers without souls or conscious.


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Chapter 1 
“Perfecto, this stuff looks flawless,” Boris said in his thickly accented voice as he held a test tube to the light. The Russian smiled broadly, his thin lips stretched across his decayed teeth and skeletal face. The light from the window outlined his permanently crushed, but healed anterior skull that gave him the look of the monster he truly was. He agitated the test tube between his fingers and re-examined its contents. It was a masterpiece. “There’s enough here to kill everybody in Yankee Stadium and all the cops in Richmond,” he predicted from his tall, though stooped height of six feet, five inches. He reached for a small glass container and transferred a portion of the five gallons to a laboratory beaker. He held the larger quantity up to the window and examined the liquid. “And look, there’s no residue in the bottom and the fluid is perfectly clear.” He turned around to his partner and gushed, “Perfecto, my tovarich, perfecto!”

Snake laughed and clapped his partner on the back. “Way to go, tall guy. Good deal. You know we gotta maximize our efforts. Neither one of us wants to work hard or take extra chances, especially now since they’re lookin’ for me anyway.” Snake moved closer to the glass carboy and smiled as he saw the colorless, odorless and tasteless five gallon drum of liquid. “Man, that looks good. Does it have a smell?”

Boris bent his shiny, bald head forward and sniffed deeply. “No, not that I can tell. I can’t smell anything, but I haven’t got a good nose anyway. “You give it a sniff and see what you think,” he said as he gestured towards the liquid.

Snake moved next to the large glass container and noticed additional small beakers and test tubes of fluid sitting to the side. Each container was labeled and numbered. “You must’ve been a hell of a chemist back in the day,” he remarked as he finger-combed his greasy black hair off his face. Sometimes he wore it in a ponytail but he hadn’t pulled it back today. He bent over and sniffed the carboy. “Nah. Nothing.” He shook his head and said, “I can’t smell nuthin’ either. Good job, my man,” he said enthusiastically, a slow smile spreading across his swarthy, pockmarked face. “You’re a real scientist.”

Boris lit a cigarette, coughed and said, “Man, you have no idea of the stuff I can do. You ain’t seen nothing. I got more killing recipes than Carter’s got little liver pills.” He smiled ominously and showed his rotten teeth. Snake felt a tinge run up his spine. This guy even looked like the monster his reputation claimed he was. He decided to watch himself carefully around Boris and never give him the upper hand.

Snake nodded, “Yeah. Well, I got plenty of chances to see your talents this week!” Once again he checked out his partner and sized him up. He was a dangerous, unpredictable, scary dude.

“Yeah, but I’m never tellin’ you much,” Boris assured him. “There’ll most likely be one day I’ll wanna kill you,” he admitted, the broad grin again slicing through his pale, skeletal face. This guy’s serious. He is crazy.

Snake ignored him and brushed invisible lint off the front of his blue scrubs. “Shut-up man. No need for talk like that.” He knew Boris was a madman, totally wacko. His handlers had told him to be careful. But the money had been too good to pass up and besides, he could take good care of himself. His reputation spoke for him. He had no idea who his bosses were and little was known about the Russian scientist. Rumor suggested he’d long been a mortal enemy of the United States and other stories suggested he was an assassin. Snake didn’t want to push the point. He picked up the container of fluid and placed it in front of him, his face a mask of evil.

“You know what, Boris, old man, I’m thinking we can wipe out an army… or at least a police force with this stuff. Whatdaya think?” He gave him a half smile.

Boris stared at him, his cold grey eyes, bony face and crushed skull glistened in the low light from the barred windows. His eyes roamed the room to the large aquarium that housed all kinds of prickly fish and marine life. The huge tank glowed eerily in the fading light. Boris stared at his fish fondly and gave Snake a strange look and said in a quiet voice, “Of course we can. I already said that. What do you think the plan is?”

Chapter 2 

“Dottie, where did you get that marvelous Italian leather bag? I’d die for one like that,” Camilla Rothrock gushed in her drawn out Alabama accent. “I’ve just gotta have one.”

Dottie held up her newest leather pocketbook so all of her best friends could ooh and ah over it. “I had it made especially for me in Italy,” she bragged. The bag was beautiful, soft and buttery between her fingers. “I really love it. Look, it has a special gun pocket stitched in so I can carry my very own Glock,” she said proudly as she pulled her gun holster out of her purse and swiftly returned it before anyone noticed.

Margaret Massie glared from her from across the round table. “Oh for heaven’s sake, Dottie! Give it a rest! Whatever do you need to carry a gun around for? We’re a bunch of old ladies. No one is gonna mess with us,” she admonished as she rolled her eyes and batted her false eyelashes at her best friend of many years. “We’re hardly ever left on our own.” She glowered as her friend.

“Margaret Massie, how can you possibly be so short-sighted?” The Countess Dorothy Borghase exclaimed, disgust evident on her aging, but still lovely face. She flipped her head and a long piece of silver-white hair escaped from her elegant chignon. “After all you’ve been through?” She stared at her friend in disbelief and continued, “That’s precisely the reason we need to pack some heat. Because we are old and weak and can’t run as fast. We’re sitting ducks for most of the bad guys out there.”

Margaret squinted her eyes and frowned at her. “Pack some heat? Really. You sound like you’re in a …” Margaret paused for a moment and looked at her friends, “what do they call it, a gang. What is it? Gangsta talk, or however you say it?” she added sarcastically. As the wife of one of the wealthiest men in Virginia and a blueblood from birth, Margaret didn’t know much about gangs or crime. “But still, Dottie… really, a handmade purse… from Italy, nonetheless, especially designed for your gun? Puhleeze. That’s ridiculous, a bit over the top, wouldn’t you agree, Kathryn?” Margaret asked as she glanced over at Kathryn Lee who was watching her friends an amused look on her face.

Kathryn Lee of Wyndley Farm in Hanover County laughed, her blue eyes crinkling in the corners as she smiled over her water goblet at her friends of many years. Kathryn was the wife of law and order politician Congressman Adam Patrick Lee of Virginia and she clearly had an opinion. She was one of the best target shooters around and could shoot better than most men. She opened her mouth to respond when Dottie interrupted her.

Dottie rearranged one of the intricate wire combs holding her classic up do in place. Her silver hair gleamed under the brass and crystal chandelier in Lamaire Restaurant at Richmond’s historical Hotel Jefferson. “I didn’t design it just for my gun,” she said defensively. “I designed it for my cell phone, my makeup, for the color of the leather, the intricate stitching, the design, and beyond that, the label,” she replied in a snarky voice. Dottie paused for a moment and added, “Besides Vitrio Lanbrucci has been designing fine leather for the Borghase family for over a hundred years.”

Margaret rolled her eyes and turned to Kathryn. “So, Kathryn, what do you think? I know you’d tried to answer my question a few minutes ago,” she said pointedly as she turned to stare at Dottie, “but the Countess forgot her manners. Don’t you think Dottie’s gun purse is a little over the top?” Really,” she opined, a smirk on her face.

Kathryn opened her mouth to answer when Dottie interrupted again, her vivid blue eyes wide with concern. She stared at Camilla who looked strange, frightened, actually. Her pupils were wide and she seemed unable to speak.

“Camilla, whatever is the matter with you? Your face is flushed and your eyes are enormous. Are you ill?” Dottie asked as she rose from her seat.

Kathryn was alarmed as well since Camilla was unable to respond. Her eyes stared wildly at them and she opened her mouth but no words came out. Suddenly, she fell forward, and her head lolled on the table.

“Kathryn, call 911 on your phone. She must’ve had a stroke of something,” Dottie commanded as her heart raced with fear. It could be my head lying on the table and not Camilla’s. Life seemed very precious to Dottie at that second. I sure don’t wanna die in Lamaire restaurant in the Hotel Jefferson. What a spectacle that would be! Of course, she knew Camilla’s didn’t either and as she stood by her friend, tears popped into her eyes. I’ll have to call General Rothrock and tell him something dreadful has happened to his mother.

Kathryn flagged a waiter and moved closer to Camilla’s chair and checked her pulse. She could barely feel it as it was weak and irregular. Kathryn looked into Camilla’s eyes and her pupils that were huge and dark, liquids pools of fluid that saw nothing. Her face was flushed and red.

A moment later, a young waitress carrying a huge serving tray staggered forward and then fell to the floor, spilling food, water and wine all over the oriental carpet. She lay prone and unresponsive.

“Make that two ambulances,” Dottie motioned to the maitre’d who was on his way over.
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Friday, 14 October 2016

Behind The Scenes of Exclusive Pedigree with Robert Fear #RPBP

Hello and welcome to a special guest blog by the very talented story teller, Robert Fear. Whenever I read reviews or features on this book I am filled with admiration for a son that has made his late fathers dream come true by publishing his memoirs. Today, Robert will share some personal family photographs and background as to how this incredible book came to be written and published.
John and Mary

Guest feature by Robert Fear:

A lot of my spare time over the past year has been devoted to making my father’s dream come true.

It started for me back in 1992 when my father, John, was becoming increasingly frail and was confined to bed most of the time. Visits to the hospital became more frequent and the doctors were talking about months, not years.

John had been working on his memoirs for several years and had already typed up many of the chapters. He also had plans in place for finishing the remaining chapters of his book. Now he was unable to continue and my mother, Mary, called me to see if I could help. I was more than happy to.

Robert, Grandma (Olive) Lynes and Mary

In the evenings and at weekends I sat at my computer and transcribed the chapters that John had already finished. These were duly printed off and sent back to him. There was a regular flow of padded brown envelopes with hand written corrections made by John and more words for some of the later chapters.

I also made the trip from Eastbourne to the village of Cumnor in Oxfordshire several times. It was a period of reconciliation between father and eldest son as we discussed changes that he wanted made and planned for the missing chapters.

The last time I saw my father alive was several months before he passed away in October 1993. I sat on the end of his bed for hours as we talked further about the book. Despite being breathless and in constant need of oxygen, he insisted that I turn the tape recorder on him. There then followed the most enthralling story of an experience that he had in his early twenties.
During the months following his death, I continued working on John’s memoirs with the help of Mary and my brother, Alastair. We completed the half-finished chapters as best we could and used some of the letters that John had written home, along with diary extracts and magazine articles, to fill in some of the gaps. Alastair also wrote the final three chapters, which covered the closing months of John’s life.

Robert and Alastair

John, Christine and Robert
A friend of the family who had print connections then took over and produced around a hundred copies for distribution around friends and family. The limited edition was published under the title Exclusive Pedigree and if it hadn’t been for a chance remark the life of the book could have ended there.

Original Paperback 1995
New Paperback 2016

Last year I was visiting my mother for a few days. Mary still lives in the same cottage in Cumnor and is near to my brother, Alastair, who lives with his family in Abingdon.  I gave her a paperback copy of the second edition of my own memoir Fred’s Diary 1981: Travels in Asia, which she wanted to read. Conversation turned to self-publishing and we started talking about John’s memoirs. Then came the bombshell, “Did you know Rob that John always wanted to have his book published properly?”
It had never occurred to me. I always thought that it was his wish to have it produced the way that it was. Now I had a fresh challenge and after discussing it further with Mary and my brother, I started looking at editing the previously published book and self-publishing it. With the experience of publishing my own memoir, I felt that I would be able to do my father proud.
But first I had to recover the files. The backup files that I had were sitting on a floppy disk and were in an old format, DisplayWrite. Neither my PC nor laptop had a floppy drive, so I bought an external one and then tried to copy the files across. Whatever format I chose the result was a garbled mess. Eventually I managed to get them copied across in plain text but then spent hours stripping out redundant data, before I could start the job of editing and formatting.
Move on a few months and thanks to the tremendous support of beta-readers and fellow authors alike, my father’s memoirs have now been professionally self-published. I think John would be proud of the finished result.

John and Mary (Retirement Years)
Thank you so much for sharing this with us Robert and congratulations.

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