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Blog Tour: Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay

Today I am on the blog tour for Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay! It is about a young woman on the verge of adulthood, whom finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. What will she do?

This is a short one at just over 200 pages that I will have to read! It is the first in a series….the Intersection Series.

Book Description:

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

Buy Proof Positive here.

About the Author:

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts.  Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books here.

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Blog Tour: Cuttin’ Heads: A Conversation with D.A. Watson

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson! I interviewed him and there is also a giveaway for a signed copy!

Book Description:

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?


Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK


JRR (Jessica’s Reading Room): Tell us a little about yourself.

Howdy. My name’s Dave, I’m 41, I live in the Inverclyde area in West Central Scotland, and I’ve been doing this writing thing seriously for around six years. When not scribbling, I’m probably reading, attempting maverick DIY and gardening projects, playing Minecraft with my seven year old son or teaching the guitar.

JRR: Did you always want to become an author?

Nope. I toyed with the idea for about ten years while writing the first draft of my first novel, In the Devil’s Name, but it was more a fantasy than an actual ambition. Starting that first novel in 2002 was more like a part time experiment to see if I could write a book, and I would dip into it every now and again, just doing a little bit at a time, sometimes going months or even years between writing sessions. It wasn’t until I posted a few chapters online and people reacted well to it that I started to think I might actually have written something other folks would want to read. That was when I gave what I had, which was only about half of a first draft, to Louise Welsh, who was then the Writer in Residence at the University of Glasgow where I was doing a music and digital media degree with the plan of becoming a teacher. When Louise told me she thought I had something there, and encouraged me to finish the novel, that’s when I really started getting serious, so much so I self-published the first edition of In the Devil’s Name, and surprised and delighted by the good reviews it received, wrote my second novel The Wolves of Langabhat. When I managed to land a literary agent and publisher on the back of that book, weighed against my rather mediocre marks at uni, it became clear what I was better at. So I abandoned the plans to go into education and did my masters degree in Creative Writing instead.

JRR:  And look where you are now!  Who was the most influential author you read when you were growing up? Did his/her writings influence you to want to become an author?

Well I remember reading Killer Crabs by Guy N Smith when I was about thirteen and thinking it was a work of unparalleled literary genius. That, and The Howling III by Gary Brandner were the first books that got me into horror. For my sixteenth birthday, I got a Dean Koontz omnibus which included Lightning, The Bad Place and Midnight. After that, obsessed, I spent the next few years going through the Koontz back catalogue, and also got really into writers like Richard Laymon, Stephen King, Stephen Laws, James Herbert, Mark Morris, Graham Masterton and Joe Donnelly, who I was delighted to find lived on the other side of the river Clyde from me, and based his novels in the area. When I was in my twenties, I found an old copy of Guy N Smith’s Cannibals in a charity shop, and while it was entertaining enough, set in Scotland and gloriously disgusting, compared to some of the other authors I’d discovered since my thirteen year old self thought Killer Crabs was the best book ever published, I thought the writing wasn’t that great, and was arrogant enough to think I could do better, so Cannibals is the book that first gave the idea to try it myself. Stephen King’s On Writing was also a huge kick in the arse in terms of motivation to pick up a pen.

 JRR:  Who is your favorite author as an adult? Who inspires you?

If I had to pick one favourite, it has to be the totally unoriginal choice of Stephen King. Seriously, give me the new King book, a good milkshake and a well made cheeseburger and I literally couldn’t be more content. In terms of inspiration, a couple of my go-to guys at the moment are Adam Nevill, Joe R Lansdale, Robert McCammon, Glen Duncan and Justin Cronin. Guys that can pen stories that consume you, that play with your emotions, and can make you pause every once in a while, just to savour how good and tight the prose is. Those are the kinds of writers I aspire to.

JRR: I enjoy King as well!  I plan on listening to his newest on audio soon.  What inspires you to write?

Most of the things I write are based on real life experiences, but with a “what if” scenario thrown in. This goes for things I’ve experienced personally, and from existing folklore, myths and legends which is where I get a lot of my ideas.

JRR:  What does your writing process consist of?  (Do you research or just ‘go with the flow’, Handwrite vs typing, music or no music?)

Once I have a basic idea, I’ll do a bit of background research into the subject matter if I need to, just to get a feel for it, then I’ll just dive in and see where the idea goes. I’ll do more research as the story demands it. If I’m stuck, I’ll go back and do some editing, and I do find turning to my notebook and sketching out handwritten ideas helps to give my brain a jump start. I know a lot of writers like to have loud music on to block out everything else, but I’ve tried this method and for me it becomes a distraction. Maybe that’s because other than writing, music is my other big love, and I tend to analyse it, sing along and play air instruments when I’ve got tunes on.

JRR: What made you choose Horror to write? Do you have a favorite Horror novel/author/movie?

I’ve just always been drawn to that side of storytelling, probably because I was exposed to so much of it as a kid. I grew up in the eighties with a grandfather who loved telling ghost stories, and two older brothers who were really into horror movies, so I saw and heard all sorts of messed up things at a very early age. A couple of memorable films that I saw by the time I was seven would be The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, The Howling, and the one that’s still my favourite movie of all time, An American Werewolf in London. Yeah, I was traumatised, had nightmares, etc etc, but it all worked out okay in the end…

JRR:  I also grew up in the 80s. I have never seen the Nightmare movies.(I know: shocker!) My husband is planning on getting me to watch it soon. I never saw The Exorcist until college

Where did you get the idea for Cuttin’ Heads? Did you base the main characters off anyone you know?

Cutttin’ Heads is basically my homage to all my favourite music. It’s based on a mix of my own experiences of being in a band, and takes a lot of inspiration from the myths and legends of rock n roll. And yeah, a lot of people who I’ve been in bands with over the years may find a very slightly altered version of themselves in the story.

JRR: If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead) who would they be and why?

Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, the original lineup of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, so I could hear some awesome road stories, then kick back to my own private gig.

JRR:  Great list!  Which book have you always meant to get around to reading, but still not read?

Well last year I bought the complete collection of Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs for 99p in the Kindle store. I’m about halfway through those, and plan to finish the entire collection someday.

JRR:  What’s the best advice you have ever received?

I didn’t receive it personally, but I always liked the Jack London quote, “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

JRR: Great quote!  Thank you for your time with this interview!


About the Author:

Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”  – Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

Contact D.A.:
Twitter  @davewatsonbooks
Goodreads
Facebook


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Blog Tour: The Forever Night Stand

Today I am one of the stops on the blog tour for The Forever Night Stand by Bena Roberts.  This is a short novella at just over 100 pages!

Novella Description:

A two hour romance which starts with drama and mayhem!

Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.

Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!

George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?

The Forever Night Stand
Author: Bena Roberts
Published: March 19, 2018

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 7-10, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The description of The Forever Night Stand had everything in it that would interest me: cancer, a decision that changes everything which includes a court case. And there are also two points of view (George and Sara) in this novella- and by now you know I love multiple points of view.

I liked the acknowledgements section: You know what kind of life circumstances will be occurring with this novella. Roberts’ lets you know that she experienced chemotherapy and obviously took her personal experience and added it to Sara’s.

Roberts does pull you in from the beginning with the court case which did interest me!  I love a good court case!  Once the court case ends is when the story gets moving.   Sara ends up moving back home with her Indian family and begins trying to move on.  It gives you some insight what Indian families can be like!

The Forever Night Stand ended up not being for me. It was nothing on Roberts’ end, it really was me: I just did not connect with the characters. If you don’t connect with the characters the story won’t work for you. At the end where the meaning of the title comes in would have been an “Awww!” moment if I had connected with Sara. Though not for me, The Forever Night Stand could be for you. I would also be willing to give Bena another chance and read another one of her writings!

Purchase Links:
Amazon
Smashwords
Kobo
Nook

About the Author:

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Bena’s favorite literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet also entertaining.

Contact Bena:
Twitter @benaroberts
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads

Also written by Bena Roberts:

Available Now: My Cake! A short story

Pre-Order Tammy&Lisa – How far would you go to protect your teenage son? Publication Date is May 31st.

 

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