Blog Tour | Urbane’s 12 Days of Christmas: The Gift Maker by Mark Mayes *Author Q&A & #Giveaway* @urbanebooks

Welcome to my stop on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour, hosted by Urbane Publications. I’m delighted to bring you a Q&A with Mark Mayes, author of The Gift Maker, and a chance to win a copy of his novel.

But first, a bit about Mark:

Mark Mayes author pic
Author photo is courtesy of Tina White

Before becoming a writer, Mark trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He subsequently worked in theatre and television for several years, both in the UK and abroad. He has worked variously as a cleaner, care-worker and carer, salesman, barman, medical transcriptionist, warehouse worker, and administrator.

Mark has published numerous stories and poems in magazines and anthologies in the UK, Eire, and Italy, and in particular has had several stories published in (or accepted for) the celebrated Unthology series (Unthank Books). His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has been shortlisted for literary prizes, including the prestigious Bridport Prize.

In 2009, Mark graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in English (Creative Writing and Critical Practice) from Ruskin College, Oxford.

Currently living in South Wales, Mark is also a musician and songwriter, and some of his songs may be found here: https://soundcloud.com/pumpstreetsongs

Among his favourite writers are: Jean Rhys, Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov, and Christopher Priest.

Q&A with Mark Mayes:

  • For the readers, can you talk us through your background and the synopsis of your new novel?

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Blog Tour | Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett (Detective Kay Hunter #4) #H2P

Hell To Pay cover

Welcome to my stop on the Hell To Pay blog tour, I’m a huge fan of the Detective Kay Hunter series and I must say, this one may just be the best one yet! I’m so excited to share my review with you today!

Book Description:

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her.

Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Hell To Pay by Rachel Amphlett (Detective Kay Hunter #4) #H2P”

Blog Tour | Author Q&A: Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies @urbanebooks #BloodRites

Blood Rites book cover

Welcome to my stop on the Blood Rites blog tour! As we celebrate the release of third book in the DI Paul Snow series, which was published on 9th November, I’m delighted to welcome author, David Stuart Davies to my blog today for a Q&A session. But first, let’s take a look at what the book is about…

Book Description:

Blood Rites is a Northern thriller set in Huddersfield, Yorkshire in the 1980s featuring Detective Inspector Paul Snow. DI Paul Snow has a personal secret. He is a homosexual but is desperate to keep it secret, knowing it would finish his career in the intolerant police force of the time. As this personal drama unfolds, he is involved in investigating a series of violent murders. All the victims appear to be chosen at random and to have no connection with each other. After the fourth murder, Snow is removed from the case for not finding the killer but continues investigating the matter privately. Gradually, Paul manages to determine a link between the murder victims, but this places his own life in great danger. Can Paul unmask the killer as he wrestles with his own demons? Continue reading “Blog Tour | Author Q&A: Blood Rites by David Stuart Davies @urbanebooks #BloodRites”

Blog Tour | Book Extract: Before This Is Over by Amanda Hickie @headlinepg @AmandaHickie

Before This Is Over - Amanda Hickie

Firstly, happy publication day to Amanda Hickie, Before This Is Over is out today! Secondly, welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this great new release; I’m honoured to be hosting the publication tour stop and I have something very exciting to share with you today – not just any book extract but the whole first chapter! I have read and reviewed Before This Is Over, so I can guarantee you’re in for a treat. Make yourself a cuppa, get comfortable and enjoy…

Book Description:

A normal family. A quiet, leafy street. A terrifying epidemic.

It’s been coming for a while: a lethal illness. With sons of five and fourteen to look out for, Hannah has been stockpiling supplies, despite everyone telling her that it’s unnecessary.

Then it arrives.

At first there are a few unconfirmed cases. Then a death. Now the whole city is quarantined. But Hannah’s family is not yet safe behind their locked front door…

Basics soon become luxuries, and neighbours become hazards. There are power cuts, food shortages and an ever-growing sense of claustrophobia. How will the family cope?

How would you cope?

How far would you go to protect your children?

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Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)

SNARE new front cover

Reading an Orenda Books publication brings such feelings of comfort because I know I’m guaranteed a good read! Welcome to my stop on the Snare blog tour, an exciting new crime thriller from Icelandic crime writer, Lilja Sigurðardóttir.

Book Description:

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonja is struggling to provide for herself and win sole custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies.

Things become even more complicated by the fact that Sonja is in a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath the Icelandic financial crash.

Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a nail-bitingly fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Review: Snare by Lilja Sigurðardóttir (translated by Quentin Bates)”