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**Blog Tour** Stasi Wolf by David Young #GuestPost @djy_writer @Emily_BookPR

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Today I’m on the blog tour for Stasi Wolf by David Young, this is the second book in the series and was published by Bonnier Zaffre on the 9th February 2017.

The series begins in 1975 with Stasi Child, David’s critically-acclaimed debut which was an official Top Twenty paperback bestseller in The Bookseller, won the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger for best historical crime novel of 2016, and was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.

I have a fabulous guest post from David Young explaining why he hates rewriting and editing so without further ado………….

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Why I hate rewriting and edits (and what changed between the first and final drafts of Stasi Wolf)

Some writers love the editing process. I’m not one of them. I long for the day when the manuscript I present to my publishers comes back without any corrections or suggestions. But I’ll have a long wait, because that’s never going to happen – and I accept that, I really do (he says through gritted teeth).

When I presented my draft for Stasi Wolf to my editor at Bonnier, Joel Richardson, it was with some trepidation. Bonnier had bought three books on the strength of Stasi Child, but didn’t know the storyline I was proposing for either Book 2 (Stasi Wolf) or Book 3 (as yet untitled).

As the story included missing and dead babies (inspired by a real-life case in East Germany) as well as various other extreme crimes, I was concerned they might find it too dark.

In the event, I needn’t have worried. Joel loved the overall story but – as is always the case – he had some concerns that needed addressing through a redraft.

I’m going through the same process with Book 3 at the moment. Again, Joel loves the overall story, but wants some changes.

The difficulty is that my plots tend to be quite complicated, and I try to make sure one thing leads on from another. So if something gets changed, it has a knock-on effect. It doesn’t take too many changes to threaten to bring the whole house of cards crashing to the ground.

For the first draft of Stasi Wolf, it was felt there wasn’t the same sense of paranoia as in Stasi Child. So I came up with some solutions to that as I felt it was a fair point (I tend not to kick against editorial suggestions – if your editor feels there’s something wrong with what you’ve written, there most probably is). Joel’s belief was that I wasn’t initially making enough of the great setting of the supposedly ideal socialist city of Halle-Neustadt – which in GDR times had no street names (well actually a handful of streets did have names so I’ve cheated slightly).

So I introduced scenes where my main protagonist, Oberleutnant Karin Müller, becomes disoriented and overwhelmed by her surroundings – at the same time as feeling she’s being followed by the Stasi (which she almost certainly was, and may well have been in real-life).

There was also the need to delay an important reveal – I’d given the game away too early. And to up the level of excitement at times in the first half of the novel.

All this was do-able, and I knuckled down and did it hoping that my first rewrite would crack all the problems. But each time I was making changes in one part of the novel, it would have a knock-on effect for later.

And, predictably, when I handed in the rewrite there were still things that needed to be fixed, and some attempted fixes that needed to be undone.

It’s a long process, and can become wearying, but what I always try to remember is that we’re all on the same side. We’re trying to make the novel as good as it can possibly be, and I’m happy that – in the end – Joel’s suggested changes have made Stasi Wolf a much better book, one that I believe is as good as, if not better than, Stasi Child.

Whether readers will agree is another matter. But I can assure you, we certainly put the work in!

 Book description

How do you solve a murder when you can’t ask any questions? The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Stasi Child.

East Germany, 1975. Karin Müller, sidelined from the murder squad in Berlin, jumps at the chance to be sent south to Halle-Neustadt, where a pair of infant twins have gone missing.

But Müller soon finds her problems have followed her. Halle-Neustadt is a new town – the pride of the communist state – and she and her team are forbidden by the Stasi from publicising the disappearances, lest they tarnish the town’s flawless image.
Meanwhile, in the eerily nameless streets and tower blocks, a child snatcher lurks, and the clock is ticking to rescue the twins alive . . .

Amazon UK 🇬🇧
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DAVID YOUNG was born near Hull and, after dropping out of a Bristol University science degree, studied Humanities at Bristol Polytechnic. Temporary jobs cleaning ferry toilets and driving a butcher’s van were followed by a career in journalism on provincial newspapers, a London news agency, and international radio and TV newsrooms.

He now writes in his garden shed and in a caravan on the Isle of Wight, and in his spare time supports Hull City AFC.

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Links:

http://stasichild.blogspot.co.uk/p/about_27.html

Twitter: @djy_writer

**Weekly Wrap Up**

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I’ve only managed to read one book this week, so not great I’m afraid. I think now I’m working Monday-Friday I’m not going to have the time to read so much, but this will hopefully improve once I’ve got into the swing of things. As for the job I’m really enjoying it, it’s very different to anything I’ve ever done before but I’m loving the new challenge and feeling so much happier. Thank you to all the awesome bloggers who left me messages on last weeks post I’m sure all your positive words helped 😘

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I read the Top Secret book I mentioned last week, my lips remain firmly sealed 🤐, but OMG I loved it.

ARC’s I received this week

I received three books in the post this week, and a fourth from NetGalley, yes I know I said I wasn’t going to request any books and I haven’t, I requested The Doll Funeral ages ago and forgot all about it until the publishers accepted my request this week out the blue, so not entirely my fault and I haven’t requested any books for a whole two weeks a personal record for me, long may it last.😂

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Book description

Just before dawn in the hills near the Scottish border, a man murders a young woman. At the same time, a hot-air balloon crashes out of the sky. There’s just one survivor.

She’s seen the killer’s face – but he’s also seen hers. And he won’t rest until he’s eliminated the only witness to his crime.

Alone, scared, trusting no one, she’s running to where she feels safe – but it could be the most dangerous place of all . . .

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Book description

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

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Book description

2001. Age is catching up with Robert Finlay, a police officer on the Royalty Protection team based in London. He’s looking forward to returning to uniform policing and a less stressful life with his new family. But fate has other plans. Finlay’s deeply traumatic, carefully concealed past is about to return to haunt him. A policeman is killed by a bomb blast, and a second is gunned down in his own driveway.

Both of the murdered men were former Army colleagues from Finlay’s own SAS regiment, and in a series of explosive events, it becomes clear that he is not the ordinary man that his colleagues, friends and new family think he is. And so begins a game of cat and mouse “a wicked game” in which Finlay is the target, forced to test his long-buried skills in a fight against a determined and unidentified enemy.

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Book description

The dark and glittering new novel from the Sunday Times Bestselling author Kate Hamer is as gripping as it is gorgeously written – the perfect second book from the author of The Girl in the Red Coat.

My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They’re not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I’m supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs.

But there are things I won’t say. I won’t tell them I’m going to hunt for my real parents. I don’t say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed.

I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he’d give me a medal for lying.

I wasn’t lying. I’m a hunter for lost souls and I’m going to be with my real family. And I’m not going to let Mick stop me.

A special mention

My thanks to Karen at http://www.orendabooks.co.uk, for my stunning hardback signed copy of Rupture by Ragnar Jónasson which I won over on David’s blog http://bluebookballoon.blogspot.com/ so a huge thank  you to David too.

Last week on the book review café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/08/new-beginnings/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/08/blog-tour-backstabber-by-kimberley-chambers-kimbochambers-fictionpubteam-bookreview/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/07/a-room-full-of-killers-by-michael-wood-bookreview-michaelhwood-killerreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/06/phantom-limb-by-lucinda-berry-bookreview-bookshelfreads/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/10/blog-tour-the-watcher-by-netta-newbound-guestpost-nettanewbound-bloodhoundbook/

**Blogger Recognition Award** | The Book Review Café
https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2017/02/11/blogger-recognition-award/

Next week on the book review café

**Blog tour** Stasi Wolf by David Young

**Blog tour** No Safe Home by Tara Lyons

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner review

**Blog Tour** Blink by K L Slater

#TopFiveThursday

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Thank you to everyone who nominated me for this awesome award.  I’m absolutely stunned that so many fellow bloggers nominated me in their posts. I think anyone who runs a book blog deserves this award for all their hard work, so if you haven’t been tagged in this award consider yourself nominated let’s share the blogger ❤