**Blog Tour** The Watcher by Netta Newbound #GuestPost @nettanewbound @bloodhoundbook

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Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Watcher by Netta Newbound which was published by Bloodhound Books on the 30th January 2017, so you don’t even have to wait to get yourself a copy of this chilling serial killer thriller. 

Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to read The Watcher yet but it’s certainly one that I will be reading once my TBR pile has diminished,  it’s getting some fab reviews from fellow bloggers whose opinions I trust and it’s already got a fair few 5 ⭐ reviews. Netta Newbound has very kindly written a guest post for my blog, I hope you enjoy it and I’ve also included a book description and buying links further down the post.

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Self-publishing – V – Traditional Publishing

As a lover of self-publishing and also a total control freak, I didn’t think I would ever choose to go the traditional route. To hand over the reins to somebody else seemed abhorrent. But in the later part of last year, a good friend and fellow author suggested I send my then current WIP to Betsy at Bloodhound Books. And here we are, three months later, on the blog tour following the release of my latest book, The Watcher.
People often think the writing of a book is the hard part—well, let me tell you, they couldn’t be more wrong. Once you have the beginning, middle and ending thrashed out, you need to take your writer’s hat off and don your publisher’s hat. An enormous amount of energy goes into the next part:-

  • Send the manuscript off to your critique partners and beta readers.
  • Make any suggested and agreeable changes.
    Send it off to an editor who will then return your beloved manuscript covered with red ink.
  • Make their changes.
  • Send the finished book out to proof readers.
  • Work on the cover. For several of my books I used a designer, but I was never totally happy with their concept of my ideas, so I took a Photoshop course and began to design them myself.
  • Organise the formatting for both the eBook and the paperback.
  • Write the blurb and synopsis.
  • Upload the book file to KDP and Createspace.
  • Arrange a blog tour and write Q&As and guest posts.
  • Set up plenty of tweets and Facebook posts.
  • Work on your website and Facebook Author Page.

And about a million other things not listed here…Exhausting!

  • However, by handing over the control to a publishing company, you’re also handing over the bulk of the workload.
  • Send the completed manuscript to the publisher.
  • Make editorial changes. (Still plenty of red ink!)
  • Write a few blog posts and Q&As.
  • Sit back and pour yourself a large G&T. *Cheers!*

Now even a habitual control freak like me can’t deny which is the better experience. My only question is, why did I take so long to realise it?

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Book description

Life couldn’t get much better for Hannah. She accepts her dream job in Manchester, and easily makes friends with her new neighbours.

When she becomes romantically involved with her boss, she can’t believe her luck. But things are about to take a grisly turn.

As her colleagues and neighbours are killed off one by one, Hannah’s idyllic life starts to fall apart. But when her mother becomes the next victim, the connection to Hannah is all too real.

Who is watching her every move?

Will the police discover the real killer in time?

Hannah is about to learn that appearances can be deceptive.

Print Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Bloodhound Books (30 Jan. 2017)

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Netta Newbound, originally from Manchester, England, now lives in New Zealand with her husband Paul and their boxer dog Alfie. She has three grown-up children and three delicious grandchildren.

As a child, Netta was plagued by a wild imagination, often getting in trouble for making up weird and wonderful stories. Yet she didn’t turn her attention to writing until after her children had grown and left home.

Although she mostly writes psychological thriller novels, all of which consistently rank highly in the best seller categories, she has also written several non-fiction books with a close friend and fellow author under the names of Sandra Rose & Jeanette Simone.

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Links:

http://nettanewbound.com/

http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/netta-newbound/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9758079.Netta_Newbound

https://www.facebook.com/newboundnetta/

Twitter:@nettanewbound

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**Blog Tour** Dark Minds A Collection Of Short Stories #Review

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Book description

You think you know darkness? Think again.Bloodhound Books presents Dark Minds –
a collection of stories by authors who have come together to produce an anthology that
will lure, tantalise and shock its readers.

What took place By the Water?

What goes on behind A Stranger’s Eyes?

And what is so special about Slow Roast Pork?

From master authors such as Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Louise Jensen and Anita Waller,
readers can expect a one hell of a ride…

All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal.

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Dark Minds is definitely a book any crime and horror thriller lover will love, it’s a collaboration of a group of 41 amazingly talented authors, Louise Jensen, L.J. Ross, Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Betsy Reavley, M.A. Comley, plus many more, so you see you really are spoilt for choice. All profits from this book go to two charities, Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal so not only do you get a gripping book, but you are also helping two worthy charities.

When I picked up Dark Minds I faced my first dilemma, there really are so many fantastic authors included in this book I really didn’t know where to start (I felt like a kiddie in a sweet shop!), but then I decided to do what I normally do when I pick up a book and that’s start at the beginning, simple! There are a wide range of stories some more chilling than others but each and everyone is deliciously dark and sometimes disturbing.

The one I’m going to mention is London’s Crawling by Emma Pullar, oh my, oh my this was one dark and creepy story, the authors descriptive writing allowed me to image the fear, the setting and much more, so much so it gave me the heebie jeebies. The author takes the reader on a terrifying trip through London, Jody is alone, with no signal on her phone, and someone appears to be following her, what happens next is blood curdling.

Don’t think for one minute that just because they are short stories they are going to lack depth. London’s Crawling only took me five minutes to read, but it felt like much longer as the plot was so detailed. Emma Pullar certainly doesn’t lack imagination as each page of this short story was filled with horror and dread.

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Each story is worthy of a mention, unfortunately it would take too long to review each one, but for me personally it’s giving me a welcome introduction to some new authors, whose books I’m certainly going to order at a later date. Dark Minds is one of those books you can dip into when the mood takes, or you could read the WHOLE book in a couple of sittings. It’s a collection of short stories that fit all the cliches you can think of….spine-tingling, gripping and thrilling, this book also brilliantly showcases the diversity of crime fiction. I would highly recommend you get a copy of Dark Minds, why?  Because not only are you guaranteed a damn good read, but all proceeds go to two very worth while charities, win  win in my opinion.

Print Length: 399 pages

Publisher: Bloodhound Books (9 Dec. 2016)

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About the two charities 

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Hospice UK are the national charity for hospice care, supporting over 200 hospices in the UK. They believe that everyone matters throughout their life right up until they die, and that no one should die in avoidable pain or suffering.

https://www.hospiceuk.org/

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The aims of Sophie’s Appeal To support the social, emotional and educational welfare of children, their families, nursing and support staff and provide a caring and supporting environment in both local hospitals and in the community. There are so many ways in which the Trust can provide support to parents, carers and schools who find themselves suddenly faced with the reality of cancer.

Treatment to provide additional resources to meet the specific needs of cancer care. The Trust aims to work with two Hampshire hospitals and monies raised can meet their treatment requests. Research Without research…without hope! This is why it is vital to support research and development into treatments and cures for childhood diseases Sophie’s Appeal is funding a research project at the University College London into Wilm’s Disease, a rare childhood cancer.

http://www.sophiesappeal.org/sophie

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