**Christmas With Bookouture** Angela Marsons @bookouture @WriteAngie

 

img_0943

Eeeeeek! Four days to the “big”day, if you are frantically trying to get everything done, a word of advice, take a deep breath, pour yourself a stiff drink (make it a large one!) and put your feet up for five minutes, whilst you read all about the super talented and awesome Angela Marsons Christmas. If your stressing about cooking Christmas dinner I think everyone should take a leaf out of Angela’s book (excuse the pun) and sod the Christmas dinner and focus on the “big day”

What is your favourite Christmas memory? 

I think it would be when my partner and I first shared a home. We were late twenties and had spent many Christmases with our parents but having that first festive season in our own home was magical. Each year my favourite time is Christmas Eve. I love the anticipation of the day itself and I always check Norad to monitor Santa’s progress.

img_1079

Where will you be spending Christmas?

Christmas Day will be spent at home with my partner Julie, our Golden Retriever puppy and a parrot that will continually shout ‘Merry Christmas’. We spend time with family on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Yes, that I am not allowed to cook a proper Christmas Dinner because we prefer to enjoy the day. Every year we have Turkey sandwiches, pickled onions, garlic dip and pringles for our Christmas lunch.

What was your best ever Christmas present?

My best ever Christmas present was a huge box filled with bags of my favourite crisps. I am a huge crisp addict and there were over a hundred packets in there. It made me laugh all day and kept me happy for about three months.

img_1080

What was your worst ever Christmas present?

A ‘grow your own grub’ kit. I’m still not sure how it was supposed to work but as I hate insects it wasn’t a great present for me.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Oh, it would have to be a Latte Machiato. I don’t drink but I absolutely love my Tassimo coffee.

img_1082

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Another box of crisps! I’m a simple kind of girl.

Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

I would like to thank readers and bloggers for all their support in 2016. The love of words and sharing never ceases to amaze me and as I come to the end of this year it is something for which I am truly thankful.

img_0944

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

She lives in the Black Country with her partner, their bouncy Labrador and a swearing parrot.

Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.

Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.

After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for http://bookouture.com and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.

img_1084

Website     Facebook     Twitter: @writeangie     Goodreads

Angela Marsons books published by Bookouture 

You can find all the links to the above book’s here……..Amazon UK 🇬🇧 Author Page

If you would like to read more about Angela Marsons you can read an interview she done earlier this year with the book review café here……Author Interview With Angela Marsons

My thanks to Angela Marsons for answering my Christmassy questions and for allowing me to use some photographs from her personal collection.

 

 

**Weekly Wrap Up**

image

This week I have managed to read Four books, which is pretty amazing for me! over the next few weeks I’m hoping to make a dent in my humongous TBR pileover As I’m now “officially redundant” I’m hoping to have more time on my hands to read (or that’s the plan).

Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

The Gift by Louise Jensen

Rattle by Fiona Cummings

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Book post I received this week

This week I have been truly spoilt with Book Post

 

The Chemist by Stephenie Myer  

Love You Dead by Peter James

I was asked to review this book by Peter James publication team, as I’m a huge fan of this author, I was thrilled to bits when it arrived and it was signed by the author himself.

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza

Another of my favourite authors and I actually squealed with delight when a signed copy of Dark Waters and a intriguing tipple of coconut tea liquor (Tatratea) landed on my door mat

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

The Mine by Antti Tuomaine

Another signed book that I won over at Rachel’s blog ChillersKillersAndThrillers

The One by John Marrs

Looking forward to reading this book after seeing some fab reads for it, I’m not sure if I will be using the DNA kit though 😂

The Defence by Steve Cavanagh

A signed copy no less which I won over on Twitter: @TwoCrimeWriters

And I just have to share my awesome prize a Kindle Fire that I won over on author Conrad Jones FB page Conrad Jones Facebook Page

ARC’s I received this week

Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer

img_1014

I’m trying not to request any books from NetGalley as I’m trying to get to my TBR pile, but I did have one small slip up

Last week on The Book Review Café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/10/%ef%bb%bfchristmas-with-bookouture-james-carol-bookouture-jamescarolbooks/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/09/duplicity-by-sibel-hodge-review-sibelhodge/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/08/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-emma-welton-at-damppebbles/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/07/blog-tourscared-to-death-by-rachel-amphlett-review-rachelamphlett/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/05/what-alice-knew-by-t-a-cotterell-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/12/04/%f0%9f%8e%84%f0%9f%8e%81christmas-with-bookouture%f0%9f%8e%84%f0%9f%8e%81-kathryn-croft-bookouture-katcroft/

image

Review for Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb

Review for Rattle by Fiona Cummins

#TopFiveThursday is taking a break until the new year

Christmas With Bookouture, with not one but four awesome authors, plus a very fabulous special guest….my lips are sealed 🤐

The Gift by Louise Jensen blog tour

Blogging news from The Book Review Café 

I’m absolutely stunned the book review café has reached over 5,000 followers, which I find amazing, I admit when I first started up my account I thought I may get a handful of followers but never in a million years did I think I would hit the 5,000 mark so to celebrate I will be doing a giveaway later in the week.

img_1056

This week will be my last **Wrap up** post until the New Year, so I would just like to wish my fellow bloggers, authors, publishers and followers of the book review café  A very merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year 😘😘😘

IMG_1031.JPG

**Weekly Wrap Up**

image

I haven’t done a weekly wrap up post for ages, mainly because life has been very stressful the last couple of months, but I’m pleased to say things seem to be on the up. This week I have read two books and a sampler, which is good going for me, as I have been struggling to pick up a book, let alone actually read one.

Miss Wrong And Mr Right by Robert Bryndza

His Kidnappers Shoes by Maggie James

The Girl Before by JP Delaney (Sampler)

Books I bought this week

Forensics The Anatomy Of Crime by Val McDermid

New CSI by Nigel Cawthorne

Carrion by Betsy Reavley

The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

Looking at the books I’ve bought this week some might think I have an unhealthy obsession with crime books,  either that or I’m planning a murder 😂🔪

Book post

img_0784

I won Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell along with a couple of signed postcards in her Newsletter giveaway and I couldn’t be more thrilled as I love this author.

ARC’s I received this week

Too Close by Gayle Curtis

Rattle by Fiona Cummins

Last week on The Book Review Café

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/09/frailty-by-betsy-reavley-review-betsyreavley-bloodhoundbook/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/15/while-you-were-sleeping-by-kathryn-croft-review/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/16/small-great-things-by-jodi-picoult-review-jodipicoult-hodderbooks/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/17/topfivethursday-with-bookblogger-anne-williams-at-beinganne/

https://thebookreviewcafe.com/2016/11/18/blog-tour-while-you-were-sleeping-by-kathryn-croft-bookouture-guestreview/

Next week on The Book Review Café

A review for Miss Wrong And Mr Right by Robert Bryndza

Mini review for The Girl Before by JP Delaney

A long overdue review for The Silence Between Breaths by Cathy Staincliffe

#TopFiveThursday with a very special book blogger

And unusually there’s not a blog tour in sight, I’m trying to cut back on them so I can read some of the books I’m desperate to read that have been sitting on my book shelf for far to long.

Blogging news from The Book Review Café

img_0782

Eeeeek I’m 300 followers away from hitting 5,000 which I find absolutely amazing considering I never thought I would get even a 100 followers when I joined Twitter back in September 2015. So over the next few weeks I will be posting a giveaway to celebrate my one year Blogiversary which was back in September (I completely forgot to do a giveaway then) and getting nearer to the 5,000 mark.

**Blog Tour** While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft @Bookouture #GuestReview

img_0698

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft,  well I’m not really on the blog tour, I’m just the host because today I have a very special guest review. As I published my review earlier this week, I cajoled my “middle” sister DeDe to write a guest review for the blog tour. We have always loved reading and have a similar taste in books, so she was more than happy to help, ok I also promised her a couple of Barcardi and cokes as a bribe!, she’s shy about sharing her reviews. So I hope you enjoy her review, unlike her “big sister” her reviews are short and to the point, where as I can ramble on and on 😂😂

img_0730

You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.
He is not your husband. This is not your bed.
What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

img_0767

Having read a few of Kathryn Crofts earlier books and loving them I was hoping I would enjoy While You were Sleeping just as much.

From the first chapter where Tara wakes up to find her neighbour Lee dead beside her and with no recollection of events, I just knew I would love While You Were Sleeping .

Once I read the opening chapter I was desperate to find out more! It’s a difficult book to review without giving spoilers so all I will say is:
I can not recommend this book enough. Another 5 star winning story by Katherine Croft!

I was hooked from page one! A brilliant story line and plot with so many twists and turns I suspected everyone and trusted no one!. Really felt for the main character Tara as she tries to get to the truth about what happened that night. Although some of the other characters were difficult to take to, this in no way spoilt my enjoyment of this suspense filled novel

Brilliantly written and an ending I really didn’t see coming! Shocking but utterly believable. I Can’t wait to read future books by Katherine.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Print Length: 286 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (16 Nov. 2016)

Amazon Uk     Amazon US

img_0592

Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of The Girl With No Past, which spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon chart. Her other novels, Behind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within, and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.

Her fifth novel, While You Were Sleeping, was published on 16th November 2016, and is now available on Amazon.

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and has a publishing deal with Bookouture.

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

Kathryn lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband, baby son and two cats.

img_0768

Website     Goodreads     Facebook     Twitter: @KatCroft

img_0765

 

**Blog Tour** A Brush With Death byMalcolm Parnell @paintauthor #Extract @3ppublishing1 @emmamitchellfpr

img_0736

Today I’m thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Brush With Death by Malcolm Parnell, unfortunately I wasn’t able to read this book in time for the blog tour, as my review pile has got out of control! But it certainly sounds an intriguing read and one I will hopefully get to soon. I do have an extract from A Brush With Death which gives you a “feel” for the book, happy reading

image

 

PROLOGUE
25 years ago

The boy pulled back the curtains and peered through his bedroom window. The view was to most eyes nothing spectacular, but for him it was magical. Straight ahead he could see across open farmland. Over to his left, separated from the farm by a meandering brook lay an area of marsh land. Mundane and of no practical value to some, to him it was a very special place, a place where all things were possible, a place where you might encounter lizards, snakes and all manner of creeping things. Rats and voles lived there and further on where the earth sloped upwards onto drier ground, foxes, rabbits and who knows what else roamed free. The boy watched his world unfold as light from the sun transformed the grass from a colourless mass to every shade of green. Each blade dancing as the lightest of breezes touched the tips bringing movement like the rolling sea.

Inside, the house was quiet. The only other occupant was his father and he had yet to awake, still clinging to the last vestiges of sleep. His day had not yet begun, but when it did the boy doubted it would involve snakes and lizards.

Water droplets fell like diamonds shimmering in the morning sun as the small net swung round in an arc and then hovered expectantly over the waiting glass jar. Peering into the net, the boy held his breath as he examined his prize. Scooped from its watery lair the great crested newt clambered up the sides of the net before falling back exposing its fiery belly. With a shout of triumph the boy plucked the newt from the net and dropped it into the jar. Holding it up to his face both boy and newt scrutinized each other, the captor and the captured caught in a moment of time, both bathed in the glow of the rising sun, one relishing it, the other, desperate to hide.

The stream gleamed and sparkled, bent and fragmented by stones and tree roots, it seemed to go forever twisting like a coil of rope through the meadows. Where he was standing was the widest point and the water was calmer here among the shallows, providing the perfect home for frogs and fish. The reed fringed banks giving way to a vast bed of water lilies that constantly nudged and swayed against his wellington boots. Further on, the banks grew more steeply and behind the blackthorn bush the lichen covered bricks of the old bridge could just be seen. How long the bridge had spanned the stream no-one knew. Neither could anyone fathom the reason for it being there. No road ran across it and either side was overgrown with wild blackthorn and holly. Those of a fanciful nature suggested it was a bridge to another world, but there seemed nothing other worldly about its overgrown walls and wild flower covered floor, although it is true that if one wandered into the darkness beneath the arch a gap in the bricks could be found. The boy had once explored this further, but after negotiating the almost un-penetrable array of spikey leaves and thorns, he eventually came disappointedly into the open air of the meadow which could have been accessed by the easier route of skirting the bridge further downstream.

The boy gave the newt one final look and lowered the jar into the water. He watched as the newt eager to be free, swam down into the depths and disappeared amongst the vegetation.

A sudden splash caught his attention and without turning his head he said, “You came then?”
From behind, a cheerful voice said, “’Course. I said I would, didn’t I?”
“I thought you were going to be dragged off shopping.”
“Nah, made a bit of a fuss. Mum chucked me out. So, Peter me lad, it’s you and me.”
The boy turned to greet his friend. John lived a few doors down from him and they had grown up together. People in the street saw it as a strange alliance as the boys were like chalk and cheese, both physically and in temperament. His friend was short and dark with a mercurial nature, subject to whims and flights of fancy. His attention span was short and he got bored easily which often led him into trouble as his need for thrills caused conflict with the elders. Peter, on the other hand was tall and willowy, prone to deep thought and consideration. He was a shy boy and considered by some to be easily led, but he had a sharp mind and inquisitive nature.
“Not caught anything then?” his friend asked surveying the now empty jam jar.
“I had a crested, just let it go.”
“Have you had a go for Billy?”
“No not yet.”
Billy was a fish, a bullhead, commonly known as a millers thumb. He inhabited a half-submerged rusty oil drum that lay on its side further downstream, here the brook flowed through a small coppice. As bullheads go he was big, at least the size of the boy’s hand and though often seen, was elusive, as the water was deeper there and once the bottom was disturbed, clouds of silt would obscure the view.
“Still, there’s plenty of time.”

The boys grinned. Today was the first day of the school holidays and the immediate future held six glorious weeks of climbing trees, hunting, fishing and exploring. New worlds would be discovered and the prospect was mouth-watering.

The next few hours were spent engrossed in the world of water. Taking turns, they pushed and prodded the fishing net through lily beds and rushes. Many fish were caught, including – to both boys delight – a small jack pike weighing around 1lb. By the middle of the afternoon they had wandered about half a mile upstream and had come to the spot where the blackthorn embraced the old bridge. Climbing out of the water, the boys scrambled through the thick thorns and holly roots before emerging, scratched and torn under the dark recesses of the bridge. Sitting on the moss covered stones they each produced packs of sandwiches and bottled water from their jacket pockets.

“This bridge is creepy.” His friend muttered, chewing on ham and tomato.
“Yeah it’s brill.” Peter answered also chewing on his lunch.
“It’s supposed to be haunted. Tommy Greenway says that a long time ago some kids disappeared from somewhere around here.”
Peter shrugged. He too had heard the story, but was unimpressed.
“Tommy Greenway’s a girlie. He’s scared of his own shadow.”
“Yeah, but, you’ve gotta admit it’s a funny place. For one thing there’s no sound. I don’t like it, I’m going back.”
“What? Why?
“Don’t like it.” John got up to leave and turned his head. “You comin’?”
“No, not yet, I’ll catch you up.” Peter answered and watched his friend back track through the water until he reached the part where the brambles gave way to clear meadow. Soon John was out of sight.

Peter stopped chewing and tilted his head. It was true, it was quiet, the silence only punctuated by the occasional bickering of squabbling coots further upstream. But then, a sound could be heard, difficult to make out at first, a sort of scraping noise. The sound a knife makes when being honed to a sharp point across a sharpening stone. Peter quickly looked around, his eyes wide trying to penetrate the gloom. Then, terror struck as a shadow emerged from the walls of the bridge and moved towards him.

img_0730

Harry Chase, a semi-professional artist and full-time nobody has recently been dumped by his girlfriend. Bewildered by the end of this relationship he withdraws into his painting. An attempt is then made on his life. Dismissing it as a freak accident he organises a painting holiday on the south coast of England with a group of amateur artists. During the holiday several members of the group also have close encounters with death and further attempts are also made on Harry. He has no idea why anyone should wish him harm, but as the holiday progresses he begins to take a closer look at his fellow artists and wonders if they are all that they seem. Maybe one of them is a killer!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brush-Death-Malcolm-Parnell-ebook/dp/B01I88X0YI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478029262&sr=8-1&keywords=a+brush+with+death

img_0707

 

**Blog Tour** Safe With Me by K.L. Slater #Review

img_0706

Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Safe With Me by K.L. Slater, if you are a fan of psychological thrillers then you are going to love this one, it has all the ingredients you could wish for in a book of this genre, it certainly one that kept me on the edge of my seat.

img_0730

Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

img_0574

The latest author to join one of my favourite publishers Bookouture is K. L. Slater, when I saw Safe With Me came with the tag line “A psychological thriller so tense it will take your breath away” I knew this was one I had to read come hell or high water! Don’t get me wrong the cynic in me comes out when I see such high praise for a book and I’m often left feeling deflated and wondering what all the fuss was about, but I’m pleased to say it’s a thriller alright, and a very twisted one at that!

Safe With Me opens with a spine chilling prologue which for me set the tone of the book, I found it to be a very suspenseful read and it certainly had a large dose of malevolence running through its pages. Anna witnesses a road accident where a young man Liam is badly injured, Carla the woman who caused the accident just happens to be a woman who ruined Anna’s life, and so begins a campaign to seek revenge on Carla. Anna’s hatred for Carla runs deep, and you can’t help feeling a sense of unease as the author reveals the background for Anna’s unhealthy obsession with Carla.

Oh dear what a character Anna is I found her to be an unreliable narrator, and there is something rather creepy about her, if I’m honest I really couldn’t warm to her, as some of her thoughts and actions literally sent chills down my spine. I had mixed emotions regarding Anna, one minute I really disliked her and at other times I couldn’t help feeling some empathy for all that happened to her. She’s a difficult character to read, impulsive with no thoughts of the consequences of her actions and she also appears to have a tenuous grip on reality. The author has certainly created one very complex character, and an intriguing one to boot. Usually when I don’t warm to a character I find it difficult to really enjoy the book, fortunately this wasn’t the case with Safe With Me, I still found it to be a throughly gripping read.

The plot was told from various POV Anna, Carla and Mrs Peat (a neighbour) and you also read snippets from unknown voice which if I’m honest confused me at times as there were so many, but as the book progresses you see why the author has chosen to write it this way. I spent much of the book wondering about the characters as they all seemed unreliable narrators at some point in the book, which added to the anticipation of what would happen next. K.L. Slater has written a book where the plot is unpredictable, so you are never quite sure where the plot is heading, I liked the fact the author keeps the reader on their toes by not giving away to much and most definitely gave me a few “heart in the mouth” moments. Considering this is the authors debut I think she has done a fantastic job, it’s a superb psychological thriller compelling and thoroughly gripping and I’m sure fans of psychological thrillers are going to love Safe With Me.

4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Print Length: 324 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (3 Nov. 2016)

Amazon UK

image

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim writes psychological crime thrillers for Bookouture. Her first book, ‘Safe with Me’ is published on 3rd November 2016.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. Between them they have three grown-up kids; Kim’s daughter, Francesca, and Mac’s sons, Nathan and Jake.

She also writes multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.

img_0705

Website     Facebook     Goodreads     Twitter: @KimLSlater

img_0712

**Blog Tour** Blood Lines by Angela Marsons **Author Interview** #Review

img_1091

Today I’m so excited, actually scrap that I’m ecstatic to be on the blog tour for Blood Lines by Angela Marsons, this is one book you don’t want to miss, especially if like me you are a crime thriller lover, this ones going to blow you away!

Not only am I eager to share my review for Blood Lines with you but I was also lucky enough to get the very talented and awesome Angela Marsons to answer some questions about Blood Lines, and so without further ado and a drum roll or two……

image

For those readers who haven’t yet heard of you or your book Blood lines can you provide us with an introduction?

I’m a crime writer from the Black Country in the West Midlands and am currently writing a crime series featuring a character called DI Kim Stone who is passionate, driven but not completely socially adjusted.

Where did the idea Blood Lines come from?

I like to give Kim a fresh kind of challenge in each book as I like to see how she deals with it. In Blood Lines I wanted her to have to try to solve a case where she could find no connection between the victims. In addition I wanted to see how she would deal with meeting her old foe Alexandra Thorne for a second round of psychological fisticuffs.

What was the hardest part of writing Bloodlines?

To be honest I absolutely loved every part of writing this book. Once I knew I was going to be bringing Alex back I just started writing the prologue and my pencil never paused for breath. I think this will be known as the book that I never really wanted to finish.

Do you have any strange writing habits or rituals?

Only that I still write with A4 notepads and pencils. For me, half the pleasure is hearing the lead of the pencil as it scratches its way across the page. It was the was Roald Dahl worked until he died and if it was good enough for him it’s good enough for me. I did once try to write straight on to the computer but after staring at a blank screen for a whole day I realised that my brain doesn’t connect with my hand unless it is scribbling furiously.

Have you always wanted to be an author, and when did you first realise you wanted to write?

Yes, I always wanted to be an author but where I came from people didn’t have such lofty aspirations. They learned to type. Which I did and am now very grateful that I did. I was probably twelve when my English teacher asked if she could bring me a couple of books in that were above my reading age. I read two Andrea Newman books which focussed on the complexity of human relationships and from that point I was hooked. I wanted to write these stories as well as read them.

How did you get signed up by publishers Bookouture?

After twenty years of trying to share my work I was signed to a top London agency in 2012. I worked closely with their editor Keshini Naidoo on Silent Scream and Evil Games. The agent and I parted ways when neither book managed to sell to any of the traditional publishers. It was a very painful time and I finally gave up on the dream to share my work. After all, if a top London agent couldn’t sell my books it was time to give up. A few months later Keshini Naidoo submitted Silent Scream to Bookouture as although she had left the agency she had never stopped thinking about the work we’d done together. Their response completely overwhelmed me. They felt as passionate about the stories as I did and gave me an opportunity to set Kim Stone free.

Do you write an outline before you start writing?

I start with a very vague idea of the beginning, middle and end and any of those parts are up for change as I go. I tend to start with an idea of a subject that I want Kim to investigate and then allow the story to grow around that. I scribble lots of notes as I go but I like to be surprised by the process as characters begin to take on a life of their own.

What has been the highlight of your writing career so far?

There have been so many highlights of the journey so far and Bookouture and I have experienced so many ‘firsts’ together but I think a particular highlight would have to be when Blood Lines reached #1 on Amazon on pre-orders alone. I felt completely humbled by the trust and faith from my awesome readers that they didn’t even want to wait to read reviews before putting in their order.

Are you able to tell me anything about your next Kim Stone book? and how many more will there be in the series?

I’m still working on book 6 but it is going to cover quite a deep subject. I am currently contracted to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books so it is a good job she has plenty to say.

Now for a really evil question if you could co-write a book with another Bookouture author, who would it be? And why?

I would like to co-write books with a few Bookouture authors but if I had to choose one it would be KL Slater. I have just read her psychological thriller Safe With Me and absolutely loved her exploration of a damaged psyche. As you know I love damaged characters so I think that could be very interesting.

During all the interviews you’ve done what question have you not been asked that you wish had been asked – and what’s the answer?

Q – Do you think it is an author’s job to preach or push certain subjects?

A – I don’t think author’s should preach because ultimately they are trying to entertain but I don’t think they should shy away from difficult or delicate subjects. It is good to raise issues for discussion providing it is done so sensitively and with respect.

A huge thank you to Angela Marsons for taking time out of her hectic schedule to answer my questions

img_1092

Angela Marsons is the author of Amazon #1 Bestseller SILENT SCREAM.

Angela is the author of the Kim Stone Crime series. She discovered a love of writing at Primary School when a short piece on the rocks and the sea gained her the only merit point she ever got.

Angela wrote the stories that burned inside and then stored them safely in a desk drawer.
After much urging from her partner she began to enter short story competitions in Writer’s News resulting in a win and three short listed entries.

She used the Amazon KDP program to publish two of her earlier works before concentrating on her true passion – Crime.

Angela is now signed to write a total of 16 Kim Stone books for http://bookouture.com and has secured a print deal with Bonnier Zaffre Publishing.

img_1084

Goodreads     Website     Facebook     Twitter: @WriteAngie

Book description 

How do you catch a killer who leaves no trace?

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn’t add up.

When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

Desperate to catch the twisted individual, Kim’s focus on the case is threatened when she receives a chilling letter from Dr Alex Thorne, the sociopath who Kim put behind bars. And this time, Alex is determined to hit where it hurts most, bringing Kim face-to-face with the woman responsible for the death of Kim’s little brother – her own mother.

As the body count increases, Kim and her team unravel a web of dark secrets, bringing them closer to the killer. But one of their own could be in mortal danger. Only this time, Kim might not be strong enough to save them…

img_0925

I thought Angela Marsons couldn’t top her last book in the Kim Stone series Play Dead, but boy was I wrong, Blood Lines is dark, utterly gripping, and brilliantly executed, although I couldn’t help but wonder how the author sleeps at night when she’s writing such disturbing books. If you haven’t read any of the Kim Stone series I would demand (OK suggest) you read them first, why? Because it’s just a fabulous series and one that shouldn’t be missed especially if you are a crime thriller lover. The author opens Blood Lines with a spine chilling prologue and once I started reading I would have sold my soul to the devil to read it in one go.

Detective Kim Stone is back, she is one of my all time favourite characters she’s complex, but due to horrifying events in her past she has a vulnerable side which is very much evident in Blood Lines. The reader learns more about Kim’s childhood, the events surrounding her childhood are brutal and heartbreaking, in fact I actually cried at one particular point and that’s because the author has written with such conviction it actually feels very real. As this series has progressed so has Kim’s character, I love her humour and banter with fellow work colleague Bryant and her cutting remarks, all add a touch of light relief to an darkly intense read.

When Kim arrives at a murder scene of a woman who has been stabbed she has no idea this could be her most complex case yet, add into the mix Dr Alex Thorne a manipulative sociopath who Kim had convicted for her past crimes and you know you are in for a hell of a ride. Unfortunately for Kim, Alex continues to taunt and play games with Kim from within the prison walls, games that will drive Kim to the brink.

Angela Marsons has created one of the most cold and calculated sociopaths aka Alex Thorne, she is one sick and twisted individual, but she is also a master of manipulation techniques which make her a very intriguing character. Alex considers Kim to have won the first battle, but now she is very much focused on winning the war, as Alex manipulates everyone around her in the most subtle of ways I couldn’t help becoming fascinated by her character, I found myself desperate to find out what Alex had planned next for Kim. She certainly made my blood run cold on numerous occasions, believe me when I say she’s one of those rare characters who will give you nightmares.

I’m not going to bang on about the plot as I would hate to spoil this read for others, but suffice to say this book has more twists and turns than the scariest roller coaster. With no let up in pace the author doesn’t give you time to catch your breath before she hits you with another shocking twist. I can honestly say Blood Lines kept me guessing right up to the last nail biting chapter, don’t you just love it when a book does that?

In my opinion Angela Marsons goes from strength to strength with this series and despite this being the fifth book they show no signs of getting tiresome or repetitive, this book is without doubt the darkest book in the series yet, and I for one will be waiting with baited breath to see what the hugely talented author comes up with next. Would I recommend this book? Hell yes I would recommend this book and the whole series to anyone and everyone.

image

I’m sure you’ve already guessed but………..I won’t be giving Blood Lines 5 stars NO SIREE, but I will be giving it the very prestigious GOLD STAR AWARD, I give this award to a book I feel covers every aspect of what I look for in a good read, fantastic plot, great characters and a storyline that drew me in from the first page and kept me in its grip until I reached the very last page.

Print Length: 348 pages

Publisher: Bookouture (4 Nov. 2016)

Amazon UK     Amazon US

If you haven’t read any of this fabulous series yet, I’ve include the books in order and the buying links, click on the title to take you to Amazon……..

Silent Scream             Evils Games               Lost Girls                  Play Dead