❤❤ Happy Valentine’s Day ❤❤ here’s hoping you have all been spoilt by your other half’s today, if you haven’t perhaps you should treat yourself to something “special” and I have just the thing, ok it’s not very romantic but it’s a crime book with some awesome reviews, so read on to learn more ❤❤
Today I’m thrilled to share a guest post from the awesome and super talented Tara Lyons author of the recently published No Safe Home, published by Bloodhound Books on the 31st January 2017, so you don’t even need to wait to get yourself a copy, you can just hop over to Amazon and click.
Even though No Safe Home is the second book in the DI Hamilton series My fellow bloggers assure me it can be read as standalone. I’ve read the first book in the series In The Shadows and ❤ it but apparently No Safe Home is even better, so it’s one I will be “clicking” on once my TBR pile has reached a manageable level.
so without further ado here is the guest post from Tara Lyons…….
Waiting by Tara Lyons
I never appreciated how frightening publishing book two in a series could be. If I thought the days and weeks leading up to the book birthday of In the Shadows was nerve-racking… No Safe Home has trumped it.
As I write this, the only people who have read No Safe Home are my publisher, editor and proof-reader. That’s all. By the time this blog is posted, I’m assuming – and hoping – I’ll have had reviews, comments and feedback. And, whether it’s good or bad, at least the unknown will be revealed… I’ll have an idea about the reception of my book.
It’s a strange feeling, because I know an author cannot please everyone, or cater to all reader’s tastes, or might miss a hook for a blogger. As a reader, I’m fully aware I’m not going to enjoy every book I read, or relate with every character I meet. Yet, despite this knowledge, I still find myself in author limbo right now – and it’s a scary place to be.
I’m the kind of person who needs to know. I like answers and reasons and feedback (I was called nosey as a teenager, but I prefer the word inquisitive). I love to know why. I love hearing people’s thoughts and reactions to things and, no surprise, this includes my books.
At the end of last year, In the Shadows received a one star review on Amazon.com, and while it’s never a joyous occasion, sometimes you can learn something from them. However, this time I was left mostly disappointed. The review, in its entirety, read: “very strange.” That was it. Just two words and one star. The desire to understand what exactly felt strange to that reviewer – was it the whole book or just snippets – left me questioning my writing ability for quite some time. It’s amazing how just two words can distract you for so long.
I soon moved on from that one star review, of course I did; I had too, if there was any hope of writing the next book, and the next, and the next… But, every so often, I’ll revisit the review pages for my books and remind myself what it is readers love – or don’t – about my work. They always entice a concoction of emotions, and they always spur me on.
When I started writing In the Shadows last March, I had no concrete plans to create a series. But, some bloggers and reviewers said they wanted more of DI Denis Hamilton – and by the end, I did too. It was great to have that endorsement – to know that other people yearned for more of my characters’ story. So, this is a huge thanks to you all for the encouragement you’ve given me over the last year. No Safe Home was born because of you, the readers. We’re having this blog tour because you wanted more, and because you shared your reviews and comments with me. I’m always thankful for your feedback.
I’ve learnt that whatever stage your series is at, or whichever number book you’re releasing next, the feeling never changes – I’ll always be waiting to know what you all think. And know this, butterflies would have been fluttering like crazy in my stomach on publication day.
Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara’s debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.
In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.
When she’s not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son.
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Find out more about the author and follow her writing journey:
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is haunted when the suspicious death of a teenage girl triggers suppressed memories. With a stalker targeting vulnerable women in Central London, and his team rapidly diminishing, Hamilton must conquer his emotions before another family is destroyed.
In a sleepy town in Hertfordshire, Katy has worked hard to rebuild her life after leaving behind everything she knew. But when her past catches up with her, and her young son’s life is threatened, Katy must admit her true identity if she has any hope of surviving.
A home should be a safe place, shouldn’t it?
London’s murder investigations team returns in the second novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows.