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Blog Tour: ‘Ginger Snapped’ by Chloe Sunstone

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Today I’m happy to share an exciting thriller with you all called, Ginger Snapped by Chloe Sunstone! There’s an exclusive excerpt and a giveaway to enter, so be sure to check it out!

Ginger Snapped - eBook.jpgGinger Snapped: A Cybercrime Thriller with a Twist

Genre: Thriller/ Cybercrime

Publication Date: October 22nd, 2018

How does an amazing professional opportunity descend into a living nightmare?

Carefree Ginger’s motto of “Work Hard, Play Harder” shapes her life. So when her husband, Jake, gets a job offer on the other side of the country, she is up for the adventure.

But after Jake accepts the promotion, nothing is as expected. While Ginger remains in Cleveland to sell their house, she is plagued by strange prank calls, premonition-like nightmares, and the feeling that she is being watched. Is Jake’s new job putting her in danger?

Unfortunately, she ignores her intuition and soon finds herself face to face with a ruthless killer. Trapped in a deadly world of corporate corruption and murderous greed, she must overcome her own fears and rely on her wits if she plans to survive.

*Although the first in the Ginger Gibson series, this is a standalone book.

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Excerpt

Oh No! I’m back. I am surrounded by inky black nothingness. The air is musty…damp, my nostrils fill with the smell of dank basement. Like in a haunted house, filled with saws and chains and bloody hooks, this is the perfect place for any psycho to hide his tools of the crazy trade. I’m trembling, from the all-encompassing fear, eating at every cell in my body. Where am I? My fingers search out for clues. Beneath me is a thin mattress on a hard surface. My head rests on a concrete-like pillow. My breathing escalates as the panic rises in my chest. I open my mouth to scream, but only a muted croak escapes. Over the thunder of my pounding heart, I hear a booming crack, a gunshot. I recognize the sound from a trip to the range with Jake years earlier.

I swing my legs over the side of my perch, thinking in my blind panic to run even though I cannot see. I can’t ignore this intense urge to flee. But my impulse is thwarted by an unknown restraint trapping my left arm, a rope? Panic has me in its grip. I gasp for air to fill my lungs but produce only whimpers and muted pleas.

A loud screech reverberates through the darkness. Rats? Oh, please, no rats! Could this get any worse? Hysterical, I yank relentlessly on the rope tethering me. With each tug, the line cuts deeper into my skin. My arm warms as blood seeps from the gouges, coating my hand and fingers. Behind me, the pounding sound of footsteps startles me. Before I can turn to confront my visitor, I feel the rush of air preceding the impact to the back of my head. A blaze of bright stars then, a different blackness envelopes me.

About the Author

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After over twenty years in Human Resources, Chloe decided to make a change. She returned to her first love of writing. She combined her corporate experience with her love for the written word to create engaging cyber-crime thrillers.
On a personal note, Chloe lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her loving husband, Mike. They spend their free time boating, scuba diving, and of course, reading. Her latest cybercrime mystery, Ginger Snapped, is available on Amazon.

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Author Interview: ‘A Lot of Nerve’ by Ian McCulloch

About the Book:

Nothing is quite what it seems…

Jones is a chancer, a schemer, always on the lookout for the next big deal.

In a pub one day he notices some papers changing hands for large amounts of money. He manages to insert himself into the middle of what looks like an extremely lucrative deal, but the can of worms he opens catapults him into a situation more volatile and dangerous than he could ever have imagined.

Caught between a violent gangster and the machinations of the state, Jones finds himself playing each side off against the other in order to stay alive. In a world of deception and intrigue, the only thing he can be sure of is that people are prepared to kill for the mysterious papers.

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’d worked for Marks & Spencer and one of their suppliers for quite a long time and when their fortunes took a bit of a downturn I, along with many others, was made redundant. I’d always had the dream of writing a book, so I decided I’d take a couple of months off and give it a go. When I was offered the opportunity to write freelance for Fulham Football Club and then for a number of magazines, the book found itself plonked on the back burner. I tried to write a ‘literary masterpiece’ in my spare time for a few years, but finally focussed sufficiently to write something a bit lighter and, hopefully, a bit more commercial.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Throughout my writing career I’ve worked from home and found concentrating incredibly difficult. Whenever deadlines have loomed I’ve generally gone somewhere like Starbucks to get things finished. But when I started on A Lot of Nerve I took my laptop and a chair out into the garden and discovered that without all the distractions of being in the house I could actually focus on what I should be doing. There is now a little patch of garden that I call my office – luckily I live somewhere warm at the moment. When I first started writing professionally I discovered that mornings are a terrible time for me creatively. Three o’clock in the afternoon to eight in the evening is my good time.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

No idea. I can sometimes feel quite daunted when I first sit down at the computer, but once I start typing something always seems to turn up.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

With A Lot of Nerve, I had a half page of notes – a vague main character, a rough idea of a plot and an ending. While they stayed fairly constant, huge parts of the story and a couple of other main characters appeared out of nowhere. I was definitely carried along by it all – I think I enjoyed not knowing what was coming next. There were two re-writes once I was taken on by David Haviland, and while they didn’t change the feel of the book, it looked fairly different at the end of the process. A big thanks to David for all his support.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

A Lot of Nerve is a thriller, peopled by gangsters and villains. It’s hard bitten but with a sardonically humorous edge. It’s actually a genre I don’t read. Perhaps I was drawn to it because it was a blank page, I had no preconceptions about what it should look like.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Jones should definitely be played by Tom Hiddleston! Finch by someone like Michael Gambon. DI Hernandez? Perhaps by Emily Blunt.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I do read a lot. I particularly like historical novels – writers like Bernard Cornwell and Philipa Gregory are favourites – and cold-war spy novels from writers like John Le Carre.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. He’s another favourite – I’ve read most of his stuff and just marvel at the sheer imagination of the man.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Impossible question! I’ve loved so many books over the years it’s very difficult to name just one, but I’ll say Alice Through the Looking Glass. I read it first when I was little and have read it regularly ever since. It’s like an old friend.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

I’m not sure I’m the best person to offer anyone any advice, but I would say that while being a writer is a very, very difficult career, it’s one that can be the most rewarding in the world. In my case I’ve learnt that there is no substitution for hard work, just being prepared to do something over and over until you get it right.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

You’ll find me on Twitter @ianmcculloch

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Author Interview: ‘Germs of War’ by Ketan Desai

About the Book:

A book where bioterrorism meets international intrigue, politics, and Islamic fundamentalism.

What if ISIS had biological weapons? This nightmare scenario was first published in Germs of War in 1999, which predicted 9/11. A fast-paced amalgamation of science, international intrigue with rogue CIA agents battling terrorists, and shady politicians. Only a lonely student can thwart it all. Will she be able to?

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am a physician and scientist who went into the biotechnology world after graduation. I founded three companies in the radiology and biotech industries. I have been writing since medical school, initially as a gag, but with the encouragement of readers, gradually more seriously.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

No, I write when and where the inspiration strikes.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

From all walks of life. It can be political, medical, spiritual. For example, the idea of my book Germs of War came to me when I was bored in a clinic with very few patients to occupy my time. The mind began to wander and pretty soon, the idea of bioterrorism based novel came to me. I wrote the book in a month.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Mere nubbins of an idea. It develops as it goes along.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Mostly medical based thrillers. A cross between Robin Cook and Robert Ludlum.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Since the main character is a female, the lead would have to be a woman who can portray a strong woman. I don’t have any favorites there. Some Indian actors could pass of for the Afghan based terrorists.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Not as much as I like since running of three companies and seeing patients one half day a week keeps me busy. I’d rather write than read others.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

None at the moment.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Collected stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conon Doyle. I really appreciate the attention to detail, solid plots, and deductive reasoning in the book.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just start, and don’t give up.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I just started on Facebook. Was a skeptic of Social Media for a long time, and am just beginning to see the value of FB.

Link: www.facebook.com/people/Ashoka-Chakra/100019072092418

About the Author:

Ketan Desai, MD Ph.D., Ketan Desai is a physician, entrepreneur who has 3 biotechnology and cosmetic companies, and a writer for seekingalpha.com and talkmarkets.com

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Author Interview: ‘Blood Brothers’ by Nick Pope

Divided by Hate

United by Honour

About the Book:

Two deadly but very different terror attacks bring carnage to London on the same day: a suicide bombing in the heart of Soho, and the shooting down of a military aircraft taking part in a ceremonial fly-past. Simultaneously, a previously-unknown Islamic radical calling himself Saladin declares a caliphate in the UK and decrees that all British Muslims should rise up against the infidel state.

The initial terror attacks are followed by sickening atrocities at Jewish schools, and in response to Saladin’s message, disaffected Muslim youths heed the call to arms, establishing Sharia patrols that bring terror to the streets. Others undertake lone-wolf marauding terror attacks. The resultant backlash plays into the hands of a charismatic right-wing politician and threatens to ignite a race war.

The Prime Minister authorises the creation of a multi-agency team, codenamed Artemis, led by an experienced MI5 analyst. This elite new unit brings together top experts from MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the SAS, in a desperate race against time to hunt down the terrorists before they can complete their murderous plan. They’re joined by a former enemy whose knowledge and skills might just be the key to unlocking the entire plot – if he can be trusted.

What people are saying:

“This is an excellent book and reads like a TV miniseries… a fast-paced, action packed read.” You Want To Read This

“Left my jaw dropped… I highly recommend this book.” Cherie Homan (Reviewer)

“The remarkable plot held me at the edge of my seat with a convincible cast of well-defined characters.” Paul Falk (Reviewer)

“I really enjoyed the book and there was a high degree of brotherhood that developed between two warriors who were on different sides of the apparent conflict between Islam and the West.” Steve Canipe (Educator)

“A enthralling book about a Jihadist plot to form a Islamic Caliphate in the UK. The plot is very believable and the some of the depicted events are extremely current, with similar attacks having taken place very recently… An exciting and well written novel.” Peter Coxall (Reviewer)

“A good spy novel… I really enjoyed the book.” Shelly Imholt (Reviewer)

“100% here for all those fans of thrillers with story lines that may be just around the corner. I loved this and so will you.” Ranger Harper (Reviewer)

“Highly recommended.” Lee Marriott-Dowding (Reviewer)

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I worked for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for 21 years and while I had numerous postings in the course of my career, I’m best-known for having run the MoD’s UFO project – a job I did for much of the early Nineties. I took early retirement in 2006 and now live and work in the US, where I do consultancy and spokesperson work for various UFO/alien-themed movies, TV shows and video games, as well as a lot of freelance journalism and broadcasting on subjects that include the unexplained, conspiracy theories and fringe science. I gravitated to writing books because there’s such a lot of media and public interest in UFOs and the search for alien life, and I knew I had an interesting story to tell – within the confines of the Official Secrets Act, of course!

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I prefer to write in the late evening, after all the daily distractions are out of the way. I set up my laptop on the dining room table and try to write 1000 words each day. Sometimes, the creative process is further enriched by a cold beer or a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio!

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My non-fiction comes from real life, i.e. the research and investigation into UFOs and the unexplained that I undertook at the MoD. My fictional inspiration is more varied, and while some of it is loosely based on other things that I did at the MoD, ideas sometimes come to me from newspaper stories, from chance remarks from family or friends, or from my imagination. But I think that in most cases, art imitates life, which is why the biggest piece of fiction in many novels is probably the disclaimer that says all characters and events are fictitious and that any similarity to real people or events is purely coincidental! Lots of movies are prefaced by the statement “inspired by true events” and I think the same is true of most books (even fiction!), with heavy emphasis on the word “inspired” – authors should always be “inspired” by things. I certainly am!

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

If my literary agent is reading this, I ask that he looks away now. I know conventional wisdom is that one should have a detailed synopsis, and of course I do, because publishers require it. However, with my science fiction novels and with my action thriller, the story and the characters soon began to have ideas of their own! I recall Stephen King writing about how, with Salem’s Lot, his original idea was to have the vampires win. But King said that some of his characters turned out to be stronger than expected, and that Ben Mears wanted to be a hero, so he “let him be what he wanted to be”. This is exactly what happened with my latest novel, Blood Brothers, when a minor character called Ashraf Abdul Khan grew beyond his original role and turned into someone who – only after I’d finished writing the book – I realized was a modern-day Long John Silver. Once a character evolves into something other than what was originally envisaged, events tend to diverge from the original plan too.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’ve written three non-fiction books about UFOs, based on my government work on this topic. All three needed official security clearance and I’ve really only been able to write about this because the MoD has itself declassified and released most of the files about my old government job – a process with which I’ve been involved. I wrote two science fiction novels about alien invasion, combining what I knew about UFOs with more conventional warfighting information. My latest book, Blood Brothers, is an action thriller about terrorism in the UK, and was inspired by my final MoD posting as an acting deputy director in the Directorate of Defence Security. I’m currently writing the sequel, Old Enemies, set in the same fictional universe and featuring many of the same characters. I have plans for further novels in the series, doing what Tom Clancy did with his Jack Ryan novels, where he was able to incorporate some really slow-burning story arcs.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’d like to see Faran Tahir as the enigmatic, conflicted Ashraf Abdul Khan, Jessica Chastain as the brilliant and strong-willed MI5 analyst Jenny Fairbanks, and John Simm as the tough-but-clever SAS officer Matt Quill. Khan is the most complex character, and it’s a challenging role for an actor, especially with the controversy over some of the themes covered in Blood Brothers. There’s already been some interest in film/TV rights, so it’ll be interesting to see how this pans out and what actors are actually cast, if something gets greenlit.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot, both non-fiction and fiction. I love war histories and biographies by authors such as Antony Beevor and Simon Sebag Montefiore, but also really enjoy Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, Stephen King’s horror, and pretty much anything that Tom Clancy or Anne Rice ever wrote! And as a sci-fi fan, I’ve got to namecheck the fabulous Isaac Asimov, Connie Willis and Frank Herbert.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m a true crime buff and I’m currently reading Fatal Vision, by Joe McGinness, which tells the tragic, disturbing and controversial story of Jeffrey MacDonald and the murder of his wife and two young daughters. It’s a long, detail-rich book that really draws the reader into the story and the characters.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I first read it when I was around 12 and I’ve re-read it several times since. I don’t want to repeat all the usual clichés about how it proved to be so prophetic, because for me, what really makes the book is the cleverness and complexity of the fictional universe that Orwell created. As a writer, I was particularly intrigued by the concept of Newspeak, which cleverly explores the relationship between thinking and language.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

This is probably a cliché, but before you write, read! And pay attention to what works for you as a reader, and what doesn’t, whether it’s plot development, character-building or dialogue. Reading widely, across a range of genres, and learning from the authors’ techniques should be your start point, but then you should ask yourself if you have the genuine hunger and passion for it – not because you want fame and fortune (as is the case in all professions, only a tiny handful of people make it to the top), but because you have the drive to want to create a fictional universe populated by characters you’ll come to love (or hate) and in which interesting, life-changing events occur.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My www.nickpope.net website is the best place to find out about my work. There’s a section devoted to my books (with links to the relevant Amazon pages) and on the home page there are links to my Facebook and Twitter pages, which can be found below.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nickpopeofficial

Twitter: @nickpopemod

 

About the Author:

Nick Pope used to run the British Government’s UFO project. From 1991 to 1994 he researched and investigated UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles and other strange phenomena, leading the media to call him the real Fox Mulder. His government background and his level-headed views have made him the media, film and TV industry’s go-to guy when it comes to UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories.

As the world’s leading expert on UFOs, Nick Pope has consulted on, and helped to promote a number of alien-themed movies, TV shows and video games. He has presented, consulted on and contributed to numerous TV shows, has written five best-selling books, and lectures all around the world.

Nick Pope lives in America.

 

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Book Review: ‘The Teenage Spy’ by Naila

Title: The Teenage Spy

Published: 1st April 2017

Publisher: Notion Press

Author: Naila

 

Synopsis:

Everybody loves to dream. They dream of becoming what they want. One such extraordinary dream was that of William Dunk. A teenager, living in North Bellwood, William Dunk aspires to become a spy. Growing up among spy novels and movies, he consequently loses his interest in his medical studies that his father Richard Dunk, a well Known businessman, had pushed him to do. His obsession for becoming a spy results in his expulsion from high school. His father loses his calm and banishes him from his mansion. William moves to South Bellwood and finds a best friend in his neighbor. The two embark on a mission to fulfill William’s dream. But is it really easy to go through after what one wants they get? After all, Bigger the aims, bigger the risks!

 

Review:

An interesting novella that follows William while he tries to make his childhood dream of becoming a spy a reality – let’s see how that goes.

William wants to be a spy so tends to explain things in a way that you would by breaking down information with a case. It’s just a shame that his school and father have no interest in him being one, thinking it is just a passing phase that he just won’t leave behind. After being expelled from school, and then subsequently thrown out of the house by his father, he goes to live in his late grandma’s old empty house. This sees him soon makes friends with Ryan, and after telling him his dream of being a detective and/or spy, they soon try to locate an agency where he can work and hone in his skills.

After what seems like a wasted day going round so many places and finding squat they hold out everything on the last place on the list. Seems this place is a hit and luckily comes with a dorm – good job too with William’s serious lack of funds. It seems Mr. Wood, the head of agency, thought he came across as someone to watch so sets Mr. Dancey the task of training him. William just has to make it through the first stage of training before he is admitted into the U.M.A – Undercover Missions Agency, which is the real deal with spy agencies.

Training begins with tests along the way to see if he has what it takes to be a true agent. With how much he wants it you know he will fly through. Cases soon pile up but when they get a bit too close to home things get dicey.

The SF agency is the darker side of the agency world where people pay them to do their dirty work. One person on the payroll is a doctor who hypnotizes his patients to do the deeds for them. Win-win as nothing comes back to them. When a few UMA agents fall foal and commit murders William steps up to try to figure things out and take them all down. Can he save the day or will he get caught in the crossfire’s?

Interesting starting point but I think it needed a bit more work done to it to make it a cleaner read. It kept jumping between present and past tense and at times it seemed like a word or two was missing or needed taking out from the sentence for it to make sense. Not much of a twist but more just flowing through from one case to the next. There may be a bit of danger along the way but it’s nothing he can’t handle.

2 for edit and 3 for story out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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