Chris Turnbull is another new to me author that found me after I shared a post on my Facebook page for my blog.
did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
first book ‘The Vintage Coat’ came from an idea I got after purchasing my own
vintage military coat in an antique shop. This was in the summer of 2013 and
over the course of a year I start putting the story together. I finished the
book in September 2014 and after editing etc. finally released it in March
writing about something you don’t know very much about where does your
information come from?
of my books are set in the past, and so researching is one of the biggest parts
of my writing. I absolutely love this aspect of my writing as it allows me to
discover new things from times gone by that I never knew before. Sometimes I
use other books for help, but in this day and age the internet is the perfect
tool for looking up facts quickly.
advice would you give someone who had “ran out of creativity” while writing?
a break. You won’t have run out of creativity you are probably just exhausted.
Take some time away and do some reading of other books and go out and enjoy
life for a bit. Something will always pop when you are least expecting it.
there anything you would like to say to your readers?
would just like to thank them all. I had had those who have been with me from
the beginning and those who have jumped aboard somewhere along the journey. No
matter when you got on board though I want to thank them all as they are the
reason I keep writing and publishing, they encourage me to better myself and also
stay true to my own voice.
you could invite three authors and/or poets to dinner who would you invite?
as I am a huge Harry Potter fan (since I was 10 years old) it would certainly
have to be JK Rowling. I would also probably invited RL Stine, as I used to
absolutely love reading Goosebumps as a child. And lastly I would love Roald
Dahl (I know he is no longer alive) as to me he is the best author there has
ever been…his imagination is unreal and I wish I had a tenth of his talent.
is your all-time favourite book?
than Harry Potter I would say The BFG.
one of your books would you recommend to someone who is looking for a quick
Probably ‘The Vintage Coat’, it is not only my first ever
published book, but it is also my shortest. It is hugely popular with my reader
and people still talk to me about it now after all this time (and 8 other books
naming your characters to you give thought about the meaning of the name?
yes. It is very rare a character is named randomly. Sometimes I use the
surnames of people I know…because it is set in the past I like to think of it
as being their ancestors. I don’t always do this though, but first names are
always important to me too. It has to be relevant to the times my book is set.
you use real life facts based on true stories?
my books are fictional stories, however because I like to do a lot of research
regarding the time period (and the stories are always set in real tows/cities)
I do like to include true to life pieces of information where possible. Be that
a street / shop name or an event that happened in real life – for example in my
book ‘Carousel’ the events of this book happen in 1889 Paris which is the year
the Eiffel tower opened.
stepping a little bit, I do have two childrens books out – ‘A Home For Emy
& ‘Emy Gets A Sister’ – there books are based on real life events as they
are my real dogs that I had as a teenager. The books are illustrated in water
colour and promote recuse dogs from a dog shelter. These book have been hugely
popular and I am always receiving lovely messages, often with photographs of
children holding up there copies. It is delightful to see.
10.What is your favourite part of a book to
me it is the research, I absolutely love it. I usually do it alongside writing
the first draft. This is when I can start seeing the story unfolding and
details coming out from my simple idea. I also really like the final stage when
the book is all edited and finished and it just needs formatting together…I
don’t know why but I really enjoy formatting my own book.
live in the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, just outside the city of York
2)Can you tell me about yourself?
I’m Chris. I am a multi-genre author from Yorkshire. I live with my husband and
dog in a house we bought and renovated back in 2014. I am a keen reader and
love the escapism of a good book.
3)Why and when did you begin to write?
have been writing from a young age, I used to love writing short stories about
anything and everything. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I started
writing anything longer, and my first book ‘The Vintage Coat’ was my first long
length story I had written by that point.
4)How long each day/week do you dedicate
people believe that a writer should write every single day, for me I know
myself well enough to know that if I am tired then I need a break. I like to do
3 – 4 sessions a week minimum, but depending on what stage I am at with a
project I could be working every day of the week. As I also have a full time
job, it means that writing is usually done on evenings and weekends.
5)If you were shipwrecked on a desert
island what book, author and item would you take?
a tough one. I’d have to take a book I already knew I liked otherwise I was
stuck on an island with a book that I may not enjoy. As for author maybe JK
Rowling, not only would I love to spend time with her and ask her lots of
questions but she is so famous that somebody would certainly be looking to save
her. And item…probably a blanket, because I am always cold.
6)When reading yourself do you prefer to
read eBooks, paperbacks or hardbacks?
don’t own a kindle (although I do have the kindle app on my phone if absolutely
necessary…aka book only available on kindle) so I prefer a real book.
Erin Munroe's trust in men is zero. After grieving
for the loss of her stillborn son, she leaves her life behind and moves to the
sleepy seaside town of Cromer. After the trauma her ex put her through, men are
the last thing on her mind. But a chance meeting at her favourite restaurant
brings Erin and Levi together and she can't resist his soulful eyes.
Levi Sanders is a man with a tragic past. He
blames himself for the loss of his family. When he helps Erin choose a favourite
dish from a restaurant he frequents, they form a friendship born of mutual
respect. Being with Erin chases away his black moods, depression and his dark
days seem to lift. But the voices of this dismal past wait in the shadows to
bring him down.
Recognizing his insecurities, Erin fights for the
man who could be the love of her life. In doing so she battles for her own
self-worth. All the while, Erin and Levi's demons threaten to drive them apart.
Toya Richardson is another new to me author that found me after I shared a post on my Facebook page for my blog.
1.What is your favourite part of a book to write?
There are two really. The first is the slow burn and build up to when the characters become physical for the first time. Second is when there’s an action scene close to the end of the book and the characters must work to make things come to a successful conclusion.
2.What inspired you to write your current piece of work?
Ah, that’s an easy one. I was looking at some pictures on one of the Facebook pages I follow when I came across a picture of two stunningly hot guys. Instantly, I had an idea for a paranormal romance which contains angel/vampire hybrids. It’s also a ménage, which is the first time I’ve written one. I had a lot of fun with this one. Nerves will start soon though as I’ll be handing it over to my beta readers!
3.What is it about and did you do any research for it?
Ooops, already kind of answered this lol. The Hybrids have a duty to patrol a certain territory to eradicate demons who are killing humans. They can only kill the demon permanently when they find their mated mate and bond in a ritual. As the Hybrids are twins thy share everything… including their mate. I did research about ménages, which was quite fun 😉
4.When reading do you only read books in the genre you write, or do you read various genres?
I read various genres, although paranormal romance is my favourite. I recently read my first ever reverse harem which was interesting!
5.Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convolved plots for your or do you have to coax the out of your character?
My characters are really bad. They take me in directions which I’d never even thought about. They speak very loudly and are hard to ignore. This is why I don’t make plots because as soon as I start to write, they take me in a completely different direction.
6.Have you ever gotten rid of a character or changed a character in a book before publishing and then regretted it?
7.Why should a reader pick up/buy your book?
If they’re looking for a piece of fantasy and escapism, my paranormal romance books give you that, along with hot alpha males and women who can hold their own. I know it’s not everyone’s genre of choice, but a few readers have said they’ve never read PNR before but are hooked after reading Wild Desire. I take that as a huge compliment.
If they’re looking for sweet, sexy reads that transport them to amazing locations, my Beach Reads Romance Series is the one for them. I like to think they’re easy reads that have engaging characters and a few dilemmas along the way.
8.What can we look forward to in 2019?
I’ve already released three books this year. Two more are planned. A PNR, Animal Magnetism, book 2 of The Protectors Series, is due out late August/early September. There’s a Christmas Novella, Destination Dream – A Christmas Cruise, part of the Beach Reads Series, which is due out on 29th November.
9.What do you do when you get writers block and what advice would you give to someone who "ran out of creativity" while writing?
Fortunately, this doesn’t happen too often to me. What I normally do is walk away from it. Go do something else like read, watch a movie or take a walk. It’s good to take a breather and do something totally different. Leave it for a day or two and go back fresh to it. This usually works for me.
10.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love to engage with readers and am always happy to answer questions about my work and me in general. Don’t be shy, get chatting 😊
I write mainly paranormal and contemporary romances. I’m
married with one grown up son who works on cruise ships and I have a cat called
Masai. I live near Ipswich in Suffolk, originally from Essex in the UK. When
not writing or reading I love watching Formula One racing and darts, love live
gigs, travelling, rock music, cinema, gardening and spending time with my
My most recent release is Destination Redemption, released 7th
June, which is book 3 of my Beach Reads Romance Series. There will be six books
in total in this series and they can all be read as standalone, although some
have recurring characters. Book 4 is a Christmas novella, Destination Dream: A
Christmas Novella, which will be out 29th November this year. Each
story in this series takes place in a resort I have personally visited,
although part of the Christmas novella is set on a cruise ship. I’ve never been
on a cruise but will be at the end of June 😉
I’ve fallen in love with each location. So yes, I am a hopeless romantic who
goes all mushy over hot sexy guys, strong-willed females, beautiful scenery,
awesome sunsets and sunrises lol.
I’ve recently self-published my first book; I was pretty
anxious about this but so pleased I did it. It’s the first in a series of
paranormal romances. I must admit it’s my favourite genre. Wild Desire, The
Protectors Book 1, is free on KU. This series will be full of all different
kinds of shifters, Elementals, witches, wizards, Demons and a few evil humans
just for good measure lol. Oh, and lots of gorgeous Alpha guys and their
strong, independent women. Book two, Animal Magnetism will be out late
summer/early autumn this year. This book is with my editor as we speak.
I’m also working on a new paranormal romance series called
Hybrid Lovers and have just completed the first draft of Captivated, which is
book one. This one is a ménage between two Hybrid angel/vampires and their
human fated mate. This should be out sometime early next year.
and why did you begin writing?
My mum encouraged me from a very early age to use my
imagination and was always making up stories to keep me amused. Her dream was
to see me published, but she sadly passed away in 2009 before that happened. It
was the catalyst to finally focus on writing, I was eventually published for
the first time in 2014. Every book I am fortunate enough to get published is
now dedicated to my mum’s memory.
you use pen and paper first then transfer to computer or computer all the way?
I used to attempt to write plots by hand, but I never used
any of them. My characters have a way of taking me in surprising directions.
Mostly, apart from a few notes, I use the computer.
are you reading at the moment?
I’ve just finished reading my first ever reverse harem, The
Captive by Mika Lane.
you could work with any author, who would it be and why?
That’s a toughie. Not certain if I could write with anyone
else. I’d find it difficult to find anyone who has the same ideas as me.
Title & Author: Shawland Security: Book 1 by Kelly
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Shawland Security was a fresh
start for Caleb Shawland
Caleb thought that leaving his
detective status behind would let him sleep easy at night. He’d be his own
boss. He’d finally be able to settle down and have a life. Only, that doesn’t
When Caleb’s ex-partner from the
CPD walks into his office and mentions Aria Marshall, his world turns upside
down in a heartbeat.
Aria Marshall was his one true
Aria Marshall has spent all of
her adult life helping people less fortunate in third world countries. Her
return home to Chicago was supposed to be the next chapter of her life, only
she didn’t expect a predator to be waiting in the wings. She didn’t expect the
next ten years of her life to vanish. Only it did, and now she needs to find a
way to deal with the abuse and violence she faced.
The moment Caleb stumbles back into
Aria’s life, he knows for sure he'll do anything to protect her. No matter what
that may be.
Will Caleb capture her predator
before any more innocent girls find themselves in Aria’s position.
Aria ever be able to get over her ordeal?
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“Taxi.” I hold my hand out to a
It’s freezing. The temperature out in
Africa is completely different to here. I guess I’ve got used to humid
temperatures, not Antarctica temperatures, and believe me, this feels like
Antarctica. Snow is lying on the ground, frost and ice is glistening on the
roads. It’s like a new experience for me after being away from Chicago for so
A few cabs pass by me, and by now,
I’m getting frustrated. I just want to get home to surprise my family, and to
I haven’t been home in three years.
Skype calls were the only means I had of communicating with my loved ones, and
that was only when I was in certain areas. That’s why communication has been
limited, but my family understands that I was following my heart, doing a job I
love, helping people less fortunate than myself. They brought me up to be kind
and compassionate. They tell me every time we communicate how proud of me they
“Come on!” I wave my bag out
I kind of feel like a crazy person,
yelling, stomping my feet, and getting frustrated about being ignored. Why have
I missed city life?
A yellow cab pulls in up
ahead of me. I stand still, just in case it’s for someone else. But the guy
gets out, opens his trunk, and says. “You need a ride?”
I sigh with relief. Finally, the
last leg of my journey. I tell him my parents’ address and get in the back
seat. I feel the warmth of his vehicle and shiver as I shut out the cold.
I’m finally going home. The next phase of
my life can begin.
“Been on holiday?” The driver
starts the engine and looks at me through his mirror.
“Work. I was an aid worker in
Africa. Just returning home to surprise my family.”
I blow warm air into my hands and
rub them together.
I look out at the bright lights
that surround Chicago. It does feel good to be home. The busy nightlife,
traffic, and city life seeps back into my pores. I close my eyes and take in a
steady deep breath.
I’ve missed home. I’ve missed my
family and my old friends. I’ve missed it all… even the Antarctica conditions.
There comes a point in your life that you need to be surrounded by familiar
things. This is my time.
When I open my eyes, I notice we’ve
steered off the route I expected us to take. I sit up straighter in my seat,
because for all I know, roads have changed since the last time I was home.
There could be a quicker route for us to get there. Infrastructure is always
changing in cities. I might just be over-reacting.
We pull down a dirt track,
nowhere near where I expected to be. The hairs on the back of my neck rise,
shivers run through my body, and my heartrate increases. Something suddenly
doesn’t feel right to me. I look for the cab driver’s badge that usually hangs
over the inside mirror, but there’s nothing there.
“Where are we? This isn’t the way
to my address.”
I try to rifle through my bag to
find my cell, but my hands are beginning to shake.
“I’m taking you home.” He sniggers.
I see his eyes in the mirror.
They’re glaring lifelessly back at me. Now I know I’m not over-reacting. This
guy is crazy. Why didn’t I see that before I entered the vehicle? Why did my
mind have to be preoccupied? I internally smack myself for being so stupid.
“This isn’t the way to my home.
Just pull over. I’ll find my own way there.”
I finally find my cell phone and
try to push the on button, but a bump in the track knocks it flying out of my
hand. I bend down to get it, but another knock bangs my head on the seat in
front of me.
How can my contentment be taken
away so quickly by fear?
“You are home, little one.”
He gets out of the cab and I try to
open my door to run, but it remains closed. The safety locks are in place, and
I feel like a caged animal, awaiting its fate.
My door opens and I’m hauled out of
the seat by my arm, falling over my feet, landing on all fours. He pushes
himself against my backside. I feel his body leaning over the back of me. His
hands run through my long hair, sniffing it as it falls around my face.
“We’re going to have some
fun. You’ll like that, won’t you, little one?”
My fight instinct kicks in and I
barrel my elbow into his groin. He falls backwards, giving me time to get up,
but it’s short-lived. He captures me again, throws me to the ground, and bangs
my head off the concrete. I see stars. I’m dizzy and disorientated.
thought before blackness overtakes me is, this is it. He’s going to kill me.
Kelly McMullen Lowe is a new to me author who has happily agreed to partake in an author interview for the blog.
1)What is your favourite part of a book
lol! I'm just kidding, my favourite part is the beginning. I love seeing new
characters come to life and tell their story.
2)Can you tell us about your current
piece of work?
I am working on a
couple of pieces at the moment.
Callum - Past and
Presnt (book 6 of The Guardian Shifters, is releasing in August. This is from
my brand new PNR series. It is one of my favourite series, the characters are
addictive and their stories are even more so. It's set in Scotland and each
story is full of emotion. Each book will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Security:book 2, is the new part of my romantic suspense series. It's dark,
gritty, and it will stir up many emotions before it pieces you back together.
Forbidden Love. This is a spin off from Shawland Security, but completely
standalone. It's a dark romance. It's very powerful and it will pull at your
3)How many books are going to be in the
Each series of mine
The Guardian Shiftere
- 7 books
Shawland Security - 3
Forbidden Love is a
4)When writing about something you don’t
know very much about where does your information come from?
I have a few books
where the characters have jobs I'm clueless about, eg firemen and soldiers. For
each of those books I spoke with fireman and a soldier, got into their head and
let their personal account shape the book. I come to love the fire service,
their love and dedication was just out of thos world. It helped develop my
Burning Hearts series.
5)What do you do to get you in the writing zone?
Listen to music, have a TV or radio playing etc..
I always have music
6)How do you choose the names for your
books and characters?
Titles for my books
usually come much later in the writing process for me. I generally try to pick
a word or phrase from the book.
Characters is an easy
one, because I like a lot of names. I store unusual names away for a rainy day.
My readers group is also good at giving me their favourite names if I get
7)How do you come up with your story
Life in general. I do
a lot of people watching. I also write my romance stories true to real life,
because I think it helps transport us to another believable world.
8)If you could do it over again, is there
anything you would change in your last book?
Not in my last book,
no. However, I would change a couple of my earlier books, because I've learnt
so much since then.
9)How do you get started with writing a
book? (as in how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for
It can be something
as simple as a song or something I come across in a cafe or restaurant. As I
said above, I people watch and that gives me a lot of inspiration.
10)In your spare time – when you’re not writing -
what do you like to do?
I like to read, walk,
swim, and martial arts training.
11)Who are the target readers?
Each of my books
target a wide audience. I'd say between 18-80 my books target.
12)What do you think readers look for in a book?
Emotion, a good
story, believable plots, loveable characters.
13)Why should a reader pick up/buy your book?
Because I write what
I like. I write a believable story true to real life. My books will stir
emotions you didn't know possible.
14)What can we look forward to in 2019?
I have a wide variety
of books releasing in 2019.
March - I released a
collection of short stories based on contemporary romance and holidays we
celebrate here in the U.K.
May - I released
Shawland Security:Book . This book is dark and gritty, but it will hook you in
from the prologue until the very end.
August - will see the
release of Callum - Past and Present (book 6 of The Guardian Shifters)
I have another couple
of books planned for later 2019, but no definite plans as of yet.
15)Is there anything you would like to say to
Thank you for buying
my books, reviewing my words, and being a tower of strength in this indie
I was born in Nottingham U.K., but I've lived in Scotland
most of my life.
you tell me about yourself?
I am 33, a wife, a mother, a writer and reader. I have two
fur babies, who keep me on my toes. I love pugs, thanks to my real life pug,
Bella. I kind of have an obsession with anything with a pug on, I drove my
husband up the wall. Lol
you always want to be an author?
No. Absolutely not. When I was at school my English teacher
would tell my parents that I would make a good writer one day. I laughed it off
time and time again, because I wasn't that interested in telling stories. It
wasn't until about 2010 when i was ill that i started writing with no
intentions of doing anything with it. Things changed, my health deteriorated,
and I needed an escape. I published my first book on 2014 in the middle of my
health scare and I haven't looked back.
4. Do you use pen and
paper first then transfer to computer or computer all the way?
I sometimes do use pen and paper it just depends what mood
I'm in and where I am. I always have a pen and pad of paper in my bag or car
5. What are you
reading at the moment?
I'm reading Girth (can't remember the authors name)
Synopsis: The mountains
of Sanctuary are hiding a secret...
A camping trip takes an unexpected turn when Sam and her friends encounter some
strange things in the woods. An archeological dig near the campground starts
off as intriguing, but it's soon apparent to Sam that things aren't what they
With a local legend to unravel, Sam, Ally, and the rest of the gang delve into
a mystery that reaches far into the past. Solving it will take more than simply
revealing the truth. It'll require a tenacity that only Sam can wield and the
help of her friends to see it through to the end.
This chapter in the Samantha Wolf series see’s Sam, Ally, Cassy, John, Hunter
and Lisa visiting a campground in Sanctuary.
This mystery is a crossover with Ms Ellis’ Cozy Mystery
series so we see characters from that series in this one also. We meet main
characters Ember, Mel and Nathan.
Sam and her friends are holidaying in Sanctuary and just
happen to stumble upon a mystery after meeting a Professor who is working on an
archaeological dig in the campgrounds surrounding woods after he uncovered an
While visiting the dig a local shows up and tells the kids
about a legend which peaks Sam’s interest but she doesn’t want to get into
trouble so she tried to forget about it.
The group invited over the Professor and his students for a
camp fire where Hunter reads a story from the book Sam picked up from town and
Sam reads a small paragraph to Ally from an interesting chapter while everyone
is discussing the effigy, the next morning Sam cannot find the book.
The next day while on a hike Cassy spots two mean ducking
into the woods off a small trail so Sam follows them and confirms to Ally and
Cassy that she had seen them in the town the day they arrived in Sanctuary.
Surprisingly John and Cassy encourage Sam to continue to
investigate the mystery instead of telling her to drop it. Sam is happy that
they are with her but she doesn’t want to get into trouble with Lisa.
While at the towns rodeo Sam see’s Malory one of the dig
students and she John and Ally follow her and almost get hurt by a bucking
horse luckily John pushed the girls out of the way and Ember shows up and is
able to stop the horse.
While off for a shower that night the girls see Malory go
into the woods so they decide to follow her and they end up on the trail that
they saw the two men go down, while watching they see Malory being taken by the
men and as they are about to leave to get help Rocky runs off so Sam and Ally
go after Rocky while Cassy runs back to camp to get help.
Although Sam and Ally try not to get caught they end up
being caught and threatened along with Malory and the local man. Luckily Nathan
and the sheriff come to their rescue just in time.
I really enjoyed this crossover and I am hoping for another
crossover but mainly a Cozy Mystery one instead of Samantha Wolf but with an
appearance from Sam, Ally and the gang.