Avenge The Dead by Jackie Baldwin @JackieMBaldwin1 @KillerReads @0neMoreChapter_ @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #DIFrankFarrell #AvengeTheDead #guestpost

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Happy World Book Day everyone! I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for Jackie Baldwin’s Avenge The Dead to A Knight’s Reads.  And for all you budding/established writers out there, I’ve got a fab post from Jackie which might take your interest!

Many thanks to Emma Welton of damppebbles blog tours for inviting me on the blog tour.

The Blurb

Sometimes murder is the only way to get even…

Four friends with dark secrets. One killer out for revenge.

DI Frank Farrell and DS McLeod are tasked with investigating the brutal murder of a defence solicitor’s wife in Dumfries.

It’s been over a year since they left the town after an investigation robbed them of a dear friend. But now they’re back and must find a way to move on.

When the son of another defence solicitor is murdered, a strange tattoo etched on his body, the case takes them into darker, more disturbing territory.

It leads them back into the past – to a horrific fire in a cottage that took a woman’s life, to four friends harbouring dark secrets – and finally to a killer waiting patiently for revenge.

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The Guest Post – DIY Writing Retreats

There are many excellent writing retreats out there but if, like me, the price makes your eyes water, there is a cheaper alternative which is to join forces with a bunch of like- minded writers and hold your own. It would be ideal if you can take it in turns to host it but that is not practical for everyone.

A couple of times a year a bunch of us head to a friend’s cottage in the middle of nowhere. It is full on rural so you need to crawl along watching out for kamikaze wildlife ready to throw themselves under your wheels. We generally arrive at 6pm on a Thursday and have dinner together and a few drinks to lubricate the creative spirit!

The next morning we’re up bright and early and after breakfast we all slope off to our allocated writing space. Some like to sprawl on a couch with a laptop, others like to sit ramrod straight at a table or a desk. There’s peer pressure not to disturb everyone else so talkative nellies are threatened with duct tape. We all have busy lives. Some of us have caring responsibilities so these few days devoted to writing are precious to everyone.

We break for lunch and given that we’re all crime writers the conversation tends to turn a tad gruesome. Occasionally a problematic scene will be enacted. For example we have tied someone to a chair in a certain way to see if they could extricate themselves. We might have a go at picking a lock. It’s then time to head off for more writing until six when it’s time for the first drink to be poured.

One evening we might have a murder mystery dinner from a stock we’ve acquired from charity shops. Everyone cobbles together an outfit to reflect their character.  Another night we might watch a singalong film, hire a hot tub, or generally club together to arrange something fun. We usually share a portion of our work too but there is no obligation to do so.

The person running the retreat also writes so prepares the food as much as possible in advance and we all pitch in with setting the table and clearing away. Everyone going contributes a flat rate for food per day and we all bring our own booze and towels. There are  pet cats and hens hanging around to make everyone feel relaxed and at home.

On the Sunday we usually knock off a bit earlier and everyone’s partners are invited to join us for a wee party which is held outside, weather permitting. Invariably everyone goes home with a massive chunk of work done and all fired up to keep the momentum going.

Now that I’ve moved out of the area I’m planning to do one up in East Lothian this year. As I’m not renowned for being a domestic goddess my friends would be well advised to start taking the probiotics now. Oh, and I’m also on a diet. Bet they all can’t wait!

Who Is Jackie Baldwin?

Jackie Baldwin

Jackie Baldwin is a Scottish crime writer. Her debut crime novel, Dead Man’s Prayer, was published by Killer Reads on 2nd September 2016. The second in the series, Perfect Dead was published on 15th June 2018. For most of her working life, she has been a solicitor specialising in Family and Criminal Law. She later retrained as a hypnotherapist. Married with a grown family, she recently moved from Dumfries to East Lothian.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JackieMBaldwin1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackieBaldwinAuthor/

Website: http://jackiebaldwin.co.uk/

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