Heartbreak in the Valleys by Francesca Capaldi @FCapaldiBurgess @BOTBSPublicity @HeraBooks #blogtour #authorinterview

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It’s Wednesday!! Half way through the week!! Today I’m kicking off the blog tour for Francesca Capaldi’s Heartbreak In The Valleys. Continue reading

Until the War is Over by Rosemary Goodacre @RoseGoodacre @BOTBSPublicity @HeraBooks #blogtour #authorinterview

For my second post on this sunny (🤞🤞) VE Day, I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Rosemary Goodacre’s Until The War Is Over to A Knight’s Reads.

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Have you met Mel Sherratt….or is it Marcie Steele?? @writermels @marcie_steele #authorinterview


Those of you who have been following my blog will know I love a bit of crime fiction and Mel Sherratt’s books really hit the spot.  But she has a lighter side to her writing under he name of Marcie Steele and you know what, I rather like those books too. 2020 is a bookish year for Mel with at least two books being published (possibly more). The Man Across The Street came out on New Year’s Day (what a way to kick off the new decade!) and Liar Liar, the next in the Grace Allendale is out on Monday!!!

I’ve known Mel for a few years now and all the books I’ve read whether they’re Mel’s or Marcie’s I’ve loved them! Some of Mel’s books are on the February Monthly deals so grab yourself a selection!!

So Mel has very kindly take time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for me so you, my dear friends, can get to know her better.

The Interview

In five words, describe Liar, Liar

Dark, emotional, secrets and lies.

What do you do different when you’re writing as Marcie to Mel?

I’m not sure I do anything different per se. It’s all about planning and the characters that appear to me, who I tell the story through. One plot is dark and the other light but everyone needs a backstory, a subplot and reasons why they are motivated to do right or wrong.

I do have to remove a LOT of crying from Mel’s police procedurals. As I love writing about emotion and exploring the aftermath of the crimes from the families points of view, everyone seems to cry at the drop of a hat in the first draft!

What are you currently reading?

I’m reading Seven Lies, Elizabeth Kay. It isn’t published until April 16 but I have a proof copy. It’s a very clever book about a woman who tells seven lies and makes matter worse with each lie – well, at least that’s what I’m assuming it’s about as I’m only a quarter way through. You also know from the beginning that someone has died. I love the main character and her motives – she gets under your skin slowly but surely.

Whose books do you instantly buy without reading the blurb?

C.L Taylor for sure, Lisa Jewell, Kirsty Greenwood and anything by Kimberley Chambers. Cally’s (C.L. Taylor) books have got better and better. Her new one out in April, Strangers, is phenomenal. The same with Lisa Jewell – The Family Upstairs was outstanding, by far her best book for me personally. I am impatiently waiting for Kirsty Greenwood’s new book which should be out soon and I have Kimberley’s Queenie by the side of my bed.

Tell us a little about what you’re working on at the moment?

As Marcie, I’m working on the next book in The Hope Street Series. It has a provisional title (that I don’t want to share yet) and a publication date of the end of July 3, 2020. I’ve planned it out and so far have written ten thousand words. For anyone who read The Man Across The Street, I’ll give you a clue. It has the word sister in the title.

As Mel, I’ve just handed my fourth Grace Allendale in to my editor, as a first draft. I think it’s scheduled for publication in November this year – book 3, Liar Liar, is out in March before that.

My editor and agent are reading it at the moment and once I’ve had feedback from them, I’ll take a few weeks to do a structural edit on it – i.e. knocking it into shape with ideas from people who have read it fresh.

I love and hate the structural edit. It’s great to see the book reshape into something better, but it’s a nightmare trying to alter it all to fit and also keep the new story in your head while you do it.

Just for a bit of fun, what would your specialist subject on Mastermind be?

Oh, gawd, I know about nothing except writing books. Oh, wait – it would have to be the ups and downs of an author… or shoes. Yes, shoes.

Who Is Mel Sherratt/Marcie Steele?


Home is where the hurt is…

Okay, I know I don’t look all dark and moody like most crime writers appear in their images but I do like to be different…

So what do I write? Actually, it’s what don’t I write. I have published thirteen novels so far: police procedurals, psychological thrillers and fiction with a punch – or grit-lit, as I call it. And then there is my pink side – writing as Marcie Steele. I have written four books in The Somerley Series.

So, all my novels will take you to the heart of the story.

Since 2012, they have become bestsellers, each one climbing into the Kindle UK top 10, with several in the top 3, and many international best sellers too.

Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett @rachelamphlett #blogtour #authorinterview #CradleToGrave #CompulsiveReaders


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Can I get a Wooooo Hooooooo for Wednesday??! I’m thrilled to be welcoming the lovely Rachel Amphlett to A Knight’s Reads today as part of the Cradle To Grave blog tour. Rachel has kindly agreed to answer a few questions for me! Continue reading

Morecambe & Vice Crime Writing Festival – Max The Detective Cat – The Disappearing Diva by Sarah Todd Taylor @MorecambeVice @scraphamster @BotBSPublicity #bookreview #authorinterview #blogtour


Happy Friday everyone!!! It’s just 7 days until some of the crime writing fraternity heads to the Lancashire coast for Morecambe and Vice at the gorgeous Midland Hotel. Must admit, I have a soft spot for Morecambe as I spent many a student night out on the seafront at a now-defunct nightclub called the Carleton whilst studying at Lancaster University! Continue reading

The Space Between Time by Charlie Laidlaw @claidlawauthor @accentpress #randomthingstours #blogtour #authorinterview

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Happy Thursday everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of June and we’re half way through the year!!! Today I’ve got a fabulous Q&A with Charlie Laidlaw, author of The Space Between Time and The Things You Learn When You’re Dead.

Massive thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour!

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We Never Said Goodbye by Hélene Fermont @helenefermont @BotBSPublicity #blogtour #authorinterview

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for Hélene Fermont’s novel We Never Said Goodbye. I’ve got a fab interview with the author herself!

Big thanks to the fabulous Sarah Hardy of Book On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me to join the blog tour!

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Poetic Justice by R.C. Bridgestock @RCBridgestock @DomePress #blogtour #TeamDylan #bookreview #authorinterview

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Woooo hoooooooo!!!!! I am thrilled to be the last stop on the fabulous blog tour for R.C. Bridgestock’s Poetic Justice! And not only am I reviewing the prequel to the DI Dylan series but I’ve got a quick interview for your reading pleasure!

So without further ado, a massive thank you to Emily Glenister of Dome Press for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of Poetic Justice. Continue reading

Inside The Whispers by A.J. Waines @AJWaines @BloodhoundBook #blogtour #authorinterview

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So today I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for A.J. Waines’ In The Whispers. And you, my dear readers, are going to get an insight to where In The Whispers came from. I’m delighted to be sharing today with J Bronder Book Reviews.

Many thanks to the lovely Sarah (formerly) of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the blog tour! Continue reading

A Posy of Promises by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz @bombshellpub #blogblitz

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💐💐 It’s gone a bit floral at #AKnightsReads as the #blogblitz for A Posy of Promises stops by.  I’ve got an interesting interview with the author Sharon Dempsey. 💐💐

Many thanks to the lovely Sarah Hardy at Bombshell Books for inviting me on the #blogblitz. so without further ado….

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