Author Q and A with John McClements

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What inspired me to write the book? The book was partly based on true accounts. When I went to work on the cruise ship which sailed out of Miami, I met a woman called Drinda, when the ship sailed into San Fran she convince me to jump ship,  I lived and worked, using my cabins mates Identification, the date was 1982 during the Falklands war with UK and Argentina. Drinda introduced me to her friend, his name was Peter, and for my book I changed his name to Pedro.
A lot of things had happened then and I felt that I had to write about it.
What books do you enjoy? I really enjoy reading books by the author Vince Flynn
What is your next projects? Don’t have a next project of such as yet, too busy running restaurants but in my spare time I may write a follow up to The Assassins keeper
Wouldn’t it be nice to be rich? Not sure about that, I think I would spend all the money too quick, my son James and myself we love to travel business class, might be tempted to upgrade to first class.
Would you ever write an autobiography? I would never write an autobiography, too many secrets
What are your hobbies? When I get it I write, but because I am chef by trade, both my wife and myself enjoy the fine dinning restaurant experiences
Favourite places in the world? Would love to visit Argentina but can’t convince the family. Though Tokyo by far was my favourite
As a chef what do you enjoy eating? Favourite food is French cuisine, but I really would eat anything, if it moves I would eat it. Am afraid thats the chefie attitude in me.
What inspires me? After working in a busy hot kitchen for 14 hours a day, getting home late, relaxing, winding down. With me it’s like shaking a fizzy drink and once it settles you are ready to do it again. Most of the time I write at night which I can reflect on the past and think things through what I want to write about.
What is the best advice you were ever given? Best advice I was given was write about what you know
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SUPERB CRIME FICTION for Summer Reading.

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BLOOD IS CRUELLER THAN WATER.

A serious of supposed drownings all bear an eerie hallmark and young lawyer Gaby is the first to link them as the handiwork of a ruthless and conniving serial killer; a killer with a mask of respectability and success, a killer she knows only too well.

Recently married and on the brink of partnership at her firm, Gaby should be on top of the world, but she has stumbled upon something which will make her enemies in high places and will tear her personal life to threads. Who will believe her? Who can she trust?

Gaby joins forces with former detective, Robbie Baggio and they race to gather the evidence and bring down the web of evil protecting this serial killer. However the killer’s instincts alert him to danger and when those closest to the Gaby start turning up dead, she must rely on both her legal skills and grim determination to ensure justice is served.

Conspiracy at the top levels of the judiciary and corruption weaving its way right to the heart of family life; there is more to Gaby’s mission than unmasking the murderer.

A thriller that will make you wonder if you can ever trust anyone again and the safe answer…..is NO.

Available on KOBO, NOOK, AMAZON and APPLE

BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin

 

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BOOK REVIEW – Next of Sin   By Sierra Klein

Next of Sin is available on kindle and in paperback on amazon..click here

 

Sometimes when I read a thriller, I can see what’s coming toward me but not here. This book scared the day lights out of me, it was THAT good! The main character witnesses a murder when she is just a little girl and being the ONLY witness, she remembers nothing. That is until she starts to have nightmares, which she is sure are memories from that night. The nightmares are not a pretty picture as she thinks she might personally know the killer. It’s hard for anyone to believe her and she starts to question her past as well as her family and friends. An extremely well written book, you have to read this!

A Weird and Wonderful Tapestry BOOK REVIEW – NEXT of SIN

REVIEW for NEXT OF SIN A Psychological thriller.

I have looked out for Lisa Gordon’s books since I read her debut novel A Sealed Fate because I felt then she had a gift for quirky but credible plots and I wondered how that would develop. Next of Sin is her second offering in a similar genre, which I would place really as a fusion of the crime (serial murder) novel, the thriller / adventure novel with a fair bit of Chick-lit interest also thrown in. Once again she doesn’t disappoint with the quirky plot. It’s another serial murder plot with a twist; there are echoes of Enderby in that it’s not so much a whodunnit as a case of the lead character (Gaby) having the dilemma of how does she expose the murderer to an incredulous world before he gets to her first?

Gaby is a great heroine but there again I like Gordon’s heroines. I loved Valda in her first book and I love Gaby in this one. They are probably chalk and cheese. Valda is the tough cookie with the soft centre and Gaby is soft on the outside but with a quartzite core, which comes out in her determination. She is also very spiritual, which isn’t a surprise with Gordon novels as she likes to introduce an element of astrology or the occult. Gaby would be a candidate for the examination room marked Canonization except you are willing her to go through the door of the next one. This, by the way, is marked Carnalization. She’s a bit of both but shouldn’t all nice girls have that in their locker? You will be only too willing to kneel down to prayers with her, if that’s what she wants, but you can’t but hope that the missionary position will figure somewhere.

It’s a fast-paced symphony: there’s the first movement where it hits you in the solar plexus to start with as the villain gets off on a rampage; and then the slower movement where the author brings you back into the world of weddings and honeymoons and girls with top jobs thinking about their own empowerment and only secondarily about their men. The blokes are certainly not at the centre of their universe; they are satellites there for their interest and sporadic devotion. It is the kind of role-reversal you would expect from a woman writer who knows her own mind and prizes her own individuality above all other things and looks on men in the fond but slightly dismissive way that men have traditionally looked upon women. Then there’s the third movement, an endgame, a race against time, particularly from the moment that the villain begins to understand that Gaby and others are on the case. They are eliminated one by one.

You will know what I mean by quirky when you discover Gaby’s family are actually rooting for the villain. A weird and wonderful tapestry of human emotions, which definitely gets my vote and I can see how her writing has developed too. She has a much more assured touch now as if she has found her voice.
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BOOK REVIEW – Mystery/Thriller: Next of Sin

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SHOCK AFTER SHOCK

Glyn Smith

What do you do if you discover that someone very close to you is a killer?
That’s what this book is all about. Lisa describes the doubts, the conflicts of emotion and the raw feelings of reality as the story unfolds. The protagonist, Gaby, and her friends come across with consummate reality, and before the end of the book, you come to know them very well.
Lisa has either travelled widely, or really knows how to use Google Earth. No matter, the descriptions of the many international venues come across vividly, and you feel yourself transported to each of them.
I think I would have given this book a five star rating were it not for the number of typos. It is only because of that that I have awarded four stars.

FAST PACED PAGE TURNER

K. Barns

It says a lot when you read a new book by a new-to-you author, and immediately start searching for what else she has written.

Next Of Sin is a fast paced, well written page turner. Beautifully structured in as much as you start off witnessing a murder from the point of view of the murderer, without knowing which character’s head you are inside. This is slowly revealed along with the trail of destruction this character has left behind him. And is done in such a way that the book is full of the type of surprises that make perfect sense as soon as they are revealed, even though you didn’t see them coming.

The author cleverly weaves the different aspects of the story together, throwing in lots of twists and turns and plenty of nail biting conflict. The main female characters are feisty and likable, though as someone recently said to me about ‘Game of Thrones’, don’t get too attached to any of the characters. You really don’t know who will still be alive on the last page.

A great read and one I’d recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction, thrillers or just well-written, edge-of-your-seat drama.

Available at: Amazon UK and Amazon US

SEX is SO LAST YEAR – THRILLERS are back say the Amazon bestseller charts

Sex is so last year – or at least it is  according to Amazon’s annual list of bestselling books.

A year after the S&M-themed Fifty Shades  Of Grey by EL James licked and screamed it’s way up every best-seller list, book buyers have been seeking  different kinds of thrills.

In 2013 major hits on Amazon.com included The Cuckoo’s  Calling, a crime story JK Rowling wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and whose sales only soared after it was revealed that JK Rowling was the in fact the author.  John Grisham’s Sycamore Row was well received but perhaps only because of his famous name rather than the quality of the book.

Here are the bestseller lists, but what do readers really think?

TOP TEN ADULT BEST SELLERS 2013

1. Inferno: Dan Brown
2.  And The Mountains Echoed: Khaled Hosseini
3.  The Cuckoo’s Calling: Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
4.  The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; Sheryl  Sandberg
6. The Hit: David  Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row: John  Grisham
8. Entwined with You: Sylvia  Day
9. Never Go Back: Lee  Child
10. The Storyteller: Jodi  Picoult

Do readers love these books or do they merely buy them due to the hype, the accessibility and the comforting sound of a name you know and once loved or at least heard ad nauseam about?

Clive Miller said, “The villain in Inferno was thoroughly anaemic and yet we were lead to believe he was really diabolical even if he looked like a bit of a wuss in pantaloons and harlequin jacket.”

Tommy Shaw said, “Every Dan Brown plot is the same: choose a famous picturesque Italian or European city and make sure the action man Prof has a punch up at each and every one of the tourist attractions there and escapes by the skin of his teeth thanks to last minute divine intervention, knowledge of the finer points of physics or the fact that he really is Rasputin and David Haye wrapped up in one.”

Emily Smyth said, “I’m sure there are numerous other novels of different titles over the last few  decades with the same formulaic pattern and banal quality of characters that  goes to make the modern ‘thriller’. The only 2013 moderately original ‘thriller’ was  Lauren Beukes, ‘The Shining Girls’.”

Alison Kendal, “You don’t need sex to sell!” or any literary talent judging by Dan Brown’s  efforts. A good publicist is all that is needed these days to become a best  seller.”

CJ in Oxford, “I just never understood the 50 Shades thing. Definitely seems a “frustrated  housewife” thing to me. For goodness’ sake, if you’re that interested, people,  stop reading about it and go have a bit of fun.”

As far as The Cukoo’s Calling goes, Meredith Pinnock said, “This tome was packed with boring, inconsequential trivia that did not help the plot at all, and the different accents, all painstakingly written out, became more than tedious.”

Even die hard Grisham fan’s felt pained by his latest effort, “Sorry, this was so far the Grisham’s poorest effort, and I have ever been his die-hard fan. Dull, boring, dragging for eternity, with a helluva legal and trial hotchpotch and tens of messy characters who grew in numbers with each new page turning… An absolute and inconsistent mess.”

Of course all of these books also received rave reviews, we could put it all down to a matter of taste, but then again we cannot discount the tide of brutal criticism from readers and fans?

Does cream really rise to the top?  A bad egg also floats to the surface you know.

If you are also in the camp that has the morbsville with dull, contrived plots, plastic predictable characters and wishy-washy dialogue give an up and coming Indie Author a try.

DARK SIDE CROSSING by CULE HINDER

Did you ever look in the mirror and wonder where it all went
wrong?

Emerson knows just where it all went wrong and the career he has
carved out as a restorer of Churches is symbolic of his desire to seek
redemption and a path back to the light side.

The author focus on three phases of Emerson’s life. His childhood growing up in a
gritty Northern Town where his love of literature, poetry and the finer things
in life mark him out as rather bourgeoisie for the gangs he finds himself hooked
up with, is poignantly told. Emerson is the type of character in life who tags
along on the periphery and always ends up slap bang in the centre of the fracas.
The author’s tone and use of the vernacular capture the era and the spirit of
boyish youth which will chime with many.

The second ‘lane’ is Emerson in his early adulthood as a student revolutionary with the Baader Meinhof
Group.

The ‘fast lane’ in terms of the thriller aspect of the story kicks off when a thirty something and more mellow Emerson returns to the town he grew up in and meets by chance an old flame of his, Chemey. Cupid seems to have hope
for Emerson and Chemey who make a promising start romance-wise; however a female detective friend of Chemey has immediate suspicions about Emerson and he retreats back to Kent. With his new romance seemingly doomed, Emerson sets about finding out what happened to his first love Diane. Diane seems to have disappeared and when Emerson finds a corpse hidden in the fireplace/cellar of Diane’s childhood home, he fears the worst. Emerson’s investigations into
Diane’s death lead him to discover a bizarre Christian sect with only a handful of elderly members and yet seemingly vast resources. How is this Christian cult linked with Diane’s death? Are they linked to a string more recent of murders in
England? What really happened when several hundred of the cult members ‘ascended’ a decade previously. What does Emerson’s old comrade and now MP know about it and will he tell? Emerson’s investigations lead him full circle: back
to Chemey and back to where it all began in that Lancashire town.

Completing the circle will bring him redemption; but will he live
to enjoy life with a clean conscience?

NEXT OF SIN by LISA GORDON

A string of murders dating back to 1987 and in all that time only one witness
and she doesn’t even know she’s a witness!

Two teenagers fooling about on a  camping holiday; a young woman marries surrounded by her loving family; an
idyllic honeymoon; a salubrious law firm – the image of perfection and yet evil
lurks. A body on a Moroccan Beach; a missing girl in Japan; a corpse floating in
the Mediterranean – what is the link?

The vital clue lies locked in away in a
memory – a memory that now wants to be remembered.

A desire to explain a
recurring nightmare, leads young lawyer Gaby to a horrifying discovery which
throws into question everything she thought she knew about her past, her family
and even herself. She is forced to stray onto the wrong side of the law in world
where the scales of justice are rigged in favour of her eminent and respectable
adversaries. Along with an unlikely set of allies from across the social strata
she digs into her past, knowing that it will change her future forever. Gaby’s
hunt for the truth will cost her everything; it may even cost her her life.

 

SCORPIO RISING by ALAN ANNAND

A criminal profiler investigates the killing of a New York City heiress and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

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Criminal
profiler Axel Crowe investigates the killing of a New York heiress, and
discovers her death is linked to two other murders on the same day: a dot-com
millionaire in San Francisco, and the team leader of a CIA counter-terrorist
project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

A finder of wayward people and stolen
possessions, the enigmatic Crowe profiles subjects in a distinctly unique manner
– using astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

Facts
are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used to say. And although the
truth behind this three-way conspiracy lies buried in the past, Crowe is
relentless until he uncovers it.

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In the space of
one hour, three strangers die violent deaths. A hit-and-run vehicle kills a
dot-com millionaire jogging in San Francisco. A car bomb obliterates the team
leader of a government counter-terrorism project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. An
assailant ambushes a New York heiress walking home from Broadway and forces her
own pepper spray down her throat.

In all three cases, investigators
reach an immediate impasse. Each victim leaves an estate of millions, but their
beneficiaries all have perfect out-of-town alibis. Theories swirl around the
victims like flies on a corpse – a contract killing for financial gain, a
lover’s quarrel spiraled out of control, a domestic al-Qaeda strike…? The
police are stymied and the FBI is worried.

Axel Crowe, criminal
psychologist, is summoned to New York by the brother of the woman who was
murdered. Crowe is a man with an obscure past but a brilliant reputation.
Occasionally he consults as a profiler for the police. More commonly, he is a
finder of wayward people and stolen possessions. Despite initial stonewalling
from the NYPD, Crowe profiles the killer in his own unique way – using
astrology, palmistry and other unconventional techniques.

His
investigation follows a tangled trail of illicit relationships – from one
suspect to another and, eventually, yet another. Ultimately, he learns that all
three victims were killed in the space of one hour. But is it coincidence or
conspiracy?

Facts are gross, but the truth is subtle, Crowe’s guru used
to tell him. And although the truth lies buried in the past, Crowe is relentless
until he uncovers it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW THRILLERS TO LOOK OUT FOR:

NEXT of SIN

Thriller worthy of Hitchcock!

Book Review NEXT of SIN – Dianne Rapp, Book Reviewer

Ever wonder what happened to those stories filled with suspense with twists and
turns? You know the kind that Alfred Hitchcock produced, making us bite our
nails and worry for the hero or heroine! Well Lisa Gordon has penned that type
of thriller and it’s worth reading. Her heroine, Gaby thought she was leading an
ideal life. She was a rising star in her legal firm and just married a handsome
man. Then the nightmares started plaguing her and memories of a childhood trauma
erupted. To save her sanity Gaby must delve into the secrets of a serial killer
and risk her own life to bring him to justice.

I really enjoyed this
suspenseful novel! It reminded me of a Hitchcock thriller, filled with danger
but not depending on blood, guts, and gore like modern novels. This is a
thriller that delivers chills while chasing an elusive killer. You won’t know
until the final pages if this clever killer escapes. Gaby evolved from a society
socialite into a brave woman fighting for justice. Pick up this book and enjoy a
story worthy of Hitchcock.