Tilbury Talks To… Noelle Holten

Today on Tilbury Talks To… I’m delighted to welcome Noelle Holten. Please would you let us know a little about yourself Noelle?

Thank YOU so much for having me! A bit about myself…. Well, I’m an avid reader of crime fiction and all its sub genres, and I blog about all the great reads I come across on  www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. I also regularly review on Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast with Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste. Currently I’m a PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a digital publisher based in the UK after leaving my job as a Senior Probation Officer of eighteen years in July 2017. #DreamJob (Publishing…not Probation ha ha) I attend crime festivals as often as I can and have been honoured to be a Bloody Scotland reader for the last three years. I have attended Crime & Publishment writing master classes two years running; participated in Penguin Random House Crime Writer’s webinars; ran my own successful freelance PR company – Thick as Thieves – and was a submissions advisor for the publisher, Britain’s Next Bestseller. I have also finished writing my debut crime novel – A Perception of Justice, which is currently out for submission and recently started writing the second book in this ensemble series!

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be honest, prior to 2015 I didn’t even know what a book blog was. In January of 2015, Kat Everett of Best Crime Books and More, offered me a guest review spot and I jumped at the opportunity. A few months later, she suggested I give it a go on my own and CrimeBookJunkie was born in May 2015! I wanted a place where I could shout out about all the books I LOVE, so that is what I post on my blog. I also wanted somewhere that authors could also contribute and so I host guest posts and features when I can.  And finally, 2015 was personally a critical time of change for me, I was determined to get out to the festivals and events I couldn’t go to before – so CrimeBookJunkie was a place for me to share these new experiences, all the new experiences, with people who were interested.

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No Time to Die by Andrew Barrett – Bloodhound Books Blog Blitz

Book Description:
When CSI Eddie Collins finds a dead woman in his house, he thinks life can’t get any worse, until a violent gang ties his hands together and puts a gun to his head. And this time there’s no way out.

Operation Domino is the investigation into gang boss, Slade Crosby, and his connection to an undercover officer’s death. But tampered evidence kills the investigation’s progress, and with Eddie gone, Slade is in the clear.

There’s only one way to get Slade in cuffs, but it won’t be easy..

 

My review:
After being introduced to a large number of characters and their different points of view at the start of the book, the story flowed well. Andrew’s writing is descriptive, giving your mind just enough information to fill in the blanks and create it’s own imagery as you read.

I really liked Eddie. His work ethics and methods sometimes aren’t what you’d expect of someone in his position, but it’s that element of his character that creates the dark humour throughout the book. I think many readers will see elements of themselves in him, even if they wouldn’t admit it!

The police investigation seems realistic and well researched. The developments in the case kept my interest. This is a great crime thriller, and although the second in the series, this book can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.

 

Author Bio:
Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks go to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part today.
As always, thank you for your support,
Best wishes.
Mark.

Tilbury Talks To… John R. Cowton

Today, Tilbury Talks To… John R. Cowton. Welcome John. Please would you introduce yourself?

 

I’m retired from my career working in Mental Health as a registered nurse, but even during my busiest times, I have always managed to find time to read a book. I love the crime genre, but also enjoy historical fiction. I’m also an aspiring writer and am known to write the odd story or two when not reading, which isn’t very often.

 

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I have been reviewing on Amazon and Goodreads for some time whilst struggling to keep a ‘writer’s’ blog going. I say struggling, because I had reached a point where I believed I had nothing more of value to say. I don’t think anyone can read a book and not have an opinion about it, so there was always something to say. It became clear that it was time to start again, so I started a new blog with a new name. There is a button on my new blog which links to my old blog for those rare occasions that I have something else to say. But, essentially, I have evolved into a book blogger.

 

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best thing is I feel I am making a connection with the author of the book I have just read. I then try to let them know through social media or email that there is a review out there. The reaction is usually good. When a writer has given me great pleasure from what has been written, I would hope I have reciprocated by giving the writer pleasure with my positive feedback. If I didn’t like it there would be no review at all, because I don’t make claims to be a professional book critic. Just because I didn’t like what I have read, somebody else probably loves it, so who am I to assume the position of judge and jury. I’m just a reader who likes to give back.

The worst thing is when I doubt myself that anyone could be the remotest bit interested in what I have to say. I don’t mean the author, but other readers. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Llainy Swanson

Today, Tilbury Talks To… Llainy Swanson. Thank you for agreeing to take part today Llainy. Would you please let everyone know a little bit about yourself?

Llainy with ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay.

Hey, thanks for having me.  So, I am a Scottish book worm with a habit of calling everyone Betty (boy, girl, animal – doesn’t matter).  I have loved reading since I was a kid and you can find me, most days, curled up somewhere with Princess Trixie (cat) and a book.

 

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
I kept buying books I had already read and of course only finding out once I was a decent bit in.  So I started the blog to keep tabs and eventually authors, publishers and PR folk reached out ask asked if I would read/review a book for them.  It was so out of the blue, I was so touched as there are so many amazing bloggers who are really eloquent in their thoughts/writing.  Mine is peppered with some of my daft catchphrases, OMG, Whaaaaaat, ooft etc but readers seem to react well to it.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
Yeah, I met Sharon from “Chapter in my Life” fellow weegie, she is hilarious and lovely.  Sadly the few times I have met her I have had to rush off but online and offline she is lovely and now we are boot twins (she broke her foot today, I broke mine a few weeks back, wee pies lol.)  Shell Baker from Chelles book reviews, OMG she is a crackpot but in the nicest possible way.  If you could bottle her personality and sell it, would be the richest person alive.  She is larger than life, funny, genuine and so sweet.  We finally met at Horrorcon (yeah really) and I can’t wait to have a proper meet up and drink with that crazy cat (and her selfie stick obvs).  Noelle Holten from Crime Book Junkie, she is one of the sweetest wee chops <3  again the twice I have met her I have been away swiftly but the small chats offline and the many online, actually love her.  She is the other half of Twinnie (Sharon is the other one) and she has written a book and it has been given the thumbs up from THEEEEE Martina Cole, ooft – bigger and better things for this wee gem!  I have met others but it has just been a brief hello, or brief gab before a book event. Continue reading

Tilbury Talks To… Alexina Golding

Today sees the start of a weekly series in which I’ll be meeting and getting to know some of the wonderful book bloggers that work so hard to encourage a love of reading. I wanted to give them the opportunity to let us know what blogging life is all about.

First up is Alexina Golding. Alexina blogs at Bookstormer.co.uk and is also the Commissioning Advisor for UK publisher, Bloodhound Books. She is 2nd in from the right in the photo with (from R – L,) blogger Shell Baker, author, Judith Baker and blogger, Sarah Hardy.

Thanks for taking part today Alexina.

What went through your head when you first decided to start your book blog?
To be able to share my enthusiasm of books I had enjoyed reading, to share my book world, with the events I had started to go to, mostly to get unknown/indie authors noticed more.

What are the best and worst things about being a book blogger?
The best, I don’t request books, I read the books I want to and shout about them, I have done blog tours, but again only on books I would pick up, this for me takes the pressure off, so I still enjoy reading.
The worst thing about being a book blogger is that sometimes that is seen first and people think we are in it for free reads, and don’t see our reviews as honest. If I didn’t enjoy a book personally I still wouldn’t blog about it, it isn’t what I set my blog up for.

How soon after finishing reading a book do you write a review?
It depends, I write notes, and keep them handy, writing my review, as I am very bad at remembering books/plots/names even if I have loved them and want to rave about them. I don’t always publish them straight away though. I try to keep blogging  Monday to Friday as much as possible.

Have you met any fellow book bloggers in ‘real life’ and what were they like?
So many, at events, online, and some are true friends, like any other person – they are individual, but the enthusiasm for books and wanting to shout about them is real, and that is a great connection to have with someone.

Have you met any of your favourite authors? Did the experience meet your expectations?
Yes, luckily living in Cambridge we have many events here and in London, the main author I wanted to meet was Elizabeth Haynes, and managed to do so at a book festival a few years ago in Felixstowe, I also wanted to meet Kerry Fisher, and again did so at a book event. Yes, I admit to fan girling, but had spoken to them online, it was a great experience and they were kind enough to sign books for me. I can’t write this without mentioning Betsy Reavley, who kindly met me as we live in the same area and after reading The Optician’s Wife, we became friends and shortly after she asked if I wanted to join Bloodhound Books as a Commissioning Advisor. Nothing will ever top that phone call.

If you could meet any author, alive or dead, and ask them one question, who would it be, and what would you ask them?
Oh, I don’t know… I have met so many great authors, actually it would probably be you – and ask where you get your dark ideas from? You come across as such a gentleman.

Think of the worst antagonist you’ve ‘met’ in a book. If you could dish out your own justice on behalf of their victims, who would it be and what would you do?
Oh so many to choose from, but it has to be The Child Taker – Conrad Jones character… he needs to be dealt with and in a not so subtle way, slowly, very slowly…..

Which book has had the most emotional impact on you? This can be any emotion – sadness, laughter, fear etc.
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes as it totally changed my reading style, I didn’t read many psychological thrillers before this. Now it is my favourite genre.

If you could transport yourself into one book and be part of the story, which would you choose?
Callie Langridge’s book A Time To Change, because it was everything in a novel I don’t usually go for, and loved, time slip, historical, slight romance. I would have absolutely loved a chance to be in the house.

In your opinion which book should everyone read at least once, and why?
The Journey by Conrad Jones – if there was ever a story that needed reading, that was criminal, but in a fictitious way, that had such realism and a great family you wanted them to succeed, even reluctant readers should read this book.

Who are your 3 favourite authors and what makes them stand out?
Elizabeth Haynes – her great style of characters and darkness she gave me in Into The Darkest Corner, and her follow on books although different are extremely well written.

Rob Ashman – that man, has great ideas and as much as I enjoyed The Mechanic Trilogy, his new series is a shade darker, devious and delivered brilliantly.

Mark Tilbury – #sickoauthor and still manages to pull at your heart strings, evil characters, but with such believability – that other authors would not stand a chance on having published.

 

What great answers – and I hope we get to meet in the future too!

Alexina can also be found on social media:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexina.golding.
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/bookstormer.
On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexina_golding/?hl=en.

 

As always, thanks for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark.