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.

 

The Kayli Bright series by M. A. Comley

Huge congratulations to Mel Comley today on the publication of Murderous Betrayal, the fourth book in her popular DI Kayli Bright series. After having enjoyed the first three books, I’d like to let you know more about the series. Mel has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about the books.

You can find out more about each book on Amazon by clicking on each book cover.

 The Missing Children (Kayli Bright Book One.)

“Please help me!”

The abandoned house is full of whispers.

DI Kayli Bright and her partner are used to dealing with difficult cases.

But nothing prepares them for what lies ahead.

Nothing rocks a community more than the discovery of a child’s body.

Everyone from Kayli’s superiors to the press are demanding answers.

Will Kayli be able to overcome the revelations she’s about to uncover?

Can Kayli prevent evil from dominating her patch? Or will her frustrations intensify as the clues dry up.

Will it be a case of someone’s thirst for evil being stronger than a detective’s desire to obtain justice?

Find out by grabbing your copy of this gripping thriller today.

You can read my 5* review of The Missing Children here on Goodreads.

 

 Killer on the Run (Kayli Bright Book Two.)

There is danger lurking on the roads…

It comes in many forms.

With Di Kayli Bright on the case will she be able to allay people’s fears?

Someone is watching her every move… Doing what they can to derail the investigation and steer it in a different direction.

But Kayli – bright by name and bright by nature – refuses to be duped.

Until the culprit strikes close to home…

This thriller is full of twists and turns and guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.

Get it now… if you dare!

You can read my 5* review of Killer on the Run here on Goodreads. Continue reading

Author Spotlight with Jan McCulloch

Today I’d like to welcome Jan McCulloch to the blog. Jan is the author of A Little Dog’s Prayer, which I’ve recently read and enjoyed. Before we find out about the book, lets find out about Jan.

‘I live in the Angus Glen’s in Scotland. I have seven crazy dogs, Tania, a three legged rescue dog from Romania. Doris and Teenie are two Fox terriers. Skipper is a cross between a brillo pad and a toilet brush. Rabbi is a very old retriever who came to live with me when his elderly owner went into a care home. Suki is an adorable little princess who came to me when her owner died. And Skye (in the photo above with me,) of course is a wonderfully clever and hardworking sheepdog. I had her father Dougie who was simply amazing. He passed away a few years ago but I see him in Skye every day. I train collies to work sheep and have been a hill shepherd for many years.
I also support any charities that help dogs. CARIAD are dedicated to helping the dogs I wrote about so I wanted them to receive some recognition that may help their cause.’

Thank you for taking part today Jan. Now lets find out more about the book:

 

Bonnie finds herself at the mercy of cruel and abusive puppy farmers who use her and many other small dogs as breeding machines for profit. She tells the story of her plight from a filthy kennel where she is held prisoner. She misses her loving family and particularly nine year old Jade, who embarks on a perilous adventure to rescue her little dog.
Suitable for ages thirteen years and upwards, a graphic and very moving story.

*If you click on the book cover it’ll take you to the book’s Amazon page.  Continue reading

Canine Characters in Fiction

Many fictional books include canine characters. They can end up being as popular with readers as their human counterparts. They can evoke a range of emotions, and for those of us who have enjoyed the company of dogs, remind us of those relationships.

In The Abattoir of Dreams, 14-year-old Michael rescues a dog he sees tied up in a yard, adopts him and names him Oxo. This boy and dog partnership created quite an emotional response in readers, with many commenting on it in their reviews.
For example:

‘I have to mention briefly Michael’s relationship with his childhood pet Oxo as well as Liam who he befriends in the boys home. These relationships moved me to tears and are ones that will stay with me for a long time to come.’
(From a review by Sarah Hardy.)

Oxo – although I’m a dog lover – I don’t usually mention animals in my reviews – but seriously – Oxo the dog – the scenes with him and Michael melted my heart – I was literally mush reading them!
(From a review by Sharon Bairdon.)

Every single character will evoke an emotion for one reason or another and that includes Oxo, Michael’s dog.
(From A review by Neats Wilson.)

When I was 8 years old, I overheard that a puppy was due to be put down after its elderly owner couldn’t look after it any more. All day I begged and pleaded with my parents to let me have the puppy. I couldn’t bare the thought of it being put down. The begging worked and Cindy was brought home. Continue reading