Bloodhound Books Blog Blitz – Stateline by Dave Stanton.

Today, I’m pleased to helping out with the blog blitz for Stateline by Dave Stanton. Thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part. Lets find out more about the book.


Book Description:
Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

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Bloodhound Books Blog Blitz – Standstill by J A Marley.

Thank you to Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part in this blog blitz for Standstill, by J A Marley. It’s a great read, and you can read my review below, after we find out more about the book.

 

Book Description:

Even the deadliest criminals leave a trail…

When a psychotic policeman drags the young, ambitious thief, Danny Felix out of bed, he could not imagine he was about to be plunged into the robbery of a lifetime.

Corruption and coercion follow the corrupt Detective Inspector Harkness everywhere he goes and now he has Danny just where he wants him.

But Harkness isn’t the only officer with Danny in his sights. Christine Chance is getting closer to him while doing her best to be a mother to her seriously ill daughter.

Can Danny escape Harkness with his life intact? Can he avoid detection by Chance?
And does he have what it takes to use the streets of modern day London to pull off the theft of the 21st Century?

Danny thinks he can…but there will be bloodshed.

 

My review:

This is a crime action thriller with a difference. The protagonist (Danny,) is a criminal who comes across as quite a likeable character. Harkness, the antagonist, is the kind of copper that you hope you never have investigating crimes against you. He’s a very nasty piece of work. Danny is forced into committing a large robbery that could bring London to a standstill, and try as he might, it seems as though Harkness is always one step ahead of him making sure he’s doing as he’s told.

This is a very pacey read. There’s plenty of action, police chases and criminals trying to out-do each other – on both sides of the law. Christine Chance and her team have been very successful in solving their most recent cases, although Christine has her suspicions about how easily solved they were as she begins a new case that brings Harkness to her attention. She also has personal issues to deal with as her daughter is seriously ill in hospital. This part of the story seemed to be added in to balance out the violence and action with some more emotive passages, and it certainly worked.

The standstill that is brought about is excellent and unexpected. It’ll have you thinking about it for a while after you’ve finished the book. If you’re a fan of action packed reads, violent criminals and unpredictable plot twists, then this’ll be the book for you.

 

John Marley, 27April2016, photographer Bronac McNeill

ABOUT JA MARLEY

John A. Marley’s writing career started with a poem about two brothers who both liked sausages…their names were Butch and Dutch and his Primary School teacher Mr. Murray liked it so much it made the main noticeboard at the entrance to Holy Child Primary School in West Belfast.  A little older but none the wiser, he ended up as a film journalist in his native Northern Ireland, contributing to local newspapers, BBC Radio Ulster and latterly writing as the main film critic for the glossy magazine, Northern Woman.

John’s love of good stories came from the Irish predilection for telling a good yarn and the fact that there was nothing quite like sneaking away his Dad’s battered paperbacks to read even though he knew they were meant for adults and not kids. And so pulp fiction such as The Edge Westerns by George G. Gilman, the adventure novels of Alistair MacLean and the thrillers of Jack Higgins all served to whet his appetite for a good story told at pace.

These days, his reading tastes still focus on thrills, spills and good plot and he can’t walk by a James Lee Burke or an Elmore Leonard without pausing to read a few pages…even if it is in a busy bookshop.

John A. Marley is also a TV producer with a proven track record in creating and producing distinctive, original entertainment and factual programming and formats for both a UK and international audience. His eclectic portfolio of high-profile shows include Britain’s Ultimate Pilots: Inside the RAF, Britain’s Flying Past, Staraoke, Best of Friends, Skatoony, Noel’s House Party, Through the Keyhole, SMTV:Live/CD:UK, How Euro Are You? and live coverage of “The Oscars” with Barry Norman.

John runs his own production company Archie Productions which he launched in 2008. Prior to setting up his own indie, John enjoyed a wide and varied career in television with creative roles at Talent Television, Planet 24, Carlton Television and Walt Disney UK. John’s broadcast media career started in his native Northern Ireland as a radio host.

http://www.jamarley.com

 

As always, thanks for you support,

Best wishes,

Mark.

A New 3 Book Deal with Bloodhound Books.

2017 has been a busy, but very rewarding year. I’ve had two books published and two re-launched by my brilliant publishers, Bloodhound Books. I’m delighted to be able to share the news that Bloodhound have just offered me a new three book deal which is for three stand alone novels. The first book is called The Key to Death’s Door, a dark thriller which will be published on 1st May 2018.

I’m over the moon with this development and thrilled that people are enjoying my writing. I’d like to thank Betsy, Fred and the rest of the Bloodhound team for their belief in me. Thanks also to everyone who has read my books and shared their opinions in reviews or on social media.

May I also take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year.

Mark.

 

Thank-you for The Liar’s Promise blog tour!

 

This year I’ve been lucky enough to have two books published and two re-launched by Bloodhound Books. It’s been a busy year, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say a BIG thank you to all the readers, bloggers and reviewers who have taken the time to read my work. I really appreciate all your help and support, and how your recommendations have helped book sales!

As I’ve just reached the end of another very successful blog tour, I wanted to say a special thank you to all the bloggers who have read and reviewed The Liar’s Promise. I’ve had a week’s worth of reviews that have been shared across social media. Thanks also to everyone who helped to spread the word about the tour across the net.

Below is a list of all the bloggers who gave up their valuable time to help with the tour, and links to their reviews of The Liar’s Promise. I recommend you also go and read the rest of their book reviews; you may just find your next favourite book!

Linda Hill @ Linda’s Book Bag
Amy Sullivan @ Novelgossip
Jill Burkinshaw @ Books ‘n’ All
Chelle Baker @ Chelle’s Book Reviews
Alexina Golding @Bookstormer
Sharon Bairden @ Chapter in My Life
Kerry Parsons @ Chat About Books
Diane Hogg @ Sweet Little Book Blog
Caroline Vincent @ Bits About Books
Susan Hampson @ Books from Dusk till Dawn
Eva Dee Merckx @ NovelDeelights
Neats Wilson @ The Haphazardous Hippo
Kate Noble @ The Quiet Knitter
Noelle Holten @ Crimebookjunkie
Sarah Hardy @ By The Letter Book Reviews 

As always, thank you for your continued support. If, after reading the bloggers reviews of The Liar’s Promise, you’d like to get yourself a copy, you can find it here.

Best wishes,

Mark.

 

It’s Publication Day!

Today, my fourth novel, The Liar’s Promise, is published by Bloodhound Books. Here’s the book description and a few ARC reviews.

Book Description:

Do you love dark & compelling psychological thrillers? Mark Tilbury’s unmissable The Liar’s Promise is a suspenseful thriller which will have you gripped.

How does a mother protect her child from the unknown?

During a visit to a local theatre, four-year-old Chloe Hollis becomes hysterical. But her mother, Mel, doesn’t realise that this is just the beginning of the nightmare. In the coming weeks, Chloe talks of The Tall Man – Of death.

At her wit’s end, Mel confides in Charles Honeywell, the headmaster at the school where she works. But what Mel doesn’t know is that Charles is linked to what is happening to her daughter.

Will Mel learn the terrible truth? And can she overcome her own tragic past and save her daughter before it’s too late?

The Liar’s Promise is a story of past lives and future torment.

 

ARC reviews:
‘I loved The Abattoir of Dreams and was very excited to read The Liar’s Promise. Mr Tilbury has once again produced a fantastic book, which IS genuinely spellbinding and unputdownable. 5 shiny, gold stars.’

‘Wow wow wow this book gave me the chills I could not put it down!’ 5*

‘I thought this was a very original story – certainly not like anything else I’ve read. The characters and situations are richly described. It features a Shakespeare fanatic, colour coded freezers and a horrific, deadly game. I can’t really say much more without revealing spoilers.’ 5*

‘I loved this book!
The story gripped me from the beginning and just didn’t let go.
This is a crime thriller with a supernatural twist and one which I thoroughly enjoyed.’ 5*

 

The novel’s blog tour also begins today. If you see any reviews of the book by any of the bloggers in the image below, please share or re-tweet them. Thank you. I hope you enjoy the book!

You can buy The Liar’s Promise here.

As always, thank you for you support.

All the best,
Mark.