Monday, January 30, 2017

"The Witch’s List is a compelling dark story." #readersfavorite #thewitchslist

The independent reviews site Readers Favorite awarded The Witch's List 4/5 stars, describing it as 'interesting', 'dark' and compelling!
See full review here:

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Q&A with writer, Valerie Lioudis! #Q&A #ReanimatedWriters #thewitchslist

I'm delighted to publish a question and answer session with American writer, Valerie Lioudis, fellow member of The League Of Fear...

Questions for Valerie Lioudis
1.       Hi, Valerie! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work.
I am a New Jersey Girl through and through, born and bred here. My husband and I co wrote Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales and are currently working on book 2 in the series. Things are taking a little longer than expected because we added another human to our family since the last book was published bringing our total to 7 kids. Kristopher has a full time job in IT, but I am currently working on 3 projects; book 2 in Aftershock, an anthology called Mad Like Me: Tales from Tormented Minds, and a solo project The Many Afterlives of John Robert Thompson. Under my pen name I have written 5 children books that are all currently sitting in the slush piles of agents and publishers. So, maybe it is a little more than 3 projects. I have also started interviewing authors on my webpage #ReanimatedWriters. 
2.       Which gives you more satisfaction – to write a first draft, or to finish the last round of editing?
Finishing the first draft. Finishing anything in a house this busy is amazing and needs to be celebrated.
3.       What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?
I have spent the last 18 years with small kids. They keep you imagination alive and thriving. I am happy to say that part of me has never grown up.
4.       Pick a random piece of writing that you worked on ages ago and that never saw the light of day. Now tell us about it!
I originally wanted to be a children's book author. I have been around kids for so long that it seemed like the natural progression. I have a book Kenny Barbingo Kid Cryptozoologist that is just begging to be finished.
5.       Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you tell us about it?
I didn't for the longest time. Now I am forcing myself to get my butt in the chair, headphones on, and fingers on the keys. 
6.       What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?
I just read L-2011 by Mark Gillespie. I loved it! It was really well written, and made me feel like I was actually visiting London. Fantastic!  L-2011 on Amazon
7.       Who are some of your favourite unsigned and indie authors?
I am a big fan of John Gregory Hancock. His book Roof is fantastic, as was The Mortuary Arts. I suggest going to the Facebook group Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans if you are looking for great indies. They have a great group there and there are tons of giveaways to get you started.
8.       What’s the best bit of writing advice that you’ve ever received?
Write, write, write! Just keep writing. That is really the hardest thing to do. You need to find time to get pen to paper, or fingers to keys everyday if you want to build up a body of work.
9.       If you could go out for dinner with any three authors, living or dead, who would you pick?
 Steven King: I want to know how he writes so fast! His pace seems impossible to me.
 Dante: I read Inferno in high school and was absolutely captivated. What a giant F you to everyone who wronged him. I would love to hear how was brave enough to lay it all out like that. 
 Laurell K. Hamilton: We have a beef, she just doesn't know it (or who I am for that matter!). I love her books, but like most fans I don't always love where my favorite authors take my favorite characters. 
10.   How do you get the word out about your work?
Locally, my husband and I did a library book tour and signing at free comic book day. Both were really fun! 
On the social media I am really active on  TwitterInstagram and just recently added an author page on Facebook.. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

"The story is different from any other I have read." #thewitchslist #different

Think different, think black magic... think The Witch's List.

A Florida reader had this to say in her review:

"The premise for this book sounded fascinating. The paranormal, romance, Africa’s cultural undertones about black magic and witch craft. I picked it up, eagerly waiting to see what the book was all about, and was very glad I had gotten it from Library Thing to read and review. After reading it, I can agree it is a fascinating story...
The story is different from any other I have read. It is obvious the author knew and researched the culture and practices of African witchcraft and black magic....
This is the start of a new series which could be an interesting one, depending where the author takes the story and how it goes. As I said, the premise is very interesting and a bit different. Not sure if it will appeal to all readers, but it will to many looking for something a bit different or who are interested in African and this aspect of its culture."

See her full review on amazon:

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Excerpt from The Witch's List which takes place in Glasgow Necropolis! #thewitchslist #glasgow #necropolis

Check out an exclusive excerpt from The Witch's List, which takes place in the Glasgow Necropolis.
Excerpts from other interesting horror authors - members of The League Of Fear - also available

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Glasgow Necropolis - a city of the dead! #thewitchslist #glasgow

Architectural historian, James Stevens Curl, described The Glasgow Necropolis as "literally a city of the dead". While Glaswegian comedian Billy Connolly has said of it: "Glasgow's a bit like Nashville, Tennessee: it doesn't care much for the living, but it really looks after the dead."
The necropolis is one of the historical sites of Glasgow which features in "The Witch's List". Another one is the GRI - Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Best avoid getting lost in either of these places after dark...

Photo of Glasgow Necropolis with Glasgow Royal Infirmary in the background.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stop! Here is the empire of death! #thewitchslist #Paris

Arrête ! C'est ici l'empire de la mort.
Stop! Here is the empire of death.
So reads the plaque above the entrance to this famous Parisian site, which features in The Witch's List.
Can you name the place? Ever braved a visit?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fantastic evening at The American Library In Paris! #thewitchslist #americanlibraryinparis #whsmithparis

Just spent a really interesting evening discussing international mysteries and thrillers at The American Library In Paris. It is wedged between the Eiffel Tower and the Russian Orthodox Spiritual Centre / Holy Trinity Cathedral.
I formed a wholly unorthodox trinity of writers with D. L. Nelson and Angus Morrison. We talked about our novels and answered questions from a great multicultural international audience of passionate readers and writers.
Thanks very much to everyone who came along to listen, ask questions or buy copies of our books. Many thanks also to Grant Rosenberg and other library staff for the superb organisation, and to Charlotte Osborne from WHSmith Paris for bringing the books to sign.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Great 4-star review from horror writer Wesley J. Thomas! #thewitchslist

Writer and reviewer, Wesley J. Thomas, had this to say about The Witch's List:
"Wow! What a unique book. I can honestly say I haven't read anything like this. And I have been reading horror for 20 years +
The author explores African witchcraft like we've never seen before! There is so much going on you'll be gasping throughout. It's utterly addictive.
While there are some slow moments, for the most part, it is thrilling and spellbinding.
I would highly recommend this to a reader who loves horror, mystery, and the supernatural.
This will not be the last book I read by this author. Guaranteed!"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Make attending this event one of your New Year's resolutions! #thewitchslist #americanlibraryinparis

Put this exciting event in your diary! You will have the chance to find out more about my novel The Witch's List, and the novels of the two other panellists. It also promises to be a lively discussion on writing mysteries/thrillers with an international angle.
Takes place in one week's time, in the American Library In Paris...