Cursed Blog Tour: Guest Post by Thomas Enger

If you’ve read some of my previous posts you’ll know I’m currently too busy to review many books but I’m still taking part in a few blog tours and this is one that I’m particularly excited about.  I have the book itself from the lovely Karen at Orenda books so will read and review it in time, but for today I have a very interesting guest post from Thomas Enger on how he writes his novels.  Enjoy and don’t forget to check out the other dates in the tour!

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Blurb:   When Hedda Hellberg fails to return from a retreat in Italy, her husband discovers that his wife’s life is tangled in mystery. Hedda never left Oslo, the retreat has no record of her and, what’s more, she appears to be connected to the death of an old man, gunned down on the first day of the hunting season in the depths of the Swedish forests. Henning Juul becomes involved in the case when his ex-wife joins in the search for the missing woman, and the estranged pair find themselves enmeshed both in the murky secrets of one of Norway’s wealthiest families, and in the painful truths surrounding the death of their own son. When their lives are threatened, Juul is prepared to risk everything to uncover a sinister maze of secrets that ultimately leads to the dark heart of European history. Chilling, gritty and unputdownable, Cursed marks the return of one of Norway’s finest crime writers.

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Guest post:  How I write my novels

One of the most common questions I get when I travel around talking about my books, is how I go about writing a whole novel. Especially kids or young adults are curious about this, and I was, too, when I was younger.

I guess there are a lot of ways to write a novel. Some just start to write a scene, and then they take it from there. I guess, in theory, that’s one way to do it. When I was younger, that’s what I did, too. It’s not my method of choice anymore, and I’ll explain to you why.

I find that not knowing where you’re going, with anything, is a fun way to write, but it creates a lot more problems than it solves. It’s tricky enough to write a novel when you have outlined the story beforehand, because a lot of stuff happens to the story and the characters as you dive deeper into them, stuff that’s impossible to plan. So when you haven’t planned anything, you stand the chance of just writing a whole bunch of pages that will be of no use to you, at least in that particular story (you may be able to use it for something else later, though), as you would have to omit or change a lot. If you’re able to just start writing something, and when you’re done, you’re done, then chances are you are either lying, or simply a phenomenal genius. Most people aren’t, though. I know that I’m not.

So my process is usually something like this: I get an idea for … something, in a story. It may be the start of a story, it may be something in the middle of it, or it could be the ending. It could be a character, a prop, something that would catapult me into thinking about how I could put that idea into good use. It usually starts with the question “what if?”. What if you are talking to your friend on the phone and then that friend gets killed as you are talking to him? What if there existed a magical pen out there somewhere that you could write with, and those things you wrote, would end up happening? That least question actually led me to write a novel called The Evil Legacy, a dark fantasy young adult thriller so far only published in Norway and Denmark.

But I write that what if-question down, or that idea for a character, or that specific scene, and then I start to tinker around with it a little bit. I try to imagine what kind of characters would fit the story, and then I start to work on their backgrounds. I write whole CV’s for almost each and every one of my characters, which means that I know them quite well before I start the actual writing process. This can be quite tedious, but I find it very useful.

I also outline my story quite a bit, but not down to every last detail. I like to keep a few things open, as I know from experience that things very often take a turn for the unexpected as the writing takes me deeper into the story. Sometimes other ideas appear as I go along, and those ideas make me rethink the character’s role in the story, or what should happen next. It’s a dynamic process, but knowing a little bit about where you’re going before you start, is always helpful. To me, at least, because then I know what kind of effect those changes will have on the story as a whole.

So what I usually do, is that I quite quickly write my way through a very rough first draft. This is not in any way readable, couldn’t possibly be looked upon as “literature”, and I wouldn’t show it to anyone, but it helps me to get to know my characters and my story. Then I go back and start to change things. To me it’s always after that first draft is finished that I normally know what kind of story I’m going to tell. It’s not like I get it right the first time around.

Each of my six novels are the product of a very long process of writing and re-writing, sending drafts to my editors, talking about the characters and their motivations, bringing that input back to the drawing board, and then go back to the beginning. Again and again and again, until it’s good. And by that I mean not good as in good enough. I mean really good.

I wish it was some easier and more efficient way to do this, but so far I haven’t found it. But I’m continuously searching for a better method, for a better strategy, and whenever I meet and talk to other authors, that’s what I’m the most curious about. How they go about writing their stuff.

Two things are for certain, though: It’s not easy to write a novel, and there are more ways than one to do it. You just have to find a way that works for you.

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Author bio:  Thomas Enger (b. 1973) is a former journalist. He made his debut with the
crime novel Burned (Skinndød) in 2010, which became an international sensation before publication. Burned is the first in a series of 5 books about the journalist Henning Juul, which delves into the depths of Oslo’s underbelly,
skewering the corridors of dirty politics and nailing the fast-moving world of 24-hour news. Rights to the series have been sold to 26 countries to date. In 2013 Enger published his first book for young adults, a dark fantasy thriller
called The Evil Legacy, for which he won the U-prize (best book Young Adult). Enger also composes music, and he lives in Oslo.

 

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COVER REVEAL: The Collective by R.S. Williams

I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for The Collective by R.S. Williams and what a cover it is, understated but incredibly intriguing.  Not only have I got the cover for this book but read on for  the blurb and author bio too!

 

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Blurb:   Matilda Peters never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.

But everything changes when she meets Gabby, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.

Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Gabby’s society to the ground?

Buy Link (preorder):   http://www.littlenovelist.com/rswilliams/

 

Author Bio:   Rhianne Williams, formally known as RS Williams, writes Fantasy, Adventure and Romance novels. As an avid reader Rhianne has always been in love with the written word and the emotions a good story can create.

Discovering she had a knack for creating stories as a teenager, she started work on her first story. However, at 16 the mundane adult world called her back to an admin job and Rhianne put writing on the back burner until she turned 20. Rediscovering her fascination with writing and creating Rhianne then threw herself back into her writing in 2014.

When she isn’t catching plot bunnies, typing up her creations or writing on her blog, you’ll find her in front of the television watching her favourite shows, spending time with her family and getting lost in others fictional worlds.

Author Links:

Author Page – http://www.littlenovelist.com/rswilliams

Blog – http://www.littlenovelist.com/blog/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/lilnovelist

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/littlenovelist/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blog Tour Review: Meet Me at Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt

Having read and loved A Cotswold Christmas by the same author (you can find my review here) I am thrilled to be involved in the first day of the blog tour.  Read on to find out what the story is about and what I thought of it.  Also if you’re in the UK there’s a giveaway for the first book that you’ll find at the bottom of the post.

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Blurb:  Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…

Ellie Matthews has come to Wychwood-on-Lea to find a new start for her and her daughter Abby. But, life there doesn’t start out as idyllic as she had hoped. While Ellie loves her cute cottage in Willoughby Close, the Yummy Mummies at the primary school seem intent on giving her the cold shoulder, Abby has trouble fitting in, and her boss, Oliver Venables, is both surprisingly sexy and irritatingly inscrutable.

But miracles can happen in the most unexpected places, and in small, yet wonderful ways. Slowly, Ellie and Abby find themselves making friends and experiencing the everyday magic of Willoughby Close. When Oliver’s nephew, Tobias, befriends Abby, the four of them start to feel like family… and Ellie begins to see the kindness and warmth beneath Oliver’s chilly exterior, which awakens both her longing and fear.

Ellie knows all about disappointment, and the pain of trying too hard for nothing, while Oliver has his own hurts and secrets to deal with. When the past comes rollicking back to remind both of them of their weaknesses and failings, will they be able to overcome their fears and find their own happy ending?

Discover the heartwarming magic of Willoughby Close… with four more stories of hope and happily-ever-afters to look forward to.

Links:

Amazon UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01M4RR8EW/ref=x_gr_w_bb?ie=UTF8&tag=x_gr_w_bb_uk-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32934017-meet-me-at-willoughby-close?ac=1&from_search=true

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My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:  I really enjoyed this book, it was light and refreshing but still dealt with the concerns and issues that everyone has around moving to a new area, meeting people and possibly starting a new relationship.  These were all handled well and were quite realistic and true to life. I did feel the uncertainty between Ellie and Oliver went on a little too long but that may just be me and even with that it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. 

The characters were very well-written and came to life clearly and easily which was good because this is a very character driven book. Although location is important it doesn’t feature heavily so the characters and the storyline have a lot of work to do and they do it brilliantly. 

While this sounds like any other romantic story it is actually more than that, there is that side to it but it also has the extra depth that makes it more than a simple romance with a happy ever after. Although it may seem obvious where the story is headed the actual journey to that potential ending is what makes this book as good as it is. 

Alhough the Cotswold Christmas is the prequel to this book you can read this as a stand alone so while I would recommend that one too it is not essential for understanding this book at all.  

I would definitely recommend this book and others by this author. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series coming out. 

 
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About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/

 

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COVER REVEAL: There’s Something About Cornwall by Daisy James.

I am thrilled to be involved in the cover reveal for another Daisy James’ new book.  From the synopsis it sounds like the book will be a lot of fun to read and if that’s not enough, look at this cover! How bright and summery is this!?!!  A perfect counter to the grey skies and gloomy weather we’re having just now……

 

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Synopsis:   A knight in a shining camper van!

Life is far from picture perfect for food photographer Emilie Roberts. Not only has her ex-boyfriend cheated on her, he’s also stolen her dream assignment to beautiful Venice! Instead, Emilie is heading to the Cornish coast…

Emilie doesn’t think it can get any worse – until disaster strikes on the very first day! And there’s only one man to rescue this damsel in distress: extremely hunky surfing instructor Matt Ashby.

Racing from shoot to shoot in a bright orange vintage camper van, Matt isn’t the conventional knight in shining armour – but can he make all of Emilie’s fairy-tale dreams come true?

 

There’s Something About Cornwall is published on 8th March and can be pre-ordered here.  Also you can check out this and Daisy’s other books here.