Blog Tour Guest Post: Ticket to Ride by White Gold Author, David Barker @BlueGold201 @UrbaneBooks @lovebooksgroup

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VENGEANCE ALWAYS HAS A PRICE

Sim Atkins, Overseas Division agent, returns to Earth, having saved the Moon base from a deadly terrorist plot (see Rose Gold). All Sim can think about is finding the criminals responsible.

But his fury and lust for revenge are put on hold when a nuclear warhead is stolen by Terra Former leader Matthias Larsson. Can Sim and his colleagues track down the terrorist cell and disarm the device in time?

White Gold is the gripping finale in the compellingly original Gaia Trilogy, page-turning thrillers that provoke as well as excite.


Guest Post: Ticket to Ride

I love a board game, me. Been collecting them for about forty years and with a reluctance to throw the old ones out, I’m struggling to find room for all the boxes. I occasionally back campaigns on Kickstarter, which makes me feel good about supporting new designers and budding publishers in this market but, really, it’s just an excuse to add to my collection.

Some of you will have heard of, or played, Ticket To Ride. You collect different coloured trains and use them to claim routes between stations, gaining points in proportion to the length of the route. There is a Nordic version designed just for 2-3 players which we have at home. The map features two stations in the Northwest corner – Narvik and Kiruna – that I happen to know a fair bit about from the research for my new novel, White Gold.

Blog Tour: Read about Word Building in @seasick_stu's book, They Shoot Corpses, Don't They? @lovebooksgroup

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An original blend of crime fiction and horror - Zombie Noir.

Pat O’Hare is the only (living) private detective in Farrelton, a crime-ridden city still recovering from the ravages of an undead uprising. Pat is hired to find the missing granddaughter of a rich industrialist. But, what starts out as simple enough job turns into a fight for survival as he finds himself pulled into a deadly mystery where nobody can be trusted. Helped only by a trigger happy ex-cop and a washed up boxer with a pathological fear of trees, Pat has to use every trick in the book just to stay alive. Caught between corrupt police, gun-wielding hitmen and a ruthless crime lord, Pat soon learns that the zombies are not the most dangerous creatures in town.  

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Word Building with Author CS McLean:

Some writers are well known for setting their books in a real place and writing so vividly that the location becomes a character in their books -  whether it is Stuart MacBride’s Aberdeen, Ian Rankin’s Edinburgh or Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles.

Other writers like to set their books in wholly fictional places.  World building is something that fantasy and science fiction writers do all the time.  It is less common with crime fiction, although there are many fine examples where this has worked – Peter Robinson’s Eastvale and Richard Price’s Dempsey spring to mind.

Blog Blitz: Favorite Characters in The Wrong Envelope by @liztreacher @lovebooksgroup

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Summer 1920. Two worlds are about to collide. Evie Brunton loves her job. Twice a day, she spins along the narrow lanes of Devon on her bicycle, delivering letters from a heavy post bag. When the flamboyant London artist, Bernard Cavalier, drops like a meteor into her sleepy village, everything changes. Bernard is supposed to be painting for an important exhibition, but the countryside has its own charms, in particular his young post lady…Light and witty, and full of twists and turns, The Wrong Envelope is a charming romantic comedy. It captures the spirit of another age – when letters could change.

Liz' Favorite Character:

My favourite character to write is Phoebe Carson. She is a young lady in her early twenties with a large nose and spectacles. She lives with her father, the Reverend Carson, who usually smells of haddock, in a dark vicarage in Saffron Walden. Phoebe, who always has her nose in a book, is good fun, kind-hearted, witty, loyal and clever. She is the friend everyone would want. Phoebe Carson and Evie Brunton are the two girls that the London artist, Bernard Cavalier, is involved with. They have great potential to be friends and I make sure they have a meeting in The Wrong Envelope, although it is a very awkward one. Phoebe meets Bernard when he is doing army training in Saffron Walden. Bernard is a flighty artist and has no real interest in Phoebe, but she is very keen on him. She spends her time writing to him and making gooseberry jam.

The only thing more fun than writing Phoebe, was writing her a potential suitor, (a proper one, not the impossible Bernard). I decided he should be a man of the cloth like her father, and came up with Robert Hazlitt, a young chap just a few years older than Phoebe, with a round face and thinning hair. He has seen active service in the First World War as a stretcher bearer. He has an infectious laugh, a sense of the absurd and, of course, a love of books. Robert is the new curate and he comes to stay at the vicarage while he finds digs in town. The scene when he and Phoebe meet is my favourite in the book because Phoebe is so delighted to have a ‘book worm’ staying. When she first hears his laugh she can hardly contain her hilarity; when he makes her confess how many times she has read Pride and Prejudice and then admits it is his favourite book, we know the stage is set…

About Liz Treacher:

Liz is a writer, a Creative Writing teacher and an Art photographer. She lives in the Highlands of Scotland with a view of the sea. Her love of images influences her writing. 

Her debut novel, 'The Wrong Envelope', is a romantic comedy, set in 1920 in Devon, England. It tells the story of Bernard, an impulsive artist and Evie, his beautiful post lady. You can watch the trailer on this page, under 'Videos'. Light and witty, and full of twists and turns, 'The Wrong Envelope' captures the spirit of another age - when letters could change lives.

The sequel, 'The Wrong Direction', follows Evie and Bernard to London, and charts their further adventures in Mayfair's high society. Wild parties, flirtatious models, jealous friends - Bernard and Evie must negotiate many twists and turns if they are to hold on to each other.

For more information visit: https://www.liztreacher.com
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