Staying in with Patricia Asedegbega

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Every time I’ve seen the cover of …to the moon and back by Patricia Asedegbega I’ve thought how much it entices me to want to read it, so I’m thrilled Patricia has agreed to stay in with me today and tell me more about it.

If you’re an author who’d also like to stay in with me to tell me about one of your books, please click here for more details.

Staying in with Patricia Asedegbega

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag Patricia. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

Today, I´d like to share …to the moon and back with you all. I chose this book because though it has its share of suspense; it is different from my other novels and very special because the story takes place in the city I spent my childhood in.

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(I love hearing about the pull of the places from our past Patricia.)

What can we expect from an evening in with …to the moon and back?

I  loved this review about the book (because it sums up what I was trying to achieve when I wrote it), so I’d like to share part of it:

“Emotional Gripping Must Read…

Wow!!! To The Moon And Back is one emotional and gripping read, with relatable character’s who take you on a very personal and emotional journey that will leave your heart pounding, emotions running high and praying for things to work out for Anne and her life…”

(And now of course I want to read …to the moon and back even more – my TBR will never reduce!)

I hope that this book will help submerge the reader into a world that is not always easy to understand due to cultural differences; but still one rich in tradition. I tried to develop three dimensional characters that one can agree or not with, but somehow feel some degree of empathy for them. Above all, I do hope it provides an entertaining read, because as an author; one of my goals is for my reader to enjoy my work and relax with it.

(That’s one of the joys of reading Patricia – we can travel and meet new people and cultures without ever leaving home.)

What else have you brought along and why?

I am a foodie, so because of the setting of this story; I would recommend a plate of suya (hot and spicy barbecued meat which is very typical in Nigeria), some homemade bread (for those that can’t stand the heat) and of course…a glass of an excellent red Spanish wine.

(That sounds perfect. I love spicy food – though the wine is no good to me as it makes me ill so you will have to drink it all!)

…to the moon and back

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Is there always a light at the end of every tunnel?

26 year old Anne is seriously beginning to question if she is ever going to find it.

After a series of devastating blows, the young nurse finally catches a break; Ben, the love of her life asks her to marry him and it suddenly feels like she can start to smile again.

But Anne has a secret that is threatening to destroy it all and this time, there is no easy way out.

Will she be able to beat the odds and have the happy ending she has always longed for?

…to the moon and back is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.

About Patricia Asdegbega

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Author of I stand corrected, …to the moon and back, When I grow up… Patricia Asedegbega Nieto was born to a Spanish mother and a Nigerian father in Madrid. As a child, she relocated with her family to Nigeria and later returned to Spain, where she acquired her BSc and master’s degree. She is currently living near Madrid with her family and her very stubborn cat, Merlin Mojito.

You can find Patricia on Facebook and visit her website. She’s also on Twitter @Patricias_Place.

Should A Man Write Chick-Lit? A Guest Post by T. A. Williams, Author of Dreaming of Florence

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It is so lovely to welcome back T.A. Williams, author of Dreaming of Florence, to Linda’s Book Bag. I’ve met Trevor on many occasions and he’s such a wonderful person that it gives me great pleasure to support his latest book.

Previously on Linda’s Book Bag T.A. Williams has written about how much of himself goes into his books here, and on why he writes books for women here.

I have also reviewed Trevor’s Chasing Shadows here, Dreaming of Venice here and To Provence, With Love here.

Dreaming of Florence was published by Canello on 8th January 2018 and is available for purchase here.

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Fresh pasta, red wine, fine art… and love? Find enchantment this year in the magical city of Florence

When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

Should a Man write Chicklit?

 A Guest Post by T.A.Williams

Wikipedia defines Chicklit as, ‘…genre fiction which addresses issues of modern womanhood, often humorously and lightheartedly.’ It seems to me there is a potential conflict here. That word issues all too often has nothing to do with humour. We all have issues and few of them make us laugh. Issues can involve work, relationships, health…. You name it, there are issues connected with it. So, as an author setting out to write about issues in a lighthearted way, I knew I would have to tread lightly.

The next problem I had to face was to what extent women readers react differently in the face of  issues, as compared to men. My own experience tells me that when it comes to the big stuff, our reactions are strikingly similar. I cried when my mum died. I cried when I had to take the old Labrador to the vet to be put down. When my business hit a bad financial patch, my wife and I were equally worried for the future. When our daughter got a place on a round the world sailing voyage, we were both concerned for her wellbeing. So, I would suggest, we all react the same way as far as the big stuff is concerned. We maybe show it in different ways, but that is as much to do with upbringing and conditioning as gender. The days of the Victorian father who hurrumphs quietly and returns to his newspaper after receiving the news of his son being eaten by cannibals are long gone. Emotions are closer to the surface nowadays for men as well as women.

The small stuff is a different matter. I acknowledge that. Shoes to me are things I put on my feet to help me walk. They are not objects of desire to be hoarded and cherished. And we all know, boys like toys. I freely admit it. Take a look in my shed. I still have wetsuits from thirty years ago and enough pieces of bikes to build a new one. But even there, that’s as much down to personality as gender.

That leaves the prickly subject of emotions. Women are moody. Women are touchy and neurotic. Men are feelingless, football-obsessed morons. Need I go on? We’ve all heard it before. But I don’t buy it. Stereotypes abound, but that doesn’t mean they are generic. I know some miserable, apparently emotionless women, and some soft-hearted men. We shouldn’t assume each sex always reacts as the stereotype dictates.

So where does that leave me? I’ve been writing for years. I write all sorts, from historical novels to thrillers. We writers have to draw upon our imagination as far as plot and characters are concerned, so why not use this same imagination to think ourselves into the heads of our readers?

My books are mostly written from the perspective of the main, female, characters and Dreaming of Florence is no exception. Debbie is no shrinking violet. When her whole world feels as if it’s falling apart, she takes a deep breath and gets on with it. I would like to think that her reaction is the same as mine would have been. Does that make her more masculine or me more feminine? I don’t think so. I think it makes us human. That’s what we all are, after all.

(Well said Trevor!)

About T.A.Williams

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T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

You can find Trevor on FacebookGoodreads and Amazon. You can also follow him on Twitter and visit his website.

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Positive Social Media: A Guest Post by Cara Hunter, Author of Close to Home

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I’m so excited to welcome Cara Hunter, author of Close to Home to Linda’s Book Bag today in celebration of this first DI Fawley investigative novel. Cara has written a fabulous guest post about the positive use of social media and I would like to thank Poppy North for inviting me to be part of these celebrations for Close to Home.

Published by Penguin on 14th December 2017, Close to Home is available for purchase here.

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HOW CAN A CHILD GO MISSING WITHOUT A TRACE?

Last night, eight-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from a family party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows the nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying…

And that Daisy’s time is running out.

Positive Social Media

A Guest Post by Cara Hunter

This time of year we get a lot of media stories looking back on the past twelve months, and I’ve been really struck by how negative many of those have been about social media. It’s not just the fake news or the trolling or the hate campaigns – we already knew about those – it’s deeper than that. Even the things we used to praise about social media are under scrutiny now – EM Forster may have urged us to ‘only connect’ but it seems too much connection is just as bad for you as too little. I’ve lost count of the number of New Year’s resolutions that include a commitment to live in the real world more and the virtual one less, and India Knight (one of my favourite Twitter feeds, incidentally) is not alone in deciding that she’s going to make some serious changes to how she uses social media in 2018. In short, less (depressing) news and comment, more (uplifting) nature, cooking and books.

So where does that leave us authors on social media? First and most obviously, let’s seize the chance to be positive. In every sense of the word.  More talk about writing and less about politics. More conversations, less sounding-off, however desperate the world seems.  And this isn’t just about what we say, either: making social media more positive is also about ensuring that the way we use all these infinitely distracting platforms adds to the work of writing, rather than detracts from it. We all know that social media will devour every second you give it, so it does need to be rationed. On the other hand, writing is a solitary life, and if you work from home (as most of us do), social media can limit the loneliness. Probably the best analogy is the office water cooler – great to swing by for a few minutes’ chat, but no sensible person would dream of spending the whole day there. Not least because you wouldn’t get anything done.

The other thing that the best of social media can do is widen your world. I did a lot of the research for Close to Home on Twitter, where one of the main themes is how social media responds to – and can even influence – the investigation of a crime. But it’s broader than that. At its best, social media doesn’t just find you answers to questions, it drops things in your lap you didn’t even know you were looking for. Images, anecdotes, snippets, memories. And as any writer knows, that’s where all good stories start….

(So lovely to have a positive article about social media. Thanks so much Cara.)

About Cara Hunter

Cara Hunter is the pen-name of an established novelist who lives in Oxford, in a street not unlike those featured in her series of crime books, who is starting a new life of crime in a series of Oxford-based books to be published by Viking/Penguin.

She also studied for a degree and PhD in English literature at Oxford University.

Close to Home is her debut featuring DI Adam Fawley, and her second, In the Dark, is coming soon.

You can follow Cara on Twitter @CaraHunterBooks.

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Introducing Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny

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I’m so pleased to be part of the launch celebrations for Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny today, not least because Val is here on Linda’s Book Bag to introduce her latest book personally and explain why she set Hunter’s Chase in Edinburgh.

Hunter’s Chase is the first in Val Penny’s Edinburgh Crime Mysteries and will be published by Crooked Cat books on 2nd February 2018. It is available for pre-order here.

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Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, and he needs to find the source, but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.

Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder, but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: Detective Constable Tim Myerscough, the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough.

Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

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A Guest Post by Val Penny.

I am pleased to be visiting my friend’s blog today.

(And I’m very please to welcome you here Val)

My novel, Hunter’s Chase is a crime thriller that falls squarely within the Tartan Noire genre. The main protagonist is Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson. The story begins when DI Hunter Wilson, who knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, Edinburgh, Scotland, needs to find the source but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.

Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable. Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this taught crime thriller. Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

I set Hunter’s Chase in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland because it is a city I know well. I did consider creating an imaginary town for him. However, Edinburgh has everything a writer could need. It is a diverse city with all different kinds of buildings and people. It is small enough that characters can move around it quickly and large enough for it to be credible that anything I want to happen there, could happen.

Edinburgh is also a beautiful city with a castle, a palace and a cathedral, wealthy homes, horrible slums, fine restaurants, fast food outlets and idiosyncratic pubs. It is home to an Olympic size pool, the National Rugby Team and two famous football teams. What more could I or my characters want?

(What more indeed! Makes me want to be there right now. I’ll just have to travel vicariously through Hunter’s Chase.)

About Val Penny

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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. Val has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and an MSc from Napier University.

Val has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Val’s first crime novel, Hunter’s Chase, will be published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. She is now writing the sequel, Hunter’s Revenge.

Val Penny has a smashing blog of her own here. You can follow Val on Twitter @valeriepenny and find her on Facebook.

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When Reality Fights Its Way Into Fiction: A Guest Post by Christine Webber with It’s Who We Are Giveaway

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I’m so pleased to be part of the launch celebrations for It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber, not least because I’m the same age as the characters in the book! I’m thrilled that not only do I have a guest post from Christine today, but she has kindly offered a paperback copy of It’s Who We Are to give away to a Linda’s Book Bag reader. To enter, see the details further down this blog post. I shal be posting my review of It’s Who We Are just as soon as I can as I hear fantastic things about it from other bloggers.

Published on 16th January 2018, It’s Who We Are is available for purchase here.

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Five friends in their fifties find themselves dealing with unforeseen upheaval as they uncover long-hidden and devastating family secrets.

Meanwhile, the world around them seems to be spinning out of control.

This is a novel about friendship, kindness and identity – and about how vital it is to reach for what enhances rather than depletes you.

When Reality Fights Its Way Into Fiction

A Guest Post by Christine Webber

I know I’m not alone in feeling more anxious, and less happy, about living in Britain than I did a few years ago. I look back on the golden days of the Olympic Games in 2012, and wonder where our outward-looking, integrated, innovative and highly-regarded nation went. Life feels very different now.

In early June 2016, a couple of weeks before the EU referendum, I published a novel which was essentially a romantic comedy for and about the over-50s. Just before that publication, I started writing a new book; something rather more complex. There were to be five main characters. A medical mystery. Family secrets that would have the potential to unsettle people’s views of their identities. And, of course, I was planning a generous helping of the sort of stuff I love – the ups and downs and paradoxes that characterise mid-life today.

That novel, It’s Who We Are, is published this week. And all the elements described above are in the story. But once the referendum result was known on June 24th, I found it impossible to write a contemporary novel that did not also feature the unprecedented turmoil we found ourselves in.

It’s absolutely right that authors should reflect political upheaval, but till then, I’d never considered that I might become one of those authors who do.

My characters, it turned out, had other ideas. Two of them, who ran their own businesses, were seriously concerned about the future of their staff as well as their companies – and their worries became fundamental to the plot. Also, though I had always planned to give one of my characters an Irish mother, in the light of the Brexit vote, I found myself making Ireland much more central to the story than I had anticipated. This required major re-structuring – but it was essential.

It’s Who We Are is therefore a very different novel from the one I’d intended writing. But the world has changed. And, in response to that, I’ve changed. So, the book had to change too.

(Hmm. I’ve never really thought about how contemporary events might affect both the writer and their writing Christine. Real food for thought here, thank you.)

About Christine Webber

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After a break of 29 years to write over a dozen non-fiction titles, Christine Webber returned to writing fiction in 2016. The result was a novel called Who’d Have Thought It? which is a romantic comedy about the change and challenges we encounter in mid-life.

Christine’s latest novel, It’s Who We Are, is about the turbulence of mid-life and the secrets in families that can force us to look at our own identities. It is also a book about the importance of friendship.

Christine is a former singer, TV presenter, agony aunt, columnist and Harley Street psychotherapist.

Nowadays she is focusing on fiction – though she still pops up on the radio from time to time.

You can follow Christine on Twitter @1chriswebber, visit her website and find her on Facebook.

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Giveaway: A paperback Copy of It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber

For your chance to win a paperback copy of It’s Who We Are by Christine Webber, click here.

Giveaway open to UK and Ireland only and closes at UK Midnight on Thursday 25th January 2018.

An Extract from The Bookworm by Mitch Silver

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I’m thrilled to be able to share an extract from The Bookworm by Mitch Silver today as I think it looks like a thriller I’m definitely going to enjoy.

The Bookworm will be published by Pegasus on 6th February 2018 and is available for pre-order here.

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Europe, 1940: It’s late summer and Belgium has been overrun by the German army. Posing as a friar, a British operative talks his way into the monastery at Villers-devant-Orval just before Nazi art thieves plan to sweep through the area and whisk everything of value back to Berlin. But the ersatz man of the cloth is no thief. Instead, that night he adds an old leather Bible to the monastery’s library and then escapes.

London, 2017: A construction worker operating a backhoe makes a grisly discovery―a skeletal arm-bone with a rusty handcuff attached to the wrist. Was this the site, as a BBC newsreader speculates, of “a long-forgotten prison, uncharted on any map?” One viewer knows better: it’s all that remains of a courier who died in a V-2 rocket attack. The woman who will put these two disparate events together―and understand the looming tragedy she must hurry to prevent―is Russian historian and former Soviet chess champion Larissa Mendelova Klimt, “Lara the Bookworm,” to her friends. She’s also experiencing some woeful marital troubles.

In the course of this riveting thriller, Lara will learn the significance of six musty Dictaphone cylinders recorded after D-Day by Noel Coward―actor, playwright and, secretly, a British agent reporting directly to Winston Churchill. She will understand precisely why that leather Bible, scooped up by the Nazis and deposited on the desk of Adolf Hitler days before he planned to attack Britain, played such a pivotal role in turning his guns to the East. And she will discover the new secret pact negotiated by the nefarious Russian president and his newly elected American counterpart―maverick and dealmaker―and the evil it portends.

Oh, and she’ll reconcile with her husband.

An Extract from The Bookworm

(Excerpted from The Bookworm by Mitch Silver, published by Pegasus Books. © Mitch Silver.  Reprinted with permission from the publisher. All other rights reserved. )

Chapter 1

Moscow, Russia

Monday

In a vast Stalin-era granite box several kilometers north of the capital’s outer ring road, Larissa Mendelova Klimt checked her cell phone one last time—nothing—before packing up the box for the return leg of her “daily commute.” Her routine never varied: pick up the yashchik in the morning, walk it along two rows of the Osobyi Arkhiv and then three rows over. Unlock the door to her carrel and set the box of old papers down on the desk. Turn on the light. Be seated. At night, pick up the box, lock up, and walk her burden back to its parking place with the other wartime files on the archive’s shelf.

She was feeling pretty good about herself. Other people went away for the summer, enjoyed the weather, swam at the seaside or in a lake, maybe. But Lara the Good Girl worked right here while Russia’s brief summer came and went. Unencumbered by her teaching load, she had waded through the captured Nazi documents in the box like an explorer. No, a cosmonaut—she was the Yuri Gagarin of academics, soaring through the unknown.

Take that day when she found two of the daily logs stuck together. Two not terribly significant days in May 1942, recorded down to the last, absurd detail by one of Hitler’s secretaries at the time, probably Johanna Wolf. Even as she carefully unstuck May 15 from May 16, she realized no Russian eyes had ever seen the page underneath; no Russian fingers had ever touched it. Of 150 million people, only Lara knew that Hitler had visited Wewelsburg to promote a cadre of SS officers at Himmler’s castle there before returning the same evening to Berlin by special train for a briefing on the Crimean offensive driving toward Baku. Okay, it was nothing special. Trivial, even. But it was all hers.

She knew what her friends called her: knižnyj červ. The “book- worm.” All they could see was the huge iron door of the Russian State Military Archive that closed behind her in the morning, never the enlightenment to be found within the heavily guarded Special, or Osobyi, section inside.

For the past eleven weeks, she had been doing exactly what she wanted to do. She spent nearly every waking minute plowing through the yellowed pages in this single box in the vast climate- controlled archive. Or else hunched over one of the preserved ’40s-era Dictaphone machines in the Listening Room twenty meters down the hall, as the voices of Hitler, Himmler, and Bormann dictated letters and summarized staff meetings on the hundreds of recordings liberated from the Führerbunker.

Even so, Lara had her reasons for being euphoric. She could tick off at least five of them on her fingers, starting with her thumb: with this last page, she had the whole dusty job of reading and translating behind her for another year. Index finger: she had her big definitive book, her Origins of the Great Patriotic War, all but written on the desk in front of her. Middle finger: Viktor was finally served with the divorce papers and she could move on with her life. Ring finger: Over the summer she had been named to fill the vacant chair in her department and would teach her initial class tomorrow as the country’s first full professor of geopolitical history. And pinkie: She had planned this summer’s work with her usual care, and had been rewarded by arriving at the last page of the Chronologies on September 8, the final allotted day. She had calculated it per- fectly, which just went to prove how weird the newly minted Lukoil Professor of Geohistory Larissa Mendelova Klimt—Lara to her friends—really was.

Still, as she gazed out the big, grimy window at the handful of people hurrying along the pedestrian walk of the Leningradskoye shosse on their way home and then down at the notes she’d tapped out on her iPad, she could feel the same old niggling doubt creeping back in. Is it worth it? Is this any way to spend a life, shutting yourself away in a musty archive?

Viktor certainly didn’t think so. One time she’d read him something she’d written and he’d given that little deprecating snort of his. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. What difference does it make?”

Was she divorcing Viktor because he was a no-good unfaithful bastard, or because she couldn’t bear to have him putting down her work? Did she surround herself with dead men talking because the actual live ones out there in the world were unknowable? From the time she’d been the tallest preteen in her srednyaya shkola in the closed city of Perm, Larissa had attracted the male gaze. But what, really, had they seen in her? Her nose was clearly too long, her teeth—though perfectly white and even—had a space in the middle, and her inky-black hair would never stay where she brushed it. Worse, out of her mouth would come what- ever she was thinking.

Lara returned her gaze to the single-spaced German record in front of her; she would read the last of the pages and deal with her life some other time. By now she knew Traudl Junge’s machine, the typewriter with the chipped apostrophe. Guess they couldn’t get new typewriters in the bunker by 1945.

And what was “A.H.” doing on April 21, the day after his birthday party and the last day of the Chronologies? Was he in the map room, planning to move up his nonexistent Southern Army to block the Russians at the gates to Berlin? No, he did that yesterday. Was he in the radio room, directing waves of nonexis- tent V-2s to wipe out the Red Army’s advance units (and most of the Berlin population)? He’d already tried that too.

Today he was playing with the Goebbels children. On other days, he’d show them Speer’s plans for the complete redesign of Linz, the Führer’s birthplace, into the new seat of Germanic culture. Today, though, he was back to playing with Tibet.

Fraulein Junge recorded it on the same onionskin paper she once used for councils of war: “1100 hrs. to 1215: A.H. again had us roll out the scale model of Lhasa to instruct the children on the beginnings of their race. How the gods had lived on the continent of Atlantis and how, when it succumbed to the Great Flood, they had moved to the lands of Thule and Ultima Thule far to the north. Then, when some of them had had carnal knowledge of mortal women, an elite priesthood of Nordics had taken refuge in another icy stronghold, in the Himalayas, and established their kingdom far beneath the surface of the earth.

“With that he delighted the children by lifting up the model’s mountains to reveal the magical city of the Aryans, the master race, as it had been recreated below. The little one, Heide, clapped her hands in joy as always.”

Lara shivered and let the flimsy paper drop from her hands. She knew that ten days later, her mother would crush cyanide capsules into the mouths of little Heide and her five brothers and sisters so they might all perish with the Führer.

Did Germany’s desire for lebensraum make the war inevitable? Or was it simply about one twisted, murderous man with unlimited power? One thing she did know: it was time to put the box back on the shelf and leave pure, unadulterated evil behind her for another year.

About Mitch Silver

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Mitch Silver is the author of the critically acclaimed In Secret Service (S&S). He an advertising agency creative director who lives in Rye, New York.

You can visit Mitch’s website for more details.

An Interview with L.J. Kane, Author of Snatch Girl

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I must begin this blog post with an abject apology to L. J. Kane, author of Snatch Girl. I completely forgot that we had conducted this interview and have been sitting on it for over two months. I think I was suffering from bamboozled blogger brain. However, I’m delighted to be rectifying the error and welcoming L. J. Kane to Linda’s Book Bag today.

Snatch Girl was published on 21st April 2017 and is available for purchase here.

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Girl missing: What if you’re with her all the way through to the end…if it ends…? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Snatched from her sadistic captor’s lair by his own getaway driver, eighteen-year-old student Ellie realises that she’s still kidnapped. As the enigmatic Darren Broderick drives off into the night with the terrified girl beside him, the sadistic Jon Braddon is not far behind.

Thrown together, on opposing sides, Darren and Ellie must stay one step ahead of Braddon’s twisted mind, and Ellie must resist Darren’s Aussie charms to the end. Darren Broderick needs the ransom, Braddon needs a victim. And he will fight to the death to get her back.

Warning: This book contains violent content, profanity, and sexually explicit scenarios.

An Interview with L. J. Kane

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, L.J. Thank you so much for agreeing to answer some questions on my blog about your writing and Snatch Girl in particular. Firstly, please could you tell me a little about yourself?

Hi. I’m L.J. Kane, the English author of Snatch Girl, the shocking, fast-paced, psychological suspense thriller novel released on 21st April 2017. I’m told that it’s not for the faint-hearted!

I live in the UK with my husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between us, we have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom I can derive lots of inspiration.

I love people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. I am having so much fun with my novels, and it’s because I’ve always believed in myself, that I have finally become an author, after 20 years procrastinating!

Why do you write?

I can’t imagine a life without writing. Stories fly around my head and I’m always thinking up characters and scenarios for thrillers. I enjoy the creative process so much, and I enjoy creating scary, nerve-wracking scenes.

(Oh. I think that sounds exhausting!)

When did you realise you were going to be a writer?

I was about 7 years old when my teacher said that my stories were advanced for my years, and that I was a “proper little author.” In my teenage years, my English teacher encouraged me to take my stories to the next level as I often turned the mundane “Turn this paragraph into a short story” brief into a mini thriller, complete with air crashes, and spies gunning each other down on rain-soaked hillsides!

(Hurrah for English teachers I say – well I did used to be one!)

Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?

The easiest aspect for me is character building. In Snatch Girl, Darren’s character was the easiest, closely followed by Ellie who just seemed to write herself onto the page. Braddon, the brutal, sadistic villain, was a little more difficult as he’s a savage character with evil on his mind, and that took a lot of effort because it’s painful to write about someone like that.

What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?

I’m a night owl so I write from about 9pm into the early hours, when my ‘muse’ wakes up! I edit in the daytime when I’m focused. I actually write lying on the sofa with my feet up, a wireless keyboard on my lap, and a huge all-in-one PC facing me on the coffee table! Lazy, I know, but so comfortable.

Snatch Girl is a psychological suspense thriller, how did you feel whilst you were writing it?

I wrote Snatch Girl in Deep Point of View, staying within poor Ellie’s head the whole way through the book. I felt Ellie’s every stab of fear, every emotion, and every footstep, right through to the end, so it was both thrilling and exhilarating. I felt so guilty dragging Ellie through those nightmare scenarios!

(That must have been quite an experience.)

I know you procrastinated for twenty years before writing Snatch Girl. What advice would you give to other aspiring writers, like me, who are currently procrastinating?

Believe you can write your book and focus on the end product in your mind: the paperback in your hands, the e-book on your device. Create music playlists for your characters and scenes, and then go for it. As my mom says, “While you’re thinking [about it], you could be doing [it]”.

Why did you choose to make Darren Australian?

It just totally fits his character, his sense of humour, and his macho side. Darren’s a complex character, the anti-hero/bad boy of the story, and he was so much fun to write!

Snatch Girl is very fast paced. How did you manage the plotting of your book? 

I initially wrote Snatch Girl as a ‘write and see’ type of novel but I had to reign it in quickly! I created several drafts, made copious typed and hand-written notes, used sticky notes, scribbled on serviettes – you name it, I made notes on it! I knew the storyline backwards, so it came together easily. In fact, I had so many ideas that I had to miss a few scenes out of the final book.

(Perhaps we’ll see some of them in the next book.)

If you could choose to be a character from Snatch Girl, who would you be and why? 

I think I’d be too terrified to be any of them! It was scary being inside Ellie’s head the whole time and experiencing the trauma of being the kidnap victim in a relentless living nightmare. I wouldn’t dare to be in Braddon’s head for a second…

If Snatch Girl became a film, who would you like to direct it?

I think the late Wes Craven would have been the perfect choice to bring Snatch Girl to the big screen, with his style showcasing the shocks and nail-biting suspense from beginning to end.

When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?

I love psychological thrillers and horror, anything that captures my vivid imagination. Stephen King is my favourite author but I’ll read any book where the cover and blurb intrigue me. I love movies too, the grittier the better.

If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that Snatch Girl should be their next read, what would you say? 

What if you’re with Ellie right through to the end? Will Ellie survive? Would you?

Thank you so much for your time in answering my questions L. J. and for being so patient whilst I got round to sharing them with blog readers. 

You’re very welcome. Thank you for having me!

About L. K. Kane

L J Kane

L.J. Kane loves people-watching, overhearing conversations on the bus, dreaming up exciting plots while waiting in traffic, and while walking the dogs. She is having so much fun with her novels, and it’s because she always believed in herself, that she has finally become an author after procrastinating for 20 years!

She lives with her husband who’s a great soundboard, full of encouragement, and great ideas. Between them, they have met many unusual characters over the years, people with extraordinary lives from whom she can derive lots of inspiration.

You can find out more by following L. J. on Twitter @L_J_KaneAuthor, visiting her blog or her website or visiting her Goodreads page.