Tuesday, 29 September 2020

All about The West End Girls by Elaine Roberts

All about The West End Girls by Elaine Roberts

I like to write about relationships, whether that’s family, friends, colleagues or enemies. I’m definitely a people watcher and relationships fascinate me, I hope that comes through in my writing. While I write historical novels I deal with modern issues that were definitely around in 1914. I don’t want to give too much away but I hope readers of all ages can relate to my characters because some things haven’t changed very much with time.

The West End Girls is a family saga set in 1914 London. It’s the first in my new series about friendship, family and wanting something that goes against what the family had planned for you since the day you were born. It’s the bravery of a young girl who fights to achieve her dream, turning her back on her father, who she adores. Her two friends, who each have their own problems, are by her side encouraging her to follow her dreams. Moving from a farm in a village near Worcester to London brings its own issues and in the beginning my main character, Annie, relies on her friendships for support. However, her innocence and the need to fulfil her dream does mean she inevitably puts her trust in the wrong people and she ignores her friends warnings along the way. Help soon comes from an unexpected source and a new friendship is forged.

In 1914 most women were second class citizens with no say in how their lives were going to be, they were expected to get married, have children and be a good wife. In some cases education was even difficult to come by. World War One changed everything for them, they were suddenly important to keep the country running while the men went off to fight. The First World War was an important turning point in how women were viewed going forward.

My writing is gradually taking on many twists and turns and I hope my readers enjoy it.

Bio:

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until circumstances made her re-evaluate her life, and she picked up her dream again in 2010. She joined a creative writing class, The Write Place, in 2012 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. She was thrilled when many more followed and started to believe in herself.

As a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Women Writers & Journalists, Elaine attends many conferences, workshops, seminars and wonderful parties. Meeting other writers gives her encouragement, finding most face similar problems.

Elaine and her late husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting. Without her wonderful family and supportive friends, she knows the dream would never have been realised.

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Website:    http://www.elaineroberts.co.uk

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Monday, 28 September 2020

Digging Deeper with Evonne Wareham

Digging Deeper with Evonne Wareham

Many thanks to Lorraine for inviting me onto her blog to talk about my latest book,  A Wedding on the Riviera, and to dig a little deeper into my characters for you.

I write in the genre romantic suspense, which means that you get a fully fledged love story along with the crime and dead bodies. Both sides have to be balanced, so the outcomes are equally satisfying in romance or mayhem, but all that I write is escapism, pure and simple. As you might guess from the title and cover, A Wedding on the Riviera is at the lighter end of the romantic suspense spectrum, although I do write at the grittier end as well. 

This book centres on a group of friends setting up a sting to catch a runaway groom - a con man who leaves successive brides at the altar, absconding with a lot of money. The book has its dark moments - the con itself is devastating for the women involved, and the ending... Well I mustn’t give too much away. 

In contrast, I had a great deal of fun researching and creating the wedding to end all weddings, at a glitzy villa in the South of France. That was the lure to bait the sting, and I got to indulge my love of glamour and sunshine.  

Did I mention I like to write escapism? Alongside the crime thread, my heroine and hero, Nadine and Ryan, have baggage and barriers to overcome before they get to their happy ending. And there does have to be a happy ending. For me, that’s a given.

My con man villain, Thackeray, talking about my hero, Ryan

Let’s face it – the man is a loser. An actor – which means out of work most of the time. Good looking, if you like the big brute, long haired, forgot to shave look – and I know some women do - but basically, he’s just a lout. He met Nadine through the dating agency where she met me and he’s still hanging around, although she’s with me now. How he afforded the fees I don’t know. He has to be looking to hit on a woman with money. I have to say he needs to smarten up his act if that’s his plan. I should know. You need a certain style... He really isn’t any kind of a threat. I’ve told Nadine what he must really be up to, and she understands. She already relies on me. I like a woman who listens.

Ryan on Thackeray

Smooth – that’s John Thackeray. Everything about him is designed to impress – clothes, grooming, car. All tasteful, well chosen and expensive – and none of it paid for. He has got style – I’ll give him that. He’s the sort of guy a successful woman like Nadine should be with – if any of it was real. It’s job of work to him, convincing a woman the he’s the man of her dreams. He does it well, but it’s all a facade. Underneath he’s just a manipulative thief. Nadine knows that. She’s not going to be convinced by anything he does, but that doesn’t mean she won’t see the contrast between us. He thinks I’m a lout, I know that too. When he saw me, I was playing a part, and he didn’t recognise me from before. That was a good thing, but the contrast is real. It’s still there. Will Nadine remember that, when this is over?

Casting hero and heroine

I know a lot of authors mentally cast their characters when they are writing, but it’s not something that I usually do. In this case, when the first draft for A Wedding on the Riviera was  finished, which was some time ago, I was walking through the cosmetic hall of a big department store and saw posters on the Lancôme counter advertising their Tresor perfume, with Penelope Cruz and Noah Mills – and they were a perfect image for Nadine and Ryan.

Disposing of a body

I’ve never actually concealed a body. All my deaths so far have been visible – including one involving an express train out of Paddington station. As I am an academic as well as a writer, I have always thought that those individual desks - carrels - in a library or archive had distinct possibilities. Late at night, low lighting, the body propped up in its seat...

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Bio

Evonne is an award winning Welsh author of romantic suspense - more crime and dead bodies than your average romance. She likes to set her book in her native Wales, or for a touch of glamorous escapism, in favourite holiday destinations in Europe. She is a Doctor of Philosophy and an historian, and a member of both the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association.

Twitter  https://twitter.com/evonnewareham

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/evonnewarehamauthor/

Website  www.evonnewareham.com

Blog  www.evonneonwednesday.blogspot.com

Book Description

A return to the Riviera on the trail of a runaway groom ...

When out-of-work actor Ryan Calder attends a wedding as the plus-one of successful businesswoman, Nadine Wells, he doesn’t expect to get in a scuffle with the groom.
But Ryan has a good reason. He recognises the groom from another wedding where the same man made a quick getaway, taking the wedding money and leaving a heartbroken bride in his wake. It seems he's struck again, and Nadine's poor friend is the target.
Ryan and Nadine decide they can’t let it happen to another woman, so with a group of friends they hatch a plan that will take them to the French Riviera, hot on the heels of the crooked groom. But could their scheme to bring him to justice also succeed in bringing them closer together?

 Buy links for A Wedding on the Riviera

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3mYZKRC

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-wedding-on-the-riviera

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/a-wedding-on-the-riviera/id1527067169?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&at=11lNBs

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-wedding-on-the-riviera-evonne-wareham/1137460211?ean=2940162842545

 

 

 

 

 



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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Interview with Jordan Bell

Welcome to Jordan Bell's interview.


What genre would you say your novels fall into, or do they defy classification?

I write nonfiction books about science for kids in the 7-11 yr age bracket - the so-called “middle grades”. These are the kind of books that have short chapters and illustrations, but still deal with complex ideas. Putting “grown up science” in a story format means the ideas are easier for kids to take in and remember. 

What made you choose that genre?

I deeply believe that we need a scientifically aware and well educated citizenry to face the challenges of the future. I want to make sure that parents have the tools to help their children learn about important aspects of science, and that curious kids can self-educate in these areas if they are drawn to this field. 

How long does it take you to write a book?

I think in terms of actual writing, I am quite efficient, in that I can turn out 500-1000 words in a two-hour writing session; but because I’m balancing writing with a full-time job and parenting, I don’t get to spend as many hours writing as I’d like to! 

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I tend to take a couple of hours in the afternoon on the weekend; I’ll review where I left off and then start my next section. I’m a plotter, not a “pantser” so most of my next steps are pretty well mapped out. Although sometimes, something I think I can write about in one chapter, will end up taking me three chapters to accomplish! So my current work in progress draft is numbered Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3a, 3b, 3c, Chapter 4, Chapter 5a, 5b, Chapter 6, Chapter 7. I’ll fix these up in the next draft of course! 

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

I periodically take up a visual art or craft form - in the past it’s been painting, papercraft, sewing, and my current hobby is embroidery. It’s a great form of relaxation to have something practical to focus on, and I love creating something tangible when most of my creative expression is otherwise so cerebral. I’ve gone slightly down the rabbit hole of modern cross-stitch lately, and there are some really great patterns out there. I’m currently cross-stitching a Stag head in silhouette, to donate to a charity auction raising money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

As a child I loved to write and illustrate my own stories into little books. And I’ve written a lot of short stories and poetry through my life. 

But my first real book, Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution, was initially drafted in 2011-12, and then spent a long time hanging out on my hard drive after my daughter was born in 2013. Then in 2018 when my daughter started school, I got serious about doing something with it, and went through a crowd-funding and self-publishing journey to bring it to the world. 


What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love music (lately I’ve been obsessed with the Hamilton musical); I enjoy going walking in the fields near my house; and I used to love meeting friends in cafés, but COVID has put a bit of a stop to that lately! 

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

In researching my current work in progress, I was really shocked by how many powerful carbon dioxide mitigation strategies already exist and are ready to be rolled out at scale. We could be doing so much more than we are. 

How many books have you written?

I published the first in my series of children’s books about STEM topics, Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution in September last year. I’m currently working on the sequel, Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Climate Change

Do you Google yourself? What did you find that affected you most (good or bad)?

Weirdly, I share my name not just with a pro basketballer but also with another author (who writes “curvy romance” - quite different from my genre of children’s STEM!) If you google just my name it’s wall-to-wall basketball, but if you add “writer”, I come up as the fourth result, with a very nice article about my book in the main city newspaper from my state. So mostly, if I google myself it’s not too bad. 

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I loved writing and baking, so I could never decide between being an author and a chef. Adults used to suggest I split the difference and write recipe books, which I found really annoying at the time! 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have on your computer?

Just my current work-in-progress, which is 75% done, and the outlines for the next two books in the series. 

Bio and links:

Jordan Bell is a psychologist and educator with a passion for helping children and parents learn about science. As a parent to a curious primary-schooler who always wants to understand the “why?” of life, Jordan balances her knowledge of children’s developmental capabilities, with a practical lived experience of putting “grown up science” into words that little brains can understand.

Aunt Jodie's Guide to Evolution clearly outlines the science of evolution, in a child-friendly way. It makes an excellent gift option for adults wanting to help inspire a love of science in children aged 7-11yrs.

Not just another boring bedtime story, this science adventure into the ancient past makes learning about the basics of evolution fun and engaging, and uses words and concepts that are right for kids in middle and upper primary school. For anyone new to science, Aunt Jodie's Guides also include an easy-to-read glossary, explaining the scientific terms used in the book and how to pronounce them.

Aunt Jodie’s Guide to Evolution is available at www.gumroad.com/jordanbell 

 

Website: www.auntjodiesguide.com

Twitter: @AuntJodiesGuide

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuntJodiesGuides

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Digging Deeper with Jenny O’Brien

Darkest Night by Jenny O’Brien


Darkest Night is the second in my Welsh-set crime series featuring second-generation Italian detective, Gaby Darin.

 

About Darkest Night

Christine De Bertrand wakes up to her worst nightmare: rather than the man she went to bed with, lying beside her is her housemate, Nikki – dead. With no memory of the night before, Christine can’t explain what happened, and the police are baffled.


For DC Gaby Darin, newly arrived from Swansea after her last case ended in tragedy, it’s a mystery she’s determined to solve. When another woman goes missing, Gaby faces a race against time to uncover the link between the two victims and find the man who vanished from Christine’s bedroom. But as Gaby gets close, the killer gets closer – and soon one of Gaby’s own team is in unimaginable danger…


Two short passages where each describes the characteristics of the other – good and bad

DC Gabriella Darin was annoyed at the persistent ringing of her doorbell. She’d switched off her phone the night before and, after a long luxurious bath filled to the brim with her favourite bath oil, she’d towelled and plaited her hair before climbing into bed with her Kindle and a plate of rice cakes in preparation for the lie-in she’d planned – her first in ages. The rice cakes were the only discordant note in her ideal evening, that and the lack of a man to share both her bath and her bed. But her life was a work in progress. After being forced out of her last job for nearly causing the death of a civilian, she was determined to focus on her career before tackling any of the other issues.

The sound of a key turning in the lock had her stepping forward, a weak smile on her lips at the kindness of the tall, handsome man pulling the door open and gesturing for her to follow.

 

Who would you choose to play each of them in a film or TV series?


An interesting question and one I find impossible to answer.


For Gaby Darin it needs to be someone who isn’t too glamorous, someone normal looking if there is such a thing. A cross between a young Judi Dench with the colouring of Nigella Lawson.


It’s even more difficult to choose a baddie! Maybe someone like Jason O’Mara

 

What is the weirdest disposal of a body in any of your books?


The use of a junior hacksaw to do what junior hacksaws were never intended to do.


Jenny O’Brien social media accounts


Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

Website: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/



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Friday, 18 September 2020

Friday Fiction Feature: The Lost Blackbird

This week’s Friday Fiction Feature is The Lost Blackbird by Liza Perrat.

Several years ago, whilst watching the film Oranges & Sunshine, I was horrified to learn of the child-migrant scandal that occurred during the latter part of the 20th century.

I found it hard to believe that 150,000 children had been shipped from British children’s homes to a “new life” in distant parts of the Empire.

Fallen on hard times, thousands of British parents signed over legal guardianship of their children, who were shipped away to solve the problem of child poverty and to populate the colonies. Some parents were not even consulted, their children being shipped across the world without even their knowledge.

Supposedly going to a better life, these children –– some as young as three-years-old –– suffered terrible physical, mental and physical abuse.

The Lost Blackbird is a work of historical fiction but it does reflect the true, harsh reality of this shameful perversion of justice. And, through my fictional characters and storytelling, I hope to make readers more aware of how much these children, and their families, suffered.

But why a blackbird, you might ask?

As is often the case when I start writing a novel, I didn’t have a suitable title. I wanted a bird to feature, to harmonise with my other 1970s Australian stories: The Silent Kookaburra  and The Swooping Magpie (currently under revision).

When a fellow author pointed out the term “blackbirding”, I immediately saw its significance in relation to my story. “Blackbirding” describes the practice dating back to the1860s, when thousands of Pacific Islanders were taken to Australia to work on plantations, often by force or trickery. 

While not technically slaves, the wages paid were well below what European workers earned.

And when a beta reader mentioned that blackbirds are not native birds to Australia, but were introduced by UK workers to remind them of “home”, I knew I’d found my perfect title.

LIZA BIO:

Liza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for twenty-seven years, where she works as a part-time medical translator and a novelist.

She is the author of the French historical The Bone Angel series:

Three French village midwife-healers. Three stories spanning six hundred years. Three women linked by an ancient bone talisman and bonded by living through turbulent times: the Black Death, the French Revolution, the WWII Nazi Occupation. Each brings its own threats and dangers, in this boxset of historical novels based on real event https://www.books2read.com/u/4AYXWN.

Each story can be read as a standalone.

Spirit of Lost Angels https://www.books2read.com/u/49D5JY

Wolfsangel https://www.books2read.com/u/bxZPlk

Blood Rose Angel https://www.books2read.com/u/3nYylx

The first book in Liza’s Australian series, The Silent Kookaburra https://www.books2read.com/u/4EyaqO is a domestic noir, psychological suspense set in 1970s Australia.

The second in the series, The Swooping Magpie is currently under revision.

Get your copy of The Lost Blackbird E-book: mybook.to/TheLostBlackbird

Read The Lost Blackbird for free if you have Kindle Unlimited.

The Paperback version will be available shortly.

Sign up for new book releases and receive a FREE copy of Friends & Other Strangers, Liza’s award-winning collection of Australian short stories.

If you enjoy Liza’s books, follow her on BOOKBUBhttps://www.bookbub.com/authors/liza-perrat

WEBSITE: http://www.lizaperrat.com/

BLOG: http://lizaperrat.blogspot.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Liza-Perrat-232382930192297

TWITTER: @LizaPerrat

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Interview with Karen Winters Schwartz

Today I am delighted to host Karen Winters Schwartz answering questions on her writing life.


What genre would you say your novels fall into, or do they defy classification?

I like to say my books are character-driven fiction that defy classification. If I had to be more specific, they would fall into the genre of Literary Fiction. The publisher of my newest novel, Legend of the Lost Ass, has also classified it as Action & Adventure and Historical Fiction.

What made you choose that genre?


I don’t really choose genres. My novels always start out with a basic idea; I start writing and the characters take over. For instance The Chocolate Debacle was an idea that I pilfered when I was at a book signing for Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?. As I signed a book for one of my readers, she said, “I've always wanted to write a book about parents whose son is arrested for murder. They become their own detectives, try to clear their son and find the real murderer.” 


I suggested we write it together, but she never followed up on my emails. So I wrote The Chocolate Debacle that turned out to be a Cozy Mystery.

For Legend of the Lost Ass the story idea came to me when I randomly wondered one day: Could a missent text change someone’s life? That basic concept led to throwing a group of engaging—but slightly off-beat—characters into crazy circumstances and a novel that spans nearly 70 years and four countries was born.

How long does it take you to write a book?

As I’ve matured as a writer it has taken me longer and longer to finish writing a book. Part of this is due to the fact that once you get a book published there’s a certain amount of writing time that gets sucked up with marketing. The first draft of my first published novel Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? took me only six months to complete. My present manuscript, about a young girl growing up on a dairy farm in the late 70s, is only about one third complete and I’ve been working on it for over two years!  


What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

I write a sentence before getting up for more coffee. After returning to the computer, I reread prior sentence only to realize the bathroom is calling to me. Once back at my computer, rather than rereading prior sentence, I answer a few texts and emails, followed by checking all my social media sites. I write another sentence (maybe) before noticing my coffee needs reheating in the microwave. With hot coffee nearby, I start to write another sentence but come to find it needs a little research. The next hour is sucked up with googling something like “hair ties in the 60s.” At the end of the day—filled up on coffee and Google wisdom—I’m very happy if I’ve written 500 excellent words!

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know.

I used to raise poison dart frogs in those little plastic drawer units. Each drawer had the potential frogs at various stages of development. I made over $1000 selling froglets to a local pet store in Syracuse, NY.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I wrote my first book while I was in my late thirties. It was inspired by a dream. I woke up and thought, Wow. That was intense. I need to write that story! That dream eventually became my second published novel, Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to garden. We’ve recently moved from Central New York to southern AZ. I’m learning a whole new way to garden, 365 days of the year! When COVID began, I was determined to live off the land. Turned out not to be so easy unless I’m willing to eat kale, kale and more kale! Riding my two rescue horses in the desert is amazing, as well as hiking. I also greatly enjoy traveling but that’s on hold with the way things are right now.


What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I think the most surprising thing is that I do not have total control over the story, or even which characters turn out to be main players. If I write a bit of dialogue or a scene that my characters don’t care for, they let me know! Character-driven fiction is magical in that sense.

How many books have you written?

I’ve completed six novels. Four of them have been published. One should never make it out of my closet. The other completed manuscript is a beautiful, poignant story set in Belize that I hope will be next up for publication. 

Do you Google yourself? What did you find that affected you most (good or bad)?

Sure I do! What affected me the most is that old picture of me where my hair is cut super short. Who cut it that short and why?

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

When I was  about seven I helped myself to a batch of lemonade my mother had in the kitchen while hosting bridge club. I then went out on my bike and had a wonderful time. My mom freaked because it turned out it wasn’t lemonade. It was a batch of margarita! So for a long time, I wanted to be an alcoholic when I grew up.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have on your computer?

Hmm. Four, I think, if you include the one that I wrote so long ago that it’s literally hand-written on a dusty stack of paper in a closet somewhere.

Social media links: 

Website: http://www.karenwintersschwartz.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/authorkarenwintersschwartz

Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorKWS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4400841 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Winters-Schwartz/e/B00470X8YY/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/karen-winters-schwartz

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaws57/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_kaws_/?hl=en

BIO:

Karen Winters Schwartz wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years.

Her widely praised novels include WHERE ARE THE COCOA PUFFS?, 2010; REIS’S PIECES, 2012; and THE CHOCOLATE DEBACLE, 2014 (Goodman Beck Publishing). Her new novel, LEGEND OF THE LOST ASS, was released by Red Adept Publishing on July 21, 2020.

Educated at The Ohio State University, Karen and her husband moved to the Central New York Finger Lakes region where they raised two daughters and shared a career in optometry. She now splits her time between Arizona, a small village in Belize, and traveling the earth in search of the many creatures with whom she has the honor of sharing this world. This is her second year as a Rising Star judge.

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Monday, 14 September 2020

Digging Deeper with Damyanti Biswas

Digging Deeper into You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

You Beneath Your Skin starts with Anjali Morgan, one of the protagonists, losing her autistic teenaged son at a shopping mall in cold, smoggy New Delhi. We’re soon introduced to her complex life. The fact that she’s carrying on a clandestine affair with the much-married brother of her best friend, Jatin, who is a police commissioner. Her struggles as a parent, and as a psychologist in New Delhi. And then, the chilling serial killings.

Slum women are found naked, stuffed into trash-bags, their faces disfigured with acid, making them very difficult to identify. Anjali begins to help Jatin with the case, given that he doesn’t want to involve a forensic psychologist for reasons of his own.

In some ways, besides being a crime novel, this is Anjali and Jatin’s love story. In another, it is a story about parenting—each of them with their sons—in modern, urban India.

When a horrific incident upends their lives, Jatin and Anjali must stand by each other despite the odds and their conflicting realities.

How did you come up with the idea?

You Beneath Your Skin  started with Anjali Morgan. She began to haunt my writing exercises, and then my dreams in 2011. She’s American, an outsider to New Delhi, despite having lived in the city for twelve years, and I began asking questions about her.

What does she long for? What is she afraid of? What does she value the most? What if it is taken away from her? Who is this man she’s sleeping with? What does she think of that relationship? What’s her equation with her autistic son like? How does she look at the city she has adopted?

The cast of characters began to take shape, after which the story came in, and then the culprit. It turned into a whydunit, and I hope everyone gets as much out of reading as I did writing it!

Blurb: You Beneath Your Skin 

Lies. Ambition. Family.

It’s a dark, smog-choked New  Delhi winter. Indian American single mother Anjali Morgan juggles her  job as a psychiatrist with caring for her autistic teenage son. She is  in a long-standing affair with ambitious Police Commissioner Jatin Bhatt  – an irresistible attraction that could destroy both their lives. 

Jatin’s  home life is falling apart: his handsome and charming son is not all he  appears to be, and his wife has too much on her plate to pay attention  to either husband or son. But Jatin refuses to listen to anyone, not  even the sister to whom he is deeply attached.

Across  the city there is a crime spree: slum women found stuffed in trash bags,  faces and bodies disfigured by acid. And as events spiral out of  control Anjali is horrifyingly at the centre of it all.

In a sordid world of poverty, misogyny, and political corruption, Jatin  must make some hard choices. But what he unearths is only the tip of the  iceberg. Together with Anjali he must confront old wounds and uncover  long-held secrets before it is too late.

Bio: Damyanti Biswas lives in Singapore, and works with Delhi's underprivileged children as part of Project Why, a charity that promotes education and social enhancement in underprivileged communities. Her short stories have been published in magazines in the US, UK, and Asia, and she helps edit the Forge Literary Magazine. Her debut crime novel You Beneath Your Skin has been optioned for screen by Endemol Shine.

Amazon buy link: You Beneath Your Skin 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/damyantig/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DamyantiWrites/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/damyantig/


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