A strange chain of events

Mystery and suspense novels in the making …. much of what we write as fiction comes filtered through from real life, historical fact ….does this mean Life itself is Copyrighted? I should hope not !


Sunflower by Holland House author Cass McMain going on Tour

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“A story of small things and profound truths”

This summer Cass McMain’s debut novel Sunflower, published by Holland House Books, will be coming to a blog near you …

Starting with the following :

 Books Direct Online under New Releases

(Interview coming soon)

BooksRUsOnline on the 14th

 A.F.Stewart’s Blog on the 15th

 Flora Bateman’s BootHeelCottonPatch Blog on the 17th

 ImagineerEbooks on the 24th

Captive Press on the 29th 

 ‘If it was a painting it would undoubtedly be in the impressionist style – or some midway point between pointillism and the obsessive twisting strokes of Van Gogh. There is a rhythm and a repetition, an extraordinary care with each word, each sentence, each punctuation mark, but it is true art, for one is never aware of the effort nor of the innate skill.

…  A story of small things and profound truths’

Robert Peett , Editor, Holland House Books

The Tour will be updated as we go along – meanwhile, if you are a blogger about books and want to host Cass on your blog with an author interview, character interview, an excerpt, review or other , feel free to  tweet  @AuthorsAnon), or contact Holland House directly via Twitter @HhouseBooks or  www.hhousebooks.com

Come and join in! Tweet, blog, share on FB,G+,Pinterest  – and  most of all, read the book!


Greenwood Tree by Bustles Lloyd

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greenwoodI suggest you open this mystery novel the way you open a beautifully wrapped gift: with heightened perceptions and the tiniest bit of doubt.  What if it’s not my size?  Most mysteries (correct me if I’m wrong) are not stylized, legend-inspired stories that have bigamous murders occurring two centuries apart.

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Meet the Author: Ewan Gault

Susan Finlay Writes

Ewan Gault

I’d like to introduce you to the fifty-sixth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. He is Ewan Gault.

Hi, Ewan! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Hi Susan, I’ve enjoyed reading your series of interviews, so thanks for having me. I’ve always loved writing, but only started taking it seriously when preparing a folio to get on a Creative Writing Masters course. I got on the course, but couldn’t really afford to do it so went to work in Japan for a year. I had lots of spare time over there and I guess it was then that I really got the writing habit.

Your literary novel, The Most Distant Way, will be published in September/October 2013, by Holland House Books. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

The Most Distant…

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Book Launch: My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreher

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two teens.
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Guest Post From Robert Peett of Holland House Books: A Review of Sunflower

Susan Finlay Writes

Robert Peett, the founder of Holland House Books and Grey Cells Press shares his review of the literary novel, Sunflower. The book, written by Author Cass McMain, will be released tomorrow.

My personal review of Sunflower, also posted on the website:

I was pointed in the direction of ‘Sunflower’ by a friend who had seen it on a writing forum. Within a couple of pages I was sure that this was worth reading, and approached Cass through the mutual friend. She duly sent me the manuscript, apparently a little surprised at my interest.

I realised then how long it was – 140,000 words, a real epic. Too long, according to conventional wisdom – surely too long unless it contained suitably epic events and huge cast of characters.

One Saturday late morning I opened the Word document and, seated at my desk, began reading. I read straight through…

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