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Aug 12, 2015

What I'm reading right now

Ghost stories, lots of them. For Halloween this year. Collections put together and contributed to by Audrey Niffenegger (Time Traveller's Wife) and John Connolly (Charlie Parker). Ghostly tales by Poe, MR James, Niffenegger herself, Neil Gaiman and many, many more, guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine. Both these collections, Ghostly and Night Music Nocturnes Vol II will be out just in time for Halloween. Boo!

I don't normally read bios, but

Browsing through the arcs the other day I came across, You're Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day. Yes, that Felicia Day, the internet phenom. This is a great bio to give any kid who feels they haven't found their niche in life. Newsflash, you can create your own niche, that's what Felicia has done and in her quirky voice she tells you all about it. Imagine having coffee with your quirky best friend and you'll get the tone of this bio, it came out yesterday go pick one up.

Here is the review;

Felicia Day is a homeschooled, self admitted odd duck she credits not having her weirdness 'schooled' out of her as one of the reasons for her success.

Day is smart, super smart (she holds degrees in Physics and Maths, she got into UT on a music scholarship) but she never felt she fitted in anywhere. Day discovered computer games when you still had to type in commands and your gender wasn't an issue.

In 2006, as a jobbing actress  she wrote, financed, helped film and starred in web series 'The Guild'
(at the time, Kickstarter was still on the drawing board and all did Netflix was rent discs by mail). The Guild ran for six seasons, not bad for something that started on a shoestring budget.

Felicia's stories about being recognized on the street (or not and she's okay with that), being caught tweeting during a Comic Con panel for Dr Horrible's Singalong Blog (she was on the panel not in the audience!), her addiction to World of Warcraft and how when  the whole 'success' thing hit it almost buried her. Felicia is a great example of what you can do if you don't follow the rules and ignore the people who tell you that you can't do something because it doesn't fit the system or their established ideas of 'how things are done'.

Jul 31, 2015

If you like Jo Nesbo

And oh do I, those Scandinavian's know how to put readers on the edge of their seats. The name Kristina Ohlsson may already be familiar to you. I on the other hand just discovered her. Ohlsson's newest book, Hostage is published in November set in Sweden, the US and at 35.000 ft. The complex plot weaves together themes of terrorism, international espionage, and family with pace, skill and plenty of insider knowledge. Unwanted, Ohlsson's first book featuring analyst Fredrika Bergman is now on my to read list.

Jul 2, 2015

If you're looking to see what's new for July

Head on over to the website, as sometimes happens in this game, I only reviewed a couple of books coming in July. They are crackers so I'll do video reviews for both of them.

I've got two on the go at the moment, 'Crack99' by David Locke Hall . True crime, that reads like a thriller and Simon Toyne's 'The Searcher' (called Solomon Creed in UK, don't get why they changed the title.)

Jun 29, 2015

Brutality, Ingrid Thoft

Fina Ludlow the shoot-from-the-lip Boston PI is back. Bostonians are suffering in the grip of a brutally cold winter but someone slogged through it to attack soccer mom Liz Barone in her own kitchen. Liz is on life support and her mom, Bobbi hires Fina to track down the culprit; working alongside the police.

Lieutenant Pitney isn’t thrilled to have Fina poking around in Boston PD’s investigation and Fina isn’t thrilled that Detective Menendez is single again. 

Fina has a number of suspects including Liz’s husband, her former team mates, and her employer NEU. Liz played soccer for NEU and she was encouraged to play through injuries and concussions which have left her with cognitive difficulties and Liz was in the process of filing a lawsuit against the University. She also worked at a research lab on campus. 

Fina doesn’t just have problems with the case, her friend Risa’s long lost aunt is pressuring Risa for one of her kidneys and Risa is having second thoughts about donating and the Ludlows, two in particular, have designs on Fina’s niece Haley. Rand wants his daughter to visit him and his new girlfriend in Miami and Fina’s domineering mother is insisting that Haley go. Fina’s going to have to stamp on some toes to protect Haley and this time her actions may just blow up in her face.

Jun 11, 2015

Book Deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes there are a lot of exclamation marks in the title and you would need a whole lot more to even come close to how thrilled I am that my amazing agent Judy has brokered a deal with Riverdale Avenue Books' Dagger imprint for three Nikki Doyle titles. We signed on the dotted line this week.

Way back when I was thinking of self pubbing, I got a Kirkus review done, bearing in mind that this was for a (allegedly) finished ms and we cut some storylines before arriving at a final final draft (like the graveside scene and the bad blood angle) it gives a pretty good flavour of Rollover.

For all the up to date news on publication, including dates, readings and all things Rollover head on over to FaceBook and  'friend' me or leave a comment with your email address and I will start compiling a mailing list (purely book related)

Here is the link to the Kirkus review if you want to check out my review on their site.









Jun 8, 2015

New for June

This month's crop includes, a new thriller by Jenny Milchman, the sophomore book from SJ Watson and a brand new debut with books, librarians, magic and circus folk from Erica Swyler. For the latest video reviews head back to the website and check out 'Live from the Arc Pile'
#5 Marry Kiss Kill and #6 Down Among the Dead Men coming soon