Latest news from author, Val Penny.

Today it’s my pleasure to take part in Val’s book tour and I can’t wait to tell you more about her new book. If you haven’t read any of Val’s books, she writes wonderful crime novels that keep you turning page after page. Find out more about Hunter’s Blood, the latest in her Edinburgh Crime Mystery Series. 

Hunter’s Blood

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

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Author Bio

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. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She 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. Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter’s Secret, follows shortly.

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Don’t miss the rest of val’s tour. 

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Giveaway to Win a .mobi or PDF of Hunter’s Blood  by Val Penny (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopterlink below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Back into the writing groove.

AuthorsAt Tweet, by Lizzie Chantree

Happy 2020 everyone. How are you? I haven’t posted here for a while as my writing and marketing schedule was a little hectic at the tail end of 2019 and I was trying to juggle it all.  I did work over the festive season, but took a few days off and it has really recharged my energy and I’ve almost finished the first draft of a new book! All five of my published books were in various bestsellers lists again on New Year’s Eve, so I was literally bouncing around that day.

I’m also hosting a multi-author book signing in February, which I’m very excited about, but it takes a lot of planning. I am getting there and so far we have 26 authors, a MARVEL artist, editing professionals, writing mentors, a cover design company, local libraries, creative groups, a Show Choir singing movie theme tunes, a magician doing slight of hand and book themed tricks and a bar! It’s a free event for guests to join us for, so I’m hoping the local community get behind it and enjoy the wealth of creativity in Essex. We are supported by the local council, who are running a seminar before the signing (I’m a speaker and I’m quaking in my boots) and we also have a writing workshop by an amazing local and bestselling Harlequin author, Virginia Heath.

I’ve got two other speaking seminars in the early months of this year too. One is for a Women’s Group and one for The Essex Book festival at Chelmsford Library. The Essex Book Festival seminar, is Social Networking for Writers. I’ll be chatting about how writers can create networks for their creativity and offer ideas to expand their reader base. Come along if you are in the area. Tickets via Chelmsford Library. Essex. I’ll be putting the event links up on my website soon.

I hope you have all had an amazing start to the year and that 2020 is full of smiles.

From Lizzie.



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Introducing Lorraine Mace.

It’s a real pleasure to introduce you to a talented writer that I met in Spain recently. I was lucky enough to have lunch with lorraine and some other writer friends and I’m excited to share her work with you today!


Meet Lorraine:

Thank you so much, Lizzie, for inviting me onto your blog today. I am delighted to be able to tell your readers a little about me. I write what has been labelled crime at its darkest, which means I delve into the very depths of what humans can do to each other. However, the reaction I get most often when I meet readers is shock because (apparently) I look far too sweet and innocent to be able to write such dark material. Huh, tell that to my partner and children!

My novels are based in the UK, but set in a fictional town in the East Midlands, not far from Rutland Water. D.I. Paolo Storey is a decent man whose private life is a shambles, but whose work ethic is incredibly strong. He wants justice for victims and rages against a society that panders more to criminals than those who suffer as a result of their acts.

My books cover difficult topics. They are not for the faint of heart, but every reader, bar one, so far has given me fabulous reviews stating that I have never used violence or sex in a gratuitous manner. The lone dissenting voice (which was a one star beauty) said this: “I really cannot understand the great reviews for this book. It is just full of nasty aggressive people, and gratuitous violence. I read to go into a world of mystery and intrigue and I do not expect to be catapulted into the arena of blow by blow descriptions of utter violence.” Interestingly, it wasn’t a verified purchase, so I leave you to make up your own minds.

Thank you for allowing me this opportunity to chat to your readers, Lizzie.

Book links:

Retriever of Souls:

Children in Chains:

Injections of Insanity:


Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol in Spain. She lives with her partner in a traditional Spanish village inland from the coast and enjoys sampling the regional dishes and ever-changing tapas in the local bars. Her knowledge of Spanish is expanding. To stop her waistline from doing the same, she runs five times a week.

When not working on her D.I. Sterling series of crime novels, Lorraine is engaged in many writing-related activities. She is a columnist for both Writing MagazineandWriters’ Forumand is head judge for Writers’ Forummonthly fiction competitions. A tutor for Writers Bureau, she also runs her own private critique and author mentoring service. She is co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of THE WRITER’S ABC CHECKLIST (Accent Press). Other books include children’s novel VLAD THE INHALER – HERO IN THE MAKING, and NOTES FROM THE MARGIN, a compilation of her Writing Magazinehumour column.

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Free books!

Hello everyone. Happy weekend. My publisher is having a free weekend book extravaganza and two of my ebooks are #Free today and tomorrow. If you enjoy romance reads full of sizzle and smiles, grab your copies today.

Ninja School Mum                                                  If you love me, I’m yours

Customer reviews: 

Ninja School Mum.

‘A cleverly executed story set against the beguiling backdrop of cliquey school mums. Unique characters. I just loved this book.’

‘As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues…’

If you love me, I’m yours.

‘Rarely has a book held my heart in it’s hands the way If You Love Me I’m Yours has. An incredibly uplifting romantic story that has had me laughing and crying over and over again.’

‘If you enjoy romantic novels, with enjoyable and relatable characters, you will LOVE this book!’ 5 stars!

#RRBC October-Ween book, blog and trailer block party!


My winners! Miranda L has won the £20/$20 Amazon voucher and Irma has won a signed copy of my romance book, If you love me, I’m yours! Congratulations. 

Welcome to the #RRBC October-Ween book, blog and trailer block party! There are some incredible prizes to be won each day on the tour, so don’t forget to visit, share and comment on each blog post. Today, as we have a spooky theme, I’m going to tell you a little bit more about my book, Ninja School Mum. My main character, Skye, is trying to fit in with the other parents at her son’s new school, but Skye has a secret past and throughout the book the tension builds, as she feels her past life is catching up on her and someone is following her. She wants to keep her son safe, but is desperate to be able to settle in one place and give him the stability he craves. She is used to leaving at a moment’s notice, but this time she wants to stay. That means beating her demons and obliterating her past.

Reviews for Ninja School Mum:

1.  ‘Lizzie Chantree’s books are like fine wines – they just keep on getting better! As always the main characters fizz and entrance, with underdogs and divas, harassed hunks and devilishly attractive but flawed rogues… The espionage aspect helps the seemingly workaday schoolyard environment along famously with catty cliques and beastly little brats, as well as adorable, yet still edgy kids.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Lizzie’s books yet – treat yourself! She gives Jilly Cooper a run for your money in the racey stakes, coupled with the knowing charm of Jane Austen, in hilarious settings with characters that show contemporary chick-lit romances can hold their own when it comes to ballsy, brash behaviour!’

2.  ‘I thoroughly recommend this novel – that combines lots of humour with the hard-hitting subjects of bullying and loneliness. The characters are memorable and I’d love to have Skye as a friend.’

3.  ‘What a delightful change this book was, I normally read paranormal and fantasy but the title really called to me. I’m so pleased I picked it up as it was so full of secrets and intrigue that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The main two female leads, Skye and Thea are brilliant but certainly not what incredible was expecting, Skye is totally mad! But her son Leo keeps her somewhat grounded

Thea is a little shy and it takes a bit longer to get to know her. Then there’s bruised and disgruntled Zack who is bringing up his daughter on his after his wife left them to go off with a millionaire.

The story was non-stop fun, with lies and revelations and a bit of romance thrown in.
I loved it and couldn’t get enough of it!!! This was my first book by this author, Lizzie Chantree but I certainly hope it won’t be my last! Brilliant writing…. ‘

Buy link: Ninja School Mum.

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My prize is a signed copy of my book, If you love me, I’m yours, and a £20/$20 Amazon voucher!

To be in with a chance of winning, please share this post on social media, tell your friends to pop by and leave a comment to tell me if you have a skill that not many people know about,  in the comments section below. One winner will be selected by RRBC Book Club and notified of their win by the end of the tour.

Click here for the the daily list of blog hop sites and prizes.


Love’s Child.

Welcome to my new feature, which is a book or prize giveaway to one of my wonderful newsletter subscribers. This month I am giving away a £10/$10 Amazon voucher! Each month there will be a new prize giveaway. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to read this blog post, leave a comment about the book featured, which this month is Love’s Child, in the comments section below this post and share on social media (links are at the bottom of this post). At the end of the month, there will be prize winner selected at random, who will be picked from people who have commented (if they are also a subscriber of this site).

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Today I’m going to tell you about the second book I wrote, Love’s Child. This book has been updated for 2019 and has a shiny new cover! The story is about love, family and friendships and staying together in tough times. It has some feisty characters and was great fun to write. My main character is called David Love. He has had a rough upbringing and wants his pregnant girlfriend Tilly to have the life he didn’t as a child. He runs a club for teenagers to channel aggression into productivity and his life changes dramatically when his club hits the headlines for the amazing work he is doing. This brings new people into the club and they try to discover a secret that David has harboured for a long time. It also puts Tilly in danger and David has to step into a glamorous world full of multi-millionaires, to make sure she and his baby survive.

If you want to check out the Love’s Child book and blurb, or buy a copy, it’s here: Love’s Child.

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Monday marketing. 3 quick tips.

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Hello everyone. I run a book group on Facebook, Lizzie’s Book Group, which is full of authors and writers. We chat about what books we like, how our writing targets are going and how to reach more readers. We come across some pretty eclectic chat topics and I have decided to share a few recent ones at the bottom of this post. Feel free to join the book group if you love books and writing. We have almost 500 members now and it’s a lot of fun.

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I am currently in third edits for my new book and am trying to reach writing targets for another manuscript. I sometimes find it hard not to procrastinate too much, but I read a recent article where it said that procrastination is not about being too busy, it is about feeling emotional. If we are feeling that way, we tend to put off what we should be doing. It’s made me sit and think about clearing my work desk, so it’s a pleasurable place to work, getting the everyday jobs done early so that they are out of the way and then doing my favourite thing, which is sitting down to write… with a desk timer so I get those words onto paper!

Have a great week everyone. My first prize draw for my subscribers will be at the start of next month. Exciting times!

Here are 3 quick articles that we have shared in my book group: 

The ultimate author resource list.

19 book marketing strategies.

BookSweeps tips to grow your email audience.

Subscriber giveaways.

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Hello everyone. I’m going to be posting just once a week from now on. It will be on a Monday, as usual, but I will mix it up with author interviews, marketing posts for writers, my own writing news and I am going to be running a competition every month with great prizes for my website subscribers. I will randomly select one subscriber each month and send them the gift as a way of saying thank you for subscribing. Anyone is able to win more than once as it will be a random draw. Good luck everyone! From Lizzie.

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Dreaming of romance.

I’m about 30k into writing my 8th romantic comedy book and I have to spend a lot of my time dreaming of romantic scenarios and describing gorgeous men. It’s a hard job, but someone has to do it! My latest character is in her forties and has had a troubled past, but she’s so feisty that she constantly makes me giggle about what she’s getting up to next.

I don’t know if it is the same for all writers, but my mind is full of the constant chatter of characters and I don’t often know what they are going to do until my pen hits the paper. I have chapter guides and full character descriptions, but I then just sit down and write.

I’ve also been making a few more memes this week and thought I’d share a couple, as I should have been doing a higher word count each day but managed to fit in some procrastination. I’ve just completed a book tour with Rachel’s Random Resources and as usual it was run beautifully and I was lucky enough to find new readers and see amazing reviews. A big thank you to the tour hosts who take time to post, share, read and review books, just for the love of books. You are all incredible and as an author, it’s heart warming to chat to people who are so passionate about writing.

Have a great week everyone.

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