I'm delighted to welcome my good friend, multi-published author Ann Evans, back to my blog today. Ann has dropped by to tell us about her debut crime novel, Kill or Die, a gripping read which is currently racing up the Kindle charts. Hi, Ann. Lovely to talk to you again. Can you tell my readers a bit abour yourself?
Thank you for having me on your blog Karen – especially as I'm blogging about my new book, which I know isn't your favourite genre by a mile! As you'll see by the title, Kill or Die, it's a crime novel – and quite a gritty novel too!
I know I don't usually read 'scary' books Ann, but I've actually downloaded your book and I'm going to read it - not before I go to bed though - you've had some fantastic reviews, haven't you?
I have, and I'm so pleased. This is my first venture into crime. I'm known more for my children's YA, and reluctant reader books. I've written four romances too, but they are under my pen name of Ann Carroll. But I think the desire to write crime has been with me from the start, which was well over 30 years ago, because when I look at all of my children's and reluctant reader titles, the majority are based around a crime.
Yes, I've noticed that too. :)
My first three children's books featured a missing person, a theft and smuggling. The next four books, which were also published by Scholastic were 'Sealed Mysteries' which were murder mysteries for kids. They had a sealed last chapter which could be rolled out once the reader had worked out whodunnit.
They've been out of print some time now, but I've brought them back to life as Little Tyke Murder Mysteries as ebooks, and the plan is to bring them out as print books too – when I get time! But there won't be a pull out chapter. Instead, like in the ebooks, there will be a link to a 'clues and red herrings' page on my website.
But back to Kill or Die. Here's the cover:
Here's the blurb:
A vicious burglary goes horribly wrong when an elderly victim is killed and one of the burglars is injured.
In the detached house next door, Julia is preparing to leave her husband. He has let her down for the last time and her bags are packed. Taking their eight-year-old daughter, Lucy, from her bed they set off in the fog.
But on this cold, dark night, fate steps in and these strangers collide.
When Vincent and Nash abduct the mother and daughter, and take them to a derelict house, the situation takes a grave turn.
Meanwhile, Julia's husband, Ian, is distraught that his wife and daughter have left, and when the murder and burglary are discovered, suspicion falls on him.
For Ian, Julia and Lucy, life is about to become a nightmare.
Can Julia and Lucy escape from the twisted criminals?
What will Julia decide when the choice is – kill or die?
Oh gosh, Ann, I'm biting my finger nails already! Where did you get your inspiration from for this story?
It's funny where we get our inspiration from. The inspiration for this story came from a derelict house I would pass by on a fairly regular motorway journey. The house seemed miles from anywhere and would have been quite impressive in its heyday. Now it was a wreck and boarded up. My characters get to know this house rather too well…
The book is published by Bloodhound Books, who have been tremendous. They have a lovely band of authors, which they are adding to all the time. We're all connected via a facebook page and there's lots of banter – and fantastic support! Getting my first crime book out there has been a great experience with Bloodhound.
It sounds fantastic, Ann. Where can people buy the books from?
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Ann. Wishing you lots of sales. :)
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