Guest Post By Chrinda Jones.

I’m so delighted to host the wonderful author Chrinda Jones as part of the blog tour for  ‘Darkness Knows Me’.

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Heres what she had to say:

 The Short and the Long of It

Okay, here’s the short of it: I began writing the crime novel Darkness Knows Me four years ago when a string of bad crime/mystery novels darkened my eyeballs and forced me, however misguided at the time, to say I could write something better. (By the way, I saved the last of that string of books as a reminder of what not to do.) Mind you, I am not one to toss a book into the flames after only 50 pages if it’s not a barn burner right out of the chute. I am a forgiving reader, to a point. But after all, these were traditionally published novels, so I shouldn’t have to be that forgiving, right?

Now, here’s the long of it: I had absolutely no idea how to go about writing a novel of any sort. In fact the closest I came to writing anything resembling a story was songwriting. A few similarities do exist between the two, such as both tell a story, and each usually contain a beginning, middle and an end. But I’ve never written or sung a song 400 pages long before, so the real similarities pretty much ended at the fact that both songwriting and book writing share, in my case, only the English language.

I’m telling you now, that I am a person who believes there is a God, and I believe that sometimes he has us do things we have no idea how to do, for a purpose we may never know. I say this because after the frustrated proclamation above, I spent months fighting a single-minded urge to write until the urge consumed me, and I had no choice but to sit down and do it or continue to fight something that would eventually bring me to my knees.

Don’t think that the novel came to me miraculously like the parting of the Red Sea once I started, because it didn’t. God doesn’t always work that way. Picture instead a nerdy, 44 year old woman reading everything she could get her hands on about the basics of writing, about writing good fiction, and anything else that would help her put together an interesting and compelling crime story. Now picture a delete button that no longer says ‘delete’ because of the sheer number of times she had to change what she had written because she discovered, through the books she studied, that she wasn’t doing it quite right. Hence the nearly five years before the novel was completed. (The forests of the world should count themselves lucky that I didn’t start this writing thing back in the days when it was done on typewriters or with ink and paper)

My Point? Inexperience and age should never keep you from writing if you feel compelled to do it. Everything in life has a force behind it and its own time to come to fruition. Is this your time to write that novel you always thought you had in you? Fire up the computer and find out.

Cheers!

Chrinda Jones.

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Book Description:

 

Richard McMann hangs by his arms from the rafters of Red Curtain Club- naked. His ankles are bound together and his throat is cut in what appears to be a gruesome still-life tribute to Christ’s crucifixion. There is no blood in spite of the gaping wound to his throat and his entire body is covered by what looks like a fine white powder. The salt granules scattered on the dance floor beneath his feet and the fact that his body faces due east, make his murder different yet similar to the death days earlier in a club a few blocks away.

South Dallas police detective, Olivia Gates and criminal psychologist, Dr. Will Green, engage in a game of wits with a serial killer who haunts the nightclubs of Deep Ellum, leaving behind ritualistic sacrifices of those people he believes deserving of the act. Is he a raging psychopath, killing just to kill, or is there method behind his madness?

 

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18108167-darkness-knows-me?ac=1

Irresistible Reads BT

 

Falling to Pieces – Blog Tour wrap-up – Whats next for L.T. Kelly

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The Blog Tour for ‘Falling to Pieces’ has come to an end today.

The giveaway winners have been selected and announced on my FaceBook page.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bloggers for their participation. I’d also like to thank everyone who’s supported me and helped me get this far. Without all of you I wouldn’t have succeeded. 

It’s been a very difficult few weeks for me, I’ve started ‘Falling Apart’, but I’ve found it very difficult to promote and write at the same time. So, You’ll be glad to know that I’m giving the promotion a rest in order to concentrate on my writing. I know those of you out there that love ‘Falling to Pieces’ will spread the word for me.

I’ve done so very well, and I’m over the moon that so many people love my characters and my writing. I’ve had very few negative comments and didn’t pick up anything less than 3* reviews throughout the tour. I’m also lucky enough to have an average rating of 4.60 on Goodreads! That is totally amazing and I’m over the moon. Amazon.com and co.uk hosts only 5* reviews. I’m a lucky girl!

Of course, not everyone will love ‘Falling to Pieces’. It’s been compared to ‘Twilight’ which was a bit stingy. Not because I don’t love ‘Twilight’, I actually do, but I can’t see the likeness personally. I spoke to a friend about it to get her opinion, she helpfully said “What! Twilight? Are they mad? It’s much more like ‘True Blood'” at which point I went outside and banged my head off the brick wall! I think ‘Falling to Pieces’ is like, well…’Falling to Pieces’. :D.

So whats next…

I’m currently writing Chapter Three of ‘Falling Apart’. I’ll be getting my head down on that one now the tour has finished. If you see me on FaceBook for lengthy periods feel free to shout at me “SHOULDN’T YOU BE WRITING!?” That will jolt me out of my stupor. Hopefully.

Theres a lot going on next week, I’ll be interviewing my favourite author Christopher Buecheler on this very blog. They’ll also be an amazing joint giveaway, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

On the 5th of September I’m doing my first ever book signing! In addition to that my baby boy is starting school! It’s going to be an emotional day.

On the 11th of September I’m appearing on a radio show called ‘Freshly Booked’ hosted by the lovely Tricia Anderson. The show is part of the Writers Online Network, and can be found at Blog Talk Radio. It will be aired at an earlier time because I need my beauty sleep! 1700 CST or 2300 GMT.

In October I start a BA (Hons) in Humanities with a pathway to creative writing. It’s my dream to teach people, so it must be done. This is why I expect ‘Falling Apart’ to take me a little longer to write.

You guys are amazing and I love anyone who supports me in any way shape or form. Thanks from the bottom of my heart <3.

Lucy 

‘Falling to Pieces’ Blog tour stops.

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I’m pleased to announce the dates and details of the ‘Falling to Pieces’ blog tour.
I’d also like to take this oppurtunity to thank each and every blogger for featuring me on their blog.
The tour will be running from the 16th – 31st of August 2013.
16th – Beginnings in Writing – Author interview – http://beginingsinwriting.wordpress.com/
17th – Jake Bonsignore – Guest post – http://jakebonsignore.wordpress.com/
18th – Fiction’s Our Addiction – Review – http://fictionsouraddiction.wordpress.com/
19th – Rose & Beps Blog – Guest post –  http://rosebeps.blogspot.co.uk/
20th – Adventures in Reading – Excerpt – http://adventuresinreading16.blogspot.co.uk/
21st – M’s Sinful Reviews – Review – http://mssinfulreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
22nd – Just One More Romance Novel – Excerpt – http://justonemoreromance.blogspot.com/
23rd – She Reads New Adult – Review – http://www.shereadsnewadult.com
24th – Little Read Riding Hood – Review – http://littlereadridinghood.com/
25th – Tabby’s Tantilizing Reviews – Excerpt – http://tabbystantalizingreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
26th – Mousiey Books – Review – http://mousiey.blogspot.co.uk/?zx=6eadd5933db25ba8
27th – Beginnings in Writing – Excerpt –  http://beginingsinwriting.wordpress.com/
28th – Babu’s Bookshelf – Author Interview – http://babusbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/
29th – The AKA Book Harlots Review – Review – https://www.facebook.com/AkaTheBookHarlotsReview
31st – My Book Opolis – Review – http://mybookopolis.com
           Babu’s Bookshelf – Review – http://babusbookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/
It would be great if you followed these blogs, then you won’t miss a thing. I am writing different posts and choosing different excerpts for each blog, so no two will be the same. 🙂