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The Spanish Connection #17 Rafferty and Llewellyn Mystery

JUST PUBLISHED! No 17 RAFFERTY AND LLEWELLYN SERIES

The_Spanish_Connection,_BK_17_1600x2400_(Ebook)A nine-months pregnant wife, a murder victim found down a trench in an archaeological dig, minus his fingers, and very limited time, meant that Rafferty wasn’t a happy bunny. Superintendent Bradley, media darling and determined to stay that way, only added to Rafferty’s stress.

They discovered that their murder victim was small-time crook and drug dealer, Joey Briggs. He had vanished from Spain, where he worked for Charlie Carver, a Mr Big of Spain’s Costa del Crime. But Rafferty’s visit to Spain was cut short when to Abra went into labour. And despite his promises that he’d be there at his child’s birth, wouldn’t you know the French air traffic controllers had staged their usual summer strike.

Superintendent Bradley demanded he get Charlie Carver who’d be a big feather in his cap from the brass. But Rafferty was convinced Carver wasn’t the murderer this time, whatever else he might be guilty of. Becoming a daddy was a big thing for him, in more ways than one. Because it led him to the true murderer, with a motive as old as time.

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Want a free audio novel?

I have a few audio books going free (UK only at this time).

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It’s my first in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British mystery series. Now 16-strong in the ebook edition, it features DI Joe Rafferty, newly-promoted Essex detective, a victim whom the media has dubbed ‘The Faceless Lady’, Rafferty’s family, about whom the less said, the better, and his new Sergeant, Dafyd Llewellyn, who will be lucky if Rafferty hasn’t murdered him by case end.

If you’d like a copy just email me on the contact form above, agree to write a short review (good, bad or argh), and I’ll send you a code for audible, the audio-book people, so you can claim your free audio-book.

 

Four Books at 99p – Practically Free!

The first four novels in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series are, for a limited time only, going for the special price of 99p! Crazy, I know. So grab them now, before I come to my senses.

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER . . .

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Win a Kindle Fire!

Someone’s got to win!

So if you want to be in with a chance of winning a Kindle Fire or a $100 cash during February, you’ll find the link below.

You can also buy some awesome books at bargain prices (including Death Line, #3 in my Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective series), though there’s no obligation to buy any book during the promotion.

My book has also been reduced in price at other Amazon stores (UK, Europe, etc) and at Kobo (though I don’t know if the same applies to the other books. You can choose to simply enter the kindle giveaway and then, if you decide to buy a book, just go to your own country’s site to purchase.).

You can enter this Rafflecopter Giveaway here: http://www.freekindlegiveaway.com/current-giveaways/

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What do you think of the new website?

It’s not quite finished yet, but it’s getting there. I’m using the services of Fausga (www.fausga.com) as my designer, though I suggested the spilt mug of tea and the wording on the mug. It seemed appropriate as my DI Joe Rafferty is always swilling the stuff.

I love the sliding elements at top and bottom. In theory, I’m supposed to be able to update them any time I want myself. Hmm. We’ll see how that goes! I did take a look at the area where I make the changes so that I could put up All the Lonely People, my latest digital release, but I backed away sharpish! I think I’ll need to edge very slowly into that, maybe with a bit of hand-holding from my designer. Terrified, if I make a hash of it, that I’ll muck up the whole shebang.

This is now officially a self-hosted website, via Hostgator. If I’ve understood things correctly (big if), I should be able to do a lot more with this site than I could when it was hosted as a freebie by WordPress. But don’t expect miracles overnight. It really will be a case of making haste slowly.

UPDATE: Slight Delay on the publication of All the Lonely People, Rafferty and Llewellyn series

ALL THE LONELY AMAZON EBOOK selfpubCOMING IMMINENTLY! BUT NOT, UNFORTUNATELY, QUITE AS IMMINENTLY AS I HAD HOPED. FOR WHICH APOLOGIES.

The digital edition of this book. 

I’m so sorry, but although I missed the pre-order deadline from Amazon, THIS BOOK WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE VERY SOON.

I’m just putting some more finishing touches to it and will upload the final edited digital edition within the next week.

Here’s the blurb:

All the Lonely People
#12 in the Rafferty & Llewellyn British Detective Series

A Little Laughter. A Little Mayhem. A Little MURDER…

‘Solidly written, with strong characters and realistic depictions of police work, Evans’ latest will appeal to procedural fans.’ BOOKLIST ON ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE

When Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty visits his local pub for a quick drink, he’s looking to forget his troubles, not add to them. His ex-fiancée Abra is still refusing to speak to him, and he’s fast losing hope of a reconciliation. But he’s not destined to enjoy his drink in peace. Because a man is found dead – stabbed in the pub’s car park – and a preoccupied Rafferty is to lead the investigation.

What at first appears to be an open and shut case quickly becomes a lot more complex. Because Keith Sutherland was a man who attracted enemies and with good reason: he was a serial adulterer who had never quite got that there are boundaries you don’t cross. As a businessman, he’d blocked a profitable takeover and his partner’s longed-for retirement. As a lover, he’d failed to commit to a long-term mistress who wasn’t getting any younger and whose other options were fast-fading. As a father, he didn’t seem to be much mourned. As for his friends; he had the knack of turning them into enemies. Sutherland was a victim made for murder many times over.

But a lack of witnesses makes the investigation challenging. The killer seems to have managed to appear, murder with one lucky thrust and vanish again like a will-o’-the- wisp and is rapidly turning into Rafferty’s worst nightmare. A nightmare riddled with questions that have no answers and with his every tentative theory debunked by his logical partner.

And as Rafferty wrestles with the case, he must also confront his fiancée’s determination to avoid him after their bust-up. He has to wonder if he’s the only one desperate for a reconciliation. With his love life and his latest investigation both going awry, he has reason to be in despair on both counts. His frustration and fear is such that it won’t take much, should Superintendent Bradley goad him one more time, for Rafferty to take a swing at him. With the inevitable – ‘goodbye career’ – result. Even if his love-life is falling off a cliff, if he can find the killer he might be able to restrain himself and hang on to his career at least.

 

Meet The Local Authors, North Norfolk, UK

I’ll be one of  the local authors attending at The Atrium, North Walsham, North Norfolk, UK, tomorrow, Saturday 9 August 2014 between 10.00 a m and 4.00 p m.

This event has been organised by the Showcase Gallery in the town. Bob White, who kindly invited me to attend, said: ‘The idea is for people interested in writing and reading to come and meet authors and have their books signed, possibly for early Christmas presents.’ Or birthday presents, or just because, hey, you feel in a giving mood. And why not?!

Amongst the other authors Bob has lined up are Chris Crowther, Joanna Lehmann-Hackett with her novel on Norfolk Rebels, Steve Appleyard who has written lots of local books, including Dogs Welcome — Norfolk Beaches and From Pot to Plate, Phil Johnson who has written The Little Blue Boat for children and Mike Weatherstone, whose book Norfolk, A History Through its village Signs, has proved popular.

Bob said he’s hoping other authors will have confirmed by the start time  tomorrow.

Come one, come all.

I’m sorry I was unable to post about this before, but my internet connection has been cranky beyond all coping with.

Here’s the full address and the other details:

The Atrium Spenser Avenue, North Walsham Norfolk NR28 9HZ

www.theatrium.org.uk

Box Office: 01692 400080

Hope  to see you there.

WRITING PROCESS BLOG HOP

7 JULY 2014; GERALDINE EVANS

Next stop in the Writing Process Blog Tour

Crime fiction author, Jayne-Marie Barker (www.jaynemariebarker.blogspot.co.uk) invited me to participate in an interesting blog tour on writing. Jayne-Marie, who featured on this Blog Hop on her own blog last week, has written a first crime thriller series with the unique Inspector Allen, but she’s working on a new series now, featuring DI Rachel Bennett. Newly promoted to the rank of DI, Rachel has her work cut out leading a new team, dealing with a husband whose profession puts him in a dangerous place, not to mention the cases she must handle, and the mysterious deaths she must solve. Jayne-Marie’s first novel is completed but it hasn’t hit the bookshelves yet. Books two and three in the series are under construction. She’s also working on the outline for book two in more detail. Busy lady!

Like many authors, Jayne-Marie feels her writing is an obsession. I understand where she’s coming from, because if writing wasn’t an obsession how many authors would continue in the face of poverty pay and years of rejections? Only obsession can cut it. Jayne-Marie is an interesting new entrant on the crime shelves. I hope you’ll look out for her books Distant Shadows and Beneath the Daisies.

Now, back to ‘me, me, me’! -To tell you something about myself, I’m Geraldine Evans, a trad-turned-indie author of the 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn procedural series amongst others. After having eighteen novels published in the usual way (Macmillan, St Martin’s Press, Worldwide, Hale, Severn House), in the autumn of 2010, I took the indie plunge and became entirely responsible for the publication process of my work.

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In order of publication (but can be read as stand-alones), my Rafferty & Llewellyn series consists of the following: Dead Before Morning, Down Among the Dead Men, Death Line, The Hanging Tree, Absolute Poison, Dying For You, Bad Blood, Love Lies Bleeding, Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals, Death Dues, All the Lonely People, Death Dance, Deadly Reunion and Kith and Kill. My other procedural series is. Casey & Catt: Up in Flames and A Killing Karma.

I’m also the author of the biographical historical novel: Reluctant Queen, about Mary Rose Tudor, the little sister of infamous English king, Henry VIII, a suspense-thriller: The Egg Factory, and several other fiction and non-fiction books, some under pen-names.BANNER BLACK REL QN EBOOK WITH IMAGE PLUS ALL TEXT 1500W x 300 H

To carry on this great tour, please find my four question responses below.

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What are you working on?
I’m working on the 16th novel in my Rafferty & Llewellyn mystery series. Asking For It involves yet more murder and family mayhem for my Detective Joe Rafferty. I’ve also just started the research for another long biographical historical, my second, this time set in England’s Plantagenet era.

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
They’re fun! To write and, I hope, to read. There’s no relentless concentration on just the hunt for a murderer. With his selectively law-abiding family, my detective, Joe Rafferty can rarely give his entire mind to the latest investigation. He’s not always lucky enough to avoid bending the law himself. I think of my Rafferty books with the tag line:

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As a policeman, his family is Rafferty’s curse. Most of them think – if they must have a copper in the family – he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.

It’s not that his close family members are major law-breakers. But they are inclined to bend what they regard as the ‘little’ laws—laws unimportant in the great scheme of things. Like Ma Rafferty’s dodgy ‘bargains’, for instance. Only, sometimes, these bargains are stacked halfway to the ceiling of the spare room. In Rafferty’s mind, she’s practically the neighbourhood fence and he spends half his time waiting for the knock on the door.cropped-all-latest-covers-24-june-2014-mk1-together-in-powerpnt-presentation14-tiny-for-wordpress-header1.jpg

His Ma, who’s a past master at getting her own way, is not averse to using emotional blackmail to make Rafferty feel guilty when he upbraids her (mothers’ use of emotional blackmail: worthy of a blog post on its own!). ‘It’s only trying to eke out my pension that I’m doing,’ she’ll tell him. ‘Sure and amn’t I a poor widow with a roof to keep over my head and food to put on the table? Would you have me starve?’

Why do you write what you do?
I write what I do because I enjoy it. The sub-plot mayhem provides another strand to take me away from the main murder thread when plotting problems paralyze my brain. Concentrating for a while on problems in the sub-plot generally helps me find a solution in the actual murder investigation.

My books are set in Essex in England. The expression ‘Essex Man’ (and ‘Girl’) is a derogatory term used by the middle-classes for those they consider their moral, social and educational inferiors. And with their dodgy deals, lack of further education, bingo and ‘bargain’ buys, the Rafferty family in many ways epitomise the breed. But I wanted to write about ‘real’ people and not add to the world’s collection of crime novels about staid, morally upright, middle-class detectives. I wanted to throw a few fireworks in there. Joe Rafferty spends his life, as the saying goes, between a rock and a hard place. Besides, I thought I’d enjoy creating a policeman caught in a permanently family created dilemma. And you know what? I was right!

And when you consider that, historically, the police force was always the career of the working-classes, I believe, in my DI Joe Rafferty, I’m spot on.

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How does your writing process work?
My writing process differs greatly, depending on whether I’m writing another Rafferty & Llewellyn, Casey & Catt mystery or a biographical historical novel. With the latter, I find it essential to have a clear, year on year timeline of the events in my character’s life and the world at large.

But, for my Rafferty novels, I’ve always been very much a ‘seat of pants’ writer. I still strive, periodically, to force myself to make a plan for these, but even when I manage it, the plan rarely amounts to much. Anyway, plans make the writing such a dull plod through a ‘do this and then do that’ list that, if I didn’t end up ignoring it, it would suck all the life from my writing and the fun from the work. DEATH DANCE RED YLW AMAZON Selfpub-72dpi-1500x2000-2

My Rafferty books have a lot of humour in them and require me to let my brain have plenty of freedom. I don’t like feeling ‘caged-in’ by some rigid outline. Yes, I know you can write against the outline if that’s the way the characters demand to go. But then, what’s the point in writing the blessed outline in the first place, if you’re just going to ignore it?

So, with, often, just a single idea in my head, I tend to dive in and trust to native wit and ingenuity to get me out of any plotting scrapes in my crime novels. I’ve managed it eighteen times so far (including one stand-alone and the two books in my Casey & Catt series), so I remain optimistic that the seat of my pants won’t get singed.KITH AND KILL2 RED YLW AMAZON selfpub-72dpi-1500x2000-14

On with the tour
UPDATE: Stroke of luck! the lovely and talented crime author Leigh Russell, has agreed to be one of the two authors to follow me on this Author Process Blog Hop. She’ll post, answering  the same four questions, on her own blog on Monday 14 July 2014 (here’s the link to   Leigh’swebsite: http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/. And here’s the link to her blog: http://leighrussell.blogspot.co.uk/)

Leigh is the highly successful author of the Geraldine Steel series. She is a No 1 Best Seller on Amazon’s Kindle and her awards include the following:

Cut Short was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood DaggerAward 2010. Stop Dead was a Finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2014. And now the Geraldine Steel series and Ian Peterson spin off series have been optioned by Avalon Television Ltd to be made into a TV series. How exciting! Congratulations on that, Leigh!

Leigh’s other books include: Fatal Act, Stop Dead, Death Bed, Cold Sacrifice, Road , Dead End and Cut Short.

Leigh’s next novel is the second DS Ian Peterson Murder Investigation, entitled Race to Death, to be published September 2014 (available for pre-order). But the digital edition is available now.

Here are some buy links:

AMAZON UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Race-Death-Ian-Peterson-novel-ebook/dp/B00J75NBJ6/pocketessentials,

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/race-to-death,

APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/race-to-death/id846772351?mt=11

 

I’m afraid I have a confession to make here. I’ve asked various authors to take part in the tour, but, so far, I’ve had no takers (holidays, other commitments, the usual stuff in busy lives). But I hope to update this post before the end of the week with news of the next authors on the tour. Watch this space!

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FREE! DEAD BEFORE MORNING #1 in my 15-strong Rafferty and Llewellyn series

Just to let you know that DEAD BEFORE MORNING, the first in my 15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn police procedural series, is now FREE! (only in the UK so far; I hope to persuade Amazon to price-match in other countries also, but no luck so far).

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I expect to keep it free for the foreseeable future so you can have an introduction to my work. I f you like British procedural series that have a quirky take on family life and police work it could be worth your while to download it.

ABOUT THE RAFFERTY AND LLEWELLYN SERIES
Brit DI Joe Rafferty, working-class lapsed Catholic, is cursed by coming from a family who think — if he must be a copper — he might at least have the decency to be a bent one.

FREE #1 in series:

AMAZON UK: http://bit.ly/13D033d

And, if you like Tudor Biographical Historical Fiction, don’t forget that Reluctant Queen: The story of Mary Rose Tudor, the Defiant Little Sister of Infamous English king, Henry VIII, is a Goodreads Giveaway until 30 April 2014, with the chance to win one of ten copies of the pb edition.

‘A very readable account of a fascinating woman who dared to stand up to Henry VIII and survived. It is thoroughly researched, admirably written and the author’s love of the Tudor period shines through.’
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Here’s the link to the Goodreads Giveaway page for the book:
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/83791-reluctant-queen-the-story-of-henry-viii-s-defiant-little-sister

I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in Venice. Beautiful place, but oh, those endless steps over the canals! My weary, couch potato legs proved unable for the challenge (an inability not improved when I decided to put myself on a starvation diet for the duration after checking out the restaurant prices). I had to keep taking a rest on the bottom steps and hope some great, gallumphing, fellow tourist didn’t stand on me!

NEW COVER FOR DEATH DANCE, MY LATEST DIGITAL RELEASE

I decided to change the cover on DEATH DANCE No 13 in the Rafferty and Llewellyn procedural series, my latest digital release.

While I loved the colours in my first choice, they didn’t blend with the black/red/white colour-scheme of the others in the series, so it had to go! One of my impulse buys, alas.

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A wedding rehearsal.
A woman murdered.

THE SUSPECTS:

Several lovers.
The husband.
A stepson who loathed her.
The in-laws.
And Abra, DI Joe Rafferty’s affianced bride…

 

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Geraldine Evans is a British writer of police procedurals that contain a lot of humour and family drama Her15-strong Rafferty & Llewellyn series features DI Joe Rafferty, a London-Irish, working-class, lapsed Catholic, who comes from a family who think - if he must be a policeman - he might at least have the decency to be a bent one. Her 2-strong Casey & Catt series features DCI 'Will' Casey, a serious-minded, responsible policeman, whose 'the Sixties never died', irresponsible, drug-taking, hippie parents, pose particular problems of the embarrassing kind.

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