Cover Reveal: Black 13 by Adam Hamdy

Morning lovelies!

Today, I am delighted to be able to reveal the cover Black 13 by Adam Hamdy! Adam is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, one of my favourite book series of the last few years!


About the author:

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British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels.  James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and WH Smith Travel.  Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.  

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London.  He is a seasoned rock climber,skier and CPSA marksman.

Adam is a co-founder of Capital Crime. He is also the membership coordinator for the ITW Debut Authors Program.

About the book:

An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war.
The world is changing beyond recognition.
Radical extremists are rising and seek to enforce their ideology globally.
Governments, the military and intelligence agencies are being outmanoeuvred at every step. Borders are breaking down. Those in power are puppets.
The old rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed.
In a world where nothing is at it seems, where trust is gone, one man will make the difference.
Meet Ex-MI6 agent and man in exile, Scott Pearce.
It’s time to burn the espionage rule book.
Watch Pearce light the fire.


Before I show you all the cover, Adam kindly answered some questions for me!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m an author and screenwriter. Apart from three years living in Cairo between the ages of eight and eleven, I was born and raised in London. My wife and I moved to Shropshire a few years ago, where we now live with our three children. Having been a city boy most of my life, I’m a convert to the health benefits of living in the countryside and can often be found jogging along country lanes, or scaling cliffs in the Peak District and the Welsh mountains.


How did you end up becoming an author?

My parents struggled financially, so I wanted a career that was stable and lucrative and decided to study law at university. I found law quite dry and uninspiring, and after my degree became a management consultant. The sudden and unexpected death of my father caused me to re-evaluate my priorities and I decided to pursue my passion for writing. Amy and I left London, expecting it to take two years or so before I’d make any money from writing. It took ten.

I started off screenwriting because I was more comfortable with the form and was daunted by thought of writing a book, but in 2010, I decided to confront my fear and wrote a novel called Battalion. A big publisher was interested, but ultimately passed, so I self-published the book and it got nice reviews, which encouraged me to try again. The same thing happened with my second book, a dark paranormal thriller called Phase, and then I wrote Pendulum, which was the book that really changed things for me.

We went through some tough times during those ten ‘hardship’ years, but it’s been worth it, and not just for me. Amy’s also been writing and has fulfilled a lifetime ambition to become an author. She has a thriller, Remember Me, coming out with Orion in November.


How would you describe your writing to anyone who hasn’t read your books?

Like getting on a rollercoaster. I try to write action-packed books that will entertain readers and leave them a little breathless. I’m also fascinated by the issues raised by big social changes and weave them into my stories. Pendulum is all about the Internet and how it’s changed the way we interact. My new book, Black 13, is about the rise of the far-right and how espionage has changed beyond recognition.

Your forthcoming book, Black 13, rewrites the espionage thrillers as we know them. What made you decide to tear up the rule book with this one?

Black 13 is the first book in a new series that introduces readers to Scott Pearce and Leila Nahum. Pearce is a disgraced MI6 operative who’s on a quest to clear his tarnished reputation. Leila is a former M16 contractor, a fiercely independent Syrian refugee who’s haunted by the loss of her family. Black 13 sees them partner to take on a far-right conspiracy.

The book was inspired by my personal experiences during and after the 2016 EU referendum. I noticed a number of strange connections between disparate people and groups on social media and started mapping them. I took my research into the real world and went to a number of political meetings and protests on both sides of the divide, and talked to members and leaders of far-right and far-left groups, and people in law enforcement and intelligence.

One of my most surreal experiences was sitting in a Supermax prison next to a former member of a far-right group and hearing him say wistfully, ‘It’s all political now. Everything we were saying in the 80s and 90s, it’s all in the mainstream now. And there’s big money involved.’

That’s a pretty good summary of the landscape of Black 13.

One of the things I’m hoping to do with Black 13 and the Scott Pearce series is to showcase how intelligence has changed. Digital technology has given governments and private organisations the ability to manipulate populations. The Internet has democratised espionage work. We can all start and spread propaganda. Private citizens and corporations can and do employ intelligence organisations to carry out successful surveillance, intimidation and covert operations. Imagine what a well-resourced intelligence organisation can achieve in a world where they can reach billions of people directly.

Placing powerful digital tools in private hands and removing the filter of national media has put us all on the front line of contemporary espionage and I’m hoping the new Scott Pearce series will show the link between what happens on the street and what goes on in the corridors of power, and how covert operations affect us all in a very real and dangerous way.


Did you find it difficult to switch from the high-octane Pendulum trilogy universe to Black 13? 

Black 13 and the Scott Pearce series is every bit as high-octane as the Pendulum trilogy. Scott Pearce is a man who’s been trained for hostile environments and I really put him through his paces. And as for Leila…she’s inspired by three people I know. She’s been through things that would ruin many of us and struggles with a painful disability, and the events of Black 13 thoroughly test her, but she has a core of steel. I believe in pushing characters to their limits and letting the story unfold through action. It brings us back to the question about writing style. Black 13 is another rollercoaster, so readers will need to buckle up.


You’re also one of the co-founders of the newly created Capital Crime Festival, can you tell us what to expect?

David Headley and I founded Capital Crime last year and are hosting our first festival in London in September. We’ve brought together some of the world’s best crime and thriller authors in a huge celebration of the genre. It’s two-and-a-half days of marvellous events, screenings and parties and we’re trying to make it as inclusive and accessible as possible. We’ve got discount schemes for librarians and people on low incomes and are running initiatives to help people travelling alone connect with others. We want people to come to Capital Crime to spend time with their favourite authors and discover new ones, but most of all we want fans to have a wonderful and entertaining experience.


Are you guys ready to see the cover?

Take a look at this beauty….

I am BEYOND excited to read Black 13, and that cover is just perfect! If you want to pre-order your copy (published by Macmillan in 2020), just click the link below!

Black 13 by Adam Hamdy

Cover Reveal: The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

Hey guys,

Today I’ve got the pleasure of revealing the cover for Heather Child’s forthcoming book, The Undoing of Arlo Knott, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!

First though, here’s all of the important bookish information 🙂

About the author:

Heather Child is an author based in Bristol. Her debut novel Everything About You is out now at WaterstonesAmazon, Forbidden Planetand independent booksellers.

The Undoing of Arlo Knott, a book about a man who has an ‘undo’ button for life, is out in August 2019. It is available to pre-order in paperback from Waterstones and Amazon.

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Heather Child’s writing has been published in media including MslexiaUnder the Radar, the Storgy 2014 Short Story AnthologyHerCircle, the Bristol Post, the Big Issue and Notes from the Underground online.

Alongside writing, she is a marketer and communications professional working in the charity sector.

You can find Heather Child on Twitter @Heatherika1 or on Facebook.

About the book:

What if your life had an ‘undo’ button?

Arlo Knott develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action. It makes him able to experience anything, to charm any woman and impress any friend. His is a life free of mistakes, a life without regret.

But second chances aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. As wonderful as his new life is, a mistake in Arlo’s traumatic childhood still haunts him and the temptation to undo, undo and keep undoing could be too much to resist.

Mainstream crossover fiction for fans of Matt Haig, Gail Honeyman and Rowan Coleman, from the author of Everything About You.

Publication date: 1st August 2019

Designer: Ellen Rockwell

Click the link below to pre-order your copy:

The Undoing of Arlo Knott by Heather Child

Are you ready to see the cover?????

Feast your eyes on this beauty…

Here’s what Heather has to say:

I love the pizazz of this cover – it’s colourful and surreal, giving a great sense of Arlo’s dangerous, twisty ego.

I don’t know about you guys, but I CANNOT wait to read this book. That cover is just perfection!

Cover Reveal~ Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

Hey guys,

So today, I have something pretty cool to show you all. I get to help do a cover reveal for Noelle Holten A.K.A book blogger Crime Book Junkie for her BOOK, Dead Inside. I can’t believe I’m writing that, because I remember when Noelle first said she was writing a book! And now we’re actually revealing the COVER! This is so surreal, but brilliant! 🙂

I bet you want to know more, right? Well read on for all of the important info about Noelle, and about Dead Inside!

About the author:

Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog. 
Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.


Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:


Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noelleholtenauthor/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Noelle-Holten/e/B07HZ685TL 
Blog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/crimebookjunkie/
Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

About the book:

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning new series – from a huge new talent.

‘Kept me hooked … excellent pace and a very satisfying ending’ Angela Marsons

When three domestic abuse offenders are found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered. And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the finger of suspicion points at Lucy and the police are running out of time. Can Maggie and her team solve the murders before another person dies? And is Lucy really a cold-blooded killer?


Doesn’t that sound brilliant?! I can’t wait t get my hands on a copy when it is published! 🙂

Have I whetted your appetite enough yet?

How about now?????

Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay, I’ll stop! 🙂 

Feast your eyes on this for an awesome cover……….

If you want to get your hands on this beauty, published in May 2019 by Killer Reads, you can pre-order by clicking the relevant links below:

Universal Buy Link:  mybook.to/DeadInside

UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dead-Inside-gripping-terrifying-thriller-ebook/dp/B07HNS6LYH

US: https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Inside-gripping-terrifying-thriller-ebook/dp/B07HNS6LYH

Cover Reveal~Millennium VI by David Lagercrantz

Hey guys,

Today, I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for the forthcoming Millennium VI book, published by Quercus Books. I have loved this series for years, so this is super exciting to be able to share this with you all!

There isn’t a blurb to share with you all yet, BUT there is a pre-order link, and if you click on it you’ll be taken to the Amazon page!

https://amzn.to/2B6akR0

And now, without further ado, take a look at this amazing cover:

I dont know about you guys, but I am DYING to read this one. I love the cover too. It is really striking, but also in keeping with the series.

So, what do you think? Have you read theMillennium books? Will you be reading The Girl Who Lived Twice?

Do let me know in the comments! 🙂

Cover Reveal ~ Brothers In Blood by Amer Anwar

Hi everyone,

Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Amer Anwar’s Brothers In Blood, and you’ll get to see it just a little bit further down. First though, here is all you need to know!

About the author:

Amer Anwar grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including; warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent the next decade and a half producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and is a winner of the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. Western Fringes is his first novel. For everything else, he has an alibi. It wasn’t him. He was never there.

About the book:

Winner of the CWA Debut Dagger

A Sikh girl on the run.
A Muslim ex-con who has to find her.
A whole heap of trouble.

Southall, West London. After being released from prison, Zaq Khan is lucky to land a dead-end job at a builders’ yard. All he wants to do is keep his head down and put the past behind him.
But when Zaq is forced to search for his boss’s runaway daughter, he quickly finds himself caught up in a deadly web of deception, murder and revenge.
With time running out and pressure mounting, can Zaq find the missing girl before it’s too late? And if he does, can he keep her – and himself – alive long enough to deal with the people who want them both dead?

“An engaging hero, a cunning plot, and a fascinating journey into Southall’s underworld. We’ll be hearing a lot more from Amer Anwar.”
 Mick Herron

“A fine debut novel. With his engaging characters and skilful plotting, Anwar brings a fresh and exciting new voice to the genre.”
 Ann Cleeves

Published by: Dialogue Books
Release date: 6th September 2018
ISBN: 9780349700281
Extent: 448 pages

Also available as ebook and audiobook.

You can pre-order your copy by clicking the link below:

Brothers In Blood by Amer Anwar

And now, without further ado, check out this fab cover….

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Doesn’t it look fantastic? I’m really looking forward to this one! 🙂

~Cover Reveal~ Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield

Hi guys,

Another fab cover reveal today, this time its for Anaconda Vice by James Stansfield. I had the immense pleasure of reading this a few weeks ago, and I absolutely loved it. Needless to say, I was super excited to see the cover!

About the author:

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James Stansfield grew up in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and now lives in Cardiff with his wife and daughter.  He began his writing career contributing features and television reviews to the website Den of Geek, covering shows such as The Killing, Banshee and Archer.

His action thriller debut, Anaconda Vice, will be published in February 2018.

About the book:

When Lucas Winter, a retired professional wrestler, runs out of gas on a dark and desolate road, his only thoughts are on getting to the lights of the small town up ahead, getting some gas, and getting out of there…only things aren’t quite what they seem in the tiny town of Anaconda.

Before he has a chance to solve his transport problem, Lucas finds himself in trouble with the law after a local man picks a fight with him…and then ends up dead. Innocent, Lucas fights to clear his name, tangling with the local law enforcement and the family of the dead man, who seem set on taking their revenge. Can Lucas get out alive? And just what is it that the residents of Anaconda are hiding….

*A smart, fast-paced thriller, perfect for fans of Lee Child and Steph Broadribb*

 


 

Doesn’t it sound fab? You will have to wait a little bit longer for my review, but it is DEFINITELY one to add to your TBR.

 

I guess I should show you guys the cover, right??? 🙂

 

Have a look at this beauty!!!

 

 

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~Cover Reveal~ The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe

Hi guys,

I’m delighted to be taking part in a cover reveal for The Rising Storm by Ceri A Lowe, a YA/dystopian book that the lovely folks at Bookouture will be publishing soon!

Here are the all important bookish details 🙂

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An addictive and gripping dystopian series, perfect for fans of The Girl Who Dared to Think, The Hunger Games and The Gender Game.

What if the end of the world was just the beginning?

15-year-old Alice Davenport was a loner and an outcast before the Storms swept away everything she knew. Saved from the ravaged remains of London by the mysterious and all-powerful Paradigm Industries, her fierce independence and unique skills soon gain her recognition from the highest levels of command. But their plans to rebuild civilisation from scratch mean destroying all remnants of the past – no matter what, or who, gets left behind.

Alice must decide if she will fight for the old world, or the new…

Decades later, 15-year-old Carter Warren is woken from the Catacombs after years of cryonic sleep. He’s determined to do whatever it takes to climb the ranks to Controller General – until he realises the Industry’s control methods have become harsher than ever. The Barricades make sure nothing from the Deadlands can get in to the Community – and no one can get out. And a shocking discovery about his own family causes Carter to question everything he’s ever known…

As Alice becomes entangled in the Industry’s plan for the future, and Carter delves into the secrets of his past, they must make sacrifices which threaten to tear them apart. And both of them are forced to confront an impossible question…

Would you dare to risk it all for the perfect world?

If this sounds like your kind of book, you can pre-order your copy NOW by clicking HERE!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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When Ceri isn’t writing, she’s a self-employed project management consultant specialising in financial services. She lives in Bristol, England and has various obsessions including all things Spanish, renovating houses, travelling and her dog, Pablo.

In the last few years she’s won the Exeter Short Story Award, Global Short Stories annual prize, the Flash 500 Award, the Story Star Publishing Prize and the Writers’ Forum Short Story competition.


I don’t know about you guys, but I am dying to read this book. It sounds like something I would love,so I will be eagerly awaiting its release 🙂

And now, to lift the veil…

Feast your eyes on this beauty…

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