*Blog Tour* The Secret by Katerina Diamond

Hey everyone,

Super excited to take part in the blog tour for Katerina Diamond’s new book, The Secret. Avon Books have gone a bit mad with their concept for this one, in that the hosts are all kept secret so well done if you guessed that The Secret blog tour was stopping at Bibliophile Book Club today!

I read and thoroughly enjoyed Katerina’s previous book, The Teacher so I’m really looking forward to reading The Secret when I get  chance. Click the link below to read my previous review:

The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

Aaaaanyway, I have a great guest post from Katerina Diamond, but first, you know the drill!!! Here’s all the bookish info you need to know!

About the book:

Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…

When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!!!

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Read on for Katerina Diamond’s guest post…..

My Secret Writing Tips

These aren’t so much secret writing tips as things that – when I finally accepted them – helped me move from amateur to professional in terms of my writing.

  • The first is – getting to the end of the first draft is more important than having it perfect. I was as guilty of this as anyone – I had a tendency to edit a paragraph, section, word until it was perfect. I would get stuck on it, obsess about it – until I hated it altogether. Just keep moving forward. The truth is, until you have a first draft nothing is going to look perfect because the thing you are looking for only comes to you after you have written the end. A strange feeling of clarity seems to sweep over me after I have completed the first draft, then I read through the novel again. You’ll be amazed at how some things just don’t fit anymore.  

 

  • The second is – editing is the fun bit. Hard to believe, but it’s true: editing is the part where you really get to hone your craft and make your work stand out – you have done the hard graft of getting your plot into a vaguely rounded shape, and now you get to focus on the details. I never appreciated this before and the moment I accepted it I realised where I had been going wrong previously.

 

  • The third – cut, cut, cut. Cutting bits out is not as bad as you think it is – and it’s necessary. It really is something you get used to and kind of have to force yourself into. I was always reluctant to do it when I was unpublished but the more I read and re-read The Teacher the easier it was to recognise the things that needed to go. That’s the beauty of having an editor. They can point out the things that aren’t working, but until you do have an editor, you need to be brutally honest with yourself about what’s working and what isn’t.

 

  • The fourth, and possibly most important, is – remember that you don’t have to write 5000 words a day; you don’t even have to write 1000 words a day. 500 words is perfectly achievable in half an hour – 500 words a day, that’s 3500 words a week 14,000 a month and a pretty solid first draft in 5 months (70,000) – how many people do you know that would be happy with a first draft in 5 months? Most people, I would argue. Writing a novel takes a lot of patience. Sometimes just getting to the computer and sticking 500 words in can make the difference between procrastination and progress, and trust me, I’ve done my fair share of procrastinating. It also takes away from the age-old excuse, ‘I don’t have time to write’. Time isn’t what’s stopping you; I know – I’ve been there.

 

  • The last thing is – trust your voice. Sometimes you get an urge to write something that feels a bit ‘out there’, and my advice is just to embrace that. Put it in and don’t censor yourself at the start. When you come back to it, think about whether it’s worth keeping or not; there may be a perfectly valid reason why that particular thing came into your head. It may be the natural progression of the plot, or it may be that kick up the bum the story needs.

Huge thanks to Katerina Diamond for joining me today!

Make sure you keep up with The Secret blog tour….

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The Teacher by Katerina Diamond

I’d been seeing The Teacher popping up on social media for quite a while before I got my hands on a copy. Lots of fellow bloggers had been raving about it so needless to say I was looking forward to getting into it!  My thanks to Helena Sheffield and Netgalley for my ARC.

 
About the book (via Goodreads):

 

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil?

You’re wrong …

A LESSON YOU WILL NEVER FORGET

The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall.

Hours earlier he’d received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end.

As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

But as they’re drawn into a network of corruption, lies and exploitation, every step brings them closer to grim secrets hidden at the heart of their community.

And once they learn what’s motivating this killer, will they truly want to stop him?

SMART. GRIPPING. GRUESOME.

This is a psychological crime thriller in a class of its own.

 

My thoughts: 

 

I have to put a disclaimer in here first! I had been in a reading slump for almost two weeks (more of that HERE) so I had no idea how it was going to go when I picked up The Teacher! I need not have worried. Once I started, I knew it was going to keep me reading.

The Teacher is billed as “not for the faint hearted”. To a certain point, I can agree with that as there are many scenes that people of a sensitive disposition may not be comfortable reading. However, I read so many crime and thriller novels that, in a way, I’ve become desensitised to violent scenes and it takes a lot for the words on a page to make me feel in any way squeamish or uncomfortable.

That being said, I wouldn’t let that tag line put anybody off. The Teacher is a really great twisty thriller that keeps you guessing!

I really enjoyed The Teacher. It’s chapters are titled and go between all the various characters. The characters were well written, and each point of view really added to the story as you get everyone’s background during the course of the book.

I think the plot of The Teacher was really well thought out! It’s a great idea for a story. Full of anger and vengeance and the consequences for those involved with plenty of red herrings thrown it!

I throughly enjoyed The Teacher, it’s a very interesting lesson on revenge! I gave The Teacher 4⭐️ on Goodreads! It’s out today and you can order your copy HERE

Happy reading 😊📖

 

 

If you want more, I’m on the blog tour for The Teacher! 😉 Myself and my fellow bloggers will be releasing an exclusive short story written by Katerina Diamond one extract after another for the first ten days of the tour so make sure to stop by each log to read the story in full!