Blog Tour: Four Weddings and a Fiasco | Catherine Ferguson

Today folks I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Four Weddings and a Fiasco by Catherine Ferguson. Catherine has written a brilliant short story featuring the main character Katy Peacock, set before the novel starts. I have on my blog tooday part 12 of this fab story so you can continue on finding out what happens next. But first, here is the blurb for this exciting novel:

Katy Peacock lives a life as colourful as her name.
As a wedding photographer, she spends her days making other people smile as she captures all sorts of fun and capers at celebrations that range from the wacky to the wild.
But her own life isn’t looking quite so rosy. Her mum is acting out of character, her menacing ex is back on the scene, and she is torn between two gorgeous men. And that’s before we even get started on the trouble her sister is causing . . .
As Katy weathers the ups and downs of the season, she revisits problems from the past, discovers new friendships and finds that four weddings and a fiasco have the power to change her world beyond measure.
A funny, feel-good read, perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Jenny Colgan.

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ONE BRIDE AND A BOMBSHELL
12
I’d failed the trial. Obviously. But I could never have let that lovely man marry such a horror.
Finally, the bride marched out, hot-cheeked and thunderous, followed by Lewis and the bridesmaids. There was no sign of Jonathan.
Keesha said something to Lewis and he pointed over in my direction. I gulped in alarm and dived behind one of the fat and glowing church candles at the entrance to the aisle, in a vain attempt to disappear before Keesha clapped eyes on me.
Oh God, Lewis must have told her he’d seen Jonathan deep in conversation with me in the pub last night. She’d know it was me who’d changed Jonathan’s mind about marrying her . . .
I was half crouched down but Keesha was on her toes, peering over people’s heads, trying to catch a glimpse of the witch who’d wrecked her wedding day.
I froze. It was absolutely vital I remain inconspicuous.
Suddenly detecting a nasty smell of singeing, I sprang back with a gasp from the candle that had been quietly setting my hair on fire, then had to do lots of faffy wafting about and swinging my head from side to side, just to make sure I wasn’t going to actually barbecue myself.
This, of course, placed me in clear view of the bridal party. (I’d probably have been less visible if I’d set up a pole and started gyrating around it.)
And that’s when a voice shrieked, ‘Friggin’ hell! It’s her! Katy Bloody Peacock!’
My heart swooped into my throat as everyone swivelled round in their cream bow-swagged chairs to see who she meant.
‘Right,’ yelled Crusher, defaulting amazingly swiftly to ‘bullying bruiser’. ‘Let’s get the little bitch!’
The last of her sophisticated veneer fell away as she thundered down the aisle towards me, closely followed by her scary bridesmaids.
Fighting was clearly ludicrous. So flight it was.
Ignoring Camilla, whose jaw was practically on the floor by this stage, I hared out of the room, making for the main hotel entrance. But disastrously, I somehow managed to blunder through the reception room door by mistake. Too late to hide under a table. The rampaging herd were nipping at my rear, baying for blood.
I turned just in time to see Crusher, face screwed up with venomous fury, plunging her hands into a spectacular frosted cupcake mountain. What she planned to do with that much cake and chocolate icing I could take a wild guess at.
But I wasn’t going to wait to find out.
I escaped through another door and nipped swiftly into the Ladies, locking myself in a cubicle and collapsing with relief against the wall, listening to their feet thundering past along the corridor.
I stayed there until the coast was clear, getting my breath back and marvelling at how everything had gone so spectacularly wrong.
I’d rescued Jonathan from Bridezilla.
But I still couldn’t help wishing I’d kept my mouth shut, because then I’d still be Camilla’s assistant . . .
About the Author
Catherine Ferguson burst onto the writing scene at the age of nine, anonymously penning a weekly magazine for her five-year-old brother (mysteriously titled the 'Willy' comic) and fooling him completely by posting it through the letterbox every Thursday.

Catherine's continuing love of writing saw her study English at Dundee University and spend her twenties writing for various teenage magazines including Jackie and Blue Jeans and meeting pop stars. Then she got serious and worked as a sub-editor at the Dundee Courier and the Aberdeen Evening News before moving to Surrey and setting up an organic veg box delivery business.

Her first novel, HUMBUGS AND HEARTSTRINGS, is very loosely based on Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL and was the launch title for Avon's brand new imprint, Maze.

FOUR WEDDINGS & A FIASCO, her latest sparkling romantic comedy, will be published in both paperback and e-book in June 2016.

Catherine lives with her family in Northumberland. 
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Author Interview | Christopher Husberg

Today folks I am beyone thrilled to have Christopher Husberg on my blog for what I can only describe as a wonderful Q&A. We talk about his novel Duskfall and his writing career so far. I am super excited to read this book, not only is it gorgeous but the story/blurb sounds INCREDIBLE.

Hello Chris, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am pleased to welcome you to my blog.
Thank YOU for the opportunity—I’m happy to be here!
So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?
Right now I live in Utah, but I’m originally from Eagle River, Alaska. I love the outdoors, video games, reading, and, of course, writing. My current series—the Chaos Queen Quintet, of which Duskfall is the first entry—is epic dark fantasy, and that’s pretty much my favorite stuff. I’m also interested in post-apocalyptic and science fiction stories too, but fantasy is where I live :-).
What would you like to tell us about your book?
Um, it’s AWESOME! I like to say it has something for everyone. If you like action, you’ll like Knot—an amnesiac assassin on the run from his former employers as well as his dark past. If magic is your thing, then you’ll enjoy Winter—a young woman with incredible psimantic potential (psimancy is the magic system in the book) who develops a crippling addiction to the drug that allows her to access the magic in the first place. Whether she can learn to curb her addiction and control her power may have global consequences. Or if you want something more existential, you might like Cinzia’s storyline: she’s a priestess returning home to a heretical uprising who discovers her sister may be at the heart of all the trouble. And I haven’t even mentioned Astrid yet—she’s become one of my favorite characters! You’ll just have to read the book to find out more about her :-).
Where do you find your inspiration?
Yikes. If you asked me where I don’t find inspiration, I’d be able to give you a shorter list. I find inspiration everywhere. History, of course, as well as mythology, religion, nature, music, film, television, literature, and stories in general of just about any kind. I draw from my own experience too, of course—I think some of the best writing happens when I truly process and translate some kind of experience or emotion I’ve had onto the page.
What can you tell me about your typical writing day and what your process is?
Up until about ten months ago, before my daughter was born, my typical writing day was pretty stable. Wake up around 6, exercise and get some personal things done, and then devote 3-4 hours to whatever project I was currently working on. Then I’d take a break—go on a walk, play a video game, eat lunch, something along those lines—and in the afternoon (assuming I hit my quota in the morning) I’d spend time blogging, worldbuilding, planning other projects, reading, or whatever else needed to be done.
But now that there’s a child around—and I’m a stay-at-home father—things are very different.
Fortunately we’ve been blessed with baby that really knows how to sleep at night, and for a while I was able to take advantage of that and wake up super early (around 4AM) to get as many hours of writing in as I could before my little girl woke. That actually worked quite well (it seems my best writing time is usually very late at night or very early in the morning anyway), but it was difficult to find consistency. If my daughter happened to wake up early, or I had to stay up late the night before, things got rough.
We’ve got some outside help now, someone who watches our daughter for a few hours each day, and that’s been helpful. Consistency is still hard to come by—it was huge for me before my daughter came along, and it has been difficult to adjust to more of a write-when-I-can” attitude—but I’m making progress. I can always find the time to do that core” chunk of writing on current projects every day, and then whatever else I can get done besides that is always great, too!
Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?
I’m actually doing an extended sequence on my blog about how I got published—so if you want the long story, you should check that out HERE! But the short version is this:
I always knew I wanted to try the traditional route first, and the best place for me to start that process was at writing conferences and conventions—there are events all over the world that feature sci-fi/fantasy fiction and writers, and I’m fortunate to be in a place (Utah) highly saturated with that kind of thing. Once I had a finished, presentable novel, I started researching the agents and editors who showed up at events, and eventually began pitching my novel to them.
That sounds pretty simple, but for an introvert like me it was terrifying. I actually completely botched my first pitch to my first agent—it was mortifying. I’m pretty sure I forgot the name of one of the main characters (in my defense I’d just recently changed the main characters’ names, but still). No kidding. But here’s an example of the craziness of the publishing world: after that first failed attempt, and after dozens of other failed attempts (happily not quite as miserable as that first one), I finally reconnected with that agent I’d first pitched to, and guess what? His name is Sam Morgan with JABberwocky Literary Agency, and he now represents me :-). Sam eventually sent my manuscript to Titan Books, they apparently thought it was decent, and here we are!
What are the folks at Titan publishers like to work with?
They’ve been really great! Miranda, my editor, is absolutely brilliant and gave me some really incredible notes that helped me polish Duskfall to the upmost. And, hey, they’re taking a chance on my five-book series, and I’m pretty happy about that!
What do your family and loved ones think of your success?
Well you’d really have to ask them to get an accurate response, but I imagine the thoughts range from delighted and proud to surprised and, perhaps, slightly confused. Some of my family members are very practical, and I’m not sure they ever thought this whole writing thing was going to be worth my time until, suddenly, it was. But I’m not sure I blame them—I think I had the same approach!
Really, I just have a huge number of people to thank. All of my family—especially my immediate family, but extended and in-law types as well— and friends have been incredibly supportive. I’m absolutely fortunate in that respect.
So what’s next for Chris Husberg, how is the writing going right now?
Right now I’m finishing up a revision of Book 2 in the Chaos Queen Quintet, hoping to send it off to my agent any day now. But with all the hype of Duskfall’s release, that progress has basically come to a standstill (that’s a first world writer’s problem, I know, but it’s frustrating nonetheless!). Hopefully in the next few weeks I can wrap that up. After that, I’m going to jump right into Book 3.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Chris. I’m looking forward to reading Duskfall.
Of course—and thanks again for the opportunity. I hope you enjoy Duskfall!
Pulled from the frozen waters of the Gulf of Nahl, stuck with arrows and near to death, Knot has no memory of who he was. But his dreams are dark, and he can kill a man with terrifying ease. Winter, a tiellan woman whose people have long been oppressed by humans, is married to and abandoned by Knot on the same day, when robed assassins attack their wedding. Her nascent magical abilities will lead her to a deadly addiction—and phenomenal power. And Cinzia, priestess and true believer, has returned to her home city to find that her own sister is leading a heretical rebellion. A rebellion that only the inquisition can crush... Their fates will intertwine, in a land where magic and demons are believed dead, but dark forces still vie for power.

Duskfall is the first novel in the Chaos Queen Quintet, and is available for pre-order now from Waterstones, Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes and Noble, Powell's, iBooks, and Kobo
About the Author
 
Christopher Husberg grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, where he did not live in an igloo, so don’t bother asking about it. He enjoyed hiking and camping in the Last Frontier, but only during the three and a half months when there wasn’t snow on the ground. The rest of the year provided ample opportunities to play Warcraft, Starcraft, and Final Fantasy, and read stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Jacques, Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper, and T.A. Barron. In high school he transitioned to authors like Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin, where he fell in love with Westeros, like, a whole decade before it was cool.

Chris first dreamed of being a writer in elementary school when he tried his hand at Redwall fan fiction. He failed miserably, and might have given up right there if his parents hadn’t fed him an assemblage of vaguely Seussian lines about places he might go, butter battles he might fight, and virescent cuisine he might consume (but mainly that first thing about going places). But his Final Fantasy fan fiction in middle school wasn’t much better, and when he tried writing his own novel in high school he decided it was way too hard and played a lot of video games and pretended to snowboard instead, though his obsession with writing continued festering in the recesses of his mind.

In 2003 Chris enrolled at Brigham Young University as an English major, but soon took two years off to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Italy. Upon returning to BYU, Chris suffered a brief stint of ballroom dancing before his writing obsession re-emerged and he began writing in earnest. He finished his first novel, Duskfall, while taking a year off and teaching ballroom dance at a local studio.
In 2010 Chris was accepted into BYU’s MFA Creative Writing program, taking fiction, non-fiction, YA lit, and theory classes, focussing mostly on short fiction writing. He somehow managed to convince the English Department to let him teach some composition and creative writing courses as part of the program, and took every opportunity to terrorize college freshman and beginning writers with pleasure.

While Chris learned about the art of writing from his MFA, he learned about the business and the craft by taking classes from Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the Stormlight Archive. With Brandon’s help, Chris realized that he could do what he loved and maybe even make a living at it if he put in the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears. Living that dream is working out well for him so far.

Chris currently lives in Provo, Utah, where he spends his time writing, reading, writing, hiking, writing, playing video games, and hanging out with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Buffy. When the writing gets tough, he considers resorting to another master’s degree, or heaven forbid a PhD, at whatever university will let him concentrate on gender and pop-culture studies in the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer...but then he remembers how much he loves what he does, and writes some more.

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Blog Tour: Lovers & Liars | Nigel May

I am so excited and thrilled to have the lovely Nigel May back on my blog to promote yet another of his amazing books. Nigel May's latest book, Lovers And Liars is ready to go and tells the story of the tyrannical hotel owner, Sheridan Rivers, who is bludgeoned to death in the penthouse suite of his six-star Velvet Hotel in beautiful Barbados. Who kills him and why remains a mystery to the very last page. Seeing as the book is jam packed with glamorous locations and hotel hot spots just like all of Nigel's fabulous books, we decided to ask him what ten things make the perfect hotel for him when he heads off for research trips around the world.
Hi Nigel, welcome to my blog.
 
Thanks Daniel, great to be here. Always a pleasure talking to you.

Lovers And Liars is a very glamorous, summer read. Did you enjoy writing it?
 
I loved it as I was lucky enough to head to Barbados last year and soak up all of the vibrant and colourful inspiration for lots of chapters in the book. It's a magical place. 

Is that why you set Velvet Hotel there?
 
Indeed it is. The boss of the hotel chain, Sheridan, is a nasty piece of work and owns hotels all over the world - which is why the action heads to Toronto, Crete, New York and Tokyo. But I was definite that the main body of the adventure had to be set on the sunshine-drenched sands of Barbados. You must go if you get the chance!

I'd love to. So did you stay in a fancy hotel like the one in Lovers And Liars when you went there?
 
No, I stayed in a beachside house with my friends. It was incredible as we could look down onto the beach outside our window and watch the baby turtles hatch or take a dip in the pool at the top of the house. It was like a hotel, but cosier.

So what do you like when you visit a hotel?
 
Great question - I shall list my top 10 essentials for you.

1. A good pool is very important. I love swimming and just playing around a swimming pool. If it has waterslides and those pummely air jets that make your skin go all squidgy when you stand in front of them then I am in heaven.

2. A good cocktail menu. I adore a good cocktail and could sit drinking mojitos all day. Such a wonderful burst of minty freshness. 
 
3. A comfy bed. Not too hard, not too soft. I love the crisp feel of wonderful hotel sheets when you climb into bed. I love it if you drift off and the temperature of the bed sheets is still fairly cool. A good mattress and pillow can make a bed one of the best places to relax in the world.  

4. A Jacuzzi. When I was researching in Toronto in Canada I stayed at a hotel that had a hot tub Jacuzzi on the roof. I was dying to climb in and relax but it was so cold out in the open as we went there in March and it was freezing.

5. A great doorman who knows the area. In Toronto ours was called Blair (which is where the character DJ Blair Lonergan's name comes from). He was awesome and deeply attractive and he could have a taxi waiting for you with the sharpest of finger clicks. 
 
6. Quirky decor. I love a themed hotel and two of my favourites in the UK are Snooze in Brighton which I kind of featured in Deadly Obsession, and The Pavilion Rock And Roll Hotel near London's Edgware Road. At Snooze the decor is retro fabulous and at the Pavilion Rock And Roll every room is themed into different styles - Honky Tonk Afro, Fucky Zebra and Flower Power are three of my faves. I used it for Scandalous Lies as a backdrop for a photo-shoot between Nova and Aaron. 
 
7. A major breakfast. Preferably a fry-up and then a plate of fresh pineapple. A perfect way to start the day.

8. A private beach. I love a beach of any kind but the one that we sampled at our hotel in Elounda in Crete, which is where Max and Heather visit in Lovers And Liars, was just incredible. You could stare out across the ocean and it was so incredibly idyllic. 
 
9. A pampering spa. I think this always helps if you want to de-stress while on holiday. Nothings beats a massage or a treatment. I went to the most amazing spa at The Chedi hotel in Muscat, Oman which I featured in my first book Trinity. I could have been tinkered with on that massage table for days. Bliss. 
 
10. A good room rate. I am a great believer that you can stay in really excellent hotels at a very reasonable price. Plan it in advance and head to booking.com every time!

Thank you Nigel, it was great to speak to you.
My pleasure. Enjoy Lovers And Liars. 

Lovers And Liars is available for eReaders and as a paperback on Amazon as are his previous four books: Trinity, Addicted, Scandalous Lies and Deadly Obsession.

 

Titan's Dark Souls Returns With New Anthology



All-new stories inspired by the smash hit video game!


Titan Comics are excited to announce that following the sell-out smash success of Dark Souls #1 and 2, Dark Souls is returning to comics for a brand-new, action-packed anthology series!

Scheduled to hit stores and digital platforms on September 14, Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame #1 builds on the reverent lore of BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment’s critically lauded video game franchise and features some of the comic industry’s brightest talents.
Dark Souls III was released in April to critic and fan fervor; it remains one of the Top 10 popular games globally and it is now the fastest selling game in the franchise. Titan’s comic series sold out of Issue #1 on its first day of release and is currently on a third printing.

George Mann (Doctor Who) and Alan Quah (Orphan Black) return to the eldritch world of their three-time sell-out smash Dark Souls series alongside a host of new creators; Dan Watters (Image Comics’ Limbo), Tauriq Moosa (The Guardian, Mary Sue), Damien Worm (The October Faction), Piotr Kowalski (The Dark Tower, Robocop) and more! 
Dark Souls: Legend of the Flame #1 comes with a host of covers to collect, and drawn by top industry talents including: Alan Quah (Dark Souls), Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Robert Hack (Afterlife with Archie), Jana Heidersdorf and Nick Percival (Judge Dredd, Slaine)!

Retailers can order issue #1 of Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame from the July edition of Diamond PREVIEWS. This all-new anthology series is sure to delight old and new fans alike! Fans can find their nearest comic store at ComicShopLocator.com