Becoming a parent changed my priorities entirely, but also added a new set of fears and terrors haunting me into the nights and sometimes during the day too. My perception of the subjects of parenting and childhood in fiction suffered a transformation as well, I find myself more connected to stories centered or touching on such themes. Nowadays, these stories are also an attempt for me to exorcise these fears, to keep them at bay and let the mind wander less on dark alleys in the middle of the night. The disappearance of a child is such a subject, be it in crime, thriller or horror novels, and soon I’ll definitely work on casting out my dread through “Little Boy Found”, a crime novel by LK Fox due to be released by Quercus Books on July 6th. Now, the major theme of “Little Boy Found” might be very familiar but the book promises to stay away from the beaten path, it advertises unexpected twists. One such surprise, and a very pleasant one indeed, comes early, LK Fox being the pen name of the multiple awarded writer Cristopher Fowler, the author of numerous novels and short stories, the wonderful Bryant and May crime series among them. “Little Boy Found” is available on pre-order now and we have a chance, not sure for how long, to grab an e-copy on promotional price. So, if you fancy a copy of the novel or that this is a deal not to be missed you can pre-order “Little Boy Found” at Amazon US, UK or another of its country websites.
After the Australian Horror Writers Association revamped its appearance, changing its name to the Australasian Horror Writers Association, bringing a new look to its website and electing a new committee, the AHWA has a tempting offer for all the horror fans around the world to celebrate all these changes. With a new issue of Midnight Echo, the regular publication of the AHWA, coming this year, the Australasian Horror Writers Association offers the electronic copies of the magazine’s first 10 issues at the promotional price of 10 Australian Dollars. If you are interested in this offer, available for a limited time (although it is not clear how long that would be), you can find all the details at the AHWA website.
Marianne de Pierres, the award winning Australian author of the Peacemaker books, the Parrish Plessis, the Night Creatures and the Sentients of Orion series, has been writing a series of crime novels (with a tint of paranormal since the main protagonist can read people’s auras) under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Twelfth Planet Press started to publish new editions of Marianne Delacourt’s Tara Sharp series last year and to celebrate the release of the third novel, “Too Sharp”, they offer us a chance to read for free the first volume of the series, “Sharp Shooter”, winner of the 2010 Davitt Award. You can find a copy of Marianne Delacourt’s “Sharp Shooter” at Amazon (depending on your location, of course) or Smashwords (for the epub format).
Tara Sharp should be just another unemployable, twenty-something, ex-private schoolgirl … but she has the gift—or curse as she sees it—of reading people’s auras. The trouble is, auras sometimes tell you things about people they don’t want you to know.
When a family friend recommends Mr Hara’s Paralanguage School, Tara decides to give it a whirl – and graduates with flying colours. So when Mr Hara picks up passes on a job for a hot-shot lawyer she jumps at the chance despite some of his less-than-salubrious clients.
Tara should know better than to get involved when she learns the job involves mob boss Johnny Vogue. But she’s broke and the magic words ‘retainer’ and ‘bonus’ have been mentioned. Soon Tara finds herself sucked into an underworld ‘situation’ that has her running for her life.
Sharp Shooter is a hilarious, action-packed novel and Tara Sharp is Triple F: Funny. Fast. Feisty.