Barbara Copperthwaite



May 2017

‘A cracking thriller’ #BookReview TRUST ME, Angela Clarke @TheAngelaClarke @AvonBooksUK


‘Fast plot, snappy dialogue, breathless pacing; Angela Clarke does it again’



What do you do if you witness a crime…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific attack streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who attacked her.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but the trail has gone cold. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.


Fast plot, snappy dialogue, breathless pacing; Angela Clarke does it again.

The fabulous thing about her Social Media novels is that you know exactly what you’re going to get – and once more she delivers. In Freddie and Nas, the author has created two characters readers can genuinely engage with. I love their… TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE


PhotoFiction: Jo Lambert shares #writing inspirations @Jolambertwriter #authorinterview


Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Jo Lambert reveals how landscape shapes her writing…

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Born and raised in rural Wiltshire, Jo Lambert grew up with a love of books and a vivid imagination. As a child she enjoyed creating her own adventure stories similar to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five. Writing always stayed with her, but college, work and eventually marriage found it was kept very much in the background. However in 2009 she finally had her first novel – When Tomorrow Comes – published. Three other connected books – Love Lies and Promises, The Ghost of You and Me and Between Today and Yesterday followed. They became collectively known as the Little Court Series. In 2013 she decided to give up full time work to concentrate fully on her writing. Since then she has added a final book The Other Side of Morning, to her Little Court Series. This was followed by two linked novels set in South Devon – Summer Moved On and Watercolours in the Rain – published in 2015 and 2016. Her new work in progress is set in North Cornwall and will be published at the end of 2017.

She describes her writing as drama driven romance.

Jo is married and lives in a village on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She loves travel, red wine, rock music and has a passion for dark chocolate…

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JO SAYS: The one key element in every book I have written has been landscape. When I began writing, I followed the well-worn mantra ‘Write what you know about’. Growing up in a village and having now returned after a few years in the city, I was fairly fluent in all aspects of village life – the kind of people who live there, the culture and backdrop. And I consider backdrop is probably the most important of the three…TO CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

‘Great writing’ #bookreview HUNTING THE HANGMAN by @HowardLinskey @noexitpress via @bcopperthwait

‘It screams its authenticity at the reader from the outset’



Bestselling author Howard Linskey’s fifteen year fascination with the assassination attempt on Reinhard Heydrich, the architect of the holocaust, has produced a meticulously researched, historically accurate thriller with a plot that echoes The Day of the Jackal and The Eagle has Landed. 

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on a man so evil even fellow SS officers referred to him as the ‘Blond Beast’. In Prague he was known as the Hangman. Hitler, who called him ‘The Man with the Iron Heart’, considered Heydrich to be his heir, and entrusted him with the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ to the Jewish question: the systematic murder of eleven million people.

In 1942 two men were trained by the British SOE to parachute back into their native Czech territory to kill the man ruling their homeland. Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik risked everything for their country. Their attempt on Reinhard Heydrich’s life was one of the single most dramatic events of the Second World War, with horrific consequences for thousands of innocent people.

Hunting the Hangman is a tale of courage, resilience and betrayal with a devastating finale. Based on true events, the story reads like a classic World War Two thriller and is the subject of two big-budget Hollywood films that coincide with the anniversary of Operation Anthropoid.


I love thrillers, and I love historical non-fiction, but I admit I am often uncomfortable when the two blur, and someone writes a fictional version of actual events featuring the people really involved. Their inaccuracies and inconsistencies worry at me, and I find myself fretting that readers will believe the fiction as they would a factual book.

However, in the case of Hunting The Hangman, I must applaud the incredible amount of research that has clearly gone into this book. Historically accurate, it screams its authenticity at the reader from the outset.

There is no glorifying or trivializing events. Instead, there is simply great writing and research, weaving together to tell this incredible, fictionalized account of a true story.

Publication week whirlwind! #TheDarkestLies


The emotional snow globe of life has been picked up, shaken around with me inside it, then set down again. I now sit, dazed and confused, trying to piece together the crazy week that has passed since The Darkest Lies was published a week ago yesterday. It seems a LOT longer than that!

Publication day started, for me, at 3am. Like an over-excited child at Christmas, I found it impossible to sleep. There was also the distinct possibility of tears due to overtiredness at some point later that day. My book had been delivered to my Kindle at midnight (yes, of course I’d ordered a copy!) but after looking at it to check all was okay with it, there wasn’t a lot else to do except feel sick with nerves. I can honestly say I have never worked so hard on a book in my entire life, and all I could hope was that it would be well-received.

From around 6.30am, the day was a whirl of congratulations. It was a surreal and wonderful experience. My blog tour kicked off, and for the rest of the week I’ve been riding high on a wave of positivity. I’ve also been obsessively checking my rankings on Amazon, and keeping everything crossed.

Things seem to be going well, with it hitting number 35 in the Top 100, and also riding high in psychological thrillers – including hitting the Number 1 spot in Hot New Releases!

A lovely bonus is that my other two novels, Invisible, and Flowers For The Dead, have both re-entered the Noir top 100 on Amazon in the UK and the US.

The reviews for The Darkest Lies have been wonderful! I must take this opportunity to give thanks to the incredible support I’ve received from the blogging community and fellow authors. The rather fabulous Robert Bryndza, author of The Girl in the Ice and Last Breath, messaged me saying: ‘It grips you by the throat and doesn’t let go. A tense, edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting ride.’ so that was a thumbs up, then! I’m so, so glad that the people reading The Darkest Lies are enjoying it. If they buy The Darkest Lies, read it, and think enough of it to recommend it to friends, then I am happy. As always, my fingers crossed!

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The loneliness of a long-distance writer

Facebook has just reminded me that exactly 12 months ago I blogged this. Given that at the moment I’m celebrating the publication of my latest book (the very one I’m despairing about on this post), have now got a four-book deal with Bookouture, and am feeling very excited about the future, I thought it timely to share the post again.
Twelve months ago I was at the end of my tether, run down, and wondering what the heck I was doing. I felt like giving up. This is for anyone feeling like that right now. Don’t give up – you will get over that finish line.

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This is the hard bit. The bit where the real authors are sorted out from the wannabes. The bit where those not determined enough, passionate enough, driven enough, give up and fall by the wayside.

This is the bit where you are reminded that writing a book is not a short sprint but a long, hard marathon of endurance. My own willpower is wavering a little lately, I admit. I’ve been ill at a constant low-level for two months or so now. Niggling things such as colds, stomach bugs, shingles, even mouth ulcers, all showing me how run down I am, and slowing down my writing. I’m tired all the time. All. The. Time. I even wake tired. What I want to do – perhaps what I need to do – is take a break, rest, regain my zing.

This is the part of being an author that people rarely…

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BLOOD TYPE: Jane Isaac @JaneIsaacAuthor @Legend_Press #writingtips #writerslife


CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday top-notch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.

“I’m incredibly hard on myself because I feel that every book should be better than the last.”

This week: Jane Isaac

Tell us about yourself…

Hi Barbara! Thanks so much for inviting me to your lovely blog. My name is Jane Isaac and I write both the DCI Helen Lavery and the DI Will JackmanAuthor Pic series. My books have been described as detective fiction with a psychological edge and my next novel, The Lies Within, was released on 2nd May 2017.

How do you pick character names? Do any have special meaning to you?

I find names incredibly difficult and spend a long time working through lists of possibles to come up with a name that I feel ‘fits’ a character. It’s also important to ensure that names in your book aren’t similar too, or all start with the same letter, so that they don’t confuse the reader. I use an alphabetical index system for each book (a great tip another writer gave me a few years ago) for names, descriptions and potted histories of each character, so that I don’t have too many people with similar names or features.

I have noticed that I have a penchant for character names ending with the letter ‘a’ though. Throughout my books I have an Eva, an Anna and a Carmela. Even my own daughter is called Ella! TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE


‘Truly original’ #BookReview THE ONE, John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @PenguinRHUK


‘The One is one of a kind – and singularly good’


How far would you go to find THE ONE?
One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.
A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…


I love it when an author comes up with a truly original idea, and this is one of them. Living in a world where it’s easy to find your soul mate sounds pretty ideal, but what if, once you’ve found The One, you discover things about them that make you question yourself? What if your other half completes you in a way you hadn’t expected?

This novel consists of five main characters who, through alternating chapters, reveal their stories sparked by the same set of circumstances, ie finding their perfect match. Each have totally unexpected and unforeseen consequences. Each is clever, absorbing, and will have you reading on, eager to see what has happened.

Rather than the stories interweaving in the end, though, they stay separate. They are essentially five short stories; not that that detracts at all from the book, but instead underlines how unique it is. There is love, heartbreak, tragedy, cunning, double-crossing, intrigue and murder contained in its pages. But what genre is it? It’s hard to tell. A little bit science fiction, a little bit crime, a little bit contemporary literature. It really doesn’t matter. The One is one of a kind – and singularly good.

Nerves, horse’s heads & looming publication day… #The DarkestLies #writerslife

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‘Only six more sleeps to go until the world discovers the shocking truth about The Darkest Lies…’ 

There are only six days left until The Darkest Lies is published. Not that I’m counting or anything. Forget that, I’m totally counting. In fact, I feel like a kid at Christmas, and every single day that goes by brings me another sleep closer to my big day. My very talented partner, Paul, has taken the incredible cover that Bookouture created, and made a countdown video for me which I’ve posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and which I love to watch because it makes it seem more real.


This is the third time I’ve published a book. By now, I should be a bit blasé about the whole thing. Instead, I think I’m more nervous than ever. With each release it feels as though the stakes are higher. The first time, with INVISIBLE, I was nervous and excited, but ultimately I had no expectations. If I sold more than six copies (including the one I bought myself) I’d be happy. I was more nervous with FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD because I was scared that the people who had liked Invisible wouldn’t like this new one as much. Now, with The Darkest Lies about to be published, I’m reaching an even bigger audience. In fact, for the first time ever, I’ve become a bestseller in America purely on pre-orders alone. The Darkest Lies is Number 13 in Hot New Releases and Number 85 in Psychological Fiction. Woo hoo! And eek!

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Fingers crossed they like what they read when The Darkest Lies is delivered to their Kindles, Kobos, iPads, and all manner of other eReaders on Friday. Although I am as excited as a child at Christmas, I’m also a bit nervous about what’s hiding inside the metaphorical gift – it could be the best thing ever…or a horse’s head. Fingers crossed for the former! Early readers do seem to be enjoying it though, which is easing my nerves. Phrases such as ‘absolutely jaw-dropping’ (Nicki’s Life of Crime) and ‘dark, compelling and unforgettable’ (Brew and Books Review) are being used, which is all of my dreams come true, to be honest. Only six more sleeps to go until the world discovers the shocking truth about The Darkest Lies…

*If you’d like to pre-order THE DARKEST LIES it’s only 99p right now. Click here

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PhotoFiction: Robert Crouch shares #writing inspirations @robertcrouchuk #authorinterview


Authors reveal the images that inspired 100,000 words

THIS WEEK: Robert Crouch reveals how he one day spotted something very different about a house he walked past every day – and that changed his life…

Rob thumb.pngFor over 30 years, Robert Crouch worked in and around the South Downs. He left environmental health in March 2016 to focus on writing. In November 2016, he published, Fisher’s Fables, a collection of humorous blogs that used Kent Fisher to fictionalise his experiences as an environmental health officer and manager. Robert is currently editing the second Kent Fisher mystery, No Bodies, for publication in 2017.


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Sometimes, you can’t see for looking. For years I visited East Dean village, which nestles among the rolling hills of the South Downs. Most of these visits related to my work as an environmental health officer, inspecting the kitchens of the Tiger Inn, or one of the restaurants that overlooked the village green.

With the magnificent chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters only a mile away, most of my walking took me along the coast. Here, while the wind whipped across the Downs, I imagined life and death battles on the edge of the cliffs between the good guys and the bad…TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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