The Big Watch Me Blog Tour Giveaway

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Check out each of the host blogs of the Watch Me blog tour for a chance to win one or more of these AMAZING books:

 

All the bloggers participating in the tour are listed below. We’ll have a giveaway each day, so keep checking back!

 

 

 

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Freddie & Nas Are Back: Watch Me January 2017

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You have six seconds to view this suicide note and twenty-four hours to save the girl’s life.

The body of a 15-year-old is found hours after she sends a desperate message to her friends. It looks like suicide, until a second girl disappears.

This time, the message is sent directly to the Metropolitan Police – and an officer’s younger sister is missing.

DS Nasreen Cudmore and journalist Freddie Venton will stop at nothing to find her. But whoever’s behind the notes is playing a deadly game of hide and seek – and the clock is ticking.

YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO SAVE THE GIRL’S LIFE.
MAKE THEM COUNT.

Coming January 2017: Watch Me 

CLICK HERE FOR A TASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Watch Me

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Sixteen Exciting Fiction Titles Containing the Word Girl for 2016

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The Girl on the Tram

 

The Girl on the Penny Farthing

 

The Girl on her Period

 

The Girl with the Dragon Dictation Software

 

The Girl With the Military Tattoo

 

The Girl Who Played with Fire Retardant Sofas

 

The Girl Who Kicked the Door (by accident)

 

The Girl Who Swore

 

The Girl on the Pain-killers

 

Gone Grrrl

 

Scone Girl

 

Wrong, Girl

 

The Girl Off Her Tits

 

The Girl Who Was on Deadline

 

The Girl Who Ate all the Chocolate Covered Teacakes

 

The Girl On The Train – You Know, the One Who Had the Batshit Tights On?

 

With apologies to Paula Hawkins, Stieg Larsson, Gillian Flynn et al.

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Follow Me hits Number 39 in the UK Kindle Chart

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I am freakin’ excited that Follow Me is at number 39 in the UK Kindle Chart. You can grab it for ONLY 99p here.

‘[Clarke] really gets to what modern life is on the internet.’

‘An original idea’

‘Freddie is a magnificently monstrous character’

~ Saturday Review, BBC Radio 4

‘Written in the sharpest style, the story races along, leaving the reader almost as breathless as the heroine – but there is a verve to it that is impossible to resist. A playwright and a screenwriter, Clarke is certainly someone to watch.’

~ The Daily Mail

‘Slick and clever’

~ The Sun 

‘Cunningly plotted but should be gulped down as frothy fun with great zeitgeisty gags’

~ The Sunday Express

‘Set in a London of East End hipsters, Tinder hook-ups, and internships, this tongue-in-cheek tale explores murder in the age of social media’

~ The Sunday Mirror

‘A very contemporary nightmare, delivered with panache’

~  The Independent

‘Clarke has made an appealing flawed female lead who’ll make immediate sense to readers who enjoyed Rachel in The Girl On The Train. An invigorating cat-and-mouse game, with a dark and filthy wit that deliciously spikes the regular drenchings of gore’

~ Crime Scene Magazine

‘A chilling debut’

~ Hello! Magazine

 ‘Follow Me is compelling, a proper page-turner’

~ Emerald Street

‘Gripping, darkly funny and feminist, I loved Follow Me’

~ Caroline Criado-Perez

‘Follow Me is a well written, taut, absolutely fascinating and scarily good crime novel that is too true to life…It will certainly make you look at social media and Twitter in particular with the utmost scepticism and horror. Outstanding! Clearly the start of a wonderful series, superbly written. I definitely want more.’

~ Shots Magazine

 

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Follow Me Paperback Released Early – Exclusively at Tesco

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I’m so excited to say the Follow Me paperback has been released early exclusively in Tesco stores up and down the country now. Just in time for Christmas! Grab it for the social media and/or crime thriller lover in your life, and yourself. Go on, you deserve it: every little helps….

‘A very contemporary nightmare, delivered with panache’ ~ The Independent

‘A chilling debut’ ~ Hello! Magazine

‘An invigorating cat-and-mouse game, with a dark and filthy wit that deliciously spikes the regular drenchings of gore’ ~ Crime Scene Magazine

‘Follow Me is compelling, a proper page-turner’ ~ Emerald Street

‘Outstanding!’ ~ Shots Magazine

‘Gripping, darkly funny and feminist, I loved Follow Me’ ~ Caroline Criado-Perez

‘Angela Clarke brings dazzling wit and a sharp sense of contemporary life to a fast-paced serial killer novel with serious style’ ~ Jane Casey (Maeve Kerrigan Series)

‘Pacey, gripping, and so up-to-the-minute you better read it quick!’~ Claire McGowan (Paula Maguire Series)

‘We’ve been waiting for a novel that shows just how creepy and scary social media actually is and this is it. Angela Clarke knows exactly which buttons to press. #creepedmeout’ ~ Tania Carver (Brennan & Esposito Series)

‘A fascinating murder mystery and a dark, ironic commentary on modern social media’ ~ Paul Finch (Stalkers)

‘Fast-paced, tense and playfully witty’ Graeme Cameron (Normal)

‘Clarke explores the phenomenon of (social media) celebrity while tapping into your fears’ ~ Rebecca Bradley (Shallow Waters)

‘Smart, fast paced, fresh and frightening. Follow Me is a gripping debut.’ Rowan Coleman (The Memory Book)

‘Follow Me is literally gripping – the tension levels were forcing me to clutch the book so hard that my hands hurt!’ ~ Daisy Buchanan

 

 

 

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How do you develop your first idea into an entire novel?

| How Do Writers... A Series of Practical Writing Tools

CAD9TdPWEAAUxfmI believe a strong plot can be condensed into one or two sentences. A summary. A lift pitch: what you would say to an editor if you had sixty seconds to sell them your novel. When I have an idea I test it, develop it, until that idea has grown into my one or two summary sentences of plot. It focuses my mind on what’s at the route of a book: a strong story. A good narrative arc.

From there I …. You can read the rest of this guest post on Book Addict Shaun’s Blog

Thank you so much to Shaun for hosting me as part of the Follow Me Blog Tour

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Follow Me Blog Tour 3rd – 22nd Dec

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Follow Me blog tourI’m really excited to announce that the Follow Me Blog Tour will be running from 3rd – 22nd December! Check out these fabulous bloggers for reviews, interviews, special content, excerpts & competitions:

Thursday 3rd December:  http://www.bookaddictshaun.co.uk

Friday 4th December: http://brookcottagebooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday 5th December: http://fabulousbookfiend.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday 6th December: https://bookaholicconfessions.wordpress.com/

Monday 7th December: http://rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday 8th December: http://www.writing.ie/

Wednesday 9th December: http://handwrittengirl.com/

Thursday 10th December: http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/

Friday 11th December: http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday 12th December: http://boonsbookcase.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday 13th December: http://celestelovesbooks.blogspot.ie/

Monday 14th December: https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 15th December: http://off-the-shelfbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday 16th December: http://onmybookshelf.blog.pl/

Thursday 17th December: http://myreading-corner.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday 18th December: http://lozzasbookcorner.blogspot.co.uk/

Saturday 19th December: https://portobellobookblog.com/

Sunday 20th December: https://fromfirstpagetolast.wordpress.com/

Monday 21st December: https://ireadnovels.wordpress.com/

Tuesday 22nd December: http://chicklitpad.blogspot.co.uk/

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How To Do PR For A Book

| How Do Writers... A Series of Practical Writing Tools

CUvfHtmWoAIqgaIThis week Avon Publishing have been sending out some very scary packages! Lucky book bloggers and reviewers were sent a parcel containing an old school analogue phone, and instructions to turn it on and check their messages. On the phone was the alarming message:

Follow, Like, Share, Die. Is it safer to stay offline?

But don’t worry the #Murderer isn’t about to start bumping off book lovers. This was a clever PR teaser campaign for Follow Me my crime thriller that is out in ebook next week on the 3rd December (currently 99p) and in paperback on the 31st December. What do you think: creepy or clever?

Now does anyone know where I can get an analogue phone from….

LIKE. SHARE. FOLLOW . . . DIE

The ‘Hashtag Murderer’ posts chilling cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public’s imagination.

But this is no virtual threat.

As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count.

Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer. But can they stay one step ahead of him? And can they escape their own past?

Time’s running out. Everyone is following the #Murderer. But what if he is following you?

ONLINE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM …

With thanks to Anne Cater for the photo of the Nokia phone and message.

 

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Wharf Column: Do You Trust Time?

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Did your computer and phone clock change themselves at the end of British Summertime? Coud someone hack the right computer and change all our clocks at once? Would we notice? Read this week’s Wharf column here.

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The Princess Monologues, at The Bread & Roses Theatre

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Once upon a time, a plucky theatre lover travelled to the magical kingdom of Clapham in search of a top night out…

4345308_origAs soon as I heard about The Princess Monologues my mind immediately turned to the many articles, memes, and quotes deploring Disney princesses as bad role models for little girls, as good role models for little girls, arguments against buying pink toys for young girls, the story of the little boy who goes to nursery dressed as a princess, how princess is a compliment, how it’s a slur, colour, gender, identity. When did princess become such a loaded word?

Director Tessa Hart has seized on the multiple nuances ‘princess’ holds and commissioned a brilliant, blisteringly funny, sometime sad, twisty, twisted, and very prescient collection of monologues. A fantastically engaging sprint of an hour long show you’ll laugh, possibly cry, and certainly think on once the glitter has settled and you’ve left the theatre.

Eleanor Dillon-Reams is a revelatory tour de force, moving seamlessly on stage and in front3902158 of the audience, between the six characters of the six monologues written by the diverse and talented Tilly Lunken, Tina Jay, Claire Booker, Simon Jay, Amy Bethan Evans, Tessa Hart, and Eliza Power. Dillon-Reams’ accent, tone, posture and entire body shifted so fully to inhabit each character it was as if they were there: six different people. A staggering performance, she’s certainly a talent to watch.

Simon Jay’s Home Made Princess squeezed my heart tight with it’s incredible switch. Dillon-Reams expertly making the most of the emotive subject, and causing this audience member to have to blink away tears. Claire Booker’s Princess Frankenstein is a darkly, comic gem: one of the funniest things I’ve seen this year. And Eliza Power’s #Shame, sharp as a knife, effortlessly cuts through multiple meanings and associations of the word princess, of words and names themselves, pulling together Disney, Kim Kardashian, and a depressingly familiar situation too many women find themselves in, in a final punch I didn’t see coming.

The Princess Monologues are strong, tight, multifarious and gleeful inspections of what ‘princess’ means in 2015. This show deserves to go far. I wouldn’t be surprised if it transfers. Catch it if you can. You’ll live happily ever after.

The Princess Monolgues is on at The Bread & Roses Theatre in Clapham until Sunday 22nd November at 7.30pm. And at the The Space on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday 6th December at 6pm.

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