#BlogTour Anything For Her, 12 words with G J Minett


G.J. Minett studied at Cambridge and then spent many years as a teacher of foreign languages. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, and won the 2010 Chapter One Prize for unpublished novels with the opening chapter of The Hidden Legacy.

Today, as part of the Anything For Her blog tour, he’s taking on the LifeOfCri.me 12 word challenge.



Answers should be complete sentences, and completed in no more than 12 words (unless otherwise stated)

Contractions count. It’s = 2 words.


LOC: What can you tell us about your latest release, Anything for Her?

GJM: When she asks for help, you don’t say no, do you?

LOC: How would you describe your writing process?

GJM: Practically OCD. Planned to the nth degree.

LOC: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt in your writing career so far?

GJM: Just how generous and supportive other writers and bloggers are.

LOC: What words of wisdom do you have for aspiring authors?

GJM: If you don’t believe you’re a writer, why should others?

LOC: Describe your perfect day

GJM: Maggie O’Farrell phones to say she loves the way I write (sigh)

And finally, just for laughs…

LOC: Thanks to the author Paul Finch, you’ve just woken up on stage in front of the judges of a TV talent show with just Aplastic skeleton, a staple gun and a roll of toilet paper. What do you do?

GJM: I cry and tell them my kids are all terminally ill

You’d do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn’t you?

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy’s never forgotten her. He’d do anything for her then, and he’d do anything for her now.

When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?

Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing – reasons that might be more dangerous than she’s led him to believe . . .


The End Of Lies – Andrew Barrett


My name is Becky. I arrived home to find my husband, Chris, stabbed to death and a gang of men ransacking our house.

Turns out that Chris has something that belongs to them. And if I want to stay alive, I have to find it and return it. They have given me seven days. And a beating.

There is nowhere to hide and no time left to look. So I will stand my ground as the deadline approaches. All I have is a head full of lies and a very bad plan.

This is my story.


Wow, just absolutely wow.

If you want a commute to work read, don’t pick up this book, because you are guaranteed to miss your stop. To say I was gripped by the story and couldn’t put this book down seems a bit of an understatement in the case of The End Of Lies.  It was like a feast for the eyes, and they just didn’t want to stop eating.

From Chapter One you are thrown straight into the midst of the story as Becky comes home to find her husband dead on their lounge floor, from there on in the story alternates between what happens to Becky afterwards, and the time leading up to what has happened now.

It’s an amazing read, with an easy style, and some classic moments that will have you smirking in recognition, like the interaction between the long together husband and wife, one of knowing someone so well that conversation flows easily, it makes you feel like you are in the casual company of two people you have known for a long time, not just a couple whose life you are just beginning to uncover, even though that’s exactly what is happening.

Grab yourself a copy now, it’s one decision you won’t regret making this holiday season.

A Geraldine Steel Top Ten, Celebrating Ten Geraldine Steels……



The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
 To Catch A Rabbit- Helen Cadbury 
A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines 
Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse 
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte 
Gallows View – Peter Robinson 
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte 
Nicholas Nickleby- Dickens 
Under World- Reginald Hill 
The Amateur Historian Julian Cole

Detective Geraldine Steel is back in Class Murder – her tenth case!

With so many potential victims to choose from, there would be many deaths. He was spoiled for choice, really, but he was determined to take his time and select his targets carefully. Only by controlling his feelings could he maintain his success. He smiled to himself. If he was clever, he would never have to stop. And he was clever. He was very clever. Far too clever to be caught.

When two people are murdered, their only connection lies buried in the past. As police search for the elusive killer, another body is discovered. Pursuing her first investigation in York, and reunited with her former sergeant Ian Peterson, Geraldine Steel struggles to solve the baffling case. How can she expose the killer, and rescue her shattered reputation, when all the witnesses are being murdered?



The Last Post – Introductory Novella


It is April 1918. May Keaps is a twenty year old ambulance driver stationed at The Front. As if transporting hideously wounded soldiers, sleep deprivation and constant shell bombardment weren’t enough, she becomes unwittingly entangled in the untimely death of a young captain, Tobias Fairfax.

Newly-arrived in Northern France he was found with a discharged pistol by his side; rumours on the battlefield were that it wasn’t an accident and he had taken the coward’s way out, committing suicide.

Whatever the explanation, Tobias left a dangerous legacy that puts May in the line of fire. But she is not the only one with a reason to want to uncover the truth. And in a world where life can be extinguished in the blink of an eye, May might regret her search for answers…

The Last Post is the haunting introduction to the May Keaps series.

In the depths of World War 1, protagonist May Keaps shows the true strength of her character from the very beginning of this introductory novella, as an Ambulance driver who whilst having to prove her calmness under pressure, shows also her compassion and tenacity to care for those around her no matter the cost.

I have to admit that wartime based books are not something I generally enjoy reading, but I knew I had to try to get outside of my comfort zone, and I’m glad I did.  It was a great introduction to a new series.

(It’s also currently free on Amazon – So go grab it now!)

Graham Smith talks Novella’s


Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland. (Where the cri.me’s partnered up!)

He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.

2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009

Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.

Today, as part of Novella November he’s talking to us, about their uses as introductory catalysts and mid series teasers…

I’m something of a contrarian when it comes to short stories and novellas. Before I started writing, I tended not to read them as my preference was always for novel length works. However, as an aspiring author, I really learned a lot about the craft of writing, and brevity in particular, by writing short stories. To this end I wrote around forty short stories before refocussing my attentions on the unfinished novel which was sat on my computer.

When my debut novel, Snatched from Home was accepted for publication by Caffeine Nights, I contacted the publisher and mooted the idea of a short story collection with each of the five stories introducing a different member of the Major Crimes Team. My idea was that it would be free or certainly cut price and would therefore give readers a chance to meet the team and check out my writing style.

The publisher gave me the go ahead and I put finger to key – pen to paper is so last year. A couple of weeks after I’d submitted the collection, he emailed me back to say he liked them and could I also write a novella or short story collection to precede each novel in the series. Naturally, I said yes to this.

As I’d already written book two in the series, I Know Your Secret, I had to write a novella which fit between it and Snatched from Home. The problem I had was that there was only 48 hours between the end of one novel and the start of the next. Fortunately I came up with an idea for a story which would not just fit within that time frame, but would actually take place over a period of nine hours.

A month later, the first draft of Matching the Evidence was complete. With me caught up on the publishing schedule the next piece I wrote featuring the Major Crimes Team was No Comment, the novella which will be released in spring 2018 before the release of the next novel, When the Waters Recede.

For me, writing shorter form pieces such as novellas or short stories allows room for experimentation. By that I mean I can try different points of view so I can introduce support characters to the reader more fully, or that I can write a plot which doesn’t have the legs to be a full novel, but is still intriguing enough to be told in short form.

I could go on and on about short stories and novellas, but that would rather defeat the point, wouldn’t it? All I have left to say is, if you’ve not tried the delights of a shorter read, you’re missing out on some great bite-size fiction, so go on; try something that can be read during your commute or in a snatched ten minutes of peace. You’ll get a story that fills your need without leaving you sorry that you have to stop reading.

Graham can be found on

 – and at www.grahamsmithauthor.com