Posted in Crime, Press Release

FIRST NAMES REVEALED: SPECIAL GUESTS AT 2020 THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL #TheakstonsCrime #HIF2020 23-26 July 2020 | Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate @HarrogateFest @TheakstonsCrime @midaspr

Harrogate, 4 March 2020: The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is thrilled to announce its 2020 Special Guests at the world’s largest and most prestigious crime fiction festival.

Crime writing royalty Martina Cole, Mark Billingham, Lisa Gardner, Kathy Reichs, Elly Griffiths, Mick Herron and Michael Connelly will be appearing as part of the killer line-up curated by this year’s Festival Programming Chair and Rebus author, Ian Rankin OBE.

Returning for its 18th instalment, the award-winning Festival is established as a literary phenomenon, attracting an international audience to see the best in the business and the most exciting new talent as part of an unmissable programme of creative workshops, once in a lifetime talks and unique panels.

From 23-26 July, Harrogate’s Old Swan Hotel – the legendary scene of Agatha Christie’s mysterious disappearance in 1926 – will welcome over 100 world-famous authors for a celebration of the crime genre like no other.

Joining fiction titan Ian Rankin at this year’s Festival will be No. 1 bestseller Martina Cole will be sharing the stories behind her iconic career as the undisputed Queen of Crime; Kathy Reichs will introduce A Conspiracy of Bones, the riveting new thriller featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan; and Festival favourite Mark Billingham returns to Harrogate to celebrate 20 years of Tom Thorne,  one of British crime fiction’s most iconic detectives.

Michael Connelly, the international phenomenon with over 74 million copies sold worldwide, touches down in the UK to share his latest unputdownable thriller featuring veteran reporter Jack McEvoy, Fair Warning; the master of psychological suspense Lisa Gardner will give the Harrogate audience an insight into the twists and turns of When You See MeElly Griffiths is set to reveal the secrets behind her much-loved Dr Ruth Galloway mystery series; and Mick Herron will mark ten years of his award-winning spy sensation Slough House and introduce his new novella set in the same world, The Catch.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival forms part of the diverse year-round portfolio curated by the charitable organisation Harrogate International Festivals, delivered with the mission to bring immersive and moving cultural experiences to as many people as possible.

Ian Rankin, best-selling Rebus author, said:

“It is for good reason that Harrogate is so well loved by authors and audiences alike, and the pressure has been on to make sure that this year lives up to its stellar reputation! But working with the Harrogate team has been a joy and we’re incredibly proud of the celebration of crime writing we have in store. Beginning with the announcement of our incredible Special Guests, the countdown to this year’s legendary long weekend is well and truly on and I can’t wait unveil the rest in April.”

Sharon Canavar, CE of Harrogate International Festivals, said:

“Our mission at Harrogate International Festivals is to present the most unforgettable cultural experiences and year on year Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival continues to surpass all expectations. It has been a delight working with Ian Rankin and we’re thrilled that the 2020 Special Guest line-up reflects the absolute best in the crime-writing business – we look forward to revealing the full programme.”

Simon Theakston, Executive Director of Theakston, said:

“We are incredibly proud to be supporting the biggest and best crime writing festival in the world, right here in Harrogate – it is a truly unique opportunity to discover the secrets behind the genre’s greatest characters, listen to world-renowned authors and celebrate the wonderful world of crime writing. All this and the chance to enjoy a very satisfying glass of Old Peculier at the same time.”

Booking: Rover Tickets – including Weekend, Friday and Saturday – are now on sale, along with Weekend Break Packages. For more information and to book tickets, please call +44(0)1423 562 303 or email crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk.

The full programme line-up will be announced on 2nd April 2020

PRAISE FOR THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL

“The Best Crime Festival in the World and I should know I’ve done them all” Lee Child

“Harrogate is a must. With beautiful locale, smart fans and superb author interaction, it’s one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended” Michael Connelly

“Incredibly well run and such a friendly group of authors and punters” J. S. Monroe

“Turning a small corner of Yorkshire into paradise” Val McDermid

“Amazing Event, great company” Robert Scragg

“There are so many Festivals in the world, but this is the one I keep coming back to” Andrew Taylor

“The crime Festival is the best in the country, and it shows no sign of ever changing” Barry Forshaw

“Famous amongst crime readers all over the world” Ann Cleeves

“It’s the industry must-have” N J Cooper

Harrogate International Festivals

‘Harrogate International Festivals’ is a charitable organisation with a mission to present a diverse year-long programme of live events that bring immersive and moving cultural experiences to as many people as possible. Delivering artistic work of national importance, the Festival curates and produces over 300 unique and surprising performances each year, celebrating world-renowned artists and championing new and up-coming talent across music, literature, science, philosophy and psychology. The HIF+ ongoing education outreach programme engages schools, young people and the local community with workshops, talks, projects and inspiring activities, ensuring everyone can experience the Festival’s world class programme and the transformative power of the arts.

Established in 1966, Harrogate International Festivals are an artistic force to be reckoned with and a key cultural provider for the North of England.

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Posted in New Books, Press Release

New Release : Death By Night -Elijah Cainaan

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Mystery Thriller BlurbTwo life long friends Dr.Michael J. Jarret & Attorney Greg Pulaski meet in a steakhouse restaurant in New York City, to discuss their plans to go mountain climbing so Dr. Jarret thinks. Only to find out that

Greg has an alternative motive for going there. Greg’s compelling argument persuades Dr. Jarret to agree to accompany him. Then they were on their way, only to be never heard from again. Three months later, Rob Thompson and Joseph Ming, two childhood friends and eager newspaper reporters, solved two of New York’s biggest cases, which caused the boss of the Chinese mafia to put a bounty on their heads.

After refusing FBI protection on the behalf of their boss Mr. Briggs they were sent on an assignment out of town to dig up any information on the two native New Yorker’s disappearances while vacationing in Montana.

Arriving in Montana without luggage, Rob and joseph meet and teams up with Monique Waters to assist them. Monique contacts her good friend, Ms. Mitchell, a local private detective who would take on anything that meets her investigative qualities. On their adventure, what they thought, the assignment was going to be a fairly simple task, became more and more complex. After leaving a scene where a little girl was abducted; Misty got a lead that a person witnessed an abduction in Billings, Montana. While trying to find leads, they encountered a unique night stalker unlike either of them has ever seen.

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I was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1975, and moved to America when I was a child. Raised in North Carolina, my mother became a single mom when I was a toddler. When I was growing up, I had a very active imagination. I’d drawn and written several homemade comic books at the age of eleven. I really enjoy creating stories. In high school, I use to draw and write little skits of my favorite cartoon characters, I enjoyed when I was younger; and fitting them into a direction in which I wanted them to go. Whatever I did in life, I always found myself writing, and creating again. In the late 90’s, I started to write poetry. I loved the way the words flows from a fluent speaking poet. It seem there words paint a distinct picture with every syllable conveyed from their lips. Their words became a melody without any instruments. I received awards for my poetry, also did a little spoken word; and to be honest, the audience did love my work. I was commended on a lot of my pieces. In the new millennium, I started to write books; and I want my words to convey a sweet melody to a reader’s mind. To paint a picture in whatever I wanted to write, and intrigue the reader by my creativity. I enjoy making new worlds of mystery, horror, science fiction, and fantasy. I can really push the limits in writing. I love to create. You will see as you read, and enjoy.

 Connect with Elijah Cainaan: 

Website | Twitter | Facebook

  If you would like a copy of ‘Death By Night’to read, review or feature, please contact Kris Barnes of Authoramp

Elijah also available for interviews and guest blogging

Posted in New Books, Press Release

New Release : Freedom is for the Birds J.M Sutherland

If you love animals this one maybe for you. 🙂

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Blurb -2Freedom Is For The Birds is a book of animal fiction. It is a riveting, heartwarming story about a family of red-tailed hawks. Come enter the world of animals . . . where you can forget about the stress of: your job or school, the daily commutes in rush hour traffic, money and banking, insurance, transportation, and taxes. In the world of animals, the only things you have to stress about are the safety of your family, and surviving to thrive in a world of humans. Now that is something to worry about.

In the reality of today’s society of extreme conflict and humanity’s dangerous de-evolution of morals, Freedom Is For The Birds is also a human manifesto in disguise – because humanity truly needs a lesson on morals, manners, and compassion.

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Available to buy as an eBook 

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$1 from every sale is being donated to wildlife facilities to help with the medical expenses and food for injured/orphaned wildlife.

Author Bio -1

Jodi5-225x300I am a Canadian, living in Calgary, and I am a lifetime wildlife enthusiast.
I am extremely passionate about animals and their rights, and giving animals a voice for freedom from abuse or being killed, their loss of habitat or being kidnapped for captivity. The book, my tweets and my facebook page all reflect that passion.

Connect  with JM Sutherland:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

If you would like a copy of ‘Freedom is for the Birds’
to read, review or feature, please contact Kris Barnes of Authoramp.
J M Sutherland is also available for interviews and guest blogging.

Posted in Blogging Community, Book Spotlight, New Books, Press Release

New Release – The Dragon Children: The Prophecy.- Children / YA Fantasy

 As a lover of dragons-

here’s a children’s book worth reading:

The Dragon Children-The Prophecy

– a Children / YA fantasy.

I’ve shared the press release below:

Manchester Based Lawyer releases Debut Fantasy Novel to Raise Money for Make-A-Wish ® UK31d348fd-db9a-48f4-843a-78b59c06aec6A Manchester based lawyer, Hannah Byrnes is set to release her debut children’s and young adult fantasy novel ‘The Dragon Children: The Prophecy’.

A devotee of J.R.R Tolkien, J.K Rowling, C.S Lewis and Philip Pullman, Hannah has always enjoyed stories of magic, destiny and adventure. The Dragon Children: The Prophecy is her début fantasy novel aimed at readers over the age of nine.The story centres around two children, Bridget and Kai, whose destiny it is to teach Mankind the wisdom of Dragons.

Due to her love of all things magical, Hannah will be donating 100% of the royalties from sales of the book to Make-A-Wish® UK who grant magical wishes to children and young people living with life-threatening conditions. Charity Registration Nos. 295672/SC037479

Released 13th February 2015.

You can order a collectors edition by clicking here.

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31d348fd-db9a-48f4-843a-78b59c06aec6Once a generation, two children are born whose destiny it is to share the wisdom of Dragons with Mankind. Bridget and Kai were both born with a star-shaped birthmark, and find themselves in Dragonsreach caring for a nest of Royal Dragon Eggs.

There is talk of a Prophecy where Dragons rule the skies and Mankinds faith in Magic is restored, but when disaster strikes the dragon eggs are lost and the children are separated. The outlook is bleak.

Only if Bridget and Kai can meet again, the dragon eggs found and the Iron Queen defeated – can the prophecy be fulfilled.

Author Bio - FlowercKakV2QE5SopZzI4W7-mhYvIfTsAs a girl, Hannah wanted to be a knight. She would spend many an hour on the backs of ponies or chasing boys with her pink She-Ra sword and telling her friends stories of magical lands. Her teachers thought that creativity should be put to good use. She travelled the world with a Choir meeting royalty and presidents from far away places. She was always in school plays and appeared on TV aged 9 and many more times after that.

Passionate about justice, her first published work was featured in an anthology for International Women’s Day. Hannah studied law and gained a 1st class, and was called to the Bar after receiving a full scholarship and supported many disabled people to assert their rights. A real life knight!

But then one day, quite out of the blue and during a very difficult year, she started dreaming of Dragons. Before long she had written a whole book about them.

Hannah Byrnes:
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Make-A-Wish ® UK – Charitable Donations

Hannah is donating all the royalties from the book to help Make-A Wish grant magical wishes.

Hannah has committed to raising at least £5,000.

Make-A-Wish grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

The charity was founded in the UK in 1986.

Registered charity number: 295672/SC037479
Website: www.make-a-wish.org.uk.

If you would like an advance copy of ‘The Dragon Children: The Prophecy’ to read, review or feature please contact Kris Barnes of Authoramp.

Hannah Byrnes is also available for interviews and guest blogging.

Posted in Crimson Frost Books, Press Release, The Dragon Legacy, Writing Journey

The Dragon Legacy – Latest 5* Review – New Low Price on Amazon

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The Dragon Legacy has another 5* Review on Amazon which I wanted to share with you:

Hotter than a fire-breathing dragon!

‘The Dragon Legacy is hotter than a fire-breathing dragon. Whew! This story about Lukas and Fleur was fast-paced, interesting and had the kind of ending I was hoping for. Hoping there will be another book about Zane and Jasmine? Well done, Jane Hunt.’    5* Review from Christy Newton

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Great news The Dragon Legacy  now has a new low price on Amazon

£1.84 at Amazon UK

$3.07 at Amazon.com

No excuse not to try it now 😉

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Posted in Press Release, Release Day Blitz, Writing Journey

The Dragon Legacy Release Day Blitz

20 December 2013 – Official Release Day of:

The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt from Crimson Frost Books.

Masked by murder mystery an apocalyptic battle rages.

The Dragon Legacy CoverWhen emotionally fragile Fleur Curwen decides she wants excitement in her boring life she signs up for a Murder Mystery Weekend in the wilds of the English Lake District. She enters a paranormal world where danger and death are common occurrences.

Demon slayer Lukas Draco is a loner. He lives by two simple rules: No emotional entanglements and duty must remain his first priority. His beliefs are challenged when he’s inexplicably drawn to Fleur, a human woman with an unusual psychic aura. Sparks of sexual attraction ignite threatening both his search for the dragon’s egg he buried a thousand years ago and Fleur’s life. Under the cover of a murder mystery weekend an apocalyptic hunt begins’

Available from:

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Reviews:

‘The Dragon Legacy by Jane Hunt is an atmospheric work of art… This page turner of a paranormal romance with its twist, beautiful imagery, hot scenes, and a great ending makes for a terrific read. I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Hunt’s books.’Anastasia Ryan

‘The passion burns between them as white-hot as a passion involving dragon magic should… I give The Dragon Legacy 4.5 stars out of five. It’s a terrific read, and I hope it’s the start of a writing legacy from Jane Hunt. I had to go back and double-check that this was her debut novel, which it is; I wouldn’t have thought it from this book.’ Mac Rome.

‘This is the type of story that you’d better be prepared to buckle up ‘cause it’s a fast, schmexy ride… Fast-paced paranormal romance with twists and turns, lots of interesting snippets, lyrical prose, HOT sexy scenes, and a happy ending!’ Sweet & Spicy Tales.

‘The Dragon Legacy starts off with sizzle and a heap of intrigue that has you page turning at a frantic pace. This isn’t a Whodunnit? but more of a ‘What the heck are they and will they survive?’ Tracey Rogers

‘The story is dark, the romance intense. If you’re looking for a different world to escape into, pick this book for a page-turning read.’ Fiona Chapman

Contact information:
Contact author Jane Hunt via her website: – Jane Hunt Writer or mailto:jolliffe2819@gmail.com

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