Friday 6 July 2018

Interview with Toni Bolton & Review of Escape From Fear

I am delighted to be joined by the lovely Toni Bolton on the blog today for both an interview and my review of her book - Escape From Fear. Here's a little about Toni.

I was in higher education until I left to run tutoring business and a guest house. I now also publish my own books and am restoring a very old house.

And onto the interview!

How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for about 2 years and publishing about 18 months.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
Yes, I write romantic suspense/novels and historical romances predominantly and this is what I read most of the time, but I also read some paranormal and I am going to publish books for children and illustrated them. I have also written horror and ghost stories for a Halloween anthology and I am in the middle of writing a paranormal book.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I enjoy reading books written by Susan Stoker and Kathryn Leveque.  I like passionate feisty heroines and strong heroes.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I am disciplined rather than organised, writing each day for several hours usually at the gym cafĂ© bar but also in the afternoons before supper and late at night.  I love to write so it is not a chore. I never have writer’s block. I have a list of sites which I promote my books in on a regular basis and like to interact with my readers through these as well. I am a panster rather than a planner. I do plan which books I am going to write, edit and promote each day and following this plan.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
No editing or promoting but just writing and finishing a chapter knowing that my readers will enjoy that part of the novel and want to read more.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I have an erratic computer, so editing is a chore at times, but I correct and edit each page as I go along so it has become easier and I know now what to look for when I am editing. I prefer to edit other author’s books than go over mine time and time again.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
I like Facebook because I can interact with readers, but I also use Wordpress as well and am creating pages on Instagram and Pinterest as well.

Do you do character profiles? If so, why/why not?
I think of a situation and then the character that will fit it. After that the characters develop on their own in my mind. I rarely use character profiles.

Do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks? Why?
I prefer Ebooks as I can take them on holiday and to the gym and they take up little room.

How do you plan a book launch?
I use pre-orders and cover reveals and try to get reviewers to read the books. I also do takeovers when I can.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
I drink decaffeinated tea with vanilla and am partial to a biscuit. I am not a chocolate lover but when I used to mark exam papers I used to eat orange club biscuits with disastrous results on my hips.

What's your favourite idea of a cozy afternoon?
Sitting by my logburner in the winter reading or watching a good serial accompanied by my cats, Angel and Louie. I enjoy historical serials or series like Ripper Street. In the summer sitting on the gazebo surrounded by herbs and plants and reading Ebooks.

Arson, corruption, vice and abuse.

An old lady is harassed by people wanting to buy her house which holds they secret they want. Kirsten Gateman her niece is determined to find out why. When she visits her in Florida the house has been burnt down and her aunt and her neighbour are in intensive care. She works with Joshua Rutland the neighbour's grandson to find out who the perpetrators are but they want her out of the way, in jail or executed, so they can find the secret the house hides.

Rutland wants Kirsten for himself but she holds secrets from her previous life and wants no man in her life. She needs no man to control her. Can he protect her? Can she learnt to trust a man again? Can she confront her past and overcome her fears?
My Review: 4 stars
I picked this book up because I liked the sound of the blurb. The idea of a secret, of two people meeting by chance and falling in love. The story itself had promise, with the mystery woven between the words and chapters. It wasn't my favourite story simply because I found myself frustrated and upset with Rutland and the way he approached things. However, the author did do a good job of selling the romance angle. Overall a good read.

You can follow Toni on Facebook.

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