Thursday, January 30, 2020


Hunter's Blood by Val Penny - Book Tour + Giveaway

Hunter’s Blood

DI Hunter Wilson never has just one problem to solve.

Three elderly women he knows have died in mysterious circumstances. Hunter appears to be the only link.

A little girl goes missing on a cold winter’s night. When his team discovers cocaine hidden at the farm where she was living, the search becomes even more urgent.

Why did the women die? And what did the child witness?

Hunter must find the answers to these questions to ensure his family and his city are safe.

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Author Q&A

1.      What is the first book that made you cry?
The first book that ever made me cry was the 19th century classic Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. As the horse’s life gets harder and harder my childish tears fell faster. Although this 1877 novel is now considered one of the best children’s novels ever written, it was originally intended for an adult audience. The author did not enjoy her book’s great success as she died only five months after it was published.

2.      How long on average does it take you to write a book?
My first book took me almost two and a half years to write. This was partly because I was being treated for breast cancer at the time. Since then, my subsequent books have taken between eight months and a year to write. So, on average, a book will take me about a year to write.

3.      How do you select the names of your characters?
I have always been interested in names. I notice and remember different names that I come across and like to nod my head to some of the interesting people I have met. Although, I do remember mentioning a name I planned to give to a victim in a future book, but a friend said that that had been her granny’s name! I changed the name. Also, in my most recent crime novel, Hunter’s Blood, a man won the competition to have his name used in my novel, but asked not to be a baddie. I managed to accommodate that wish.

What creature do you consider your ‘spirit animal’ to be?
When I was only three years of age, my great Auntie Lizzie gave me my first ever cat, Tippy. I have always considered myself a cat person rather than a dog person. But my Chinese zodiac sign is the monkey, I think I would choose either the Siberian tiger or the South American woolly monkey as my spirit animal. They are both intelligent, beautiful and rare

What are your top five movies?
I tend to like classic movies. So my favourites are probably:
The 1958 classic Ice Cold in Alex from the novel by Christopher Landon, directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring John Mills and Anthony Quayle.
I also love Disney cartoons. My favourite here is the 1994 classic The Lion King. With music by Elton John and the voice talents of James Earl Jones and Rowan Atkinson, how could you beat that!
Another musical that I enjoy is the 2008 movie Mama Mia based on the timeless songs of Abba. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep and Julie Walters, I was amazed to discover Meryl Streep can sing!
Another of my favourite movies is the Alfred Hitchcock 1954 mystery classic, Rear Window. It stars James Stewart and Grace Kelly, before she became Princess Grace of Monaco. The film has such a simple setting, but retains its interest throughout.
I think the last movie I must include in this list is one I really had not expected to enjoy, but found absolutely riveting. It is the epic 2013 movie 12 Years a Slave directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o. But with a script by Ridley Scott, it couldn’t really fail for me.

6.      If you were the last person on earth, what would you do?
That is a very lonely and frightening prospect. I would probably spend the rest of my life wandering about looking for other people!

7.      What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life?
I think I would like to meet Harry Virdee, the main protagonist of the crime fiction novels written by Amit Dhand. Harry is a Sikh married to a Muslim. And he is a police officer whose brother is a gangster. I would love to learn how he really manages to hold his complex life together.

8.      Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Read. Read and listen and watch and keep notes because you won’t remember, although you are sure you will. Read anything and everything from the cereal box on the table in the morning to newspapers, Shakespeare plays and Dickens’ novels, Franz Kafka short stories and Carol Ann Duffy poems. You learn how to use language, invoke different registers and play with words.
The other things you need to do are watch and listen to everything going on around you. Who knows when a scene you witness can be adapted into your stories.
Also employ a good editor. It will cost you money, but will be an investment well worth making.

9.      What book do you wish you had written?
I am not envious of any other books by other authors, but I am conscious of the talent and research that has gone into the writing of every book I have read. Some are famous novels, others not so well known, but each valuable in its own way. Amongst my favourite novels are Emma by Jane Austin, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Heart of Stone by John Jackson and The House of Grace by Patricia M Osborne.


10.  Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself.
·         I am American but live in Scotland
·         I am 5 feet tall, my husband is 6 feet 4 inches tall.
·         I like to cook – especially 1 pot cooking – I don’t like washing-up.
·         I like to knit – for the little children in my life – not my husband – there is not enough wool in the world to knit for him!
·         I have 2 cats.
·         My TBR pile has more books in it than I will ever be able to read!
·         I am a chocoholic.
·         My favourite style of cuisine is Turkish.
·         My favourite coffee is a latte.

Author Bio – Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels. Her crime novels, 'Hunter's Chase' Hunter's Revenge, Hunter's Force and Hunter’s Blood are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth book in the series, Hunter's Secret, follows shortly.

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