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C.J. Carver

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CJ Carver is a half-English, half-Kiwi author living just outside Bath. Her books have been published in the UK, USA and translated throughout Europe. Her first novel Blood Junction, won the CWA Debut Dagger Award, was shortlisted for the USA Barry Award, and was also voted as one of the best mystery books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Spare Me the Truth, the first book in the Dan Forrester series, has been nominated for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel. CJ lived in Australia for 10 years before taking up long distance rally driving – she has driven London to Saigon, London to Cape Town and covered 14,000 miles on the Inca Trail.

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C.J. Carver My favourite fictional couple at the moment is Medora and Vernon Slone out of Hold The Dark by William Geraldi. They have a deep, violent passion for…moreMy favourite fictional couple at the moment is Medora and Vernon Slone out of Hold The Dark by William Geraldi. They have a deep, violent passion for one another that at times made me gasp. They're bound not just by their relationship but by their home in the cold and merciless Alaskan wilderness, and when Vernon returns home from a desert war to discover his little boy dead and his wife missing, he will stop at nothing in his quest for revenge.
They're beautiful and raw, other worldly, and like no other characters I've met in the fictional world, but thanks to Geraldi's immense skill they feel utterly real and despite the carnage caused as Vernon's wreaks his vengeance, my heart still bled for them both.
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C.J. Carver Over time, I've learned that getting stuck is part of the process. It's not so much writer's block as a short spell of writing inactivity where I need…moreOver time, I've learned that getting stuck is part of the process. It's not so much writer's block as a short spell of writing inactivity where I need a break to let my subconscious chew the creative fat undisturbed. So I don't sit glaring at my computer screen, I get busy. I tuck myself into the library or a busy cafe, and people watch. Or I go for a drive - there's something about movement against the eye that kicks in the right side of the brain (the creative side). If I'm only briefly stuck, like mid-way through a chapter, I might have my next paragraph reveal an unexpected turn. This can work wonders, but above all, if I get stuck, the most important thing is not to panic!(less)
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Yippee! The eBook for Know Me Now is now out! And so far the reviews have been great, so I’m really pleased. It’s always a bit of a harrowing time until you get some feedback on a new book, and the relief at all those 4 and 5 star reviews has been massive, believe me.

Know Me Now (Dan Forrester #3) by C.J. Carver The paperback is published on 14th January, so less than a month to go. You can pre-order it HERE if you fancy it.

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“key. ‘Duggan, Grant!’ she yelled. ‘Chisel, hammer, now!’ Howard grabbed the tools from the guards. He set the chisel against the lock and cracked it open with a single strike. Lucy flung open the freezer lid. The smell hit them like a physical blow. Trying not to retch, Lucy swung her torch beam inside. A girl was lying on her side. She was naked. She wore a handcuff on her left wrist which didn’t appear to be secured to anything.”
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