I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time
Please welcome Toni Allen author of Visiting Lilly.
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by Toni Allen
Q: When did you decide to become a writer?
I first decided to become a writer back in the days when dinosaurs walked the earth. Way back I used to send work out to agents and publishers, and one of my novels had a very positive response from a publisher who was keen to publish if I made certain changes. At that precise moment in time, my son, who was only five at the time, was diagnosed with a medical condition and I had to place my entire life on hold to care for him.
I never stopped writing, and one of my writing friends said to me that living life’s challenges would give me a wealth of material for future work. How right she was.
Q: What genre are your books?
Mystery/thriller with a paranormal twist. I enjoy writing about perfectly normal people that extraordinary things happen to.
Q: What, if anything have you learned about yourself since you started writing?
That I’m compulsive addictive where writing is concerned. I write, and then I write some more.
I’ve also started to build a thick skin and not to take criticism of my work as a personal insult. I now view it as an opinion that I have the choice to accept or reject.
D.I. Jake Talbot is a burnt-out British detective given a second chance to believe in love, friendship and the transcendent essence of the human experience. When he investigates a seemingly innocent visitor to a residential care home for the elderly he uncovers a dangerous family hiding a forbidden romance that mysteriously crosses the boundaries of time. The deceitful family does all they can to prevent Talbot from discovering their secrets surrounding an unsolved murder, family betrayal; at the core of which is a keenly intelligent, though somewhat mentally challenged young man who is fixated on an elderly woman being held captive by her own grandson. Talbot sets out to right the many wrongs done to the blameless, and in turn, rediscovers his own humanity.
Jake comforts a sozzled, worried Helen
He spent most of the night reading Frankie’s blog in his bedroom, the soft glow from a table lamp enough to scribble down some notes, the bed behind him unused, and his eyes aching from staring at the machine. For comfort he’d stripped off and put on his dressing gown, made himself as relaxed as the tension in his neck would allow. It must have been gone three when the door swung open, the sound of Helen creeping in making him turn, the sight of her mussed-up hair where she’d tried to sleep startling him into thinking she was a ghost. His pulses raced. Christ, this is what Frankie’s blog did for you, got you so involved in his crazy world that suddenly his reality became your own.
‘You okay?’ he whispered.
‘No,’ she said, sounding maudlin. She slumped down onto the bottom of the bed and burst into tears, a half-empty bottle of wine cradled in her lap.
‘Hey, hey,’ he said softly, and placed an arm around her shoulders, drawing her close.
‘I … I’m so … confused,’ she managed to say between great, heaving, alcohol-fuelled sobs. ‘Everyone’s lied to me, haven’t they?’
Not knowing what everyone had said, Talbot chose the middle line, ‘Not lied, Helen.’
‘It’s a cover up, for something.’ He kissed her forehead.
‘He’s meant to be crazy,’ she said angrily. ‘Frankie is supposed to be a harmless schizophrenic, with a wild imagination, who lives in his own bizarre dream world … and … and writes a love story about someone who isn’t real called Lilly.’ She looked up at him, tears sparkling on her cheeks. ‘Now it’s all sinister, Jake, all creepy and bad—and bloody scary.’
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Toni Allen is a professional tarot reader, astrologer, author and photographer.
I’ve been a professional tarot reader for about 30 years, and an astrologer for about 25. Now, thanks to the internet, I have an International client database. My main website is creaking because I haven’t updated it for so long, but it’s still fully functional and full of lots of interesting information. http://www.toniallen.co.uk . A new build is underway, with lots of modern bits and pieces so that you can connect with me via Facebook and easily keep up to date with events that I’m offering readings at.
BN Author page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/toni-allen
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