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Please welcome Toni Allen author of Visiting Lilly.
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by Toni Allen
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.
Interview with 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.
Bailey’s warned off
‘I’ve been warned off, Jake.’
‘Had a phone call from that twit Weissman, about an hour ago.’ He nodded in response to Talbot waving the coffee jar. ‘He told me I was making too many waves, asking too many questions, helping you out too much.’ He pressed his index finger firmly on the manila folder. ‘Keith McKenzie’s school reports that you requested.’ His lips curled into a snarl. ‘I won’t be able to offer much more. Damn people.’
‘May I ask who these damn people are, sir?’ Talbot asked, hoping Bailey knew more than he’d gleaned from Weissman, but the answer was disappointing.
‘All I know is that they’re a psychiatric unit connected to the MOD, and have a lot more clout than I do.’ He frowned, sat down and picked up Lilly’s photo again. [***] ‘And all for a bit of skirt.’ Opening his fingers, he let the picture float to the table. ‘Putting you on this case, they’ve stolen one of my best resources … and then they expect me to back down and not offer assistance.’
‘Why exactly is that, sir?’ Talbot smiled, amused by Bailey referring to him as a top resource. He placed the drink in front of him.
‘Digging. Christ, you’re allowed to go digging, unofficially, but it appears that anything I do leaves a footprint they’re not keen on shadowing.’
‘Odd, isn’t it.’ Talbot nonchalantly lit a cigarette. ‘Weissman was correct in his prediction that being a lone dog wouldn’t be much fun …’ He leant very close to Bailey, tried not to grin, and said in a hushed whisper, ‘Of course, sir, you’ve been behind a desk a while now; I guess you wouldn’t be much interested in offering a little covert assistance.’
‘I never have liked your methods, Jake, never approved.’ Bailey sipped his coffee. ‘What did you have in mind?’
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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