Thursday 1 March 2018

Kiss Me Kill Me by J S Carol @JamesCarolBooks #BlogTour @BonnierZaffre #KissMeKillMe #MyLifeInBooks

When Zoe meets Dan, he's everything she is looking for in a man - intelligent, charming, supportive.
It's only after they're married that she realises that he's controlling, aggressive, paranoid.
And there's no way out.

Or is there?

Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan's found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.
But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don't necessarily include Zoe.

Be careful who you trust . . .

Kiss Me Kill Me by JS Carol was published by Bonnier Zaffre in ebook on 22 February and paperback on 31 May 2018.

As part of the Blog Tour for Kiss Me Kill Me, I am delighted to welcome the author, James Carol here to Random Things today. He's talking about the books that are special to him in My Life In Books.

My Life in Books - J S Carol

The Dead Zone  by Stephen King – This book was where it all started. I was eleven when I read it and my life hasn’t been the same since. Up until this point the stories I read all finished with a happy ever after. That wasn’t the case here. With The Dead Zone the good guy actually died at the end. I mean, what was that all about? The hero was never going to wind up dead in an Enid Blyton book! Then there was the way the story was written. At the time I was too young to appreciate what an amazingly well-crafted novel this was. What I did know, however, was that I was right there in the middle of the story, living the action like it was actually happening to me. That had never happened before either.

Killing Floor by Lee Child – The greatest thing about being a reader is when you get hold of a book that blows you away. That happened with Killing Floor. From the first paragraph I was hooked. This story had everything. It was brilliantly written and the concept was one of the most original I’d come across. Then there was Jack Reacher himself, one of the best fictional characters ever to be created. I was something of a late arrival to the Jack Reacher party - I think Child was on book ten when I read this. I’ve more than made up for it since. Most of the Reacher books I’ve read twice and that doesn’t happen with me. There are too many books out there and just not enough time to get through them all.

The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – One of the golden rules of writing is that a book should have a beginning, middle and an end. And it’s always in that order: beginning, middle, end. But what if your end was at the beginning and the beginning was at the end, and everything in the middle was, chronologically speaking, all over the place? That’s what happens in The Time Traveller’s Wife. What you end up with should be a confusing mess, but somehow Niffenegger makes it work. Not only that she manages to create what has to be one of the most original love stories ever to be written.

The Stand by Stephen King – Yeah I know that I’ve already got a Stephen King book on my list, but there’s a reason he’s my number one writer, and this is it. If I had to name my favourite book of all time it would be The Stand. The book starts with King wiping out 99.4% of the population. This takes up the first five hundred pages, and for most writers this would be the point where The Fat Lady sings. Not King, he’s just getting warmed up. What follows is a battle between good and evil that to this date is still the most awesome thing I have ever read. What makes it all the remarkable is that The Stand was one of his earliest books – he was still in his twenties when he wrote it. This the work of a true genius who was just starting to flex his muscles.

That Book I Haven’t Yet Read – I still see myself as a reader first and a writer second. There’s nothing better than opening up a book and losing yourself completely in the story. And the really cool thing is that there are so many books out there, millions of them, more than you can read in a hundred lifetimes.
At the moment I’m reading Hunted by GX Todd. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while (and the last few haven’t been too shabby). It’s beautifully written and the concept is fantastic.

After I finish this I’ll be moving on to something else. I doubt that it’ll be as good as Hunted, but it might be … and even if it’s not, so long as it hooks me in and keeps me entertained for a while that’s good enough for me.
Then again, maybe it will be better, and that’s what makes reading so exciting, You never quite know what you’re going to get. If there’s one thing I hope it’s that I don’t get so old and jaded that I lose sight of that eleven year old kid who got totally blown away when he opened up that Stephen King book all those years ago.

J S Carol - February 2018 

J. S. Carol is the author of The Killing Game, which has been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. As James Carol, he has also written the bestselling Jefferson Winter series. Broken Dolls, the first of these, was published in 2014 to rave reviews and reached #1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. Presumed Guilty is the first of these.
James lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children. When he’s not writing he can usually be found in a pair of headphones, recording and producing music.
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