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Hell to Pay by Rachel Amphlett – BLOG TOUR

I am a big fan of Rachel Amphlett and have read all of her series featuring detective Kay Hunter. Therefore it is a great pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for her latest book Hell to Pay. I’m very pleased to be able to welcome Rachel to acrimereadersblog.

Thanks for joining me Rachel. It must be incredibly exciting to have a novel published, so how do you spend the night before publication day and what do you do on the actual day?

Publication day for me is a bit weird, as I’m in a completely different time zone to a lot of my readers. I’m originally from the UK, but Australia is currently home. So, after I get up in the morning in Brisbane, feed the dog, and make the first cup of coffee of the day, it’s still late afternoon the previous day in the UK!
The night before, I’ll have checked all the links to my books are working on the different retailers, and I’ll prepare the newsletter to go out to my Reader Group, so I don’t have to worry about that – everyone who joins my Readers Group gets the chance to buy the book at a discounted rate, so it’s really important to me to have that ready to go.
For the past four releases, I’ve had a number of book bloggers kindly take part in a book tour for me, and by the time publication day comes around, that tour has typically been running for a week.
I get a flurry of activity on social media as the rest of the world starts to wake up (I’m a very early riser, so that means 5:30am for me!), but before I do anything else, I hit my word count on my current work in progress – that way, I can concentrate on the launch of the previous book without feeling guilty!
The rest of the morning is spent responding to emails and social media shout outs from readers and the incredible book bloggers that support my new releases.
The action really kicks off once the UK is wide awake and continues through the night as most of my book blogging buddies are in the UK and North America – I can get a bit overwhelmed trying to keep up with all the notifications, but it’s a lot of fun, and I really appreciate the support everyone gives to authors in this way.
I don’t get much sleep that night, either – again due to time differences, my Facebook launch party usually starts pretty early the following morning for me, even though it’s still only 8pm in the UK. I don’t mind though – I know for at least 48 hours I’m going to be running on pure adrenalin!
Once the Facebook party is over, it’s a case of monitoring emails and social media for any notifications – I try to respond to every shout out I receive from readers and bloggers, and I always respond to every email I receive from readers. I wouldn’t be here without any of them.
The blog tour runs for another week after publication day to help me spread the word about the new book, but in the meantime, it’s back to business as usual for me, and that of course means finishing the next book!

Sounds like a very busy day, but completely worth it of course. Hell to Pay is out now and is a great read either as a stand alone or as part of this excellent series. I would throughly recommend them, and a huge thanks to Rachel for taking the time to join me today.


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Scared to death by Rachel Amphlett – a review

I was contacted by Rachel Amphlett to see if I would be interested in reviewing her novel, and as soon as I read the blurb I jumped at the chance.

Scared to Death begins with the body of a young girl being found by her parents in a drain. She had been kidnapped and they were responding to the ransom demand. At first it is thought it was just a kidnapping that went wrong. However when another body is unearthed with the ransom money still on it, Detective Kay Hunter believes that there is a killer at work.

This was the first in a new series featuring Kay Hunter and was the first novel I had read by Rachel Amphlett. It was certainly a promising start to a series. I enjoyed the writing style of the novel with short chapters that make it a fast paced read. The characters all felt well rounded and believable, especially that of likeable Detective Kay Hunter. As with all detectives Kay has secrets and is struggling to restart her career after being the subject of a standards investigation. However unlike most Detectives in crime fiction she has a stable marriage to her husband. He is a vet and plays a great role within the story of providing a bit of humour with his animal stories. One thing I did like was the fact that the back story of the characters doesn’t take over from the main focus of the novel as it sometimes can do. The main story here is definitely the hunt for a killer who is literally scaring his victims to death.

The story itself is creepy and keeps you guessing with lots of twists and turns. I especially enjoyed the chapters told from the killer’s point of view which added a different element to narrative. I enjoyed this novel and will definitely be looking out for the next in the series.



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