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Mrs Jones – Book 2
Publisher: Taylor Street Books
Number of pages: 292
Word Count: 81.000
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/Kdi24jF_jzA
A Child to save.
A Killer to catch.
Tommy Connell’s playing with the bad guys again, but this time the rules have changed…and he still hasn’t learned to play nice!
Connell’s keeping the wolf from the door, rooting out bad cops for his buddy Gerry Gesting. He’s handed in his badge, turned his back on all that, but…
When a weird little kid disappears into the night and no one gives a damn including the cops, he reckons that maybe someone should take another look.
The good cops are busy hunting down a serial killer…good.
The bad cops are busy hunting down Connell…not so good.
The serial killer, well he’s looking for victim number twelve, which is… definitely not good.
And little Molly Brown is about to throw an almighty spanner in the works.
Connell’s dabbling in things that he shouldn’t and it’s not the first time…
By B.A. Morton
Publisher: Taylor Street Publishing
Date of Publication: April 7, 2012
Number of pages:256
Word Count: 88.000
Cover Artist: Bradley Wind
A British girl with a secret.
A New York cop with a past.
And a mob that wants revenge.
In the slickest, sexiest novel to come out in a long time, ruggedly tough and honest cop Detective Tommy Connell picks up an English girl, Mrs Jones, who claims to be the witness to a murder, and falls in love with her. Well, Mrs Jones, whoever she is, must be very attractive because an awful lot of people seem to want to get their hands on her if they can get her away from Connell’s determined hands, including some organized crime boys along with the Feds.
Detective Connell definitely has his work cut out for him if he wants to end up with the body of Mrs Jones, dead or alive, that’s for sure. All-in-all it’s probably safe to say he hasn’t a clue what is going on. It is probably equally safe to guess that Mrs Jones does. Not that ‘safe’ is quite the right word to use here.
The banging on the door woke him. Dragged him kicking and screaming from a nightmare where fear was all he could recall. He kicked at tangled sheets, wiped perspiration from his brow and struggled to his feet. It was still dark out, that murky time just before dawn.
The noise was relentless. He’d dropped the latch the night before, done up all the locks and chains just like he’d promised Lizzie. Now, he couldn’t co-ordinate. His senses confused, the noise, the back taste of fear and broken sleep, all interfering in an essentially straightforward task. He slammed a hand at the door in an effort to shut out the din, so he could think. Four bolts, two locks- where was the damn key?
“Okay, Jeez, I’m coming,” he cursed. “Give me a goddamn minute!”
The banging stopped as suddenly as it had begun and in the subsequent eerie silence Connell became aware of a different sound. A muted sob- the whispered wail of someone so desperate, so alone, that he felt his own throat constrict. His nightmare paled as his fear grew exponentially.
“No – Lizzie! I’m coming. I’m here, babe, hang on.”
When he finally wrenched the door open, she was crouched on the floor. Hugging her knees; rocking on the balls of her feet. She looked up through a curtain of wet curls, her cheeks streaked with tears, her eyes rubbed red. He pulled her to her feet and wrapped his arms tight around her slender frame. She trembled beneath his hands.
“What’s happened? It’s the middle of the goddamn night. Where’s Joe?” He leaned away from her, caught her face gently between his hands. “Lizzie, honey, you’re scaring me. You’ve got to tell me what’s wrong?”
She looked at him and he was stung by the accusation in her eyes.
“You promised me, we were safe.”
He felt it then, a churning deep in his stomach. He dropped his hands, felt the room sway and steadied himself against what he knew was to come.
“What’s happened, Lizzie? Just tell me, honey.”
“They came, after you called…,” she sobbed. The words fractured, forced between desperate gasps for air and normality. “They took Joe and Molly…I tried to stop them. I pleaded with them.” She took a breath, seemed to draw strength from somewhere deep inside. “They said you’d gone too far and now it was time to pay.”
He stared at her, looked through her, past her, and the moment hung. The gulf between them widening in front of his eyes, as if he stood at the edge of a precipice of his own making and the only way forward was down. He re-focused and saw that her face was bruised, her lip swollen. When she raised her hand to shield the bruises from him he saw angry finger marks on her pale wrist. She had fought to protect his son and a child she barely knew and despite her efforts she had failed. His nightmare returned with sudden clarity, the fear, the uncontrollable anger and despair. He could not lose any of them, this couldn’t be the end.
WELCOME!!! First, tell me a little about your book ….
Molly Brown is the sequel to Mrs Jones, a romantic crime thriller featuring Tommy Connell. It tells the story of Connell’s search for Molly, a vulnerable child obsessed with the Wizard of Oz. His investigation pushes him up against corrupt policemen and organized crime, meanwhile a serial killer is stalking his every move. As Connell struggles with his own lack of self belief, Molly may ultimately prove to be his salvation.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
As a child I lived opposite a library. I would borrow a book a day until I’d read everything they had. I started writing stories to amuse myself while I waited for new books to arrive.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My first published book was Mrs Jones, the prequel to Molly Brown. But the first book I actually wrote, which was published after Mrs Jones, was Wildewood Revenge, the first book in The Wildewood Chronicles. This is a medieval time travel romance, set in Northumberland and inspired by the history of the area where I live and in particular my own home which was built on the foundations of a medieval chapel and crypt.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I read a lot and enjoy the work of many authors. In crime fiction I would say John Connolly. I like his intricate plotting, the supernatural twist to his work and the wonderful characterization of his central character Charlie Parker. In the historical fiction genre my favourite is Ken Follett. His Pillar’s of The Earth is a book I have read many times. As a child, where my love of reading began, I’d have to say C.S Lewis with the Chronicles of Narnia and Enid Blyton with her many adventure stories.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Absolutely not. I love the whole journey of writing through the various draft stages. By the time the book finally leaves my hand, the story is how it’s meant to be.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
In my current work in progress I’m alternating POV between two central characters, one in first person present, the other in third person past. This is new for me and therefore a challenge, but that’s the joy of writing.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m currently reading Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier…for the umpteenth time. I love that book.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
I designed the cover for Molly Brown and a good friend did the technical work for me. As covers are so important to the story, I think it’s equally important that the author is part of the cover design process.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
It would have to be Grace, from Wildewood Revenge. She is a feisty modern girl who finds herself flung back in time and held to ransom by a war weary knight. She has such fun at his expense and proves to be as fearless and cunning as he is.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
There are so many books out there I’ve enjoyed that it’s quite difficult to pick one out. They all mean different things at the time they were read. What advice I would suggest is now and again try something different. Maybe a different genre or author, something that at first glance you might reject, because sometimes you’ll find a gem where you least expect it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to read about my writing and my books and hope you’ll be interested enough to read a little more.
Babs Morton 2013
About the Author :
Born in the North East of England, B.A.Morton writes crime fiction and historical fantasy all with a smidgeon of romance thrown in. After a twenty year civil service career, she and her family escaped the rat race and relocated to the remote beauty of the Northumberland National Park. She now works part time in the village GP surgery and lives in a cottage built on the remains of a medieval crypt – the inspiration for the medieval fantasy trilogy, “The Wildewood Chronicles”. She keeps chickens and dogs, enjoys country life and can be bribed with chocolate! Her debut novel “Mrs Jones” a fast paced, romantic, crime thriller set in New York, was runner up in the Yeovil Literary Prize 2011 and subsequently published by Taylor Street Publishing. The sequel, “Molly Brown” was released in December 2012.
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