“Benjamin McGuinness fulfils his dream of establishing successful businesses and gives jobs with a new home to some of life’s misfits, deep in the English countryside on a farm. Everything seems perfect and his workers are as close as family.
A fire strikes close to home, a disaster that changes his perception of life and one of his loyal workers takes the chance to propose a life-changing venture.
This new business drags Lisa, his sister, into the deadly web of deception.
When exiled Russian twins join the family a symbolic tattoo is created that drives Benjamin’s money into a new league.
Benjamin knows that his future is defined by ‘the family’.
Will greed cause everything to crumble before his eyes, or will there be brutal consequences to their actions?”
A very warm welcome to the blog today and to my stop on the Death Dolls blog tour. Look at that cover, isn’t it fantastic? Regular visitors to damppebbles will know that I like my fiction dark and dangerous and oh boy, that cover SCREAMS dark and dangerous at me! And then you read the blurb…. Well, dear reader, I can confirm Death Dolls is riding high on my wishlist!
I am delighted to welcome the author of Death Dolls, Simon Farrant, to damppebbles today as part of the blog tour celebrations. Simon is going to share some deep, dark secrets with us….
Hello, and thank you for inviting me onto your blog Emma! When I read what you wanted me to talk about, I did wonder if I could think of ten things… But we all have things about us that we forget that not everyone knows!
1 – I have a reptile pet! Before we got Skeddie I never thought that I’d have a reptile in a month of Sunday’s. We visited Bugtopia ‘zoo’ at Rutland Water, and I was mega impressed with the skinks. To the person who has never seen one before, imagine a snake with legs.
Of course, me being me, I didn’t go for a Blue Tongued Skink as they are the more common skink pets. Skeddie is a Pink Tongued Skink. All she eats is snails! She is an ideal pet for me, as a chronic illness sufferer. She needs no walks or high maintenance, just a small amount of husbandry such as picking snail shells out of her home and love.
2 – I was born with 2 extra fingers! Well, not properly formed ones but little stubs off the side of each little finger. Gross! I’m told that when I was born the hospital tied cotton round each one and they died and fell off… yuk!
3 – The doctors told me that I couldn’t father any children. Now we have three! Reuben, 10, Gabriella, 8, Tobias, 3.
4 – In the 1980s, as a child, my Dad tried to get me to take up football. I took up bellringing, aka campanology, at a local church. That didn’t last long…
5 – My last job before I lost it due to the chronic illnesses was a HGV C+E driver. An articulated truck driver, which I did for Morrisons for over 10 years. In addition to the car and truck licences I also hold a full motorbike licence too!
6 – This is getting tricky now… My books are not the first time that I have had the written word published. Back in the 1990s I did work experience for university at the Sunday Express newspaper in London. I had a short article about fire safety in the home published.
7 – I once did a bungee jump and a static line parachute jump for charity.
8 – Last year I summoned up the courage to go for my first tattoo. I wanted a lion. The artist said that everyone has a lion or a pocket watch. I left with a lion and a tiger half-sleeve! I have said that if I get to 2000 copies sold of Death Dolls then I shall get the featured tattoo…
9 – I have written two books of a trilogy that I shall release a week apart from each other. These are completely different from the books that I have already written. (Does this one count?)
10 – I am the eldest of 6 cousins. Maybe not the most grown up though.
I feel we know so much more about you now, Simon. And no, number 9 does not count *sigh*. I must say, I am suddenly very keen for you to sell at least 2000 copies of Death Dolls (so you have to get the featured tattoo!). I’m off to buy my copy now….
Death Dolls by Simon Farrant was published in the UK on 22nd August 2018 and is available in paperback and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | BookDepository | Goodreads |
I am an emerging author, a submission to a short story anthology kicked it all off.
Black Cat is my first short story, and the hero isn’t maybe who you would assume.
Originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire and now Corby in Northants. I’m in my forties, married with three children. We share our home with a Bengal cat and a Pink Tongued Skink.
I’ve been lucky enough to have had an interesting (well to me!) life. I have been a truck driver, university graduate and motorbike salesman amongst other things.
My two novellas, Newdon Killers series, The Crucifix and Famously Ordinary are out now! The third book, Death Dolls is coming soon estimated launch date 22 August.
Later this year a new series in a different genre Mystery / contemporary fantasy will be published.
I have a Facebook page, Simon Farrant Official, I’d be pleased to see you there.
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