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Monday, 1 October 2018

Debut Author Spotlight – 20 Questions
Ronnie Turner

 I'm delighted to welcome debut author Ronnie Turner to my blog! 
LIES BETWEEN US publishes today! Lies Between Us: a tense psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming by [Turner, Ronnie]

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

So, huge HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY wishes, Ronnie!

Enjoy reading Ronnie's answers to my 20 questions:

1)   Congratulations, Ronnie - IT’S PUBLICATION DAY! Tell us in three words how you’re feeling right now: Thank you so much Sam!! My three words have got to be excited, terrified and nervous!

2)         Describe your novel in ONE sentence:  Lies Between Us is a tale of corrupted    love, obsession and the fragility of the truth.

3)   How are you celebrating publication day?  I’m celebrating with my family, which is really exciting! We’re having a big get together (dogs included) and celebrating in style with some champers! (;

4)   Why/When did you decide to write your first novel? I’ve always been an avid reader. I grew up in a house brimming with toppling TBRs so I decided to (try) write a novel at a very young age. I eventually wrote Lies Between Us, which is quite a dark book but I had so much fun writing it!

5)   How long was it from the first submission of your completed manuscript to agents, to this day? I started submitting Lies Between Us to agents/publishers in September 2017 so it’s just over a year now. I signed with my lovely publisher, HQ Digital, in December 2017 and then with my fabulous agent, David Headley, in May! It’s been a whirlwind of a year! I feel very, very lucky!

6)   So far, what has been the biggest surprise/shock about becoming a published author?
The wonderful reviews have been both a surprise and a shock. I just can’t believe readers are enjoying my little book! I’m overwhelmed every time I read them! It’s an amazing feeling!

7)   What are you most looking forward to as a published author?
I’m cracking on with Book Two at the moment so I’m looking forward to the months ahead. It has a very twisted character at its core -  I can’t wait to get stuck in and write him. I say this a lot but I really love bad guys - can’t beat ‘em! (fictional ones, that is!)

Ok, let’s get down to the writing process
8)   Which authors inspired your writing?
Stephen King, Kate Atkinson, Sarah Waters, Agatha Christie, Daphne Du Maurier and lots more!

9)   How long did it take you to write ‘Lies Between Us’?
It took me around five weeks to write Lies Between Us but I did a huge amount of plotting beforehand!

10) What was your first draft like? 
My first draft was a mess!! LOL! It took months to re-write, edit, re-write, edit, then polish it ready for submission! My poor friends/family were kind enough to read it a gazillion times - I bought them lots of chocolate as a thank you! Haha!

11) How did you find the editing process a - before you had an editor? The editing process is extremely tough but very rewarding. My friends/family gave amazing feedback and I wouldn’t have been able to get it in shape for submission without their fresh eyes!
                                                                   b - and now you do? Oooh the editorial process with my editor was just incredible! Very lucky! It made the book so much better. Slowly watching your book grow and improve is, for me, a feeling you just can’t beat!

12) When you write do you need music, or silence? Music! I love writing to music. I listen to some of my albums on a loop so I have the songs stuck in my head for days and days.

13) What is your guilty pleasure when writing?
Tea/Coffee with some nice biscuits!! *eats biscuit*

14) What is your favourite part of the writing process? Least favourite?
My favourite part is the writing itself! Least favourite is editing although I do enjoy that too! It’s a love/hate thing! (;

15) Did you need to conduct any research for your novel? How did you approach it?
Absolutely! I did a lot of research for my main characters, one of which is an ICU nurse caring for a man in a vegetative state. The research for her line of work was heartbreaking, I’d be in tears some days reading real-life accounts of patients’ families.
The second character is a father desperately searching for his young daughter who has been kidnapped. The police procedure played quite a big part in it - I was very lucky to have some advice from an ex-Metropolitan Police Detective.
16) Now you have a book deal – with deadlines (!) – how has that affected your writing process?
Ooof those deadlines are intense. It’s work non-stop in my house when I have a deadline. It is very exciting though (and terrifying!)

17) What do you do in your ‘spare’ time? 
In my spare time I review books on my blog, spend time with my family/friends and take my three dogs on long walks!

18) What’s coming next? 
I haven’t written Book Two yet but I nearly have everything ready to go. I write quite quickly so I just need to get a few more ideas sorted before I begin! I can’t wait!!!

19) Where can readers find you? 

You can find me via these links:

Amazon Page

20) All importantly, where can readers buy your fabulous debut novel? 

You can find the e-book (out TODAY!!!) and paperback (out 13th December) via the links below. If you’d like to learn more about Lies Between Us and find out what book bloggers think, you can follow the blog tour this month!! SOOO excited!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

One Little Lie Book Launch

One Little Lie is my third novel to be published, but it's the first time I've had a proper book launch. There were numerous reasons I hadn't opted for a launch, the main one being ... well, NERVES!

It seemed overwhelming just thinking about arranging one, let alone knowing I'd have to be the centre of attention and would have to speak!

My lovely publicist, Sabah Khan, was the one to get the ball rolling this time - and she did a fantastic job organising the launch together with Jon, from my local Waterstones in Newton Abbot.

All I had to do was invite 30 - 40 people. And yes, that was stressful enough! 

As Friday came around, I was a bag of nerves: would people turn up? What if TOO many people turned up? (It's only a small Waterstones), what if it doesn't run smoothly? What if NO ONE wants a signed book?

Well, thanks to my fantastic family and friends, these worries melted away as they walked through the doors on Friday evening at 6.30pm. 

I had a really good evening, and actually enjoyed it (apart from the speaking part - must work on my public speaking skills!) So I want to give a HUGE thank you to all who attended, to Jon for being a one-man-band and giving out drinks as well as selling books, to my editor Katie Loughnane and publicist Sabah Khan for braving Newton Abbot all the way from London - it meant so much to have you both there, and you were both big hits with my family and friends!  

I feel very lucky to be published by Avon, and even luckier to have such amazing support from my family and friends. Thank you to all who've bought One Little Lie - I'm extremely proud of this book and hope readers enjoy it.

I'll leave you with some photos from the evening (many friends took photos and I think these are a mix from everyone!)

Jon, from Waterstones

Listening in awe to Katie's fabulous speech!



The best shoes award goes to Katie and my sister, Celia!

After-launch drinkies!

Lovely evening with Katie, Sabah and my family!

There are many more photos I could add - and I will at a later date! A really enjoyable event - and now I've done one, I think I will be more relaxed about the next launch...!

ONE LITTLE LIE is available in the supermarkets and some Waterstones, independent book shops and Amazon.

Amazon link: ONE LITTLE LIE

And the ebook is a mere 99p for September!

Monday, 3 September 2018


I can't believe it's only three days until my third novel is published!

I'm beyond thrilled that the paperback will be available in Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and WHSmith Travel, as well as some Waterstones and independent bookstores from Thursday 6th September.

On Friday evening I'm having a launch (my first!) at my local Waterstones - which is very exciting, if not nerve-wracking! I will post some pictures from that over the weekend.

For my actual publication day I'm going to be celebrating mostly on Twitter and Facebook! But in the evening we're going to Theatre Royal, Plymouth to see War Horse which I'm really looking forward to - it looks amazing.

I've had some great feedback for ONE LITTLE LIE and it's a book I'm very proud of - thank you to all who've played a part in bringing it to publication, and to those who have read and reviewed (either ARCs or the ebook) I'm blessed to have such fabulous support.

You can also pre-order the paperback on Amazon - HERE

And for a limited time the ebook is on offer at the bargain price of 99p! You can download - HERE.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

3 weeks until paperback publication of ONE LITTLE LIE

It's countdown time for the paperback release of ONE LITTLE LIE and I couldn't be more excited!

The ebook has been available since the 23rd July and I've been thrilled with the feedback and reviews so far. Here are some of the things being said about One Little Lie:

‘A story filled of manipulation, lies, secrets, and obsession with seeking forgiveness. This intricately plotted thriller … The shocking twist will leave you speechless.’ 5* NetGalley reviewer

‘This is such a masterfully plotted novel. Everything is planned out, down to the last intricate detail. It was a real pleasure to read and almost impossible to put down!’ 5* NetGalley reviewer

‘Sam Carrington has really shown the depths of her talent with this. It's beautifully written with great characters.’ 5* NetGalley reviewer

'I’ve been a big fan of Sam’s writing in the past and I’m pleased to say that One Little Lie maintains the high level of stylish and cleverly crafted plots that I have come to enjoy. But I do think that she has excelled herself this time with a great twist that I didn’t see coming, one that immediately had me flicking back through the pages of my kindle to work out how and why I had missed the clues!'
5* Jo Robertson/MyChestnutReadingReadingTree

There are lots more but I'll move on for now!

This is my third book to be published by Avon, HarperCollins since 2016 and I am very proud of it. I hope that it will find many readers and that they enjoy it, take something from it, and talk about it!

I've had masses of support from friends, family, authors and bloggers, and of course from my agent, Anne Williams, my editor Katie Loughnane and the team at Avon - I'm thankful for it all! I'm lucky enough to be able to have a small celebration at my local Waterstones in September where hopefully I will be joined by some of those supporters. It's a shame the venue isn't bigger as it would've been fabulous to invite everyone I know - but maybe that will be possible one day... :) 

I hope those who pick up ONE LITTLE LIE enjoy it - and please, if you do, leave a review! They are extremely helpful and can aid visibility on Amazon. Every little helps. 

If you spot One Little Lie out and about from 6th September - I would love to see some shelfies, so please do post a pic. The book will be available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and WHSmith Travel!

You can pre-order the paperback at Amazon here: ONE LITTLE LIE 

Thank you!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

WIN a signed paperback proof of ONE LITTLE LIE

If you head over to my Twitter page - HERE - you can be in with a chance of winning a proof paperback of ONE LITTLE LIE  just by retweeting the *pinned* tweet! Simples!

*This one*:

The ebook is OUT NOW - and can be downloaded from
Google Play

Monday, 23 July 2018

It's ebook publication day for ONE LITTLE LIE!

I'm so pleased and excited to say that the ebook of One Little Lie has gone out into the world today!

Publication day is always a nerve-wracking/exciting day. I'm lucky enough to have had some fabulous support - from pre-publication to now - and I'd like to thank all of the amazing people who have shared, tweeted, messaged, commented and generally made me feel happy and proud today!

Huge thanks to: my fabulous agent, Anne Williams at KHLA; Team Avon - especially my editor, Katie Loughnane; all my family and friends, and, of course - the biggest thanks to those who have downloaded One Little Lie! I hope you enjoy it.

The blog tour kicked off today with a wonderful review from Jacob - Hooked From Page One - and you can read what he thought HERE. I am THRILLED he enjoyed it! Not only did he like it, he said it was my best book yet! Now, you can't ask for more than that, can you? Thank you, Jacob.

Please do follow the blog tour - here are the fabulous bloggers taking part:

No doubt I will be partaking in some celebratory bubbles later - even though I haven't fully recovered from Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Festival yet!

If you'd like to read ONE LITTLE LIE, it's available to download from: 
iTunes and 
Google Play

I will be announcing the *winner* of the pre-order competition tomorrow - and there will be a chance to WIN a (now rare!) signed paperback proof copy of ONE LITTLE LIE  - check out Facebook and Twitter later!

Thursday, 12 July 2018


*Congratulations to the WINNER - Jackie Campbell!*

To celebrate the ebook publication of ONE LITTLE LIE on 23rd July, I'm running a
Competition to WIN this bundle!
(see bigger picture below)

 To be entered to *WIN* the following:
  • SAVING SOPHIE signed paperback
  • BAD SISTER signed paperback
  • 'If I Can't Take My Books I'm Not Going' tote bag
  • 'Keep Calm and Read a Book' Reading Log
  • Amber Noir fragranced candle

You need to:
 *Pre order* my third psychological thriller ONE LITTLE LIE and send me proof of purchase (see email address below) AND 
*Answer the following question*:
In which UK county does Sam Carrington set all her novels?

You can pre order by clicking here: Amazon 

Email your proof of pre-order purchase (photo/screenshot of receipt) and your answer to -


*Entries close at midnight 22-07-18. UK only.*
(See full T's&C's at end of this post)

Feel free to share this on Twitter and Facebook but it isn't a requirement and will not affect your chance of winning!

Competition Terms and Conditions: 
1. This competition is open to all UK residents. 
2. You can be any age to enter this competition. If you are under 18 you must have permission from your parent or guardian. 
3. How to enter: pre-order a copy of One Little Lie by Sam Carrington and answer the question: ‘In which UK county does Sam Carrington set her novels?’ Send a copy (e.g a photo, your confirmation email, etc) of your receipt or order confirmation to onelittleliecomp@gmail.com  
4. The opening date for entries is 12th July 2018.  The closing date for entries is midnight 22nd July 2018. No entries received after this date will be accepted. 
5. Only two entries allowed per household. 
6. The prize is the following: one copy of SAVING SOPHIE signed paperback; one copy of BAD SISTER signed paperback; 'If I Can't Take My Books I'm Not Going' tote bag; 'Keep Calm and Read a Book' Reading Log; ONE LITTLE LIE mug; an Amber Noir fragranced candle
7. No cash or prize alternatives are available. 
8. The winner of the competition will be drawn at random from all correct entries and notified by e-mail no later than the 25th July 2018.
9. The author’s decision as to who has won the competition shall be final. 
10. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.
11. By entering the competition, you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
12. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that, if you win, your name may be a) used for the purpose of announcing the winner, or b) in any related publicity by Sam Carrington, author, without additional payment or permission.
13. Any personal information you give will be used solely for this competition and will not be passed on to any other parties.
14. Under no circumstances will Sam Carrington be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.