Book Tour: Playing on Cotton Clouds by Michela O’Brien

Please join Crooked Cat author, Michela O’Brien, on her book blitz tour for her first CCP release, Playing on Cotton Clouds!  Set over the decades starting in the 1980s, it tells the tale of a group of friends as they grow up, take responsibilities, their loves and lives.

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Playing on Cotton Clouds


When arty Livy falls for her sister’s boyfriend, she knows her dreams are unlikely to come true… Sensitive Seth thinks he has hit the jackpot when the girl of his dreams finally looks his way… While laidback Aidan is every girl’s hero.

Fast forward twenty-five years as carefree youth turns into adulthood responsibilities, relationships begin and end, music and fashion change, and life moves on with its successes, failures and heartaches. As the friends grow up, they discover life rarely turns out the way you imagined it at fifteen.

The rites of passage through years are eerily familiar to every 1980s teenager in this moving, heartfelt novel. 


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Book Tour: Tomorrow’s Anecdote by Pamela Kelt

Please join Crooked Cat author, Pamela Kelt, on her book blitz tour for her recent release, Tomorrow’s Anecdote!  Set in 1987, you are transported back in time to the Great Storm of a decade with a combination of dry humour and drama.

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Tomorrow’s Anecdote

Just another day in the newsroom? Hardly.TomorrowsAnecdote

October 1987. Clare Forester is an overworked and under-appreciated features subeditor on a provincial paper in Somerset. She spends her time cheerfully ranting about her teenage daughter, the reclusive lodger, her spiteful mother, the Thatcher government, new technology, grubby journalists, petty union officials, her charming ex – and just about anything else that crosses her path.

If things aren’t turbulent enough, on the night of Thursday, October 15th, the Great Storm sweeps across Britain, cutting a swathe of destruction across the country.

Things turn chaotic. Pushed to breaking point, Clare finally snaps and loses her temper with gale-force fury – with disastrous results.

As she contemplates the chaos that her life has become, Clare soon comes to a bitter conclusion.

Never trust the past. It lies.


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Royalty visits!

Somebody has crossed the water to be with us today. Catriona King, a dear friend from Belfast. So let’s give her a warm Bingergread Cottage welcome and get a hot drink into her Cat King 2to drive out the cold.

Ooh, I would love a cup of tea. Milk but no sugar please. And a piece of cake would be fabulous. Whatever sort you have.

Let’s start with your books – do you write under just one name or several? How many genres do you cover? How much have you had published including anthologies etc?

I write under my own name; Catriona King. I did think about using a pen-name but I thought people might wonder why. If I had done it would have been M.M. Flood, my late mother’s name, because we were very close.

I write a series of crime novels called the Craig Thriller Series. Although they’re crime novels they often have romantic and comic back stories. My new book, ‘The Broken Shore’ is the fifth in the series. It’s due for release on the 13th December.

I’ve also recently written a thriller set in New York that I hope will be out in 2014. It also has a strong love story running through it (as well as spies!).

I wrote a play that was performed in the MAC theatre in Belfast in early 2013

A play? How lovely! I would love to do that. How long have you been writing professionally? I imagine that, like all of us, you wrote all your life before “turning pro”.

In my career I’ve written endless factual papers, book chapters and journalistic articles, and I’ve written fiction for my own enjoyment for years. My professional fiction writing career only started in 2012.

That recently? Goodness! What was your first published work? Short story, magazine article, poem?

It was my first novel, published in 2012. ‘A Limited Justice’, book one in the Craig Thriller Series.

Crivens! First work a novel, like me! Gosh I knew we had a lot in common (giggle). What are your ambitions / hopes for your writing career?

I’ve found that since I’ve been published I simply can’t stop writing! As soon as I complete a book and send it off to the publishers I have to fight with myself really hard to not start writing another. I’d love to write full time and, probably like most authors, that’s my ultimate ambition.

(Ailsa nod, knowing the feeling.) Now on to you, the author. Where do you live and with whom? Describe a perfect day at home for me. (Where else have you lived?)

I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland where I was born, but I only returned to live here in 2006 after years away living in London ( like Marc Craig, the main character in my books).

I loved London for its variety and mix of people, but it was almost too big in ways. Belfast is very compact and has a lot to offer nowadays as a European City, particularly its burgeoning arts scene which is very exciting. I wouldn’t rule out living somewhere else in the world someday. Who knows?

I also run a theatre group called ‘The Studio’ which is featured on my website with my books A perfect day for me is having time to write, spending time with friends and then taking a rehearsal (I direct). Bliss!

Do you have a “day job”?

Yes. I trained as a doctor and also did an MBA (a business degree). I’ve held a variety of roles in the health service.

Let’s get this straight, doctor, theatre director and writer … ahem …Outside of writing and any other work, what is your main passion (greatest pleasures?) I almost didn’t ask this!

As mentioned earlier, the Arts generally are my great love, in particular the theatre. I love the classics and some amazing actors have performed here recently. Kenneth Branagh, Patrick O’Kane, Ciaran Hinds and Derek Jacobi have all been in the past couple of years. The theatre group is currently involved in a project with the RSC and the Lyric Theatre which is wonderful.

Tell me two or three interesting facts about you that I haven’t asked.

I can’t swim. Many people have tried to teach me but it hasn’t worked because I simply can’t put my head under the water. Three different psychics have told me it’s because I drowned in a previous life!

I can sing. I had my voice professionally trained and was asked to sing professionally but it meant making a choice between medicine and singing and I chose medicine. I do wonder sometimes what might have happened…

I’m shy and really hate having my photograph taken. It is my least favourite thing in the whole world, even for work or in group shots. Perhaps part of me agrees with the belief that it steals your spirit? Ha ha. The desire to take ‘selfies’ (pictures of yourself) and post them on the internet is completely beyond me.

Oh I know that – I hate having my photo taken too. So you sing? Great – come on and let’s have a bash at some Irish songs together while I pour some more tea and we put up your other important information.

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Crooked Cat 2nd Birthday Bash & Giveaway

It’s my party…


I am TWO years old today (meow!), and to say “THANK YOU” for supporting me and my fellow Cats over the last couple of years, we’ll be giving away a grand total of 101 magnificent prizes, including Kobo e-readers, t-shirts, posh notepads, vouchers, cat bags (not made of cats, obviously! D’oh!) – and the opportunity for three lucky winners whose names will appear as characters in our three successful crime series.

Join the online FB event to meet fellow cats, kittens and other more or less mad animals: 

There’s plenty of catnip, scratch posts, cake (no chocolate! Poison! Pah!), meowsic (see what I did there?!), cat chat and you can catch a glimpse of the many prizes we’re giving away!

Now, how can you win one of those fabulous prizes?

Well, you have to show us your creative side!

  • First, you should choose a crooked (meaning quirky, funny – not mean) photo* of your pet. Although I prefer gazing at fellow cats, other creatures such as dogs, gerbils or kids are, of course, also permitted.
  • Then, you’ll need to add a few short sentences, to a maximum of 200 words, telling us how the photo came about.
  • Finally, email your photo and short description to: win (at) crookedcatbooks (dot) com!
  • Don’t forget to give us your name and country!
  • One entry only per person / cat / hamster / grandchild / other pet!

The competition runs from today, 21st November, to Saturday, 30th November 2013!

The lucky winners will be contacted within 7 days after the end date.

Right, so now let’s go back to the party!


*Serious note: Please don’t force your pets into situations they’re uncomfortable with. It’s not just cats that don’t like it. Thank you.

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Book Tour: I Know You Know by Helen A. Howell

Join Crooked Cat author Helen A. Howell on her book blitz tour for I Know You Know, her psychic thriller released earlier in the year!


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The darkest cards in the tarot deck reveal the darkest side of the man sitting opposite Janice—Mr. Edgar Kipp.

She feigns an inability to read for him, but will he believe her?

His parting words indicate that he knows she knows he’s a serial killer.

And he plans to return.

The voice of her dead grandmother urges her to be careful, warning Janice she might be seeing her own future in those foreboding cards.

But Janice doesn’t want to listen. Gran’s dead.

How can she possibly help her?

I Know You Know is now available at 77p/99c – for one day only!


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