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Monday, March 27, 2017

Veronica Heley and Free Books!

 photo Unknown_zpspltfajhy.jpegBea investigates when fire disrupts a dinner party for two ten-year old girls and ends in multiple deaths, which may or may not have been intended.

Before we meet today's featured author, I want to announce that the winner of the free signed copy of Murder is No Accident, by Ann Gabhart, is:


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And now let's revisit novelist Veronica Heley, author of gentle crime novel, False Fire (Severn House, March 2017).

Veronica Heley celebrates the publication of her 78th book in 2016, having been in the business for over 40 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Abbot Agency series.

She also writes a short story once a quarter for the Methodist Recorder. Her early books, which include more crime and some historical novels, are currently being brought out as e-books.

She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time.

Please tell us something random we might not know about you.

I love chocolate but hate coconut. My favourite colour is blue. I like to have something flowering all the year round in my garden.

I picture a lovely English garden at your home!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of False Fire.

 photo Unknown_zpspltfajhy.jpegFalse Fire starts with thirteen people for a dinner party which ends in multiple deaths – oh, and brings in a teddy bear who becomes a very important person in the lives of two poor little rich girls.

Bernice and Alicia may be heiresses but money can’t buy the love that these ten-year old girls need – and there are reasons why some of their families might welcome their deaths.

Goodness! How intriguing. 

What is it about Bea that will make your readers care about her?

Bea is a successful businesswoman, running a domestic agency whose watchword is ‘discretion’, but she has a nurturing nature and often finds herself taking on other people’s problems.

Emily Dickinson said this about writing: “A wounded deer leaps the highest.” How do you interpret that, and do you agree?

Fear can impel you to outdo whatever you think you can manage by yourself. And yes, I agree.

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I re-read Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! The characterisation is marvellous, and his invention awe-inspiring.

He was truly original. What a loss to not have him with us anymore.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on another Bea Abbot novel, called False Pride. A family which has suffered from adverse publicity in the past, closes ranks against an investigation into stolen property, a death . . . and Bea’s ten year old ward defies her authority.

Where else can readers find you online?

At www.veronicaheley.com

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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

My editors are always urging me to find my heroines a man, but although that worked out all right in the Ellie Quicke mysteries when she came to know Thomas, Bea has not so far found anyone to invite into her life. When a suitable man comes knocking at the door, should she invite him in . . . or not?

How interesting that we had a recent guest, Ann Gabhart, ask something similar! 

Thanks, Veronica, for telling us about your novel. Readers, Veronica has offered to give a free e-copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 3. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Veronica's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Pam Graber said...

I think a little romance adds some heart to the characters and when it's unexpected because the character is content as a single person? Even better. So, yes, I think Bea should keep her options open.


Gail H. said...

I totally agree with Pam above. Unexpected romance is the best kind.

Beth Rumbaugh said...

Invite him in , for sure. Maybe it will work out, maybe it won't.

Deanna Stevens said...

Yes, it's finally her time!

Melanie Backus said...

Invite that great guy in, for sure! Makes life interesting!!!!

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Veronica Heley said...

I have had various men try their luck with Bea, but none of them have lasted the course so far. Either they don't want to commit, or she doesn't. Now I have someone from her past returning and maybe, just maybe, it will work out all right for her this time. I'm still at the draft stage of this new story, so I can't be sure exactly how she's going to react.
Veronica Heley.



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