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BAD TURN Blog Tour Day4 – Dysfunctional Crime Family

Day 4 already on the Blog Tour for the launch of BAD TURN and I’m in New Zealand (virtually, more’s the pity!) with the wonderful Judith Baxter at Growing Younger Each Day. Judith has already reviewed BAD TURN on her other blog site, Books & More Books, but Judith asked me to write an article about the intricate relationships within the family Charlie is tasked to protect.

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Judith Baxter: I had written and scheduled my post for the blog tour in advance as I was going to be away for a few days.  Earlier I had asked Zoë about this, one of my all-time favourite, series and she generously agreed to write something for my post. Here she gives us a hint of how she gets into a book and bit of a background into Charlie Fox’s character and the effects some of the situations in which she finds herself, have on her. So a second post for today.

And a really  big thank you to Zoë for this :

“Dysfunctional (Crime) Family

BAD TURN: Charlie Fox #13

Zoë Sharp

At their heart, the Charlie Fox novels are action-filled crime thrillers. But I hope that’s not all they are. Exploring the effect that the events of the stories have on Charlie herself, as well as on the other characters involved, has always been one of my main interests.

I like to know what makes people tick. How far they can be pushed. And, in the end, what makes them break.

It’s why my bad guys are rarely all bad. Everyone has shades of light and dark about them. After all, if you’re going to make your antagonists think they are really the heroes of their own story, you have to give them some reason to believe it. You don’t have to like them, as a reader, but you have to be thoroughly engaged by them.

Charlie usually arrives as an outsider into an already established group. Often she is seen as unwanted interference. She has to do her best to protect people almost in spite of themselves.

As was the case with BAD TURN.

Read the rest of this article over on Growing Younger Each Day.

BAD TURN Blog Tour Day3 – Liz Loves Books

Day 3 on the BAD TURN Blog Tour is hosted by the delightful Liz of Liz Loves Books.

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Today takes the form of a review. Here’s Liz’s verdict on BAD TURN:

“Another pacy thriller from Zoë Sharp—there’s been a few feisty yet realistic heroines popping up in books and long may it last but Charlie Fox set the standard and is keeping it high 13 books later.

This was brilliantly addictive, chock full of action without losing coherence of story and with some unpredictable twists and turns along the way.

Charlie Fox is such a great main protagonist, clearly defined and engaging and every book flies by, page turning quality in every one. I love that you are never quite sure where they will end up.

Really excellent thrillers. Recommended.”

Read the full post over on Liz Loves Books.

BAD TURN Blog Tour Day2 – real people as characters

The latest stop on the Blog Tour for the brand new Charlie Fox crime thriller, BAD TURN, is Anne Bonny Book Reviews, hosted by the fab Abby Slater-Fairbrother.

Inevitably, when you write, you ‘borrow’ characteristics or mannerisms you’ve noted in friends, relations, enemies, or complete strangers. This is one of the reasons writers love to sit somewhere crowded and people-watch like crazy. A twitch, a tic, a nervous gesture, the way some people look down at their shoes and pace very deliberately when they’re taking a phone call. It’s all grist to the writer’s ever-hungry mill.

I freely admit there were aspects of different real people in the early Charlie Fox books, although I refuse to comment on which characteristics those were and what use I made of them! It wasn’t until I did an event at my local library while I was plotting book four in the series that I realised people might actually want to appear in my work.

My local library in Lancaster were hugely supportive of my first steps into the world of being a published author. So, when one of the librarians mentioned that another member of staff, Andrew Till, would really, really like to be a character in a book, how could I refuse?

When FIRST DROP came out, Andrew Till was an FBI Special Agent-in-Charge who plays a vital role in helping Charlie defeat the bad guys—even if he does try to arrest her the first time they meet.

Since then, I’ve used numerous real people as characters in the books. Over the course of the series they’ve taken on the roles of PIs, LAPD detectives and CIA agents, as well as billionaire philanthropists, Charlie’s principal, main suspect, and even the outright bad guy.

Read the rest of this blog over on Anne Bonny Book Reviews.

BAD TURN Blog Tour Day1 – Charlie Fox on the loose in Europe

First stop on the Blog Tour for the brand new Charlie Fox crime thriller, BAD TURN, is Shotsmag Confidential, courtesy of the lovely Ayo Onatade.

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One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about writing the Charlie Fox books is that they are not tied to one location. A part of me can see the attraction of a familiar locale and I know it might be a good idea to do this. After all, tours of Rebus’s Edinburgh, Morse’s Oxford, or Aimée Leduc’s Paris are undoubtedly popular.

But every time I sit down to write the next instalment in this series, deciding where she’s going to be heading off to is one of the things that keeps me hooked. The very nature of Charlie’s job in close protection means she has to be minutely aware of her surroundings. I take it as a challenge to try to weave in as much of the ever-changing dynamic between Charlie and her environment as I can into the fabric of the story.

For BAD TURN, number 13 in the series, I wanted a real European setting. I took Charlie to a bodyguard training school in Germany for one of the early books, HARD KNOCKS, and on a bikers’ fast trip around Ireland in ROAD KILL, but this time out I decided it was high time she made a return to mainland Europe.

I’d driven down to the southern area of France just before starting BAD TURN, and the scarcity of both people and other vehicles once we got away from the cities really set my imagination going. Tailing someone without other traffic to use as cover, for example, would present its own difficulties for Charlie.

Read the rest of this article over on Shotsmag Confidential here.

Read the first three chapters of BAD TURN.

BAD TURN print copies

Look what the postman brought me this morning! Print proofs of BAD TURN: Charlie Fox #13. The book will be available on September 27 in mass-market paperback as well as hardcover and Large Print hardcover editions. The Large Print and hardcovers are mainly aimed at libraries, so if you know a friendly librarian—or indeed if you ARE a friendly librarian—I hope you’ll ask about stocking this title.

As well as Amazon, these print editions should be available through the usual libraries wholesalers. I’ve listed the ISBN numbers below to make them easier to find.

mass-market paperback: 9781909344563

library hardcover: 9781909344570

Large Print hardcover: 9781909344587

BAD TURN Blog Tour

The new Charlie Fox crime thriller, BAD TURN, will be published on September 27 and I’ll be celebrating by taking to the information superhighway on a Blog Tour.

I’ll be talking about the story behind the story, the settings and the characters with either a guest blog or a review every day from pub day, September 27, through to October 06. It should be an interesting ten days. I hope you’ll join me!

Day 1: September 27

Shotsmag Confidential with Ayo Onatade  https://wwwshotsmagcouk.blogspot.com

Day 2: September 28

Anne Bonny Book Reviews with Abby Slater-Fairbrother  https://annebonnybookreviews.com

Day 3: September 29

Liz Loves Books with Liz Barnsley  http://lizlovesbooks.com

Day 4: September 30

Growing Younger Each Day with Judith Baxter  https://growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com

Day 5: October 01

TripFiction with Tina Hartas  https://www.tripfiction.com

Day 6: October 02

By The Letter Book Reviews with Sarah Hardy  https://bytheletterbookreviews.com

Day 7: October 03

Hair Past A Freckle with Karen Cole  https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.com

Day 8: October 04

Jen Med’s Book Reviews with Jen Lucas  https://jenmedsbookreviews.com

Day 9: October 05

Chapter In My Life with Sharon Bairden   https://chapterinmylife.wordpress.com

Day 10: October 06

Crime Book Junkie with Noelle Holten  https://crimebookjunkie.co.uk

ABSENCE OF LIGHT included in Top Thriller List!

 

I was stunned to check Twitter today and see that ABSENCE OF LIGHT: Charlie Fox #11 was included on a list of Top International Thrillers led by powerful, ambitious women, as put together by author and journalist, Holly Watt. Holly is the author of TO THE LIONS, as well as writing for all the top newspapers in the UK. Her choices are appearing on the CrimeReads site, as well as being reposted by Marshal Zeringue on Campaign For The American Reader.

Who wouldn’t be over the moon to have their main protagonist mentioned alongside the likes of Luke Jennings’ Villanelle and Stieg Larsson’s Lisabeth Salander?

Early goodreads reviews for BAD TURN

I’m over the moon that the response so far for the Advance Reader Copies of the next Charlie Fox crime thriller, BAD TURN has been so positive. Here are some quotes from the reviews posted on goodreads. Click here to see the full reviews page, or right-click on any of the images if you’d like to download them to post on social media. Many thanks!