Friday, December 1, 2017

Blog Tour 'Anything For Her' by G.J. Minett

Today I’m excited to participate in the Blog Tour of ‘Anything For Her’ by G.J. Minett.  This is a dark and addictive thriller that was published on November 30th. Next to my review, I’m very excited to also share a quest post written by G.J. Minett.

About the Book:
You'd do anything for the one that got away . . . wouldn't you?

When Billy Orr returns home to spend time with his dying sister, he bumps into his ex-girlfriend Aimi, the love of his life. He might not have seen her in eleven years, but Billy's never forgotten her. He'd do anything for her then, and he'd do anything for her now.

When Aimi tells him that she wants to escape her abusive husband, Billy agrees to help her fake her own death. But is she still the Aimi that Billy remembers from all those years ago?

Once Aimi disappears, Billy has to face the possibility that perhaps she had different reasons for disappearing - reasons that might be more dangerous than she's led him to believe . . .

Sometimes trusting the one you love is the wrong thing to do.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
November 30th, 2017
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My Review:

When I received and email about this book a view months back I found myself fascinated with the book description. Together with a great looking book cover, I couldn’t wait to start reading.

In ‘Anything For Her’ we meet Billy. Billy is back in his hometown to visit his dying sister. Next to spending time with his sister, he meets up with his ex-girlfriend Aimi. Aimi soon tells him a disturbing story about her abusive husband. Billy never stopped thinking about Aimi and would do almost anything to help her. So when she asks him to help her fake her own death he agrees without a lot of convincing. But things get very complicated from that moment on.

‘Anything For Her’ is from the very beginning a book that completely pulls you in. The characters are very intriguing, and the story is slightly strange which made me curious to what would happen next. This was a perfect combination that made me want to keep on reading till the very last page and I found myself reading this book rather quickly.

I loved how ‘Anything For Her’ was written through several point of views. Not to many, which would make it hard for me to follow, but just enough to keep it interesting. I loved the way the characters all seemed a little off to me, which made me wonder where this book would go. There were many twists and turns to this read and I really had a great time reading this book.

I did have some troubles with Billy’s character which just was a bit freaky and gave me the chills at times. But being able to write this kind of character in this particular way is definitely talented if you ask me and it fitted the story perfectly.

‘Anything For Her’ is a fascinating and thrilling read that kept me hooked till the very last page.

My Rating:

5 Ways in Which Teaching Has Helped My Writing Career:

The publication of my first two novels meant that last Easter I was able at long last to give up teaching and turn to writing full-time. Below is a list of the 5 main ways in which I feel all those years at the chalkface (that expression alone shows how long I was a teacher!) gave me a useful induction into what I’m doing now. In no particular order of significance, they are:
  • Characters.
I’ve no way of knowing exactly how many children I’ve taught over the years but it has to run into the tens of thousands. Most of the kids have been fantastic, a tiny minority less so, but all of them have been individuals with their own particular mannerisms, characteristics, weaknesses and strengths. I’ve also worked alongside a vast number of colleagues who encompassed a pretty wide spectrum of human behaviour and experiences. Now, I have no formal qualifications at all that might enable me to speak with any authority about the human condition but I’d have to be more or less comatose not to have picked up on certain mannerisms, speech patterns, trigger responses, anxieties etc along the way. It’s all been there in front of me, one giant human database.

I’ve not picked out one person and written about her/him and never will. I’ve been asked several times whether Ellen in The Hidden Legacy or Owen in Lie In Wait was based on a particular individual and the answer is an unequivocal no. But I have taught several Owens, I’ve worked with and admired a lot of Ellens. Unfortunately I’ve taught a fair few Callum Greens as well (cf Lie In Wait) but I’ve borrowed a few attributes from each of them and then moulded them into a sort of composite character. So if you think you recognise someone in my books, especially yourself, I promise that’s not the case.

To date I haven’t used a school as the setting for a novel but book 4, which I’m planning at present, will have a number of scenes that have an 11-18 school as a backdrop. I suspect that no matter how often I emphasise the opposite, there will still be some people who will ask: ‘is that me?’

I’m ready for all the defamation lawsuits to come flooding in!
  • Names.
In my customary obsessive way, even though I’ve finished teaching, I still haven’t thrown out 6th Form lists going back to the turn of the century, so I’m not likely to be stuck for names I can use for my characters. That can however bring its own attendant problems with which any parent will be able to identify. When choosing names for your baby, there are some which you know you can rule out instantly because they will forever be associated with a particular individual you’d rather forget. I have about a dozen names I’ll never be able to use without conjuring up memories of long hot afternoons in a classroom, trying to get a Year 10 student to stop arguing and listen! Fortunately there are not many of them and there are plenty of alternatives.

I always make sure I separate out the first name and surname though. As far as I’m aware, I’ve never taught an Owen Hall or a Callum Green and I’ll lay whatever odds you like no Eudora Nash has ever suffered through one of my lessons!
  • Deadlines.
Teaching is all about deadlines – it used to feel as though a school term consisted of little more than staggering from one to the next. That’s stood me in good stead though when it comes to the writing. Editors are understanding but clear when it comes to deadlines. If a book is due in by a certain date, they will expect it then unless an extension has been negotiated, but it’s a dispensation that can’t be repeated too often without interfering with the schedules for editing and all the other attendant decisions that have to be taken. Once you reach a certain point, any further delay will mean the book misses its publication slot and there may not be another available for quite some time.

I’ve not missed a deadline yet and am sure those years in education have helped massively in this respect.
  • Flexibility.
This ties in neatly with the previous point. I said I haven’t missed a deadline for delivery of a novel. I didn’t say there haven’t been a few desperate panics along the way. The first draft of Anything For Her was due in last April. That should have been OK but I was still working at school, kick-starting the new timetable and training my replacement. I was also writing what felt like five thousand blogs for the blog tour for Lie In Wait, the paperback version of which was about to appear at the end of March. At one point I found myself with another 30,000 or so words of the new novel still to write and only three weeks in which to produce them and that meant having to write at certain times of the day and night, whether I felt in a creative frame of mind or not (usually not!).

I doubt very much whether I’d have managed it but for those late, late nights, trying to make the timetable come together when all I wanted to do was sleep, or writing that final batch of reports which had to be in by the following morning.
  • Public Speaking
I’ve done a lot of travelling in the past two years, speaking to library groups, societies, panels, book groups. The largest of these was to about 130 people in a large hall where I was asked to speak for 45 minutes, do a reading and then answer questions. I understand why that might present a problem to some writers but I can honestly say I’ve never been nervous and have only used a microphone if it was insisted upon. If you can teach French to a lower set Year 9 group who are planning to drop the subject at the end of the year and it’s the last lesson of a sweltering hot day when the kids are either half asleep or fractious in the extreme, and you are painfully aware that OFSTED are in school and you just know with an unshakable faith in sod’s law that they’re going to come sauntering into your lesson just as Austen dives over his desk to get at Jason . . . when you can do that and get through it, public speaking in front of an audience who have come there because they’re interested and mean well is an absolute pleasure.

Trust me.

About the Author:

G.J. Minett studied at Cambridge and then spent many years as a teacher of foreign languages. He studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, and won the 2010 Chapter One Prize for unpublished novels with the opening chapter of The Hidden Legacy.

For more information about G.J. Minett please visit his website. Or visit him on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Bonnier Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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