Blog Tour - Border Lines by L.E. Fitzpatrick
When the perfect job comes up, Charlie doesn't think twice about taking it. This is the break he's been looking for and nobody, not even the rest of his team, can persuade him otherwise.
The job means working for an old enemy and crossing the border into London. Both are risky, but Charlie has no idea how high the stakes really are. The team will have to confront their past, each other and a killer who is closer than they realize. But can they all make it out of the city alive?
"We all remember that kid in Piccadilly. That determined look he had on his face as he willed all those people to him. Just using his mind, he pulled them close then blew them all to pieces. It could be anyone. Your neighbour, your friend, your lover. Remain vigilant. Reachers are everywhere."
Border Lines is the second book in L.E. Fitzpatrick's Reachers series.
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01N9C0VCJ/
Start with Book One, The Running Game
Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes, and always be ready
to run. On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher, wanted by the government and the criminal underworld for her telekinetic powers. Charlie and his brother John have a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless crime lord, only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher... one of their own kind. With the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GIGM1X8/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01GIGM1X8/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01GIGM1X8/
Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01GIGM1X8/
Prizes: 1 x $10 Amazon Gift Card, 1 x signed paperback, The Running Game, 3 x ebook copy, The Running Game
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About the author
L E Fitzpatrick was born in Hull, East Yorkshire, but now lives in West Wales, with her family plus lots of dogs and cats. She manages an office, volunteers as a room steward for the National Trust and also supports independent authors as a proofreader and beta reader. She obviously has no spare time because of this, but if she did it would probably be invested in walking in the countryside and enjoying the peace and quiet.
L E Fitzpatrick published her first series Dark Waters in 2011 and is currently working on her Reacher series.
I have been lucky enough to quiz L.E. Fitzpatrick with few questions:
1) Your books have a lovely blend of genres, with a dystopian setting, characters with paranormal abilities and even gangsters! Was it always your intention to bring together diverse genres?
It comes from an interest in a wide range of genres and concepts. At heart I'm a big old geek who loves my sci-fi and dystopia, but I also read a lot of crime and fantasy too. I think as long as the subject matter works you can blend all kinds of genres together. And some of my favourite fantasies have been almost historical novels, some of my favourite crime books are laced with paranormal. Genre really is only for book shelves.
2) What was your inspiration for the Reachers?
I have always been fascinated by the idea of society destroying itself and you don't have to look too far to see scenarios where things, bad things, could happen and people just accept and move on. I wanted to push boundaries, work on characters who were neither good or bad, and explore our potential if things went wrong for us.
3) The book shelves are filled with American-based-dystopia. Is it important to you, as a British writer, to produce books with a British setting and feel?
I've always been most at home in Britain. Our speech, our priorities, our way of thinking can be quite unique. There is a British way and a British sense of humour and I just wanted to work the end of the world in a British way.
4) Do you have a favourite character in your series?
I love so many of my characters but my favourite to write is Roxy. He's a dodgy bloke who wheels and deals and you never know whose side he is on. He's too flamboyant to take centre stage but he's the best backing dancer a protagonist could want.
5) What book(s) are you currently reading?
Currently because I'm editing I've only got one book on the go. It's The Power by Naomi Alderman.
6) Do you have any favourite authors?
My most favourite author is John Connolly who I was lucky enough to meet this year... although really I just made a squeaky noise the scuttered away like a giddy school girl. His Parker series is exceptional.
7) What is your favourite thing about the publishing process?
Other authors will disagree but I love the editing stage. It's great to work with my editor to build and evolve my work.
8) Was it an easy decision to re-publish with Creativia?
It came at a very turbulent time. My old publishers were closing their doors and The Running Game had just done really well. After a few chats with Miika at Creativia I felt they would be a strong home for my work and I've been so happy with them since.
9) What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Never stop. Never stop trying. Never stop writing. Never stop learning or developing.
10) What project(s) are you currently working on?
I've just finished book 3 in the Reacher series and am itching to start book 4 so that will keep me out of trouble for a little while. Border Lines has more promotion work and so hopefully you'll be hearing more about the book and series in the future.
However long it took the greeting was always the same. Border watch stopped each car, surveying it
with suspicion before checking the passes of the passengers. Babies to pensioners were inspected, their ID's scanned and, if the border patrol took offence, they'd even strip search travellers in the street.
Rachel rapped her knuckles on the passenger seat as the car ahead of them started to move forward. This was closer than she had ever dared go to the border. There were stories about guards having scanners that picked up Reachers, even if that was a lie it still left her fake ID and the boot full of weapons to worry about. The urge to use her powers was overwhelming, but Charlie insisted they get through legitimately – well as legitimately as fake ID’s and a car full of weapons would allow.
She glanced at John as he drove forward. He was focused, but unconcerned with the task at hand. The brothers were used to crossing the border. They'd seen what it was like on the other side. She hadn't even seen through the gates. The world she was used to was the one they were parked in – dirty, decaying, depressing. What could be hiding behind that concrete wall? How good was it on the other side?
It was their turn. Rachel followed John and Charlie's lead, placing their hands on the dashboard and the front seat. Three border police circled their car. One ducked down to see underneath and, satisfied, they gestured that John slowly open the window.
"Passes," the man ordered, shuffling his rifle back onto his shoulder.
Rachel handed the three fake passes to John, her heart racing. John handed them to one watchman to process, while another began his interrogation.
"Is this your first visit to London?"