Today I am honored to host the very talented Ailsa Abraham, author of "Alchemy" and "Shaman's Drum". She's here to tell us about her new book, "Attention to Death", a murder mystery that launches this Friday (only two days away!) Barnabas and Wilfred are, understandably, quite excited to hear what she has to say, and have donned their best morning suits for the occasion. Now if only we could get Barnabas to stop being shy and come out from behind the potted plant, we could begin. What's that? He's out and properly seated on the wing chair? Good. Pull up a seat, everyone, and let's take a listen to the remarkable Ailsa Abraham!
Hello Ailsa! Welcome!
Thank you for inviting me to talk about my latest release today.
This is a departure from my previous series in magical realism. Here I take off on murder mystery. Why? Erm... limited attention span? Love of variety?
Attention to Death is released on 10th March and here is the info on it.
“Find Attention to Death on pre-order on Amazon: http://mybook.to/AttentionDeath
"In Attention to Death, Ailsa Abraham pulls off something I wouldn't have thought possible - a steamy romance with a twist of murder and a splash of social conscience. A remarkable book that will have you turning pages as quickly as you can to find out what happens next."
~ India Drummond, author of the Caledonia Fae series
Finding a murderer among a group of killers is not going to be easy for two Royal Army Military Police investigators, Captain Angus Simpson and Staff-Sergeant Rafael ‘Raff’ Landen, whose Christmas leave is cancelled for an investigation into a suspicious death on a base in Germany.
The case is further complicated by unhelpful senior officers who make pre-judgements on colour, creed, race and sexuality. Yet the insight of the investigators helps them uncover a sinister plot, although they too have something to hide: their own fledgling relationship.
Will Angus and Raff be able to solve the murder without giving away their secret?
The best and worst of human nature is represented in this story, which is why it is suggested for over 18s only.”
I delved into my past life as an officer in the Royal Air Force and my lifelong friendships with gay men to research this book. Coming right after LGBT History Month in February, it highlights the problems of men who have to be “in the closet” and the sort of bigotry that causes people to refuse to read a book just because there are gay characters in it, although this doesn't stop them leaving reviews. Me? I've never been too sure. I'm gender-neutral which is why the first thing I wonder on meeting new people isn't “What do they do in their bedrooms?”
Read it for yourself and decide. Is it an honest portrayal of two men doing their job who just happen to have started an affair?
Bio and links
Ailsa Abraham is the author of six novels. Alchemy is the prequel to Shaman's Drum, published by Crooked Cat in January 2014. Both are best-sellers in their genres on Amazon. She also writes mystery romance.
She has lived in France since 1990 and is now naturalized French. She enjoys knitting and crochet and until recently was the oldest Hell's Angel in town . Her interests include campaigning for animal rights, experimenting with different genres of writing and trips back to the UK to visit friends and family. She is also addicted to dressing up, saying that she is old enough to know better but too wise to care (pirate gear is her favourite!)
Thank you very much Ailsa! We are very much looking forward to reading "Attention to Death", it sounds wonderful. If you'd like to learn more about Ailsa and her work, here are some helpful links:
Ailsa's website: https://ailsaabraham.com/
Ladies and gentlemen, and children of all ages! May I please draw your attention to the center ring! (Spoken, of course, in the booming voice of the circus ringleaders of yesteryear...)
Anyway, enough with the fanfare and on to the good bits: Barnabas and Wilfred have some wonderful news. In fact, they've been holding on to this news for the past week. They've been biting their fingernails, sitting on their hands, hemming and hawing, pursing their lips shut, and shifting from foot to foot (not all at the same time, of course; that would be impossible. Perhaps two or three at once, but no more than that.)
All of that is beside the point, though. The point is that they have been incredibly excited, and have been bursting to share their news with you, with your friends, with your friends' friends....heck, they'd tell the Queen herself if they could catch a moment of her attention!
What they've been so very excited about is this: they've found a publisher, a forever home if you will, with Crooked Cat Books. They've got some work to do, still (wouldn't want them showing up for such an important event with any wrinkles in their trousers or their hats askew, would we?) so they will most likely not be ready to meet the public until October or November of this year. Waiting is so very difficult, but they shall do their best to be patient. As shall I. Sigh.
And of course Barnabas and Wilfred will remain hard at work on their next case (for a good detective must always carry on, no matter how very excited he might be!) whilst they make themselves presentable for their Fall debut.
Tot ziens for now!
Writer of ghosts and devils and all things of mythological genesis. And sometimes, those things have a sense of humor...