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#BlogTour A Cold Cold Heart by John Nicholl #GuestPost @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook

I am delighted to welcome John Nicholl to the blog today as he shares all about his books … Over to you, John!

About my books
I write darkly psychological suspense thrillers, which draw heavily on my experiences as a police officer and child protection social worker. I guess, given my career, the genre chose me. I’ve written six books to date, the most recent of which, A Cold Cold Heart, is published by the brilliant Bloodhound Books in January 2018. 
I wrote articles for newspapers and a national social work magazine during my working life, but White is the Coldest Colour was my first novel. I had a lot of time on my hands after leaving my post heading up child protection services for the county of Carmarthenshire in west Wales, and one day I decided to sit down and give  it a go. I felt driven to complete it once I’d started, although I have to admit that it was a steep learning curve. Writing it was cathartic in the main, although it did sometimes engender memories that were, perhaps, best left in the past. By far the hardest thing was conveying such a brutal plot line without including any  gratuitous or graphic detail. Achieving that end was very important to me, and I wouldn’t have published the book unless satisfied I’d succeeded in that regard.    Fortunately, the majority of reviewers seem to agree. The book reached #10 of all books on Amazon.  
The book is intended primarily as an entertaining and tense thriller, but I also hope it conveys an important cautionary message to readers: be careful who you     trust. Be very careful who you trust. It contains content that some readers may find distressing from the very first page, and is dedicated to survivors of child abuse everywhere. It won’t be a book for everybody. It will be published in German, Spanish and Portuguese, Italian, French and Dutch within the next twelve months. 
When Evil Calls Your Name, my second novel, is a sequel, although it can be read as a standalone. The book is written in a very different style to White, as if by  Cynthia, the main character, in the form of a personal journal whilst serving a prison sentence. It is again primarily intended as an interesting and entertaining  read, but I hope it also goes some way to communicating the insidious negative effects of psychological and physical domestic violence on its victims. Some reviewers have thought that the book was written by Cynthia herself, one even saying that she was brave to write it given the horrendous things she went through. I find    that gratifying. It’s intended to be a raw and realistic book, that while entirely fictional, was inspired by real events. There are far too many real-life Cynthia’s out there in the world, who suffer violence at the hands of men. I hope that the book plays a small part in bringing attention to what is still largely a taboo   subject. A Spanish edition is in the pipeline. 
My third book, Portraits of the Dead, is a serial killer thriller full of twists and turns. Like my first two books, it’s set in Wales, which I think makes sense   given that I spent the majority of my career working in my home country. I find it easier to write from experience and I hope it gives the books an authentic air of gritty realism. Like all my books, it’s available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook. It was recently published in Spanish and is due to be published as an ebook, paperback and hardback in Hungarian in the near future. 
My fourth book was a novella called Bully Boy Blue. It’s a short but intense read that deals with domestic violence.  
My fifth novel, A Mind To Kill, is an intense female revenge thriller - A Death Wish for the modern world. The book focusses on the insidious danger posed by       predatory criminals who target potential victims via the internet. It will be published in Hindi in the near future. 
My new novel, A Cold Cold Heart, tells the story of a handsome, charismatic and merciless serial killer, who targets the daughter of the police officer leading the hunt to catch him. It’s a tense, fast-paced tale packed with suspense. I’m excited about publication, and working with Bloodhound’s excellent editorial, publishing and publicity team has been a very positive experience. I really couldn’t be with a better publisher. 
I’ve been incredibly lucky in that sales of books have been better than I could have hoped. Each has become an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in     multiple categories in the UK, Spain, France, Australia, Canada and the USA. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the readers and bloggers who have made it   happen. It’s truly appreciated.

Thank you for sharing this with us today, John! 

Here's the blurb for A Cold Cold Heart ... just click the cover to get your copy! 

A Cold Cold Heart: a stunning thriller you won't be able to put down by [Nicholl, John]

Are you looking for a dark and totally gripping psychological thriller? Then try John Nicholl’s unmissable A Cold Cold Heart today.

DI Gravel and his daughter Emily are oblivious to the terrible danger she is in when she accepts a job working for the solicitor Charles Turner.

Meanwhile, Gravel is on the hunt for a serial killer. And when Emily becomes the killer’s latest obsession, the murderer will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

But as further bodies are discovered, the killer seeks to befriend DI Gravel and misdirect his investigation.

How can you catch a killer who is hiding in plain sight? Can DI Gravel and Emily come away from this case with both their lives intact?

Sometimes evil wears a suit…

About the author ...

John Nicholl

John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written five darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon international bestseller, reaching # 1 in multiple categories in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, Canada and the USA. John reached # 10 of all books on Amazon in Australia and has been given three Amazon All-Star awards for being one of the 25 most read authors in the UK. His new book, A Cold Cold Heart, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2018.

John is always happy to hear from readers, bloggers or the media, and can be contacted via his author website at http://www.johnnicholl.com. Rights enquiries should be directed to Toby Mundy - Literary agent at TMA. 

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