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‘Risking It All’
by Stephanie Harte
Blog Tour/Guest Post
“My Journey So Far”

A debut book in her new genre of ‘Gangland Crime’ and her first Blog Tour, so author Stephanie Harte has stopped by to introduce herself to a couple of tour participants and has shared extracts from the book with others. A full list of the sites to visit can be found at the end of this post!

The tour has been organised by the lovely Vicky from Aria Fiction, with the book download being delivered by the great team at NetGalley!

RISKING IT ALL

Cover Image of the book 'Risking It All' by author Stephanie HarteGemma is about to risk it all for the man she loves. Will she survive entering into a life of crime?

Gemma has always been there for Nathan. He’s the love of her life and she made a commitment to him, one she’d never consider breaking… until smooth-talking gangster Alfie Watson comes into their lives and changes everything.

Alfie doesn’t care about true love – he wants Gemma, and the gangster always gets what he wants. When Nathan ends up owing him money, Alfie gets payback by recruiting Gemma to carry out a jewellery heist. To everyone’s surprise, she’s a natural. Until Alfie forgives Nathan’s debt, she has no choice but to accompany the gangster on more and more daring heists – even though one slip-up could cost her everything.

Nathan might have fallen under Alfie’s spell, but it doesn’t take long for him to realise that he needs to save Gemma from his own mistakes if their marriage is to have any chance of surviving. But when that means taking on the East End’s most notorious gangster at his own game, will he find himself up to the challenge?

Image of author Stephanie Harte

STEPHANIE HARTE

BLOG TOUR GUEST POST

My journey so far…

“I was born and raised in North West London where I still live with my husband, Barry, daughter, Sarah, son James and Cairn Terrier, Ruby.

I studied Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at London College of Fashion before embarking on a career as a Pharmaceutical Buyer for the NHS.

After a career break to have my children, I decided to return to beauty therapy. For ten years, I ran beauty workshops at a London based specialist residential clinic for children with severe eating disorders. Although this role could be upsetting at times, it was also hugely rewarding.

My writing journey began as a hobby. As a teenager, I used to write letters to my cousin in Ireland. She used to enjoy receiving them so much; she told me I should write a book. That suggestion planted a seed in my mind, and it became a burning desire of mine. Even though I kept putting it off.

I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2018, hoping I might find the path to publication. Risking It All went through the New Writers’ Scheme, and the professional critique and positive feedback I received gave me the encouragement I needed to submit the manuscript to the publishing world. It had been a long-held ambition of mine to become a traditionally published author, so I couldn’t believe my luck when Hannah Smith, Editorial Director at Aria Fiction, offered me a three-book contract. It was a dream come true.

This is a very exciting time for me, and I really appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given. It is a difficult task to find a publisher when you’re a new author. There is enormous competition. I’m so glad I’m one of the lucky ones. I have loved working with Aria. Everyone has been very supportive as the whole process is entirely new to me. There’s been a lot to learn, but I’m loving every minute of it.

Risking It All is the first book in the series. My inspiration for the novel came from an article I’d read about a man who lost everything, including his wife and children, when his gambling addiction took over his life. I love to travel and have a huge interest in gangland crime, so I wanted to create a story that incorporated those elements as well.

This is my first book tour, and I was so looking forward to my publication day on 12th March. I hope people enjoy reading my novel as much as I have enjoyed writing it.”

It would be great to have you visit my website

You can connect with me on Facebook

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Yvonne

I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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4 comments
  • Lovely guest author post, as always, Yvonne. I’m not sure if this is the genre for me, but I think I’d be willing to give it a shot. I’ll be curious to know what you think of it.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Whilst to be perfectly honest, I don’t think this is a genre I shall be reading on too regular a basis either, I have taken part in the Blog Tours of three up and coming authors writing in the genre – all of them female I should add! I therefore have plenty of books sat waiting on my Kindle, for when I want to dip my toe in the water of Gangland Crime. My only decision will be which author to choose first!

      Thanks as always, for taking the time to visit and show your support and stay safe in these troubled times 🙂

  • What is it about ‘bad boys’ that so many women find irresistible.

    Whilst I find myself gravitating more towards light fun reads … and certainly no conspiracy theories … at this moment in time, I shall be sure to keep this one in mind as a book I might enjoy.

    Hoping you are yours are well and are managing to stay safe at this scary time. Best wishes.

    • Sorry, Felicity!

      This is one woman who can totally resist ‘bad boys’. Don’t get me wrong, my hubbie of 41 years (almost), is no pushover. However he is kind, big-hearted and always there when I need a hug!

      I can read the occasional light and fluffy story, but you can only have so much of a good thing and it is never too long before I find myself searching out my next thriller!

      I have a few Gangland Crime books in my TBR pile, but have yet to read any of them, so I am not too sure what my feelings are going to be, about the genre – I shall let you know in due course.

      We are all living in such uncertain times right now, so may our love of great books and excellent authors, keep us coming together in continued good health 🙂

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