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“She Made One Mistake”
‘Risking It All’
by Stephanie Harte
Cover Reveal

Featured image of cover reveal for the book 'Risking It All' by author Stephanie Harte

Cover Image of the book 'Risking It All' by author Stephanie Harte

Sharing not one, but two new ‘Gang-Lit’ books with you today!

The Blog Tour for Risking It All  isn’t going to begin until much closer to the publishing date, so for now I can only whet your appetite with a first look at the great cover art which is accompanying the story.

My thanks as always goes out to the lovely Vicky and the team at Aria Fiction for their great taste in authors and to the folks at NetGalley, without whom I wouldn’t get to read all these excellent new stories!

As we are still about three months away from the long awaited official publication date, you can pre-order your copy of Risking It All, from either Amazon UK, or Amazon US, for auto-delivery to your Kindle on January 23rd 2020


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 HarteStephanie Harte was born and raised in North West London where she still lives with her husband, children and Cairn terrier, Ruby.

She was educated at St Michael’s Catholic Grammar school in Finchley. After leaving school she trained in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy at London College of Fashion.

She worked for many years as a Pharmaceutical Buyer for the NHS, based at Barnet General Hospital purchasing medicines and related supplies for North London hospitals including, Edgware General, Finchley Memorial, Napsbury & peripheral sites. Her career path led her to work for an international export company whose markets included The Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

Since 2007 Stephanie has been teaching regular beauty therapy workshops at a London based specialist residential clinic that treats children with severe eating disorders.

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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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  • Yes… funny that you’ve given us TWO posts today featuring “gang-lit”! While I do occasionally read gang type stories (more often from past times, like the 20s and 30s in the US, than the present), it’s not my usual fare. That said, I did read The Godfather by Mario Puzo last month. Some might consider that the ultimate in gang-lit! 😉

    • Hi Kelly,

      I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles, and as the opportunity for this cover reveal only came up for feature a couple of days ago, definitely a sheer coincidence!

      I don’t tend to read or watch a lot of ‘Gang-Lit’, and truth be told I have never watched or read any of ‘The Godfather’ series, but then I was never that keen on Marlon Brando as an actor!

      Browsing the imdb site, I have probably seen more films than I realised, which they class as gang movies, although the two which stand out to me for their levels of violence, were ‘Donnie Brasco’ and ‘Carlito’s Way’, but then Al Pacino always did make an excellent gang member!

      When I actually sat and looked at all the various book and film premises, many of which were quite a good facsimile of the real times, it does make me wonder why we are so shocked by the violence which is invading our streets and neighbourhoods today. Perhaps it is because of the young ages of some of the victims?

      Both of the series I have featured today, also have strong female leads, so that is also going to make for an interesting comparison – and you know what they say “The female of the species is more deadly than the male” 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I wonder how long it will be before the genre of ‘Gang-Lit’, will be broken down into sub genres including ‘Female Gang-Lit’?

      By the sound of it, I already have two great contenders for that sub genre and I am definitely not going to be picking the winner, as I like both authors equally!!

      I have some great ‘Cover Reveals’ in the pipeline, including one on each of three consecutive days leading up to Halloween.

      Great to hear from you and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      Gemma sounds like another of those strong female characters, albeit she is only one of Alfie’s recruits – or is this going to be a case of Gemma not really wanting to be saved by Nathan any more?

      Is Gemma only playing Alfie’s game to pay off Nathan’s debts, or is she too falling under bad boy Alfie’s spell. Nathan will have to show some real backbone to sort this little triangle out!

      Thanks as always for your continued support, it is sincerely appreciated 🙂

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