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A Mind with a View


Some minds only appear closed, tight, narrow spaces.

It is the hearts that have been locked up.

Within those minds entire worlds exist,

One vaster than the other,

With open meadows

And magic,

Both dark

And light.

Knock gently on those hearts

And have patience.

For once they

Let you in,

You will be


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Occasions in which an author has difficulty finding words are truly rare, but meeting Elizabeth H. Newton has been one of such occasions in my life. It is truly unusual to get to know someone whose work you admire (and I love her writing), and even more precious to find out how much in common you have. As for her books, this lady can weave aa gruesome horror into a sizzling, romantic tale with one snap of her dangerously manicured nails, and kill off characters with such a sweet smile that you can’t help but want to read more. Having worked with her on several anthologies so far (Awethologies and Twisted Tales), Crooked Tales came as a miraculously natural consequence. Read more about her short story in Crooked Tales, and about her ongoing projects. As always, it is a pleasure to have this amazing superpower of a woman over as a guest; in fact, sometimes we like to joke about starting a chat show.


Elizabeth Horton-Newton loves serial killers and all things horror. She has been this way since early childhood, much to her mother’s dismay. After releasing her two full length romantic thrillers as well as a steamy contemporary romance to assuage her guilt about her mother, she has returned to her original love, horror. She indulged her passion for the bloody in her short story in the first anthology from Readers Avenue Park, “Twisted Tales. Fascinated by the inner workings of the criminal mind, an interest strongly influenced by her father, she allowed her imagination to run wild once again in her tale for this anthology, “Crooked Tales”.


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– What is your Crooked tale about and what inspired it?

Because I love reading and writing stories about twisted crooked minds I based this story on a sexual pervert who loves young, beautiful girls. He also happens to be wealthy and able to get anything he desires. Of course sometimes what you want turns out to be something very different from what you get.

– What do you like writing and/or reading best? 

I love both reading and writing. I don’t think you can be a good writer unless you read a lot. Reading is my favorite form of entertainment. I can get totally involved in a good story. I feel the same way about writing. I can’t wait to see what my characters are going to do next!

– What else do you do in life apart from writing?

I blog and review books by other writers. I enjoy photography. I studied photography and videography in college and I love to take photos when I travel. Traveling is my big love right now. The more I see, the different cities and countries I visit, the more ideas I have for stories.

I currently have three major projects I’m working on, as well as several short stories. I’m putting the final touches on a book called “Stolen” that deals with the Witness Protection Program, drug cartels, and Gypsies. I’m also researching for my next book, with the working title “Highway of Blood and Tears”. It’s loosely based on a highway in British Columbia where a large number of indigenous women have disappeared or been found murdered. 


Why do you write about murder and crime?

I’ve always been interested in murder, especially serial killers. What goes on in the mind of one person that drives him to arbitrarily and often sadistically kill a stranger? What triggers the urge? It’s pretty interesting stuff. 

If any of your books could be made into a movie which one would you choose? 

I’d love to see all of them made into movies. If I had to choose one, it would probably be “Riddle”. I think the characters and the plot lend themselves to film. I also think of the location was chosen to closely resemble the one I describe it could be visually stunning.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want to have with you? 

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Dracula” by Bram Stoker, and “The Collected Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Elizabeth’s Question for other authors

I’d like to ask Anita Kovacevic a few questions. You have written in different genres, including children’s books. What is your favorite genre to write? Where is your favorite place to write? Who is your favorite character from one of your stories or books?

Thank you, Elizabeth. 



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Apologies for the delays in posts, but since this last WordPress update I’ve been having problems uploading images. Hopefully the issue will soon be resolved and I will be back soon with colourful interviews. Enjoy your weekend.


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Meet Eric J. Gates

Time to meet a new author, thriller fans! Eric J. Gates is here! Now this is not a CROOKED TALES interview, although collaborating on that short story collection IS how I first met this particular author, but I figured it wouldn’t be nice to introduce him to you for the first time on my blog with the ‘Crooked Interview’. 

So it’s time to meet – Eric J. Gates!


1. Who are you in a nutshell? 

I’m an ex-many things, most of which I can’t talk about, now writing suspense thrillers about what I find by peeking behind the public curtain.

2. Why do you write?

I believe asking why didn’t I write many years ago is more the question… it’s something that’s in my DNA, I think. Over 200 short stories and a novel before I was 18! Should have kept going then and rivaled Patterson & King. Now wouldn’t that be a turn up for the book!

3. What’s your latest project? 

Currently writing the fifth book (and last) in ‘the CULL’ series, a completely new and original take on Vampire lore. Dedicated fans have inundated me with requests to get this one out asap and I don’t want to do a George R R Martin on them 😉 And book one, ‘the CULL – Bloodline’, is free on all e-reader platforms. 

4. What is your favourite character among the ones you created? 

A difficult choice. Either the kickass granny, ex-NSA spook, Katie Lindon in ‘the CULL’ series or the tough Major Bridget Mason of the Defense Intelligence Agency in the ‘Outsourced’ series. Both amazing, strong female protagonists.

5. What was the most difficult thing for you to write so far? 

This would be a toss-up between the Presidential Speech in ‘Full Disclosure’ (not easy for a Brit who doesn’t get to hear that many of these) or the extract from the explorer’s journal in ‘the CULL – Bloodline’ which uses early twentieth century idioms. Lots of research and tens of hours of study went into both.

6. What are your writing plans for the future? 

After finishing ‘the CULL – Blood Kill’ I’m going to write the sequel to ‘Leaving Shadows’, another thriller about the Kidnap recovery team CACS that works with British Intelligence, then either book 3 in the ‘Outsourced’ series, the sequel to ‘Full Disclosure’ or a new standalone novel I have in mind. I have the prep work for all three ready so it’s either down to my readers or whatever muse presents itself the day I sit before the keyboard. 

7. Which books/authors do you admire and why? 

I’ve always stated my own work is inspired by three authors: Charles Dickens (for writing serialized thrillers – they were for his day – with loads of social comment), the Late British author John Gardner (for mixing dark humour with exciting page-turners) and Ian Fleming (for his skill at plotting and tension). To list more contemporary writers whose work I admire, well, we could be here all day, but of note are John Dolan, Judith Lucci, Fiona Quinn, Keith Dixon and the inimitable Seumas Gallacher.

8. What do people usually say about your writing? 

A quick glance through the reviews for my thrillers reveals that ‘fast-paced’, ‘page-turner’, and ‘believable characters’ are common descriptions. Phrases such as “You’re going to have a problem putting it down. Remember to breathe” are also to be found. I’m a little worried that people keep asking me what I know that they don’t about the confidential worlds that surround us – It’s fiction, guys, right? – I’d get into a lot (more) trouble if you thought it wasn’t made up. 😉  

9. If you could sit down for a chat with any famous author or character, who would it be and what would you talk about? 

Without a doubt, it would be a three-way conversation between Dickens, John Gardner and myself and we would be talking about thrillers, and how to make them addictive.

10. Pick one of your books and explain it to us as if it were a movie, listing the cast and crew if you wish. 

One of my writing secrets is that I often use images I find on-line to inspire me for the characters I write. In ‘Outsourced’ I went one further and used a trio of protagonists based upon well-known actors (James Frain, a Denzel Washington/Cuba Gooding mix and Zoe McLellan), a trio I supplemented with another character (NYPD Detective Kristofer ‘the Great Dane’ Hansen who is Christoper Heyerdahl, one of my favourite actors) in ‘Primed’, the second book in the series.

In ‘Outsourced’ New York thriller writer Nic Stiles (Frain) receives a package in the mail containing a device which allows him to alter the Destiny of individuals. He thinks the package has been sent by professional assassin Polanski, but learns later this is not quite the case. His attempts to try out the device lead to the death of someone close to him. At the same time a high-tech Intelligence agency is searching for the device, and their operative, a Defense Intelligence Agency Major (McLellan), is well out of her comfort zone operating in a civilian world. She is soon on the trail of Stiles and his buddy Phil Beasley (Denzel/Cuba). That’s not all the problems the two authors face either as the assassin decides he wants to recover the device and will stop at nothing to get it. The writers have to use all their ingenuity to thwart the Intelligence agency and the killer in a finale that brings fire and death to New York’s rivers.


Eric J. Gates has had a curious life filled with the stuff of thriller novels. Writing Operating Systems for Supercomputers, cracking cryptographic codes under extreme pressure using only paper and pen and teaching cyber warfare to spies are just a few of the moments he’s willing to recall. He is an ex-International Consultant who has travelled extensively worldwide, speaks several languages, and has had articles and papers published in technical magazines in six different countries, as well as radio and TV spots. His specialty, Information Technology Security, has brought him into contact with the Military and Intelligence communities on numerous occasions.

He is also an expert martial artist, holding 14 black belt degrees in distinct disciplines. He has taught his skills to Police and Military personnel, as well as to the public.

He now writes thriller novels, drawing on his experiences with the confidential and secret worlds that surround us.

Links for books mentioned and Internet:




Amazon Author page links:


the CULL – Bloodline  (FREE)


Full Disclosure

Leaving Shadows


And to end, how about the complete opening chapter from ‘the CULL – Blood Kill’? Don’t worry; it’s very short. (Quoting Eric J. Gates here;)


“You need to kill me.”

Five words.

She spoke them aloud; the first time they had slipped past her lips into the real world. 


A half step.

Just enough time to listen to the resonance from the vocal chords, to analyze the conviction. The phrase was much harder to say than rehearse in her mind.

A brief shake of the head as she reached for the door handle.

He was here.

At last. 

The man she hoped would kill her.


Thank you very much for giving thriller fans a taste of your writing, Eric! Looking forward to chatting with you about Crooked Tales soon!

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Champagne in the same boat

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Read like a Child – with ♡

Happy International Children’s Books Day!

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