Last Breath publication day Q and A!

Last Breath is now published! Thanks to everyone who posted questions for this Q & A on my Facebook author page. I recorded this video earlier today, answering all your questions, and I hope you enjoy it ! (And it does feature a cute puppy too!)   Rob 🙂

 

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‘Last Breath’ cover reveal!

Erika’s back! I’m VERY excited to share with you the cover and product description for ‘Last Breath‘ Detective Erika Foster Book 4!
It’s been very difficult to keep this quiet over the past few weeks! Especially when so many of you have been messaging to ask when the fourth Detective Erika Foster book will be published.

So…

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He’s your perfect date.  You’re his next victim. 

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier.  Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity.  How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat racing to the final dramatic page. 

Last Breath is now available to pre-order, and it will be published on Wednesday April 12th 2017 in ebook, paperback, and audiobook – Rob 🙂

Click here to pre-order on Amazon

Click here to pre-order on iBooks

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The Girl in the Ice sells ONE MILLION

I’m over the moon, gobsmacked, stunned, and so happy to hear from my fabulous publisher Bookouture that The Girl in the The Ice has now sold ONE MILLION copies.

This time last year I was nervously gearing up for the book launch, and worrying how readers would take my change of direction from writing romantic comedies to crime thrillers.

I never dreamed I would sell so many books in such a short time. The Erika Foster Series: The Girl in the Ice, The Night Stalker and Dark Water have now sold over 1.4 million copies and will be published in 25 languages. Now people are surprised to hear that I also write romantic comedies.

I have so much to be thankful for, and I know I say this over and over, but thank you. YOU the readers are the most important people. When I started out as a writer and self-published my first book, I saw just how powerful word-of-mouth can be. There was no money for marketing, and no one outside my twenty-five followers on Twitter knew who I was, but slowly I saw my books being talked about and recommended.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all, readers new and old, and to make a solemn promise that I will continue to write the best books I possibly can for you all. If I keep doing that, I know I can’t go wrong.

Rob B 🙂

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Thank you for an amazing 2016

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Happy New Year!

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of The Girl in the Ice, The Night Stalker and Dark Water and for making 2016 such an incredible year.

I never dreamed that I would publish three best selling crime thrillers in one year, that I would have a number one bestseller in the USA, hit number one on the Wall Street Journal best seller list. That I would sell a million copies, that I would win an award at the Harrogate Crime Festival, be a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee, or that I would see my books translated into 24 languages.

I’ve thought of myself as a writer for the past twenty years, but being able to do it as my full time job has taken just as long. I’ll never take for granted the support of all my incredible readers, and all the equally incredible reviewers and book bloggers who give up their time to write so passionately about books.  Thank you, and I wish everyone a very Happy New Year, and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2017!

 

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The Girl in the Ice #1 best selling title on Kobo UK for 2016

I’ve just heard that The Girl in the Ice and The Night Stalker are the #1 and #10 best selling titles on Kobo UK for 2016!

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Thank you to everyone who has bought copies and recommended my books to their friends who use Kobo e-readers. Thank you also to the fabulous team at Kobo!

You can read the full press release here; http://kobowritinglife.com/2016/12/02/kobo-writing-life-titles-top-best-selling-and-best-read-lists-in-uk/

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Author interview with Stephanie Dagg

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I first met Stephanie Dagg back in 2012, when I started out as a self published author. I’d uploaded my first book to Amazon KDP as an unedited manuscript. I got some great feedback, but most of it ended saying, ‘For God’s sake, get a good editor!’ which is where Stephanie comes in. She went on to edit all of my Coco Pinchard books, teaching me much about grammar and writing, and as well as becoming a good friend, I discovered she too is an author, and a brilliant one at that.

Stephanie is British, but now lives in France with her husband and children where they own and run a carp fishing lake, and a llama farm. She also finds time to blog about their life in France, as well as her duties as a writer and editor.

I was very excited when I heard she was publishing a new romantic comedy called, Fa-la-llama-la, So I thought I would invite her onto the blog to tell you all about it!

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Rob: Hello Stephanie and a very warm welcome. First of all congratulations on the publication of Fa-la-llama-la! Could you tell us a bit about it, and where you got the inspiration for this novel?

 

Stephanie: Hello Rob, and thanks for having me here today. Writing a festive novella has been on my ‘to do’ list (which is about a kilometre long…) for a good while now. I’ve started several Christmassy stories over the years but never got far with them. But this year I was determined to succeed so I got my head down back in the summer and wrote steadily.

Inspiration was just outside the window in the form of our dozen llamas, alpacas and huarizos (llama/alpaca crosses, all the result of a very determined, small alpaca male getting into the field of llama ladies who, it turned out, despite their haughty appearance were just good time girls). Add to that a few of the experiences we’ve been through in our ten years here, such as having to stick hands in parts of an animal you never dreamed you would in order to deal with a life or death situation and being snowed in without power, and the plot was quite easy to come up with! The setting is pretty much our farm and the surrounding villages. We really do live in the middle of nowhere in a very rural part of Creuse, a beautiful but backwater département that’s suffering from depopulation and general neglect.

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In the story Noelle does a spot of pet-sitting in France to help out her cousin Joe. She’s expecting guinea-pigs, but the South American mammals in her tender care turn out to be significantly larger. An added problem is short-tempered Nick, who arrives in the middle of the night. He hadn’t been expecting to find either llamas or Noelle at what turns out to be his new home. So there are a few problems to sort out, not least of which is catching a llama to take to church. But you’ll have to read the book to find out more…!

Rob: What made you become a llama farmer?

Stephanie: It all began as a joke. We’d seen some llamas at the Bandon Show in West Cork shortly before we moved out to France. Our eldest son, Benj, was fourteen and whilst he was excited about the move, it was going to be a bit of a wrench for him as he had a large cohort of buddies that he would be leaving behind. So we promised him that when we got to our new home, Les Fragnes, we’d get him a scooter (kids can ride scooters from age fourteen provided they’ve passed their test) and a llama.

Well, the scooter side got organised quite quickly, and after a few months of wondering what on earth we were going to do with our seventy-five acres, which came with the three lakes we needed to run our carp fishing business, we started thinking seriously about the llama option. We visited a llama farm near Limoges and fell in love with them. We decided we could branch out into llama trekking alongside our holiday cottage and fishing.

Two weeks later, we had four llamas – Bernard, Oscar, Larry and Denis, our BOLD boys, as we called them. A year or so after that we invested in some females (it took a while to save up as lady llamas aren’t two a penny) and in the fullness of time, eleven and a half months to be exact, our first crias, baby llamas, arrived. We added alpacas too along the way. The llama trekking never took off so their job these days is to be decorative. They are low-maintenance, endlessly good-natured and totally cool animals.

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Rob: The heroine of the story, Noelle feels like a fish out of water when she arrives in France. Do you feel you have become at all French? Or have you held steadfastly on to your Britishness?!

Stephanie: My Britishness has been slipping away for a long time since we left the country in 1992 to go and live in Ireland, where we spent fourteen happy years. And now, after a decade in France, we are starting to feel slightly confused as to what we are! We watch English TV as some aspects of French TV are just too bizarre for us – for example, they love their short, slightly surreal vignettes between main programmes, and the more complicated a quiz show, the better. We’re left completely baffled. I am never without proper British or Irish teabags since French tea simply doesn’t cut it – far too weak! Other than that, though, we’re pretty much Frenchified.

We’ve adapted to shops closing at lunch time, to totally illogical rules and regs, to shaking hands and kissing cheeks, to only having a one-day long Christmas. And in response to any problem I can say “Pffft,” accompanied by a Gallic shrug, in a truly French way. Yes, I feel less British as time goes on, although I steadfastly insist on queueing in an orderly fashion and am always punctual, which the natives can find unnerving.

Our three children are bilingual and, in many aspects, more French than Irish or British, especially our youngest. They’re true Third Culture Kids.

Rob: Did you ever have a similar experience to Noelle, did you ever go travelling in your twenties, or work abroad? (I know the definition of ‘abroad’ is different for us, I was thinking of the time before you were married with kids and were living in the UK)

Stephanie: I was a bit younger actually. I took a gap year between school and uni and spent the time as an au pair for a Belgian family who lived in Vienna in Austria! It was a brilliant experience and I made the most of every minute of it. I went on a few day trips behind the iron curtain, to Czechoslovakia, as it was then, and Hungary. Goodness, I was quite intrepid! Our daughter Caiti has inherited some of those genes as she’s spent a year in Canada as a student and is now job-hunting in Australia. Thank goodness for email and Facebook as means of keeping in touch and knowing all is well. When I was travelling all those years ago, all my poor parents got was the odd short phone call and occasional postcards!

Rob: What is the best thing about living in France?

Stephanie: We love the space and countryside, the more relaxed way of life (apart from when you’re dealing with fonctionnaires and then your stress levels sky-rocket!) and the opportunities for our children, who have received excellent state-funded educations. Our lives are tied closely to the seasons and we are out and about a lot of the time, busy on our land. We’re self-sufficient in meat (not llama, don’t worry), eggs and some vegetables, and every day brings a new challenge. Husband Chris and I have both done things we never knew we could, and mastered many new skills: ancient tractor resuscitation, sausage making, shearing alpacas and milking llamas are some of the ones we’re most proud of. We work incredibly hard, but it’s for ourselves and it’s interesting. Our lives have changed beyond recognition from the days when we were working for big corporations in the UK and had a small house on a housing estate and a dog. We’re now self-employed with a business each, own a generous dollop of land and have pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, huarizos, turkeys, geese, ducks and chickens, and three lakefuls of carp to take care of, not forgetting our pets of dogs, cats, a guinea-pig and a lot of exotic birds. Most definitely never a dull moment! That’s probably what I like most.

Rob: I loved the character of Noelle and the sparks that fly between her and Nick. The characters are so strong, and you’ve really created a rich world for them to inhabit. Could there be a sequel? He asks hopefully…

Stephanie: Definitely, already outlined, so watch this space!

Rob: Super! Thanks so much for dropping by the blog, Stephanie. Always lovely to have you here 🙂

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You can download Fa-La-Llama- La from Amazon.

I’d also urge you to check out Heads Above Water, which tells the story of Stephanie and her family’s move to France, and the ups and downs of starting a new life in a foreign country. You can download from Amazon, Kobo and iTunes

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Miss Wrong and Mr Right is coming to Bookouture!

Hello there everyone, just taking a quick break out of my writing schedule… Right now I’m cracking on with the fourth Erika Foster novel 🙂

I’m pleased as punch to tell you that my romantic comedy, Miss Wrong and Mr Right is being re-issued by my fabulous publisher, Bookouture. It’s the same novel, no additions or subtractions, but it has a new cover and product description, and it will now be sprinkled with a little Bookstore magic… It will also be available via all retailers, a first for one of my romantic comedies, as well as in paperback and audio.

Miss Wrong and Mr Right was originally self-published in 2015, and went on to hit the top #10 position in the UK Amazon store. It also reached the number one spot in Amazon Australia! I feel like I say this all the time, but it needs to be said as much as possible. THANK YOU to all the wonderful book bloggers and readers who took a chance and read this book and helped to spread the word 🙂

Miss Wrong and Mr Right is inspired by the time I spent living in London as an actor, it also asks the question, Can you have a second chance at first love?

I first met my future husband Ján at a time when I was in another relationship, and he was living in another country. I remember how devastated I felt when I thought I had lost him and missed my chance. Thankfully, the wheels of fate kept turning and our paths crossed a few years later when the time was right. I wanted to explore this in a novel, and Miss Wrong and Mr Right was born. There is also a comedy grandmother, the type of character I love writing too! Anyway, I will stop rambling now. Here is the brand new cover and product description – Rob x

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‘Will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’ Rachel’s Random Reads

‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic country family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door…

Jamie is in town producing a West End show and with rivalry suddenly clouding old feelings, this isn’t quite the reunion Natalie was expecting.

Will Benjamin prove to be Natalie’s perfect match? With Ryan turning her head, Natalie is more confused than ever. And what about Jamie – could he be her second chance at first love?

Charming, hilarious and totally unputdownable, Miss Wrong and Mr Right will put a huge smile on your face and keep you guessing who Natalie’s ‘Mr Right’ is until the very last page.

What people are saying about Miss Wrong and Mr Right:

‘I just love Robert Bryndza’s writing. He creates great characters and the funniest situations which could well have you laughing aloud! For all its humour, there is a lot of emotion in this book too…I felt that these were totally believable characters who I’d love to read more about and many of the funny situations could actually happen.’ Portobello Book Blog

‘When it comes to writing about family life and all the palava, Robert does this very well. They feel like real people…He writes great romantic comedy that you want to read again and again.’ Books and Authors UK

I found myself smiling continually…Robert Bryndza brings a wonderful turn of phrase to some of this characters, and Natalie’s Hungarian gran is a real tonic, and one of my favourite characters…some of what she comes out with will have you laughing your head off…an excellent romantic comedy.’  Rachel’s Random Reads

One of my favourite things about Robert’s writing is how he creates these bold, hilarious and massively entertaining characters…When I had Miss Wrong and Mr Right in my bookish hands I was PROPERLEY LAUGHING. His writing is just so funny, yet natural at the same time which I think is all part of its appeal.’  Bookaholic Confessions

‘I really enjoyed Robert Bryndza’s writing style, it was so easy to fall into the story and forget about reality for a bit…thoroughly entertaining, wonderfully well-written and simply great romantic comedy that I can recommend to any chick lit fan looking for their next read; you won’t be disappointed!’ A Spoonful of Happy Endings

Charming, engaging, and clever! This is a really great contemporary romance…a story about friendship, family, self-identity, and happiness. The writing is precise. The plot is smart, flirty, laugh-out-loud funny, and full of spirited hijinks and mishaps. But most remarkable of all is the extraordinary characterization. The characters are unique, quirky, lovable, and the witty banter and dialogue between them is exceptional.’ What’s Better Than Books

The perfect read to bring lightness and laughter into your life.’ By The Letter Book Reviews

You can add Miss Wrong and Mr Right to your Goodreads shelf here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32792767-miss-wrong-and-mr-right

You can pre-order Miss Wrong and Mr Right here: myBook.to/MissWrongandMrRight

PS Stay tuned as the Kobo, iTunes, and paperback editions will be up on pre-order shortly.

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