The Next Girl Carla Kovach

And thank you again Nigel Adams Bookworm. 💟

Just in case any readers are considering Her Final Hour, make sure you’ve read book one first. And, check out Nigel’s reviews. 😊

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When I read the synopsis for this book I was expecting another Police Procedural with a twist of Psychological Thriller. There would have been nothing wrong with that, in fact that is my favourite genre of book. But I got much more than that, I got a book that made me think about the affects investigating crimes can have on people, because not all Police Officers are as tough as they make out.

DI Gina Harte is the head of a small team of officers. At work she is a strong woman, at home she is having problems in her relationship with her grown up daughter. Harte, a widow, had been the victim of domestic abuse but how does she tell her daughter that. Especially as her daughter is arranging a memorial service for her dad, who she thinks the world of.

Harte is also in need of a confidence…

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Her Final Hour Carla Kovach

Thank you so much Nigel Adams Bookworm for the amazing review on your blog.

Check out his blog if you are a reader. You may just find your next read! 😊

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Straight off I’m going to say this is one of my Books of the Year.

I was hooked from the first chapter.

In 1993 a girl is drugged and raped.

In the present day a woman is struggling to escape an abusive marriage when she is killed.

DI Gina Harte has just landed after a few days away on holiday and is called in to lead the investigation into the death.

Gina is a good DI with a proven tack history and is well respected amongst her colleagues. What they don’t know is that she was in an abusive marriage for years, and this investigation is going to resurrect memories and take her to a really dark place.

The murder is almost perfect, and it quickly becomes apparent that the team are looking for somebody who is forensically aware and is going to be difficult to identify.

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Her Final Hour is now on NetGalley!

If you enjoyed the first book in the DI Gina Harte series, then there’s good news! 

Book 2, Her Final Hour, is now available to request on NetGalley. So head along and get requesting. 

I can’t explain how thrilled I am for this book to finally reach readers and I’m so excited to know what you all think. Find me on Twitter or Facebook for a chat. See you there! 😊

Have a lovely day. 

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/144439

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Invigorating your writer’s mind with ‘Writing Bursts’

Introduction

Sometimes I have a few minutes to spare and enjoy a writing burst. This teenie-weenie exercise can be used to bring forth a few ideas or get the writing juices flowing.

Occasionally, when working on a longer project, I feel myself stagnate a little or my mind begins to wander. This is when I need to flex my writing brain, to invigorate it, wake it up – a bit like having a short cold shower when you’re feeling groggy. 

‘He’s Coming for You’ is a flash fiction I wrote during one of my little writing bursts. Having a sluggish day? Try a ten minute burst. Don’t overthink, don’t stop to edit, just spew the words onto the page.

If you feel they have any merit when your ten minutes is up, then you can edit your work and add more detail.

He’s Coming for You – a tidied up short burst of writing by Carla Kovach.

He had her eyes. ‘You’re just like mummy, aren’t you?’ The mid-afternoon sun shone through the branches, casting rays of light over the pram. Charlotte gently lifted the baby to her breast, rocking the tiny bundle back and forth until his eyes began to close. She hummed a comforting tune as the baby she loved so deeply slept on her shoulder. ‘You’re so precious,’ she whispered as she kissed her baby’s soft forehead, inhaling his milky smell.

Watching the ducks swimming with their chicks made her smile as she felt the warmth of her own baby nestled against her. The doctors were wrong, they were all wrong. Jake was her miracle baby, sent to her by some sort of divine intervention. She’d prayed so hard and eventually her prayers had been answered and rewarded. It didn’t matter that Steve had left her or that her mother had moved away, never to see her only grandchild. If mattered not that the woman who’d given birth to her never returned her calls. ‘We don’t need them, Sweetie.’

Her baby would have the best money could buy. Money wasn’t an issue. She’d saved for years, paid for her house and built up a successful advertising company from scratch. From now, the team she’d so carefully recruited could run the business. She had new priorities. They’d understand.

Steve never understood. He wouldn’t have made a good father anyway. He didn’t want a child, told her she should give up the idea, citing that her motherly desires were driving them apart. He was wrong, it was him who’d driven them apart.

Her heart thumped against her ribcage as she spotted the bearded man across the other side of the lake. Why was he staring at her? He began to walk with a purpose, large strides closing the gap between them. Charlotte placed Jake in his pram and he began to whimper, his face contorting until loud cries filled the air. The man was catching up. As he disappeared, following the path behind a hedge, she ran into the dense woodland behind her, pushing the pram through the thick foliage. Sweat ran down her forehead as the wheels got stuck in a dip.

‘Hey,’ the man called. He was close. Jake let out a small whimper.

‘It’s alright little one.’ She grabbed the infant, wrapped him in his pram blanket and sprinted through the trees, coming out onto a busy road. Traffic sped in both directions. She needed to cross, to get away from the threat. Had Steve sent the man? He never wanted their baby. So why was he torturing her like this?

She pulled her phone from her pocket and darted through a gap in the traffic as she waited for Steve to answer. Horns blasted and a car swerved and almost crashed. The man had caught up, only the traffic divided them. She had to escape before he too found a gap in the traffic. Her baby screamed. ‘Shush Jake, please.’ She couldn’t think. Run – she had to run.

‘Charlotte? What do you want?’ She could barely hear Steve’s voice over the sound of her pounding heart.

‘They’re after me, Steve? You sent them, didn’t you?’

‘Sent who? What are you on about? Look, I haven’t got time for this, for your drama. The divorce papers are in the post. You’ll be hearing from my solicitor.’

As she sprinted with the crying baby, she felt her ankle get caught in the undergrowth. ‘Stop her,’ the man yelled. As she went to stand, her ankle gave way. The man stumbled to her side, snatching her screaming baby from her arms.

‘He’s kidnapping my baby, our baby.’

‘What’s going on Charlotte? We don’t have baby. You can’t have children. What have you done?’

As tears streamed down her face, she watched as the young woman caught up with the man. The distress on her face said it all. Sirens blared out as the woman cradled her baby and the man hugged her.

‘I messed up.’

The officer took her phone and led her to his car. She only wanted a baby, she wanted her Jake, but it wasn’t meant to be.

The End.

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Toodle pip,
Carla Kovach – Author of the bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.

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Corfu Town – what a cracker of a place!

After holidaying in Dassia (May 2018), I felt compelled to write a little post about Corfu Town. What a cracker of a place! You get all the hustle and bustle of a big city wrapped in Venetian charm. Beautiful houses adorned with shutters. Sugared almond coloured buildings perfectly complimented by the sunny skies – at least it was sunny when we went. A historical fortress framed by the Ionian Sea. What more could a person want when visiting a city?

I can honestly say I loved Corfu Town with its cafe lined streets and many shops. If you want to join Nigel and I on a walk-through, please click the YouTube link below. 

If shopping is your thing, you won’t be disappointed. From fashion to good old fruit, Corfu Town has it all. Streets lined with shops lead to yet more streets and more shops. There is so much in this town, you’ll need a couple of days to fully explore everything. Plus, the cafes are lovely, offering something for everyone. I try to eat mostly plant based food and normally find this difficult when on holiday but several places were offering vegan pies and soya milk based hot drinks. I ordered a Monastery Pie. Never heard of it before but it was yummy. I thoroughly recommend this filo pastry covered delight with a tomatoey ratatouille style filling. It certainly set me up for the day ahead. 

Anyway, enough of me rambling on, here’s a few photos (taken in my phone, so excuse the quality). If you’re going to Corfu, make sure you get to Corfu Town. You wouldn’t want to miss out on visiting this amazing place. 


Toodle pip, 
Carla Kovach. 
Author of the iBooks UK bestseller, The Next Girl.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/
Website: http://www.carlakovach.com

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 

The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

UK links
GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34
http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-next-girl

US links
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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A Week in Dassia – Corfu.

We (my husband Nigel and I) have just returned from a week in Dassia and it’s May 2018. I was hoping to stay somewhere peaceful to perfect the outline of my next book and Corfu gave me that peace, most of the time. This was out first experience of the Greek Islands so bear with me on my lack of geographical knowledge. 

Our Accommodation.

Villa Yannis is set in the countryside, or should I say a shattering twenty-five minute uphill walk from Dassia Beach. However, we did the walk daily, sometimes twice and sometimes in the sweltering heat. We love a walk but if you suffer with any mobility problems and don’t hire a car then this location may not be ideal. If like us, you love a challenging walk, it’s perfect. Walking certainly helps with the extra holiday food we tend to consume, especially all the bread that seems to come free of charge with meals. 

Villa Yannis Apartments.

The view from our apartment – you can see the sea.

Our apartment was traditional in style, beautiful balconies, views of olive groves and trees. Butterflies fluttered in abundance, showing off an array of stunning colours. At night we could hear the Scops Owls calling as we watched the lightning flash in the skies above. Lightning without any thunder. Orange flashing through the black skies. Morning then came with the sound of cockerels. I know I’m painting an idyllic picture here but here comes the little irritation. Dogs chained up and left outside all night. 

We had a few sleepless nights because of the barking relay that was going on. One dog tended to start it, we called it Boomer, then Yappy joined in, then soon after, all the dogs joined in. It only seemed to bother us though. The locals seem to accept and ignore it. We spoke to a lovely woman, Helga who owns Helga Holidays. She exchanged our money at the excursions shop on Dassia front and explained that this certainly was a cultural thing. Dogs are apparently left outside and people get used to the noise. 

If we went again, I think we’d locate ourselves closer to the sea, away from the rural dog chorus. However noisy they were, I did slightly fall for one of the dogs and managed to poke my arm through the fence to stroke it as we passed. My advice to any tourist coming here would be to pack some very good earplugs and request rooms away from open stretches of land that are guarded by dogs. 

My favourite dog.

A local house.

The Beach.

The sandy part of Dassia beach is mostly taken up by the new Ikos Hotel. This hotel is heavily guarded and they spot trespassers like us a mile off. However, the beach is public. Their sun-loungers cover a lot of the sand but you can walk along the front and pitch up with a picnic should you so desire. 

Jetty opposite the Ikos Hotel.

My husband was keen to film and photograph the exterior of the new hotel but was swiftly told by a guard that he had to stop filming. I thought he was being protective of the guests on the beach, sweating in their skimpy swimming costumes but no. Filming the guests was fine. Filming the hotel was a no no. Don’t worry, if you were on the beach sunning yourself last week, we didn’t film you. We really did want to just film a bit of the seafront from either direction. I think the hotel seriously have their priorities wrong on this one but who am I to criticise their external videography and photography policy. Although, I must add, they have no legal right whatsoever to prevent anyone filming anything from a public place so we continued to take some footage anyway. I thought a few lovely photos posted on Facebook might be good for them, free publicity and all that. 

We passed a few establishments, one beach bar with a pool that sounded like a party bar, I think it was called Malibu Bar. Then there was a jetty where the boat trips departed from. I saw a price on some of the literature, I think a boat trip would cost around €30 per person. 

After passing a hotel/cafe, we found our happy place, a little bar/restaurant called La Plaz. It offered brilliant value for money and a lovely menu of which we ate a lot from. The baked aubergine was lovely and the cocktails, they were good too and ranging from approximately €4. I must add that the staff were lovely which kept us coming back throughout the week. They also provided free sun-loungers for customers. The price of the sun-loungers at the Malibu Bar were €12 per day. If you’re on a budget, La Plaz is the place to go. 

Abandoned Buildings.

If you’re facing the beach in Dassia, turn left and keep going as far as you can. You’ll come across an old derelict tourist establishment. The rusty old umbrellas and sun-loungers give the shingle strip a post-apocalyptic look. Maybe it went bankrupt or the project was never completed, who knows. It would have/could have been a lovely place to stay or eat. Now, it has a silent eerie feel about it. *I have since found out it used to be a club/bar that closed many years ago.

The clear sea. 

Evening Meals.

A restaurant we both agreed provided quality and value was 60 Needles. This little gem is situated close to Villa Yannis and is well worth a visit for a special meal at everyday prices. I had the most amazing chargrilled veggies (I don’t eat meat) and tried a lovely sample of yogurt cake that was made by the owner herself. We also enjoyed watching the nesting birds that were feeding their chicks. A delightful evening all round. This was my restaurant of the holiday and I’d recommend it. We were both full and had had enough to drink for €40, and that included a tip. 

Miscellaneous.

I’d recommend the bus service if you want to visit Corfu Town. The journey takes about half an hour and costs approximately €1.70 each way. Tickets can be purchased from the supermarket outside the bus stop in Dassia. Corfu Town is easy to spot when you arrive. It’s grand and bustling, like any major city. 

The Dassia supermarkets are well stocked if you go self catering. If you want local produce the food is cheap but if you’re after Heinz beans, you’ll pay a fortune. It’s well worth trying the kumquat liqueur which is delicious, like yummy cough medicine. I wasn’t all too keen on the candied kumquats though. Each to their own.  

There is a bit of a bin emptying issue but it didn’t affect us at all and wouldn’t have put us off going. I’m not sure why this is, maybe someone can enlighten me in the comments below. 

Would I come again?

Definitely. I’d look to stay closer to the sea where the evenings would be a little quieter. The views are amazing as is the flora and fauna. Corfu is a beautiful island and should be experienced at least one in a lifetime. It’s fairy cheap to get to. Our flights were approximately £120 each for a return and out apartment cost less than £300 for the week. We used Lord Travel for the transfer and they got us to and from the airport without any issues. 

I hope you found my information of some use if you are also planning a trip to Dassia. For now, I’m going to get on with writing my third book in the DI Gina Harte series. Thank you Corfu for giving me the environment I needed for getting into the writing zone. 

Toodle pip, 
Carla Kovach. 
Author of the iBooks UK bestseller, The Next Girl.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/
Website: http://www.carlakovach.com

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

UK links
GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34
http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-next-girl

US links
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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Giveaway – a signed copy of The Next Girl and a bar of Galaxy chocolate.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away a signed copy of The Next Girl, my iBooks bestseller (number 1 for 5 weeks in the UK charts). What would a book be without an accompanying snack? Guess what? There’s chocolate too. 😊

All you have to do is like this post on my FB page and tag a friend. 

https://www.facebook.com/CarlaKovachAuthor/

The winner will be announced on my page. The winner will be randomly selected this Sunday (27th May) at midday. 🎉

Thank you for taking part.
Carla.

The Next Girl 

She thought he’d come to save her. She was wrong. 

Deborah Jenkins pulls her coat around her as she sets out on her short walk home in the pouring rain. But she never makes it home that night. And she is never seen again …

Four years later, an abandoned baby girl is found wrapped in dirty rags on a doorstep. An anonymous phone call urges the police to run a DNA test on the baby. But nobody is prepared for the results. 
The newborn belongs to Deborah. She’s still alive.

If you love Lisa Gardner, Patricia Gibney and Robert Bryndza, you’ll love this jaw-dropping new crime thriller from Carla Kovach. The Next Girl will keep you guessing until the very last page. 

UK links
GB: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34
http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-next-girl

US links
USA: http://www.amazon.com/Next-Girl-gripping-heart-stopping-Detective-ebook/dp/B078S55Z34

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