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Meet My Main Character Blog hop

Step forward DS Dara Brennan!

  • 1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historical figure/person?

Dara Patrick Brennan. Fictional character. Detective Sergeant with North Wales CID, part of DI Amanda Gold”s team.

  • 2) When and where is the story set?

Story is set in present day North Wales and the island of Anglesey.

  • 3) What should we know about him/her?

It’s our first meeting with all of the members of The Gold Detectives team, and in the first book in the series Dara gets pushed to the fore. We see both his strengths and his weaknesses in this book, and although I hope he frustrates the readers at times, I hope they can see deep down that he is a good cop who just wants to be a good person too.

  • 4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Dara finds himself battling both private demons and professional crisis. His marriage is failing, and at work he gets embroiled in office politics. In the book just about everything messes up Dara’s life – but he needs to dig deep and find a way to get through it.

  • 5) What is the personal goal of the character?

To be a better person and to learn from his mistakes.

  •  6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

 Yes. Crimson Shore, first novel in The Gold Detective series is released June 1st 2014 available in paperback or Kindle.


If you’d like to read more about Dara and his exploits, Amazon link below :




I’m happy to pass the baton on to two talented writers:


Judith Barrow

Judith is the author of Pattern of Shadows & Changing Patterns, both published by Honno. She has also had various stories published in Honno anthologies. She is currently writing the last novel of the trilogy. Also an Indie author, she has written Silent Trauma, a novel of fiction built on fact. Originally from Saddleworth, Yorkshire, Judith moved with her family to Pembrokeshire in 1978. She has an MA in Creative Writing, B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing and works as a tutor of creative writing for Learning Pembrokeshire. For more about Judith visit: http://www.judithbarrow.co.uk email judithbarrow77@gmail.com or tweet @Judithbarrow


Jane Dixon-Smith

JD Smith lives in the English Lake District. She has worked in the graphic design industry for over a dozen years, and now specialises in book cover design and typesetting.Jane spends most of her time attempting to remain professional, efficient, talented and affordable, because so many of her lovely clients have given her testimonials to that effect, whilst trying to keep her three children from switching off the wireless router, unplugging power cables and writing on her Facebook wall.The pseudonym JD Smith was created as the username on a writers’ messageboard many years ago, and was adopted as her preferred Editor’s title when launching the writing magazine Words with JAMJane’s is the author of the novella, Tristan and Iseult, and the first in The Rise of Zenobia series, Overlord, which will be released early 2014. For more information about Jane visit: http://www.jdsmith-author.co.uk or tweet @JDSmithDesign








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First Reviews for Crimson Shore!


It’s always a buzz as a writer when the first reviews start to come through, especially when it’s a change of direction in your writing. So, far I’ve had five reviews back and all have been 5* so far! Thanks to everyone who has read and reviewed, and with four days to go until the official release of Crimson Shore, I’m starting to get nervous!

Selection of reviewers thoughts below:

“I read Crimson Shore over the space of twenty four hours as I couldn’t tear myself away from it and was gripped by the sheer competence of an author who leads you gently by the hand into the presence of pure evil, and believe me, to have a safe pair of hands to hold in this novel is very comforting indeed.” – JaffaReadsToo (Amazon Top 500 reviewer)

“I am an avid fan of Gillian Hamer’s cross-genre novels, so was a little concerned that I might not enjoy a standard police procedural as much as her earlier books. I needn’t have worried – Crimson Shore couldn’t be described as standard in any sense of the word. The storyline is intriguing and the characters come to life to such an extent that I wanted to slap one of them (Dara) on more than one occasion. The fact that I was so annoyed shows the power of Ms Hamer’s writing.”- Avid Reader.

“All in all, Crimson Shore, the first of The Gold Detecives series is a great find. No doubt we will home in on the other team members as the series progresses but I think for the moment I’m a little bit in love with Dara Brennan. I can’t wait to meet him again.” – Mad Cow

“I’ve found in her novels that the location almost presents itself as an additional character, which I greatly enjoy having not yet traveled to Wales and previously knowing little to nothing about Anglesey. It’s also intriguing to me as an American to get a bit of an inside feel of the workings of how crimes are treated and processed in another country.” – Sensory Mama

If you’d like to read more, Crimson Shore ebook is now available on Amazon.




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Crimson Shore

I’m super excited to announce details of my forthcoming novel. It’s the first book in a new straight crime series called The Gold Detectives. Based in the same area of North Wales and Anglesey, but introducing a new CID team led by DI Amanda Gold. Release date 1st June.

I’m also very proud to reveal my new cover, designed as ever by the talented JD Smith Design, and hope you enjoy the sound of the book from the blurb below.

I am looking to recruit five readers to review the novel prior to launch date, so if you’re interested please leave a comment below.






A half-naked woman dead in a ditch. A disappearing pathologist. A teenager run off the road. For a peaceful island, Anglesey is experiencing abnormal levels of crime. What’s the connection?

DS Dara Brennan has women problems. His boss, Amanda Gold, is embroiled in office politics and his wife thinks he’s a disappointment. And then there’s DS Kelly Jones.

As missing-persons cases become murder enquiries, Dara must put aside his personal life and focus on the killer’s trail. The only tenuous link between the victims is an abandoned children’s home. What happened there, twenty years ago? And who is hell-bent on revenge?

Dara’s keeping his eyes on the road. But he forgets to look in the mirror.

Crimson Shore is the first novel in The Gold Detectives series, set along the North Wales coast.


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