It seems no time since we were at the launch of Nina Milton’s In the Moors, her gripping thriller featuring shamanic sleuth Sabbie Dare. I’m delighted to say Nina is back to tell us about her follow-up, Unraveled Visions, and has news of a special offer!
Hi Nina, is this a return for my favourite heroine of last year, Sabbie Dare?
Yes. So many people have said they have fallen in love with her! As the book opens, she’s still pining over Reynard Buckley (*sighs* – ed) and living in Bridgwater with her hens (of course!) The book opens on the evening of the Bridgwater Carnival. After the carnival floats have finished, there is always the traditional ‘squibbing’; a firework display with a difference. Sabbie is there with a girlfriend, and what she witness takes her into trouble and danger (nothing’s changed there, then!)
The cover and title feel ‘stronger’ (and sexier?) than In the Moors – your choice or the publisher?
Midnight Ink made these decisions, but I think they’ve done me proud. I was also happy with their treatment of In the Moors.
Anything else you can tell us about the new book?
Here’s the back cover;
The day after shamanic counselor Sabbie Dare receives a palm reading at a street carnival, she learns that a police detective has been killed and the gypsy fortuneteller has gone missing. Sabbie’s newest client—a scared woman with an angry husband—has also disappeared. Despite warnings from Detective Inspector Rey Buckley to stay away from the investigations, Sabbie can’t ignore the messages of danger she’s received through her shamanic journeys. But as close as she comes to the answers, Sabbie discovers there are people who want to keep the truth buried forever.
And a tiny snippet from the start of the book…
The two detectives had arrived as the body was trundling on a gurney over to the white tent where the pathologist waited like an adjudicator at some macabre contest. The woman was found stripped of any clothing and the technician had thrown a green sheet over her poor mutilated and rotting body for that short journey, but the gurney jerked as its wheels stuck to the walkway, which was so burning hot it was melting the policemen’s thick soles, and the woman’s head slid to the edge, her heavy locks falling free, as if she’d just unpinned them. Despite the river weed and silt, her hair was still glorious; as black as a nighttime lake, not tampered by bleach or dye.
Detective Sergeant Gary Abbott had stepped forward, his hand outstretched, and touched the woman’s hair, crying out like a distressed relative. “Take care with her, for God’s sake!”
UNRAVELLED VISIONS by Nina Milton from Midnight Ink
Intriguing! Any events coming up?
If you’d like to hear me talk about my writing in the West Country, in October I’ll be speaking at the WELLS LITERARY FESTIVAL.
I’ll be there to give a talk in the Bishop’s Palace on the afternoon of Sunday 12th of October, when the winners of the Wells Short Story, Novel Writing and Poetry Competition Prizes are presented with their prizes. As a past winner of the short story prize, I hope to offer hope to writers who are just setting out.
The festival is packed with amazing names, so why not come for the day and enjoy the buzzing literary atmosphere?
Sounds like a great idea, Nina, and I’m sure a number of BWW members will be hoping for a catch-up while you are back in the West Country.
Meanwhile here’s the other bit of exciting news for Sabbie Dare fans…you can pre-order your copy of Unravelled Visions ahead of the publication date for only £8.05p. (And you can have the book delivered free if the order is over £10). U.K. publication is due mid-October. This is a great opportunity to have the 2nd book in your hands on the day, ready for winter reading. Just go to;
For those who have yet to meet the inimitable Sabbie, Here are some reader comments on In the Moors. Could be a great time to do a deal on both titles!
Over the last 2 years have found it so hard to get a good book. I read yours in less than two days…A compelling read, beautifully written; memorable…
Janette Davies, from Ireland
And Celtic Writer Mara Freeman (Kindling the Celtic Spirit, Grail Alchemy) wrote to give her thoughts on the first in the series…
A real page-turner, In the Moors cost me several hours of sleep because it was so un-put-downable! An engaging heroine, a landscape at once so real and so menacing, and an intriguing mystery had me enthralled into the wee hours!
Ali B has also reviewed In the Moors on Amazon and gives it an unqualified 5 stars.
Great to have you back, Nina!