Showstoppers & Three Sisters by Helen Smith – Tour Kick Off

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Author Helen Smith

Helen Smith is a novelist and playwright who lives in London. She’s the author of bestselling cult novels Alison Wonderland, Being Light and The Miracle Inspector as well as the Emily Castles Mystery Series.

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If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Moodchanger. If you’re sad, I can make you happy.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I lived in Sydney, Australia for a short while many years ago. I remember this delicious, creamy vanilla and honeycomb ice cream in cones that I used to buy as a treat for my daughter and myself from a little shop on Bondi Beach. Thinking back now, I’m sure it was the best ice cream I have ever had… but it’s a long time since I left Sydney. Perhaps I’m just being nostalgic.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
The first full-length book in my Emily Castles mystery series, INVITATION TO DIE, will be published by Thomas & Mercer later this year. Two more full-length novels in the series will be published after that. I would like to keep writing Emily Castles books for a few years if readers enjoy them.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I loved reading when I was a child. The books had such a profound effect on me that I always wanted to be a writer when I grew up.

What book are you looking forward to this year?
I went to Bouchercon, the mystery writers’ convention, in October last year. I had a wonderful time and met lots of interesting people, including Susanna Calkins, a young historian whose first historical mystery, A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate, will be published in April. The description says: “When a fellow servant is murdered and the man she loves is accused of the crime, Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid, has to interpret the clues hidden in miniature portraits, popular ballads, and a corpse’s pointing finger, to save his life before the true murderer turns on her…” It sounds great, doesn’t it? I love the idea of the hidden clues, and I know the historical details will be accurate because Susanna has studied that period of English history. I can’t wait to read the book.

In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
Charlaine Harris. There’s a crime and mystery writers’ convention in Harrogate in the north of England in June. I’ll be going to it for the first time this year. Charlaine Harris will also be there. I hope I’ll get a chance to talk to her. She’s a prolific, talented, successful author  whose stories are written with warmth and humor. Though she’s probably best known for the Sookie Stackhouse books, I have recently been reading her mysteries, which feature resourceful, interesting female characters. For now, I’m just hoping I’ll be able to meet and talk to her, never mind co-author a book with her. But if she ever decides to co-author a series, as Janet Evanovich is doing with Lee Goldberg,  I’ll be sending in my application.

Favorite quote from a movie?
“Only when it was funny.” It doesn’t make much sense out of context but it’s from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which is one of my favorite movies. Roger and the private detective Eddie Valiant, played by Bob Hoskins, have been handcuffed together, leading to lots of funny physical comedy (which must have been difficult to play, as BH was doing it with a character who was a cartoon and would later be drawn in to each frame) as they struggle to get around. Finally, the detective realises that Roger has slipped out of the handcuffs. He says, “You mean you could have done that at any time?” To which Roger replies, “Only when it was funny.”

140 Characters or less Tweet about your book.
SHOWSTOPPERS: Short, fun British mystery: #kindle

Write a Haiku about your book
Emily Castles,
mixed up in murder, solves the
case and saves the day.

What made you decide to write in this genre? 
I love reading mysteries. I wanted to write a mystery series set in contemporary London, with strong, interesting female characters. And I wanted it to be fun. This genre is the perfect vehicle for writing entertaining stories with interesting characters, and occasionally asking questions about the way our society functions while keeping the tone light-hearted.  I’m really enjoying writing the series.

Are you for or against books being made into movies?
I’d love mine to be made into movies! Actually, it depends on the movie, doesn’t it? I was impressed by Children of Men, for example, which was adapted from  PD James’s book The Children of Men. I’m looking forward to seeing Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby which will be released in spring this year. I have seen the trailers and they look good. I hope the film will be enjoyable.

If you were not a writer, what would you like to do?
I’d like to be an explorer, a singer or a sculptor.

This or That

Print or Ebook?
I read both formats.

Skittles or M&Ms?

Peanut M&Ms.

City or Country?


Beach or Pool?


Cats or Dog?


Heads or Tails?


Facebook or Twitter?
Both, I’m afraid. They’re a great way to keep in contact with people. But I spend too much time chatting on them when I should be writing…
Three Sisters and Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Three Sisters and Showstoppers are two novella-length stories in the Emily Castles mystery series. The first full-length novel, Invitation to Die, will be published by Thomas & Mercer in October 2013.

The Emily Castles mystery series is set in present-day London. It features twenty-six-year-old Londoner Emily Castles and her neighbor, eccentric philosophy professor Dr. Muriel Crowther. In Three Sisters, Emily goes to a party in a big house at the end of her street. She’s sure she witnesses a murder, but no one will believe her. She teams up with Dr. Muriel to investigate.

In Showstoppers, Emily helps out at a local stage school run by her neighbor, Victoria. Soon she’s mixed up in a blackmail plot and two deaths. Emily and Dr. Muriel team up to prevent further a massacre live on stage during the end of term show.

Praise for the Emily Castles Mystery Series

Fast-paced, funny, and mysterious… Helen Smith is a master story-teller.
~Socrates Book Reviews

It grips you from the very beginning.
~Babs Books Bistro

Bright, colorful and full of surprises.
~Amazon Vine Reviewer

Fast-paced and unusual, I highly recommend this one.
~Eva’s Sanctuary

Praise for Helen Smith

Smith is gin-and-tonic funny.
~The Booklist


Tour Giveaway
10 winners will each receive a Kindle Ebook copy of Showstoppers & Three Sisiters
Ends 2/28/13

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Tour Schedule

February 7th
Taking Time for Mommy – Review
Cabin Goddess – Review
UK Quality Reads – Review

February 8th
Wall-to-Wall Books – Review
Pieces of Whimsy – Interview
Read Your Writes – Interview
Deborah’s Books – Review & Interview
Yellow Hat Writer – Tens List

February 9th
Taking Time for Mommy – Review
Books, Books the Magical Fruit – Interview
Crafty Zoo – Guest Post
UK Quality Reads – Review
Martha’s Bookshelf – Review

February 10th
Turner’s Antics – Review
Bookhounds – Interview
Book Worm Brandy – Review
Deborah’s Books – Review
Impressions of a Princess – Interview

February 11th
Getting Your Read On – Review
Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
Kelly’s Lucky You – Review
Oh, for the Hook of a Book! – Review & Interview
Something to Offer – Review

February 12th
Literarily Speaking – Interview
StoreyBook Reviews – Review
Thoughts n’ Such – Review & Interview
Fantasy Books – Review & Interview
Between the Pages – Tens List

February 13th
Must Read Faster – Review
Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review
Blooding Book Reviews – Interview
Cover2CoverBlog – Review

February 14th
Lori’s Reading Corner – Tens List
Musings by Maureen – Review
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review
Deal Sharing Aunt – Review

February 15th
StoreyBook Reviews – Review
The Busy Mom’s Daily – Review
Oh, The Books You’ll Read! – Review
Brooke Blogs – Review & Guest Post

February 16th
Cuzinlogic – Review & Interview
A Casual Reader’s Blog – Review
Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
Indie Author How-to – Tens List

February 17th
My Devotional Thoughts – Review
Insane About Books – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
Brooke Blogs – Review

February 18th
Karey White – Tens List
Bookworm Lisa – Review

February 19th
Reviewing Shelf – Review & Tens List
Thoughts n’ Such – Review
Christy’s Cozy Corners – Review
Laurie Here – Review & Guest Post

February 20th
The Busy Mom’s Daily – Review
My Devotional Thoughts – Review
Fangirl Hostess – Review
3Ps in a Pod – Review & Tens List

February 21st
Vonnie’s Reading Corner – Review
Mochas, Mysteries and More – Review
The Polliwog Blog – Review

February 22nd
Why Not? Because I Said So? – Review & Tens List
Fangirl Hostess – Review
3Ps in a Pod – Review
Laurie Here – Review