Grenada’s Reading Road Trip.

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Recently, I turned 40! and to soften the blow somewhat, my husband arranged an amazing surprise holiday – back to our honeymoon spot in the beautiful island of Grenada in the West Indies.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the best part of my ten days in paradise was lazing on the beach and doing absolutely nothing other than drink the most amazing cocktails. Because the day that stood out for me, by far, was the day that we went back to school. Literally.

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Grenada’s Reading Road Trip is set up by the Sandals Foundation and offers the unique opportunity to engage with Caribbean children as part of their ‘Community Routes Program’.

Paired with small groups of children aged 5-7 years old, volunteers are invited to read stories with the children to help enhance their reading aptitude sheets, as well as helping the children to improve on their listening and comprehension skills.

The scheme also encourages ‘Pack for a purpose.’ where Volunteers are encouraged to bring donations for its much-needed school supplies along with new or barely used reading books. All donations have a big impact on the communities that you visit. The scheme supports 525 education projects around the world, including school, after-school programs, and libraries. You can find a list of all the schools taking part and the materials and equipment needed at http://www.sandalsfoundation.org/island-impact

When we arrived at Blessed Sacrament Catholic school we were completely overwhelmed by the warm reception we received. The children greeted us at the minibus in the school playground with open arms. We literally must have received a hundred hugs.

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The group of children that we were paired with were 6 years old and they proudly – and very excitedly – showed off their every-growing school library along with all of their favourite books to us.

We read lots of stories together and the children played their favourite games with us. Rock, paper, scissors seemed to be a particular favourite. The boys also formed a group and took turns in arm wrestling my husband, while the girls all attempted to braid my hair. It was a crazy, laughter-filled, hectic few hours but such a heart-warming experience, especially for someone like myself who is a real book lover and such an advocate for the importance of encouraging early literacy in schools.

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At the end of the class, the children were told to say prayers before I stood in front of the class and read them all a final story before we departed. I chose ‘If You Are Happy And You Know It.’ Which in hindsight probably wasn’t the best book for the poor teachers to endure after they’d just managed to calm the excited children down.

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But the children loved it. Joining in, they giggled, clapped their hands and laughed along to the story with me – the perfect ending to a fantastic trip!

Thank you so much to The Writers’ Magazine for the feature in this month’s magazine, and to Sandals Foundation for the amazing opportunity to take part.

http://www.thewritersmagazine.com

http://www.sandalsfoundation.org/island-impac

 

 

The Broken – Due for publication 22nd February 2018

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They took her dad, but she won’t let them take her.
Nancy Byrne was the apple of her daddy’s eye. He might have been one of the most-feared gangsters in London, yet Jimmy Byrne idolised his little Nancy. But now Jimmy is dead, gunned down in cold blood – and Nancy vows to avenge his death.


She’s only twenty years old, but as the new head of the ruthless Byrne gang, running a lucrative world of drugs, sex and violence, she’s in over her head. Keeping her family together all while Joanie, her beloved grandma, falls apart, and her brother Daniel goes off the rails forces Nancy to grow up – fast.


But while Nancy takes the men on at their own game, there’s a greater danger hiding on the dark streets. Jimmy’s killer is on her trail – and will stop at nothing to shut her up.
Blood might be thicker than water, but soon, Nancy realises she can’t trust anyone. Not even her own family.


Especially her own family.

 

 

Signed and personalised paperback of THE BETRAYED from Casey Kelleher

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BIO: Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise and her latest release, The Betrayed is due for publication on the 21st June 2017.

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The Betrayed

Delighted to announce my next book, The Betrayed! 

The Betrayed

Those closest to you don’t stab you in the back. Do they?

Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. Equally feared and respected, he’s clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he’ll make it by any means necessary.

When Jimmy sets his sights on shy young Colleen Walsh, she is quickly seduced by his sweet words and the life of luxury he offers her. But behind the diamonds and fur coats lies the reality of gangland violence – and by the time she realises the truth, she’s already in too deep.

Like her father, Jimmy Byrne, Nancy Byrne is strong, opinionated – and ruthless. But when Jimmy is murdered. Nancy vows to find the killer and make them pay for their actions.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone she trusted. Someone who betrayed them all.

Blood is thicker than water – but Nancy is not afraid to spill some to get the truth.

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The Promise

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Out on the 17th February 2017. Available for pre-order now! 📚
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Family ties can be deadly… 

Two sisters. One murder. And an unbreakable bond.

Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life.

When their mother is sentenced for brutally murdering a client, Georgie and Marnie’s already precarious lives are blown apart and they now share a terrible secret. Sent to a children’s home, the sisters hope this might finally be their safe haven after years of neglect. But they soon discover they’re in real danger.

Desperate to find a place of safety, Georgie and Marnie run for their lives, but end up in the hands of Delray Anderton. A violent London gangster and notorious pimp, Delray has big plans for beautiful teenager Georgie, seeing her as a chance to make some serious money.

Fiercely protective of each other, Georgie and Marnie must escape the clutches of a man who will do anything to keep the sisters for himself. And, they must keep the promise they made to each other – no one can ever know the truth.

Ten Things I’d Like My Readers to Know About Me… Female First Magazine

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My debut novel started out as a secret project!
I had been inspired by my late Grandad, who in his 90’s had started to write a book of his own. Sadly, he only managed to write a few chapters before he passed away. That got me thinking. Perhaps there really is a book in us all? I guess I just wanted to see if I could do it, if I could actually write my own book?I was working as a beauty therapist at the time, with three young sons, so it started off as a little secret hobby. When I was finally done, I showed all my friends and family the huge manuscript that I’d been hiding and they were all really surprised. I’m probably the worst person at keeping secrets, so they were more shocked that I had managed to keep my writing a secret, than the fact I’d actually written a book.

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I have the biggest coffee addiction!
I can’t even function without at least two giant mugs of coffee to start my day.

I became a mum at just seventeen years old.

Which, for me, turned out to be one of the best things that ever could have happened to me.My son was born 3 months premature and was in the special care baby unit for the first three months of his life. He was a little fighter and did/and has done amazing. (he’s almost 20 now!) Being such a young mum, made me feel that I had an awful lot to prove. To my son, to myself and to the rest of the world.Having someone depend on me made me even more determined to succeed in everything I put my mind to.

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I’m addicted to car crash TV.
When I’m not writing… I am addicted to The Real Housewives, Big Brother, Million Dollar Listings. Vanderpump Rules. Pure unadulterated escapism.
Strangely, for a crime writer I can’t watch anything remotely scary. I don’t do ‘Horror’ films. Even Luther makes me jump in places, so you’ll find me watching that from behind a cushion.

I read ALL of my reviews.
The good, the bad and the ugly.I write for my audience, my readers, so feedback really is the best gift that I can receive from them in return. The good and the bad! If people have taken the time to write a review about my one of my books, then the least I can do is take the time to read them.

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My favourite Actor
I am a massive fan of Ray Winstone. I sent him a copy of Bad Blood and he contacted me to thank me for it, I was over the moon. Such a lovely guy, and one of my all time favourite actors.

I’m a fully qualified Holistic Therapist, specialising in Swedish Body Massage.
I worked in the beauty industry for ten years, in some of the best Spa’s and Salons in the South East of England. I loved it. Meeting so many lovely people, working alongside great groups of girls that I still remain good friends with now. I do sometimes miss the busy environment of a beauty salon, it couldn’t be more different from the solitude of writing. Oh, and I miss all the lovely treatments and products too… and the staff discount!!!

I have a tattoo
Just the one. A pair of angel wings on my wrist, that join together to form a heart.In memory of my late grandparents. My angels.

I have a very spoilt dog called Sassy.
(Or ‘Princess Sassy-boo’ as she’s become accustomed to.) She is my little writerly companion and sits at my feet most of the day whilst I’m writing. She has her own Doggy-boudoir with glitter wag wallpaper and a leopard print blanket. In fact most of the things she owns are leopard print. Bowls, beds, blankets, even her poop bags. (I blame her dad!!!,)

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My greatest achievement in life has to be my little family.

My sons, my husband and my doggy.It doesn’t matter what you own, or how well you do, success can only really be measured by the people you have around you, and my family are everything to me.

Read more: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/casey-kelleher-the-taken-995587.html#ixzz4NcTZTQhw

The Taken

The Taken

When you’ve lost everything, you’ll do anything to survive.

Out on 5th October available to pre-order now.
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When you’ve lost everything, you’ll do anything to survive.

Saskia Frost’s world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she’s on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father’s debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men – Joshua and Vincent Harper. Before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive. A club run by the infamous Harper brothers. Saskia is now their property and they’re going to make her pay every penny back.

Teenager Lena Cona has fled a cruel and controlling marriage. She arrives in England with her newborn daughter, desperately relying on strangers for help. But she soon learns that not everyone can be trusted as she finds herself caught in the clutches of Colin Jefferies, a twisted individual obsessed by his own sinister secrets. As the sickening truth is revealed, Lena is forced to fight for her life – and her baby’s.

When their worlds collide, Lena and Saskia form an unlikely friendship. But with the terrifying Harper brothers on their tail, as well as Lena’s vengeful and violent husband, can they escape with their lives?

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Fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers will lose themselves in this brilliantly tense and gripping story.

Out on 5th October available to pre-order now.
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3 Book Deal with Bookouture

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Super excited to announce that I have just signed a 3 book deal with the fantastic Bookouture Publishing team.

 

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I’m super excited to be one of the newest member of the Bookouture Crime Squad. Looking forward to working alongside Keshini Naidoo and the rest of the Bookouture Team.

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The first of the three books is set to be published in Autumn 2016!

All updates on my author Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

Casey xx

My very first Theakston Crime writing festival…

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Well, I finally got to go to my very first crime festival in Harrogate, and what a great weekend it was. Set over four-days, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate is a must for any fan of Crime Fiction.

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The weekend was packed with interesting panels, special guest conversations, (Eddie Izzard, and Rory Bremner) and a lovely dinner at the White Hart with my publisher Thomas and Mercer and the team.

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The place was buzzing and i spent most of the weekend mingling with like minded people, talking books at the Old Swan’s bar. There was even a ‘friendly’ game of football put on between some of the authors, North V’s South, where, one author unfortunately fractured his ankle, and another possibly his wrist.

The final score was 6-0 to the North! Boooo! (If it was a drinking comp, the South would have won hands down!!) 

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I met some lovely people, Peter James being one of them. I’m a huge fan of Peters, and it was such an honour to speak with him, albeit it briefly as he was surrounded, as always, by lots of adoring fans.

Other highlights were listening to Val McDermid on the panel, a really funny lady and strangely enough, (or not seeing as I write crime), the most interesting panels for me were Lisa Gardner’s, where she spoke of the infamous Body Farm in Texas, and the Forensics panel. Gruesome but very interesting stuff!

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I had such a great time, and after drinking my body weight in Gin, and knackering myself out from the constant chatter, my weekend in beautiful Harrogate came to an end…

Until next year, anyway!!!

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