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.

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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.

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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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The London Book Fair

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This week I was extremely excited to attend the London Book Fair and take part in  Kobo’s writing life panel at Author HQ to speak about my debut book ‘Rotten to the Core’, and it’s success last year as the U.K’s most completed novel.

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Public speaking is normally way out of my comfort zone, but on this occasion I was really honoured to take part in the panel, alongside the very lovely Joanne Grant, Harlequin’s senior editor, and Kobo Writing Life’s Diego Marano. Our talk was on “Keeping the reader engaged to the end of a novel.”

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I met up with some fab authors, such as Pete Sortwell, Mel Sherratt, Victoria Connelly, Louise Voss and Mark Edwards…

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Managed to catch a few rays in Hyde park with the bestie (#freeagent)…

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and even bumped into a pirate… as you do!!!

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Ending the evening over at The Commander Bar in Notting Hill, where my lovely publishers, Thomas and Mercer hosted a cocktails and canapé party.

All in all a great day… 🙂

Casey xx

Big Brother For Books?

Big Brother For Books?

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Late last year, an article appeared in The Guardian about the info that e-book seller Kobo collected about the habits of their readers:

After collecting data between January and November 2014 from more than 21m users, in 13624974countries including Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands, Kobo found that its most completed book of 2014 in the UK was not a Man Booker or Baileys prize winner. Instead, readers were most keen to finish Casey Kelleher’s self-published thriller Rotten to the Core, which doesn’t even feature on the overall bestseller list – although Kelleher has gone on to win a book deal with Amazon’s UK publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer after selling nearly 150,000 copies of her three self-published novels. “Rotten to The Core by Casey Kelleher was the most completed book in the UK, with 83% of people reading it cover to cover,” said Kobo, “whereas…

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The Special Thrill of Captivating Readers

Kobo Writing Life

By Casey Kelleher

CaseyKelleherI’ve just had the most amazing five days in New York. Christmas shopping with my kids in all the big stores (I had a bit of a love affair with Macy’s), watching the Knicks play, paying my respects at the 911 memorial, and being generally followed around by my royal stalkers Kate and William on their visit.  😉

On my last day there, I woke up to the most amazing news.

Kobo had announced not only their “Best-Sellers list”, but also the most ‘Completed book of 2014”. They had collected data between January and November 2014 from more than 21m users, in countries including Canada, the US, the UK, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Kobo found that its most completed book of 2014 in the UK was not a Man Booker or Baileys prize winner. Instead, readers were most keen to finish MY BOOK!! My self-published thriller…

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