Today I am on the blog tour for The Course of Conviction by Cheryl Butler. This was released on the 4th of June, published by Little Bee Publishing.
Before I kick things off, just to let you know that if you haven’t read the first book in the Obsession Trilogy, A Proclivity to Prurience, this is currently FREE on Amazon from 15th to 19th September!
Ok lets get back to The Course of Conviction.
The Course of Conviction by Cheryl Butler
The Obsession Trilogy #2
Explicit – and strictly for 18+
Release Date: 4th of June 2020
Format: Kindle & Paperback
Print Length: 404 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Little Bee Publishing
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Having responded to Abbie’s absence in his own inimitable style, an unexpected reconciliation sees Joe conflicted by a need to seek revenge and a need to seek gratification, but as he wavers between hope and hatred, an unlikely reunion throws all those involved into further turmoil, deepening wounds and threatening fragile minds.
Battling for normalcy, accusations and revelations abound until a devastating discovery proves almost fatal. There are lessons to be learned and theories to challenge, but who is really responsible for the endless stream of fear and betrayal? Dark minds and dirty deeds will only cause destruction when obsession knows no bounds.
The Pressures of Writing a Trilogy
The Course Of Conviction is the second book in The Obsession Trilogy, following on from A Proclivity To Prurience; the third instalment will be available soon…
When I started writing, I didn’t expect to write a trilogy, just a book to rid myself of a storyline and characters that wouldn’t leave me alone, but when I made a start, there was just so much story to come out, and it soon became clear that there would be two books. Now, if I was one of those super-efficient and organised authors, I would have planned the whole thing and realised that the plot would elaborate in so many different ways… but I’m not and never will be, so I’d plod on until the story took me by surprise and the tangents became viable, the characters misbehaved and left me to pick up the pieces.
I was, however, happy to have completed the two books and set about refining and editing them, and that becomes a little tricky because timelines and characters need to be consistent, and trust me, even after reading through for the hundredth time, I would be hit by the realisation that in the first book, a scene would occur at a certain stage in the characters’ lives, but that didn’t necessarily correspond to book two, and did they tell me?
What doesn’t help is that the main story takes place over the course of a few weeks, but none of the days are named so I could have a scene from one character’s perspective on a certain day and another’s a chapter or so down the line, but the two weren’t always in sync, and trying to skim through my own timeline became my new hobby, and not the most enjoyable, if I’m completely honest! This is where planning would have helped, or at the very least, a nudge from one of my characters, but no, they left all the hard work to me.
Anyway, eventually I felt these books were ready to present to the big wide world and set about making that happen, but about six weeks into that little project (many synonyms could be used here, but ‘little project’ is the only inoffensive one), I had an epiphany, in the bath, like one imagines real geniuses to have (or genii, if you prefer) – and that’s the closest affiliation I’ll ever have to the word – but there it was, and this is what it was: a third book!
If, by now, you have read The Course Of Conviction (who hasn’t?), you’ll know that the ending is screaming for a sequel, for a continuation to put the reader out of his/her misery, yet I, the author, after working on these books for the best part of two years took a full six weeks after the completion of said books to realise (you know when I mentioned geniuses? See, I wasn’t being insincerely modest).
So, then I had to come up with a whole new plot, and that’s when the fun really started. Fantastic new twists came to mind, and I would add them enthusiastically, only to realise weeks later that in order for a particular angle to work, I had to alter something in book two, or worse, both books one and two; sometimes that would be the occasional paragraph, other times, the occasional chapter. Cutting and pasting became the norm, but as the first book had already been published, certain aspects were immoveable.
It was all a delicate process, like an intense game of chess where I’d plan a move only to find that two moves on, my original plan was no longer workable and another period of anywhere between ten minutes and four days of renegotiation with myself would ensue. It did, though, give me a chance to fully explore the many facets of my characters’ personalities, but with that amount of scrutiny and constant contact with the same people, I’d have rows with them and we wouldn’t speak for days, but we’d always make things up and come back stronger.
I mean, why didn’t they explain what little gems were in store for book three? In their defence, I’d spent so much time with them, I should really have known, and, that whole ‘planning’ notion would have paid dividends (something they reminded me of constantly) but there we go.What I’m really trying to say is that, three books down and four years on, I have resorted to speaking about my characters as if they are real, but the question is, was I always so unhinged or have these damaged individuals loosened the screws? I’m awaiting their response!
The Course of Conviction Blog Tour
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Let’s Get to Know Cheryl Butler
Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper.
Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.
Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!
Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.
Stay up to date with Cheryl’s work by visiting her website and follow her on these social media accounts.
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