It is my pleasure to share with you a #guestpost as part of the #blogblitz for Past Echoes which is book 3 in the Jake Boulder series.
Jake Boulder is back and he’s tasked with tracking down a man due to inherit a small fortune. Not only that, he must also reveal the secret which forced a young woman to flee New York some forty years ago. The evidence he needs is hidden in a safety deposit box and while Boulder has the key, the only clue he has for box’s location is a series of numbers etched onto the key and a mysterious list of names.
Boulder has his work cut out since he must also locate his estranged father, Cameron MacDonald, so that Cameron can donate bone marrow to Boulder’s half-brother John.
In a game of cat and mouse, he must solve the case and find the two men without alerting those who control New York’s underworld.
Can Boulder survive against both the mafia and a professional hitman, in what is his toughest case yet?
Breaking Hearts and Bones by Graham Smith
When I set out to write Past Echoes I had a few things I knew I had to achieve if I was to keep the series going in a credible way. While I’m not going to be spoilerific and tell you what all of these aims were, I can talk about a couple of them without ruining the story for anyone.
First of all, a little background; my erstwhile hero, Jake Boulder, is handy with his fists and while he has been something of a ladies man in the past, he has more or less settled down with his girlfriend.
With Past Echoes, I knew that I wanted to create a novel that was challenging for both the character and the reader. As an author, it’s easy to challenge the character as they are fictional and therefore you can do whatever the hell you like to them. (This is great fun if you’re sick and twisted like me) When it comes to readers it’s a different matter as they are real, have their own agendas, struggles and emotions. The only credible way an author can challenge a reader is through the characters. (Unscrupulous authors may choose disturbing subject matter to drive the story or shock, but to me, that’s just lazy.)
If I want to challenge my readers – which is something I enjoy doing – I do it through my characters. When you hit upon a great character as a reader, you invest in them, care for them and want them to triumph against what nefarious trials the author is throwing at them. As an author, you use every skill in your armoury to make the reader invest in your character so you can then lead the reader on a merry dance that will have their emotions pulled a dozen different ways as you put your character through the literal wringer.
This logic applies across all genres and mediums, we care about the lone cowboy riding into town, the superspy trying to save the world and win the heart of the girl, the young woman battling against the odds to win the heart of the man she loves and the beleaguered detective taken off the case he feels compelled to solve.
When I’m writing, I want my readers laugh, cry, worry and most of all, keep reading.
Graham Smith is a time served joiner who has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since Christmas 2000, he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
He is an internationally best-selling Kindle author and has four books featuring DI Harry Evans and the Cumbrian Major Crimes Team, and two novels, featuring Utah doorman, Jake Boulder.
2018 will be a busy year for Graham as he has the third Jake Boulder being published and a Harry Evans novel and novella.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer and interviewer for the well-respected website Crimesquad.com since 2009
Graham is the founder of Crime and Publishment, a weekend of crime-writing classes which includes the chance for attendees to pitch their novels to agents and publishers. Since the first weekend in 2013, eight attendees have gone on to sign publishing contracts.
Graham can be found at