#GuestAuthor this week is the fabulous @TinaBakerBooks author of the gripping #NastyLittleCuts @ViperBooks

J; Thank you so much Tina for being a guest on my blog, I’m so honoured.

J: I’d like to start by asking, have you always wanted to be a writer? And where did the idea of Nasty Little Cuts come from?

TB: ALWAYS! From the time I first started to scribble, before school. I was THRILLED being able to write, although spelling, not so much. I wrote poems and stories as a child.

Nasty Little Cuts was originally called Serrations. The idea was to write about all those irritating little things that build in a relationship until they can cause huge damage, coupled with two very flawed people at a tense time in their lives – Christmas, money worries, menopause, bereavement – catalysing the final explosion.

Tina Baker Promo for Nasty Little Cuts

J; The writing of Deb and Marc’s relationship in Nasty Little Cuts is extremely realistic, what research did you do in writing the book?

TB: I’ve been in several toxic relationships. But not like this. It’s fictionalised. The book is an amalgamation of all the (many) bad things that have happened to me.

I’ve also interviewed both women and men who’ve been in abusive relationships in my work as a journalist.

Me with Nasty Little Cuts!

J; Who would you like to see playing the parts of Deb & Marc if (and when!) Nasty Little Cuts is turned into a TV series/Movie?

TB: WHEN! Please, God! I’d love Jamie Dornan as Marc. Not just for his looks, but because he can play wounded as well as brooding.

Debs, I’d love to be played by a working-class actress. I adored Sophie Willan in the award-winning comedy, Alma’s Not Normal. She’d be great.

J; As a child growing up, were you an avid reader or was television your thing? Do you have a favourite childhood book or television programme?

TB; We didn’t have a TV for years. Radio was my first love.

I loved reading and read everything, including my dad’s, very age-inappropriate books and as many adult books in the library as I could when no one was watching.

Early TV I loved The Magic Roundabout and Stingray and Thunderbirds. My first crush was on a puppet! Captain Troy Tempest!

Fave children’s books, Wind in the Willows, The Wombles, Paddington, A Wrinkle in Time.

J; What was your favourite book of 2021 and why??

TB; They are all my favourite children. You can’t make me choose!

 I loved The Last House on Needless Street, Girl A, The Stranding, The End of Men.

I read a lot of crime last year because I hadn’t read a lot before. And so much pre-pandemic horror! Even The Last One At The Party was about a bloody pandemic. I had no idea because I bought a load of debuts just because and I sometimes like to read without the synopsis

J; Do you have a favourite Author? Or a favourite book of all time?

TB; Again, its TOO HARD to choose!!

I’ve re-read a lot of DH Lawrence, Dickens, Thomas Hardy and the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Vasko Popa and Ted Hughes. I love Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Tyler and ALL the Viper authors.

J; If you could go back in time, to one historical event, to witness it, what would it be and why?

TB; Either a party at Studio 54 in the OTT heyday or being on the moon at the moon landing.

J; What’s the most ridiculous thing you have bought?

TB; In the last month – 2 wedding dresses, 4 wedding veils, fake blood and a rubber knife – for silly promotion videos.

I could also say, THE LIES OF THE MEN WHO SAID THEY LOVED ME! Ha Ha! (J.. I LOVE this answer!!)

J; If you could invite four people to dinner, living or dead, who would you invite and why?

TB; Bette Midler. Icon. Hilarious.

Stephen Fry. Clever. Real gent.

Marilyn Monroe. Icon. Incandescent.

Billy Connolly. The best storyteller in the business.

J; Was there ever something that you thought was possible after watching some movie as a kid, that is now absolutely ridiculous to think of in retrospect?

TB; There was a children’s cartoon where a little girl wished her hair to keep growing. And I watched so many films about miracles, I prayed for my teddy to become real.

J; If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?

TB; Right now ANYWHERE!!! I’ve not been abroad for 4 years. I’ve only had 1 week off since the pandemic kicked off. So, either a week or two in the Caribbean or Cornwall (my husband’s from there) when it’s warmer!

J; What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

TB; Don’t let the bastards grind you down. One of my Dad’s.

J; What is your routine for an average weekday?

TB: There isn’t an exact routine as some of the personal training sessions revolve around other people. Ditto press surrounding the publication of a new book.

Writing is a bit haphazard at the moment too. My brain doesn’t work the same thanks to long term anxiety. In an ideal week I’d write a little every day, some days longer, teach a fitness class or 2, and post silly things on social media.

J; Are you currently writing another book?

TB; I’ve just finished another thriller for Viper which has yet to be edited. The story of a domestic cleaner who turns to crime. And I’m kicking around ideas for book 4 for Viper.

Tina Baker, the daughter of a window cleaner and fairground traveller, worked as a journalist and broadcaster for thirty years and is probably best known as a television critic for the BBC and GMTV. After so many hours watching soaps gave her a widescreen bum, she got off it and won Celebrity Fit Club. She now avoids writing-induced DVT by working as a Fitness Instructor.
Call Me Mummy is Tina’s first novel, inspired by her own unsuccessful attempts to become a mother. Despite the grief of that, she’s not stolen a child – so far. But she does rescue cats, whether they want to be rescued or not.

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#BlogTour and #Review of #BreakingFree by #EvaJean @TheBookNetwork1

WOULD YOU KNOW IF YOU HAD BEEN IN OR ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP?

You would think so wouldn’t you? Sadly this is often not the case, due to how effective and well-disguised most controller behaviours and controllers / abusers are.

This concise reference book, documents hundreds of real life examples of abusive control. These are made easy to recognise from all aspects of life, covering physical, social, financial, sexual, emotional, self-esteem, and children (Co-parenting) with a controller.

Full of practical advice most importantly how to escape from a domestic violence situation, advice from fellow survivors, and strange regimes to help dealing with difficult people, for instance in a social setting or workplace.

Please remember ANYONE CAN END UP IN A CONTROLLING SITUATION, MALE OR FEMALE, GAY OR TRANS, ANY FAITH OR ETHNICITY.

This is a very useful reference book on Breaking Free from Controlling behaviour, recognising and surviving them.

The book is written in a clear, concise and very easy to read style and lays out many areas of controlling behaviour, Physical, Social, Emotional, Sexual and Financial. The keywords and traits to look out for are clearly written and many are noted in a list style. This book is not just aimed at people who are in or have been in a controlling/abusive relationship, it is a fantastic tool that every woman and teenager should read ( I know I’ve aimed that sentence at women but as many as 1 in 4 women are victims of violence every week in the UK and at least 2 a month are murdered by a controlling or abusive partner )

This is one of those reference books that should be made available to everyone and would be well placed in every GP Surgery in the UK and in Schools where teenagers of both ages can read and learn to recognise controlling traits, it is indeed an invaluable and well written help guide to controlling behaviours.

Coercive Control (Controlling Behaviour) is defined by the UK Government as follows below…

Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour

I’d like to thank @thebooknetwork.Co.Uk for inviting me to read and take part in the #BreakingBad #BlogTour, I’m very honoured to be able to help spread the word on this important book and if one person reads this and seeks help then we have all done our jobs in raising awareness of Controlling Behaviours.

A word or two on the Author Eva Jean

Eva Jean lives in the Midlands with her Daughter. her Partner is a lovely sort. Eva likes to read, dance badly, watch movies and comedies, and feed hedgehogs in her garden.

The following Charity’s can offer help and advise to anyone in a violent, abusive controlling relationship….

Womens Aid UK.

UK Goverment in many languages

Victim Support UK

Refuge 24hr National Abuse Hotline

Respect Mens Advice Line

Galop LGBT+ Helpline focusing on Abuse and controlling behaviour

Police Urgent or Life-threatening call 999

Police Non life Threatening call 101