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Guest Post: Genre shift by Jenny O’Brien #CrimeThriller #BookPromo #BlogTour

Here’s a treat for you today – a Guest Post by Jenny O’Brien! Read on to discover what she has written, more about her latest book ‘Missing in Wales’, information about her and the opportunity to enter a rafflecopter giveaway to win a copy of this book for yourself!

Genre Shift by Jenny O’Brien

MISSING IN WALES is my twelfth novel but my first crime thriller.

I’ve always viewed writing as something other people did. Oh, don’t get me wrong, writing a book has always been on my horizon but it was something I never thought I’d get round to, certainly not while I was still working and as for writing twelve…

As with everything in life nothing is easy and I decided to write my first book, BOY BRAINY, at a time when I was at my busiest with nursing and 3 kids under 5. But I had a character, Dai Monday, and I knew the plot. Two little boys being bullied in Wales, a place very close to my heart. In truth, I was surprised to finish it and, while I tried to get it published, I decided I quite enjoyed this writing lark… Seven romances quickly followed. Each of the sweet innocent type but all with wicked twists because I found that just writing about the traditional HEA didn’t really do it for me.

I suppose you could say I was in a writing rut by the end of the last book, ENGLISHWOMAN AT CHRISTMAS, and then I went on holiday…

Living in Guernsey, France is an easy and relatively cheap option for family holidays and the Vendee is a firm favourite. In 2017 we booked into a bungalow and low and behold there was the most amazing piece of artwork on the wall. Any thoughts of my next romance flew out of the window with that painting as the tentacles of THE STEPSISTER took hold of my imagination.

What if two sisters were left a house by a stranger? Two sisters that weren’t even blood relations?

I loved writing THE STEPSISTER. It offered up a different challenge to my previous works, one I embraced with open arms. All the many plot points and loose ends had to be tied off and a killer opening line had to be written. ‘I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

I suppose writing a crime series is a natural progression. Whilst I enjoyed writing a standalone my romances are all series and I love the freedom this kind of writing provides. As a reader I appreciate finding out about previous characters and writing a book series allows this to happen easily.

MISSING IN WALES is the first in what will initially be a trilogy with the next in series, STABBED IN WALES, coming out shortly. Unusually MISSING IN WALES was inspired by a dream I had way back in January 2018. Dreams can be very useful to a writer although this one was probably more along the lines of a nightmare. It tackles the uncomfortable topic of parental abduction of a new born, something I no more thought I’d ever write about when starting out on this journey way back in 2006. As for what comes next. Well, as only the writer, I’m sure I’ll be the very last to know.


The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien,

her first thriller, will be free worldwide from  22 to 26th July!

She should never have let her go. That was her first mistake. She trusted him. That was her second…

When a stranger leaves stepsisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake. 
But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing. 

Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse? 

What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 
Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late? 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT

US –  https://www.amazon.com/Stepsister-gripping-psychological-thriller-wicked-ebook/dp/B07H3TH4HT 



Missing in Wales

Missing in Wales, the first in an exciting new Welsh-set crime series by Jenny O’Brien, author of The Stepsister.
The next in series, Stabbed in Wales, will be available soon.

Alys is fine – don’t try to find us

Izzy Grant is haunted by the abduction of her newborn daughter five-years ago. When a postcard arrives from her missing partner, the man she believes is responsible, saying they’re fine and asking her not to try to find them, she knows she can’t give up hoping. Then she sees a face from her past. Grace Madden. Just where did she disappear to all those years ago? And is there a connection between her disappearance and that of her child?

DC Gabriella Darin, recently transferred from Swansea, is brash, bolshie and dedicated. Something doesn’t fit with the case and she’s determined to find out just what happened all those years ago.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RGCDT75

US- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RGCDT75


Author Bio

Jenny O’Brien was abandoned in Dublin at the tender age of 17 by her parents when they decided to move to Wales. It was only on the completion of her studies that she was finally able to join them.
She’s an avid reader and book blogger in addition to being a RoNA book judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off. She’s also an all-year-round sea swimmer.
Jenny currently resides on the island of Guernsey with her husband, children and cats. She works as a nurse and writes in her spare time.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB


Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Missing In Wales  and the chance to be a character in the next book STABBED IN WALES. (UK only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box link below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Many thanks to Jenny for writing her guest post and to
Rachel’s Random Resources for providing materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. Follow the tour:

2 comments on “Guest Post: Genre shift by Jenny O’Brien #CrimeThriller #BookPromo #BlogTour

  1. carhicks
    July 24, 2019

    Great post Elaine. This was the first book I read by Jenny O’Brien and had no idea it was her first mystery, police procedural. I hope ot read Step Sister and see how she did with a thriller.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bicted
      July 24, 2019

      Thank you, Carla. I love it when authors share background info like Jenny did in this guest post. I’ve downloaded a copy of Step Sister, too, and am looking forward to reading it.

      Liked by 1 person

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