Blog Tour: 'The Secret' by Katerina Diamond

by - October 26, 2016

The secret is out!!
Well, not the BIG secret... but I can finally reveal that I am lucky blogger number 7 on the #AVerySecretBlogTour. 

Tell me in the comments below how impressive your detective skills are and whether you worked out that I was the next stop?!

I have to admit I was so excited when I got the e-mail about this blog tour - I mean who isn't intrigued with all the secrecy!! It has definitely been hard not to tell you all about it but you have to make sure that you #KeeptheSecret!

So... I have something very exciting to share with you today, but first a little reminder about the book that's causing all this excitement!


When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?

As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.

And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…

Now, I don't know about you, but reading that blurb excites all my literary senses and makes me desperately want to read the book to find out more - so many secrets to uncover! Be sure to get your hands on this excitingly dangerous new novel from Katerina Diamond and once you've read it let me know your thoughts! 

Amazon UK only £1.99 on Kindle now!!
Amazon US (paperback or audio)

To find out what others think of the book take a look here -----> Goodreads

But before you go, I have an awesome guest post from the very talented Katerina Diamond for you. It is definitely one that resonates with me as I often have, what seems to be, a never-ending to-do-list and it appears I have got very good a PROCRASTINATING! So Katerina is going to share her special techniques on how to effectively procrastinate by keeping your head in the story - enjoy!

Secret Procrastination Techniques

These are some things I do which help me to at least stay focussed on the task at hand even if I am not writing. If you can procrastinate while also helping yourself to stay in the story then that’s a bonus.

1. I look for actors, or at least faces. I look online and try to find faces that will fit the characters as I see them in my head – interestingly enough I have never been able to pin down a picture for either Miles or Grey. But this all helps me to keep the characters separate and build on their personalities in my mind.

2. I make a playlist online. Either iTunes or YouTube or whatever your preferred medium is, music can really help to put you in the mood. I’m not talking about the music I use to write to, I’m talking about the music that gets me into the story, or into a character’s head. I just add songs as and when I hear them, then if I have had a little break from writing I can listen to the playlist again to get me in the right frame of mind. Each character also has their own song.

3. I create a murder wall. Sounds worse than it is, but I put up a lot of visual cues, images of the characters, notecards with information, pictures of weapons, newspaper articles, anything that helps me with the story again. I also tend to keep some post-it notes nearby when I am watching TV – sometimes a bit of dialogue will grab me and I write it down and stick it to the wall. By the time I come round to using it I completely forget the context and where I saw it; sometimes I use the dialogue and sometimes I don’t.

The best thing about these techniques is that they all feel like a waste of time, but it’s keeping you engaged in the story so it still counts, anything that keeps you engaged and focussed. It’s when you step away from the story for a time and come back to it – these things will all help your brain to engage with it quicker and get back into it. You’re basically tricking yourself into thinking you’re not doing anything constructive – as someone who likes to rebel against personal progress I think this works a treat.


So there you have it, some secret tips from Katerina on how to procrastinate effectively! I'd love to hear if you have any secret techniques you use or whether there are particular jobs you tend to do when you are procrastinating? Let me know in the comments below!

And can you guess who blogger number 8 is going to be? #KeeptheSecret #AVerySecretBlogTour

Chat soon beautifuls xx

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