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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

NbTM TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Lies Ripped Open by Steve McHugh

Lies Ripped Open

by Steve McHugh



Over a hundred years have passed since a group of violent killers went on the rampage, murdering innocent victims for fun. But even back then, sorcerer Nate Garrett, aka Hellequin, knew there was more to it than simple savage pleasure—souls were being stolen.

Nate’s discovery of the souls’ use, and of those supporting the group’s plan, made him question everything he believed.

Now the group Nate thought long dead is back. Violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge, they have Hellequin firmly in their sights. And if he won’t come willingly, they’ll take those closest to him first.

The battle begins again.


The doors opened and the classical music inside settled over us.

“I have no idea who the Williams are,” I said as the doors closed once Grayson pressed the number four button. “But doesn’t this all seem a bit much to you? Marble floors and the like. I’d be scared to break something.”

“That’s because you’re an uncouth ruffian,” Grayson said with a laugh. “The more refined among us need not worry about breaking things; they merely glide through life, never really touching anything.”

I paused and stared at Grayson as the doors opened. “That might be the single most depressing thing I’ve ever heard.”

“I know,” he said with a sigh.

A moment later he stopped walking and turned back to me. “We’ll take this slow. We don’t want to go spooking anyone.”

As the Williamses’ home was the only one on the whole floor, it wasn’t exactly difficult to find. I knocked twice and waited for a few moments until the door was unlocked and pulled open slightly. The woman in the doorway was the same elderly woman from the hostage situation.

“Remember me?” I asked.

Liz Williams nodded.

“You feel like telling me why the Reavers want you or your husband dead?” I turned to Grayson, who appeared as though he’d like to find a big hole to climb into. “Slow enough for you?”

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What Inspired Me

A lot of things inspire me to write. At the top of that list sit my wife and 3 daughters, all of which have contributed to me wanting to write in some way or another. I began writing seriously because of the impending birth of my eldest daughter 11 years ago. I knew I had to do something about the itch I'd had since at school. I knew I didn’t want to be the person who said, “I’ve got a book to write, I just need time.” I had to make time, because no one else was going to do it for me.
I was inspired by my English teacher to widen my reading, and begin writing stories. My parents, who always supported me and never said I couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do something.
Those are reasons why I write as a whole. Apart from the fact that I love what I do, that I can’t not do it. That’s the thing about being a writer, you don’t do it because you want the money or fame (although the former of which would be lovely), you do it because you can’t not. You can’t just decide not to bother writing; it eats at you, and in my case drives me a little crazy.
Book 5 of the Hellequin Chronicles, Lies Ripped Open, which came out in Aug 2015, was the accumulation of plots from the first 5 books. It answers a lot of things, it sets the stage for what’s to come, and it tells people more about Nathan Garrett and the world he lives in. I always wanted to write this story. It was a story I was excited about ever since I wrote word one on book 1.
As for what inspires me to think of new stories, it can be anything. Something I’ve read, or watched, or a game I’ve played. Some small thing that ignites a fountain of ideas inside my head, something I can’t ignore or push aside and needs to be brought forward, and searched through.

So there’s a lot that inspires me. A lot that gives me ideas, or makes me want to write. But more than anything is just the love at what I do. Because at the end of the day, I make stories up in my head and tell them to people. And I don’t think there’s any finer inspiration that thinking that people love what I write, that people want me to continue to write, and that people enjoy my characters and stories. 

Steve McHugh will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here

Steve’s been writing from an early age, his first completed story was done in an English lesson. Unfortunately, after the teacher read it, he had to have a chat with the head of the year about the violent content and bad language. The follow up ‘One boy and his frog’ was less concerning to his teachers and got him an A.

It wasn’t for another decade that he would start work on a full-length novel that was publishable, the results of which was the action-packed Urban Fantasy, Crimes Against Magic.

Steve McHugh lives in Southampton on the south coast of England with his wife and three young daughters. When not writing or spending time with his kids, he enjoys watching movies, reading books and comics, and playing video games.

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  1. What has been your biggest writing challenge?

    1. Probably starting writing, learning the craft, developing my voice as an author.

  2. Thanks for having me on your blog.

  3. Great post, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing.