Welcome, Val Penny!

From Val’s novel, Hunter’s Rules, which will be released in January – this is a special sneak peek!

Bloody hell, that was close. I hadn’t expected her to be found so soon. That’s bad luck. I thought she’d have time to bleed out and die like the others. It was hard to watch them, but so much better going forward. A rookie error that this one lived but what are the odds that a damn policeman would be dining at the same time as us? We must be paying them far too much. I’ll have to work for a week to put that money back into my savings.

 I must say, her eyes are even more beautiful than the others. They are the same peculiar violet colour that Elizabeth Taylor’s were. Not that I ever met Elizabeth Taylor. I don’t mix in those circles in America, but I’ve seen pictures.

I’m pleased that I brought my jar filled with solution with me. I won’t have time even to go into my room, let alone fondling myself in front of her eyes before I pass them on. Wow, what a coming would have been! I’ll have to imagine those eyes now.

Fuck, I’m so angry. Who would have believed my luck that the first man on the scene would be police? This is too bad.

 It’s a good thing I sussed the place out before I met her. I’ll go down the stairs and out through the public bar. In fact. I’ll stop for a drink there, then I’ll get a bus, not a taxi. Fast enough but harder to trace. I need to get them to him quickly, but I must remember to keep my head down.

Writer’s WIP Questionnaire – 2

  1. In the past two weeks, I have felt mostly happy about the progress of my WIP.

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Comment: I am particularly proud of this book because, although the story is complete within itself, the concept follows on from a short story that I contributed to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland. The story, which is again a standalone piece, is the prequel to the novel. I hope those who read both will enjoy the conceit and those who read either will be absorbed by them.

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly managed to balance my writing life with the rest of my life.

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Comment: I am working with the editor of Hunter’s Rules at the moment. I do not enjoy the editing process, so I try to get it done! I tend to put everything else on hold to do that.

  • In the past two weeks, I have made drastic changes to my WIP.

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Comment: I write a detailed outline and then hand write a draft of the story before I work on the computer. I rarely make substantial changes when I start writing my books as such.

  • In the past two weeks, I have mostly suffered from ‘writer’s block’.

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Comment: I have been too busy to allow myself the luxury of writer’s block. Between editing Hunter’s Rules, finishing a short story for a charity anthology and preparing for Nanowrimo, writer’s block is simply not an option.

 In the past two weeks, I have focussed on one project.

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Comment: I rarely have only one project on the go, however I have been focussing on the editing of Hunter’s Rules. It is to be published on 01.01.2022 and I want to complete the novel in good time.

Thanks for popping in, Val, and I’m very much looking forward to the first of next year! In fact, let’s have a look at the blurb…

A bloody scene brings Hunter and Meera’s romantic plans to an abrupt end.

A young woman was attacked in a hotel lift. She has life changing injuries, but she is alive. Hunter notes that her wounds are like those inflicted on two women who previously died.  

Can Meera keep the injured woman alive long enough for her to identify her assailant? Is the same person responsible for all three crimes? When Hunter is identified as a suspect in the crime, can he establish his innocence and lead his team to solve the crime and keep Edinburgh safe?

Val Penny

Find out more about Val…

Hunter’s Rules. This is the sixth book in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series of novels. Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter’s Chase Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the rest of this bestselling series set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke.

You can also start at the beginning of The Jane Renwick Thrillers with The First Cut.

 Her first non-fiction book Let’s Get Published is also available now and she has most recently contributed her short story, Cats and Dogs to a charity anthology, Dark Scotland.

Val is an American author living in SW Scotland with her husband and their cat.





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Published by morwennablackwood

When she was six years old, Morwenna wrote and endless story about a frog, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She’s the author of bestselling noir psychological thrillers, The (D)Evolution of Us, and Glasshouse, has an MA in Creative Writing, and can usually be found down by the sea. Her third novel, Underrated, will be published by #darkstroke on Valentine's Day, 2022. She often thinks about that frog.

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