Thanks for having me here at Divine Magazine to talk about Gods of Vengeance. I’m so excited about this release. Like all my stories, this is a contemporary romance with a hard thriller edge. My favourite kind. Although this is a short story, I wrote it in exactly the same way as a full-length novel; planning the scenes from start to finish, writing detailed character bios, back-story, the full works. I can’t do it any other way.
The setting is Hammerscliffe Peak, a fictional village in County Durham. Anyone who knows that part of the world might think they recognise it, but it’s really an amalgam of a lot of rural villages. A place of great beauty, wealth, poverty, crime, friendship and violence. These small country towns have it all going on, great extremes within a tiny area. It can get pretty insular when everyone knows everyone and what they get up to. That can be a great thing, it can also be a complete nightmare
For one of my characters, it’s a nightmare. Mark grew up in the village, left to join the navy and rarely comes back. Having seen the world by land and sea, Hammerscliffe Peak is a meaningless back-water to him, the last place he wants to be, until family tragedy forces his return. Mark was a great character to write. Strong, moody, dangerous, determined – he’s the man to get things done. He’s also drop dead gorgeous.
The other lead character, Riley, is the polar opposite of Mark. A man who’s spent almost all of his life in the small village and who loves it there. He runs the local pub and is a big figure in the neighbourhood. He’s smart, sensitive, sexy, honest, intent on exposing the dark heart and the corruption in the community. Riley has had a crush on Mark since he was a teen.
Owen Hazard was Mark’s younger brother and Riley’s best friend. The story opens with his funeral. Owen has been murdered by a ruthless gang of thieves. When the police fail to nail the criminals, Mark and Riley join forces on a personal mission of justice and revenge. There’s a lot at stake for both of them, complicated by their long suppressed attraction to each other.
Gods of Vengeance has been compared to a one-off TV drama. The kind of thing the BBC might show on Sunday night. I hope readers enjoy it in the same way; a strong, exciting story they can consume in a single sitting.
United in passion. Driven by vengeance.
Owen Hazard, a young farmer is dead. Murdered while he tried to prevent a robbery on his land. His older brother, Captain Mark Hazard, returns home for the funeral. Owen’s best friend, Riley runs the local pub. He has information about the night Owen was killed – he knows who was responsible. The police are doing nothing. Vengeance is their only option.
United in their passion for each other and a thirst for revenge, Riley and Mark must take the law into their own hands if there’s to be any justice for Owen.
General Release: 21st March 2017
Pride Publishing: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/gods-of-vengeance
About the Author
Thom Collins is the author of the novel Closer by Morning, with Pride Publishing. His love of page turning thrillers began at an early age when his mother caught him reading the latest Jackie Collins book and promptly confiscated it, sparking a life-long love of raunchy novels.
His novella Silent Voices is released by Pride Publishing in May, followed by the novel Anthem of the Sea, the first book in the Anthem Trilogy. He has recently finished writing the second book in a series and is making plans for the third.
Thom has lived in the North East of England his whole life. He grew up in Northumberland and now lives in County Durham with his husband and two cats. He loves all kinds of genre fiction, especially bonk-busters, thrillers, romance and horror. He is also a cookery book addict with far too many titles cluttering his shelves. When not writing he can be found in the kitchen trying out new recipes. He’s a keen traveler but with a fear of flying that gets worse with age. Since taking his first cruise in 2013 he realized that sailing is the way to go.
Blog: www. thomcollinsauthor.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter:@thomwolf and @realthomcollins