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Monday 8 August 2016

☀ Clementina: Leathan Wilkey [1] - Simon Cann

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Clementina, a Crime Thriller by (, Coombe Hill Publishing, 248 pages).

This is the first book in the Leathan Wilkey series.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis, the excerpt and Q&A with author Simon Cann below.

Read the first five chapters with Amazon Look Inside. Clementina is FREE on Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Author Simon Cann will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops


Leathan Wilkey has been hired to babysit Clementina, a seventeen-year-old whose rich daddy is going through a messy divorce and is over-compensating.

Leathan soon tires of her spending habits, her selfie obsession, and her social media preoccupation as his ward drags him from shop to boutique to jeweler, approaching each with the self-possession that comes from a lifetime of getting her own way and never once having to worry about money.

But when Clementina snaps her fingers and her boyfriend doesn't come running, something is up. He doesn't appear because he’s been murdered.

When Leathan investigates, he finds that the boyfriend has no background and met Clementina through a connection made by daddy’s business partner.

Daddy's business partner who has been slowly and progressively putting daddy in a vice, grabbing more of the business, and who is now menacing Clementina directly to manipulate daddy.

Teaser: Excerpt

Chapter Two

“What’s the hurry?” asked Clementina, trying some dangling platinum earrings, which she had paired with the platinum necklace she was considering. “The blinds are closed— they’re not getting any more pictures.”
      “There are more coming,” I said. “More people, more risk, more trouble.”
      She ignored my concern and snapped another selfie with her phone. “I need to know what Piedad thinks about these before we go anywhere.”
      “Piedad?” I knew it was the wrong response as the name fell out of my mouth. Clementina ignored me, turning her gaze to seek out the fastidious and highly attentive man who had been fluttering around her. She found him and sent him scurrying on another errand, shortly to return.
      She looked at his offering and firmly shook her head. He disappeared again, forcing a smile before he left.
      There was was an electronic trill, and Clementina reached for her phone while keeping another dangly piece of metal held to hear earlobe. “Has Piedad given her approval?” I asked.
      Clementina seemed to ignore me, but then lowered the jewelry and looked to her phone. “She has.”
      “Good,” I said. “Can we go? We’ll come back at some other time when there are no paparazzi around.”
      “Paparazzi?” she asked. I had her attention— apparently there was a life lesson I needed to learn. “Paps, Leathan. We call them paps.”
      I tried not to sigh as she turned away. “We’ll come back at some other time when there are no paps around. Can we go now?”
      “I’m getting this.” She waved something— it might have been the necklace— and then proceeded to dive into the large bag she had dragged with her. When she didn’t find what she was searching for, she started emptying the bag on the counter— makeup; purses and pouches; tissues, both fresh and crumpled; receipts and other pieces of paper; three handkerchiefs, one white, one cream, and one black with a lace border, all scattered across the glass surface.
      The attentive little man returned with another tray. She ignored his offering and passed him the necklace. “I’ll take this.” He took the necklace and picked up its box, which was lost under the flow of waste from Clementina’s bag, and with his tray in the other hand momentarily disappeared from view.
      She found her credit card and proceeded to reload her bag, with a single arm movement scooping the mess spread over the counter back into the large leather piece of high fashion, and then moved farther along the counter, handing her chief servant the plastic.
      He said something. I didn’t hear clearly, but I was sure he said, “Fifteen thousand euros.” She made a small squeak of agreement and within a few moments was handed a glossy bag far larger than seemed necessary for a necklace.
      “Ready?” she asked, turning to me. “What are we waiting for?” It was a combination of self-awareness and cheek that only a seventeen-year-old could pull off with such equanimity.
      “Shall I take your jacket?” I replied, picking the soft leather from the carpet before taking my first steps behind the counter without asking for permission. When Clementina began to follow, I looked to the highly attentive man, who was probably still busy calculating his commission on the sale. “Show us how to get out the back.”

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Author Q&A

Do you have any tattoos? Where? When did you get it/them? Where are they on your body?
"No tattoos—I’m a physical coward.

But I have written a book called Tattoo Your Name on My Heart…does that count? You can find out more about Tattoo Your Name on My Heart and read the first chapter on my website: "
Is your life anything like it was two years ago?
"Apart from the addition of more gray hair and slightly less money in the bank, my life is almost exactly the same as it was two years ago."
How long have you been writing?
"I’ve been paid to write in one way or another for nearly thirty years. I’ve been a full-time self-employed author for twelve years."
What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?
"I have two pieces of advice for writers for writers just starting out
First: learn how to tell a good story. Second: Ignore all advice that when you boil it down to its essence doesn’t amount to learn to tell a good story."
Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb
"Leather floors are a real thing…

Clementina’s father is a financier—a financial deal maker. He is working on a deal in Paris and to give himself some privacy and to provide a place where his daughter can easily visit him while he is in Paris, he hires a penthouse. The penthouse is fitted with all modern luxuries, including leather floors.

About the Author

Simon Cann is the author of the Boniface, Montbretia Armstrong, and Leathan Wilkey series of books.

In addition to his fiction, Simon has written a range of music-related and business-related books, and has also worked as a ghostwriter.

Before turning full-time to writing, Simon spent nearly two decades as a management consultant, where his clients included aeronautical, pharmaceutical, defense, financial services, chemical, entertainment, and broadcasting companies.

He lives in London.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Jul 25: Fabulous and Brunette
Jul 26: It's Raining Books
Jul 27: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Jul 27: Book Lover Promo
Jul 28: Book Junkies Book Blog
Jul 29: Who She Reads
Jul 29: Writer Wonderland
Aug 1: Rogue's Angels
Aug 2: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Aug 2: Am Kinda Busy Reading!
Aug 3: Lilac Reviews
Aug 4: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
Aug 4: Edgar's Books
Aug 5: HarmonyKent
Aug 8: Fundimental
Aug 8: BooksChatter
Aug 9: Queen of All She Reads
Aug 9: Long and Short Reviews
Aug 10: FictionZeal
Aug 10: Readeropolis
Aug 11: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
Aug 12: The Avid Reader
Aug 12: The Certifiable Wenches
Aug 15: Where the Story Comes First
Aug 16: Harps Romance Book Review
Aug 16: Author C.A.Milson
Aug 17: Southern Yankee Book Reviews
Aug 18: Jane Reads
Aug 19: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews


Unknown said...

Hello everyone, it's Simon here.

Can I start by thanking Flora for the kind invitation to participate in this community.

I'm really looking forward to chatting with everyone and to hearing what you're all reading.

I'll be here all day, so if you've got any questions, comments, or thoughts, please jump in.

Over to you!


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Interesting Q & A

Unknown said...

Thank you, Melissa.

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

Unknown said...

Thank you, Lisa.

Anonymous said...

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Unknown said...

If I'm not writing (and not outlining or attending to the business aspects of writing), then I want my brain to disengage. And to disengage, I tend toward passive activities (watching TV, reading) or activities that distract (hanging out with family and friends).

Victoria Alexander said...

Really great teaser, I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing :)

Unknown said...

My pleasure, Victoria.

And if you want slightly more than a teaser, then you can check out the first five chapters. Get the extract here:

CJ said...

I really enjoy reading your answers to interviews, they make me smile. :D Great book tour! :)

Unknown said...

Thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying the interviews.

Unknown said...

I'd like to thank Flora for the invitation to participate in this community and to thank you all for your kind welcome.

I'll be popping in at regular intervals, so if you've got any more questions, then please keep asking. Alternatively, drop past my Facebook page ( and say hi.

If you want to read more from Clementina, then hop over to Amazon: Alternatively, you can download the first five chapters here:

Enjoy your reading.

All the best