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About Rob Ashman
Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire.
Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.
It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy was the result.
Rob published Those That Remain, In Your Name and Pay the Penance with Bloodhound Books and has since written the DI Rosalind Kray series. These are Faceless, This Little Piggy, Suspended Retribution and Jaded which are also published by Bloodhound.
His latest work sees the introduction of a new set of characters – DS Khenan Malice and DC Kelly Pietersen. The first book in the series is titled Killing Pretties and the second is Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Lies. Both books will be published this year.
When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.
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Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy until his life suddenly shatters before his eyes. His wife, his business, and his reputation are all taken from him in one fell swoop. Trying to fight back only lands himself in prison. But he’s not done fighting yet.
In the confines of his cell, Kevin concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him. When he is sent to work in an abattoir, the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.
When she cracks the macabre pattern of murders, Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But can she stop him before he takes revenge on his final victim?
As a serial killer stalks a coastal English town, a troubled detective is on the trail in this gritty crime thriller by the author of The Mechanic Trilogy.
The English seaside town of Blackpool has a dangerous side, as Detective Inspector Rosalind Kray knows all too well. After surviving a vicious knife attack which left her husband dead, Kray is now returning to work—only to be handed a serial killer investigation. But this killer doesn’t just want to take the lives of his victims, he wants to obliterate their very existence. The murders appear random, but each quarry is selected with meticulous care.Kray has always had a unique asset in investigations like these: the ability to think like a killer. Between fighting her superiors and struggling with her own demons, Kray makes a series of horrifying discoveries that turn the case on its head. But just when she thinks she’s closing in on the killer, her world comes crashing down in ways she could never have imagined.
After a flesh-eating parasite destroys his face, war veteran Alex Jarrod returns from Afghanistan with a head full of nightmares. His world crumbles around him until he realizes he has another war to fight. Meanwhile, Det. Inspector Rosalind Kray has her hopes pinned on a promotion after tracking down a serial killer in the coastal town of Blackpool, England. But now she has another troubling case to deal with.
After a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work. But her bosses disregard her theory—until they discover a third victim. Once again Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer, and Kray has her work cut out for her as the body count keeps rising.
A man is found in an alleyway, his throat ripped open.
A woman murdered in a hospital bed.
What connects them?
DI Roz Kray’s private life is a mess as she struggles to unravel a baffling case and DCI Dan Bagley is hell-bent on making her working life a misery.
Billy Ellwood is a chameleon. What forced him to disappear eighteen years ago? And what was the promise?
When Kray makes a shattering discovery, it rocks her world to the core. The stakes could not be higher. She’s left with no choice.
This time … it’s all or nothing.
Detective Kelly Pietersen joins the team to help find a missing woman. But Kelly has a secret...
Damien Kaplan is a leading criminal barrister and a keen amateur potter. He also happens to be a serial killer with a chilling approach to creating his art. He’s married to Elsa, though she considers him more of a possession than a husband. She controls those around her using sex and procures men and women for her husband to play with but only after she’s finished with them first.
Killing Pretties is his passion, having sex with them is hers. It is difficult to say which one is worse.
The missing woman brings all four crashing together – an incendiary mix that doesn’t end well.
With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.
From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!
When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift for the bookworms in your life!
Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman
Four Seasons by Robert Scragg
The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff
Believe by Mark Brownless
What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron
Mountain Dew by Paul T Campbell
The Art of War and Peace by John Carson
A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton
Free Time by Stewart Giles
Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake
The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen
The Village Hotel by Alex Kane
A Present of Presence by Hr Kemp
The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin
Brothers Forever by Paul Moore
Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen
Pivotal Moments by Anna Osborne
Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli
Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke
Christmas Present by Lexi Rees
Inside Out by KA Richardson
Penance by Jane Risdon
New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg
Family Time by Graham Smith
What people are saying about When Stars Will Shine:
'WOW! When Stars Will Shine is an anthology packed with twists, emotions and chilling tales to keep readers turning the pages - all the chills and Christmassy thrills to hook you in! Highly recommended!' Noelle Holten, author of the DC Maggie Jamieson series.
'I intended to only pick out a few of the stories to read, but once I picked it up I read one, and then another, and then another……and before I knew it I had read the whole book!' Lorraine Rugman, The Book Review Cafe
'When Stars Will Shine is a wonderful collection of short stories that are very readable. I have to be honest I didn’t think I would enjoy them as I’m more a romance reader but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one I’ve read and I’m looking forward to continuing with the rest.' Adele Blair, Kraftireader
'If you are looking for a great collection of stories that will not only shock, cheer, chill and entertain, but give you that warm glow that comes from knowing you’ve helped a really worthy cause, this is the book for you.' Jen Lucas, Jen Med's Book Reviews
'Frederick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman was a really touching story especially when you realise that it is actually about members of his family. It’s not always easy to convey everything you want to in a short story but this one was very well written and effective.' Mandie Griffiths, Jen Med's Book Reviews
DS Khenan Malice is called to attend a clear case of suicide. But all is not what it seems. Then his world is turned upside down by a casual remark. The worst thing is … the remark comes from his seven-year-old daughter.
DC Kelly Pietersen is close to breaking point. The ghosts of recent events won’t leave her alone. She’s about to snap and someone is going to get hurt.
Valerie is always one step ahead … the coin knows best.
How I see them in your eyes …
DS Khenan Malice believes his troubles are behind him. But it’s never that simple. This time … it’s personal.
Detective Kelly Pietersen has decided anti-corruption is not for her. But her previous life hunts her down, sending her world spiralling out of control.
Twinkle is a pillar of the community and an ambassador for the church. She is also a woman for whom lying is a way of life, wrapping those around her in a complex web of deceit. To her it’s a deadly game.
Their paths cross when a decomposed body is discovered.
The past and the present collide with shattering consequences, leaving the three of them fighting for survival.
Blackpool DI Rosalind Kray returns to work after surviving a vicious knife attack that took her husband’s life. Her first case back, unfortunately, is far from simple. A serial killer is going to great lengths to kill and obliterate the existence of his victims.
In her efforts to find the killer, Roz also fights with her superiors and wrestles with her inner demons. Soon, horrifying revelations are made, turning the case on its head. Roz is about to discover the truth is closer than she could have ever imagined . . .
This Little Piggy
Kevin Palmer was just a regular guy—until his wife, money, business, and reputation were all taken away from him. Now he wants revenge . . .
DI Rosalind Kray is still reeling from an attack that took her husband’s life. She finds herself on the trail of a twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. Roz suspects Palmer, but her boss is unconvinced. So, with the clock ticking, Roz must find a way to pin the murders on Palmer before another falls victim to his plan . . .
DI Rosalind Kray hopes to become the new DCI after tracking down another serial killer, but those in charge have other ideas. Meanwhile, after a small-time crook is killed in a hit and run and a serial burglar is brutally murdered, Kray suspects a vigilante is at work . . .
Once again, Kray finds herself on the trail of a serial killer, but this one is different. Now, with her bosses on her heels and the body count rising, Kray must hurry to take down this madman before it ruins her.
A terrific choice for fans of Caroline Mitchell, Helen H. Durrant, and Angela Marsons.