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The First Cut is going on tour with Rachel's Random Resources, if you wish to participate please contact me on with your name, blog name, preferred post type and availability. 

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The First Cut by Val Penny

Genre: Crime (Police Procedural)

Tour Dates: 8th August 2021

Publication Date: 8th August 2021

Publisher: Darkstroke

Formats available: Mobi,or PDF

Standalone First book in a new series

Estimated Page Count - 300

Author Content Warning: The book deals with child abuse and Jane is in an LGBT relationship with her wife, Rachael Anderson.

Types of post available: Reviews, basic spotlight/promo posts and very limited extracts, guest post and Q&A.

Jane Renwick was cut from her family when she was a young child. Now, she has found that one member is not far away. His DNA at the scene of three crimes show her brother is a murderer. Jane is cut from her team at MIT – she must not work this case. Can she cope with being side-lined?

She runs, she researches, she remembers. How will Jane cope with discovering The First Cut is the deepest?

About Val Penny

Val Penny’s other crime novels, Hunter's Chase Hunter's Revenge, Hunter's Force Hunter’s Blood and Hunter’s Secret form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by darkstroke 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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