VBT ~ Clementina


by Simon Cann


GENRE: Crime Thriller



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.




Clementina was clearly offended.

Offended by my apparently uncouth utterance. Offended that I was not paying due reverence. Offended that I was thinking money, when I should be appreciating the art. Offended in the way that only a seventeen-year-old can be offended.

She was able simultaneously to be both a child and a world-weary adult. Neither of whom was accepting of my situation; both of whom were deeply saddened by my obvious circumstances.

She was saddened that I could live in a world like this.

Some people are saddened about famine in Africa. Some are saddened about wars or religious fundamentalists imposing their unyielding doctrines on populations, killing and mutilating children and innocent adults. Clementina was saddened and offended—on my behalf—that the world of jewelry and the exquisite pleasure of fine gems set in delicate pieces of lovingly shaped precious metal had been withheld from me.

She knew—as only one who had been indoctrinated into the secret society knew—that if I had been exposed to the world of bijouterie, then I would appreciate the treat that was waiting for me.

What she didn’t know was that I hated being patronized by seventeen-year-olds. Even if their father was paying me. Not that her father and I had actually done anything as tedious as agreeing a fee.

Or meeting.

Or talking. Even on the phone.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.

Website: http://simoncann.com

The book will be free on Amazon from Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July (inclusive).

B/N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/clementina-simon-cann/1123925440

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Clementina-Leathan-Wilkey-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01FZJEDW6/ref=sr_1_6

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/simoncannauthor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/simonpcann



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Simon Cann: interview 13

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
The ability to influence people to buy my books.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
My shaky understanding of the rules of grammar.

When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
I don’t start with a feature—I start with what the person wants. I look to what drives the individual. Looks, relationships, jobs, social station are all secondary to whatever drives a character.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Without hesitation: a plotter. And quite a detailed plotter…

Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?
Paris is always colder than I expect.

Posted on August 12, 2016, in Guest Authors and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I’d like to thank C.A. 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. You can also drop past my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/simoncannauthor/) and say hi.

    If you want to read more from Clementina, then hop over to Amazon: http://getbook.at/clementina Alternatively, you can download the first five chapters here: http://dl.bookfunnel.com/s1wzzajkj3

    Enjoy your reading.

    All the best



  2. Thank you, Victoria and Rita. Good to see you both here!


  3. Thanks for sharing the excerpt!


  4. Thanks for sharing the excerpts!


  5. I enjoyed the post, thank you.


  6. Hello everyone, it’s Simon here.

    Can I start by thanking C.A. 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!



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