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#GuestPost Leave Only Footprints By Nick Sands

Hello Book Dragons! Happy publication day to Leave Only Footprints by Nick Sands!!! 🙂 Today I would like to share a guest post written by Nick Sands about his writing. Do check out the book and I hope you will like this post. 🙂

Publisher: Matador
ISBN13:  978-1800461673
Genre: Thriller
Release date: 28 01 2021
Price*: Kindle £3.39 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.55 (GBP)
Kindle $4.64 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 246
You can get this book here:
Amazon UK

Description of the book: The year is 1972. Paul Sears is a young provincial reporter who drives around in a Morris Minor listening to pop music on his crackling radio. Keen for a break, his life revs into high gear when he stumbles across the scene of a brutal murder. Despite the carnage, his journalistic instincts kick in, his desperation to write a front page story to prove the doubters – including his nagging mother – wrong. 

When he’s embroiled in another fatal incident, he becomes convinced the killings are linked. With police efforts floundering, Paul vows to uncover the perpetrators and make the streets safe again. However, this is a path from which there is no easy escape. Sinking fast and realising that he has not only put himself but his young family in danger, Paul must make a choice. When a trusted friend becomes the prime suspect for the police, Paul knows there is no going back. As the gap between him and the killer narrows, a disturbing question forms: who is hunting whom?


“Leave Only Footprints” began one night when I was working away from home in Germany for a prolonged spell and was living in a company flat there. I was missing my family who were back home in Dorset and feeling nostalgic. I started to think what home had meant to me over the years. I fondly remembered the buzzing little Midlands town I’d grown up in, with its eccentric, larger than life characters.

Opening the lap top, which sat on the kitchen table, I started to write about those times. I let my imagination run free. And I wrote with the voice of a young reporter in the 1970’s. I kept writing until the sun came up, only pausing to make strong coffee to keep me awake. I grabbed a couple of hours sleep before breakfast and a short drive to work. In those days I was Managing Director of a metals company, with factories in the UK and Germany. I had started my career as an in-house journalist, writing company articles for release to technical magazines and the regional and national press.

I continued writing whenever I could, between family life and a busy job which had me travelling all over the world. Progress was frequently too slow for my liking. The novel has taken many different twists and turns as I’ve changed it over time. But there are three key elements that have remained constant which I hope readers will like. Firstly, the nostalgic feel of the book, reflecting the music, the fashion and the culture of the day. Secondly, the intrigue of a journalist who turns amateur detective to solve the mystery behind two killings. And finally, at the heart of the story, the reporter’s life-changing discovery of his true personal values.

The main character, Paul Sears, is a young, downtrodden reporter who is doubted by his nagging mother and his autocratic boss. By chance, he finds himself at the scene of a brutal murder on the High Street. He risks his own life to clear the name of a friend, who is a prime police suspect. And he tenaciously pursues the killers even after he is struck by a family tragedy. He simply refuses to rest until the people who have terrorised his small town are brought to justice.

About the author: After graduating in Philosophy, Nick Sands joined a Canadian aluminium company as a Press Officer. This was not his first media job. Before that he had been the voice behind the microphone at Lord’s cricket ground. He has had articles published in many technical journals and also in the national press. After obtaining an MBA and several years as a company director, he has taken early retirement to focus on writing. This is his debut. He is based in Nottingham.
Twitter: @NickSands

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