Thursday, February 6, 2014

Emma Calin, author of 'Shannon's Law' talks about Bobbies on Bicycles

Thank you so much for letting me showcase my forthcoming steamy action-romance novel SHANNON’S LAW. It’s the second in my PASSION PATROL series - stories where sassy female cops lock up the criminals and always get their man.

February marks the start of my “Pinterest Reveal Virtual Book Tour” in the run-up to the launch on the 28th February 2014.

Every day there are feature posts on topics relating to SHANNON’S LAW on blogs all around the world. They’re all linked together on one big Pinterest Board. Each post replaces a ‘mystery’ silhouette that was posted in January. I saved all my notes and photos as I was writing, on a private Pinterest Board and now I can share them with you.

Today’s subject is Bobbies on Bicycles

There's an old song by Roger Miller from 1965 called “England Swings”. It lists various features of English life. “Bobbies on Bicycles” are prominent. I certainly remember my mother singing this song. I wonder if this is still one of the international images of modern England. A lot has changed since those innocent days.

As a writer of crime and police romance stories I have a wide range of informants inside the force. My partner Oscar Sparrow is an ex cop. The sad fact is that you're quite unlikely to see a police officer on patrol. If you do they'll be carrying a briefcase bulging with paperwork and a tablet computer. How they are supposed to chase burglars I just do not know. In the good old days many cops were on bikes. Officers received a bicycle maintenance allowance in their wages. Each constable was expected to patrol his beat for the duration of his shift. These days they are lucky to see natural daylight.

I convinced my partner Oscar to research how far you can climb using a bike (not bad for a 64 year-old!)

In Shannon's Law there is plenty of action involving the humble bike. As a village constable she has more freedom than an officer at an urban station. Her bike plays a major role in one of her most dangerous missions. She has to find a way of scaling a wall. Could a bike act as a makeshift ladder?

Although she has a police vehicle, she is well aware that she needs to maintain her fitness. Her diet is haphazard and tending towards the deliciously fattening. Her bike saves her waistline and gives her the chance to show the local kids her fitness and character.

She’d seen the owners of eight soaked cats, taken a report of a lost tea-cup pig called Orwell and won a bike race through the village with a cheeky teenager who tried to burn her off on his BMX.


Wild child inner-city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of slave and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals.

As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need.

Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet.

Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her.

All issues are set aside, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

SHANNON’S LAW comes out on February 28th 2014 in print and digital formats for all e-readers.

Amazon are offering some great discounts for pre-orders of the paperback version 

You can pre-order the digital version at a pre-launch special price from Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. It will also be available in all digital formats on Smashwords

See this post and others from my tour as they go live on Pinterest or click the Goddess Fish panel below to visit the other blogs in the tour.

Follow Shannon’s Law on Facebook

Visit the Shannon’s Law Website for book details and pre-order information.


Win Amazon vouchers, copies of the book PLUS a free gift for every entrant (see prizes below).

Emma will be awarding a $30 Amazon Voucher to one randomly drawn commenter, a print copy of Shannon's Law will be awarded to two randomly drawn commenters and a digital copy of Shannon's Law will be awarded to three randomly drawn commenters during the tour. ALL ENTRANTS get emailed a digital cookery book of recipes (including photos!) for meals/food eaten in Shannon's Law. The book is called 'Cops Cuisine'. One host will receive a signed print copy of the book, a swag package, and a $30 Amazon voucher at the completion of the following tours: Cover Reveal, Launch Day Book Blast, Kindle Free Days Book Blast, and Name Before the Masses Review Tour (one entry for each time they host).

The draw will be made at random, by Rafflecopter on the 7th March 2013.

Companion Cook-Book
In addition to SHANNON’S LAW, I’m launching a companion digital cook-book with illustrated recipes for all the meals from the novel.

It’s called COP’S KTICHEN - Read the love story and taste the romance!

To celebrate the launch of SHANNON’S LAW, there is a special FREE gift for you in my RAFFLECOPTER draw. As well as great, unique prizes to win, EVERY ENTRANT will get their own digital copy of – COP’S KITCHEN. There are many ways to get bonus chances – by commenting on this post, liking Facebook Pages etc.

Main Prizes in the Draw: 

$30/£20/€25 Amazon Gift Voucher, 2 paperback copies of Shannon’s Law, 3 digital copies of Shannon’s Law.

Shannon’s Law comes out in paperback and digital formats for all e-readers on February 28th 2014.


  1. Thanks for having me aboard today. Emma x

  2. Wow your book sound fabulous. Love the pic where he was seeing how far he could climb from a bike, very cool.

  3. I just love what writers talk others into doing in the name of research! LOL Great post!

  4. Sounds like a great book and I am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing

  5. I've got the song ENGLAND SWINGS in my head right now. Ages since I heard it. It does conjure up images.


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