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Killing Rumer – Joshua Winning

 Rumer Cross is not your typical hero but boy, she is strong, detached and fully self-reliant. Until a brutal mobster decides she has a relic he needs. Can Rumer avoid a violent confrontation? Will she survive? Find out in this urban thriller asking the fundamental question: Can we change who we are? 

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A ruthless gangster will stop at nothing to get his hands on an occult relic. Word is, Rumer has it …

Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.

Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she is targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she is hiding an occult relic, she is drawn into the very world she has been fighting all her life to avoid.

Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront the terrible truth that she is cursed because no matter what she does, everybody she has ever grown close to has died screaming…

Set in an urban sprawl of bullet-riddled buildings, KILLING RUMER is a thriller that asks the question: Can we ever really change who we are?

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The Author on KILLING RUMER 

“I never thought I would write a supernatural crime thriller but then, a character busted her way into my brain and I just had to tell her story. Basically, Rumer Cross is my dark twin: she is moody, sarcastic, and badass while also being hugely vulnerable. You cannot trust a word she says which is always super-fun to write!”

“My idols have always been women, Buffy, Ripley, Sarah Conner. And while I would never dare to compare her to any of them, I hope that Rumer Cross is at least half as complicated and interesting to the public. When I was writing KILLING RUMER, I had a picture of Nancy from The Craft on my desktop and my mantra became ‘What would Nancy do?’. She was a huge inspiration for Rumer, alongside Jessica Jones and Lisbeth Salander.”

“Crowdfunding is an awesomely rewarding and tricky way to get a book published. I have relied on the goodwill of my amazing family and friends to get me this far, and it is amazing when readers I have never met decide they like the sound of Rumer and pledge to the campaign. My goal is to get Rumer’s story told and every pledge nudges me a tiny bit closer to achieving that!”

About the Author 

Joshua Winning Author Image

Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for Total Film, SFX, Gay Times and Radio Times. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.

A geek at heart, Joshua grew up watching Labyrinth and The Neverending Story on repeat and was raised on a steady diet of Whedon, Cameron and Lucas. His literary heroes include Robin Jarvis, Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. As a journalist, he has interviewed some of the most exciting names in the film industry, including Jodie Foster, Ryan Reynolds, Charlize Theron and Christopher Lee. Joshua’s dark fantasy series The Sentinel Trilogy is published by Peridot Press.

How to Support the Book


Do you like the sound of this novel and want to be read Rumer’s story, better yet, want to have your name mentioned in the book as a contributor? Then follow this link to UNBOUND – a “crowdfunding publisher that gives people the tools, support and freedom to bring their ideas to life.” All you need to do is sign up for free and decide what you would like to receive: an ebook copy (from £/€ 15 ex p&p) or a first-edition (signed) paperback copy (from £/€ 25 ex p&p) and there are more choices waiting for you. All supporters get their name printed in every edition of the book and your pledge is your pre-order to receive your own copy!

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