Runaway – Claire MacLeary

When Aberdeen housewife Debbie Milne abruptly vanishes without trace, leaving behind her two young children, husband Scott is too distraught to sit out the police’s 72-hour window and await developments. He turns to local detective agency Harcus & Laird.

Put off by previous “domestic” cases, Maggie Laird isn’t keen, but is cajoled by partner Wilma Harcus into a covert operation. Together they comb through meagre scraps of information, eventually trawling the city’s women’s refuges and homeless squats, in spite of the deadly danger.

Then a woman’s body is discovered in a Dundee builder’s skip. With the clock ticking and the police struggling to make identification, the race is on. Claire MacLeary fashions a surprising, gritty, fast-paced tale with the warmth and wisdom of ‘women of a certain age’.

 

 

Guest post

I am happy to host the author today. Enjoy!

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HARCUS & LAIRD – THE BACK STORY

When first I set out to write a crime novel, researching what was out there seemed the obvious place to start. Having read a wide range of British, Scandinavian, French and Italian thrillers, it appeared the protagonists fell into two main categories: hardened detectives and highly skilled forensic scientists. Tartan Noir, in the main, was populated by policemen with drink and/or relationship problems. Hugely successful though many of these books are, I determined my best hope of being published was to write something completely different.

What if I were to write a crime novel in which nobody was qualified in anything? The idea seeded in my head. As it began to grow, I combed my memory for a lead character. A woman, for sure, since women are underrepresented as protagonists.

Where does this woman live, I asked myself? Not in the Central Belt, where many Scottish crime novels are set. Not in my (then) home town of St Andrews, which maintains a limited police presence. I settled for Aberdeen, where I’d lived for some years and which offers a wide range of sources on which to draw: a rich history, an ancient university, the North Sea, fishing, farming, oil.

What does she do for a living, this non-professional woman? Most likely work in a low-paid job and/or be stuck at home with her kids. So how does she become involved in crime? Since she has little knowledge of police procedure, far less forensics, she’ll have to – somehow – become a private investigator. On her own? Unlikely? Perhaps she has a friend. Or a neighbour?

And so came into being Maggie and Wilma, two ordinary women ‘of a certain age’, living in modest semi-detached bungalows in an Aberdeen suburb. They’re women every reader can identify with.

Neither young nor especially pretty – Wilma’s weight yo-yos, Maggie has a wall eye that knocks her confidence – they juggle part-time jobs with doing the household shop and stirring the mince. Menial tasks. But like many other women in the same situation, they have a deep well of inner resource they can draw on when needed: life skills, resilience, common sense. Thus armed, my unlikely PIs, Maggie and Wilma, set out to challenge authority and combat injustice. Two ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

There is even a happy ending. Sara Hunt, Saraband publisher extraordinaire, ‘got’ Maggie and Wilma at once. As did readers, longlisting Cross Purpose for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Book 2017.

Thank you, Claire MacLeary and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Claire MacLeary lived in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Fife, before returning to her native Glasgow. She describes herself as “a feisty Glaswegian with a full life to draw on”. Following a career in business, she gained an MLitt with Distinction from the University of Dundee and her short stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies.

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Calculated Sabotage – K.T. Lee

CIA operations officer Quinn King will do whatever it takes to find the person who killed her partner. She follows the evidence to Innovative Rocket Technologies, a start-up company and current darling of the rocket world. Their most recent launch, however, ended in an explosion that Quinn believes is connected to her partner’s death.

The CIA sends Cam Mitchell to provide backup for Quinn — and to make sure she isn’t too emotionally invested. With Cam watching her back, Quinn embeds herself at IRT. She soon discovers there is more to the failed launch than IRT has shared with the public. And someone has a vested interest in keeping that information under wraps.

When the CIA finds new evidence that someone is actively sabotaging the next launch, they call in Parker, Ree and Mike from the FBI to help manage a growing number of loose ends. However, once Cam and Quinn realize why the rocket is being sabotaged, it puts them right in the crosshairs of a killer.

 

 

Q&A

Enjoy!

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1.When and where do you prefer to write?

Curled up in a comfortable chair with my laptop first thing in the morning. The quiet of the morning is magic for getting words on the page.

2.Do you have a certain ritual?

Writing is something I generally look forward to so I usually just jump right in where I left off. However, I do have a method to writing books. I tend to write 10k words, then start at the beginning again, and about every subsequent 10k words, I go all the way back to the beginning and edit the book to the point where I last stopped. This helps me patch plot holes while they are manageable instead of gaping and plant clues early in the story for readers to find.

3.Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

Coffee in the morning, almost without exception. I do have to be careful as I occasionally sprawl out on the floor to work and my giant Labrador retriever takes that as an invitation to curl up next to me like a cat. Anything in the path of her tail is at risk of spilling!

4.What is your favourite book?

I have a hard time picking a favorite – I tend to read from a lot of different genres, depending on my mood. I love a good technothriller, like Timeline or Jurassic Park, or something sweet and classic, like The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. I also enjoy a fun, cozy mystery, fantasy, or sweet romance when I’m feeling stressed. Getting lost in an entertaining story is instant stress relief for me and a big part of what motivated me to write my own books.

5.Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Definitely. I read widely and have a few story ideas that don’t fit in the thriller genre. However, I have my hands full right now with The Calculated Series. Hopefully in the future, I’ll be able to fully develop those stories into finished books.

6.Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

No character is based on a single person but I might take an element of someone’s personality and make that a character’s dominant personality trait. That helps me create unique characters without duplicating anyone I know exactly.

7.Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I use my phone’s notepad function quite a lot to jot down ideas or phrases I want to remember. I prefer working on my laptop since I tend to squeeze in writing in smaller increments of time and it allows me to get ideas down on (virtual) paper more quickly.

8.Which genre do you not like at all?

Horror. There are incredibly talented writers in this genre that I would love to read, but I get way too immersed in the stories I’m reading. Horror is just a little too intense for me.

9.If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Ooh this is a really good question. If I could turn back time, I would write a book with my aunt, who is unfortunately no longer with us. She was the funniest person I’ve ever met – she could make your sides ache talking about absolutely nothing. She was one of the most wildly creative and talented storytellers I’ve ever met.

10.If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

New Zealand has been on my bucket list for a long time but it’s quite a long distance from the U.S. I’ll have to think of a reason to incorporate it into a book – that’s a brilliant reason to finally go visit!

Thank you, K.T. Lee and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

K.T. Lee is a writer, mom and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. When K.T. began to write the kind of books she wanted to read, she mixed clever women and the sciences with elements from thrillers (and a dash of romance) to create The Calculated Series.

A Body in the Lakes – Graham Smith

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?

Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.

As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.

Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…

 

 

My review

The second book of the series and I was really looking forward to meet up with Beth Young and her collegues.

She certainly is a special kind of lady. She is fierce and feisty and the way her mind works is simply brilliant. She is like a mastermind meets Wonderwoman but she is so lovable that you easily forgive the sometimes maybe a bit over the top actions. I for sure am a big fan of hers and I would like to thank the author for creating her.

What can I say more? It was a very good story and the writer shows the ability to keep the reader in the dark until the end. The book can be read as a stand alone because the details you need to know about Beth’s private life are repeated so you do not miss out on anything should you start with this book. On the other hand, he keeps it brief so the loyal fan will not be bored at all by it.

I have a very good feeling that Beth will become even more intresting in the next part. I can’t wait so see how she will deal with it. I could feel the suspense building up. It makes it a lot more difficult to wait patiently for the sequel. 5 stars.

Thank you, Graham Smith, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.

An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.

When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/grahamnsmithauthor/

TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/GrahamSmith1972

WEBSITE: https://grahamsmithauthor.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5446655.Graham_Smith?from_search=true

 

Let’s Make Pom Poms – Katie Scott

Fun and easy makes for all the family. Get crafty with pom poms with 15 easy to follow step by step guides. Make your own set of fluffy dice, sushi that looks good enough to eat and an everlasting Christmas tree as well as many other exciting projects

 

 

Guest post

Today the author has written a piece about growing up with affordable creativity. I hope you enjoy it.

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Getting creative is often mistaken for being a super pricey hobby which entails multiple shopping trips, endless searching for the right colour card and picking out the ideal materials for an Insta perfect project. But the truth is that getting creative is actually way more affordable than you may think.

My creative journey began with the amazing ideas of the classic children’s show Blue Peter. Making amazing toys and bric a brac from household items was a hit on the show and despite the many craft stores selling you ‘everything you need’, there’s a ton of creative items waiting in your kitchen cupboards.

The best memory I have of a creative childhood is a remarkable model of Tracy Island from Thunderbirds. Made from papier mache and numerous recycled food containers, this homemade toy was a major highlight of mine and my brother’s childhood which we shall always treasure.

Being creative with household items is still an easy and cheap way to get crafting, but it’s also an amazing way to recycle and bond with your children. Getting sticky and messy is all part of growing up and learning, so why not do it in a creative way?

My debut craft book, Let’s Make Pom Poms: Family Edition, came about when I found a stash of odd bits of yarn. Instead of throwing them away, like I was going to, I kept hold of them and started making pom poms. With no particular goal at first, I was making the pom poms so my little lady could play with them. She loves her ball pit so these new fluffy alternatives were a new texture to introduce her to. It was this movement that reminded me that creativity really can begin at home, with no influence on your bank balance.

In addition to an odd assortment of yarn that may be huddled in a corner of your home, many more items can easily be turned into easy craft projects for rainy days. Just some of the household items you could use include;

* Washing up liquid bottles

* Toilet rolls

* Empty glass jars

* Old fish tanks/bowls

* Newspaper

* Coathangers

* Dishcloths

* Flower pots

What’s the best thing about all these items? They’re free. The saying goes that the best things in life are free and spending craft time with children is exactly that. A child won’t remember whether you bought branded craft items or gathered a secret stash from the cupboard. They’ll remember the quality time you spent with them being creative and getting messy.

To me that is the most important asset to being creative at home. I grew up crafting toilet roll pencil holders and Easter gardens in fish bowls and to this day I still solidly believe that creativity is always affordable and is best enjoyed around the kitchen table.

Try it out today with your family, roam the kitchen cupboards and see what creations you can make without spending a penny!

Thank you, Katie Scott and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Katie Scott is a craft and book blogger who lives in the county of Kent, UK. Living at home with her husband and infant daughter, Katie loves nothing more than long evenings in with a good book, a pile of crafting goodies and a very large pot of tea.

Let’s Make Pom Poms is her first crafting book. Find more work from Katie Scott on her blog: https://www.bloomingfiction.co.uk

Social Media Links – Twitter – https://twitter.com/bloomingfiction Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/BloomingFiction/ Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/bloomingfiction/ Pinterest- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/bfbookblog/pins/

The Greenmen – Linden Forster

Aereon has found the Creators.

He’s crossed seas and mountains to find them, tangled with dwarves and ogres along the way, finally had to tangle with an irate yeti to rescue them and now they tell him that they really weren’t in any great need of help.

As far as they are concerned, they were getting on just fine before Aereon showed up. In fact, now they have King Victarian searching for them, all thanks to Aereon’s mouth.

The trio, along with two dwarves, Volris and Silvor who have joined their party, must move. Aereon must get the Creators back home and fulfil his duty. Local woodsman, Lars, has agreed guide them through Oak’s Wood, but even he cannot know what lies in wait for them within.

 

 

Cover reveal

I hope you like what you see.

Thank you, Linden Forster and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention was his debut novel and it took seven years from the idea conjuring at the back of an English class to reaching the page.

Since then, writing has become his dream and passion. The Greenmen is the second in his fantasy series, The Hero’s Arc.

He is a lover of nature and enjoys walks in the country and often ventures out armed with a notepad and pen.

Social Media Links – Blog – https://lindenforster.wordpress.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lindenforster/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/LindenForster Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lindenforster/?hl=en

My Daughter’s Secret – Nicole Trope

My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.

In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.

Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, and feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love.

But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will devastate a family already torn apart by tragedy.

 

 

My review

The author really knows how to catch your attention with the first chapter. It left me with goosebumps all over.

A lot of people do not believe in (female) intuition. I wonder why because it has already saved a lot of lives and maybe animals are more clever than humans. They do trust it for 100%. But there is something that is even stronger than that : a mother’s intuition. Why is it that everybody finds it hard to believe when she is convinced that there is more to it than the eye can see?

It should be clear by now that mum’s don’t give up so easily and they will move heaven and earth to make sure justice conquers all.

I guessed rather early on who played the main part in the letters, but that did disturb me at all. The story was too good to let that spoil the pleasure. I wanted to know how the author would reveal everything and what would come to the surface.

The book is a bucket filled to the brim with emotions.

And then there is the last chapter where … No, no no, I am not going to say more. That’s for me to know and for you to find out. 4,5 stars.

Thank you, Nicole Trope, Bookouture and Netgalley.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Nicole Trope Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’

She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

The Grass Trail – AA Abbott

Shaun knows who put him inside – and he wants to make her pay…

Shaun Halloran wouldn’t be in prison if glamorous Kat White hadn’t taken his gun. Pictures of the stunning blonde are plastered all over his cell. As soon as he can escape, she’s dead. But with his criminal empire crumbling, he can’t trust anyone.

Kat, panicked by poison pen letters, has nowhere to turn. Her parents are dead and her brother’s ill. Even her sexy new business partner may not be what he seems. When she receives life-changing news, vodka is the only answer…

 

 

Extract

Today I am allowed to share an extract with you. Enjoy!

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The buzzer sounded, jolting Kat out of a deep sleep. It felt stupidly early, although she’d returned home straight after her shift yesterday. Tim was in London, visiting Mayfair clubs and five star hotels. Ruefully, he’d told her that he’d be staying in a Travelodge on the North Circular for a week.

Daylight was creeping around the curtains and her phone revealed it was after nine. Pressing the button to speak, she asked who it was.

“Post for you.”

Kat dragged a filmy negligée of the palest green around her shoulders, tying it hastily as she dashed barefoot down two flights of stairs to the ground floor.

“Sign here, Miss.”

“That’s not for me.”

The young postman persuaded her to sign anyway. Most of the items were for Erik and the freelance workers who rented desks on the ground floor.

There was just one letter for her, with a London postmark, the address written in a semi-legible scrawl and using the minimum words necessary to have it delivered: Kat, 3 Leopold Passage, Birmingham.

Back in the flat, she opened it. The contents sent a chill down her spine.

Who could have sent such a letter? Only Erik, Amy and Tim knew where she lived. Marty might suspect, of course, but he didn’t know for sure. Erik had owned up to the distilling equipment, but not to giving his sister lodgings. Anyway, why would Marty call her a slut and threaten to kill her? If he really hated her so much, he’d had plenty of opportunity to do something about it in the past. Whatever their differences, he’d never been anything other than courteous towards her.

Erik, ten years older, had been a rock to her all her life, his support constant and unfailing. His head injury hadn’t changed his kindness and devotion to her; he was still risking Marty’s wrath by offering her a home. He couldn’t have been anywhere near London to post a letter, either. Despite Amy’s recent frostiness, she, too, had been a loyal friend for years and was beyond suspicion.

That left Tim, Kat’s perfect lover. The notion seemed fantastical. Nervously, Kat chewed her lip until she tasted the sharp tang of blood.

Thank you, AA Abbott and Love Books Tours Group

 

About the author

Who doesn’t love a cracking crime story, full of twists? I’m British crime thriller writer A.A. Abbott – known to friends as Helen – and I believe a good read is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I write fast-paced suspense thrillers set in the British cities of London and Birmingham. My latest books, the Trail series, follow the fortunes of two families running a vodka business – and what happens when they fall out with a London gangster. The Bride’s Trail leads from London to the secret tunnels below Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. The trail continues with a kidnap in the former Soviet Union in The Vodka Trail, an ill-starred venture with a marijuana farmer in The Grass Trail and a killer on the loose in The Revenge Trail. Like 10% of us, many of my family are dyslexic. While I’m not, I want my books to be enjoyed by readers with dyslexia and visual impairment too. That’s why I publish my thrillers in a LARGE PRINT dyslexia-friendly edition as well as the standard paperback and Kindle versions. Don’t forget, you can also adjust the font on your Kindle to suit your needs. I like speaking to book groups, business networks and social circles, and reading my thrillers and short stories at live fiction events. If you’re a book blogger, litfest organiser, reviewer or simply adore books, I’d love to hear from you. I’m a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Bristol Fiction Writers’ Group, and Birmingham’s New Street Authors. Find out more about the books I love to read and write, and get a free e-book, at https: //aaabbott.co.uk

Strays and Relations – Dizzy Greenfield

Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, then was fostered until a permanent home was found. Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave. Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts. Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.

 

 

Q&A

I hope you enjoy this interview.

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1.When and where do you prefer to write?

Writing new stories is normally done in the evening, but if I’m editing I have to tackle that in the daytime! In winter I sit by the wood burner at the kitchen table writing on my laptop.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

I have to put my lippy on! And encourage the laptop to fire into life. She gets tired and it often takes a bit of effort to get her working. I listen to the podcast of Woman’s Hour and do my emails. At this stage I resist Twitter, and finally I start writing.

3. Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?

Tea in the morning, coffee in the afternoon, wine in the evening. And cheese anytime!

4. What is your favourite book?

Jeanine McMullen – My Small Country Living.

5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Right now I’m working on a YA novel.

6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Definitely in ‘Strays and Relations’ as it’s a true story.

7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

No, I tend to remember anything, but not for long. I worry I’ll forget, so at the end of the day I’ll squirrel some notes away on the laptop for later when I might use them.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Horror! No, thanks very much. I have to put my fingers in my ears if anyone at our book group reads out something gruesome.

9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

I wasn’t sure anyone would want to write with me, but recently my writing group came up with the idea of writing a collaborative comedy.

10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I love Australasia! I always long to head south – and preferably away from a January winter in the UK, to somewhere else where it’s summer. Our night their day, our rain their sun, our dusk their dawn.

Thank you, Dizzy Greenfield  and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now – in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats. It may be remote but it’s never quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.

My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.

Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.

Social Media Links – Website: http://www.dizzygreenfield.co.uk/

http://silvercrowbooks.co.uk/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39290813-strays-and-relations?from_search=true

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/strays-and-relations/

Twitter: @DizzyGreenfield

Clarissa’s Warning – Isobel Blackthorn

Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

 

 

My review

I did not know what a gothic mystery was at first, but when someone explained it to me, I really wanted to read the book. A second positive point was the place where the story took place. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but the Canary Islands are special to me. I’m also fascinated by tarot, ghosts, etc. I could not wait to get on with it. A must read, it seemed.

Unfortunately I could not get into the story. For me it was to descriptive, too detailed, too much history. I could hardly find any mystery hidden under it all. It was too slow paced and I lost focus. I admit that I skipped some parts and when the creepyness seeped in, I was interested again. Sadly, it did not take long before once again, for me, it all fell flat once more.

I hate to have this feeling, because I know how much work it takes to write a book. And I more than admire the author for all the research she obviously did, but a mystery to me means more action from the start and a sense of suspense the whole way through.

I am convinced that a lot of people will love this book. I regret to say that it did nothing for me. If you are a fan of history and travel info, I recommend it. 3 stars.

Thank you, Isobel Blackthorn and Rachel’s Random Resources.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.

 

About the author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/Lovesick.Isobel.Blackthorn/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.Isobel_Blackthorn @IBlackthorn

A letter from Sarah – Dan Proops

Adam’s sister, Sarah, has been missing for seven years, but he hasn’t given up hope of finding her. He is a sculptor and lives with his bedridden father who is a bully and a curmudgeon.

One morning, as the anniversary of Sarah’s disappearance nears, Adam receives a letter from her and she is apparently alive and well, living in New York. Adam travels to Brooklyn to search for Sarah as he’s desperate to see her, but she seems determined to avoid him.

Sarah’s letters arrive weekly, but she continues to remain elusive. Adam is perplexed by Sarah’s requests for secrecy, as is his father and his girlfriend, Cassandra.

He is determined to find her, whatever the cost to his wellbeing, health and sanity….  

 

 

Guest post

I am happy to share a guest post with you : The Inspiration for the Novel

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My new book has overarching themes of coping with loss, the experience of grief and the anxiety provoked when a loved one goes missing.

The writing of the text coincided with the breakdown of the relationship I had with my own sister, seven years ago. After being loving friends for forty years, the loss was devastating. Our lives are now separate, but she is still in my heart and mind.

A Letter From Sarah is not autobiographical in the strict sense, but I was inspired to write it after falling out with my only sibling.

Many of us have fallen out with a family member; sometimes the break in relations is irreparable and sometimes not. We have to accept that some relationships can never be repaired. Others, on the other hand, can be. And it’s a triumphant moment when we’re reunited with a sibling, parent, son or daughter.

Sometimes we fall out with a lifelong friend and this can be devastating. Our relationship’s define us, and we can end up blaming ourselves when they’re fractured.

If we want to find reparation, we have to dig deep within us and discover a good reason to get in touch, to repair the damage. If we can manage that, then we may discover the joy of renewed love for someone that we’ve cared for so much.

Thank you, Dan Proops and Love Books Tours Group

 

About the author

Dan has been a full time writer for six years and has completed four novels and a memoir. He wrote short stories as a teenager gleaning knowledge from his grandmother, the legendary advice columnist, Marje Proops.
Dan was a professional artist, and had a one man show at the age of fourteen in London. He’s had many exhibitions over a long career and his artwork was purchased by internationally acclaimed art dealer, Eric Franck. His artwork appeared frequently in the national press and his painting was featured in Image of the Week in the Times. One of his exhibitions was previewed in the Telegraph by columnist Colin Gleadell.
Dan lives and works in London. He is a Twitter influencer and has a following of 22, 000. Dan has been using the twitter platform for some years. In 2016 he had a wide outreach and his tweets were seen by 1.5 million users.
Dan lives and works in London.