Dead memories – Angela Marsons

She ruined their lives.  Now they’re going to destroy hers.  

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life.  They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death.  Your death.’

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator.  The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible.  Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent.  But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

 

 

Cover reveal

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Thank you, Bookouture.

 

About the author

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.

It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.  The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.

www.angelamarsons-books.com

 

Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row – Emily Harvale

It’ll take a miracle to make Juliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you need some Christmas magic. The last person Juliet Bell expects to see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especially with the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twenty years ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consisting of one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’s wrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken to one another since. Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit his grandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene of one of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty years and he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At least with his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother, Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seems does Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can do is be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in The Mistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly falling snow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man she thought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her.

 

 

My review

Oh, I loved the cover, I loved the content, I loved the characters. Honestly, there was simply nothing not to love about this one.

It’s really a typical feel good book, where there are lots of misunderstandings that lead to a lot of unhappiness and where everything comes together in the end.

The author certainly has gained a fan. She convinced me, not only by her very nice writing style, but also, even though you already know the outcome,  by keeping your attention alive until the end and thus taking you away from the real world for a few entertaining hours.

I would totally like a sequel to this one. Is there any chance?

If you are looking for a present to put under the Christmas tree for a romance loving friend, you have found it or why not treat yourself?

Thank you, Emma Harvale and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Sea Babies – Tracey Scott Townsend

Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a social worker with the Islands’ youth. She’s also struggling to come to terms with a catastrophic event. When somebody sits opposite her at the cafeteria table, she refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea towards her, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories… Some people believe in the existence of a parallel universe. Does Lauren have a retrospective choice about the outcome of her terrible recent accident, or is it the bearer of that much older scar who has the power to decide what happens to her life now?

Set mainly in the Outer Hebrides and Edinburgh from the 1980s to the present, Sea Babies is a potent, emotional psychological drama that explores the harder aspects of relationships, as well as the idea of choice, responsibility and the refugee in all of us.

 

 

Cover reveal

I am very happy to take part in this reveal.

Thank you, Tracey Scott Townsend and LoveBooksGroup.

 

About the author

Tracey is the author of The Last Time We Saw Marion, Of His Bones, The Eliza Doll and Another Rebecca. Her fifth novel, Sea Babies will be released on 1st May 2019. Her novels have been described as both poetic and painterly. Her first poetry collection, So Fast was published in January 2018.

Tracey is also a visual artist. All her work is inspired by the emotions of her own experiences and perceptions.

Tracey is the mother of four grown-up children and now spends a lot of time travelling in a small camper van with husband Phil and their rescue dogs, Pixie and Luna, gathering her thoughts and writing them down.

The Shape of Us – Drew Davies

One day in London…

Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over – and then asks for her number.

JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress.

Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day.

Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can’t leave his bedroom – but which hasn’t stopped him falling in love.

These four total strangers – whose paths cross in the charming and crazy city of London – have one thing in common. They’re all looking for love and they’re totally hopeless at it. But that’s about to change.

 

 

My review

The story starts with the author introducing us to the main characters’ lives and struggles. They all seem to have nothing to do with each other and you start wondering where the book is going to lead you. Little by little, as you delve deeper and deeper, you see how they start to connect even if they do not realize it.

It makes you wonder how you might be connected to someone you have never seen before through friendships or relationships you have.

My favourite person is JoJo. She is very sarcastic which makes her very funny (if you are into this kind of humour of course).

My least favourite person was Chris. I did not always understand why he did what he did.

I did like the story but it was not an as easy read as you would expect from a feel good book.

It felt a bit heavy to me due to the subjects that the author talked about and I was very happy he decided to bring JoJo into the mix to add some rays of sunshine between the raindrops.

Thank you, Drew Davies, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand. He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London.

A Lion is Not Just For Christmas – Henriette Gyland…

Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.

The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

 

 

Guest post

I am pleased to share a guest post with you.

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Desperately Seeking… A Cast of Characters

When writing a book it goes without saying that having a plot or story line is essential, but it’s the characters in your book and their goals and motivations which drive the story, as well as the conflicts they face.

In my head most stories start with a character (or two) who wants something, and from that the basic story line is born. Then, slowly, the story gets populated with other characters – main and subsidiary parts, and even walk-on parts, who are all intertwined somehow and have an impact on each other’s lives.

Here are the main players and their different situations as they are at the start of A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas:

Justine Belmont

The daughter of the circus owner, Elijah Belmont, and his wife, Beth. Justine assists her father in his act as a lion-tamer, but she also has her own short act as a wire-walker, which used to be referred to as a line-dancer. When the circus is disbanded due to financial difficulties, she feels cast adrift because this is the only life she has ever known. On top of that, she’s angry and deeply resentful that Rexus, the lion, whom she’s very attached to, is being passed on to a private menagerie.

Tom Yates

The groundsman at Stonybrook, the estate which has acquired the lion. He is also a distant relative of Henry, the baronet’s grandson. Tom spent some time working on a reservation in Africa and feels he knows enough about big cats to look after the lion on his own. He therefore resents Justine’s presence on the estate, where she’s been given the task of settling the lion in his new environment. A tricky divorce has also left Tom rather suspicious of pretty women.

Henry

Is the kind and doting grandson of Lord Brooks and the heir to the title of baronet. However, since Stonybrook is not entailed (which means it can only be passed to the oldest living male descendant of the owner in a straight line, and can’t be split up), he’s only the steward and not the heir to it. He has accepted this fact with good grace and just wants to live the quiet life of a country gentleman, but is constantly harassed by his wife for not having more ambition than that.

Priscilla

Henry’s beautiful wife. Although she’s a loving mother to their two daughters, Portia and Cordelia, marrying the grandson of a baronet has brought with it a set of expectations in her mind which Henry can’t quite live up to. She resents that her husband is only the heir to the title and not to the estate as well, and also dislikes competition for the male attention, so she doesn’t welcome Justine’s presence either.

Portia, aged 9

The older of Henry and Priscilla’s two daughters. Portia is very clever and sometimes a little too street-smart for her own good, although this fact is well-hidden beneath the polished manners which she copies from her mother. Initially she looks down upon Justine because of her traveling background, but in the end she has to admit that having a circus girl for a friend is kind of cool. Portia is unhappy at her boarding school and creates mischief in order to get her parents’ attention.

Cordelia (Dilly), aged 6

The younger of the two girls. Although she has a very sweet temperament, she has a tendency to copy everything her older sister, Portia, does and is also easily led by her sister. However, Dilly has wilful streak too which gets her into trouble at the end of the book. BIG trouble!

Also starring…

Lord Brooks

The elusive baronet who keeps a tight grip on the estate purse strings, much to Priscilla’s frustration.

Elijah Belmont

Justine’s father, a well-regarded lion-tamer, who longs to retire from the ring. The financial difficulties of the circus gives him the impetus to seek a different type of employment.

Beth Belmont

Justine’s mother, who used to assist her husband in his big cats act until she was injured by one of the tigers. Now in charge of catering.

Plus various circus people, villagers and Christmas guests! All these characters come together on the stage I have created, and from writing the book and spending a lot of time with them, I feel as if they have almost become family to me

Thank you, Henriette Gyland and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express. Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize.

A Hollow Sky – M. Sean Coleman

Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

Fascinated by Megan’s case, and needing a distraction, Ripley finds herself on Holy Island, off the coast of North Wales, caught up in an investigation that will prove more sinister and dangerous than she could have imagined. Ian is not the first person to complain about Megan and her supporters, but he seems to be the only one left alive. For now.

 

 

My review

I have read and enjoyed the first book in this series, but did I like this one as well?

The answer to this question is easy. I did not like it. I loved it! (Were you scared? lol)

I have always been fascinated by miracles and faith healers and this story was right up my alley. From the very first page I was dragged into it and have did not put the book down before I had finished it. This means it was a thoroughly good one.

The author has a very nice writing style and a way of putting you on the wrong foot. Delicious!

I will be counting the days towards the publishing date of book 3.

Thank you, M. Sean Coleman and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series. He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back. He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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Black Moss – David Nolan

In April 1990, as rioters took over Strangeways prison in Manchester, someone killed a little boy at Black Moss.

And no one cared.

No one except Danny Johnston, an inexperienced radio reporter trying to make a name for himself.

More than a quarter of a century later, Danny returns to his home city to revisit the murder that’s always haunted him.

If Danny can find out what really happened to the boy, maybe he can cure the emptiness he’s felt inside since he too was a child.

But finding out the truth might just be the worst idea Danny Johnston has ever had.

 

 

Extract

I am happy to share an extract with you. I hope you will be tempted to read the whole story. Enjoy!

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Radio reporter Danny Johnston has been sent out to a remote reservoir on the outskirts of Manchester. He finally finds it. There are two policemen trying to shield a crime scene from prying eyes out on the moors. There’s quite a lot of swearing in the book. Nearly all the characters are police officers or journalists, so if anything, I’ve toned the swearing down a bit!

‘Morning,’ Danny said. ‘I’m from Manchester Radio. Is the senior officer about, please?’

‘Fuck off mate,’ one of the PCs shouted, struggling in the wind with the white sheet. ‘We’re not supposed to talk to you… But fuck off anyway.’ The officer was a similar age to Danny. His face was as pale as the sheet he was grappling with and he appeared to have vomit down the front of his uniform. His helmet was lying on the floor close to his feet. It was speckled with wet sand.

Danny was about to go into his spiel – the one he had been told to trot out in circumstances like these – about how that this was a public right of way and he wasn’t causing any obstruction. The usual stuff. As he was about to start speaking the harsh moorland wind whipped hard against the sheet and pulled it from the hand of one of the policemen. One side of the plastic flipped left to right and flew into the face of the other PC, exposing the area of beach they’d been trying to hide. Danny looked down and saw the body of a small child lying face down in the sand. His tiny legs just touched the path. It was a boy. At least, it looked like a boy. A bloated, puffy, white thing, but a boy nonetheless. Nine, maybe ten years old. He was wearing socks, sandals and grey school shorts. His hands were bunched into fists and looked black like they’d been dipped in black paint. His arms and neck were bare, but his torso was covered with a shiny black strapping that had been wrapped around and around his back and chest. His face was almost entirely buried in the sand, but Danny could just make out the corner of his mouth. It was curled up. Like he was smiling. Danny had never seen a dead body before. Ever. ‘Christ Almighty,’ said Danny. ‘Poor kid. Christ.’

‘No pictures, you fuckin’ vulture,’ said a third officer, who ran towards the group as his colleagues struggled to put the sheet back in place. ‘Get back to the road. I mean it. Fuck off out of it. Right now.’

Danny half-heartedly waved his microphone in the policeman’s direction and stepped back. ‘I’m from the radio,’ he said quietly. ‘We don’t do pictures. We do sound. Christ.Poor kid.’

Thank you, David Nolan and LoveBooksGroup.

 

About the author

David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.

Daisy – Karen Botha

It may take a criminal mind to be a savvy business woman.

If so, Daisy is set and driven to succeed. But to hold on to what she’s earned, she must live between black and white. She must spend her life in the gray.

That makes it difficult for a woman to know who she’s dealing with, in business and in bed.

Idris made it his business to know hers, leaving no skeletons undiscovered. When the two meet, sparks fly and sexual tension ignites. Passion, lust, and desire come before sensible decision making.

Has Daisy gotten involved with the wrong person this time?

Can this gorgeous man be trusted, or is it him that needs to beware?

Daisy is a mixed race urban romance where the road to true love is

anything but easy.

 

 

Promo post

I hope you can be tempted.

Thank you, Karen Botha and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true life experiences of her clients. But don’t believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

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Stoned Love – Ian Patrick

Detective Sergeant Sam Batford has been lying low at a remote safe house in the highlands of Scotland. He’s doing his best not to attract the attention of the enemies he made, on both sides of the law, during his last under-cover operation but Batford knows he’s just killing time until he’s called to account.

Inevitably the sharks begin to circle and as Batford is called back to front-line action in London he’s thrown into a deadly game of cat and mouse where it seems everyone is out to get him.

After having to endure a frustrating resolution to their previous undercover operation together DCI Klara Winter from the National Crime Agency is determined to prove that Batford has crossed the line into criminality and finally bring him to face justice.

All Sam Batford wants is to outwit his enemies long enough to stay alive and come out ahead of the game.

Extract
I hope I can tempt you. Enjoy!
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The phone jolts me from my thoughts. The call screening kicks in.

“It’s Mike, pick up!”

It’s the arsehole I was referring to. He’s also the authorising officer for my work.

I press 1. The line connects.

“What do you want?”

“A good morning sir would be nice.”

“Get your mistress to tell you that, I’m busy.”

“Fuck off, Batford. You’ve been sat on your arse for a month. Something’s come up and your name’s been thrown in the pot to take it on. A courier is on way with a train ticket. Meeting at The Yard at oh nine hundred hours tomorrow. Wear a suit. I know you have one it cost us a fortune.”

He hangs up. I have no choice. You don’t when you’re a Detective Sergeant working as an undercover officer for the Metropolitan Police. I hear a knock at the door. I check the camera monitor. He doesn’t wait for a signature and an envelope drops through the letterbox. That will be my tickets then. This is no ordinary cottage. It’s a safe house in a remote part of Scotland. I’m here because I fucked someone off doing my job and he wants to know where his missing cocaine is. That man is Vincenzo Guardino aka Big H. He’s already started his hunt for the robbers and he’s killed two. One of them I was close to, in a professional way.

I miss Stoner. She was a bad girl with a heart of gold. She should have been dripping in cash, not blood. News reports suggested two people had been shot dead in retribution for a drugs deal gone wrong. The murder team are no further in the investigation. You wouldn’t be when you have limited resources investigating murder in the capital.

Thank you, Ian Patrick and LoveBooksGroup.

About the author

Ian spent twenty-seven years as a police officer, the majority as a detective within the Specialist Operations Command in London. A career in policing is a career in writing. Ian has been used to carrying a book and pen and making notes. Now retired, the need to write didn’t leave and evolved into fiction.

Rubicon is his debut novel published by Fahrenheit Press and Stoned Love the second in the series. Rubicon has been optioned by the BBC for a six part TV series.

He now lives in rural Scotland where he divides his time between family, writing, reading and photography.

Five Ladies Go Skiing – Karen Aldous

Ginny is alone now after losing her husband, so her friends (her F.L.O.W.E.R.S) decide with his first memorial imminent, learning to ski in the Swiss Alps would be a great distraction for her. What Ginny’s friends fail to add into the equation however, is their own distractions! The baggage they carry with them not only threatens their skiing but scales mountainous emotions throughout the trip. The questions then are…can their friendships survive, and can Ginny ever trust enough to love again?

 

 

My review

I love the cover. You might think you are in for a playfull story and you are, but it’s about so much more.

Grieve, lies, betrayal are all ingredients in this book but there is also a lot of laughter, love and friendship in the mxiture.

In the beginning the story was a bit confusing, because a lot of information about the ladies was thrown your way, but little by little you get to know them and you become familar with their families and issues.

The main goal is to help Ginny becoming the person she used to be and by doing this the girls start seeing their own lives in a different way as well.

Will this trip cement their relationships even more or will they fall apart?

I liked the story, but I struggled with it as well. I had the feeling that there was an overload of details sometimes that made you lose the essence a bit. What I found refeshing was the fact that the story was about ladies a bit older than those you normally find in feel good books.

Thank you, Karen Aldous and RachelsRandomResources.

 

About the author

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine! Much of Karen’s inspiration comes from her travels and meeting people. The UK, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and parts of the USA and Asia are just some you will experience in her books to date. However, wherever she goes, new characters emerge in ‘Karen’s World’ screaming at her to tell their stories; past or present. She loves to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives – but struggle to control them! And, of course there’s always a gorgeous hunk or two! See more… http://www.karenaldous.co.uk/about-me/

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