Reflected Destinies – Florence Keeling / #HalfPriceMother’sDayKindlePromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources

 

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Reflected Destinies will be half price from 29th March to 1st April.

 

 

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Thank you, Florence Keeling and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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The Snowman Of Zanzibar – Gordon Wallis / #PromoPost #Blogtour @zimbabaloooba @rararesources

 

Ex Rhodesian soldier Jason Green was frustrated and mildly depressed. The winter in London had been long and bitterly cold. The steady work as a freelance insurance fraud investigator was mundane and repetitive. This tedious monotony suddenly changes early on a frigid February morning when he is summoned to the offices of a wealthy investment banker in the City. The brief , to ascertain the source of the unanticipated wealth of the man’s high flying young son. The time frame , urgent. The payout , enormous. Inspired and rejuvenated , Green takes the job immediately. The roller coaster ride that follows takes Jason Green from the grimy streets of London to the beaches of Cape Town and ultimately to the dark tropical jungles of the spice island of Zanzibar. Intrigue , chaos , murder , betrayal and revenge follow swiftly as a series of unfortunate events unfold. Events far beyond Green’s control. Events that result in unspeakable violence and horror. The action comes hard and fast in this page turner and culminates in an ending that will leave the reader breathless.

 

 

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Thank you, Gordon Wallis and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Gordon Wallis is a 50 year old author based in Zimbabwe , Southern Africa. Born of British parents he has lived there all his life. A keen reader of thriller novels , particularly those set in Africa , he has travelled extensively in Africa , Europe , The Middle East and Asia. He runs a number of businesses in Zimbabwe and is single.

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Divine Invention – Linden Forster / #Extract #BlogTour @LindenForster @rararesources

 

Most stories begin with either an unforeseen turn of events or a problem.

Krank has a problem. For centuries, the people of the island have lived on the animals and plants to be found there. It was bliss and so the population grew. It was not until very recently anyone noticed that the quantity of plants and animals had not. The delicate balance of the ecosystem has tipped and food is dwindling.

The King assigned the island’s two resident self-proclaimed geniuses, the Creators, to find a solution. The fruits of their labour ripen into the invention of the world’s first aquatic transportation device and promises to provide passage from the island to search further afield for food and resources.

So, there it is. Problem solved. End of story. Barring any unforeseen turn of events…

 

 

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Intro

After the debut launch of their greatest invention, the world’s first floyancy (or what you and I might call a boat) goes wrong when they forget to bring the paddles with them, the Creators are swept across the see in a torrent of waves brewed by a thunderous storm. They wake to find their vessel destroyed and an assortment of weapons pointing at them from small, stout creatures with spectacular beards.

The dwarves speechlessly take them up the greatest mountain in the range, to its very summit and the entrance to their realm below.

Extract

The dwarves were looking at them and parted to reveal a square hole in the surface of the peak. The leader gestured with his head for the Creators to approach and they did. One dwarf produced four torches from his pack and lit them. He passed three to his companions. One entered the hole and disappeared below. Two dwarves followed suit with another torch bearer behind them. The ginger dwarf gestured for Koel to go next, and he went behind Koel, followed by Edin. The other dwarves filed in, covering the rear. The company disappeared down into the mountain’s throat.

The staircase spiralled into darkness until it fell upon a corridor. The passage went off in opposite directions. The dwarves did not hesitate in choosing one. They reached a fork and again the lead dwarf chose which pathway to take without a moment’s thought. They reached another staircase and continued down. The next level was more complex, with triple the number of forks and passageways. The dwarves led the Creators through and down again.

With every descent, the passages became more and more convoluted as the mountain widened. The Creators probably should have been worried about how they were ever going to escape this place, but all either of them could think about was what would happen if they got lost. They would never be able to work their way back up to the surface on their own and likely the dwarves would never find them, or even bother looking. The dwarves became their lifeline. An ancient abduction technique cultivated by the dwarves. They found it worked far better than the more conventional methods of binding limbs, people always had another knife hidden on them somewhere that they would use to tediously cut their binds when you weren’t looking.

They descended another level. With every staircase taken, Koel could feel heat radiating from the stone walls grow stronger.

At last they entered a charmed circular chamber. In its centre burned a white-hot fire. The four dwarves stood forward and added their torches to the flames. The heart of the mountain barely seemed to notice the addition, but all dwarves bowed their heads and muttered to the inferno.

Eight passages led from the room: four corridors, two descending stairs and two ascending. The dwarves led the Creators to the other rising staircase and they ascended into darkness, now without light.

The black of the cave the night before seemed blinding in comparison. That was umbra. That was shade. That was night. This was not the draining of light. This was where light would never be. This was eigengrau. This was complete. This was nothing.

The Creators ran their hands along the walls, feeling their way, fearing the dark. The dwarves did not, they knew these ways with absolute surety. The Creators felt pathways open in the walls, passages they did not take. To begin with, whenever they passed one of these they would reach out at the dwarf in front of them to make sure they had not taken it. After a while, they learned to trust their ears and followed the dwarves’ breathing and heavy footfall.

Twice or more they took a staircase up, but their movement was mostly down. The Creators were tiring again and began to grumble about their current situation, but they needn’t have, their destination was not far away now. They were just above the belly of the beast.

They came to another spiral staircase, much wider than the one they had taken to enter the mountain. The dwarf leading the way took things slowly. Wary of the danger.

Just faintly, Koel began to see the outline of the steps. A couple more, then the dwarves in front came to a halt. They stayed where they were in silence. Koel squinted with his eyes, but the steps had shifted back into darkness. They began to move again and Koel spotted the outline once more, then they stopped again.

‘Steps! I can see the steps. Light!’ Edin frantically tried to push his way down the stairs, but the ginger dwarf grabbed him by the chest and in a swift move decked Edin onto his back and planted one dense knee on his chest. Edin continued to wrestle the dwarf, but he was easily overpowered.

The dwarf stood off. Edin paused for a moment before pushing himself back up and into the dwarf. The dwarf slammed him back against the stone. ‘No!’

Edin froze. ‘Did you… did you just talk?’ The dwarf turned away and the troop started to descend again. ‘Koel, they can talk! He spoke. You heard him, he spoke.’

Koel remained silent.

Edin’s protest would have continued, but in the darkness he could feel the stares. The dark dwarven eyes congealed on his aura. He swallowed his rebuttal and against his instincts allowed order to resume.

They continued down the staircase, always stop-starting. Noise rose from the depths.

The stairs no longer vanished with each stop, but became clearer with every start. The light grew brighter, the noise became louder. The dwarves led the Creators out the stairwell and into the light of Oth-Zorak.

Thank you, Linden Forster and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Linden Forster began writing at the age of seventeen. Divine Invention is 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. His sequel is finished and awaiting publication, while he types the third in a darkened room.

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

Hellcorp – Jonathan Whitelaw / #interview #BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @urbanebooks @JDWhitelaw13

 

Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime.

But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs…

 

 

Q&A

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1. When and where do you prefer to write?

I try to write every day. It’s become a favourite ritual of mine. Being a journalist I am writing every day, whether that’s breaking news, reviews or features. But I like to do my fiction writing every day too.

I was once given the advice from a creative writing tutor that you can’t edit a blank page – and that’s really stuck with me. So I always try to write something down every day. This can range from 50 words to 5,000. And it doesn’t have to be part of a work in progress or editing, it can be an idea or a scene or an outline for a future project. As long as I do it.

In terms of where to write, I’ll do it anywhere I can. My first novel – Morbid Relations – was written on train journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh and back again, during rush hour. Not quite as tranquil as you can get but it seemed to work for that book. I don’t do that commute anymore so my writing environments tend to be quite a bit more peaceful.

Usually I write at home. But sometimes I like to head out to a coffee shop or somewhere outdoors, just to get some atmosphere. Writing can be a lonely business so I often find having that human contact – even if it’s just as ambience – can help fire those neurons and creative juices.

2. Do you have a certain ritual?

I’ve never been one for rituals in my writing. I have a writer friend – who shall remain anonymous to protect the guilty – who can’t start writing until they’ve had at least five cups of tea. This can be spread across a whole day – I don’t think they knock-back five big mugfulls first thing in the morning. In their defence, they know just how weird that sounds.

For me, I’ve never really fallen into a pattern long enough for it to become a ritual when it comes to my writing. What I normally find is that if I’m having a good day I’ll try to keep going for as long as I can. If I’m working on a particularly difficult scene or toying with a development of plot arc then I need to feel confident and at peace with what I’m doing. When I tap into that sort of mindset to keep going then I’ll do it. Similarly, if it’s just not working that day then I like to think I know when to quit.

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

Tea! And lots of it. Although I’m not quite as much of an addict as the anonymous writer above! But yes, I love having a cuppa close by. And some rich tea biscuits are a must.

In fact, my love of Rich Teas even made it into HellCorp!

4.What is your favourite book?

Oh this is a difficult one – do I have to pick just one!

It’s hard, although I do love asking this type of question to other people. It’s a different game when I’m on the spot!

I think there are books that come into your life just at the right time. And there are ones that always stick with you, no matter what age you are, how your life is going and how you feel.

So with that in mind I would have to say that King Solomon’s Mines by H Rider Haggard. This seminal piece of work that’s had so much written about it and praise heaped on it. I read it for the first time when I was about 13 and it completely captured my imagination and sparked my love of literary adventure. And I can still enjoy it now as much as I did when I was a lad. Cracking stuff.

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

I would never rule out writing in a different genre.

I’ve always been a great believer in challenging yourself as a writer. When you start feeling comfortable with your writing it’s the start of complacency. Having that edge, that little nag in the back of your mind is something that really motivates me. And for my mind it’s something that makes the great writers really something special. That ability to adapt, create and succeed in different genres is just a part of their legacy.

The late, great Iain Banks was the epitome of this. An established literary writer he was also able to carve out a significant career in the sci-fi genre too. And in my opinion, that diversification fed into his work the more he did it and made him a better, much-loved writer.

HellCorp and the upcoming Man in the Dark are crime/thrillers mixed with urban fantasy. These are my first forays into these genres following my debut which was focussed on black comedy and family drama.

I’ve loved the change and how I’ve had to adapt my style, my thinking and even the language I use in my writing. When you write for characters like The Devil and God, nothing is every really out of bounds. Romance, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, it’s all there. In fact I’ve even spotted HellCorp in at least three different sections in book shops. So it keeps me on my toes – as well as giving headaches to book shop staff!

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

My characters are The Devil, God, demons, angels and saints! So yes, of course!

All joking aside, I think all writers find they sneak in traits of people they know into their work. Whether this is conscious or not, it’s a part of who we are. Being a writer usually means you are an observant person. While I can’t speak for everybody, watching, listening and learning are big parts of what I do.

Being a journalist I’ve managed to meet some incredible people from all walks of life. Listening to them and their stories has had profound effects on not only my writing but my life to. And I’m certain that some of that has influenced my characters and the sticky situations they often find themselves in. Good and bad.

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

Absolutely. I actually think I’ve got a notebook for every coat that I own. While that isn’t that many, it all comes about from an unfortunate situation I found myself in about five years ago.

I remember going to meet my now wife from work. She’s a doctor and was working in a busy Glasgow hospital at the time. When she was working long shifts I used to go up to meet her when she finished – which usually meant I’d have to wait in A&E until she came down. For about six months I saw all kinds of people come and go from that room – it was a real mixing pot of human emotion.

But I remember distinctly one evening where it was really busy. A person with a bad limp had come in and was arguing with the staff behind the desk. There was a pause before one of the nurses came out and made this really off-the-cuff, completely hilarious comment about the limping person. And the whole A&E erupted in laughter.

Do you know I’ve replayed that scene over and over in my head about a million times since it happened and I can’t for the life of my recall what the nurse said. And I vowed from the next day when I forgot it that I would ALWAYS carry a notepad around with me, just to jot down anything and everything that works.

It’s a real shame that I can’t remember what was said now, it was so pivotal to the whole strange scenario. But you live and learn, as my old gran used to say.

8. Which genre do you not like at all?

Oh, this is a toughy. Is there any answer I can give that won’t anger some of my fellow writers?

If you’d asked my this about five years ago I actually would have said crime – odd given that at its heart HellCorp is a whodunnit.

One of the motivations behind HellCorp was my dislike of crime. I’d become so disenchanted with the genre. How many on-the-edge cops and detectives do we have to stand before we become completely bored. If they’re not alcoholics they’re workaholics. If they’re not estranged from their family they’re estranged from society. If they don’t break the rules they don’t break anything. It was the same thing over and over and over again.

So I thought – why don’t you do something about it? If you’re going to have an antihero – why not go for somebody who is the ULTIMATE antihero. And there really only was one candidate – The Devil incarnate.

But my crime hating days are in the past. You might even say that I’ve been rehabilitated!

In terms of what I’m not keen on at the moment, probably historical fiction. I’ve only recently rekindled my love of history, having lost touch with the academic side and knowledge having left school. But I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction work on ancient

Greece and Rome, with a focus on the mythological and literary side of things. And I think that’s what’s jarring me about the historical fiction genre.

While I accept that it’s fiction, I’m just in the mood for more hard fact at the moment rather than fantasy.

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

Now this really is a tough question!

Matt Haig has always been a favourite author of mine. I’ve always loved his honest, beautiful prose and his non-fiction work is as hard-hitting as it is inspirational. Seriously, if you haven’t ever had the chance to read Reasons to Stay Alive, go out and get it now (and grab a copy of HellCorp while you’re at it!). I would love to collaborate with him on a fiction project, if for nothing else than to pick that big, brilliant brain of his.

Gareth L Powell is another one of my writing heroes. His science fiction output over the past decade has been nothing short of remarkable. And he does so much to help other writers by answering their questions, dedicating time to teaching the craft and being a general, all-round good egg that I would again love the chance to work with him on something. He even took the time to call me a “writer to watch” ahead of HellCorp’s release, which meant the absolute world to hear.

As I mentioned before I like to try new things. And having the chance to work in a different field of fiction would be brilliant too. In particular I would love the chance to work with some of my comics heroes in Mark Millar and Mike Mignola. Two giants of the industry who’s writing has provided not only endless entertainment but also wonderful inspiration for me.

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

Well I had the absolute joy of getting to go to Rome for my honeymoon last year. It was the second time I had been with my wife and provided more than ample inspiration for The Man in the Dark.

But I would love to go to Egypt and fulfill a lifetime ambition of seeing the Pyramids and Sphinx in real life. I think this goes back to my love of Victorian and turn of the 20th century adventure stories. Those iconic buildings and structures are as much part of the fabric and fantasy of old world capers as anything else. And since I first learned about them in primary school I’d love to see them with my own eyes.

I’m lucky enough to draw inspiration from almost everywhere I visit – whether that’s at home or abroad. As long as I keep my eyes and ears open I’ll always find something that gets me tapping away on the keyboard.

Thank you, Jonathan Whitelaw and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between.

He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV.

HellCorp, from Urbane Publications, is his second novel following his debut, Morbid Relations.

The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings – Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc

 

The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? 

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?

Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…

As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

 

 

My review

The cover already reflects the cozy feeling of the whole story. The soft colours, the stunning view and cakes and tea are ingredients that are a perfect base for a romantic tale. And honestly when I heard the name of the island (Sunflower) who does not want to pack their bags and spend some time there or maybe even a whole lifetime. I love the sea and I would not mind living on an island although maybe a bit a more tropical one 😉

It’s true when you have heard your whole life the same things you start to believe that it has to be that way and that you are not allowed to change anything. Then someone comes along to show you there is more to life and you should grab the chances with both hands.

You might think you do not belong anywhere, but the truth could not be more different.

No matter how many people try to convince you, you have to see it for yourself and only then you can start to open yourself up completely to the future.

It’s a story that made me laugh and melted my heart. The perfect read for a gloomy spring day to warm you up and you can bask in the ambience on this lovely island. 5 stars.

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author 

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

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Who Killed Anne-Marie? – CM Thompson​ / #interview #BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @cmtwrites @HooklineBooks

 

Daniel and Anne-Marie’s marriage isn’t just on the rocks, it’s about to go six feet under. Anne Marie Mills is out of work, out of love and out of whisky. Everyone else is out of patience. When Anne-Marie is found dead who is to blame? The neighbours who despised her drunken rants? The husband who wondered how much more he could take? Or is there another killer in the neighbourhood?

 

 

Q&A

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1.When and where do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write with a pen and paper with the radio playing quietly in the corner, but normally I only write when I am supposed to be doing something else. Recently I ended up scribbling notes on to a damp piece of paper because an idea struck me when I was doing the washing up.

            I am a goldilocks of writers, I can’t write if it’s too hot and I can’t write if it’s too cold. Everything has to be just right.

2.Do you have a certain ritual?

My favourite ritual is sacrificing a glass of wine to the mighty gods and goddesses of creativity, then placing the offerings of chocolate at the sacred desk, procrastinating for twenty minutes then watching a DVD. Doesn’t always work but it’s fun to do.

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

Tequila or coffee, or sometimes on very special occasions coffee with tequila.

4.What is your favourite book? 

I don’t really have a favourite book, some books are amazing until you reread them (and I do a lot of rereading) some books are great until you actually read them 😉 and other books are chicken soup for the soul.

            Some of the books I would classify as chicken soup books would be any of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, Confessions of a Middle aged woman by Sue Townsend. I like food writing for comfort, travel writing for adventure, medical writing for knowledge and forensic and true crime writing for inspiration… inspiration for writing crime novels of course, not anything else.

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

Of course, I started off writing poetry and fanfiction in a completely different genre to what I write now. I like to dabble in mixing crime and psychological at the moment because there are so many different places it can take you. I keep attempting to write film / play scripts in horror and sometimes even attempt my own food and travel stories. I like the challenge of writing, of pushing out the boundaries and combining different genres and elements. A book I want to write in the future combines fantasy with murder. I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with writing and I prefer to write what interests me.

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

Oh yes, sometimes, but I probably shouldn’t go into details.

One thing I will say is that I have worked in customer service for a very long time and have met a very interesting range of people.

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

I used to, but now I grab random pieces of paper or type whatever into an email to myself on my phone, (this is especially handy at night, when I don’t want to turn on a light) I have on occasions, written a particularly dark line on a random piece of paper at work, lost it and had to ask my co-workers if they have found it, so I do recommend taking a notebook wherever you go. Otherwise you might have some explaining to do.

8.Which genre do you not like at all?

A few years ago I would have said Romance. But I have really gotten into an online romance comic recently. I think the best writing makes you interested in a genre you have previously dismissed. Normally I will look at most genres, but I am really really fussy on styles of writing, if it hasn’t gripped me by page 3 then I have other stuff to read.

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

Shakespeare or Terry Pratchett, but if you are having problems bringing them back from the dead, George R R Martin or Stephen King.

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

I would travel anywhere, probably wouldn’t research though, (unless it was forensics and ballistics in the USA) I would willingly visit any country to travel around, try their food, hear their stories, histories etc, meet their eccentric aunt Ethel and experience their weather. As long as I don’t have to write a proposal to get there or share a room with anyone, I am happy.

Thank you, CM Thompson​ and Love Books Group Tours.

 

About the author

CM Thompson lives in Nottingham, she has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Portsmouth. Her first novel, What Lies in the Dark, came out in 2014. She doesn’t have much to put in her bio because she spends too much time reading and playing Candy Crush. She can be found on Twitter @cmtwrites.

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The Woman at 46 Heath Street – Lesley Sanderson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @LSandersonbooks

 

The last letter is addressed to me. No stamp, swirly handwriting in black ink. I pull out a piece of paper, stiffening when I read the message. Hands trembling, the note slides to the floor.

Your husband is having an affair.

Six words written in neat block letters.

Six words slipped through her letterbox, destroying her marriage, exposing Ella’s perfect life as perfect lies.

But Ella has a plan: Alice is the answer to her problems. A lodger, to help keep her afloat, a friend, to keep the loneliness at bay.

Only Alice has her own reasons for wanting to live at 46 Heath Street

 

 

My review

My second book by this author and I was even more convinced about the ability she has to capture my attention and to make me forget about everything around me because I am too engrossed in her story.

From the start until the finish the writer has created a kind of creepiness mixed with a very big dose of different emotions. Once again I am confronted by some people’s viciousness. Nobody’s life is a bed of roses, but jeez some really got the short end of the stick.

I applauded Nancy for what she did. Maybe she should have done it a lot sooner. 🙂 I liked every character. By this I mean I loved the way the author created them because they were perfect for the role they had to play.

I was as intrigued by what happened in the past as I was by what was going on in the present.

This story made me feel like my senses were on a trampoline : heartbreaking, heartwarming and back again and again.

There is only one thing left to say : I absolutely enjoyed it. 5 stars.

Thank you, Lesley Sanderson, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Lesley spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and also works as a librarian in a multicultural school. She has lived and worked in Paris and speaks four languages.

She attended the Curtis Brown Creative novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has since been hooked on psychological thrillers. She is particularly interested in the psychology of female relationships.

www.lesleysanderson.com

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Meet Me at the Art Cafe – Sue McDonagh / #Review @ChocLituk @SueMcDonaghLit

Would you take a chance on a bad boy with a leather jacket and a vintage motorbike?
That’s the question single mum Jo Morris has to ask herself when she collides with local bike mechanic Ed Griffiths on a rainy Welsh hillside. Working at the Art Café, Jo hears the gossip and is all too aware of Ed’s reputation.

But whilst he’s certainly no angel, there is something about Ed’s daredevil antics that Jo can’t ignore. And as she gets to know him better and watches the kind way he deals with her young son Liam, she begins to wonder – is there more to this ‘bad boy’ than meets the eye?

 

 

My review

Everybody knows the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, but it’s sometimes very hard to ignore what you see. You only have one chance to make a first impression and people often are put offf by that and don’t take the time or make the effort any more to get to know that person better. They think that what they see is what they get, but under a rough exterior a heart of gold is very often buried.

A lot of times it is a wall that has been build to protect someone and once you can make a hole in it, you are pleasantly surprised.

This is what happens in this story. Don’t let your eyes and head rule your heart, but take a jump in the unknown. It might be the best thing you have ever done.

Enjoy this lovely romantic story. It’s certainly worth picking up. I certainly liked it a lot. 4 stars.

Thank you, Sue McDonagh and Choc Lit.

 

About the author

Sue McDonagh’s career as a policewoman for Essex Police was cut short when she was diagnosed at the age of twenty-four with ovarian cancer. After a successful recovery and a stint working as a Press Officer she moved to Wales.

In Wales her love of art evolved into a full-time occupation and she made a living teaching and sketching portraits at shows. In 2014 she was a regional finalist for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. She now works exclusively to commissions from her art gallery.

In 2009 she learned to ride a motorbike, and now helps run Curvy Riders, a national, women only, motorbike club. Her joy of motorbikes and her love of writing inspired her to write the Art Café series. Sue, granny of two little girls and proud mum of two stepsons, lives a mile from the sea in Wales. She can often be found with her border terrier, Scribbles, at her art gallery. Scribble thinks the customers only come in to see him. Sometimes, Sue thinks that too.

When she’s not painting, she’s writing or on her motorbike. She belongs to a local writing group and the Romantic Novelist’s Association. Summer at the Art Café is Sue’s debut novel and the first in her Art Café series.

Life and Other Dreams – Richard Dee / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources @RichardDockett1

 

Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa. When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold? Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

 

 

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Thank you, Richard Dee and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren. His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have

been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects. You can find out more about me on my website at richarddeescifi.co.uk. Head over there to see what I get up to, click the FREE STUFF tab or the PORTFOLIO tab to get all the details about my work and pick up a free novel or short story. I’m on Facebook at RichardDeeAuthor and Twitter at Richard Dee Sci-Fi

The PlastIc Seed – Maisie Porter / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources @eyeointment

 

Two schemes uncoil—and, very quickly, begin to unravel—on the same day in the Australian town of West Glassport…

Jean Hima isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. First, her husband leaves her. Then, she loses her job as a midwife at the local hospital, over the easily-fixed misplacement of a baby or two…

Now, Jean is sure a snooty real estate agent is blocking her efforts to find a rental in a nice part of town.

Given possession of a batch of incriminating photographs, who wouldn’t begin thinking about a little life-restorative blackmail?

Written in three acts and covering a quarter of a century, The Plastic Seed is an environmental thriller that explores the hypocrisy of some aspects of the philosophy of wellness. This novella is part satire of the human potential movement, and sincere testimony to the ability of humans to face facts when given no choice.

 

 

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Thank you, Maisie Porter  and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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