A Home From Home – Veronica Henry / #Extract #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @veronica_henry

 

Sunshine, cider and family secrets…

Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors – arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.

For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved great-uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they’ve always belonged might now belong to them…

But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a total stranger. Gabriel Culbone has no idea why he’s been included, or what his connection to the farm – or the Melchiors – can be.

As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?

 

 

Extract

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Crack!

There was nothing more satisfying than the sound

of an axe splitting a log. Tabitha had spent all morning

getting her swing just right, like a golfer, and now she

had the perfect rhythm. It was better than any workout,

and she was stripped down to a camisole and shorts, dripping

with sweat. Not a ladylike glow, but good honest

salty sweat, running in rivulets down her face, her back,

everywhere . . .

She’d finally accepted that the tree wasn’t going to

survive. It had shown signs of disinterest in life some time

ago. She had done what she could to mollycoddle it over

the heat of the summer, but now there was nothing for

it but to chop it down and use it for firewood. Often,

they would keep fallen trees, and sometimes these would

continue to bear fruit, but this was blocking the way so

now, instead of an ancient apple tree, she had a beautiful

pile of logs waiting to be stacked in the wood-store for

drying.

She wasn’t sentimental. She would replace it, get a new

tree tucked safely into the orchard so it would get strong

before the first frost and the onset of winter, which would

be upon them before they were ready. It was always so

hard to believe cold weather was on its way in the soft

warmth of early autumn, with the trees and bushes and

hedgerows heavy with fruit, gold and purple and deep

red and orange.

She gathered up the last few logs, flung them in her

wheelbarrow and laid her axe on top. She gave a loud

whistle, and Poe – named by her cousin Georgia after

Edgar Allan Poe, because his shiny coat was as black as

a raven’s wing – bounded back to her. He was a formidable

ratter. Even though Dragonfly Farm wasn’t a proper

working farm – no cattle or sheep; no grain to store – the

outhouses were still a draw for vermin.

She calculated there was enough time for her to go and

have a long bath with a dose of Epsom salts to soothe her

muscles before heading to the Swan. She’d worked there

for seven years and she wouldn’t give it up for anything.

On the banks of the river Rushbrook that gave the village

its name, the pub was unspoilt, cosy but comfy, with a

good mix of locals and people from further afield who

popped in regularly for one of her famous pies. She was

part of the fixtures and fittings. She belonged there as

much as the flagstone floors and the cases full of fish that

had been caught in the river and the photographs of the

Rushbrook cricket team going back to the 1800s.

The pie-making had started when the chef had gone

off sick and Tabitha had stepped in: she didn’t have the

skills to cook to order, so she had taken the contents of

the fridge and made a selection of pies. They had gone

down a storm and were now the pub’s speciality. Chicken

and mushroom, steak and Stilton, venison, fish, spinach

and feta, rabbit and mustard – she changed them according

to the season. They were all topped with her shiny

pastry, hand-decorated with lattice work and leaves and

finally monogrammed with an entwined TM for Tabitha

Melchior.

Today, she was spending the afternoon making pies

before her shift behind the bar, which would finish about

midnight. Then she would be up at the crack of dawn the

next morning to exercise racehorses for Jimmy O’Gowan.

It was hard work and not nearly as glamorous as it

sounded, but she loved it: she was light but strong, and a

fearless rider. Every week Jimmy would plead with her to

come and work for him full time. ‘Ah, come on now, Miss

Melchior,’ he’d say, his voice syrupy with Galway charm.

‘You’re the only person who never lets me down. I need

you to run the yard. We’d win the Gold Cup every year

with you at the helm.’

But she would laugh her refusal.

When people asked Tabitha what she did for a living,

she was always amused by the look on their faces when

she recited the list. She’d worked out a long time ago that

she wasn’t a career girl. She didn’t want to be answerable

to anyone. She was a pie-making/racehorse-exercising/

cider-making/anything-else-that-came-her-way barmaid

who by and large chose exactly how to live her life.

OK, so she didn’t get sick pay or have much of a pension,

and even lumped together her income wasn’t huge,

but she did what she loved with people she loved and

she never got bored, and what could be better than that?

It was flexible too: if she wanted to disappear off to

Glastonbury for a week, she could. When she needed

to take time off for the apple harvest and annual cider

making, she could. And she was able to be spontaneous

and indulge in passion projects.

Thank you, Veronica Henry and Random Things Tours.

 

About the author

As an army child, I went to eight different schools, including the Royal School Bath, where I learnt Latin, how to make rock buns and how to take my bra off without getting undressed.  I went on to study Classics at Bristol University, followed by a bi-lingual secretarial course – a surprisingly useful combination.

I landed a job as Production Secretary on The Archers at Pebble Mill in Birmingham, where it used to take me two and a half hours to type out an Archers script on an Olivetti ET121 typewriter.  Duties ranged from recording the sound of newborn piglets to playing Peaches the barmaid in the Cat and Fiddle.  There was never a dull moment, and The Archers taught me that everyone needs an escape from everyday life.

From there, I became a script editor for Central Television, working on broadcasting legends Crossroads and Boon.  I started a family and became a freelance scriptwriter, writing hundreds of hours of television drama, including Heartbeat and Holby City.

In 2000 I got my first book deal, and am currently writing my twentieth novel.

I also write lifestyle features for newspapers and magazines, including Woman and Home, Red, The Daily Mail, Woman and The Sunday Times.

I speak regularly at Literary Festivals, libraries, WIs and charity events, talking about my career and the inspiration for my novels.

 

Blood Awakens – Jessaca Willis / #Extract #BlogTour #BloodAwakens #JessacaWillis #AwakenedSeries @FrasersFunHouse @jessacawillis

 

People called Sean a blood guide, though he never fully understood why. As far as he knew, he could hear heartbeats and heal people. It wasn’t until he walked in on his brother’s brutal murder that he learned of the darker nature of his power: blood speaks to him, and he to it. With a simple song, he can command it to do whatever he wants, and in that moment, he showed his brother’s murderers no mercy. Now Sean must fight to keep his inner demons in check and his path to redemption begins with the establishment of sanctuary for people like him, people with powers, the Awakened.

Graciela is one of many who did not Awaken, but she’s watched as her brother’s power as an empath—the ability to sense other’s emotions—has brought him to the brink of death. Together, they set across Central America in search of a cure, or at the very least, safety. What they find is a sanctuary called Hope, the same one Sean governs.

But they soon discover that even from within the compounds of the sanctuary, no one is safe. Not when there are people in the world with unimaginable power and insatiable bloodlust.

 

 

Extract

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Sean sprinted the rest of the way.

By the time he reached his mailbox, his stomach dropped. The front door was unhinged. Windows shattered. Graffiti covered the garage tucked beneath his house, and every other flat surface. Words like “blood demon” and “vampire”, slurs meant to alert the community of the danger living next door, were like red flashing sirens along the paneling. It was like he was staring at someone else’s home, he could hardly recognize it.

Suddenly, Sean’s spine stiffened. He could hear three heartbeats coming from inside, then the stagnant stench of iron enveloped him like a cloud. Blood. Fresh blood. But Sean’s ability examined it further, noted the subtlety of a musty leather odor specific only to the blood of a roider. Sean’s shoes screeched against the pavement as he bounded for the stairs.

His brother. Samson.

Thank you, Jessaca Willis and Frasers Fun House.

 

About the author

Jessaca is a fantasy writer, with an inclination toward the paranormal, dystopian, dark, and horror sub genres.

Jessaca studied social work for both her undergrad and graduate degrees and incorporates themes from her education (i.e. systems of oppression, family dynamics, mental health) into her writing. She is a self-proclaimed nerd who loves cosplay, video games, and comics. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and their human- and fur-babies. She is an amateur trapeze artist (though currently, she’s on hiatus after having a baby).

 

Author links

Website: https://www.jessacawillis.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jessacawillis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessacaWillisAuthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Nerdy4Books_Jessaca

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Awakens-Awakened-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07QNSQCVV/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=blood+awakens+jessica+williams&qid=1557743385&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0

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Only the Lonely – Joanne Nicholson / #PromoPost #BlogTour @rararesources @jolnicholson

 

After Tiffany is orphaned on the night of her 18th birthday, she discovers, as the sole heir to her parents’ estate, she has inherited a frozen embryo from when her parents did IVF to have her. Feeling lost, alone and longing for a sense of family, Tiffany can’t bring herself to destroy or donate the embryo. Instead, she decides to be impregnated with her biological twin.

A legal battle ensues over whether the embryo is a person or property and the ethics of whether it is acceptable to give birth to your own sibling.

 

 

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Thank you, Joanne Nicholson and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Joanne Nicholson is an Australian author who enjoys boating, exercising, reading, writing, music and spending quality time with family and friends.

Joanne’s career began in advertising and marketing. After a hiatus to raise her four children, she owned an indoor play centre, worked in property management and bookkeeping. Joanne gave these up to focus on her passion for writing.

She has published the contemporary women’s fiction novels: ‘Intuition’, ‘In Another Life’ and ‘Positive’, as well as a YA novel ‘Music Score’ and several short stories. Her latest novel is ‘Only the Lonely’.

 

Social Media Links 

Website: www.joannenicholsonauthor.com

Facebook @joannenicholsonauthor

Twitter @jolnicholson

Instagram @joannenicholsonauthor

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Only-Lonely-Joanne-Nicholson-ebook/dp/B07RMWH8C9

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American Dreams – Kenneth Bromberg / #GuestPost #BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater @flametreepress

 

In 1904 Czarist Russia, four-year-old Max witnesses the rape and murder of his mother by Russian soldiers. After the boy’s father extracts terrible revenge, father and son escape to New York, a teeming melting pot of immigrants. Max meets a young Polish girl, Sophie, who grows into a stunningly beautiful young woman. The two fall in love but their plans are shattered when Sophie is forced to marry a local crime boss and, once again, Max must watch as the most important person in his life is taken from him.

Thus begins Max’s ruthless climb to dominance of the New York underworld and Sophie’s transformation from a submissive girl to a strong woman who will allow no man determine her fate

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Ten Things About Me by Kenneth Bromberg

July 2019

1. I’ve traveled the world in search of good chocolate.

The best I ever found was a handmade bar in the little town of Melk, Austria, but France and Switzerland also weigh in with excellent products. Surprisingly delicious confections are produced in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. Hershey’s, made in America, is at the bottom of the barrel but small, independent manufacturers in New York and California are quite good. England, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan all make valiant efforts but I was unable to find anything really good in these countries.

2. I’m not the first writer in my family. My kids are.

My sons have co-written two movie scripts that turned into films. The first was a low-budget action flick starring Jean Claude van Damme and the second, of the same genre, stars Ryan Phillippe and should be released on Netflix within a year. I’m trying to catch up with my children.

3. I had a very pleasant chat with OJ Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole, three months before he murdered her. It was a good lesson for a writer.

The elementary school behind our house was used as a neighborhood playground on weekends during the 90’s. My youngest son went to play in the sandbox and I dutifully followed. He was playing with another five-year old whose father, OJ Simpson, was attending. As is common with fathers watching their kids together, we began to talk. Soon his ex-wife strolled over and joined us. They were both there for their daughter’s basketball practice and seemed to be on good terms. OJ was personable and generous, giving an autograph to my eldest son who eventually realized whom I was speaking with. It was graphic demonstration of how easily a person can hide his true self from people he meets.

4. My dad was a rocket scientist who played a key role in the moon landing.

My father, a PhD in engineering, was in charge of the lunar excursion module descent engine that landed the astronauts on the moon. I still remember him calling from Mission Control, both excited and relieved that it had succeeded. In addition, he solved a crucial thermodynamics problem that enabled the US to deploy ICBM’s (intercontinental ballistic missiles) before the Russians were able to. I didn’t know about that until after he died due to military secrecy and fear of kidnapping. I learned about it by reading a memorial posted by the National Academy of Sciences.

5. My mom was a holocaust survivor

My mother was born in Berlin and was ten years old when Adolph Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. It was a difficult time, culminating in November, 1938, with the infamous pounding on the door, soldiers marching in and taking her father. He was in Sachsenhausen concentration camp until March, 1939, when he was temporarily released in order to officially transfer his business to Nazi ownership. Aided by a courageous German, the family used the precious time

to escape, days before the gestapo came for all of them. My mom was sixteen when she arrived in America.

6. My day job for thirty-five years was as a Certified Public Accountant, which gave me material that I used in my first novel

My work as an accountant provided knowledge not only of financial transactions and balance sheets, but also of banking operations and money laundering, knowledge I make use of in my novel.

7. I supported myself for several years as a bartender, even though I don’t drink

I worked in Los Angeles in the 70’s, when the bar life was in full swing. It was a bit wild and crazy and the fact that I was reliably sober increased my value to management. It’s from this experience that I draw my knowledge of a working bar, which I use in my novel.

8. As a teenager, I became an excellent photographer because I was a terrible surfer.

I grew up in a Southern California beach town overlooking a popular surf spot. The cool kids surfed, so I tried my best. Unfortunately, I had poor balance and was horrible at surfing. But I quickly realized that surfers are uniformly narcissistic and set out to provide photographs. I set up a darkroom in my house and it turned out to be something for which I had real talent. It kept me in with the in crowd and had the added benefit of providing a little money.

9. My first photo class was from Ansel Adams.

Wanting to become better at my craft, I signed up for a seminar at a local community college. In 1969, Adams was well known to photographers but not yet a household name and he needed the money that teaching provided. So, my initial photography class was from the man who would become the best-known photographer in America and, in my opinion, the best.

10. As a young man I hiked the two hundred eleven-mile John Muir Trail that traverses the tallest peaks in the lower forty-eight states.

This was before GPS or cell phones and required extensive planning, compass use and orienteering. It was a spectacular experience I’ll never forget, and gave me confidence at a young age that I could achieve anything I wanted to. It was a thought I revisited when I began my first novel.

Thank you, Kenneth Bromberg and Random Things Tours.

About the author

Kenneth Bromberg grew up in the beach cities of
Southern California with a passion for tennis, American
history,and literature. He attended the University of
California,Los Angeles,after which he worked for several
years as a bartender. He eventually returned to UCLA to
pursue an MBA and become acertified public accountant.
After retiring from accounting, Kenneth fulfilled alifelong dream of
becoming a novelist. His first work, American Dreams, is based upon stories
told by his grandmother who immigrated to New York from asmall Jewish
village near Kiev in the first years of the 20th century. If you like Mario Puzo’s
The Godfatherand Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy, you will love this debut
novel.
He lives in Santa Monica, California, with his wife of forty years.

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A Right Royal Face-Off – Simon Edge / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @simonjedge

 

It is 1777, and England’s second-greatest portrait artist, Thomas Gainsborough, has a thriving practice a stone’s thrown from London’s royal palaces, while the press talks up his rivalry with Sir Joshua Reynolds, the pedantic theoretician who is the top dog of British portraiture.

Fonder of the low life than high society, Gainsborough loathes pandering to grand sitters, but he changes his tune when he is commissioned to paint King George III and his large family. In their final, most bitter competition, who will be chosen as court painter, Tom or Sir Joshua?

Meanwhile, two and a half centuries later, a badly damaged painting turns up on a downmarket antiques TV show being filmed in Suffolk. Could the monstrosity really be, as its eccentric owner claims, a Gainsborough? If so, who is the sitter? And why does he have donkey’s ears?

Mixing ancient and modern as he did in his acclaimed debut The Hopkins Conundrum, Simon Edge takes aim at fakery and pretension in this highly original celebration of one of our greatest artists.

 

 

Q&A

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When and where do you prefer to write?

I tend to write in the afternoons. I have a part-time day job, which I do from home, and I get that out of the way in the morning, leaving the rest of the day for any writing projects. I like to write in different rooms of the house, often following the sun around. A change of scene, away from a desk with all the distractions of wi-fi, is the most important thing.

Do you have a certain ritual?

Mostly I write long-hand in a notebook. Lately I’ve been investing in nicely bound ones from the factory shop at the silk mill near my home. I find it much easier to concentrate writing by hand: there are fewer distractions, you move forwards rather than going back over what you’ve written, and you tend to think harder to get a sentence right before you write it down. You can also do it anywhere, such as the garden in the summer.

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

I drink very strong black coffee, made in a stove-top espresso machine, first thing in the morning and after lunch, and otherwise tea – at the moment I’m keen on vanilla or spicy chai. It’s nicest of all to write with a glass of wine, but I try to confine that to weekends.

What is your favourite book?

For me, Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited is as close to perfection as a novel can come. Lady Marchmain is the most subtly drawn monster in English letters, because she believes so absolutely in her own goodness and cannot see the destruction she creates all around her. Very different in tone, Waugh’s Scoop – in which the staff of a newspaper adjust the world to fit their editor’s mistakes – is also a great achievement. Before I worked for the national press, I assumed the novel was a parody of the way that newspapers are run. Then I spent twenty-five years as a journalist, and I now know that the best satire is actually documentary.

Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

My first novel, The Hopkins Conundrum, mixed period drama, including the horrors of a Victorian shipwreck, with a modern comedy poking fun at the Da Vinci Code My second one, The Hurtle of Hell, billed as an atheist comedy, was about the strains of an upsetting incident on a gay relationship, intertwined with a metaphysical meditation about where in the universe God is meant to live. A Right Royal Face-Off mixes historical and modern writing, but in this case my innovation has been to play biographical fiction – usually a rather po-faced genre – for laughs. So, as you can see, my work deliberately defies genre anyway, putting strange combinations together to see where they take me. I intend to continue doing that.

Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Probably not in the way that people imagine. There are times when I’ve seen someone in the street or on the Tube who seems to embody a character I have in mind, and I use their face and body in my imagination, and paste a character on top. With some comic characters, it can be useful to have a voice in my head as I write the dialogue, and certain friends or acquaintances have unwittingly lent me theirs. There are two such examples in A Right Royal Face-Off, but I will never tell anyone who they are and I very much doubt they would ever recognise themselves.

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

No. I tend to have my best ideas with my eyes closed or when I’m walking my dogs. If the idea is any good, it will carry on taking shape and I don’t need to jot it down. I do, however, keep an ideas box for each novel, where I stick random scraps of paper, leaflets, pictures etc to come back to later. It has become a tradition but I’ve noticed that the boxes are emptier as I get more experienced. The first one was full of printouts from the internet and notes from days at the British Library, which were probably all a form of displacement activity. As I embark on my fourth novel for publication, I hope I’ve become more efficient.

Which genre do you not like at all?

I am prepared to run very fast from anything New Age.

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

I’m actually co-writing a book at the moment. It’s non-fiction work called Indian Spy, about an Indian naval officer who is in prison in Pakistan after confessing to espionage and terrorism offences. I’m writing it with Waseem Mahmood, who specialises in conflict-resolution projects in strife-torn parts of the world. He persuaded the Pakistani authorities to let us interview the subject of this book on death row.

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

I have just come back from a research trip for Indian Spy, which took us to western Pakistan, very near the border with Afghanistan. It’s a part of the country which is generally considered very unsafe for foreigners, so we travelled everywhere under armed guard and at one stage we had to be blindfolded, when we were being taken to a secret location. Having spent a lot of time in the Arab world in the Eighties and Nineties, I am very comfortable in Muslim countries and it was an immense privilege to visit parts of a beautiful country that most Westerners never see.

Thank you, Simon Edge and Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the author 

Simon Edge was born in Chester and read philosophy at Cambridge University.

He was editor of the pioneering London paper Capital Gay before becoming a gossip columnist on the Evening Standard and then a feature writer on the Daily Express, where he was also a theatre critic for many years.

He has an MA in Creative Writing from City University, London. His first novel, The Hopkins Conundrum, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. He lives in Suffolk.

Read more about Simon and his work at www.simon-edge.com.

Social Media Links 

Twitter: @simonjedge

Instagram: @simonjedge

Purchase Links

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Sisters of Willow House – Susanne O’Leary / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @susl

 

Sandy Cove #2

Roisin McKenna and her husband Cian are taking time apart. Unsure of what she wants, Roisin’s prayers are answered when she receives a call from her sister Maeve who is desperate for her help.

Roisin heads to Sandy Cove to help Maeve restore their aunt’s gorgeous tumbledown mansion Willow House and soon all she has time to focus on are its crumbling walls. Despite a shocking announcement from Maeve and hidden secrets in the house’s rafters, Roisin begins to feel a sense of self she’s been missing for years.

The ties that bind Roisin to her husband seem to be unfurling in the Irish wind, when she unexpectedly stumbles into a mysterious man on the beach. Suddenly, she’s swept up in the idea of another life she could lead…

The restoration may have brought the sisters back together, but as a storm rolls over the coast Roisin feels sure she must make a choice. Will her time at Willow House teach her the precious lessons she needs to return home or has the cove called to her in ways she’d never imagined it could?

 

 

My review

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book where the author tells Maeve’s story. In this one the focus is on Maeve’s sister Roisin.

Everybody’s life changes through the years. It can be in your professional or private life or in both at the same time. Is it a bad thing? Of course not because finally you can do what you always wanted to but could not find the time for. And now time is on your side and you don’t seem to find your feet.

You do not want to do something your heart is not into just to please someone else and vice versa. Why not do somehing on your own then? Is that a bad thing? Of course not. It gives you the chance to find out what you really want to do next.

There is a saying : When there are no photos, it did not happen, but does is necessarily mean that it happend when there are photos …???

The bottom line is clear : true love conquers all!

The author wrote, once again, a very entertaining story. 5 stars.

Thank you, Susanne O’Leary, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

Visit Susanne at her website, http://www.susanne-oleary.co.uk  or her blog, http://bit.ly/11F4e4S
Find her on Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1A2NAbr and on Twitter, http://bit.ly/1rH67dK

Buy Links        

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07R5PW856Social

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Wicked Girl – I.V. Olokita / #PromoPost #BlogTour @damppebbles @OlokitaI

 

“Even if a dog goes mad, it will always be a dog.” 

So said a small white sign hung on a wall in Birmingham Mental Institution Ward number 3. It had a black frame, written in a hand they were all well acquainted with. The letters had faded over time. In the end, among all the calligraphy in the frame, one could detect a blurred signature. It was mine.

John Wilcox is a young idler who loathes people except for young women. His destiny brought him near Birmingham Mental Institution during an earthquake. At that time Wilcox saves Elsie, an eccentric, half-deranged teenager. John pulls out every manipulation at his disposal to convince her that he is the right person to help her recover.

Grey, Alessi’s father, goes on a quest for his lost daughter. She, too, like her mother, was trying to escape him.

And so, began the tragic story between prey, and it’s supposed, predator.

 

 

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Thank you, I.V. Olokita  and damppebbles blog tours

 

About the author

I.V. Olokita has been providing medical care most of his life, specializing in management of medical aid to disaster areas all over the world. He also has a BA degree in logistics, and an MA degree in emergency and disaster situations management. He volunteers to rescue missions in disaster areas all over the world. I. V. Olokita is a happily married father of two adolescents and a foster father of five cats and two dogs.

Olokita’s first book (in Hebrew), Ten Simple Rules, was published in 2014. It won an Israeli literary prize, and immediately made an online bestseller. The following year, another book by Olokita, The Executioner From The Silent Valley, made a local bestseller in Israel. In May 2016, his third novel, Wicked Girl, was published, to great success, and is now presented in English. Olokita’s books are characterized by direct writing, twists and turns, requiring the reader to delve into and maintain vigilance from the beginning of the book to its surprising end.

 

Social Media

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OlokitaI

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iv.books/

Website: http://wickedgirl-olokita.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iv.olokita/

Purchase Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=wicked+girl+i.v.+olokita&qid=1562576980&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Girl-Psychological-Crime-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07RKNHGX4/ref=sr_1_1?crid=WPY0Y38713IC&keywords=wicked+girl+iv+olokita&qid=1562577378&s=gateway&sprefix=wicked+girl+i%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-1

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-Girl-I-V-Olokita/9781093571264

 

A Cornish Affair – Jo Lambert / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @jolambertwriter

 

In the close-knit community of Carrenporth in Cornwall everyone knows everyone else’s business. Luke Carrack is only too aware of this. He’s been away for two years but nothing has changed – from the town gossips who can’t see past the scandal of his childhood, to the cold way he is treated by some of his so-called family.

The only person who seems to understand is local hotelier’s daughter Cat Trevelyan, although even Luke’s new friendship with her could set tongues wagging.

But Carrenporth is about to experience far bigger scandals than the return of Luke Carrack – and the secrets unearthed in the process will shake the sleepy seaside town to its core …

 

 

My review

This was an absolute treasure. I thought it would be a love story pure and simple, but the author regaled us some suspense as well.

You were under the impression that you had it all but afterwards another lovely love story is revealed.

I am a huge fan of a mixture of friendship, love, intrigues, suspense, sadness and
of course what is a cake with the icing : the happy ending?

It was a very fluently written book and I could not put it away. I want to know what happens next, so I sincerely hope the author has started the book book already. 🙂

I just adored it. 5 stars

Thank you, Jo Lambert, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Jo Lambert lives on the eastern edge of Bath with her husband, one small grey feline called Mollie and a green MGB GT. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors.  She has been writing since 2008. Her first five books, a set of linked romantic sagas following the lives of several families in West Somerset, was followed in 2015 by Summer Moved On, a contemporary romance set in South Devon. A sequel, Watercolours in th Rain followed in 2017,

 In June 2018 Jo signed to Choc Lit and her debut A Cornish Affair, set in North Cornwall, has just been published. Jo is currently working on another coastal romance, this time set in South Cornwall.

When she isn’t writing she reads and reviews. She also has an active blog.  Jo loves travel, red wine and rock music and she often takes the odd photograph or two.

 

Social Media Links 

Website: http://jolambertbooks.com

Blog: http://jolambertwriter.blog

Twitter: @jolambertwriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jolambert185

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jo-lambert-6 4644530

Instagram: jolambertwriter185

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cornish-Affair-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07S4M3JNC

US – https://www.amazon.com/Cornish-Affair-Jo-Lambert-ebook/dp/B07S4M3JNC

 

 

 

 

The Serpent-Bearer and the Prince of Stars – C.S. Johnson / #PromoPost #BlogTour @RRBookTours1 @C_S_Johnson13 @Shanannigans81

 

A tiresome task.

A deceptive dragon.

A prince that changes everything.

Ophiuchus is a celebrated warrior of the Celestial Kingdom and a warrior among the Stars. He has been always been a dutiful servant of the Prince of Stars. So when the prince asks him to watch over the crafty serpent, Naga, Ophiuchus agrees. But as time passes and discouragement—both from Naga and others—Ophiuchus wonders if the Prince of Stars was right in asking him to take on the burdens of his task.

Will Ophiuchus honor his duty, or give into his heart’s weariness?

 

 

Promo Post

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Thank you, C. S. Johnson and R&R Book Tours.

 

About the author

C. S. Johnson is the award-winning, genre-hopping author of several novels, including young adult sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family. Find out more at http://www.csjohnson.me

 

Author Links

Website: https://www.csjohnson.me/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/C_S_Johnson13

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WriterCSJohnson

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writercsjohnson/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/writercsjohnson/

Purchase Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Serpent-Bearer-Prince-Stars-Demons-Starlight-ebook/dp/B07K9FHYG3/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=the+serpent-bearer+and+the+prince+of+stare&qid=1563366391&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Bridge to Eternity – Romola Farr / #Interview #BlogTour #LoveBooksGroupTours @RomolaFarr

 

Audrey leaves her comfortable life in the south of England to move into an old school boarding house on the edge of a moor. She is welcomed by locals who are unaware of the
real reason she has come to their small town.

Tina, an estate agent, feeling guilty for selling the house is worried about Audrey’s safety as she believes the folklore about a schoolboy who never went home.

Property developers are angry at losing a site that is ripe for development and has plans for Audrey’s future.

Malcolm, a widower, was Audrey’s Good Samaritan at the end of her long train journey and much to his surprise their brief encounter becomes a passionate romance, until one fateful
night…

 

 

Q&A

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When and where do you prefer to write?

I used to write in a study at the top of our house but when the internet / broadband really took off in about 2005, I got lonely as I wasn’t just creating anymore, I was also fielding emails etc. Now my children are grown-up, I have a work area near our kitchen so that even if I am creating I can still be part of life in the house and not feel cut-off. Also, I wake very early and can write for a few hours, especially at the weekend, whilst the family is asleep.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

My ritual is getting as much done as possible in my head before approaching the laptop.

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

Tea, coffee …and a glass of wine as a reward.

– What is your favourite book?

The most important series of books has to be Harry Potter. We spent a fortune buying our sons their own books, the audio tapes for the car, the toys, the bedding, the DVDs and, of course, seeing all the films. No book in my lifetime comes close to Harry Potter in terms of impact. Both my sons are readers and excellent spellers, thanks to Trojan work by J K Rowling.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

Drama is my genre laced with thrills, suspense, emotion and love.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

Nearly always!

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

I should do but I don’t. I let them percolate in my head – seems to work!

– Which genre do you not like at all?

Fantasy, superheroes, war, terrorism…

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

Sandi Toksvig – she would bring out the best in me and although I would be in awe, I could still look down at her!

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?

China… my grandfather was a Methodist missionary in China for fifteen years and there is a story to his life there and subsequent marriage that is begging to be told.

Thank you, Romola Farr and Love Books Tours Group.

 

About the author

Romola Farr first trod the boards on the West End stage aged sixteen and continued to work for the next eighteen years in theatre, TV and film – and as a photographic model. A trip to Hollywood led to the sale of her first screenplay and a successful change of direction as a screenwriter and playwright. Bridge To Eternity is her debut novel.

Romola Farr is a nom de plume.

romolafarr@gmail.com
@RomolaFarr
http://www.wildmoorpress.com