Sophie & the Bookmobile by Kathleen M. Jacobs / #Extract #BookTour @RABTBookTours




When Sophie’s family moves from New York City to West Virginia, she not only has to leave her friends and the city and library she loves so much, but she has to figure out what will happen when she discovers that there is no library in her new town. But when she discovers something called a bookmobile and other new treasures, all is right with the world.




Chapter 5

As Sophie and her parents traveled from New York City to Victor-y, West Virginia, the eight-hour drive in their packed-to-the-gills SUV didn’t seem as tedious as Sophie had originally thought it would be. They drove through the maddening New Jersey Turnpike, then through Pennsylvania and Maryland, and finally entered the northern part of the state of West Virginia. As they traveled across the land, the mountains shimmered as if they were a mirage; Sophie felt like she was coming home, even though she had never lived there. Once they had crossed into West Virginia and saw signs announcing West Virginia University, Sophie began to play the tape in her head with a more manic fast-forward than ever before, daydreaming of being a student at WVU and rooting on those Mountaineers. She might even one day go on a date with the school’s mascot. These daydreams she kept to herself. And suddenly, in thinking about going on a date, which she never had before, she thought about Pepper.

A few days before, Sophie and Pepper had said good-bye for the last time. Sophie was thankful that she was in the backseat of the car, with only Snowball to see her tears fall. She and Pepper had often met their friends Jenny, Sam, Nick, and Nat at the Starbucks on the corner of 96th and Lexington, sharing madeleines and sipping strawberry Frappuccinos—except for Nat, who always ordered an iced decaf green tea. Pepper’s chocolate dachshund, Charlie, sat at their feet.

Charlie was the only dog she’d ever known who smiled. When he waddled down the street, everyone smiled at him and he smiled back. The clerk at the dry-cleaning service across the street from Starbucks smiled at Charlie, the taxi drivers beeped

their horns at Charlie, and the owner of The Corner Market always brought Charlie a dish of water to lap up. Even George, the apartment building concierge, had a treat for Charlie whenever Pepper took him out for a walk. And every time the group walked through Central Park with Charlie, all the other dogs would gather around him as if they had all been invited to a party in the park, needing nothing more than Charlie to be there. He didn’t do much of anything, but he seemed to draw all the other dogs to him as if he had more to offer than he did.

As they made their way through West Virginia, Sophie kept returning to the one simple, but at the same time very complex, realization that where they were headed had no library. Again, she found herself asking the same question: “What?! No library?!” Sophie closed her eyes and recalled climbing the steps and passing between the lions, approaching the massive and yet so very inviting front doors of the New York Public Library, knowing that they knew her and she knew them so very well. She knew the security guards just inside the doors of the magnificent building by name. Joseph was often there in the afternoon, and Thomas, who was so skinny that if he turned sideways you just might miss him, was there mostly on the weekends.

“Good morning, Miss Sophie,” they would say with so much enthusiasm that you’d think it was her first visit to the library and that she was someone very important. Sophie would reply, “Good morning to you!” Then she would make her way to the children’s department, stopping first to glance through the windows of the gift shop to see what she might add to her Christmas or birthday or Easter wish list: socks with books stitched on them, pencils (because you can never have enough pencils, and they make great stocking stuffers) that had been stamped with The New York Public Library in gold, canvas tote bags with the lions painted on them, and t-shirts and puzzles, and books and books and more books. When she walked through the doors of the children’s department, she stopped first to greet the original characters of Winnie the Pooh—each delicate stuffed toy seeming to greet her in return with a secretive wink. She would especially miss seeing Piglet. Suddenly Sophie slid over next to Snowball, snuggling underneath the calico quilt that Snowball alone had claimed, the varied colors of green glistening off the sun’s rays as they fell across the mountains in the not-too-distant terrain.



Thank you, Kathleen M. Jacobs and RABT Book Tours


About the author

Kathleen M. Jacobs is the author of the critically-acclaimed YA-novel, Honeysuckle Holiday and Betsy Blossom Brown. Her other works include Marble Town, a book for the MG-reader. Her first children’s book, Please Close It! has enjoyed numerous awards, and her chapbooks The Puppeteer of Objects: A Lyrical Poem and Collected Curiosities: Poems, Essays & Opinions offer insights into human behavior and understanding. She is a former teacher of English and Creative Writing, and holds a M. A. in Humanistic Studies. She was the 2017 New River Gorge Writer-in-Residence.


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Heart and the City by Cecilia Fyre / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @CeciliaFyre




Love Medicine series book 1

British doctor Lea Holm has come to New York to work in her chosen field of emergency medicine. She loves her new life in this exciting city and can’t wait to get started with her research project. The last thing she needs are distractions.

But then she meets famous actor Ricco Como in her building – a distraction if ever there was one. He’s gorgeous and sweet, and there’s an immediate connection between them. Lea tries to resist temptation, but when he comes to her for help dealing with his steadily worsening migraine she can’t turn away from his plight.

As Ricco’s health takes a turn for the worse, their lives become more and more entwined. But can their growing attraction withstand the strain of his ill health, and can he let Lea be more than just his doctor?

The series is set in New York City and was written before COVID-19. It makes no reference to recent events.




– When and where do you prefer to write?

I used to write by hand first, so I could do it wherever I was. Now, though, as I’ve become more proficient at it, I write directly into Word, so I need to be at my desk. I like it when it’s quiet where I write.

– Do you have a certain ritual?

I write best in the morning, so I tend to get up early and write before work, when the world is still asleep.

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

Coffee! I’m not awake until I had to cups, so that’s always on my desk first thing. Also, I like plotting while eating chocolate. I tell myself it feeds the inspiration.

– What is your favourite book?

A recent favourite is Longbourn, Jo Baker. Great retelling of an Austen classic.

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

I’m already on my third genre. This pen name is new, I was doing something else before. I love reading all sorts, and as I become more confident I add more genres to my possible future endeavours.

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

Not a whole character, but certain backgrounds or traits, yes.

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

Always! I need a waterproof one for the shower though. That’s where I have my best ideas.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

No such thing. I’ve read some of everything, but real favourites are historical and mysteries.

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

She’s sadly dead now, but Ursula LeGuin would’ve been a dream come true.

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

I’ve always wanted to visit Thailand, and I have a few favourite authors who have written books set there, so that would probably be one.

Thank you, Cecilia Fyre and Rachel’s Random Resources


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Cecilia Fyre is the pen name of a romance author trying out something new.

She likes sunny, crisp autumn days. Cups of hot cocoa with little marshmallows floating on top. The roaring of the sea. Laughing until your face hurts. The silence when you curl up with a good book. Her stories are about people. Some of them are strange, some think they’re boring. They all have secrets, they’re all scared sometimes. Cecilia writes about life, about love. About how hard it is to do it right. Usually, there’s a happy ending, or at least there might be one, someday. But life’s not all sunshine and roses, and that’s why Cecilia tells her stories.

In the real world, Cecilia lives in England.


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Why She Died by J.G. Roberts / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @JuliaRobertsTV



Detective Rachel Hart #3

It was a person after all, but she was suspended in mid-air. Abi’s heart began to thump against her ribcage as the full horror of what she was seeing became apparent. Her shrill scream pierced the silence, startling birds into taking flight. ‘Help me!’ she cried. ‘Somebody please help!’

When beautiful and bright Hannah is late for their morning run, her best friend Abi thinks nothing of it. Hannah isn’t always that reliable – she’s probably just overslept.

But as Abi runs through the woods, following the same route she always does, she is greeted by a horrifying sight: Hannah’s body, swaying in the breeze.

Detective Rachel Hart is called to the scene. Something seems wrong from the start. Hannah’s friends and family insist that she had everything to live for, and no one has a bad word to say about her. But when murder is confirmed, and Rachel starts digging, she soon realises that there were plenty of people with reasons to want Hannah dead.

Then a second woman is found strangled in the same woods, and everything Rachel thought is thrown into doubt. Is there a serial killer at work?

Rachel is determined to find answers before another life is lost – all the time unaware that the killer’s sights are focussed firmly on her.

Can Rachel unravel the deadly game before she walks into a trap?




I sometimes tell myself that I should cut back a bit on reading. Every spare moment, I spend with my nose in a book and I still enjoy it thoroughly. Once in a while, I actually listen to myself and don’t subcribe for certain blog tours. It’s not because I don’t want to reads those books and it actually hurts when I can’t take part. Keeping my promises is very important to me, so I have to say no every now and then.

But very often I still say YES, please. And honestly, when I look back and see all those masterpieces I had the honour to read, i would not have missed them for the world. Who cares about sleep when authors and publishers treat you to all those goodies? 🙂

Talking about masterpieces. This one deserves a place in that category!

A best friend. A boyfriend. People you often have known for many weeks, months or even years. You trust them. You love them. You want to spend time with them. You would do anything for them. But how well do you really know them?? Were they worthy of your time, your friendship, your love?? Maybe they are. Maybe they aren’t.

The book is very intriguing and addictive. Once I started, it was almost impossible to stop.

The author has a great writing style and is a wonderful storyteller. I can’t wait to see what happens next. 5 stars.

Thank you, J.G. Roberts and Bookouture


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Having signed with Bookouture in late 2018, my first book with them, Little Girl Missing, was published in June 2019 followed by the second in the Detective Rachel Hart series in October of the same year. The third book in the series, my seventh novel overall, is called Why She Died and is on pre-order prior to publication in May 2020.
I’m originally from Nottingham, where I have based a couple of my novels, but I am now resident in Berkshire and have used Reading and the surrounding area as the location for the DCI Rachel Hart series.
From the age of ten I had wanted to write fiction but left it until I was fifty-seven before self-publishing my first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then, proving it’s never too late to start something new.
When I’m not writing, I am a full-time presenter on QVC, the UK’s most successful shopping channel where I have worked for over twenty-six years. I also enjoy cooking, watching football, in particular my team Crystal Palace, gardening, and Pilates which is helping with my rehabilitation following recent ankle surgery. I’m an animal lover and a committed vegetarian for the past thirty-five years. 


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No Accident by Robert Crouch / #Interview @robertcrouchuk


Kent Fisher Mysteries #1

A former gangster is dead. It looks like an accident. Only Kent Fisher suspects murder.

When the police decide Syd Collins’ death is a work accident, they hand over the investigation to environmental health officer, Kent Fisher, a man with more baggage than an airport carousel. He defies a restraining order to enter Tombstone Adventure Park and confronts the owner, Miles Birchill, who has his own reasons for blocking the investigation. Thwarted at every turn, Kent’s forced to bend the rules and is soon suspended from duty. He battles on, unearthing secrets and corruption that could destroy those he loves. With his personal and professional worlds on a collision course, he knows life will never be the same again.




1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?

As a full time writer, I spend most of my time at home, which is where I read. On holiday, I always have my Kindle. I enjoy relaxing with a good book, whether I’m indoors or outside. There’s always time for tea, cake and a book.

2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I’ve heard many actors say they enjoy playing bad guys because they’re more interesting characters, but I’m with the good guys. Sherlock Holmes was intensely complex and fascinating, which made him more interesting than the villains. The same goes for Morse. Maybe I’m bound to say that as a crime writer, but fairness and justice have always been important to me. As a child, I felt life dealt me some unfair blows. As an environmental health officer for most of my working life, my job was to protect people and improve standards, prosecuting the bad guys when necessary.

I’ve tried to bring all this to my good guy, Kent Fisher, who becomes more complex with each book I write.

3. Where can I find you when you are reading?

I read mainly at breakfast and lunchtime. You’ll usually find me at the breakfast bar or on the sofa with my Kindle. Paperbacks require three hands when you’re eating and reading, which is one of the reasons I prefer eBooks.

4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

I enjoy running, which gives me time to unwind and to think about writing. I’ve had some great ideas while out running. I’ve solved problems, written opening paragraphs and thought through many a plot idea.

Walking, especially on the wonderful South Downs, which are close to where I live, is another favourite pastime, especially with my wife and our West Highland white terrier, Harvey, for company. It’s a chance to explore potential settings for my books and discover hidden sights.

Pottering around the garden is another great way to relax and think.

I love meeting up with friends in a café for tea and cake. By now you should have realised how tea and cake feature strongly in my life and my reading. Many of these friends read my books, so it’s a perfect opportunity to get feedback and information for future stories.

5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

No problem. As I’ve already said, I prefer ebooks.

6. What are you most proud of?

It’s a close call between having my first novel published and giving up smoking. One wouldn’t have happened without the other.

Giving up smoking revealed an inner resolve I didn’t know I had – more so when you consider I also had to give up writing. Because writing and smoking were so intrinsically linked, I knew I couldn’t go on writing if I was to quit smoking for good.

Nine months after quitting, I felt the itch to write once more. I started a humorous blog about my experiences as an environment health manager. I saw it as no more than a test of whether I could still write. With expectations low, there was no pressure. As the blog satirised my experiences, I decided to hide behind the name of my creation, Kent Fisher.

Fisher’s Fables ran for seven years, using the characters from my original novel, No Accident, written several years before I quit smoking. From a humble beginning, the blog and characters developed, becoming more of a sitcom.

That’s when I realised I’d found my author voice. I looked at No Accident and wondered how it would sound in my new voice. I rewrote the entire novel, showed an author friend, who recommended me to a publisher. He offered me a contract after reading the first chapter and No Accident was finally published in June 2016.

7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Most authors I know are excited when they receive copies of their books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of my books and it’s good to see them in paperback, but I’m more interested in whether readers will enjoy the stories. That’s who they’re written for, after all.

I’m also writing the next story in the series when a book comes out. Writing consumes my energy and emotions. Creating a new murder mystery, putting my characters through the wringer, never knowing how things will turn out – that’s exciting.

8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

I’ve made so many mistakes and learned so much, I sometimes feel I could write a book on the subject. There’s plenty of good advice out there about writing something every day, staying positive in the face of rejection and to never give up. It’s good advice for an aspiring writer, but does it help you improve as a writer?

You get better with practice, sure, but I don’t think you start to achieve what you’re capable of until you find your unique writer’s voice. There’s very little that’s original these days, whatever genre you choose to write. So many books follow a formula or expected standards that are known to sell, which makes it difficult to stand out in a crowded market.

Until you realise that no one’s told the story the way you’re going to tell it. It may follow the accepted standards and formulas, but it will be uniquely yours.

And just as you need to find your author voice, you should always listen to your inner voice. This is the voice that tells you when something isn’t working or isn’t the best you can do. It also chides you

when you don’t listen and think you know best. Call it instinct, if you prefer, but ignore it at your peril. It’s rarely wrong.

9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Agatha Christie is one of the main inspirations for my murder mysteries. In many ways, she taught me how to write the classic whodunit, thanks mainly to Miss Marple. I would have loved to find out more about her and where she got her ideas from. She was so prolific she must have had so many plots and ideas buzzing around her head. And of course, there are those missing years.

My other main inspiration is Sue Grafton, who wrote the Alphabet murder series and created the wonderful private eye, Kinsey Millhone. When my first novel No Accident was published, I contacted her through Facebook Messenger to thank her for her great books, which inspired me to create my own private detective. I never expected a reply, but she wished me well with the book. It was the start of a conversation that lasted many months. I learned so much about Sue, her fears and hopes, the challenges of writing a series and the dreaded blank page. Those conversations assumed an even greater significance when she passed away last year.

10 .When and where do you prefer to write?

I write on weekdays (occasionally sneaking in a weekend here and there). I start writing around 8.30am and finish around 1.00pm for lunch. Sometimes I write for longer or return after lunch.

It means I start thinking about what I’ll write straight after breakfast. Some of my best ideas have come while I’m shaving. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve rushed from the bathroom, shaver in hand, to make a note.

I have a study where I write. As it’s upstairs, I have to go downstairs for a cup of tea or a glass of water. These refreshment breaks are my thinking time. If I’m struggling with a scene, the break gives me a chance to work on it in my head. The breaks also take me away from the computer, which is essential for avoiding aches, pains and repetitive strain injury.

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About the author

I write the kind of books I love to read.

Books ranging from the classic whodunit by authors like Agatha Christie, the feisty private eye novels of Sue Grafton, thrillers by Dick Francis, and the modern crime fiction of Peter James.

I also wanted Kent Fisher to be an ordinary person like me, drawn into solving a murder. He’s the underdog battling against superior forces and minds, seeking justice and fair play in a cruel world.

These are the values and motivations that drive us both. But Kent Fisher leads a much more colourful and exciting life.

After a long career as an environmental health officer, I now write full time from my home in East Sussex. You can often find me walking on the South Downs with my West Highland white terrier, Harvey, researching the settings. The peace and beauty of these rolling hills and sheer white cliffs always inspire me, filling me with ideas for future Kent Fisher mysteries.


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Water’s Edge by Gregg Olsen / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Gregg_Olsen



Detective Megan Carpenter #2

The young woman’s body is lying with her arms stretched out to each side. Her lips slightly parted. Her face untouched by injury and her hair spread around her head like a fan. A redhead. Just like the others.

When the body of Leann Truitt is found in a secluded cove in Mystery Bay, Detective Megan Carpenter is one of the first on the scene. The victim has tell-tale marks on her wrists, ankles and neck where she has been bound. But that’s not all. Next to Leann’s body lies a puzzling clue – an unusual symbol scratched into a rock. 

With rookie Deputy Ronnie Marsh under her wing and the investigation underway, Megan starts to receive disturbing messages. Someone knows about her traumatic past. They know what she did. 

Determined to stay focussed, Megan soon makes a chilling link between Leann’s brutal killing and the unsolved murder cases of two other women – all redheads with the same marks on their bodies, the same symbol carvings found at the crime scenes, and most shockingly, all had been pregnant. 

The killer stalks his prey, kidnapping and torturing them in a very exact and methodical pattern. And he is not finished yet… 

When the body of another woman is found bearing a striking resemblance to the other victims, Megan must crack the clues fast if she is to catch the twisted soul before they strike again.

Megan might be closing in on the killer, but someone is watching her every move. Can Megan hide the secrets of her past threatening to destroy her future? And can she protect herself and Ronnie before they both find themselves in terrible danger?




Megan Carpenter is one tough cookie. She is the queen of ruthlessness when it comes to culprits, but she fights with all she has for ‘her’ victims.

Playing by the rules? Well, yes but not very often. She makes her own rules, she twists the truth every once in a while (ahum 😉 ), but she always does it for a good cause : giving the killers she believes they deserve.

I just love the way the author has created her character. She is made out of steel on the outside, but very damaged on the inside and that what has made her who she is today. I just cannot resist opening my heart to her.

The author has a great writing style that makes it impossible to put the book down. He also adds some humour in it. It’s fun to read what Megan says, but also what she thinks at the same time. It made me snigger rather often. 🙂

What more can I say? It’s an great book by a great author. I am looking forward to new adventures and to more details being revealed from the past of the main character. 5 stars

Thank you, Gregg Olsen and Bookouture


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A #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, seventeen novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).


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The Match Disaster by Latesha Kellam / #Extract #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @LateshaKellam



This is a story about a middle-aged woman who recently got divorced and thought she was open to companionship. She was very apprehensive about opening her heart again after being hurt badly by her ex-husband. To her surprise, she met someone on that seemed like the man of her dreams. They had so much in common and really enjoyed each other’s company. He managed to convince her to be open to the possibility of falling in love again.

She ended up giving this man her heart only to find out that he wasn’t the man of her dreams at all. He wasn’t like her ex-husband but he had just as many issues. She found it difficult to be the woman that he needed her to be while not compromising her integrity and moral standards.

This story is told totally from her point of view. She is finally able to tell the love of her life everything that she wanted to say throughout their relationship. She is able to express her perspective on all the events that were occurring in their lives without feeling like she is being ungrateful for the good times but imagining the bad times.

She will take you through five years of her relationship. Will she figure out that she deserves so much better than how she was being treated? Or, will she talk herself into saving this relationship and giving her one true love another chance?




Chapter 1

We met on about a month after a short friendship with someone I met on  Although, that situation didn’t end well, I thought I would give online dating one more try and boy was I glad I did. I met you.  I was on one day and I noticed that you looked at my profile.  I decided to say hi to you through the app.  I was pretty shy about reaching out to guys that I didn’t know, but what did I have to lose?  The only thing that could happen was that you didn’t say hi back.  To my surprise you sent me a reply and it wasn’t just hi.  We began to talk and things got interesting pretty quickly.

Initially, I didn’t know how things would end up because you very blunt and to the point and I really wasn’t used to that.  I would ask you how your day was and you would respond, “It sucked.”  I thought to myself, this guy has a bleak outlook on life, but then one day when we were chatting online about your job, you made me laugh.  I said to myself, maybe he’s not so bad after all.  You actually had a sense of humor.

We talked frequently via the app for about 3 weeks.  We talked about how many children we had and their ages. Between the two of us, we had 4 boys.  You also told me that you had a daughter, that you raised, but she wasn’t biologically yours.  I really found that honorable.  You told me that your children lived with you, but it wasn’t because their mother passed away.  This also impressed me.  It definitely wasn’t as common for the man to have full custody of his children.  You asked me about my ex-husband and if he was involved in my children’s life.  At the time he wasn’t and you were very upset by that.  You just couldn’t understand why he wasn’t an active participant in the children’s life.  I had some of the same thoughts, so this was a sensitive subject for me.

One day we were chatting on the app and you told me that you had many more stories to tell me about work and the horrors of online dating, but they would be easier to tell me over the phone.  I figured that was your way of hinting that you wanted my phone number, so I finally gave it to you.  I remember the first time you texted me, I responded and then asked who I was talking to.  You responded, “It’s Thomas.  Didn’t your mama teach you not to talk to strangers.”  That made me laugh.  I liked that you made me laugh.  We progressed from texting to talking on the phone, but it took about a week.  During our first call, you explained why you took so long to call me.  You told me that you had been sick and you didn’t want me to hear your voice like that.  Our very first conversation lasted for over 2 hours. 

You told me so many stories about the horrific experiences you had with online dating.  They were so funny but disturbing at the same time.  It was a good thing I met you before hearing those type of stories because your stories made me question the process of online dating.  I asked you why you opted for online dating.  You were a very handsome and intelligent guy.  You had a successful career as an Engineer at a great company.  You could probably get any girl you wanted.  You told me it was because you didn’t hang out at the typical places that would allow you to meet someone and there was definitely nobody at your job who you be interested in dating.

It was amazing to me that I felt so comfortable with you right away, which was unusual for me.  It was like we knew each other forever.  After that first conversation, we talked on the phone almost every night for hours about various topics.  We talked about everything from work, politics, pop culture, music, relationships and so many other things, including what we expected from our significant other in a relationship.  During one of our conversations, you told me that you didn’t believe in traditional roles between a man and woman in a relationship.  You explained that you were looking for a partner and wasn’t planning on supporting anyone, anymore, after taking care of your ex-fiancée.  We discussed how you expected for whomever you were dating to help pay for the dates.  This would have normally been a turn off for me, but I actually understood what you were saying.  In my marriage, I was the one paying for everything, all of the time, so I didn’t mind contributing and helping to pay for our dates.  You told me that you didn’t mind paying for the first date but after that you would expect for me to pay for the second date.  You even told me a story about a girl you went out with and how she acted like she didn’t have money to pay for a second date that you were on and how you refused to pay.  The story was kind of funny, but I was horrified at the same time.

You told me that one of your biggest flaws was your temper.  You explained to me that you didn’t give people too many chances and that your first impression of a person was usually a lasting one for you.  You were very honest and told me that you were a stubborn person and you had no intentions of changing who you were.  You stated that either I liked you for who you were or I didn’t.  I appreciated the fact that you were honest and upfront about who you were.  I learned from my marriage that you can’t change people.  They are who they are, so I had no intentions of trying to change you. I felt if I couldn’t handle who you were, I would just end the relationship.

We were just talking on the phone for a little over 2 months when one night during our conversation, you asked me if we were ever going to go out on a date.  We were taking things quite slow, but I thought it was nice that we were taking the time to get to know each other before our first date.  The truth is, I was actually waiting for you to ask me on a date because I wanted to make sure you wanted to meet me like I wanted to meet you.  I was afraid of rejection, so there was no way, I was going to initiate that first date.  You asked me for a date that night and I definitely said yes.  I couldn’t wait to see if we had the same connection that we had over the phone, once we met in person. 

We were so excited about our first date that we talked about it every day on the phone up until the actual day of the date.  You kept changing your mind about the plans for that night.  You asked me multiple questions about what I was going to wear, while you were trying to determine what you were going to be wearing.  I had my outfit ready as soon as you asked me to officially go out on a date however, I didn’t plan on telling you about what I was going to wear.  I just wanted you to see me in it.  I expressed to you that I was nervous about meeting you because I was the total opposite of the girls you were normally attracted to.  I was short, brown skinned, independent and very opinionated.  You explained to me that you weren’t worried about the fact that I was different from the girls you normally dated and that my differences were a good thing.  You never dated anyone who had a Master’s degree, owned their own home and was career driven.  You said you were looking forward to being with someone who had those qualities.

Our first date ended up being pretty low key.  We went to Buffalo Wild Wings, where we intended to watch the UFC fight.  I got there about 20 minutes early because I was so nervous and I didn’t want to be late.  I remember sitting there waiting for you to walk through that door.  When you came in you looked at me and smiled. I was relieved, because you looked just like your picture.  I went to shake your hand and you pulled me in for a hug.  That surprised me since we really didn’t know each other, but I didn’t mind it.  I had on a green and black asymmetrical skirt with a black body shirt and a camouflage jacket that matched the skirt, with some black boots.  I thought I was looking pretty good.  I hoped you liked my outfit because I did.  You were wearing a tan Nautica sweater with some dark khaki pants and black shoes. You were also wearing your glasses.  In your online pictures you were wearing contacts, but I liked glasses on you.  I remember thinking that you looked very nice.

I was so relieved that you were so friendly, especially with us meeting for the first time.  We were seated and the conversation flowed as smoothly as it did when we talked on the phone.  I felt absolutely comfortable with you. The restaurant was playing country music on the radio and I started to sing the song. You made a face and I asked you what was wrong. You told me how you didn’t like country music because of a bad experience you had as teenager working at a barbecue joint in North Carolina.  You told me about the racism you encountered at that restaurant and how that turned you against country music.

When our waiter came over to take our order he was very rude. I must have given him the “look”, because when he walked a way you told me to behave myself.  I didn’t realize that you caught my reaction until you mentioned it, so I began to laugh.  You would quickly learn that I could keep my opinions to myself, but I definitely couldn’t control my facial expressions most of the time.

During dinner, I mentioned how my oldest son wanted a dog.  This was a subject matter that you were well versed in so we spent a large part of the date, googling dogs on your phone. You were determined to help me pick a suitable dog for my son that would also serve as protection.  After the UFC fight was uneventful, you asked me if I wanted to go to the movies.  I don’t know what got into me, but I was following you to your car.  You said, “You’re going to get in the car with a stranger?” I said no and started to laugh again.  I was so embarrassed as I walked to my car.  I normally wouldn’t have even considered doing something like that, but I was just so comfortable around you.  It felt like I had known you all of my life. 

We traveled to the movies in separate cars.  I followed you in my car, because I didn’t know the way to the movie theatre that we were going to.  We ended up seeing the Jennifer Lopez movie, “The Boy Next Door.” The movie wasn’t that great but the overall night seemed like a good first date.  We enjoyed each other’s company and laughed a lot.  You paid for the entire first date, however I was prepared to pay for the movies, especially since you told me how you felt about paying for everything. The next day, you texted me and told me that you had a good time.  Although you said you had a good time on our date, I was unsure about whether you would ask me out on a second date. During that week, you asked me out again.  We made plans to meet at Dave & Buster’s for our next date.

Thank you, Latesha Kellam and RABT Book Tours


About the author

Latesha Kellam is an author who takes her life experiences and puts them into words that will inspire others. She wrote her first story at the age of 14, about the events surrounding the unexpected death of her father. During the current phase of her life, she has the desire to not only write inspiring books but to help people, especially woman, recognize when they are in dysfunctional relationships. She lives by the old adage, experience is the best teacher, therefore she takes events from her own life to inspire her writing.


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Book of Skulls by David Hutchison / #Interview #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @davidwhutchison



Doctresses series #1

A Victorian tale of gender-bending, hidden identity, obsession and gruesome murder, set in Edinburgh’s Old Town.


Liz Moliette; a poor orphan of unknown heritage, and Amulya Patel; from a wealthy Indian family, are the only female students at the Edinburgh Medical School, where a hostile attitude towards women is driven by Professor Atticus. However, Liz and Amulya have allies in fellow student Campbell Preeble, The Reekie reporter Hector Findlay and the charming Dr Paul Love.

In dire need of funds, Liz becomes assistant to gruff lecturer and police surgeon Dr Florian Blyth.  When a series of grisly murders take place the doctor and Liz help Inspector Macleod in his investigation, which leads to the Edinburgh Asylum, the  Burry Man festival and the quack science of phrenology.  

The search for the killer comes dangerously close to Liz as she uncovers her own family secrets. 




Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?

On longer journeys I use an e-reader to go through rough drafts of work and a physical book for pleasure reading.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

The ‘bad one’.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Travelling, relaxing at home, anywhere really.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

At home playing peekaboo with the cat, or on location filmmaking.

Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

Always tempted by the randomness of second-hand ones. I’ve also had art exhibitions at Waterstones.

What are you most proud of?

My latest feature film, comedy meta-horror Baobhan Sith.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

I’m usually checking that the bleed is correct (as I’ve designed the covers for my books).

What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Build up a network of fellow writers and give each other constructive feedback.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Val Lewton, a writer/producer in the 40’s, who made the original Cat People.

When and where do you prefer to write?

I’ve always got a notebook on me so anywhere really, though probably favourite place is when I’m camping and don’t have internet access to distract me.

Thank you, David Hutchison and Love Books Group


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David Hutchison was brought up in the Scottish Highlands.  He worked for many years as a fisherman, crofter, DJ and self-taught artist.

His children’s book Storm Hags was shortlisted for the Kelpie Prize. He’s had several short stories published in anthologies (New Writing Scotland, Read By Dawn) and on BBC radio. He is also a filmmaker. He wrote and directed the sci-fi feature Graders, and comedy/meta-horror Baobhan Sith. 

He has just completed The Book of Skulls, a BAME and LBQT story of hidden identity and murder, inspired by Edinburgh’s murky medical history.

Last year he put on the exhibition Medical Inspirations, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Edinburgh Seven; the first group of women to matriculate at a British university.

He is currently working on Kore, a supernatural novel where a bank clerk is contacted through her new hearing aid by her dead girlfriend.   He also teaches a class in scriptwriting and is hoping to do some online class in the autumn.


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Fair Means Or Foul by Keith Wright / #Interview #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @keithwwright




The man sitting at the wheel of the car was 100 yards from his moment of destiny. He was oblivious to it, of course. Murderers don’t necessarily realise they are killers until a few seconds before it happens. Murderers are sometimes just like you and me. He would never have dreamed that such a thing might happen. Ridiculous. If anyone had told him that today was the day he would turn into a killer, he would have looked at them quizzically; questioning their sanity; instead of questioning his own.
The murder investigation into the death of a young girl at Nottingham’s Goose Fair throws up several suspects, close to home and further away. The stream of inquiries spirals into a climax, and suddenly another young life hangs in the balance.
Detective Inspector Stark and his team prepare to do anything to stop further bloodshed. They are willing to use any means necessary, whether it be fair means or foul.
In his fourth crime thriller, critically acclaimed author, Keith Wright, once again regales the stark reality of murder, derived from his hands-on experience as a CID detective sergeant working in an inner-city area.  




  1. Do you always take a book/ereader wherever you go?

I don’t take a book or e-reader everywhere I go, as usually I am writing. I can generally be found (in normal times), at home or in a coffee shop, plotting or writing. I try to read when I can, but as I am probably a little older than most, I have done my fair share in periods of my life when I wasn’t writing. Nowadays my reading tends to be when on holiday.

  1. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I’ve spent my life being ‘the good one.’ I was a detective for 25 years. I would find it really strange being the baddy and I wouldn’t be rooting for me. There is a subtle difference between being a ‘goodie-two-shoes,’ and being a detective mixing with the criminal echelons and fighting baddies on behalf of those unable to stick up for themselves. It’s not like you can hug it out of them? If it is written accurately there is plenty of interest in the ‘good’ character.

  1. Where can I find you when you are reading?

On holiday, with a coffee, or an occasional beer, a cigarette, and trying to balance my reading glasses underneath my sunglasses.

  1. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

At home or in a coffee shop writing, or with my family doing family stuff.

  1. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?

No, I always feel the draw to go into a book shop of any kind. Whether it was a second hand store or a Waterstones. I don’t discriminate. I will browse fiction and non-fiction alike and buy books, many of which I still wait to read. For years my grown up children often buy me a book for Christmas and birthday, usually one I would never buy myself. Sometimes that’s a good thing, sometimes not so much.

  1. What are you most proud of?

Putting aside the obvious, being a good father etc. I suppose my biggest writing achievements are being shortlisted for the John Creasey Award for the best debut crime novel for ‘One Oblique One.’ 

Secondly for getting great reviews in prestigious newspapers such as The Times, Financial Times, Sunday Express etc.

Finally, being heavily involved in Bouchercon the World Mystery Convention and being on the main panel in front of two thousand people.

  1. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

It is the thrill of seeing the end product. Something I have created from scratch and only exists because of me. It is the anticipation of knowing that people will read the book and be entertained and informed and surprised. It is knowing that I have created something that says, ‘I was here in planet earth.’ You hope there is a legacy in there. I don’t think anyone, but writers can really understand what a great feeling that is.

  1. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Do your own thing. Tell your own story. Be careful what advice you listen to, as most people know nothing, or if they do, it fits them not you. Keep it real. I share Stephen King’s advice to ‘show don’t tell,’ up to a point; while the bulk of the book should do this, sometimes you have to ‘tell’ to keep the pace right and avoid reader yawns.

  1. Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I will try to avoid the regulars such as Winston Churchill and Stephen Fry. I think I would like to interview my father. There was so much I did not ask him when he was alive, and I would be intrigued about the horrors he experienced in the war as a mere 19-year-old, his subsequent mental health issues and alcoholism. It would also be good to tell him I forgive him for being such a shit Dad.

  1. When and where do you prefer to write? 

As I have mentioned I tend to write in the house or in my regular coffee shop. I call the barista’s my co-workers. We just have different roles. I prefer the coffee shop overall.

Thank you, Keith Wright and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo


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Keith Wright is the Author of the crime novels in the ‘Inspector Stark series’ available on Amazon, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited|Audiobook on Audible and iTunes.


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Let’s Get Published by Val Penny / #CoverReveal #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @valeriepenny



At last, a book that is easy to read and tells it how it is! The book was written to assist authors to maximise their success when submitting work to agents or publishers, to help authors consider their priorities and preferences for getting work into print. To advise authors on how to identify the agents and/or publishers they want to approach. It should also assist with editing their manuscript fully prior to submission. The book offers advice about how to prepare a submission package to give an author the best chance of success. The road to becoming a successful author is not easy, but it is rewarding. Let this book take you on the journey.



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Thank you, Val Penny and Love Books Group


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Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats. She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University. She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However, she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballerina or owning a candy store. Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her crime novels, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ Hunter’s Revenge, Hunter’s Force and Hunter’s Blood form the bestselling series The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries. They are set in Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Crooked Cat Books. The fifth novel in the series, Hunter’s Secret, is published by darkstroke. Her first non-fiction book, Let’s Get Published is available now.


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The Best Man by A.S. Kelly / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @ASKelly_Books



I always turn up at just the wrong moment. I never know how to make the most of a situation; I don’t know the right thing to say, or when I should come or go. Let’s just say I have really shit timing.

I’m not a smart guy. I don’t have great ideas. I’m practical, a hard worker; someone who lives for his family, and for the air that she breathes.

It’s just a shame that the “she” in question never knew this. It’s a shame that I waited all these years to make my move. It’s useless to tell you, readers, that it was already too late; that I’d screwed everything up, once again. And, this time, my mistakes forced her to come home.

Except she didn’t want to stay.

And now she hates me – or maybe she doesn’t. I still haven’t worked out what’s going on between us, but like I said, I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. And even though this could be my last chance, I’m not going to be the one to ask her to stay. Not even if she turns out to be the one I’ve always waited for.

Because she doesn’t belong in this place.

And she doesn’t belong in my life.

My name is Alex Brennan, and this is my story: of how I realised I’d lost the most important person in my life, before I even had her.



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Thank you, A.S. Kelly and Barbara Gerholz


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A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.
She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.
She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.

Rainy Days is her debut novel.


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