I Shot the Sheriff by Regina Jeffers / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @reginajeffers @BookBuzznet

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William de Wendenal, the infamous Sheriff of Nottingham, has come to London, finally having wormed his way back into the good graces of the Royal family. Yet, not all of Society is prepared to forgive his former “supposed” transgressions, especially the Earl of Sherwood.

However, when de Wendenal is wounded in an attempt to protect Prince George from an assassin, he becomes caught up in a plot involving stolen artwork, kidnapping, murder, and seduction that brings him to Cheshire where he must willingly face a gun pointed directly at his chest and held by the one woman who stirs his soul, Miss Patience Busnick, the daughter of a man de Wendenal once escorted to prison.

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Thank you, Regina Jeffers and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Regina Jeffers, an award-winning author of historical cozy mysteries, Austenesque sequels and retellings, as well as Regency era romances, has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and author. Living outside of Charlotte, NC, Jeffers writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem, while mastering tension in her own life with a bit of gardening and the exuberance of her “grand joys.”

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Author Links

Website: http://rjefferscom.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/reginajeffers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Regina-Jeffers-Author-Page-141407102548455/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darcy4ever/

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/historical-romantic-suspense-i-shot-the-sheriff/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Shot-Sheriff-Tragic-Characters-Classic-ebook/dp/B08NQ49SQW/

A Christmas Wedding at the Castle by Eliza J Scott/ #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ElizaJScott1

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Life on the Moors Book 5

Do you believe in fate? Livvie Weatherill does…

This time last year, if anyone had told Livvie Weatherill she’d have fallen in love and would be making plans for her Christmas wedding to Zander Gillespie, she would have laughed in their face. If they’d gone on to say they’d be planning to have their wedding at the imposing Danskelfe Castle, she’d have laughed even louder!

But it would seem fate had plans for her…

Since moving to the pretty moorland village of Lytell Stangdale Livvie is happier than she’s ever been. She’s living with Zander and she’s working at her dream job as a wedding dress designer at Romantique with her friends, Kitty and Violet. It’s fair to say, she’s enjoying immersing herself in village life, from romantic walks in the countryside, to meeting friends at the quaint Sunne Inne. And she can’t think of anything better than rounding off the day cosying up with Zander.

Life is sweet.

Her blossoming friendship with Freda Easton, the endearing but reclusive elderly lady who lives down the lane, has taken everyone by surprise. But Freda has a secret and, in a turn of events no one could predict, she finds herself grateful for Livvie’s fierce loyalty, cementing their friendship further.

Just when things seem to be running smoothly, a face from the past arrives on the doorstep casting a shadow over Livvie’s wedding plans. Adding to the drama, an icy blast of Arctic air brings heavy snowfall to the village, covering the moors in a thick blanket of snow.

Is their love strong enough to withstand the challenges thrown at them? Will they get their magical Christmas wedding?

Join Livvie and Zander – and all the usual characters – for a sparkling Christmas full of love and laughter in Lytell Stangdale.

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Reading the next instalment of one of your favourite series is always something you look forward to and when the author decided to add a wedding to the mix it certainly is a bonus for a wedding lover like me.

I had been waiting for this one to arrive in to my mail box. Not that I did not have other books to read in the meantime but the book addicts will understand the feeling 😉

The timing could not have been more perfect. Just as I was finishing a book, this one landed in my mail box meaning that I could start devouring it straight away.

Ahhh bliss… It felt like getting comfy in your favourite sofa with a cup of tea and a (few) biscuits. Seeing the trusted characters again and being introduced to new (some not always so nice) ones is great.

Love, trust and friends are key words. No only in this story but in every situation. When you know that someone has your back, it’s easier to conquer the world.

I loved the book and I have the feeling there is more to come. At least I strongly hope so. 5 stars

Thank you, Eliza J Scott and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author 

Eliza is proud to be a member of the RNA. She lives in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden, fighting a losing battle against the weeds.

When she’s not reading or gardening, Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Her biggest weakness is ginger biscuits dunked in tea.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heartwarming romance stories with relatable female characters. She enjoys exploring the dynamics of female friendship, with a key feature of her books being how women pull together and support one another when things get tough.

Eliza’s novels will always have happy endings.

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Author Links 

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Blog: www.elizajscott.com

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

Amazon Author Page: UK:  www.amazon.co.uk/Eliza-J-Scott/e/B07DMQWPMH

                                        US: www.amazon.com/Eliza-J-Scott/e/B07DMQWPMH

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Wedding-Castle-heartwarming-feel-good-ebook/dp/B08M48P9BB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Wedding-Castle-heartwarming-feel-good-ebook/dp/B08M48P9BB

The End of Where We Begin by Rosalind Russell / #Extract #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @ImpressBooks1 @Ros__Russell

Veronica is a teenager when civil war erupts in South Sudan. Lonely and friendless after the death of her father, she finds solace in her first boyfriend, and together they flee across the city when the fighting breaks out. On the same night, Daniel, the son of a colonel, also makes his escape, but finds himself stranded by the River Nile, alone and vulnerable. Lilian is a young mother, who runs for her life holding the hand of her little boy Harmony – until a bomb attack wrenches them apart, forcing her to trek on alone.

After epic journeys of endurance, their lives cross in Bidi Bidi in Uganda – the world’s largest refugee camp. There they meet James, a counsellor who helps them to find light and hope in the darkest of places.

The End of Where We Begin is a gripping and intimate true life account of three young people whose promising lives are brutally interrupted by war. It documents their heart-breaking and inspiring battle to keep moving on through the extremes of attack, injury, exile and trauma. It is a story of the bonds of community and resilience in adversity – a powerful message for our troubled times.

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PROLOGUE

With the first hint of dawn the camp begins to stir. The darkness fades and the small, twittering birds that share this desolate, unsatisfactory home with a quarter of a million refugees launch into their feeble chorus. A pale, violet light seeps through the cracks around the door to Lilian’s one-roomed home and slowly her eyelids open. Another day. She sits up on the narrow iron bedstead, plants her feet on the dirt floor and steps straight outside in her nightdress. The jumbled remnants of a dream slip away as her muscle memory walks her, barefoot, to the water tap.

Things move slowly in the camp. Time and money, the twin engines of life elsewhere, aren’t so important here. There are hardly any jobs and very little cash. It is always hot, so no one rushes, but there are still certain chores that need to be done. At the water pump, neat lines of yellow plastic jerrycans radiate from the single tap like sun rays in a child’s drawing. Lilian sets down her container at the end of a row. Dozens of women have got there before her. The tap won’t be switched on until seven and they have scratched their initials onto the containers so they can come back to claim their places once they’ve got the cooking fires going.

Lilian lives by herself in the camp, but she hasn’t always been alone. She was married at nineteen and she and her husband had a beautiful baby boy. In South Sudan she had a job

Thank you, Rosalind Russell and Love Books Group

About the author

Rosalind Russell is a journalist who worked for more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Independent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Her reporting has included the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq and Burma’s Saffron Revolution. She lives in London with her husband and their two daughters. Burma’s Spring is her first book.

Book Link

https://amzn.to/34vBxK8

What is a Dream? by Shanita Allen / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @letsgodreaming1 @BookBuzznet

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Let’s Go Dreaming, Book 2

Have you ever wondered “just what exactly is a dream?” What do dreams sound like? What do dreams feel like? How are dreams created? Well, this adorable bedtime story explains it all!

Join Little Ari and her talking dog, Pepper, as she reveals a magical formula for creating a dream and explains what dreams are, through the use of the 5 senses. This whimsical bedtime story will certainly ensure that your little one has the sweetest of dreams.

“What Is A Dream?” is a bedtime story for toddlers and young children ages 4-8. Your child will be sleeping peacefully after reading this, while venturing into the world of dreams. “What is a Dream?” is the second book in the Let’s Go Dreaming series, written by author Shanita Allen.

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About the author

Shanita Allen is the author of the Let’s Go Dreaming children’s book series, which inspires young minds to dream big and allows readers to see the world through the eyes of Little Ari and her talking dog, Pepper. The Let’s Go Dreaming series is a collection of 9 books that teach lessons about acceptance, diversity, friendship, special needs, and bullying.

​Shanita is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She has 17 years of experience serving individuals with Developmental Disabilities.

Shanita is a native Floridian and loves to travel. She has visited several countries around the world including China, Spain, and Denmark. One of her books, Let’s Go Dreaming: Journey to Paris, was inspired by her trip to France.

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Website: http://www.letsgodreaming.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/letsgodreaming1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letsgodreaming11

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/letsgodreaming11

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/childrens-book-what-is-a-dream-by-shanita-allen/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/What-Dream-Lets-Dreaming-Book-ebook/dp/B08BS4QJVW/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-is-a-dream-shanita-allen/1137317291?ean=9781733373951

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/what-is-a-dream

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781733373951

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Other Books in the Let’s Go Dreaming Series:

Sleep, Tiny Dreamer

Let’s Go Dreaming, Book 1

“Sleep, Tiny Dreamer. Where will you go tonight? Will you swim across the ocean? Or will you take a flight?”

This bedtime story poses the question “where will your little one go in their dreams?” and encourages them to think of all the endless possibilities. 

Sleep, Tiny Dreamer is Shanita Allen’s first book in the Let’s Go Dreaming series. This is a sweet bedtime story full of hope and innocence…inspiring young minds to dream big!

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XBJJVN6/

A Real Royal Christmess by Linda West / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources @Morningmayan

 

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Jess is trying to win back her boyfriend, who dumped her for being boring. Jamie is trying to complete his father’s bucket list before he takes the Crown. Both of them are hiding who they truly are, and when the truth is discovered, it’s a real royal Christmess!

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About the author 

Linda West is the best selling author of the adorable and enchanting “Christmas Kisses and Cookies.” It is a delightful series of holiday romances based around the town of Kissing Bridge and the magical Landers sisters who are the reigning blue ribbon cookie queens thanks to their mothers’ ‘special’ recipe book. 

Linda was the owner of Mayberry – a celebrity-filled restaurant in Malibu where many of her recipes enchanted the regulars such as Tom Hanks and Anthony Hopkins to name a few. Her recipes are sprinkled throughout her fiction books much to the delight of her fans.

Her newest venture is in the cozy mystery and humor genre. With – Death by Crockpot – the first in her newest series -Linda takes her favorite known characters from Kissing Bridge and throws them into some side-splitting funny adventures. 

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Author Links 

https://twitter.com/Morningmayan

http://www.morningmayan.com/

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08KTMFCK4

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KTMFCK4

Promises in the Dark by D.K. Hood / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DKHood_Author

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Detectives Kane and Alton #10

The young girl pushes against the backseat of the family sedan, fighting to free herself from the crude ties restricting her hands and feet. As the car speeds towards the edge of town, she looks back at her family home, and watches in horror as it is suddenly engulfed in a mass of flames. Trembling with fear, she turns towards the driver and hears only laughter. She knows that the worst is yet to come…

Detective Jenna Alton surveys the charred remains of the large suburban home, stopping to pause at the three lifeless bodies of the Woods family. Jenna knows she’s looking for a serial killer, but her priority is finding the missing teenage daughter last seen on the night of the inferno.

Days later, Sophie Wood’s body is discovered floating in a shallow pool of crystal-clear water—known locally as Dead Man’s Drop—but Jenna still doesn’t know who would target the quiet family in such a brutal attack.

Delving into the family’s past, she makes a shocking discovery—a link between the killer and someone connected to her deputy David Kane. If Jenna is right and the killer is back and seeking revenge, then she must act fast to keep her deputy safe.

When another girl is taken, Jenna and David follow the trail into a network of underground caves on the outskirts of town. With little time before the killer claims his next victim, they race into the pitch-black tunnels, unsure whether they have just walked into the killer’s trap. Can they find the girl in time and escape the caves without the killer chasing them down?

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

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We are back in Black Rock Falls and for the first time it seems like it’s a village like any other village. Nothing really seems to happen at the moment and normally Jenna and her team don’t know where to start first. They are all a bit bored. It’s not that they want something bad to happen to someone but they feel lost and then all hell breaks loose…

An ice cold case that suddenly turns into a red hot one and the author has me in her grip once again.

A killer who seems to be as slippery as a bar of soap gives the police force a run for their money and the clock is ticking like a timebomb…

Another cracking good story that establishes once more why I like this author so much. This time I must have been extra alert, because I figured out who the culprit was. Two little words made a click in my head and bingo. Woohooo. For once one plus one made two and not three as usual 😉

Already looking forward to the next instalment. 5 stars

Thank you, D.K. Hood and Bookouture

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About the author

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.
My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

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Author Links

Website: www.dkhood.com

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DKHood_Author

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Amazon: https://geni.us/B08H5QNTK6Social

Apple: http://ow.ly/Km6850BfJ8Y

Kobo: http://ow.ly/JNOr50BfJ7i

Google: http://ow.ly/Krvm50BfJde

 

 

 

 

 

A Taste of His Own Medicine by Linda Fawke / #Interview #BookBirthdayBlitz @rararesources @LindaFawke

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How long can the desire for revenge last?

Kate Shaw, a successful pharmacist, goes to a thirty-year reunion at her old university and uses the weekend to settle some old scores. Her main target is her ex-lover, Jonathan. She decides to scar him for life as he scarred her. Her bizarre plan works but he shocks her with his strange, unwanted reaction.

What is the unexpected link between Jonathan and Kate’s husband?

What is the significance of the ‘Love Bite’ photograph?

What hold does Jonathan have over Kate?

Revenge is never simple.

A darkly humorous story of love, lust, loss and vengeance.

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– When and where do you prefer to write?

I love writing late at night, sometimes into the early hours. I sit in my study, in silence – no radio or music – tapping away at my laptop. I’m lucky to have an antique desk and that’s where I sit, my creative place. I like having my writing paraphernalia around me: paper for notes, pens and pencils, lots of writing magazines. I like the curtains open so I the darkness outside can creep in. I ignore my husband who often shouts, ‘Do you know what time it is?’ If the computer didn’t tell me, I wouldn’t know. When I do go to bed, my head is buzzing and I find it hard to sleep. The price I pay for being a nocturnal writer!

– Do you have a certain ritual?

Not really. Always writing in the same place is the closest I get to ritual.

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

No. I rarely eat and although I may have a cup of coffee with me, it generally goes cold. Eating and drinking are a distraction. However, I have found words flow well after a glass or two of wine! They may not necessarily be useful words but sometimes I find a gem.

– What is your favourite book?

So difficult! I think it changes all the time. I’m a member of a book group and some of the novels we have chosen recently have inspired me. These include ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens, ‘The Good People’ by Hannah Kent and ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ by Amor Towles. These are, in my opinion, particularly well-written books and I’ve lost myself in them.

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

If I have to put my writing into a genre, I’d say it was Women’s Fiction, suitable for book clubs. However, I know many men who’ve enjoyed my books so the description isn’t totally true. I write what I enjoy most and I think that will continue although I am thinking about a novel set in the 1950s/60s – the period in which I grew up –  which would be earlier time-wise than my present novels.  However, I am also writing a book about skiing, based on my and my family’s experiences. A piece of creative non-fiction. So that is totally different.

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

I never use an individual as the basis for a character. I do, however, often use aspects of an individual, something they’ve done or a physical characteristic. I make sure it’s not obvious. Many friends have searched for themselves in my novels – unsuccessfully! I like to use places I know as settings. It gives veracity and personal insight.

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

Not everywhere but I often have one, especially when I travel. I also have a notebook by my bed. I’ve been known to scribble in it in the dark to avoid waking my husband – deciphering my jottings in the morning is interesting. I write in my head on journeys and walks so a notepad is useful or memory failure takes over.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

I’m not keen on horror although as I rarely read it, I’m no expert. I find it either not really horrific or unbelievable. I would consider classic horror, like Dracula, an exception.

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

I really admire people who co-write books but can’t imagine doing it. I just don’t know how I’d start. So, bearing that in mind, my choice of author to write with would have to be Nicci Gerrard, who writes with her husband, Sean French, as Nicci French. I love their Frieda Klein novels and would not have guessed that there were two authors. Their writing is seamless – so I think I’d learn a huge amount from Nicci.

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

It would probably be France as it’s a country I love and visit often. I speak reasonable French and that is an asset. I enjoy travel writing so I’ve done research overseas before. I used a visit to Verona as the basis of an event in my second novel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’.

 Thank you for interviewing me – I appreciate that.

Thank you, Linda Fawke and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author

Linda Fawke is an arts person who studied science but always wanted to write. Now retired, she indulges this passion, writing fiction and non-fiction, even occasional poetry, preferably late at night. She has now written two novels, ‘A Taste of his own Medicine’ and its sequel, ‘A Prescription for Madness’ using her background in pharmacy as the setting of both. These are easy books to read, suitable for Book Club discussions. ‘ A Prescription for Madness’ is more serious than the first book, dealing with such issues as pregnancy in later life and Down’s Syndrome.

She has been a winner of the Daily Telegraph ‘Just Back’ travel-writing competition and has published in various magazines including ‘Mslexia’, ‘Litro’ online, ‘Scribble’, ‘The Oldie’, ‘Berkshire Life’ and ‘Living France’. She was a finalist in the ‘Hysteria’ short story competition.

Linda blogs at http://www.linimeant.wordpress.com where her ‘Random Writings’ include a range of topics from travel to ‘Things that pop into my head’.

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Author Links

Twitter: @LindaFawke

Facebook: Linda Fawke

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Taste-his-own-Medicine-ebook/dp/B01N2NYZVN/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Taste-his-own-Medicine-ebook/dp/B01N2NYZVN/

This Year Maybe by Liz Hinds / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources @LizHindsAuthor

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Alison and David have been engaged for so long that even Alison’s mother has given up asking when, but it’s second time around for both of them and they’re not in any particular hurry.
That said, Alison is beginning to wonder if living with her has put David off the idea of marriage so when he suggests they set a date she is delighted. But that date is six months’ away and a lot can happen in six months – especially if you’re Alison!

‘My son’s been arrested, Great-aunt Millie’s fallen in love, my best friend suspects her husband of having an affair, and I still need to lose weight. How on earth can I think about getting married?’

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About the author

I’m a golden-retriever-loving granny, who enjoys walking by the sea or in the woods, who eats too much chocolate, and who gets over-excited when the Welsh team plays rugby.

I have self-published two novels, This Time Last Year, and The Dog-walking Club, but I’m also an experienced freelance writer and author of several non-fiction books published by Hodder & Stoughton, Scripture Union and Kevin Mayhew.

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Facebook – LizHindsAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LizHindsAuthor

Website – http://lizhinds.online

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Year-Maybe-Alisss-Adventures-ebook/dp/B08LLDZ9NP/  

US – https://www.amazon.com/This-Year-Maybe-Alisss-Adventures-ebook/dp/B08LLDZ9NP/

My Brother’s Keeper by Courtnee Turner Hoyle / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @jancarolbooks

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A Pale Woods Mystery: Book One

Seventeen-year-old Jerrod has struggled with the guilt of his actions for an event that took place almost a year ago. His friends have abandoned him, his family ignores him, and he lost his best friend. To make matters worse, he was unable to access records that may have revealed his father’s whereabouts. His sister, Ella, guides Jerrod as he tries to learn and accept secrets his family has tried to hide. However, a sinister spirit may be influencing Ella’s actions, and it has an agenda of its own.

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About the author

Courtnee Turner Hoyle was raised in Unicoi County, surrounded by the traditions and dialect of the area. She embraced the regional stories, mountain views, and culture -except sweet tea and unannounced visits – and sought to correct the misconceptions about the local people and the town stories that turned into rumors. Despite the challenges that face a young mother, she graduated East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in technical writing, and a Bachelor of Business. She received a Master of Arts in Teaching from the same university, and began writing novels. She volunteers with community organizations, and she has been involved with Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians for several years as a Troop Administrator. She also volunteers with the Girl Scout Service Unit in her area. Her responsibilities include planning events, organizing social media releases for the service unit, and writing articles about the activities and accomplishments of all the troops in her county. She resides in Erwin, Tennessee, with her children and husband. She has hiked the section of the Appalachian Trail near her home, has visited many of the caves and other mountain trails in the area, and is fascinated by their enigmatic appeal. She likes reading, writing, and any reasonable music. Most of all, she enjoys sharing adventures with her children and making memories through their experiences.

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Website: https://courtneeturnerhoyle.com/?fbclid=IwAR1k_G-GjOoWIZ4AAvq3nOq9WoKkHGqNK4g6oNi3aFNTKCxlNmHhp4DyCeA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Courtnee-Turner-Hoyles-Pale-Woods-Erwin-Mystery-Book-Series-109670063806502

Blog: https://courtneeturnerhoyle.com/blog/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54566654-my-brother-s-keeper?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=yChbHYOShZ&rank=1

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

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/My-Brothers-Keeper-Woods-Mystery/dp/1950895432/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1598471148&sr=8-1

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-brothers-keeper-courtnee-turner-hoyle/1137334690?ean=9781950895434

Crime and Justice by Martin Bodenham / #Interview #BlogTour @damppebbles @MartinBodenham @DownAndOutBooks

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What if we could no longer trust DNA profiling, the silver bullet of our criminal justice system? For years, we’ve relied on it to solve decades-old crimes, convict the guilty, and liberate the innocent from death row. But what happens to that trust when a crime lab scientist is leaned on to manipulate the evidence or, worse still, lose it altogether?

Ruthless Seattle mayor, Patti Rainsford, announces her candidacy for state governor. She’ll do anything to succeed. When her son is arrested for the rape and assault of a seventeen-year-old girl, Rainsford’s political career is in jeopardy.

Detective Linda Farrell is assigned to investigate. After twelve years working in SPD’s sexual assault unit, her career is drifting, not helped by the single-minded detective’s contempt for police protocol and the pressure of her failing marriage. The high-profile rape case is a rare chance to shine and maybe even get her life back on track. Nothing will stop her seeking justice for the young victim.

With a mountain of personal debt and his wife’s business on a knife-edge, Clark Stanton is facing financial meltdown. Then a stranger offers him a lifeline in return for a favor. As the manager of Seattle’s crime lab, all Clark has to do is make the rape kit evidence against the mayor’s son go away.

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1. Which character would you like to be in this book?

It has to be Detective Linda Farrell, who heads up the investigation into the rape allegation against the mayor’s son. I love her rebellious character, her disdain for arrogance, and her unstinting search for justice. While she makes mistakes and takes decisions that appear reckless at times, her heart is always in the right place.

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

My Kindle comes with me whenever I’m travelling. As I live in both Canada and the UK, that means it has probably clocked up more air miles than I dare count. Strangely, when I’m reading at home, I still prefer paperbacks. They are easier to flit backwards and forwards. As I read, I like to go back and reread sections to see how an author has dropped clues along the way. I find that difficult with an e-reader.

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

Probably the bad guy. It seems everyone remembers the bad characters. If you think of one of my favourite crime thriller films, No Country For Old Men, everyone remembers Anton Chigurh, the antagonist played by Javier Bardem. Whenever, friends ask to be a named character in one of my novels, inevitably they want to be a bad guy. What does that say about us?

4. Do you prefer to read/write standalones or series?

So far, I have written only standalone novels, mainly because the story ideas have come to me before the main characters. Having said that, I’ve already had a few readers ask me what happens next to Detective Linda Farrell from Crime And Justice. For the first time, I’m thinking whether a future novel should develop her story. I like her character, so it would be fun to see what she gets up to.

As a reader, I’m a big fan of John Grisham’s novels, and, generally speaking, he has stuck to standalone stories. I guess if you create a character like Ian Rankin’s Rebus, it must be comforting to know there are already readers who are waiting to find out what happens next.

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

In the summer in Canada, I have a favourite spot on our patio where I can sit in the shade and only be interrupted by the drone of hummingbirds as they hover at our feeder. In the UK, you can normally find me in a Caffe Nero, reading a quick chapter over a skinny latte.

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

My wife and I are keen walkers. When we are in the UK, we love nothing more than hiking a country trail and then stopping for our reward: normally a slice of Victoria sponge and a cup of tea. In Canada, we’re a little more careful. Where we live in BC, there are bears and cougars, so walkers have to be alert. That said, most of our Canadian friends seem quite relaxed about the wildlife. Maybe, it’s because we are both Brits and so grew up never having to consider predators. I don’t remember ever hearing stories of ramblers being savaged by a wild sheep in the UK countryside!

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

Only when I have forgotten to bring my reading glasses. Where we live in BC, one of the nearby towns is known as the book capital of Canada. Apparently, it has more bookshops per capita than anywhere else in the country. I’m always nipping in and out of them. I try to buy my print books from local bookstores. I’m happy to pay a bit extra to keep them going.

8. What are you most proud of?

I’m most proud to have celebrated forty years of married life recently. While I’m proud of my achievements during my first career in finance, and then discovering publishers who liked my work as a writer, in the end, sharing a lifetime with someone you love puts everything else in the shade. I count myself a very lucky man.

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

Oh no, I have to write another one now! Sure, it is a thrill to see the best part of a year’s work in print, but don’t underestimate the immense effort involved in writing each book. I remember watching a documentary a while back, in which they followed Ian Rankin writing Standing In Another Man’s Grave. I was heartened to see how one of the masters still finds it a challenge to start the marathon of creating a new novel.

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

Don’t worry too much about the nuts and bolts of writing. That will come with experience. Concentrate on what makes a great story for the reader. My advice is to read as much as you can in your genre and then try to understand the techniques writers have used to create a compelling story. While it’s an old one, I still recommend budding authors buy Techniques Of The Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain. It’s for aspiring novelists what Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day is to guitar students. Aging rockers will understand that one!

Thank you, Martin Bodenham and Damppebbles Blog Tours

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About the author

Martin Bodenham is the author of the crime thrillers The Geneva Connection, Once a Killer, and Shakedown. Crime And Justice is his latest novel.

After a thirty-year career in private equity and corporate finance in London, Martin moved to the west coast of Canada, where he writes full-time. He held corporate finance partner positions at both KPMG and Ernst & Young as well as senior roles at several private equity firms before founding his own private equity company in 2001. Much of the tension in his thrillers is based on the greed and fear he witnessed first-hand while working in international finance.

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