The Last Line by Robert Dugoni / #Extract #BookTour @robertdugoni

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His old life in the rearview, Del Castigliano has left Wisconsin to work homicide for the Seattle PD. Breaking him in is veteran detective Moss Gunderson, and he’s handing Del a big catch: the bodies of two unidentified men fished from Lake Union. It’s a major opportunity for the new detective, and Del runs with it, chasing every lead—to every dead end. Despite the help of another section rookie, Vic Fazzio, Del is going nowhere fast. Until one shotgun theory looks to be dead right: the victims are casualties of a drug smuggling operation. But critical information is missing—or purposely hidden. It’s forcing Del into a crisis of character and duty that not even the people he trusts can help him resolve.

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Extract

Del drove from the parking garage into a blustery and cold November morning—cold being relative. In Madison, anything above freezing was balmy for November, though Del was starting to understand what Seattleites meant when they said it wasn’t the temperature that chills you; it’s the dampness. He could feel the cold in his bones. A stiff wind rocked his metallic-blue Oldsmobile Cutlass.The wind had started blowing late the prior evening; branches of a tree scraping against Del’s bedroom window had kept him awake half the night.

He drove from Capitol Hill with the defroster on high and worked his way around the southern edge of Lake Union, noting marinas and water-based businesses. He pulled into a parking lot where Moss stood beside a black Buick LeSabre, sipping coffee and towering over a patrol officer. Moss was almost as big as Del, who stood six foot five and weighed 250 pounds.

Del pulled up the collar of his coat against the howling wind as he approached the two men. He recognized the green logo on Moss’s Starbucks coffee cup, the company name taken from Captain Ahab’s first mate on the Pequod, the whaling ship Moby Dick sent to the bottom of the ocean. The logo, a green siren, tempted sailors to jump overboard and drown. Neither was a good omen.

“Look what the cat dragged out. Did we wake you, Elmo?”

“Funny.” Del had heard iterations of Elmo since his teens, when the beloved puppet first appeared on Sesame Street. Moss introduced Del to Mike Nuccitelli, the patrol sergeant. “How’d you get here so quick?” Del asked Moss. He understood Moss lived in West Seattle, twenty minutes farther from the marina than Del’s apartment.

“I didn’t take time to do my hair.” Moss rubbed the bristles of a crew cut. “I’m like my name. You know. A rolling stone.”

Del knew. More than once, Moss had told him his parents bequeathed him the moniker because as a child he never remained still. Vic Fazzio had said it was more likely Moss gave himself the nickname. His Norwegian first name was Asbjorn.

“Halloway here?” Del asked.

“At this hour of the morning?” Moss scoffed. “Stayaway doesn’t come out this early on a cold morning unless he thinks the brass might show up and he can shine their badges with his nose.”

“What do we got?” Del asked.

“Two grown men. Looks like they drowned,” Nuccitelli said. “We’re waiting for the ME.”

“What more do we know about the victims; anything?” Del asked.

Nuccitelli raised the fur collar of his duty jacket against the wind. “Hispanic is my guess, though the bodies are pretty bloated and their skin the color of soot. I’m guessing roughly late twenties to early thirties, but again . . .”

“They didn’t have any ID?” Del asked.

“Not on them,” Nuccitelli said.

“That strike you as odd—they didn’t have ID?” 

Nuccitelli smiled.“Not my job.That’s your job.”

“How far out is the ME?” Moss looked and sounded disinterested.

Nuccitelli checked his watch.“Should be here in ten.” 

“We’ll take it from here.”

Thank you, Robert Dugoni

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About the Author

Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Amazon Charts bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series, which has sold more than seven million books worldwide. He is also the author of the bestselling Charles Jenkins series; the bestselling David Sloane series; the stand-alone novels The 7th Canon, Damage Control, The World Played Chess, and The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Suspense Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year, for which Dugoni won an AudioFile Earphones Award for narration; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post best book of the year. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Book Award for fiction and a three-time winner of the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel set in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for the Thriller Awards and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for mystery and the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Awards. His books are sold in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages. 

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Author Links

Website: www.robertdugoni.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/robertdugoni

Facebook: www.fb.com/AuthorRobertDugoni

Instagram: www.instagram.com/robertdugoni 

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Book Links

Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/Last-Line-Short-Story-ebook/dp/B097MR53P1/ref=sr_1_1?crid=DSQGU613ANS2&dchild=1&keywords=the+last+line+robert+dugoni&qid=1634713749&qsid=144-5739414-0099558&sprefix=the+last+line+robert%2Caps%2C237&sr=8-1&sres=B097MR53P1%2CB07P9QFQH4%2C1501171348%2CB074H8NFDF%2CB00K2EOONI%2CB08HJNQC26%2C1501173219%2CB0813MC131%2C1503903311%2CB0833JCPH5%2C1542025184%2CB087Q1QNTL%2CB00QFMNCKC%2CB01FCZ5NYA%2CB00TEFTA80%2CB07NXPN3B8&srpt=ABIS_EBOOKS

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Giveaway

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/07c2363f272 /

As The Skies Cry by Steve N. Lee / #Review @Steve_N_Lee

Sometimes, the one you’re saving is really saving you.

Harley loses everything when his master dies — his home, his best friend, his reason for living. Day after day, he trudges the streets, trembling from the biting cold, whimpering from the gnawing hunger.

Across town, Rachel has an alimony hearing looming and a make-or-break deadline hurtling toward her, yet they aren’t her biggest worries — her autistic son has withdrawn so far into his own private world, he barely acknowledges she even exists.

Luckily, the magic of life is in the surprises no one ever sees coming…

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Review

The author stole my heart, just like he did in his previous book, by creating a wonderful and cute dog.  He takes us on a journey inside Harley’s head and shows us the world seen through the eyes of a dog, a service dog in this case. 

I know service dogs can do a lot, but each and every time I was amazed by what they can achieve. They not only often are they eyes or hears for their pack, but they can heal their hearts and souls.

On the other hand we have the story about Rachel and her son Wes. I loved the changes they went through together and they were heartwarming, but some of them were truely heartbreaking too.

It is a beautiful story, but I did not always like Rachel. In my opinion she was sometimes a bit to harsh.

Overall, there are a lot of parts I really loved and I had a lot of ‘ooowww how cute’ moments, but for me there was a lack of balance between the good times and the bad times. Unfortunately, it was all a bit too sad for me.

BUT… the author does understand that some people are softies (like me ;)) and came up with a great plan. I think it’s a wonderful idea and it certainly works for me. Made you curious? Yessss, mission accomplished. Please, pick up a copy and find out what I am going on about. 🙂

A story about a dog that stole my heart straight from the start. A book I will not easily forget. 5 stars

Thank you, Steve N. Lee

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About the author

Apart from animals and writing, Steve’s passion is travel. He’s visited 58 countries and enjoyed some amazing experiences, including cage-diving with great white sharks, sparring with a monk at a Shaolin temple, and watching a turtle lay eggs on a moonlit beach. He’s explored Machu Picchu, Pompeii, and the Great Wall of China, yet for all that, he’s a man of simple tastes — give him an egg sandwich and the TV remote control, and he’ll be happy for hours!

He lives in the North of England with his partner, Ania, and two black cats who graciously allow Steve and Ania to stay in their house.

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Author Links

Amazon.com – http://www.amazon.com/author/stevenlee

Amazon.co.uk – http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0034NMAD0

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/steve-n-lee

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SteveNLeeBooks

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Book Links

Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MBF9NHM/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08MBF9NHM/

Amazon CA – http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08MBF9NHM/

Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08MBF9NHM/

Audible – coming soon

Barnes & Noble – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-the-skies-cry-steve-n-lee/1140177156?ean=2940162676058&st

iBooks – https://books.apple.com/us/book/when-the-skies-cry/id1538466447

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/as-the-skies-cry

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=sqIGEAAAQBAJ

Cama by Cheryl Beck / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @bookbuzznet

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Your Special Friend

Introducing Cama: Your Special Friend, a unique little elephant who mysteriously arrives just when she is needed most.

In this collection of stories, readers will meet memorable characters from diverse backgrounds who are facing relatable struggles. Cama shows up with magical surprises while helping the characters, and the readers, find and express their own inner strengths to overcome life’s challenges.

Cama is the special friend you will wish for your children and grandchildren.

The characters are also diverse–one story centers on a Spanish-speaking family, while another follows a boy named Dayne who is trying out for the wheelchair basketball team. Children love the brightly colored, dreamlike watercolor illustrations in these relatable miniature dramas, while the straightforward prose is easy for new readers to understand. Children will easily identify with these characters and their familiar emotions–and long for a friend as special as Cama.

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Cheryl Beck and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Cheryl Beck is an artist and small-business owner living in Carstairs, Alberta. Most importantly, she is a mother and grandmother and enjoys these titles the most.

The first story of Cama: Your Special Friend arrived as a vivid dream, which Cheryl awoke to record in the middle of the night. Excited to share Cama’s adventures with her own grandchildren, Cheryl continued writing, creating a series of stories to comfort and inspire children around the world.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.camastories.com

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

BookBuzz: http://bookbuzz.net/childrens-book-cama-your-special-friend-change-kindness-love-forgiveness-by-cheryl-beck/

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Book Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/CAMA-Your-Special-Friend-Forgiveness-ebook/dp/B0964JYBGH

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cama-cheryl-beck/1139568855

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Cama-Cheryl-Beck-Melissa-Charpentier/9780228831655

CamaStories: https://www.camastories.com/products/cama-your-special-friend

Little Miss Evil by Jim Ody / #Extract #BlogTour @zooloo2008 @Jim_Ody_Author @SpellBoundBks

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𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐍𝐨 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐑𝐮𝐧

𝐁𝐮𝐭 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐢𝐝𝐞..

𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐬:

An Idyllic Campsite, situated on a picturesque lake, and surrounded by woodland.

𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 𝐎𝐟 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬:

All meet for the first time, each one of them with something to hide.

𝑩𝒖𝒕 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒔 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒅𝒂𝒓𝒌 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚 𝒂 𝒈𝒂𝒎𝒆…

𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐘𝐓𝐈𝐌𝐄 𝐉𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐆𝐎𝐓 𝐃𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐋𝐘

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Extract

Carl had watched his son wander off, with a lack of purpose in each stride. He knew where he was going too. And why not? He would’ve done the same if he’d been twenty years younger.

Tall Trees Campsite held the promise of single ladies. Around each holiday season, there was an influx funnelling to the little town, escaping their lives and ready to let their hair down. They were looking to drink, have fun, and maybe a fling. You just had to be there with a warm smile, and outstretched arms.

If he was completely honest, Carl was a little jealous of his son. That rush of excitement. Spinning the lies they wanted to hear. Being their fantasy. A short-term act that brought much reward. Then a week later they were nothing more than a memory. A fun memory, but a memory nevertheless. And he was young. Carl was left to scoop up the divorced and broken women entering the next stage of their lives, desperate and dragging baggage. There was less chance of shaking them when the holiday was over. But to go for the teenagers made him look weird and pervy. Maybe he was, but who really cared?

If Marshall had inherited half of Carl’s hormones then his expectations of his son would be on point. Who knew, he might even be looking at men. Not that it mattered. It would be the same routine. Ultimately, he wanted his boy to be happy, whatever flavour he chose.

What did matter was that Marshall was back. That meant Carl had to be even more careful. Sneaking around Matilda wasn’t too hard. She was self-medicated most of the time. Zoned out in a book, or painting in her basement studio. Either way she was lost in a made-up world. That gave him all the time he needed.

The family devastation had been both a curse and a godsend.

He looked at his phone, logged on and checked out his profile for messages. He smiled at comments, responded with vague platitudes.

A last glance out the window showed his son disappear towards the path that led to Tall Trees camp. Good lad, he thought.

Although, what else was there to do around there?

He turned back to his phone ready to answer the new message. This was what kept him alive.

And nobody else had a clue. Maybe that was what made it so much fun.

Thank you, Jim Ody and Zooloo’s Book Tours

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About the author

Jim writes dark psychological/thrillers, Horror and YA books that have endings you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written over a dozen novels and many more short-stories spanning many genres.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd. When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife, three beautiful children and two indignant cats in Swindon, Wiltshire UK.

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Author Links

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JimOdyAuthor

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jim_Ody_Author

Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jim-Ody/e/B019A6AMSY/

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Book Links

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Miss-Evil-chilling-thriller-ebook/dp/B09HZKWQPJ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=little+miss+evil&qid=1633941313&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

When Only Pride Remains by Natalie Kleinman / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @NatKleinman

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Can two estranged friends find their way back to each other…?

Regency England

When her father —Major Angus Fairham — returns home from the Napoleonic wars, Prudence is excited to welcome him home to Fairham Manor.

However, tragedy strikes when Angus loses his estate to his close friend and comrade — young Captain Jack Staveley — in a drunken game of cards. Unable to face his loss, Angus takes his own life.

Distraught, Jack tries to restore Fairham Manor to Prudence, but she is too proud to accept his offer.

Overcome with grief and anger, she retreats to her aunt’s house in Bath and distances herself from her once close friendship with Jack.

But as the initial shock of her sorrow begins to dull, Prudence is soon missing the support of her most trusted confidant.

And when they once more find themselves in each other’s orbit, she must decide whether she can put aside her pride and open her heart…

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Q&A

Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

I’m afraid the answer to this is a straightforward no, unless I go back more years than I care remember to when I was a child. Hardly at all though, even then. I’ve always preferred a traditional book

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

My mother, who would gobble them up, and my sister is the same. She’s one of those who simply doesn’t hear if you speak to her when she has her nose in a book. She isn’t being rude, she genuinely doesn’t hear. I don’t ever remember my father reading novels though he would devour the newspaper. I can’t read (or write) when there’s any extraneous noise so I hide myself away from distractions

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

My first port of call is a list of names that were popular in the early nineteenth century. For example, it wouldn’t be appropriate to call my heroine Hayley – a lovely name but not of the time. Also, it doesn’t always follow that my main characters are comfortable with what I give them and I have been known to change them as they will adamantly not allow me to move on until I give them something that fits their personality.

Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?

I’d actually had several short stories published before I even began writing books. It’s an entirely different discipline and one I enjoy immensely. It’s where I began learning the craft of writing and gave me the foundation to move on to novels. I still write short stories though. Shopping lists not so much J

If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

My understanding is that once a book is optioned it is out of the writer’s hands. In any case, they are entirely different genres and it may not be possible to produce something that is completely true to the written word without it becoming stilted. I’m just thinking of some old black and white movies here. You never know, maybe one day I’ll be able to answer this question from personal experience.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

No contest. Georgette Heyer though I’m afraid I’d behave like a groupie. She it was who instilled in me the passion for the genre in which I now write. For those of your readers have seen the movie Notting Hill, I’d probably behave in the way Honey (the much loved and sadly departed Emma Chambers) did, fawning upon Anna Scott (Julia Roberts), even following her into the bathroom, athough I doubt I’d go that far.

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

Only when I’m talking to my husband about what we should have for dinner.

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

While I’m very appreciative of anyone who takes the time to post a review, there was one recently for one of my books that was so riddled with spoilers I had to raise the issue. My preferred way of receiving feedback is to chat with my readers, either on my Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor or with those who subscribe to my newsletter https://www.subscribepage.com/i7o4d8

 

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Els, and for the really interesting questions.

Natalie

Thank you, Natalie Kleinman and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Natalie’s passion for reading became a compulsion to write when she attended a ten-week course in creative writing some sixteen or so years ago. She takes delight in creating short stories of which more than forty have been published, but it was her lifelong love of Regency romance that led her to turn from contemporary romantic fiction to try her hand at her favourite genre. Raised on a diet of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, she is never happier than when immersed in an age of etiquette and manners, fashion and intrigue, all combined into a romping good tale. She lives on the London/Kent border, close to the capital’s plethora of museums and galleries which she uses for research as well as pleasure. A perfect day though is when she heads out of town to enjoy lunch by a pub on the river, any river, in company with her husband and friends.

Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists.

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Author Links

https://nataliekleinman.com/

https://www.facebook.com/NatalieKleinmanAuthor/

https://twitter.com/NatKleinman

https://www.instagram.com/nataliekleinman6279

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Book Link

https://amzn.to/3w0s60Y

Fractured Lives by Russ Colchamiro / #SpotlightPost #BookTour @RRBookTours1 @AuthorDudeRuss

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In the cosmic realm of Eternity, there’s only one private eye to hire when your world gets turned inside out—Angela Hardwicke.

Darla Fyne, a college freshman and galaxy design savant, is suffering from a nervous breakdown—or is she the victim of an urban legend known as the Scarlet Raj?

As Hardwicke follows the intersecting worlds of art galleries, college dorms, and a semi-secret clan that patches up tears in the Universe, her investigation will either uncover a hoax gone wrong or a plot that could shift the balance of power across the entire realm. If only she can fight through her own paranoia to tell the difference.

In Russ Colchamiro’s new Sci-Fi mystery Fractured Lives, Angela Hardwicke is confronted by a PI’s worst nightmare—dark secrets from her past that will irrevocably change her future.

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, Russ Colchamiro and R&R Book tours.

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About the author

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the zany SF/F backpacking comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, Camelot 13, and Brave New Girls.

He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.

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Author Links

Website: https://russcolchamiro.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RussColchamiroAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorDudeRuss

@AuthorDudeRuss

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4450877.Russ_Colchamiro

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0998364150/

Behind Closed Doors by Catherine Alliott / #SpotlightPost #BookTour @RRBookTours1

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From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home.

But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash.

As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London – and the stories it hides – for a rural escape to her parents’ farmhouse in the Chilterns.

But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home, especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame.

Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she’s been keeping from herself and those she loves.

Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . .

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Thank you, Catherine Alliott and R&R Book tours.

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About the author

Catherine has sold over 3 million bestselling novels worldwide and is translated into eighteen languages.

The first of these novels Catherine started under the desk when she worked as an advertising copywriter. She was duly fired. With time on her hands, she persevered with the novels, which happily flourished.

In the early days she produced a baby with each book – but after three – stuck to the writing as it was less painful.

She writes with her favorite pen in notebooks, either in the garden or on a sofa.

Home is a rural spot on the Hertfordshire border, which she shares with her family and a menagerie of horses, cows, chickens, and dogs, which at the last count totaled eighty-seven beating hearts, including her husband. Some of her household have walk-on parts in her novels, but only the chickens would probably recognize themselves.

All her novels are published by Penguin Random House internationally, and by No Shooz Publishing in America.

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Author Links

Website: https://www.catherinealliott.us/about/

https://www.instagram.com/catherinealliott/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/AlliottCountry/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Behind-Closed-Doors-compelling-bestselling-ebook/dp/B08P56L5FX/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1634319860&sr=8-1

A Body at the Altar by Dee MacDonald / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @DMacDonaldAuth 

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Kate Palmer #4

Jilted grooms, sudden deaths, broken hearts and threatening letters. All in a day’s work for super sleuth Kate Palmer!

Nurse Kate Palmer thought the pretty Cornish village of Tinworthy would be the perfect place for a peaceful retirement. She couldn’t have been more wrong! But even she is shocked when she attends a beautiful wedding at St. Pirin’s Church and the handsome groom drops dead in front of her very eyes.

While the rest of the wedding party panics, Kate notices the strange behaviour of the not-so-blushing bride and the posh mother-in-law – and vows to find out the truth behind the poor young man’s sudden demise. Especially when the new detective Charlotte Martin makes it known that she doesn’t want Kate involved – and also shows an interest in Woody Forrest, Kate’s partner in crime-solving.

Undeterred, Kate discovers this isn’t the only wedding to have been sabotaged. A series of peculiar letters contain the clues Kate needs to get to the heart of the matter. But is the mystery letter writer behind the unusual deaths? Or is more than one person responsible for the strange goings on in the seaside village…

As Kate digs deeper, she adds more suspects to her growing list: the world-weary vicar, the unlucky-in-love cleaner and the bride’s former flame. But, as a pair of boots bring Kate closer to the killer, it becomes clear their investigation has placed Woody in danger.

Can Kate solve the murder and save the man she loves at the same time?

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Review

The book starts with a happy occasion, but soon turns in to a nightmare…

Those who have already met nurse Kate Palmer know her enough to realise her nose starts twitching straight away. She wants to find out who is responsible and put them behind bars once and for all.

Woody, her partner, is not happy and hopes she finally listens to him and stops sleuthing. Kate would not be Kate though if she would listen and does what she does best: trying to solve the crime.

When she starts to close in on the culprit and confesses something to Woody, he has enough…

Kate realises she should not have seen his concern as trying to tell her what to do. Has she ruined everything or does she still has a chance?

Does the book end at the same place as it started and who are the spotlights on this time? Grab a copy and find out for yourself.

Another great story starring our retired police detective Woody and our sleuthing nurse Kate. 5 stars

Thank you, Dee MacDonald and Bookouture

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About the author

Aged 18, Dee arrived in London from Scotland and typed her way round the West End for a couple of years before joining BOAC (forerunner of British Airways) in Passenger Services for 2 years and then as a stewardess for 8 years.

She has worked in Market Research, Sales and at the Thames TV Studios when they had the franchise.

Dee has since relocated to Cornwall, where she spent 10 years running B&Bs, and only began writing when she was over 70!

Married twice, she has one son and two grandsons.  

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Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos / #Extract #BookTour @maryanneyarde @CryssaBazos

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Quest for Three Kingdoms

England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace . . .

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government after the ex-ecution of King Charles I, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman.

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with an outlaw.

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself.

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Extract

Elizabeth Seton couldn’t understand the greed of seagulls. The two birds beat their wings and fought over a scrap of offal while ignoring the endless sea. She had a desire to pick up her skirts and, so running, scatter them to the sky. But from behind her, a rock was thrown at the birds. It bounced off the cobbles a foot away from them. Gulls took flight, and Elizabeth whirled around, equally startled. A soot-faced urchin winked and scampered off.

Elizabeth smiled in the direction of the retreating boy and continued down the quayside towards the market. The wind off the bay freshened, whipping her dark hair and skirts. She tucked an errant lock back into her coif and snuggled deeper into her blue woollen cloak. No time to tarry. She had business to attend.

When she neared the market, her stomach gave a nervous flutter. Positive thoughts breed true. She adjusted the basket that rode in the crook of her arm and pressed on.

Elizabeth wended her way through the market stalls, not stopping at the rows of long whitefish laid out silvery across wooden boards. Their fresh scent of the sea beckoned for a closer inspection, but her business was with the oystercatcher’s wife. If it went well, she’d return for one of the smaller ones.

Elizabeth’s boots tapped against the stone cobbles, and she practised under her breath, “I hear, Fishwife Midden, that Margery has left your employ.” Annoyed with herself, she shook her head. The woman would think she was a gossip, and no one trusted a loose tongue. Elizabeth needed to impress her. The Middens preferred their help young enough to be trained to their ways, but at twenty-two, Elizabeth found herself at a disadvantage.

There was a time when Elizabeth didn’t need to worry about finding employment. Before the war, her father, Thomas Seton, had once been a respected shipwright, his trade crucial in a seaside town, while her mother, Mary, was a healer and the first to be fetched for matters regarding childbirth and sickness. Elizabeth had expected to follow her mother’s calling.

She passed a row of empty stalls and for a moment considered selling their ointments, but she knew better. A gift for a gift, never coin—her grandmother’s mantra. No matter how reduced their circumstances, Mary Seton would never accept payment for physic. It didn’t matter. None would purchase in public what they now avoided in private.

When Elizabeth spied a knot of women at the cheesemonger’s, she slowed down. Here was the elite of Weymouth—officers ’wives and those closely connected to the Parliamentary governor. They were particular friends of her older sister, Kate Hallet, though none of hers. Elizabeth considered skirting their position, but instead she lifted her chin, held her breath and stayed true. As she passed, one said, “There’s Seton’s girl. Shame about that business.”

Elizabeth flinched, but she forced herself to ignore them.

Though the war had ended a year earlier with the King’s execution, the divisions had never been repaired. Even Kate, who had married a Parliament garrison soldier, kept a resolute distance from Elizabeth and their mother. Only a handful of Royalist families still concerned themselves with her family’s welfare.

Up ahead, the oystercatcher’s stall thronged with customers. Elizabeth took heart and made her way to the front.

“There you are, mistress.” Fishwife Midden greeted her with a smile. Her nose was tipped pink, and her hands were gnarled from working in the cold seawater. “You’ve picked a good day. The oysters are plump and juicy. Six or eight?”

Elizabeth hesitated. “Four, if you please.”

“Only that?” The woman’s brow’s puckered. She bent over a barrel and scooped out the oysters, placing them in Elizabeth’s basket. “How’s your mother doing? I heard she ain’t well.”

“Better, thank you,” Elizabeth replied, handing over two of her remaining coins. “I’m certain she’s taken a good turn.”

“God save her,” the fishwife said. “We’ve missed her these past few months.”

Elizabeth watched the old woman edge away, her eyes darting to the next customer. This was her chance. “I was wondering . . .”

“Aye, deary?”

“I ran into Margery the other day—”

“Did you now? Stopped to chat, did she?” Fishwife Midden rested her hands on her round hips.

“I had a thought—since my mother is doing better, she’ll need less of my attention,” Elizabeth said. “You’ll need help now that Margery is gone. I can attend behind the counter or sort out the catch.”

Fishwife Midden’s expression softened. “I’m afraid not, deary.” She started to turn away, and Elizabeth laid her hand on the woman’s arm.

“You can pay me half of what you paid Margery. I’ll still bless you for it.”

“You’re worth more than that, sweetling,” she replied, “but I can’t take you on.”

“Please.” Elizabeth hated to beg but swallowed her pride. “For the regard you and your husband once bore my father, for all the repairs he made on your fishing boats without a shilling . . .”

“Mistress Seton,” she said with the slightest emphasis on her last name, “it’s impossible.” She glanced past her shoulder and nodded to someone. Elizabeth turned and found the officers ’wives flanked behind her.

“Are you done, Fishwife?” their leader asked. “If I’m delayed in this manner, I’ll press on to another stall.”

“Apologies, mistress,” Fishwife Midden said. “Did you want your usual quarter barrel?”

The flow of the market passed over Elizabeth, rendering her invisible. It always came down to that. Not many in Weymouth dared doff their caps to the memory of those, like her father, who had taken a stand for the King.

The rest of the town still called them traitors.

Thank you, Cryssa Bazos and The Coffee Pot Book Club

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About the Author 

Cryssa Bazos is an award-winning historical fiction author and a seventeenth century enthusi-ast. Her debut novel, Traitor’s Knot is the Medalist winner of the 2017 New Apple Award for Historical Fiction, a finalist for the 2018 EPIC eBook Awards for Historical Romance. Her second novel, Severed Knot, is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree and a finalist for the 2019 Chaucer Award. A forthcoming third book in the standalone series, Rebel’s Knot, will be re-leased November 2021.

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Intentional by David Amerland / #SpotlightPost #BookTour @pumpupyourbook @DavidAmerland

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How to Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully

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Thank you, David Amerland and Pump Up Your Book

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About the Author

David Amerland is a Chemical Engineer with an MSc. in quantum dynamics in laminar flow processes. He converted his knowledge of science and understanding of mathematics into a business writing career that’s helped him demystify, for his readers, the complexity of subjects such as search engine optimization (SEO), search marketing, social media, decision-making, communication and personal development. The diversity of the subjects is held together by the underlying fundamental of human behavior and the way this is expressed online and offline. Intentional: How to Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully is the latest addition to a thread that explores what to do in order to thrive. A lifelong martial arts practitioner, David Amerland is found punching and kicking sparring dummies and punch bags when he’s not behind his keyboard.

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