Holiday Romance by Catherine Walsh / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDay @bookouture @CatWalshWriter

She’s meant to be catching flights, not catching feelings…

Molly and Andrew are just trying to get home to Ireland for the holidays, when a freak snowstorm grounds their flight.

Nothing romantic has ever happened between them: they’re friends and that’s all. But once a year, for the last ten years, Molly has spent seven hours and fifteen minutes sitting next to Andrew on the last flight before Christmas from Chicago to Dublin, drinking terrible airplane wine and catching up on each other’s lives. In spite of all the ways the two friends are different, it’s the holiday tradition neither of them has ever wanted to give up.

Molly isn’t that bothered by Christmas, but—in yet another way they’re total opposites—Andrew is a full-on fanatic for the festive season and she knows how much getting back to Ireland means to him. So, instead of doing the sane thing and just celebrating the holidays together in America, she does the stupid thing. The irrational thing. She vows to get him home. And in time for his mam’s famous Christmas dinner.

The clock is ticking. But Molly always has a plan. And—as long as the highly-specific combination of taxis, planes, boats, and trains all run on time—it can’t possibly go wrong.

What she doesn’t know is that, as the snow falls over the city and over the heads of two friends who are sure they’re not meant to be together, the universe might just have a plan of its own…

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About the Author

Catherine Walsh was born and raised in Ireland.

She lived in London for a few years before returning to Dublin where she now lives between the mountains and the sea. When not writing she is trying and failing to not kill her houseplants.

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Author Links

catherinewalshbooks.com

Twitter: @CatWalshWriter

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holiday-Romance-hilarious-unforgettable-Christmas-ebook/dp/B0B5B7NCMM/

The Perfect Neighborhood by Liz Alterman / #Extract #BlogTour @Legend_Times_ @LizAlterman

When actress and model Allison Langley leaves her former rockstar husband, Christopher, in the middle of the night, it’s all her Oak Hill neighbors can talk about. The gossip comes to an abrupt halt when five-year-old Billy Barnes goes missing on his walk home from kindergarten.

Billy’s mother, Rachel, blames herself for being at work and letting her only child walk alone. Cassidy, Billy’s teenage babysitter, was also late to arrive on the afternoon he disappeared and blames herself for his disappearance.

As the clock ticks down, police are unable to find any trace of Billy, forcing Rachel to ponder the enemies she’s made in their well-off suburb. Could it be one of her neighbors who stole her son? Would they abduct Billy to hurt her? How easy would it be to take a child while the parents or nannies are distracted?

When another child goes missing, the town is put under a microscope as the police try to get to the bottom of the disappearances. Will they be able to find the two children, or will it be too late? What secrets lie at the heart of this tragedy, and how far will one go to keep those dangerous secrets buried?

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CHAPTER 1

Thursday, June 13

Rachel

For the past two months, we spoke of little other than the Langleys.
“Did you hear? She’s gone!”
“No! It can’t be true.”
“If they can’t make it work, none of us stands a chance!”
“Allison and Christopher Langley? Oh, it’s over. Totally.
Someone saw him jogging with the dog. Just the two of them.
That’s a first.”
“How long do you figure he’ll be alone?”
“Less than a minute. Look at him! I bet he won’t even have to set up an online dating profile.”
“How fast do you think he’ll decide to move back to the city? That house has to have, what, four bedrooms at least? And so close to the elementary school! Let me know the second he decides to sell! I know a couple who’d kill for that location.”
On and on it went for weeks as May slipped into June. Nearly everyone within a three-block radius of the
Langleys’ well-maintained Colonial whispered about them over hedges, in the parks and playgrounds, while walking their dogs and toddlers around the pond in the heart of our otherwise sleepy town.

Thank you

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About the Author

Liz Alterman lives in New Jersey with her husband, three sons, and two cats.

Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, McSweeney’s, and other publications.

She spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms.

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Author Links

Twitter: @LizAlterman

https://www.lizalterman.com

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Neighborhood-Think-neighbors-again-ebook/dp/B09PZVB7XR/

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The Family Home by Miranda Smith / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @MSmithBooks

There’s a dead man in my apartment. Only me and my ex have a key. But neither of us would have done this. We have too much to lose…I wake on the sofa, my head throbbing. How did I get here? In the darkness, I make my way to my bedroom. I turn on the lights. And then I scream.There’s a body in my bed. And I know this man: we went on two dates together. Who could have killed him? And how did he get in? Only two people have a key to the house: me and my ex-husband Matthew.I trust Matthew. With what we’re hiding, I have to. And I can’t risk the police digging into our past, or learning about the night when we drank champagne on the cliff and ruined everything.Someone knows our secret. We have to find out what they want. But am I wrong to believe Matthew, when I know how well he can lie? And how can I save myself, when the truth might destroy me?

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Review

When you find the right person, you just know. You want to be together every hour of every day and every night and marriage is the answer to that.

You are happy as can be and nothing can tear you apart. At least until that dreadful night…

Marriage is forever. In your vows you promised ‘until death do us part’ and ‘for better and for worse’ and because of  the love you feel for each other, you are convinced you can conquer everything as long as you are together.

No matter how hard you try, it takes two to tango and the fairy tale comes to an end.

Apparently the perfect marriage does not exist. Maybe the perfect divorce does. Or so it seems. Lilian and Matthew have found a great system to avoid uprooting their daughter.

Then disaster strikes for a second time. The first one ended the perfect marriage. Will the second one destroy the perfect divorce?

Love, friendship, betrayal, lies, secrets, revenge and murder. All these things are put together in order to create this great story.

I was intrigued from the beginning, wanting to find out which secrets were being kept. I really did not have the slightest idea who was responsible for all this mayhem.

People can be very happy until disaster strikes, but sometimes it seems like they were only pretending. Downfalls can tear people apart and sometimes they can bring them together too.

Every ending is followed by a new beginning. You can find the path to your future alone, with new friends or with a new relationship.

This book shows us that one slip of the (drunken) tongue can get the ball rolling… 5 stars for this amazing story.

Thank you

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About the author

Miranda Smith writes psychological and domestic suspense. She is drawn to stories about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Before completing her first novel, she worked as a newspaper staff writer and a secondary English teacher. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband and three young children. 

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Author Links

 https://mirandasmithwriter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MirandaSmithAuthor/ 

 https://www.instagram.com/mirandasmithwriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/msmithbooks

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Death at the Lychgate by T.A. Belshaw / #Extract #BlogTour @ZooloosBT @tabelshaw @SpellBoundBks

AMY ROWLINGS RETURNS!

Sunday morning, and the body of Reverend Villiers has been found propped up on the vigil seat in the church’s lychgate. It appears that he has been poisoned.

When amateur sleuth and regular churchgoer, Amy Rowlings arrives she finds DI Bodkin already at the scene. Bodkin tells her about a cryptic scripture reference that has been scrawled in chalk on the stone slabs beneath the body. What the citation hints at, shocks everyone.

Amy, a huge Agatha Christie fan is determined to get involved in the investigation and despite a stern warning from the detective’s boss, Amy and Bodkin team up again to try to solve the most complex murder case he has ever been involved in. When the toxicology report comes back from the lab, the results only add to the mystery.

Meanwhile, Amy looks to her favourite Agatha Christie character, Hercule Poirot for help, and using his techniques, she narrows down the list of possible murderers to just nine suspects.

Can Amy fit together the jigsaw of clues to solve this, the most complex of cases?

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The early morning mist that crawled across the land from the Kent coast, covered the tombstones like a thin grey cloak as a pale, almost water-colour March sun began to rise from behind the church tower.

In the town, men slept off the excesses of their Saturday night drinking while their wives bathed a new black eye or cut lip before starting to prepare breakfast for the family. Children would be scrubbed and dressed in their Sunday best clothes before being packed off to be lectured about their heathen ways at Sunday School. Although most of the working-class adults shunned the church, having far more important things to do on a Sunday morning, it was thought that the weekly disciplined routine was good for the children, though there was the added benefit of getting them out of their hair for an hour.

At nine o’clock precisely, Mrs Rosegarden climbed off her bicycle and wheeled it across the pavement to the church gates. Finding them still locked, she frowned, looked at her wristwatch, then checked the time again by the church clock.

‘Villiers,’ she snorted into the misty air. The aging, but surprisingly sprightly woman turned her bike around and rode across the pavement to the west side of the church where the lychgate entrance was situated.

The brittle haired, bespectacled Sunday School teacher was a woman to be feared, even by the toughest of the ragamuffins that attended her scripture lessons. Quick to anger and swift to punish she patrolled the room like a prison guard. Armed with a bible in one hand and a leather strap in the other, she stalked the three, wooden benches quoting from both testaments, threatening dire consequences, both in the present and in the afterlife for anyone who closed their ears to the word of God.

‘Drunk again, Villiers,’ she hissed as she dismounted by the lychgate. She leaned her bike against the high, stone wall and lifted the catch that secured the rough, wooden pole gates. Pulling them open, she looked through the gabled, porch-like structure to the mist covered tombstones beyond.

Sighing, she retrieved her bicycle and wheeled it over the grey-slab paving towards the gravel path that led to the church.

As she strode under the roof of the lychgate she glanced to her right-hand side where the figure of a grey haired, bespectacled man was slumped on the vigil seat. On the floor beneath the seat, a bible reference had been written in yellow chalk. Romans 13.13-14.

The man’s eyes were open, staring at nothing, his shoulders were hunched and his neck was twisted at what must have been a very uncomfortable angle. His lips were parted and his teeth were bared in a skeleton-like grin.

‘Reverend Villiers!’ Mrs Rosegarden exclaimed. Leaning her bike against the vigil seat on the opposite side of the lychgate, she reached out and grabbed the vicar by the shoulder. When he didn’t respond she shook him. When that failed to rouse him, she squatted down, grabbed the lapels of his grey jacket and shook him again.

As the vicar’s head slumped forward, the Sunday School teacher stood and turned in one movement. Forgetting her bicycle, she hurtled into the main road shouting at the top of her voice. ‘Help… someone help…. It’s the Reverend Villiers. He’s dead.’

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About the author

T A Belshaw is from Derbyshire in the United Kingdom where he shares a house with his chatty rescue cat, Mia. He writes for both children and adults. A former miner and computer technician, Trevor studied Advanced Creative Writing at the Open University. He is the author of Tracy’s Hot Mail, Tracy’s Celebrity Hot Mail and the noir, suspense novella, Out of Control. Following the sudden death of his wife in 2015 Trevor took a five-year break from writing, returning during lockdown in 2020, when an injury forced him to take time off work. The result of this new creative burst was the Dual Timeline, Family Saga, Unspoken and the Historical Cosy Crime Whodunnit, Murder at the Mill.

Trevor signed his first contract with Spellbound Books Ltd in April 2021. He signed a further mullti-book contract with them in the spring of 2022.

His short stories have been published in various anthologies including 100 Stories for Haiti, 50 Stories for Pakistan, Another Haircut, Shambelurkling and Other Stories, Deck the Halls, 100 Stories for Queensland and The Cafe Lit anthology 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also has two pieces in Shambelurklers Return. 2014

Trevor is also the author of 15 children’s adventure books written under the name of Trevor Forest.

His children’s poem, Clicking Gran, was long listed for the Plough prize (children’s section) in 2009 and his short poem, My Mistake, was rated Highly Commended and published in an anthology of the best entries in the Farringdon Poetry Competition.

Trevor’s articles have been published in magazines as diverse as Ireland’s Own, The Best of British and First Edition.

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Author Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tabelshaw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/T.A.BelshawAUTHOR/

Website: http://www.trevorbelshaw.com

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

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Love & Agita by Grayson Avery / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources

The Hating Game meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding!”

You think you have a crazy family? Meet Leo Donati, a great guy from a wacky NY Italian family, who is expected to live his life a certain way. There are a few family rules etched in stone that he has done his best to follow:

  1. Attend Sunday family dinner. It’s at 2:00. Nobody knows why.
  2. Love your mother.
  3. Never tell Nonna you’re full. Unless you have a death wish.
  4. Marry Italian.
  5. Family comes first. Always. Friends come and go, but family is forever. 

The only problem? He’s not living his best life. Not even close. Single, lonely, and spending way too much time at the gym burning sexual energy and ungodly amounts of pasta, Leo hopes his life will change when his father hands over the family business. If only things were that simple. A takeover offer on the business puts Leo on the war path against a strikingly sexy, but overly competitive Jewish woman who is seemingly intent on ruining his life. At least that’s how Leo sees it.

As tension rises and Italian tempers flare, Leo wonders if perhaps hate isn’t the most accurate word for how he feels about his new nemesis. But it could never work. Yeah, the pizza bagel exists, but real-life cultural divides are more complicated than that, aren’t they?

Humor abounds as corporations and cultures collide. Leo tries to thwart the takeover, find love and happiness, while also trying to avoid being bludgeoned to death by his Nonna’s wooden spoon.

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About the Author 

Grayson Avery is the author of The Sweet Water Circle Series, a romantic comedy series that focuses on childhood friends in their 30’s and 40’s as they help each other navigate the stormy waters of dating, marriage, divorce, and a whole lot of inappropriate, naughty, and downright hysterical situations.

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Author Links 

https://facebook.com/GraysonAveryAuthor

https://amazon.com/author/graysonavery

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20888386.Grayson_Avery

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Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Agita-Grayson-Avery-ebook/dp/B0B9LMBLKN

US – https://www.amazon.com/Love-Agita-Grayson-Avery-ebook/dp/B0B9LMBLKN

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Dying Breath by Liz Mistry / #GuestPost #BlogTour @rararesources @LizMistryAuthor

The killer is closing in… can she find him before he finds her?

 When Detective Nikki Parekh receives a set of threatening postcards, she knows it can only mean one thing… The man who escaped arrest after murdering her mother two years ago is back.

 Each postcard has a similar message: You’re next Parekh.

 As the post marks on the cards gradually get closer to Bradford, Nikki must do everything she can to protect her family and catch the killer before it’s too late.

 But when human remains are found in a remote barn on the icy Yorkshire moors, Nikki’s attention is pulled away from her family. When a tattoo on the victim’s arm – the only means of identification – leads nowhere, the team have already met a dead end.

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Guest Post

What Influenced Dying Breath

I often try to pinpoint where the idea for my work in progress come from and mostly, I realise that the influences or themes that I develop in my writing often come to me as a series of disparate snapshots that in isolation are intriguing enough to me to stick in my mind and then end up in my books. Sometimes, for example an overheard conversation in a pub, a newspaper article, a scene in a film, or something I observed on a walk pique my interest and stay stored away in my mind until I’m sat behind my desk, fingers posed ready to rattle out a few hundred words of my work in progress.

With Dying Breath many such ‘snapshots’ became the basis for some of the scenes or themes or storylines in the book and I’d like to share a few of these ‘snapshots’ with you.

The Dismembered Tattooed Arm Snapshot

Now, this little snapshot lurked in the deep, dark recesses of my mind for years (about 5, I think) before making it onto the page in Dying Breath. It was a talk given by Professor Sue Black at an event in Newcastle where she spoke about how a detached tattooed limb could be matched to its body because the lymph glands in eg the armpit of the corresponding arm, would store traces of the colour of the inks used in the tattoos. This fascinated me so much, however it wasn’t until some other elements of Dying Breath came to me that I was able to incorporate this nugget into the story.

Illegal Dog Fighting  

Before I talk about this element I want to make it clear that I have been really careful not to include any graphic scenes of dog abuse in Dying Breath. However, because I was so appalled and incensed by a news report (again from years ago) on how some corrupt breeders deliberately make dogs aggressive in order to make them fight for amusement and money-making purposes, I felt I wanted to highlight the morally abject depths some people will go to for money without making it the focus of the novel.

This news report combined with an incident when I was out walking when I witnessed two groups of lads each with a dog on a lead, who were baiting each dog to strain to attack the other, again stayed with me for a long time. (I did report the incident with the lads inciting the dogs to be more aggressive) 

Family Dynamics

Those of you familiar with my writing will know that Nikki’s family life always plays a key role in my writing and Dying Breath is no exception.

Aside from the ongoing threat from Nikki’s father, closer to home, Charlie, Nikki’s daughter is going through a bit of a rebellious time of her own.

Now anyone with kids or experience with teenagers will know that even the most level-headed teenager has their moments and that’s what I wanted to show in Charlie’s ‘acting out’. Of course, the influences from this go back to my own teen years where I remember with shame, some of the crap I pulled on my parents and of course my own experiences with my own kids when they were teens. So, the Charlie, regular Nikki readers, will recognise as being stable, responsible and reliable has gone through a bit of transformation in Dying Breath. Although she’s not wildly acting out, Charlie is being a bit bolshy and argumentative as she pushes against her mum’s rules designed to keep the family safe from Nikki’s awful father Freddie Downey. Most of this is down to the fact that Charlie has found herself a love interest; one she wants to keep secret form her mum and Marcus for now.

I really enjoyed writing Dying Breath, mainly because I got to spend time with Nikki, her team and her family whilst highlighting some things that trouble me personally. As always it’s a pleasure to share my books with you. If you read and enjoy Dying Breath, I’d love it if you left a review on Amazon and Goodreads. These reviews really help readers to connect with new books.

Thank you

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About the author 

Born in Scotland, Made in Bradford sums up Liz Mistry’s life. Over thirty years ago she moved from a small village in West Lothian to Yorkshire to get her teaching degree. Once here, Liz fell in love with three things; curries, the rich cultural diversity of the city … and her Indian husband (not necessarily in this order). Now thirty years, three children, two cats (Winky and Scumpy) and a huge extended family later, Liz uses her experiences of living and working in the inner city to flavour her writing. Her gritty crime fiction police procedural novels set in Bradford embrace the city she describes as ‘Warm, Rich and Fearless’ whilst exploring the darkness that lurks beneath.

Struggling with severe clinical depression and anxiety for a large number of years, Liz often includes mental health themes in her writing. She credits the MA in Creative Writing she took at Leeds Trinity University with helping her find a way of using her writing to navigate her ongoing mental health struggles. Being a debut novelist in her fifties was something Liz had only dreamed of and she counts herself lucky, whilst pinching herself regularly to make sure it’s all real. One of the nicest things about being a published author is chatting with and responding to readers’ feedback and Liz regularly does events at local libraries, universities, literature festivals and open mics. She also teaches creative writing too. Now, having nearly completed a PhD in Creative Writing focussing on ‘the absence of the teen voice in adult crime fiction’ and ‘why expansive narratives matter’, Liz is chock full of ideas to continue writing.

In her spare time, Liz loves pub quizzes (although she admits to being rubbish at them), dancing (she does a mean jig to Proud Mary – her opinion, not ratified by her family), visiting the varied Yorkshire landscape, with Robin Hoods Bay being one of her favourite coastal destinations, listening to music, reading and blogging about all things crime fiction on her blog, The Crime Warp. 

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Author Links 

FB https://www.facebook.com/LizMistrybooks/

Twitter @LizMistryAuthor

Website: https://www.lizmistry.com/

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Book Links

https://mybook.to/DyingBreathLizMistry

https://mybook.to/DyingBreathLizMistryPB

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Blacktellligence Rules by Andrew Komarnyckyj / #Interview #BlogTour @ZooloosBT @DangerousToRead @SpellBoundBks

THE MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND CONTROVERSIAL THRILLER YOU’LL READ THIS YEAR

When Adam Benedict, a 28-year-old researcher, comes across a startling discovery about race and intelligence, he sets in motion a deadly chain of events.

As he tries to get his results published, he finds his work is tampered with to make it appear riddled with errors. He is discredited and denounced as a fraud, a liar, and worse. He endures a storm of criticism in social media and is hounded by the press for spreading views that are deemed toxic.

It becomes clear there is a conspiracy against him, and the conspirators will use any means possible to silence him, up to and including murder.

As Benedict races against the clock to clear his name, he realises the truth is more likely to get him killed than set him free.

And he has to make a decision: is a truth that will change the way humanity views race worth laying his life on the line for?

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Q&A

When and where do you prefer to write?

I have a spare room I grandly refer to as ‘the place where the magic happens’. It’s an attic room which is far to warm in summer and far too cold in winter. I tell myself this is good for focus!

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

I regard that as essential. My granddaughter, however, isn’t convinced on that point!

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

It would have to be Martin Mulligan as he’s my co-author on another book I’ve written. He’s an old friend of mine and we’re very simpatico. (Note: I used the pen-name Jack D McLean for our co-authored work).

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

I would always want to be the bad one in a book. I’m no saint! – And the bad guys are always more interesting and have more fun.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

Aleister Crowley.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

Curled up in my favourite armchair in my front room.

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

Hiking in mountains or in a pub recovering from hiking in mountains.

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

Must get on with the next one!

How do you come up with a title for your book?

I try to aim for something catchy that sums up the premise of the story.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

I think of an image that distills the essence of what I’m trying to say. In the case of Blacktelligence Rules, the clever people at Spellbound Books took my original idea and greatly improved it.

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About the Author

Andrew Komarnyckyj has been a lawyer, odd-job man, PR Consultant, hospital porter, and dishwasher among other occupations. It’s the classic work history of an author but it wasn’t planned that way. It was a happy accident which has stood him in good stead for writing fiction. His first novel Ezra Slef, The Next Nobel Laureate in Literature was highly praised in The Washington Post. His second novel The Revenge of Joe Wild is widely stocked in libraries across the American Deep South and has been approved as an online educational resource by the Alabama school system.

He’s written many other highly-rated novels using the pen-names Jack D McLean and A K Reynolds.

When not writing or reading he loves conversation, listening to anecdotes, craft beers, and hiking in mountains. On a personal note he’s married with two daughters.

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Author Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DangerousToRead

Website: https://dangeroustoread.uk/

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https://geni.us/xkaRY

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The Child Between Us by Alison Ragsdale / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @AlisonRagsdale

My beautiful girl, you are my missing piece. You came into my life and changed everything, placing your warm little hand in mine, and looking up at me with your sky-blue eyes, so full of hope. Little did we know what lay ahead, but for a while at least, we had each other…

When I first met you, darling Marina, you were just five years old. You took my breath away, with your long, dark waves and pink cheeks. You needed me, and I instantly knew I’d do anything to protect you. When six years ago, my heart was shattered, I was left utterly broken – but I didn’t know just how lost I was until you filled that hole in my heart.

You quickly became the centre of my world, your sweet laugh my favourite sound. But then things started to change… I put my pain down to work stress, but when the diagnosis came through it was worse than I could ever have imagined.

Our world is about to come crashing down around us, little one, and I don’t know how to stop it. I’ve finally discovered the truth behind the betrayal that rocked me to my core all those years ago. The pain of my past could be the one thing that saves us – or tears us apart. We’re just becoming a family, Marina, should I risk everything to trust the one person who hurt me? They could be your only hope.

We only have each other… But if I don’t make it, what will happen to you?

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Love… such a big word even tough it only has four letters…

There are so many kinds of love: between friends, between family members, between partners, between human and animal, between parents and children,…., but they all mean the same. You want to do everything for those you love and to protect them against all things bad.

Life… another big word with only four letters….

It can give you so many beautiful things, but on the other hand it can be really cruel too.

“Life’s what you make it” sings Talk Talk and they are absolutely right. There is a lot you can do and there are different paths you can choose, but some things just happen. There is nothing that can be done about them even though you try and fight with all you have.

“You should live your life to the fullest”, I heard someone say recently and they are right. You never know what tomorrow brings. People are often complaining about trivial things, but maybe we should focus on the lovely little things we have: a child’s smile, a lover’s kiss, a wagging tail of your furry friend,…

Sometimes something devastating can bring people together. That is one important thing I learned from this story. You have to take some hurdles first and find it in your heart to forgive.

The author has written a very gripping and emotional book, bringing tears to my eyes more than once.

I saw how Cassie, Sadie, Marina and Grant changed under the influence of new goals in life and fighting the same battle. 5 stars

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About the author

A former marketing executive, originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives near Washington D.C. with her husband and dog. She was educated in England and holds an MBA from Leicester University.

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Author Links

website: www.alisonragsdale.com

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AlisonRagsdale

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

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https://geni.us/B0B63J99BRsocial

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The Island of Lost Secrets by Rebecca Alexander / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDay @bookouture

As Ellie stood on the boat, watching the small island come into view, she wondered what awaited her on shore. What secrets would she uncover in this place?

When Ellie Roberts inherits a cottage on a remote Scilly Isle, she’s shocked. She’s never heard of the previous owner, Patience Ellis, so why did she leave Ellie her legacy?

Overwhelmed with unanswered questions, Ellie travels to the isolated island. Windswept from the boat, salt spray still on her skin, she searches for Patience’s whitewashed cottage, hidden behind overgrown ivy. But when she steps inside, the house feels strangely familiar, and she has a memory of laughing as a child with her beloved mother in the window seat overlooking the sea… The mother she lost when she was only a child.

Determined to find out more, Ellie meets enigmatic local Branok Shore. While at first he seems uninterested, he believes he can help. Charmed by his green eyes, and curious about his past on the island, he and Ellie grow closer, but Ellie knows she needs to understand her own story before she can embrace the future. And when Branok prises open Patience’s dresser, filled with letters from the Second World War, Ellie discovers the shocking secret Patience was forced to hide – and the truth that will change her own life forever.

The letters tell the story of a brutal storm on a dark night in the depths of war, and of an injured soldier who begged Patience for help, and asked her to make an impossible choice…

But the letters don’t hold the answers Ellie so desperately needs. Why did Patience leave her home to her? And how can Ellie have memories of the cottage, when she’s never been there before? When Ellie finally uncovers the truth, will she be strong enough to put the fragments of her life back together?

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About the Author

I write crime and fantasy, with an interest in folk and superstitious beliefs. A Baby’s Bones (out in 2018) asks the reader: is a dark house haunted by the dreadful violence committed there in the past, or is there a scientific explanation that triggers the darkness in the people who are working there?

I’m fascinated with the psychology that creates crime, how someone overcomes a lifetime of societal pressure not to harm someone. What kind of people find that possible (or, even, easy?). A Shroud of Leaves (out July 2019) asks that question, why a young girl would be buried in a pile of leaves on an estate that seems haunted by the disappearance of another young girl in the past. But she isn’t the first young person to go missing there… the story explores a family that seems haunted by psychopathy.

I’ve been interested in fantasy since being read my first fairy tale. When I started writing seriously, as part of an MA in creative writing, fantasy crept into what was going to be a crime story. It’s since crept into everything I’ve written – historical, mystery, romance. I think it’s because I keep finding references to magic everywhere. It’s our first belief system: a fat man will come down the chimney at Christmas, tooth fairies steal teeth and exchange them for money, black cats are lucky. When I was a psychologist, people came up with superstitions and beliefs that made no empirical sense yet made a good story. Living on the Isle of Wight then Devon I couldn’t get away from superstitions and our magical history.

I wrote The Secrets of Life and Death series out of that love of magic and fantasy. I tried to bring a single element of fantasy into the real world and it seeped in all directions. Dr John Dee believed sorcery was possible – it was his idea of technology. I just wondered … what if he was right? What if a child’s life could be saved by magic when medicine fails? Then I had to go back and follow Dee and his sidekick, Kelley, as they did their experiments and worked out how magic works in the castle of Elizabeth Bathory, the sadistic ‘Blood Countess’.

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Author Links

website: http://www.rebecca-alexander.co.uk

I blog about writing at http://witchwayblogspotcom.blogspot.co.uk/

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Book Link

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Lost-Secrets-absolutely-page-turner-ebook/dp/B0B527SN3Q/

Silent Angel by Helen Phifer / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @helenphifer1

Detective Morgan Brookes #7

The girl’s head is bent as if in prayer, her hands bound tightly together at the wrist. Her bare feet are still against the cold sand, the last thing she ever felt before she breathed her last…When the body of a teenage girl is found in Rydal Falls’ churchyard, Detective Morgan Brookes abandons her own birthday to attend the scene. In the dim evening light, Morgan can just make out the girl wrapped in a pristine white sheet and is certain she’s been left here for them to find.The autopsy identifies the girl as sixteen-year-old Shea Wilkinson, and Morgan’s heart cracks with sorrow. The beautiful teenager has been missing for weeks, could she have been suffering all this time? When she learns the sand on Shea’s feet is from a nearby island, Morgan leaves immediately, determined to find the killer’s hiding place and stop them in their tracks.But scouring the windswept beach, Morgan can’t find any sign that Shea was ever there. And then her phone rings with devastating news. Another girl has gone missing, a young nurse called Milly with the same blonde hair and blue eyes as Shea.Morgan won’t rest until she has returned the kind, cheerful girl to her distraught parents. But Milly was last seen chatting to one of Morgan’s colleagues on the force… Refusing to think the worst, can she trace the clues and get inside the mind of the most cunning killer of her career, before another innocent life is lost?

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Review

I used to read the blurbs of every book before I decided to buy/read them. I stopped doing this a while ago. Why? There are several things to answer this question with. I sometimes find blurbs too revealing. I don’t want half the book told on the back cover. Sometimes I find it too confusing, so I left those on the shelf too.

There is one thing that works for me each and every time and that is the front cover. In the first place it’s the image that has to attract my attention. If that activates something in my brain, it’s a winner. I was never disappointed. If I loved the image, I loved the book. The title  is the second thing I look at. If the image and title are a match made in heaven, I am a happy camper and if the author is a favourite one I do a little happy dance. If the author is new to me, I do a happy dance too. 😊😉

So one look at this book and I was in. A church is often creepy, especially at night and when it’s surrounded by fields and nothingness. And the title ‘Silent Angel’… Well, that says enough. 😊

Last but not least the author. She created an amazing series with Morgan Brookes as one of the main characters and each part is a winner.

Morgan herself is a winner too. Saving victims, catching killers… those are two goals she has to achieve. Putting herself in danger? No problem as long as she can close a case with a positive outcome.

I love the closeness of the small police team. They all have each other’s back. There is one rotten apple though. I had the feeling and hope they would have adapted and fitted in now with the rest of them, but I sadly he does not see the light yet. 😉

Abduction and murder are central in this story, but love and friendship play a big part too.

Morgan Brookes is not a traditional police officer, but you just have to love her. She is great. 5 stars

Thank you

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About the author

Helen Phifer is the Bestselling writer of the hugely popular Annie Graham, Lucy Harwin, Beth Adams and her current series featuring Detective Constable Morgan Brooks published by the fabulous Bookouture.

She lives in the busy town of Barrow-in-Furness surrounded by miles of coastline and a short drive from the glorious English Lake District.

Helen loves reading books that scare the heck out of her and is eternally grateful to Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Graham Masterton for scaring her senseless in her teenage years. Unable to find enough scary stories she decided to write her own and her debut novel The Ghost House released in October 2013 became a #1 Global Bestseller.

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Author Links

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

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

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

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Book Link

https://geni.us/B0B68X4KZNsocial

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