Death at Rainbow Cottage by Jo Allen / #SpotlightPost #BlogTour @rararesources @JoAllenAuthor

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At the end of the rainbow, a man lies dead.

The apparently motiveless murder of a man outside the home of controversial equalities activist Claud Blackwell and his neurotic wife, Natalie, is shocking enough for a peaceful local community. When it’s followed by another apparently random killing immediately outside Claud’s office, DCI Jude Satterthwaite has his work cut out. Is Claud the killer, or the intended victim?

To add to Jude’s problems, the arrival of a hostile new boss causes complications at work, and when a threatening note arrives at the police headquarters, he has real cause to fear for the safety of his friends and colleagues…

A traditional British detective novel set in Cumbria.

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Thank you, Jo Allen and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the Author 

Jo Allen is the author of the successful DCI Satterthwaite series of detective novels set in and around the English Lake District, where she lives. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read – crime. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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Author Links 

Twitter @JoAllenAuthor

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

Instagram @JoAllenAuthor

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Tsalix Silverthorn and the Desert of Desolation by Richard Siddoway / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @CayellePub @rmsiddoway


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Having retrieved the first talisman from the top of Mount Jinee, Tsalix and his friends are faced with another daunting task.  They must cross Shayeksten, the Desert of Desolation to reach Mount Tsood and find the second talisman.

Shayeksten is formidable, dry, hot, and covered with drifting sand.  Compounding their problem is their nemesis, Captain Nash Doitsoh and his band of soldiers, who are patrolling the desert and are determined to capture Tsalix and bring him to Prince Abadon. If they are successful in crossing Shayeksten and reaching Mount Tsood they must find where the talisman is hidden and then return to Mount Deschee to deliver it to the King.  

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About the Author 

Having retrieved the first talisman from the top of Mount Jinee, Tsalix and his friends are faced with another daunting task.They must cross Shayeksten, the Desert of Desolation to reach Mount Tsood and find the second talisman. Shayeksten is formidable, dry, hot, and covered with drifting sand. Compounding their problem is their nemesis, Captain Nash Doitsoh and his band of soldiers, who are patrolling the desert and are determined to capture Tsalix and bring him to Prince Abadon. If they are successful in crossing Shayeksten and reaching Mount Tsood they must find where the talisman is hidden and then return to Mount Deschee to deliver it to the King

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tsalix-Silverthorn-Maelstrom-Richard-Siddoway-ebook/dp/B08W1M4CJN/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=richard+siddoway&qid=1613906164&s=books&sr=1-1

Cry for Help by Wendy Dranfield / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @WendyDranfield

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Shivering in the early morning chill, the caretaker flips the switch on the Ferris wheel and stumbles back in shock. The teenage girl’s body is slumped in a halo of pretty colored lights, long red hair spilling over her tear-stained cheeks, her eyes fixed forever on her dangling feet.

When teenager Nikki Jackson’s body is found at an amusement park, just hours after Fourth of July fireworks lit up the night sky, the Lost Creek police rule her death as suicide––a devastating final act from a girl who had lost all hope. But the absence of the knife used to make the wounds on her delicate wrists makes Detective Madison Harper think otherwise. And the partial fingerprint found on the girl’s face proves her right. Someone else was with Nikki in her final moments

Back home in Colorado for the first time in seven years to investigate the murder of a woman with ties to the son she lost to the care system, the pressure is on for Madison to work both cases at once. Fearing the team has missed a vital clue, Madison searches the crime scene alone and finds the last thing she ever expected: a note proving the victims knew each other, and that the cases are linked. Is this a coincidence, proof a dangerous murderer is on the loose, or a trap set to lead Madison off the trail?

It’s only when Madison finally finds the knife used to harm Nikki, tucked in an almost impossible to find hiding place, that she knows she is closing in on a twisted killer. But the last person she expects to see dragged into the department in handcuffs is her own missing son…

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Oh I am so happy this book is being published already. I means I did not have to wait a very long time to see what happens next. Woohoo!!

I enjoyed the first part of the series, but I was totally blown away by this one. It was so shockingly, incredibly, amazingly good. I don’t seem to be able to find enough adjectives to describe my feelings.

The good thing is that it’s not over yet. I can hardly wait for the next book.

If you read my previous review, you might remember that I said I hopped into the back of Nate, Brody and Madison’s car on their way to their next adventure. Well, I hardly had time to fasten my seatbelt before I was thrown right in the middle of the action.

OMG! Well, they say you have to be prepared to expect the unexpected and tell you what: they were absolutely right! I never saw that coming and the author did not give me a lot of time to come up for air. I barely had the time to pick up my jaw from the floor and my mouth fell open once more.

Great, great book! 5 stars

Thank you, Wendy Dranfield and Bookouture

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About the author

Wendy is a former coroner’s assistant turned crime writer who lives in the UK with her husband and 3 cats.

As well as her two crime series and the YA crime novel – The Girl Who Died – Wendy has several short stories published in UK and US anthologies. She has also been shortlisted and longlisted for various competitions, including the Mslexia Novel Competition.

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Author Links

Website: https://wendydranfield.co.uk/

Twitter: @WendyDranfield

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https://geni.us/B08QZZ249WCover

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Requiem by Daniel Ståhl / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours

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Through its 211 interwoven poems, this double-tiered recursive crown of sonnets takes the reader on an epic journey to the heart of mankind’s would-be nemesis – herself – and back again. Does her destiny await in the unexplored depths of the cosmos, or in a toxic wasteland of her own making? Does she have the will to shape her own future, or is she a slave to her myopic wants and impulses?

Requiem takes the existential threats facing humanity – from the destruction of the environment to nuclear holocaust – as a lens through which to reflect on the fate of civilization, humanity and ultimately conscious life in the universe.

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About the Author

A software engineer by trade, Daniel Ståhl splits his time between software development, research, teaching, writing and being the father of two.

Daniel has previously published both fiction and non-fiction, with his latest forays as an author delving into strictly metered poetry. His latest book, Requiem, came into being in the intersection between the rhythmic cadence of sonnets and his despair at the sanguine apathy with which the human species approaches the prospect of its own extinction – with all of its implications for his children.

Daniel received his MSc degree from Linköping University, Sweden, and his PhD degree from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

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Author Links

Website: http://danielstahl.co/books/requiem/

Blog: http://danielstahl.co/blog/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56595795-requiem

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Requiem-Memory-That-Should-Have/dp/171623400X

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/requiem-daniel-st-hl/1138630683?ean=9781716234002

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/se/en/ebook/requiem-136

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1550173520

Apple Audiobook: https://books.apple.com/us/audiobook/id1549368737

Google Play Audiobook: https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/Daniel_St%C3%A5hl_Requiem?id=AQAAAEBc5QSlSM

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Escapades of a Personal Stylist by Leanne Lovegrove / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @BookBuzznet

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PLAYING AT PRETENDING

Being angry at the world isn’t working for Max Cartwright, especially when he’s trying to win over the girl of his dreams. But he can’t seem to stop himself from fighting with the fiery beauty over every damn thing. To make matters worse, he’s hiding who he is, and he knows when Sophie finds out, she’ll cut him loose. 

Sophie Williams life is full of adventures she’d rather not have. Being a personal stylist to the rich and pampered isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Like the time she walked in on… She can’t talk about it. Or the time she had to… Nope, can’t discuss that either. She does it all to take care of her sister, and feels guilty about every minute she’s away from her. 

Which is why spending time with a starving artist who seems to be suffering from a personality disorder is absolutely wrong. One minute he’s sweet and charming, the next, he’s biting her head off. It’s hard enough keeping up with her demanding clients, she doesn’t need a man in her life who gives her emotional whiplash.

But.. When his hair falls into his face and he gives her that crooked grin, she’s lost in him.

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About the Author

Leanne Lovegrove is a lawyer and author who loves romance and reading. Her law career has caused her addiction to coffee, but provides her with countless story ideas. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and three children.

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Author Links

Website: https://www.leannelovegroveauthor.com/

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

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

Publisher’s Author Page: https://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/leanne-lovegrove

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/contemporary-romance-escapades-of-a-personal-stylist-by-leanne-lovegrove/

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1069073
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Monster Max by Robin Bennett / #GuestPost #BlogTour @rararesources @writer_robin 

 
 

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First book in the hilarious Monster Max series

Max is an unusual 9-year-old. He can turn himself into a huge, bin- eating monster by BURPING. Being a monster is brilliant, unless he sneezes (which turns him back) and he finds himself far from home in just his pants.

Max decides to be more responsible and ‘protect and do good stuff’, starting with catching a local vandal. But his nemesis, Peregrine, is convinced Max is the vandal, and invents his POOP (Portable Operating Omni Prison) machine to trap him. If Peregrine can prove the truth, Max and his mother could be put in a zoo … or worse. Max will have to use his wits as well as his strength to catch the real culprit, before Peregrine can catch him…

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Boys like elves, too

Pretty much ever since I’ve had anything to do with the hugely fun and rewarding world of writing children’s books, word is boys aren’t reading as much as girls.

Assuming that they are mostly right, then how do we get them to read?

The simple answer is you can’t: because forcing anyone to take part in any cultural event such as a film, play, book … mime workshop, weekend in an expensive-ish spa(ish) hotel where you express your inner child, will almost always produce the opposite reaction as the one intended. And the alternative, in the form of gentle cajoling, is just background noise to small boys.

This worries publishers and parents alike – and writers (perhaps male writers, especially) are under a certain amount of pressure to bear this in mind. And we certainly do (as we sip champagne from silver goblets in our ivory towers or travel by helicopter for three bottle lunches with our bank managers).

Well, I did: we had two boys first; who both loved to be read to, then ploughed through early middle grade stories with pictures … and then utterly lost interest aged 11 or 12. It’s as much as we can do to get them to read text messages that are wholly in their interest to pay attention to: usually asking which part of town they want to be picked up from.

Then it occurred to me to wonder – did they ever read as much as girls? If I think about myself aged 11 I was all but illiterate. When I did read it was Asterix or Airfix instructions and very little else.

I picked up the reading habit later and read pretty much anything and everything. Reading is the only time I shut up.

Monster Max (out Feb 2021) almost certainly is good for reluctant readers and the story might appeal more to boys than girls: perhaps because there’s more physical action than emotional. But that’s as maybe because I also believe the best stories have universal appeal. Whatever your age, sex, persuasion, background, we all essentially come from the same place.

Get boys reading? After a certain age, they’ll probably always read less than girls and we’ll probably always moan, either at them about it or behind their backs (in print, if we really don’t want them to know and so spare their feelings).

But the only answer is to write better stories. And that’s down to us.

Thank you, Robin Bennett and Rachel’s Random Resources.

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About the author

Aged 21 Robin was all set to become a cavalry officer; aged 21 and a half, he found himself working as an assistant gravedigger in south London wondering where it all went wrong. Robin has gone on to start and run over a dozen successful businesses from dog- sitting to cigars, tuition to translation. The list is quite exhausting. Robin is married with three young children. He spends his time between Pau in the Pyrenées and Henley-on- Thames.  

Monster Max and the Bobble Hat of Forgetting is Robin’s first book with Firefly Press publishing in February 2021. He has also written other books for children, published with Monster Books

Rampaging Rugby, first in the Stupendous Sports non-fiction series for 7-11-year-olds will publish August 2021. 

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Author Links

Twitter @writer_robin 

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

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Monster-Max-Bobble-Hat-Forgetting-ebook/dp/B088BJLLTM/

https://fireflypress.co.uk/books/monster-max/

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Win a Monster Max Cuddly Toy 

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries only, welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Say Hello, Not Goodbye by Andrea Officer / #Extract #BookBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @FilmFan06

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The last few years have been hard for Catherine Lothbury. Suffering from agoraphobia she’s never left the sanctuary of her house, and with no friends to help her, she starts to think that she’ll be stuck inside forever.

Enter Elliot Farringdon, a soldier in the British army, who vows to help Catherine overcome her fears, and reintroduces her to the outside world.

Their friendship quickly turns into something more, but when Elliot is sent away on deployment, Catherine finds herself feeling far more alone than she did before. And when he doesn’t return home, she starts to believe that she’s lost him forever.

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About the author

As someone who grew up reading any book she could get her hands on it wasn’t long until Andrea realised she wanted to be an author. She’s been writing stories since she was in school and over the many years has developed her craft into what it is today.

After studying journalism at university she found her inspiration to become a writer and her debut novel “Who We Are” tries to answer one important question- can someone who’s been a criminal for nearly his whole life turn his life around and be seen as the hero he wants to be?

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https://andreasbeyondthebook.blogspot.com/

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Sylvie Denied by Deborah Clark Vance / #SpotlightPost #ReleaseBlitz @RABTBookTours @deb1nski @BookBuzznet

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Deborah Clark Vance’s first novel, Sylvie Denied, offers an intimate portrait of a woman who refuses to be silenced.

As she enters adulthood in the turbulent 1970s, Sylvie thinks the way to change a violent world is to become a peaceful person. Yet she slowly sees how a childhood trauma thwarts her peaceful intentions and leads her to men with a dark side – including Enzo, the man she marries. Even as his behavior becomes increasingly volatile, she believes she can make things better with love and understanding. But finally, living in terror, Sylvie must find a way to escape with her daughter and claim her place in the world.

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About the Author

After leaving her family home and respectable birthplace, Deborah Clark Vance set out to find what made the world tick. Inspired by Thoreau’s advice to simplify, she explored self-sufficient living. Deborah learned to identify and forage for edible plants and medicinal herbs, gaining confidence that she could survive in the wild as long as there were woods, and the weather wasn’t too cold. She attended the University of Life where she came to cherish those who prefer truth. She raised four children and cobbled together a living by selling paintings and freelance articles, copyediting and translating Italian, selling plants and designing gardens, working on radio documentaries and a kids’ educational TV series, teaching piano lessons, college students and adults with emotional and mental illnesses. . . and eventually earned a PhD in Intercultural Communication from Howard University and taught at a small liberal arts college. Her family and friends near and far live with her in her heart. Sylvie Denied is her first novel.

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Author Links

Website: https://deborahclarkvance.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deb1nski

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

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/deborah-clark-vance-44361a1b5/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deb1nski/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/deb1nski/scenes-from-sylvie-denied/

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/womens-fiction-sylvie-denied-by-deborah-clark-vance/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sylvie-Denied-Deborah-Clark-Vance-ebook/dp/B08LP2BYS6/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sylvie-denied-deborah-clark-vance/1137946633?ean=2940163025039

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/sylvie-denied

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/sylvie-denied/id1536986494?ct=books_sylvie_denied&ls=1&cc=us&id=1536986494&urlDesc=%2Fsylvie-denied&ign-itsct=books_toolbox&ign-itscg=30200

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Deborah_Clark_Vance_Sylvie_Denied?id=C4oEEAAAQBAJ

BookShop: https://bookshop.org/books/sylvie-denied/9781662902925

Indie Bound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781662902925

Contempt by Michael Cordell / #Review @TCKPublishing

Lawyer Thane Banning has just been released from prison after serving five years for a murder he didn’t commit.

A free man due only to a legal technicality, Thane must clear his name, repair his fragile marriage, and rebuild the life he once cherished. But his efforts are complicated by death threats from the father of his alleged victim and the tidal wave of public outrage at his release.

As Thane begins to find footing in the free world, a former fellow inmate is accused of murder by the same DA who put Thane behind bars. The inmate reaches out to Thane, who is unable to resist the desperate plea for help. He takes the case, thereby pitting himself against the ruthless adversary who stole five years of his life. And this adversary has a grudge to settle.

But prison has taught Thane a thing or two about survival, and the last time he played by the rules, he landed on death row. This time he’s staking it all – his marriage, his reputation, and even his life – on the outcome of the impending case. Thane is determined to do whatever it takes to uncover the truth, especially when startling links to his own conviction rise to the surface. But will he uncover the truth in time?

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This was a great book! The author certainly had me fooled more than once and I loved it.

A lawyer often specializes in a certain domain in order to help his clients in the best possible way, but a good lawyer, should he not be able to take on any case and make it a success?

That’s how Thane sees it too when a friend reaches out to him. He dives into the case with the determination of a pit bull, deciding to not let go before he has found out the truth. The consequences? Well, that is something he will deal with afterwards. He has to see this through before he can pick up where he left off 5 years ago.

Is it about revenge? Yes. Is it about justice? Yes. Is he taking risks? Yes. Will he uncover the truth? Yes!

I loved the way Thane presented the case. With every page I turned, my mouth started to fall open further and further and when everything was revealed, I could not believe my eyes. Never in a million years would I have seen this coming!

Shockingly good story. 5 stars

Thank you, Michael Cordell and TCK Punlishing

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About the Author

Michael Cordell is a novelist, playwright and produced screenwriter. He has sold three screenplays to Hollywood, including Beeper, an action-thriller starring Harvey Keitel and Joey Lauren Adams.

Michael currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he has taught screenwriting at the University of Virginia and at Writer House.

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Website: https://www.michaeljcordell.com

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Publisher: https://www.tckpublishing.com/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Contempt-Legal-Thriller-Michael-Cordell-ebook/dp/B084QBPRH8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=contempt&qid=1613845198&s=books&sr=1-1

Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea by Liz Eeles / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @lizeelesauthor

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From the attic of Driftwood House there are stunning views of the deep green sea and sapphire sky. But Rosie can’t tear her eyes away from the faded photograph in her hands, and the words written on the back that will change everything…

Back in the tiny seaside village of Heaven’s Cove after the death of her mother, all Rosie Merchant wants is to hide her tears, rent out her childhood home, and get back to her ‘real’ life, away from the gossiping villagers and wild Devon weather she escaped from years ago.

She’s surprised to find a smiling man in hiking boots – local farmer Liam – waiting on the stone doorstep. His kind offer to help clear crumbling, isolated Driftwood House is hard to refuse, and despite Rosie’s determination not to let anyone get close, soon they’re walking and laughing together along the clifftops. As clouds scud across the endless sky and green waves crash against the shore, Rosie is reminded that nowhere is more beautiful than home.

Then, up in the attic of Driftwood House, Rosie stumbles across a photo which exposes the heart-stopping truth about how her mother came to live at Driftwood House years ago… and Liam only seems concerned about the implications for his own nearby farm. Did he know this painful secret all along, and should she run from Heaven’s Cove for good? Or will facing up to her devastating family history mean Rosie can finally put down roots in this beautiful place?

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Some people you have known all your life, but how well did you know them actually? It seems like there are some important things you were never told or even lied to about.

For some people you have a vision in your head formed on things you saw, but are they really like that? Maybe they were, but that does not mean they still are now.

Sometimes the truth is kept hidden, because you want to protect yourself and your family and you made a promise. You do it in good faith, but do you realize that you hurt other people in the process? Probably not, but that does not mean it hurts any less.

The persons that were left in the dark feel betrayed and guilty. Betrayed because they feel that they could not be trusted with the facts and guilty because they have treated loved ones in a bad way.

What is done, is done though and you can only try to make the best of it. When one door closes, a new one can be opened even if what’s behind it not what you expected.

A lovely story where secrets are unravelled, cheaters get what they deserve and love is found where they least expected it. 4 stars

Thank you, Liz Eeles and Bookouture.

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About the author

Liz began her writing career as a journalist and press officer before deciding that she’d rather have the freedom of making things up as a novelist. 

Being short-listed in the Corvus ‘Love at First Write’ competition and the Novelicious search for a new women’s fiction star gave Liz the push she needed to keep putting pen to paper …. and ‘Annie’s Holiday by the Sea’ (her first published novel) is the result. 

Liz lives on the South Coast with her family and, when she’s not writing, likes to spend time walking by the sea, and trying to meditate. Her ambition is to be serene one day …. she’s still got a long way to go.

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Author Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lizeelesauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lizeelesauthor

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

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Amazon: https://geni.us/B08TMCGYKRCover

Apple: http://ow.ly/38WL50Dfhup  

Kobo: http://ow.ly/yCfE50Deunt

Google: http://ow.ly/uyOz50DfhrL