Saturday, 5 August 2017

Review - All Signs Point to Murder by #Connie di Marco ~ Book Tour

All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

All Signs Point to Murder

by Connie di Marco

on Tour July 23 - August 23, 2017

Synopsis:

All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco
Rob Ramer was the perfect husband until he committed the ultimate family faux pas — he shot his sister-in-law to death. Believing himself under attack by an intruder in his home, he fired back. But when evidence is discovered that Rob’s wife, Brooke, was plotting his murder, Brooke is charged with conspiracy in her sister’s death. Geneva, a third sister, is desperate for answers and seeks the help of her friend, San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. Geneva’s lost one sister and now it seems she’ll lose the other. Was this a murder plot or just a terrible accident? Julia vows to find the answer in the stars.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: August 2017
Number of Pages:336
ISBN: 0738751073 (ISBN13: 9780738751078)
Series: A Zodiac Mystery, 2 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | IndieBound  | Goodreads 

Read an excerpt:

The building on Guerrero was a once proud Victorian with bow front windows. It had since been broken up into six small units and fallen into disrepair. I drove around the block several times before I managed to find a parking spot a few doors down. The shops on the main street were long closed and the streets deserted. I shivered and let the car heater run another minute to warm up before I left the comfort of my little metal box. There was something about this chore that made my stomach go into knots. Rummaging through a dead woman’s possessions was bad enough, but what if I found something that implicated Moira in a crime? Should I remove it and risk the police finding out?
I climbed out of the car, careful to lock it and approached the long stairway leading to the front door. The wind had died down and now fog danced around the streetlights. It was eerily quiet. No lights shone from any of the windows. I hoped all the residents were safely tucked up in their beds by now. I climbed the cracked granite stairs to the entrance. The weathered door stood ajar, listing slightly on its hinges. I grasped the handle and twisted it, but the lock mechanism was out of commission. Inside, a bare overhead light bulb hung from a chain. It cast a meager glow down the long corridor, cannibalized from a once grand entryway. The hallway smelled of dirty cat litter, moldy vegetables and cigarette smoke. I followed the corridor to the end, and stopped at the last door on the right.
I slipped the key into the lock. It offered no resistance. The door opened immediately. Had it not been locked? I caught a slight scuffling sound and cringed. I hoped no furry long-tailed creatures were waiting inside for me. I reached around the doorway and felt along the wall. My fingers hit the switch. A rusting chandelier with two bulbs missing illuminated the one large room that was both Moira’s living room and bedroom. I tested the key with the door open, locking and then unlocking it. Now I felt the resistance. The door had definitely been unlocked. I stepped inside and shut it behind me, making sure the lock was secure. Was it possible someone had been here before me and left without locking the door? Or had Moira simply been careless?
I had to make sure I was alone in the apartment. There were no hiding places in this sparsely furnished room. I checked under the bed just to be sure and opened the closet, terrified that someone or something might jump out at me. The closet was narrow, filled with a jumble of clothing, half on the floor. I walked into the kitchenette and spotted a doorway that led to the back stairs and the yard. I tested the handle on the door. Locked. I checked the space between the refrigerator and the wall, and then the shower stall in the bathroom. I was alone. I had been holding my breath and finally let it out in a great sigh.
I started with the drawers in the kitchen and checked the counter, looking for any notes with names or phone numbers. There was nothing. The kitchen was surprisingly clean, as if Moira had never used the room. Inside the refrigerator were a few condiments, a half-eaten unwrapped apple and a loaf of whole wheat bread. I quickly rummaged through the drawers and the freezer to make sure there were no bundles of cash disguised as frozen meat.
The main room housed a collection of hand-me-downs and broken furniture, ripped curtains and piles of clothing in various spots around the floor. Had she really lived like this? I heaved up the mattress, first on one side and then the other, making sure nothing was hidden between it and the box spring. Under the bed, I spotted only dust bunnies. I pulled open each of the bureau drawers, checked their contents and pulled them all the way out to make sure nothing was behind them. I opened a small drawer in the bedside stand. Amid a loose pile of clutter was a dark blue velvet box embossed with the letter “R” in cursive gold script. Could this be from Rochecault? I was fairly certain it was. Rochecault is an infamously expensive jeweler on Maiden Lane downtown. How could Moira have shopped there? Was this what Geneva had meant when she said her sister seemed to have a lot of money to spend?
I opened the box and gasped. An amazing bracelet heavy with blue stones in varying colors rested inside. The setting had the slightly matte industrial sheen of platinum. Moira couldn’t possibly have afforded this. Shoving the box into a side pocket of my purse, I decided I was definitely not leaving this for the police to find, and slid the drawer shut.
I scanned the room. Moira hadn’t been much of a housekeeper and it didn’t appear as if there were many hiding spots. I headed for the desk, a rickety affair with two drawers and a monitor on top. I clicked on the hard drive and waited a moment. The monitor came to life and asked for a password. It would take someone much more talented than I to unearth its secrets. Under a jumble of papers and unopened bills, my eye caught a small black notebook. This looked promising. Perhaps it was an address book that would give us all of Moira’s contacts. I dropped my purse on the floor and reached for the book. A searing pain shot through my skull. Blinded, I fell to the floor.
***
Excerpt from All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco. Copyright © 2017 by Connie di Marco. Reproduced with permission from Connie di Marco. All rights reserved.

MY REVIEW 

Well they say you should never judge a book by it's cover and this is one time I think this is so true! I imagined this book would be a murder mystery with a comedy element to it. Well nothing could be further from the truth. 

After the accidental shooting of her Friends Sister, Julia Bonatti vows to help her Friend Geneva find out the truth as to exactly what happened and why. Julia puts herself into all sorts of dangerous situations. I loved her character! She was feisty, brave and a good person, all rolled into one. She was a loyal Friend and determined to get to the bottom of what had gone on.

The plot to this book is very intricate and very well plotted out. It really is a good story line. There's a suspect behind every corner. First you think it's one person and then it's someone else. It has many twists and turns throughout. 

The only part I wasn't very keen on was the astrological part of the book, where Julia see's "Signs" in people based on their dates and places of birth. Some may enjoy this, but I felt it could have been left out and the story would have been equally as good.

Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I thought the characters were all very descriptive and well written. Reading on my kindle, the answer to all the questions you had about what happened came at about 96% into the book, so you really were left guessing right to the end. 

A definitive must buy, which you will struggle to put down. 

Author Bio:

Connie di Marco
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The first in the series, The Madness of Mercury, was released in June 2016 and the second, All Signs Point to Murder, available for pre-order now, will be released on August 8, 2017.
Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Giveaway:

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Cover Reveal ~ Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James ~ A Festive Romantic Read


Who doesn't love a cosy Christmas read? I have to admit I am a bit addicted to them, and try and read them all. They are a great read when it's cold outside and you want a nice "feel good" read, snuggled up on your sofa. 

Today I'm sharing the cover Reveal for one of those lovely reads! A wonderfully festive romantic read to curl up with this Christmas.

TITLE - Christmas at the Dancing Duck

AUTHOR - Daisy James

BUY LINK - Click here

SYNOPSIS 

The most wonderful time of the year!

Kirstie Harrison is finally coming home for the holidays. Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, Christmas hasn’t felt the same – but she’s determined that this year will be different…

And staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner!


Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever. Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @booksdaisyjames.





Saturday, 29 July 2017

The Other Twin by L V Hay ~ Book Review ~ Debut crime novel ~ #OrendaBooks


TITLE - The Other Twin 

AUTHOR - Lucy V Hay

PUBLISHER - Orenda Books

ISBN: 978-1-910633-78-6

EISBN: 978-1-910633-79-3

SYNOPSIS

When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana?

Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her?


Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as the truth…

'Superb, up-to-the-minute thriller and an amazing crime debut. Prepare to be seriously disturbed'
Paul Finch


MY REVIEW 

Sisters India and Poppy are not close anymore, but when Poppy hears that her Sister has committed suicide, she doesn't quite believe it, so heads home to Brighton to find out for herself what has gone on. She meets up again with her Ex- Boyfriend Matthew and his Sister Ana. What are they hiding? There are many people who seem to have secrets.

I didn't really warm to Poppy much and I think this is why I found the story slow. I didn't feel she had much depth to her and wanted her to have a bit more of a personality. I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about India and her life, but instead felt it centred more around Poppy and her relationship with Matthew, that is until the last part of the book.


I did enjoy the way the Author brought the use of Social Media into the story and also how she delicately handled the theme of LGBT and bullying. I found that part hard but gripping to read. 

The book picked up for me about 2/3rds of the way through, when Poppy started piecing things together and then the story held my interest. It was intriguing to see how it was splitting both Poppy and India's family and Matthew's family apart. Secrets destroying so many relationships. 

I am still confused though as to what actually happened to India, as it seems so many other readers "got it", but it didn't sink in with me. 

Brighton was a great setting for the theme of the book, and having never been there and only seen pictures of it, the Author managed to bring the town alive for me.

Not my favourite book of the year but I certainly wouldn't discount it from your list of books to read. 

Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for allowing me to read the book in exchange for my honest opinion.   

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her
Bang2write consultancy. 

She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. 

She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.

Praise for The Other Twin

‘If your sister died under suspicious circumstances, how far would you go to uncover the
truth? The Other Twin crackles with tension as Poppy's search for answers leads only to
more questions, her grief palpable and real as she learns her sister India's deepest
secrets. Hays' impressive debut is a complex, twisty, disorienting tale that truly keeps
readers guessing until the very end’
Karen Dionne


‘A cracker of a debut! I couldn’t put it down’
Paula Daly

‘The writing shines from every page of this twisted tale … debuts don’t come sharper
than this’ Ruth Dugdall

‘This chilling claustrophobic tale set in Brighton introduces an original, fresh new voice in
crime fiction’ Cal Moriarty

‘Wonderfully layered and gripping, I had to take breaks just to catch my breath’
Jendella Benson

"A fresh and raw thrill-ride through Brighton´s underbelly. What an enjoyable read!"
Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Slick and compulsive’ Random Things through My Letterbox

‘A propulsive, inventive and purely addictive psychological thriller for the social media
age’ Crime by the Book

‘Delightfully disorientating’ Chapter in My Life

‘This will stay with me forever’ Emma the Little Bookworm

‘A whirlwind of secrets and emotional turmoil’ Cheryl M-M

‘Rolls along at a heart-pounding pace!’ Ronnie Turner

‘A contemporary thriller with a heart of darkness … terrific’ Live & Deadly

‘Blinding, surprising and simply magnificent’ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

Friday, 21 July 2017

Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft -- Book Review & Q&A with the author - #Avon Books



TITLE - Just For The Holidays

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

PUBLISHER - Avon Books

PAGES - 400 e-book

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SYNOPSIS 


The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…

In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

A glorious summer read, for you to devour in one sitting - perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.



MY REVIEW 

I wanted a nice cosy pool side read for my holidays, so the the title of this book sounded ideal. I was not disappointed.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the strong and independent Leah; Aunt; Sister; Best friend; lover and all round great girl. 
Leah was just the person you'd like as a friend. Just add to the mix a sexy man next door and you've got yourself a great read!  

The Author has obviously done a lot of research for this book, from the landing of a helicopter in an emergency situation, to the beautiful descriptions of the Gite and it's wonderful setting in Alsace. The region sounds incredible. The Authors' writing really brings the location alive, so much so, that you could almost believe you'd been there yourself! You'll want to add it to your bucket list of destinations to visit. 

The plot is a great mix of family trials and tribulations. There's a family drama around every corner. Love struck teenagers and tense affairs flow throughout. 

I thoroughly loved this read, and it was perfect for the poolside, just as I wanted it to be. This is another great book by Sue Moorcroft, who never fails to disappoint. It's a holiday must! 

UPDATE - I am pleased to say that this book has now just been given "Best Seller" Status on Amazon! 

My Q & A With Sue Moorcroft 

1. Do you read your book reviews? If so how do you deal with bad or good ones? That’s if you ever get any bad ones!

I do read book reviews, yes. I certainly check out any a book blogger takes the trouble to post. When a book’s freshly released then I view online reviews too. The good ones put a big smile on my face and I simply accept the bad ones. Anyone is entitled not to like my books – I don’t like every book I begin so how can I expect 100% love from others? I do prefer anyone being critical to be so for good reasons. The reviewer saying she hated the prologue when there is no prologue, or that she bought the book by mistake so is giving it one star doesn’t, for me, fall into the ‘reasoned’ category.

2. How do you select the names of your characters?

Most of them come out of my Dictionary of First Names or my ‘naming baby’ books. Sometimes I’ll hear a name and store it up to use. The names of my hero and heroine in my Christmas 2017 book, Give Me Till Christmas, came from gravestones!

3. What did you edit out of Just for the Holidays?


A lot of stuff about helicopters. As there’s a forced landing in Just for the Holidays a pilot offered to take me up and demonstrate autorotation, which every helicopter pilot needs to have at his/her command to get back to earth safely if the engine cuts out in mid-air. An account of this can be found in the bonus material at the end of the book but there was more about it in the book itself before I realised I was letting my research show.

4. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book or do you do it as you go along?

It varies book to book but for Just for the Holidays I went to the French region of Alsace for four days to visit the city of Strasbourg and a nearby village. After a lot of networking I got an introduction to the pilot/owner of a helicopter maintenance company, Skytech, where I was able to research Ronan’s job and I was introduced to an aviation medical examiner and someone in aviation insurance. Leah’s job, in chocolate products, I was able to research largely online, but I spoke to somebody who has worked in product development kitchens too. I research at almost any point in the creation of a book.

5. What does literary success look like to you?

In commercial terms, top 10 for both ebook and paperback. I achieved #1 for The Christmas Promise ebook but that doesn’t mean I can do it again! In less obvious and simple terms, success is when someone says they’ve enjoyed a book I’ve written. If it kept them awake or if it got them through a bad time - even better!

6. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Get on with it. Make sure you avoid the snakes and climb the ladders.

7. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?


I write under my maiden name and keep my married name for family stuff. I would write under a pseudonym if there was a good reason, but I’m glad not to have had to, so far.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected
themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’. 

Catch up with Sue below:-

Website // Blog // Facebook // Facebook Author Page // Twitter // Google+:
LinkedIn: // Instagram // Goodreads // Take Five Authors

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Showcase ~ #66 Metres by #J F Kirwan ~ Spy Thriller ~

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66 Metres by J F Kirwan

66 Metres

by J F Kirwan

on Tour July 17-31, 2017

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Carina
Publication Date: August 25th 2016
Number of Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780008207748
Series: Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #1
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | Goodreads 


Synopsis


A chilling and utterly compelling thriller that you won’t be able to put down!

The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her…

Read an excerpt:

‘Let’s see if you can really shoot. Give her your pistol,’ Kadinsky said to one of the henchmen, the one with a pockmarked face – Pox, Nadia named him – who immediately lost his sense of humour.
She took the weapon from his outstretched hand, weighed it in her palm. An old-style Smith & Wesson. God knows why the guy had it. Most blatnye preferred semi-autos, Makarovs or the older but higher-velocity Tokarevs. She checked that it was loaded, all six bullets nestling in their chambers. She glanced at Kadinsky, thought about killing him. But the other henchman, the fat one with slicked black hair – hence, Slick – had his Glock trained on her, his lopsided leer daring her.
Kadinsky waved a hand towards Katya, five metres away. He tilted his head left and right, then settled back against the soft leather, took a gulp of whiskey, and smacked his lips. ‘The red rose in the bowl of flowers behind her left ear. Shoot it. From where you stand.’
Slick’s eyes flicked toward Katya, gauging the angles. His leer faded.
Nadia stared at her sister and the rose. Most of it was behind her head. Only one leaf of the scarlet blossom was exposed. She swallowed, then lifted the revolver, and took up a shooting stance like her father had taught her. Right arm firm, elbow not fully locked, left hand under the fist, prepared for the recoil. She had to do it before anger built and disrupted her concentration. She cocked the hammer, lined up the shot, then spoke to Katya’s serene, trusting face: ‘Love you,’ she said. Then she breathed out slowly, as if through a straw, and squeezed the trigger.
Masonry exploded behind Katya. The crack was so loud that three other men burst into the room, weapons drawn. Kadinsky waved them back as Pox peeled the revolver from Nadia’s stiff fingers. Petals fluttered to the floor amidst a plume of white powder from the impact crater in the wall. Katya sat immobile, pale, the hair on the left side of her head ruffled as if by a gust of wind. A trickle of blood oozed from her left temple, and ran down her cheek.
Katya, lips trembling, beamed at Nadia. ‘Still alive,’ she said, her voice hoarse. She touched the graze with an unsteady forefinger.
Nadia began to shake. She folded her arms, refusing to give Kadinsky the satisfaction.

Excerpt from 66 Metres by J F Kirwan. Copyright © 2017 by J F Kirwan. Reproduced with permission from J F Kirwan. All rights reserved.
J F Kirwan

Author Bio:

Barry (JF) works by day in aviation safety, and writes at night. He is also a diving instructor and has dived all over the world. He got hooked on writing when people started arguing about his characters as if they were real people. He is married and lives in Paris, because the coffee is better there, and he needs coffee to write.

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Something to Be Brave For -- Priscilla Bennett ~ #Endeavour Press ~ Book Review


TITLE - Something to Be Brave For

AUTHOR - Priscilla Bennett

PUBLISHER - Endeavour Press

PAGES - 225

BUY LINK - Click here

SYNOPSIS

Would you die for love…?

Christmas 1997 and Katie Giraud is taking refuge under her grand piano.

Just a few short years after marrying Claude, she now lives in fear for her safety and that of her young daughter, Rose.

Claude, the dashing and charming Frenchman she’d fallen in love with, so attentive and considerate during their whirlwind courtship, has become a monster.

Nothing she does is right and she constantly walks on eggshells, terrified that she will unwittingly inflame his anger.
He humiliates her, he violates her, he beats her…

But Claude is a well-respected, highly successful surgeon, always so polite and thoughtful to everyone but her. As a result, he has succeeded in creating the perfect façade behind which to hide his true self.

Katie’s parents think the world of him, his own patients adore him – everyone loves Claude.

So, who will ever believe what he does behind closed doors?

This story sensitively lifts the lid on the processes of an abusive relationship, which anyone who has ever experienced will identify with, and for those who haven’t, will answer questions like, ‘Why is she putting up with that?’

Something To Be Brave For is a deeply moving account about one woman’s battle for survival.


PRAISE FOR PRISCILLA BENNETT

“A unique—yet still universal—story of domestic violence.” — Rosemary Rogers, Author of eight books including the New York Times bestseller Saints Preserve Us!

“A gripping novel portraying domestic violence in today’s society.”— Christopher Dodd, CEO, Motion Picture Association of America

“The book is a compelling, graphic and brutally honest account of domestic violence in high society.” — Oliver Koppell, former Attorney General, New York State and sponsor in the New York Legislature of laws making domestic violence a crime.

“An inspiration to all the women, and people, who have struggled against the domestic violence in their life.” — Ben Kallos, New York City Council Member serving on the Women’s Issues Committee

“Unlike Faust, in Priscilla Bennett’s spellbinding novel, Katie Callahan Giraud doesn’t make a deal with Mephistopheles, she actually falls in love with Mephistopheles and marries him.” — Lewis Burke Frumkes, Author, “Advice for Young Writers” and Host of the Lewis Burke Frumkes Show



MY REVIEW

Meet Claude, Famous Plastic Surgeon. Respected highly by Katie's Father, an eminent surgeon. So much so that Claude and Katie ended up as a couple, then marry. 

This book handles the emotional subject of Domestic Violence, a subject I'm passionate about through my paid work and previous volunteer work with Victim Support. 

The Author delicately handles the subject and shows how a couple on the outside can be the envy of everyone who meets them; outwardly seen as being a happily married and successful couple, but behind closed doors the story couldn't be more different. The Author shows how one party can be so controlling and capable of psychological damage that goes unseen and unreported. With no help from outside parties when a cry for help comes along, even when children are involved, it becomes a desperate situation. The book shows how a victims strength of character can eventually shine through and I really liked the character of Katie and kept willing her on all the way through the book.

The book is completely indicative of cases I've seen like this, having spoken to women like Katie, and to me it is extremely well researched. I would love to think that this book would empower other women reading it who are in a similar situation.


This is a very emotional read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Priscilla Bennett was born in Boston . . . and never left. She became an emergency room nurse in a large Boston hospital until she retired. She and her husband devoted their lives to raising their three children.

As an ER nurse, Priscilla saw firsthand the devastating effects of women who were physically and mentally abused through toxic relationships with family members, boyfriends and spouses. These experiences inspired her to write this novel to help and encourage women to escape and to heal. And to remind them they are not alone.


Catch up with the author here: - Webpage // Facebook // Endeavour Press

UK Agencies who can help victims of domestic violence:- Womens Aid // Refuge // National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) // Victim Support

Thank you to the author for allowing me to review her book in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for this review.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Don't Close your Eyes by Holly Seddon ~ #Corvus #Atlantic Books ~ Book Review


TITLE - Don't Close Your Eyes

AUTHOR - Holly Seddon

PUBLISHER - Corvus

PAGES - 336

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SYNOPSIS

Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins. They weren't even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.

Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches - watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...

And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the good-looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she's just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can't be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.

But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...



MY REVIEW

The book centres mainly around twins Sarah and Robin. It moves between the present day and the late 1980's early 1990's, as the girls were growing up. The family they belong to is dysfunctional and then some! If you're an only child and always wanted a sibling, you would be pleased you hadn't grown up in a family like this. 

It starts off as a nice cosy read, with a loving family. It soon escalates into an awkward, broken mess, with many secrets and full of lies, which come back to haunt them.

I enjoyed getting to know all the characters at the start of the book, and it flowed seamlessly throughout, going from present to past and back again, with short chapters which I prefer in books going back and forth in time. I did lose some interest a bit when Robin was living in Manchester and watching her Neighbours from behind closed doors. It struggled to grip my attention although it did fit into the story. The pace did pick up about 3/4's of the way through when the tension rose and the secrets flowed and unfurled and my attention was gripped once more.

I would have liked the ending to have been expanded a bit more into where the lives of the four women were going, and how they were going to unite, but overall it was a fairly enjoyable read. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.

Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.

Her second novel DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES was published in July 2017.


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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cover Reveal ~ #Lost in the Lake by #A J Waines ~ Pre-order now!





TITLE - Lost in the Lake

AUTHOR - A J Waines

RELEASE DATE - 7th September 2017

PRE-ORDER NOW - Click here

SYNOPSIS

She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.

Pre-Order on Amazon from 13 Jul

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AJ Waines has sold over 400,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and USA (audiobooks).

Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) in 2016. She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or join her on Twitter, Facebook or on her Newsletter.


#Policeman Pete and Maisie The Calf & Policeman Pete & The Adventurous Tortoise by Barbara Ann ~ Book Reviews


TITLE - Policeman Pete and Maisie the Calf
AUTHOR - Barbara Ann
PUBLISHER - Creative Locations Ltd
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"This little story, which is actually my favourite, happened to a lamb that had a difficult delivery. As I had already wrote Book One about sheep I decided to substitute the lamb with a calf. The local sheep farmer was delighted with my husband’s handy work of putting a Plaster of Paris splint on the lamb’s broken leg. The lamb made a perfect recovery."


MY REVIEW 

I am loving these childrens books. I can't believe that they are based on real life incidents as they are just so innocent.

This book is about Maisie the Calf who is injured, and how Policeman Pete helps her. Once again it has delightful illustrations and I just know that any young child will fall in love with them. 

The writing itself is perfect for maybe perfect for pre-school children, and the illustrations bring the story to life too, making it a lovely read. It's certainly a great series of books to collect. 


TITLE - Policeman Pete & The Adventurous Tortoise
AUTHOR - Barbara Ann
PUBLISHER - Creative Locations Ltd
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"Friends of the family have a Hermann Tortoise, he is a great adventurer and does often disappear. He can usually be found in the garden hedgerow or the flower beds. He is a great character."


MY REVIEW 

This cosy little story is about the Headmistress of the local school, Miss Lucy, finding a Tortoise slowly crossing the road. The story talks about the Tortoise and it teaches children about them, and how to identify how old they are.It's about how the children help find who the Tortoise belongs too. With this book I found that it's slightly more educational than the other books that I've read by the author. 

Once again gorgeous illustrations that I know children will adore as it really brings the book alive.

These books need to be shared as they are wonderful little books. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


"With the children now grown and away at University I began to look forward to the "Retirement Years". The farm was too big for just my husband and I to manage. With this in mind I remembered with love the wonderful times and the little dramas that had happened in and around the farm and villages.
Putting pen to paper I began to write down the little happenings involving the various animals that had occurred over the years, this was purely done for my own benefit and for any future grandchildren that I may have.
Many months later my daughter, by chance read the stories and found them delightful, so much so that she encouraged me to share them with others.

Policeman Pete is a trademark of Creative Locations Ltd. (2014)
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ABOUT THESE BOOKS 

All the happenings of the Policeman Pete books are based on true occurrences from the villages of Saddleworth, a civil parish that is made up of 7 villages that nestle in the foothills of the Pennines. 

POLICEMAN PETE'S "Tip of the Day"
 
Policeman Pete says always try to keep with your Mummy and Daddy and hold their hand. Do not run off, you must always tell each where you are going.

For Policeman Pete’s Holiday Safety tip from yesterday please visit Books From Dusk Till Dawn https://booksfromdusktilldawn.wordpress.com/ and for tomorrow’s tips check out Rae Reads http://raereads1.blogspot.co.uk/ and also Writing Around The Block https://cphilippou123.wordpress.com/


For each book sold, a donation will be made by Creative Locations Ltd.
Every donation will go to a charity called ‘The Blue Lamp Foundation’ set
up in 2010 by the late P.C.David Rathband, charity number 1138319.
This charity gives financial support to all 999 emergency personnel who 
become injured in the line of duty.
For each book sold, a donation will be made by Creative Locations Ltd.
Every donation will go to a charity called ‘The Blue Lamp Foundation’ set
up in 2010 by the late P.C.David Rathband, charity number 1138319.