23.1.19

Blog Tour, Book Review : Into The Silent Sea by Claire Stibbe




Firstly,I would like to sincerely thank the author for sending me a copy of this book and Anne Carter for giving me the opportunity to take part in the Blog tour

When I read the synopsis for this book, it reminded me of Fay Weldon's The Life And Times Of A She Devil,i was so intrigued and couldn't wait to find out how the story was going to unfold. After Clodagh Shepherd's violent bully of a husband Ryan forces her to sign divorce papers and then disappears,Clo makes a impulsive decision. She already knew that Ryan was having an affair with beautiful Marion kurchell, so Clo changes her appearance and takes a job as Ryan mistress's home help. She plans to befriend Marion,kill her and then maybe take over the ownership of Marion's beautiful home. Only, you know what they say about the best laid plans, not long after implementing her plan, Col discovers that Marion's Life isn't as perfect as it appears. The idyllic facade of Hampton's life hides a terrifying secret - a secret someone will kill to keep.

Voiced entirely by Clo and written in short,snappy chapters,most of which end on a cliff hanger and give the reader a very very bad case of Just one more chapter syndrome. This is a riveting battle of the minds that had me hooked in from the very first page, totally captivated by the authors mesmerising story. I think anyone who has been betrayed by someone they loved would love to get revenge on their love rival in some way. And although I didn't think Col was a very likeable character at times, I also.couldn't help admiring her courage and determination to exact her revenge on the woman who she felt had ruined her life. Although I couldn't for the life of me understand why Col cared so much about her horrible husband.

Apart from one, all the other vivid,well developed characters were untrustworthy,deceitful,twisted, unreliable individuals. One of them was so sinister that person gave me the creeps everytime that person appeared in the story. The descriptions of the settings for this story were stunning, I loved the beautiful house that seemed so idyllic but in reality was hiding more than one sinister secret.

I absolutely loved this amazing thriller and would love to watch a film adaptation of this story. I was so disappointed when I finished the book because I was enjoying so much, I didn't want the story to end. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it most definitely will not be my last. Worth far more than five stars and very highly recommended by little old me.

                                                                 AUTHOR BIO


Claire Stibbe is the author of the Detective Temeke Crime series - The 9th Hour, Night Eyes, Past Rites, Dead Cold, Easy Prey. Winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for crime mystery, silver medal winner of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, her books have also been Amazon bestsellers, reaching the #1 spot in the top 100.  She is also a reporter for Stand True 4 Blue, which features a Nationwide Newsletter dedicated to law enforcement, a member and graduate of the Citizen Police & BSCO Sheriff’s Academy. A former journalist and magazine editor, she now lives in Utah with her husband and son.  These books provide donations towards the counseling of single mothers after suffering from domestic violence and post-traumatic stress.

Find out more about Claire at http://www.clairestibbe.com/

Twitter @CMTStibbe

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Publication date: 28th Oct 2018
Paperback: 348 pages
Publisher: Noble Lizard Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998202746
ISBN-13: 978-0998202747

PURCHASE LINK....

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Into-Silent-Sea-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07J3LSDZT/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1548201671&sr=1-2&keywords=into+the+silent+sea

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20.1.19

Mini Blog Blitz, Book Excerpt : Spiral Into Darkness by Joseph Lewis



                                                                 THE BLURB

He blends in. He is successful, intelligent and methodical. There are no clues. There are no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, have no idea they are the next targets. Neither does their family. And neither does local law enforcement.



Law Enforcement investigates a series of murders that appear to be from the same hand. They’ve already asked the FBI for help and have come to the conclusion it is a serial killer, motive unknown. At the scene of the latest murder, police and sheriff deputies speak to the victim’s husband.

The Fortune home sat on a quiet residential street of middle- to lower middle-class homes. Blue-collar type homes of the silent, sometimes struggling working class. Or maybe homes of young couples starting out who lacked the money for a newer home in the burbs.
David Fortune’s eyes were red and his face puffy. His dark hair mussed and his five o’clock shadow prominent. He sat forward with his forearms on his knees, but his head hung low, and now and then he snagged a tissue and wiped his eyes.
They were in the small living room. Graff and Eiselmann sat in stuffed dark gray or ruddy brown chairs. Fortune sat on the couch facing them. The volume on the TV was turned down, and Graff didn’t recognize the show. An older woman, who Graff assumed was a mother or mother-in-law, stuck her head into the room from time to time, only to be rebuked by an older man, who Graff assumed was a father or father-in-law, and when he did, the older woman would disappear back into the kitchen.
“I don’t know anything more,” Fortune said, throwing his hands up in the air.
They had been there for twenty minutes, and what the two detectives found out was that David Fortune was thirty-three years-old and worked in IT at Associated Bank on East Kilbourn Avenue. It was the fourth largest bank in Milwaukee, and Fortune was one of six computer guys making sure the network ran without a hitch. It wasn’t the type of job that would piss someone off enough to pull a trigger on his wife.
He was lean and lanky, and Eiselmann pegged him as a runner. He looked like he hadn’t slept all night. In fact, his t-shirt could have been the shirt he had worn the night before. He wore jeans and had white athletic socks on his feet stuffed into some well-worn brown suede slippers.
Gwen Fortune was a dental hygienist at a family clinic. On the side, she did medical transcription from home. Between David’s income and both of Gwen’s incomes, they did okay.
She was one month shy of her thirty-third birthday. A two-sport athlete at a rival high school, she and David had met their junior year on a blind date set up by one of David’s friends. They had dated on and off, but got serious their sophomore year in college, she at UW-Milwaukee and he at Marquette. They got married a year after they had graduated.
Their two girls, four and two, were with Gwen’s sister and brother-in-law. Given their ages, there was no way they could comprehend what had taken place, Graff thought. At any rate, Graff felt for the guy. He wondered how he’d raise Garrett by himself if something tragic had happened to Kelli. He shuddered involuntarily.
Later in the day, Fortune would be surrounded by family and friends, and they’d try to lift the burden of grief and despair off of him. Grief shared sort of thing. Still. Graff shook his head.
                                                                 
                                                                  AUTHOR BIO


Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.
Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

Social Media Links –

Twitter at @jrlewisauthor
Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Joseph.Lewis.Author
Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Lewis/e/B01FWB9AOI /

PUBLICATION DATE : 24th January 2019

PUBLISHER : Black Rose Writing

GENRE : Police Procedural, Crime, Thriller

PURCHASE LINKS....

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spiral-Into-Darkness-Joseph-Lewis-ebook/dp/B07L15328K

US - https://www.amazon.com/Spiral-Into-Darkness-Joseph-Lewis-ebook/dp/B07L15328K

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17.1.19

Book Review : The Flower Girls by Alice Clark - Platts


Oh,Wow,just Wow. There isn't enough superlatives in the English language to describe how much I loved this book.It's the mesmerising,thought-provoking,chilling story of two sisters Laurel (10) and Primrose (Rosie) (6) who tortured and murdered two year old Kirstie Swann on a warm summer's day in 1997. Dubbed The Flower Girls by the press,Laurel was convicted whilst Rosie who couldn't be held accountable due to her young age was given a new identity and a new life.

On New Years Eve,nineteen years later at a motel on the Devon Cliffs,a five year old girl goes missing. When it is discovered that Hazel (Rosie) is staying at the hotel,The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again

This riveting,page turner features a number of vivid characters including Hazel,laurel,Max (the ex journalist) DC Lorna Hillier and Joanna Denton (Kirstie`s aunt). Throughout the book the reader is taken back in time to 1997 where we learn about Laural and Rosie`s childhood before,during and after the murder and there is also brief coverage of Laurel`s trial.The murder of poor little Kirstie is frighteningly similar to the torture and murder of poor little Jamie Bulger in 1993 and the question of accountability and wether criminals can be rehabilitated is raised throughout the story. Should someone who has committed and been convicted of a serious crime be released back into society? Should suspected and convicted criminals be given new identities and new lives? Why would a child even consider killing another child? are children born evil or can their actions be linked to unfavourable environmental factors? The author covers these highly moral issues with sensitivity and without being overly moralistic.

I love a book that plays with my emotions,I want to feel something about the characters and that is definitely what happened whilst I was reading this character driven thriller. There was characters I liked,disliked,annoyed me,frustrated me,sympathised with,changed my mind about and just plain gave me the creeps. Once I started reading this book,I didn't want to put it down,I was 100% hooked in from the first page right through to the spine chilling,shocking conclusion. The ending gives me chills everytime I think about it and is going to play on my mind for a very long time. I would love to watch a tv adaptation of this book and think it is worth far more than five stars.Very very highly recommended by little old me.

                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I am a former human rights lawyer who used to work for the UK Government. As a litigator, I worked on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg. I loved my job but then we re-located to the tropics and now I live in wonderful Singapore.

I also write short stories which have been published in in various anthologies. And when I’m not writing, I’m running The Singapore Writers’ Group which I founded in 2012. This is a fantastic group of both professional and amateur writers who meet monthly and attend workshops and critique sessions

Social Media Links

Website : https://www.aliceclarkplatts.com

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

Twitter : @aclarkplatts

PUBLICATION DATE : 24th January 2019

PUBLISHER : Raven Books

GENRE : Psychological Thriller

Pre-Order/Purchase Link....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flower-Girls-Alice-Clark-Platts-ebook/dp/B07GBWGMK4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547726886&sr=1-1&keywords=the+flower+girls+alice+clark+platts





16.1.19

Blog Tour - Review : The Liars Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard


It has been ten years since Alison Smith fled to the Netherlands,putting her shattered life into a firmly sealed compartment in her mind and steadfastly refusing to take even the tiniest peak inside. But your past always finds a way to catch up with you and the arrival of two Gardi from Dublin finds Alison pulled back to face her past. Her first love Will Hurley confessed and was convicted for the murder of five university students including Alison's best friend Liz. Only now it appears that a copycat is replicating Will's crimes and the police have asked for Will's help. He claims that he has the information that the police need but will only give that information to Alison.

After Alison reluctantly agrees to talk to Will, the secrets and lies from the past finally begin to unravel. Everyone was hiding something back then,including Alison herself.


The story flips back and forth between two time frames, Alisons reunion with Will and the investigation into the present day murders (now) And Alison and Liz's friendship? before and during their time at University, the effect that her meeting Will had on her life and the events leading up to his arrest (then) Alison was a likeable character who had many redeemable qualities but her thought processes were at times very frustrating. Why did she stay friends with Liz  and put up her childish behaviour? And why,despite insisting that she loved Will, was she so convinced that he was guilty? Was Alison involved in the murders and that was why she ran away to the Netherlands at the first opportunity? Scattered throughout the book was the odd chapter voiced by the present day killer,giving the reader a insight into how that person's mind worked and their not very logical reasons for their crimes.

The Liars Girl is not a fast paced story but it was a enjoyable read that held my attention throughout. It had a few intense moments and certainty kept me guessing. The characters were all vivid and well developed and the story flowed well, the changes in the time frames were seamless and there was a unexpected twist at the end. This is the first book that I have read by this author and it definitely will not be my last.

                                                         ABOUT THE AUTHOR


CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982. Her debut thriller, DISTRESS SIGNALS, was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger 2017. Before writing full-time, she was a campsite courier in France, a travel administrator in the Netherlands and a front desk agent at a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She is currently studying English at Trinity College Dublin and wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up.

PUBLICATION DATE : 8th March 2018

PUBLISHER : Corvus Books

GENRE : Psychological Thriller

PURCHASE LINK...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Liars-Girl-Catherine-Ryan-Howard-ebook/dp/B076CCH58Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547677492&sr=1-1&keywords=the+liars+girl

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14.1.19

Blog Tour Review : The Sinister Gathering (Sophie Brown #3) by Diane Ezzard



If Sophie Brown had known just how stressful and dangerous her stay at the retreat would turn out to be,she would have never entered the building.

After Sophie's old anxieties rear there ugly heads and she starts to have doubts about her relationship with Jack. She decides to attend a well-being retreat,deep in the Scottish Highlands.

Peace and harmony are advertised but as she gets to know the other women staying at Glenoch Hall,fights and arguments become the norm.

She was looking for peace but instead found death.

 Bumbling amateur sleuth Sophie Brown returns to once again poke her nose into other people's business whilst simultaneously telling herself that what is happening in other people's lives really has nothing to do with her but then again,she likes helping people. Getting herself caught up in life threatening situations and then instantly regretting her impulsive actions. She has plenty of her own issues that she should be dealing with but she just can't help involving herself in the lives of the vivid characters she finds herself spending time with at Glenoch Hall. The other women were a mixed bag of diverse personalities who each had secrets and realistic issues that many women have to deal with in reality every day. I loved the isolated setting for this book,the crumbling building,the fog shrouded grounds surrounded by deep dense woods that were the setting for a couple of heart pounding,intense chapters. I always think that forests and woods can seem sinister and otherworldly whether it's broad daylight or the dead of night when all you can hear is your own footsteps that sound so loud no matter how carefully you tread or maybe it's not your footsteps,maybe it's the footsteps of whoever is pursuing you.

A isolated setting,untrustworthy characters,sinister notes,secrets,lies and murder all combine together to produce a gripping,cosy little mystery. The Sinister Gathering is my favourite book in this series so far and I look forward to reading whatever trouble Sophie is going to get herself into in her next adventure.

                                                            ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.  Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.   She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

Social Media Links...

Website - http://dezzardwriter.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/dezzardwriter/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/diane_ezzard

PUBLICATION DATE : 14th December 2018

GENRE : Crime,Thriller & Mystery

Purchase Links.....

Amazon UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

Amazon US - https://www.amazon.com/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

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13.1.19

Blog Tour, Guest Post : The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge





                                                                   Book Blurb

The widow. The secret. The liar.

The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

Who’s lying? Who’s watching Nicole? And can she expose their murky secrets before they catch up with her?



What inspired me to write The Disappeared

So, the biggest thing that inspired me to write The Disappeared was a documentary I watched, but, unfortunately, I cant tell you the name now as it will give away the whole story in advance! But I do mention it in my author note at the end of the novel.

When Im writing I see the scenes playing out in my head, exactly like watching a film. Often they're accompanied by actors who I think my characters are like or would portray them perfectly. One movie that was also a backdrop in my mind as I was writing this novel was Blood Diamond. And, yes, Leonardo DiCaprio also featured in there, too, who I admire, not just because hes a hugely talented actor, but because of his work with The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation that does amazing things for both wildlife and the environment.

Most of my thrillers are inspired by real life events, and research for The Disappeared included reading hundreds of online articles from NGOs, government organisations, humanitarian groups, and investigative journalists. I also read many books on the subjects covered in the novel. When Im writing, I have notes everywheresnippets of dialogue, character traits and names, statistics, one sentence reminders of things I need to include, and much more. This book was no different, and I had about a hundred pieces of A4 paper filled with the stuff that I had to, somehow, turn into something readable. Fingers crossed readers will experience something thats both thrilling and exciting, but also authentic and sympathetic to the subject matter.

                                                               About Sibel Hodge



Sibel Hodge is the author of the No 1 Bestsellers Look Behind You, Untouchable, and Duplicity. Her books have sold over one million copies and are international bestsellers in the UK, USA, Australia, France, Canada and Germany. She writes in an eclectic mix of genres, and is a passionate human and animal rights advocate.

Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Harry Bowling Prize, the Yeovil Literary Prize, the Chapter One Promotions Novel Competition, The Romance Reviews’ prize for Best Novel with Romantic Elements and Indie Book Bargains’ Best Indie Book of 2012 in two categories. She was the winner of Best Children’s Book in the 2013 eFestival of Words; nominated for the 2015 BigAl’s Books and Pals Young Adult Readers’ Choice Award; winner of the Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Book from a Series Award in the SpaSpa Book Awards 2013; winner of the Readers’ Favorite Young Adult (Coming of Age) Honorable award in 2015; a New Adult finalist in the Oklahoma Romance Writers of America’s International Digital Awards 2015, and 2017 International Thriller Writers Award finalist for Best E-book Original Novel. Her novella Trafficked: The Diary of a Sex Slave has been listed as one of the top forty books about human rights by Accredited Online Colleges.

Sibel’s Social Media Links:

Website: www.sibelhodge.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SibelHodgeBestsellingAuthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sibelhodge @sibelhodge

PUBLICATION DATE : 10th January 2019

PUBLISHER : BloodHound Books

GENRE : Psychological Thriller

PURCHASE LINK....

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disappeared-gripping-mystery-thriller-ebook/dp/B07M6R2MP2/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1547309913&sr=1-4&keywords=the+disappeared

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31.12.18

Cover Reveal - All The Little Lies by Chris Cullan


                                                               THE BLURB

After a lifetime of secrets how far would you go for the truth?

An unputdownable new psychological thriller, full of twists you won’t see coming, from Chris Curran.

Your whole life has been a lie…

One email is all it takes to turn Eve’s world upside down. It contains a picture of her true birth mother, Stella, and proves that Eve’s entire life with her adoptive parents has been a lie.

Now she must unravel the mystery of Stella’s dark past. But what Eve finds will force her to take enormous risks, which put her – and her new-born baby – in immediate danger…

                                                             ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Chris Curran worked as a teacher, an actor and scriptwriter, and now reviews fiction for various publications and blogs. She is a published short story writer and her most recent, The Thought of You, was shortlisted for the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition. An early draft of her debut novel, Mindsight, was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize in 2013. All the Little Lies is her fourth novel.

Read more about her at https://www.killerreads.com/blog/qa-with-author-chris-curran/
and at http://chriscurranauthor.com/

PUBLICATION DATE : 15th February 2019

PUBLISHER : Killer Reads

GENRE : Psychological,Action & Adventure

PRE-ORDER LINK...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07K23KH3S?pf_rd_p=338d5482-a910-4f62-b1e2-a66912b500ea&pf_rd_r=M8WN0MEDEQWCNYBJZW3G

AND NOW THE BLURB IS OUT THE WAY,HERE'S THE BIT THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR






Isn't that cover gorgeous and the blurb sounds really Intreguing. Can't wait to read this and make sure you keep an eye out for the two week blog tour starting on the 14th of February 2019