11.6.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK PROMO - The Happy Family by Jackie Kabler


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

My family has just been reunited. So who is trying to tear it apart?

A mother who disappeared… 
When Beth was 10 years old, her beautiful, wild mother Alice disappeared. Beth’s life since hasn’t always been easy, but now she’s settled, with a successful career, a loving family and a beautiful home. 
 
An unexpected visitor…
Then one day there’s a knock at the door. Alice has returned. Desperate to rebuild their relationship, Beth invites her mother to move in.
 
A life that comes crashing down…
At first, everything is wonderful. But then Beth’s friends start to drift away, strange things happen at home, and rumours about Beth begin to circle. Someone is out to destroy Beth’s newfound happiness. But who? And how far will they go?

                                                                 ABOUT THE AUTHOR


 Jackie Kabler worked as a newspaper reporter and then in television news for twenty years, including nearly a decade on GMTV. She later appeared on BBC and ITV news, presented a property show for Sky, hosted sports shows on Setanta Sports News and worked as a media trainer for the Armed Forces. She is now a presenter on shopping channel QVC. The Happy Family is her sixth book; previous novels include the international bestseller The Perfect Couple. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter @jackiekabler 
Instagram @officialjackiekabler

Purchase Links

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happy-Family-gripping-psychological-bestselling-ebook/dp/B08N47DHNP

US - https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Family-gripping-psychological-bestselling-ebook/dp/B08N47DHNP

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BOOK COVER REVEAL - I'll Pray When I'm Dying by Stephen J. Golds

 


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

DO ALL SONS BECOME THEIR FATHERS?

Ben Hughes is a corrupt Boston Vice Detective and bagman for the Southie Mob.

Already desperately struggling with obsessive compulsions and memories of a traumatic childhood, his world begins to fall apart at the seams, triggered by the photograph of a missing child in the newspaper and the anniversary of his father’s death twenty years earlier. 

‘I’LL PRAY WHEN I’M DYING’ IS THE STORY OF A BAD MAN BECOMING WORSE…

                                                                     About the Author


Stephen J. Golds was born in North London, U.K, but has lived in Japan for most of his adult life. 

He writes primarily in the noir and dirty realism genres and is the poetry editor of Close to the Bone Press and editor of Punk Noir Magazine. Some of his writing influences are Charles Bukowski, John Fante, James M. Cain, Tobias Wolff and Jim Thompson. 

He enjoys spending time with his daughters, reading books, traveling the world, boxing and listening to old Soul LPs.

He is the author of Say Goodbye When I’m Gone, I’ll Pray When I’m Dying, and Always the Dead, (Red Dog Press) as well as Poems for Ghosts in Empty Tenement Windows and the story and poetry collection Love Like Bleeding Out With an Empty Gun in Your Hand.

He has had stories and poetry published in a wide variety of online magazines and anthologies.

Find him on twitter @SteveGone58

Twitter: @SteveGone58 @RedDogTweets


Publication date: 29th JUNE 2021

Buy Links: 

RDP: https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/i-ll-pray-when-i-m-dying

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B096KM1384

Amazon Universal: mybook.to/PrayWhenDying

Google Play Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=JHUxEAAAQBAJ



















10.6.21

BLITZ THURSDAY, PROMO POST - Far From The Tree by Rob Parker

 




                                                                BOOK DESCRIPTION

Twenty-seven bodies, vacuum-packed, buried in a woodland trench - some have been there for years, some for just days.

DI Foley finds himself the Senior Investigating Officer on one of the largest murder cases the country has ever seen. This could make his career.

But as new discoveries unfold, this horrific gangland crime suddenly gets personal. Too personal.

Foley has a choice. Solve the crime and risk his family? Or leave well alone?

To a man like Brendan, that’s no choice at all…

Far From the Tree is the first in the Thirty Miles Trilogy and was an Audible #1 Bestseller.

                                                                     About the Author


Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in Warrington, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook’s Hollow and the #1 Audible bestseller Far From The Tree enjoys a rural life, writing horrible things between school runs. Rob writes full time, attends various author events across the UK, and boxes regularly for charity.

He spends a lot of time in schools across the North, encouraging literacy, story-telling and creative-writing, and somehow squeezes in time to co-host the For Your Reconsideration film podcast, appear regularly on The Blood Brothers Crime Podcast, and is a member of the Northern Crime Syndicate.


Publication date: 2 July 2021

Buy Links: 

The Red Dog shop (all formats available) 

https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/product-page/far-from-the-tree-limited-hardback-edition

Amazon mybook.to/FarFromTheTree


                                       






8.6.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Last Time She Dies by Niki Kamerzell

 


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

A rainy night. A slick road. A car crash.  

‘A puff of yellow dust blew from the vent, and the car filled with a strong sulfur smell. Laughter whispered through the speakers, then blared at full volume.’  

Everything changes for Alexia Harper the night she leaves late from her waitressing job. When voices threaten her through the radio, she wonders if she’s gone crazy. Then lightning explodes close by, and Alexia crashes.  

Following the accident, every day is the same. Every night the same nightmare stalks her. It’s like her life is on repeat, but she can’t shake the fearful warning her subconscious is screaming at her.  

When Leland starts working at the diner, Alexia is drawn to him. He’s kind, funny and handsome, and he’s…familiar. It’s like they’ve spent the past eight lifetimes getting to know each other.  

Now, the memory-like dreams make sense. She recognizes people she doesn’t know—and they are giving her clues; answers she desperately needs to stop the thing that’s coming for her. 

 Coming for all of them. Again.

The story is centred around Alexia and Cali who had been best friends since they were assigned desks next to each other in their third grade at Elementary School. They had remained close throughout the intervening years and even wore the two separate halves of a heart necklace. But their friendship had changed on the night that Alexia had a horrific car accident  whilst she was in her way home from work. An accident that was so vividly and realistically described that you could shut your eyes and imagine the fear and horror that Alexia was experiencing. The spinning car, the grinding and shrieking of the metal, the shattering glass, smell of smoke and the rising flames once the car caught fire. A distance had suddenly developed between them and they both never appear to be able to find the time to talk or go on fun nights out like they used to. Their friendship wasn't the only thing that changed in that fateful night, suddenly the two women find themselves being terrorised by a mysterious figure with a cruel, menacing laugh whose arrival was heralded by a dog with a sulfuric smell and a yellowish tinge. A twisted, evil individual who had killed many times before and wouldn't hesitate to kill again in their quest for ultimate power and control.

Firstly, if you want to enjoy this brilliant, breath taking story to its full potential then I suggest you go in blind, just settle down in your favourite reading chair, buckle yourself in and enjoy the ride. And believe me, it is one hell of a ride, it's a fast paced blend of thriller, spine chilling horror, history, and the supernatural with a added dash of romance. The story had me mesmerized from the first page, captivated by the author's vivid imagination stunningly described settings and diverse cast of characters. I would love to watch a film or tv adaptation of this unputdownable story, worth all the stars and more and very very highly recommended.

                                                                        Author Bio – 


Niki Kamerzell lives in Colorado and spends her summers out in the wild enjoying camping and fishing. Her favorite place to visit is Yellowstone National Park.  She spends her free time reading and writing and will read just about anything recommended to her. She's been known to sacrifice eating and sleeping to finish a good book. Niki writes fantasy and has been writing for the last ten years. When not writing or reading, Niki is probably distracted by her Corgi or out hiking in the Rocky Mountains with her husband.  Her other distractions include driving around and singing off key with the radio and scrapbooking. Always willing to make things awkward, sarcasm is like a second language to her and, next to her passion for writing, probably one of the things Niki's most proud of.

Social Media Links – 

https://twitter.com/Niki_K_Writes

https://www.instagram.com/niki_k_writes/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21126046.Niki_Kamerzell


PUBLICATION DATE: 10th February 2021

Purchase Link - http://mybook.to/lasttimeshedied

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4.6.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - Widow's Island by L.A.Larkin

 


                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

 

Someone knows your secret. And they’re coming to find you…

 

Stephanie Miller is an average working mom. She isn’t perfect, but when her war hero husband dies and her work as a scientist puts her in news headlines, her past laid bare for all to see, she’s determined to make a new life for herself and teenage daughter, Amy. But she fears it’s only a matter of time before the biggest mistake of her life is revealed.

 

As Stephanie and Amy take refuge on a remote island in Washington, it feels like they’re learning how to live again. But then they come home to graffiti on their garage door, there’s no escaping the hate online, and Stephanie is sure someone is watching from the shadows outside their house.

 

When someone close to Stephanie is murdered in cold blood, she knows her worst fears have come true. Someone knows the truth. And she must become the fighter her husband always knew her to be if she is to protect her daughter, and everything left in the world that she loves.

 

An absolutely nail-biting thriller from bestselling author, L.A. Larkin. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Gregg Olsen. An addictive, unputdownable, up-all-night read.



This intense page turner is written predominantly from the perspective of University professor and war widow Stephanie Miller. Struggling to cope with the death of her beloved husband Philip, she decides to go along with her best friend Jan's suggestion and move to isolated Widow's Island with her teenage daughter Amy. Stephanie is hoping that the move combined with her new job plus a exciting opportunity involving the Pentagon and American government will be the fresh tart that they both need and will hopefully reignite their formally close relationship. But she has hardly had the opportunity to settle into her new position when a unknown enemy starts spreading rumours and lies about her online. A campaign that over time intensifies until eventually her daughter also becomes a target, only Amy is not only bullied online but also at her new school where she had already been struggling to settle and make friends. I think some readers would probably label Amy a brat due to her attitude and behaviour but I felt a lot of empathy for her. She was still struggling with her grief over the death of her dad and had been relocated to a isolated island where she didn't know anyone so she didn't have any support system to comfort and support her. Meanwhile, Stephanie's life and career was falling apart around her and just when she thought things couldn't get any worse, something horrific happened that shocked her to the core. There was time when I could fully understand Amy's frustration with her mother, for a apparently highly intelligent woman,she did come across as a bit of a mouse at times but then she would do something really surprising and make you respect and like her again.


Interspersed throughout the story was chapters that were voiced from the perspective of the twisted, narcissistic individual who was organising the campaign against Stephanie and Amy. This person was a seriously unlikable individual but why was this person targeting Stephanie and is far were they prepared to go to achieve their end game? Could this person simply just be a puppet who was dancing on the end of someone else's strings? These parts of the story were seriously chilling and it was quite scary how swiftly and easily Stephanie's life was torn apart by her tormentor with the help of the faceless people who shared all the lies and rumours on their social media sites.


There was also chapters that followed FBI special agent T.J.Samson and his partner Detective Candace Greig as they searched for a serial killer who had evaded capture for twelve years. Samson was a fantastic character, a really likeable nice guy and my favourite character in the book. But why had the FBI suddenly appeared on the island? Could a deadly killer really be hiding there in plain sight? Will Samson be able to uncover the truth before the twisted individual claims another victim?


Wow....just wow, OMG, this is a perfectly paced,at times chilling page turner that hooks the reader in, keeps you captivated and glued to your kindle. Some parts of the story were so intense that I found myself at the edge of my seat and I'm certain that if I was in the habit of biting my nails, I wouldn't have any left. The cast of characters were a mixed bag of realistic individuals, many of whom were untrustworthy and not who they appeared to be. I would love to watch a film adaptation of this unputdownable, addictive thriller. Worth far more than five stars and very very highly recommended. This is definitely going to be one of my favourite reads of this year.


                                                         Author Bio:



L.A. Larkin is a crime-thriller author, published by Bookouture. Her latest novel, Widow's Island, is now available for pre-order and is described as "an absolutely nail-biting crime thriller with a heart-pounding twist."

She is also the author of Prey, Devour, Thirst, and The Genesis Flaw and she writes a funny dog detective mysteries under the pseudonym of Louisa Bennet.

Lee Child described Widow's Island as, "Fast and immersive - a really fine thriller"
C.J. Carver described Widow's Island as, "Dark and menacing, Larkin's characters are heart-wrenchingly real"
Peter James, "Intrigue in spades"
Marie Claire, "'Written with pacy cinematic style, this chiller thriller will reel you in" (Thirst)
Good Housekeeping, "Brilliant!" (Devour)
James Phelan, "'L.A. Larkin is a world-class thriller writer"
Literature Works, "Exciting, original and utterly captivating" (Devour)
Bookseller + Publisher, "Exciting, compulsive reading" (The Genesis Flaw)

 

Author Social Media Links:

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

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/lalarkinauthor

Website:     https://lalarkin.com/


Publication Day: June 3rd 2021

 

Buy Links:


Amazon: https://geni.us/B08Z3WJGWPsocial

Apple: http://ow.ly/7YhP50E0DhN 

Kobo: http://ow.ly/FF9u50E0Tmm

Google: http://ow.ly/YrRi50E0Tns


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2.6.21

BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - The Bridesmaid by Nina Manning


 

                                                                 BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Promise me? If you hear any secrets, never tell me. That would make you a most treasured friend. More than a friend really. You’re almost like a sister to me…’

Your best friend….

From the moment they met as children, Sasha knew that beautiful, wealthy, and confident Caitlin would always be her absolute best friend.  Sasha would do anything to make Caitlin happy.  

Even keep her darkest secrets…

The years have passed, but their friendship remains.  And when Caitlin announces she’s getting married there is only one choice for the role of bridesmaid.  

Sasha will make sure Caitlin’s wedding is as beautiful and perfect as she is.  Won’t she? 

Your worst nightmare?

But Sasha is growing tired of always being in Caitlin's shadow  - always the bridesmaid, never the bride.  And as the big day approaches, cracks begin to appear between the two woman.  Secrets and lies swirl between the two friends like confetti. Both of them are hiding dark secrets, both of them are lying. 

Could the secrets that once bound these two friends, rip them apart for good?


The chapters of this gripping tale of secrets, toxic relationships and revenge flipped back and forth between the late 1980s and the events before,during and after the wedding in 2019.

Sasha was twelve years old in the late 80s when her mum and dad moved Sasha and her brother Hunter from London to the fifty - acre Saxby estate where her parents had found employment as housekeeper and head gardener for the Clemonte family. Although Sasha liked her new surroundings, she missed her friends back in Hackney, sitting on the wall reading Jackie magazine with her friend (that brought back memories,I used to get Jackie magazine when I was younger) Her feelings of loneliness changed after she was introduced to free spirited Caitlin. The two girls became best friends (well according to Sasha anyway) and Sasha found herself drawn into and captivated by the alien world of the rich with their posh accents, servants, nannies and lavish parties. She started spending every opportunity that she could with Caitlin and her Grandmother Josephine who was always kind and welcoming towards the young girl. Unfortunately, the same couldn't be said for Caitlin's mother Ava who appeared to take great pleasure in undermining and humiliating Sasha at every opportunity. Sasha's mum wasn't happy about the amount of time that her daughter was spending at the big house and as the story unfolded, I began to understand her concerns about Sasha's involvement with the family. Caitlin had a nasty, vindictive side to her character, something that over time even Sasha started to notice but she know that if she stopped being friends with Caitlin, she would no longer be able to spend time at the big house. A place that over time, Sasha had began to suspect had hidden secrets within the old walls and lavish rooms, secrets that she was determined to uncover. 

In the chapters that were set twenty years later, Sasha was living with a lovely but anxious and paranoid man called Oscar and had her own business. She still likes to think that she is friends with Caitlin and is organising Caitlin's wedding to Chuck, someone that both the women knew when they were younger and hung out together at Saxby House. Despite it being her own wedding, Caitlin doesn't appear to be interested in acknowledging any of Sasha's plans and ideas and seems to be avoiding interacting with her and answering her calls, texts and emails. Sasha can't wait for the wedding day to arrive because she has a secret, a revelation that will cause shock waves to ripple through the quests and possibly signify the end of her friendship with Caitlin. People in their past and present lives were not who they appeared to be and were hiding shocking attitudes and behaviour.

The Bridesmaid is a enthralling, character driven drama with a plot that contains some unexpected revelations and some lessons in morality. Sasha wasn't happy with her life both as a child and a adult but I thought that she really should have appreciated her loving parents and partner because as we all know, life isn't always greener in the other side. The cast of characters were diverse and realistic, some likeable, some not so likeable, one I was surprised to learn I had judged unfairly and I ended up feeling empathy for by the end of the story. I thought this was a very well written, compelling page turner and I would happily read more of this author's books in the future. 

                                                                        Author Bio: 

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

Social Media Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ninamanningauthor1 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ninamanning78 

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

Newsletter Sign Up Link: http://bit.ly/NinaManningNewsletter

Bookbub profile: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/nina-manning  


Purchase Link - https://amzn.to/3uuVmh7

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BLOG TOUR, BOOK REVIEW - Dr. Glass (Glass Minds Series #1) by Louise Worthington

 



                                                                  BOOK DESCRIPTION

Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else? 

When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. 

Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair. Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed. 

Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel's Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow. 

The chapters of this hard hitting study of the complexities of the human mind are voiced from the perspectives of a number of vivid individuals including a twisted and very unlikable female called Kat. But the story is predominantly voiced from the perspectives of Psychologist Kelly - Jane Glass and her Neurologist friend Lucy.

Emma - Jane had been treating a man called Drew Rogers who had lost his wife and young son in tragic circumstances. Drew is handsome and charming but he is also not who he appears to be and is hiding his true intentions behind a mask. Drew has decided that Emma - Jane needs to be taught a lesson so he kidnaps Emma - Jane and takes her to one of his properties where the therapist becomes the patient. Drew subjected Emma - Jane to some shocking and degrading treatment in his quest to convert her into seeing things from his point of view. Terrified and humiliated Emma - Jane tried to use everything that she was taught during her training to outwit her captor but as time passes she begins to have difficulty differentiating her conflicting feelings for Drew. She begins to wonder if she is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome or could she possibly be developing feelings for him? These parts of the story were uncomfortable to read at times but also thought provoking, whose point of view was right, Drew's or Emma's or did they both have a valid point?

Meanwhile,despite having her own issues to deal with, Lucy has become concerned about her friend and began a desperate search to uncover Emma - Jane's whereabouts. Will Lucy be able to figure out Drew's involvement in her friend's disappearance and rescue her? Will Emma - Jane be the same person she was before her abduction and will their friendship be strong enough to survive her conflicting feelings for Drew?

Dr Glad is the first book in what looks like is going to be a brilliant series. It's a hard hitting, thought provoking, character driven story that covers a wide range of complex mental and physical health issues. The author has written about the issues used in her plot with care and sensitivity. The characters were a mixed bag of realistic, believable characters, some likeable,some not so likeable. I thought this was a enthralling, entertaining read and I look forward to the next book in this series.

                                                                       AUTHOR  BIO


Louise is the author of the psychological thrillers Rachel’s Garden, Willow Weeps, the Entrepreneur, and the horror novel, Rosie Shadow, book one in the Black Tongue Series. Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier. When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband or messing about with her daughter, and furry and feathered friends. 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS....

Twitter: @ louiseworthing9 

Purchase Links 

UK - https:// www.amazon.co.uk/ Dr-Glass-Does-psychologist-Minds-ebook/ dp/ B08SR3PLNL/ 

US - https:// www.amazon.com/ Dr-Glass-Does-psychologist-Minds-ebook/ dp/ B08SR3PLNL/ 

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