I Could Be You by Sheila Bugler @SheilaB10 @Canelo_Co @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #NewRelease #ICouldBeYou #SuspenseThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for I Could Be You by Sheila Bugler

I Could Be You: An addictive and gripping suspense thriller by [Bugler, Sheila]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A life has been taken. But whose life is it?

On a stifling hot day, former journalist Dee Doran finds the crumpled body of her friend at the roadside. Katie and her little boy, Jake, have been a light in Dee’s otherwise desolate life – now a woman is dead and a child is missing.

Katie has been keeping secrets for a long time. Years earlier, she fell for the wrong person. But he was in love with someone else; who he couldn’t have but couldn’t keep away from. When jealousy and desire spilled over into murder Katie hid the truth, and has been pretending ever since.

As Dee assists the police with their enquiries she’s compelled to investigate too. She realises Katie wasn’t who she claimed to be. Lies are catching up. Stories are unravelling. Revenge is demanded and someone must pay the price. The question is: who?

Don’t miss this explosive crime thriller perfect for fans for Alex Marwood and Fiona Barton.

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I Could Be You: An addictive and gripping suspense thriller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Dee isn’t a woman who makes friends easily as she likes to keep herself to herself, but when her mum died two years ago Dee inherited her seaside home and a tenant in a mobile home. Katie and her two-year-old son had become a massive piece of her life since she met them. When Dee finds Katie has been a victim of a hit and run and Jake is missing she is determined to find the little boy. The more Dee, who is a retired journalist, digs and the more tangled the story becomes. She feels like she never really knew the real Katie.

I really liked Dee who had grown older but not particularly wiser with age, as it made her feel real. She was stubborn, knew her own mind and at times made bad decisions, especially if the wine was flowing. I smiled and cringed and was sure that Katie couldn’t have a better friend than she had been.

The story falls back to the past when Katie was a young teen, her thoughts and the people that were in her life and the influence they had on her. As you learn about the past, things take off in the present too. The story is very well written with each chapter sparking more interest in this tangled web. This is a really taut mystery that makes you get involved in it. I always seemed like I was one step behind. Brilliant storyline.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sheila Bugler

I grew up in a small town in the west of Ireland. After studying Psychology at University College Galway, I left Ireland and worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland, Argentina and London before finally settling in Easbourne, where I now live with my husband, Sean, and our two children.

When not writing fiction, I provide a range of writing services to aspiring authors. I also run free writing workshops on this site. I am a regular contributor to the online writing magazine, Words With Jam.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @SheilaB10

sheilabugler.co.uk

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Hitler’s Secret (Tom Wilde #4) by Rory Clements @RoryClements6 @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #NewRelease #NetGalley #HitlersSecret

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the BlogTour for Hitler’s Secret by Rory Clements

Hitler's Secret: The most explosive spy thriller of the year by [Clements, Rory]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The most anticipated spy thriller of 2020, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Corpus.

Autumn 1941. The war is going badly for Britain and its allies. If Hitler is to be stopped, a new weapon is desperately needed.

In Cambridge, professor Tom Wilde is approached by an American intelligence officer who claims to know of such a weapon – one so secret even Hitler himself isn’t aware of its existence. If Wilde can smuggle the package out of Germany, the Third Reich will surely fall.

But it is only when he is deep behind enemy lines that Wilde discovers why the Nazis are so desperate to prevent the ‘package’ falling into Allied hands. And as ruthless killers hunt him through Europe, a treacherous question hangs over the mission: if Hitler’s secret will win them the war, why is Wilde convinced it must remain hidden?

Dramatic, intelligent, and utterly compelling, Hitler’s Secret is the breakout spy thriller of the year from the award-winning author of Corpus and Nucleus – perfect for readers of Robert Harris, C J Sansom and Joseph Kanon.

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Hitler’s Secret: The most explosive spy thriller of the year

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is part of the Tom Wilde series, although it was my first outing with him. Tom Wilde is a Cambridge History Professor and the setting for this story is Autumn 1941.

The war isn’t going particularly well for us against Germany so when an American Intelligence Officer approaches Tom, he persuades him that he is the right man to travel to Germany and retrieve a package, one that has been well hidden for the last ten years. The package is a game-changer that even Hitler is unaware of. Tom is given a new identity and says farewell to his wife Lydia and young son.

As soon as Tom sets his foot on Germany soil the story becomes one almighty intense hold your breath adrenaline rush. He speaks some German and some French but neither enough to be a native of either country. His accomplice in Germany is a fabulous character. Meanwhile, Bormann, Hitler’s righthand man who is feared by anyone that knows him and those that only know his name, is also trying to get to the package at the same time. His psycho thugs enjoy their work a little too much, in order to get the information that they need.

What an absolutely top-class book this is, Tom Wilde is a superb character, a truly good guy that just doesn’t follow an order because it came from the side he is fighting for, he is a rebel that does the right thing. The story doesn’t lose its high level of action after he leaves Germany but follows him home to Britain. Heart in my mouth moments increased on every turn of the pages. Brilliant ending.

I have been left wanting more from this author and Tom Wilde so the good thing about coming in at the fourth book is I have three more to go at. Very highly recommended.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rory Clements

Rory Clements is the bestselling author of the Tom Wilde series of mid-20th century historical spy thrillers and the John Shakespeare series set in Elizabethan England. He has won the Crime Writers’ Association Historical Fiction Award twice – in 2010 for Revenger and in 2018 for Nucleus. He lives and works in an ancient farmhouse in quiet rural Norfolk, England

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @RoryClements6

roryclements.co.uk

 

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Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster @e_foster3 #BookReview #fantasy

Esme's Wish (Esme Trilogy Book 1) by [Foster, Elizabeth]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

“A fresh new fantasy, of an enchanting world.” – Wendy Orr, New York Times best selling author of Nim’s Island.    When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father’s wedding, her protest is dismissed as the action of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme’s mother, Ariane – so why can’t she?

But Esme is suspicious. She is sure that others are covering up the real reason for her mother’s disappearance – that ‘lost at sea’ is code for something more terrible, something she has a right to know.

After Esme is accidentally swept into the enchanted world of Aeolia, the truth begins to unfold. With her newfound friends, Daniel and Lillian, Esme retraces her mother’s steps in the glittering canal city of Esperance, untangling the threads of Ariane’s double life. But the more Esme discovers about Ariane, the more she questions whether she really knew her at all.
This fresh, inventive tale, the first in an MG-to-YA series, is an ideal read for 10-14 year olds.   Esme’s Wish recently won first place in the fantasy category of the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which recognises excellence in children’s literature.

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Esme’s Wish (Esme Trilogy Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a lovely fantasy book aimed at 10 to 14 year-olds. Esme has never given up hope that her missing mother would come back one day. Seven years ago her mum had gone out and just not returned, no note or reason. Esme is 15 now and her father has just remarried, while the couple is away on honeymoon, she is going to make one last attempt to find out what happened to her mum.

Esme sees an eagle and follows it to the beach, where an adventure begins as she travels through a rockpool into another world that she hadn’t known existed. There she meets Daniel and Lillian and it soon becomes clear that her mother came to this place regular too. Esperance is a magical place, with dragons, sorcery and so many people that knew her mum Ariane.

The three teenagers are determined not to give up until they get answers to what happened to Ariane the day that she disappeared. The teenagers are fearless and relentless in their search for the truth, have clues to follow and puzzles to solve. Real heroes for readers to get behind while their minds are filled with vivid descriptions of magical creatures and beings.

A great book in a new series for children to fall in love with. I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Elizabeth Foster

Elizabeth Foster read avidly as a child, but only discovered the joys of writing some years ago, when reading to her own children reminded her how much she missed getting lost in other worlds. Once she started writing, she never looked back. Elizabeth lives in Sydney, Australia, where she is hard at work on the third and last novel in the Esme series. Much of her inspiration comes from nature, especially the ocean.

Her first novel, Esme’s Wish, has been enjoyed by readers around the world and recently won a Purple Dragonfly award, which recognises excellence in children’s literature. A fantasy tale full of myth, mystery and magic, Esme’s Wish charts the adventures of fifteen-year-old Esme Silver as she searches for her missing mother.

Esme’s Gift, the sequel to Esme’s Wish, is out now, and here’s an early reader review.

‘Esme’s Gift is much more action packed than its successor, Esme’s Wish, but still doesn’t lose the enchanting feel. Fans of Harry Potter will love this book for its similar themes. More of the magical city of Esperance is described in detail and just makes you yearn to live there! The genuine friendship of the characters make this book a satisfying read, and hints at a healthy romantic relationship in the next book. The conclusion of the trilogy will be greatly anticipated!’

Sorcha, Goodreads.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @e_foster3

elizabethfoster.com.au

Esme's Wish (Esme Trilogy Book 1) by [Foster, Elizabeth]

Tell Me Lies by Ed James @EdJamesAuthor @bookouture #TellMeLies #BlogTour #NewRelease #NetGalley #CrimeThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Tell Me Lies by Ed James

Tell Me Lies: A completely addictive and unputdownable crime thriller (Detective Max Carter Book 1) by [James, Ed]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci will be gripped by this heart-racing FBI thriller from bestselling author Ed James.

Megan Holliday opens her eyes and finds herself slumped on her doorstep. The last thing she remembers is being in the car with her two kids. She sees a handwritten note on her lap – Don’t call the police. It’s then that she realises her car is missing, and her children are gone…

Leading the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, FBI agent Max Carter will stop at nothing to find children taken from their families. After all, he was once one of those taken children, so he knows exactly what’s at stake. When he hears that a young senator’s two children have been abducted and their mother left for dead, he races to the Holliday family home in Washington State.

Facing a wall of police cruisers and blacked-out SUVs, Carter quickly uncovers the facts. Megan Holliday was ambushed by a man with a gun as she returned home from taking her kids out for ice cream. Bound and drugged, the attacker left her unconscious on the doorstep with the sinister note on her lap.

As Senator Christopher Holliday walks through the halls of the US Federal Building in Seattle, his phone beeps with an alert. Frustrated by the interruption, he takes a cursory glance and is horrified by the image on the screen – his two children, Brandon and Avery, unconscious. The message he gets simply reads Meet me or they die.

When Agent Carter tries to make contact with the busy senator, it seems the politician has gone missing, fleeing from the Federal Building and abandoning his distraught wife. If Carter knows one thing, it’s that Holliday has something to hide. And he just became Carter’s prime suspect.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: https://geni.us/B07ZJC71FCSocial

Apple: https://buff.ly/2JBFrYz

Kobo: https://buff.ly/2NbeXxL

Google: https://buff.ly/2Pj0Edm

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I was looking forward to reading this book and it lived up to everything that I could have asked for and much more. Max Carter heads a special unit in the FBI that deals with the abduction of children, he understands more than most, how it affects a child because he was a victim himself when he was a boy. This new series is about Max Carter and the cases that he will be taking on. He really knows how something like this can screw with your head because with him it still does.

When a senators wife is drugged and her two children abducted Max Carter and his team don’t take too long to click onto the fact that this whole thing seems a bit off. Someone’s behaviour is more than a little odd.

The story is told through a few different characters, including the kidnapper and I soon began to realise that I could assume nothing. I found it was impossible to guess the outcome which made it not just intriguing but pretty unique too. Nothing is random and before long the way that I had put everyone into neat little boxes of good and bad just fell apart.

I love the way this author thinks, the inner stories that lead to the way someone does what they do, the last resort which is out of character to who they are. Ed James pushes his characters to the brink and the results are unpredictable. Superb reading.

There is a little worm on the hook ending to keep you thinking and wanting more, well it worked. Bring me more.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Ed James is the author of multiple series of crime novels.

The bestselling DI Simon Fenchurch series is set in East London and published by Thomas & Mercer.

The self-published Scott Cullen series of Scottish police procedurals features a young Edinburgh Detective Constable investigating crimes from the bottom rung of the career ladder he’s desperate to climb. The first book, “Ghost in the Machine”, has been downloaded over 400,000 times, hitting both the Amazon UK & US top five.

The Craig Hunter books is a sister series to the Cullen novels, with a PTSD-suffering ex-squaddie now working as a cop investigating sexual abuse cases. With lots of slapstick and banter.

Ed lives in East Lothian, Scotland and writes full-time, but used to work in IT project management, where he filled his weekly commute to London by literally writing on planes, trains and automobiles.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Mailing list — http://bit.ly/EJMail
Email — ed@edjames.co.uk
Twitter — http://www.twitter.com/edjamesauthor
Facebook — http://www.facebook.com/EdJamesAuthor

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Kidnapped on Safari (Mbuno & Pero Book 3) by Peter Riva #PeterRiva #thrillers #NetGalley @skyhorsepub @annasacca #NewRelease

Kidnapped on Safari: A Thriller (Mbuno & Pero Book 3) by [Riva, Peter]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The wildlife safari team treks through East Africa on a rescue mission that pits them against Boko Haram in a thriller that will “chain you to your seat” (Bob van Laerhoven, author of Baudelaire’s Revenge).

Expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar are filming on Lake Rudolf in Northern Kenya when they receive the news: Mbuno’s son, himself an expert guide, has been kidnapped while on safari in Tanzania. Tracing the kidnappers back to an illegal logging operation, Mbuno and Pero uncover a vast criminal network run by the Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Relying on Mbuno’s legendary bush skills, the pair face dangers both inside and outside the terrorist camp. But kidnapping and deforestation are only the beginning of this group’s sinister aspirations. When Mbuno and Pero discover just how powerful and far-reaching the network is, they realize that rescuing Mbuno’s son could put the entire region at risk.

The third Mbuno & Pero thriller, Kidnapped on Safari is an “incredible page turner” ripped from today’s headlines (Mona Houghton, author of Frottage & Even As We Speak).

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Kidnapped on Safari: A Thriller (Mbuno & Pero Book

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the third book in the series but it is my first and read perfectly well as a standalone book.

Mbuno an expert safari guide and Peru an American wildlife television producer who works undercover for the CIA, are filming in Northern Kenya when they hear that Mbuno’s adopted son/nephew Ube has been kidnapped while he was working as a safari guide in Tanzania. There is no hesitation as they set off to find the young man and rescue him.

This is just one almighty adrenaline read with a new danger at every turn. They soon realise that they are up against one of the most feared criminal organisations the Boko Haram. If this rescue mission goes wrong the consequences will be unthinkable.

What a story, as each chapter brings another danger greater than the one before and the discovery of even more illegal trading in so many things. Mbuno and Peru don’t do things by half, making a very heart in your mouth ending that would be hard to beat in a book or on-screen.

If you enjoy thrillers then this would be your perfect choice. Brilliant writing, fearless heroes and action, action, action!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Riva has spent many months over 30 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of this time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount. Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion. Nonetheless, his job for over forty years has been working as a literary agent. In his spare time, Riva writes science fiction and African adventure books, including the previous two titles in the Mbuno and Pero Adventures series, Murder on Safari and The Berlin Package. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.

 

Kidnapped on Safari: A Thriller (Mbuno & Pero Book 3) by [Riva, Peter]

 

Blood Rights (A Jack Le Claire Mystery) Kelly Clayton @kellyclayton01 #NewRelease #BookReview #BloodRights

Greed, rage, envy . . . and murder.

DCI Jack Le Claire is investigating the death of a high-profile resident on the Island of Jersey. But the killing has only just begun.

Kurt Englebrook has it all. He’s a hedge fund tycoon with a gorgeous younger wife, two grown sons and a loyal team around him. But Kurt has secrets; somebody knows what they are and is determined to make him suffer.

Kurt’s sister-in-law, Chloe Marsden, is grateful to inhabit Kurt’s world of privilege and plenty. But what Chloe cares most about can’t be bought.

A brutal death reveals the widening cracks that threaten to break apart the Englebrooks and those connected to them.

˃˃˃ They’ve killed once and crossed a line. There’s no going back.

It’s up to Le Claire to trap a vicious killer, with numerous suspects and very few leads. All the while, a looming shadow from Le Claire’s past is threatening his future and that of his family.

˃˃˃ A suspenseful mix of lies, desires and murder set in the seemingly idyllic Channel Island of Jersey.

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Blood Rights (A Jack Le Claire Mystery)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Kurt Englebrook only makes a brief appearance in the story before meeting a gruesome end. Though it is clear that he was up to no good but not the reason why. Kurt had it all, you would have thought, he was a millionaire, he had just won a court case denying a right of way to walkers through his land, he had a beautiful wife, a couple of sons, faith staff and many years still ahead of him. You only need one enemy to bring you down though. He had definitely got on the wrong side of someone. There were plenty of suspects outside the family so this was going to be a real mystery to solve and up for the challenge was DCI Jack Le Claire.

I really loved the reading of the will, which really put a clutter of cats among the pigeons. I also had to say OMG and smile, then giggle the more that I heard. This was going to make very interesting reading without a doubt. Someone hadn’t been keen on it either as a further fatality occurs.

I loved the setting of this story which takes place in Jersey within the small community where everyone is in plain sight. The power holder of the family fortune just constantly changes throwing guilt on everyone. A brilliant storyline which had me coming up with theories to the very end. Loved the solid characters, discovering their strengths and weaknesses. Brilliant ending.

Many thanks to the author as this was a special read for me. I won the opportunity, through the generosity of the author and The UK Crime Book Club charity auction, to chose a character name. I picked one of my grandson’s names, Riley Jones.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kelly Clayton

Kelly Clayton has lived in the Channel Island of Jersey for most of her life. An avid reader, Kelly has been writing for as long as she can remember but decided to get serious a few years back. The reason why is a story in itself and there is a TV clip that can be accessed through Kelly’s Facebook page that explains what lay behind her motivation to get that first book published.

Kelly’s first novel, Blood In The Sand, was published in 2015, followed by Blood Ties and Blood On The Rock. The three books are part of The Jack Le Claire Mystery series, mainly set in Jersey but venturing to other locations as well. They can be read as part of the series or as stand-alones. The 4th book in the series will be published in Winter 2019.

In 2018, Kelly co-authored Cyber Sisters, about 4 women, online crime and whether you choose to fall down or fight back. The co-author is her husband, Grant Collins.

Kelly has also published a historical romance/murder-mystery, Fortune’s Hostage, under the pen-name of Julia Hardy.

She is one of The Blonde Plotters with fellow writers, Gwyn GB and Deborah Carr. They are the founders of My Virtual Literary Festival. MyVLF.com is an online reader community, connecting readers and authors. You can attend the online festivals without leaving your home, see Watch Now author interviews, browse the bookshelf, download the FREE Book Group reads, get updated information on books and writing, and take part in book related competitions and giveaways.

Kelly also has a busy day job, working in the finance industry. Although she loves what she does, Kelly adores the escapism of writing, of crafting stories and characters and putting them into and, hopefully, getting them out of peril.

Kelly, her husband and their three cats live in a home overlooking the sea.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @kellyclayton01

Black 13 (Scott Pearce) @adamhamdy @panmacmillan #NewRelease #BookReview #Black13 #NetGalley

Black 13 (Scott Pearce) by [Hamdy, Adam]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Black 13 is the brilliant first novel in the Scott Pearce series from Adam Hamdy. In this addictive and fast-paced thriller, ex-MI6 officer Pearce is about to show us that in a world where there is no loyalty to the nation state, it’s time to burn the espionage rule book.

An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war.

The world is changing beyond recognition.
Radical extremists are rising and seek to enforce their ideology globally.
Governments, the military and intelligence agencies are being outmanoeuvred at every step. Borders are breaking down. Those in power are puppets.
The old rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed.
In a world where nothing is at it seems, where trust is gone, one man will make the difference.
Meet Ex-MI6 agent and man in exile, Scott Pearce.
It’s time to burn the espionage rule book.
Watch Pearce light the fire.

BUY LINK:

Black 13 (Scott Pearce)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What a cracking read this is! The prologue sets the scene and pace and the intensity never goes away throughout the book. The death of Nathan Foster by two thugs that I cannot imagine were ever human was quite sickening but then you realise that he had been a man that had been trained as an MI6 agent and who had served in some of the worst fighting campaigns, then you shudder.

When Scott Perce’s 2-year uncover alias as a climbing guide is broken by Melody Gold, a lawyer, things do go south rather quickly. After making a spectacular escape with Melody he has little choice other than listening to what she has to say. He knew he already wanted to take out the people that had killed his former MI6 agent buddy.

This is just one action-packed chapter after another, each quite very distinctive, each high octane reading. Brilliant vivid descriptions of places and situations bring it all to life like a cinema epic movie. The plot has a real modern feel and the characters solid. A stop you in your tracks could this happen sort of read and yes scarily one day it could.

This is going to be a solid series to keep up with if this book is anything to go by. Just superb!

I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adam Hamdy

Identified as an Amazon Rising Star, British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was a finalist for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction. Pendulum was chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and was selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @adamhamdy

adamhamdy.com

Black 13 (Scott Pearce) by [Hamdy, Adam]

The Users Guide to Make-Believe by Jane Alexander @DrJaneAlexander @AllisonandBusby @annecater #BlogTour #MakeBelieveBook #RandomThingsTours

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A User’s Guide To Make-Believe.

A User's Guide to Make-Believe: An all-too-plausible thriller that will have you gripped by [Alexander, Jane]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Terrifying…You may rethink your phone settings after reading’ Christina Dalcher, author of VOX

You create the fantasy. They control your mind.

Cassie McAllister worked at Imagen, the tech giant behind the cutting-edge virtual reality experience Make-Believe™, and she got to know the product far too well.

Now Cassie has been blocked from Make-Believe and legally gagged by the company. With Imagen holding all the cards and personal and public freedoms at stake, how far will she go to expose their deception?

A User’s Guide to Make-Believe compels you to enter its world and refuses to let you out. Read it, read it now!’ Helen Sedgwick, author of The Comet Seekers

What is Make-Believe™? Whatever you want it to be. Ever wanted to fly? Live out your ultimate fantasies? Tell your boss what you think of them? The only limit is you.

Cassie McAllister had the perfect job – bringing Make-Believe to life. Now the dream has been shattered, the nightmare has begun…

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A User’s Guide to Make-Believe: An all-too-plausible thriller that will have you gripped

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

You know that this is only fiction but part of you wants it to be real. It only takes your imagination, a bit of time and of course a fee but it wouldn’t be long before it isn’t enough. Then, of course, there had been a few clients that had found more than they were looking for while using it.

Cassie had been with Imagen from the very beginning as one of the minds that they used to tweak the programme before the launch. For her and the other originals, it had become a daily fix. Well, that was until the day they were asked for the access passes and told they weren’t needed any more. A clause was put in place, a legal gagging order to prohibit her and those like her from telling anything about Make-Believe. So they form a help group and some of them seem very familiar to each other although they have never met.

I loved the concept of Make-Believe but the story turns edgy and darker when Cassie is dismissed. Who can she trust when she can no longer trust herself? Cassie is a well-developed character in the story that is easy to connect with. Beautiful descriptions of the Make-Believe places that made me think about what actually surrounded me that I took for granted. Plus the places that I could make myself. It is certainly a story that wakens up all of your senses.

I wish to thank the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander is an award-winning short story writer and novelist living in Edinburgh. She originally trained as an illustrator, before swapping sketchbooks for notebooks some years ago. She now works as a creative writing teacher and literary freelancer, as well as researching a Creative Writing PhD in uncanny short fiction. The Last Treasure Hunt is her debut novel.

AUTHOR LINK:

Twitter: @DrJaneAlexander

 

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Criminal Actions (Hero series Book 5) by Mel Comley @melcom1 @BOTBSPublicity #amreading #bookblogger #BlogTour #CriminalActions

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour for Criminal Actions by M A Comley

Criminal Actions (Hero series Book 5) by [Comley, M A]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Justice series, M A Comley who has sold over two and a half million copies worldwide to date.

In a position of trust…

What happens when that trust is broken?

Jacinda Meredith follows her boyfriend south from Scotland. After a few weeks she finds a dream job working as a nanny for Sadie and Leonard Knox. However, all is not as it seems.

DI Nelson and his partner are called to a murder scene which turns out to be both horrifying and perplexing.

Other cases soon come to light.

Does this mean Nelson has yet another serial Killer on his patch?

BUY LINK:

Criminal Actions (Hero series Book 5)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The story begins when Jacinda’s days are well and truly numbered as a nanny to the Knox family. Both Sadie and Leonard Knox have been equally sadistic in the torture of Jacinda and overtime cut her off from her family, boyfriend and friends making her totally isolated, petrified and obedient to anything they wanted her to do. The Knox’s disappear with their two children, to set up again, this is not the first time and it won’t be the last.

When the police are called to the empty house they make a gruesome discovery in the back garden and in the cellar. DI Hero Nelson and his partner Julie Shaw have quite a task on their hands to identify the young woman and trace the missing family. There is a sense of urgency in the story as it goes between the investigation and tracing of the family to the grooming and selecting of the next victim that this horrendous couple has in mind as their next playing thing.

The chapters are at times lengthy giving the reader a good sense of what is going on, both with the couple and the investigation, and a good balance between home life and work for Hero, which worked well for me as I am coming into this series well into it. The writing is at times graphic, which some may find upsetting and it does have a strong sexual thread running through the story too. The tension had been instant and stayed that way because I knew what the end game was. A very gripping story.

I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for supplying me with an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS  LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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M A Comley is a KINDLE UNLIMITED ALL-STAR author as well as being a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, she has topped the book charts on iBooks as a top 5 bestselling and reached #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. Over two and a half million copies sold world wide. She’s a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when she turned her hobby into a career.

When she’s not writing crime novels as well as caring for her elderly mother, she’s either reading or going on long walks with her rescue pup Labrador, Dex.

Here is a list of her books, Cruel Justice, Impeding Justice, Final Justice, Foul Justice, Guaranteed Justice, Ultimate Justice, Virtual Justice, Hostile Justice, Tortured Justice, Rough Justice, Dubious Justice, Calculated Justice, Twisted Justice, Prime Justice, Heroic Justice, Shameful Justice, Immoral Justice and Overdue Justice. There are several novellas and short stories in the series too.

No Right To Kill, Killer Blow, The Dead Can’t Speak, Deluded and The Murder Pact in the DI Sara Ramsey series.

Her other successful series are: The DI Sally Parker thriller series, which includes WRONG PLACE, NO HIDING PLACE, COLD CASE, Deadly encounter and Lost Innocence

The DI Kayli Bright Trilogy – The Missing Children, Killer on the Run, Hidden Agenda, Murderous Betrayal and Dying Breath.

The Hero series, TORN APART, END RESULT, IN PLAIN SIGHT, DOUBLE JEOPARDY and CRIMINAL ACTIONS.

There are three books in the Intention series, Sole Intention, Grave Intention and Devious Intention.

Plus a couple of standalone novels – EVIL IN DISGUISE and FOREVER WATCHING YOU.
I’ve also penned a cozy mystery Private Investigator series – Murder at the Wedding, Murder at the Hotel and Murder by the Sea.

As well as co-authoring the Deception Series co-authored by fellow NY Times bestselling author, Linda S Prather Clever Deception, Tragic Deception and Sinful Deception.

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OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Torn Apart
End Result
In Plain Sight
Double Jeopardy
Criminal Actions

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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende @BloomsburyBooks #NetGalley #HistoricalFiction #NewRelease #Translation

A Long Petal of the Sea by [Allende, Isabel]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles’ splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.

Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life – and the fate of his country – forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.

When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised ‘long petal of sea and wine and snow’ over the seas. There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This story follows the lives of Victor Dalmau and his journey to becoming a doctor and surgeon and his brother’s fiance, pianist Roser Bruguera and their subsequent marriage of convenience in order to flee their homeland Spain, after the Spanish civil war. The book reads more like a documentary than a story but still fascinating. The Spanish civil war is something I knew little about really, until now. There are very detailed facts about the war and take over, woven in the pages between Victor and Roser’s journey and subsequent arrival to take refuge in Chile and how all their lives their past never went away.

I couldn’t help but love this couple, who felt loyalty to Victor’s brother and yet became the best of friends, feeling much more than friends a lot of the time. It was impossible for them to divorce for fear of being exiled from Chile. Roser gave birth to a son, Victor’s brother’s baby, which Victor brought up as his own.

There is an abundance of characters, far too many that I could keep track of but a few stuck clearly in my mind. One particular story I found haunting, one where honour in the family and keeping the family name intact was far more important than feelings. And a priest I didn’t like becoming one which enraged me.

The story follows the couple right up to the end of their lives, and what lives they had!

This is a heavy read in places but really needed to be able to get the full impact it all had on Victor, Roser and their family. Truly fascinating.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Isabel Allende

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune, Paula, My Invented Country and The Japanese Lover. Her books have been translated into more than 35 languages and have sold over 65 million copies worldwide. The Japanese Lover was an international and New York Times bestseller. She lives in California.

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