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Some houses are never at peace.

England, 1917

Reeling from the death of her fiancé, Stella Marcham welcomes the opportunity to stay with her pregnant sister, Madeleine, at her imposing country mansion, Greyswick – but she arrives to discover a house of unease and her sister gripped by fear and suspicion.

Before long, strange incidents begin to trouble Stella – sobbing in the night, little footsteps on the stairs – and as events escalate, she finds herself drawn to the tragic history of the house.

Aided by a wounded war veteran, Stella sets about uncovering Greyswick’s dark and terrible secrets – secrets the dead whisper from the other side…

In the classic tradition of The Woman in Black, Anita Frank weaves a spell-binding debut of family tragedy, loss and redemption.

Praise for The Lost Ones

‘For fans of Henry James and Susan Hill, this chilling supernatural mystery is written in the classic mould.  Intriguing, moving and assured’  Essie Fox

‘I loved it SO MUCH – so creepy and compelling, full of atmosphere and gave me goosebumps…’   Lisa Hall

‘My coffee is stone cold. My palms are sweaty. I’ve raced to the shocking final twist of this lush, beautifully written historical novel. A gripping ghost story with an achingly poignant family mystery at its heart’ Samantha King

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The Lost Ones

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Stella Marcham is in danger of being carted off to the Assylum after returning from the war that is raging in Europe. It is 1917 and Miss Marcham had been serving her country as a nurse there until a terrible personal tragedy struck her. Suffering from severe depression and refusing medication her family and doctor can see no other solution if she doesn’t improve.

When her brother-in-law arrives to ask if she will go to stay with his wife, Stella’s younger pregnant sister as she is suffering hysteria, she jumps at the chance to escape her uncertain future at home. Stella takes with her a young maid, Annie, a strange girl that doesn’t seem to fit in but as staff is in short supply because of the war neither of them has many options.

I adored this book and was absolutely taken aback when I found out it was the author’s debut novel!!!! The period is captured perfectly in these pages, with families back home not having a clue about the horrific war conditions that their loved ones were fighting in and the lack of understanding of how it affected them.

Greyswick is quite a mansion whose mistress, Madeleine’s mother-in-law Lady Brightwell, rules with a strict upstairs-downstairs iron hand. The story builds beautifully and increases with mystery and intrigue. Stella is a superb character born way before her time, strong-willed and independent. I loved how she stood her ground on so many issues. There aren’t many characters in the story but each of them is so very memorable, as it increases the intensity of the story.

I must admit that I did work out what had happened to an extent but it certainly didn’t spoil the journey I had through this story. The last few chapters were truly gripping, shocking and impossible to prevent reading at any cost. A very touching story with unlikely relationships that I just loved. A beautifully written haunting story.

Highly recommended.

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

Anita Frank

Anita Frank was born in Shropshire and studied English and
American History at the University of East Anglia. She lives in
Berkshire with her husband and three children and is now a
full-time carer for her disabled son. This is her first novel.

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The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3ntOn#TheLostTen #RomanFiction #histfic #TheLostTen

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Lost Ten by Harry Sidebottom

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A desperate rescue attempt deep behind enemy lines . . . a nail-biting adventure with all the hard-edged appeal of Bravo Two Zero

When Valens, a junior officer in the Roman Army, joins a crack squad of soldiers on a dangerous mission, little does he know what’s in store for him. Tasked with rescuing the young Prince Sasan, who has been imprisoned in the impenetrable Castle of Silence, the troops set out across Mesopotamia and into the mountains south of the Caspian Sea.

Deep in hostile territory, inexperienced Valens finds himself in charge. And as one by one his soldiers die or disappear, he begins to suspect that there is a traitor in their midst, and that the rescue is fast becoming a suicide mission.

Valens must marshal this disparate group of men and earn their respect, before it’s too late . . .

From the author of The Last Hour comes another fast-paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. For readers of Bernard Cornwell, Ben Kane, Simon Scarrow and Conn Iggulden.

‘Sidebottom conjures up the landscape and its people brilliantly . . . I could have journeyed with Valens and his crew for another 1,000 pages.’ The Times

‘This exhilarating action thriller storms along, reinforced by the author’s thorough knowledge of the Roman army.’ The Sunday Express

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The Lost Ten: A fast-paced and action-packed Roman historical thriller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one really cracking read with a very modern feel situation set in the very distant past. I have over the last 18 months being venturing into novels about Roman times but also love my thrillers. I am delighted to say that the author, Dr Harry Sidebottom has combined both superbly, giving a real feel for the Roman period in the 3rd century with the added heroes of the day made up of a super team of ten specialised commander type rescue squad.

The mission is to rescue ten-year-old Prince Sasan of Persia that is being held a prisoner in the Castle of Silence. Now, this isn’t a drop in and get out fast mission, there aren’t any helicopters or speed boats. The journey takes the ten men over many countries, meeting hostile and friendly people, extreme weather conditions and traitors among themselves that begins in AD 264 to 265.

The multi-cultural band of men all carry their own inner baggage that makes them who they are. Once I got my head around who was who I settled quickly into the story. I loved the surprising heroes that took root and matured in the story. This is an exciting read full of action with a solid storyline, memorable characters and a brilliant conclusion.  I would love to read more books like this.

Many thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book, which I have also bought for my kindle.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Harry Sidebottom is Lecturer in Ancient History at Merton College, Oxford, and part-time lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He has written for and contributed to many publications, including Classical Review, Journal of Roman Studies, and War and Society in the Roman World.

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The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly @cathykellybooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #NetGalley #BlogTour #NewRelease #TheFamilyGift

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly.

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Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it’ Marian Keyes

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.

On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.

And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.

But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

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The Family Gift

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Freya on the outside seems to have it all. A gorgeous husband, three beautiful children, a successful career and a massive new dream house but inside she has a raging voice inside her wanting to scream, ‘I am not coping!’

A few weeks before she had been mugged and left injured, what’s more, is that the person who attacked her had not been caught. This completely destroyed her confidence in herself but to the world, she seemed her old self and she hated herself for it. Her life consisted of lying to her family that knew what had happened, that she was alright while pretending to the rest of the world that nothing had ever happened. In the meantime, her own inner voice was shouting to be heard and beg for help. I loved that she had a name for her inner voice of Mildred, which did give her doctor a cause for concern!

The thing is once one thing crumbles it is a little like Jenga, everything else seems to crumble around it too.  The molehills become mountains that just seem to get bigger. There are some lovely characters in the story that Freya meets on the way, that she wouldn’t have known if tragedy hadn’t brought them together.

Even in tragedy, some people see it as a way to make extra cash because of who she is. It is a real learning curve for Freya in so many ways. Realistic characters with real family and personal problems to overcome. It is learning not just to talk but also to listen to others too.

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 AUTHOR

Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

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Twitter: @cathykellybooks

 

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A Wedding in December by Sarah Morgan @SarahMorgan_ @HarperCollinsUK #AWeddinginDecember #NewRelease #ChristmasRead #NetGalley

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In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.

First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

All her life Maggie has protected her little girls like a mother hen around her chicks but Katie and Rosie are grown-up women with their own lives now and Maggie still can’t lower her defences. Katie is a busy A & E doctor facing her own hidden trauma, while Rosie is working out in Aspen. There seemed all the time in the world to tell the girls that their dad and she had not just drifted apart, they were now living apart and looking at getting divorced. She was determined to tell them after they all had just one more traditional Christmas together in their family home.

A middle of the night call came from Rosie announcing that she has found the love of her life in a whirlwind romance, just like they had when they were young and wanted them to fly to Aspen to be there for her Xmas wedding in three weeks. Maggie and Nick made a pact to pretend that all was good with them until after the wedding. Oh boy, this was going to be interesting!

I fell in love with Aspen, its tree lodges, husky sleigh rides, romantic dinners and everything that a Christmas there could throw at me. I sighed and swooned, sat and let my mind take me into this story to experience first hand as much as I possibly could and it was breathtakingly beautiful. My cheeks flushed and my heart raced.

It is a story that follows so many paths, being honest, a leap of faith and letting go but so much more too. I laughed so much in this book. Fell in love with characters and cheered like a cheerleader at the top of the league. It lifted me on a damp and dreary day and whisked me to a magical place. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

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

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold more than 18 million copies of her books and her trademark warmth and humour have gained her fans across the globe. Sarah lives near London with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors walking or riding her mountain bike.

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Twitter: @SarahMorgan_

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A View Across the Rooftops by Suzanne Kelman @suzkelman @bookouture #AViewAcrossTheRooftops #BookReview #NewRelease #BlogTour

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A View Across the Rooftops by Suzanne Kelman. Love the cover for this book.

 

A View Across the Rooftops: An epic, heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel by [Kelman, Suzanne]

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1941, Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. An unforgettable story of love, hope and betrayal, and a testament to the courage of humanity in history’s darkest days.

University professor Josef Held has never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife – and has no intention of ever letting anyone new into his quiet, safe world. It is a world where the clock ticks steadily in his mathematics classroom, even as the sinister beat of Nazi soldiers’ boots threaten to drown it out.

Terrified, Josef tries to keep his eyes on the ground as Jews across the city are forced into ghettos. But then Michael Blum, his most reluctant, infuriating pupil, tells Josef Jews like him will no longer be allowed to study at all. Josef can ignore the situation no longer. And, after the shock of seeing his neighbour killed on his own doorstep, he offers Michael a place to hide in an impulsive act of courage.

Michael is everything Josef is not: spontaneous, poetic, and unafraid to love. Even though his passionate relationship with a Dutch girl is strictly forbidden – for he is Jewish, and she is not. Somehow, in the quiet gloom of the attic, Josef doesn’t mind things about Michael that annoyed him in the classroom, and a bond begins to grow.

Remembering the pain of his own heartbreak, Josef is desperate to give Michael and his girlfriend a chance. He must go on as if nothing has changed: teaching his class, bowing to the Nazis. Beneath the fear, a thrill of defiance begins to bloom. But then Michael becomes perilously ill, and there is no way to get him the help he desperately needs.

As the dark days of war continue, with danger and betrayal at every turn, no-one can be trusted. If Michael is to survive and get back to the woman he loves, it will be down to Josef – to find the hero inside himself, and do whatever it takes to keep Michael alive. Even if it means putting his own life on the line.

A heartbreakingly beautiful story about love, trust, and courage against the odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Lilac Girls, and The Nightingale.

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A View Across the Rooftops: An epic, heart-wrenching and gripping World War Two historical novel

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh my, this was another tearful book for me for all the best reason. At times there feels such a strong connection with a story that it seems to become personal and so how you feel and care about the characters affect you. This was such a book for me.

Set in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam in 1941 the local people have no choice but to follow the constantly changing demands given to them. Michael Blum was a young man who had an infectious personality, challenging, sensitive and very in love with a Dutch girl. A perfect match in every way, except for now because Michael was a Jew and she wasn’t. Michael was studying advanced Math at university under Professor Josef  Held and was a real thorn in his side with his teasing antics. When Michael tells the Professor that Jews will no longer be allowed to attend University Josef gives him a book. A book that will save his life.

When the Nazis go to round Michael up to be taken away he escapes because of a good friend, leaving the love of his life and making her promise to make a life for herself without him. He heads for his only hope of not being caught that night, the Professor’s house, the address had been in the book cover unknown to the Professor when he gave Michael the book.

What begins as a one-night solution builds into a friendship that still brings tears to my eyes. There is some terrible hold your breath moments, especially as Josef’s niece takes up with a high ranking Nazi. I couldn’t even begin to imagine the shame and guilt that the people left behind felt when life long friends were hauled out of their homes and taken away. Whole communities and streets left baron of its occupants within hours of being raided by the Nazis while others turned their backs unable to help because they would have been killed.

This story is brutal and inspirational, cruel and beautiful, the worst and the very best of humanity. So very beautifully written, so very tender at times it is how both men became the salvation for each other. I love the characters that the author created each one brought the perfect reaction from me. Do read the authors notes, which again brought floods of tears for me. Very highly recommended!

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

Suzanne Kelman

Suzanne Kelman is the Amazon International Bestselling author of “The Rejected Writers’ Book Club”, published by Lake Union, which is the first book in the Southlea Bay series. Also in the series, “Rejected Writers Take the Stage” and “The Rejected Writers’ Christmas Wedding”.

In 2019 Suzanne is releasing her first Historical Fiction book inspired by a true story called, “A View Across the Rooftops”, published by Bookouture, an imprint for Hachette U.K.

Kelman is also an award-winning writer/screenwriter whose accolades include the Best Comedy Feature Screenplay Award from the L.A. International Film Festival, the Gold Award from the California Film Awards, and the Van Gogh Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival.

In 2015 her script, Held, was regonized by the Academy of Motion Pictures and was shortlisted to the top ten in the Academy Of Motion Pictures Nichols Fellowship competition.

As well as a screenwriter and a published author, Suzanne is also a playwright and her award-winning comedy play, “Over My Dead Body”, has its World Premiere at Outcast Theatre in Washington, Fall 2019.

Born in the United Kingdom, Suzanne now resides in Washington State.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @suzkelman

suzannekelmanauthor.com

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What He Did A totally gripping crime thriller (Detective Rachel Hart Book 2)by J. G. Roberts @JuliaRobertsTV @bookouture #BlogReview #BlogTour #NetGalley #BooksOnTour

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me on the Blog Tour for What He Did by J. G. Roberts

What He Did: A totally gripping crime thriller (Detective Rachel Hart Book 2) by [Roberts, J.G.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Your husband’s car crash wasn’t an accident…

Maddy Shaw learns the life-shattering news in the most horrific way: live on air. As the shaky mobile phone recording pans over the terrible crash, she recognises her husband Simon’s car in the wreckage… He is critically injured, and she rushes to his side.

Detective Rachel Hart knows how it feels to have a loved one’s life hanging in the balance, and hurries to support her friend. Maddy is distraught about her husband’s accident, and Rachel decides to investigate. It’s not her case, but if she can give her friend answers, she will. But she soon realises Simon didn’t crash because he was distracted, or because a tyre blew. Someone made this happen. Someone who wants Simon dead…

After the discovery of a threatening letter, buried in Simon’s diary, Maddy has to ask how well she knew her husband. Then a new victim is found – an old friend of Simon’s, a man he hasn’t seen in years. It seems a dark secret from their past has finally come to light… The killer has a list of targets, and they are dying one by one.

Rachel must race against time to protect her friend and find the murderer, before another life is taken. But however fast she runs, it seems the killer is always one step ahead. And Maddy must decide if she wants the truth – even if it puts her in the killer’s path…

A twisty and breath-taking thriller for fans of Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and Angela Marsons.

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What He Did: A totally gripping crime thriller (Detective Rach

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When a woman approaches a man working in the greenhouses of the botanical gardens in South West London, it seems harmless but it is anything but.

What begins as a pretty typical day for the Shaw family soon turns into a day that will dramatically change their lives. Maddie is a TV newsreader with the first Breaking News she has to read out, that of the motorway been closed because of a traffic accident. When she has time to glance at the pictures that are being shown she recognises the badly damaged car as that of her husband Simon. Simon has been rushed to hospital where after surgery he has been put into an induced coma to hopefully recover. While Simon lays oblivious to what is going on his past is rapidly catching up with him. He is the lucky one, his friends and colleagues from another life are not being so fortunate.

Detective Rachel Hart is a personal friend of Maddie and tries on the quiet to find out more about the accident her husband has been in. It soon turns into a case she is asked to head as dots begin to link together from what had been thought of as other random deaths. This develops into a brilliant storyline that I hadn’t even second-guessed at. Something that at times has been quite topical in news, but not to this extent.

There is also a secondary storyline, which I believe began to unfold in the first book of this series that revolves around Detective Rachel Hart. I enjoyed this side of the story just as much. I really liked Rachel who at times struggled with how much she could tell Maddie and how much she had to keep just to the investigation. So much I hadn’t seen coming, a lot like real life in that respect. The last few chapters were tremendously exciting in every way possible. Very much looking forward to the next book in this series.

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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Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing. Following roles as s hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since. written four full-length novels, two novellas and several short stories.

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All His Pretty Girls (Detective Alyssa Wyatt #1) by Charly Cox @CharlylynnCox @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour

Firstly I would like to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for All His Pretty Girls by Charly Cox

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Detective Alyssa Wyatt is hunting a serial killer.

She doesn’t know that he’s hunting her.

A woman is found naked, badly beaten and barely alive in the New Mexico mountains. The shocking discovery plunges Albuquerque Detective Alyssa Wyatt into a case that will test her to the limit.

It appears that Callie McCormick is the latest plaything of a shadowy psychopath that leaves a long shadow on the streets of New Mexico – an individual linked to a string of deaths but leaving no evidence.

But when Alyssa makes a breakthrough that just might reveal the killer, she unknowingly puts herself in the crosshairs of a brutal maniac – one with an old score to settle.

Because the killer knows Alyssa very well, even if she doesn’t know him. And he’s determined that she’ll know his name – even if he has to extract his deadly revenge on her and everything she loves.

The launch of a dark, gripping, completely unputdownable crime thriller series, All His Pretty Girlsintroduces Albuquerque detective Alyssa Wyatt. Fans of Kendra Elliot, Melinda Leigh and Angela Marsons will be utterly engrossed.

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All His Pretty Girls: An absolutely gripping detective novel with a jaw-dropping killer twist

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one hell of a beauty to make you twitchy! I loved this book which made me curl myself into a little ball while I was reading with my comfy blanket tucked firmly around me, but it didn’t stop the shivers and raised hairs on my arms, or from looking over my shoulder when I finally turned the lights out to go to bed.

Within the first couple of chapters, I felt totally invested in this book, my heart ached, my eyes filled with tears and I felt so helpless. Are monsters made or are they born like this? I wondered which it would be in this story. The story dropped back a few days to the abduction of a woman and her harrowing captive time that followed. I slipped in and out of the abductor’s angry mind and the reasons for every interaction with his victim.

This is the first book in what seems, if this book is anything to go by, a pre-order must for the next one and subsequent ones that follow, as it blew me away.  Set in Albuquerque New Mexico Alyssa Wyatt is a strong character, confident, happily married with two teenage children and a past that makes her a compassionate and understanding Detective.

Oh, boy, was I swiped off my feet as what was already a totally gripping read escalated into my top five for this year. Could I read on? OMG darn right I could!!!!!!! It felt like my heart was beating in the back of my throat! What a super intense read this was and it still hadn’t finished with me. Simply stunning, so excited about this author.

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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Born in the South, raised in the Midwest, Charly now resides in the Southwest in the Land of Enchantment where she enjoys eating copious amounts of green chile and other spicy foods. When she’s not reading, writing, or plotting sinister evils with her antagonists, she enjoys doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, hanging out with her husband and her spoiled Siberian Husky, visiting her son in Arizona, and traveling, preferably to places surrounded by sun, sand, and warm uncrowded beaches.

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https://www.amazon.com/Charly-Cox/e/B07WGQN19Q

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19490745.Charly_Cox

 

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Broken Souls (D.I. Lottie Parker #7) by Patricia Gibney @trisha460 @bookouture #DILottieParker7 #BlogTour #BrokenSouls #NewRelease

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Broken Souls by Patricia Gibney

Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7) by [Gibney, Patricia]

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‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands, she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine, you’ll be hooked by this heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Broken Souls will keep you guessing until the very last page!

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Broken Souls: An absolutely addictive mystery thriller with a brilliant twist (Detective Lottie Parker Book 7)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

What appears to be two separate suicides at first glance for the police, soon become an intense murder hunt for a suspected psychopath who has pretty big issues with brides to be. But there is more as one of the cases and sloppy investigating has lost precious hours that could be the difference between life and death for another victim. It really is all hands on deck as the team have to take one on the chin about the mess up.

D. I. Lottie Parker is a brilliant detective but has constant guilt trips about being away from her family working long hours, especially as she is raising her three children herself but when she is at home her mind is constantly on work. Her career had put her family in jeopardy not too long ago, so now she is pulled between wanting to protect them 24/7 and trying to make the outcome of one of the cases she is working on a happy ending.

This is such a fast-paced read with the investigation spiralling in different directions, joining dots where it hadn’t made sense at first glance. There are such a lot of unlikeable characters in the story, so it is easy to see the worst in them. This really is an edge of your seat read both for the case and for Lottie. So much I didn’t see coming. Brilliant round up, still holding my breath.

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

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Patricia is the million-copy bestselling author of the DI Lottie Parker series. She yearned to be a writer after reading Enid Blyton and Carolyn Keene and even wanted to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. She has now grown up (she thinks) but the closest she’s come to Nancy Drew is writing crime! In 2009, after her husband died, she retired from her job and started writing seriously. Fascinated by people and their quirky characteristics, she always carries a notebook to scribble down observations. Patricia also loves to paint in watercolour and lives in the Irish midlands with her children.

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Twitter @trisha460

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My Best Mistake (My Best Series Book 1) by Carole Wolfe @CaroleW30064418 @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #MyBestMistake

Firstly I would like to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for My Best Mistake by Carole Wolfe

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A lawsuit, an ex-husband, and a hotel full of men. Just another crazy day in the life of a single mom…

Tasha Gerome tries to find the funny side of her everyday disasters. It’s just about the only thing that gets the single mother of twins through her chaotic life. Well, that and a comfy pair of piggy slippers. But not everyone appreciates her brand of humor…

Her deadbeat ex-husband certainly doesn’t get her jokes as he returns to town to bother her and the twins. A well-known doctor threatens her with legal action over a misunderstanding. And her mother is more concerned with Tasha’s single status than her humor, dragging her kicking and screaming back into the dating game…

One thing is for certain. Fixing her legal troubles, getting rid of her ex, and finding a new man will take a whole lot of laughter… and a little help from her family…

My Best Mistake is a down-to-earth women’s fiction novel that celebrates a single mother’s courage and comedy. If you like sweet romance, snarky humor, and characters who tell it like it is, then you’ll love Carole Wolfe’s hilarious tale.

Buy My Best Mistake for a funny look into the madness of motherhood today!

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My Best Mistake: Tasha’s Story (My Best Series)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a lazy Sunday afternoon read to lose yourself in. Tasha has a life that most would envy, a huge 100 million lotto win and 7-year-old twins so her life had changed dramatically but one thing you can’t change is your family and who you are.

Tasha’s mind was as disorganised as her house, where things tended to stay where they fell, she drove me crazy! So in her oink! oink! bright pink slippers it was no surprise that everything considered disaster was only a couple of steps away.

When her ex-husband appears, a character who is sleazier than anyone I would care to know I just cringed on every line he was on. What a diabolical father he was! I just read with open mouth and anger, a reaction I am sure which is spot on for the reaction the author was after. Although Tasha’s mum is to put it mildly, overbearing, she does have a good heart. I think I would have been inclined to buy her a lovely place in the sun and visit her in the school holidays. Tasha’s mum is determined to fix her up with a new bloke, which is quite funny, especially with two visits to speed dating.

The story unfolds nicely as ends tie-up and a new Tasha is beginning to blossom. Very entertaining.

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

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Carole Wolfe started telling stories in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. While she no longer illustrates her stories with crayon, Carole still uses her words to help readers escape the daily hiccups of life. Her debut novel, The Best Mistake, follows a single mom as she stumbles through one mishap after another.

When Carole isn’t writing, she is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kiddos, a traveling husband and a dog that thinks she is a cat. Carole enjoys running at a leisurely pace, crocheting baby blankets for others and drinking wine when she can find the time. She and her family live in Texas.

AUTHOR LINKS:

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

Twitter: @CaroleW30064418

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19209162.Carole_Wolfe

Blog: https://www.carolewolfe.com/blog/

Website: https://www.carolewolfe.com/

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Rugby Blood by Keith Mason @Realkeithmason #BookReview #RugbyBlood #Comic #Sport #KeithMason #SecondChances

WHEN I MET KEITH MASON

I heard Keith Mason speak at a ruby club event that was raising money for their young players to go to France, including one of my grandsons. To say he was inspirational is a gross understatement being raised by his mum after his dad ran out on them, he told stories of how he turned himself around from always being in trouble with the police, to become a Super League rugby player, film star and now author. He is an awesome ambassador for youngsters to look up to and steer on the right path with positive energy. Giving them focus and keeping them out of trouble. It was a real pleasure to talk to him as he literally filled the room with such good vibes and even coming back to the club to meet the young players and talk to them.

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Professional Rugby League star and entrepreneur David King is thrust into a deadly game when his family is kidnapped and held to ransom. King goes on a blood-fuelled rampage to retrieve them from the clutches of their captors – will he succeed or will their fate be sealed?

The Super League players who will be staring in ‘Rugby Blood Origins’ are:  

Luther Burrell (Warrington Wolves), Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves), Jake Connor (Hull FC), Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants), Mark Percival (St Helens) and Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers).

Rugby Blood’s central character is David King. King’s life is based on my own story, with a hero twist. 

He is a professional rugby league star and entrepreneur who is thrust into a deadly game when his family is kidnapped and held for ransom.

He goes on a blood-fuelled rampage to save them – will he succeed, or will his family’s fate be sealed?

Rugby Blood will also feature athletes from other sports. Former world champion boxer, Joe Calzaghe, features in the second instalment, called ‘Shot Clock’, which is set in New York. 

My aim is to make clear to the next generation of rugby players, athletes and everyday people that one chapter of your life doesn’t define the whole story.

When one door closes, as it did to me, you have to work hard, dedicate yourself and make sacrifices to open a new door. Write your own next chapter.

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Rugby Blood

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a comic type book aimed at getting through to teenagers and youngsters, showing them that their lives are in their own hands. They hold their own destiny. The main character in the story is based on the author himself, rugby league legend Keith Mason as King. King the main series character is taken under the wing of Bronson who teaches him to control his impulses and focus his energy in training and playing his top game in rugby.

Other top rugby players feature in the comic, heroes of the game that these kids can aspire to be like. The pages are set out like a comic, with action sketches, a great story and length to encourage non-readers to get to the end of and still want more. What is brilliant about the author is he just doesn’t want these teenagers to look up to him, he wants to believe in these lads and lasses that read these comics too. It feels like he is truly rooting for all of them.

The message in the story is very strong, you don’t have to accept what life has dealt you, you can change that, it is the choices you make that make you who you are.

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HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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My playing career came to an end in 2013. I retired at 31 after playing top level Rugby League in the UK and Australia for 15 years.

What I didn’t anticipate was the struggle I’d ultimately go through after leaving the game I’d devoted my life to. 

I struggled and ended up questioning my whole existence, which led to a bout of depression. I was in massive debt, lost two houses, became homeless, lost my driving licence and was struggling to see my kids. It came to a point where I knew it was give up or re-invent myself. 

I had done some acting and appearing in a film (A Hitman in London, 2015) alongside my good friend Mickey Rourke gave me a new focus in life.

It was also around that time that I met my current partner, Riona. She inspired me to believe in myself again.

I was also asked to go and speak to a former player who had attempted suicide. I could see similarities between my struggles and his, and I wanted to show him that rugby formed only a part of his life.

Sadly, this young man lost his battle with depression. When I found out it made me want to reach out to other players in a hope that I could make a difference.

It was his death that inspired me to come up with a concept that could relate to all players, past and present, not just in rugby and sport but in all areas of life.

Rugby Blood started as a film script, written by myself and [scriptwriter, director] Ben Von Cronos, but I didn’t want to stop at a film. I wanted it to be bigger, to have a bigger impact. 

So I decided to find an artist who could help me create the first ever rugby comic. Together with Paul Roper we brought it to life. 

By using real players in the comic I wanted to be able to connect with the audience and make the players the heroes. 

Not only will it raise their profile, I also wanted it to raise awareness about the real struggles athletes go through. 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Realkeithmason