The Dead Of Winter by A.B. Gibson @ABGibson1 #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on A.B. Gibson’s The Dead Of Winter blog tour, with Love Books Tours!

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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Group for arranging the following interview with A.B. Gibson…..

The Dead of Winter author

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Until the last four years, my writing was limited to scholarly papers about Linguistics during a few years in graduate school, and thirty and sixty-second television and radio commercials during my life-long career in advertising.

My first book, The Dead of Winter, began as a screenplay. My partner and I owned a destination farm, with a pumpkin patch, an apple orchard, and a scary corn maze. On a flight to LA one day, I decided to write a horror movie script based on our Moonlight Hayride going terribly wrong for some unsuspecting guests. It didn’t make it to the screen back then, but I’d had so much fun creating the story, I decided to write the paperback. I realize, this is backwards.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?
My poor brain has been full of stories, forever. Everywhere I look I see characters and new situations to include.

 

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Alain de la Pomme, one of the protagonists in Tracked to Kill is loosely based on me. I used to own an apple orchard, and I own a tech company on the side.

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?
I have so much fun picking their names. Names of villains naturally come from real people I’d rather not run into again. Sometimes the name on an Interstate exit sign sounds about right for a first or a last name. In my latest book, Summer Thunder, I named the lovely protagonist Lily, my nephew and his wife’s newborn.

 

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I need an outline. I start with the story arc, following the classic three-part, 27-chapter format. Then I create character arcs. When I start writing, it all changes.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
Somerset Maugham, Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Strout, Donna Leon

 

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I’d ask Somerset Maugham to take me to the South Pacific with him.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?
I devoured every book and story I could get my hands on.

 

When did you start to write?
Until the last four years, my writing was limited to scholarly papers about Linguistics during a few years in graduate school, and thirty and sixty-second television and radio commercials during my life-long career in advertising.

 

Is there a book you wish you had written?
I wish I had written the screenplay, The Princess Bride, because it is absolutely perfect.

 

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
Around the Edges.

 

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I’d take Pip, from Great Expectations, because I’d like to slap him and tell him he was an idiot.

 

What are you working on right now?
I finished my latest book this morning, so I’m working on its book jacket. I won’t start another book for a month, to give my partner, and other friends a break.

 

Tell us about your last release?
Summer Thunder is a romance that began as a dare from an author friend while we sipped whiskey around a fireplace in Scotland. I accepted the challenge and came up with the storyline on the spot. As the author of mystery, suspense, and thrillers, the romance genre was completely out of my wheelhouse. Turns out I am crazy about the book, which will publish on October 20 this year, and I’ve already outlined the next two in the series.

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?
I’m launching Summer Thunder with the Queen of Romance herself, Nora Roberts, at a book signing in her store on October 26, 2019.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?
I’m all over the usual places. (Twitter) @abgibson1
(Instagram) @alanbgibson
(Facebook) ABGibsonAuthor
Of course, I have a webpage. http://www.abgibson.me

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

 

The Dead of Winter is currently available as an audiobook, and I plan to roll out my others soon. High Voltage is scheduled for production next month and Tracked to Kill will follow in December.
I haven’t selected the voice for Summer Thunder, but I’ve narrowed down the pool.

 

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

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Blurb

Four young professionals pick the wrong weekend to visit a popular Pumpkin Patch Bed and Breakfast. It’s the last day of the season, and the weather and the farm are picture-perfect. Ma and Pa Winter are the consummate hosts, and they immediately win over Dillon, Tara, Josh and Julia with their homespun authenticity. Like the thousands of other visitors to Winters Farm and Orchard, the four are eager to pick apples and pumpkins and take the challenge of the Giant Corn Maze. But Ma Winter has other plans. A scary moonlight hayride spirals into a frantic twenty-four hours of deception and mayhem, and the group find themselves unwilling participants in a horrific family tradition.

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Tangled Roots by Denise D. Young @ddyoungbooks #BlogTour #GuestPost @rararesources

Tangled Roots

GUEST BLOG POST #2

HOW EMBRACING SIMPLE LIVING GAVE ME CLARITY AND INSPIRATION ON MY WRITING JOURNEY

GUEST BLOG POST BY DENISE D. YOUNG

My journey toward simple living began with a surprising wakeup call. Like many people, I found myself up to my eyeballs in stuff, baffled by how the sheer quantity of what I owned.
My husband and I were long-term renters before we bought our cozy townhouse. Unfortunately, our townhome wasn’t ready when we had to move out of our apartment, so we had to move all of our stuff into storage and stay with my in-laws for a few weeks.
The trouble came when we moved into the townhouse. I had at least six bookcases, all of which were massive, yet I still couldn’t house all of my books on them. We had boxes and boxes of stuff.
That was it. I started, bit by bit, getting rid of items. Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up lit a fire in my spirit to declutter. I did a deep-dive on simple living.
What I found inspired me to forge a new path for myself: simple living isn’t just about owning less. It’s about removing from our lives many other types of clutter. We eradicate the time-sucks and the energy drains, the wasted time and the wasted space, to focus on our purpose, our passion, our vision, our values.
As I released the physical clutter in my life, I was also forced to examine the calendar clutter as well. I’ve been able to streamline everything from my writing workflow to my cleaning routine.
And despite the fact that I’m in the first year of my indie author career launch, I make it a point to add in a few other creative outlets to fill the creative well. Playing the guitar and listening to music provide me with inspiration for my stories (and you’ll notice that, in my Tangled Magic Series, music, especially folk music, plays a recurring role).
There are other creative outlets that my simplified lifestyle makes time for: a daily tarot reading, a morning cup of coffee amid the silence, long walks with my puppy.
Owning less means there’s less to clean, meaning that I can focus on writing, bringing the stories and worlds in my heart until the world one word at a time.
And a streamlined home has yielded a surprising result: a greater sense of clarity about what I want in life. I’m not overwhelmed by stuff, and I’m less attached to stuff. For example, I’ve learned I can love literature without owning hundreds of books. Today, I have a small three-tier bookcase that is my “keepers” shelf, and another small bookcase for books that I move in and out but that haven’t yet earned a place in my permanent collection.
That clarity infuses many aspects of my life. Knowing that I want to be a full-time author, knowing that I want to walk an indie path as a writer, and many other aspects of my life…all of these realizations came to me much more easily than if I was still battling clutter.
Our home is not-quite-minimalist, in my opinion. But some of our cumbersome bedroom furniture is gone. I now keep my minimalist wardrobe in the closet. The six or seven bookcases have vanished, replaced with those two small bookcases that can be carried by a single individual.
I’ve learned that I can part with physical objects and find joy in the parting. I’ve found joy in less. Cooking, reading, writing, strumming a guitar or listening to music…These are all rituals in simplicity, celebrating the simple joys on my life journey.
Clarity. Creativity. Freedom. I gave up clutter. And I found these things instead.

Many thanks, Denise.

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ABOUT TANGLED ROOTS (TANGLED MAGIC BOOK #1)

A beautiful witch lost in time. A brooding farm boy with magic in his blood and a chip on his shoulder. Dark secrets and shadowy magic. Paranormal romance with a time slip awaits in the first book of this new series. Cassie Gearhart casts a spell in the forest in the summer of 1974. The next thing she knows, she wakes up to find the world irrevocably changed. It’s 2019, for one thing. For another, all of her coven members have vanished, leaving behind only one man who holds the key to their secrets. Nick Felson has sworn off magic, until a confused Cassie knocks on his door in the middle of the night, somehow missing forty-five years’ worth of time. But Nick knows falling for the captivating witch means letting magic back into his life—and that’s one line he swore he’d never cross. Can Cassie unravel the mystery that transported her decades into the future? And can Nick resist the powerful magic and heart-pounding passion that swirl in the air whenever he and Cassie are together?
The Tangled Magic Series is intended for readers 18-plus who enjoy fast-paced reads, wild and witchy magic, swoon-worthy kisses, and small-town charm. The series is best read in order.
Tangled Roots is available at most major ebook retailers and in paperback from Amazon. Get your copy of Nick and Cassie’s story: https://books2read.com/tangledroots

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Equal parts bookworm, flower child, and eclectic witch, Denise D. Young writes fantasy and paranormal romance featuring witches, magic, faeries, and the occasional shifter. Whatever the flavor of the magic, it’s always served with a brisk cup of tea–and the promise of romance varying from sweet to sensual. She lives with her husband and their animals in the mountains of Virginia, where small towns and tall trees inspire her stories. She reads tarot cards, collects crystals, gazes at stars, and believes magic is the answer (no matter what the question was). If you’ve ever hoped to find a book of spells in a dusty attic, if you suspect every misty forest contains a hidden portal to another realm, or if you don’t mind a little darkness before your happily-ever-after, her books might be just the thing you’ve been waiting for.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.denisedyoungbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/denisedyoungwriter/
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Denise-D.-Young/e/B06X1BCP8C
Instagram: N/A
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15807322.Denise_D_Young
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/denise_young/
https://twitter.com/ddyoungbooks

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Cradle to Grave: A Detective Kay Hunter murder mystery #Book8 by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave is another brilliant book in the Kay Hunter series. I have thoroughly enjoyed each, and every one of them. I found myself immediately immersed in this story. When a book begins the way this one does, it’s hard not to be drawn in.

A dead man is found floating in the river and he has no face! Kay and her team are faced with a seemingly random murder, with no clear motivation and no obvious place to start looking. However, when a boat is discovered covered in blood it soon becomes apparent that they have a missing child on their hands also and the investigation takes on a whole new level.

They are faced with a distressing race against time to find this missing child and can only hope he or she is alive when they do. Talk about heart racing! I could feel Kay’s and the team’s desperation to find this child safe and well and can only imagine how frustrating it must be when nothing seems to make any sense. The investigation is managed around the clock by dedicated officers who won’t rest until they get it done. I hope, and I’m sure we do, have officers like them in our own communities. We should be so grateful for them.

I love how fast paced this story is, how full of suspense and always with just the right amount of police procedural detail. It’s just so convincing I almost feel like I’m part of the team when I read these books. Not that I’d have a clue what I was doing! Lol! I love how dedicated the team are to each other. The banter they share adds another level of realism and I love that we get to see a little bit of their personal lives. I especially love that Kay and her mother are reconciling and moving on with a more positive relationship. I know I’ve said it before, but I love the relationship between Kay and Adam, and I love that he still brings his work home with him sometimes.

I do also love that this book, once again, ends on a positive and amusing note, despite what they have all been through.

Just brilliant!

I LOVED it from start to finish.

Many thanks to Rachel Amphlett for my review copy.

Blurb

(via Amazon UK)

When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from.

The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.

Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the police are in a race against time – but they have no leads, and no motive for the events that have taken place.

Will Kay be able to find a ruthless killer and a missing child before it’s too late?

Cradle to Grave is the eighth book in the Detective Kay Hunter series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett, and perfect for readers who love fast-paced murder mysteries. Available in eBook, print, large print and audiobook.

The Detective Kay Hunter series:

1. Scared to Death
2. Will to Live
3. One to Watch
4. Hell to Pay
5. Call to Arms
6. Gone to Ground
7. Bridge to Burn
8. Cradle to Grave

What readers are saying about Cradle to Grave:

“I’m actually running out of ways to describe how much I love this series now. Each book is brilliant – full of humour, tension, great characters and compelling storytelling in equal measure. Cradle to Grave is no different, with the author gripping your attention from the very start of the book.” – Goodreads

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Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Will To Live (Detective Kay Hunter crime thriller series Book 2) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

One to Watch: A Detective Kay Hunter mystery, Book 3 by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Hell to Pay: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 4) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Call to Arms: (Kay Hunter British detective crime thriller series Book 5) by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

Gone to Ground #KayHunter6 by @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour #BookReview #damppebblesblogtours

Bridge to Burn (Detective Kay Hunter Book 7) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

#TheFriendWhoLied by @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

happy reading 🙂

 

Borderlands: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Book 14) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

Borderlands

I absolutely LOVE this series and Borderlands is another excellent instalment! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Yet again, I have been captivated from the very first page and to say I have been gripped throughout would be a massive understatement.

If you have read any of my reviews for the previous books in this series, you will know how highly I rate them. Whenever LJ Ross has a new release I confidently and excitedly click the pre-order link without even having to read the blurb because I know I am in for a treat as soon as I get the chance to read it! I feel totally blessed that LJ Ross often sends me an early copy. I feel honoured to be able to read the books prior to publication. Imposter is my next read! 😊

In Borderlands Ryan, Phillips and the team are faced with investigating the shooting of a woman during a scheduled army training exercise and a group of extremists who are targeting local religious organisations. As always, nothing is straight forward or without an element of danger and this makes for an exciting, fast-paced read.

There are some scary characters in this story, one who particularly made my skin scrawl.

I really felt for the homeless soldier. What he’s gone through and continues to go through is just heart-breaking. No-one should be living on the streets in this day, and age. Least of all our veterans. I am married to one and I’m an extremely proud wifey. It’s often so difficult for them to adjust to civilian life and they should be afforded any and all the support they might need.

I love the main characters in this series and enjoy how their relationships develop throughout each book.

There is a feelgood aspect to this book which I really enjoyed also. As the author herself says (in a much more eloquent way than me!), amongst all the bad stuff going on in this world there are many people doing a little bit of good in their own little way. This helps to restore my faith in humankind.

Without a doubt another five star read!

I can’t wait for Ryan’s Christmas!

 

New to this series? Start here…..

 

happy reading 🙂

 

Chat About Books is 4! :-) #Blogiversary

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Chat About Books is 4 today! 🙂

Time certainly does fly when you’re having fun!!

A BIG thank you, as always, to all who contribute towards, read, like and share my blog posts. It really does mean the world to me.

I love how many awesome books I’ve had the pleasure of reading and how many amazing people I have met in this last four years. You’re all awesome!

Here’s to year five!

Cheers!

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Me Septermber 2019

happy reading!

Kerry x

The Seagull’s Laughter by Holly Bidgood @HollyBidgood @Wildpressed #BlogTour #Interview #LoveBooksTours

Welcome to my stop on Holly Bidgood’s The Seagull’s Laughter blog tour, with Kelly @ Love Books Tours!

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Many thanks to Kelly @ Love Books Tours for arranging the following interview with Holly Bidgood…..

The Seagull's Laughter author Holly Bidgood

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

My name is Holly. I am the author of two novels – The Eagle and The Oystercatcher (Published 2016 by Wildpressed Books) and The Seagull’s laughter (due to be published in November 2019). The Eagle and The Oystercatcher is a literary coming-of-age novel set in the Faroe Islands during the Second World War, when the islands were occupied by the British army; while The Seagull’s Laughter takes its inspiration from further north, following the generally dark path of Greenlandic folktales and recent Greenlandic social history.

I currently live in Hull with my husband and three very small children. By day I run a therapeutic weaving studio, working mostly with vulnerable adults, and struggle with vast amounts of laundry.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The idea of “North” forms the basis of most of my writing. I have always drawn my inspiration and ideas from wild northern landscapes – places such as Iceland, Shetland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. I feel such a strong pull towards the traditional edge-of-existence ways of life in these environments, and the stories and folk tales that have grown out of this sense of place. I studied modern Icelandic and Old Norse at University College London, so I suppose it all ties together in my writing.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

I don’t consciously base characters on people I know, but I’m sure there must be elements of certain people in there somewhere. I tend to write for escapism, so I feel that my writing is quite removed from my everyday life.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I really don’t know how I pick my characters’ names! They just come to me, I suppose, as the character takes shape in my head. Later on I may realise that a character has (entirely coincidentally) the same name as a friend or family member, then I worry that they might think the character is based on them!

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

My writing process generally consists of committing very few words to the page in one sitting, and agonising over every sentence. Although I feel driven to write, the process of extracting it all coherently from my head is utterly exhausting and quite laborious. But I enjoy being able to return to that same landscape in my head where the story unfolds.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

It’s been so long since I actually managed to sit down and read a book, I can barely remember! Off the top of my head: Kurt Vonnegut, Charlotte Bronte, Aldous Huxley, Daphne Du Maurier and Terry Pratchett (quite a mix!).

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

I think I would most like to meet Terry Pratchett and ask him how he managed to extract the Discworld from inside his head and write it all down in so many interlinked novels. He has a fantastic imagination and a great sense of humour in his writing.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, I don’t think I did much else! I remember reading the same books a few times, if I really liked them – I think I read The Lord of The Rings trilogy about three or four times before I was a teenager.

When did you start to write?

As soon as I was able to, from the age of about six. My parents still have folders full of my various poems and short stories that I wrote as a child. I didn’t write much as a teenager, I was too critical of anything that I tried to put down on the page.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Is there a book you wish you had written?

I remember being really upset by the ending of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It is one of those books that I read in one sitting, cover to cover, and have never forgotten. But although the ending is so distressing, it really couldn’t be any other way. I’m sure I read somewhere afterwards that Aldous Huxley had considered – or perhaps even planned – a different ending: one in which John the savage would find a new life somewhere else. But of course, that wouldn’t have been nearly as poignant.

I sort of wish I had written the How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell! I love the characters, her imagination and her humour, and the magic of the world she creates. And I love dragons.

(I LOVE How To Train Your Dragon!)

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

“I woke up this tired”

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I would probably invite the main protagonist (who remains nameless) from Naïve Super by Erlend Loe. We would go somewhere wild and spacious, somewhere by the sea, where we could both get some peace from the chaos of modern life and talk about how overwhelmed and confused we feel about the universe and life in general. And maybe just sit in silence for a bit. I think we would get on quite well. My Norwegian is a bit rusty, though.

What are you working on right now?

I have a couple of ideas for new novels, but as yet these ideas exist only in my head. I don’t get any time to write at the moment. Life is currently too busy, the children are too young and my brain is too overworked; I hope things settle down sometime soon, I would really like to get back into writing.

Tell us about your last release?

My last release was my first release. It is a literary novel entitled The Eagle and The Oystercatcher, and it follows the story of Kjartan, who is eighteen at the time the Second World War breaks out and the British army occupies the Faroe Islands – his home. This was a time of huge social and economic change for the Faroe Islands, coupled in the narrative with Kjartan’s “coming of age” and the struggles he has surrounding his feelings for his best friend, and his anxiety about the war. The narrative is steady and atmospheric – it rains a lot.

Do you have a new release due?

Yes: The Seagull’s Laughter will be released in November this year. It follows the stories of Malik, a young Greenlander who is guided by an ancestral spirit only he can see; his father, Rasmus, an English explorer who he never even got the chance the meet; and Martha, a young woman fleeing domestic violence, whose path crosses Malik’s on his lonely travels. The narrative is inspired by Greenlandic folktales – which as a rule seem to be fairly dark and often morbid – and driven, as per usual in my writing, by the longing for wild, far-flung places and the search for Home.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

The best way is to follow Wildpressed Books on Facebook and Twitter and any other social media. If you are in Hull, you can keep an eye out for any writers’ events organised by Phil and Tracey of Wildpressed!

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

By day I help to run Life and Loom, a social and therapeutic weaving studio in Hull. We are just getting started and need all the support we can muster. You can look us up on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/lifeandloomstudio/

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Holly 🙂

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#BookBlogger #Author #MeetUp 05/10/19 #NorthStaffordHotel #StokeOnTrent @StefLozBookBlog

Yesterday Steph and I enjoyed another lovely book blogger / author meet up.

For those who attended, we can’t thank you enough for joining us and making it such a lovely day 🙂

Book Blogger Author meet up October 2019

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Margaret Moxam

Margaret Moxam

https://maggiemoxom.artweb.com/maggiemoxomaol.com

 

Zoe Sharp

Zoe Sharp

Zoe Sharp
@authorzoesharp
Author of the Charlie Fox series, wordsmith, ex-photographer, car and bike nut, international pet-sitter, fighting mad and heading for timber
No Fixed Abode zoesharp.com

Rachel Gilbey

Rachel Gilbey

@gilbster1000
#Bookblogger at Rachel’s Random Reads and #blogtour organiser over at Rachel’s Random Resources rachelsrandomresources.com

Misha Herwin

Misha Herwin

@MishaHerwin
Writer of books for kids and for adults. Short stories and plays too.

Jan Edwards

Jan Edwards

@Jancoledwards

Award winning writer of  #crime, #folkhorror and #supernatural #fiction Reiki Master and cat herder janedwardsblog.wordpress.com//

Jill Doyle

Jill Doyle

@JillsBookCafe
A married, working, Jack Russell yearning, reading, blogging, 60+ yr young Yorkshire lass. Overcoming breast cancer and taking a back seat from reviewing.

Alison Lingwood

Alison Lingwood

Author

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Portal-Murder-Alison-Lingwood/dp/1480225320/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1570391554&sr=8-1

 

Yvonne Bastian & Mum, Julie

Yvonne Bastian & Mum Julie

Me and My Books 
@yvonnembee
I’m Yvonne, #bookblogger  #bookreviewer avid book reader and coffee drinker. I am CLOSED for review requests at the moment.
United Kingdom vonnibee.com

Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge Author
@SamTongeWriter

Award-winning

Top 5 Women’s Fiction author

  Coffee and cake lover  Rep’d by

at

Where the characters take me samanthatonge.co.uk

Sue Eaton

Sue Eaton

https://www.facebook.com/havepencanwrite/

 

Steph Lawrence & Mick Williams

Steph & Mick

StefLozBookBlog
@StefLozBookBlog

Steph, book loving lab tech. My non-book account is

No book links by DM please. #bookblogger #bookreview  facebook.com/steflozbookblo

Stoke-on-Trent, England steflozbookblog.wordpress.com
https://www.facebook.com/mickwilliamsauthor/?ref=br_rs

Mary Mae Lewis

Mary Mae Lewis

Author

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Where-Theres-Will-Woman/dp/154898082X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mary+mae+lewis&qid=1570392302&sr=8-1

 

Esther Chilton & Graeme Cumming

Esther Chiltern & Graeme Cummings

Esther Chilton
@esthernewton201
Author, Freelance writer, Copywriter and Tutor for The Writers Bureau
Graeme Cumming
@GraemeCumming63
England, United Kingdom graemecumming.co.uk

Save the date!

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Hope to see you there!

Kerry & Steph

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Our first #Stoke-on-Trent #bookblogger / #author #meetup – 12th May 2018 😊

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#BookBlogger #Author #MeetUp 01/06/19 @StefLozBookBlog

 

 

#FlashbackFriday October 2019 with Mel Sherratt @writermels Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor Andrew Field & Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner

Flashback Friday

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog. 

Feel free to join in!

Here are my reviews from October 2018 + a link to previous October FBF’s…..

#HushHush by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour #BookReview

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The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

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The Black Hornet (James Ryker Book 2) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

The Black Hornet

 

Without Rules by Andrew Field #BlogBlitz #BookReview @AFwithoutrules #damppebblesblogtours #WithoutRules

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#LiesBetweenUs by Ronnie Turner @Ronnie__Turner @HQDigitalUK #BlogTour #BookReview #WhereIsBonnie?

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#FlashbackFriday with @TillyTenWriter @KatCroft @paulanthjones @ScarlettMoffatt @BCopperthwait @JaimeRaven1

 

Have you read any of the above?

 

The Walls by Hollie Overton @hollieoverton #BookReview #Netgalley

The Walls

The Walls is another book which has been on my Netgalley list for far too long, but WOW, it was most definitely worth the wait! What a compelling story! I read and enjoyed Baby Doll some time ago, so I was keen to add The Walls to my TBR list. I have not been disappointed. I’m just sorry it’s taken me this long for it to reach the top of my list.

Kristy is a single mother, having had her son in her teens, and has built a career as a press agent, working with convicted criminals on death row. Her son hates her job, but she does what she has to do to keep a roof over his head, as well as that of her poorly father. It does sound like a lovely home also and one she is right to be proud of. She is quite an inspirational character and instantly likeable.

When she meets Lance, through her son, she soon starts to develop feelings for him, but she’s nervous about letting her guard down. He seems like a dream come true though and she decides she deserves some romance in her life. Her son is thrilled for them and life seems good. That is until they are husband and wife and a different Lance begins to dominate their relationship.

I cannot even begin to imagine living in an abusive relationship, but the way Kristy keeps it hidden from everyone she knows, and loves is quite typical of what I understand of abused women. These men are just the lowest of the low. It’s heart-breaking to think how many women, and men, suffer at the hands of those who supposedly love them. I can totally understand how and why some reach absolute breaking point and snap.

Kristy reaches that breaking point when Lance uses her love for her son and father against her. I can’t say I blame her!

This has been an absolutely, captivating and heart-wrenching read. I could almost feel Kristy’s desperation and determination. Lance’s biggest mistake was threatening her family and Kristy plans to make sure he is unable to ever carry out those threats. She knows the system also, so feels she has an advantage, but will she get away with it? Does she even want to? Will she ever be able to move on without constantly looking over her shoulder?

Very clever writing! LOVED it!

Hollie Overton is an excellent writer. I have just purchased The Runaway and very much look forward to reading it.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for my review copy of The Walls via Netgalley.

 

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Intimate Strangers by Lasairiona E. McMaster @QueenofFireLas #BlogTour #BookPromo @rararesources

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Is there such a thing as too perfect?
Lisa Millar wasn’t supposed to fall in love with a guy on the Internet. But she did.
Other than living over five thousand miles away in America, AJ Williams is seemingly her perfect match. Strikingly handsome, musically talented, plays hockey and has a typical college-guy life.
In a moment of carpe diem, Lisa flies from Ireland to Alabama to surprise her internet-beau and finds herself face to face with an inconceivable reality that she couldn’t possibly have prepared for.
How well can you truly know someone you meet online?
Will true love win out, or will AJ’s secret life be too much for Lisa to bear?

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Author Bio –

Lasairiona McMaster grew up dreaming of an exciting life abroad, and, after graduating from Queens University, Belfast, that is exactly what she did – with her then-boyfriend, now husband of almost ten years. Having recently repatriated to Northern Ireland after a decade abroad spanned over two countries (seven and a half years in America and eighteen months in India), she now finds herself ‘home’, with itchy feet and dreams of her next expatriation. With a penchant for both travelling, and writing, she started a blog during her first relocation to Houston, Texas and, since repatriating to Northern Ireland, has decided to do as everyone has been telling her to do for years, and finally pen a book (or two) and get published while she tries to adjust to the people and place she left ten years ago, where nothing looks the same as it did when she left.

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