#Interview with #author KT King @KTKINGbooks #LittleEden

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming KT King to Chat About Books! 🙂

KT King

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I spent 5 years at university studying French and English Literature so I inspired by many previous novels but I am also inspired by film, TV, theatre and the world around me. They say you should write about what you know so a lot of the action in Little Eden takes place in a café because  I was a waitress during my teens and early twenties (although No.1 Daisy Place is, of course, the most perfect café in the world and not at all like the ones I worked in). I retrained as a healer, hypnotherapist, counsellor and reflexologist during my thirties due to having a chronic condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (sometimes also known as ME). Back then it was not recognised at all by the medical profession and was known as Yuppy Flu. There was no support on the NHS and you couldn’t even get a diagnosis in those days. I had to learn to help myself. Once I discovered healing I realised that I had a natural talent for it and that I was also psychic (I found out later that it runs in the family) and so Little Eden is full of my experiences of the supernatural and paranormal – ironically the parts of the story which seem realistic are pure fiction and the parts which seem fantastical are based on real psychic events. When you live the life of a healer, the paranormal becomes your normal!


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

The main female character, Sophie, is based on me. She has CFS and is psychic but the other characters are a mix of friends, family and aquaintances, as well as saints and historical characters (such as Eleanor of Aquataine, Queen Bertha of Kent and Hilda of Whitby).


How do you pick your characters’ names?

I love to play with names and the names come to me intuitively when I visualise the character. If it feels right then it’s right! Some of the names are direct allusions to historical characters. Some say the names are too unusual but having lived in various places around the world, I don’t believe there is no such thing as a ‘normal’ name. I changed my own name from Kate Hare to KT King – just because and why not!?


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

I write in my head first. Due to having CFS I cannot sit at the computer for more than about 2 hours a day (and that is on a good day) so I do all my plot and scenes in my head from my bed then type them up when I feel well enough. I write in the same way as one might paint a picture – I start with the basic draft and then go back to each chapter and colour it in. I keep doing this over and over until each chapter feels polished. My sister then checks the spelling and grammar for me (and there are always plenty of mistakes) and my two best friends are my beta readers. It took me five years to write book one because I was in bed for nearly three years until I could start typing it up and I can go for months without being able to even think (one of the symptoms of CFS is cognitive fatigue which means memory and thought processes are impaired).


Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

I’d have to say Jane Austen, Enid Blyton, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Andre Gide and E.M. Forster. I could write a very long list…


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

I would chose to meet Jane Austen because I too am single, without children and don’t have any money or home of my own so I feel a bit akin to her (although I don’t get to stay in stately homes as she did). I would ask her how on earth she wrote with a quill and paper – I am forever retyping and thank god for the computer!


Were you a big reader as a child?

I loved reading and writing as a child. The Faraway Tree was my first favourite book along with all fairytales. We were only allowed new books for birthday’s and Christmas so I would have to wait for the next in a series which meant that I read the same books many times whilst waiting for the next.


When did you start to write?

I wrote the school play when I was seventeen and wrote my own healing newsletter for a few years but I only started to write novels in 2014


If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

I wouldn’t change the ending of any novel but if I could, I would change the ending to my life so far and make it ‘happily ever after’.


Is there a book you wish you had written?

I would love to be able to write like Jeanette Winterson. Her ability to play with narrative style is beyond me! I would like to have written The Passion or The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman because that had me hooked and has the creepiest reveal ever!


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

I think it would have to be something like: Never give up, Never Give in


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

I would take them to the fictional Daisy Place Café! But, if it has to be a real place I would take them to a local hotel called Tickton Grange for afternoon tea!


Tell us a random fact about yourself

I have jumped out of a plane at 12 thousand feet over Western Australia


What are you working on right now?

Book Two in the Little Eden series. I hope there will be at least nine in all, so I’d better keep going!


Tell us about your last release?

My last is my first which is Little Eden, A Magic Book. It’s called a Magic Book because it ‘opens the heart and expands the mind’ (in the spiritual world it is known as an awakener book). It is full of cliff hangers, thrills, magic, supernatural events and humour but it also touches on social issues such as domestic violence, mental health, CFS and self-care. It also takes the reader on a healing and spiritual journey showing how to weave the supernatural into daily life and how to cope using spirit guides, angelic energies and prayers. I wanted a book which would be like having a one to one session with me. My clients always said I should write a book so that more people could hear about what goes on ‘out there’ and so I did but I also wanted to make it a novel which anyone and everyone could enjoy.


Do you have a new release due?

Little Eden, Book Two should hopefully be released early 2020. Book One just came out in paperback but has been out as an eBook since 2018, you can get it in both formats on Amazon and other eBook sites.


What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I have only had one and I had afternoon tea with my best friends – it had to be afternoon tea!


How can readers keep in touch with you?

I am on all social media platforms and I love to hear from my readers. One Facebook I have a Dear Readers group and readers can share their bakes and experiences (there are some recipes in the back of the novel which feature in the story). I also have an Etsy Shop where I sell handmade healing jewellery and gifts inspired by Little Eden. My link tree which takes you to all my links is https://linktr.ee/ktkingbooks


Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I have suffered with chronic pain and CFS for over 25 years and am hoping to help raise awareness for CFS with my novels. Millions suffer with this illness and the World Health Organisation is trying to encourage world governments to treat it as a biological disease rather than as a psychological one. It is considered on a par with AIDS in that there is little or no research and the numbers with it are growing annually, yet sufferers are blamed for the illness due to a lack of understanding of the cause. There is no state aid, disability allowance or help on offer. Until the governments add it to the list of recognised disabilities many of us are dependent on family charity to survive and struggle to work, have any kind of social life or hobbies and we can spend years at a time bedridden. The fluctuating nature of the illness makes it baffling to the medical profession. Most of us are housebound over 80% of the time and find having relationships, children, holding down a job, earning a living or even taking a shower almost impossible. I am reliant on my elderly parents to provide me with a room and board after I lost my business and home in 2012 when I had the worst relapse of my life and from which I have never recovered from sufficiently to work again. Until the profile is raised there will be no biomedical research, without which, another generation will battle with poverty, depression, suicide, homelessness and by in constant pain. Please help me raise awareness by reading Little Eden and spreading the word! For more information on CFS/ME please visit http://millionsmissing.meaction.net/

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions! 🙂

Little Eden by KT King

A Magic Book opens the heart & expands the mind…

2012. Little Eden, London, England.

The beautiful sanctuary town of Little Eden is under threat. Human greed, selfishness and disregard are about to turn the last 1,000 years to dust. Robert Bartlett-Hart must make a choice.

With the help of his friends (plus plenty of tea and cake), Robert learns that there is more at stake than just Little Eden.

Something lies at the heart of the Abbey; something that stands between mankind and Armageddon. The friends must navigate past lives, other dimensions, and even Heaven itself, to find a way to save Little Eden and themselves.

Will Little Eden survive to usher in a new age, or will humanity perish with it?

happy reading 🙂



Victory Day by Rachel Churcher @Rachel_Churcher #BlogTour #BookPromo @rararesources

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Victory Day (Battle Ground #5)

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Bex Ellman and Ketty Smith meet in London. As the war heats up around them, Bex and Ketty must learn to trust each other. With her friends and family in danger, Bex needs Ketty to help rescue them. For Ketty, working with Bex is a matter of survival. When Victory is declared, both will be held accountable for their decisions.

The Battle Ground series is set in a dystopian near-future UK, after Brexit and Scottish independence. 

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Author Bio –

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Rachel Churcher was born between the last manned moon landing, and the first orbital Space Shuttle mission. She remembers watching the launch of STS-1, and falling in love with space flight, at the age of five. She fell in love with science fiction shortly after that, and in her teens she discovered dystopian fiction. In an effort to find out what she wanted to do with her life, she collected degrees and other qualifications in Geography, Science Fiction Studies, Architectural Technology, Childminding, and Writing for Radio.
She has worked as an editor on national and in-house magazines; as an IT trainer; and as a freelance writer and artist. She has renovated several properties, and has plenty of horror stories to tell about dangerous electrics and nightmare plumbers. She enjoys reading, travelling, stargazing, and eating good food with good friends – but nothing makes her as happy as writing fiction.
Her first published short story appeared in an anthology in 2014, and the Battle Ground series is her first long-form work. Rachel lives in East Anglia, in a house with a large library and a conservatory full of house plants. She would love to live on Mars, but only if she’s allowed to bring her books.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rachel_Churcher 

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

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/RachelChurcherWriting

Blog: https://blog.tallerbooks.com

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The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #BookReview #Netgalley

The Perfect Mother


I could have easily read this book in one sitting, had I not had real life stuff to do. I was well and truly gripped!

The Perfect Mother is quite different to the other books I’ve read by Caroline Mitchell. However, her talent for drawing you in from the very first page is true of them all. I finished The Perfect Mother this afternoon. Today is the first chance I’ve had to get away with not having to put it down and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself! I HAD to find out what was going to happen. This story has been in my thoughts since I started it. It’s one that really got under my skin.

When Roz finds she is pregnant and unable to bring up a baby alone, I really felt for her. She is a very likable character and I could understand her desperation, but I can’t even imagine being desperate enough to do what she goes on to do. I was totally with her best friend.

I felt very uneasy throughout this story as soon as Roz made the decision to travel to New York to meet a couple she knew nothing about. I was not prepared for just how unhinged these people would turn out to be! The dark secrets they have hidden behind closed doors are just terrifying.

Sheridan is a serious piece of work, to put it mildly. She’s a scary, but fascinating character. I can’t make my mind up about Daniel. Why they were ever married I don’t know. They are both toxic in their own way and even more so as a couple. Their behaviour towards each other, their staff and, of course, Roz is horrifying. I felt so sorry for their little boy and the devastating way he came into the world and into their lives.

What Roz endures at the hands of this celebrity couple, who portray themselves on social media as having the perfect relationship and family life, is nothing short of petrifying. I was praying for Roz and her baby the whole time and I’m not sure I even breathed towards the end!

Just brilliant!

A story that’s likely to stay with me for a very long time to come.

Many thanks to the author and publisher for my ARC via Netgalley. I highly recommend!

Via AmazonUK

She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

OUT on 14th January 2020

happy reading 🙂


#WhenStarsWillShine #BookPromo #ShortStories in aid of #HelpForHeroes #OutNow Compiled by @emmamitchellfpr #HighlyRecommended

Do you have your copy of this awesome book yet?

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If not, why not?

You could be enjoying an excellent collection of short stories, written by an amazing bunch of talented authors, whilst also helping to raise vital funds for Help For Heroes! Everyone in this country, maybe even the world, should have a copy of this on their bookshelves. Just one copy per household and think how much money that would raise! It would be off the scale.

 I have a kindle copy and a paperback, because I’m greedy like that, but seriously people, you won’t regret clicking that buy now button. Go on, you know you want to…..

Still need convincing?

When Stars Will Shine

When Stars Will Shine is a collection of short stories from your favourite authors who have come together to deliver you a Christmas read with a twist.


With true war tales that will break your heart, gritty Christmas crimes that will shake you to your core, and heart-warming tales of love lost and found, this anthology has something for everyone. And, with every penny made being sent to support our troops, you can rest assured that you’re helping our heroes, one page at a time.


From authors such as Louise Jensen, Graham Smith, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Lucy Cameron, Val Portelli, and Alex Kane, you are in for one heck of a ride!

When Stars Will Shine is the perfect Christmas gift (or Birthday, Anniversary or just because) for the bookworms in your life!


If that still hasn’t persuaded you…..

A Note from Emma Mitchell:

As the blurb tells us, When Stars Will Shine is a multi-genre collection of Christmas-themed short stories compiled to raise money for our armed forces and every penny made from the sales of both the digital and paperback copies will be donated to the charity.

Working closely with Kate Noble at Noble Owl Proofreading and Amanda Ni Odhrain from Let’s Get Booked, I’ve been able to pick the best of the submissions to bring you a thrilling book which is perfect for dipping into at lunchtime or snuggling up with on a cold winter’s night. I have been completely blown away by the support we’ve received from the writing and blogging community, especially the authors who submitted stories and Shell Baker from Baker’s Not So Secret Blog, who has organised the cover reveal and blog tour.


There isn’t a person in the country who hasn’t benefited from the sacrifices our troops, past and present, have made for us and they all deserve our thanks.

It has been an honour working on these stories, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.


Full contents:


Fredrick Snellgrove, Private 23208 by Rob Ashman

Four Seasons by Robert Scragg

The Close Encounter by Gordon Bickerstaff

Believe by Mark Brownless

What Can Possibly Go Wrong? by Lucy Cameron

Mountain Dew by Paul T. Campbell

The Art of War and Peace by John Carson

A Gift for Christmas by Kris Egleton

Free Time by Stewart Giles

Died of Wounds by Malcolm Hollingdrake

The Christmas Killer by Louise Jensen

The Village Hotel by Alex Kane

A Present of Presence by HR Kemp

The Invitation by Billy McLaughlin

Brothers Forever by Paul Moore

Girl in a Red Shirt by Owen Mullen

Pivotal Moments by Anna Franklin Osborne

Uncle Christmas by Val Portelli

Time for a Barbeque by Carmen Radtke

Christmas Present by Lexi Rees

Inside Out by KA Richardson

Penance by Jane Risdon

New Year’s Resolution by Robert Scragg

Family Time by Graham Smith

When Stars Will Shine is available to in digital and paperback formats and on Kindle Unlimited.

For more information, please contact Emma Mitchell: emmamitchellfpr@gmail.com


#WhenStarsWillShine #HelpingOurHeroesOnePageAtATime with Emma Mitchell ~ Creating Perfection @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour #BookReview


happy reading 🙂


The Man Across The Street: An uplifting story of love and hope for 2020 (The Hope Street Series Book 1) by Marcie Steele @marcie_steele #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

Welcome to my stop on Marcie Steele’s fabulous blog tour for The Man Across the Street, with Book on the Bright Side Publicity! 🙂

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Marcie is back! WHOO HOO!!

I was SO excited to read The Man Across the Street and what an absolute joy of a read it has been! I cannot recommend highly enough!

Hannah is an instantly likeable character. Approaching her fortieth birthday and living on her own after losing her Mum, she works part time in her best friend’s hairdressers. She hasn’t had much luck in love. She hasn’t had much time to focus on herself at all as she has cared for her Mum for so long. So, when a handsome new fella moves into Hope Street, things start to get interesting!

Doug is an adorable character. I really wish my friend, Gayle, could meet a Doug! I loved him and loved how immediately taken he is with Hannah. I was routing for them from the very beginning.

I loved the friendship between Hannah and Phoebe also.

This is such a heart-warming love story. It isn’t without its drama though, which just makes it all the more entertaining. There are some fabulous characters in this story. Marcie Steele knows who to write people and the, often complicated, dynamics of relationships. These are easily relatable people, with real and relatable lives. I’m pretty sure we don’t have a Doug living in our street though!

If you enjoy a feel-good, romance then look no further. I certainly finished this story with a big smile on my face and I’m sure you will too.

I can’t wait for book two!


Many thanks to Marcie Steele for my review copy.

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Maybe I’m scared to be happy…

Meet Hannah – she’s been her mum’s sole carer since she was eighteen. Now alone after Martha’s sudden death, Hannah feels lost in the only place she’s known as home, Hope Street. Coming up to a milestone birthday, she’s wondering what her purpose in life is.

Meet Doug – a workaholic, he’s in the office from dusk ’til dawn, and when he has a heart attack. Now on the mend, he needs to de-stress his life and focus on living it, to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Doug moves to Hope Street, number 35. Hannah lives at number 34, directly opposite. From the moment they meet, there’s a spark.

But there are secrets too. Hannah’s mum has been keeping something from her, her sister left over twenty years ago, and there can’t be such a simple reason why Doug has moved to Somerley. Can there?

The Man Across the Street is the first of a new series by bestselling author, Marcie Steele. It features a host of characters living on Hope Street in the market town of Somerley, also featured in The Somerley Series. Each character will have their own standalone story in books to follow.

‘Marcie Steele writes with such down to earth warmth that you wish you could live in her stories. The Man Across the Street is no exception, full of characters that you’d love to be friends with.’ Tilly Tennant.

‘Love, secrets, intrigue, heartache. Find it all on Hope Street. An engaging tale of ordinary lives to warm you heart and restore your faith in mankind.’ Imogen Clark

If you love an uplifting story about new beginnings, then The Man Across The Street is the perfect read to curl up with. Fans of Hannah Ellis, Debbie Johnson and Emily Harvale will love this book.

Out now!

About the author…..

Marcie Steele

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I’m a romantic at heart and have always enjoyed writing about characters that fall in and out of love, have good friends to hang around with, and live in communities with great spirit.
I have written three books in The Somerley Series and the first in The Hope Street Series, The Man Across The Street.
I can often be found sitting in my favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on my laptop.

Twitter: @marcie_steele


Facebook: MarcieSteeleAuthor



happy reading 🙂


A Baker’s Dozen: Thirteen Short Stories – Dark Crust by Keith Bullock #BookReview

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A Baker’s Dozen is another five-star collection of short stories, by the very talented Keith Bullock. Having read and loved Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat I was very much looking forward to reading this new collection.


Flowers for Pablo

A moral dilemma. Did she, or didn’t she?


Food for Thought

A chilling tale where desperate times call for desperate measures.


My LM Diary

Heart-breaking and terrifying! Dementia must be so scary and frustrating. I work in a care home and would be mortified if our residents were treated with such disrespect and abuse. So sad.


Paris in the Spring

This made me cry and is my favourite story of the collection. Heart-breaking but beautiful.


Balancing the Books

A surprising ending. Very clever!


The Shipwreck

I can’t make my mind up how I feel about this story and I may be interpreting it completely wrong. As a Christian it made me feel a little uneasy. I’m used to many people seeing religion as the route of all evil. My personal opinion is that certain people using religion as an excuse for their despicable behaviour is the actual problem. Everyone has the right to their own beliefs and shouldn’t have others forced upon them.


The Year the Robots took Control

A terrifying thought!


The Seven Deadly Sins

The seven deadly sins portrayed as people gives them a whole new perspective. Very cleverly written.


Achilles’ Heel

A chilling tale of revenge.


A Cry in the Night

This actually gave me goosebumps!


Late Call

A seemingly hopeless situation, with a strong message for us all. Don’t give up so easily, give it time. There is always hope.


A Dickensian Tale

A thought-provoking tale. There is so much kindness in the world, and many happy endings, but there will always be others who need help.


A Commercial Venture

A shocking conclusion, but darkly amusing!


All in all, a unique, diverse and thoroughly enjoyable collection of stories which I will happily recommend to all.

I read the kindle version of A Baker’s Dozen but would like to take this opportunity again to thank Keith Bullock for sending me my very own signed paperback.

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‘A Baker’s Dozen’ is a collection of thirteen short stories, to be published at Christmas 2019, following the release on Amazon, one year ago, of the highly popular earlier collection: ‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’.The stories are a little darker than those in the first collection, covering such issues as: Alzheimer’s, Lost Love, Artificial Intelligence, Dystopian Futures, International Arms Dealing, Third World Poverty and the Impact of Early Colonialism.

happy reading 🙂

Keith Bullock

Keith Bullock

I grew up in a working class family in Birmingham. Thanks to my Mum, I was fed a weekly diet of comics and trips to the library and developed a lifelong love of stories and story-telling.
After being miserably misplaced in a technical school, I left with no qualifications and began working life at Cadbury Bros. Before too long, I took off with a guitar on my back, to see the world. It was the ‘swinging sixties’ and a little rock and folk music could always earn a dinner. For almost three years, I lived and worked in Iceland, Austria and Denmark and toured the rest of Europe in a beat up car.
A wonderful guy in Elsinore, Denmark, finally gave me a shaking and helped me through three ‘A’ levels which I took at the British Council, Copenhagen. The next five years were spent at the University of East Anglia, in the Scandinavian Studies Department and then it was marriage to a beautiful French girl (still my wife), three children and a career in Educational Management. I retired (early) as an Assistant Principal at Dudley College and began to write seriously.
An early success, a short story ‘Second Honeymoon’ was filmed by award-winning director, Kaush Patel and made the Cannes Film Festival (2008)
My first novel ‘Winning Ticket’ was published by Austin Macauley in 2017 and a second: ‘Beyond the Sad-faced Clown’ in 2018. Two short story collections followed, published on Amazon: ‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’ (2018) and ‘A Baker’s Dozen (2019). A new novel ‘Circuit’ will be released in January 2020, followed shortly after by a memoir ‘The Chocolate Soldier’.

#FlashbackFriday January 2020 with Heide Goody @HeideGoody , Iain Grant @IainMGrant , Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse , Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow , Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor , L J Ross @LJRoss_author , Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner & Marilyn Bennett #BookReview

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.

Please do join in, I’d love to see your posts! Don’t forget to share your link with us in the comments if you do.

Here are my reviews from January 2019 + links to previous FBFs…..

A Heart in the Right Place by @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant #BlogTour #BookReview & #Giveaway @rararesources

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The Idea Of You by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse #BookReview

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Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

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Beneath The Bay Bridge by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #ShortStory #BookReview

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Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 10) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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Eat Less by Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner @UrbaneBooks #JustEat #BlogTour #BookReview #NonFiction #Lovebooksgrouptours



Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett @mbennett_author #BookReview

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📚 #MyYearInBooks #2018 #BookReviews 📚


#FlashbackFriday with @LJRoss_author & @MishaHerwin #BookReviews


have you read any of the above?

Ryan’s Christmas: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 15) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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What a cleverly written tale this is. I have absolutely LOVED it!

I always know I’m in for a treat when there is a new DCI Ryan mystery to devour and Ryan’s Christmas has been no exception.

I’m always excited to find a new book by LJ Ross in my Kindle library 😊 This author is a genius. I honestly don’t know how she does it!

I loved the setting of this story. Stranded due to heavy snow and having to take refuge in a castle sounds so exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Given it’s a murder mystery I had expected things to get interesting, but I was totally blown away by what eventually unfolds.

Like I said, genius!

The banter between Ryan and Phillips is on form, particularly at the beginning of this book. I have to say that I laughed SO loud at the cow incident!! (It might just be me. LOL!) Phillips proper cracks me up, bless him. I love him. He’s the sweetest, funniest character, who just gets better with each book. This really did tickle me, and I was giggling to myself for ages. I think my husband thought I had lost the plot 😉

Ryan and Anna continue to remind me of me and my Steve. I love the romantic aspect of these books and an insight into the personal lives of these murder detectives. It makes them more real and relatable. Having read the series from the start, I do feel like I almost know these characters personally. I look forward to catching up with them all and I can’t wait for book 16!

Via AmazonUK



Christmas can be murder…


After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a stottie cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. Their Christmas spirit is soon tested when they’re forced to find shelter inside England’s most haunted castle, where they’re the uninvited guests at a ‘Candlelit Ghost Hunt’. It’s all fun and games—until one of the guests is murdered. It seems no mortal hand could have committed the crime, so Ryan and Co. must face the spectres living inside the castle walls to uncover the grisly truth, before another ghost joins their number…


Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.


“LJ Ross keeps company with the best mystery writers” – The Times


“A literary phenomenon” – Evening Chronicle


“LJ Ross is the Queen of Kindle” – Sunday Telegraph

happy reading 🙂


#MyYearInBooks #2019 #BookReviews

Looking for a good read?

You’re sure to find one (well, quite a few actually!) here…..

Granny with Benefits by Marilyn Bennett @mbennett_author #BookReview

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Eat Less by Jeremy and Georgina Jackson-Sytner @UrbaneBooks #JustEat #BlogTour #BookReview #NonFiction #Lovebooksgrouptours


Longstone: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 10) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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Beneath The Bay Bridge by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #ShortStory #BookReview

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Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

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The Idea Of You by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse #BookReview

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A Heart in the Right Place by @HeideGoody and @IainMGrant #BlogTour #BookReview & #Giveaway @rararesources

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#WhatHappensInFrance by Carol E Wyer @carolewyer #BlogTour #BookReview @canelo_co

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The Wife’s Secret by Caroline England @CazEngland #BookReview

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Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White (Illustrated by Gilli B ) #BlogTour #BookReview #ChildrensBook @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress #Lovebooksgrouptours #Charity

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Gravy Train by Tess Makovesky @tessmakovesky @ADRBooks #BookReview

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

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#TheGoodFriend by Jo Baldwin @jokbaldwin ‏@RedDoorBooks #BlogTour #BookReview

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The Secret Child (A DI Amy Winter Thriller Book 2) by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #BlogTour #BookReview #ThomasAndMercer

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My Sister Is Missing by Julia Barrett @Julia_Barrett_ #BlogTour #BookReview @RedDoorBooks

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Here And Gone by Haylen Beck @HaylenBeck #BookReview

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Who’s Sorry Now by Helene Fermont @helenefermont #ShortStories #Review @BOTBSPublicity

Who's Sorry Now

The Disgraceful Lord Gray (Mills & Boon Historical) (The King’s Elite, Book 3) by VirginiaHeath @VirginiaHeath_ #PublicationDayPush #BookReview & #Giveaway @rararesources

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In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #BlogTour #BookReview

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After Jessica by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

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Amazing Grace by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm #BlogTour #BookReview @HeraBooks @rararesources


The Lonely Hearts Crime Club by Tanya Bullock @TanyaBullock15 @Blackbird_Bks #BlogTour #BookReview


After The Funeral by Gillian Poucher @GillianPoucher #BlogTour #BookReview @RedDoorBooks

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#LettersToTheLost by Iona Grey @Iona_Grey Simon & Schuster @simonschuster #Netgalley #BookReview

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A Keeper by Graham Norton #Audible #BookReview @HodderBooks

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Bridge of Lies (Adventures of Letty Parker Book 2) by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin @penkhullpress #BookReview

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Hitman Sam by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk #BlogTour with #BookOnTheBrightSide @BOTBSPublicity #BookReview

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The Peacock Room by @MerrynCorcoran @RedDoorBooks #BookReview

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Spices and Seasons, Simple Sustainable Indian Flavors by Rinku Bhattacharya @Wchestermasala #BlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources


Tuscan Enchantment by Kate Zarrelli @katmezzacappa #BookReview @rararesources

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Crikey a Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 #BookReview @rararesources

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Not My Brother’s Keeper by Colette McCormick @colettemcauthor @AccentPress #BlogTour #BookReview

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#TheBestOfCrimes by K.C. Maher @kcmaher3 with RedDoor Publishing @RedDoorBooks #BlogTour #BookReview

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#TickTock (DS Grace Allendale Series Book 2) by Mel Sherratt @writermels @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour #BookReview

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#TheFriendWhoLied by @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

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#InstantIndian by Rinku Bhattacharya @Wchestermasala #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

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#TheGlitteringHour by @Iona_Grey #BookReview #Netgalley

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What Lies Around Us by Andrew Crofts @RedDoorBooks #BookReview

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The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama): An Audible Original Drama by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview @audibleuk

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Practicing Normal by Cara Sue Achterberg @CaraAchterberg #BookReview #Netgalley

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31 Days Of Wonder by #TomWinter @CorsairBooks @LittleBrownUK #BookReview #Netgalley

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#AnotherShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

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The Silver Wolf (James Ryker Book 3) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor #BookReview

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The Determined Lord Hadleigh by VirginiaHeath @VirginiaHeath_ #PublicationDayPush #BookReview @rararesources

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#TheGreenViper (James Ryker Book 4) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook

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The White Scorpion (James Ryker Book 5) by Rob Sinclair @RSinclairAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

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#ManipulatedLives by @HALeuschel #BlogTour #BookReview @rararesources

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#YouBelongToMe by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview

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#AnExtraShot by Stephen Anthony Brotherton @FreddieJoJo1 #MiniBlogBlitz #BookReview @rararesources

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#Torment by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BlogBlitz #BookReview

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#TheMoor by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #DCIRyanMysteries #Book12 #BookReview

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#Resthaven by Erik Therme @ErikTherme #Audible #BookReview


Penshaw: A DCI Ryan Mystery (The DCI Ryan Mysteries Book 13) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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#DeadInside by Noelle Holten @nholten40 #BlogTour #BookReview @KillerReads @BOTBSPublicity

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#TheArtOfHiding by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse #BookReview #Netgalley

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Stains of Suspicion by Alison Lingwood #BookReview

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The Calibre Of Death (A DCI Timothy mystery, Book 5) by Alison Lingwood #BookReview

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The Humundo Sorterium by Daniel Thompson (Author) @AuthorDThompson & Connor Edwards (Illustrator) #BookReview

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The Rising Storm (Paradigm Trilogy Book 1) by Ceri A. Lowe @cerilowepetrask #BookReview @MorecambeVice #CrimeWritingFestival #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity

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The Walls by Hollie Overton @hollieoverton #BookReview #Netgalley

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


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

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Imposter by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund #BookReview #Netgalley

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Hysteria: An Alexander Gregory Thriller (The Alexander Gregory Thrillers Book 2) by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview

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#WhenStarsWillShine #HelpingOurHeroesOnePageAtATime with Emma Mitchell ~ Creating Perfection @emmamitchellfpr #BlogTour #BookReview

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The Garden on Sparrow Street: A heartwarming, uplifting Christmas romance by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BookReview

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#MyYearInBooks #Goodreads #2019

Happy New Year & happy reading in 2020! 🙂