The Sister by Louise Jensen

Publisher: Bookouture (5th July 2016)

5/5*

I knew I was on to a winner with The Sister as it’s published by Bookouture and they have some fabulous authors! Louise Jensen is no exception. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel.

Grace has been struggling since Charlie died. They had been best friends since school. I really felt for Grace because I know I’d be devastated in the same situation. Being accused, by her mother, of causing her death and having no idea why only adds to her heart-break.

Everyone reacts to and deals with grief differently.

Grace seems to just be going through the motions of life, finding no joy in anything, and her relationship with Dan has been suffering as a result. Dan starts to stay out late more often, getting drunk, and is acting differently, but Grace has no idea what he’s hiding or if she’s just being paranoid.

When they were teenagers, Grace and Charlie make a memory box and bury it agreeing to only open it together in years to come. With Charlie gone Grace has no choice but to open it alone. She thought she knew Charlie inside out, but it appears not.

‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me……’ What did Charlie do that was so terrible?

Grace and Dan start a campaign to find Charlie’s father, something Charlie was keen to pursue once turning 18. A girl called Anna gets in touch claiming to be Charlie’s half-sister. Anna and Grace soon become close and Grace finds comfort in her being part of Charlie. However, it soon became obvious that something isn’t quite right with Anna.

I had no idea what was going on with this story, for the most part, which is why I loved it! Each chapter left me wanting to know more. It is full of suspense, brilliantly written with great characters and a shocking twist. A must read for all psychological thriller fans!

Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley. I am more than happy to recommend The Sister.

Description:

‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …’

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words the last time she saw her, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear that there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.

But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie … Or was there?

A compelling, gripping psychological thriller perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go and The Girl With No Past.

You can buy your copy here – The Sister by Louise Jensen

About the author:

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat. The Sister is Louise’s debut novel.

Louise loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at http://www.louisejensen.co.uk, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

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

Welcome to my stop on Julia Barrett’s My Sister Is Missing blog tour with RedDoor Publishing!

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My Sister Is Missing is a gripping, highly emotional psychological thriller. Julia Barrett had me from the very first page and I found the whole story completely compelling.

Sisters Steph and Jess share a close relationship. They were both brought up by their mother after their father left when Jess was just five years old. However, they experienced very different childhoods from that moment on, despite living in the same house. Steph enjoyed a close relationship with her mother whereas Jess suffered abuse and neglect at her hands. We know that Jess blames herself for her father leaving, her mother blamed her too, but we don’t really know why for quite some time and the suspense is palpable throughout the story.

The story begins with Steph becoming a new mother to daughter Natalie. She has a dreadful secret she needs to keep from her husband, Adam, though. She believes he might not be the father of her daughter and she is convinced he will leave her or, worse, take Natalie away from her if he finds out the truth. So she disappears.

Naturally Adam and Jess are out of their minds with worry and a missing persons investigation is opened. Steph is high priority given that she has a newborn with her. This is an extremely tense part of the story. I could feel the panic rising as each hour passed and was praying they would both be found safe.

During the time Steph is missing Jess senses something off about Adam, more than worry about his wife and daughter, but she can’t put her finger on it. He is acting quite strangely and when we learn the truth his behaviour makes perfect sense.

Jess is also battling her own demons regarding her past and I became more and more intrigued with each page read.

Julia Barrett has created a very believable family who could just as easily be living next door. I think Steph’s struggle with her post-natal mental health is handled with honesty and sensitivity. I’m sure this story will help to raise awareness.

Jess’s story is quite heart-breaking and I loved that she finally confided in Matt.

Adam’s story is quite devastating. I did really feel for him.

This book highlights the fact that despite what we might face throughout our lives, things can always get better and we can move on from the past with the support of those we love, especially when we are open and honest with each other.

It is a must read for any psychological thriller fan and for those who enjoy a good police procedural. I highly recommend.

Many thanks to Anna at RedDoor Publishing for my ARC and for the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.

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My Sister Is Missing author, Julia Barrett

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Big Sister by Gunnar Staalesen #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @annecater

BIG SISTER

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GUNNAR STAALESEN

Translated by DON BARTLETT

‘Staalesen continually reminds us why he is one of the finest of Nordic novelists’ Barry Forshaw, Financial Times

PI Varg Veum receives a surprise visit in his office from a woman who introduces herself as his half-sister, and she has a job for him. Her god-daughter, a nineteen-year-old trainee nurse from Haugesund, moved from her bedsit in Bergen two weeks ago. Since then no one has heard anything from her. She didn’t leave an address. She doesn’t answer her phone. And the police refuse to take her case seriously. Veum’s investigation uncovers a series of carefully covered-up crimes and pent-up hatreds, and the trail leads to a gang of extreme bikers and to a shadowy group, whose dark actions are hidden by the anonymity of the Internet. And then things get personal… Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Big Sister reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world’s foremost thriller writers.

‘Chilling and perilous…’ The Sunday Times

‘Chandler with a Nordic twist’ Wall Street Journal

‘There is something dark and haunting about this novel that will test every sinew of your emotions’ Last Word Book Review

Many thanks to Anne Cater for arranging the following interview…..

Interview with Gunnar Staalesen…..

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

My name is Gunnar Staalesen. I was born in Bergen, Norway, almost 71 years ago, and I have been a writer since I was 17. My first book, a novel, was published when I was 22. I am best known as the writer of a detective series about the Bergen PI Varg Veum, but I have written many plays and a huge trilogy about Bergen, Europe and the world in the 20th century. I have just finished my 19th book in the series about Varg Veum, to be published in Norway in September – and in the UK next year! My 18th Varg Veum novel, Big Sister, is my latest title to be published in UK – by Orenda Books and the formidable Karen Sullivan.

 

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I get my ideas from reading at least four newspapers every day, following the news on the radio or TV, listening to stories people tell me, and reading other writers’ books, watching films, going to the theatre … The ideas come from all these places.

 

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

Well, I guess some people might think they can recognise some of the characters in my books, but only, I think, because of the ways they look or behave. My characters come from my own head, and are only very loosely based on people I have met.

 

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I research place names in Norway, such as those of old farms, which are often the origins of many family names we use in our country. Then I find a first name that matches the family name and that is not too difficult to remember. I often change the names of my characters several times during the writing process.

 

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

I start with an idea – a sketch. Then I write down a short synopsis and perhaps a list of who might be the central characters in the book. After that I start writing, more or less from chapter one and then move chronologically through the book. After the first version, my editor reads the script and gives me his or her comments, and then I rewrite the entire book once more. After that there are perhaps further comments, but nothing that means rewriting the script a third time. I take somewhere between six and nine months to write a new book.

 

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Well, I have many more than five, so it’s difficult to pick my favourites. In terms of crime fiction, I will choose Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar and the writing couple Sjöwall & Wahlöö.

 

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

I would like to have a good chat with the married couple Ross Macdonald and Margaret Millar; I guess we would discuss how to create a good plot. I actually met Margaret Millar once, in the late 1980s when she came as a tourist to Norway, but we did not have time to get into the details of writing crime fiction.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

Oh yes!

 

When did you start to write?

I started to write for fun when I was around 12, but began working seriously, with the ambition of becoming a real writer, from the age of 17.

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

Out of the question, I believe. What is done is done. What is written is written.

 

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Hamlet is not a book, but I would have loved to have written it. The same for the most of the works of the writers mentioned above.

 

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

All Fiction.

 

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

I would go to the closest bar and share a couple of gimlets with Philip Marlowe. Coffee would come afterwards.

 

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I have an herb garden at my cottage north of Bergen.

 

What are you working on right now?

I just finished my new book, Utenfor er hundene. The UK title will be Wolves at the Door.

 

Tell us about your last release?

Big Sister is an important novel in the Varg Veum series. Veum family secrets are uncovered, and Varg is seriously challenged when a half-sister he hasn’t previously met comes to his office and tells him who she is and why she is there.

 

Do you have a new release due?

As mentioned just above.

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I take my wife out for a good meal. There have been many of them over the years, as I have published more than 30 books in all – closer to 40, in fact.

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Follow my website, www.vargveum.no. Most of it is in Norwegian though. The best way to keep in touch with a writer is to read his books, I believe.

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

No thanks. I keep my secrets for myself.

 

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

Gunnar Staalesen

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over five million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim, and a further series is being filmed now. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour) and the Petrona Award, and been shortlisted for the CWA Dagger, lives in Bergen with his wife.

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#CoverReveal #TheSilentSister by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture

I am thrilled to be joining in with the cover reveal for Shalini Boland’s upcoming release, The Silent Sister! 🙂

THE SILENT SISTER by Shalini Boland – publishing on 16th July 


She used to be your best friend. Now she’s your worst enemy.

When Lizzy Beresford discovers a threatening letter addressed to her, the words on the old, tattered paper chill her to the bone. But who sent it? Living in pretty cottage in a quiet country village, Lizzy’s never made any enemies in her life…

Except her sister.

Lizzy hasn’t spoken to Emma in years. Not since the argument which tore their relationship apart. Would her sister really want to cause her harm after all this time?

As Lizzy receives more disturbing messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her best friend, her neighbours.

Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her. And after a series of malicious incidents, it’s clear they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed her life.

Lizzy knows she must confront her sister. But can she trust her? And will she realise the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly addictive psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist and will make you question everyone you know. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

The Silent Sister cover

Pre-order here…..

 

About the author: 

Shalini Boland


Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).


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#TheSister @Fab_fiction @bookouture @thecrimevault @littlebookcafe #BookReview #PaperbackRelease

Today I am thrilled to be re-blogging my review of The Sister, to celebrate the release of the paperback copy!

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The Sister will be available in Asda, Sainsbury’s and WH Smith from today (24th August) and in Tesco from September 7th.

Congratulations Louise Jensen 🙂

Here’s my review (originally published on 19th July 2016)…..

I knew I was on to a winner with The Sister as it’s published by Bookouture and they have some fabulous authors! Louise Jensen is no exception. It’s hard to believe this is a debut novel.

Grace has been struggling since Charlie died. They had been best friends since school. I really felt for Grace because I know I’d be devastated in the same situation. Being accused, by her mother, of causing her death and having no idea why only adds to her heart-break.

Everyone reacts to and deals with grief differently.

Grace seems to just be going through the motions of life, finding no joy in anything, and her relationship with Dan has been suffering as a result. Dan starts to stay out late more often, getting drunk, and is acting differently, but Grace has no idea what he’s hiding or if she’s just being paranoid.

When they were teenagers, Grace and Charlie make a memory box and bury it agreeing to only open it together in years to come. With Charlie gone Grace has no choice but to open it alone. She thought she knew Charlie inside out, but it appears not.

‘I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me……’ What did Charlie do that was so terrible?

Grace and Dan start a campaign to find Charlie’s father, something Charlie was keen to pursue once turning 18. A girl called Anna gets in touch claiming to be Charlie’s half-sister. Anna and Grace soon become close and Grace finds comfort in her being part of Charlie. However, it soon became obvious that something isn’t quite right with Anna.

I had no idea what was going on with this story, for the most part, which is why I loved it! Each chapter left me wanting to know more. It is full of suspense, brilliantly written with great characters and a shocking twist. A must read for all psychological thriller fans!

Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley. I am more than happy to recommend The Sister.

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Now go find yourself a copy and enjoy!

 

Two Sisters #BlogTour #BookReview @kerrywk @bookouture

I am thrilled to be joining in with Kerry Wilkinson’s Two Sisters blog tour! 🙂 

Mine is one of the last two posts, sharing my day with the very lovely Sarah at By The Letter Book Reviews. Make sure you catch up with the others posts, if you haven’t already…..

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Thanks to Kim Nash, at Bookouture , for the opportunity to take part.

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TWO SISTERS by Kerry Wilkinson
UK 🇬🇧 http://amzn.to/2pZjCXk
US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2oH4YCO

They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.

Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.

A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.

Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.

Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.

‘Z’ is all it read.

Z for Zac.

A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, Sue Fortin and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.

My review…..

This is the first book I’ve read by Kerry Wilkinson, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last.

Two Sisters follows the story of Megan and Chloe who have returned to Whitecliff, to a cottage they now own since the sudden death of their parents in a car crash. They weren’t particularly close to their parents, having been sent away to boarding school. They don’t know each other that well, as they always went to different schools, but they are all each other has now and Megan (being the oldest) is very protective of Chloe. Their brother went missing 10 years previously and is presumed dead, but they want answers. Or, at least, Megan wants answers and she knows the people of Whitecliff must know something. However, their presence in the village and the questions Megan asks of the locals just seems to unnerve everyone. Why is everyone acting like they’ve forgotten Zak? 10 years is a long time, but surely such a small community would remember such a tragedy.

Megan isn’t the most likeable of characters. She doesn’t go out of her way to make friends and/or be particularly nice to people. She’s very blunt and a bit standoffish, but she has problems. She has an eating disorder. She is very aware of how she is, but can do nothing to stop her behaviour. She seems to relish the control she has over food. She doesn’t seem to see much pleasure in life. I did warm to her though.

Chloe is the complete opposite. A typically happy-go-lucky teenager, happy to make the most of a week at the beach. She’s less inclined to push people about Zak. She seems to just want to move on.

The people of Whitecliff seem a bit dodgy in general, with the exception of a few, including Arthur. People obviously know more than they’re letting on and Megan isn’t prepared to let it drop and I found myself as determined as her to find out what happened. I could totally understand her need for the truth as I couldn’t cope with the not knowing either.

The truth is just shocking! The end left me totally gobsmacked! Brilliant!

If you like a good psychological thriller with an interesting mix of characters, and plenty of suspense, then you will love this book.

Many thanks, as always, to Bookouture for my auto-approval status on Netgalley and to Kim Nash for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.

About the author…..

Kerry Wilkinson

Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.

He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.

www.kerrywilkinson.com

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Coming Home to Hope Street (The Hope Street Series Book 2) by Marcie Steele @writermels #BlogTour #BookReview @BOTBSPublicity

Happy Publication Day, Marcie Steele!

Coming Home to Hope Street

(The Hope Street Series Book 2)

Marcie Steele

(Review written on 11th September 2020)

If you’re looking for a book that will leave you with a smile on your face, then look no further. Coming Home to Hope Street is a beautifully written, feel good story which has certainly cheered me up massively over the last couple of days.

It has been lovely catching up with some of the characters from book one in this series, The Man Across the Street (which I LOVED!), as well as getting to know some lovely new characters (and some not so lovely!).

This book is centred around Livvy, who left Hope Street twenty years previously as a young lady desperate for the freedom of a big city. Her life in Manchester has been far from rosy though and she returns to Hope Street, feeling like she has no other choice, in the hope that her sister, Hannah, will welcome her back. On the surface of things it seems a bit of a cheek considering she left Hannah with the responsibility of caring for their mother and didn’t even bother to stay in touch so it’s easy to understand some people’s cynicism. However, there is always two sides to a story and it’s soon apparent that Livvy has hardly been living the high life.

I have loved pretty much everything about this book.

I especially love the sense of community in Somerley. I think many communities lack that these days, which is sad. I love how the residents of Hope Street look out for each other.

I loved seeing Hannah rebuild her relationship with Livvy after such a long time apart and also how she welcomes her 15-year-old niece, who she had never met before, with open arms. Hannah is quite the inspirational character. I love that her relationship with Doug is going from strength to strength also.

Pip is a lovely character, despite her tantrums. Typical Daddy’s girl, until she’s trusted with the truth.

I’m extremely envious of Hannah realising her dream and opening her own book shop, right next door to The Coffee Stop. LOVE it! It’s lovely to see her so happy after everything she’s been through.

I don’t watch soaps, but I get the comparison here. This book is full of lovable characters who have their fair share of drama and heartache, but also enjoy each other’s friendship and neighbourly support through the rough times as well as the good. It tackles issues such as addiction and emotional abuse sensitively.

Its focus is people, their relationships with each other and the town they live in and I love it! I’m sure you will too!

Many thanks to Marcie Steele (AKA Mel Sherratt) and Sarah Hardy at Book On The Bright Side Publicity for my review copy. I will happily recommend to all!

Blurb….

Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings.



Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.



Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?



It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.



But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?



If you love an uplifting story, then Coming Home to Hope Street is the perfect feel-good read to curl up with. Ideal for fans of Hannah Ellis, Holly Martin and Emily Harvale.



Also available in The Hope Street Series


The Man Across the Street (Book 1)



Also available by Marcie Steele


Stirred with Love (Book 1, The Somerley Series)


Secrets, Lies & Love (Book 2, The Somerley Series)


Second Chances at Love (Book 3, The Somerley Series)

Buy now!

Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has 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. 

She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.

You can find more about Marcie Steele on Mel Sherratt’s website www.melsherratt.co.uk  at Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels and at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelSherrattauthor/

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Coming Home to Hope Street: An uplifting story of new beginnings, love and hope (The Hope Street Series Book 2) by Marcie Steele @writermels #CoverReveal @BOTBSPublicity

Step across the cobblestones, pull back the curtains and peek behind the doors in the second instalment of The Hope Street Series. Catch up with old friends and fall in love with new ones in a story of friendship, second chances and new beginnings. 

Livvy has no choice but to return to Hope Street, the childhood home she left over twenty years ago. Along with her sixteen-year-old daughter, Pip, she turns up on the doorstep, hoping for forgiveness from her sister.

Hannah thought she’d never see Livvy again. She’s overwhelmed with emotion but locks away her real feelings. How could Livvy stay away without any contact? And why has she come back now?

It isn’t long before the charm of the market town of Somerley begins to work its magic. Hannah is opening a book shop in the square, adjoining The Coffee Stop, and Livvy’s offer to help out brings the sisters closer together.

But when someone from Livvy’s past arrives unannounced too, he threatens everything she’s built up since her return. Can Livvy convince her sister, and her new friends, that her intentions to return were good ones? Or will her dreams of settling down and being happy again become nothing but a closed book?  

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Pre-order now….

Marcie Steele is the pen name of Mel Sherratt. For as long as she can remember, she’s been a meddler of words. Born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, she’s a romantic at heart and has 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. 

She can often be found sitting in her favourite coffee shop, sipping a cappuccino and eating a chocolate chip cookie, either catching up with friends or writing on her laptop. Whether she writes crime or women’s fiction, she loves making up things for a living.

You can find more about Marcie Steele on Mel Sherratt’s website www.melsherratt.co.uk  at Twitter:  https://twitter.com/writermels and at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MelSherrattauthor/

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#Author KT King @KTKINGbooks Raising awareness for National ME Awareness Week, May 12th #BookPromo

I am delighted to welcome KT King back to Chat About Books today! The aim is to raise awareness for National ME Awareness week – May 12th as well as promote Little Eden Book Two 🙂

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#Interview with #author KT King @KTKINGbooks #LittleEden

Author KT King

KT King

Raising awareness for National ME Awareness Week May 12th

 

Imagine if the self-isolation and social distancing you have been experiencing these last few weeks was going to continue for the rest of your life?
That’s right, for the rest of your life – without let up, without reprieve, without end.
On top of being stuck inside, unable to shop, see your friends, go on holidays, go to the pub, a café or the supermarket, you feel as if you have the flu 24/7. Your body won’t function. Everything aches. You find even the smallest tasks, like taking a shower, cooking a meal or reading a chapter in a book take all your energy.
Millions suffer from this misunderstood illness worldwide but there is little research and no known cause or cure. The World Health Organisation has registered it as an epidemic but governments are still not helping those affected.
It can happen to anyone at any age.
Living in isolation, often bed and housebound, without an income or state support, without medical help or carers, sufferers of ME are forgotten by society and rely on family charity to survive.
When you return to normal, we will still be in in lockdown without hope.

KT King has suffered for over 27 years with the chronic and invisible disability called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is trying to help raise awareness for this terrible, debilitating and life destroying disease.
The main heroine of Little Eden, Sophie Lawrence, also suffers with CFS but she is still a heroine none the less.

You can follow the global campaign called MillionsMissing and/or KTKing on Twitter.
http://bit.ly/KTKingTwitter
For more information please visit the ME
Association website https://www.meassociation.org.uk/about-what-is-mecfs/

A bit about the author KT King

Many may wonder how I can write novels if I have ME/CFS. I am able to write when I don’t need to do anything else. The fluctuation of the illness baffles everyone as does the resolve of those with it to battle on trying to make a living. I lost my home, my income and my independence in 2012 coming back to live with my elderly parents on whom I now rely for physical daily help and financial support. By age 40 I had lost the battle with ME.
Writing too much gives me migraines so I can only write a few days a week for about an hour at a time on what is called ‘a good day’. I write through chronic pain and fatigue but it keeps me alive and it keeps me sane.
Mental and emotional health deteriorate for all of us because we can rarely socialise or see friends. We feel we have no purpose or usefulness and many of us are in terrible pain 24/7 with Fibromyalgia which often accompanies ME.
We can either give up or we can try to do something even if it’s just a little thing on ‘a good day’.
Becoming a published writer is a lifelong dream come true and escaping into Little Eden helps keep the suicidal thoughts at bay. I hope it’ll be a beautiful escape place for you too. One of the main things readers say is that they would love to live in Little Eden which makes it all seem worthwhile!
I’m an indie author, using my savings from before 2012 to publish. I can’t meet deadlines of publishers or do the usual sales promotions.
I can spend months, even years unable to get out of bed so I need all the help I can get spreading the word about my books, especially from kind book bloggers like Kerry.

I find crafting is good for mental and emotional health so when I can I make handmade jewellery to give to friends and to sell in my Etsy shop where all the gifts inspired by Little Eden. I rarely have the energy to bake but now and again I manage to make a cake or some cookies! Some of my recipes have made their way into the novels.

Come and browse in my little Etsy shop http://bit.ly/KTKingShop

Little Eden, Another Magic Book, Book Two

The story continues…

2012. Little Eden, London, England.
The beautiful sanctuary town of Little Eden is still under threat of sale and demolition.
The friends must re-awaken the past to change the future. But when the spirit world comes closer to help them, there is a price to pay that no one could foresee.

Reviews

Book Two has just come out so here is the very first review of Book Two by unseenwritings…

I loved reading Little Eden so much that I couldn’t put it down…It felt like KT was weaving a beautiful tapestry of magic rather than writing a novel…I enjoyed the mix of all types of spirituality and loved the way ME/CFS was presented. This book deserves all of the stars. Five just isn’t enough…

What readers are saying about Book One…
Magical…My heart is singing…Cosy and delicious….I literally couldn’t put it down…Quirky…Thrilling… Captivating…Enchanting characters…A rollercoaster ride…I was always on tenterhooks…Charming…
A great escape…I opened it and blue sparkles flew out…It really is a magic book…

To purchase Book One and Two as Kindle or paperback just click on my linktree https://linktr.ee/ktkingbooks

Little Eden Books thrillingly combine the supernatural and spirituality in a magical mystery set in the cosy, idyllic and ancient sanctuary town of Little Eden. The hero, Robert Bartlett-Hart, goes on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment with the help of his friends and plenty of tea and cake! The novels are a comical yet genuine look at the spirit world based on the work of psychic, healer and ascension coach, KT King.

Excerpt from Book Two

Chapter 8
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Thunder rumbled over the Sainte Chappelle. As she became aware of her surroundings, Sophie was overwhelmed by the scent of damp earth and fresh roses. Oh crap, she thought. I’m in another time portal. Wake up before something horrible happens! But Sophie didn’t wake up…
Five nuns stood, like sentinels, gazing into the stone font in silent prayer. An ivory talisman, carved with the scene of the crucifixion, shimmered beneath the holy waters. In the shadows Sophie couldn’t quite make out the faces of the sisters. She wondered if they were the ones in the photograph, or perhaps they were the saints from her vision dream, but she had a strong feeling this was a different time in history. A bolt of lightning flashed through the cobalt blue windows illuminating the hallowed scene with an unearthly aura. The nuns were unsettled and on edge. Sophie had an uneasy feeling that there was something clandestine about their gathering.
“There will come a time when Little Eden is under threat of being raised to the ground,” Mother Superior said softly to the others. “Not from plague, not from fire and not even from the Kings men, but from the Devil himself.”
A deafening thunder clap rumbled directly overhead and a flare of lightening was hard on its heels, flashing midnight blue, wildly through the Chappelle. The nuns crossed themselves. “The true faith is lost here in England,” Mother Superior continued. “Jesus Christ has replaced the protection of the Holy Mother. The spells of the crucifixion are used to perpetuate the evil men do. They build a false Heaven in the astral realms and it will be too late for those who follow the counterfeit God – they will find themselves trapped in an alternate spirit world instead of released into the arms of the Angels.”
The other nuns tried not to appear frightened, but as another thunderous roar rolled ominously overhead, a sharp fork of lighting pierced the gloom, and the fresco above them was thrown into sharp relief. The face of Jesus loomed down upon them from his cross – watching them with an evil eye. “One sacrifice to end all sacrifices,” one of the nuns muttered.
“If we deny our own sacrifices and follow blindly the King’s priests, we will never find our own way. The responsibility for our soul remains in our own hands, now and forever,” Mother Superior said as she rolled up the wide sleeve of her habit and plunged her hand into the icy water. She pushed aside the ivory plaque and delved deeper into the font. Pulling a leather bag out from the concealed central hole, she shook the water from it and placed it on the stone rim. “Even in our own church, if we do not have the courage to look the Devil in the eye, we will never see the truth,” she said. Thunder boomed as if it were in the room with them – rattling the towering glass and shaking the pillars. The full force of the following lightening fired up the Chappelle with an incandescent blue flame.
They all gasped in fright, including Sophie!

To buy your copies click here: https://linktr.ee/ktkingbooks

Both novels have recipes at the back based on the delectable delicacies served in the No.1 Daisy Place Café-Bookshop such as Strawberry and Cream Shortbreads, Late Night Cheesecake and Over the Rainbow Cake. The Ebooks have wiki-links and links to Utube for the soundtrack. You can find everything Little Eden on KT’s Blog http://www.ktkingbooks.wordpress.co.uk

Look out for…Little Eden, Book Three, Haunted or Not…

Available (hopefully) 2021

happy reading 🙂

 

The Text: A short story by Claire Douglas @Dougieclaire #BookReview

The Text cover

Wow! This might only be 40 pages long, but it doesn’t half pack a punch! I have read, and loved, Claire Douglas’ books before so I know what a brilliant writer she is and I knew I’d be in for a treat. If you’re looking for a short story to lose yourself in for a hour then you won’t go far wrong with this one.

Emily sends a rushed text to her boyfriend, whilst extremely annoyed with her boss, and doesn’t bother to check it before sending. Unfortunately for Emily she sends it to the wrong recipients and it contains a very unfortunate typo! The next morning brings very bad news and the police knocking at her door.

This is an excellent little crime thriller which makes you suspect everyone and question everything. It also goes to show how important proofreading is! And the moral of the story – be careful what you wish for.

Brilliant! I highly recommend.

It is actually FREE on kindle (true at the time of posting – 23rd December 2018).

Enjoy!

 

 

Via AmazonUK…..

**A new short story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Local Girl Missing and Last Seen Alive. Her newest novel, Do Not Disturb, is out now!**

A single text changed her life. Did it end his?

Emily Latimer is furious. Her boss Andrew is being so unreasonable, as always. She fires off a text to her boyfriend, only in her haste she sends it to her whole office group.

In it she says Andrew’s being difficult about letting her have time off work. That she is angry. That she hopes he dies. The next day her face burns in the office. No one believes her when she says it was a typo, she meant to say does. She hopes he does.

It’s a nightmare. But it gets worse – Andrew doesn’t turn up for work. And then the police come knocking. Because Andrew Burton has been murdered . . .

About the author…..

Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.

Her subsequent novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE both reached the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list and are published in over fifteen countries. Her fourth thriller, DO NOT DISTURB is due for release in August 2018.

You can find Claire on Twitter at @DougieClaire, instagram as clairedouglasauthor or visit her Facebook page clairedouglasauthor.

Claire Douglas’ Amazon Author Page

Happy reading 🙂