#CoverReveal! Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @rararesources

You should be well aware by now that TWG LOVES a cover reveal! I am delighted to be revealing the cover for Rosie Green’s upcoming delight, ‘Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’. It’s a beauty.

You ready to see it?!?

The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.

Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

See what I mean?! You can pre-order your copy now from Amazon! (Will be published on the 15th November)

About the author.

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling (@keelingflorence) @rararesources

I love this cover! Today I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from Florence Keeling’s – Reflected Destinies. Enjoy!

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London.  But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny.  But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

Buy now!

Extract

When I was writing Reflected Destines, one of the most important aspects was the mirror.  Here Laura encounters it for the very first time.

They were at the front of the house now, just one room left which they assumed would be the master bedroom.  All the doors on all the rooms were either open or non-existent but this room was different, the door to this room was shut.

“I don’t think I want to go in.”  Beth backed away as Laura tried the metal handle.  It turned with a little squeak and Laura opened the door just a fraction.  

“There’s something in there.”  Laura opened the door wider and stepped in.  “It’s got a sheet over it.”  

“Laura?”  Beth edged further away.  “Come back.  I don’t like it.”  But Laura wasn’t listening, she wanted to know what was under the sheet.  She wanted to know why all the other rooms were empty except for this one.

She was right in front of it now.  Its outline was slightly taller than her and about a foot wide.

“I think it’s a mirror,” she called back to Beth as she pulled the sheet slowly down, but Beth didn’t answer, she’d already gone to wait with Lucy.

The sheet slid off to prove Laura right, it was a mirror with a beautifully carved frame surrounding the almost perfect glass.  Laura let her hands move over the frame feeling the intricate design.

“You always loved that mirror.”  A man’s quiet voice from behind her froze Laura to the spot.  She looked in the mirror and jumped at the sight.  A very frail looking old man stood in the reflection.  He had neatly combed white hair, was dressed smartly in a full suit and tie, and leaned heavily on a cane.  He was holding what appeared to be a piece of paper in his hand.  “You look so beautiful.  Just how I pictured you would.”  He held out the paper for her.  She turned slowly and stepped a little way towards him.  She wanted to speak but found her voice had failed her.  She felt terrified yet strangely intrigued.  

Tentatively she took the paper from his hand and instinctively moved away from him towards the door.  The moon was shining into the room from a window on the landing and Laura could see a faded old photograph of a girl standing in a pretty ball gown, yet the photograph was in colour.  Recognition suddenly dawned on her and she dropped the photo as if it was a piece of hot coal. “

About the author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

 

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#CoverReveal – Isolation Junction by Jennifer Gilmour (@jenlgilmour) @RaRaResources

Weekly Wrap Up! (1)
I have a very, VERY pretty cover reveal for you this evening! Some of you may be looking at the book title thinking, ‘isn’t this book already released?’ and you would be absolutely correct. However, the author, Jennifer Gilmour, has decided to give the cover a little bit of a revamp. I have to say that I much prefer this one to the previous one – let me know what you think!

Here is the newly revamped cover for ‘Isolation Junction’ by Jennifer Gilmour:

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Rose is the mother of two young children, and finds herself living a robotic life with an abusive and controlling husband. While she struggles to maintain a calm front for the sake of her children, inside Rose is dying and trapped in ‘Isolation Junction’.
She runs an online business from home, because Darren won’t let her work outside the house.

Through this, she meets other mums and finds courage to attend networking events, while Darren is at work, to promote her business.

It’s at one of these events that Rose meets Tim, a sympathetic, dark-haired stranger who unwittingly becomes an important part of her survival.

After years of emotional abuse, of doubting her future and losing all self-confidence, Rose takes a stand. Finding herself distraught, alone and helpless, Rose wonders how she’ll ever escape with her sanity and her children. With 100 reasons to leave and 1,000 reasons she can’t, will she be able to do it?

Will Tim help her? Will Rose find peace and the happiness she deserves? Can Rose break free from this spiraling life she so desperately wants to change?

See what I mean? Isn’t it pretty?!

The new version of ‘Isolation Junction’ will be available to buy from the 22nd October. You can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon UK & Amazon US

About the author.

Born in the North East, I am a young, married mum with three children. I assist in running a family business from my home-base and I have a large readership of other young mums in business for my blog posts.

From an early age I have had a passion for writing and have been gathering ideas and plot lines from my teenage years. A passionate advocate for women in abusive relationships, I have amalgamated and fictionalised other survivors experiences alongside my own to write my first novel detailing the journey of a young woman from the despair of an emotionally abusive and unhappy marriage to develop the confidence to challenge and change her life and to love again. I hope that in reading my debut novel, I will raise awareness of this often hidden and unseen behaviour and empower women in abusive relationships to seek help for themselves and find the confidence to change their lives.

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#BlogTour! #Extract from #JoNesboMacbeth @DeadGoodBooks @HarvillSecker

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Many thanks to Mia for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Macbeth’ by Jo Nesbo! For my stop today, I have a chapter sampler to share with you all. Enjoy!

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JO NESBO: #1 Sunday Times bestseller, #1 New York Times bestseller, 40 million books sold worldwide

He’s the best cop they’ve got.

When a drug bust turns into a bloodbath it’s up to Inspector Macbeth and his team to clean up the mess.

He’s also an ex-drug addict with a troubled past.

He’s rewarded for his success. Power. Money. Respect. They’re all within reach.

But a man like him won’t get to the top.

Plagued by hallucinations and paranoia, Macbeth starts to unravel. He’s convinced he won’t get what is rightfully his.

Unless he kills for it.

Extract.

Lady walked through the gaming room. The light from the immense chandeliers fell softly on the dark mahogany where they were playing blackjack and poker, on the green felt where the dice would dance later in the evening, on the spear-shaped gold spire that stood up like a minaret in the middle of the spinning roulette wheel. She’d had the chandeliers made as smaller copies of the four- and- a- half-ton chandelier in Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul, while the spire pointing from the middle of the ceiling down to the roulette table was a copy of the spire in the roulette wheel. The chandeliers were anchored with cords tied to the banisters of the mezzanine in such a way that they could be lowered every Monday and the glass cleaned. This was the kind of detail that passed straight over most customers’ heads. Like the small, discreet lilies she’d had sewn into the thick, sound-muffling burgundy carpets she had bought in Italy for a tiny fortune. But they didn’t go over her head, she saw the matching spires and only she knew what the lilies commemorated. That was enough. For this was hers.

The croupiers automatically stood up straight whenever she passed. They knew their jobs, they were efficient and careful, they treated the customers with courtesy but were firm, they had manicured hands, groomed hair and were immaculately dressed in Inverness Casino’s elegant red and black croupier uniform, which was changed every year and tailor-made for every single member of staff.

And, most important of all, they were honest.  This wasn’t something she assumed, it was something she saw and heard. Saw it in people’s eyes, involuntary tics, muscular twitches or theatrically relaxed states. Heard it in the tiny distinctions of quivering vocal cords. It was an innate sensitivity she had, inherited from her mother and grandmother. But while this sensitivity had led them as they aged into the dark shadows of insanity, Lady had used her skills to flush out dishonesty. Away from childhood’s vale of woe, up to where she was today. The rounds of inspection had two functions.

One was to keep her employees on their toes that little bit more so that every day, every night, they would show themselves to be at least one class higher than those at the Obelisk. The second was to uncover any dishonesty. Even though they had been honest and honourable yesterday, people were like wet clay: they were shaped by opportunity, motive and what you told them today, and they could blithely do what had been inconceivable the day before. Yes, that was the only thing that was fixed, the only thing you could count on: the heart was greedy. Lady knew that. She had that kind of
heart herself. A heart she alternately cursed and counted herself lucky to have, which had brought her affluence but had also deprived her of everything. But it was the 94 heart that beat in her chest. You can’t change anything, you can’t stop it, all you can do is follow it.

She nodded to the familiar faces gathered around the roulette table. Regular customers. They all had their reasons for coming here and playing. There were those who needed to switch off after a challenging working day and those who, after a boring working day, needed a challenge. And those who had neither work nor a challenge, but money. Those who had none of the above ended up at the Obelisk, where you were given a tasteless but free lunch if you gambled more than five hundred.

You had idiots who thought they had a system which promised long-term gains, a breed that kept dying but curiously never died out. And then you had those who –  and no casino-owner would admit this aloud – formed the bedrock of their business. Those who had to. Those who felt compelled to come here because they couldn’t stop themselves risking everything, night after night, fascinated by the roulette ball whizzing around the shiny wheel like a little globe caught in the sun’s gravitational field, the sun that gave them daily life but which in the end, with the inevitability of physics, would also burn them up. The addicted. Lady’s bread and butter.

Talking about addiction. She looked at her watch. Nine. It was still a bit early in the evening, but she wished the tables were fuller. Reports from the Obelisk suggested they were continuing to take business away from her despite the heavy investment she had made in interior design, the kitchen and the upgrade of the hotel rooms. Some thought she was in the process of pricing herself out of the market and, because the three-year-old Obelisk was well established in people’s minds as the more reasonable alternative, she could and should 95 cut down on the standards and expenses. After all, she wouldn’t lose her status as the town’s exclusive option. But they didn’t know Lady.

They didn’t know that for her it wasn’t primarily about the bottom line but being the exclusive option. Not only more elegant than the Obelisk but better, whatever the comparison. Lady’s Inverness Casino should be the place you wanted to be seen, the place you wanted to be associated with. And she, Lady, should be the person you wanted to be seen and associated with. The moneyed came here and the top politicians, actors and sports personalities from the celebrity firmament, writers, beauties, hipsters and intellectuals –  everyone came to Lady’s table, bowed respectfully, kissed her hand, met her discreet rejection of their equally discreet enquiry about gambling credit with a smile and gratefully accepted a Bloody Mary on the house. Profit or no profit, she hadn’t
come all this way to run a bloody bordello, as they were doing at the Obelisk, so they could have the dregs, those she would rather not see beneath Inverness Casino’s chandeliers. Genuine chandeliers.

But of course the tide had turned. The creditors had started asking questions. And they hadn’t liked her answer: what the Inverness needed was not cheaper drinks but more and bigger chandeliers.

Business wasn’t on her mind now though. Addiction was. And the fact that Macbeth hadn’t got here yet. He always said if he was going to be  late.  And what had happened during the Sweno raid had affected him.  He didn’t say so, but she could sense it. Sometimes he was strangely soft-hearted, it seemed to her – a man she had seen kill with her own eyes. She had seen the calculated determination before the killing, the cold efficiency during it and the remorseless smile afterwards.

But this had been different, she knew.

(Extract taken from Chapter 5 of ‘Macbeth’ by Jo Nesbo)

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Proposal by S.E.Lynes (@SELynesauthor) @Bookouture


I am delighted to be one of today’s stops on S.E.Lynes’ blog tour for ‘The Proposal’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


The first thing you should know, dear reader, is that I am dead…

Teacher Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life and moves to the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realises: your troubles are never far behind.

When Pippa meets blue-eyed Ryan Marks, he is funny and charming. He is haunted by his past – but insists he is a changed man.

He might just be the answer to all of her problems. And Pippa can tell the truth from lies. She’d know if she were in danger. Wouldn’t she?

What does TWG think?

Omg that first line! What an opening! I had no qualms in becoming gripped by S.E.Lynes’ latest novel thanks to that intriguing first page. A brilliant, brilliant start.

I mean this in the nicest way possible, and I’m probably not the first person to say this, BUT, oh my flipping goodness – this author’s mind is as mad as a box of frogs! Yes, that is actually a compliment! I spent a good portion of the novel with the words ‘what on Earth….’ and ‘wtf?!?!’ going through my mind on repeat. Seriously. The main character, Pippa, is dead, yet she’s talking to us like we know that she is dead. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was bloomin’ clever, that’s for sure, but again, what the heck?! Like I’ve already said, i’m meaning all of this complimentary. I may have been dumfounded by Pippa’s escapades, yet I couldn’t put the book down as I had to know how she became deceased, and why.

Of course the author introduces us to a lot more characters than just Pippa, each with their own intriguing yet highly colourful personalities. Well…except Ryan. He’s a bit of a….welllllll, let’s just say that my opinion of him is in no way as complimentary! Again, very cleverly written and very well thought out, but I still thought he was a donkey.

‘The Proposal’ is brilliantly written and has so much substance in the storyline which is most likely to keep readers on the edge of their seats in suspense….and confusion! S.E.Lynes clearly knew what she was doing when she wrote this book as it seemed to tick several boxes I never knew needed ticked. If you’re after a highly gripping, intense, suspenseful, and twisted novel which will leave your jaw dropping and lightbulbs waiting to have their ‘lightbulb moment’, then ‘The Proposal’ would be the perfect read for you.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even if I did end up confused by Pippa, but in all honesty, I think my confusion added to my enjoyment of the book as it meant I was focusing 100% on every conceivable little detail (well, or so I thought!).

This is my most favourite book S.E.Lynes has written so far! She has certainly set the bar high with this one, that’s for sure!

Buy now!

About the author.

After graduating from Leeds University, S E Lynes lived in London before moving to Aberdeen to be with her husband. In Aberdeen, she worked as a producer at BBC Radio Scotland before moving with her husband and two young children to Rome. There, she began to write while her children attended nursery. After the birth of her third child and upon her return to the UK, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Kingston University. She now combines writing with lecturing at Richmond Adult Community College and bringing up her three children. She lives in Teddington. 
 

#BlogTour! #Review – Costa Del Churros by Isabella May (@IsabellaMayBKS) @RaRaResources


I am delighted to be popping on my dancing shoes for today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘Costa Del Churros’ by Isabella May. Many thanks, as always, to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with
chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she
really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

What does TWG think?

Every time I see this cover on social media, my stomach lets out a hugely embarrassing growl. I have never had churros before. I mean, I’ve wanted to, who wouldn’t? Please say that I’m not the only one who gets rather hungry after seeing this cover…please?

Strictly Come Dancing may be about to kick off this weekend here in the UK, but Carmen Maria is fox trotting her way to teach people how to flamenco (see what I did there?). However, the four ladies who end up taking Carmen’s class, end up getting more than they bargained for as their friendship becomes united thanks to the art of dance.

At first, my opinion of ‘Costa Del Churros’ was awfully jaded as I struggled to find the link between the four characters the storyline focuses on. The four ladies couldn’t have been more chalk and cheese if they had tried and, whilst I wanted to like them, I couldn’t gel with them for quite a while.

That said, the more I learnt about them and their situation, the more empathetic I became. What started off as quite a slow burner, ended up becoming a novel which kept me thoroughly entertained. Isabella May’s humour is brilliantly entwined throughout the storyline from start to finish, giving her readers excellent one liners to feast on as they dream of the churros on the cover.

I do like a multiple viewpoint novel, but despite my earlier reservations, I found that the characters worked incredibly well together. I was just a little disappointed by the fact that I couldn’t gel with them as quickly as I would have liked.

A light-hearted, witty novel which brings the Spanish sunshine to you in only a way that Isabella May can.

Buy now!

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About the author.

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively
inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new
cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be
found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s
magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to
subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince
(The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her
imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from
the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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#BlogTour! #Review – False Witness by Michelle Davies (@M_Davieswrites) @PanMacmillan @AnneCater

Delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for Michelle Davies’ ‘False Witness’. Apologies for the delay, Storm Ali has been mucking about with my power. Thank you to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


7.15am: Two children are seen on top of a wall in a school.
Shortly later one of them lies fatally injured at the bottom.
Did the boy fall or was he pushed?

As a family liaison offer, DC Maggie Neville has seen parents crumble under the weight of their
child’s death. Imogen Tyler is no different. Her son’s fall was witnessed by the school caretaker,
a pupil is under suspicion, and Imogen is paralysed by grief and questions.
For Maggie, finding the truth is paramount if she is to help the mother. But as she investigates,
further doubts emerge and the truth suddenly seems far from certain. Could the witness be
mistaken about what happened, and if he is, then who is responsible? And how far will they go to
cover up the boy’s death?

What does TWG think?

‘False Witness’ may be the third book in the series (a series which I am yet to catch up with), but I had no problem with reading this book as a standalone.

Have you ever been in a position where you have thought, ‘ahhhhh, one little lie won’t hurt?’ To be honest with you, I’d be more surprised if anyone says no to that question! But what if it was your child that was at the end of the ‘did they lie?’ question? Would you think that one little lie wouldn’t hurt then, or would you stick by your child no matter what? Or, what if other people are lying, yet choose to point fingers at the weakest link in the situation, the child who watched the devastation unfold?

I know, I know – so many questions. I was like a deer caught in the headlights until about half way through this book as all of the questions I asked above, went through my head multiple times. I didn’t know where to turn. I didn’t know who to believe. All I knew was that Maggie Neville was at the core of the investigation, holding the key to unlock the truth about the unfortunate death of a young child.

The theme of this book is incredibly hard-hitting, and it doesn’t make for easy reading at all. However, Michelle Davies kept the theme dignified without making it come across as insensitive free for all. I was rather impressed by the way in which the author wrote the situation as it must have taken a lot of careful research to not only do the subject justice, but to also keep it as realistic as possible.

Even though I had faith in Maggie Neville despite not knowing her previously, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit uncertain regarding her priorities which left me a little bit nervous.

‘False Witness’ is definitely a book which will keep you in suspense, whilst also making you feel as though your mind is in a constant state of fast forward. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!

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About the author.

Michelle Davies was born in Middlesex in 1972, raised in Buckinghamshire and now lives in
north London.

Her debut crime novel, Gone Astray, was published in Hardback in March 2016 and features
Family Liaison Officer DC Maggie Neville as its central police character. The paperback version
is due for publication on 20th October 2016. Gone Astray was part of a two-book deal with Pan
Macmillan and the follow-up, Wrong Place, also featuring DC Neville, is due for release on 27th
February 2017.

When she’s not turning her hand to crime, Michelle writes as a freelance journalist for women’s
magazines including Marie Claire, Essentials, YOU and Stylist. Her last staff job before going
freelance was as Editor-at-Large at Grazia and she was previously Features Editor at heat. She
began her career straight from school at 18, working as a trainee reporter on her home-town
newspaper, the Bucks Free Press.

#BlogTour! #Review – I Will Survive by Pippa James (@PippaJamesBooks) @Bookouture

Happy publication day to Pippa James and ‘I Will Survive’! Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog blitz, and of course for the ARC. Here is my review:


Frankie is a single mother. She’s bold. She’s brave. And she’s winning at life… isn’t she?

Underneath her big smile and daring outfits, Frankie’s hiding a secret. Her five-year-old son Liam is awesome. But life as a solo parent is tough. Her job as a barmaid sucks, her meddlesome mother is taking over and she’s far from living her best life.

She’s lost her way and she’s starting to feel… lonely.

So when Frankie’s overbearing mother breaks her leg and has to go and live with her saintly sister, it’s time for Frankie to shake things up. Because she wants to turn things around for the little boy who holds the keys to her broken heart.

Surrounded by perfect mothers, Frankie quickly realises she needs some real mum friends to get her through repetitive school runs and red-faced dating disasters. The kind of people who don’t judge your shop bought cakes and bring wine to your door, just because.

So Frankie sweeps up anxious Kate and organised Alison in her whirlwind. As the unlikely trio face the trials and tantrums of motherhood, they learn that parenting is about surviving one day at a time.
And together they can wing it through anything, can’t they?

What does TWG think?

If you ever have days where you feel like you’re totally failing at this ‘motherhood’ lark, I suggest you reach for Amazon and go and purchase this book. No, I’m not saying that you need to but it so that you can ignore your children (although if that floats your boat….!). I’m just saying that you need to buy it because it covers many of the ‘failings’ us mothers (sorry dads, this is predominantly for the mums but you might like Ben!) rack up on a day to day basis. Now, before having my daughter I thought that being a mum would be this blissful, organic, multi-tiered gypsy skirt, perfect sleeper type affair, due to how media portrayed it. I was wrong. So very wrong. Is that a bad thing? No, not really as I wasn’t pretending to be something I wasn’t. A bit like Frankie.

A first Frankie’s laziness attitude to motherhood irked me because on one hand she wanted to be there for her child, yet on the other hand she was more than willing to let her mother take over parental duties so that she could moan about it afterwards. That said, Frankie’s strength when it counted, was incredibly inspiring and I felt that her low self-confidence was an endearing trait because, contrary to the popular belief of her mother and sister, Frankie actually did good. Plus, she showed that she was human which is more than can be said for several other characters in this book. Naming no names….

I thought the outlook on parental duties was very humorous and light hearted, with the author being very careful not to make any of the deeper situations come across as unimportant or irrelevant. ‘I Will Survive’ focuses on three main characters; Alison, Frankie, and Kate. Three different mums with three completely different outlooks on their own individual lifestyles. I shan’t go into too much detail where their lives are concerned as one character’s life in particular, plays a big part in the overall storyline and I don’t wish to get into trouble by spoiling that for anyone else.

If I had to pick a favourite, I would say that Kate was blossoming by the very end of the book. She may have started out as the underdog, afraid to say boo to a goose, yet when it mattered, Kate was right in there.

Of course no ‘motherhood’ inspired novel wouldn’t be ‘it’ if it didn’t have a group of….hmmm….let’s call them ‘mean girls’. Yes, I eye-rolled, and yes, I have a feeling you might too. I mean c’mon, really? I thought they were a good addition to the storyline, but whether I liked that group of mums remains to be seen (COUGH – I didn’t).

I must admit that there were times where I felt as though parts of the storyline were just meandering along at its own pace, distancing itself from the overall vibe. Whilst I appreciated the light-hearted nature of the book, I did feel as though there was just a teeny something missing.

That said, ‘I Will Survive’ made me laugh out loud with a big beamer of a smile on my face. Most importantly though, Pippa James’ novel gave me the kick up the backside to not be so hard on myself as a parent because, as we all know, that is one of the easiest things to do. I thoroughly enjoyed Pippa James’ fun outlook on motherhood, and I am looking forward to catching up with the ladies once again.

A fabulous, fun-filled, gentle read which will make you laugh…and wake up your children.

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About the author.

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.
 

#BlogTour! #Extract – Perfect Silence by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK


Today I am breaking the perfect silence by taking part in the blog tour for Helen Fields’ brand new novel! For my stop on the tour, I have a fabulous extract to share with you all. I am currently reading Helen’s new book so please keep an eye out later on in the week for my review! Thank you, as always, to Avon for the blog tour invite and the ARC. I hope you enjoy the extract!

When silence falls, who will hear their cries?

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin.

DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby.

After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

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Extract.

‘Luc, call the station. Ask them if they have a young woman
listed as missing in the last forty-eight hours. Just say between
sixteen and twenty, long brown hair, red-brown dress. No other
description for now,’ Ava instructed Callanach.

‘It’s not,’ Jonty said.

‘Not what?’ Callanach asked.

‘It’s not a coloured dress,’ Jonty replied. He slid a gloved
hand under the girl’s left shoulder to raise her a few inches off
the fl oor, exposing a small section of the dress behind her
shoulder blade. The bright white patch of cotton glowed in
the floodlights.

Ava took in a sharp breath. ‘It’s a white dress?’ she muttered.

‘How the fuck did she . . .’

Jonty answered the question by raising the hem up over the
girl’s thighs and abdomen. A massive section of skin had been
cut from her stomach, the raw sections of fl esh curling back
where her body had begun to dry out. Blood was crusted over
the whole of her lower half, washing down her legs and her
bare feet.

If that extract doesn’t make you head to Amazon to pick up a copy of ‘Perfect Silence’, I don’t know what will!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Goodnight Song by Nick Hollin (@vonmaraus) @Bookouture


Happy publication day to Nick Hollin and ‘The Goodnight Song’! I am delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz today with a review. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book.


When the cold, lifeless body of a policeman is pulled from the Thames in the early hours of the morning, it appears at first glance to be a terrible accident.

But when old diary pages predicting the exact details of the crime start appearing online, ex-criminal psychologist and owner of the diary, Nathan Radley, becomes the number one suspect in the most terrifying murder investigation the London police has ever seen.

Nathan’s partner, Detective Katie Rhodes knows that he is innocent, because she was with him the night of the attack.

But as more extracts are posted, and more bodies begin to surface, how much longer can she ignore the connection?

The trail leads Katie from one dead-end to another, until a tiny clue buried deep within the pages leads them to a new suspect; someone dangerous, someone close, someone they trusted…

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Wow! I must admit that I was very impressed by the suspense in ‘The Goodnight Song’ as I had absolutely no idea how the story was going to end. Well, let’s face it, I had absolutely no idea where the storyline was going to take me full stop! Should I be in a similar mindset to others where Katie and Nathan were concerned? Would it be better if I ‘kept’ my friends close and my enemies closer?

Honestly, I really didn’t know what to think. Of course, deep down, I wanted to think positively of Nathan, but his actions made him come across as though he had something to hide. As for Katie, I could see why her anger decided to surface…to a point, but was there another, deep rooted reason as to why she was letting her anger reach the surface? Even though I started the book being on the sides of Radley and Rhodes, my opinion kept changing throughout the book. I won’t tell you what my opinion was towards the end of the book as I think it’s definitely a ‘personal’ thing – one reader may find themselves leaning towards one character, whereas other readers may find themselves putting another character in the firing line even if evidence says otherwise.

I have to say that, whilst I find the entire storyline a continuous case of ‘lets put my heart in my mouth’, there were times where I felt as though the to-ing and fro-ing was a bit Tom and Jerry. I totally appreciate that there was a lot of content within the book which needed to be explained or to have the suspect put in the spotlight, yet I found it to be a little drawn out at times.

That said, I cannot fault Nick Hollin at all on his witty and highly intense storyline – put it this way, if I were wearing a heart monitor whilst I was reading the book, the bloomin’ thing would be beeping something chronic! ‘The Goodnight Song’ certainly was a gripping read and, despite the slightly drawn out sections, I sped through the book like a bookworm spotting a sign for Bookshop.

An intricately woven, gripping and fast paced read which kept me breaking multiple speed limits in my mind – throughly enjoyed!

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About the author.

From bookbinder to gardener to forensic analyst, Nick has enjoyed an extremely varied working life. At home his interests are equally diverse, but nothing beats books. Collecting, reading, writing, they have always been a passion in one form or another. A graduate of Royal Holloway’s Creative Writing Masters, he’s fulfilling a long-held dream of being published and hopes to be at this for a good while yet. He lives in Cambridgeshire with his partner, young son and cat. 

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