#BlogTour! #Extract from ‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK

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Thrilled to be taking part in Paul Finch’s blog tour today! I am delighted to be able to share with you an extract from his new novel; ‘Shadows’. Enjoy!

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[Extract 7 from Chapter 8, pp.66-67]

‘He attacks late at night, and not many people are likely to go out to a cashpoint late at night unless they feel relatively safe. These particular cashpoints, because they’re out in the open, will probably be deemed safer than most.’
‘So, if he hangs around these, there’s basically more chance he’ll get lucky,’ Blake said.
‘That’s my reading of it, ma’am, yes.’ Lucy’s finger roved further across the street map. ‘These points also benefit from having getaway routes everywhere. A side passage through to a pedestrianised shopping mall, from where there are half a dozen other points of egress. A subway . . . An overpass that leads to a housing estate. Plus, and this could be very important, they’re all in close proximity to free on-street parking.’
‘You think he’s mobile?’ Blake said.
Lucy shook her head. ‘I don’t know, ma’am. You dress up like a lunatic, pick someone at random, cut them down with a sword and just run off into the night, in most cases leaving them alive to shout for help. . . you’d normally be asking for trouble. I mean that wouldn’t just draw attention to the scene of the
crime, but to you and to whichever route you’ve used to get away. That would normally be the trademark of a disorganised attacker who’s doomed to get nicked pretty quickly. Unless, as we’ve already said, it’s a part of an act, the purpose of which is to conceal the fact he’s actually a very organised offender indeed. I mean, while the cops are running around looking for a grinning maniac, he’s removed his disguise and miraculously become an ordinary citizen again, happily driving home to his house in the
suburbs . . . or something like that.’
Blake contemplated this.
‘Of course, he’s not going to leave his motor on an actual car park,’ Lucy added. ‘I mean, they’re covered much more intensively by security cameras than on-street, and that would reveal his VRM.’
‘You’ve really done your homework on this, haven’t you?’

‘Shadows’ by Paul Finch is available to buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Village Christmas by @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

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I am so thrilled to be today’s stop on Sue Moorcroft’s blog tour for her new release – ‘The Little Village Christmas’. Apologies for my late in the day posting. Big thanks to Avon for the ARC of Sue’s book. Here is my review:

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The #1 bestseller returns with an irresistibly festive tale that you won’t be able to put down!

Alexia Kennedy – interior decorator extraordinaire – has been tasked with giving the little village of Middledip the community café it’s always dreamed of.

After months of fundraising, the villagers can’t wait to see work get started – but disaster strikes when every last penny is stolen. With Middledip up in arms at how this could have happened, Alexia feels ready to admit defeat.

But help comes in an unlikely form when woodsman, Ben Hardaker and his rescue owl Barney, arrive on the scene. Another lost soul who’s hit rock bottom, Ben and Alexia make an unlikely partnership.

However, they soon realise that a little sprinkling of Christmas magic might just help to bring this village – and their lives – together again…

Settle down with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine as you devour this irresistibly festive Christmas tale. The perfect read for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point. There really isn’t any reason to beat around the bush where opinions are concerned, is there?

‘The Little Village Christmas’ is, in my opinion, Sue Moorcroft’s best book yet! I have never fallen into a storyline as quickly as I did this one. There really was something magical about the entire novel. So much so, I had to prise the book from my hands once finished. I didn’t want it to end!!

In this book we have two main characters; Alexia and Ben. Alexia is an interior decorator, whilst Ben is an owl daddy with a habit of giving trees a haircut. Two completely different people entwined in one unforgettable story.

We enter Middledip in the middle of a renovation for the local community. Fire places are being ripped out and stored for future use, rubbish is being tipped with all villagers getting stuck in to help Alexia and Gabe. With a community project like this one, you would have thought every single person would be buzzing about what the future may hold. Unfortunately for the community cafe, excitement has just been pushed to the back of the line when someone decides to fleece the villages for everything they have worked hard for. Cue a lot of upset, anger and an unlimited amount of frustration…

Even though I could see where something in particular was heading regarding certain characters, I loved how sarcastic the characters were during the to-ing and fro-ing. It was so refreshing to read a story like that which didn’t involve 100% predictability. To be honest, I don’t think predictable is even in Alexia’s vocabulary. She certainly doesn’t strike me as the sort what with her feisty and bubble personality!

I did happen to fall in love with a certain character. A certain character who enjoyed meat for his food, and who hopped about everywhere screeching for his life. No, I don’t mean Ben. I mean Barney the owl! My dog is called Barney too so the owl reminded me of my pup and his cheeky personality.

There was so much wonderful storyline to sink my teeth into and just get lost in, I became incredibly invested in each character life and the community within Middledip. It was really hard not to! I thought the pace of the novel was absolutely spot on. The storyline had the right amount of intense moments entwined with romance, hilarity, and community spirit which meant that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time trying to work out what certain characters secrets were. I literally could just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

‘The Little Village Christmas’ is perfection from start to finish. There is absolutely nothing about the book that I didn’t like. I adored the characters and how much they grew throughout the storyline. I loved how the community came together to support Alexia and Gabe during their tough situation, without pushing them away and telling them to just deal with it like I’m sure a lot of other people would have done. Every thing was just….enchanting.

Sue Moorcroft has outdone herself with her latest book. I wish I could do the book justice with my opinion but I just can’t seem to fathom the right words to explain my feelings about this book. My heart feels warmer for reading it. Fact. My smile seems larger for reading it. Fact. My soul feels as though it’s been fed thanks to this book. Fact.

An enchanting, majestic, beautiful read from one of my all time favourite authors; Sue Moorcroft. With hilarious anecdotes to keep you giggling, alongside heart-breaking situations to make your heart-break; Sue Moorcroft has written everything you could ever want in this storyline.

Phenomenal. Definitely Sue Moorcroft’s best book yet, without a doubt.

Thanks Avon.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – Bad Sister by Sam Carrington (@sam_carrington1) @AvonBooksUK @Sabah_K

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FINALLY!!!! I have been waiting for Sam Carrington’s new book to come out ever since I finished reading her debut, Saving Sophie! Not only did the lovely AvonBooks supply me with an ARC of ‘Bad Sister’ (massive thank you to both Avon and Sam Carrington), I now have the honour of sharing my review with you all as part of the blog tour! Can you tell I’m excited? Scroll down just a tad to read my review of Sam Carrington’s latest novel, Bad Sister:

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The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Saving Sophie.

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Bad Sister will have fans of Sue Fortin, B A Paris and Linda Green hooked till the final page.

What does TWG think?

Oh my GOD! After reading Sam Carrington’s debut novel; ‘Saving Sophie’ last year, I genuinely thought that the author had set the bar extremely high for herself. As far as I was concerned, ‘Saving Sophie’ required paper bags to be sold with every copy because of the state of my breathing afterwards. If I thought THAT book was nail-biting, you just wait to see what I think about ‘Bad Sister’.

Sam Carrington may have set the bar high with her debut novel, but I can tell you now – she has set the bar even high with this book. By ‘even higher’ I mean way, way, WAY higher.

I had had a copy of ‘Bad Sister’ a while before I finally let myself read it. I wanted to read it, yet I didn’t want to because once that ‘first time feeling’ had gone, it was never coming back. I kept off reading it until the very last-minute, purely for that very reason. I tried to savour it. I tried to read even slower than normal so that the book would last longer. But truth be told – I sucked at that big time. I didn’t savour it. I didn’t read slower. Instead, I ended up finishing it in a couple of hours. No joke. Once that book was in my hand and my eyes were fixed onto the page, I refused to move.

I’m not even going to share my take on the summary like I usually do as I don’t want to give the slightest thing away. No chance in hell.

Straight away the author had me hooked. The characters were faced with an uncertain situation and us readers arrive slap bang in the middle of it. What’s happening? Who did what? What happens now? Who’s telling the truth? It’s hard not to find yourself with multiple questions swimming around in your mind, trying to make sense of the few paragraphs you’ve just read. Believe me, I had those questions floating around my head for the duration of the novel. It didn’t seem to matter what I did to try to reach my own conclusion, I seemed to end up with even more questions than before. Oh and no, I didn’t manage to reach my own conclusion, as once again I was completely way off. I thought I had it sussed yet the storyline appeared to think otherwise.

The main character in this book is Connie. A nice enough lady but then again, do we really know her? Whilst we do follow her journey, the book also takes a detour along the way which will no doubt catch you off guard and think ‘what the…’.

If someone were to ask me what my favourite part of the book was, I honestly wouldn’t be able to come up with an answer. However, if someone were to ask me what my favourite books of 2017 are, I’d be able to reel off the list no problem, whilst also adding ‘Bad Sister’ to the list as though it had been there forever.

‘Bad Sister’ kept my pulse racing, my palms sweating, and my attention piqued for the duration of the book. Never have I ever read a book like this before – the storyline was fast paced and severely intense. So intense in fact, I constantly felt as though I was being watched. The storyline had my senses on high alert due to the character antics throughout the book. I am genuinely surprised I didn’t end up with paper cuts on my fingers due to the speed in which I was changing the pages.

You know you have read an excellent book when you sit back with the book on your lap, and a hand over your mouth in shock. Why? Because that is exactly what I did.

‘Bad Sister’ blew any expectations I had out of the water by surpassing them tenfold. I could not fault a single part of this book – not one. Everything worked. Everything flowed. There was the right amount of suspense, intensity and ‘what if’s?’. The pace of the storyline was on-point which meant that I had no time to sit twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the next bad guy to show up. For me, that is an absolutely brilliant sign. I don’t want to sit twiddling my thumbs whilst reading a psychological thriller. I want to be biting my nails down to the stumps!

‘Bad Sister’ is such a heart in mouth, spine tingling and high voltage, shocking novel which Sam Carrington has written to perfection. Very cleverly written, Sam Carrington has completely blown me away with her well thought out and well crafted storyline which kept me guessing until the very end. I thought ‘Saving Sophie’ was top-notch, but now I think that ‘Bad Sister’ is even better.

This book deserves an infinitive amount of gold stars, I’m not going to lie. The nearest I can get to that is by putting ‘Bad Sister’ on my ‘Top Books of 2017’ list, AND my ‘most favourite books EVER’ list, because that is exactly what it is.
Phenomenal x10!

Thanks Avon & Sam Carrington.

To purchase the e-book click here. The paperback is set to be released on the 14th December 2017 and you can pre-order it now here!

#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin by @_cathferguson @AvonBooksUK

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Feeling all festive today with the Christmas reads! Huge thanks to Avon for inviting me to take part in Catherine Ferguson’s blog tour today! Here is my review:

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Curl up by the fire this Christmas with the ebook bestseller Catherine Ferguson. 

When Poppy’s boyfriend Harrison proposes the week before Christmas and gives her twelve days to decide, she doesn’t know what to do. With the festive season in full swing, it’s make or break time for the couple and the clock is ticking…

Meanwhile, Poppy’s best friend Erin is desperate for the pair of them to fulfil their dream of setting up a dinner party catering company – and when an opportunity arises at a luxury log fire cabin, the girls take their chance to impress. But they hadn’t bargained on the owner of the cabin being quite so attractive – or having quite such a sexy voice.

As the twelve days tick on, will Poppy realise that Harrison is the one for her? Or will it be love in the lodge when the new year comes?

Lose yourself this Christmas in the new novel from the brilliant Catherine Ferguson, perfect for cosying up with by the fire.

What does TWG think?

-impulse buys a fire from Ebay-.

Jokes.

I didn’t really, even if it was incredibly tempting to! Please say that I’m not the only one either? Can I start this post by giving Catherine Ferguson’s novel some cover love?! Major swoon alert! It’s like Little House on the Prairie meets snow – what a perfect combination! Well, it would be if 1) I lived in a house like that, and 2) if the UK actually got snow round Christmas. Seeing as the chances of either of those happening anytime soon, I’m going to have to make do with my imagination skills and that book cover!

I’m sorry to say, my opinion of Poppy wasn’t great to begin with as I found her rather irritating and far too self-absorbed. Look, I know everyone can feel a little bit lost in their lives so they embark on a good ol’ journey of self discovery, I just couldn’t find the balance between Poppy’s journey and her…what’s the word….mannerisms. However, the more of the storyline I read, the more Poppy’s personality became a lot clearer and I found her growing up and blossoming before my very eyes. Luckily. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like her in the end or not, but seeing as her life hasn’t exactly been all rose, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and kept my mind open until I had more of the storyline under my belt.

Putting the deep, serious notions aside; ‘Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin’ is a sly old fox! I never expected half of what I read in this book at all! There really is a lot more to the storyline that meets the eye, you just have to be a little patient in finding the gems. I also think that there is more to Erin that meets the eye as well. I hope she makes a reappearance in another book.

Overall, ‘Christmas at the Log Fire Cabin’ was cosy in places, thought-provoking in others,  and Christmassy in some. I have to say that this isn’t my favourite book of the authors, but that isn’t to say that I didn’t like it because I did. It just didn’t blow me away. That said, this book is a fantastic escape from every day routines, whilst also being the ideal read to snuggle up with under a blanket, wishing you had the log fire as well.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Extract from The Angel by Katerina Diamond @TheVenomousPen @AvonBooksUK

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Katerina Diamond is back with a brand new book! ‘The Angel’ was published by Avon on the 21st September. I currently have Katerina’s book on my TBR thanks to Avon Books but rest assured, I will read it and review it as soon as humanly possible. I cannot wait to get stuck into it and I’m annoyed with myself for not getting it read! Anyway, not all is lost as I have an extract from ‘The Angel’ to share with you today! Tease much? Enjoy!

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THE TRUTH WON’T STAY LOCKED UP FOREVER

When a burned body is found in a disused signal box, suspicion falls on lonely teenager Gabriel Webb. There’s no doubt he was at the scene of the crime, but does he really deserve what awaits him in prison?

DS Imogen Grey is certain there’s more to the case than meets the eye. But while she struggles to convince those around her of the truth, her partner DS Adrian Miles is distracted by his own demons.

When a brutal double murder is reported, their investigation is stopped in its tracks. Is the body in the box even who they thought it was? The duo realise Gabriel might have been locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. But with enemies watching Gabriel’s every move, they may be too late.

Miles and Grey are back in the thrilling new novel from bestselling author Katerina Diamond, perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and M.J. Arlidge.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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Extract Nine from Chapter Three, pp 31-32

‘I’m DS Imogen Grey and this is my partner, DS Adrian Miles.’
‘Gabriel Webb.’ He held his hand out, Imogen took it and shook it. He was very direct and seemed both polite and unfazed by this interaction.
‘Can I ask where you were this evening?’
‘With some mates. Around.’
‘We have CCTV of you leaving a signal box.’
‘Right, yeah, I was there.’ He brushed his hair out of his eyes.
‘Who were you with?’ Adrian asked.
‘Why?’ Gabriel Webb narrowed his eyes. He didn’t seem like someone with something to hide.
‘Did you perhaps start a fire inside the signal box?’ Imogen asked, hoping to God he said no. Perhaps he had no idea at all about the man in the room below in the signal box. The repercussions of this were bigger than anyone his age should have to deal with. Despite his height, he had a young face; he couldn’t have been much older than eighteen. She wanted to send him home, before his world got turned upside down. It was always hardest with the young ones.
‘In the bin, yeah, but it burnt out before we left. Who told you that?’
‘Where are your friends now? Are they here?’
‘There’s something you’re not telling me, isn’t there?’ Gabriel’s pale face looked even more ghostly than before as the gravity of the situation started to dawn on him. ‘I’m not implicating anyone else until I know what’s going on.’

#BlogTour! #Extract – 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter (@LibbyCPT) @AvonBooksUK

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It’s TWG’s turn on Elisabeth Carpenter’s blog tour today, and I have the pleasure of sharing an extract from Elisabeth’s debut novel, 99 Red Balloons! Before I do that, here are the all important details and ‘to buy’ link for the book itself. Enjoy!

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Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Extract.
Chapter 10 p.44-45

Jim smiles at me kindly, like most people used to when I dared to believe Zoe was still alive. He looks up at the television.
‘It’s the appeal.’
A policeman in a suit is reading from a piece of paper. Next to him are, I presume, Grace’s parents. The mother has her head in her hands; the father comforts her, his arm around her shoulders. My heart beats too fast, I wrap my arms around myself – I’m so cold, I’m always cold.
‘They look young,’ says Jim.
‘People do these days. Must be in their early thirties, I imagine. Though I can’t see her face properly.My mother looked fifty when she was thirty.’ My mouth is talking without my mind thinking.
‘Those poor people.’
It cuts to a photograph of a school uniform laid out on a table.
‘These are the clothes Grace was wearing, although if someone has taken her, she might not be wearing the same ones.’
Jim tuts. ‘Course she wouldn’t be wearing the same clothes. But you know, Maggie, I know I shouldn’t say this, but what if someone’s taken her, and just killed the poor little mite?’
I sigh loudly in the hope it’ll shut him up. Even though I’ve thought the same thing myself.
The appeal must have been taped earlier as the news article cuts to a shot outside: a village hall or a community centre. I see the mother’s face for the first time – her friend, or perhaps her sister, holding her by the elbow.
I get up slowly and walk to the television. ‘She’s a bonny one, isn’t she?’
He doesn’t answer.
‘Would you pause it, Jim?’
He presses the button several times.
‘Come on!’
‘I’m bloody pressing it.’
He did it. The picture’s frozen. I get closer to the screen, bending down to look at her face. My knees go weak. I drop to the carpet.
I can’t breathe properly.
Jim’s at my side.
‘Have you had a turn? Shall I fetch the doctor?’
I take several breaths before I can speak and shake my head.
‘I’m fine. Pass me that picture.’ I point to the mantelpiece, but he picks up the one facing the wall – the one I rarely look at. ‘Not that one, the one on the right.’
He grabs it and hands it to me. I hold it next to the pretty face on the television.
‘Look.’
He squints.
‘Put the glasses on your face, man.’
As he does, he brings his head next to mine, just a few feet from the television.
‘Well, would you look at that,’ he says. ‘She’s the double of your Sarah. But that’s impossible, she’s—’
‘I know, I know. But it could be . . .’
Jim frowns. ‘What are the chances of that? It can’t be.’
My shoulders slump. ‘I know. But it might. It might be Zoe.’

#CoverReveal!! Sam Carrington is BACK! #BadSister @sam_carrington1 @AvonBooksUK

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As a HUGGGEEEEEEE fan of Sam Carrington’s debut novel, Saving Sophie, I am SO excited to be able to reveal the cover of the authors long-awaited second novel; Bad Sister! Avon Books will be publishing ‘Bad Sister’ in e-book in October, and the paperback will follow in December.

Sorry but I can’t wait any longer! I just HAVE to show you!!

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Sisters. Allies. Liars.

The gripping new thriller from the bestselling author of Saving Sophie.

Stephanie is scared for her life. Her psychologist, Connie Summers, wants to help her face her fears, but Connie will never really understand her. Stephanie’s past has been wiped away for her own protection. Stephanie isn’t even her real name. But then, Dr Summers isn’t Connie’s real name either.

And that’s not all the women have in common. As Stephanie opens up about her troubled relationship with her brother, Connie is forced to confront her own dark family secrets.

When a mutilated body is dumped in plain sight, it will have devastating consequences for both women.

Who is the victim?
Who is to blame?
Who is next?

-bounces up and down- how amazing does this sound?! If it’s anything like ‘Saving Sophie’, we will be in for an absolute treat!

Amazingly, ‘Bad Sister’ is available to pre-order in both formats right now, so what are you waiting for?!

Click HERE to pre-order ‘Bad Sister’

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#BlogTour! #Extract – Escape to Willow Cottage by Bella Osborne @osborne_bella @AvonBooksUK

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Delighted to be day six on Bella Osborne’s blog tour for her gorgeous looking books, Escape to Willow Cottage. Huge thank you to Sabah for inviting me to be involved in the blog tour (and of course the cake too). Today I will be sharing an extract from Bella Osborne’s book, alongside a huge pinky promise that the book will get read and reviewed as soon as possible!

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The Escape to Willow Cottage was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

A cosy and heartwarming seasonal romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley.

Beth is running away. With her young son Leo to protect, Willow Cottage is the lifeline she so desperately needs. Overlooking the village green in a beautiful Cotswolds idyll, Beth sees a warm, caring and safe place for little Leo.

When she finally uncovers the cottage from underneath the boughs of a weeping willow tree, Beth realises this is far more of a project than she bargained for and the locals are more than a little eccentric! A chance encounter with gruff Jack, who appears to be the only male in the village under thirty, leaves the two of them at odds but it’s not long before Beth realises that Jack has hidden talents that could help her repair more than just Willow Cottage.

Over the course of four seasons, Beth realises that broken hearts can be mended, and sometimes love can be right under your nose…

Escape to Willow Cottage was originally digitally published as a four-part serial under the title Willow Cottage. This is the complete story.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Extract.

Chapter 3 p.21-22

Beth woke early in the small twin room of the B&B and pulled the pink candlewick
bedspread up to her chin. It was many years since she’d slept under sheets and although
she’d heard stories of bedspreads this was her first. She plucked at it as she listened to Leo snoring lightly. She hadn’t slept much, her mind full of buyer’s remorse. What had seemed a wonderfully romantic and spontaneous act at the auction now seemed like the epitome of stupid. Despite the state of the cottage, she had had a good feeling when she stood in the back garden with Leo. But her plan of buying something, doing superficial restoration, some painting and decorating and then a flourish of interior design before moving on to the next property was not likely to work with Willow Cottage.

It needed major renovations, shoring up most likely or possibly knocking down, and she didn’t know where to start. What was she doing? She was a Business Operations Manager. She knew about planning and executing efficiency strategies and adhering to compliance as well as how to cope in a male dominated world. She knew nothing about renovation and she feared the money she had would soon be gobbled up by this project. Most of her money was tied up in the London flat and discussing its sale with Nick was something she couldn’t face anytime soon. He had successfully blocked her access to their joint account so that didn’t leave her with much. Just thinking about him made her feel anxious. Leo stirred and Beth turned onto her side to look at him – her gorgeous boy. He had slept well. He seemed okay even though he was miles away from London but at least he was safe.

Maybe everything wasn’t such a disaster after all.

 

#BlogTour! #Extract – The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone (@LisaStoneBooks) @AvonbooksUK

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So excited to be today’s stop on Lisa Stone’s blog tour! I have the honour of being able to share an extract of Lisa Stone’s new novel, The Darkness Within, with my review of the book to follow as soon as possible. Enjoy.

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A gripping new crime novel from the global bestseller Cathy Glass writing as Lisa Stone

The Darkness Within hooked me from the start. Once you start you won’t be able to stop!’ Katerina Diamond, No.1 bestselling author of The Teacher

You know your son better than anyone. Don’t you?

When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?

This is a spellbinding crime novel with a dark heart from the worldwide bestseller Cathy Glass, writing as Lisa Stone.

DARKNESS WITHIN EXTRACT
[Extract 8 from Chapter 4 pp. 20-21]

Rosie had wiped the blood from her face and cleaned the vomit from the floor, scrubbing the carpet with disinfectant until the smell of sick had gone. She often vomited after he attacked her; she thought it was from shock and the pain of being punched in the stomach. She never used to be sick – not before. She’d been very healthy and happy back then, before he’d moved in. But now even thinking about his anger and what he might do to her caused her stomach to contract and the bile to rise to her throat.

Shane liked everything to be back to normal with no trace of ‘their fight’ when he returned, so she’d also changed out of her blood- and vomit-splashed clothes. They were in the washing machine. The duvet cover would go in once the first load had finished, and she’d already put a fresh cover on the bed. The only sign of their fight now was her swollen lip. She’d managed to stop the bleeding by pressing a wet tissue on the cut, and make-up had covered the redness and bruising around her mouth and on her cheek, but it couldn’t hide the swelling. In fact, if anything, it accentuated it.

Had she really deserved the beating? she wondered as she examined her face again in the bathroom mirror. Was it really always her fault? Did she provoke him beyond reason as he accused her of doing? She honestly didn’t know. So much of her life had changed in the last six months that she barely recognized herself any more.

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#BlogTour! #Review & #Extract – Her Last Breath by @TracyBuchanan @AvonBooksUK

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Tracy Buchanan’s blog tour ends with me, TWG! I am delighted to be able to share my review of ‘Her Last Breath’ with you guys, alongside an extract from the book itself. Big thanks to Avon Books for inviting me on this fabulous tour!

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A girl has gone missing. You’ve never met her, but you’re to blame.

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MY SISTER’S SECRET AND NO TURNING BACK

Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way, it’s about to get even better.

When Estelle hears about Poppy O’Farrell’s disappearance, she assumes the girl has simply run away. But Estelle’s world crumbles when she’s sent a photo of Poppy, along with a terrifying note: I’m watching you. I know everything about you.

Estelle has no idea who’s threatening her, or how she’s connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home, and the past she hoped was long behind her.

Estelle knows she must do everything to find Poppy. But how far will she go to hide the truth – that her
perfect life was the perfect lie?

Her Last Breath is an addictive, page-turning read that fans of Liane Moriarty and Claire Douglas will love.

What does TWG think?

I’m genuinely surprised that I didn’t end up using my last breath whilst reading Tracy Buchanan’s novel! Estelle Forster hasn’t exactly had a plain sailing life and, despite coming across as a clean, level-headed author, Estelle fears that her past will come back to haunt her and ruin the life that she has made for herself. When a teenager goes missing and Estelle receives a photo of the missing girl, her perfect image starts to unravel.

What impressed me most about ‘Her Last Breath’, was the amount of dead ends in the storyline! When events started unfolding, I felt pretty certain about a character who I thought was involved due to his behaviour throughout the storyline. However, my certainty was short-lived. I’m not going to lie, that happened on more than one occasion throughout the book.

I found it extremely difficult not to be engrossed by ‘Her Last Breath’ as the suspense level seemed to get raised in every chapter. I was eager to find out what Estelle’s story was and how she ended up receiving photographs of a missing girl. I thought that the lead up to the conclusion was incredibly intense, full of depth and brilliantly written. Without giving anything away, I didn’t see the conclusion coming…at all. I was shocked. I thought I had missed several red flags along the way, and maybe I did. But because I was focusing on other characters involvements, I wasn’t focusing on those involved in the conclusion. It’s kinda crazy how we interpret storylines differently, especially seeing as we focus on different parts and different situations in our own special way.

‘Her Last Breath’ had me hooked from the first page with its chronically addictive plot and intriguing characters. I could not believe what I was reading, I’m surprised I didn’t end up with paper cuts on my fingers due to my swift page turning!

Intense, addictive, and rather shocking, ‘Her Last Breath’ is such a fantastic and more-ish read written by the fantastic Tracy Buchanan.

Thanks Avon Books.

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[Extract 14 from Chapter 6 pp. 48-49]

After they left, Estelle stayed where she was for a few moments, taking in some deep breaths. After all these years, today, that moment, she knew who her child was. Knew what she looked like. Knew what had become of her. Knew that she had run away from her seemingly perfect family. She blinked away tears and strode into the kitchen, getting her laptop out and searching for information on Poppy and her new family. They clearly had money: her father a TV presenter, her mother an interior designer. She learned they lived in a huge house overlooking Richmond Park. My God, they’d been living less than a half-hour train ride from each other! Poppy attended one of the UK’s top schools and was a keen hockey player. There were photos of Poppy with her father. A beach shot. Another of them walking through muddy puddles as they laughed. There was the dog again too, a golden Labrador puppy.

Poppy had a good life with a well-off family who could provide her with everything she needed. If anything came out of this, Estelle reassured herself, it was that she’d done the right thing giving her up for adoption. There was no way a fifteen-year- old Estelle could have offered the kind of perfect life the O’Farrells had. But, then, why had Poppy run away if it was all so perfect? She was a teenager, Estelle reasoned. Teenagers rebelled. Estelle knew that more than anyone. She’d return safe and sound soon, just like the police officers said.

But why the Polaroid photos, the messages?