#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin (@HollyMAuthor) @Bookouture

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It’s time to get Christmassy with Holly Martin and her brand new festive treat; ‘Christmas at Mistletoe Cove’! I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading Holly’s book. Thanks so much to the author and Bookouture for having me involved in this blog blitz!

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Christmas has arrived at Hope Island, promising snowflakes, surprises and plenty of seasonal joy. So snuggle up and fall in love at Mistletoe Cove …

Growing up on Hope Island, Eden Lancaster always believed that if you wished hard enough for something, dreams really could come true. But Eden’s greatest wish is also her biggest secret: she has been completely in love with her childhood friend, the charming and attractive Dougie Harrison, for as long as she can remember. And he has no idea. 

When Dougie leaves his successful life in New York to return home to Hope Island for good, Eden can’t escape her feelings. Her heart is full of hope that her romantic dreams are finally, at long last, going to come true…

This Christmas could change everything. But can a lifelong friendship really turn into the perfect romance? And will Eden get the happily ever after she’s always wished for?

Christmas at Mistletoe Cove is like a warm hug on a cold winter’s day. The perfect treat this Christmas for fans of Debbie Johnson, Cathy Bramley and Miranda Dickinson.

What does TWG think?

I am absolutely delighted to be back in Hope Island alongside some truly wonderful and memorable characters, courtesy of author Holly Martin and the stars of this story. Having LOVED the authors previous novel; ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’, where we were introduced to some of the characters who also reappear in this novel, I was so excited to find out what happened next with Dougie and Eden. Even though ‘Christmas at Mistletoe Cove’ has characters who have featured in Holly Martin’s previous novel, it is still a standalone which means it can be read on its own with no issue. Although saying that, my advice would be to read ‘Summer at Buttercup Beach’ before you read this one, just so you get to read another f’awesome storyline!

As a child, Eden used to be all rainbows, fairies and wishing on her birthday cake but, as she got older, that all changed. Gone was the girl who found magic in everything. Gone was the girl who believed in fulfilling dreams and making wishes after being hurt so badly. Eden had only ever wanted for one particular thing, yet due to her dip in self-confidence, Eden believed that it would never, ever happen. It’s funny how the things we want the most, are quite often right underneath our noses….

The thing about Holly Martin’s novels is that no matter how long passes between each book release, Martin manages to real you back in with her snort worthy humour and hot under the collar antics. It’s as though the author sees all of her readers as long-lost friends, especially as I seemed to fall in love with the storyline and the characters almost straight away.

I’m sure a lot of people are going ‘it’s only September, why are you reading a Christmas book now?’. Usually I would be asking folk the same question, however thanks to Holly Martin, this year I’m not. Why? Because whilst reading ‘Christmas at Mistletoe Cove’, I forgot that it was only September, that it was only Autumn, and that Halloween still hadn’t been yet. I’m not saying that because I have a bad memory, I’m saying that because everything about this storyline screamed; ‘READ ME AND FORGET EVERYTHING ELSE. I’M GOING TO HUG YOU UNTIL YOU HAVE FINISHED THE BOOK’. Soooooooo of course I did what I was told! I forgot everything else and allowed myself to be hugged by such an enchanting and loveable storyline.

I loved how I was able to slot back into the characters lifestyles, even though the storyline was from a different point of view as opposed to the previous book with similar characters. I adore Holly Martin’s cosy and comforting writing style as she never fails to deliver with her outstanding and relatable storylines, alongside some proper unsexy laughing. Think of a pig snorting, a sea-lion clapping, and a human bent over gasping for air and you’ll get a rough idea as to how I laughed whilst reading this book.

Dontcha wish that you had a laugh like mine…..DONTCHA.

‘Christmas at Mistletoe Cove’ is as cosy as laying under a blanket with a hot cuppa tea; it truly is a hug in a book. Prepare to fall in love with Mistletoe Cove and Holly Martin’s heart-warming words. Prepare to feel sad when it comes to saying ‘bye’ to a lot of fabulous characters. But, most importantly, be prepared to love this book with all of your heart. If an Ice Queen can do it, you can too.

Festive, fabulous and f’awesome; Holly Martin has delivered a belter of a book yet again.

Thanks Bookouture.

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Author Bio:

 Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Reach for the Stars by Colleen Coleman (@collcolemanauth) @Bookouture

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Absolutely delighted to be kicking off Colleen Coleman’s blog tour for her brand new book, ‘Reach for the Stars’, and on publication day! Huge thanks to Kim Nash for giving me this honour. I am thrilled to be sharing my review with you all today:

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When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.

This was not in her five-year plan.

Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

A laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of friendship, second chances, and romance, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Marian Keyes.

What does TWG think?

Having read, devoured, and loved Colleen Coleman’s debut novel, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, I really had no idea how the author was going to top that book going forward. But folks, she did and by golly did she do it well!!!

The thing I love about Colleen Coleman’s novels, is how she takes real life, relatable situations and turns them into storylines that will either make you nodding in agreement, or reaching for a second box of Kleenex. Some of you might be thinking ‘why would I cry at a situation I have already endured once or twice before?’ and, whilst that is a pretty valid question, my comeback to that would be ‘well, why wouldn’t you?’. Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in situations we can’t seem to find our way out from, and then Colleen Coleman comes along with characters just like us, who go through situations just like us, allowing us to see a different way of coming out of that dark situation unscathed.

Evelyn’s life hasn’t exactly gone to plan and, instead of staying to shut down the gossips, she flees the nest to try to make a clean break. What Evelyn didn’t account for however, was meeting a musician who was more likely to tinkle her ivories (or ovaries) by allowing her to see her life as sweet, sweet music instead of what it was; a failed marriage.

Have you ever watched or read ‘Ps. I Love You’ by Cecelia Ahern? If you have, part of this storyline might remind you of the musician character from the movie. Well, unless it’s just me, obviously! As soon as ‘Danny’ was introduced into the storyline, I couldn’t help but think of the musician in the film played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. If you have read this book, please put me out of my misery and say you thought the same!

Anyway, back to this book (sorry!).

I couldn’t help but let the tears fall out of my eyes whilst I was reading ‘Reach for the Stars’. There was something incredibly magical about each individual character within the book, the ever so heart-warming storyline which made me think about my own life, and a question which made me open my eyes; stay safe or reach for the stars? I just love how the author manages to incorporate such meaningful and eye-opening messages into each of her storylines, making me think outside the box instead of going down the same old route.

‘Reach for the Stars’ is everything I hoped for, and more. I was quite unsure as to how Colleen Coleman was going to beat her previous novel as it gave me all the feels, but she did. Coleman has managed to raise the bar even higher with this heart-warming and extremely touching novel which will make you look at life in a completely different way. I really have no idea how the author does it, but she manages to make me laugh and cry, whilst also making me feel as though I can conquer the world in my sleep, all at the same time. Not only does it require a talented author to be able to do that, it also requires an author with a heart of gold. Colleen Coleman ticks both boxes and more.

‘Reach for the Stars’ is an absolutely phenomenal read. From start to finish I was glued to Evelyn’s story and the chances she could take. I wanted her to be brave and reach for the stars. I wanted her to live her life for herself, and not for anybody else. Watching the character get to that point, however, made me crumble in the most beautiful way.

This book is everything I could have wished for in a storyline and, if I had to choose a book to live my life by; I would certainly have ‘Reach for the Stars’ as my life bible.

Touching, emotional, relatable, and absolutely beautiful, Colleen Coleman has done it yet again with this outstanding novel. Beautifully written and full of girl power, ‘Reach for the Stars’ is the book which everyone needs to read….now.

I truly cannot wait to see what the author comes up with next. If it’s anything like her previous novel and this novel, I am going to have to stock up on the Kleenex! Easiest five stars ever!

Thanks Bookouture.

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Author Bio:

Colleen Coleman is an Irish-Canadian novelist. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’. She spent over ten years working as a teacher of English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching her eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words The End. As a result, her first novel was born. Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very, very chatty twin daughters. Don’t Stop Me Now, her first book was released in March 2017. 

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#BlogTour! #Review – Cold Blood by Robert Brynzda (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

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She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and
sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would
find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 
As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 
Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and
holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.

What does TWG think?

Despite only finding Robert Bryndza’s ‘Detective Erika Foster’ novels rather recently, I could not wait to get stuck into the latest from Detective Foster. Even though I was pretty shocked by the graphic nature of Bryndza’s previous novel, ‘Last Breath’, nothing could have prepared me for what lay behind the cover of ‘Cold Blood’…

People usually associate suitcases with going on holiday, moving home, or storing seasonal clothes up in the loft. Not many people would associate a suitcase with a dismembered body, let’s be honest! However, coming across situations like that are all in a days work for Detective Erika Foster. After all, she is used to seeing multiple dead bodies. Whilst it’s still incredibly shocking, adult dead bodies Erika can cope with but, as soon as a child becomes involved in a life or death situation, that’s when Erika Foster realises she is in fact human after all.

I’m not going to lie, I was on edge for the duration of this novel. I honestly thought my heart was going to force through my chest wall with the way it was pounding. One dead body is gritty enough, but more than one? Geeeez!!! There was so much meat on the bones of the storyline, I was able to sink my teeth into it straight away. I didn’t have time to go ‘ew’ when certain situations arose as I was far too occupied with the killer, as well as everything else that surrounded the investigation.

I’ve said this before and I have no qualms saying it again; Detective Erika Foster is by far one of my most favourite Detectives to read about. Her sassy, fiery and black and white nature is perfect for the storylines in which Robert Brynzda creates.

I wish I could sit here and go ‘OMG LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE PART WHERE…..’, but I can’t. All I will say is make sure you aren’t eating or drinking whilst reading this book, because your attention is guaranteed to be on the storyline and NOT you drink. Don’t do what I did….please; I ended up not paying attention to my cup of tea, it fell and it looked like I had wet myself. Now if a book can stop me paying attention to my nightly cup of tea, it MUST be doing something right.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Robert Bryndza’s latest offering, and the pace was absolutely spot on considering how full the storyline actually was. However, there was a part of the book which I found rather uncomfortable to read as it involved children of a similar age to my daughter. Don’t get me wrong, the premise worked with the rest of the storyline for sure, I just personally found it a teeny bit hard to read.

That said, I didn’t need to come off the rollercoaster ride I was on from the start of the book because of it, I held on for dear life until the very end. And yes folks….what a conclusion.

Fast paced, thrilling and totally jaw dropping; Robert Bryndza has written yet another spine tingling novel which will leave your blood running cold for a very long time. Intense, uncomfortable, yet absolutely spot on; ‘Cold Blood’ is such a fantastic read, and so not perfect for reading before a blood pressure test. Seriously; it’s that good.

Thanks Bookouture.

Happy publication day Robert!

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Author Bio:

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice. The
Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller is the first book in the Detective Erika
Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in
the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood is now available to pre-order.
Robert’s books have sold over 2 million copies, and have been translated into 27
languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic
comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Hide and Seek by Richard Parker (@BookWalter) @Bookouture

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Huge thanks to Bookouture for asking me to be involved in Richard Parker’s blog tour for  his new release, ‘Hide and Seek’. It’s a shame that the blog tour has now come to and end, however, I am honoured to be one of the bloggers closing the tour with my review!

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The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone. 

When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.

No one stopped the man carrying the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana receives an anonymous message, telling her to visit a local school with a horrifying history…

This is no random attack. Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate.

What is the link between the school and her missing son? Can Lana uncover the kidnapper’s identity and save Cooper before it’s too late?

A dark, heart-in-mouth thriller that will keep you reading long into the night. Fans of James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, and Tess Gerritsen will be absolutely hooked.

What does TWG think?

After reading Richard Parker’s previous novel, ‘Follow You’, and being completely and utterly hooked on every single page, my expectations for the authors new book, ‘Hide and Seek’, were exceptionally high. At least I admit it though, right?

I’m a bit of a cover lover, which means that with every book I read, I end up giving the cover some serious attention. When it came to the cover of ‘Hide and Seek’, I could not seem to work out what on EARTH the image on the front meant. Yes folks, my major ‘DUH’ moment. Of course I’m not going to know what the image on the front means until I read the book! It’s safe to say that the part of the storyline which the image resonates with, will forever be imprinted in my mind. Something so simple, yet something unbelievably spine tingling.

Lana and Todd are about to embark on a well deserved break with their little boy, Cooper. Up until now, their lives have been filled with copious amounts of stress, as well as having to constantly look over their shoulders in fear. Why are they scared? As ‘Hide and Seek’ unfolds, Lana and Todd’s situation becomes all too clear – a parent’s worst nightmare. Pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are missing, and it seems as though time isn’t on Lana and Todd’s side. If you thought that hide and seek only involved counting to ten, then you’re completely mistaken. If you’re anything like me, the game of hide and seek will never feel the same again.

In terms of graphic situations, I have to say that Richard Parker’s previous novel was A LOT more graphic than this one, yet this book seemed to affect me a lot more. I’m not sure whether that was because the storyline involved a young child, or whether the lack of gruesome anecdotes made the storyline appear raw. Thinking about it now, I would have to say that it would be both. Whilst this storyline did contain some rather cut throat (pardon the pun) material, it didn’t seem to be the storylines main focus. Instead, the damage was done to the characters emotionally to begin with, putting them in a complete and utter head funkydunk. Despite Lana being scared and severely worried, she ended up becoming the lion and going straight into the fire to protect what was rightfully hers. Did I think her husband, Todd, should have protected his family? Yes, damn right I did. But, whilst Lana ended up skating on thin ice multiple times through her own doing, I still thought that she was such a ballsy character. Good on her!

There were moments whilst reading ‘Hide and Seek’, where I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest! I had absolutely no idea what the outcome was going to be and, despite the fact I was on edge the whole time, I was glad that I hadn’t a clue about what was going to happen! I say that now, granted. Obviously at the time I was watching my daughter like a hawk, despite us being in the house with both doors locked. Precautionary measures and all that jazz…ahem.

Did Richard Parker’s ‘Hide and Seek’ live up to my expectations? Well, whilst it took me a little while to get into the swing of things where the storyline was concerned, ‘Hide and Seek’ surpassed my expectations. I mentioned the authors previous novel at the start of this review, and how my expectations for his new novel were high because of that. I need to be honest; both books may have been written by the same author, but they are in no way comparable as my expectations for one of them, cannot be used as a starting block for the other. Why? Because the storylines are completely different, not only because they’re about different things, they’re also written from a totally different angle. Yes, ‘Hide and Seek’ for me, was a slow burner, BUT, once that flame started burning it didn’t seem to stop. The author grabbed my attention big time, making my eyes follow the storyline until the very end, regardless of how uncomfortable the overall topic had me feeling. I just could not stop reading.

I really enjoyed ‘Hide and Seek’ as it was full of enough gritty and twisty moments to keep my attention for the foreseeable future. Richard Parker is a brilliant author who in both novels I have read of his, has managed to keep me guessing until the very last-minute. I most certainly can’t complain at that!

Cut throat, spine tingling, heart-wrenching, and chillingly addictive; ‘Hide and Seek’ will have you on the edge of your seat in anticipation.
Roll on the next book!

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author.

Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers.

HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and is published August 2017.

FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.

STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.

SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.

STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award.

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#BlogBlitz #Review – The Accident by S.D.Monaghan (@SeanMonaghan16) @Bookouture

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Anyone fancy a blog blitz to kick off a brand new month? Speaking of which, how the hell are we in September already? Surely it must be an accident or something? No? Oh, that’s right – S.D.Monaghan will know more about THE accident right enough….

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One mistake could change your life forever.

Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.

David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.

Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.

In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.

How far would you go to save everything you have?

A twist-filled thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door, T.M. Logan and Rachel Abbott.

What does TWG think?

Sometimes when I’m about to get stuck into a brand new author I have a little nosey at some of the reviews which have been left by readers already (basically I skim read the ones without spoilers just so I can get more of an insight). I must say, I was quite taken aback by some of the things people had written and, because of the multiple ‘on the fence and then some’ reviews, I was incredibly curious to begin reading S.D.Monaghan’s novelA. So I did. Forty minutes later I had read 47% of the book. In conclusion, I whole heartedly disagree with a lot of people on Goodreads, and you want to know why? Because I was completely and utterly gripped!

As far as David is concerned, in less than twenty-four hours both him and his wife, Tara, would be embarking on the move to their forever home. How exciting! Well, it would have been exciting if Tara hadn’t been caught doing something she shouldn’t have, with a man who wasn’t her husband! Whoopsy! David and Tara’s house move was meant to symbolise a new chapter in their lives. Instead, the couple find themselves in a ‘love’ triangle where everything could be lost in the blink of an eye.

As I’ve already said, I was completely hooked by the storyline. David and Tara’s relationship (without giving anything away) had me thinking the worst nion straight away. Why? For me, something wasn’t sitting quite right and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I had the most horrendous sinking feeling in my stomach whilst reading the first half of the book, I just knew something wasn’t right and I unnerved me. Part of me was wanting to find out whether my gut instinct was right, yet part of me was frozen with nerves as I had no idea what would be before my eyes on the next page. Luckily my severe nosiness won and I flew through the pages like a woman on a mission. I just had to find out what the hell was going on!

Again, without giving too much away, Shay (David and Tara’s new neighbour) was such an eejit! Seriously! He was like an itch in the middle of your back that you can’t seem reach, regardless of how hard you try; aka severely annoying!

Whilst I do disagree with several of the not so glowing reviews on Goodreads, I have to say that personally, I felt that the storyline seemed to contain a lot of background information and setting the scene, and less of the actual nitty gritty, dun dun dun parts of the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, I was glad to get to know the characters and their lives (past and present) in such an in-depth manner. I just would have preferred more of the action and less of the background information.

All in all, ‘The Accident’ kept my heart racing, my hands shaking, and my heart on route to my mouth; I just couldn’t put the book down! Yes, some parts of the storyline made me raise my eyebrow in disbelief, however, seeing as I managed to finish the book in a couple of hours, it’s safe to say that ‘The Accident’ managed to keep my attention with its suspenseful storyline alone. Very, very cleverly written.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author.

S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology. While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin with the editorial guidance of the Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and Orange Prize nominee, Deirdre Madden. On the strength of his work there, he was chosen to represent both the university and the Oscar Wilde Writers’Centre to read excerpts at the Dublin Publishers Festival and on Dublin Culture Night.  He lives in Dublin with his wife, where he is currently working on his new novel. He is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Dead To Me by Stephen Edger (@StephenEdger) @Bookouture


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How do you catch a killer who knows your every move?

She drew the curtains and returned to the kitchen where she removed the bottle of vodka from the freezer and reached for the large kitchen knife. If he dared to come back, she’d be ready for him.

When a body is found hanging in the remains of a dock-side warehouse, Detective Kate Matthews is called to the scene. Recently transferred following the death of a colleague, Kate is yet to see a successful prosecution over the line. But this won’t be an easy win…

Someone is watching her: leaving her clues in her home, taunting her to throw the case and threatening the life of her little girl.

As more bodies begin to surface and Kate’s stalker closes in, her instincts tell her that there is a link hidden among the victims’ missing pieces. This is a killer with a message and Kate must race against the clock to solve his twisted riddle.

But at the end of this impossible puzzle lies an impossible choice…

A dark and compulsive cat-and-mouse thriller that will keep you guessing to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Sarah Hilary and Patricia Gibney.

What does TWG think?

Another brand new series alongside a brand new author; for me anyways! I haven’t read any of Stephen Edger’s previous novels and, considering how many there are, I am genuinely surprised that I haven’t!

Almost straight away we find out that there has been a murder; a body has been found and Detective Kate Matthews has been called to the scene. Having been relocated from the Met, Kate Matthews has a lot riding on this investigation and whether she is able to get to the bottom of the murder. Why did they murder the victim? Is the murder related to any other investigations? So many questions remain unanswered, and it’s down to Detective Kate Matthews to get them answered before time runs out.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this book, weirdly enough! The storyline has the suspense level down to a fine art which is absolutely brilliant. It did keep me on my toes and it did leave me hanging (pardon the pun), multiple times throughout the storyline.

But, Kate’s story isn’t unique, so for me the majority of the novel came across as a bit samey. I also couldn’t gel with Kate at all due to her questionable choices on a professional level, as well as in her personal life. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when Kate came across likeable and good at her job. I just felt that as the protagonist, Kate’s character didn’t lead the storyline in a way that made me stop and think. For me personally, thrillers like this need me to stop and think and focus on the storyline, instead of having an issue with the main character as that took my attention away from the main focus, unfortunately.

However, I did enjoy the overall concept of the book and the mystery surrounding the murder investigation. ‘Dead To Me’ has enough promise to make me read the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to see how Kate Matthews’ character shapes up in the following books.

An intriguing start to a promising series.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author.

Stephen Edger is a British crime writer, who has been writing since 2010. In that time he has written and published eleven novels, and five short stories. He writes mysteries and thrillers focused on crime.

Stephen was born in the north-east of England, grew up in London, but has lived in Southampton since attending university in the year 2000. Stephen works in the financial industry, and uses his insider knowledge to create the plots of his books. He also has a law degree, which gives him a good understanding of the inner workings of the UK justice system.

Stephen is married, and has two children, and two dogs. He is passionate about reading and writing, and cites Simon Kernick and John Grisham as major influences on his writing style.

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#BlogTour! #Review – If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton (@Keris) @Bookouture

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Absolutely delighted to be one of the hosts kicking off Keris Stainton’s blog tour today, on her publication day! Huge congratulations to Keris on the publication of her new novel, ‘If You Could See Me Now’. I am truly excited to be able to share my review with you today, thanks to Kim from Bookouture for inviting me on the tour!

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Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.

Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…

But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?

A funny, feel-good read about finding yourself – and love – when you least expect it, for fans of Joanna Bolouri, Cate Woods, and Lindsey Kelk.

What does TWG think?

Uhhhhh hellooooo swoonerific book cover!!!

‘If You Could See Me Now’ completely caught me off guard! I had no idea what to expect before I read the book, yet what I got wasn’t at all what I expected! That make sense? I absolutely LOVED this book! The storyline is so unique and incredibly refreshing, my mind kept thinking ‘HALLELUJAH’ the entire way through! FINALLY something completely different!!

Without giving away too much, Izzy’s boyfriend is an absolute BLEEP!! What a twonk! How anyone in their right mind can go through life believing that actions like that are acceptable, realllyyyyy need to re-evaluate their mindset. Seriously! The need for girl power is rather evident in this storyline, thank goodness Izzy has such a good best friend.

About half way through the book, the storyline decided to take a surprising (but incredible) turn which changed my opinion of the novel completely. In a good way that is. Usually I would say that changes (such as the one in this novel), are a tad outlandish, but it wasn’t. Not at all. It actually worked. Understatement of the year actually…it worked brilliantly.

‘If You Could See Me Now’ has such a heart-warming, and eye-opening underlying message about learning to be true to yourself and realising your worth. Coming from an Elsa impersonator, the message actually caught me in the feels, no joke. The way that Izzy had been living her life prior to the big change in direction, was extremely relatable to my own personal journey. I think that’s why I became quite emotional in all honesty.

Not only does Keris Stainton’s novel contain in-depth topics and romantic antics, it’s also filled to the brim with such fantastic and snort worthy humour. I laughed at things I never would have laughed at before, and you know what? It felt so flipping good to be able to do that thanks to a novel, I felt as though I was on cloud nine.

This storyline may dip its toes into discovering whether certain characters stay grey, or whether they turn rainbow, but the book itself does not blend in with the crowd at all. This baby has made itself known. It’s made me sit up and take notice. It’s been the book to make me think ‘I WANT TO BE MULTICOLOURED!’ instead of blending in and staying quiet. This book is a genius. No, wait; Keris Stainton is the genius and this book is her protegé.

Fun, flirty, and effing fabulous; ‘If You Could See Me Now’ is the most refreshing book I have read this year so far. I love it.

No.

Wait.

I absolutely-totally-completely-bloody LOVE IT!

Thanks Bookouture.

Buy now:

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US http://amzn.to/2r9WFBC

About the author.

Keris lives in Lancashire with her husband and two sons. She’s written a bunch of books for young adults and children, and is obsessed with Twitter, tea, and 1D.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Wife by Anna Mansell (@AnnaMansell) @Bookouture

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Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Amanda Prowse and Kelly Rimmer will love The Lost Wife, the compelling story of a woman’s deepest secrets, and the friends and family who must learn to live without her.

‘An incredible, beautiful story of loss, love, forgiveness, moving on, overcoming grief, redemption and above all, hope.’ Renita D’Silva

When Ellie Moran passes away, she leaves her newborn son and husband Ed behind her. Their marriage was perfect, their lives everything they had hoped for. So why was Ellie keeping secrets from Ed?

Knowing he can never ask his wife the truth, Ed is struggling to cope. When the secrets threaten to tear his whole family apart, Ed turns to Rachel, the one person who sees him as more than just Ellie’s widower.

But then Rachel discovers something Ellie was hiding, something that would break Ed’s heart. Can Rachel help Ed to find peace without the wife he lost – and a second chance at happiness?

What does TWG think?

Oh Anna Mansell, what have you done to me, woman!! -snivvels-.

Ed Moran lost his beloved. Their son lost his mummy. Everything Ed does, reminds him of his late wife. Looking at his son, reminds him of his late wife. He has no-one to turn to, no-one on his side. Ed’s mother believes that his strength means that he can cope. What advice can you give to a man who has lost his wife?

I don’t really know what I was expecting with Anna Mansell’s new novel, but if I’m being perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting what I read. I’m not saying that in a bad way either. For a storyline which is 100% heart-wrenching; it is unbelievably beautiful and, in a weird sort of way, it kept on giving. As readers we see Ed go through grief, trying to come to terms with not only his wife, but the mother of his son. How on Earth does he keep her memory alive for a son who would have no idea who she was?

Whenever I read books with an extremely high sentimental value, I try to spend time working out the emotion behind the actions (can you tell I’ve studied psychology?), yet with this book, I couldn’t. I had to let the storyline carry me until the end. I had to let the storyline become my brain so that I could focus on my own emotions whenever the storyline prevailed. In other words, I was an absolute mess and lost all sense of logical thinking.

‘The Lost Wife’ doesn’t just focus on grief and moving forward after death, it also focuses on family relationships and, most importantly; trust. I could see why Ed felt at the end of his tether due to his family, and he dealt with the secrets just like any human being. Who could blame him if he dealt with it any differently, and went off the rails?

I cannot, (as much as I have tried), put into words what Anna Mansell’s novel did to my heart. As a self-confessed Ice Queen, I think I now actually feel…..things! I’ve gone from being Elsa, to then being Snow White, all in a wave of a magic wand.

‘The Lost Wife’ needs to be experienced and devoured with your very own eyes. Reading second-hand thoughts on such a beautiful storyline does not do it justice at all. You need to be amongst Ed’s devastation. You need to be amongst Ed’s attempt of moving forward. You need to be amongst Rachel’s outsider advice.

You NEED to read ‘The Lost Wife’ and get swept away in its fairytale beauty of life, loss and finding your place in life.

Thanks Bookouture.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US

Author Bio.

Anna had a brush with ‘fame’ as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role, vowing to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. How To Mend a Broken Heart is her first novel and her life was not on the line in order to write it, or her second: The Lost Wife. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.

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#CoverReveal for @RobertBryndza brand new novel! #ComingSoon @Bookouture #ErikaFoster

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I am so, so, SO excited about this cover reveal tonight! I am delighted to be helping Bookouture to reveal Robert Bryndza cover for his upcoming novel, Cold Blood.

Erika Foster is back ladies and gents!!

Just feast your eyes on THIS!

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COLD BLOOD by ROBERT BRYNDZA
(Detective Erika Foster Book 5)
Out on 20th September

 
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending

OH MY GOD I cannot wait!!!!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Silk Weaver’s Wife by Debbie Rix (@debbierix) @bookouture

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The unforgettable stories of two women crossing centuries as past and present weave together in this beautifully moving summer read.

2017: Millie wants more from her relationship and more from her life. So when her boss Max abruptly ends their affair, she takes the opportunity to write a feature in Italy.

Staying in a gorgeous villa, Millie unexpectedly falls in love with the owner, Lorenzo. Together they begin to unravel an incredible story, threaded through generations of silk weavers.

And Millie finds herself compelled to discover the identity of a mysterious woman in a portrait…

1704: Anastasia is desperate to escape her controlling and volatile father and plans to marry in secret. But instead of the life she has dreamed of, she finds herself trapped in Venice, the unwilling wife of a silk weaver.

Despite her circumstances, Anastasia is determined to change her fate…

What does TWG think?

Being perfectly honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect with ‘The Silk Weaver’s Wife’ as, whilst I have heard of Debbie Rix, I had never read any of her novels before this one. To begin with, it took me a couple of chapters to warm up to the storyline as there was a lot of information to digest, and the pace was quite slow. When I reached halfway, I felt like bowing to the slow pace as it is such an important part of the overall novel structure, which is severely misunderstood.

Set during two different times, The Silk Weaver’s Wife explorers silk weaving in 1704, and 2017. In 1704 our main character is Anastasia, she has fallen in love yet her father seems to have different plans for her love life. It’s either his way, or the high way. Anastasia was forced into a lifestyle which compromised her safety, dignity, and independence. Reading Anastasia’s story was absolutely devastating. Whilst the character came across incredibly strong and independent, she was actually quite fearful and longed for her own life back. During the chapters of 1704, Debbie Rix takes us on a journey through time, an eye-opening one at that, especially when the storyline took us to different countries. Planes weren’t invented then, so how do you think the characters managed to get to those different countries? Imagine the length of time it must have taken them! I was in awe. I adore history. Debbie Rix has incorporated some wonderful historical facts alongside her fictional work – all of which blew me away.

During the chapters of 2017, the main character is Millie, a journalist who’s love life isn’t exactly above-board. That aside, Millie was given the opportunity to write a feature in Italy, exploring the history surrounding silk weaver’s as a whole. Well, she also got to explore a certain local Italian stallion….

I adored watching the past and present come together throughout the storyline, finding out the history behind the silk weaver’s, as well as seeing certain items from the past in the present chapters. Outstanding!

I absolutely LOVED this book! Yes, it was a little heavy in some parts but, due to the nature of the storyline, it just meant that I had to take my time over the storyline. Not really a hardship! Debbie Rix has blown me away with her enchanting and flawless writing style. Honestly, I have never read anything like it before.

Debbie Rix is an outstanding storyteller with such beautiful and iconic writing, which captured my heart and soul. The historical features in The Silk Weaver’s Wife, were written impeccably. The fictional parts of the storyline were written in such a mesmerising, and addictive manner; I was excited to change each page. Put the two parts together, and you have one memorable and alluring novel.

I believe I have found a new favourite author, and a new set of books to buy online. I need more of Debbie Rix on my bookshelf after this.

The Silk Weaver’s Wife is an authentic portrayal of silk weaving history meeting silk weaving present, whilst also being entwined with the authors distinctive and outstanding writing style. Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough, you must read this one!

Thanks Bookouture.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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