#Blog Tour! #Guestpost from author of ‘In Plain Sight’ Mel Comley (@melcom1) @bloodhoundbook

Huge thanks to BloodHoundBooks for allowing me to host today’s stop on Mel Comley’s blog tour! I have a guest post from the lady herself, enjoy!

Hi,
Thank you for hosting me today. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Mel Comley, I write under the name of M. A. Comley. I’m known for writing, fast-paced, gritty crime thrillers. My main series is the bestselling Justice series in which there are now 14 novels and several novels and short stories – you can download the first two books in the series for free Here

I began writing around 9 years ago when I moved/retired to France. After renovating the farmhouse we bought I became bored and craved something new to fill my time. I enrolled in a home study creative writing course. After completing the course, I initially started out writing romances. I switched genres after reading my first James Patterson novel.
It took me 18 months to complete the first book in the Justice series, Cruel Justice. The second book, Impeding Justice took over twelve months to write. Nowadays, I can write a novel in 4-6 weeks. How you ask? Once the characters take over and dictate the way the story unfolds it’s a done deal.

In Plain Sight is the third book in the bestselling Hero series which I’m delighted to say has been published by the wonderful Bloodhound Books you can sign up to their website HERE. This is the first time I have been fortunate enough to be traditionally published having been a self-published author for the past 7 years. I’m absolutely thrilled by the early reviews In Plain Sight has received so far.

I hope you enjoy my books, here is the blurb for In Plain Sight:

No one is safe… not even the police. DI Hero Nelson is used to violent crime but this one is personal. When he’s called to a crime scene he discovers the victims are two police officers one of whom is a good friend.
Determined to track down the killer, he’s dealt another blow as the body count continues to rise. To catch the killer before he strikes again, Hero calls upon the public for help. But when the criminal ups the ante by taking hostages, he soon regrets his decision.
Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?
Hero must apprehend the killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.Can Hero and the police catch the murderer before more innocent victims are hurt?
Hero must apprehend a killer who is hiding in plain sight before the time runs out.

You can find out more about me here:

Amazon author page
KOBO author page
iTunes author page
Barnes and Noble author page

My website
Twitter
Facebook author page

Thank you to Mel Comley for stopping by TWG. Enjoy the rest of the tour!

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#Darkminds – ‘By The Water’ #shortstory by @BetsyReavley @bloodhoundbook #charity #blogtour

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Blurb.

A collection of short stories from some of your favourite authors

You think you know darkness? Think again.

Bloodhound Books presents Dark Minds – a collection of stories by authors who have come together to produce an anthology that will lure, tantalise and shock its readers.

What took place By the Water?

What goes on behind A Stranger’s Eyes?

And what is so special about Slow Roast Pork?

From master authors such as Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Louise Jensen and Anita Waller, readers can expect a one hell of a ride… 

All profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Hospice UK and Sophie’s Appeal.

Dark Minds is a collection of 40 crime and thriller short stories from authors including; Louise Jensen, L.J. Ross, Lisa Hall, Steven Dunne, Betsy Reavley, M.A. Comley, Alex Walters and Anita Waller plus many more. For the complete table of contents, Look Inside.

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What does TWG think?

I am incredibly honoured to be part of such an influential blog tour. A collection of authors have come together with their rather unique, dark and exceptionally talented minds, to create the collection also known as ‘Dark Minds’. Published by BloodHoundBooks and featuring a treasure chest of talent, ‘Dark Minds’ is for charity. Every time a book is purchased, Sophie’s Appeal and Hospice UK will benefit. You can find out about the work that they do via the links above. Not only are the charities benefitting, you are too; in my opinion it is a win win situation. You have THE perfect excuse to have a ‘Dark Mind’.

Today I am one of two bloggers closing the tour; I have a review of just one of the short stories featured in this collection. It’s safe to say that I fangirled a little when I got told that the short story I will be given is by THE Betsy Reavley.
It’s called ‘By The Water’.

Seeing as it is a short story, this will be a short review otherwise I would just end up giving you spoilers.
Yes, ‘By The Water’ took me a matter of minutes to read, however, those few minutes packed a punch. A thrilling and gripping, headfunk of a short story! In those few minutes I had gasped, covered my mouth with my hand and go cold. If those aren’t signs of a phenomenal story then I don’t know what is.

Another outstanding piece written by the incredibly talented, Betsy Reavley. Lets just say…I WAS hungry before I read that story; I’m now not….

‘By The Water’ is just ONE of the stories featured in the Dark Minds collection. The complete charity collection is available to buy NOW from Amazon.

Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks and the team for having me involved in the tour. A fantastic cause.

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#BlogTour! Frailty by Betsy Reavley (@BetsyReavley) @Bloodhoundbook #bloodhoundbooks

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Blurb.

How far would you go to protect your family?

Danny and Libby are about to face every parent’s worst nightmare. 

When eight-year-old Hope Bird disappears without a trace, from the idyllic village where she lives, life for her family will never be the same again. Her parents know she would never have gone off alone and the police have no idea where she is. Then a child’s shoe is discovered and the case takes an unexpected turn. Soon a suspect is identified but this is only the beginning.

Will they ever find Hope? 

Frailty is a haunting, gritty, psychological page-turner about the choices we make.

What does TWG think?

-breathes- 2016 is shaping up to be the year of reading books out of my comfort zone, this one included! I am truly honoured to be todays stop on Betsy’s blog tour for her newest release, Frailty. I have no idea why I haven’t read Betsy’s previous novels, but you can bet your bottom dollar that that will be changing!

Danny and Libby are just two ordinary people, living an ordinary life with their two daughters, Hope and Gracie. Sounds pretty straight forward doesn’t it? Well, that is until one day, Danny and Libby’s lives change forever, and not in a good way. Every parents nightmare is about to become a reality; their daughter has gone missing…

What.A.Book! As parents or guardians, all we want is for our children to be happy and safe. The thought of my own baby going missing just makes me feel unbelievably sick. Despite that, Betsy has captured such a devastating circumstance, in such a sensitive yet realistic way. There were times I felt as though I was reading about a real life abduction due to the realistic nature of the plot and the emotions.

There were times, I’ll admit, that I felt I couldn’t continue with the book as I was getting rather upset, but I couldn’t put the book down. I had to know what was happening to Hope, how the case was going and what the outcome was going to be. As daft as this sounds, if I had caved in halfway through I would have felt like I was disappointing Hope. I had to protect her, I wanted to protect her but I was hopeless.

The entire novel was full of nitty-gritty moments, heart wrenching situations, and mind screwing circumstances. I was scared and numb, goosebumps set up camp all over my arms for the duration of the novel. I think I spent most of the book holding my breath, wondering what else was going to happen! My nerves were fried! Even though I was frightened and an emotional wreck, the power of that little girl spoke volumes and all I could do was sit and Hope.

Such a beautifully written and powerful literary work of art, that will have you reaching for the tissues and cuddling your little ones tighter as soon as you have finished reading it. If you’re after a storyline that will test your emotional strength and keep you hooked from the first page, you need Frailty in your life.

Thank you Bloodhoundbooks.

Buy from Amazon

Blog Tour! #Review of Queen Of Blogging by Therese Loreskar @bloodhoundbook #bombshellbooks

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Blurb.

Kajsa runs Sweden’s largest Health and Fitness blog. There’s only one small problem; it’s all a big lie. Between her blog entries on healthy nutritious porridge and flashy running shoes, she lies on the sofa watching TV and eating sweets. Her only exercise is using the remote control.

Her life seems perfect: A beautiful house in an attractive suburb of Stockholm, three children, a loving husband and loads of money.

However, things start to crumble when she accidently writes on her blog that she is best friends with a famous Hollywood personal trainer. The problem is he’s never met, let alone heard of her.

An ambitious journalist, who doesn’t believe Kajsa has been honest about her blog or her friendship with the personal trainer, sets out to destroy her. 

Besides having to handle the annoying journalist, she must also deal with Peter, “the blog following hunk”, and a bizarre and outrageous priest who keeps spreading Kajsa’s secrets all over town!

What does TWG think?

You know when you spot a book cover and think to yourself ‘looks like my cup of tea’? Well this book was most definitely my cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong, I felt that the main character, Kajsa, needed a stern talking to. I mean, she seemed to think social media and her blog came before her children. Whilst a lot of Kajsa’s actions left a lot to be desired, the hilarity behind them made me laugh out loud several times.

Kajsa seems to be the type of person that enjoys status and ease as opposed to hard work and honesty. The way she went about writing her blog made me cringe, whilst laughing I must add. I was amazed at how she managed to get away with it for so long!

It did take me a little while to get into the book as I couldn’t really gel with the characters, however, by the time that I was two thirds of the way through, I was rather enjoying the book. Such a bizarre and nutty storyline, it makes for brilliant reading. Looking forward to the next installment!

Thank you Bombshellbooks!

Queen of Blogging by Therese Loreskar, published by Bloodhound Books is available to buy now from Amazon UK

34 Days by Anita Waller (@anitamayw) Blog Tour! #Guestpost @bloodhoundbook

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Absolutely thrilled to be a part of the blog tour for a book that seems to be running up the book charts just now! Thank you to Helen from Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the tour, my first one for you guys, exciting!

Author of 34 Days, Anita Waller, has written a guest post for me to share with you all today. Enjoy!

Guest Post by Anita Waller.

I can remember being around eight years old and going to the Headmaster’s office daily to read a list of twenty words to him, then going back in the afternoon and spelling them. Mr. Ellis is my hero. He instilled in me a love of the English language; Mrs. Heyworth, my class teacher, compounded it by ‘compositions’. My composition was never a short story, it always had chapters. I am also gifted with a photographic memory, which I suppose was the main thing that saw me never misspell in my daily spelling lessons with Mr. Ellis!

            From being that age, I never stopped writing; I began novel writing in my thirties by taking what I thought of as the easy option and writing for Mills and Boon. Soppy love stories? Dead easy. I now have six novels sitting on a shelf, all hard copy because I wrote on an Amstrad 8256, that I will never use, because writing for Mills and Boon is anything but ‘dead easy’. It was only when murder crept into my mind that I began to change.

            In 1995 I wrote a novel called Beautiful. I never saw it as belonging to any specific genre, it was just a novel. I sent it to a couple of publishers who gave me excellent feedback while saying it wasn’t for them, and then I sent it to a publisher called Ringpull Press. They accepted it immediately, and we were within a day of meeting to sign the contract when they went into liquidation. They returned my manuscript; I bundled it up and stuck it in the attic. I stopped sending anything to publishers, decided they were all rubbish, and began to teach creative writing instead.

            In 2014, at the ripe old age of 68, I decided Beautiful had to be typed into my computer at the very least. I am not a copy typist and had to look at every word; it took me eighteen months. I finished on the Saturday morning. The previous day I had seen a publisher called Bloodhound Books were looking for submissions. I did no homework on them, had no idea what they published, but sent them the first twenty pages, as requested, on that Saturday morning. By Wednesday we had signed the contract. Six weeks later it was published.

            I am now 70 years old, my third book is due for launch any day, and I followed my dream. It took a long time and I wish I could personally thank Mr. Ellis and Mrs. Heyworth but I can’t, they are long gone. My best advice to any aspiring writer? Never, ever give up. The dream will keep you going. That’s what dreams are for.

Thank you Anita for the kick up the backside; listen to her folks, NEVER give up on your dreams. Lovely Anita is proof that you shouldn’t!

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Blurb.

How much can your life change in just 34 days?

Anna and Ray have been married for thirty-five years. They are parents and grandparents and appear to be a normal couple. But behind closed doors something isn’t right.

On the day of their wedding anniversary Anna makes a decision that changes everything and throws her family into turmoil. Anna will discover that she is not the only one who has suffered and by leaving Ray she sparks a series of events so awful that it might just end in murder…

34 Days by Anita Waller, published by Bloodhound Books, is available to buy now from Amazon UK