Thursday, 22 August 2019

Review: Best friends forever

Best friends forever Best friends forever by Dawn Goodwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Crikey what a story.

A story about best friends Anna and Vicky. When Anna dies Vicky sees a chance of having what she’s always wanted.

Who killed Anna?

I honestly didn’t know what to think with so many secrets and lies.

It’s rare that I come across a book that I dislike the main characters but this is one of them.

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Review: The Body Painter

The Body Painter The Body Painter by Pepper Winters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh my dayz. What a story.

From start to finish this author put a spell on me. I feel like I literally inhaled this story and I so want more.

I’m not gonna go into the story. I will say this story messed with my head and pulled on so many emotions.

This author has her own unique way with words. She’s in a league of her own. This is definitely gonna be one of my top reads this year.

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Review: Cruel Prince

Cruel Prince Cruel Prince by Ashley Jade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely brilliant. What else can I say. Yet again this author has exceeded my expectations and blown my mind.

I was super excited to see this author was starting a new series. Ashley could write any genre and I’d jump right in.

This was an epic story with fabulous characters. I do love a bad boy lol

I can’t wait to read more of this series.

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The Regret - blog tour



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BLURB

What if someone wanted to ruin your life?
Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.
Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.
Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find him and make him leave her alone. But as Rachel is drawn into a hunt, she realises that something even more horrific is happening - something that will make her confront the childhood that has lingered like a ghost, and will force her to face the truth about her new life.
Is Griffin the one ruining her life? Or someone else, far more dangerous, responsible?

The Regret is a gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you are a fan of authors like Rachel Abbott, Cara Hunter and C.L. Taylor, you'll love this unmissable crime thriller.

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MY REVIEW

Firstly I gotta give a  shout out for the cover. I usually don’t mention the covers but this is so good. 

Rachel has struggled to get her life back after an awful time with a stalker. Now he’s in prison she’s finally happy with a young daughter that lights up her life.

Unfortunately everything changes when she starts getting stalked again.

This storyline is so good. It certainly shows that the author did his homework on the subject.
Highly recommend this read.

BIO

Originally from Manchester, Dan managed to escape the rain and now lives in relative dryness in the beautiful village of Holloway, North London, pretty much next to the prison, with his patient wife, beautiful daughter, and ridiculously hairy dog.

By day he works as a data security consultant, demonstrating to corporations that should know better just how easy it is for hackers to access their most sensitive information. As a writer, his short stories have been widely published both in print and online, and he has twice been shortlisted for the Bridport prize. In 2013 he completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Brunel University.

His debut novel, a psychological thriller called The Regret, came from the idea that you can be attacked by anyone in the world, from anywhere, at any time; someone you’ve never met in person can reach into your life and mess things around. It’s chilling stuff, and through his work he knows how easy it is to do.

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Monday, 19 August 2019

The Beach at Doonshean - blog tour



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The Beach at Doonshean- Penny Feeny
About the Book

In Ireland, the past never dies...

Long ago, on a windswept Irish beach, a young father died saving the life of another man's child.

Thirty years later, his widow, Julia, decides to return to this wild corner of Ireland to lay the past to rest. Her journey sparks others: her daughter Bel, an artist, joins her mother in Ireland, while son Matt and daughter-in-law Rachel, at home in Liverpool, embark on some soul-searching of their own.

As the threads of past and present intertwine, Julia's family confront long-buried feelings of guilt, anger, fear and desire.

Only then can they allow the crashing waves of the beach at Doonshean to bond them together once again.

This is a grown-up, thoughtful family drama for fans of Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan

Extract

The Beach at Doonshean- Penny Feeny
1
The House
Rachael was stacking meringue nests into ivory towers. The radio was burbling in the background. Meringues were fragile and liable to crumble into dust at rough treatment, but they required little effort and would keep forever. She produced them regularly at her catering functions and liked to organise advance supplies. Checking her nests were wedged firm, she slotted lids onto containers and arranged them on the slate shelves of the old pantry. Wiping away the sticky residue of spilled egg whites, dumping the used equipment in the deep butler’s sink, she felt a satisfying sense of accomplishment. Then she glanced into the garden and saw the boy.
He was crouched in the middle of the lawn by the pear tree that had, until this instant, delighted her with its frilly white blossom. He was about nine or ten, a scrawny body muffled in a tracksuit. She couldn’t see his face or what he was doing but it looked suspicious. She thumped on the windowpane. The boy raised his head and then resumed his mysterious activity.
Rachael was nonplussed. She should challenge him, of course. The trouble was, she didn’t feel properly established in this house; she had only a toehold. It was the home where her husband, Matt, had spent his teenage years and he’d been reluctant to move back. He said it carried too much baggage and he’d rather have a fresh start. But Rachael, who had long coveted it, had pointed out the obvious advantages: the leafy location, the space, the garden, which would all be wonderful for Danny. It was far too big for just one person and if his mother chose to be generous, Matt shouldn’t be selfish.
No money had changed hands. Julia, newly retired, had moved into the city centre apartment they’d vacated and gone to visit old friends in the Dordogne while it was being refurbished. Rachael had been so elated she didn’t like to admit she was now having second thoughts: that perhaps she wasn’t quite ready for suburbia, or that living with shades of her mother-in-law – with the strong dark colours and functional furnishings – was discomfiting. She longed to redecorate in a scheme that would be as light and airy and floral as her favourite perfume, but until they could afford to do this, she felt almost as much a trespasser as the boy outside.
The Victorian villa had been one of the first built in the street. Its exterior had a worn, comfortable air like a well-thumbed book, but its neighbours were a hash of different styles and periods. The bungalow next door had been empty since its elderly occupant moved into a nursing home and Rachael noticed there was a gap in the privet hedge dividing the two gardens, just large enough for a child to squeeze through. She clattered down the short flight of steps from the kitchen and crossed the flagged patio.
The boy must have heard her but he didn’t react. He was crouching over a piece of slate. Earthworms and slugs were squirming across the surface and he was chopping them into bits with the sharp edge of a stone.
‘Whatever are you up to?’ exclaimed Rachael.
He didn’t stop. ‘Feed the birds,’ he said.
‘That’s not the way to do it!’ It was macabre and repulsive and she couldn’t bear to watch. ‘Shouldn’t you be at school?’
Danny was at school. It had been agonising at first to leave him drooping at the door of the reception class. But since Easter he’d rallied. He’d even let her say goodbye at the gate and watch him trot into the building with the staunch sense of duty he’d inherited from Matt.
The boy looked in her direction for the first time. His hair was shorn brutally close, his eyes rolled, wide apart. He had a scratch along his jaw and an outcrop of freckles that gave his face a rough innocence.
‘Got the day off ’cos we’re moving.’
Surely he wasn’t coming to live next door? There was no sign of a removal van. ‘Well, you shouldn’t be in this garden, all the same.’
‘She said I could.’
‘Who did?’
The boy’s lower lip jutted beyond the upper in an exaggerated pout. He scrambled up and with the toe of his trainer started pawing the ground. ‘She what lives here.’
live here,’ said Rachael – a phrase she repeated often in her head for reassurance. Then she realised he was referring to Bel.


About the Author

Penny Feeny has lived and worked in Cambridge, London and Rome. Since settling in Liverpool many years ago she has been an arts administrator, editor, radio presenter, advice worker, and has brought up five children. Her short fiction has been widely published and broadcast and won several awards. Her first novel, That Summer in Ischia, was one of the summer of 2011's best selling titles.

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The Grave Diggers Boy - blog tour



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Blurb The Grave Digger’s Boy

As a boy, Ben was a witness in the disappearance and suspected murder of a beautiful young woman, Esther Garrett, which led to an intense adolescent obsession.

Twenty years later, the conviction of her murder is overturned due to a police corruption scandal.  Ben’s obsession is reawakened when Esther’s sister asks for his help investigating the crime.

As Ben is drawn deeper into the case, he will be forced to face the truth about his own life and soon finds himself questioning everything he ever believed.

Was Esther really murdered?
And if so, could the killer be closer to home than anyone ever imagined?

MY REVIEW

One dark secret. One adolescent obsession.

This is the story of Ben who as a young boy was a witness to a disappearance and suspected murder of a young woman. 

Ben as a young boy is obsessed with the disappearance. As he grows older and moves away he still can’t forget the young girl. 

When the missing girls sister reaches out for Ben to help her he can’t resist. 

This is a well written story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I’m hoping this author is busy writing more stories like this for us.

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Biography

Ray Newman grew up in Devon and Somerset, and lives in Bristol, where he works as a writer and editor in trade publishing.
His first novel, The Grave Digger’s Boy, is a psychological crime novel set in the West Country.
Ray studied English at Cambridge, specialising in American literature and crime fiction, and worked in central government communications after graduating.
Under the name ‘Ray Bailey’ he has co-authored two multi-award-winning non-fiction books, on beer and pubs respectively.
He has also written articles on architecture, history and culture for Fortean Times, the Modernist and the Bristol Magazine, among other publications.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Forbidden - blog tour



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💚Blurb💚
𝐎𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐮𝐩𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐈𝐰𝐚𝐬𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫.
A predator who seized women just to get my kicks.
And then along came Lily. Lily—the light that chased my demons away.
Consumed with love for her, I finally put the sins of those torrid times behind me, until one dark day, everything changes.
I’m lured back into the shadows, the monster awoken again and now it will take every ounce of Lily’s submission to pull me back from the brink.
𝐌𝐲𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐚𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐟𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐰𝐞𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐄𝐧𝐝.

MY REVIEW

Make sure you read Flawed and Fallen before you read Forbidden as this is the last book in the trilogy. 

Ethan and Lily’s story continues and what a story it is. Expect the unexpected with these two. 

If your looking for a trilogy that will have your head spinning then grab and read these now. 

This is truly an amazing  and disturbing read. For a dark lover like myself it is everything I want. I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

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The Perfect Lie - blog tour



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The Perfect Lie- Karen Osman
About the Book

Nothing has felt right since she told the lie…

Claire Carmichael leads a charmed life. She has two beautiful sons, Jamie and Joshua, and a handsome and successful husband who loves her. She has been taught well by her mother – the most important thing Claire has is her good reputation.

He said, she said…

Even when she was in school, Claire had it all. She was clever, likable, and after passing the initiation tests, she was welcomed into the society of popular girls – The Queen Bees. So when a scandal threatened to ruin Claire’s reputation, the Queen Bees closed rank to protect her, no matter who else got hurt.

Never forgotten, never forgiven…

Claire may have moved on from her school days, but for one person who she hurt irreparably, those memories are as fresh as blood. And all it takes to reap their revenge, is ONE PERFECT LIE.

The latest heart-racing psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother. Perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke, Paula Hawkins and Lisa Jewell.

MY REVIEW

I’ve read previous by this author and loved them so of course I was so excited to read this one. In fact this blew my expectations out of the water. It was so so good. 

Claire had it all. A Perfect life that anyone would envy. 

She has moved on from a blip in her younger years.. until it comes back to haunt her. 

This is a well written psychological thriller that gripped me from start to finish. I absolutely loved it.

About the Author

Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Where The Sad Roses Grow - new release



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Where The Sad Roses Grow by Tee Smith is #LIVE


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Lilac was born into a world of privilege… or so she was told. Life inside the compound is safe, protected, where only the good preside, and the evil are discarded.
Forced to marry a man, more than twice her age, one of four wives, she spends her time pining for the boy she lost and the life she could have had.
The Master may control her life, but he can’t control her mind.
When her child is ripped from her arms, she’s determined to find the answers. But perhaps the truth is more sinister than she can allow herself to believe.

📚MY REVIEW 📚 

I’m speechless. I’m also so happy I saw this book promoted on social media as I needed this story in my life. 

Here’s the book description...

Lilac was born into a world of privilege… or so she was told. Life inside the compound is safe, protected, where only the good preside, and the evil are discarded.

Forced to marry a man, more than twice her age, one of four wives, she spends her time pining for the boy she lost and the life she could have had.

The Master may control her life, but he can’t control her mind. 

When her child is ripped from her arms, she’s determined to find the answers. But perhaps the truth is more sinister than she can allow herself to believe.

I don’t normally put the blurb into my review but in all honestly that’s the only peek of the story your gonna get from me. You need to go into this blind. As I said at the beginning I’m speechless. 

This is definitely going to be one of my top favourite reads this year, without a doubt.

Super excited to see this author has more books released. I’ll certainly be looking to read more from her in the future. 

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