Sunday, 18 November 2018

Review: Skin Deep

Skin Deep Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot believe I haven’t read anything by this author as this was a superb read.

It’s been quite a while since I read a book where I didn’t like the main character. Let me introduce you to Delia an unlikeable but intriguing character. Although I didn’t like her I couldn’t help but keep reading.

Skin Deep has the wow factor. An unpredictable read with a character you can’t bring yourself to like. This is certainly one of my top reads this year. I definitely need to go read this authors previous books after reading this epic story.

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Review: The Darkest Corners

The Darkest Corners The Darkest Corners by Sydney Jamesson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my first read by this author and after reading this I wanna go and read the rest of her books as this was so so good.

I’m going to refrain from saying too much about the storyline. I really do feel you need to go into this blind.

Max and Harper are two brilliant main characters. I felt as if I was holding my breath so many times while reading this story. The twists and turns seemed to just keep on coming and had me in a tizzy.

The Darkest Corners is a really well told story with a brilliant unpredictable storyline. I was literally gripped from start to finish. A book that kept me awake until the early hours but so worth it.

I absolutely loved this story. I’m so looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Who I Am - blog tour


BLOG TOUR

Who I Am - Sarah Simpson

About the author
Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has experienced working at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant for Warwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the Family Court System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children and animals.

Follow Sarah
Twitter handle: @sarahrsimpson
Facebook: @sarahsimpsoncornwall

About the book

I know everything about you

And you know everything about me… except

WHO I AM.

Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy…

Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew. Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her…

You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend... but you have no idea WHO I AM.

Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.

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EXTRACT

Turning my head against the stiffness of the pillow, stones for a filling, my pain receptors fully awake now, I bite down hard, pressing the top jaw into the lower. I find something to focus on outside the window. A palm tree stretching out tattered green and rusty yellow fingers, gesturing to me with the summer breeze, azure light particles embracing its form. I don’t want to talk to the police, I don’t want to talk to anyone. Especially not the police. Breathing in deeply through my nose, I brace myself, holding it until my chest yearns, begging me to let go. But it’s still there, the lingering smell of the sea, I can taste it, sour salt smothering tiny taste buds, the same sour salt that has doused the pores of my hair, living on, beneath my skin, bear-hugging my lungs. Tighter and tighter. More than anything I want to scrub my pale, mottled skin with fragrant hot suds and new beginnings. New beginnings, no going back, hot fragrant suds, yes, focus on this. I turn to her, touching the soft bandage with my free hand, feeling across my forehead. ‘How large is this?’ I ask.
‘What, the gash, love?’
I nod, ‘Yes. Feels huge, this bandage.’
She reaches over, moving my hand away, ‘don’t you be worrying, now. You’ve several minor cuts, here and here,’ she waves her hand to indicate reciprocal areas on her own forehead. ‘So yes, at the moment, we can hardly see that pretty little face of yours, you’re all bandaged up for the time being, superficial though, love. Hopefully. Nothing more.’
Hardly see that pretty little face. I can do this.
Get it over and done with, talk to the police. Then I needn’t talk to anyone, not ever, not about this. Ever. A fresh start. One day at a time, small delicate steps. I can make it happen.
‘Natasha,’ she squeezes my hand again, ‘what shall I tell the police? Shall I fetch you a warm drink first, then maybe you’ll be up to it, lovely? Or would you like more time? It’s your call. From what you say, I suspect, you’ll not be able to help them anyway.’
‘Okay,’ I hear myself say, eyes clinging to the palm tree, ‘I’ll see them. Now, best I do it now.’ After all, I’ve nothing to tell them, not really. They probably understand more than I do. Wrong place at the wrong time? Misled by someone I thought to be so genuine? Either way, I’m unable to help them. I haven’t had the chance to run it through my own mind yet, never mind provide answers for anyone else. How did I not see it coming? How did I not see her? Who she really was? If I can get the questions over and done with, while shock still has a firm grip, before this stage of severance falls away, I may stand a chance.
‘If you’re absolutely sure you’re up to it? Don’t feel pressured, love. They’ve waited this long, it won’t hurt them to wait a little longer. Perhaps have that drink first, eh?’
I turn my face further into the pillow, ‘Thanks, but I’d rather get it over and done with. Then, I’ll be ready to leave, please. I’m feeling much better already.’
I sense her eyes softening on me, I daren’t look.
‘Hey, slow down there!’ She chuckles, ‘One step at a time – it’s far too soon for you to be leaving. You’ve not long opened your eyes. We’ll need to keep you in for the night at least for observation. You need some looking after, bless you. You’ve no-one to go to either, from what you’ve said,’ I shouldn’t have told her I’m alone. She moves closer still, ‘We’ll take good care of you, promise,’ she whispers.
Seconds later, her rubber mules creep away from the room. To inform the police – she’s as ready as she’ll ever be, no doubt. Go carefully, she’s extremely fragile. Not thinking straight either. It will be the bump to the head, probably.
I am leaving. As soon as I’ve satisfied the police, I’m leaving. To be away from Cornwall before the tide turns. Before they find out. Before I change my mind I roll my head to face the opposite wall, towards the sound of a disapproving clock, tick, ticking at me. A train will be leaving platform two from Truro Station at precisely 16.12. If I’m to get away with this – I need to be on it.
I’ve a very long journey ahead of me.




The Janitor & The Spy - blog tour



BLOG TOUR

The Janitor and the Spy

Baby wipes are not the best at cleaning up blood or what happened to Thornhill in Amsterdam.
They told Thornhill it would be a simple spy mission that he was more than eager to take on, but of course, it wasn't.
It didn't take long after meeting the contact for Thornhill to question if he or anyone else connected to him was going to be able to make it out of Amsterdam alive. Passing strangers on the streets became potential hitmen and dinner with criminals became safe heavens as Thornhill seeks to find answers from an old man named Golay.

Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janitor-Spy-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B013KNYGVC/
US - https://www.amazon.com/janitor-spy-thornhill-book-ebook/dp/B013KNYGVC/

The Dragon and the Lumberjack

Thomas feared he played Jack too well...
The sequel to S. W. Ellenwood's debut novel, The Janitor and the Spy, picks up six months after Thomas Thornhill's nightmare mission in Amsterdam. On his own, he now goes under the alias of Jack Montferrand and seeks to gain entry into the oldest and most dangerous triad in Asia to find Them.
On the inside, he found the triad not as stable as he thought, forcing him to prove his trust and worth to them at every turn as new rivals sprout up. He plunges his hands deeper into the filth and the alias of Jack where he starts to wonder where Thomas ends and Jack begins.

Purchase Links
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Lumberjack-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B07JFCHTD4
US - https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lumberjack-Thornhill-Book-ebook/dp/B07JFCHTD4

Author Bio –

S. W. Ellenwood is thankful to have a close-knit family of two parents, a brother, and two sisters. A homeschooler who graduated college from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Ellenwood loves all forms and genres of stories and was inspired by  The Lord of the Rings films and his parents to write. You can find Ellenwood writing his next novel at the local coffee shops or playing table top games with his best friends.

Social Media Links –
Twitter: https://twitter.com/swellenwood
Website: http://www.swellenwood.com/

Friday, 16 November 2018

The Ash Moon - new release


NEW RELEASE

Title: The Ash Moon
Author: Michelle Dare
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design
Publication Date: November 16th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Reviews & PR


Blurb:
A kept secret. A life altered. A new journey.

Ariane lived her life one book at a time. She would never have guessed those books were about to change everything.

They led her to Orion.

Tall, dark, with eyes only for her. The rest of the world ceased to exist when Orion was around. But during a fateful ash moon, he shifted into a wolf. Ari thought she was dreaming, but she’d recognize those eyes anywhere.

Fiction became reality. Fantasy was actually history. And soon, Ari would learn her role in it.

A pack war was on the horizon, and she was the only one who could stop it.

Nothing would ever be as it once was, because Ariane was now part of the Avynwood Pack.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39499136-the-ash-moon

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/la3a410DkoE


Author Bio:
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.

Author Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormichelledare
Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/daresdivas/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/michelle_dare
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/michelle_dare/
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Website: http://michelledare.com/
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Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2Q1Gh53
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2DEkElK
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2DErmIa
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2DELmuq







Nevermore - book blitz


BOOK BLITZ

Title: Nevermore
Author: M. Stratton
Genre: Gothic Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Reviews & PR


Blurb:
Raven Pallas ran from her past.
Easton Poe had a past he couldn't escape.

When Raven gets her dream job on Nevermore--a private, remote island--she can relax for the first time in years. As the person in charge of the island and making sure the buildings are kept in perfect condition, especially the large English manor house, is her ideal job. Using her unique skillset learned from her father, she has forgotten more than most men knew of construction.

The memories of Easton's wife's brutal murder haunt him still. Escaping the mainland and Poe Distilleries, he’s holed up on Nevermore, alone with only memories of his Lenore to keep him company. For almost five years, he has driven away all the other caretakers his twin brother had hired to make sure he was safe on the remote island.

Raven is different. He can't chase her away--and for reasons he doesn't understand, he is relieved when she stays.

But something--and someone--dark and sinister is just along the edges of their oddly tranquil life. Secrets long buried come back to haunt both of them and the answers will haunt them, evermore...

Nevermore, a modern gothic romance inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33835252-nevermore


Author Bio:
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago, Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.

Author Links:
Website: www.mstrattonauthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLStrattonAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MStratton70
Instagram: https://instagram.com/m.stratton
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2vVkssu
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7063095.M_Stratton
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/m-stratton

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QJbk2F





Scent of Cedar - new release



NEW RELEASE

Title: Scent of Cedar
Author: Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Holiday Romance
Publication Date: November 16th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR


Blurb: 
She needed a change of pace. . .
No one said anything about a friendly camel or a hunky mechanic
Cedar Haynes has a choice: change her high-pressure lifestyle, or end up dead by the time she’s thirty. Not one to do things by half measures, she quits her demanding corporate job, swaps her sports car for an SUV, and moves to the peaceful mountain community of Faraday. She envisions a quiet, peaceful Christmas, surrounding by silence and sparkling snow. When a camel takes up residence on her porch, she realizes small-town life may be more quirky and complicated than she imagined. Thankfully, the local mechanic seems to have all the answers - plus good looks, bad-boy charm, and a mysterious aura that leaves her wanting to know more.

Rhett Riggs left big city life behind the moment his small-town uncle needed his help. To make ends meet, he takes over Faraday’s one and only garage and gas station. He gets more than he bargained for, though, when Uncle Will passes away, leaving Rhett a run-down farmhouse, a wacky camel named Lolly, and a deep-rooted love for the community he considers his home. With the holidays approaching, he watches with interest as a new neighbor moves in next door. He waits for Lolly to send the woman running, like she has the last handful of residents. Only this time, if his beautiful neighbor leaves, she’ll take his heart with her.

Between spilled secrets, mistaken identities, and a camel determined to spread a little love, it will take more than mistletoe and holiday magic to help Rhett and Cedar find their happy ending.

Come along on a sweet Christmas romance adventure sure to uplift the spirit, touch the heart, and imbue the warmth of the holiday season.

˃˃˃ Read all four sweet romances in The Friendly Beasts of Faraday series!
* Scent of Cedar (Book 1) - A woman in need of a new beginning finds herself tormented by a camel and captivated by the town's bad boy. Can she overcome her fears to embrace a sweet holiday romance?

* Tidings of Joy (Book 2)- Only one woman can draw a shy mail carrier out of his shell, but it will take the help of her donkey and puppy to make it happen.

* Boughs of Holly (Book 3)- A free-spirited nurse winds up on a ranch with a stubborn cowboy and his matchmaking grandpa. Will love triumph over her need to roam?

* Wings of an Angel (Book 4) - Will a fun-loving teacher convince a woman sworn off romance to give love a second chance? He'll need a hand from her son and his furry, feathered friends.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42733539-scent-of-cedar


Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, this hopeless romantic is out to make it happen one story at a time. When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, Cowboy Kisses, and Pioneer Hearts.

Author Links:
Website: http://shannahatfield.com
Newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/shannasnewsletter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorShannaHatfield
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4981400.Shanna_Hatfield
You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShannaHatfield?feature=watch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShannaHatfield
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shannahatfield/
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cYfAcI

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2RUCHah

Wild Things - book blitz



BOOK BLITZ

Title: Wild Things
Author: Catherine Vale
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Blurb:
Senna, the curvy Princess, refuses to be given away in marriage to the Ottway, an evil bastard of a man, who just so happens to be aligned with her father. Marriage arranged against her wishes, Senna is torn between what she must do for her family, and what her heart truly wants.

Gabriel isn't just Senna's guard, but a powerful wolf-shifter, who wants her as his own. It would be treason to go against the wishes of the King, but what these men don't seem to know, is that when it comes to love, rules are meant to be broken.

Will Gabriel be successful in his attempt to rescue Senna from danger? And if they make a run for it, will they be able to survive in a world of ruthless aliens and shifters, who will stop at nothing to destroy them?

If you love riveting storytelling, sensual alpha shifters, and paranormal romance that never quits, then you’ll love Wild Things.
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31958931-wild-things


Author Bio: 
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem and paranormal romance.

Author Links:
Website: https://catherinevale.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valeromance
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8191547.Catherine_Vale
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MHhth6
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherinevalebooks/

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2OJ20u2




The Bloodlines Series Boxset - new release



NEW RELEASE

Title: The Bloodlines Series Box Set
Author: Mary Duke
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: November 15th, 2018
Hosted by: Lady Amber's Reviews & PR


Blurb:
Narah Night comes from the firstborn of the werewolves lines; the once alpha of their species. But now, the Hollow wolves hide in fear as they are hunted and their souls harvested for power.
Most of her kind have either been slaughtered, kidnapped, or hide in fear.
Narah refuses to hide in the shadows and has made some unlikely friends with a dark fairy, reaper, and another Hollow Wolf. However, Narah’s new friends don’t come without complications. The Reapers are thrown from one power shift to another, leaving Kyrell with control over his people. All as the Dark Fairies are reminded that not all prophecies are as they seem, leaving Foley to take reign over her kind.

As Narah finds herself front and center, not only before her people, but all those who stand against this war for absolute power, she must decide whether to continue the Night Family Legacy or forge her own path.

As their new lives are pieced together and the four friends become ready to face this war, they realize that, though fate has brought them together, its twist and turns aren’t going to make it easy for them to remain that way.


Author Bio:
As far as anyone needs to know, Mary comes from a small town in rural Ohio. With a husband, three kids, a dog, a cat, and two beta fish (Fuzzy Blue, and Red Fish, if you were curious about their names,) her hands are kept busy. However, when she finds a way to escape reality, she twists words into worlds, fueling her alter-ego as the Realm Wrangler!

With her debut series, Bloodline launching in August 2018, she has a full schedule of launches lined up to grab ahold of her readers, and drag them with her through several different adventures in 2019! Watch for her Of the Faye Series, The Dark Soul Hunters Series, and The Alyce Eryx Academy Series!

Author Links:
Website: www.immaryduke.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iammaryduke/
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MarysRealmKeepers/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/immaryduke/
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Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/mary-duke
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2B3sN0l

Buy Links:
Hunted: https://amzn.to/2PZkFpS
Warrior: https://amzn.to/2qKgKzi
Queen: https://amzn.to/2Fi4OyE
Box Set: https://amzn.to/2TcoIhg

Excerpt from Hunted:

Prologue

The Hallow Wolves once reigned over the six werewolf packs. We did not reign with unjust, nor did we consider ourselves better than any of the rest. It was just the natural order, The Hallow Wolves, then the Cresent, Crimson, Golden, Shadow, and Mystic. It was the order each line was created, and for hundreds of years it was how we lived.
My mother was our Alpha, as the Night’s had always been. I was a Night, there was no mistaken it. I looked just like my mother, firey red hair, olive skin, a face covered in freckles. My mother was my everything, we spent every minute together, even though I had five other brothers and sisters, it was I who she chose to become leader of the pack when her time had run out.

At that time I didn’t think anything of it, it was something that was going to happen years from now, or so I thought. I also didn’t have time to think about it, as every waking second of my days were filled with training, and learning, and getting every experience my mother thought I needed. School was one of those experiences, a school away from our pack, a school that included all kids from all kinds of supernatural backgrounds.
Hallow Point, a school founded by my great grandparents, was where I was when I got the news…the worst news of my life. The Hallow wolves were under attack, and my family…our pack…they were gone.





Review: Wasp Latitudes

Wasp Latitudes Wasp Latitudes by Allan Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a really well told follow on to Heart Swarm.

DI Will Harlan. What a character! I love his sense of humour and his sarcasm. It adds so much to the story. Harlan has his hands full as there’s so much going on in this story.

From start to finish this is a page turner. It is action packed and I loved every word of it. I started one evening and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. I couldn’t put it down. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author.

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