Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Where is Hannah?
When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.
Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.
Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.
Julia was only trying to help, but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?
Discover a gripping thriller that has you on the edge of your seat!
This is a superb read. I felt as if it consumed me. We get several points of view in this story. Sometimes I find this confusing but the author wrote it in such a way I followed it easily enough. As we get the story with several points of view I felt as if I was watching it on tv.
Kyles wife Hannah goes missing. The police investigate and he starts a campaign to look for her. Julia a local helping in the search and Detective Kerry Lawlor also gives their view.
Lots of questions running through my head had me reading this in one sitting. Great storyline. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
“Under your skin” is Rose’s fourth novel. Her previous three novels were romantic fiction published by Crooked Cat. She has made the genre jump from “chick lit” to psychological thriller and is enjoying delving into a darker corner of her mind!
Rose has also written two short plays which were performed in the Black Box theatre in Belfast.
She discusses book reviews on her You Tube channel and writes theatre reviews for her blog.
She loves nothing more than curling up with her cats and a good book. She has two rescue cats – Toots, who is ginger with an inquisitive face and Soots, who is black and hops along on his 3 legs looking ever so cute.
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Tuesday, 28 July 2020
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was so excited to read this and I sure wasn’t disappointed. I literally inhaled this in one sitting.
Mammoth is an enforcer for the Baltimore club. When a girl he met asks him for help he does. Both Mammoth and Riva are likeable characters. Great storyline.
Can’t wait to read more from this author.
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Saturday, 25 July 2020
Friday, 24 July 2020
Some secrets are best kept buried
… But someone won't let her forget ...
Decades ago, the disturbing disappearance of an eleven-year-old girl shook the tiny village Hannah grew up in. Now Hannah receives the shock of her life when she is told her sister, April, has committed suicide. Distraught, she returns to her childhood home for the funeral.
But someone who refuses to forget the past has sickening shocks in store for the grieving family and soon latch onto Hannah instead, leaving her looking over her shoulder at every turn.
Now the nightmares aren't only inside Hannah's head ...
The close-knit community is rattled as devastating secrets and unspeakable truths are shaken up and it seems everyone has a secret to hide ...
Hannah feels her grip on reality slipping as she starts to suspect even those closest to her - including her husband Will. April had uttered words of warning against him, but was it merely jealousy? Or does Hannah truly have something to fear from the father of her child?
Could the danger be closer to home than she realises?
And why is Hannah’s own father insisting that the past should remain in the past?
In My Wake is an unputdownable psychological thriller about a woman forced to confront her devastating past. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland, Laura Marshall and The Silent Patient will love the shocking twists and unexpected revelations.
A Breathtaking Psychological Thriller With a Killer Twist. This couldn’t sum it up any better.
Hannah returns to her home town for her sisters funeral. With her is her husband Will and daughter Eva. I really didn’t like her husband. Strange stuff starts happening and Hannah doesn’t know who to trust when her past comes back to haunt her.
I found this to be a well written gripping read.
Ruth Harrow was born and raised in London and graduated from the University of Kent before embarking on an unfulfilling career as an accountant.
She eventually put pen to paper and her debut psychological thriller, In Her Footsteps, was published in 2018 and quickly became a bestseller. Following the success of her first novel, her second book, You’re All Mine, was released in 2019. Her third psychological thriller, In My Wake will arrive on 16th July 2020.
She lives in Colchester with her husband, two children and chocolate Labrador, Rolo.
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Thursday, 23 July 2020
‘Beautifully brutal, dark and twisted’
Traumatised by the tragic death of her twin brother, Brianna falls into a state of deep depression, isolating herself from the world and all those that care about her. When a twist of fate reveals that she has a half-sister she finds a new purpose in her life and sets out to find her sibling, desperately hoping she can fill the void left in her world.
Poppy has not enjoyed the same privileged lifestyle as her sister while growing up. Abandoned into the care system at the age of eight, she has encountered both physical and sexual abuse for most of her life. Passing through the hands of more care homes and foster families than she can remember, the damaged product of a broken upbringing, Poppy has never found a place to feel truly safe. Kicking back at society, she turns to drug abuse and acts of extreme violence to escape from reality.
When the two siblings are finally united, they discover that they have much more in common than their DNA. Their paths are shrouded with sinister secrets of betrayal and regret and both girls share a deep-rooted hatred for one of their parents. As the dark truths of their lives are unveiled they realise that nothing can ever be the same again...
This book had the wow factor for me. It sucked me in from the start and I was gripped all the way through.
In a tragic accident Bree lost her twin brother Jamie. She’s not dealing with the loss very well. We also have Poppy who hasn’t had a good life so far and her present life isn’t much better. My heart went out to her.
This is a well written descriptive and complex story. I’m really looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.
Marc Scott was born and bred in the heart of East London. His dark and gritty writing style has earned him much praise with readers.
He worked in the film and video industry for more than twenty years, the highlight of which was spending twelve months based in Hollywood, organising marketing campaigns for a UK film distributor.
More recently he spent several years working with young offenders as part of his role associated with the court service. It was during this time he became deeply moved by the tragic story of one young girl who was struggling to come to terms with the neglect and abuse she had suffered throughout her life. Her tragic case inspired him to write his first novel HOUSE OF STRAW.
The book has already received excellent reviews from bloggers and buyers and his second book is planned for release at the end of 2020.
His favourite book is Birdy by William Wharton, which he confesses to have read at least half a dozen times. He also enjoys the works of Kazuo Ishiguro. ‘I love authors that can find something that is extraordinary in ordinary people’ he says. ‘A reader wants to feel like a bystander all through the journey and that only happens if they can feel an emotional attachment to the main characters’.
Marc lives in Buckinghamshire and has three grown-up children George, Marissa and Amie. He says his daughters have been the main motivation behind his love of writing. ‘I always run everything past them. Their honest appraisals definitely keep me on the right track’ he says.
He is a keen sports fan and has an undying passion for Leyton Orient Football Club.
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
The Casanova Papers
Ellie Murphy takes a contract teaching English at a school in Venice. There she meets the sexy, enigmatic Professor Piero Contarini, from an ancient Venetian family, and agrees to help him in his work curating a new edition of the memoirs of the famous seducer, Giacomo Casanova. Taking their task seriously, they start to enact his adventures with each other, ecstatically revealing their own kinks as they do so. But who is watching them from the shadowy alleyways of Venice?
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Why write about Casanova – why not?
I decided to write a contemporary erotic romance inspired by the life of Casanova after I found a copy of his memoirs in a charity bookshop I volunteer for. He’s famous now as a lover but he was a lot more besides: librarian, gambler, poet and diplomat. He met Mozart, Voltaire, Catherine the Great of Russia and Benjamin Franklin amongst others. But really how good a lover was he? We’ve only got his word for it that he was, and it’s just possible he was good at seduction but not that brilliant at lovemaking, because
he doesn’t give many details away about the latter. It’s really the chase that interests him. A modern woman would probably say he was rubbish at relationships – I certainly would. Probably the only woman Casanova ever really loved was his grandmother. He died alone, far from home, not in a woman’s arms but in a chair in Count Waldstein’s castle in Bohemia, where the servants disrespected him. Even his burial place is unknown. But Casanova’s appeal for us is the appeal of any new sexual encounter – the novelty, the exploration, the conquest, even.
So I wondered, what would happen if a couple tried to relive his encounters, but only with each other, and in the romantic setting of Casanova’s native Venice? It’s a city where anything is possible, especially at Carnival, where everyone is in costume and wearing a mask, with only their glittering eyes and smiling mouths visible. We probably all of us, even in the most stable and happy relationships, have moments when we wonder ‘what if?’ Ellie Murphy and Piero Contarini, explore whether they can have the best of both worlds, whilst being true to each other. In the process, they discover each other’s kinks, and find that as a couple they are extraordinarily, deliriously compatible. This story does include scenes of exquisite consensual bondage and voyeurism – it’s definitely not for pearl-clutchers – in the varied settings of an artist’s studio, a modest pensione near the station, an abandoned army barracks, and a breathtaking piano
nobile apartment in a Renaissance palace on the Grand Canal – variety is definitely the spice.
Casanova’s memoirs run to several volumes, and they’ve been published over the years with some of the most deliciously erotic illustrations, which I touch on in the book. His travels took in Dresden, Prague, London, Paris, St. Petersburg…perhaps one day I’ll write a sequel in which Ellie and Piero continue their amorous role-playing in some of those cities!
Venice is a place I love, and so I didn’t need any excuse to go there again to check out the locations.
When I was revising the book later, it nearly broke my heart to see that vibrant city on webcam during lockdown, when the only living beings in St Mark’s Square were the pigeons. I hope that in reading The Casanova Papers you’ll decide, when it’s again safe to travel, that you want to pay a visit to Venice. And who knows what adventures might await you too in its mysterious alley-ways and by its glittering canals?
Author Bio – Kate Zarrelli is the romance and erotica pen-name of Katherine Mezzacappa. Kate is Irish but now lives in Carrara in Northern Tuscany, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She is the author of Tuscan Enchantment (eXtasy: Devine Destinies). Kate/Katherine writes historical, erotic, feel-good and paranormal fiction, set all over Europe, and in her spare time volunteers with a used book charity of which she is a founder member.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2020
The Women Who Ran Away
A life-affirming new novel about the power of inter-generational female friendship from the author of number one bestsellers Her Husband’s Mistake, The Missing Wife and The Hideaway
Two women form an unlikely friendship as they face up to shocking truths about the men they’ve loved- and take the reins on deciding their future.
Deira is setting out on the holiday she’d planned with her long-term partner Gavin- only she’s on her own. Gavin will not be amused when he finds out she’s ‘borrowed’ his car, but since their brutal break-up Deira’s not been acting rationally. Maybe a drive through beautiful France will help her see things differently.
Grace is also travelling alone, each stage of her journey outlined in advance by her late husband. Ken was head of the household when he was alive, and it seems he’s still in charge. His last decision was a surprise- could there be more surprises to come? There’s only one way to find out, galling though it is to dance again to Ken’s tune.
Thrown together by chance, Grace and Deira find that it’s easier to share secrets with a stranger, especially in the shimmering sunny countryside of Spain and France. But they soon find that there’s no escaping the truth, whether you’re running away from it or racing towards it...
It’s been quite a while since I read anything by this author. I inhaled her books about fifteen years ago. I was so hoping I’d enjoy this story as much as I loved her early stories. I’m glad to say I loved it. The Women Who Ran Away is a great page turner. Once I started I didn’t want to put the book down.
Deira and Grace are two strangers who find themselves on a ferry from Ireland to France. They strike up a friendship and go on a journey together.
This is a well told story with a great storyline. Would make a great beach read.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of bestselling chart- toppers, including Her Husband’s Mistake, The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, The Missing Wife, My Mother’s Secret and All For You (winner of the Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award). After working in banking and finance for a number of years, Sheila’s love for writing blossomed into curating stories about relationships in all their many forms.
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Monday, 20 July 2020
Shadows of the Woods by Duncan Thompson
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Faceless shadows, a night that will never be the same, and a sinister force. If you go down to the woods tonight, you're in for a sinister surprise.
When a stag party decide to camp in the woods, they soon discover that a malevolent force has them in their sights. As the unknown creeps ever closer, Joe and his friends must survive. To survive, Joe must learn to fight. If he fights, he could lose it all.
A rollercoaster ride of blood, sweat and tears, Shadows of the Woods will keep you hooked, all whilst throwing nostalgic homage to slashers of the late seventies and early eighties.
A Night Terror that you won't be forgetting any time soon.
I jumped into this and didn’t realise it was a horror story (totally my fault- sometimes I like to jump in lol)I don’t watch horror movies but I do like the odd horror read when it’s done right.
This was a brilliant read. I felt I was sucked in from start to finish. I read this in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down.
I’m glad we don’t go camping or walks in the woods as I think I’d be giving it a wide berth for a while lol
Can’t fault this story. I’ll definitely be looking to read more from this author in the future.
About Duncan Thompson:
Duncan has spent most of his life in a small market town in West Yorkshire — the same town in which most of his stories are set under the guise of Ravenfield. Duncan has been writing works of fiction since the age of seven. In those early days, his stories often involved himself and his friends being transported to fantasy worlds. However, as a teenager, Duncan fell in love with horror movies and his writing took a whole new direction.
Duncan still lives in West Yorkshire with his partner and their two young children. He also has slight obsession with Spider-Man and the actor Bruce Campbell, as well as having an addiction to vinyl records, coffee and Lego.
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Published in paperback and digital formats by Panther Publishing on 6th June 2020
Sunday, 19 July 2020
Cocky Hero Club
Release Date: July 19, 2020
Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward's New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.
Powerful Bastard by ZN Willett
A BASTARD YOU WILL LOVE TO HATE
“Excuse me, sir, I know this sounds strange, but can I buy that bagel from you?”
I didn’t know at the time that one simple question would change my life irrevocably.
Not to mention the tall, dark, and handsome stranger that came with it.
As a struggling musician in New York, I’d take all the help I could get.
But I wondered at what price? Because, as handsome and powerful as Bentley Schilling was, he was still a bastard.
I’d never forget the day Melody Dumas approached me in that bagel shop.
I sure as hell didn’t plan to offer her assistance. But when she flashed those deep brown eyes, she could get any man to do her bidding.
The streets of New York were not an easy road—one must earn their way. But this beauty was different. She needed to be on a stage, not singing on a street corner.
I had the power to help her make beautiful music.
Question was . . . what was in it for me?
Powerful Bastard is a witty, sexy love story about a free-spirited musician who just might bring a Manhattan powerhouse to his knees.
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This is my first read by this author but it certainly won’t be my last as it’s a great read.
Bentley and Melody are complete opposites. They lead totally different lives. One question changes everything for both of them.
I found this to be a nice, easy, quick read which is exactly what I needed. Will definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
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