Tag – You’re Dead by @DouglasSkelton1 #BlogTour

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Book Description:

Sam the butcher is missing, and maverick investigator Dominic Queste is on the case. But it’s not because he misses Sam’s prize-winning steak pies… A dangerous man has arrived in Glasgow. He’s no small-town crook, and he’s leaving a trail of disturbing clues across the city, starting with the missing cousin of Queste’s new lover. Amidst a twisted game of cat and mouse, suspicious coppers and a seemingly random burglary at the judge’s house, Queste has to keep his wits about him. Or he might just find himself on the butcher’s block.

My Thoughts:

Tag – You’re dead is the second novel to feature Dominic Queste, if like me you haven’t read The Dead Don’t Boogie, which is the first book to feature him, then fear not as it easily reads as a stand alone.

I have no idea why I haven’t read this authors books before. Having now read one I know I need to read more. Dom is a character that literally grabs the reader right from the off. He reminds me of one of those PI’s in the black and white films that you used to watch. There are some cracking one liners that had me re reading them as I loved them that much. Even having finished the novel the thought of some of them brings a smile to my face.

Dom certainly brings a bit of light relief to this novel. The story line itself is a very dark and gritty one and I think Dom’s out look on life and situations brings the perfect balance to the book. It also may leave you craving steak pies as there are more than a few references to them!

Tag – You’re Dead was a great introduction to a new author, for me that is as I am late to the whole Douglas Skelton party. It certainly whet my appetite and left me wanting to read more of his books. The author has taken a stereo typical lead character but turned him into someone that stands out from the crowd in his genre. A highly entertaining and gripping read.

My thanks to Gordon Mcghie and the author for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Tag – You’re Dead is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Strange Magic (Essex Witches Mystery 1) by Syd Moore

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Book Description:

Rosie Strange doesn’t believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.

My Thoughts:

Strange Magic is a novel that young adults and adults a like can read and enjoy.

I loved the idea of inheriting a museum, especially one to do with witches. Sadly Rosie wants rid and to get back to her everyday life. These plans are delayed though when they end up on a mission to find the bones of a witch.

Rosie is quite a head strong character but I think she meets her match with Sam. Sam is very passionate about his work in the museum and he is determined to change Rosie’s mind as well as help her on their mission.

I have to admit when I read the description, I think because it’s to do with dark magic and witches I thought it would be darker than what it actually is. Being a horror and crime fan, I love my books quite dark. Where as this is a good read, it just wasn’t quite dark enough for me. I would certainly still recommend it for people who like a mysterious and engaging read that is more on the lighter side though.

My thanks to Cailin at Point Blank for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 3/5 stars.

Strange Magic is out on the 4th of May and available to pre order on Amazon.

Alice by K L Lovely #BlogTour @emmamitchellfpr @K_L_Loveley

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Character Spotlight

I would like to introduce Sally as my character in the spotlight. Sally is entirely a new fictional character.

Sally was a single mum, who sadly lost her only son Zak, under tragic circumstances. We first meet Sally when she kindly agrees to let Alice rent out her canal boat while she is working on an assignment in the Netherlands. Sally works as a Social worker.  However fate returns Sally sooner than expected and this turn of events helps to save Alice from possible death. Their friendship, takes them on a journey of recovery and a new future for Alice.

When did you create Sally?   

The character of Sally was developed quite early on in the writing process, although she doesn’t appear in the novel until around two thirds of the way in.

Did you write the book to accommodate Sally or Sally to accommodate the book?  

She was definitely developed to accommodate the book.

What do you like most about her?

Sally is a warm compassionate woman.

What do you like least about her?  

There is nothing I dislike about Sally.

Did your early readers/editorial team like her to start with or did you have to change Sally in any way?  

Some readers would have preferred for Sally to have had a bigger role to play.

Does she have any similarities with anyone real?  

Personally, I don’t know anyone like Sally, but I feel sure that there are many kind and compassionate women who would have helped Alice the way Sally did.

What are your plans for her?  

I have many plans for Alice and Sally, should a sequel be requested.

Would you be friends in real life?

Yes, most definitely.

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Title: Alice

Publisher: Self-published

Tour: 17th – 30th April

Author: K.L Loveley

About the author:

K.L Loveley is a contemporary fiction author from Nottinghamshire, who writes gritty, realistic novels which tackle medical and social issues.

The author has enjoyed a successful 47-year nursing career with the NHS, during which she acquired vast skills. She has transferred her medical knowledge, and incorporated her excellent human observation skills into writing interesting stories about people affected by social and medical issues.

Her debut novel, ‘Alice’ tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.

Blurb:

Alice is near breaking point. Floods have left her beautiful dream home a damaged mess, her step children’s lack of respect is giving her migraines and, worst of all, her husband is giving her no support to lean on. Her life is slowly spiralling out of control.

When Alice’s daughter, Anne Marie, repeatedly falls victim to aggressive vandals, Alice finally can take no more. She decides to take control of the mess that has become her life, and finally frees herself from the chaos that has been bringing her down.

Freedom, however, isn’t as sweet as Alice first thought it might be. She finds herself yearning for something she can’t quite put her finger on. In her quest to find it, Alice finds herself turning to drink…

Buying links:

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1786129728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488315343&sr=8-1&keywords=K.L+Loveley

 

Amazon USA

https://www.amazon.com/Alice-K-L-Loveley/dp/1786129728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488317655&sr=8-1&keywords=K.L+Loveley+Alice

 

Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/alice/k-l-loveley/9781786129727

 

Foyles

http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/fiction-poetry/alice,k-l-loveley-9781786129727

 

Book depository

https://www.bookdepository.com/Alice-K-L-Loveley/9781786129727

 

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KLLoveley

 

Telegraph bookshop

http://books.telegraph.co.uk/Product/K-L-Loveley/Alice/20610915

 

Rafflecopter giveaway link:

One lucky person will win the following #GoodieBag!!

  • Signed copy of Alice
  • ‘Mindfulness for the frazzled’ by Ruby Wax
  • Mindfulness coloring book
  • Staedtler Colouring Pencils, (Johanna Basford Edition)
  • Pukka Relax tea
  • K.L Loveley mindfulness mug

 

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The ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was held on Saturday 25th

With the exception of celebrity writers, I imagine many authors feel uncomfortable performing in front of crowds, especially as writing can be a solitary pursuit. Perhaps, public appearances, no matter their size, may be challenging to many authors. With this thought in my mind, I was undecided whether or not to hold a book launch event.

However, as the day approached, I began to read stories of other author’s experiences and realized that I could not let such a special occasion go by, without marking the day in my own unique special way.

I was very fortunate to hold my book launch in ‘The Faff Room’, Burnaby House, Mansfield Woodhouse and my thanks go to Amanda Holt for making this possible. In many ways it was appropriate for me to use this location as a setting for the launch, due to the historical fact that when I was a small girl, this building was my Doctors surgery and considering ‘Alice’ charts the decline of a member of the health care profession it helps to reinforce the books content.

Having set up the room with bunting, lights, and strategically stacked copies of my debut novel ‘Alice’, I began to feel less nervous about meeting the public as a first-time author. The refreshments were out and the tea room was ready.

Exactly on cue, at 2pm, my first guests arrived! They had travelled a fair distance by train and I felt humbled to greet them having made such an effort.

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Hot on the heels of these guests, arrived my school friend Janet and her husband Dereck, bearing a beautiful flower decoration and congratulations card. It was lovely to see a familiar face.

In a flurry of good will and excitement my girlfriends, Karen, Kim, Chris and Elaine arrived with the most amazing display of flowers and cards.

The room began to fill with lots of family and friends and sat amongst them all like a proud mother hen, was my eighty-eight-year-old mum, beaming with joy.

My husband mingled with guests, and conversed about his supporting role throughout my journey from writer to published author.  My daughter introduced me to the crowd and there was no stopping me. Although not accustomed to public speaking I found the words came naturally to me, for I was speaking from the heart, especially when I offered appreciation for the support that everyone was giving me.

I had the opportunity to read excerpts from my novel ‘Alice’ to bring the characters alive. I also had the opportunity to speak individually to my guests which I rather enjoyed. A number of hardback and paperback copies were sold, each one signed with a personal message.

My talented nephew, David Oliver has his own photography business, so throughout the event he was taking publicity shots which are featured on this blog post.

My ‘Alice’ book launch celebration was a personal success, and I enjoyed it immensely.

 

Ice Cold Alice by C P Wilson #BlogTour @bellshillwilson @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:
 

They thought that they had all the power, until she took it from them.

A killer hunts abusive spouses, blogging about their sins post-kill. Soon the murders and the brazen journaling draws the attention of Police Scotland’s CID. 

This killer works with surgical preparation, precision and skill, using a unique weapon of her own and never leaves a trace of evidence behind. 

Edinburgh’s DI Kathy McGuire, nearing the end of her career, begins the hunt for the murderer as a media frenzy erupts. But McGuire might have met her match… 

What has led this killer to take the law into her own hands? 

Is the woman accountable really a cold-hearted killer or a desperate vigilante? 

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My Thoughts:

I have to start by mentioning the cover for this book as I absolutely love it. It’s so fitting with the story as well as being a total eye catcher.

I’m not to sure what I was expecting after reading the book description but it is actually way more than what I had in mind.

The story flicks between then and now which lets the reader get to know ‘Tequila Mockingbird’ better. The police as well as the public get to know about her murders and the reasoning through her blog and social media. I really loved how the author made the whole story more current in todays world. Social media certainly plays a big part in our lives and it’s good to see it coming through in books.

As much as I could understand why Alice does what she does, it still felt very wrong. She certainly has followers divided. Domestic abuse is an awful crime and anyone who is behind doing it certainly should be punished. As much as the way Alice kills her victims actually thrilled me, as a law abiding citizen, I did feel that she was wrong by killing them and would rather they were locked up and made to suffer for years rather than just a short period of time.

I loved Kathy in the story. She was the main character that really appealed to me. I think it’s because I could relate to her and we were of the same mind set. I have to say when I got to the end I was pleased to see that there is more to come and I for one can’t wait!

Ice Cold Alice is a gripping read that certainly stands out on its own in its genre. I think the author will certainly wow readers with this book and leave them begging for more. Great read and perfect for fans of serial killers who love to be shocked and surprised.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Ice Cold Alice is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Author Info:

C.P. Wilson writes Psychological Thrillers. Ice Cold Alice is due for publication by Bloodhound Books on April 20th, 2017 and is currently being adapted to a screenplay. 

Wilson is also the author of ten works of fiction in multiple genre and one non-fiction memoir under the name Mark Wilson.

Wilson currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school, is one half of a parent-team to two very active children, and mentors independent authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.


Wilson’s short story ‘Glass Ceiling’ won first prize in May, 2015 on Spinetingler’s Short story competition. dEaDINBURGH: Vantage reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in 2014 and was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards, 2015.

Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Wilson/e/B007OIGYJW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1489786463&sr=1-2

https://www.facebook.com/markwilsonbooks/?fref=ts

https://markwilsonbooks.com/

https://twitter.com/bellshillwilson?lang=en-gb

Little Bones: (The Cathy Connolly Series) by Sam Blake

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Book Description:

For fans of Alex Barclay and Niamh O’Connor, Little Bones introduces Cathy Connolly, a bright young heroine set to take the world of crime fiction by storm.

Attending what seems to be a routine break-in, troubled Detective Garda Cathy Connolly makes a grisly discovery: an old wedding dress – and, concealed in its hem, a baby’s bones.

And then the dress’s original owner, Lavinia Grant, is found dead in a Dublin suburb.

Searching for answers, Cathy is drawn deep into a complex web of secrets and lies spun by three generations of women.

Meanwhile, a fugitive killer has already left two dead in execution style killings across the Atlantic – and now he’s in Dublin with old scores to settle. Will the team track him down before he kills again?

Struggling with her own secrets, Cathy doesn’t know dangerous – and personal – this case is about to become…

My Thoughts:

First of all I need to thank Joanne over at Portobello Book Blog and the publisher, as I won a copy in a give away over on Joanne’s blog, so big thank you for introducing me to a new author.

Little Bones is set in Ireland. I’ve always been fascinated with the police force there. I think because they come under the name Garda that for some reason story lines to do with their force has always appealed to me.

Cathy I really liked. She is a strong single mother who puts everything into her job. As always with a detective in a crime series, she has her issues. That’s good though as she comes across as being much more human and someone that readers can relate to. I won’t say to much about the story line to do with her personal life but I enjoyed that it shows how peoples mind sets haven’t changed even in today’s world.

I loved how the story evolves around the discovery of some little bones. It totally got my attention. The fact that they were found in the hem of a wedding dress had me intrigued. It certainly makes you turn those pages to discover the why and how.

Little Bones is a great start to a new crime series. The ending is one that will have readers desperate for the next book in the series, me included! Hopefully the author won’t keep us waiting to long.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Little Bones is available to purchase from Amazon

Sweetpea by C J Skuse

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Book Description:

The last person who called me ‘Sweetpea’ ended up dead…

I haven’t killed anyone for three years and I thought that when it happened again I’d feel bad. Like an alcholic taking a sip of whisky. But no. Nothing. I had a blissful night’s sleep. Didn’t wake up at all. And for once, no bad dream either. This morning I feel balanced. Almost sane, for once.

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog…but she’s got a killer secret.

Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon’s life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend’s plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list.

A kill list.

From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who have got it coming, Rhiannon’s ready to get her revenge.

Because the girl everyone overlooks might be able to get away with murder…

My Thoughts:

This is probably going to be a love it or hate it book, but I for one absolutely loved it! It certainly isn’t one for the faint hearted lets put it that way.

Rhiannon is just the most fabulous character. Each chapter starts off with a list of people and things she hates. It’s like watching an episode of Grumpy Old Men, apart from it’s a young female serial killer. Not sure I should be worried as there were so many things that I agreed with on her daily lists.

To be honest it’s not shocking that Rhiannon is slightly damaged. She has been through quite a lot in her life. If anything it has left her quite un attached from things and people. There’s only really Tink her dog that she seems to have any affection for. She’s someone you certainly wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of that’s for sure!

Sweetpea is without a doubt a deliciously dark and twisted read that had me well and truly gripped. Everything  is very much a matter of fact in Rhiannon’s world. People who do wrong to her or to others in society deserve to die, simple as that. Whilst it may be a dark read it is actually a very humorous one also. Without a doubt Sweetpea is going to be THE much talked about book in 2017. Brilliant just brilliant!

My thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin (UK) Limited for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Sweetpea is out tomorrow and available to purchase from Amazon.

 

Watching The Bodies by @GrahamSmith1972 #ExclusiveExtract #Part1 #unleashboulder

So excited to be able to share with you an exclusive extract from Watching The Bodies which is the first in a brand spanking new crime series by the very talented Graham Smith. The awesome Noelle Holten over at Crime Book Junkie is sharing part 2 of the exclusive extract which will be up on her blog tomorrow, so make sure to stop by.

Watching the Bodies

Chapter 1

 

When the woman gets within twenty yards of the body he’s dumped, the Watcher presses his body into the earth and raises his binoculars to his eyes.

She’s in her mid-fifties and accompanied by a Labrador puppy on a retractable leash. She’s relaxed, enjoying the walk and the time away from the stresses of work and family life.

Her face is familiar. After a moment’s thought he places her. The woman approaching the body is Mrs Halliburton, his former history teacher.

As she nears the body, his thoughts float back twenty years to a classroom full of bored children feigning interest in the Civil War. Details about the Confederates, the Union, and various characters like Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant are sketchy at best, yet he has total recall about the looks he shared with Jennifer Braidwood.

He brings his mind back to the present as he sees the puppy straining at its leash, tail between its legs. Its nose points at the body as clumsy paws scrabble for purchase on the pine needles littering the trail.

He sees the look on Mrs Halliburton’s face change. She’s spied the bare leg poking out of the bushes, just like he’d planned someone would when he laid the body there. He didn’t plan for her to be the one to find the body, but he did plan for it to be found.

The Watcher sees her cross herself and rein in the puppy. With it stationed at her heel, she takes short, tentative steps forward until she is at the bush. She lifts one foot and nudges the exposed calf with the toe of her hiking boots.

He waits for her to realise there won’t be a reaction. Every detail of her face is observed as she travels from concerned to afraid via a short detour to curious. He sees curiosity return.

A shaking hand reaches out and parts the thin branches of the cottonwood bush. He watches her eyes widen as she sees the damage wrought by his knife.

He imagines he can hear her gasp as she looks at the body. The mumbled words as she pats her pockets looking for her cell phone.

Leaving her to her discovery, he rises and slinks through the undergrowth, his ghillie suit casting debris with every step. Five minutes later he is at a new vantage point, deep in the depths of another cottonwood.

Mrs Halliburton comes down the trail, her feet moving with urgency. He watches as she unlocks a car and removes a cell from a bag.

With his notes made, he leaves before either the cops or dusk arrive.

Watching The Bodies is available to pre order on Amazon.

“Watching the Bodies is a storming addition to the action thriller genre, and Jake Boulder a new tough guy to root for. Be under no illusion, Boulder is no Jack Reacher or Joe Hunter c