The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis #PartTwo @rararesources @audbyname


Book Description:

The story continues … Hattie is used to her deceased husband Gary dropping in and out of her life. His timing might not always be great, but at least he’s still around. Although – when Hattie tentatively tries a spot of dating – his interference isn’t entirely welcome.
Best friend Cat is lapping up her new relationship with teacher Jamie, but ex-husband Stewart isn’t prepared to fade into the background.
Hattie’s mother Rachel faces a daunting battle, one she doesn’t want to burden family and friends with. But there’s someone waiting in the wings who might be more than a shoulder to cry on.
Gary still doesn’t know what his mission on earth is, and spirit guide Clarence isn’t offering any clues? Will an encounter with another provide him with answers, or put Hattie in an impossible situation?
Prepare for more laughs and tears in the second instalment of a trilogy which takes a darkly comic look at life … and the afterlife.
Warning: Cliffhanger ending

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My Thoughts:

First off, please read these books in order. You will get much more enjoyment if you get the full background of the characters which you will get from part one.

I really enjoyed part one so was very much looking forward to meeting up with the characters again. We find Gary is struggling with being a ghost as no one seems to have the answers that he needs so is having to try and wing it. Hattie is trying to get on with living but feeling very much guilty about it. So just your basic day to day stuff really. Kidding!

There is nothing ordinary with this book. It is a fabulous blend of fun and sadness. One minute I was smiling and the next I had to put my kindle down as I couldn’t see past the tears in my eyes. It really is an emotional roller coaster of a read. I think readers will certainly find this part more heart wrenching and as the blurb warns, a cliff hanger ending that will leave you desperate for part 3 believe me.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings was a quick read that I was totally engrossed in. An entertaining and heart warming read that will leave you feeling all cosy inside.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings (Part Two) is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

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About Audrey Davis

Audrey Davis survived secondary school on the West coast of Scotland. Rubbish at science but not too bad at English, she originally wanted to be an actress but was persuaded that journalism was a safer option. Probably wise. She studied at Napier College in Edinburgh, the only place in Scotland at that time to offer a journalism course.

Her first foray into the hard-nosed newspaper world was as a junior reporter in Dumfriesshire. Duties included interviewing farmers about the prize-winning heifers to reporting on family tragedies. She persuaded her editor to let her launch an entertainment column which meant meeting the odd celebrity – or just the downright odd. From there, she moved to the loftier rank of senior reporter back in her home patch. Slightly more money, less farm animals but a higher crime rate. As Taggart would say: ‘There’s been a murrrrder!’
After a stint in London on a video magazine – yes, she is that old – Audrey moved to Singapore with her fiancé. She tried valiantly to embrace the stinking heat, humidity and lack of jobs, although she did work briefly on a magazine which was banned by the government for ‘artistic’ use of naked men’s bottoms.

Next on her adventures was a land Down Under where her main focus was raising Cost Centre One (aka firstborn) and coming to terms with the imminent arrival of Number Two. Still, she loved the Aussie way of life – BBQs, beaches and bring your own booze to restaurants – so it came as a blow when OH announced a move back to the UK. Not a job between them, the climate a possible deal breaker and an Exorcist-style vomiting infant on the flight home didn’t bode well …

Always a survivor, Audrey sought out similar-minded friends (i.e. slightly bonkers), got the children into a good school and thought about taking up writing again. Sadly, thinking about it was as far as she got, unless you count shopping lists. Then, hubby drops another bombshell. Switzerland. As in – it’s packing time again. Off to the land of cheese, chocolate, scarily efficient trains and a couple of teeny, tiny issues. Like driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road and speaking a foreign language (French). The former was conquered fairly quickly (we’ll skip over the wall demolition in week two), the latter remains an ongoing battle of the hopeful against the hopeless. At least she provides amusement for the local workforce.
It wasn’t until 2016 that Audrey rediscovered her writing mojo with an online Writing Fiction course. From there, her first novel – A Clean Sweep – was born, although it took a bit longer than nine months from conception. A short, darker prequel – A Clean Break – followed, and in November 2017 she published the first in a novella trilogy, The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One. Part Two is published on 21 March 2018, with the conclusion following in May/June. After which she might have a wee lie down …


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The Guilty Ones by Joy Ellis #BlogTour @JoffeBooks #GuestPost

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From #1 best-selling author Joy Ellis, a mystery full of stunning twists and turns.

The most difficult case of Detective Jackman’s life. Who are the guilty ones and is anyone really innocent?

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons.

DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past.

Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances.

What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle against their most dangerous and deadly adversary. And in a case so close to home can Jackman keep his feelings under control?

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime mystery that will keep you turning the pages until the thrilling ending. Set in the atmospheric Lincolnshire Fens, whose isolated villages hide many dark secrets.

Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Sarah A. Denzil, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

DI Jackman leads the investigation. He is extremely smart and has a knack for bringing out the best in his diverse team. DS Marie Evans is haunted by the loss of her husband in a motorbike accident. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and colleagues.

The Guilty Ones is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

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Guest Post:

Being a crime writer means looking at humanity, and inhumanity, at great depth. It means constantly asking “Why? Why did he, or she, do that?” And then, “How could that possibly happen?”

It didn’t take years of research to discover that in real life, people are capable of some indescribably terrible acts. You can then read the works of some of the cleverest psychologists and criminologists, and believe me, I have! Apart from fascinating studies and papers on the Internet, I have a whole library of volumes that I can barely lift from the shelf they are so heavy! Everyone offers theories and concepts as to why people behave in the way they do, but you soon realise that at grass root level, every single case is different.

The Guilty Ones came about from a study into manipulation. In my mind, the work of a master manipulator is one of the most evil and terrifying of crimes to give to your stalwart detectives. It always offers up questions, but then it does in real life. A cunning manipulator does not always start by being an abusive bully, but can whisper subtle messages, disguised as love or solicitude. A trusting soul can be fooled so easily. It’s easy to think, “I’d never fall for that!” or “How can she still say she loves him?” but how many of us have been taken in either by a silver tongue, or by a simple belief that someone is not really bad at heart… when sadly, they were.

So, we take the manipulator one step further, and we step into the realms of the truly evil, and where all things are possible.

I also took a chance with The Guilty Ones, because I wanted DI Jackman to have a nemesis, and to do that, it necessitates a cliff-hanger to be able to move forward into the next novel. Some readers love this. Others say that by the time they get to read the next novel, they have forgotten the back story. Whereas I appreciate this, I think if the antagonist is memorable enough, you will not forget him, or what he has done. I just hope I have achieved this!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read both this, and The Guilty Ones. Your reviews and your thoughts are so much appreciated, and they are all taken on board, because without them, we could never move forward into more, hopefully, interesting and enjoyable books.

Thank you again, Joy.



700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape @SueF_Writer @wordfocus


Book Description:

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

My Thoughts:

A Forsaken Friend follows on from A Falling Friend. I think the authors have given plenty of background though for anyone who hasn’t read the first book, so don’t think you will feel like you are missing out by diving straight in.

What a way to start a story off! I won’t say exactly what but lets just say I was getting slightly hot under the collar. The visions the authors had jumping up in my head, well I’m glad my husband couldn’t see them!

It was good to catch back up with Teri and Lee again. The story alternates between both characters so we get to see everything from their point of view. Sadly things seem to be going a bit wrong in Teri’s world as she is struggling to hold it all together. Lee on the other hand is all loved up with Teri’s ex but is about to have some problems of her own.

I have to admit Teri is my favourite between the two. Im not sure why as she is self absorbed yet she brings so much fun into this book. Lee is the more sensible one and probably reminded me of myself. They are both great to read about though and it was a shame that these two really good friends are going through a bad patch. I have to admit, I’m not sure how I would feel if my best friend got together with an ex husband, of which I don’t have one thankfully lol.

A Forsaken Friend is a heartwarming, fun and at times emotional read. Was quite sad to get to the end as both women have grown on me dramatically and I am very invested in their story. With how the story ends though, I am pretty hopeful that there will be another one, of which i can’t wait!

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Forsaken Friend is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

The Fear by C.L. Taylor @AvonBooksUK @callytaylor


Book Description:

Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn’t what he seemed and he left her life in pieces.

Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he’s caused.

But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as Lou tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that she could once again become his prey…

The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a gripping psychological thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.

My Thoughts:

The Fear is without a doubt a brilliant title for this book. As a parent it put the fear of god into me reading about Mike and how he grooms girls. It was scary to see how easy someone can prey on someone so young and vulnerable. It was also so easy to see how a young adolescent would fall for it.

Lou has tried to get on with her life but has struggled to form any lasting relationships with a man due to what happened in her past. Returning to her family home has her bringing up a whole load of memories and emotions that she would rather forget.

Mike literally made my skin crawl, the more I read the more I loathed him. I was literally right there beside Lou willing her to put an end to what Mike was doing before he got his grubby hands on another unsuspecting victim.

The Fear is a chilling read that sadly portrays what is happening now in the real world. It really opened my eyes into how these predators work and it made for some compelling reading. Yet another engrossing, page turner of a read.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Fear is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

Doll Face by Dylan H. Jones #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook @tudormanx


Book Description:

Three months after solving his last case, DI Tudor Manx leads a harrowing investigation to catch a killer terrorizing the Isle of Anglesey. 

After the body of the first victim, Sian Conway is found, the suspicion quickly falls on her boss, Kimble McLain, and her volatile ex-husband, Liam Fowler.

The autopsy soon reveals Sian was eighteen weeks pregnant and when the coroner finds a religious text hidden in the victim’s liver, Manx suspects this could be the work of a serial killer.

The case takes a shocking turn when footage of Sian’s murder is discovered.

With a twisted killer on the loose and a rising body count, Manx’s personal life hits rock bottom when an old colleague from his past hits him with a bombshell revelation

Why does Kimble McLain have links to each of the victims? 

And what is the killer’s real motive?

In a race against time to reveal the killer’s identity, Manx will face his toughest case yet.

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My Thoughts:

Doll Face is the second book in the DI Tudor Manx series. I actually felt it read quite easily as a stand alone so definitely not essential to have read Anglesey Blue (the first book) before reading this one.

As with Manx and the rest of the team, it wasn’t long before I was totally flummoxed as to who on earth was behind the murders. The murders are brutal and probably not one for the faint hearted but it had me well and truly hooked and I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough.

There is a certain amount of camaraderie through out the book which I thought worked really well giving some light relief at times from what is mainly a dark and compelling read. Manx is one of those characters that grows on you the more you read about him.

The story is set at a steady pace with relatively short chapters that keep you turning those pages. As with a lot of crime books, as they start to close in on the killer you can feel the tension mounting whilst the pace picks up dramatically. The outcome was extremely satisfactory with some surprises and literally had me on the edge of my seat.

Doll Face is a great addition to the DI Tudor Manx series. With plenty to thrill and excite the reader, this is a book that crime lovers will certainly struggle to put down.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Doll Face is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)


Author Bio:
If you’re looking for Dylan, you’ll more than likely find him at one of his favorite Oakland cafes writing, people watching or chatting with the local characters.


A native Welsh speaker, originally from the Isle of Anglesey, Dylan lives in Oakland, California with his wife Laura, daughter Isabella and their tireless Tibetan Terrier, Chloe.
Even though he didn’t begin writing his debut novel until 2012, Dylan has always steered his career to match his creative passions.
He was a producer at the Welsh TV Channel, S4C before taking on a creative director position at Channel 4, London. 
In 1999, Dylan moved to California where he worked a copywriter in LA, writing movie trailers and TV ads.
His debut novel, Anglesey Blue, shot to the #1 Best Seller spot in Welsh Crime and was long-listed for the Guardian’s ‘Not the Booker Prize’ 2017. 
The follow up, Doll Face, is released by Bloodhound Books in March 2018.


Now, a resident of Oakland for over 12 years, Dylan runs his own video content agency, Jones Digital Media, and pens the best-selling Tudor Manx Mysteries set on the island of Anglesey.

Beneath The Whispers by Jim Ody #BlogTour @Jim_Ody_Author


Book Description:

Genevieve Deboise is too good for Scott Dean. He’s always known that. It isn’t a shock to learn she is cheating on him.
What is a surprise is bumping into his childhood sweetheart in the woods where he’d planned to take solace in his heartbreak and bruised ego.

But running into Mary-Ann Jennings isn’t exactly the fairy tale it might seem.
Instead, his first love needs his help finding a USB stick that has fallen into the wrong hands. Now in the cellar of Genevieve’s new lover, Scotty must confront his feelings for both women in order to retrieve the missing USB stick.
On a quest to confront his past and locate Mary-Ann’s property, he journeys through the whispers that have always surrounded him.

Love will make you do crazy things.
But is it enough to get beneath the whispers?

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My Thoughts:

Beneath The Whispers is a story that will capture the reader fully. For a novella, it is highly entertaining whilst not losing anything I would expect from a full length novel.

Freddie is without a doubt the star of this book. He brings a certain amount of humour to the story which was pleasantly surprising as not what I was expecting but made me enjoy it even more. The camaraderie between Scott and Freddie truly is priceless and I couldn’t get enough of it.

There is an air of mystery swirling around the story. It certainly got more suspenseful as it goes along and I really had no clue how it was all going to end, of which the ending was a definite surprise and certainly one that I was not expecting!

This is a gem of a novella by an author who deserves to be highly acclaimed. It’s one I can see being read and enjoyed in many years to come by new and old fans alike. Beneath The Whispers is a definite must read if you enjoy a compelling story full of mystery and suspense with a very unexpected twist.

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

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Beneath The Whispers is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that the link used is an affiliate link)

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Jim was first published in an English School Textbook in 1987. He won a competition to draw a dog-walking machine. Having won an art competition the year before, he felt that at the age of eleven he had peaked and consequently retired from the world of art.


For 10 years Jim wrote for a number of websites reviewing and interviewing bands in his own unique way, as well as contributing dark poems and comedic features.


He writes dark psychological/thrillers that have endings that you won’t see coming, and favours stories packed with wit. He has written three novels released through Zombie Cupcake Press and has also contributed to several anthologies. Coming soon is his psychological/mystery ‘Beneath The Whispers’ released by Crazy Ink. He also has short stories appearing in the following anthologies ‘War Paint’, ‘Crazy Fools’, ‘AWOL A.I.’ and ‘The End?’.

Jim has a very strange sense of humour and is often considered a little odd.  When not writing he will be found playing the drums, watching football and eating chocolate. He lives with his long-suffering wife and three beautiful children in Swindon, Wiltshire.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl by Bernice Bloom #BlogTour @rararesources @Bernice1Bloom #Giveaway


Book Description:

Mary Brown – our full-figured heroine – is off on a cruise. It’s the trip of a lifetime…featuring eat-all-you-can buffets and a trek through Europe with a 96-year-old widower called Frank and a flamboyant Spanish dancer called Juan Pedro in attendance. Then there’s the desperately handsome captain, the appearance of an ex-boyfriend on the ship, the time she’s mistaken for a Hollywood film star in Lisbon and tonnes of clothes shopping all over Europe.

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My Thoughts:

I met and fell in love with Mary in Diary of an Adorable Fat Girl. She is just an absolutely fabulous character and was so good to catch up with her again. You don’t have to have read any of the other books in the series as it easily works well as a stand alone as Mary is in totally new surroundings with all new friends.

One thing you should know about Mary is that nothing ever seems to go to plan. Her life is filled with chaos and hilarious predicaments. Mary is like most of us. She loves her food and finding herself on a cruise with the most delicious foods and all you can eat buffets is just a dream come true. I love how Mary has so much confidence. In fact I envied her. To go on a cruise on her own not knowing anyone. I couldn’t think of anything worse. Mary though takes it in her stride and it isn’t long before she meets a variety of people. My favourites had to be Juan and Frank.

Frank is just the sweetest old man whose life story I was just as eager as Mary to hear. It actually made for some emotional reading and it just fitted into the over all story so perfectly.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl is just THE most heartwarming, funny and emotional read. It’s great to have a more real life heroine for a change who doesn’t have the perfect figure or any hang ups. If you want a realistic, laugh out loud and entertaining read, then you really need to read these fabulous books by Bernice Bloom.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Cruise with an Adorable Fat Girl is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

Author Bio –

Hello, my name is Bernice Bloom and I am a writer (I write light-hearted rom-com style novels and also work as a magazine journalist and advertising copywriter) and jewellery designer. My recent series of novels is called ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ and it features a heavily overweight woman called Mary Brown. She is bright, funny, friendly and bonkers. She’s also fat. The books blend the comedy of her efforts to lose weight with a more serious backstory about what happened to her in the past that had led to the issues that make her prone to over-eating. I’m fascinated that there are so few overweight heroines in literature. Women can be manipulative, evil, even murderers in fiction, but not fat! Certainly not fat and beautiful with loads of friends! Then along came Mary and she’s developed quite a fan base of people who love the fact that the heroine is large. She gets lots of letters and I have ended up taking her on lots of adventures!

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