Kiss Me, Kill Me by J. S. Carol @BonnierZaffre @JamesCarolBooks

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Book Description:
How far would you go to escape the one you love?

When Zoe meets Dan, he’s everything she is looking for in a man – intelligent, charming, supportive.
It’s only after they’re married that she realises that he’s controlling, aggressive, paranoid.
And there’s no way out.

Or is there?

Zoe knows she has to escape, but Dan’s found her once before, and she knows he can find her again.
But Dan has plans of his own. Plans that don’t necessarily include Zoe.

Be careful who you trust . . .

My Thoughts:

In Kiss Me, Kill Me, we get to meet Zoe who is in an abusive marriage with Dan. My heart went out to her straight away. From the off you can tell what a manipulative, horrible piece of work her husband is. Everyday he puts out what clothes she has to where what food she can have, what time she has to have it at, he really is an absolute control freak and she has no life at all. Who could blame her for wanting to leave him.

The story flicks between Zoe and Dan and the more I read about Dan, the more my dislike for him grew.

It is sooo hard to really say much about this story as to do so would just reveal major spoilers. There is so much I want to talk about but I can’t. So people need to seriously hurry up and read this! What I will say is that if you loved The Kind Worth killing by Peter Swanson, you will absolutely love this book!

Kiss Me, Kill Me is yet another thrilling and gripping read by the author. The author draws you in and gets you comfortable as you think you know where the story is headed, THEN he catapults you into a different direction of which my excitement just intensified. I literally could not turn those pages fast enough as I had absolutely no clue where the author was taking me and I didn’t really care, all I knew was that there was no way I was missing out on the roller coaster of a journey he was taking me on. An exhilarating and highly entertaining read!

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Kiss Me, Kill Me is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

The Scent Of Guilt by Tony J. Forder @Bloodhoundbook @TonyJForder #BlogBlitz

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Book Description:

Twelve years after he left Peterborough under a cloud, DI Bliss returns to the city and the major crimes team. Having spent years policing organised crime, Bliss is plunged straight into the heart of a serial murder investigation. 

Meanwhile, Penny Chandler has been promoted to DS and has been working in

London on the Met’s sexual crimes team. But when two rapes are reported on her old patch in Peterborough, Chandler volunteers to interview the victims. 

Chandler joins the hunt for the attacker and soon notices a possible link between the rapes and Bliss’s murder investigation.  Could the same man be responsible?

Just as both cases seem to stall, a call comes in from an ex-policeman who knows of unsolved cases in the USA with a similar MO. Bliss finds himself travelling to California to hunt for a killer whose reach may have stretched further than anyone could possibly imagine.

But in order to catch the murderer, Bliss must discover the killer’s motive. A motive which should have remained buried in the past…

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My Thoughts:

The Scent of Guilt is the second book in the DI Bliss series. As the book is set twelve years after the first book, Bad to the Bone, you don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this one. As it’s a good book though you will probably want to go back and read it and see how it all starts.

Whilst I enjoyed Bad to the Bone, I have to say The Scent of Guilt just blew me away. Bad to the Bone was the authors debut novel and he has written a few books since then and for me, with The Scent of Guilt, you can really see how much the author has grown as a writer. The story just flows perfectly and his talent just oozes through the pages. It was brilliant and seemed so effortless which made it even more enjoyable.

Bliss I was slightly unsure of in the first book as there were parts of him that I couldn’t relate to but with time, and like a good wine, he has certainly improved with age. The working chemistry between him and Chandler is just mesmerising and I couldn’t tear myself away from the pages.

A crime involving rape is never going to be something that is easy to read. I really have to applaud the author with his writing skills in getting the victims feelings across to the reader. I’m not sure what research he may have done but he totally nailed it for me and parts made for some really emotional reading.

The Scent of Guilt is very much a game of cat and mouse with some shocking twists and turns. The author has raised the bar very high with this book and I literally can not wait to see what he has in store for us next.

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

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

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Author Bio:

Tony J Forder is the author of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Bad to the Bone, the first in a series featuring DI Jimmy Bliss and DC Penny Chandler. The sequel, The Scent of Guilt, is available from 17 February 2018. A third book in the series is currently in progress.

Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This was intended to be a stand-alone novel, but Tony is now considering the possibility of a follow-up.

One book that will definitely see a sequel is Scream Blue Murder. This was published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross and Matt Hilton.

Some years ago, Tony won a short story competition judged by an editor from Pan Books. The story, Gino’s Bar and Grille, went on to be published in Dark Voices 2, part of the celebrated Pan Book of Horror series. Three further short story sales followed: Book End, published in Dark Voices 4, Character Role, in FEAR magazine, and finally A Grim Story, which featured in A Rattler’s Tale. It was the start of Tony’s publishing journey.

Links:

Amazon UK  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tony-J-Forder/e/B01N4BPT65/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490529612&sr=8-1-spell
Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/?fref=ts
Twitter  https://twitter.com/TonyJForder?lang=en-gb

The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding #BlogTour @BonnierZaffre @joyfielding

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Book Description:

STRANGER. LIAR. KILLER?
YOU CANT TRUST THE BAD DAUGHTER . . .

Robin Davis hasn’t spoken to her family in six years.
Not since it happened.

Then they’re attacked; left fighting for their lives.
And Robin is back.

All families have their secrets.
And one of theirs may have put them all in terrible danger . . .

YOU CAN ALWAYS TRUST YOUR FAMILY . . . CAN’T YOU?

My Thoughts:

Having read one of the authors other books and loving it, I couldn’t wait to read more. The Bad Daughter just sounded sooo good so was very much looking forward to reading it.

Admittedly to start with, I did struggle to get in to the book fully. Robin has a few issues and that’s before she finds out about her family. Her head is all over the place and it took a while to settle in but when I got settled, I couldn’t turn those pages quick enough!

Robin’s home town is one of those small ones where everyone knows everyone as well as their business. There was no wonder she couldn’t get away quick enough, especially when we get to meet her sister Melanie who is extremely unwelcoming and doesn’t seem to have a soft bone in her body. Admittedly, having your best friend marry your father is probably another reason that will have you running for the hills.

Even though Robin hasn’t spoke to her family since she found out about Tara and her father, obviously as soon as she hears the shocking news that both them and Tara’s child have been seriously hurt, she knows she has to go straight back.

Like Robin I couldn’t believe that anyone would hurt a child. I wanted to know as much as her and the police as to who could be behind it. I was constantly second guessing each character that came into the story as to whether it was them or not but when the truth does come out, well there was no way I would have ever guessed it right. No way in this world.

The Bad Daughter, once settled into it, had me tearing through the pages to get some answers. It certainly doesn’t disappoint when those answers are revealed. Definitely one to mess with your head!

My thanks to Bonner Zaffire and Netgalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

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

Stateline by Dave Stanton #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook @DanRenoNovels

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Book Description:

Cancel the wedding. The groom is dead.

When a tycoon’s son is murdered the night before his wedding, the grief-stricken father offers private detective Dan Reno a life-changing bounty to find the killer.

Reno, who is nearly broke, decides he’s finally found himself in the right place at the right time. But when a band of crooked cops get involved, Reno finds himself fighting for his life.

Who committed the murder, and why? Which cops can he trust, if any?

Haunted by his murdered father and a violent past, Reno wants no more blood on his hands. But a man’s got to make a living, and backing off is not in his DNA.

Traversing the snowy alpine winter in the Sierras and the lonely deserts of Nevada, Reno must revert to his old ways to survive. Because the bounty won’t do him much good if he’s dead.

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My Thoughts:

Stateline is the first book in the series featuring Dan Reno, a private investigator come bounty hunter. There was no way I could not read this book with the eye catching cover and the very intriguing blurb.

I have to admit to start with it took me a little while to get into the book than I normally would expect. Once I was fully into it though I was well and truly hooked.

Being offered a lot of money, there was no way Dan Reno can refuse, even though he is chasing after a killer and could put himself into serious danger. Dan finds himself in some very seedy places trying to uncover the killers identity. They certainly are not the sort of places that most people would frequent.

I really enjoyed the friendship between Dan and Cody in the story. Am not quite sure if Cody is going to be Dan’s side kick in the series but I hope so as I really enjoyed the banter between the both and can see them becoming a much loved duo.

The author takes us on a dark and sometimes violent journey into a criminal world. I enjoyed seeing Dan’s investigative skills and he could certainly do a better job than the state police.

Stateline is a solid start into a new crime series. Once the story grabs hold, I was totally absorbed in the investigation which certainly makes for some toe curling reading in parts. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

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

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

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Author Bio:

Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960, Dave Stanton moved to Northern California in 1961. He attended San Jose State University and received a BA in journalism in 1983. Over the years, he worked as a bartender, newspaper advertising salesman, furniture mover, debt collector, and technology salesman. He has two children, Austin and Haley, and lives with his wife, Heidi, in San Jose, California.

Stanton is the author of six novels, all featuring private investigator Dan Reno and his ex-cop buddy, Cody Gibbons.

Links:

www.facebook.com/DanRenoNovels

Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

danrenonovels.com/

www.amazon.co.uk/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

www.amazon.com/Dave-Stanton/e/B00HLT6BB0/

#DoubleCoverReveal A Falling Friend / A Forsaken Friend by @SueF_Writer @wordfocus @rararesources #GiveAway

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Have I got a doozy of a cover reveal for you today! Not one BUT two cover reveals. Both books are by the fabulous writing duo, Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape. I have been lucky enough to have already read A Falling Friend, of which you can find my review here

Before I let you see the wonderful covers, here is a bit about both books.

A FALLING FRIEND

There are two sides to every friendship.

After spending her twenties sailing the globe, making love on fine white sand, and thinking only of today, Teri Meyer returns to Yorkshire – and back into the life of childhood friend Lee. Plus, there’s the new job, new man – or three – and the guaranteed lump sum of a bursary for her academic research piece on the way. Life is first-rate.   

What could possibly go wrong?

Going out on a limb to get best friend Teri a job at the same university seemed like a great idea. But it doesn’t take long for Lee Harper to notice a pattern. Teri seems to attract trouble, or maybe she creates it, and Lee can see exactly where things are spiralling – downwards. But Teri’s not the sort to heed a warning, so Lee has no choice but to stand by and watch.

And besides, she has her own life to straighten out.

For fans of BRIDGET JONES, this ‘witty’ chick lit has been described as a ‘rollicking good read’ and is the first in the FRIENDS trilogy following the lives of two thirty-something women, who, despite their close friendship, don’t always see eye-to-eye.

Amazon US = https://www.amazon.com/Falling-Friend-Sue-Featherstone-ebook/dp/B01CADXSTO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1456884720&sr=8-8&keywords=a+falling+friend

Amazon UK = https://www.amazon.co.uk/Falling-Friend-Sue-Featherstone-ebook/dp/B01CADXSTO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456884839&sr=8-1&keywords=a+falling+friend

Barnes & Noble = https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-falling-friend-sue-featherstone/1123542570?ean=9780994451156

Goodreads = https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28791887-a-falling-friend?ac=1&from_search=1

A FORSAKEN FRIEND

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 heartwarming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers, family and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A FALLING FRIEND.

Amazon.UShttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B079KY1WF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517804411&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Forsaken+Friend

Amazon UK  -: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B079KY1WF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517804278&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Forsaken+friend 

Don’t they just sound fab? Having been lucky enough to have read one book already, I am dying to read the second book. Anyway, no doubt you will want to see the covers now want you? So without further ado, here they are and arn’t they fabulous? Make sure to continue right to the bottom of the post for a wonderful giveaway!

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About the Authors

Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience of working for national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.

More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing: A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed by a second book, A Failing Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele orchestra.

They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/

You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus

Giveaway

One winner will receive an e-book of A FALLING FRIEND and an e-ARC of A FORSAKEN FRIEND as well as wine voucher!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/33c6949466/

The Forgotten Children by Paul J. Teague @PaulTeagueUK

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Book Description:

A childhood poisoned by betrayal. A revenge that can wait no more.

Things have gone from bad to worse for radio journalist, Pete Bailey.

Not only is he still estranged from his wife Meg, he has found himself living in rundown flat in Blackpool, rapidly running out of money and scraping by to make ends meet.

But the seaside resort holds the secrets of Meg’s childhood years, which were poisoned by cruelty, betrayal and violence.

As Pete gets closer to the truth, the past comes back to haunt him as a killer seeks to right wrongs and destroy old enemies.

More lives will be lost and those closest to Pete will risk most of all.

But finally, after all the death and misery, the terrible truth will be revealed.

The Forgotten Children is the final part of a trilogy of thrillers.

Book 1, Don’t Tell Meg and Book 2, The Murder Place are also available.

Paul J. Teague has also written the standalone thriller Dead of Night (Released May 2017)

Please note that this book contains mild violence, bad language and sexual references.

My Thoughts:

The Forgotten Children is the third and final book in the Meg trilogy. I would highly recommend reading the books in order to get full enjoyment as there is a lot that happens, especially from the first book that you would be better off knowing before reading this one.

I’m not quite sure what I was expecting from the third and final book but The Forgotten Children was much more than I could have hoped for. In the previous books we don’t actually get to meet Meg and know relatively very little about her other than she is Pete’s estranged wife. I was desperate for some answers and they came at me thick and fast.

I don’t want to give to much away but finding out about Meg’s past left me with very mixed emotions. For one it was great to have everything finally revealed but what is revealed made for some emotional and heart breaking reading. I won’t lie that due to the nature of the story it did make for some difficult reading in part but the author does it skilfully so everything is left to the imagination.

The Forgotten Children is a dark and emotional read that by the end had me racing through the pages. As the saying goes ‘save the best til last’ and as much as I have enjoyed the other previous books, this was by far my favourite. Everything just comes together and it totally lived up to my expectations and more. I have to say I have really enjoyed the journey the author has taken me on with these books. Pete is a character who has grown on me with each passing read, so much so that I am a little sad to be seeing the last of him. Hopefully Pete’s adventures won’t stop there as trouble seems to have a habit of following him!

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

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

Captor by Anita Waller #BlogBlitz @Bloodhoundbook @anitamayw

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Book Description:

Liz Chambers is a devoted mother who works for a successful law firm. She has two children, a husband and a blossoming career. But behind closed doors, Liz is harbouring a secret that could destroy her life.

 

Then the unthinkable happens, and in a frenzied attack her young son is snatched from the home of the nanny charged with looking after him.

 

As Liz’s life unfolds, it becomes clear that someone is out for revenge.

 

Desperate to get her baby boy back, Liz must work out who is responsible for his kidnap, and why.

 

But as the body count begins to mount, Liz’s concern grows for the safety of her child.

 

Who has taken her baby?

 

And why is Captor so determined on revenge?

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My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of Captor so it got bumped right up my ‘to be read pile’ as soon as I had a copy of it. Without a doubt having a child going missing is every parents worst nightmare. My heart went out to Liz as I had every empathy for her.

I was so wary of every character in this novel. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes apart from Liz. Only problem was I couldn’t work out who it was so made for quite a shock when it finally all comes out!

Liz’s oldest son Dan was a character that really stood out to me. A teenager but one that is older than his young years. I loved how he looks out for his mum and you could really feel the close bond between both.

Captor is one of those stories that hooks you in from the start. The suspense of who is behind the kidnapping mounts throughout the story, making for an exciting and thrilling ride. Another unputdownable read of which I wouldn’t expect anything less from the author.

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

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

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Author Bio

 

Anita Waller was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in 1946. She married Dave in 1967 and they have three adult children.


She began writing when she was around 8 years of age, writing ‘compositions’ at junior school that became books with chapters.


In 1995 she sent Beautiful to a publisher and as they reached the contract stage the publisher went into liquidation.


As a result, the book was consigned to the attic in dejected disgust but in 2013 it was dragged out again for an enforced complete re-type. The original was written on an Amstrad 8256 and the only thing that remained was one hard copy.


Anita is not a typist and it was painfully reworked over two years, submitted to Bloodhound Books who, within three days of reading it, offered her a contract. 31 August 2015 saw its release into the wide world.


Following the outstanding success of Beautiful, she began a sequel on 27 December 2015, finishing it on 19 March 2016. The new novel, Angel, was launched on 7 May 2016.


34 Days followed, with its launch in October 2016. This was a huge success, particularly in the United States. While this, her third book in the psychological thriller genre, was flying out in all directions, she began work on her fourth book.

 

Winterscroft was a change in genre. It is a supernatural tale, set in Castleton, Derbyshire, and its release date was February 2017.

 

While she was writing Winterscroft, it became very clear from reading reviews that a sequel to 34 days was needed, and she began work on that. Bloodhound Books launched Strategy, on 10 August, 2017.

 

So where next? Her new book, launching February 2018 and titled Captor, is a psychological thriller.


In her life away from the computer in the corner of her kitchen, she is a Sheffield Wednesday supporter with blue blood in her veins! The club was particularly helpful during the writing of 34 Days, as a couple of matches feature in the novel, along with Ross Wallace. Information was needed and they provided it.

Her genre is murder – necessary murder.

Links:

Amazon page:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=anita+waller

Facebook page:  @anitawaller2015

Website:  www.anitamayw.wixsite.com/anitawaller

Twitter:   @anitamayw

Beautiful:

www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B014RCH5WM/

Angel:

www.amazon.co.uk/Angel-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01DR4USZC/

34 Days:

www.amazon.co.uk/34-Days-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B01IP6YE0M/

Winterscroft:

www.amazon.co.uk/Winterscroft-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B06XMY3JD3/

Strategy:

www.amazon.co.uk/Strategy-Anita-Waller-ebook/dp/B0748MRBT2/