The Reunion by Samantha Hayes @bookouture @samhayes

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Book Description:
They were all there the day your sister went missing.
Who is lying? Who is next?

THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

My Thoughts:

Ooh what a dark and compelling read this is.

I liked Claire from the off. She is a wife and mother who is trying to keep everything together. She has never gotten over her sister disappearing or the guilt that came with it. When her dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she throws herself into getting everyone back together.

There are so many likeable characters in the story. From Maggie, Claire’s childhood best friend and Nick, the love interest when Claire was younger. They all have a bit of a history of their own and I enjoyed finding out more about them the further into the story I got. As so many of them were likeable. I couldn’t imagine how any of them could be connected with the disappearances.

The Reunion is an unputdownable and gripping read. I pretty much read it in one go as I was desperate to find out how it would end and what had really happened to Eleanor. It certainly had me feeling some very mixed emotions that I wasn’t expecting. A definite must read for fans of this genre.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

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

 

Walls Of Silence by Ruth Wade #CoverReveal @Bloodhoundbook @RuthWadewriter

Have I got a cover reveal for you today! Out on the 11th of March 2018, the fabulous new novel from Ruth Wade comes Walls Of Silence. Really looking forward to this one. Before we get to that all important cover though, here’s is a little bit more about it just to whet your appetite.

The patient has a story that isn’t told and which no one knows of. It is the secret, the rock against which he is shattered. Carl Jung

 

The Great War is over but for Edith Potter an equally devastating conflict is about to begin.

 

She is unhinged by a secret so terrible her conscious mind doesn’t acknowledge it.

 

It is 1927 and Stephen Maynard is using the new science of psychoanalysis to restore her sanity.

 

From his first meeting with her in the lunatic asylum, Dr Maynard is determined to bring her back to reality. During the long struggle, her disturbed behaviour forces him to confront his limitations – already severely stretched by the presence of someone prepared to use whatever weapons they can to ensure she maintains her silence.

Now how good does that sound? Only a month to go before we can get our hands on it and I for one can’t wait. So without further ado, here it is, the fabulous cover of Walls Of Silence!

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Now how fabulous is that? Hope you love it as much as me. Below you can find out a bit more about the author as well as the image for the blog blitz of which I hope you will follow.

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Author Bio:

Ruth Wade was born in Sheffield Park station house on the cusp of the Bluebell Line becoming a heritage steam railway. Her formative years continued to be influenced by the past as she was brought up in the seaside town which can boast England’s first ever motorcar races, and the art deco splendour that is the De La Warr Pavilion.

A part-time lecturer in creative writing for Cambridge colleges and academies, her two great passions are longbow archery and the Argentine Tango. Sadly, she is not nearly as accomplished at either as she’d like.

Ruth Wade also writes the May Keaps series as BK Duncan.

 

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Flash Point by Derek Thompson #BlogTour @JoffeBooks @DerekWriteLines

Today it is my stop on the Flash Point by Derek Thompson blog tour. I am delighted to be able to share with you a guest post by the author on character building. But first a little bit more about the book.

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Book Description:

Meet Thomas Bladen. Smart, sardonic, and in mortal danger.
 
LONDON COMES UNDER ATTACK AND BLADEN’S LIFE IS FALLING APART.
 
As the security services scramble to deal with the aftermath of a coordinated terror attack, undercover operative Thomas Bladen is in deep trouble. His department is taken over by MI5, his girlfriend’s gone, and he’s “lost” a handgun during surveillance of a politician.
 
Then two of his senior colleagues disappear. Who’s taken them and why? Bladen’s search for answers is blocked at every turn. Is there a double agent in his team?

In a thrilling conclusion, Bladen must face his doubts and put his life at risk against forces whose allegiance is unclear. This is the reckoning.
 
If you like Mark Dawson, Rob Sinclair, Lee Child, or Vince Flynn you’ll enjoy these fast-paced thrillers.

 
THOMAS BLADEN SERIES
Book 1: STANDPOINT
Book 2: LINE OF SIGHT
Book 3: CAUSE & EFFECT
Book 4: SHADOW STATE
Book 5: FLASHPOINT

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

Standpoint, the first Thomas Bladen adventure, is FREE to download from Feb 7th to Feb 11th
 
 

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Character Building – when fictional people come to life.

 

Some book characters are not so much written as discovered. They’re like a stranger at a party who engages you in conversation, or a friend you get to know over time. Others appear, large as life on the page, fully formed with their own back-story and opinions. I once wrote a fantasy novel and during the long process I dreamt that a character spoke to me about another character. “Ask him what happened to his brother,” the first one said. I never knew he had a brother – I hadn’t written one for him! So I asked the second character and found out he’d injured his brother in a science experiment when they were children, which explained a lot. Weird science indeed!

 

Thomas Bladen, the lead in my Spy Chaser thriller series, brought along his own back-story. Some elements had a kind of logic to them. He said he was from Yorkshire (I’d never been there up to that point) and I knew his age, so that placed part of his childhood during the 1984 – 1985 UK Miners’ Strike. A specific incident some time later, where he dealt with a perceived injustice, became a defining moment for him and gave the reader an insight into his psyche. It also helped me understand his motivations and responses as an adult. Hint: even Galahad carried a sword.

 

When Standpoint, the first book in the series, takes place, Thomas has been in London for years and failed to get a job as a newspaper photographer. A civil service job seems like an easy option, until his habit of taking in a camera to capture photos of London’s skyline catches the attention of someone on the top floor – the Director General of the Surveillance Support Unit. A keen interest in justice and cameras make Thomas a natural fit for the SSU, although opportunities in life rarely turn out how we expect…

 

There is a character development arc across the series for Thomas, Miranda and Karl – the three main players. Sometimes it’s revealed in small ways, or by peeling back layers of the past.

 

Karl, for example, is pretty jocular at the beginning, especially when he wants to win Thomas over or get the measure of him. As the series unfolds, we learn that Karl hides a fractured family life, growing up in Belfast, which leads to unexpected consequences in at least one book. Thanks to time served in the Armed Forces, he is more of a pragmatist than an idealist and this is evident more and more as the series progresses.

 

Thomas enters Karl’s murky world of counter-intelligence by degrees and it gradually changes him. How could it not? In Standpoint he is reticent about picking up a gun (again…) but by the time we get to Flashpoint he’s a seasoned marksman in every sense, and his eyes have been opened to a world of blended grey.

 

Thomas and Miranda’s relationship has proved popular with some readers, and that also has its own trajectory. The tension of ‘Will they? / Won’t they?’ must be resolved eventually. Every promise has to be delivered on or broken.

 

There’s a well-known phrase that sums up the challenges of writing a series and including character development: the same but different. Take James Bond, for example. Different challenges and different villains, but Mr Bond is essentially the same every time. Not so for Thomas Bladen. Every choice he makes has a consequence, which sometimes bears fruit in the next book. It’s not mandatory to learn from it every time – ask any teenager! Like Oscar Wilde said: experience is the name we give our mistakes.

 

Miranda finds out late about Thomas’s double-life, but she has also secrets of her own. Over successive books we see her develop as a complex and sometimes conflicted person, torn between family loyalties and Thomas. By Flashpoint she is a formidable ally and equally capable of calling the shots.

 

Great ways to show character development over a novel or series:

 

  1. Isolate your hero / heroine or leave them out of their depth.
  2. Have them encounter similar situations to see how their response changes.
  3. Threaten them and those around them.
  4. Make the challenges harder and with more at stake.
  5. Give them a choice between two evils.

 

Thomas, Miranda, Karl and the other recurring characters in the Spy Chaser series have been in my life for several years now. But they still manage to surprise me. I hope they surprise you too this time!

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Author Bio:

Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.

He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.

His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.

He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.

www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.co.uk

@DerekWriteLines

Locked In by GB Williams @Bloodhoundbook @GailBWilliams

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Book Description:

Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day.  Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards. 

Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.

Can they all escape unharmed?

And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

Also available in The Locked Trilogy:

Locked Up

Locked in is a hard-boiled police thriller that will have you gripped from page 1. It will appeal to fans of authors like Rachel Abbott, Ed James, Joy Ellis and Angela Marsons.

My Thoughts:

Locked In is the second book in the Locked series. If you have read Locked Up, the first book in the series, you will remember the main character Ariadne. Personally I would suggest reading in order if possible.

Ariadne does not bank on her day turning out to be very different from the one she had planned. We all see in the news about robberies but how many of us have ever actually been involved in one? Well that is exactly what happens to Ariadne. In a way, Ariadne being a prison officer, gives her some sort of knowledge as to what to do and expect. It doesn’t stop her from being scared for her life though.

The book is pretty much set over the course of a day and the tension mounts through out. My heart was in my mouth plenty of times whilst reading this book and I really had no clue how things were going to end. Ariadne is very much stuck in the middle being the go between on the phone to the police and relaying messages to the robbers and it truly makes for some gripping reading.

Locked In had me hooked from the start. With some unexpected twists and turns the author ensures she takes the reader on an exhilarating roller coaster of a ride. I have no idea what the author has in store for Ariadne next but I certainly can’t wait!

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.

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

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Author Bio:

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing
more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

 

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with
the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction.

 

With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance
fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

 

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around
the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read, always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Links:

Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

Blind Luck by Dave Stanton #CoverReveal @DanRenoNovels @Bloodhoundbook

Woohoo! Have I got a cover reveal for you today! Not long ago you may remember I had a fabulous cover reveal for Stateline by Dave Stanton, the first book in the gripping Dan Reno series. Well I am super excited to be able to share with you today the SECOND book in this thrilling crime series, BLIND LUCK!

So before I go and reveal it to you, here’s a bit more about it:

Jimmy Homestead’s glory days as a high school stud are a distant memory. His adulthood hads amounted to temporary jobs, petty crime and discount whiskey. But when he wins $43 million on the  lottery all that changes. 


With money, everything is great for Jimmy, until people from his past start coming out of the woodwork seeking payback over transgressions Jimmy thought were long forgotten.


Caught in the middle are private detective Dan Reno and his friend Cody Gibbons – two men just trying to make a living.

Reno, fighting to save his home from foreclosure, thinks that’s his biggest problem. But his priorities change when Gibbons and Jimmy are kidnapped by a gang of cartel thugs. In a fight to save his friend’s life, Reno is drawn into a case that will result bodies scattered all over northern Nevada.

But Can Reno save his friend?

Ooh sounds great doesn’t it? Can’t wait to read it!

So without further ado, here it is, the cover of BLIND LUCK!

 

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I don’t know how Bloodhound Books do it, but this is yet another cover of which ties in lovely with the previous books in the series. Love it!

Below you can find out more about the author and his books and I hope you will follow the blog blitz which starts on publication day, the 9th of March 2018.

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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:

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Twitter: @DanRenoNovels

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Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes

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Book Description:

Emma’s darkest secrets are buried in the past. But the truth can’t stay hidden for long.

Emma is a loving wife, a devoted mother…and an involuntary killer. For years she’s been hiding the dead body of the teacher who seduced her as a teen.

It’s a secret that might have stayed buried if only her life had been less perfect. A promotion for Emma’s husband, Alex, means they can finally move to a bigger home with their young son. But with a buyer lined up for their old house, Emma can’t leave without destroying every last trace of her final revenge…

Returning to the shallow grave in the garden, she finds it empty. The body is gone.

Panicked, Emma confesses to her husband. But this is only the beginning. Soon, Alex will discover things about her he’ll wish he’d learned sooner. And others he’ll long to forget.

My Thoughts:

I’m a big fan of this authors books so couldn’t wait to read her new stand alone novel, Silent Victim.

The story flicks mainly between husband and wife, Emma and Alex. Emma’s chapters feature past and present so we can see the build up of events with her teacher and present, where her life seems to be spiralling out of control.

Moving house and a brand new start is something that most of us would love and look forward to. Emma though is someone who has something that is eating away at her. She loves her husband and son very much and she doesn’t want anything to ruin that. Mentally she isn’t very stable. This is due to a lot of what went on with her upbringing.

Alex I really liked and was someone I felt quite sorry for. He loves his wife and his son and he just wants them to be the perfect happy family. Since talk of the move, Emma is acting irrational and he doesn’t know what to make of it all or what to do for the best.

The author does a very good job of messing with your head. Like Alex, I just didn’t know what to believe. Emma is quite mentally unstable and I didn’t dare let my guard drop where she was concerned.

This is one story where you just know there is something brewing and when it hits, it is going to be big. The chapters are relatively short making me pound through the pages as I had to get closer to unraveling the truth. The tension that builds throughout had me holding my breath and having to gasp for air as I kept forgetting to take a breath.

Silent Victim is an enthralling read that I just couldn’t get enough of. Gripped from the very first page, this is one book that you will seriously struggle to put down. An absolute must read for fans of psychological thrillers.

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

Before I Found You by Daisy White #BlogTour @JoffeBooks @DaisyWhite1922

As part of the blog tour for Before I Found You By Daisy White, I am delighted to be able to share with you all a quick Q&A with the author. Enjoy!

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Book Description:

Do you love gripping mysteries? Then discover Ruby Baker, a young woman with a talent for uncovering the truth.
 
A child found alone on the beach.
 
A mother who served ten years for a crime she says she didn’t commit.
 
Ruby Baker is back with another seaside mystery. When she and her friends rescue a child from the beach in a storm, police are baffled. Nobody has reported a child missing, and the girl appears to be so traumatised that she is unable to speak.
 
In Johnny’s hairdressing salon, the notorious Beverly Collins makes an appointment with Ruby, but it soon becomes clear the woman wants more than a haircut.
 
Beverly has just been released from Holloway Prison after serving ten years for child cruelty. The body of her missing daughter was never found, but Beverly insists she is innocent, and she wants Ruby Baker’s Investigation Bureau to prove it.
 
This isn’t going to be an easy investigation. Opinion is divided on Beverly’s innocence. Reporters Kenny and James are keen to uncover a big story, while Ruby’s best friend, Mary, is distracted and struggling to deal with motherhood.
 
As Ruby tries to unravel the past, she discovers that Beverly Collins release seems to have triggered a bizarre chain of events.

Has she really been framed for her crime, and if so, where is her daughter Ella Collins now? And who is the mystery girl on the beach?
 
Discover a gripping new mystery writer today. Great for fans of Agatha Christie or LJ Ross.
 
This is the second book in a mystery series is set in 1960s Brighton, a tumultuous time of change and opportunity.
 
RUBY BAKER SERIES
Book 1: BEFORE I LEFT

Before I Left You is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)

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  • Are you writing another Ruby Baker book?

 

At the moment I am working on a standalone thriller – very different to the Ruby Baker Mysteries! However, I do have story arcs and a plan for a further two Ruby Baker books. Due to publishing schedules (every single one of my five publishers has a different one!), I am also waiting for the second edits on a Young Adult sequel to my thriller fantasy trilogy, and have also just approved final edits on a picture book for younger children.

 

 

  • How many books have you written?

 

‘Before I Find You’ is my ninth published book, and I am working on my tenth. I still have several efforts from my early writing years that will never see the light of day, but I keep to remind me how far my writing has progressed.

I am also really excited that one of my short stories has been selected by an independent film company to be turned into a film. ‘Ripe Tomatoes’ starts filming in March and I really can’t wait to see the finished result.

It has taken me a long time to get develop enough confidence in myself and my writing to be able to say, ‘I am a writer’, but twelve years on, and I feel very lucky to be able to have turned a dream into a little business.

 

 

  • Do you have a favourite scene in ‘Before I Found You’?

 

Yes. It has to be the very last one in the book. It was very satisfying to be able to write it, and without any spoilers, I do like women in my books to be strong, feisty and get revenge! Another reason I like that scene is that the editor made a note about ‘Great image!’ which is always lovely.

 

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Author Bio

Hi I’m Daisy White – mum, entrepreneur, and writer. I started off self-publishing, then signed YA series to two fabulous US publishers.

 

I’ve always wanted to write crime but none of my initial manuscripts were anywhere near good enough to show the world!

 

In 2016 I rewrote an earlier idea and entered it into the UK International Novel Writing Competition. It was long-listed and that gave me the confidence I needed to submit to publishers.

 

My second crime novel for Joffe Books, ‘Before I Found You’ is out Feb 2018, and my first story for younger children will be published in an anthology for Patchwork Raven later this year. I’m also finishing off a standalone thriller, which I’m really excited about!

 

As well as writing, I give talks, workshops and signings. Writing is an obsession, a compulsion and a love, but like most writers I also diversify to pay the bills!