Keep You Near by Robin Roughley #BlogTour @RobRoughley @Bloodhoundbook

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Book Description:

How far would you go to find your missing sister?
A normal day in the park turns into a nerve shredding nightmare for eleven-year-old Marnie Hammond when she finds herself in a desperate chase to stop the ‘bad man,’ from abducting Abby.

Fifteen years later, Marnie is a Detective Sergeant but the memory of her missing sister still haunts her dreams.

When it becomes clear that someone is stalking the streets of Kirkhead DS Hammond has her hands full, and after remains are discovered buried in dense woodland, Marnie fears the worst. But this is only the start of a nightmare that will unearth more bones, more victims and the terror that Abby might be among the dead.

To stop the monster Marnie knows she must break the rules, but when the twisted killer turns his attention on her it becomes a fight not only for the truth but for her sanity and her survival.

Can Marnie catch the murderer and solve her sister’s disappearance?

This is the first book in the thrilling new Marnie Hammond Series

My Thoughts:

Keep You Near is the first book in a brand spanking new crime series featuring Marnie Hammond and wow what a book!

Marnie has understandably never gotten over her sister being abducted. When a new case comes up that could finally solve the mystery of her sister, it starts to get a bit much for Marnie. To be fair she does hold it together quite well but Marnie is in total turmoil inside herself.

I have to say Marnie and a young lad called Luke were the stand out characters in this novel for me. I love Marnie and the story line to do with her sister and the current case was one that had me totally gripped. Luke is a very troubled soul and for some one so young he has had a pretty tough time and sadly things don’t seem to be getting much better for him. It’s down to Marnie who tries to take Luke under her wing and try and save him.

The author tackles quite a few subjects that are very current in todays world. As if having a serial killer on the lose isn’t bad enough we also see a story line to do with neglect and domestic abuse. There are certainly quite a few undesirable people in this story which made me feel more involved in what was going on as I felt as strongly as some of the characters in this novel about them. Some very nasty pieces of work to say the least but you will have to rad the story for yourself to see if they get their comeuppance or not!

Keep You Near is without a doubt a brilliantly dark and gripping read. The author has set the bar very high with this book and left me very much eager for more. Set at a steady pace with a race towards the end, it was the perfect crime story for me.

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

Keep You Near is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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The Forgotten by Linda S Prather #BlogTour

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Book Description:

Loki Redmond is positive her grandfather’s 100 acre farm in Mississippi will be the perfect place for Jake Savior to heal after the murder of his wife and his banishment from law enforcement before they begin their partnership in Redmond Private Investigations.

But fate has other plans.

The discovery of a month old baby and young girl with no memory of her name, running from a man she calls The Devil, plunges them into danger. Loki’s Native American connection to the spirits makes her a target for the delusions of a madman who is determined to kill her.

Tension continues to rise when a special unit of the FBI enters the case, and Jake is forced to decide what he believes in. Can he change the future seen by Special Agent Brian Wilkes, or is Loki destined to die?

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My Thoughts:

This is the first book in a new series featuring Loki and Jake. If you are a fan of this authors books you will recognise some characters from the Jenna James series which I think this is a spin off series. It isn’t essential to have read this other series though as the author does well to give enough background without feeling like you have missed out on anything.

Loki I loved, she is strong yet sensitive. She has a super natural power that connects her to the spirit world. Where as some may think that this is a gift I think at times for Lori it is a burden.

Jake is the strong but silent type. He has been through a lot and is struggling with his feelings for Loki. He also struggles with Loki’s powers. The pair obviously like each other but they seem afraid to let each other in.

Grace the young girl whose found really touched my heart. She has been through so much yet is determined to protect her baby Hope.

The Forgotten is a great start to a brand new series. It has great characters with a very sick and twisted baddie. It’s very much a story of a race against time with good versus evil. The build up towards the end was literally electrifying. Can not wait to read more!

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

Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.

The Forgotten is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

 

Evie’s Year Of Taking Chances by Christie Barlow

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Book Descriptions:

It’s Evie’s birthday and the start of a year she’ll never forget. An emotional story of love, friendship and grabbing life by the horns.
Evie’s job has always been her safe haven. As a librarian in the little town of Becton she loses herself in books – after all it’s far easier to read about other people’s problems than set about solving her own.

Then, one birthday, everything is turned upside down. A mysterious parcel containing a beautiful book with a poignant inscription arrives for Evie. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for Evie and she’s inspired to try and find her real mother.

Evie’s search leads her to meet handsome author Noah Jones. Charming and intelligent, Noah seems the perfect catch but what Evie doesn’t realise is that he is hiding something – a key to Evie’s past.

As Evie gets closer to Noah and discovering her mother, she must take a giant leap of faith. Can she embrace the new and make this her year of taking chances? And if she does, will she get her heart broken?

My Thoughts:

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances is a fabulous story filled with the most wonderful characters. This has to be one of the first books where there wasn’t one character that I didn’t like and enjoy reading about.

Evie I took to straight away. She hasn’t had the easiest of starts to life but that all changed when Irene came into her life. She loves her job in the local library and she has a great set of friends, especially Clara who she works with. Clara certainly brings some fun to the book and she is a great friend to Evie. So much so, that Evie lets Clara move in with her as they get on so well.

Being a book lover, this really is the ideal book for readers who love a good story which is laced with romance and where books are a big part of the characters lives. I mean we have Evie, Clara and Aiden who work in the library, there is a lovely cafe run by Mim where they hold the book clubs, throw some authors and wanna be writers in there and you have the perfect ingredients for a great book.

As my biggest love of genres is crime, I always love to be taken by surprise. Who knew that there could be twists, turns and surprises galore in this genre of novel? I loved that I didn’t fully know what was in store for me and it had my heart pounding madly with all the emotions I was going through.

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances was a book I wanted to climb into and lose myself totally into. As a devout book lover, parts of Evie’s life I was so envious of. To work with books, to socialise where books are the main topic it was like the author was writing of my own dreams. This is such a feel good book that broaches on some tough topics but written expertly as ever by a wonderful author. Loved it!

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

Goodreads 5/5 stars.

Evie’s Year of Taking Chances is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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Anglesey Blue: (The Detective Tudor Manx Mysteries Book 1) by Dylan Jones #BlogTour

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Book Description:

MURDER. BETRAYAL. REVENGE.

It’s not the homecoming Detective Inspector Tudor Manx was expecting, but solving the case is just the start of his problems.

Recently transferred from the London Met to the North Wales Constabulary, Detective Inspector Tudor Manx has come to Island of Anglesey hoping for a quiet life.

But his hopes are dashed when a brutally mutilated body is found crucified to the bow of a fishing boat sending shockwaves through the peaceful community.

Manx’s faces pressure to solve the case quickly equipped with an inexperienced team.

Is the body a message or a premonition of more murders to come?

Adding to his mounting problems, Manx’s troubled past returns to haunt him. Manx left the island after the disappearance of his younger sister, Miriam; a cold case that still remains unsolved.

Can Manx solve the case before the body count rises?

How will he cope when he is forced to choose between his family and his duty as a police officer?

This is the first book in the thrilling new DI Tudor Manx series.

My Thoughts:

This is the first in a brand new crime series.

The setting is one that makes this crime series for me stand out on it’s own. Personally I have not read many, if any, set in Wales. The Island of Anglesey I have to say certainly added a touch or darkness as well as coldness to the whole story. The parts to do with the sea certainly sent a chill through me and made me want to snuggle up under a blanket where I was safe and warm.

There is certainly an abundance of characters in this novel. I would say that some were right characters but don’t think that would make sense as it’s a novel so of course there are characters in it. I mean that for different reasons some stand out more than others as their personalities came to life more than some of the others.

Manx is your stereo typical detective that has a past. Though he may have a past and be troubled, he still has something that will appeal to readers and I am looking forward to getting to know him and his team better over the series.

The story has a lot of the elements I would expect from a crime novel and the pace was steady which picked up towards the end. I think once finished it will have readers eager for more.

Anglesey Blue is a solid start for the first book in a new series. I think this is a series that will certainly go from strength to strength as the characters develop and grow.

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

Anglesey Blue is out now and available to purchase from Amazon.

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Get To Know… Author K A Richardson @karichardson77

Today I am delighted to have the gorgeous K A Richardson as my Get To Know author on my blog.

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My name is KA Richardson, well technically it’s Kerry-Ann but only my grandad ever called me that. I’ve been called a lot of things over the years – my friends kids always called me Kezzie, my friends and hubby call me Kez.

I grew up in a single parent family with my disabled brother Michael. My mum, Jeannet, is just the most inspiring person and she did such a great job of raising us on very little money. She’s my best friend now and I love her to bits. I got married in 2009 and my husband Peter is my soulmate – he supports me in everything I do and I’m so proud to be his wife.

I guess my writing career started when I was a child – in primary school I used to make little books and staple the sides together. I gave them to my favourite teacher, Mrs Muztachs and she kept them in her attic until she died. I’ve always written – whether those little books or poems and longer stories as I got older. I wrote my first novel when I was 17 years old – it was awful! A complete rip off of the old TV show Airwolf but I didn’t really understand copyright and what not when I was a youngster. My writing tapered off a little through my 20s – life just got in the way.

I worked my way through several years as a DJ, a pizza delivery driver and a construction site secretary and eventually went to university to do my Bsc Crime Scene Science – I’d always wanted to work for the police and that was an interesting field to me. I passed that in 2008 and fell straight into CSI work which I loved.

Whilst working as a CSI, I had a psychic reading with a great psychic, Anthony, and he asked suddenly why I wasn’t writing as he saw me signing in Waterstones in 5 years time. I left asking myself why I didn’t write – I’d always loved it, it had just fallen to the wayside. So I decided to enrol to do my Masters of Arts in Creative Writing and see if my passion was still alive. It was such an inspiring thing to do – I selected my modules carefully and despite being told by one lecturer who shall remain nameless, that I’d never amount to anything and I’d never make a career of my writing, I pushed onwards and started my first novel which served as the first 15k of my dissertation.

I passed my MA in 2011 and kept writing! My first novel was published in 2016 and I did my first Waterstones signing that year too – 5 years and 8 months from the time Anthony had told me he’d seen me signing there!

You can keep up to date with K A Richardson and her books on the following sites:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/K.A.-Richardson/e/B01D58WOV6/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1488738581&sr=8-2-ent

My website: http://www.kerryannrichardson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ka.richardsonwriter

Twitter: @kerryann77

Favourite book as a child?

My favourite books as a child was anything by Enid Blyton but especially The Enchanted Wood – it’s still one I go to when I feel ill or need some comfort.

Favourite book as a teenager?

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – I’d never been more embarrassed to cry in front of my class mates but that book tore the tears from me. I still love it now. For such a small book it packs a punch.

Favourite character?

Sherlock Holmes – he wins every time! Though I do love Sam Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy too.

Favourite book to movie adaption?

Definitely the Lord of the Rings – absolutely loved all the movies though prefer the LOTR trilogy to the hobbit.

Favourite drink or snack while reading?

Cadburys Marvellous Creations with the jelly beans, smarties and popping candy in. Favourite drink would be hot coffee or tea.

Favourite highlight of your writing career?

Am I allowed to say every single second? Honestly though there are so many – there’s nothing quite like the feeling of signing a book deal contract though – and the first time you hold one of your paperbacks is just out of this world.

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Get To Know… Author Neil White @neilwhite1965 @BonnierZaffre

Today I am delighted to feature author Neil White whose new novel, From The Shadows, is published this week.

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I grew up in Yorkshire, in my home city of Wakefield and then my teens were spent in the small seaside town of Bridlington, where I failed all my exams and loafed around for a few years. I don’t look back on those years as wasted, as there is nothing I like more than just loafing around, but I seem to have acquired a busy life since then. I’ve always thought I’d make a great lottery winner, just slobbing around watching Netflix for the rest of my life.

One of the things that held me back was my love of going on scooter rallies, and I spent most of my time on my Vespa, travelling up and down the country to seaside resorts and trying not to get into trouble. I turned down a few job opportunities because it would have interfered with that, but it was Thatcher’s Britain of the eighties and I was able to hide amongst the unemployment statistics.

I went to university in my twenties and became a lawyer, eventually, and worked as a defence lawyer before switching sides to the prosecution. I was a Senior Crown Prosecutor for eighteen years until I left in 2015. I still practise in the courtroom though, but as a freelancer. I need it to get me out of the house, or else I’d just gather dust somewhere. It’s the only thing that gets me shaved.

I started writing more than twenty years ago, but it took me more than twelve years to get a publishing deal. I self-published a book called Salem during that time, which got me an agent who got me the deal, and was in fact rewritten as my third book, Last Rites (without the typos and grammatical errors I’d left in).

Only 500 copies of Salem exist in the whole world, and I’m happy for it to stay that way.

I’m married with three teenage children, and I live in Lancashire because I met my wife in Lancashire and she won’t leave. That was one of the first of many battles I’ve lost over the years. I expect to lose a lot more.

You can keep up to date with Neil White and his books on the following sites:

Facebook

Twitter

http://www.neilwhite.net/

Amazon

Favourite book as a child?

There are so many to pick from because I was a voracious reader as a child. The Dr Who novels (I was more of a fan of the books than the television series), the Famous Five, the Jennings books.

The one I’m going to go with, however, is The Mystery of the Moaning Cave, the tenth book in the Alfred Hitchcock’s Three Investigator series, which followed the adventures of three young investigators who got themselves into various scrapes in San Francisco, usually as a result of something found in a scrapyard belonging to the uncle of the main investigator, Jupiter Jones. They were a level up from the Famous Five but still very much a series for children.

The reason I’ve chosen that one is that I remember still the terror when reading it, that churn in the pit of my stomach, the “I can’t go on but I must go on but I’m too scared but I like being scared” feeling that is the essence of mystery writing.

Favourite book as a teenager?

I’m going to choose Salem’s Lot by Stephen King for same reason as above. Stephen King was the author who got me into horror fiction and I just loved his books as a teenager, and again I remember the delicious fear.

What turned me to crime fiction in the end was that I stopped being scared. A mystery, however, always needs solving.

Favourite character?

Mickey Haller is the one who immediately came to mind, Michael Connelly’s “Lincoln Lawyer” character.

As a lawyer for more than two decades, I dreamed of it being made to look brave and cool and edgy. Mickey Haller does that, with his business conducted out of the back of his car and with a biker gang acting as his protector. He adds colour to the greyness of my other profession.

Favourite book to movie adaption?

This isn’t a crime book, or film, but still one of my favourite books and films, and that is Field of Dreams, which started life as Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

I just love the rural drawl of it all, and there is some innocence about the book that the film manages to capture.

What sums up both the book and film is when the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson asks Ray Kinsella, “Is this heaven?’ after Ray built a baseball field in his cornfield, so that the ghosts of the disgraced Chicago White Sox players could play baseball again after being banned for throwing the World Series. Ray responds, “No, it’s Iowa,” but in such a way that perhaps it really is heaven, with it’s lazy summer days and simple way of life.

Favourite drink or snack while reading?

Tea and sweets.

I’ve given up coffee, I end up drinking too much of it, so have tried to stick to tea. I’ve tried writing to a glass of wine, but I find that better suited to late-night movie watching. If I go to the shop, I will often come back with some sweets, which I put away in my drawer until I’m writing.

Midget gems are the usual choice, but Lion midget gems, not Maynards. I’m a purist.

Favourite highlight of your writing career?

Over the whole career, getting to number one with my fifth book, Cold Kill, is an obvious highlight, but I’m going to plump with the moment I signed my first publishing contract. After all those years of trying and failing, the elation at finally doing it was intoxicating. To be still doing ten years later with the wonderful people at BonnierZaffre is sometimes hard to believe. It has turned out to be more than I ever expected.

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A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison

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Book Description:

A furry festive miracle who’s there for you with a helping paw. Percy definitely isn’t just for Christmas…

Percy is homeless, abandoned by his owner at an animal rescue centre on a cold winter’s night. So when he finds a loving new home with Gail and her family, his deepest wish is that this time, it’s forever.

Gail hopes that Percy will be the little miracle that her family so desperately needs. Her young daughter, Jenny, is in and out of hospital and she’s only just holding things together with her husband, Simon.

With the family at breaking point, and Christmas just around the corner, is Percy the furry friend they’ve all been waiting for?

Full of hope and utterly heartwarming, A Pug Like Percy is the perfect read for fans of A Street Cat Named Bob and Alfie the Doorstep Cat.

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t resist buying this when I saw it on the shelves in my local supermarket. I’m not usually a love of pug breeds but I have to admit that adorable little face on the cover really pulled on my heart strings and I knew I had to give the book a home.

The story is one that can certainly be enjoyed by young adults and adults a like. Told from the point of view of Percy himself, it makes for an entertaining read.

Sadly as to often happens, Percy’s owner after three years decides to up and leave and Percy is not part of his future plans so he finds himself in a shelter with an uncertain future. That is until Gail and her family come along to offer him a loving home.

Gail I had so much empathy for. She has moved to be closer to the hospital that can give her daughter the best treatment for her heart condition but is feeling isolated as it’s Simon’s home town and not hers. The stress is coming between both adults as there concerns for their daughters health grows.

I’ve always been a believer that dogs are very perceptive and pick up on things and understand more than we think and this is very true of Percy. Some things are slightly far fetched where Percy is concerned like him tidying the house  to help his owners out but do you know what? That’s why its called fiction. It certainly made me look at my dog and think why can’t you do that!

The love that Percy brings to that home is just heart melting. I was just as concerned over Jenny as the rest of the family were and I was praying that by the end things turned around for her. If you want to know if they do then you need to read it for yourself.

A Pug Like Percy is a wonderful story that will certainly appeal to dog lovers of most ages. It made me laugh, smile, worry, basically go through a whole array of emotions. A lovely light hearted read that has a deeper meaning.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

A Pug Like Percy is available to purchase from Amazon.