Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech @louisewriter @orendabooks @annecater #blogtour

** advanced copy received from publisher **

I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech today! Many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Anne Cater for the opportunity and my advanced copy!

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Author : Louise Beech
Title : Maria in the Moon
Pages : 280
Publisher : Orenda
Publication date : August 15, 2017

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Long ago my beloved Nanny Eve chose my name. Then one day she stopped calling me it. I try now to remember why, but I just can’t.’

Thirty-one-year-old Catherine Hope has a great memory. But she can’t remember everything. She can’t remember her ninth year. She can’t remember when her insomnia started. And she can’t remember why everyone stopped calling her Catherine-Maria.

With a promiscuous past, and licking her wounds after a painful breakup, Catherine wonders why she resists anything approaching real love. But when she loses her home to the deluge of 2007 and volunteers at Flood Crisis, a devastating memory emerges … and changes everything.

Dark, poignant and deeply moving, Maria in the Moon is an examination of the nature of memory and truth, and the defences we build to protect ourselves, when we can no longer hide.

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Good grief. What to say about this exquisitely told story? I postponed reading this one until I was on holiday, determined to savour every word on every page without a single interruption and I’m so glad I did. But it’s hard to find the words to describe how incredibly special Maria in the Moon is and I fear my review won’t do it any justice at all.

Let me just first point out that I’m not really known as the emotional type. Although I have been known to once cry at a nappy commercial but I swear that was a completely unexplainable hormonal thing. That said, there are two authors who always manage to make me shed a tear or two (or ten) and one of them is Louise Beech, who just seems to have this uncanny knack of pulling at my heartstrings until I need a stiff drink. Or two. (Or ten. Who’s counting?)

Catherine has an exceptional memory but for some reason, she can’t remember a single thing about the year when she was nine years old. When she loses her home to a flood, she volunteers at a Flood Crisis Line and bit by bit, things will start to fall into place that will ultimately reveal a devastating memory.

Maria in the Moon is a sometimes emotional, yet at times also a surprisingly witty story. I took to Catherine straight away. Not only do I appreciate a healthy dose of sarcasm but also the level of self-deprecating humour she displays, used to protect herself or hide her innermost feelings. It all just felt entirely relatable. Her relationship with her mother, complicated though it may be, came across as highly realistic and believable. And throughout the story you wonder about the importance of memories and how even things you may have forgotten can have an impact on the rest of your life.

I soon found myself utterly swept away on the waves of this touching and moving tale. Catherine’s story is dark, heartfelt and honest, deeply moving and yet also inspiring. Hers isn’t the only heartbreaking story to be told as callers to the Crisis Line deal with issues of their own. All these characters felt so real, I expected them to jump off the pages. I got so invested in their lives, they stopped feeling like characters but more like real-life people dealing with real-life issues. Not all of the heavy variety but some everyday mundane things as well, like drawers that won’t open or an out-of-control smoke alarm.

I adored both of Louise Beech’s previous novels and was fully aware of her incredible talent. I always feel safe in this author’s hands, blindly trust her capabilities and I will gladly let her lead me wherever she wants. And yet, I wasn’t quite prepared for the effect Maria in the Moon would have on me. It’s so utterly powerful and emotive and it just blew me away. This is some exceptional and masterful storytelling. Maria in the Moon deserves pride of place on everyone’s bookshelf and I shall treasure my copy forever.

Massive thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda and Anne Cater!

Maria in the Moon is available now.

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Louise Beech has always been haunted by the sea. She regularly writes travel pieces for the Hull Daily Mail, where she was a columnist for ten years. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice and being published in a variety of UK magazines. Louise lives with her husband and children on the outskirts of Hull – the UK’s 2017 City of Culture – and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012. She was also part of the Mums’ Army on Lizzie and Carl’s BBC Radio Humberside Breakfast Show for three years.

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House of Spines by Michael J. Malone @michaelJmalone1 @orendabooks @annecater #blogtour

** advanced copy received via publisher **

I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for the fabulous House of Spines today. I’ll be trying to share my thoughts with you (the short version is : buy it now!) after I tell you a little bit about the book.

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Author : Michael J. Malone
Title : House of Spines
Pages : 276
Publisher : Orenda Books
Publication date : August 16, 2017

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Ran McGhie’s world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental-health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow’s oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

Entering his new-found home, he finds that Great-Uncle Fitzpatrick has turned it into a temple to the written word – the perfect place for poet Ran. But everything is not as it seems. As he explores the Hall’s endless corridors, Ran’s grasp on reality appears to be loosening. And then he comes across an ancient lift; and in that lift a mirror. And in the mirror … the reflection of a woman.

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Wow!

This review has been such a struggle to write and if I could have gotten away with just saying “brilliant, buy it now!”, I totally would have. The only thought in my head when I finished reading went something along the lines of “holy guacamole, what the frickety-frack was that?!”. I’ll say this though, if you’re looking for something utterly compelling and enthralling that will leave your head spinning in the most delicious way, then look no further! House of Spines does exactly that and so much more.

Also, I totally feel that cover is worth mentioning as it’s fab. I loved it from the first moment I saw it, even though I couldn’t quite figure out what it meant. That becomes clear when you read the book. Or the book description, which I didn’t. 😄

Ran McGhie’s life is turned upside down when he discovers that his mother came from a wealthy family and he has now inherited a huge mansion. And by huge, I mean absolutely massive. With multiple floors, a maze of rooms, an indoor swimming pool and, every bookworm’s dream, a gigantic library, you could say Ran is living the dream. But things at Newton Hall aren’t at all what they seem. Or are they?

Ran suffers from mental health problems and when at one point he stops taking his medication, it becomes hard for him and us, the reader, to keep a firm grip on reality. There were times I felt I was losing my mind myself! Is something haunting Ran’s new abode? Or is his imagination playing tricks on him? Personally, library or not, I’d be out of there in a flash.

If you’ve read Michael J. Malone’s previous offering, A Suitable Lie, and you’re expecting more of the same, ha! You’re in for a surprise! (Incidentally if you’ve not read it, you totally should. Just saying.) The author truly shows off his diversity and displays a remarkable talent for storytelling. This is not just your average ghost story, it’s far more than that. It’s absorbing, compelling, utterly gripping, deliciously creepy and intriguing. I’m running out of superlatives here. Suffice to say, it really just blew my mind.

Michael J. Malone is one amazingly exciting author and most definitely one to watch! I absolutely can’t wait for his next book! But for now, and this is something I never do, I’m taking House of Spines on holiday with me so I can read it again. It’s just THAT GOOD!

Many thanks to Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Anne Cater for the opportunity to join and the advanced copy!

House of Spines is available now!

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The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson @kerrywk @bookouture #blogblitz

** advanced copy received via publisher **

Delighted to be kicking off the blog blitz for The Girl Who Came Back by Kerry Wilkinson today, alongside a bunch of other fabulous bloggers! Many thanks to Kim Nash for the opportunity to join!

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Author : Kerry Wilkinson
Title : The Girl Who Came Back
Pages : 303
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 8, 2017

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Thirteen years ago Olivia Adams went missing. Now she’s back… or is she?

When five-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cosy English village?

Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it’s her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been – and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon? If she’s an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child’s own mother – and why?

Then there are those who would rather Olivia stayed missing. The past is the past and some secrets must remain buried.

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Cor! Kerry Wilkinson strikes again with this absolutely incredible page turner!

Thirteen years ago, five year old Olivia disappeared from her back garden. Now she’s back. Or is she? Her mother is convinced her daughter has returned but not everyone shares her conviction. Is the girl who came back Olivia or merely an imposter?

With The Girl Who Came Back the author has once again delivered a brilliantly executed plot. It is completely engrossing and compelling with tons of complex, and some quite unlikeable, characters. Its slow pace works like a charm, as does the setting of this sleepy village where everybody seems to know everybody’s business. Although maybe not quite because how is it possible that a five year old can just disappear like that?

Slowly but surely family secrets will be revealed and some skeletons will fall out of the closets. And in the middle of all of that, there’s the always interesting topic of nature versus nurture that has you wondering if things might have turned out differently in an alternate universe.

Tension bubbles away underneath the surface throughout the story and there was this subtle threatening vibe that had me on the edge of my seat. There are tiny clues along the way that are sometimes quite easy to miss but when you pick up on them, they’ll have you wracking your brain trying to figure out what’s going on. And just when you think you know, there’s a twist or two that’ll make your head spin.

This is quite a quick read but utterly absorbing. Kerry Wilkinson is an amazing writer whose stories constantly manage to reel me in and keep me hooked. All I can say is, I’d like some more, please.

Many thanks to Bookouture for the opportunity to join the blitz tour and my advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and as always, chose to review honestly!

The Girl Who Came Back is out today!

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Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.

He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.

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Flowers for the Dead by Barbara Copperthwaite @BCopperthwait

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Author : Barbara Copperthwaite
Title : Flowers for the Dead
Pages : 353
Publisher : BLC Publications
Publication date : September 21, 2015

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Adam Bourne is a serial killer who thinks he is a saviour. When he murders young women and cuts off their lips, he believes he has done it to make them happy.

How did he become warped from the sensitive four-year-old who adored his gran and the fairy tales she read to him? What turned him into a monster who stalks his victims? And what is he trying to say with the bouquets he sends?

When he meets Laura Weir, Adam weaves a fairy tale romance around them. A tale she has no idea she is part of. As he hatches his twisted plan for their fairy tale ending, can anyone stop him before he creates the ultimate sacrifice to love?

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Adam hasn’t had the best of childhoods. The only person he truly adored and felt safe with was his beloved grandmother. She’d read stories to him and taught him all about flowers and gardening. All Adam wants is to make someone happy, but why do women always turn on him? What is it that he does so wrong?

In case you missed it in the book description, Adam is a stalker and a serial killer. Prepare yourself for a whole host of complicated and mixed feelings that will leave you utterly confused. Because Adam isn’t like any other serial killer I’ve ever read about. In fact, in many ways he’d make the perfect boyfriend. Leaving you flowers, cleaning your house, anticipating your every need. It all sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? But “you” don’t know who’s doing these things or why.

Throughout the book, we learn more about his childhood and it’s one heartbreaking tale. In a twisted sort of way, I found myself rooting for him, desperately wanting him to find his one true love and make someone happy while finally finding happiness himself.

Laura is struggling with life after losing her parents and her brother in a car accident. When she finally makes the decision to pick up the pieces and move on, Adam sets his sights on her. I found these parts of the storyline particularly terrifying as it truly hits home how little there is you can do when you think you’re being stalked.

This is one brilliantly executed psychological thriller. As it’s obvious from the beginning what Adam is and what he gets up, there aren’t really any twists and turns but I didn’t expect there to be any. What we do have is an incredible character study and it’s a credit to the author’s writing that I somehow found myself sympathising with Adam. That old chestnut of nature versus nurture will never grow old although in this instance, it’s quite clear where things went wrong. Barbara Copperthwaite has written an utterly creepy, gripping and compelling read and I look forward to reading more by her!

Flowers for the Dead was published in 2015.

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The Blood of Kings by Angela King @AngelaS969 @bombshellpub #blogtour

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Blood of Kings by Angela King! I’ll be sharing my review for this historical fiction novel, right after I tell you a little about the book.

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Author : Angela King
Title : The Blood of Kings
Pages : 400
Publisher : Bombshell Books
Publication date : September 1, 2017

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1559. A girl arrives in London to search for her brother.

Aalia, an awkward, arrogant teenager plans to bring William to his senses, until she discovers that both their lives are based on a lie.

Aalia must unravels a web of secrets but has the weight of her past to contend with.

Courageous and undisciplined, Aalia gradually comes to terms with the truth that William, her brother, has royal blood.

Deciding to undermine the men who want to use him as a pawn, Aalia must negotiate a world where secrecy arms the powerful. But unwilling to ask for anyone’s help she is forced into making a fateful decision.

Who can she trust when everyone around her is plotting? Is the truth really something worth dying for?

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The year is 1959. The place is London. The ship Cornucopia arrives after a long journey from India. On board is Aalia. She’s come to England to find her brother, William. William seems to think he’s a long lost son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour and thus the rightful heir to the throne. He quickly becomes a pawn in a deadly game. Some know the truth and will go to desperate lengths to keep that truth hidden at all costs. There’s a lot of sneaking around and dubious meetings from multiple players with their own ambitions, not at all necessarily noble, which is exactly how I would imagine things to have been in those days.

Set in the era of Elizabeth Tudor’s reign, The Blood of Kings is full of a healthy dose of intrigue that’s to be expected from a life at court and a time when kings and queens weren’t safe from anyone. Aalia must unravel a web of deceit and lies but with so many people around her plotting, is there anyone left she can trust?

Aalia is quite likeable and very different from what women were supposed to be like or act like in those days. She’s fiery, feisty, tempestuous and incredibly stubborn. She’s not someone you can control but she can take excellent care of herself.

I must admit that I often felt a tad confused about the large cast of characters, although it’s entirely possible that was due to my concentration levels not being up to scratch. I also found some chapters to be rather on the slow side, which broke the flow of the story and I didn’t always understand their relevance.

However, the author truly manages to create a wonderful atmosphere of London life in the 1500’s from the pubs to the docks to court. If you like historical fiction, the Elizabethan era and a great dose of mystery and intrigue, then this is the book for you!

The Blood of Kings was published on September 1st.

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I’ve always loved words, those little black squiggles dancing around the page lead inside a secret world – the world of imagination.

I’ve always loved writing – diaries, stories, letters – I’m a compulsive writer. My favourite task is pinning the imagined world into words – it’s also the most exciting but I’d rarely let anyone read my work.

While my children were growing up I studied with the Open University. I also worked for a small company which made docu-history films for museums and wrote articles for magazines and specialist publications. Then, in 2008, two very close friends died, kicking me into action – if I didn’t write my novel soon it might never be written. I joined a couple of local creative writing groups and finally allowed my imagination to run free.

In 2016 I had short stories published in three different anthologies: Dark Minds (Bloodhound Books), Happily Never After (C & P Writers) and Dot, Dot, Dot, (Wiza Words).

My first novel – The Blood of Kings – is due to be published by Bombshell Books later this year.

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The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase @evepchase @MichaelJBooks

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Author : Eve Chase
Title : The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde
Pages : 336
Publisher : Michael Joseph
Publication date : July 13, 2017

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From the present day . . .

Applecote Manor captivates Jessie with it promise of hazy summers in the Cotswolds. She believes it’s the perfect escape for her troubled family. But the house has an unsettling history, and strange rumours surround the estate.

to the fifties . . .

When teenage Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote during the heatwave of ’59, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before.

The sisters are drawn into the mystery of Audrey’s vanishing – until the stifling summer takes a shocking, deadly turn. Will one unthinkable choice bind them together, or tear them apart?

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Creepy gothic manor in the country? A mystery surrounding a missing girl? Dual time line historical fiction? I didn’t really need anything else to persuade me to pick up this book. But this is also one of those times when writing a review is a real struggle for me as I find it hard to find the words to say how beautiful and special this novel is.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde centres around two families in two different eras. In the present day, Jessie moves her family to Applecote Manor in the Cotswolds. They need a fresh start, new surroundings, a chance to come together as a family. But the manor and its grounds haven’t always been a happy place, causing Jessie to feel like she made a mistake in moving there.

Back in 1959, Margot and her three sisters spend a scorching summer at Applecote Manor, which is owned by their aunt and uncle. Their daughter Audrey disappeared without a trace five years ago and her parents have had a hard time moving on. Margot was especially close to Audrey and has always wondered what happened to her. Will these scorching summer weeks finally reveal the answer?

I found myself completely absorbed in the atmosphere of this story from the very first page. Often I feel one era appeals to me more and I can’t get wait to get back to it but I didn’t find that the case here. As eager as I was to find out what happened to Audrey, I was equally invested in the circumstances of Jessie and her family, in particular her stepdaughter Bella.

The mystery surrounding Audrey’s disappearance is revealed bit by bit, which really held my attention. Throughout the story, we explore the bonds between sisters, the secrets they keep , the squabbles they have and the boys they like. And each sister is so different from the other, you will have no problem whatsoever relating to at least one of them. The story also covers the importance of family, loss and grief and the different ways people deal with those events. It just has everything to keep you utterly enthralled.

There’s something quite magical about Eve Chase’s writing. With such vivid descriptions, I could almost feel the sun burning on my skin or imagine the sweet relief of water in a pool or river. This is such a delightful and beautifully written novel and I absolutely loved it! I will soon be picking up the author’s previous novel, Black Rabbit Hall, and very much look forward to whatever is next.

The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde is available now!

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Death in Dulwich by Alice Castle @DDsDiary @EmmaMitchellFPR #blogtour #guestpost

Today I’m hosting a stop on the blog tour for Death in Dulwich and it’s my pleasure to  welcome author Alice Castle to the blog to talk about her road to publication. Many thanks to Alice and to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity to join the tour!

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Author : Alice Castle
Title : Death in Dulwich
Series : The London Murder Mysteries #1
Pages : 281
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date : May 31, 2017

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Thirty-something single mum, Beth Haldane, has her hands full – with a bouncy young son, a haughty cat, a fringe with a mind of its own, and bills to pay. She loves her little home in plush London suburb Dulwich, but life here doesn’t come cheap.

She is thrilled to land the post of archivist at top local school, Wyatt’s, though she secretly fears she’s not up to the job. But even Beth couldn’t have imagined how badly things could go, until she discovers a hideous crime and finds herself prime suspect.

Setting out to clear her name, Beth encounters a cast of characters who will follow her through the London Murder Mystery series, proving along the way that the nicest places can hide the nastiest secrets.

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THE ROAD TO PUBLICATION

My journey to publication has been a long and winding road, like all the most interesting stories! I had my first idea for a chick-lit novel while I was living in Brussels and I got an agent quickly, by writing off with a synopsis and the first three chapters to about twenty people. That agent couldn’t find me a publisher, so I changed to another agent, and then another, before getting my first deal with, to my surprise, the very well respected German publisher Ullstein. So, my novel, Hot Chocolate, was duly translated into German and was a bestseller as Schokohertz, selling out in two weeks. It’s now available in German and English on Kindle. I blush to admit that I don’t speak (or read) a word of German!

After this, I thought I’d go for another genre I love, the cozy crime mystery. I’ve always loved reading crime fiction and had become more and more intrigued by the way plots work. Then I thought up an idea for a story. Last April I started writing Death in Dulwich, inspired by my years living there. I thought the beautiful setting and the concentration of ambitious parents and precocious children would provide a rich setting for a whodunit. I also loved the idea of a clever and determined single mother solving the crime where the Met police, so strapped for resources, was doomed to failure. I finished and edited the book over the course of the year.

By this time, my previous agent had decided to concentrate only on non-fiction, so I went it alone and submitted to Crooked Cat just after Christmas. I’d heard of them as a great indie publisher and had been keeping my eye out for signs that they were open to submissions. As soon as the page went up I sent Death in Dulwich off. I crossed my fingers, then had an email from them that was very short. I was sure it was a rejection – but it just pointed out I hadn’t attached the book file! Once I’d stopped kicking myself, I sent it over and, days later, I got an email saying they loved the book and wanted to publish.

I’ve been very lucky with Crooked Cat, they’ve been hugely supportive and really encouraging. Every email is answered swiftly, there’s so much advice on offer and I had lots of input in the choice of cover. The editing process was really thorough but painless, as no major changes were asked for. I really feel we’re a partnership and they are just as concerned as I am to try and give the book every chance in what is a very crowded market.

If I could do it all again, I would save myself my early moments of despair at thinking the book would never get published. But, apart from changing my name to Dan Brown and getting my hands on a massive marketing team and unlimited publicity budget, I’m not sure I would change a thing. I think the book cover looks great and I really hope it’ll find some kind readers who’ll enjoy being transported to a pretty, and gently murderous, corner of our great capital city.

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Thanks so much Alice for taking the time to share your road to publication!

Death in Dulwich will be published as an ebook on September 6th but the paperback is available now!

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Weekly Wrap-Up (September 3)

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I don’t even want to think about how it’s September already. I’m pretty sure it was Christmas last week! Still, 5 more sleeps and I’ll be on my way to Tuscany. I’ve made the awful mistake of checking the weather forecast which promises little sunshine and lots of rain. So, basically the same as the rest of this miserable summer. Fabulous! 😂

It’s been a productive reading week and I managed to remove 7 books from my TBR. Not counting The Text since it was a short story.

Books I read this week :

 

Books I bought this week :

Brace yourself! Are you ready?

NONE! Nada! Zip! I struggled and almost accidentally had another moment where my finger slipped but I made it. Not sure it’s worth it though. Feels an awful lot like the most horrendous punishment. 😉


ARC’s received via Netgalley :

This would have been zero too but then Bookouture threw a spanner in the works, as per usual!

 

Bookpost that arrived this week :

This totally made up for the not buying any! I won Floating Theatre in a giveaway run by the lovely Cathy! The Fourteenth letter was sent to me by the publisher. As was Murder Most Foul because they sympathised with my self-imposed book buying ban which I thought was absolutely brilliant and made me laugh! The other three were sent to me by my dear friend Vicki!

 

On the blog this past week :

Still busy, busy, busy!

Monday : Reviewed I Know Where She Is

Tuesday : Shared my review for Friend Request

Wednesday : Shared my thoughts on Final Girls

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Witch Dust

Friday : Shared my publication day review for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Seek and my thoughts on the free Kindle short story The Text

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for Hide and Seek

Sunday : Joined other fab bloggers on the blog blitz for The Accident

 

Next week on noveldeelights :

I may be a mere five days away from my holiday but there’s no slowing down on the blog! I’ll be hosting three blog tours : Death in Dulwich, The Blood of Kings and The Girl Who Came Back. I have two other reviews ready to go to fill up the other two days.

But from Saturday onwards, this blog is on holiday. I thought about scheduling posts but since I’ll most likely be without wifi, I wouldn’t be able to check if they posted anyway so I figured I’d save myself the stress. Now all I need to do is decide which books I’m taking with me. How hard can that be? 😂 Oh, and clothes. Guess I should pack that as well.

And that’s it for another week. Have a great one and happy reading! xx

The Accident by S.D. Monaghan @SeanMonaghan16 @bookouture #blogblitz

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Welcome to my stop on the blitz tour for the gripping The Accident by S.D. Monaghan!

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Author : S.D. Monaghan
Title : The Accident
Pages : 258
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : September 1, 2017

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One mistake could change your life forever.

Tara has it all. Married and about to move into her dream home, she can’t explain why she is tempted by one last fling with her ex before she settles down.

David would do anything for Tara. So when he finds her with another man, his world starts to crumble around him.

Ryan isn’t prepared for the punch David throws at him. Stumbling, he slips over the balcony and falls three storeys to the patio below.

In one split second a man will be killed. In one split second David and Tara’s life will change forever.

How far would you go to save everything you have?

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David and his wife Tara have it all. Wonderful careers, a baby on the way and they have just completed work on their multi-million euro house. But the day before they are meant to move in, David discovers his wife has been sleeping with their builder. During the confrontation that ensues, David hits out at the builder, who stumbles and falls three storeys. Oops. David’s life has changed forever but what he doesn’t know, is that things are about to become much worse.

Well now, this one starts out with a bang and it’s such an excellent way to reel a reader in. What’s frightening is this accident is completely believable and could happen to anyone. Just a wee push and someone hits their head, with devastating consequences. That’s exactly what happens here. And it makes you wonder what you would do, as David does.

Like I said, things are about to get much worse but I won’t get into that as it would give away far too much information. Suffice to say there’s quite the tense ride and with a few chapters ending on a cliffhanger, this is one of those books where you tell yourself you’ll just read a few more pages until you realise it’s gone past midnight and you might as well stay up late and finish the thing in one go.

I did feel that some of the chapters were a tad too slow and broke the flow of the story, specifically those dealing with David and Tara’s past. Although they do shed light on why David does the things he does. Try as I might though, I just can’t understand the reason for Tara’s fling at all.

However, The Accident has a complex and brilliantly executed plot and I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s writing style. While I guessed something out quite early on, I couldn’t at all predict the ending and there were twists galore to keep me hooked until the rather satisfying conclusion. S.D. Monaghan is an exciting new voice in the psychological thriller genre and I look forward to his next book.

Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy and the opportunity to join the tour!

The Accident is available now!

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S. D. Monaghan grew up in Dublin before travelling extensively in Asia, Europe and America. After teaching English in Thailand for two years, he moved back to Ireland and gained an honours degree in psychology.

While living in Canada for four years, he studied screenwriting in Toronto. S. D. Monaghan completed the Masters in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin with the editorial guidance of the Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford and Orange Prize nominee, Deirdre Madden. On the strength of his work there, he was chosen to represent both the university and the Oscar Wilde Writers’Centre to read excerpts at the Dublin Publishers Festival and on Dublin Culture Night.

He lives in Dublin with his wife, where he is currently working on his new novel. He is represented by Zoe Ross at United Agents.

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Hide and Seek by Richard Parker @Bookwalter @bookouture #blogtour

** Advanced copy received from publisher **

Welcome to my stop on the tour for the deliciously creepy Hide and Seek by Richard Parker.

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Author : Richard Parker
Title : Hide and Seek
Pages : 393
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : August 31, 2017

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The sun is out. Your little boy is smiling. The next time you look… he’s gone.

When Lana and Todd win a trip to Blue Crest Adventure Park, their four-year-old Cooper is ecstatic, but when Lana goes to meet them, Todd is out cold, and Cooper is missing.

No one stopped the man with the sleeping boy. The cameras don’t show where he went. Then Lana finds her family picture on an online map detailing bloody murder sites. This is no random attack.

Whoever took Cooper is playing a twisted game, and if Lana wants to find him, she must participate. Can she uncover her tormentor’s identity before it’s too late?

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Author Richard Parker made quite an impression with his previous offering Follow You. This one is a bit different and I was pleasantly surprised as it shows the author is able to diversify and still produce a most excellent thriller. Think less gore and icky stuff, more deliciously creepy. With a character called Mr. Whispers, how could it possibly be anything else?

Nine months ago, someone tried to kidnap four year old Cooper from his garden. His mother, Lana, foiled the attempt but has been suffering from anxiety since that day. She’s also rather obsessed with finding out who tried to take her son. So much so that she’s often glued to an app on her phone that points out murder sites in her neighbourhood. Seriously? I shudder at the thought. So anyway, when the family wins a trip to an adventure park, it is the break they desperately need. But things soon take a turn for the worse.

The relatively short chapters make for a quick and fast-paced read. The points of view switch effortlessly between Lana and Todd as they both set out to find their son. Hide and Seek is a brilliantly tense ride full of intrigue and I’m pretty sure my forehead now has added wrinkles from frowning so hard as I tried to figure out what was going on!

This is a pretty intricate and complex plot and with twists, turns, a red herring or two and a satisfying conclusion, it all results in a truly enjoyable and gripping thriller. Bring on the next one, Mr. Parker!

Many thanks to Kim and Noelle at Bookouture for the opportunity to join the tour and for the advanced copy, which I received via Netgalley and chose to review honestly!

Hide and Seek is available now!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

abouttheauthor

Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted stand alone thrillers.

HIDE AND SEEK is his fifth book and is published August 2017.

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Hide and Seek - Blog Tour