Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Paparazzi by Jo Fenton - Blog Tour + Giveaway

I'm thrilled to involved in the blog tour for Paparazzi by Jo Fenton and I have a fabulous Giveaway below



A stalker. A popstar’s family murdered. A terrified photographer.

 

It’s thirty years since Becky White joined the police. Now, six months after leaving the force, she is suffering from PTSD, when an old friend turns up with a tempting offer. 

 

Following the creation of The White Knight Detective Agency, their first client is a press photographer – a member of the Paparazzi – a young woman with a mysterious and troublesome stalker.

 

But as the case develops, Becky and Joanna find themselves embroiled in murder. When they are unable to prevent further deaths, their investigation takes them down an unexpected path.

 

But can they trust their instinct? And will they identify the killer in time to save a child’s life?

 

Paparazzi, the second instalment in the bestselling Becky White Thriller series. takes you on a journey into the deceptive world of superstars – and those who follow them! 


Purchase Links 

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08ZCK7S37/

US - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08ZCK7S37/



Meet the Author

 Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire, UK. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.


Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.

When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.

Website www.jofenton137.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jofentonauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jl_fenton

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/jofenton137/


Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Revelation by Jo Fenton (Open INT)



*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Glasshouse by Morwenna Blackwood - Blog Tour + Extract

I'm delighted to be involved in the blog tour for Glasshouse by Morwenna Blackwood


Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.
~ from the Hippocratic Oath (translated by WHS Jones)

Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves. 

As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.

Can the patients in their care really trust them? Or are more sinister motives at work?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!

Purchase Link - http://mybook.to/glasshousenovel




EXTRACT

This extract may only be short, but it says a great deal about Dr Sasha Grosvenor...


The gleaming silver balls of my Newton’s cradle clack together with purifying violence. I stare at them while my mind clears, and pour a second strong black coffee from the pot.

I’ve disinfected the bathroom, and my effects have been returned to their proper positions. The laundry is clean and is in the tumble drier. The wood-burner has fresh wood, I have polished every surface, and all the windows are open. I have showered with tea tree shower gel to disinfect myself, and I have used a considerable amount of mouthwash. I had to get every trace of that woman – and by default, that man – off me. It is exhausting, but I will not stop.

I will not stop until Erazmus Whittle is dead. 


Meet the Author

When Morwenna Blackwood was six years old, she got told off for filling a school exercise book with an endless story when she should have been listening to the teacher/eating her tea/colouring with her friends. The story was about a frog. It never did end; and Morwenna never looked back.



Born and raised in Devon, Morwenna suffered from severe OCD and depression, and spent her childhood and teens in libraries. She travelled about for a decade before returning to Devon. She now has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter, and lives with her husband, son and three cats in a cottage that Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. Her debut psychological thriller, The (D)Evolution of Us, is published by #darkstroke, and has become an Amazon best-seller. When she is not writing, Morwenna works for an animal rescue charity, or can be found down by the sea.

She often thinks about that frog.


Social Media Links – 

Twitter - @MorwennaBlackw1

Instagram – morwennablackwood_

Facebook – Morwenna Blackwood page

Website -  www.morwennablackwoodauthor.com 


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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

COVER REVEAL for The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild

I'm so excited today to be revealing the cover for The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild

Isn't it gorgeous.  I love it!


When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…


Pre-Order Links 

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08RS6JBRJ/

US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RS6JBRJ/

Publication Date: 8th July


Meet the Author


Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication. 

Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.

After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle. 

Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.


Social Media Links –  www.facebook.com/authorjuliawild

Twitter: @juliawildauthor

Instagram: juliawildauthor

Website: www.juliawildauthor.co.uk





The Legacy by Alison Knight - Blog Tour + Guest Post

Today on the Book Blog Tour, I'm excited to be bringing you a brilliant guest post for The Legacy by Alison Knight in which she talks about how life was back in the sixties, when The Legacy is set.  Alison was a child in the sixties and a teenager in the seventies - I can relate to that at I was exactly the same!  Read it and be amazed - how did we manage without the internet and cash machines back then!


An unexpected inheritance. A web of deceit. A desperate escape. 

London, 1969.

James has his dreams of an easy life shattered when his aunt disinherits him, leaving her fortune to her god-daughter, Charlotte. He turns to his friend, Percy, to help him reclaim his inheritance – and to pay off his creditors. But when their plans backfire, James becomes the pawn of Percy and his criminal associates.

Charlotte is stunned when she is told of her windfall. After an attempt at cheating her out of her inheritance fails, James tries to intimidate her. But she is stronger than he thinks, having secrets of her own to guard, and sends him away with a bloody nose and no choice but to retreat for now.

Resigned, James and his spoilt, pampered girlfriend, Fliss, Percy’s sister, travel across France on a mission that promises to free James from the criminals for good. But James isn’t convinced he can trust Fliss, so he makes his own plans to start a new life.

Will James be able to get away, or will his past catch up with him? Will Charlotte’s secrets turn the legacy into a curse?

 

Purchase Link -  mybook.to/legacy




CHANGING TIMES by Alison Knight

In this age of Covid, I have been discussing with other writers whether we should include references to the pandemic in our contemporary stories. One of my colleagues has been asked by her publishers to reference it and the changes society faces after lockdown in her next book. But on the whole, I get the impression that my writer friends would prefer to write about a pre-pandemic, Covid-free world. 

A child of the sixties

It isn’t an issue for me at the moment as my latest two books, Mine and The Legacy, are set in the late 1960s and my work in progress takes place in the early 1970s. So there is no quarantine, no lock-down and it’s business as usual. But ‘business as usual’ was very different in the sixties and seventies, so much so that some publishers and readers regard stories set in those decades as historical fiction.

I was a child in the sixties and a teenager in the seventies. Life was very different then in terms of available technology, sexual politics and economic freedom. People were expected to ‘know their place,’ as referenced in a famous sketch staring John Cleese and the Two Ronnies. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can watch the sketch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppv97S3ih14

The times they are a’changing

One of the dangers of writing about the past, however recent, is that things change so quickly. Even contemporary writers have to be careful with cultural references as these can easily date a story. The most popular slang phrases today will be regarded as behind the times tomorrow. And there are examples of time-inappropriate gaffs in both books and movies – like when one of the cast of that great historical epic Ben Hur was spotted wearing a wristwatch. Many a writer has been caught out by feeding their characters foods or drinks that weren’t available in the time the story was set. 

Mobile phones and all that

Writing stories set fifty years ago is both fun and fraught with danger. My editor questioned me when I had a character in 1968 using a car phone. This was unusual, but the character was a chauffeur to a company director and the radio phone fixed to the dashboard was the latest technology (but only if you could afford it). Unlike today’s instant communications, anyone with one of these phones had to contact a radio operator to forward their call to whoever they wanted to speak to. The signal would be lost in areas of high-rise buildings or in tunnels. How do I know this? My father was that chauffeur and we used to use the car phone to call my grandparents to let them know we were coming to see them. They always had the kettle boiling by the time we arrived.

Has Wimbledon always been that green?

Apart from this unusual piece of 1960s technology, I have to make sure my stories take into account that not everyone had a car, or even a house phone. I didn’t see my first colour television until 1969. The first programme I saw on it was a Wimbledon tennis match. I was startled by how green it looked! Television was very limited – with only three channels and programmes finished at the end of the evening, to be replaced with the test card. This was a grid on various shades of black, white and grey with the image of a little girl playing noughts and crosses on a blackboard with a toy clown looking on.

There’s a man on the moon!

My latest book, The Legacy, is set in London and France in 1969. The main female character is Charlotte, a primary school teacher. It is the summer term and she is about to get her pupils working a new topic – the first moon landing. Although I don’t go into detail about it, I felt it was important to reference this event as those of us who witnessed it knew that the whole world stopped and watched this amazing feat. To ignore it would mean that my story lacked authenticity. 

Frothy coffee

So, what else did I need to remember about life in the sixties? Well, we were still a nation of tea-drinkers, but instant coffee was becoming popular. A 1960s version of a cappuccino was called a frothy coffee. People didn’t have plastic bank cards. The first ATM appeared in Britain in 1967 (and you had to use a radio-active cheque to withdraw a maximum of £10). Working-class people were paid weekly in cash. Girls wore mini-skirts and had pixie cuts, bobs or back-combed hair while their mothers had weekly shampoo and sets and perms. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Hollies and The Animals dominated the charts, alongside our mothers’ favourites, Frank Sinatra and Jim Reeves. 

There were no computers, mobile phones or video games. Our parents grew up with war-time rationing and would not tolerate food waste. There were fewer cars and more buses, and policemen walked their beats each day. 

Let me Google that

I do a lot of my research about the sixties on the internet, but my characters didn’t have the option to do that. If they wanted information, they had to check encyclopaedias or go to the library. Telephone directories gave phone numbers and addresses (little or no data protection in those days!). Travellers had to use maps to find their way around. 

The danger of writing stories set in your lifetime is that the decades can merge together in your memory. I have to check each point to make sure my story is authentic to its time. If I get it wrong, I’m sure my readers will let me know!


Meet the Author



Alison has been a legal executive, a registered childminder, a professional fund-raiser and a teacher. She has travelled the world – from spending a year as an exchange student in the US in the 1970s and trekking the Great Wall of China to celebrate her fortieth year and lots of other interesting places in between.

In her mid-forties Alison went to university part-time and gained a first-class degree in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and an MA in the same subject from Oxford Brookes University, both while still working full-time. Her first book was published a year after she completed her master’s degree.

The Legacy is a drama set in 1960s London. Like her previous book, Mine, it explores themes of class, ambition and sexual politics, showing how ordinary people can make choices that lead them into extraordinary situations.

Alison teaches creative and life-writing, runs workshops and retreats with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops(www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk) as well as working as a freelance editor. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

She lives in Somerset, within sight of Glastonbury Tor.


Social Media Links – 

www.facebook.com/alison.knight.942

https://twitter.com/Alison_Knight59   

www.imaginecreativewriting.co.uk

www.darkstroke.com/dark-stroke/alison-knight/


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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King - Blog Tour

Today it's the start of the blog tour for Banana Devil Cake by Susan A. King


With the murder of last year’s fête judge now but a hazy memory, the village of Elmesbury has retired to its former tranquil existence. That is, until a mysterious newcomer sets in motion a series of events that will see members of the W.I. crossing wooden spoons at dawn.

In the midst of preparing for her long-awaited engagement party, redoubtable village busybody Beattie Bramshaw not only finds herself embroiled in a one-woman campaign to save the elm tree from which the village gets its name, but having to contend with an outbreak of unrest within her beloved W.I. group. Rivalry to win favour with the judge of this year’s fête has fuelled dissent within the ranks and, when two members are found dead in mysterious circumstances, suspicions run rife.

Confident the devil is not only in the cake but in the detail, Beattie determines to uncover the clues that will ultimately lead to the killer’s conviction. But can she solve the mystery before another member of the W.I. is picked off?

Banana Devil Cake is a comedy crime caper in the spirit of Agatha Raisin and one that is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Prepare yourself for a tale of tea, cake and riotous goings-on from the author of Marrow Jam.


Purchase Links 

UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08SWDG367 

US - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SWDG367



Meet the Author

Susan A. King lives with her husband in a quiet suburb in Hampshire. Between them they have four grown-up sons.



The inspiration for her Beattie Bramshaw novels comes from her long experience and observation of competitors at the local Romsey Show, where she regularly aspires to win Best in Show with her floral arrangements.

Social Media Links – Twitter @SusanKing63 Insta @susan.king63


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Primrose Park by Christie Barlow - One Day Blog Blitz

I am so pleased to be involved in today's one day Blog Blitz for Primrose Park by Christie Barlow


Vet Molly has always been career driven and focussed on caring for her animals, but when she meets a gorgeous Mystery Man at a conference and their connection is off the charts, well, one night off work won’t hurt anyone…except the next morning he’s vanished and all Molly knows about him is his first name.

Three months later, back in Love Heart Lane, everyone loves the story of Molly's amazing one-night stand.  It's so unlike her! But when Mystery Man turns up walking his dog through Primrose Park and their night together seems to mean nothing to him, Molly needs her friends and neighbours more than ever. And especially when she’s left with the most unexpected of surprises…


Purchase  Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08DR8PGSQ  

US - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DR8PGSQ 




Meet the Author

Christie Barlow is the number one international bestselling author of fifteen romantic comedies including the iconic Love Heart Lane Series, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Kitty's Countryside Dream. She lives in a ramshackle cottage in a quaint village in the heart of Staffordshire with her four children and two dogs.
Her writing career has come as a lovely surprise when Christie decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. Christie's dream was to become a writer and the book she wrote to prove a point went on to become a #1 international bestseller in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.



When Christie isn't writing she co-presents The Book Show on Radio Northwich, enjoys playing the piano, is a keen gardener and loves to paint and upcycle furniture.
Christie is an ambassador for the @ZuriProject alongside Patron of the charity, Emmerdale's Bhasker Patel. They raise money and awareness for communities in Uganda.
Christie loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Social Media Links – 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christie_barlow/?hl=en

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow 

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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