Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Sleep by C.L. Taylor - Blog Tour & Book Review

Today, I am delighted to be part of C.L. Taylor's blog tour for her new novel Sleep thanks to Avon Books ..... check out my review below of this psychological thriller ....



All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…


To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.

Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they're on the island. There's a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they've set their sights on Anna.

Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.

Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…



Following a tragic car accident, Anna, convinced that someone's stalking her, decides to make a fresh start miles away from her home on a lonely Scottish island.


Anna still feels guilty about the accident and is trying to put it behind her but some of the guests seem very secretive and, after a series of unexplained incidents occur, she starts to suspect they're not what they seem.

Sleep is one of those books where you suspect everyone, I kept changing my mind as the story progressed and author C.L. Taylor is very adept at keeping us guessing, while thoroughly creeping us out.

A tense and atmospheric story which was well-written, at just the right pace, an easy read which I devoured fairly quickly as the twists and turns kept coming.

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Friday, 19 April 2019

The Start of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert - Blog Tour, Audiobook Review

Today, I am delighted to be part of Jane Lambert's blog tour for her debut novel The Start of Something Wonderful, thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources ..... check out my review below of the audiobook ....

Genre:  Romantic Comedy of Self-Discovery
Publication Date:  January 2018
Publisher:  HQ, Harper Collins
Standalone Novel
Format:  Audiobook
Estimated Duration:  9 hours 45 minutes


It's never too late to follow your dreams....
Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her...
Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she'd had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!
Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London's West End - but is it too late to reach for the stars?



In The Start of Something Wonderful we follow Emily's attempts to make her dream of being an actress come true, something she's longed to become since she was a young girl.

As she lurches from one disaster to another, there are plenty of funny moments where I found myself giggling as Emily gains and then promptly loses an assortment of jobs, none of which she was suitably qualified for from selling jewellery to cleaning offices, just to make ends meet while she waits for her big break. 

Author Jane Lambert's enthusiastic reading was so easy to listen to, and the various sound effects such as the Italian opera music and audience sound all added to the atmosphere.

I really warmed to Emily, she was open and honest and I could imagine her being a fantastic best friend.

Some of the characters were larger than life, especially the Joanna Lumley soundalike Portia, acting teacher.  I loved her!

The Start of Something Wonderful is a fabulous read, with chaotic situations, but full of warmth and honesty, giving an insight into the unpredictable world of thespian life!

About Jane Lambert


Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in "Calendar Girls", "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", "Deathtrap",  and most recently “True West” in London's West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.


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Sunday, 14 April 2019

My Sister's Lies by S.D. Robertson - Blog Tour & Extract

Today, I am delighted to be part of S.D. Robertson's blog tour for My Sister's Lies thanks to Avon Books ..... check out an exclusive extract below from this novel ....


For a decade, Hannah’s life has been pretty close to perfect – she has a great job, she’s married to Mark, and her child-free existence means she’s free as a bird. The only sadness in her life is a fall-out with her sister Diane, who hasn’t spoken to her in over ten years. But now Diane is on her doorstep – and this time, she’s got her teenage daughter Mia in tow.

When Diane asks if Mia can stay with Hannah and Mark for a few days, Hannah is glad of the chance to get to know her niece. But as the days turn into weeks and Diane doesn’t return, Hannah begins to worry. Why hasn’t her sister been in touch?

Diane is carrying a devastating secret that will destroy Hannah’s carefully constructed life. But how much is she willing to reveal – and when will she pick her moment?


An emotional story that delves into the true meaning of family, sisterhood and secrets. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher and Adele Parks.

‘A heartbreaking tale’ THE SUN

‘Exceptionally beautiful’ MIRANDA DICKINSON


EXCLUSIVE EXTRACT


Mia let out a tiny, almost inaudible sigh. ‘Fine. It’s called Dust.’
‘Oh, you mean The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman?’
‘No. It’s called Dust.’
‘I see,’ Hannah replied, shaking her head. ‘You’re quite right, then. I don’t think I have heard of that. Who’s the author? Is it YA?’
Mia frowned. ‘He’s called Hugh Howey. It’s the third part of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy.’
‘She reads a lot,’ Diane explained after Mia had left the room. ‘She’s a proper bookworm, like you were at that age. A different kind of book, mind. She’s definitely not into the girly stuff. And it’s not only the arts that she does well in at school. She’s also really good at maths, computing and the sciences. She’s quite the all-rounder.’
‘Really?’ Mark said. ‘That’s interesting.’
Hannah said nothing. She knew the ‘girly stuff’ comment was a dig at the kinds of novels she used to tear through as a youngster: mainly love stories and classics by the likes of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters, which Diane had regularly branded a waste of time. Such disparaging remarks were precisely the reason she didn’t want to mention her own book. Hannah was fiercely proud of her achievement; while a part of her wanted to boast about it, she also didn’t want to give her sister the chance to pooh-pooh it.
Diane had barely read at all as a child, so it was definitely interesting that Mia was a keen reader, especially with all the other distractions on offer these days.
Mark, obviously thinking along the same lines, continued: ‘I thought kids didn’t read books any more. That’s what you always hear in the news. They’re supposed to be permanently glued to their smartphones, right?’ He laughed, pulling his own phone out of his shirt pocket and giving it a little shake. ‘Just like the rest of us.’
‘Good point,’ Hannah added. ‘I haven’t seen Mia on a phone once. Doesn’t she have one?’

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Tuesday, 9 April 2019

The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook - Blog Tour & Book Review

Today, I am thrilled to be part of Lorna Cook's blog tour for her debut novel The Forgotten Village, thanks to Avon Books ..... check out my review below



1943: The world is at war, and the villagers of Tyneham are being asked to make one more sacrifice: to give their homes over to the British army. But on the eve of their departure, a terrible act will cause three of them to disappear forever.

2017: Melissa had hoped a break on the coast of Dorset would rekindle her stagnant relationship, but despite the idyllic scenery, it’s pushing her and Liam to the brink. When Melissa discovers a strange photograph of a woman who once lived in the forgotten local village of Tyneham, she becomes determined to find out more about her story. But Tyneham hides a terrible secret, and Melissa’s search for the truth will change her life in ways she never imagined possible.


The Forgotten Village is a wonderfully intriguing story set in the past and present which I thought was an absolute delight to read.

Starting in December 1943 when the villagers are preparing to leave their homes for the good of the war effort, we meet Lady Veronica and her husband who are about to give a final speech to the people.

In the present and the village is finally being re-opened to the public by well-known historian, Guy, and Melissa, unhappy and with nothing else to do, decides to go and have a look round the deserted and ruined village.  She sees a picture of Lady Veronica and is immediately startled by what she sees in the old black and white photo.

This starts her and Guy on a journey to try and find out  what happened to Veronica as the story travels back and forth between the years.

Totally engrossing, the story gradually builds a picture of Veronica's unhappy life as Melissa's own unhappy life is dramatically altering as she and Guy discover secrets, lies and deception not only from the past but also in the present too.

Weaving in and out of the time lines, the tension is almost unbearable as the drama is played out in the past and I was holding my breath hoping it would all resolve itself.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!

The Forgotten Village is a fabulous debut novel by Lorna Cook, it is a well-written historical dual timeline novel, with likeable (and unlikeable) characters, an intriguing and unique storyline, and so dramatic at times.  I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience!


LORNA COOK lives in coastal South East England with her husband, daughters and a Staffy named Socks. A former journalist and publicist, she owns more cookery books than one woman should, but barely get time to cook. The Forgotten Village is her first novel.

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Monday, 1 April 2019

Outremer 3 In the Beginning by D.N. Carter - Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway

Today, I am thrilled to be part of D.N. Carter's blog tour for the 3rd book in the Outremer series In The Beginning ...... I have a wonderful guest post and a fantastic giveaway!


Title: Outremer lll: In The Beginning
Author: D. N. Carter
Release Date: 2nd April 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 746
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

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For Alisha and Paul, their lives settle into a new routine of normality... but the world around them is changing rapidly and that calm routine is violently interrupted. Whilst Paul strives to learn as much as he can about the mysteries in Egypt, new people enter their lives that have direct, immediate and profound affects upon them and the direction they will follow. As confusion grows about their own beliefs so does whom they can trust. As mysteries from the past stretch out calling them, they have to make decisions that not only affect their lives, but the lives of countless thousands both then and now. The decisions they made helped shape the course of history.

Confronted by impossible choices and in making those decisions, they experience at first hand the painful realities and repercussions that threaten to destroy them completely as personal tragedies rip through their lives as a direct consequence. As friends become foes, and foes become friends, nothing will ever be the same again as explosive revelations about mankind’s true past and the Church are divulged that once learned can never be unlearned or forgotten... for truth once whispered, is still truth which only grows louder no matter how hard evil forces try to control and suppress it with fear, hate and war; forces Paul will have to confront head on in order to protect and safeguard a greater secret and legacy destined for all of us in or time.


GUEST POST BY AUTHOR D.N. CARTER

My Top Five things I do when not writing
By D N Carter

1: My greatest number one passion, when not writing, is for all things ancient and the more spiritual, mysterious or mystical, the better for me. A trip out to a castle, even an old section of wall, and I am there. My family have laughed at me when I have dashed out of the car, in the pouring rain, even snow, and once during a storm, just to check out an ancient standing stone or ruined hill fort...once driving the entire family what seemed like half way across Portugal to visit a ruin...only to discover it was shut and closed off when we arrived. They never let me forget that trip. I have lain inside the sarcophagus of the Great Pyramid and climbed sheer rock faces in Arabia in pursuit of my passion. I carry many broken bones and scars from previous adventures, but my love of the great outdoors still remains, Scotland and Ireland being my two most favourite locations in the world. I tell people that I may have been born English, but my heart belongs to Ireland, my soul to Scotland and my body to Wales. As an adventurer I have travelled the world extensively. I have led both research and archaeological expeditions and I continue to travel researching and exploring. It is that unquenchable sense of adventure and discovery that even now, in my mid fifties, means that I will spend any opportunity I get to travel. I love researching and planning new adventures to places of mystery and intrigue. Whether it is the Giza complex of Pyramids in Egypt to the rugged peaks of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, (so much research needs to be carried out there on the many anomalous constructions) to the jungles of Central and South America...or the Glens of Scotland and valleys of Ireland, I simply love the history and challenges involved in trying to understand our true past. I thrive on anything connected with ancient codes, especially ones that use mathematics and harmonics, such as the sound patterns evident at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, to the ones used by the Knights Templar. As I have learnt, mathematics and harmonics are the only true universal languages guaranteed to cross the millennia of time intact and complete, no matter how you represent them. They are constant and our ancient forebears knew this and fully understood these facts. It is why they used them to encode many secrets, of which we are only now beginning to recognise for what they are as our own understanding and technology increases. Trying to understand those codes is perhaps my greatest interest and passion. It is what drives me on my travels and led me to write Outremer so I could share just a small part of what I have learnt and believe I understand...and to challenge the reader to check out the facts I present within the four volumes.   

2: My second greatest interest has to be drawing and painting. This is something I have always done since I could hold a crayon. I have produced all of the artwork within my Outremer series of books and posted on my official website, Facebook and Instagram sites. I work in all mediums from charcoal and pencil, to water colours and oils on canvas. Being able to draw has helped me enormously over the years in expressing ideas and concepts to others, but it has also helped immeasurably when it comes to seeing patterns in images or symbols, which in turn helped me see disconnected elements that when put together, actually shows a coherent and deliberately constructed code within. I have produced many oil on canvas paintings depicting pyramids and ancient sites whereby I have replicated some of the same ancient codes within their composition and imaging. Plus I over painted with luminous paint and Ultra Violet pen to highlight certain mathematical and harmonic aspects.

3: Parachuting. This is something I do, not as often as I once did, but now and again just to remind myself that I am alive. I am far from being an adrenaline junky thrill seeker, quite the opposite in fact, however the act of exiting a plane and putting your faith in a parachute you have packed yourself, is quite a good leveller for ones perspective on what really matters in life.

4: Microlight flying. I purchased a microlight just over two years ago. It certainly helps when attempting aerial surveys of ancient sites. Again this hobby has only really started due to my desire to fly over areas of interest that relates to my research work.  

5: Learning to play the harp.  My family rolled their eyes when I informed them of this great news! My attempts at learning the guitar were farcical and embarrassing to say the least so I am hoping for better luck with a harp. The harp has special significance within my books so it only seems fitting that I attempt to master it.

Now that Outremer is complete...all four volumes, I am already working upon a prequel and then a factual compendium to compliment the series. I still run to keep fit...coughs...with my faithful shadow, the dog, in my attempts to remain fit, though in truth that usually ends up with me chasing him, chasing deer!  but I can often be found walking in a wood for hours on end...a forest has to be the best therapy ever. But ultimately my most favourite activity in the world has to be being wrapped up warm sat in my studio in England or my glorified shed in France, cup of tea to hand, gentle music, mainly film soundtracks, playing away and a good book. My library is quite extensive. The Peanuts books and Snoopy however will always remain supreme!

Author Information

D. N. Carter was raised in Cyprus and has been fascinated by the history, myths and legends of the Middle Ages and mankind’s past since childhood. He has travelled extensively, his adventures fuelled by his enthusiasm for the ancient and the arcane have taken him from the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza, to the Languedoc region of France and the sweeping deserts of Arabia. Carter has a passion and a gift for decoding maps and mathematical codes, some of which feature in the pages of this book.


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Friday, 29 March 2019

Tasting the Apple by Sherilyn Decter - Blog Tour, Spotlight & Giveaway


When you hear the word Prohibition, images of Flappers, gangsters and jazz. But there was also a lot of mystery in the Roaring 20s. Today we get a chance to see how the ghost of a policeman helps a widow deal with criminal elements.

Author Sherilyn Decter is visiting today to share her latest release, TASTING THE APPLE, the second installment in her Bootleggers’ Chronicles. She also has an exciting giveaway she’s hosting for the tour. Be sure to check it out at the end of the post.

A young widow on the edge. A policeman back from the dead. Together, can they take down the city’s most notorious bootlegger?

          Philadelphia, 1925. With a son to raise and boarders to feed, Maggie Barnes is at her wit’s end. But when a criminal element infiltrates the police force, the single mother puts her cares aside to help. As she tries to dig up dirt on bootlegger mastermind Mickey Duffey, Maggie realizes she can’t take on the case alone…
          Inspector Frank Geyer used to patrol the streets of Philadelphia before Maggie was born. As he attempts to clean up crime from beyond the grave, the spirit uses his Victorian sensibilities to fight back against lawbreakers. But with corruption throughout the police force, can the phantom informant save his city and Maggie’s livelihood?
          With the roof leaking and the lawlessness spiraling, Maggie and Frank have one chance to take down a criminal and prevent the unthinkable…

Check out TASTING THE APPLE on Amazon.

Those readers that aren’t familiar with the author, here’s some background information on her.

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear.

To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:

WEBSITE          FACEBOOK      PINTEREST

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