Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Escape by C.L. Taylor ~ COVER REVEAL

The Sunday Times bestseller and No.1 Kindle bestseller returns…

"Look after your daughter's things. And your daughter…"

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn't.

The stranger knows Jo's name, she knows her husband Max and she's got a glove belonging to Jo's two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo's own husband turn against her.

Publishes 23rd March 2017

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn and I'd like to welcome Darcie to my blog today where Darcie has very kindly written a guest piece for me as part of the Blog Tour with her Christmas Playlist that helped her write her festive book and I have to agree, I LOVE most of these songs too. I was thrilled to be asked by Faye Rogers from Freelance PR to take part along with some other fab book bloggers too.  You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below. So without further ado, here it is:

Darcie’s Christmas Playlist

There’s nothing quite like a good Christmas song to get me feeling festive! Here are some of the ones I listened to while writing A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas. Enjoy!

  1. Maria Carey – All I want for Christmas is You - https://youtu.be/yXQViqx6GMY

  1. Frank Sinatra – White Christmas - https://youtu.be/U3YltnBjqZU

  1. Wham – Last Christmas - https://youtu.be/E8gmARGvPlI

  1. Whitney Houston – The Christmas Song - https://youtu.be/BI4ujnW0VRY

  1. Michael Buble – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - https://youtu.be/CnJLgQFrc3c

  1. Brenda Lee – Rockin Around the Christmas Tree - https://youtu.be/_6xNuUEnh2g

  1. John Williams – Somewhere in My Memory – Home Alone Soundtrack - https://youtu.be/5kHH6LJpEbQ

  1. Bon Jovi - Please Come Home for Christmas - https://youtu.be/Tgk9rhHOWfc

  1. Chris Rea – Driving Home for Christmas - https://youtu.be/EvDxSW8mzvU

  1. Elvis Presley – I’ll Be Home For Christmas - https://youtu.be/qBPM8sQuXLI

Summary: Lucie Quigley hates Christmas. It’s the time of year when everything goes wrong in her life. So this year, when she’s asked to be a bridesmaid at her friend Petra’s Manhattan wedding, she jumps at the invitation to escape the festivities. Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year. In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?

Information about the Book

Title: A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas
Author: Darcie Boleyn
Release Date: 7th November 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Canelo
Format: ebook

Author Information

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Author Links

Monday, 31 October 2016

No Turning Back by Tracy Buchanan

Thanks to Avon Books, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.....

You’d kill to protect your child – wouldn’t you?

When radio presenter Anna Graves and her baby daughter, Joni are taking a walk on the beach and minding their own business, they are attacked by a crazed teenager, like any of us Anna reacts instinctively to protect her daughter.

But her life falls apart when the news starts to filter through that the schoolboy dies from his injuries. The police believe Anna’s story, until the autopsy results reveal something more sinister.

A frenzied media attack sends Anna into a spiral of self-doubt. Her friends, colleagues and family don't seem to want to know her as she's guilty in their eyes.  But when she receives a chilling message from someone claiming to be the ‘Ophelia Killer’, responsible for a series of murders twenty years ago, her mental state is further threatened. Is Anna as innocent as she claims?? Is murder forgivable, if committed to save your child’s life??

I didn't like this book, I absolutely LOVED it.  It was fantastic and was hooked from the first page.  I was suspicious of every character throughout the book and I thought I'd it worked out but I was completely wrong. It was full of twists and turns. I loved the sociopath/killer character was absolutely brilliant, very well written and cleverly constructed.  They were everything you'd expect with a sociopath - cold, calculating, manipulating and has no regard for anyone's feelings or who they hurt on their path of destruction. And THAT ending, well just say I wasn't expecting it and you won't either, you'll end up open mouthed in shock like me. This is the first book that I've read by Tracy and look forward to to seeing what's up next from  Tracy (no pressure). I'd HIGHLY recommend this book so what are you waiting for??

No Turning Back is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores and is currently £1.99 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review.

Friday, 28 October 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ The Secret by Katerina Diamond

Hi Everyone,

Today, I'm the 9th blogger on the #AVerySecretBlogTour for The Secret by Katerina Diamond & I was thrilled to be asked by Helena Sheffield & Avon Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers too.  You can find out who else has taken part in this fabulous Blog Tour below & keep your eyes peeled for the clues for the secret bloggers at 5pm daily. I loved my clue that was given yesterday, did anyone guess right!?? 

Thanks to Helena Sheffield from HarperCollins UK, Avon, I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.......

EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS A LIE…Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it.....

DS Imogen Grey & her partner DS Adrian Miles are back together to solve another case but this time it could get them killed. When Briget Reid who is an undercover cop goes in the seedy world of prostitution to try and uncover a sickening web of abuse, she goes missing and is presumed dead during this operation. Briget has a secret and one that could get her killed too but she needs to escape from the man that is being her locked in a basement bedroom.  As DS Grey & DS Miles race against time in the search for Briget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal & murder but what if they realise that some secrets are better left buried?? Or what if the only person that could help you was a convicted criminal, what would you do??

WOW!!! I thought The Teacher was brilliant, The Secret was even better, I was pulled in fron the first page & couldn't put it down once I got going, I LOVED it. As we discovered in the first book in the series, DS Grey has her own hidden past and her own demons and her own buried secrets to deal with which we do touch on a little in The Teacher but is dealt with a whole lot more in The Secret. Set in the present day & 2 years previous in Plymouth, we get more of a feel for DS Grey & her past & why she struggles to let anyone get close to her. I will admit that I found parts of the story hard to read and in places & it made my skin crawl but it definitely didn't disappoint. It was a spine-chilling , pulse pounding, heart thumping rollercoaster ride. I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter that was involved. And, after that bombshell ending I am really looking forward to Katerina's next book already where I'm hoping it won't be too long until the next DS Grey Novel is upon us, so no pressure Katerina but I'm dying to know what's in store next for the characters 😱😱

The Secret was published on October 20th on Kindle and in all good bookstores and is currently £1.99 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review, I'd HIGHLY recommend it, so what are you waiting for!??

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ The Day She Can't Forget by Meg Carter

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Day She Can't Forget by Meg Carter & I'd like to welcome Meg to my blog today where Meg has very kindly written a guest piece for me as part of the Blog Tour. I was thrilled to be asked by Darran Stobbart & Canelo Publishing to take part along with some other fab book bloggers too.  You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below & I am currently reading The Day She Can't Forget & will be posting my review soon so keep an eye on my blog. So without further ado, here it is:


Family lies, buried secrets and a search for the truth are a rich seam in popular fiction – and rightly so. For as in real life, irrespective of whether what’s hidden is small and trivial or a body under the patio, concealment can distort the present while revelation can cleanse.

Which is why for me, the relationship between past, present and future is a recurrent theme. 

In my new novel The Day She Can’t Forget, published by Canelo on October 24, the protagonist, Zeb, is haunted by events that took place in the months before she was bornfollowing the death of her father – a shocking and painful past she must understand and come to terms with before she can move on. 

Meanwhile in The Lies We Tell - my first novel, which was published last year – former school friends Kat and Jude must lay to rest events that led up to the last time they saw each other 20 years earlier when, on a school trip to a remote, heathland beauty spot, they girls accosted by a man who Jude pulled into the bushes leaving Kat to away. 

Never knowing her friend’s fate, Kat tries to bury the past but lives life under its shadow until, eventually, Jude gets back in contact.

If you don’t know where you are from, you don’t know where you are. And if you don’t know where you are, you don’t know where you are going, to paraphrase novel and playwright Caryl Philips, in a recent radio interview. Much of his writing, which has explored themes surrounding the African slave trade, addresses a specific of how where we come from shapes our identity. Yet the idea of how our past shapes our present and, in turn, our future is both universal and every day.

In The Day She Can’t Forget another character, Alma, is bound by her past – in particular, one dreadful event she was directly involved in which she can never escape. Yet for she and Zeb, events in the present ultimately provide a deeper understanding and acceptance of past events that will, hopefully, result in a brighter future.

All of us have something in our past – a specific event, even – that, if we think about it carefully, helped shape for better, for worse just who are today. For one close friend, it is the knowledge her mother gave her up for adoption at the age of three: a critical event in her personal history she held off from examining more closely until the months leading up to her wedding. 

‘Standing on the verge of a new life, with someone else, the time seemed right to lay the past to rest,’ she said.

Hidden secrets and our decision about whether to unearth them (or, indeed, to bury them more deeply) is both a fact of life and a powerful way to create complex and compelling multi-dimensional characters, too.  And as a writer, I have to be honest, here: it’s fun to be a secret keeper.

 The Day She Can’t Forget by Meg Carter is out now from Canelo  & is currently priced £3.99 in eBook at the time of publication of this post.

 The Day She Can't Forget by Meg Carter Ebook

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Perfect Remains by Helen Fields ~ COVER REVEAL

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.


BLOG TOUR ~ The Taken by Casey Kelleher

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Taken by Casey Kelleher & I'd like to welcome Casey to my blog today where I review The Taken as part of the Blog Tour. I am thrilled be taking part in this wonderful Blog Tour and delighted to welcome author Casey to my blog with a review of The Taken and a BIG thanks to Kim Nash from Bookouture for allowing me this opportunity to take part with some other fab book bloggers too. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below.

So without further ado, here it is................

With thanks to Bookouture, Kim Nash & Casey Kelleher I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.....

When you’ve lost everything, you’ll do anything to survive. 

When Saskia Frost’s dad dies her world is blown apart. Without any family, she’s on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father’s debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men – Joshua and Vincent Harper.  She makes a deal with Joshua Harper and before long, aspiring ballerina Saskia finds herself lap-dancing in a London club to survive.  A club run by the infamous Harper brothers.  Saskia is now their property and they’re going to make her pay every penny of her father's debts back. 

Teenager Lena Cona has fled a cruel and controlling marriage in Albania. She arrives in England with her newborn daughter, desperately relying on strangers for help. But she soon learns that not everyone can be trusted as she finds herself caught in the clutches of Colin Jefferies, a twisted, evil individual obsessed by his own sinister secrets. As the sickening truth is revealed, Lena is forced to fight for her life - and her baby’s. 

When their worlds collide, Lena and Saskia form an unlikely friendship. But with the terrifying Harper brothers on their tail, as well as Lena’s vengeful and violent husband, can they escape with their lives? 

Well, what a book this was, I didn't just like it, I LOVED it and it definitely didn't disappoint. It had me gripped from the first few pages right through to the end, there were some great twists and turns and full of emotion in parts too. I even had to slow down reading it as I didn't want it to end. I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter. The story does cover alot of subjects and situations which we're all too familiar with on a daily basis, from human trafficking, drugs, alcohol, violence to rape, whether it's on the news or in the papers, this story was near enough to real life. I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter. It is a pretty gritty book and is no way sugar coated in any way with certain descriptions and there were parts I did squirm through due to the content so it's definitely not for the fainthearted but it is SO well written. I felt I was there with the characters at times and I wanted to kill one in particular and I'm sure a lot of readers will be the same. I first came across Casey last year when I read Bad Blood which is also brilliant so check that out too if you haven't already. I would definitely recommend this book too.  I am really looking forward to reading more books from Casey already (no pressure). 

The Taken is available on Kindle and is currently £1.99 at the time of publication of this review.

Monday, 3 October 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ All Fall Down by Cat Hogan Q&A

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for All Fall Down by Cat Hogan & I'd like to welcome Cat to my blog today where Cat has very kindly taken part in a Q&A for me as part of the Blog Tour. I was thrilled to be asked by Cat to take part along with some other fab book bloggers too.  You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below & you can also read my review for They All Fall Down at the end.

What inspired you to write your first book?

I always knew I was meant to write but it took me until two years ago to sit down and think about it seriously. I did a creative writing course, just to see if I could get the nuts and bolts of constructing a novel. I wanted to learn about the more technical stuff- the tools of the trade. Plot development, characterisation and the likes. I already had a story in my head and the characters would not go away. I was working part time and raising two children and although the creative writing course gave me a good grounding, the epiphany didn’t come until that October. I was at a friend’s book launch. Billy Roche and Eoin Colfer were on the panel and it was their passion about storytelling and writing that caused the penny to drop. I quit my job a month later, got started on the book and finished it a few months later. The gamble paid off! 

Inspiration for stories in general for me generally comes from a snippet of conversation or more prominently, song lyrics. I’m a huge music fan and always have been. I’m juggling two book ideas in my head at the moment ( apart from the one the Publisher is waiting on) and they have both come from songs. 

Can you share a little of your current work with us? 

Right at this moment, I am working on two. One is a follow up (of sorts) to They All Fall Down. I am wandering and hiding in the alleyways and the Souks of Marrakesh- up to all sorts of mischief. 

The other is another dark tale of mystery, madness and mayhem. We will just have to wait and see which one goes to print first!

It wasn’t by design I ended up writing dark fiction- I always thought I would be more light hearted. They All Fall Down got dark very quickly but I think I may have censored myself to a degree. I have unleashed the beast for the second and third book. Darker and more twisted but there’s a very slight chance there might be a bit of black comedy in there too- all will be revealed!

What books have most influenced your life? 

The Big Friendly Giant was my constant companion as a child and now as I read it regularly to my own boys, it never fails to transport me back to my childhood days. The BFG was responsible for my lifelong obsession with Roald Dahl- my first introduction to the author and to the wonderful work of Quentin Blake. This magical book has brought adventure to little boys and girls the world over. Sadly, the book was dedicated to his own little girl who died in the 60’s.

The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexander Dumas

This novel was possibly the first of the classics I read as a child/teenager. The story involves every element a good novel should have. Romance, hope, adventure, loyalty, betrayal, ugliness of human nature and justice- all revealed through characters and their true nature. A man is wrongfully imprisoned- he escapes, acquires a fortune and becomes hell bent on revenge- what’s not to love about that epic adventure. The language, the imagery and the overwhelming adventure makes it easy to see why this is an absolute classic and one I still have on my shelf. 

I could actually sit here all night and write about books that have shaped me and books I love. I am a complete book addict. I can’t stop buying them – paperbacks and books for Kindle. If I love a book on Kindle, I buy the physical copy to add to my collection. I love books. 

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and Asylum by Patrick McGrath are two I tend to re-read time and again. Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ is a masterpiece and I couldn’t live without Wally Lamb. Oh- Ken Follet deserves a mention too. I read for the love of a good story and great characters- that is my prime motivation. I’ve never read Ulysses but it makes no odds. I won’t pretend I’ve read it either ;) 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life? 

Time and balancing family was a challenge. I usually write in the mornings when my oldest is at school and the baby is in playschool. For the afternoon, I get back to being a mammy and all that it entails and when I’ve tucked them in bed- I get back to it. 

As regards research- I love it. I’m a bit of a nerd in that respect. I love learning anyway, especially about the mind and the human condition. When researching They All Fall Down, I read a lot of psychology books- just to understand sociopathy, psychopathy, different condition and how we are conditioned to react to situations, dependant of course on so many factors. Jon Ronsson is a very entertaining writer but my favourite research book so far has been ‘The Sociopath Next Door’ by Martha Stout. It will make the hairs rise on the back of your neck! 

The biggest challenge came for me a few months back. For one of the books on the back burner, I contacted the Irish Prison Service in the hope of organising a visit to Wheatfield Prison for research. They were incredibly obliging and I got the pass to go up. On the day, I had an Officer assigned to me. His job was to bring me around the prison- twice. Once as a visitor, and then as an inmate. It was a really interesting day and such an eye opener. It’s not an exercise I would necessarily like to repeat but the interviews with both the staff and the inmates were astounding. I should really write a blog about it! Of course it gets back to the nature/nurture debate and the idea that in some cases, less than you might think, you are dealing with actual sociopaths- another story for another day.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

The hardest part for me is time management. It has been a real whirl wind since They All Fall Down was published. It takes a lot of time and energy to promote a book and because it’s such a busy and competitive industry, you have to maintain visibility- while writing another one and raising a family. By day, I also run my own business from home- writing content and marketing material for business start ups. That has been shelved for now as I have a deadline ( nearly passed). Writing can be a lonely profession and like any industry, it has its share of politics as well. 

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

They are not new authors but I am captivated by both Donal Ryan and Liz Nugent. Liz is in a league of her own when it comes to writing dark fiction. Both of her novels are absolutely fantastic and no one comes close to her talent. She’s also a very lovely and down to earth person- that helps!

Donal Ryan is the master when it comes to weaving a story with beautiful prose. He captures the essence of rural life and characters we all know. Stunning writer… The Spinning Heart is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The Primrose Path by Rebecca Griffiths

With thanks to Rebecca Griffiths and Sphere, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.........

Somebody's watching her. And they know she's alone..........

When Sarah D'Villez was nineteen, she was kidnapped and held hostage for eleven days but escaped her abductor.  The case became infamous with Sarah's face splashed across the front of every newspaper in the country.

Now, seventeen years later, that man is about to be released from prison. Fearful of the media storm that is sure to follow, Sarah (or Rachel as she's now known as) decides to disappear to rural Wales under a new identity, telling nobody where she's gone.

Settling into the small community she is now part of, Sarah soon realises that someone is watching her and this someone seems to know everything about her.............

I really, really enjoyed The Primrose Path and even though it started off well with a shocking first few pages but for me it slowed down for a little but this didn't withdraw my attention and I was gripped throughout and as I'm writing this review I think that this was Rebecca's plan to keep the reader on their toes.  There is quite a lot going on in this book with the plot lines all coming together as the story proceeds a bit like the way the layers are peeled away on an onion with secrets, lies and the twist that I didn't see coming.  The characters were well written and I didn't know who to trust either as I was reading it, some of them were creepy in their own way.  The descriptions of the countryside of Wales was spot on, seeing as I spent a bit of time in Wales as a kid I could feel that I was there at times looking out on the surrounding landscape.

This is Rebecca's debut novel and is available on Kindle and from all good bookstores and is currently £3.99 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review so grab it while you can, you won't be disappointed so don't say I never told you so.  The Primrose Path would be perfect for fans of I Let You Go and Apple Tree Yard.  I am looking forward to reading the next novel from Rebecca but no pressure.

Monday, 26 September 2016

The Deviants by C.J. Skuse

With huge thanks to Cara Frances and MIRA Books, I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.....

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves.....

Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane all grew up together in an sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, they were always known as the fearless five.  Keeping up to their nickname, they were the audacious, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast.  But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.

Years later, only Max and Ella are in touch, still the best of friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Ella is training for the Commonwealth Games and Max’s dad even sponsors her training which means their lives are so intertwined.  But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take her relationship with Max to the next level.

But when Corey who has always been the underdog of the group is bullied, the fearless five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them. But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves???

WOW, WOW, WOW!!!  What a book The Deviants was, I didn't just like this, I absolutely LOVED it.  I was hooked from the first page.  This is been marketed as a YA and I normally don't read YA but I'm so glad that I did read it as it was fantastic. There are layers of secrets exposed as the pages are turned.  I know that his book will stick in my memory longer than most because of the subject matter that was involved.  This story had it all from a little bit of humor, love, betrayal, a web of lies, protectiveness to more sensitive and hard-hitting issues like the lengths that some people will go to to cover up a family secret - I found I had a little tear in my eye at the end along with shedding a few along the way, so grab this book, curl up on the couch with a box of chocolates and prepare to have a few lump in your throat moments too. It will definitely not disappoint and I HIGHLY recommend it. I'm really looking forward to seeing what C.J. Skuse writes next but I will definitely be checking out her previous books.

The Deviants is available on Kindle and in all good bookstores from September 22nd and is £3.99 at the time of publication of this review so grab it while you can, you won't be disappointed so don't say I never told you so.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The Fallout by Margaret Scott

Thanks to Poolbeg, I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review......

Set in The International Financial Services Centre, Dublin, where the offices of the German Commercial Bank DKB are based but the dust of the banking crisis has barely set when two letters arrive and it tells the story of 4 women, Kate O'Brien, Mary Lawlor, Leona Blake and Olivia Sharpe and their daily struggles both inside the job and in their home lives.

Kate has recently comeback to work in the bank after taking a short career break to have her children.  She want's to just come in and do her job and go home with as little stress or drama as possible but is she going to get her wish or has she her own agenda??

Mary has worked at DKB for so long that she can see things that aren't going right, she's been here before and could the same things be about to happen again??  She is tired of been taken advantage of by everyone and it's got to stop.

Leona is in charge and has a job to do and will get it done no matter how and what the cost. She's not a very nice or popular person at times and to be honest she doesn't quite care. But as her whole life starts to collapse around her, will she finally realise that she might loose everything.

Olivia is a very timid person and has started to write things down.  She has been treated very badly in her time with the bank and now she has a chance to take control on things and get the justice she deserves but what has happened to her and will she get it??

I enjoyed The Fallout, it was very well researched, constructed and written.  I could relate to nearly every persons story in The Fallout as I worked in the Financial Services for years and I worked with every single one of these characters and at times I felt I was right there with them. I could feel the pressure of the financial services all over again as I was reading it, from thinking about the banking crisis, been on high alert as soon as you were told the "Bigwigs" were coming down from Head Office, the early starts and the late finishing, the way the staff were treated by customers and high ranked staff and management to the bullying, it was all there.
This is Margaret Scott's second novel and would be an ideal beach read for any upcoming holidays. It's currently £4.17 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review so grab it while you can, you won't be disappointed.

Monday, 5 September 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ All Fall Down by Tom Bale

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for all Fall Down which is Tom's second novel through publishers Bookouture. I am thrilled be taking part in this wonderful Blog Tour and delighted to welcome author Tom to my blog with a review of All Fall down and a BIG thanks to Kim Nash from Bookouture for allowing me this opportunity to take part with some other fab book bloggers too. 
You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below.

So without further ado, here it is................

With thanks to Bookouture, Kim Nash & Tom Bale I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.....

On what seems to be a normal and quiet Sunday afternoon, Rob and Wendy Turner and their family are having a BBQ when they start to hear knocking on their garden fence, as the knocks become louder, Rob decides to investigate only to discover a dying man, beaten beyond all recognition, arrives at their home, uttering the words, HELP ME. 

As Rob and Wendy Turner and their children try to explain the horrific scene to investigating officers as being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but in the days that follow they discover that their lives are going to be threatened in ways they could never imagine. They are also unaware that they are being watched by someone with their own terrifying agenda, who will stop at nothing to fulfill their own twisted desires. 

But when hidden secrets come rushing to the surface, it’s clear not everything is as it seems in this happy family. Are the Turners a victim of circumstance – or does the key to their fate lie closer to home? Can they save themselves before time runs out?

I didn't like this, I absolutely LOVED it. It was fantastic, full of thrills, spills, twists and turns. I didn't know who to trust as I was reading it. It was spine-chilling, pulse pounding, a heart thumping rollercoaster ride. As I said at the start that this is Tom's second novel, the first been See How They Run which I haven't got around to reading yet but I definitely will soon but I'm looking forward to seeing what's up next from Tom.

All Fall Down is currently £1.99 on Kindle along with See How They Run at the time of publication of this review so grab it while you can, you won't be disappointed so don't say I never told you so.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Alibi by Jaime Raven ~ Cover Reveal

Secrets, lies and revenge brim to the top in this gritty thriller. Perfect for fans of  Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.

A perfect crime needs a perfect alibi…

Crime reporter Beth Chambers is committed to uncovering the truth – and she’s not afraid of bending the rules to get there.

When troubled soap star Megan Fuller is found stabbed to death in her South London home, all eyes are on her notorious gangster husband, Danny Shapiro. There’s just one problem: Danny has a watertight alibi.

Determined to expose Danny as a cold-blooded killer, Beth obsessively pursues him. But in her hunt for the truth, her family are set to pay the ultimate price…

Publishing in ebook and paperback: 29th December

Sunday, 21 August 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Saving Sophie which is Sam's debut novel. I am thrilled be taking part in this wonderful Blog Tour and delighted to welcome author Sam to my blog with a guest post about how her job had an influence on her writing from her and a BIG thanks to Helena Sheffield from Harper Collins/Avon for allowing me this opportunity to take part with some other fab book bloggers too. 
You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below.

So without further ado, here it is............

When I settled on the topic and themes that would become Saving Sophie, I put aside (safely, in a notebook) the heaps of other ideas for novels that were floating around in my head. I think, as a writer, you look out for inspiration in all sorts of places: a snippet of overheard conversation, a news article tucked away at the bottom of a column, a Facebook post or Tweet – they can all become ideal starting points for building a plot for a novel.
So I have plenty of options of where to pick up a great idea.
But on top of these sources, I am also able to draw on my real-life experiences from when I worked with offenders in a male prison. Far more than merely gaining an insight into prison life, I got first-hand experience of the criminal mind. I found the job – facilitating offending behaviour programmes – to be the most fascinating, sometimes frustrating, often rewarding job I’d had. Working in both one-to-one and group environments with individuals whose offences varied from minor and drug-related crimes to rape and murder, was often challenging. Because I had access to the details of crimes, and heard men talk openly about them, it meant that my mind was often filled with some pretty horrific stuff.
What do you do with all of that?
Sometimes I’d come home and find it impossible to switch off. I even lost my love of reading crime and thriller novels for a while – disquieting thoughts would intrude while trying to read the passages and I’d find myself reading the same line over and over, finally giving up. Some crimes in particular were harder to get out of my mind than others.
Now I have left the service, though, those experiences have come in handy for my novel writing. I wouldn’t ever write about a real offender of course, but from a personal perspective I feel I can more easily draw on the emotions I felt when working with them and listening to them speak about their crime and their victims. In addition, I think I’m able to portray the darker characters and situations that I write about in a more informed way, hopefully giving a feeling of authenticity.

I have plenty more villainous activity and twisted minds in store for future books. In my next novel, I’ll be introducing forensic psychologist, Connie Summers, whose life is about to get very complicated when she’s linked to the murder of a prisoner…

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

BLOG TOUR ~ The Family Man by Tim Lebbon

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for The Family  Man which is Tim's second novel. I am thrilled be taking part in this wonderful Blog Tour and delighted to welcome author Tim to my blog with a guest post about Desert Island Reads from him and a BIG thanks to Louis Patel from Harper Collins/Avon for allowing me this opportunity to take part with some other fab book bloggers too. 
You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour below.

So without further ado, here it is............

Okay, I'll get the obvious ones out of the way.  If I was washed up on a desert island, it goes without saying that How To Survive Being Washed Up On A Desert Island would be top of my list of desert island reads.  That, and anything by Bear Grylls.  Although however desperate I became, I'm not sure I could gut a camel and squeeze its intestines in order to drink the fluids therein.  Yes, I've seen him doing that.  Yes, I know that if a desert island has camels, it'll have people and cities and plumbing and supermarkets, and things.  But I was just setting out my stall before we begin.

So, assuming the desert island is actually quite lovely, with plenty of food and water and shelter, and no creepy-crawlies that'll scuttle into my shelter at night and bite my legs––and who hasn't dreamt of a bit of time away on their own?––these are the books I'd take.

(note: I could write a whole book about books I'd like to take, but I'll keep it to three, on the assumption that a) I can read and re-read these again and again, and b) I'll get rescued pretty soon.)

The Stand, by Stephen King.  This might be one of my favourite books of all time.  I haven't re-read it in quite a few years, but I have it on my shelf, a pristine new edition of the author's preferred version (much longer than the original published version).  It's a truly epic tale of the apocalypse, and the ultimate stuggle of good against evil.  I've always liked destroying the world, and have done it quite a few times in my own fiction.  I think part of that fascination was seeded when I first read this novel in my early teens.  Humanity is all we know, and there's something awful and compelling about imagining it's end.  There's a lot to love about the novel, but for me its greatest power lies in the characterisation, with virtually every character undergoing their own personal struggle even while the larger world lines up its pieces for the biggest battle of all.  And the Walkin' Dude ... has anyone ever created a more charimatic and terrifying bad guy?

The Horror Hall of Fame, edited by Robert Silverberg and Martin H Greenberg.  This anthology collects some of finest horror short fiction (pre-1991), many of which I've read multiple times.  It also contains one of my favourite stories of all time, Harlan Ellison's The Whimper of Whipped Dogs (not an easy read, but knowing the background behind it ... utterly devastating).  Also one of my favourite novellas, The Willows by Algernon Blackwood, one of the finest pieces of writing delving into the power and mystery of the natural world.  Actually, if I read that novella whilst stranded on a desert island I'd pribably scare myself witless.  But I am a horror writer as well as a thriller writer, so ... sometimes, that's what it's all about.  With stories by Poe, Arther Machen (his classic The White People), Ray Bradbury, and many more, it's a classic collection.

The Second World War, by Anthony Beevor.  I haven't read this, but have always meant to.  I'm interested in the history of the Second World War, because both my father and grandfather were involved.  There have been many books written, but this one is famous for covering the entirety of the conflict in exhaustive detail.  Maybe it would make me eager to get home from the island and embrace my loved ones.  Maybe it would make me relieved to be isolated from humanity for a while.  Who knows?  But I think being along on a desert island, taking at least one book I haven't read makes a lot of sense.

Honourable mentions––right, I'm on the island and I have those three boosk above, when suddenly I find a chest washed up on the northern shore, sealed and waterproof, and inside there's a selection of books.  What would I like to be in there?  I can think of thousands, but here are a few more books I've read over the past few years that have had a profound effect on me, and which I think would while away a few lonely evenings while my signal fire burned and my suntan slowly got better and better...

We Have Always Lived in The Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Consider Phlebas, by Iain M Banks
A Life Without Limits, by Chrissie Wellington
Bad Men, by John Connolly
Probably Monsters, by Ray Cluley
Hair Side, Flesh Side, by Helen Marshall

I could go on.  But what's that?  On the horizon?  A ship's light?  I should signal, I should shout and scream...

...but I've still got a couple of books left.  I'm sure there'll be another ship along soon.