Listed Dead by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #ListedDead @penkhullpress #bookreview

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Listed Dead (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards


November 1940. The Battle of Britain has only just ended and the horror of the Blitz is reaching its height.

Two deaths in rapid succession on the Sussex Downs brings Bunch Courtney and Chief Inspector Wright together once more. What could possibly link a fatal auto accident with the corpse in a derelict shepherd’s hut? The only clue the pair have is a handwritten list of the members of a supper club that meets at London’s Café de Paris.

Two of those on that list are now dead and the race is on to solve the mystery before any more end up on the mortuary slab.

Listed dead is third in the Bunch Courtney Investigates series. Available in paper and digital formats.

My Thoughts

A body is found in a car after a fatal crash in the Sussex countryside not far from Bunch’s home. Another death soon after has the police looking for a connection. A crumpled list was found with one of the victims, and the names were familiar to Bunch as most were debs in the same season as her or Dodo, her sister.

This time, due to her knowledge of the locality and people involved, Bunch is called upon as a police consultant and teams up with with Chief Inspector Wright. She is feisty and fearless, which makes for a cracking character.

Bunch keeps her eyes open and her ear to the ground, visiting the people on the list who are all members of the ‘Supper Club’. They meet up at the Café de Paris regularly. She was better placed to find out any gossip that may shed light on the goings on, although not all of them welcomed her intrusion. She actually gets to dress up a bit and visit the Café de Paris herself.

Rose (Bunch) Courtney’s childhood home, Perringham House, has been taken over for the war effort. Bunch and her grandmother and staff are still living in the Dower House within the grounds. Her mother is not well, but carries on with her life as if nothing is wrong spending most of her time at the house in London.

I love Bunch’s relationship with William Wright, the teasing and banter. I look forward to where it goes next.

The author’s descriptive writing took me into a world gone by. I loved the details of the war years. During the bombing raids in London and the darkness of walking the city streets during blackout it felt all too real.

There were plenty of twists and turns in this murder mystery, secrets from the past, gossip and lies.

The author’s attention to detail made for a great read.

I usually read fast-paced crime fiction set in the present day, so this was different for me. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Many thanks to Jan for the mention in the acknowledgements, it’s an honour. Jan is a big champion of the arts in Stoke-on-Trent, and a regular at our Stoke author/blogger meet ups.

Publication by Penkhull Press on 6th August 2020

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Amazon UK: Listed Dead

Listed Dead: Bunch Courtney Investigation #3

ISBN: 978-1-9164373-7-1
Paperback: £9.99 / ebook £2.95
Publication: 6th August 2020

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Jan Edwards is a Sussex-born writer now living in the West Midlands. She was a Master Locksmith for 20 years but also tried her hand at bookselling, microfiche photography, livery stable work, motorcycle sales and market gardening.  Her short fiction can be found in crime, horror and fantasy anthologies in UK, US and Europe; including both of the upcoming titles Mammoth Book of Folk Horror and Book of Extraordinary Sherlock Holmes Stories. Jan edits anthologies for The Alchemy Press, and has written for Dr Who spinoffs with Reel Time Pictures.

Jan is available for interviews and appearances, get in touch at the links below.

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Another Woman’s Child by Kerry Fisher @KerryFSwayne @bookouture #bookreview #AnotherWomansChild

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Another Woman’s Child by Kerry Fisher


Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?

Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.

But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.

Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.

But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.

From the bestselling author of The Silent Wife and The Woman I Was Before, Another Woman’s Child is an unputdownable and heartbreaking read about the secrets we keep from our families, and the sacrifices we are willing to make for those we love. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

My Thoughts

A real thought provoking story. I felt that I knew the way it was going, but that didn’t stop the emotions the story brought out in me. I cried, at work, reading this book on my lunch break.

How I wished I knew Ginny, she sounded a fabulous friend and such fun. It was heart breaking when she died.

When Victor was taken in by best friend Jo and husband Patrick, I knew they were in for an emotional rollercoaster. Especially when daughter Phoebe was already having some behavioural problems inside and outside school. Victor was mixed race in a white rural village. The ignorant, tactless people with their casual racist remarks made me cringe. People who don’t realise what offence they may be causing. The kindness of Victor through some challenging comments was lovely to see, and showed how well he’d been raised by Ginny.

A family crisis ensued, including shoplifting, teenage parties, drink and drugs. That overwhelming feeling as a parent to keep your child safe, challenging them over their reckless behaviour. Jo felt betrayal and hurt.

Jo’s feelings of needing to be liked jumped out of the pages, even when she was dealing with the parents of Phoebe’s friends who were pointing the finger in a negative fashion towards their family.

Ginny had always said ‘focus on what matters now’, but it was so difficult for Jo.

Jo’s Mum made me laugh and was a real hero at times especially when she learned how to say things in the correct manner. Towards the end of the book her sentiments were so touching.

I may too have led a sheltered life, as I googled hot boxing and a few other terms. Things I never dealt with as a youngster, or thankfully as a mother.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 5th August 2020

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Kerry Fisher is an internationally bestselling author. Her novels include The Woman I Was Before, The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenage children and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy.

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Hush Little Baby by Jane Isaac #bookreview @JaneIsaacAuthor @Aria_Fiction #HushLittleBaby

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Hush Little Baby by Jane Isaac

About the book

‘Jane Isaac knows how to tell a good yarn. Expertly plotted and true to life’ Mel Sherratt.

The electrifying new domestic crime thriller (DC Beth Chamberlain Book 3)

Someone stole a baby…

One sunny day in July, someone took three-month-old Alicia Owen from her pram outside a supermarket. Her mother, Marie, was inside. No one saw who took Alicia. And no one could find her.

They silenced her cry…

Fifteen years later, a teenager on a construction site sees a tiny hand in the ground. When the police investigate, they find a baby buried and preserved in concrete. Could it be Alicia?

But the truth will always out.

When Alicia disappeared, the papers accused Marie of detachment and neglect. The Owens never got over the grief of their child’s disappearance and divorced not long after. By reopening the case, DC Beth Chamberlain must reopen old wounds. But the killer may be closer than anyone ever suspected…

The latest crime thriller featuring Family Liaison Officer DC Beth Chamberlain, Hush Little Baby is tightly plotted, fraught with tension and impossible to put down. Perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and K.L. Slater.

My Thoughts

A quality crime story, well written and perfectly paced.

Packed to the rafters with emotion and suspense.

Book three in the series, and my favourite so far. It would be best to read books one and two to better understand Beth’s family and work colleagues.

On the way to school a teenage girl squeezes in between some fencing surrounding a new building development to have a crafty cigarette. There’s a horrible smell. Amongst the rubble she sees a tiny hand, wearing a bracelet. She does a runner, and is noticed by one of the workers.

Fifteen years ago a baby, Alicia Owen, was taken from outside a shop and the case was never solved, Alicia never found. Could this be her?

Alicia’s parents Marie and Daniel have since split up with Marie going on to marry Vic, Daniel’s old best friend, and having a child together.

Daniel never got over losing Alicia and his home is filled with photos, it was so very sad.

DC Beth Chamberlain is a Family Liaison Officer. Her role is to support the family – and quietly investigate them. She is there to support both Marie, Daniel and their families.

DNA is taken from Alicia’s parents to check if it is her.

The team dig out the old files and revisit the case, re interviewing people who were originally questioned. Looking at it with fresh eyes doesn’t seem to help.

Marie is reliving it all again, and keeping some secrets from her husband.

Daniel’s twin sister Cara is worried about him, and neither of them have had contact with younger brother Scott who mysteriously disappeared soon after Alicia was taken.

Also at this time Beth is feeling vulnerable, after a serial killer from a previous case escaped custody.

I like Beth as a character and I like the way that her personal and family life is brought into the story. She has a great relationship with her niece Lily, they are both keen swimmers. Her sister Eden had a relationship with a local criminal, Kyle, which caused Beth some problems at work in the past, covered in previous books, and he is still around.

This is such an interesting case, with lots of twists and turns as the investigation progresses. The tension built perfectly and I just couldn’t put the book down.

Easy to read, I was engrossed. I thoroughly recommend this author and I look forward to more in the series.

Thanks to Aria Fiction and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date: 23rd July 2020

Amazon UK link: Hush Little Baby

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Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective and they live in rural Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter and dogs. Jane’s debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the ‘eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.’

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014’ by and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014′.

Jane’ s ninth novel, Hush Little Baby, is the third in the highly acclaimed DC Beth Chamberlain (Family Liaison Officer) series and scheduled for release in July 2020.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at

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Paperback publication day for Betray Her by Caroline England @PiatkusBooks @LittleBrownUK @CazEngland #BetrayHer Fabulous story! #bookreview

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Betray Her by Caroline England

About the Book

Best friends forever.

That’s the pact you made.

You’d do anything for her.

And you have.

She’s always had it all.

If you could take it for yourself . . . would you?

My Thoughts

Caroline England’s new psychological thriller is brilliant, twisty read

A fantastic story, full of twists and turns. Love the family element, and the secret world of school friends. Things are not always as they seem!

The story revolves around two school friends, Jo Wragg and Kate Bayden-Jones, and their respective partners and family. It’s told from the perspective of Jo, and flicks back and forth between the schooldays of around 30 years ago and the present day.

The two girls go off to boarding school when they are young. Coming from totally different backgrounds they are roomed together and become best friends. Jo, from a newly rich family and Kate from old-school wealth. Jo is self-conscious about her background, forever known as ‘the ragamuffin from Barnsley’. Kate is posher, her Mum sending food parcels with ‘treats’.

Are there are secrets lurking that could destroy the friendship? Things start to be revealed to the reader, and you start to wonder. Do we ever really know our best friends? I mean really know? Even though they’ve known each other all these years there are things they certainly don’t know about each other. Big, massive, huge things!

This totally drew me in and I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it, tense, disturbing and very clever.

I loved the ending…oh yes, get in!!

Publisher: Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group.

Paperback publication date 16th July 2020

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Amazon UK Betray Her

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Born Yorkshire lass, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer and instigated her jottings when she deserted the law to bring up her three lovely daughters. Caroline has had short stories and poems published in a variety of literary publications and anthologies.

Caroline writes domestic psychological thrillers. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SKIN, known also as THE WIFE’S SECRET in eBook, was published by Avon HarperCollins in October 2017. Her second novel, MY HUSBAND’S LIES, followed in May 2018 and became a Kindle top ten bestseller. Her latest novel, BETRAY HER, published by Piatkus of Little, Brown Book Group, is now available as an eBook, audiobook and the UK paperback will be published in July 2020.

Caroline has two dark, twisty short story collections available on Amazon, both in eBook and paperback, WATCHING HORSEPATS FEED THE ROSES and HANGED BY THE NECK.

Caroline also writes under the pen name Caro Land. Her first Natalie Bach legal suspense, CONVICTIONS, was published by Bloodhound Books in January 2020. The follow up, CONFESSIONS, will publish in June 2020.

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Left for Dead By Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @AmazonPub @BOTBSPublicity #Thomas&Mercer #LeftForDead #bookreview #blogtour

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Blog Tour 11th July 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new release, Left For Dead. Thank you to Sarah Hardy from Book on the Bright Side Publicity for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

Left For Dead By Caroline Mitchell

A DI Amy Winter Thriller –  Book 3

My Thoughts

Caroline Mitchell is one of those authors that goes to the top of my reading pile. Always fast-paced and very, very clever. A brilliantly crafted story that I raced through, desperate for the conclusion.

That opening scene in the shop window really chilled me. And when they found a heart carved into her chest, it became known that a murder from 20 years ago had the same calling card known as the ‘Love Heart Killer’.

Amy Winter’s team really have their work cut out on this case. She has a suspicion of who it is, an arrogant head of the marketing firm who set up the shop window display, but she needs to find some evidence. This man is also overly interested in Amy’s real parents. Amy does seem to have heightened instinct when it comes to sniffing out a suspect. On the outside he shows a real charm, but as a reader we know of the evil going on in his head. Amy spots the subtle changes in his eyes and body language.

Getting into the killer’s mind is always interesting, and there were several chapters from the killer’s viewpoint. What a sicko!

Amy’s background is very interesting indeed and I think she has a fear sometimes how her feelings and anger may escape. This book addresses that even more, and she really does find out how she’d react. The ongoing saga with her real mother carries on, Lilian is a truly twisted character. Her court appeal case is happening, and Amy and her sisters take the stand.

Seriously creepy in parts!

Thanks to the author for the early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 8th July 2020

Buy here your copy from Amazon here:-

UK  : Left For Dead

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A victim on display. A detective on the rails.

Shopping with her sister, DI Amy Winter is admiring a Valentine’s Day window display of a perfect bride encrusted in diamonds and resplendent in lace—until she notices blood oozing from the mannequin’s mouth.

This is no stunt. A post-mortem reveals the victim was left to die on her macabre throne for all to see. When a second victim is found, it emerges that both women were ‘Sugar Babes’ arranging dates with older men online—and Amy finds herself hunting an accomplished psychopath.

As she tracks down the killer, Amy’s instincts go into overdrive when the charismatic head of the agency behind the display makes no attempt to hide his fascination with her serial-killer parents. What exactly does he want from Amy? With her own world in freefall as her biological mother, Lillian Grimes, appeals her conviction, Amy pushes the boundaries of police procedure when a third ‘Sugar Babe’ disappears…Is she as much at risk as the killer’s victims?

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An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time, with over a million books sold.

As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards. Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.

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Somebody’s Daughter by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #SomebodysDaughter #booksontour #bookreview

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Books on Tour 9th July 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, Somebody’s Daughter. Thanks to Sarah Hardy at Bookouture for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

My Thoughts

I can’t believe we are at the 7th book already. This is my favourite in the Natalie Ward Series, a real masterpiece. A fascinating and cleverly woven plot that had me turning the pages so fast. The author really knows how to hook you in.

Very difficult to review without giving anything away, you must read it for yourself!

A new high-profile team has been set up, the old names remain, Natalie, Lucy, Murray and Ian, with a few new team members. It was good to catch up with the familiar names and find out what was going on in their lives. Natalie’s home life seems more settled, living with Mike and getting to know his little girl. Newly promoted to DC, Lucy and her partner have a new baby and this causes added pressure to her during the leading of her first big case. Natalie is still very hands on, despite her DCI rank.

Amelia Saunders’s body is found, a teenage runaway. Another girl, Katie Bray, is found dead and the team start looking into their backgrounds. Both runaways with connections to a man called Tommy. Were they working the streets? Was he their pimp?

Yet another body is found, though this time it seems unconnected. A totally different type of woman. A rich businesswoman, with writing scrawled on her face. She is well known in the town due her family’s department store.

Pressure from senior management, being a new team, was tough at times. Natalie and Lucy felt they needed to justify every tiny thing they did. And pressure from the press, hungry for every morsel. A mole in the team is very unsettling.

A complex case that twists this way and that, with an ending that I never predicted.

I love how I feel like a team member and want to help out!

Yet again, I will be waiting for the next in the series! A gripping read which I totally recommend.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the early copy, in which I express my honest opinion.

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A gripping crime thriller packed with mystery and suspense (Detective Natalie Ward Book 7)

One by one the girls disappeared…

When the frail body of a teenage girl is discovered strangled in a parking lot, shards of ice form in Detective Natalie Ward’s veins. As Natalie looks at the freckles scattered on her cheeks and the pale pink lips tinged with blue, she remembers that this innocent girl is somebody’s daughter…

The girl is identified as missing teenager Amelia Saunders, who has run away from home and her controlling father. Natalie’s heart sinks further when it becomes clear that Amelia has been working on the streets, manipulated by her violent new boyfriend Tommy.

A day later, another vulnerable girl is found strangled on a park bench. Like Amelia, Katie Bray was a runaway with connections to Tommy, and Natalie is determined to find him and track down the monster attacking these scared and lonely girls.

But when a wealthy young woman is found murdered the next morning, the word ‘guilty’ scrawled on her forehead, Natalie realises that the case is more complex than she first thought. Determined to establish a connection between her three victims, Natalie wastes no time in chasing down the evidence, tracing everyone who crossed their paths. Then, a key suspect’s body turns up in the canal, a mole in Natalie’s department leaks vital information and everything seems to be against her. Can Natalie stop this clever and manipulative killer before they strike again?

An unputdownable crime thriller from an Amazon bestselling author that will have you sleeping with the light on. This gripping rollercoaster ride is perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Rachel Caine. Prepare to be totally hooked!
Publication Date: 9th July 2020

Amazon Link:-  Somebody’s Daughter

About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction.

A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST, the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today best-seller.

A second series featuring DI Natalie Ward quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 600,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish.

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.

To learn more about Carol, go to or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
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A Sunset in Sydney by Sandy Barker @sandybarker @HarperCollinsUK @0neMoreChapter_ #ASunsetInSydney @RNAtweets

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A Sunset in Sydney by Sandy Barker


How far would you go in the name of love?

Sarah Parsons has a choice ahead of her. After the trip of a lifetime she’s somehow returned home with TWO handsome men wanting to whisk her away into the sunset.

Pulled in two directions across the globe, it’s making life trickier than it sounds. Her gorgeous American Josh, wants to meet Sarah in Hawaii for a holiday to remember. Meanwhile silver fox James plans to wine and dine her in London.

It’s a lot to handle for this Aussie girl, who had totally sworn off men!

Join Sarah after her adventure in One Summer in Santorini, for the heart-warming and uplifting third novel in The Holiday Romance series.

Travel to beautiful destinations with old friends and new in this gorgeous romantic novel perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Sue Roberts.

My Thoughts

I loved the two previous books in The Holiday Romance Series.

Book 1 was One Summer in Santorini, which featured Sarah on a boat, touring the Greek Islands.

Book 2 was That Night in Paris, this one featured Sarah’s sister Cat. She was on a coach tour around Europe.

Sarah and Cat are from Australia. Cat is currently living in London, and is a teacher. Sarah is also a teacher and lives in Sydney, she has been staying in London for a couple of weeks with Cat.

Sarah has returned from her Greek Island adventure, where she met two men after vowing to forget about men for a very long time. Fellow shipmate Josh, a cute American guy, several years younger than herself, who makes her laugh and shares her longing for a bigger life. And there was James, a very handsome silver fox from England who she bumped into on shore. She felt either could turn into something serious. How could she choose? Did she want either?

So, was I Team Josh, or Team James?

Sarah meets up with James in London, he lives a luxury lifestyle with lots of travel and a beautiful house. He wines and dines her and she can feel herself falling for him.

She feels a constant guilt because she is meeting up with Josh in Hawaii for New Year.

I especially loved the holiday with Josh in Hawaii. The scenery and days out were just stunning. The trip out when they swam in the waterfall pool was amazing. A friend they made at the hotel, Siobhan, was very amusing and a real party girl. I loved the relationship between Sarah and Josh, although there were many unsaid conversations. Were they destined to become serial holiday flings?

Back in Oz, James visits Sydney on business and promptly whisks Sarah off to New Zealand for a few days. The scenery here was idyllic. Many unsaid conversations here too.

Sarah has to make a choice on Josh, James or neither. Who do she feel her real self with? You will need to read it to find out.

An easy-going read, I really enjoyed it.

Thanks to Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 3rd July 2020

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I call my dog Miss Sandy Barker, her name is Sandy and she is a barker. I tag her on my Instagram pictures with #MissSandyBarker. So when I discovered an author with this name it gave me a giggle. In fact when I did my blog post for One Summer in Santorini, I got many messages and comments from friends asking if I’d actually written it using my dog’s name….which is so funny. She is a Cairn Terrier and a senior lady, she’ll be 13 in August 2020.

Hope’s Game by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2 @HydraPress #EnigmaHousePress #HydraPublications #indie #Stokeauthor #bookreview

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I first came across Mick Williams at a blogger/author meet up in Stoke-on-Trent. We got on really well and I bought ‘A Guy Walks into a Bar’, which was great action book, a bit James Bond to be honest and I loved it. I’ve since read all his other books.

Every one of his books I could see on the big screen. They really are that good. From all-action stuff to romantic comedy, he successfully carries it off. His books are not like any others I’ve read and are seriously good stories.

He needs to be discovered by more readers and I hope new people find him on my recommendation, he really is that good.

Hope’s Game by Mick Williams

About the book

Following the disappearance of his eight-year-old daughter, Charlie Green’s life spirals out of control. Divorced, unemployed and with a heavy drinking habit, all seems lost until he receives the offer of a lifetime…£10,000 to participate in research for a revolutionary Artificial Intelligence program.

In Project Mindspace, the only limits are what the mind can create.

In his AI world called Under, Charlie meets Hope, a stunning seductress, who shows him how to maximize his time and imagination. Soon, however, the lines between the real world and make-believe begin to blur. With her ever-increasing influence, and as Under grows more confusing and dangerous with each visit, it’s left to Charlie to work out – what is Hope’s Game?

Based on the screenplay by Craig Ostrouchow.

Publisher: Hydra Publications

Publication Date: 17th Feb 2020

Amazon UK link: Hope’s Game

My Thoughts

I loved this, very different than anything I’ve read before. It definitely needs to be on the big screen!

I think this will appeal to everyone, and lovers of all genres.

Technology feels like a scary thing sometimes.

There is the tender side that this author does only too well, with the disappearance of Charlie’s daughter. Charlie’s relationship with his family and best friend is tested in this story, which thoroughly gripped me and wouldn’t let me go until the very last page.

A dark story, looking at how the future could be with some imagination. It’s a worrying thought that computers can learn from us and lead us to places we never expect to go, especially looking at it for military use.

I felt like I was involved in a video game, and was viewing it through a TV screen as I read.

The characters were very well developed, even the ever-learning Hope. Reality and virtual reality became merged in my head, and there were some gruesome real scenes that felt like they should belong in ‘the game’.

I thoroughly recommend this.

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Mick Williams moved from Stoke-on-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team, Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife in Staffordshire.

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Twitter @mickwilliamsau2

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Desperately Seeking Normal by Tanya Bullock @TanyaBullock15 @Blackbird_Bks #DesperatelySeekingNormal

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Desperately Seeking Normal by Tanya Bullock

About the Book

A heartwarming tale of a young woman with learning difficulties and her quest to find love.

Life as the single mum of a child with learning difficulties is tough. But it gets so much harder when puberty hits.

To single mum Izzie’s alarm, all her 18-year-old daughter, Jaya, wants from life is to get married and have babies. This creates a moral dilemma for Izzie. How can she continue to protect her daughter whilst at the same time letting her go?

In the small Midlands town where they live, there is little prospect of meaningful employment or continuing education for Jaya. So, Izzie wonders, would finding a ‘suitable husband’ via an arranged marriage for half-Indian Jaya be so crazy? But when Jaya falls head over heels for a teaching assistant in her college’s Special Educational Needs department, a disastrous sequence of events is set in motion. Life for Jaya and Izzie is turned around in ways that nobody could ever have foreseen.

My Thoughts

I haven’t read anything like this before and it’s blown me away.

I like the style in which it was written, changing from mother to daughter. Also changing to other characters along the way.

Jaya is a beautiful young woman who has learning difficulties and is half Indian. She is mentally younger than her 18 years, but she knows what she wants and how she feels. She feels like an adult. She fancies John, a teaching assistant at her college, and fantasises about him. She dreams of marrying him and having his babies.

Her mum, Izzie, was a free spirit when she was 18. She took off to India on her own, escaping her restrictive parents, here she conceived Jaya. Her straight-laced parents disapproved and she was left to her own devices. Izzie put her life on hold to care for Jaya. It was very difficult at times, due to people’s prejudices and lack of understanding of her condition. I felt Izzie’s struggles, she wanted the best for her daughter, and it was a battle sometimes to get the right care and education.

Izzie’s best friend Bee was a very likeable character. Her son had severe problems himself, and there were some very touching moments and some hilarious moments involving him.

Both Izzie and Bee’s characters glowed the love a mother has for their child, it was so beautifully written.

Some very funny scenes as Izzie takes Jaya on some meetings with prospective husbands within the Indian community.

John, fresh out of university and in his first job as a teaching assistant. A job his police officer father Richard looks down on. His dad feels that he wasted his university course. A bit of turmoil going on in this family and the overlapping stories get very interesting.

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

I think the cover is gorgeous!

Publication date: 1st July 2020

Format: paperback & ebook

ISBN: 978-1-9164268-9-4

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Amazon UK: Desperately Seeking Normal

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Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional television broadcast, through ITV’s First Cut scheme, two nominations for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award, and a Royal Television Society Award in the category of best promotional film. Tanya is also the author of Homecoming (2016) and The Lonely Hearts Crime Club (2019) She lives in the west Midlands with her husband and two young children.

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The Waffle House on the Pier by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #booksontour #bookreview #blogtour #TheWaffleHouseonthePier

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Books on Tour 29th June 2020

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, The Waffle House on the Pier. Thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

Definitely one of my favourites by Tilly Tennant, every one of her books warms my heart.

I loved the family and friends aspect of the story. I want to live there!! Sea Salt Bay sounds like a perfect place to live, where everybody knows each other and each other’s business (not always a good thing!). And there were a few heart stopping moments involving the sea too!!

Sadie’s brother and sister always seemed to have their lives planned out, Sadie….not so much. She was always a bit chaotic. She didn’t ever want to leave Sea Salt Bay, but unless you wanted to be part of the tourism industry there wasn’t much else to do jobwise. She decided to train as a teacher, this was surely her destiny! As a trainee teacher, it didn’t go quite so smoothly at the high school in a neighbouring town.

When her grandad dies suddenly her world is turned upside down. Her grandparents ran the waffle house on the pier, a very successful business. She is determined to keep the café open, despite objections from the family. It also seemed like grandad had been covering up how forgetful grandma had been. A real sensitive subject, covered with love and compassion.

Sadie’s initial meeting with Luke is certainly a strange way to start a friendship, and one that the family don’t initially support. She feels a spark with him though.

She is still best friends with her ex-boyfriend Declan, who the family do love. He is in a new relationship, but everyone thinks he still has feelings for Sadie. Including his current girlfriend.

I loved Sadie. Plus a great cast of characters in this story, from Sadie’s old friends and family, her best friend Declan and gorgeous Luke on the scene…..what’s not to love.

Just look at that cover too, just gorgeous.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 25th June 2020

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Amazon UK:   The Waffle House on the Pier




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Run away to Sea Salt Bay, where the sand is warm and soft, the sea is a perfect blue, and a candy-coloured waffle house is about to change Sadie’s life…

For as long as she can remember, Sadie’s grandparents have run the waffle house on the pier at Sea Salt Bay. With its pretty painted chairs, sweet smells, and the warm advice of her beloved grandparents, the waffle house is like a second home

But when Sadie’s grandfather dies, leaving her grandmother without an anchor, Sadie must make a difficult decision. She quits her job and moves back home, determined to keep things going. The trouble is, she knows nothing about running a business, and learning at a million miles an hour with a shop full of hungry people isn’t easy. When she nearly burns the waffle house down, she has to admit she needs to get some help.

Her ex-boyfriend Declan promises to be there for her but Sadie worries that getting too close is a mistake – especially as he has a new girlfriend now. And anyway she’s just met newcomer Luke, with his gorgeous suntan and mellow voice…

Sadie’s family have always loved Declan and they’re not too sure about Luke, leaving Sadie unsure which way to turn. A terrible accident at sea forces her to look into her heart, but what if it’s already too late to tell the right man that she loves him?

If you love stolen kisses under the pier, walking along spray-capped shores eating ice cream, and books by Lucy Diamond, Jill Mansell and Jenny Colgan, you will fall in love with this romantic, heart-breaking read.

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From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.

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