Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @Aria_Fiction #SummerSecrets #bookreview

Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage by Samantha Tonge

My Thoughts

Oh my gosh, just go read it. A fabulous story that drew me in and wouldn’t let me go.

Definitely not one to miss out on.

Tattooist Lizzie has been a bit of a disappointment to her parents, who were rich businesspeople. After a childhood of fabulous lavish overseas holidays, she doesn’t want to follow in her parent’s footsteps. She wants to study art.

Following her parent’s untimely deaths Lizzie learns of a secret property that’s been left to her Auntie, Streamside Cottage. Her Auntie is tight-lipped about the details and just wants it sold. It’s always been a rental property, so Lizzie moves from the city to the countryside and rents it for herself hoping to delve into why it was a secret that her parents never told her about.

The village setting where Streamside Cottage was located was beautiful. I visualised it so well I felt like I was there.

I loved the handsome neighbour Ben. They had a good connection from the first meeting. She digs into the history of the cottage and learns family secrets from the past. We learn of things that went on that explain quite a bit about why Lizzie wasn’t talking to her parents anymore. At the time I sided with Lizzie, but as I learned more throughout the story I began to understand her parents viewpoint.

It was actually quite a gritty story rather than a traditional romcom.

And I learned a lot about tattoos, even enough to consider one.

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

About the Book

A new start can come from the most unexpected places…

It’s been years since Lizzie Lockhart spoke to her parents. But she was safe in the knowledge she knew everything about them. Once upon a time, they were as close as could be. Until they weren’t.

After receiving the earth-shattering news of their passing, Lizzie decides it’s time to unearth some family secrets and find out just who her parents really were… starting with Streamside Cottage. A cottage Lizzie never knew existed, in a place she’s never heard of: the beautiful English village of Leafton.

Leaving behind London, and the tattoo parlour she called home, Lizzie finds herself moving to the countryside. Faced with a tight-lipped community, who have secrets of their own, Lizzie is at a loss for what to do, until her rather handsome neighbour, Ben, steps in to help.

As Lizzie finally begins to piece together the puzzle of her family history she realises she has to confront the truth of the past in order to face her future.

Publication date: 15th April 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK:- Summer Secrets at Streamside Cottage

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely. When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines. She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

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The House of Hidden Secrets by C E Rose is published today @CazEngland @HeraBooks #TheHouseofHiddenSecrets #bookreview

The House of Hidden Secrets by C E Rose

Description

A twisty psychological thriller that will have you gripped.

The imposing gates of Ramsay Hall yawned open. As Serena and 4-year-old Lana walked up the long driveway, little did they know the dark secrets that lay within.

When Serena Green accepted the role of housekeeper for wealthy widower Hayden Ramsay, she never imagined her new home would be Ramsay Hall, an ancient, sprawling mansion in Northern England.

Serena quickly becomes an integral part of the household, making friends with Hayden’s younger son Hugh, despite Jack, his older brother’s, coldness towards her and Lana.

But the hall’s beautiful exterior hides many ugly secrets. Though Serena and Jack begin to grow closer, she’s confused by his behaviour around Lana. What is he guilty of? And is there more to their mother’s death than the Ramsay men will admit, even to themselves?

As the harrowing past of Ramsay Hall unravels, Serena fresh start becomes a fresh horror. She fears for her and Lana’s safety, but what are the bleak secrets in Serena’s own past?

This house is built on a lifetime of lies… and the truth might just bring the walls crashing down.

A twisty, gripping and utterly unputdownable new thriller that fans of Lisa Jewell, C.L. Taylor and Mark Edwards will love.

Publisher: Hera Books

Publication date: 14th April 2021

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK: The House of Hidden Secrets

My Thoughts

Serena accepts a housekeeping job and she and her daughter move into a large house to help the owner while he recovers from an injury. Hayden the owner has two grown up sons, Hugh and Jack, who live there too, well kind of live there.

The book is written from the viewpoint of Serena, Hugh and Jack. I like the way the book moves, with the chapters from the different characters.

Serena fits in well with the family, but there was always the thought in my mind that questioned everything that went on. I found Serena quite mysterious and there were some creepy goings on too.

I liked the setting of the imposing house and learning about the character’s relationships with friends and family.

It was a very intense story and I could not put it down. A clever plot that kept me hooked.

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

About the Author

Born in Sheffield, Caroline studied Law at the University of Manchester and stayed over the border. Caroline was a divorce and professional indemnity lawyer. She turned to writing 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 paperback.

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, published in June 2020.

Author Contact Details

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Author website: carolineenglandauthor.co.uk

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Staying Out For The Summer by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction #StayingOutForTheSummer #bookreview #corfu

Staying Out For The Summer by Mandy Baggot

About the book

For Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her!

Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown. When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.

But after a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It’s not quite the holiday she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.

As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new life, a new love…

My Review – I loved it

Another winner by Mandy Baggot, the absolute queen of the summer escape.

I totally fell in love with this fab book and the characters, especially the doctor….another gorgeous leading man. And I already love Corfu.

A topical book, and hoping we come out of the lockdown relating to the global pandemic in the same way this book describes. Really well written, and to include all the goings-on of the last year or so is very clever. It gives a good shoutout to all the NHS staff too.

A holiday with best friend, and fellow nurse, Gavin seems the perfect remedy to what has been a difficult year jobwise.

After a crazy journey from the airport in transport arranged by Gavin, Lucie is a bit worried about their accommodation. But she needn’t have worried. Apart from a few stray tortoises, their villa was a dream, with fabulous views out to sea and across to Albania.

Michalis is back in his home village in Corfu, after working as a doctor on the mainland through the pandemic. Something has happened, and we do find out, which makes his situation a little complex. He and Lucie really get along though, and we have some super sexy scenes.

Funny and entertaining in equal measure, just what I’d expect from Mandy Baggot. I love her writing.

Just look at that cover too, I hope I’m doing a similar thing in the summer.

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

Publication date 1st April 2021

Amazon UK: Staying Out For The Summer

About the Author

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Check out her recent appearance on Ready Steady Cook where she had fun with her own dishy Greek chef Akis Petretzikis!

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A 5* Publication Day review for Final Clearance by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2 #indie #StokeAuthor #bookreview . Shopping can be murder!


About the Book

Final Clearance: Shopping can be murder.

Young furniture salesman Brody Caulson cracks when an obnoxious customer pushes him too far and, in a fit of anger, he commits the ultimate crime.

Murder.

As Brody battles newly awakened impulses for violence and retribution, a neighbour disappears, and her young son turns to him for comfort and support.

Appeasing an ever-suspicious boss and diverting visits from the local police, it’s up to Brody to avoid discovery and control his dark side long enough to find his missing neighbour whilst babysitting Javier.

But, as the life he knows unravels, he must make a decision – to get her back, he will have to kill again. Can he control his vigilante side, or be lost to the darkness forever?

Publication Date: 27th March 2021

Amazon UK link: Final Clearance

Amazon US link: Final Clearance

My Thoughts

I got to read an early copy of this book, which is always an honour. Mick Williams is one of my favourite authors. His books are different in a brilliant way. Lots of action, a bit of romance and, of course, dark humour. I always think they would make a blockbuster movie and this one is no exception.

Brody works in a furniture shop. He has an awkward sofa customer who is very rude to him. Brody takes him to the warehouse storage area and shows him the sofa in another choice of fabric. Brody decides his only choice is to do away with this poor excuse of a human. Even though a murder is committed, it feels justified and you are on Brody’s side. Brody has feelings to rid the world of obnoxious people. Will he go through with these feelings?

After work he finds his neighbour’s son, Javier, sitting outside his apartment. His mum, Mrs G, hasn’t picked him up from the school bus.

Brody and Javier have always got along well, as sometimes Brody looks after him if Mrs G is working late. The police allow Javier to stay at Brody’s apartment until Mrs G comes home. Brody is suspicious about a man he saw earlier at Mrs G’s door and takes it upon himself to find out what’s happened. It turns out to be quite a dangerous thing!

Even though the book has some dark topics, with murders, it is written in a darkly funny way that really did have me laughing. There are some touching moments too, especially the relationship between Brody and Javier, which this author writes so well.

I like the characters from the furniture store, and I’m sure many people who have worked in retail will relate to them. I liked the way he fancied the female police officers too!

A fast-paced book which will appeal to readers of all genres. I loved it and highly recommend. Many thanks to Mick Williams for the early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the Author

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.

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.

Check out the feature I wrote on Mick Williams in 2020 here: Author feature – Mick Williams

Social media links

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Amazon Author Page: Mick Williams

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Final Clearance by Mick Williams @mickwilliamsau2 #indie #Stokeauthor #bookreview #earlyreview. Shopping can be murder!

About the Book

Final Clearance: Shopping can be murder.

Young furniture salesman Brody Caulson cracks when an obnoxious customer pushes him too far and, in a fit of anger, he commits the ultimate crime.

Murder.

As Brody battles newly awakened impulses for violence and retribution, a neighbour disappears, and her young son turns to him for comfort and support.

Appeasing an ever-suspicious boss and diverting visits from the local police, it’s up to Brody to avoid discovery and control his dark side long enough to find his missing neighbour whilst babysitting Javier.

But, as the life he knows unravels, he must make a decision – to get her back, he will have to kill again. Can he control his vigilante side, or be lost to the darkness forever?

Publication Date: 27th March 2021

Amazon UK link: Final Clearance

Amazon US link: Final Clearance

My Thoughts

I got to read an early copy of this book, which is always an honour. Mick Williams is one of my favourite authors. His books are different in a brilliant way. Lots of action, a bit of romance and, of course, dark humour. I always think they would make a blockbuster movie and this one is no exception.

Brody works in a furniture shop. He has an awkward sofa customer who is very rude to him. Brody takes him to the warehouse storage area and shows him the sofa in another choice of fabric. Brody decides his only choice is to do away with this poor excuse of a human. Even though a murder is committed, it feels justified and you are on Brody’s side. Brody has feelings to rid the world of obnoxious people. Will he go through with these feelings?

After work he finds his neighbour’s son, Javier, sitting outside his apartment. His mum, Mrs G, hasn’t picked him up from the school bus.

Brody and Javier have always got along well, as sometimes Brody looks after him if Mrs G is working late. The police allow Javier to stay at Brody’s apartment until Mrs G comes home. Brody is suspicious about a man he saw earlier at Mrs G’s door and takes it upon himself to find out what’s happened. It turns out to be quite a dangerous thing!

Even though the book has some dark topics, with murders, it is written in a darkly funny way that really did have me laughing. There are some touching moments too, especially the relationship between Brody and Javier, which this author writes so well.

I like the characters from the furniture store, and I’m sure many people who have worked in retail will relate to them. I liked the way he fancied the female police officers too!

A fast-paced book which will appeal to readers of all genres. I loved it and highly recommend. Many thanks to Mick Williams for the early copy in which I give my honest opinion.

About the Author

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.

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.

Check out the feature I wrote on Mick Williams in 2020 here: Author feature – Mick Williams

Social media links

Website: mickwilliamsauthor.com

Facebook: Mick Williams Author

Twitter: @mickwilliamsau2

Amazon Author Page: Mick Williams

Goodreads: Mick Williams

Ice Creams at Emerald Cove by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor #Bookreview #blogtour #IceCreamsAtEmeraldCove

Ice Creams at Emerald Cove by Holly Martin, blog tour 13th March 2021

Thanks to Holly Martin for the early review copy and for inviting me on to the blog tour. I’m delighted to take part.

An utterly gorgeous, heartwarming romantic comedy to escape with.

My Thoughts

As my review copy came through I’d just finished another book, so I just had to read this one straight away. Holly’s books always hook me in instantly, and they are the perfect combination of emotional and funny.

I just adore the setting of Jewel Island, and I feel like I know it so well. The two other books set here are well worth a read, Sunrise Over Sapphire Bay and Autumn Skies Over Ruby Falls. The place names are absolutely beautiful.

The three Philips sisters Aria, Clover and Skye own the hotel on the island. We’ve met them all in the previous books. This one can be read as a stand-alone, as it’s a complete story.

The main character in this book is Skye, who looks after ‘Cones at the Cove’….an ice-cream café.

Skye has a troubled past, with two marriages behind her. She feels like she’s already met her true love in her ex Jesse, but it’s quite emotionally complex. Jesse had a troubled past too but his pride and joy is his daughter Bea, who is a delight and much wiser than her years. Jesse and Bea live in Canada, so the long distance relationship is difficult. When they do get together the sex is fantastic, but they both need more than the physical side of things. They are both wary of letting their feelings out.

Syke is resurrecting an old custom on the island, an annual ‘Pudding Parade’. A procession of puddings and cakes, led by a huge rhubarb pie. It’s in two weeks time though, so quite a rush. Jesse and Bea come over from Canada to help.

I love the family vibe running through this story, and in the way the sisters are constantly looking out for each other.

Sylvia O’ Hare, a frequent hotel guest and author of racy novels, returns in this story.  She’s always an entertaining character.

An absolute dream to read and I look forward to hearing more stories from this lovely Island.

Holly Martin’s books have that sexy edge over other chick lit authors, makes them different.

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

Ebook publication date:- 12th March 2021

Paperback available now.

Amazon UK link, paperback :-  Ice Creams at Emerald Cove

Amazon UK link, ebook:- Ice Creams at Emerald Cove

About the Book

Escape to the Cornish coast this spring with a trip to the beautiful Emerald Cove, where the sea sparkles in the sunshine, the sand glitters like gold, and true love is in the air. From the bestselling author of Sunrise over Sapphire Bay comes this gorgeously romantic and uplifting tale.

Skye Philips and Jesse Hamilton have a complicated relationship. They’ve been neighbours, best friends and even briefly married. But ever since Skye returned to the beautiful shores of Jewel Island to help her sisters Aria and Clover run their family hotel, she doesn’t know where she stands with Jesse.

When they’re together the chemistry between them sizzles, but with Jesse living in Canada and Skye on the Cornish island she calls home, they’ve kept things casual. Till now…

Jesse is coming to Jewel Island for the annual Pudding Parade and Skye knows this is her chance to tell him how she really feels. But putting her heart on the line isn’t easy when it’s been broken in the past. Will Jesse return her love? Or will she lose him for good?

Everything she’s ever wanted can be hers if she’s willing to take the chance, but is Skye brave enough to risk her heart once again?’

Set sail to the Cornish coast where sunshine, laughter and romance awaits. This stunning love story is guaranteed to steal your heart this summer; it’s the perfect read for fans of Sarah Morgan, Veronica Henry and Jill Mansell.

About the author

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books.

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#coverreveal A Cut for a Cut by Carol Wyer @carolewyer Publisher Thomas and Mercer 24.6.21 @AmazonPub #ACutForACut #CarolWyer DI Kate Young Book 2.

A CUT FOR A CUT

DI KATE YOUNG CAN’T TRUST ANYBODY. NOT EVEN HERSELF.

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (24 Jun. 2021)

Pre-Order Links:

UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08P1GWK3R

USA https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08P1GWK3R

AUSTRALIA: https://www.amazon.com.au/Cut-Detective…/dp/B08P1GWK3R

An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer @carolewyer A new detective series published by Thomas and Mercer @AmazonPub #KateYoung #AnEyeForAnEye #CarolWyer

An Eye For An Eye by Carol Wyer

Description

(Detective Kate Young Book 1)

A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So, after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?

Publication day: 1st February 2021

Amazon UK, kindle version: An Eye for an Eye

Amazon UK, paperback: An Eye for an Eye

Amazon UK, audiobook: An Eye for an Eye

My Thoughts

The first in a new series is always exciting, especially when it’s by one of my favourite authors.

DI Kate Young returns to work from a period of leave after harrowing incident which kept her off sick. 

She is still having flashbacks about it and always seems on edge, and quite rightly so after what happened. As a reader, I felt her anxiety and this added an extra dimension of tension for me.

She and her team are assigned a complicated and high-profile murder. There are some pretty gruesome crime scenes, with an unusual murder weapon.

Working on this complex case with her team, this fast-paced story will have you turning the pages. There was a real ‘no way’ moment for me part way through that had me shouting it out loud as I read it!

It’s a cracking book and I will be waiting for the next in the series!

A truly gripping read which I totally recommend.

Looking at all the fabulous Amazon reviews, I’m so happy for Carol Wyer, it’s been a hugely successful launch to a new series.

About the Author

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:-

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Facebook: @AuthorCarolEWyer

Twitter: @carolewyer

Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

5* review of Cathedral of Lies by John Pye @CathedralOfLies #CathedralOfLies #bookreview #sharingthebooklove

Cathedral of Lies by John Pye

About the book

Exeter Crown Court – 1986 – a multimillion pound drugs trial. The blast from a powerful handgun brings a halt to proceedings.

Three days and two hundred miles separate the finding of a mutilated corpse in a Staffordshire beauty spot – there seems no connection.

Interesting police work and pathology establish a shocking and unexpected history to the corpse and then another body is discovered. Detective inspector Doug Taylor knows that plenty of long days lie ahead.

Sinister characters from different walks of life emerge as tales of rape, murder, corruption and horrific torture develop.

A vigilante chase crosses the North Sea. Peril and intrigue loiter at every corner as the struggle to determine the criminal mastermind’s objectives intensifies with terrifying events in two different countries.

Matters become all the more curious when a bizarre secret held by a cathedral and a church appear pivotal to the core of the affair – it is a secret surrounded by lies, a secret which stretches back decades and one which the main players will go to any lengths to obtain.

The story will reveal an amazing, true and unsolved crime. Once you have read the book you will be able to go to the book’s website http://www.cathedraloflies.com and unlock secret pages for a guided tour of some of the truths within the story. You will also be able to look at the intricacies of the actual monumental felony… perhaps you could solve the crime yourself!

Publisher: John Pye

Publication 1st edition: 30th November 2013

Amazon UK: Cathedral of Lies

My Thoughts

I read John Pye’s latest book ‘Where the Silent Screams are Loudest’ and thought it was amazing. I said I’d go back and read his other books and here I am.

Reading this, the first of his Detective Inspector Doug Taylor books, I really wish I’d found him sooner.

I wholeheartedly recommend this, a very good plot which led this way and that. From Staffordshire, Devon and across the Channel to Belgium. The scenes set in Belgium fascinated me, and I felt like I was there. It was nerve wracking at times, and despite some horrendous deaths and some very shady characters, I couldn’t wait to find out the answers.

A strong cast who I really got to know. I liked the relationship between the team members and the banter was very funny too.

More people need to find out about indie authors like this. In my eyes he is up there with the big names.

What a fabulous plot, expertly crafted and easy to read.

I liked the code supplied at the end which unlocked a part on his website, giving the story behind the story.

I can’t recommend it enough. Absolutely brilliant!

Looking forward to catching up with Doug Taylor in books 2 and 3.

A few words from the author

I’m John Pye, a retired UK Detective born in 1950. Writing has been both my passion and my hobby since retirement and my career as a police officer was without doubt the motivating force behind this. Little did I realise when I joined the force just how much written work was involved and as an eleven plus failure it was a big learning curve.

It wasn’t until I finally came to hang up my handcuffs some 27 years later that I realised that I’d become quite adept at writing and actually enjoyed it. I’ve always had a passion for history and so initially I completed a few articles for a local newspaper supplement – these were published and I realised that I had been bitten by the writing bug!

My latest book ‘Where the Silent Screams are Loudest’ came out in October 2020 and was complete change for me. Whilst the genre, again is crime fiction this story is set in 2019. It required a huge amount of research to get up to speed in areas of modern day policing and I remain stunned at the help that I received from some of the country’s top experts who happily gave me some time from their busy schedules.
I am a big fan of Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus and readily identify with the reality he creates. I also love Frederick Forsyth and Joanne Harris as great authors.

Author contact details

Facebook: John Pye – Crime Writer

Website: http://cathedraloflies.com

Amazon author page: John Pye

Twitter: CathedralOfLies

Tamonten Tusks by Ivan Wain @TamontenT #tamontentusks #superheroes #fantasyfiction #YA #elephants #Stoke #Stokeandproud #Staffordshire

Tamonten Tusks by Ivan Wain

Come and check out the fantasy world of Yuki Onna, Nakano, Kintaro and Issun Boshi. Four elephants, each with their own unique power.

What the reviews are saying:-

‘If you are looking to escape to a world of superhero elephants, then this is the book for you!’

‘As well as being immersed in a world of superhero’s the book also has educational elements which adds to make it even more engaging.’

‘What an enchanting read. Beautifully created characters on a journey to help show the importance of saving the planet.’

About the book

The Tamonten Tusks are four very special elephants who have been granted specific powers by Narok, one of the gods of the savanna. The story tells of how our superheroes discovered their gifts, how they meet each other, and how they use their powers to complete a quest and fulfil their destiny — to help fight for the survival of endangered animals in Africa. The journey takes many twists and turns and each chapter is an action-filled adventure, introducing many enemies who are committed to preventing the Four Heavenly Kings from completing their quest. The inspiration for the story comes from Japanese folklore and fairy tales, and the book contains many humorous moments.

Suitable for all ages.

Amazon UK link:- Tamonten Tusks

About the author

Ivan Wain is the author of his first novel Tamonten Tusks.
He was born in Stoke on Trent in 1962 and to quote his mother, always had a vivid imagination.

His career to date has been centered around a sales environment and the so-called ability to influence others.
He has maybe acquired his writing skills from his father who used to write love letters home for his fellow soldiers posted abroad during National Service.
The inspiration for the book came during a summer holiday in 2018 with his wife Emma in Kefalonia, when a discussion about movies, moved towards imagining the pitch the creators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had with Hollywood Executives about a concept centered around Turtles dressed as Ninja warriors, eating Pizza and fighting crime in New York.

Ivan has always loved animals, adores his two dogs Harvey and Wilson who give them unconditional love, and cares deeply about the plight of endangered species.

One of the people he admires the most is Sir David Attenborough, whose life, his work, his passion, his voice makes him a british national treasure, and If Ivan can help influence people in a very small way to appreciate and listen to Sir David, that would be amazing.

Social media links

Amazon Author page Ivan Wain

Twitter: TamontenT

Facebook: thetamontentusks

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