What Happens in France by Carol Wyer #blogtour #WhatHappensInFrance #Biggie @carolewyer @canelo_co

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Blog Tour 28th January 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘What Happens in France’ by Carol Wyer. I’m delighted to be part of it. Thanks to Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for inviting me to take part.

My Thoughts – So funny and entertaining!

Bryony has been looking for her sister, Hannah, for many years. She even set up a blog trying to find her. Hannah had left home when Bryony was a child and she always blamed herself for this. Their dad is in very poor health after having a stroke, so she stepped her search up a notch.

She saw an advert for contestants for a new game show and immediately entered hoping this could be massive publicity in her search for Hannah if she got selected. She attended a local audition where she was surprised to see Lewis, one of her neighbours.

There were some funny scenes here meeting other potentials contestants. I really liked Oscar and his pug, Biggie Smalls.

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And Jim with his amazing knowledge and his love for his grandchildren. A really great cast, the game show crew and contestants, even Professor Potts! Some of the madcap games made me laugh, especially the blindfolded driving course. A bit like ‘It’s a Knockout’ meets ‘Treasure Hunt’. In fact a real mix of all the best game shows, such fun.

The relationship between Bryony and her girlfriends was lovely too.

It’s a change for me to step away from crime novels and chick-lit and have a good laugh out loud story. Very funny and entertaining, easy to read and relatable too.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Carol Wyer and Canelo for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 28th January 2019

Amazon UK   What Happens in France

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Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah , for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family. With the help of handsome teammate Lewis , it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye. Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Meet the author carol wyer - for what happens in france blog tour

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian. In 2017 she stepped away from writing comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on writing a series of thrillers which became best-sellers and have been translated into several languages. She won the 2015 People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction, and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth . Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published alongside journalism in many magazines.

Author Social Media Links:

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Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Blog: www.carolwyer.com

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One New York Christmas by @mandybaggot @EburyPublishing #christmas #NewYork #bookreview #5* #OneNewYorkChristmas

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Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays?

A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll love Mandy Baggot’s heart-warming festive romance.

Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.

A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.

Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn’t quite go to plan, but there’s something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after

My Review – I absolutely loved it!!

Mandy, you’ve done it again! I think it may be my favourite Mandy Baggot Christmas book ever!

Mandy’s books always have this effect on me, so well described that I feel I’m there. Seeing the sights, eating the food, feeling the emotions. They always give me a giggle too.

I loved the main characters of Lara and Seth. At first Lara keeps thinking about her ex-boyfriend, but there’s no denying the chemistry with Seth. He may seem out of reach for her, I mean he’s the star of her favourite TV show, but he really is an ordinary guy. He’s just a jobbing actor after his next role. There are some hilarious scenes as Seth’s ‘agent’ sets him up with some events that are supposed to promote him. The zoo and the ‘winter wonderland’ are classic examples.

The supporting roles of Susie and her boyfriend David, Seth’s parents and Lara’s family back home in rural England blended in beautifully to create such a lovely story.

Lara and Seth make every moment count while they spend some wonderful days together in New York. They discover the importance of being true to themselves, and truly learn how to follow their hearts.

It’s an amazing book and I will keep it in my heart.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 15th November 2018

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The Warning by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture #TheWarning #review

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Description

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email:

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

My Thoughts

A fast-paced story, kept me turning the pages.

A mother’s worst nightmare, the death of a child.

Three years had passed since the tragic accident in the river that took her son Ethan, and his best friend Josh. Out of the blue Zoe receives an email, and then text messages. Who is sending these, and why? Of course she can’t let it pass her by, and she embarks on a quest to find out who, what, why. Her husband Jake, and Josh’s mother Roberta don’t seem as anxious to follow it up which made me more suspicious of all the other cast members.

The characters are very believable and the story was pretty gripping!

I definitely recommend this one if you like a psychological thriller.

All my reviews are quite short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 12th October 2018

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#bookreview Your Closest Friend by Karen Perry @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks #YourClosestFriend @KarenPerryBooks

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Imagine sharing your darkest secret with a stranger – a girl who isn’t what she seems, and who will do anything to keep you close . . .

On a hot humid night in London, Cara Jameson’s busy, fulfilling life is interrupted with the sound of gunfire. Panic and terror grip the street as the air is filled with screaming and Cara is pulled roughly to safety by a stranger.

Taking refuge in a storeroom, Cara huddles with her saviour – Amy – and in the darkness she shares more in those hours than ever has with even her husband. When she emerges hours later, a bond forged in the trauma of that night has formed between them.

Returning to work, Cara tries to put the experience behind her, but the incident has taken its toll and as cracks begin to show in her perfect life and marriage, Amy reappears, set on pursuing a friendship.

Cara wished she hadn’t shared everything she did in those hours of darkness. But as her life skids towards deepening violence, there is only one person she can turn to: Amy, her closest friend.

My thoughts

I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin UK- Michael Joseph for inviting me to read this e-book in which I give my honest opinion.

It’s my first by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well-paced and kept me hooked.

Told in alternating chapters by Cara and Amy, the books starts with Cara on that night of terror as she comes face to face with an armed gunman.

Amy grabs Cara and they, along with another person, take refuge until they think it’s safe to venture out. The other person, a colleague of Amy, thinks it’s safe and leaves before them and they are left alone. This is when they share secrets with each other, not expecting to ever meet again.

Cara is back at work as a radio producer, and is on air talking about the attack when Amy hears her on the radio and phones in. They reconnect and Cara invites Amy into her home to look after her daughter, a seemingly good arrangement to help out Cara and her working-away husband. It starts to go wrong from here as things are revealed from both Amy and Cara’s past and it all spirals out of control….

Publication Date 1st June 2018

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The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #TheChosenOnes

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Blog Tour 26th May 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Chosen Ones. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

A very clever story, very intriguing, and very well put together. Lots of ‘verys’ there but all necessary!

There are some really gruesome murder scenes, which I visualised all too realistically! And the crows, I have a bird phobia and they really creeped me out. There was story from the past running alongside the main plot. I really tried to work out who the people were and how they fitted into the main story but I didn’t succeed!

Robyn’s team are great. They are a nice bunch who I feel like I’ve got to know well over the series. There was a race against time as the body count rose. What was the connection? Robyn’s boss was ready to throw her off the case if she didn’t come up with a suspect quickly.

Amy Walters, a local investigative journalist, has had numerous run-ins with Robyn before and is sticking her nose in again. She’s writing a book about serial killers and is after all the info she can get. She does some digging herself, and had written a piece on the first victim, Jordan Kilby, in the past. She’s also written about Jordan’s property developer father, Nathaniel Jones-Kilby.

I liked the setting in Staffordshire and felt like I knew the area as it was all so well described.

Robyn’s cousin Ross had only a bit-part this time, and I really like him! He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out sometimes on the side.

The cliffhanger from the end of book three is still ongoing and not resolved. I didn’t mind to be honest, as the storyline in this book had me so engrossed. I do hope we find out before the end of the series. I can’t believe this is book five already, it’s gone so fast.

Well-paced and great writing. A pleasure to read. I look forward to the next one!

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

Publication date 24th May 2018

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About the book

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On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield, outside the quiet town of Colton. Tied to a post, arms spread wide; Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong.

The victim’s girlfriend is devastated, unable to fathom how she will tell her sick little boy. Still reeling from her own loss, Robyn vows she will find the killer – no matter what.

But then a local doctor – a popular woman with a young family of her own – is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between her and the first body and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.

Can Robyn untangle the hidden web of secrets, lies, and smouldering grudges, at the heart of this close-knit community, before another life is lost?

An absolutely unputdownable thriller that will keep you reading into the night. If you love Angela Marsons, James Patterson or Tess Gerritsen, The Chosen Ones will have you hooked.

 

Meet the Author Carol pic for The Chosen Ones Blog Tour

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

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.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

 

Dying Truth by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #DyingTruth

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Description

(Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series Book 8)

How far would you go to protect your darkest secrets?

When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide – a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it’s clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents.

As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead.

With more children’s lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable – whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne – the sociopath who has made it her life’s work to destroy Kim.

Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between the recent murders and an initiation prank that happened at the school decades earlier. But saving these innocent lives comes at a cost – and one of Kim’s own might pay the ultimate price.

The utterly addictive new crime thriller from the Number One bestselling author – you will be gripped until the final shocking twist.

My Review – 5 stars

Oh my gosh. I’m definitely not giving away any spoilers for this. You will need to read it yourself. Needless to say, I also need the #DyingTruthSupportGroup like a few others who’ve reviewed it.

The eighth in the D.I. Kim Stone series, continuing in the same way….brilliant and gripping.

I was hooked in from the start, there is just no let-up in the action. Yet again it was one of those books that I wanted to read at every opportunity.

Things have gone on behind the walls of Heathcrest, an elite school for the children of the rich and influential and also for the talented kids of the ‘normal’ people. Kim and her team try to get to the bottom of the tangled web of information they have.

I love Kim’s working relationship with Bryant, he knows her so well. Stace was mostly back to her usual role of being attached to a desktop pc, working her magic getting information from people’s phones and computers. Dawson was being his usual inquisitive self and going on his Stone-like instinct.

I think the story was excellent, and I never guessed how it would go. Reading an Angie Marsons book I find out so many things. I feel like I learn something new with every book. This time it was secret societies.

There was one particular chapter where I was totally shocked, I may have shed a tear and I definitely shouted out loud! This one will stay with me for a long time.

I recommend this book 100%, and all the others in the series.

Angie Marsons is definitely one of my favourite authors, I think the books are just fantastic.

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

Publication Date 18th May 2018

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UK 🇬🇧 Dying Truth

Those Other Women by Nicola Moriarty #bookreview @NikkiM3 @PenguinUKBooks

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Description

From the author of The Fifth Letter comes a controversial and darkly comic story about the frustrations of being a childless woman in the modern baby-obsessed world . . .

Poppy’s world has been tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend.

At least Annalise is on her side. Her new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids, so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent just a little about smug mummies’ privileges at work.

Meanwhile their colleague Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings – she’s not had one this decade and she’s heartily sick of being judged by women at the office as well as stay-at-home mums.

Then Poppy and Annalise’s group takes on a life of its own and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafés become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided.

A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control.

Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And she has an agenda of her own…

From the author of the eBook sensation The Fifth Letter comes another darkly comic, controversial and compulsive read that you’re going to want to talk about with everyone you know.

My Thoughts

A great modern story highlighting the good and bad sides of social media. I can see both sides of the story having thought I didn’t want children, then changing how I felt at 32 years old.

Poppy never thought she wanted to be a mother – until her husband got her best friend pregnant. Now everywhere she goes mothers are reminding her of his betrayal . . .

She hears about a local Facebook group for mothers, called MOP. It’s for mothers only, and has info about all sorts of thing maternal plus other things too like child-friendly places. She’s annoyed that mothers get away with leaving work early and nipping off for school functions amongst other things. So Poppy creates an innocent Facebook group, called NOP, to have a moan about the mummies. And to check out places where children don’t go!! Except those ‘other women’ are already sick of being judged by non-mums and stay-at-home mums alike. Two can play at Poppy’s game. One of the NOP members is a double agent, also a mother and member of MOP. Which is when the anger spills into the real world. There is a lot of fall out, and arguments between mums and non-mums….confrontations in cafes and hair salons.

The story is told from the point of view of Poppy and Annalise. It’s a really well told story and I liked the characters. There were lots of touching moments and lots of fun too. It also highlights some of the problems with dementia.

I liked the ladies football team, makes a nice change. And the parts set in Poppy and Annalise’s workplace I found really interesting.

An enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it. Very relatable.

Thanks to Sam Deacon at Penguin Random House UK, Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion

Publication date 3rd May 2018

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