The Perfect Mother – Caroline Mitchell

She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

Author Bio:

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.

www.Caroline-Writes.com

F: www.facebook.com/CMitchellauthor

T: www.twitter.com/caroline_writes

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/IxsTj

Demons – Stewart Giles

DEMONS, Detective Jason Smith book 11

Publication date: 25th December 2019

Publisher: STILL Books

Author: Stewart Giles

Genre: Thriller, Police Procedural

Amazon

Goodreads

From #1 best-selling author: Stewart Giles comes a new addition to the popular Detective Jason Smith series.

‘Forgive me father, for I have sinned.’

Someone is killing people in York. All of the victims share a secret that the murderer is somehow aware of and all of them receive an identical message after they are killed.
‘God has forgiven you your sins, but He could not rid you of your demons. So I have taken them for you.’

Detective Sergeant Jason Smith heads up the most draining investigation he’s ever come across. Coming face to face with demons of his own, will this be the case that finally sends Smith over the edge?

THE SETTING

At the confluence of the River Ouse and Foss, York is the traditional county town of the historic county of Yorkshire. York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities make it a popular tourist destination.

THE DETECTIVE

DS Jason Smith is an Australian who was sent to York to live with his Grandmother when his sister disappeared from a beach. He has suffered many losses in his short life and is now a dedicated detective. He is a bit of a loose cannon he has his own way of doing things that doesn’t always mean following orders and procedures. However, he does get results.

My Opinion

Another fantastic instalment! In fact so good I read this non stop from cover to cover!

Cannot recommend this enough. All what you would expect from DS Smith (and Stewart Giles) Murder, Mystery and plenty of twists!

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.

In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.

3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.

The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.

I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.

After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.
Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.

Links:

Website

@stewartgiles

Facebook

Leo

Blurb

Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).  

Buy Link 

https://amzn.to/3285mNS

Cast a Deadly Shadow – Roger Granelli

Cast A Deadly Shadow by Roger Granelli

From the author of gripping Italian crime dramas Still Waters, Tough Love and Under the Wide Palermo Sky.

Publication date:

12th December 2019

Narrated by:

Andrew Wincott

Synopsis:

With Cast A Deadly Shadow Roger Granelli has followed his exciting series of Palermo Stories with a full-length novel that is a fast-moving tale of murder, betrayal and lust.

Summary:

Cast A Deadly Shadow is a vibrant, fast-moving tale of murder, lust, and betrayal, as Inspector Carlo Carpanini and Sergeant Leo Bracchi continue their never-ending fight against the Mafia Dons of Palermo.

Carlo and Leo have managed to capture Bardolini, a leading Mafiosi and psychopathic killer who has been a long-time target. They are bringing him back from Milan to Palermo by train but things go badly wrong. Two other Mafia hit men attempt to free Bardolini, which leads to a bloody confrontation in the railway carriage. Carlo and Leo survive but this sets off a dramatic chain of events and all manner of criminals with their own agenda want to get involved, and none of them can be trusted.

To make matters worse, Leo’s partner Sylvia is kidnapped by one of Bardolini’s henchmen, causing Leo a terrible dilemma of having to choose between duty and the need to save the love of his life. In the midst of all this Carlo and Leo also have to deal with a major raid on a Palermo bank, carried out by the Camorra mafia from Naples who are trying to muscle in on their long-established Sicilian counterparts.

All roads eventually lead to the Villa Moretti, where Sylvia is being held. Carlo and Leo are in their tightest spot ever as they try to save her, whilst being threatened by three different mafia entities, all trying to gain the bloody upper hand over each other and the police in an explosive final climax.

This is the my first audiobook review, although I have been an audiobook fan for many years.

I find with audibooks the narrator is just as important as the plot. Andrew Wincott is fantastic and leads you into a captivating tale written by Roger Granelli of gangsters and mafia.

I felt the story/prose was well written and flowed seamlessly. The characters were well developed and believable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this and would love to listen to more by Roger in the future. I would also listen to Andrew again.

I highly recommend this audiobook!

The Case of the Missing Bride –

The Case of the Missing Bride blurb

It was supposed to be the start of a happy, new life …

1862 – a group of young Australian women set sail for matrimony in Canada. Their presence is withheld from the male passengers and all but a select few members of the crew. But their worlds collide when one of the gentlemen stumbles over the women.

When one of the intended brides goes missing, only Alyssa Chalmers, the one educated, wealthy woman in the group, is convinced the disappearance is no accident. She sets out to find out what happened.
Has there been a murder?

Alyssa is willing to move heaven and earth to find out the truth. She is about to discover that there is more to her voyage into the unknown than she bargained for …

Carmen Radtke has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.
She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.
When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.
“The Case of the Missing Bride” is a former Malice Domestic finalist, inspired by a true event. Its heroine Alyssa Chalmers will soon return in “Glittering Death”.
When Carmen is not writing, reading or dreaming of travel, she is busy acting as resident cat servant.
She’s currently working on her first contemporary crime novel.
Follow Carmen on Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/carmen-radtke
Or on Twitter: @carmenradtke1
Her website (very much a work in progress) is carmenradtke.com

The Wronged Daughter – Mary Wood

Another fantastic instalment! Admittedly I hadn’t read any previously, however was enthralled by this installment and will make the rest a priority for Christmas.

As always Mary takes us away to the depths of the north west and the trials and tribulations of Mags. I hadn’t unfortunately read either of the previous instalments however these are now top of my Xmas reading list.

The Wronged Daughter Mary Wood 28th 1 2019 | Paperback | £7.99

The Wronged Daughter by Mary Wood is the gripping third book in The Girls Who Went to War trilogy. Can she heal the wounds of her past? Mags has never forgotten the friendship she forged with Flora and Ella, two fellow nurses she served with at the beginning of World War I. Haunted by what she experienced during that time, she fears a reunion with her friends would bring back the horror she’s tried so desperately to suppress. Now, with her wedding on the horizon, this should be a joyful time for Mags. But the sudden loss of her mother and the constant doubt she harbours surrounding her fiancé, Harold, are marring her happiness. Mags throws herself into running the family mill, but she’s dealt another aching blow by a betrayal that leaves her reeling. Finding the strength the war had taken from her, she fights back, not realising the consequences and devastating outcome awaiting her. Born the thirteenth child of fifteen to a middle-class mother and an East End barrow boy, Mary Wood’s family were poor, but rich in love. Over time, she developed a natural empathy with the less fortunate and is fascinated by social history.

Mary raised four children and has numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An avid reader, she first put pen to paper in 1989, and is now a full-time novelist.

A Wedding for the Spitfire Girl – Fenella J Miller

About the book

The second Spitfire Girl novel from bestselling author Fenella J Miller.

The ATA training base, Hampshire, 1940 Ellie Simpson is attached to an Air Transport Auxiliary base in Hampshire. Life as an ATA pilot is tough, but despite the long hours and danger, Ellie can think of nowhere she’d rather be.
Not only does she love flying, but doing important war work, alongside new-found
friends, provides a welcome distraction from worrying about loved ones fighting on
the front line. Being an ATA girl is definitely exciting, but as Ellie soon finds out
wearing the distinctive blue uniform also means putting her life on the line every time
she takes to the skies.
It will take friendship and a strength she didn’t know she possessed to help her county
– and those she loves – to survive.

An inspiring story of an incredible girl going above and beyond during World War II
About the author

Extract

Jack knocked on the door and was asked to come in. He wasn’t sure what he’d been
expecting – a row of accusatory faces sitting behind a desk, sinister men in plain
clothes waiting to arrest him; but what he saw was nothing like that.
‘Ah, Squadron Leader Reynolds, welcome, welcome. I’m Roger Mainwaring. Find
a pew, shove the papers onto the floor, more important things to talk about than those
tedious items.’ The speaker was a bespectacled young man about his own age,
untidily dressed, and as far from accusatory or sinister as he could possibly be.
He did as instructed and moved the chair up to the desk, which was as untidy as the
man behind it. ‘I’m a civilian, no need to address me so formally. Jack will do.’
‘Excellent, excellent. I expect you’re wondering why you’re here. Help yourself to
coffee if you want it – it’s in the thermos over there.’ He gestured vaguely towards the
table by the window and then continued. ‘Fine, fine, let’s get on with it shall we?’
‘I’m assuming it’s something to do with my deceased uncle, Joseph Cross.’
‘Exactly, exactly, you hit the nail on the head, Jack.’ Then the young man’s
expression changed from benign to something very different. His eyes were hard, his
friendly demeanour gone as if it had never existed.
Jack couldn’t stop himself shifting uncomfortably on his seat. The guy was his age,
half his size for God’s sake, why should he be nervous of him? But there was
something formidable about Mainwaring despite his glasses and slight figure.
‘You will be aware that the list Cross had was used for the purposes of blackmail.
Our inquiries relating to that matter were concluded last year. However, we
discovered that Cross also had connections to the major crime families in London.
We’ve not been able to locate items that we think are pertinent to this investigation
and are hoping you can help us with this.’
‘Exactly how? I didn’t spend more than a couple of weeks at his home in London
before moving out. I’d no idea he was crooked until I was shot.’
‘We’ve searched his property from top to bottom and found nothing. We think he
must have had a lock-up somewhere, or a second address, and are hoping you can
point us in that direction.’
‘Sorry, I don’t know anything about my uncle’s criminal activities. You’ve wasted
my time and yours by bringing me here. I would have been better off doing my duty.’

About the Author

Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her
mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker,
hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer. She has
over thirty eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen
variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty,
riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair cat. She has two
adult children and three grandchildren.

Buy links:
Amazon
Google Play
Kobo
I Books

Follow Aria
Website: www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafictionThe Spitfire Girl in The Skies – Fenella J. Miller

Mistress – Stewart Giles

My name is Miranda, and I’m a serial murderer.’

I have killed again!’

From #1 bestseller Stewart Giles comes the sequel to Miranda, a psychological thriller.
Miranda is on the run from the Dunford Police and has managed to flee the UK. The story continues as we follow Miranda to the USA.

With the body count increasing all the time will Miranda ever be caught.
This is a gripping page-turner that keeps the adrenaline pumping as Miranda manages to keep just one step ahead of DS Swales. With numerous twists and turns all the way to the absolutely brilliant ending this is a must read for anyone who loves psychological thrillers.

My Opinion:

Absolutely fantastic, I thoroughly enjoyed this… As with all Stewart’s books full of heart racing twists… Cold blooded murders… I highly recommend reading this “he’s a bloody good writer”

What readers are saying about Miranda:

‘Stewart Giles has hit it out of the park with Miranda. She lived in my head for more than a week after I finished reading the book, which I did in a day because I just couldn’t put it down.’ – Heather Opperman

‘Love this book, so different from normal crime books and had me hooked from the very first page.’ – Black Books Blog

‘Wow, Stewart Giles has really pulled it out of the bag this time. This is an awesome read from an author who has really stepped outside the box’ – Books ‘n’ All

‘I was fortunate enough to be able to read this book a week or so. It is AMAZING. Very different, absolutely riveting. A must read for fans of crime fiction with a difference’ – Sandra Brown

ALSO BY STEWART GILES

DS JASON SMITH SERIES
Book 0.5-Phobia
Book 1-Smith
Book 2-Boomerang
Book 3-Ladybird
Book 4-Occam’s Razor
Book 5-Harlequin
Book 6-Selene
Book 7-Horsemen
Book 8-Unworthy
Book 9-Venom
Book 10-Severed

DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Beekeeper
Book 2-The Perfect Murder
Book 3-The Backpacker

DS JASON SMITH &DC HARRIET TAYLOR SERIES
Book 1-The Enigma
Book 2 – Dropzone

THE MIRANDA TRILOGY
Book 1-Miranda
Book 2-Mistress
Book 3-coming soon

Stewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English at 3 Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling around the world with my wife, Ann, finally settling in South Africa, where we still live.
In 2014 Ann dropped a rather large speaker on my head and I came up with the idea for a detective series. DS Jason Smith was born. Smith, the first in the series was finished a few months later.
3 years and 8 DS Smith books later, Joffe Books wondered if I would be interested in working with them. As a self-published author, I agreed. However, we decided on a new series – the DC Harriet Taylor Cornwall series.
The Beekeeper was published and soon hit the number one spot in Australia. The second in the series, The Perfect Murder did just as well.
I continued to self-publish the Smith series and Unworthy hit the shelves in 2018 with amazing results. I therefore made the decision to self-publish The Backpacker which is book 3 in the Detective Harriet Taylor series which was published in July 2018.
After The Backpacker I had an idea for a totally new start to a series – a collaboration between the Smith and Harriet thrillers and The Enigma was born. It brings together the broody, enigmatic Jason Smith and the more level-headed Harriet Taylor.
Miranda is something totally different. A stand-alone psychological thriller, it is a real departure from anything else I’ve written before.

Website
Twitter: @stewartgiles
Facebook

Christmas at the Foyle’s Bookshop – Elaine Roberts

Today’s post is a reminder that Christmas is on its way and how better the spend those cold wet nights snuggled up with a cuppa and this fantastic read…

Victoria’s black shoes clipped the red and black floor tiles as she stepped towards the
doorway of the shop. She stopped and looked over her shoulder at the table where she
had just been sitting with Mr Leadbetter. There was no evidence that they had been
there or of the conversation that had taken place. She hoped she wouldn’t let him
down. A tingle ran through her and a smile lit up her face; she was going to be a floor
manager. She had the urge to jump up and down, clapping her hands. She couldn’t
wait to tell Daisy later, or write to let Stephen know. It would be good to have some
real news in her nightly letters to her brother. Victoria wondered if her parents would have been proud of the three of them. She blinked quickly; of course they would. Her hand slid inside her black skirt pocket. Her slender fingers came into immediate
contact with the crumpled envelope. Taking a deep breath, Victoria pulled back her
shoulders, lifting her head slightly, ready to step through the doorway. Voices filtered
through to the staff area. She froze. Would she know what to do? Her eyes widened.
She folded her arms across her waist, gripping her sides tightly, crumpling the soft
cotton in her fists. Victoria shook her head. Alice or Molly had better experience to do
this job. She had only sat in the payment booth.
A man’s gravel voice reached her. ‘I see the newspapers are saying the Germans
are on the retreat.’ His words were quickly followed by several deep coughs.
‘Let’s hope so,’ a deep voice responded. ‘It’s been nearly three years now and the
longer it goes on, the less chance there is of my sons coming home—’
‘Are you all right?’ a woman’s frail voice interrupted. ‘Shall I get someone?’
The coughing and wheezing continued.
Without a thought, Victoria rushed into the shop, not noticing the gathering of
people watching the scene in front of her. She grabbed one of the many wooden
slatted chairs that were scattered around the edges of the shop, for the man to sit on.
‘Sit still and I’ll get you some water.’ Rushing back into the staff area, she quickly
turned on the cold tap. The water gushed noisily into the sink, drenching everything in
its path, including her white blouse. ‘Damn.’ Victoria jumped to the side and quickly
turned down the tap, before filling a clean cup. She stared down at her wet blouse,
hoped no one would notice it then she rushed back into the shop. The man’s hacking cough was causing some customers to stop and stare, while
others shook their heads and continued about their business.

THE TUPPENNY CHILD – Glenda Young

Headline | 19th September 2019
Paperback | £6.99
Also available in eBook and audio

From the author of Belle of the Back Streets, a dramatically powerful saga
of secrets, friendship, motherhood, love and betrayal, perfect for fans of
Dilly Court and Rosie Goodwin

‘In the world of historical saga writers, there’s a brand new voice’ My Weekly
‘She’s not worth more than tuppence, that child!’ Those are the words that haunt Sadie Linthorpe. She is the talk of Ryhope when she arrives there, aged seventeen, alone, seeking work and a home in the pit village. But Sadie is keeping a secret – she is searching for her baby girl who was taken from her at birth a year ago and cruelly sold by the child’s grandmother.
All that Sadie knows about the family who took her daughter is that they live in Ryhope. And the only thing she knows about her daughter is that when the baby was born, she had a birthmark on one shoulder that resembled a tiny ladybird. But as Sadie’s quest begins, a visitor from her past appears – one who could jeopardise the life she’s
beginning to build and ruin her chances of finding her beloved child for ever…

Praise for Glenda Young:
‘All the ingredients for a perfect saga’ Emma Hornby
‘Glenda has an exceptionally keen eye for domestic detail which brings this local community to vivid, colourful life’ Jenny
Holmes
‘Having always loved sagas, this is one of the best I’ve read’ Margaret Kaine

Glenda Young is an exciting new saga talent and award-winner for her short stories,
having both won and been shortlisted for multiple awards, published in Take a Break
and My Weekly. Glenda also writes Riverside, the first weekly soap opera for The
People’s Friend, the world’s longest running women’s magazine. She credits her local
library in the village of Ryhope, where she grew up, for giving her a love of books.
She runs two hugely popular Coronation Street fan websites which both respectively
have an impressive and international following, with 20k on Facebook, 32k on
Twitter and a mailing list of 4.5k.

For updates on what Glenda is working on, visit her website glendayoungbooks.com
and find her on Facebook: @GlendaYoungAuthor and Twitter: @flaming_nora.

Glenda’s third book PEARL OF PIT LANE will follow in March 2020

A reluctant Spy – Miller Caldwell

Blurb:
Hilda Campbell was born in the north of Scotland in 1889. She married German national Dr Willy Bűttner Richter in 1912. They honeymooned in Scotland and returned to settle in Hamburg. Dr Richter died in 1938. After visiting her ailing parents, Hilda returned to Germany just before the Second World War began. She became a double agent, controlled by Gerhardt Eicke in Germany and Lawrence Thornton in Britain. How could she cope under such strain, and with her son Otto in the German Army? Nor did she expect her evidence to be so cruelly challenged at theNuremberg Trials. Learn of her post-war life, which took her abroad as a British Ambassador’s wife.

This is an extraordinary story based on the life of the author’s great aunt, Hilda. The book includes several authentic accounts.

Information about the Book
Title: A Reluctant Spy
Author: Miller Caldwell
Release Date: 24th September 2019
Genre: Thriller
Page Count: 250
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

To Buy On Amazon

Author Information
I retired at the age of 53 as I found I had mild cognitive impairment MCI. This is a condition which gives me a poor memory but a sharp mind. It was difficult to find work that would take me and so I decided to write books. Sixteen years later, I have written twenty three books with another two yet to be published. I have learned the book writing skills though writing clubs and writers magazines. Over the years I find my writing is much better received. I am seen as a novelist but I have three illustrated children’s books, several biographies and three self help books as well. My website sags with the volume. But I cannot be pigeon holed. It depends what theme obsesses my thinking, as that will be my next book.

I have been on the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and have been their Events Manager. I am due to speak at next year’s Wigtown Book Festival as A Reluctant Spy will be a documentary by then. That reminds me I have an agent. A Literary as well as a Film agent in Mathilde Vuillermoz. With her on board I will release some of my self published books through her. Without an agent it is becoming more difficult to attract traditional publishers. So I remain optimistic and find like a graph, my trajectory is currently on an upswing.

Author Website

Author Twitter Link

Today I am featuring a the author, taking a look at the behind the scenes…

I am asked how did A Reluctant Spy go from draft to finished copy?

The question cannot explain how the book came about and so in a preamble I tell you. It was 30 years ago and the game of Trivial Pursuit began this book. My god-mother, Vera, was asked to identify a German city which had retained its medieval character throughout the ages to the present day. The answer is the city of Regensburg but Vera looked towards the ceiling and in her 90th year, declared she did not want to go to Germany again.
On discussing her reply in detail we learned that her cousin had been a double agent during World War 2. Had she been a spy, then I am sure I would have known about her but a double agent implied she spied for the German Reich as well. That determined my family to keep her story as a dark secret until that moment. From my knowledge about this unusual great aunt, on retirement I wrote about her as the protagonist spy in the Gold Coast which I knew very well. I gave a copy of Operation Oboe to my uncle and his response was to say he enjoyed the book but it was not Hilda’s story. He informed me of most of the missing parts to her life as a double agent and so in 2014, I began to write this book picking up valuable information as the book progressed.
And then it reached its first draft status. As all authors know, that’s far from the finished product. I did a spell check and made sure I did not repeat a phrase or a word too often. Quite satisfied with what I had achieved, it was time for fresh eyes to see it. I send the script to Cornerstones for an edit. I accepted most of the edits but there was something that I could not put my finger on. I sent it to the Society of Editors and a final edit was supplied. Well, not the final check after all. I had acquired a good Aberdonian friend who lived in France as an interpreter and translator. I told him about the book and sent it to him. His fresh eyes sharpened the text and he refused all charges for his services. By this time I had acquired film agent in Mathilde Vuillermoz, after I released a press release she came across. I sent the book to Clink Street Publishers who responded with an Amendments sheet to make any final changes. By this time I knew I had written a very important book and wanted it to be perfect. I had never been so protective of a book before. After a week or two I re-read the book and found the howler. I had placed the Atom bomb on Hiroshima out of sequence. That meant a few more amendment pages. I must acknowledge that Clink Street Publishers were very patient and were true to their word in not publishing a book until the author is satisfied it is ready.
By the time you read this article, the book will have been published. Its date of entry to the book world will be on 24th September 2019. However the super news is that the script has already been bought by Arte Films in France and they wish to make it a multi-language documentary after which Mathilde will strive to get a film contract underway. This will be my 23rd book. None has had this attention before. But I know it is a unique story and undoubtedly my best book…so far.

Blackpool’s Angel – Maggie Mason

Today I am opening up the tour for this awesome book.
Tilly has come a long way from the run-down tenements in which she grew up. She has a small but comfortable home, a loving, handsome husband, two beautiful little’uns, and she earns herself a little money weaving wicker baskets. Life is good.

Until the day Tilly returns home to find a policeman standing on her doorstep. Her Arthur won’t be coming home tonight – nor any night – having fallen to his death whilst working on Blackpool tower. Suddenly Tilly is her daughters’ sole protector, and she’s never felt more alone.

With the threat of destitution nipping at their heels, Tilly struggles to make ends meat and keep a roof over her girls’ head. In a town run by men Tilly has to ask herself what she’s willing to do to keep her family together and safe – and will it be enough?

I think this is a truly wonderful novel. (Although I have been told I can’t call anything that can be published electronically a novel or book)

From the beginning you are encapsulated into the world of Tilly, with this you are then on a non stop rollercoaster (A bit like the big one at Blackpool Pleasure Beach) of the highs a lows… (I’m.not saying anything else as you all need to read this!)

🎉🎉🎉Happy Publication Day!!! 🎉🎉🎉

The Quiet Ones

3
They’d pulled out all the stops with this one. One of Scotland’s most prominent businessmen found hanging from a rope with his tongue cut off was major-league, even for Glasgow. Alec Davies stood at the front of the incident room, a mixture of plain-clothed and uniformed cops filling the front two rows, Jim and Toria slightly to his left. He’d already gone over the bare facts, which were scant to say the least, not that that stopped press speculation. Hardly surprising really. They were baying for blood and demanding answers. Davies wondered what the collective name for photographers was. He’d managed to avoid the mob this morning only because he’d stayed overnight at the station, grabbing a couple of hours’ shut-eye before trying to drag himself awake with a shower and a shave.
This wasn’t going to be easy and the Chief Constable would have his balls on a plate if he didn’t shut this one down quick-style. Despite the press speculation that the streets of Glasgow were no longer safe as long as this crazed killer was on the loose, Davies doubted they would strike anywhere else. This killer had targeted Harry Nugent for a reason and was unlikely to be a danger to anyone else. But they were still dangerous – make no mistake. He took a strange comfort in the fact, however, that in the wake of such a horror the streets were indeed safer – for a few nights at least – as revellers cancelled plans, and even the die-hard neds chose instead to stay where they knew they’d be safe.
Behind him, the incident board read like a who’s who of Scottish sports stars, as well as the usual suspects. Family, close friends, relatives, anyone who’d been connected with Nugent. But it was now running into hundreds of people.
They were waiting for the full post-mortem report, but he’d spoken to the pathologist earlier. Rosemary Gardner was the best they had. Her initial findings were that Nugent had been drugged, then died from asphyxiation through hanging. Lesions around his wrists and his ankles suggested plastic ties had been used as restraints. Despite a detailed search, the ties had not been found, suggesting the killer took the time to remove them. His tongue too, had been sliced off post-mortem, which would account for the lack of blood and the fact his wife had initially thought it was suicide. This was no frenzied, random attack. Nugent had clearly been up to his neck in something, had clearly pissed off someone big style. This was some fucking grudge which bore all the hallmarks of a gangland-style execution.
‘The killer might well have paid some heavies to do his dirty work for him.’ Toria looked shattered; Davies guessed she didn’t get much sleep last night. ‘It’s a bit of a high risk strategy doing that lot on your own… and besides…’
‘Stating the bleeding obvious…’ DS Gilroy shifted in his seat. Davies had worked alongside him in the same station, on and off, for years.
‘Yeah,’ he replied, ‘but she did state it, which is more than you’ve done so far, Gilroy, so can we just work together on this one?’ Davies checked Gilroy’s smirk as he glanced around the room. You could read a lot into one expression, and from the look on Gilroy’s face came the suggestion that Davies fancied Toria and was cutting her more than the usual bit of slack. He felt weary, and not just because of this case. The thought of coming across as a sad old git fancying a girl young enough to be his daughter, or grand-daughter in some parts of Glasgow, left a bitter taste in his mouth. Truth was she was a good copper; she had an unusual way of looking at things and Davies knew that a fresh eye could often see minor details that a jaded eye could miss. Davies caught Gilroy’s eye and mouthed fuck off under his breath before continuing.

The Vagabond Mother – Tracey Scott-Townsend

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…

Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.

Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.

Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

To Purchase This Click Here

Wicked by Design – Katie Moran

Today I am featuring an extract from Katie Moran…

Extract

Crow briefly closed his eyes, turning to walk rapidly to the window. ‘Kitto did more than vex me, although God knows I didn’t deal with him as I should have. Do you think I don’t wonder why he kept refusing his leave, and why he hasn’t come home, even though MacArthur said he ought to be here by Christmas? It shouldn’t have taken him more than one month to sail from St Petersburg, and it’s been two.’ He sensed Hester standing close behind him, knowing that the moonlight would be shining through the fine linen of her nightgown. ‘You must know that I would never hurt the maid,’ he said to her in Cornish, holding on hard to the windowsill. He had done so much that was wrong. He didn’t deserve this woman; he didn’t deserve their child, asleep in the nursery. He turned and against all odds she put her hands behind his head and kissed him, her fingers light against the sweat-damp skin at the nape of his neck. He ran his hands down her back, with only that gossamer layer of linen between his fingers and her naked skin; lifting his wife again, he carried her to the bed, and the curtains at the windows and around the bed had all been left undrawn, heavy velvet shifting in an easterly wind coming in through the casement he always left open; he’d never been able to sleep in an airless room. At last, he laid her on the bed and knelt before her in supplication, sliding that profligate nightgown up around her waist and brushing the inside of her thigh with kiss after kiss, higher and higher, until her fingers curled in his hair, pulling it tight.
‘I love you,’ he said, and then kissed her there again so that she arched her back as she lay on the bed, ‘you and only you, Hester.’
‘You are so shockingly badly behaved—’ She broke off, liquescent and incoherent, clutching at his hair again when he cupped the round warmth of her rear in his hands, and as he did so, there was a knock on the door that persisted even after his imperious dismissal, but she had already curled away from him, tugging down her nightgown.
Hester sighed. ‘You must go – whatever it can be at this time of night.’
By the time Crow reached the door and turned the handle, still dizzy with desire but his every sense now also surging with the urge to fight or to flee, he found Hughes once more, still dressed, holding a glowing Davy lamp, his face alive with alarming panic, dark skin sheened with sweat.
‘It’s the Deliverance, your honour – that caravel of Sir Hawkins Boscobel’s,’ Hughes said. ‘They say she foundered for some reason right out beyond the cove, and the tide and the wind will soon have her smashed into pieces against Carn Du.’
And for the briefest moment Crow remembered lying on the Belle’s bowsprit when he was a midshipman at twelve years old, watching the sea sparkle and heave far below, knowing even as dolphins played in the spray as they crossed Biscay that this same ocean might easily one day be his grave. He turned to Hester: there was no choice.
‘I know,’ she said, tears standing in her eyes. ‘I know you must go, but be careful. Do you understand?’
She came to take his hands and he loved her with all the force of his being. ‘Of course,’ he said, knowing this might well be the last thing he said to her, ‘I’m ever your obedient servant, my dear.’
‘The chance would be a fine thing,’ Hester said, and kissed him. ‘Now go.’
He reached the top of the stairs at a run, knowing that he was almost certainly too late to save a single life on board the Deliverance, and that he might be lost himself in the attempt, but that he still must try.

About the book

1819.
CORNWALL.
Four women sit in the candlelit drawing-room at Nansmornow, an ancient Cornish manor house. The air is thick with unspoken suspicion and secret malice. As Hester Lamorna pours tea for her three guests, she has no idea one of them is about to rock her new marriage to its very foundations.
ST PETERSBURG.
Half a world away, Hester’s impossible and charmismatic husband, Jack ‘Crow’ Crowlas, will be caught up in a chess game of sexual manipulation, played out across the sumptuous ballrooms of St Petersburg. All Hester and Crow hold most dear will be tested to the limit and beyond: their love for each other and their child, and for Crow, the loyalty of his only brother.
About the author

Katy Moran is a Carnegie nominated author, she write high-octane Regency romance, which include, muskets, gunpowder, Cornwall and Russia. She writes that when she is inspired by a new place ‘Regency England, Cornwall, Russia, the ancient palace of Fontainebleau — I want to actually be there. I want to take you there too, in the company of complex characters that you will fall a little (or a lot) in love with on the way.’

Follow Katy:
Twitter: @KatyjaMoran

Buy links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MdEAQu
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2Kv8Qo3
iBooks: https://apple.co/2YK1DsX
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YK1CoT

Follow Aria

Website: www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafiction

Best Friends Forever – Dawn Goodwin

About the book
Have you ever wanted to kill your best friend?
Anna was the perfect wife. Perfect mother. Perfect woman. And now she’s dead.
Leaving behind her husband, David, and two young children their lives will never be
the same. But Vicky will make sure life goes on…
These two women have been best friends forever, a lifetime of secrets lies between
them and now Vicky is ready to step up into Anna’s perfect shoes. But not everything
is as it seems and as David begins to question Vicky’s motives for walking into his
life things might just get a little murderous.
The question on everyone’s lips is, who killed Anna? And what actually happened on
the night she died?
Perfect for fans of The Rumour, The Silent Patient and The Suspect.

About the author
Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to write
about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly. Married,
she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.

Follow Dawn:
Twitter: @DGoodwinAuthor
Facebook: @DGoodwinAuthor

Pre-order links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2LtNutv
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2LwIZ1C
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2YyD64W
iBooks: https://apple.co/2OE5tzk

Follow Aria
Website: www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafictionBest Friends Forever – Dawn Goodwin


Dead Inside – Noelle Holten

Book Description:

‘Hugely confident … harrowing, visceral … recommended’ Ian Rankin

‘Kept me hooked’ Angela Marsons

‘An excellent read’ Martina Cole

‘Gritty, dark and chilling’ Mel Sherratt

A dark and gripping debut crime novel – the first in a stunning series – from a huge new talent.

The killer is just getting started…

When three wife beaters are themselves found beaten to death, DC Maggie Jamieson knows she is facing her toughest case yet.

The police suspect that Probation Officer Lucy Sherwood – who is connected to all three victims – is hiding a dark secret. Then a fourth domestic abuser is brutally murdered.

And he is Lucy’s husband.

Now the police are running out of time, but can Maggie really believe her friend Lucy is a cold-blooded killer?

My Opinion

I had waited so long to read this I cannot convey how excited it was. Firstly the beautiful cover and captivating title.

The plot did not disappoint and I could not put this down.

I thought the characters were likable/realistic and the plot kept twisting.

I cannot wait for the next installment Noelle…

Author Bio:
Noelle Holten is an award-winning blogger at www.crimebookjunkie.co.uk. She is the PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture, a leading digital publisher in the UK, and a regular reviewer on the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast. Noelle worked as a Senior Probation Officer for eighteen years, covering a variety of cases including those involving serious domestic abuse. She has three Hons BA’s – Philosophy, Sociology (Crime & Deviance) and Community Justice – and a Masters in Criminology. Noelle’s hobbies include reading, author-stalking and sharing the #booklove via her blog.
Dead Inside is her debut novel with Killer Reads/Harper Collins UK and the start of a new series featuring DC Maggie Jamieson.

Connect with Noelle on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@nholten40) https://twitter.com/nholten40

Instagram: @crimebookjunkie

One for the road – Morgen Bailey

Book Description:
Panicked at killing a man on a Northamptonshire country road, drunk driver Liam Ross buries the body in the woods. The man was an undercover cop. When Liam returns to the woods… the body has disappeared.

Set in present-day Northamptonshire, England, ‘One for the Road’ focuses on three interweaving threads: the repercussions for drunk driver Liam Ross after he hits a man on a country road when yet another argument with live-in nurse girlfriend, Jo, has driven him to the pub on that fateful night; gang underling Barry ‘Not Gary’ Newman; and newly married Todd Litten aka Neil Ryder, the policeman who was just doing his job.
Extract:

DCI Clive Allen grunted as he put down the phone. He took a sip of coffee, stood up, and looked through his office’s windows into the open-plan section of the second floor. He spotted the man he wanted and beckoned him into his office.

Todd knocked on the door and Clive nodded.

“I’ve got a job for you.”

Todd raised his eyebrows.

“Undercover. Could be for a few weeks. Can you handle it?”

Todd smiled. “Absolutely, boss.”

“Not too soon?”

Todd looked down at his new wedding ring then back at Clive and shook his head. “Yvonne knows how short staffed we are.”

Clive pushed a file across his desk. “Great. Take a seat.”

Todd opened the file and read the first sheet. “Neil Ryder?”

“We wanted something ordinary.”

“That’s my brother-in-law’s name.”

“It needed to be something you’d answer to.”

“Makes sense.” Todd turned over another page. “Drugs. Guns.” He whistled. “Heavy stuff.”

“It’s all in there but if you don’t think–”

“Oh, no. It’s… it’ll be fine. Thanks.”

“It’s a small operation, just three men as far as we know but negligible info. on the ringleader. Need more there.”

Todd held up the file.

“Yeah,” Clive replied. “Take it, study it. Get some non-descript clothes. Black, grey, brown. Something so no one will notice.”

“What about tatts?”

“Tatts?”

“Tattoos.”

“What about them?”

“Should I get one?”

“Do you want one?”

Todd shrugged and pointed to his ring finger. “The wife wouldn’t like it.”

“Not all bad guys have tattoos. Real life’s not like the films, you know.”

“Yeah, I do.” Todd held up the file. “Thanks. I won’t let you down.”

Clive nodded. “You weren’t my first choice but I know you’ll do a good job.”

Todd hesitated at the half-compliment. “Thanks.” He held the file in one hand and closed the door behind him with the other.

Author Bio:

Morgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, writing competitions magazine columnist and judge, blogger, and speaker.
Her website is www.morgenbailey.wordpress.com, email is morgen@morgenbailey.com, she is morgenwriteruk on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/morgenbailey) and wherever books can be ordered.
Links:

Being Someone

Blurb
Being Someone is a life story, a love story, a human story.

James has fallen through life, plotting a course of least resistance, taking each day as it comes and waiting for that indefinable something to turn up, to give his story meaning. His journey lacks one vital element a fellow traveller. Then he meets Lainey. Confident. Beautiful. Captivating. And James rewrites himself to win her heart. Lainey gives James a reason to grow, paints a bright future, promises the happy ending he has sought so keenly. But when we discover we can live the greatest story of all, are we able to share the pages with someone else?

Being Someone is an emotive tale of love, of self-discovery and adventure a story of the eternal search for happiness in another, without ultimately losing ourselves.

Buy Link

https://amzn.to/2lu7mQS

Follow us on Twitter…

@turntheoage171

@UrbaneBooks

#LoveBooksTours

@ade_harvey

The women of Mulberry Lane – Rosie Clarke

The Last of the Mulberry Lane Books/ Rosie Clarke

I was asked recently if I was sorry that the series had come to an end in “The
Women of Mulberry Lane,” and the answer is that it is always a wrench to leave
behind characters you’ve come to know so well. So yes, I shall miss them, and
perhaps one day I might write a standalone book entitled Reunion at Mulberry
Lane. At the moment that is far in the future as I am writing a new series.
The Mulberry Lane title was arrived at between my editor and I. My editor
wanted it to be Something at a certain place so that we could give a sense of being a part of somewhere. I liked Mulberry Lane and so it began to take shape.
When I first had the idea it was for three women’s lives during the war, but it
grew and grew and became a community. The people of the lane were so real to
me and certain bits were based on facts I knew about true lives, though altered
and changed. Because they reflected what I knew and heard and experienced, they became real. The characters dominated the books and the stories came
from the folk brought to life in the first books. It is for me the only way. If I don’t believe in a character he or she doesn’t live and must be ruthlessly
scrubbed out.
Much of my London life scenes come from the visits and holidays I spent with
my grandmother and Uncle Tom in one of the London suburbs as a young child.
I visited many of the places that feature in my various books, including Petticoat
Lane, where I was told to keep tight hold of my purse. I saw the vacant spaces,
grass growing through concrete where they had not yet been built over after the
destruction of the war, rode on buses and went down the Mall for the
coronation. I also went swimming in the local lido.

THE WOMEN OF MULBERRY LANE –
ROSIE CLARKE
*
Rose looked at the young soldier walking up the street towards her and started to
giggle. She saluted smartly.
‘As I live and breathe, it’s Captain Tom Barton…’ she teased.
‘Don’t be daft, Rose,’ Tom said and smiled good-naturedly, because this was what
he’d always liked so much about her. ‘I’m only a private. I’ve finished the first part of
my training and they will be posting me somewhere when I go back, but I haven’t had
time to get promoted yet.’
‘You will,’ Rose replied, her eyes sparkling. ‘I fully expect to see a captain’s
badge before long.’
‘You don’t change.’ Tom’s eyes went over her appreciatively and he asked the
question he’d wanted to ask since he got back. ‘Are you married to Jimmy yet?’
‘He’s getting leave at Christmas,’ Rose said. ‘Peggy will put a little do on for us at
the Pig & Whistle, but it will just be a civil service. Jimmy says it’s daft having a
white wedding. We’ve been living together in your old house for the past few months
whenever he got home.’
‘You deserve a lovely white wedding,’ Tom said and something in his eyes and his
voice made her feel sad. Jimmy thought it was enough to put a ring on her finger. ‘If
you’d chosen me, I’d have insisted on it…’
‘Maybe I should’ve done,’ Rose chirped back, but she knew it had always been
Jimmy for her and she didn’t really believe that Tom was in love with her. He was a
couple of years younger and, although he no longer seemed like the young boy she’d
mocked in the grocery shop, she still couldn’t take him seriously. ‘Well, I’ve got to—

She was interrupted as a young boy came running from the pub archway, clearly
intent on escape. Maggie Ryan rushed after him and behind them was a harassed-
looking Janet. She grabbed her daughter and Freddie threw himself at Rose’s legs
giggling in excitement. She caught him up and held him above her head, her eyes
filled with mischief as she looked up at him. He was clearly pleased with himself for
escaping.
‘They had a fight with Fay,’ Janet said in an exasperated tone. ‘Maggie’s nursery
school packed up early for Christmas and the three of them cannot agree for five
minutes. Fay is a spiteful little thing and these two ganged up to punish her.’
‘Oh dear…’ Rose raised her brows at Tom. He reached out for Freddie, who was
struggling to get away from her now. He lifted him up and, amazingly, Freddie
quietened, his soft grey eyes filled with curiosity. His grubby little hands patted at
Tom’s face as he attempted to say the word soldier. Rose grinned wickedly.
‘Salute Capn’ Tom, Freddie…’
Freddie giggled and put the back of his hand to his forehead. It was a game Rose
played with him often. Now that Peggy’s husband was away in the isolation centre,
Rose often went round to the pub in the evenings. Sometimes she helped in the bar for
a while, but at other times she would pass the evening drinking cocoa or coffee, if
they could get it, with Janet. When the twins woke, Rose went up to them and played
games with them. She liked Freddie much better than his twin, though she never let
anyone see, especially Fay, but the little boy had a sweet nature combined with an
adventurous spirit, and she’d played soldiers with him often. He reminded Rose of the

BookBathBrew

The Perfect Way to Spend an Evening

Love Books Group

Book Talk - Marketing - Book Tours

BOOKS FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

Each night I TRAVEL THE WORLD, I LIVE IN THE MIND OF KILLERS AND WALK AT THE SIDE OF HEROES

Books n All Promotions

Social Media Promotion

bytheletterbookreviews

Book reviews and more

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

Create your website at WordPress.com
Get started