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Blog Tour & Guest Post: Undertow by Anthony J Quinn

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Title: Undertow
Author: Anthony J Quinn
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 14 December 2017

Twitter: @ajpquinn

Today I’m featuring a book that I am hugely looking forward to reading - Undertow by Anthony J Quinn. Undertow is book 5 in Quinn's Inspector Celcius Daly series. I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour to support the publication of Undertow and my thanks to Blake Brooks from Head of Zeus for inviting me to take part and for the review copy of Undertow which is on my TBR pile for the upcoming Christmas holidays.
Thanks also to the author, Anthony J Quinn for providing the interesting guest post below, providing some further explanation about the backdrop to the book and the author's reasoning behind his choice of a rural rather than city setting.

Blog Tour & Book Review: Just One Time by K.S. Hunter

Friday, 8 December 2017

Thank you to K.S. Hunter for inviting me to be a part of the blog tour for Just One Time and to Rachel Gilbey for arranging the tour.

Title: Just One Time
Author: K. S. Hunter
Publisher: self-published
Publication date: 7 December 2017

Facebook: author.kshunter


Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart. 

Book Review: A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Title: A Song for Tomorrow
Author:  Alice Peterson
Publication Date: 9 February 2017

Twitter: @AlicePeterson1


Tom fell in love with Alice the moment he saw her. He realises that being with her will not be easy, but she is a force of nature, a burst of sunlight in his otherwise ordinary world. 

Some people might look at Alice and think she has everything, but Alice knows she is not like other women. Her life is complicated, unpredictable, difficult. Alice does not like pity. All she wants to do, has ever wanted to do, is sing.

Alice has been told not to follow her dreams. But when fate has already dealt a tough hand, it’s time to stop listening to everyone else and only follow their hearts.

Book Review: The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton (BATC #BookClub)

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Title: The Woman at Number 24
Author: Juliet Ashton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: 20th April 2017


When your marriage falls apart, the last place you'd want your husband to move to is downstairs. Unfortunately for Sarah, up in the eaves at number 24, her ex-husband now lives one floor beneath her with his new wife. Their happiness floats up through the floorboards, taunting her.
A child psychologist, Sarah has picked up great sadness from the little girl, Una, who lives with her careworn mother three floors below, but is Sarah emotionally equipped to reach out?
The Spring brings a new couple to the house. Jane and Tom's zest for life revives the flagging spirits, and Sarah can't deny the instant attraction to handsome Tom. Having seen at first hand what infidelity does to people, she'll never act on it ... but the air fizzes with potential.

The sunshine doesn't reach every corner of number 24, however. Elderly Mavis, tucked away in the basement, has kept the world at bay for decades. She's about to find out that she can't hide forever.

Blog Tour: Whiteout by Ragnar Jonasson

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Title: Whiteout

Author: Ragnar Jonasson (translated by Quentin Blake)

Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication Date: 1 November 2017

Twitter: @ragnarjo

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Ragnar Jonasson's latest installment in the Dark Iceland series - Whiteout.


Two days before Christmas, a young woman is found dead beneath the cliffs of the deserted village of Kalfshamarvik. Did she jump, or did something more sinister take place beneath the lighthouse and the abandoned old house on the remote rocky outcrop? With winter closing in and the snow falling relentlessly, Ari Thor Arason discovers that the victim's mother and young sister also lost their lives in this same spot, twenty-five years earlier...

Cover Reveal: Just One Time by K.S. Hunter

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Today I'm delighted to share the cover for Just One Time by K.S. Hunter, due to be published on 7 December 2017.  So, without further ado, let's take a look at the fabulous cover....

Just One Time is the first novel from K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Has that caught your interest? If so, keep on reading.... 

Blog Tour & Review: The Country Set by Fiona Walker

Saturday, 28 October 2017

I am very exited to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Country Set by Fiona Walker.

I first read one of Fiona's books around 20 years ago and I still get hugely excited when I hear that a new one is about to be released!

Title: The Country Set (Compton Magna #1)
Author: Fiona Walker
Publisher: House of Zeus
Publication Date: 5 October 2017

Twitter: @fionawalkeruk


Love affairs, village rivalries, horses, jealousy and secrets – fans of Fiona Walker’s bestselling Hugo and Tash novels will relish this return to her classic territory with a whole new cast of Cotswold village characters.

Compton Magna and Compton Bagot sit high on the Fosse Hills to either side of the Gloucestershire/Warwickshire border, just half a mile apart. They form the backdrop to this rich story of old secrets and new rivalries, as glamorous Ronnie Ledwell returns to take up the reins of her father’s stud farm, years after she scandalised family and friends by eloping with her lover, abandoning both husband and children.

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Today I have the pleasure of joining the blog tour for Antti Tuomainen’s new novel, The Man Who Died, as organised by Anne Cater from 'Random Things Through My Letterbox' on behalf of Orenda Books.

Title: The Man Who Died
Author: Antti Tuomainen
Publisher: OrendaBooks
Publication Date: 10 October 2017

Twitter: @antti_tuomainen


A successful entrepreneur in the mushroom industry, Jaakko Kaunismaa is a man in his prime. At just 37 years of age, he is shocked when his doctor tells him that he’s dying. What is more, the cause is discovered to be prolonged exposure to toxins; in other words, someone has slowly but surely been poisoning him. Determined to find out who wants him dead, Jaakko embarks on a suspenseful rollercoaster journey full of unusual characters, bizarre situations and unexpected twists. With a nod to Fargo and the best elements of the Scandinavian noir tradition, The Man Who Died is a page-turning thriller brimming with the blackest comedy surrounding life and death, and love and betrayal, marking a stunning new departure for the King of Helsinki Noir.  

Blog Tour & Book Review: Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy

Friday, 20 October 2017

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Fatal Masquerade, the new book from Vivian Conroy and number 4 in the Lady Alkmene Mystery Series.

Title: Fatal Masquerade
Author: Vivian Conroy
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 9 October 2017


Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger… 

Blog Tour & Extract: Three Weddings and a Scandal by Wendy Holden

It’s my turn on the blog tour for Wendy Holden’s new novel, Three Weddings and a Scandal.

Title: Three Weddings and a Scandal
Author: Wendy Holden
Publication Date: 7 September 2017
Publisher: Head of Zeus

A big thank you to Head of Zeus for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour and for providing the following extract for you to read... 


If you want to know how the story progresses, you can buy your own copy using the links below:


Book Review: A Girl Called Love (formerly called The Last Honeytrap) by Louise Lee

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Title: A Girl Called Love (originally called The Last Honeytrap)
Author: Louise Lee
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 28 July 2016

Twitter:  @louise_lee1


Scott 'Scat' Delaney is a world famous jazz singer. He has ample opportunity to stray and his girlfriend, Alice, needs to know she can trust him.

Step up Florence Love, Private Investigator.

Florence has just ten days to entrap an A-Lister. Whilst sticking to her cardinal rule: One kiss, with tongues, five seconds - case closed.

Book Review: Conditional Love by Cathy Bramley

Monday, 16 October 2017

Title: Conditional Love
Author: Cathy Bramley
Publisher: Transworld Digital
Publication Date: 2 December 2014

Twitter: @CathyBramley


What surprises might life have in store for you?

A takeaway, TV and tea with two sugars is about as exciting as it gets for thirty-something Sophie Stone. Sophie’s life is safe and predictable, which is just the way she likes it, thank you very much.

But when a mysterious benefactor leaves her an inheritance, Sophie has to accept that change is afoot. There is one big catch: in order to inherit, Sophie must agree to meet the father she has never seen.

Book Review: The Hollow Men (Dr Harry Kent Book 1) by Rob McCarthy

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Hollow Men
Author: Rob McCarthy
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: 25 February 2016

Twitter: @_Rob_McCarthy


A new must-read crime series for fans of Mark Billingham and Sarah Hilary: introducing Harry Kent, a police surgeon working with the Met, determined to help those the world would rather brush aside.

Dr Harry Kent: former Army medic, hospital registrar, police surgeon, drug addict and defender of anyone the world would rather brush aside. His critics say he has a weakness for lost causes.

There are some problems Harry can't solve. His guilt, his lack of sleep, his fractured relationships.

But when he sits down across from a sick teenager, he knows what to do - even if that teenager is armed. 

Blog Tour & Revew: Bluebird Bluebird by Attica Locke

Friday, 6 October 2017

I am delighted to host today's stop on the blog tour for Attica Locke's new novel Bluebird Bluebird.

Title: Bluebird Bluebird
Author: Attica Locke
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Publication date: 28 September 2017

Twitter: @atticalocke


Southern fables usually go the other way around. A white woman is killed or harmed in some way, real or imagined, and then, like the moon follows the sun, a black man ends up dead.

But when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules - a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger working the backwoods towns of Highway 59, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about his home state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

Cover Reveal: Sharp Edge by Marianne Delacourt

Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Today I'm excited to be in a position to reveal the cover for Marianne Delacourt's new novel, Sharp Edge (book 4 in the Tara Sharp series).

Without further ado, here it is....

Blog Tour: Miss Seeton Quilts the Village by Hamilton Crane & Heron Carvic

Sunday, 10 September 2017

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for Miss Seeton Quilts the Village by Hamilton Crane and Heron Carvic

Title: Miss Seeton Quilts the Village
Author: Hamilton Crane
Publisher: FarragoPress
Publication Date: 7 September 2017


It's practically a Royal Marriage! The highly eligible son of Miss Seeton's old friends Sir George and Lady Colveden has wed the daughter of a French count. Miss Seeton lends her talents to the village scheme to create a quilted Bayeux Tapestry of local history, inspired by the wedding. But her intuitive sketches reveal a startlingly different perspective involving buried Nazi secrets, and links to the mysterious death of a diplomat and to a South American dictator . . . Serene amidst every kind of skulduggery, this eccentric English spinster steps in where Scotland Yard stumbles, armed with nothing more than her sketchpad and umbrella!

Book Review: Death in Profile by Guy Fraser-Sampson

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Title: Death in Profile
Publication Date: 17 March 2016

Twitter: @GuyFSAuthor


The genteel fa├žade of London’s Hampstead is shattered by a series of terrifying murders, and the ensuing police hunt is threatened by internal politics, and a burgeoning love triangle within the investigative team. Pressurised by senior officers desperate for a result a new initiative is clearly needed, but what?

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Monday, 14 August 2017

Title: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Author: Natasha Pulley
Publication Date: 2 July 2015 (ebook) or 14 July 2016 (paperback)

Twitter: @natasha_pulley


In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. When the watch saves Thaniel's life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely Japanese immigrant. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library, desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry.

Cover Reveal: Fatal Masquerade by Vivian Conroy

Sunday, 6 August 2017
Today on the blog we have the exciting cover reveal for Vivian Conroy's upcoming book - Fatal Masquerade.

Fatal Masquerade is the fourth book in the Lady Alkmene cosy mystery series and follows Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois in a gripping new adventure at a masked ball. 

Without further ado, here's the cover....

Book Review: One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

Friday, 4 August 2017

Title: One Little Mistake
Author: Emma Curtis
Publisher: Transworld Digital and Black Swan
Publication Date: 23 February 2017 (ebook) and 15 June 2017 (paperback)

Twitter: @emmacurtisbooks



Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there's only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you're careless with those you love, you don't deserve to keep them . . .

Book Review: The Girl in the Spider's Web (continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series) by David Lagercrantz

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Title: The Girl in the Spider's Web
Author: David Lagercrantz
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Publication Date: 7 April 2016


Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist have not been in touch for some time.

Then Blomkvist is contacted by renowned Swedish scientist Professor Balder. Warned that his life is in danger, but more concerned for his son's well-being, Balder wants Millennium to publish his story - and it is a terrifying one.

More interesting to Blomkvist than Balder's world-leading advances in Artificial Intelligence, is his connection with a certain female superhacker.

It seems that Salander, like Balder, is a target of ruthless cyber gangsters - and a violent criminal conspiracy that will very soon bring terror to the snowbound streets of Stockholm, to the Millennium team, and to Blomkvist and Salander themselves.

Book Events: Beauty & the Beast Screening, Afternoon Tea & Book Swap

Saturday, 29 July 2017

This time last week I had the pleasure of attending a special screening celebrating Disney’s DVD/Blu-ray release on 17th July of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, followed by an afternoon tea and book swap.

The event was arranged by the lovely Juliana Fenton from Premier and it was a lovely surprise to receive the invitation.

The event started at 10am, so after a bleary-eyed trek into London, I arrived at the Covent Garden Hotel where I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of a conference room (as I had anticipated), the hotel actually has a private screening room downstairs which I estimate seats around 40-50 people in total.

Book Review: My Mother's Shadow by Nikola Scott

Monday, 17 July 2017

Title: My Mother’s Shadow
Author: Nikola Scott
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 30 May 2017

Twitter: @nikola_scott

Rating: 4 out of 5


Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets...

1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous...

Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie's sister, she is stunned. Is everything she's been told about her early life a lie?

How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of...and the one night that changed a young girl's life for ever. 

Book Review: What Alice Knew by T.A. Cotterell

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Title: What Alice Knew
Author: T. A. Cotterell
Publisher: Transworld Books
Publication Date: 1 December 2016 –ePub ; 4 May 2017 - Paperback

Twitter: @TACotterell1

Rating: 4 stars


How far would you go to keep a secret?

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

Book Review: Woman of the Hour by Jane Lythell

Monday, 29 May 2017

Title: Woman of the Hour

Author: Jane Lythell

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Publication Date: 14 July 2016

Twitter: @janelythell

Rating: 4 Stars


Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother.

StoryWorld is the nation's favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.

But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn't know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?

In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.

Blog Tour & Review: Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski

Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Title: Six Stories
Author: Matt Wesolowski
Publisher: Orenda Books
Publication date: 20 December 2016

Twitter: @concretekraken

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for SIX STORIES by Matt Wesolowski.

Blog Tour & Review: The Little Theatre by the Sea by Rosanna Ley

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Title: The Little Theatre by the Sea
Author: Rosanna Ley
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: 9 March 2017

I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for The Little Theatre by the Sea, the new release from Rosanna Ley.


Faye has just completed her degree in interior design when she finds herself jobless and boyfriend-less. While debating what to do next she receives a surprise phone call from her old college friend Charlotte who now lives in Sardinia and is married to Italian hotelier, Fabio.When Charlotte suggests that Faye relocate for a month to house-sit, Faye wonders if a summer break in sunny Sardinia might be the perfect way to recharge her batteries and think about her future. But then Charlotte tells Faye that there's something more behind the sudden invitation: her friends Marisa and Alessandro are looking for a designer to renovate a crumbling old theatre they own in the scenic village of Deriu. The idea certainly sounds appealing to Faye, but little does she know what she's letting herself in for if she accepts this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 


Thanks to Quercus for providing me with an advanced copy of The Little Theatre by the Sea and inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

The story follows Faye Forrester who, having from University after successfully completing her degree in Interior Design, finds herself flying to Sardinia to housesit for her school friend, Charlotte and her entrepreneurial husband Fabio. Faye’s visit has a dual purpose as she is also asked to advise on the renovation of a little village theatre. Unfortunately Faye soon finds herself unwittingly caught in the middle of a long-standing feud between the Deriu villagers and the Rinaldi family as to the ownership of the theatre.

The first thing to mention about this story is the setting. Ley does a fantastic job of transporting the reader into life in the relaxed, sun-kissed town of Deriu. She successfully captures the feeling of village life in Sardinia through her descriptions of the hidden coves, secret beaches and mouth-watering food. Whilst Sardinia is the predominate setting, Ley also takes her time to describe the charming historical county of Dorset, with its clifftop walks and small market towns – a quintessentially English setting.

The main draw for me whilst reading The Little Theatre by the Sea were the layers of history and long-held secrets which tie the characters to their lives. As those layers very gradually unfold, we learn more about those characters and their ties to either their families and/or to the theatre.

The way the story is told allows some fluidity to the characters. My feelings about them changed as the plot unfolded and this added some interest to the story. My main interest lay with the supporting characters of Pascale de Montis and Faye’s mother Molly – two characters so deeply affected by the past that they almost find it difficult to live in the present.

The story is told at a gentle pace which seems to mirror the pace of life in sunny Sardinia. It is only towards the very end that the pieces of the story are all tied together in quite a dramatic ending. It certainly held my interest until the end!

Overall, The Little Theatre by the Sea is an enjoyable read. Although, a word of warning, don’t read this book in the winter like I did as it makes you simply crave a holiday! It combines sunshine, beautiful settings, scrumptious food, romance and a little bit of intrigue – perfect for a summer read.

About the Author

Rosanna Ley is the bestselling author of novels including Return to Mandalay and The Villa and Last Dance in Havana. She has sold well over a million copies of her books. In February 2015 Return to Mandalay was shortlisted for the RNA Award for the Epic Romantic Novel. She has written numerous articles and short stories for magazines, and her novels have been published in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania, Turkey and the Czech Republic. The Villa is also published by Quercus in the US. 

Rosanna has also worked as a creative writing tutor for over 20 years. She has led courses for colleges and universities in England, and runs her own writing retreats in the UK and abroad in Italy and Spain. She has worked with community groups in therapeutic settings and completed an MA in Creative Writing for Personal Development in order to support this. She also runs a manuscript appraisal service to appraise and mentor the work of new writers.  She is married with children and lives in Dorset.  

Buy Links

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