December 2018 6×6

6 great stories by these 6 great writers! Another brilliant 6×6! Always a lovely evening. Looking forward to the next one in March 😊

6x6 Writers Cafe

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LtoR Peter Coleborn, June Palmer, Alison Lingwood, Malcolm Havard, Misha Herwin, John Pye, Jan Edwards

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#FestiveReads Treat yourself, family and friends this #Christmas …..

Hi, I hope you’re all having a lovely December so far and are looking forward to Christmastime, if you celebrate it.

I LOVE Christmas! I love the quality time spent with family and friends, Church, the food, drinks, films and of course, books! Time is ticking on so I thought I’d share some of the Christmassy/Wintery reads that I highly recommend, and that have been recommended by some of my fellow book lovers, for you all to enjoy! A big thank you to all who contributed xx

Twelve Christmas Crackers

‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’ is the ultimate escape kit from the rigours of the family festivities; a chance for you to take five and unwind before pitching back into the fray! These adult short stories will have you puzzling and pondering, laughing and crying, snorting and sighing. Most have a twist in the tail and will keep you guessing until the last line; all are themed around Christmas. ‘The Anniversary Trip’ has been filmed under the title ‘Second Honeymoon’ and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Keith Bullock is the author of two published novels: ‘Winning Ticket’ (2017) and ‘Beyond the Sad-faced Clown’ (2018). Work begins on a feature-length film of ‘Winning Ticket’ by award-winning director Kaush Patel, in the autumn of 2018. With this collection of short stories, Keith has set out to amuse and refresh the weary Christmas celebrant in need of a little escapism and “me” time and themes range between cold, blood-thirsty reality, wishful virtual reality and wild, unadulterated fantasy. Relax, turn over the pages and meet your perfect fireside companion.

To purchase click HERE

ICYMI – My review – Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat by Keith Bullock #BookReview #Christmas #ShortStories

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‘Literally couldn’t put it down!… makes you laugh and tugs at the heartstrings, all in one go!… absolutely perfect!… breath-taking… made me cry and it made me laugh… filled me with festive warm feelings… Love love LOVED it!!.’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

Readers are falling in love with The Christmas Wish:

‘Put a smile on my face!… I’ve LOVED it!… the most heart-warming of stories… loving every single page… drawing you in and not letting you go until the end of the very last page… totally captivated!’ Chat About Books, 5 stars 

⇑⇑⇑ That’s me! I didn’t realise I’d been quoted here until now! 🙂 🙂 🙂 

 

‘I absolutely loved this story. Got me feeling festive and ready for Christmas already! I lost myself in this story… It was perfect!… A brilliant heart-warming ending too… Beautiful.’ Between the Pages Book Blog

‘I loved this book from the first page, it was so enchanting… had you hooked… full of heartbreak, romance, finding out what you really want from life… Worth far more than five stars and didn’t want it to end… Simply brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘5++++stars. Loved this story right from the beginning… it was like I was there… I fell in love with the characters… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer

I loved everything about it and devoured it in one day straight!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Loved, loved, loved this Christmas book. I would highly recommend it to all. Thank you Tilly Tennant for this wonderful story.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘AmazingI read this story over the course of 48 hours and that says a lot considering my kids are needy lol.’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

‘Fabulous… I only meant to read a chapter or two but have ended up finishing it in one sitting!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Beautifully written… romantic, heartwarming… unputdownable. I loved it.The Cosiest Corner

‘Once started I had to finish.’ Fabulous Book Fiend, 5 stars

‘A book that I couldn’t put down. Pretty awesome… I read it in one sitting… I have no words to describe the emotions it invoked.’ The Karibbean Kollective, 5 stars

‘A once in a life-time trip of discovery, learning to love yourself, finding yourself and taking back your life. A heart-warming festive story set in a stunning location. Once I started reading I just could not stop!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This book had me in tears! A wonderful story of love, Christmas, and reclaiming yourself!!!’ My Life as a Dog Bed

To purchase click HERE

My review – The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

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Bunch Courtney stumbles upon the body of Jonathan Frampton in a woodland clearing. Is this a case of suicide, or is it murder? Bunch is determined to discover the truth but can she persuade the dour Chief Inspector Wright to take her seriously?

In January of 1940 a small rural community on the Sussex Downs, already preparing for invasion from across the Channel, finds itself deep in the grip of a snowy landscape, with an ice-cold killer on the loose.

To purchase click HERE

My review – Winter Downs #BlogTour #BookReview @Jancoledwards @penkhullpress @BunchandDodo

The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale

In this book that you hold, a true story unfolds,
Of a Christmas not too long ago.
Where I’m lead to believe, on a cold Christmas eve,
Three Siblings played out in the snow.

As all children do, when the snow bustles through,
They built an acquaintance to scale.
But not a snow man, as suggested by Dan,
They built a snow queen, Elaine Gale

And they started to tell, how she’d cast an old spell,
For every child to be cruel.
For if no names exist, on Santa’s nice list,
There would be no Christmas at all.

But little did they know, as they played in the snow,
Before the night was through.
That story they told, would find life in the cold.
And every word would come true.

To purchase click HERE

My review – The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale by Daniel Thompson @AuthorDThompson #BookReview #childrensbook

Lizzie's Christmas Escape

A gorgeous country house hotel, a liberal dusting of snow, a cosy weekend away…what more could Lizzie ask for at Christmas?

Every Christmas Lizzie promises herself that things will change and she will leap into the new year a new woman. And yet here she is again, at the beginning of December and nothing is different. Her girls have grown up and left home, her husband Henry is slumped in front of the TV and she is alone in the kitchen, seeking refuge in the cooking sherry and talking to her Gary Barlow calendar. She’s also been very diverted by handsome new neighbour Marcus and she knows she shouldn’t be …

So when best friend Ann suggests a weekend away in the country, Lizzie jumps at the chance. Will this Christmas escape give Lizzie some much needed perspective and allow her to mend her marriage? Or will Marcus prove to be too much of a distraction?

A funny feel good festive read about rediscovering the magic of Christmas – just the thing to curl up with on a cold winter’s night.

What everyone’s saying about Lizzie’s Christmas Escape:

This is sooo much more than a festive read…a powerful and emotional story that will stay with me for a very long time to come …simply stunning!By the Letter Book Reviews

‘What a corker of a book! Relatable, enticing, full of humour and drama in double doses and with a huge dollop of Christmas sprinkled in! It’s pace doesn’t slow down for a second, from the first page you are hooked!’I Blog Books

‘I loved every page of this amazing, beautiful, lovely book. Highly recommended! Renita D’Silva

‘It makes you laugh and cry in equal measure, completely draws you in and on finishing I felt I had spent time with a couple of good friends. Like a glass of mulled wine it left me feeling warm and fuzzy. inside – perfect Christmas reading.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

‘Heartwarming and will make you smile and shed a tear or two. A cosy jim jam and dressing gown kind of book to snuggle down withThe Reading Shed

‘Make sure this is on your Christmas shopping list!’Deja Reads

It made me laugh and cry in equal measure … A great book about the strength and support of friendship no matter what life throws at you and how making the wrong decision can sometimes be the right one all set to the background of Christmas.’Jo’s Book Journey

‘Very relatable characters and a story written to make you laugh and cry makes this a great read!Angry Grey Cat Reads

‘An all round fun author to read!’Eat Your Books Out

‘This is an excellent book which swept me along so well that I read it in less than a day. I loved the characters and the story and will definitely be reading more by this author. This is definitely a book to read curled up with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.’ Bookloverwormblog

‘Fresh and funny!’For the love of Books

‘A very good story’ Rachel’s Random Reads

To purchase click HERE

My review – Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow @ChristieJBarlow @bookouture #BookReview

Via Heide Goode…..

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A delicious selection box of Christmas tales

Festive Treats is a selection box of Christmas tales stuffed full of delicious delights and surprises. Fifteen of the best writers around present you with seasonal stories that are, by turns, joyful, wondrous, bittersweet and heart-warming.

Includes stories by:
AA Abbott
Justin Lee Anderson
James Brogden
David Croser
Margaret Egrot
Katharine D’Souza
Simon Fairbanks
Heide Goody
Iain Grant
Hilary Mortz
Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn
Suzanna Stanbury
RE Vance
A Stuart Williams
Debbie Young

FREE on kindle!! Click HERE

Recommended by Steph @ https://steflozbookblog.wordpress.com/

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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

To purchase click HERE

Recommended by Joanne Baird @ https://portobellobookblog.com/

Every Time A Bell Rings

‘Embraces the spirit and the message of the movie…A must read’ – Karolyn Grimes, actress, ‘Zuzu’ in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
‘Beautiful and uplifting…Written with such heart it warms the soul’ – Claudia Carroll, bestselling author of ‘Meet Me in Manhattan’
‘A compelling, magical, festive cracker of a book’ – Alexandra Brown, bestselling author of ‘The Great Village Show’
An angel gets its wings…
Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.
Hence, Christmas is cancelled.
So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.
But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…
Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?
Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington’s next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha’Penny Bridge.
Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve reached ‘The End’. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern & Jojo Moyes.
Carmel is the bestselling author of The Life You Left & Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, voted Romantic eBook of the Year 2013.

To purchase click HERE

A Christmas Gift

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’
Katie Fforde

One Christmas can change everything…

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

Curl up with the gorgeous new book from the Sunday Times bestseller, perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.

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The Mother Of All Christmases

THE MOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS FEEL-GOOD READ!
‘Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold’ Heat

Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman; a gorgeous read full of love, life, laughter – and crackers!

To purchase click HERE

Another Day In Winter

One day, four lives, and a wintery web of secrets and lies.

On a chilly morning in December forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past.

George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets?

His grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one that got away.

And single mum Chrissie is ready to force her love-life out of hibernation, but can anyone compare to the man who broke her heart?

After the success of the No1 best seller One Day in December, comes the second unmissable read in Shari Low’s Winter Day trilogy.

Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes, Debbie Johnson, Amanda Prowse and Marian Keyes.

To purchase click HERE

Recommended by Sharon Riley Sant (AKA Tilly Tennant!)

It's A Wonderful Night

One night will change their lives forever…

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and after talking for hours, losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

To purchase click HERE

Christmas At The Little Cottage on the Hill

One twinkling winter’s night, Ruby wakes her sleeping children and escapes for a new life in the countryside. It’s a choice that will change her life beyond all recognition…

Arriving at the cosy little rental cottage as the first snow begins to fall, Ruby doesn’t regret leaving her bully of a husband for a moment, but she does feel guilty about uprooting her kids so close to Christmas. She can only wish that one day soon her son will forgive her.

It’s not long before the family are settled in and drinking hot chocolate by the fire, the flames kept roaring by a neighbouring woodsman called Angus. As big as a tree, but as gentle as a dormouse, all Ruby’s instincts tell her to be wary of letting this gorgeous stranger get too close. Is that the first tingle of festive magic Ruby can feel? Or might it even be hope?

As Christmas day approaches and a blizzard sparks a power cut across the entire village, Ruby must force herself to believe in Christmas miracles again. Was she right to put her trust in Angus? With only flickering candles to guide her through the darkness, will she ever find her way back to the light?

Wrap yourself up in this utterly gorgeous festive romance, perfect for anyone who loves Heidi Swan, Jenny Colgan, Lucy Diamond – and Christmas!

**This novel can be read as a standalone.**

To purchase click HERE

Recommended by Carla Buckley (Kovach)

Snowflakes

‘A heart-melting and laugh-out-loud read that you do not want to miss … will have you hooked from start to end.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

Escape to the cosy little village of Appledore for an absolutely hilarious second chance at love. Will this Christmas prove that miracles really can happen when you least expect them?

A year after she separated from her husband, Gianni, on Christmas day, Chloe’s heart is finally on the mend as she unpacks the decorations for her first ever festive holiday alone. That is, until the phone rings…

It’s the manager of Gianni’s new seaside restaurant in Appledore, begging for Chloe’s help. Equally famous for his gold-leaf Christmas puddings and his explosive temper, Gianni has been really stirring up a sensation with the locals – and not in a good way! It’s the last thing she wants to do, but Chloe knows she is the only one that can help.

As pans fly and the temperature in the kitchen rises, Chloe’s calming influence and magic touch might just get critics back on side in time to save the restaurant from sinking like a sad soufflé. But as Chloe’s eyes meet Gianni’s as they tussle over a plate of turkey tartlets, could there also be a chance for new romance on the menu?

A laugh-out-loud festive treat that will give you the tingle of freshly hung tinsel. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.

To purchase click HERE

Recommended by Mick Williams –

Love Actually

From the writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’s Diary comes the essential companion to the smash-hit movie, LOVE ACTUALLY.

Set in contemporary London just before Christmas and weaving together a series of touchingand hilarious stories, LOVE ACTUALLY is a romantic comedy that looks at the funny, sad and often stupid sides of love.

With an all-star cast, including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Laura Linney, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson, LOVE ACTUALLY is for everyone that’s ever been in love and laughed about it …

To purchase click HERE

Recommended by Aileen McKenzie –

Dying For Christmas

A powerful psychological thriller to chill you over Christmas – the twists of Karen Swan, the suspense of BEHIND HER EYES, the gripping intensity of THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR …

‘Packs a killer twist’ Prima

‘Wickedly funny’ Sunday Mirror

I am missing. Held captive by a blue-eyed stranger. To mark the twelve days of Christmas, he gives me a gift every day, each more horrible than the last. The twelfth day is getting closer. After that, there’ll be no more Christmas cheer for me. No mince pies, no carols. No way out …

But I have a secret. No-one has guessed it. Will you?

To purchase click HERE

So, do any of the above take your fancy? I hope so!

Are there any books you think should have been included? I’d love for you to share your recommendations with us in the comments.

Happy Christmas reading 🙂

 

The Silk Road by @Mark_Leggatt @FledglingPress #BlogTour #AuthorInterview #LoveBooksGroupTours

Love Books Group Tours

Welcome to my stop on Mark Leggatt’s The Silk Road blog tour 🙂

Interview with Mark Leggatt…..

Mark Leggatt

Dear author…..

Morning!

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I’m Mark Leggatt, an author based in Edinburgh. History and international conspiracy are the backdrop for the adventures of ex-CIA technician Connor Montrose, THE NAMES OF THE DEAD, which hit Blackwell’s bestsellers charts, and was joined by the sequel THE LONDON CAGE, starring Connor’s new partner, Kirsty Rhys. She’s an ex-hacker, wanted by MI5, and a force to be reckoned with.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Anywhere and everywhere. And I write them down and put them all in a notebook. For example, I’m watching the news of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 being shot down over the Ukraine by Russian backed rebels with Russian missiles, and then the Russians say it had nothing to do with them, and then I think “What if someone shot down an airliner and then blamed it on another Government? And who would you pay to do it for you, so it couldn’t be tracked back to you? And why would you do it? Apart from lots of money?”

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

No, with one exception. Kirsty Rhys in The London Cage and The Silk Road, is based on every Scottish female I’ve ever known. Tough, clever, resourceful, and a bit mental.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

I pick names that I like the sound of when said out loud, and would suit the character. For example, my new character is called Hector Lawless, because Hector is a bit of an old fashioned boring name, and that suits his character. He’s called Lawless, because he’s anything but. He’s never had a parking ticket in his life. But that’s about to change, in a very big way.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

Get an idea, write it down, and run with it. Pencil and paper, every time. I’ve got over a hundred notebooks filled with scribbles, plots and ideas that might not work, daft suggestions for a plot, but then as you write them down, ideas leap out at you. If you don’t go through that process, nothing will happen. So I write it down. Then when I have a firm idea that might work, I expand it to a plot covering one page. If that hangs together, I expand it to ten pages. If that works, I expand it again to greater detail until I have the whole thing worked out, then I start writing.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Spike Milligan

George MacDonald Fraser

Marcel Proust

Mervyn Peake

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Spike Milligan. I’d ask him to sing the Ying Tong Song while I accompany him on the spoons. My ambitions are small and pointless, but mildly entertaining.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes, the house had plenty books, and the library was visited often. My dad also had a stack of Readers Digest in the toilet. Heaven!

When did you start to write?

Probably in my teens, but I’ve written in notebooks most of my working life rather than use technology, so I write every day, even if it’s not stories. The physical act of writing helps me work things out, in my professional as well as writing career. If I don’t write with a pen or pencil every day, I get quite edgy.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

Is there a book you wish you had written?

I wish I’d written Sunset Song. Then I’d die happy. But there is no book where I’d change the ending, apart from The New Testament. I’d change that to the ending in The Life Of Brian.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

“I’m Making This Up As I Go Along.”

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC, KCB, KCIE. I’d take him for a coffee at the most militantly feminist coffee shop I could find watch the bastard suffer.

What are you working on right now?

A Scottish psychological crime novel, called “Where No Light Shines,” where my main character, Hector Lawless, is forced to examine the reasons for committing murder, and whether or not he is justified in doing so. As the reasons become clearer and urgent, Hector has a difficult choice to make.

Tell us about your last release?

The Silk Road is the third in the series, where my main characters Kirsty and Connor must uncover the layers of duplicity between governments, arms dealers, and the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to terrorists. This leads them first to the CIA in Rome, then the exclusive clubs of the Monaco ultra-rich, and finally to the subterranean ruins of a medieval German town wiped off the map in World War 2. And they must discover the remaining cache of missiles before the CIA catch up with them, and before carnage is unleashed over the skies of Europe.

Do you have a new release due?

My Scottish psychological crime novel, being written at the moment, is called “Where No Light Shines”, which will be released in 2019.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Try to stay sober so I don’t talk a lot of nonsense at the launch. After the launch though…

How can readers keep in touch with you?

Twitter and Facebook are the best mediums, they are very good for interacting with writers and readers.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

The best thing you can do to an author is give them a review on Amazon and other sites. Even if it’s a bad review, they like the attention, and it makes a difference in the promotion that Amazon gives.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Mark 🙂

You’re very welcome! 😎

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Blurb

Third in the Connor Montrose series by Mark Leggatt, following on from the success of Names of the Dead and The London Cage.

Ex-CIA technician Connor Montrose tracks two suspected terrorists to a deserted mountain village in Tuscany, where he witnesses an attack on a US Air Force troop plane, using a ground-breaking portable Surface to Air (SAM) missile. Unaware that the CIA were also monitoring the suspects, Montrose is blamed for the attack and narrowly escapes. The CIA receive orders from Washington to shoot him on sight, and a shadowy organisation begins to track his every move.

Then a spate of terror attacks threatens the fabric of NATO and the entire Western alliance. Civilian airlines are the new target, and the overwhelming evidence points to a CIA false flag plan to bring down aircraft and blame it on Moscow-backed terrorists. Montrose’s investigations lead him to underground arms sales on The Silk Road, the secret marketplace of the internet, hidden deep in the Dark Web. Montrose must assimilate himself into the society of the European aristocracy and the ultra-rich fascists, assisted by Kirsty Rhys, to pose as a middleman for the purchase of arms on The Silk Road and find the remaining cache of missiles. Montrose uncovers the layers of duplicity between governments and arms dealers, leading first to the CIA in Rome, and eventually to the palaces of the last Russia Tsar and the new oligarchs. Montrose must discover the remaining cache of missiles before the CIA catch up with him, and before carnage is unleashed over the skies of Europe.

 

Buy Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silk-Road-Connor-Montrose-Book-ebook/dp/B07HGLKN84/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1542382740&sr=1-1&keywords=Silk+Road+Mark+leggatt

Happy reading 🙂

Author

Mark Leggatt was born in Lochee, Dundee and lives in Edinburgh. A former specialist in Disaster Recovery for oil companies and global banks, his career has taken him around Europe, especially Paris, where he lived for a number of years. History and modern global conspiracy lie at the heart of his work, and are the backdrop for the adventures of CIA technician Connor Montrose. Leggatt is a member of the Crime Writers Association in the UK, and the International Thriller Writers in the USA.

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4th Dec Nemesis Book Blog @NemesisBlogs
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5th Dec Stardust Book Reviews @Bcshaz
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7th Dec Chat About Books @chataboutbooks1
8th Dec Go Book Yourself @gobookyourselfx
9th Dec There’s Been A Murder Crime Blog @beenamurder
9th Dec Jen Med’s Book Reviews @JenMedBkReviews

The Silk Road blog tour

Enjoy!

#FlashbackFriday with @AnitaCassidy76 @LJRoss_author @AuthorDThompson @BKDuncanwriter & @danklefstad #december #bookreviews

Hi and welcome to my Flashback Friday feature 🙂

On the first Friday of each month I like to have a little look back at what I was reading during the same month in previous years, since starting my blog.

Feel free to join in! Please do share your link with us in the comments if you do 🙂

#APPETITE by Anita Cassidy @AnitaCassidy76 @RedDoorBooks #BlogTour #BookReview @LiterallyPR

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Sycamore Gap by L J Ross @LJRoss_author #BookReview #DCIRyanMysteries

Sycamore Gap

The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale by Daniel Thompson @AuthorDThompson #BookReview #childrensbook

The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale

Foul Trade by BK Duncan @BKDuncanwriter #BlogTour #BookReview @Bloodhoundbook

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The Interview by @danklefstad #ShortStoryReview

Flashback Friday December 2016 & 2015…..

#FlashbackFriday with @ChristieJBarlow @Caroline_writes @Fab_fiction @LouiseRoseInnes @AlexMarwood1 @HollyKammier @Marcie_Steele & Bill Clegg

Have you read any of the above?

 

#CoverReveal #BridgeToBurn by Rachel Amphlett @RachelAmphlett #KayHunter #Book7

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Hi everyone, I have a VERY exciting cover reveal to share with you today.

Kay Hunter is back!! 

Here’s the blurb:

When a mummified body is discovered in a renovated building, the gruesome discovery leads Detective Kay Hunter and her team into a complex murder investigation.

 

The subsequent police inquiry exposes corruption, lies and organised crime within the tight-knit community – and Kay’s determination to seek justice for the young murder victim could ruin the reputations of men who will do anything to protect their business interests.

 

But as Kay closes in on the killer, tragedy strikes closer to home in an event that will send a shockwave through her personal life and make her question everything she values.

 

Can Kay keep her private and professional life under control while she tries to unravel one of the strangest murder cases of her career?

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How awesome does that look!?

I can’t wait to read it!

Publication day – 13 January 2019

For pre-order links click HERE

 

 

#Interview with #author Deborah Stone @DeborahStone_ #debut #WhatsLeftUnsaid Troubador Publishing @matadorbooks

I have a lovely interview with Deborah Stone to share with you today…..

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

I read English Literature at Durham University and have had a lifelong love of books. I’ve always got at least one book on the go. I live in North London with my husband, two sons and my gorgeous golden retriever.

My book, What’s Left Unsaid, is about a family who are hiding secrets and who have suffered various traumas, which affect their relationships with each other. In brief:

Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together: raising her son, Zac, coping with an absent husband and a temperamental alcoholic mother, as well as managing her job. When Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha recognises that she will be forced to admit the truth about the baby, but that by doing so, she must relive the events of a devastating night, which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.

Annie, Sasha’s mother, is old, and increasingly finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper into the past, she revisits the key events in her life, events which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, Annie is convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she has never told him, and, as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As Zac continues to question his family about the mystery child, Sasha and Annie delve into the long buried secrets responsible for their fractious relationship. Yet it is only on Annie’s deathbed that she is able to confess to the real trauma she has suffered, the subsequent lies she has told and why she has struggled to love her daughter.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

I mull over ideas in my head for a long time and they evolve over time.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Not really, but some of the situations are. For example, my mother was evacuated during WW2 at the age of five and was mistreated.

How do you pick your characters names?

I try to keep the names simple. I chose Sasha in What’s Left Unsaid, because if I had had a daughter, that’s what I would have called her.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

I write a draft, which contains the germs of the main ideas. Then I rewrite completely. For What’s left Unsaid, I moved to using 3 points of views, as it seemed to make it much clearer for the characters to put forward their own version of events

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Kate Atkinson, Pat Barker, Anne, Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell, Sebastian Faulkes

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Probably Charles Dickens, as he was so prolific and he created some of the most memorable characters in English Literature.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Enormous. I was never without a book.

When did you start to write?

I’ve always written bits and pieces, but I’ve only written seriously for the last few years.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

I wouldn’t ever attempt to do this, as the writers obviously had their own reasons for writing the endings as they did, even if sometimes, two alternatives do exists, such as Great Expectations.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Too many!

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

Family Matters

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I’d take Elizabeth Bennett for afternoon tea at Sally Lunn’s in Bath

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I’m a chocoholic

What are you working on right now?

I’ve got various ideas floating about, but nothing on paper yet

Tell us about your last release?

What’s Left Unsaid is my debut novel

Do you have a new release due?

Yes, I’ve written a non-fiction book, which is a family carers’ guide to looking after older relatives. It is being published by Bloomsbury in January 2020.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

Feel nervous

How can readers keep in touch with you?

They can contact me through my website, www.whatsleftunsaid.co.uk

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who buys and reads my book. I really appreciate it.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Deborah 🙂

What's Left Unsaid

Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years.

Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.

 

Happy reading 🙂

 

Stoned Love by @IPatrick_Author #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @fahrenheitpress #LoveBooksGroupTours

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Welcome to my stop on Ian Patrick’s Stoned Love blog tour 🙂

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Interview with Ian Patrick…..

For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?

Hi and thanks for having me. I’m a retired Met Police DS having spent twenty-seven years serving London and the wider UK. Most of my police service was spent as an investigator in the Serious and Organised Crime Command. I now live in rural Scotland with my family and two dogs enjoying a slower pace of life. My books are set in London and focus on austerity and how this breeds corruption. I explore the issues through the eyes of a bent undercover cop called DS Batford and a professional and driven DCI called Klara Winter. Rubicon is my debut novel and Stoned Love the next in the series. The BBC has optioned Rubicon for a six part…

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Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat by Keith Bullock #BookReview #Christmas #ShortStories

Twelve Christmas Crackers

I have absolutely LOVED this book of short festive stories by Keith Bullock. I enjoyed it whilst touring the coffee shops of Stratford-Upon-Avon so, needless to say, I had a fabulous day!

If you’re looking for a good Christmassy read then look no further! These stories have it all. Some are funny, some are sad and others are quite heart-warming. They are so brilliantly written that I can’t see anyone not enjoying them as much as I have. Each one can be read during a coffee break too, so there’s really no reason why everyone shouldn’t give them a go.

The first story, A Match Made In Heaven, made me giggle.

The Reunion is sad.

Christmas Comes To Knarebridge was a short, sharp, shock and quite devastating.

Claus Noel is hilarious!

The Best Christmas Ever is comedy genius!

Christmas Alone is just genius!

The Real Father Christmas is another shocker.

Double or Quit is a unique little tale.

The Anniversary Trip is heart-breaking.

George Reed’s Christmas Tour is quite thought provoking.

Mummy’s Christmas Present is very clever.

Her First Christmas made me smile.

And The Boxing Day Treat! was a surprise. Not at all what I was expecting!

All intelligently written, compelling short stories which I can happily recommend to all.

Why not treat yourself this Christmas or grab a few copies for friends and family to enjoy this festive season.

Via AmazonUK…..

‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’ is the ultimate escape kit from the rigours of the family festivities; a chance for you to take five and unwind before pitching back into the fray! These adult short stories will have you puzzling and pondering, laughing and crying, snorting and sighing. Most have a twist in the tail and will keep you guessing until the last line; all are themed around Christmas. ‘The Anniversary Trip’ has been filmed under the title ‘Second Honeymoon’ and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. Keith Bullock is the author of two published novels: ‘Winning Ticket’ (2017) and ‘Beyond the Sad-faced Clown’ (2018). Work begins on a feature-length film of ‘Winning Ticket’ by award-winning director Kaush Patel, in the autumn of 2018. With this collection of short stories, Keith has set out to amuse and refresh the weary Christmas celebrant in need of a little escapism and “me” time and themes range between cold, blood-thirsty reality, wishful virtual reality and wild, unadulterated fantasy. Relax, turn over the pages and meet your perfect fireside companion.

Happy reading 🙂

About the author….

Keith Bullock

I grew up in a working class family in Birmingham. Thanks to my Mum, I was fed a weekly diet of comics and trips to the library and developed a lifelong love of stories and story-telling.
After being miserably misplaced in a technical school, I left with no qualifications and began working life at Cadbury Bros. Before too long, I took off with a guitar on my back, to see the world. It was the ‘swinging sixties’ and a little rock and folk music could always earn a dinner. For almost three years, I lived and worked in Iceland, Austria and Denmark and toured the rest of Europe in a beat up car.
A wonderful guy in Elsinore, Denmark, finally gave me a shaking and helped me through three ‘A’ levels which I took at the British Council, Copenhagen. The next five years were spent at the University of East Anglia, in the Scandinavian Studies Department and then it was marriage to a beautiful French girl (still my wife), three children and a career in Educational Management. I retired (early) as an Assistant Principal at Dudley College and began to write seriously.
Early modest success (whilst still working) had been an article in the BBC’s ‘Book of the Future’ (2003) and a short story ‘Second Honeymoon’ that was then scripted for award-winning director, Kaush Patel. The film he made was shown at the Cannes Festival (2008)
More recently, my first novel ‘Winning Ticket’ was published by Austin Macauley in 2017. It was followed by a second novel ‘Beyond the Sad-faced Clown’, with the same publisher in 2018. Director Kaush Patel intends to begin work on a feature film of ‘Winning Ticket’ in the autumn of 2018. My latest novel ‘Circuit’ is currently under consideration and I have just completed a collection of adult Christmas stories entitled ‘Twelve Christmas Crackers and a Boxing Day Treat’.

 

#CoverReveal DEAD MEMORIES by Angela Marsons (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Book 10) by Angela Marsons @WriteAngie @bookouture #KimStone #DeadMemories

I have a fabulous cover reveal for you today! It’s an honour to be able to join in and help to spread the word 🙂

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She ruined their lives.  Now they’re going to destroy hers.  

 

‘Someone is recreating every traumatic point in your life.  They are doing this to make you suffer, to make you hurt and the only possible end game can be death.  Your death.’

 

On the fourth floor of Chaucer House, two teenagers are found chained to a radiator.  The boy is dead but the girl is alive. For Detective Kim Stone every detail of the scene mirrors her own terrifying experience with her brother Mikey, when they lived in the same tower block thirty years ago.

 

When the bodies of a middle-aged couple are discovered in a burnt-out car, Kim can’t ignore the chilling similarity to the death of Erica and Keith – the only loving parents Kim had ever known. 

 

Faced with a killer who is recreating traumatic events from her past, Kim must face the brutal truth that someone wants to hurt her in the worst way possible.  Desperate to stay on the case, she is forced to work with profiler Alison Lowe who has been called in to observe and monitor Kim’s behaviour.

 

Kim has spent years catching dangerous criminals and protecting the innocent.  But with a killer firmly fixed on destroying Kim, can she solve this complex case and save her own life or will she become the final victim?

 

The heart-stopping and totally addictive new crime thriller from multi-million copy number one bestseller Angela Marsons will have you completely hooked.

 

 

Read what everyone is saying about the Detective Kim Stone series:

 

Marsons for me is the QUEEN of this genre. She knows how to add the human touch to each story and I just adore her. Bloody FABULOUS.’ Postcard Reviews

 

I absolutely loved it!… one of the best crime thrillers I’ve read in a long time, and that includes mainstream authors such as James Patterson! Fiona’s Book Reviews

 

‘WOW! Did I just read what I thought I read?… I felt totally gut-punched when I finished. Came back to it a day later and re-read the entire book again just to make sure I had read it correctly the first time. Had the stuffing knocked out of me all over again… Totally in awe.Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

It’s Angela Marsons, so five stars, ’nuff said… Gripping, intriguing, thrilling, addictive, fantastic… emotional and heart-breaking… I finished this late, sobbing my heart out… Read this book. Just do it… One of the very best detective series around.’ Deja Read, 5 stars

 

‘I truly don’t know what to say… Somehow Angela Marsons manages smash the brilliantness of the last book and better it tenfold… A first-class read that I feel will be difficult to top… This has certainly gone onto my 2018 MUST READ list’ ILoveReadinguk, 5 stars

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Amazon Pre-order: 

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Still need to catch up with the previous books in the series?

You will find them all HERE

Happy reading 🙂

 

 

 

Black Moss by David Nolan @Nolanwriter #BlogTour #AuthorInterview @fahrenheitpress #LoveBooksGroupTours

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Interview with David Nolan…..

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For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please? Where did/do you get your ideas from?

Black Moss is my first fiction book. I’ve written a dozen factual books previously. The ideas for those were largely practical – to earn money! I was supposed to be writing a factual book about historic child abuse, but it fell through. I was so angry I started taking it out on the laptop… and it turned into Black Moss.

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

Every single one of the characters is based on a real person. I’ve met a lot of journalists and police officers over the years and many of them are in Black Moss.

How do you pick your characters’ names?

Initially, I used the real person’s name, then I changed it by taking a first name and surname from two similar people. I like utilitarian, straightforward names.

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

Write whenever you can, even if it’s just a sentence. You don’t need writing rooms or mood music. Get you head down, do a shift.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

Harlan Ellison, Harlan Ellison, Harlan Ellison, Harlan Ellison and Harlan Ellison.

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Probably…. Harlan Ellison. He died recently but I would have asked him: after thinking up the title ‘I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream’ what did he say to himself?

Did he say… ‘that’s a cracking title that is, Harlan’? I would have definitely said that!

Were you a big reader as a child?

There were hardly any books in my house when I grew up, so libraries were my window to the world. I remember being taken aside when I was at primary school and being asked why I was reading a book called ‘The Brave and the Bold’ when I should have been reading ‘Janet and John’.

When did you start to write?

I left school at 16 and started work as an apprentice journalist. I’ve written for a living all my working life – 37 years. Black Moss is the first thing I’ve ever written outside of ‘working’ writing though.

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change? Is there a book you wish you had written?

I love Peter May’s ‘The Black House’ but the ending frustrates me. It feels rushed. I’d slow it right down. Tease it out a bit.

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

I sort of already have. I wrote a book about my schooldays called ‘Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil’. It’s what one of the teachers would say before he beat the pupils, although the beatings weren’t the worst part of being at the school. It was made into a documentary for BBC Radio 4. I think quite a lot of good has come from it.

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

I don’t drink coffee… so I’d take young Kes from ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ for fish and chips and a can of Dandelion and Burdock at my local chippy. He looks like he needs a good meal inside him.

What are you working on right now?

A second novel. It’s. Really. Hard. I don’t want to jinx it by saying anything!

Tell us about your last release?

Most of my previous books have been about music. My last book was about the rock band The 1975. Rather handily, they are from just down the road from me. It’s great to write about music that you really love.

Do you have a new release due?

Black Moss, my first novel, has just been published. It’s set in the near present and during the Strangeways prison riot of 1990 in Manchester. All the good reporters are covering the riot, so a bad reporter is sent out to look at the discovery of a boy’s body at Black Moss reservoir in the hills above Oldham. He comes back to Manchester 26 years later to look at the case again. It’s a very personal book. It’s quite an angry book too. Nearly everything in it really happened in one way or another.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

When the books arrive I purposely don’t open the package for as long as I can, to stretch it out. Then I place it very carefully on my shelf and look at it.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

On Twitter @nolanwriter or on Instagram.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

No one is more surprised than me that Black Moss has been published. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Seriously.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, David 🙂

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Blurb

In April 1990, as rioters took over Strangeways prison in Manchester, someone killed a little boy at Black Moss.

And no one cared.

No one except Danny Johnston, an inexperienced radio reporter trying to make a name for himself.

More than a quarter of a century later, Danny returns to his home city to revisit the murder that’s always haunted him.

If Danny can find out what really happened to the boy, maybe he can cure the emptiness he’s felt inside since he too was a child.

But finding out the truth might just be the worst idea Danny Johnston has ever had.

 

Author Info

David is a multi award-winning author, television producer and crime reporter. He has written a dozen books including Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil, the true story of the largest historic abuse case ever mounted by Greater Manchester Police. He presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary based on the book called The Abuse Trial. It won both the Rose D’Or and the New York International radio awards in 2016. Officers involved in the case helped David with the police procedures featured in Black Moss, particularly the way the system deals with missing children.  

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Happy reading 🙂

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