The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis @audbyname #PublicationDayPush @rararesources

Today I have the pleasure of joining in with Audrey Davis’s Publication Day Push for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings 🙂

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings

Happy Publication Day!

Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey for the opportunity

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The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One:

Some people just won’t take death lying down … ! (NB: cliffhanger ending).

Part one of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.
Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.
Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.
Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.
Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?
The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

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About Audrey Davis…..

Audrey DavisScottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years). Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK. Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break. The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest. When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food! Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page
turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

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Puppy: 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles by Patricia Furstenberg @PatFurstenberg #BookReview

Puppy, 12 Months of Rymes and Smiles

Publisher: Independently published (23rd October 2017)

My review…..

I have never reviewed a children’s book before so I was more than interested in featuring Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles when Patricia Furstenberg got in touch to offer me a review copy. Many thanks to Patricia.

Puppy has a new home and this delightful book shares his first year with us all. Each month there is a new little adventure with this inquisitive little guy. He is adorable! He’s understandably curious about everything and is full of questions about his new little family. He’s happy and playful as he is loved and well looked after, as all pets should be. I have a Shih Tzu called Bella who is my baby 🙂

This is a lovely book with cute illustrations. A book I think will be loved and read over and over again by children and adults, especially those who are dog lovers. I have ordered a paperback copy for my Niece’s 6th Birthday in December.


From the author of “Joyful Trouble”, No.1 Bestseller Children’s Historical Fiction, No.1 Most Gifted Young Adult and Top reviewed Kindle Storyteller book.

A puppy’s first year is filled with findings, wiggles and laughter.
Puppies squirm in all the odd places, sniff all the strange objects, lick everything they can and find something to splash into even when we don’t want them to!
This book of poems explores the first year of a puppy’s life, going through an adventure after the other, one month at a time.
Puppy’s first days, puppy’s first weeks in a new home, puppy’s encounters with snow and the school bag, puppy’s duty to protect… What happens when puppy is full of good intentions, yet his actions go wrong?
Enjoy the stories and laugh with your little one.

Bringing musicality into the duo of story-line and bright images, Puppy, 12 Months of Rhymes and Smiles promises to be an auditory feast for children, a fun read-aloud for parents and a treat for dog-lovers, young and old. A book that children and grown-ups will love reading over and over.

About the author…..

(Via Amazon UK)

Patricia Furstenburg

Patricia Furstenberg came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents.
She won two key legs (chapter six, “Someone is Missing” and chapter nine, “Reconstruction of the Crime”) of the Write Your Own Christie Competition and was runner-up for chapter four. The Judges “were impressed by her thorough investigation and admired the strength of her narrative; they were impressed by her style” and congratulated Patricia on winning the penultimate chapter. “This was perhaps one of the hardest rounds of the competition and the judges felt that Patricia’s chapter was confident and intriguing.” The judges thought Patricia’s writing style is “well structured, with a great sense of tension and suspense.”

The Judges were Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandchild involved in publishing and promoting her books since 1960s, David Brawn, Agatha Christie’s Publisher at Harper Collins UK for the last 20 years and Daniel Mallory who works primarily with thrillers and crime fiction at Harper Collins US.

When she’s not writing Patricia likes to read, read, read, drink coffee and listen to music.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

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Don’t Tell A Soul #Extract D.K. Hood @DKHood_Author @bookouture #BookBoost


Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood


 Kill me. One blood-splattered cowboy boot crunched on the chipped cement floor inches away from his cheek. A sick chuckle followed by a nerve-shattering kick to broken ribs brought back the tremors. A lightning bolt of white-hot agony shot down his spine. In a desperate attempt to pull precious air through swollen lips, he spat blood and gasped precious air. Lungs burning with effort, he writhed like a worm in the dirt waiting for the death blow. His vision blurred and pain pierced his eyes. He had lost all sense of direction, and his tormentor’s peals of satanic laughter played tricks with his confused mind. Night had drifted into another day of endless torture. He tried to crawl away and puffed out a spray of red, stirring the straw on the dusty floor.
How long had it been since he walked into the stables? One day? Five days? Time had become the periods between attacks. He had suffered unimaginable torture from a man well skilled at inflicting misery, but he’d somehow survived. At first, he tried to reason with his captor and gave him the information he demanded, but he had fallen into a lunatic’s sadistic fantasy. He had had no time to retaliate, no time to bargain for his life. The first hammer blow knocked him senseless and he came out of oblivion into a world of pain, tied hand and foot at the mercy of a monster.
He hovered between reality and delusion. The mind is a wonderful organ, and his tried to compensate by taking him on trips to the beach with his family. At times, he floated into another dimension on marshmallow clouds but reality came crashing back with each round of torment. He soon discovered crying or begging for mercy made the sessions last longer. Biting back moans and pretending to be unconscious gave the wielder of pain no satisfaction.
Under him, the cold floor acted as a balm to his injuries, numbing the agony, and when darkness came, he could crawl beneath a pile of stinking straw. The fermenting horse dung kept him warm, kept him alive. He had spent the first hours in captivity gnawing at the ropes around his wrists, using his teeth to loosen the knot, but one swing of the lunatic’s hammer put paid to any hope of escape. A shadow passed over him. A boot pressed down on his spine, the heel twisting to part the vertebrae in bone-jarring agony. Sensation left his legs. He has paralyzed me. Determined not to give him the satisfaction of crying out, he remained silent. One more night naked on the freezing ground would finish him, and he would welcome the release.
A car engine hummed in the distance and Cowboy Boots bent over him, grabbed his legs, and dragged him into a stall. Straw tumbled over him, coating his eyelashes with dust. Through the golden strands, he peered out the open door and his heart pounded in anticipation. A police cruiser pulled up in the driveway and two uniformed officers climbed out. A female cop handed his captor a piece of paper. He edged forward on his elbows, dragging his useless legs behind him. Sucking in a deep breath, he screamed though his shredded lips but only a long whine escaped his throat. The woman glanced in his direction and he clawed at the ground, edging inch by inch from the stall. He had to get her attention, and fighting back waves of nausea, he tried again. “Aaaaarh.”
The police officer indicated toward the barn with her chin then moved in his direction, but Cowboy Boots blocked her way and shook his head. A grin spread across his face with the cunning of a gargoyle, evil personified. The cop spoke again but her muffled words dissipated in the wind and his tormentor’s attention moved back to the paper in his hand. Somehow, he had convinced her all was well. I have a chance to escape. He dug for his last ounce of strength and bucked to move forward one painful inch at a time.
I must crawl into the open. Spitting blood, he pushed sound through his shattered mouth. Hear me. Please hear me. “Aaaaarh.”
The woman flicked a look his way, squeezed Cowboy Boots’ arm in a comforting gesture then followed the other officer back to the car. Despair enveloped him, and all hope lost, he allowed the tears stinging his eyes to run down his cheeks. Footsteps came tapping on the cement floor like the ringing of a death knell. His cries for help had enraged the maniac.
“How dare you try to alert the cops? I own you.” Cowboy Boots spat a hot, slimy globule on his cheek. “It’s your fault the bitch scanned my yard. You are so gonna pay.”
Blows rained down on him, searing pain exploded in his head, and his vision blinked. A strange fog surrounded him and he embraced the peace of darkness.

Don’t Tell A Soul by DK Hood


Small town. Big crimes. Dark secrets.

A wave of panic rushed over her as her heart pounded hard enough to break her ribs. ‘Not a soul knows where I am,’ she thought as she took in the darkness around her.

Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane arrive in the town of Black Rock Falls, each hoping to escape their past for a new beginning. But instead, they find a town living in terror, and a killer on the loose…

Samantha Woodward was last seen driving towards Black Rock Falls to buy a house for her family. They haven’t heard from her since, and they fear for her life.

John Helms headed to town to watch a big game, but nobody knows if he made it or not. He was never seen again.

When a body is found, and Jenna’s life is threatened, she and her deputy become caught in a race against time to find a brutal killer, and to unlock the secret that lies at the dark heart of the town before it is too late…

Don’t Tell a Soul is a tense detective thriller that will have you guessing right up until the end, perfect for readers of Robert Dugoni, Karin Slaughter and Rachel Abbott.


D.K. Hood


Author of fast-paced, crime thrillers. Loves coffee and has a sense of humor. Member of ITW. RT’s book promotions

#HellToPay #BlogTour @RachelAmphlett #kayhunterbookfour #Extract @emmamitchellfpr

I’m absolutely delighted to be joining in with Rachel Amphlett’s Hell To Pay blog tour! 🙂

Hell To Pay week 1Hell to Pay week 2

Many thanks to Emma Mitchell for the opportunity.

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(Be sure to check out the previous blog tour posts for Extracts 1 & 2)

Kay wandered over to the water cooler and filled up two white plastic cups before joining the small group around the whiteboard at the far end of the incident room. The winter sun had dipped below the horizon over an hour ago, the sky turning from pale grey to black within minutes. Kay checked her watch. She’d forgotten to eat, and hoped the final briefing of the day would be short. ‘Here you go,’ she said, and handed one of the cups to Barnes. ‘Thanks.’ Supervisors for the team responsible for reviewing the ANPR and CCTV images were present, as well as a number of administrative staff from headquarters who were tasked with liaising with the uniformed officers. Kay yawned, the packed incident room quickly becoming stuffy due to a combination of temperamental central heating and lack of ventilation. She and the rest of the team had been running on coffee and adrenalin all day, and despite her best efforts, exhaustion was beginning to seep in. Sharp blew a loud single-note whistle to bring the numerous muted conversations to a halt, and everyone turned their attention to the front of the room where he stood. ‘Thank you. Debbie – can you dim the lights, and I’ll take you through the images we’ve got from the cameras.’ He hit a remote switch, and an aerial view of Maidstone appeared on the wall beside him, the projector’s light catching the shoulder of his jacket as he moved to one side. ‘My thanks to our uniformed colleagues who have worked all day to pull this together for us. We’ll start with the crash site and work backwards. As you can see from the image here, we’ve got a lot of area to cover.’ Kay fought down the tiredness, knowing she had to stay focused. Whoever the driver was, she wouldn’t relax until he was convicted and put away for a very long time.

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Hell to Pay

(Detective Kay Hunter series)

by Rachel Amphlett

When a road traffic accident on a dark autumn night uncovers a disturbing conspiracy, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter’s investigation exposes a ruthless serial killer exploiting vulnerable young women.

With her enemies unmasked and her career spiralling out of control, Kay’s determination to seek vengeance for the victims brings her dangerously close to those who want to silence her. Undeterred, she uncovers the real reason behind a plot to destroy her career and sets in motion a terrifying chain of events.

Could Kay’s need for revenge be her undoing, or will she survive to see justice served?

Hell to Pay is a gripping fast paced crime thriller, and the fourth in the Detective Kay Hunter series:





A page-turning whodunit for fans of Peter Robinson, David Baldacci and James Patterson.

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Twitter: @RachelAmphlett

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Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child and Michael Crichton.

She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.

Not caught up with the previous books in the series as yet? Not to worry, you will find them all HERE


Previous posts on Chat About Books featuring Rachel Amphlett and her books…..

#ScaredtoDeath (A Detective Kay Hunter Novel) @RachelAmphlett #BlogTour Q&A

One To Watch #BlogTour @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr #Extract

Scared to Death (Detective Kay Hunter series Book 1) by @RachelAmphlett #BookReview

#CoverReveal Hell To Pay @RachelAmphlett @emmamitchellfpr


A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle #BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview @KiltieJackson @rararesources #Giveaway

A Rock n Roll blog blitz

Many thanks to Rachel at @rararesources for the opportunity to join in with Kiltie Jackson’s A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle blog blitz!

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Interview with Kiltie Jackson…..

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

Hi, I’m Kiltie Jackson and I recently released my debut novel ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’. My leading lady is Sukie McClaren and, like me, she is a cat-lover, a Christmas lover and a massive fan of the film ‘The Sound of Music’. She is sent to Austria on a business trip in December and, whilst there, happens to meet – and befriend – Pete Wallace, the world’s number one rock star. The book explores how living in the public eye, or being a celebrity, is not all it’s cracked up to be. Behind the glamour and the pizazz it can be a very lonely life. There is also an element of suspense running through the story as the brother of a young lady, who was badly injured at a Pete Wallace concert a few years prior, is set on exacting some form of revenge.

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

They come from anywhere and everywhere. Day dreams, night dreams, a song on the radio… In one case, it was just a name. A DJ on the radio read out a dedication to a young lady and I liked her name. I thought “Hmmm… I wonder how I could use that…” By the time I was parking my car a few minutes later, I had the essence of a plot worked out. In the case of ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, I can’t recall exactly where the idea came from – I started writing it over ten years ago – but I’d guess it would have started from seeing some celebrity being harassed by the press on television or in a newspaper piece.

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

I have one character in my novel that’s based on a lovely friend by the name of Jeff Rowland. He is named after Jeff but, where the real Jeff is a renowned artist, book Jeff is an art dealer. Earlier this year, we thought we were going to lose the real Jeff to cancer and I wanted to let him live on in my book. Fate, however, was on his side and I am delighted to say he is still with us and healthier now than he’s been for a while. He was so happy to be in my book that I kept him in. Plus, he has now become integral to the next two books I am writing!

All others characters are completely fictional – at this time!

How do you pick your characters names?

Sukie McClaren was named after my first cat and my, at the time, favourite F1 racing team. Pete Wallace just sort of came to me. I chose Wallace because it’s a good Scottish surname. Other characters tell me their names or I may use the name of a friend but perhaps jumble it up a bit. Sometimes I may use a friend’s actual name because they get a thrill from seeing themselves in a book, although their character will still be fictional.

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

When I have an idea, I make a note of it, and then let it marinade for a time in my head (usually as I am working on something else). By the time I am ready to put it on paper, I have worked out most of the story line or plot. I then bash the keys to create the first draft. Once that’s completed, I’ll begin to edit and fine tune, hopefully picking up typos, grammar and punctuation along the way.

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

In absolutely no order:

Deric Longden

Susanna Gregory

Erica James

Jill Mansell

Karen Swan

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

It would be Deric Longden and I would ask him how did he always manage to find the funny in life? Even in the darkest of times, he could see light and humour in situations that would make other people cry. His books are always so upbeat and never fail to make me smile.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Oh yes, from a very early age. I could read before I was four years old and have always had a book ‘on the go’ since then. Enid Blyton was my goddess as a child and she pretty much carried me through my pre-teen years.

When did you start to write?

I’ve always written in one format or another. As a child I would create stories, in my twenties I dabbled in song lyrics and poetry and then, in my thirties, I began to write ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’. Unfortunately, I lacked belief and conviction at the time and didn’t return to it until earlier this year. I started to take writing seriously on the sixth of January, 2017.

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

I genuinely cannot think of any that I would want to change. If a book ending doesn’t thrill me, I forget about it very quickly. I’m sure there are some but I really can’t remember them.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

I think ‘Riders’ by Jilly Cooper. It was such a massive hit and spawned a number of fabulous follow-ups – that’s what most writers hope for.

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

‘Did I Really Do All That?’ – I’ve always thought I’ve lived a dull and ordinary life but, through writing a number of Guest Posts, and answering questions, for this Blog Tour, I’ve discovered that it has been more interesting than I have given it credit for.

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

Thomas Chaloner from Susanna Gregory’s Restoration novels / series. He constantly mentions that coffee tastes terrible in the 1700’s (which I’m sure it did!) so I’d take him to a little local café to show him how it has improved over the centuries.

What are you working on right now?

I’m about a third of the way through writing my second novel and the working title is ‘Of All The Unlikely Places’. It links up to my first book but is not a direct sequel. Characters from book one appear in book two but it could also be read as a standalone.

Do you have a new release due?

I’m aiming for the end of June 2018 but nothing is concrete on that just yet.

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’m currently still working full-time so publication day for my debut novel came and went with very little notice. Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to be in the position to throw a big launch party.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

I’m very active on Facebook,, and I also have a newsletter sign-up facility on my website where I will send out a monthly email letting people know what the latest developments are –

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

I’m rubbish at roller skating. The first time I tried it I almost broke all four limbs and my neck so I have avoided it ever since. Strangely, however, I’m not too shoddy at ice-skating and, while I can’t do any fancy footwork, I can successfully traverse a few circuits of an ice-rink without falling over!

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

Thank you for asking and for taking part in my first blog tour. It’s been a pleasure. Kiltie xx

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A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle

So who exactly is Sukie McClaren?

A Christmas-loving Cat lover? A Sound of Music Fanatic? A Fiercely Independent Woman?

She is all of the above. And when she is sent to Salzburg for a business trip a few weeks before Christmas, she thinks all her dreams have come true. As she packs her suitcase, the only things on her mind are Christmas markets, lots of snow and finally seeing the Doh-Ray-Me steps. Becoming the new best friend of the world’s hottest rock-star doesn’t even get a look in.

Pete Wallace is a reclusive, reluctant, rock-star and the world’s Number One, best-selling, male solo artist. It’s been three years since his last tour and he’s now preparing to go back on the road again. A week in Salzburg, schmoozing with the music press, is one of his worst nightmares.

He can’t wait for it to be over.

When Pete and Sukie meet, it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Lonely for too long, he begins to remember how it feels to be happy and, for the first time in six years, Christmas feels special again.

Eduardo di Santo however, whose kid sister suffered life-changing injuries at a Pete Wallace concert, is all set on getting revenge. When Pete’s new tour is announced, he begins to make his plans. Plans that will culminate in Pete’s demise.

Will Pete and Sukie’s new friendship die before it has a chance to flourish?

A Christmas tale full of love, laughter, friendship and revenge.

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About Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie Jackson
Kiltie grew up in Scotland, Glasgow to be precise. A very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life. When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.
She currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one husband. The cats kindly allow her and her husband to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!
Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.
Kiltie first began writing ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ over ten years ago. The project was shelved on Chapter Seventeen as she felt the story wasn’t flowing as she would like it to.
In her own words “The images in my head would not come out of my fingers!” Fast forward to November 2016 when, having finished reading Lizzie’s Christmas Escape by Christie Barlow, she read more about the author and was inspired with how Christie herself came to be a best-selling author.
In that thunderbolt moment, Kiltie knew – with a deep certainty- that she needed to reacquaint herself with ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’ and begin writing again. She did this in January 2017 and found the words flowed faster than she could type them. Finally, the time was right for her to write her novel.
Her determination to finish what she had started all those years ago was absolute and the first draft was completed on Sunday 16th April 2017.
Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. She has begun typing up her second book, ‘Of All the Unlikely Places’, and book three (not yet titled) has been worked out and is waiting in the wings for its turn in the spotlight.
She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.
She now lives her life around the following three quotes: “I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!” “Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?” “Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

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Ours Is The Winter by @LaurieEllingham #PublicationDayPush with @rararesources #BookBoost

I am delighted to be joining in with Laurie Ellingham’s Publication Day Push for Ours Is The Winter 🙂

Ours Is The Winter Publication Day push

Many thanks to Rachel at Rach RandomResources @rararesources for the opportunity.

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Ours Is The Winter

Journeying across the Arctic, their pasts are about to catch up with them. Erica, Molly and Noah are embarking on the challenge of a lifetime, driving Siberian huskies across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Cut off from the world and their loved ones and thrown together under gruelling conditions, it isn’t long before the cracks start to show.

Erica has it all. A loving husband, a successful career and the most adorable baby daughter. But Erica has been living a double life, and as she nears her fortieth birthday her lies threaten to come crashing down.

Molly was on her way to stardom. But when her brother died, so did her dreams of becoming an Olympic champion. Consumed by rage and grief, she has shut out everyone around her, but now she’s about to learn that comfort can come from the most unexpected places.

Noah has a darkness inside him and is hounded by nightmares from his past. Tortured, trapped and struggling to save his fractured relationship, he knows this journey is not going to help, but try telling his girlfriend that.

As their lives and lies become ever more entwined, it becomes clear that in the frozen wilds there is nowhere to hide.

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Laurie Ellingham

Laurie Ellingham lives on the Suffolk/Essex border with her two children, husband, and cockerpoo Rodney. She has a First Class honours degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, but her main love is writing and disappearing into the fictional world of her characters, preferably with a large coffee and a Twix (or two) to hand.

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The Gift by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture #BlogTour #BookReview

As The Gift has been published in paperback today, I thought I would re-share my review. Congratulations Louise Jensen & Bookouture 🙂

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Today I am over the moon to be taking part in Louise Jensen’s blog tour for The Gift! This book is amazing! I hope you will all be ordering your copy, if you haven’t already.

The Gift: The gripping psychological thriller everyone is talking about by [Jensen, Louise]

Publisher: Bookouture (16th December 2016)

The perfect daughter is dead. And a secret is eating her family alive…

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that…

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Christmas at the Candied Apple Café #BlogBlitz #AuthorInterview with @katheringarbera @HarperImpulse @rararesources #Giveaway

I have the pleasure of joining in with another Christmas book blog blitz today, including an interview with the author herself and a giveaway 🙂

Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe blog blitz

Katherine Garbera

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

I am the USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 90 books since making her first sale to Harlequin (Silhouette) Desire. Katherine is known for her sexy heroes, feisty heroines and sensual stories. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund.

My latest release from HarperImpulse is CHRISTMAS AT THE CANDIED APPLE CAFÉ. A seasonal story of love, chocolate and miralces!

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

The ideas for my stories come from everywhere. Usually from a combination of interesting news stories I’ve read, conversations with my hubby and kids, movies I watch, TV shows…pretty much everywhere. I have written a lot of books and so sometimes people are surprised I still have stories to tell, but I don’t think I’ve even come close to telling them all.

I’m also really nosey about people so I will watch them from behind my dark sunglasses and try to figure out why they are doing whatever they are doing. I have spent hours just watching people and being inspired by my version of their lives.

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

No they aren’t.

How do you pick your characters names?

I usually have an idea of the character in my head and then do a search for baby names that will fit. If I’m writing a hero like Mads I start with an image and then go and look for names that match. I can never start writing until I have the perfect name for the character. Sometimes if I’m stuck and can’t find it, I’ll use xxhero in place of the name and write some scenes in that characters point-ofview until his/her name is revealed to me.

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

I have always had to make money from writing since I was working before I got published and so I treated writing like a job—the most awesome job in the world! So I work every Monday – Friday. When my kids were little I wrote after I took them to school and when they were infants after I put them to bed (I had a strict 7pm bedtime for them). But now that they are grown I usually start writing at 8 a.m. I write in sprints of 10-15 minutes where I try to get 500 words down on the page. And then I take a 10-15 minute break where I either get up and walk around, dance to songs from Time To Dance playlist or play a computer game usually backgammon against the computer. Then I repeat this pattern until I’ve finished a chapter usually around 3000 words. I tend to finish up around 1. And then I take the rest of the day for social media or shopping or crafts (I love making cards and art journaling) or playing with my dog!

Who are your top 5 favourite authors?

There are really too many to name. ☺ But I love and will pick up anything written by Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lori Foster, Christne Feehan, Raeanne Thayne, Jill Shalvis and Sarah Morgan.

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

I would love to meet Judy Blume because her books had a huge influence on me as a girl. I’d just want to talk to her about life and writing.

Were you a big reader as a child?

Yes. In fact one year for Lent my mom challenged me to give up reading. I used to spend all of my free time on my bed reading. It was hard to do and the longest 40 days of my life, I’d rather give up chocolate or French fries than reading!!!

When did you start to write?

I started writing in 1992 when my daughter was six months old. At the time her father had a job he loved and I had a job that I really didn’t like and when I looked at my baby I thought I don’t want her growing up in a house where men get to do something they love and women have to just do whatever brings home the bacon. So I asked myself what I loved and there were two things being a mom and reading. And I had been starting and not finishing writing projects for several years (since I was 21, I was 23 at the time) and I decided that I would finish everything I started since I always didn’t want my daughter to be a quitter and that I would try writing.

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

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. I hate the ending. I felt like everything Anna has fought for was lost in the ending. I would give her the ending she deserves in my mind.

Is there a book you wish you had written?

Not really. I love the books I am writing and have written and have so many ideas for other stories that I don’t think I’d want to write someone else stories. ☺

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

They said she couldn’t so she did it.

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

I think I’d invite Santa Claus out for coffee and I’d take him to Starbucks. ☺

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on Ethan Caruthers story from my Harlequin Desire series The Wild Caruthers Bachelors.

Do you have a new release due?

I believe it will be out in August of next year. ☺

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

I’d like to say I do something glamorous and fun but usually I just have a glass of champagne with my husband at dinner.

How can readers keep in touch with you?

You can visit me on the web at or follow me on Facebook or instagram or twitter

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Katherine 🙂 and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for arranging the interview.

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Christmas at the Candied Apple Café

There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York… Santa is coming to New York!
Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!
Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.
If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

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Author Bio USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children and a very spoiled miniature dachshund. Social Media Links Fb: Twitter @katheringarbera Instagram

The Puppet Master #BlogBlitz #GuestPost with Abigail Osborne @Abigail_Author @Bloodhoundbook

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a lovely guest post from Abigail Osborne as part of her blog blitz for The Puppet Master!

Many thanks to Sarah Hardy, at Bloodhound Books, for the opportunity to join in.

Make sure you check out all of the fabulous book bloggers taking part…..

The Puppet Master blog tour

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Abigail Osborne

 1.      I have a deep-seated love affair with Porridge. When I was younger, my Mum said that for years I would only ever eat Porridge for breakfast. In fact, she was questioned as to my diet when a school project where everyone drew their favourite foods led to me telling everyone I only ever ate porridge whilst drawing a lovely bowl of it on the poster. I still love porridge and will happily eat it three times a day. I’m not allowed to buy it anymore as my husband gets so fed up of it. Not that he could ever come between me and my oats!

2. When I was a teenager I harboured a daft dream that I could be a singer, my voice is decent but nothing mind-blowing. But my very supportive Mum took me along to the X-Factor auditions. Not only was it the coldest day of my life, it cured me of any notion that I was in anyway cut out for singing. So much time was spent queuing outside. It is not as fun as the 3 second glimpse you get in the show. It was at a football stadium and we sat on the freezing cold stands for hours. I was horrified to learn that where the bottom of the stands met the pitch there were cardboard walls that all the singers went behind to audition. They lined the rim of the football pitch which was absolutely packed. The cardboard cut outs were utterly redundant as you could hear every audition and saw that person go around to audition. Soon it was my turn and I made the walk of terror down the steps, rather slowly given my frozen limbs and appeared in front of a very disinterested man sat on a chair. All I remember about him was his massive yellow puffer jacket and his clipboard. He looked me up and down and then said, ‘off  you go’. I was so nervous and terrified I ended up singing as quietly as possible in hopes no one could hear me behind the so called ‘cardboard wall of protection’. At the end of my song, he simply said ‘you are far too nervous, we don’t need nervous people.’ Surprisingly I wasn’t devastated. I had realised as soon as I sat down on that plastic seat in the stadium that this wasn’t for me. You could feel everyone’s hopes and dreams bearing down on you. I felt like an imposter as I slowly realised that my churlish dream of being a singer was actually more of a fanciful whim. I was completely out of place around these people who evidently had music in their blood, to whom this meant everything. They had been dreaming of this opportunity whereas I was actually more excited about finishing the book I had started on the journey. I only went ahead with it as I’d dragged my mum and my grandma out for almost six hours queuing so I felt I may as well give it a go. I did get an X-factor jumper with my audition number on it though. Nothing like a six-hour freezing cold wait to make you realise what you don’t want to do with your life.


3. I am a secret violin player. I started learning the violin when I was around 5 or 6. I loved it straight away. I had lessons for many years and even took part in my school orchestra. I had to be coerced into the orchestra by my form tutor because I hate playing my violin in front of people. Hate it, hate it, hate it! When I play my violin, it’s like the music enters my body and takes over my mind. I am mentally lost in the moment. But if there is someone else in the room or a chance someone may hear me then I can’t reach that stage and I will make so many mistakes the sound is more like a cat being strangled. I play beautifully on my own or with my trusted violin teacher, but it’s like I lose my knowledge of how to play when there are others around. Being part of an orchestra was amazing and I really wish I had someone to convince me I’m brave enough to do it again. But alas, I’m sure my form teacher is retired now and wouldn’t fancy dragging me to another orchestra so I had no choice but to play. I’m pretty sure my husband thinks I don’t know how to play the violin as I’ve never used it in front of him and always put it back in its hiding place so he won’t ask me to play.

4.      I absolutely detest sand. Going to the beach is like a really awful game of don’t touch the sand. Remember when you used to be a child and you’d jump around the furniture trying not to touch the ground because it was lava – no? Just me? – ah well you get the idea. That is me on a beach. I hate sand and will walk over craggy rocks and stone beaches just to avoid the sandy beaches. You see glowing sand, gently caressing your feet as you walk. I see evil particles of dirt just waiting to jump into every nook and cranny meaning you have to shower at least twenty times to be sand free!

5. Young Adult Romance and Fantasy books are my guilty pleasure. I don’t know what it is about this genre but the relationships and that intense, all-consuming love just gets me every time. I think with adult romance, it doesn’t grip me the same way because Adults are sensible (sometimes) and the love can’t be all consuming because we have jobs and lives that get in the way. But in these books, the girl and boy are just each other’s world and the guy regularly puts his life on the line to save her and who can resist that. When would you get to experience that in real life? I try not to read them too much as I tend to get depressed that my husband isn’t an all-powerful assassin that stops being evil because of my love.


The Pupper Master

 Book Description:


Billie is hiding from the world in fear of a man who nearly destroyed her. But a chance meeting with budding journalist, Adam, sparks a relationship that could free her from her life of isolation and fear.

Unbeknown to Billie, Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives he believes she has ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him. As an unwanted attraction blossoms between them, Adam comes to realise that all is not as it seems.

Who is really pulling the strings? And are Adam and Billie both being played?

One thing is for sure, The Master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.

Author Bio:

Abigail Osbourne
Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. ‘The Puppet Master’ is Abigail’s debut novel and has unleashed a passion for writing. When not writing or reading Abigail is usually playing her violin or hiding from her much too energetic cats. She also works as a Needs Assessor for disabled university students in the West Midlands.


Dark Chapter #BlogTour Winnie M Li @winniemli @Legend_Press #BookReview

Firstly, my sincere apologies to Winnie M Li and Legend Press for this post being a day late, but I am thrilled to be joining in with this blog tour.

Dark Chapter blog tour

My review…..

In Dark Chapter we meet Vivian. She’s a successful 29 year old woman who, in her spare time, enjoys her own company, taking hikes in places she visits for work. On one such hike in Belfast she is violently assaulted and raped by a teenage traveller.

This is technically fiction, but it is based on the author’s personal experience of rape and I think this shows in the story as it is a brutally honest account of the attack, the trial and how it affects her life from that day on. I can’t even imagine how I would begin to move on from such a horrific ordeal.

The story alternates in perspective between Vivian and her 15 year old attacker, Johnny. Reading the story from Johnny’s perspective is quite an eye opener as he shows no real remorse and only seems to be sorry that he was caught. It’s scary to think how many men there are like him in this world and who show such violence and disrespect for women at such a young age.

This is obviously not an easy read, but one I was completely immersed in. Vivian and Johnny live very different lives, but a chance meeting on a day in April changed both of their lives forever.

A difficult storyline, brilliantly written. I’m sure it will go some way in encouraging other women and girls to report these attacks and seek the justice deserved.

Many thanks to Imogen, at Legend Press, for my ARC.

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Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a 15-year-old Irish teenager, living a neglected life on the margins of society. On a bright spring afternoon in West Belfast, their paths collide during a horrifying act of violence. In the aftermath, each is forced to confront the chain of events that led to the attack. Inspired by true events, this is a story of the dark chapters and chance encounters that can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.

Winner of Not the Booker Prize 2017

A Bit About the Author:

Winnie M Li

Winnie M Li is a writer and producer. A Harvard graduate, she has written for travel guide books, produced independent feature films, programmed for film festivals and developed ecotourism projects. After graduating with Distinction in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, she now writes across a range of media (including the Huffington Post), runs arts festivals, and is a PhD researcher at LSE. Winnie lives in London, yet is somewhat addicted to travel

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