#NewCoverReveal #TheDevilsPoetry by @LouiseCole44 #Review #BlogTour

It’s sleek, it’s sexy and it’s PURPLE!!
This is the stunningly beautiful new cover for Louise Cole’s, The Devil’s Poetry, a book I instantly fell in love with and was very gratefully given a signed copy from Louise!
An action packed, love story with a sprinking of paranormal adventure, definitely one to add to your reading list.
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The Devil’s Poetry by Louise Cole
book blurb
Questions are dangerous but answers can be deadly.
Callie’s world will be lost to war – unless she can unlock the magic of an ancient
manuscript. She and her friends will be sent to the front line. Many of them won’t
come back. When a secret order tells her she can bring peace by reading from a book,
it seems an easy solution – too easy. Callie soon finds herself hunted, trapped
between desperate allies and diabolical enemies. The Order is every bit as ruthless as
the paranormal Cadaveri.
Callie can only trust two people – her best friend and her ex-marine bodyguard. And
they are on different sides. She must decide: how far will she go to stop a war?
Dare she read this book? What’s the price – and who pays it?
Commended in the Yeovil Prize 2016, this is an action-packed blend of adventure,
fantasy and love story.
buy links
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35148705the-devils
poetry
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B06XWL4XPJ
meet the author

 

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Louise Cole has spent her life reading and writing. And very occasionally gardening.
Sometimes she reads as she gardens. She can be seen walking her dogs around North
Yorkshire – she’s the one with a couple of cocker spaniels and a Kindle. She read
English at Oxford – read being the operative word – and hasn’t stopped reading since.
In her day-job she is an award-winning journalist, a former business magazine editor
and director of a media agency. She writes about business but mainly the business of
moving things around: transport, logistics, trucks, ships, and people.
Her fiction includes short stories, young adult thrillers, and other stuff which is still
cooking.
Her YA and kids’ fiction is represented by Greenhouse Literary Agency and she is
also published on Amazon as one of the Marisa Hayworth triumvirate.
review by nicola

Where to start with this book?!

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!

Now i could leave my review like that but i wont!!

Now don’t let the title put you off, it isn’t a poetry book or a book about the devil but a beautiful story about Callie. Her life has never been easy, loosing her Mother at a young age, felling like she never fits it and a Father that’s very distant with her on an emotional level.

Callie has always found comfort in her books, much to her Father’s dislike, so when a book thats been thrown into her hands calls to her…… yes, really calls to her, she grips it with both hands, and it doesn’t matter that an army of the Cadaveri will stop at nothing to have the book or that Jace has warned her NOT to read it, Callie just cant help herself and suddenly finder herself having to save the world!!

I loved the sweet relationship that blossomed between Callie and Jace throughout the book, Jace’s passion and dedication on wanting to do whats right for the Order and doing whats right for Callie is tested all the way through (think that’s what makes me love him as a character) and the test of friendship between Callie and Amber. Have to say I’ve never disliked a character as much as i disliked Ella, shes rude, pigheaded and thinks she knows everything……i did have a pang of guilt for disliking her so much towards the end of the book.

This book is so action packed it could give Jason Bourne a run for his money! Its fast paced, with twists and turns galore. You think its going one way then the author swiftly spins you around and into a whole new direction, which i loved! Its gripping, entertaining, and with just the right amount of romance to keep you hooked! Louise is a new author to me and if her books that follow are just as good or even better than this she’ll have a massive following in no time, with me in the front spot!! Now whens the next book out?!?

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#CoverReveal – #KissCollector by @Wendy_Higgins @harperteen

It is with great delight that I finally get to share Wendy Higgins’ cover for her latest book, Kiss Collector!
It’s sleek, stylish and very apt for a YA Contemporary Romance Book. So I’ll stop my waffling and let you see the fab cover……
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KISS COLLECTOR
from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins
YA Contemporary Romance
book blurb
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

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Be sure to add ot to your TBR list and have a good old stalk at Wendy’s facebook page!

~N~

 

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#BlogTour – #RestlessCoffins by @EllingtonWright @bwpublishing #Review

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book blurb

A HAUNTED MAN. A BURIED PAST. A JOURNEY INTO DARKNESS.

‘Brother, a dead body can’t run from a coffin, but their spirit sure as hell can try.’

1967, Bristol. Life is tough for JT Ellington, ex-cop and reluctant private eye. He’s still trading in favours, helping those scared of the police or trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

But when news arrives of a tragedy that’s unfolded thousands of miles away, JT’s life gets even tougher. He needs to journey home to Barbados to pay his final respects – but first he must travel to New York, where his cousin Vic is boss of a criminal empire.

On Harlem’s mean streets, JT is fast entangled with Evangeline – a smooth as velvet Black Panther – along with Pigfoot, a Bajan too flash with his knife. As the underworld draws him in, JT discovers the extent of Vic’s criminal activities – a web of violence that stretches to Barbados and back, and connects him to the deaths of JT’s beloved wife and daughter.

Embroiled in a world of drugs, corruption, voodoo and the legacy of slavery, can JT escape the demons of his past as he returns to the island of his birth?

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review by nicola

Lock the door and throw away the key! Seriously you don’t want anyone taking away your precious time when reading Restless Coffins.

M.P. Wright is a new to me author with Restless Coffins being book 3 in the series, I’d say you’re fine jumping straight in but if you like to read a series in order then definitely get books 1 & 2.

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I really enjoyed Mr Wright’s writing style, he drew me in from the start and didn’t let me go until the last page. I was captivated by the story and eager to turn those pages, even though most nights it was way past my bedtime. Its a dark and edgy read, i loved the accents (i did have to read a few lines more than once but im blaming the late nights and not wanting to put the book down in those words not sinking in!) The book has the perfect mix of thrills, twists and emotions that keeps the reader on their toes for the whole book.

The cover was definitely an eye catcher for me and the simple sentance on the back had me needing this book for my shelf –

‘Brother, a dead body can’t run from a coffin, but their spirit sure as hell can try.’ 

And then when my book arrived I have my very own miniature coffin and trinkets, what’s not to love?!!

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M.P. Wright is now on my author watch list, I’m looking forward to future releases and slowly checking out his previous books. If you love your crime books detailed and gripping then this series is one to stick your nose into!

4 APPLES

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I’d like to thank Black & White Publishing for my advanced copy and to M.P. Wright for my wonderful little gift.

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Blog Tour Review – The Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan.

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Vanishing Girls by Lisa Regan – publishing on 17th January 2018
book blurb
 
The little girl curled into a tiny ball as the chamber grew colder around her.
“Please,” she whispered, rocking back and forth. “I want to go home.”
When Isabelle Coleman, a blonde, beautiful young girl goes missing, everyone from the small town of Denton joins the search. They can find no trace of the town’s darling, but Detective Josie Quinn finds another girl they didn’t even know was missing.Mute and unresponsive, it’s clear this mysterious girl has been damaged beyond repair. All Josie can get from her is the name of a third girl and a flash of a neon tongue piercing that matches Isabelle’s.The race is on to find Isabelle alive, and Josie fears there may be other girls in terrible danger. When the trail leads her to a cold case labelled a hoax by authorities, Josie begins to wonder is there anyone left she can trust?

Someone in this close-knit town is committing unspeakable crimes. Can Josie catch the killer before another victim loses their life?

Utterly gripping crime for readers who adored Angela Marsons, Helen Fields and Robert Dugoni. You will be sleeping with the lights on once you discover the first in this unputdownable new crime thriller series.

meet the author
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Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com
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review by nicola
24 days…. 24 days I’ve waited to share my review with everyone and now that it’s here I’m like a giddy kipper! Now if I were to do my review in gifs (anyone who knows me knows I love a good gif or 10!) Then this is how the review would look…..

But let’s put it into words,

I FREAKIN LOVED IT!!

Lisa, I have to apologise for my loopy #TweetReading but it was needed! From start to finish it took me 48 hours, I’m a mother of 2 so my sleep is precious to me but not with this book! Two nights of 2am bedtimes and I closed the book with my jaw dropped for a good half hour! There we so many twists, turns and total plot shocks I was simply hooked….. line and sinker!

Josie Quinn is my type of woman, screw the rules if it gets the job done! She’s a total hard arse when it comes to the job so I enjoyed seeing her vunrable side, when she let it show. Her ex husband, oh I had a few choice words for him once things can to light, I both loved and hated him. Loved him for showing he cared about Josie but also hated him for, well, no spoilers! I will say I did have a couple of teary moments, and I wasn’ expecting that with this book.

If you love your thrillrs fast paced, detailed and at times a lot bit gruesome then this is definitely a book for you to buy. I loved the ending, I wasn’t expecting everything to be fully wrapped up with a bow on top (i thought some things were going to be kept for book 2) but im glad Lisa did tie off all the loose ends.

An absolute epic read and very worthy of my 5 golden apples! I can’t wait to see what book 2 brings and any other books that she writes, I’m truly a fan from the very beginning!!

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Review – The Silent Girls by Dylan Young.

Woohoo It’s tour day for Dylan Young’s newest book, The Silent Girls.

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Title:              The Silent Girls

Author:          Dylan Young  

   🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2gD4wXE

🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2zys4Rc

 book blurb

‘Ambulance and police. Something’s happened. I don’t know what. But my little girl.’ A sob choked off the sentence… ‘It’s my daughter.’

When a young girl disappears from the edge of the local forest, the Gloucestershire police are convinced she’s been taken by the same killer who stabbed to death beautiful, young Emily Risman eighteen years ago. They’re desperate to finally have the evidence to put him away. To save another girl before it’s too late.

Only Detective Anna Gwynne thinks he isn’t the real killer.

Anna can’t find proof and as time is running out, she realises she needs to get inside the killer’s twisted mind. And she knows just who to ask. Hector Shaw, in prison for killing the six men who caused his own daughter’s death.

Can Anna get what she needs from Hector before another life is lost, or could he lead her down a path that puts her own life in grave danger?

An absolutely page-turning thriller that will have you hooked. If you love Val McDermid, Angela Marsons and M.J. Arlidge, you won’t be able to put down The Silent Girls.

 meet the author

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Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for university in London. A career in the NHS followed, but the urge to write never went away. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties, two of which were made into BBC films. Over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But his liking for crime (writing) never died. The Silent Girls releases 19th January with the second book to follow soon after. 

social links

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/dyoungwrites/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/dyoungwrites

WEBSITE: http://www.dylanyoungauthor.com/

review by nicola

Where do I start?!

Hold onto your hats for a heartpoundlingly gripping read that will knock your socks right off!

I loved every aspect of this book, from the cover to the blurb, from the relationship between Anna and her team. But my absolute favourite parts were the ones where Hector Shaw was involved….. does that make me a little twisted? Never would I imagine that he would be so involved in helping…. I mean who asks a killer to catch a killer?!!

The plot was thick and fast. The characters very well though out and the story was just amazing. It seriously is a heartpoundingly gripping read!

Dylan, you hit every nail firmly on the head for me and I CAN NOT WAIT to see what you bring us next!

*** I would like to point out that each and every ! was needed in this review 😂 ***

4 APPLES

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Many thanks to Noelle and Bookouture for my copy of this book.

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DOORWAYS by Robert Enright blog Tour

 

 

DOORWAYS

by

Robert Enright

 

 

 

 

DOORWAYS is the first in the Bermuda Jones series, following the agent and his partner, Argyle, as they manage the truce between our world and The Otherside.

A world that envelopes our own but is only seen by a few humans who possess ‘The Knack’. Bermuda, however, is the only human to not only pass The Otherside and return, but the only one who can physically interact with the creatures, known as ‘Others’.

When people start going from places that they physically can’t, Bermuda & Argyle investigate, where they discover a threat to humanity that is only days away. As well as dealing with his self-imposed exile from his daughter, Bermuda races against time to try to save the world.

And for just this week, it is only 99p on Kindle. So get it now, as the sequel, THE ABSENT MAN, will be launching in March this year, as well as an upcoming novella and the THIRD in the series.

 

 

 

 

Doorways:

 

 

 

I am a thirty year old man child with aspirations of writing bizarre stories for a living!

Writing is my life and since I can remember it is something I have naturally done, be it silly stories at school or role-playing games during my teens. I was about 16/17 when I designed my first comic book series and since then have swung from idea to idea.

Then in March 2015, I released ONE BY ONE with the sole intention of getting one five star review. It far exceeded that and since then I have written DOORWAYS, which was signed up by Urbane Publications in September 2015 and released in October 2016. Again, the response has been overwhelming.

I saw my books hit the Waterstones charts but the end goal soon changed. I have since reclaimed the rights to Doorways and am now taking the Bermuda Jones series down the Self-Publishing route. It’s an exciting time.

I dream up rugged anti-heroes or crazy worlds on a fairly regular basis and I have promised myself they will all be committed to the written word. Believe me!

As always, you readers are more important than you know and I hope you will continue to read and enjoy. Also, make sure you sign up to the Reader Group!

Rob

Website: http://www.robertenright.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/REnright_Author

 

 

 

DOORWAYS ~ CHAPTER TWO

The large, red bus slowly rattled to a stop, jolting slightly at some poor brake-work from the driver. Jess Lambert jolted from her drunken doze, startled by the sudden jerk. She looked out of the window on the upper deck at the streets below, her eyes fuzzy with the final strands of sleep clutching at her. It took a few moments before she realised that she still had a few more stops, the 343 bus making its final route of the night towards Peckham in southeast London.
Dressed in a tight-fitting red dress, she adjusted on her seat and rested her head against the glass. Scanning the bus, she saw an old man, his hands firmly clasping his carrier bag that swung between his legs. Sat further down, a young lad, no more than twenty, was fast asleep. She could almost see the alcoholic aroma wafting from him.
She sighed, closing her eyes again, and smiled.
The launch party for a new designer perfume she had attended was a step in the right direction. Employed as one of the show models, she was actually starting to feel like she could have a career in modelling. She was approached when she was eighteen, attending university to gain a degree in English. With flowing blond hair that cascaded down her defined face, she was aware that she garnered a lot of attention. Whilst doing small modelling jobs to help pay her way through university, she signed up with Vision, a fast-rising talent agency in London, as soon as she graduated. Now, aged twenty-six, she was starting to make a name for herself, performing at catwalk shows and launch parties for some high-profile clients.
She sighed, regretting the few extra cocktails she had drunk at the after-party, but the excitement of mixing with TV personalities and musicians overwhelmed her. Rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous of London was why she moved to the city after graduation—the chance to live a life of luxury that teaching wouldn’t have brought her.
Her phone buzzed in her designer handbag, a warning that her battery was critically low. She also had a message, sent at just after midnight from her best friend, Sophie Summers.
Sorry Jess, had to leave. God that guy was a dick!! Enjoy the rest of the party and don’t do anything too naughty. 😉 xx
She smiled. She had met Sophie on her first day at Vision and they bonded straight away. The same age as her, Sophie wasn’t as tall as Jess but she was strikingly beautiful. Her dark, flowing hair was offset by her piercing brown eyes that were tinged with flecks of green. Her cheekbones were sharp and rested above gorgeous dimples when she flashed her beaming smile. Jess thought of her previous best friends and how they had almost turned their noses up at her pursuing a modelling career. Not Sophie.
Sophie went with her to auditions and attended all of her events. Jess did likewise, offsetting the quieter periods of work by temping in local offices. Their two-bedroom flat, which sat on the third floor of a building surrounded by a gorgeous courtyard of fresh flowers and well-kept trees, was slightly more expensive than she would have liked to have paid. But now, especially with this recent modelling contract, she was beginning to enjoy the more lavish lifestyle she was leading. Jess then cursed herself for being prudent, knowing a cab journey, although more expensive, would have meant she would have been home already. Old habits die hard.
She sat up straight and her fingers began clicking on the screen of her phone, and within a few moments a message was sending its way to her best friend.
Haha. I want to hear all about it. Just about to get off the bus so will be home soon xx.
She smiled, but then shuffled uncomfortably on her seat. Another message was sent to Sophie.
Really need to pee! 😦
As soon as the message sent, her screen flickered to black and she was greeted with a no power icon. She tutted and dropped her phone into her bag. She ran a hand through her hair, making a note to wash it in the morning.
The bus turned a corner and drove down Peckham High Street, all of the shops dark and the shutters down. A few drunk civilians wandered aimlessly up the street, their footsteps anything but synchronized. A few cars sped past in the opposite direction, their headlights interrupting her half sleep. She opened her eyes, realised where they were and then pressed the button. A shrill ding echoed through the bus, notifying the driver of her exit at the next stop.
She took a final look around the bus; the old man had left at a previous stop without her realising. The young drunkard had slid further down his seat, waiting to be woken when the bus came to its final stop however many stops beyond his destination. The bus slowly pulled into the bus stop just beyond Peckham Rye Station and she carefully stepped up, her feet and calves killing her from the heels she had cruelly strapped to her own feet.
The doors hissed and opened as Jess waved her thanks and stepped off, the briskness of the spring night time catching her by surprise. She fished her cardigan from her bag and wrapped it around her, the effect minimal.
The road was dead quiet; the only noise was the reducing hum of the bus’s engine as it disappeared further up the road. A few lampposts illuminated the street, their light striking the roofs of the cars that lined the pavement. Jess wrapped her arms around her chest and began walking, her head down as the spring breeze whipped by. Her heels clopped against the pavement as she took extra-special care to navigate the crooked concrete as the night’s worth of alcohol suddenly hit her. She stopped briefly outside a grand house, the wall providing perfect support as she hunched over, feeling the impending burst of vomit on its way. She composed herself, resisting the want to throw up, at least until she got home, and turned left onto a small street.
It was another ten minutes to Garland House where Soph would undoubtedly greet her with a cup of tea, toast, and stories of the TV star that she ditched at the party. She willed herself to get home quicker and then stopped as she noticed a small walkway that cut through two blocks of flats. Both buildings were over four stories high, and as she tried to peer through the darkness she could just make out the streetlights at the other end. As she squinted, she was sure she could see the front gates of Garland House.
She looked around; there was nobody on the streets. It was almost two thirty in the morning and over two hours since Sophie had sent her message. Her want to get home to the warmth of her flat and the safety of her best friend made her mind up for her.
She had no idea of the two jet-black eyes that were staring at her, willing her to enter the dark tunnel before her—the piercing stare that was urging her to step in and be one with the shadows.
As the wind blew her long blond hair behind her, she took a deep breath and stepped into the alleyway, hoping to be home soon.

He had sat and watched the world go by for hours. Watching as all the people—male, female, black, white—walked through the streets, all convinced that their existence was linked to some sort of importance. All certain that the world would miss them should they suddenly embrace the insignificance of their miserable lives.
The cars, powered by a resource that was destroying their world, whizzed by. Humans, wanting to see and experience the world without even a thought of the cost. That was what angered him most.
The arrogance of man.
A whole planet, an entire world, which they felt was their birthright to conquer. Their attitudes to animals, other inhabitants of the planet, that they slayed for food, even for sport. Yet the moment their puny race faced any type of threat, they see it as morally wrong.
Foolish people. An abhorrent race.
As he sat on the wall of the large home, he watched as the family walked through the gates. The male, with his fading hair and large stomach, eagerly encouraged a young boy as he hazardly wobbled on a bike. They soon disappeared from sight, which he found pleasing.
More instances of human interaction, all blindly walking past him, none of them aware of the power or danger his very attendance demanded. His dark, black eyes stared out, watching everything he despised. They sat in his sharp marble-like face. His skin, a faded grey, clung tightly to his otherworldly skull. Three large scars ran down one cheek, the physical reminders of the torture he suffered. The branding of an apparent ‘traitor’. His escape from the Otherside was marvellous, ripping free of their shackles and leaving a trail of bodies all the way to the gates.
He had removed the guards’ heads as he passed through, a final gesture of contempt to the world that tried to lock him away. He shook the memory from his mind, his white hair swaying as it hung shabbily to the bottom of his neck.
Soon the sun retreated and the world became more familiar, the shadows painting themselves over the street with an aggressive beauty. He saw a few of his own kind, Others who had been granted asylum on this side of the gate. They filtered past pathetically; none of them dared to make eye contact with him.
He smiled, his razor-sharp teeth coming together like a broken zip. The Otherside knew who he was, and if Earth had any idea—if the humans could see—him then they would run too.
That time was fast approaching.
He reached a grey hand into the inside of his black suit, the blazer frayed at the edges from wear and tear. His long, spindly fingers wrapped round the latch stone that hung from his neck. His sharp nails dug into his skin, its thickness absorbing the pain.
Suddenly his head turned; the sound of high heels clicking against the pavement echoed throughout the street. He saw her and instantly knew she would be the one. He was in the correct place, as he had been for all of the others, and he watched as the blond woman carefully walked down the street.
Another puny human, intoxicated on a needless beverage that rendered them even more useless and pathetic. There would be some of them who would shed tears, but they should be thanking him for his work. His eradication of the vile stains of humanity. She leant over near a wall; he could see her back arching as she took deep breaths.
He sat, strumming his long nails against the brick that he rested his hand upon. He knew she couldn’t see him as she slowly turned the corner, her focus on just keeping herself standing.
He pushed himself up off the wall and lifted his top hat that had sat next to him the entire time. As jet black as his suit, he dusted some flint from the brim and then rested it atop of his shabby hair. He took a few slow steps towards her, his eyes sparkling with anticipation as he reached into his pocket and pulled out the crudely carved device.
Another one for his collection.
He could almost feel her, how good it would be when she belonged to him.
She stopped still.
For a second he thought she had seen him, her eyes focused dead ahead of her where he stood. She then glanced towards the small alleyway, the dark tunnel where they would become one.
Where she would be his.
He readied himself, his hand grasping the sharp edges of his device, and as he prepared to snare her and the inevitable screaming and panic as she fought against a force she could not see begun, a smile spread across his face. Jagged teeth lit up by the fading lamppost above.
She willingly turned and walked into the alleyway.
He watched with delight as she stumbled between the two buildings, her handbag swinging from her arm. It was all too easy.
The previous eight had all been easy; the human race had no way of stopping what he was becoming. But this was being served up on a platter.
As she disappeared into the shadow, her footsteps echoed and bounced off the surrounding walls.
With a calm quickness, he followed her into the black.
She wouldn’t emerge from the other end.

 

 

 

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Blog Tour Review – Truth or Dead by T.J. Brearton.

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TRUTH OR DEAD by T.J. Brearton

How far would you go to protect your kids?

On her drive to work, Heather Moss gets a phone call which will turn her life upside-down. If she doesn’t do what the caller wants, they will kill her two little girls.

An inmate dies in the county jail. He was a witness who could have brought down notorious criminal Mario Palumbo.

Special Agent Tom Lange is trying to get his life back together after losing his brother Nick. And he thinks Palumbo was responsible for Nick’s death.

Tom desperately wants the evidence to point to Palumbo, but it doesn’t all add up.

Can Tom protect Heather and bring down crime boss Palumbo? He faces a choice between the truth and getting the result he wants.

Set in Florida, this atmospheric thriller will keep you turning the pages till the tension-packed conclusion.

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T.J. Brearton is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novels Gone and Dead Gone, both of which have ranked among Amazon Kindle’s top 100. His Titan trilogy has been an international best-seller. With Ted Magee, Brearton wrote Bare Knuckle, a martial arts film, and wrote and directed Breathe, about amateur MMA fighter Lane Buzzell on an undefeated streak.

He has written more than a dozen novels, mostly crime thrillers, including one paranormal mystery, and published short fiction in numerous literary journals. He lives in the Adirondack Mountains of New York with his wife and three children where he writes full time, takes out the trash, and competes with his kids for his wife’s attention.

Website http://tjbrearton.com/

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

Twitter @BreartonTJ

review by nicola

Book 2 of the series but I’d have never guessed! This story kicks off in high gear when Heather Moss ‘kills’ an inmate at the county jail where she works….. but it’s all to keep her children from harms way, right?! This book is action packed, having you think that everyone is a suspect and there’s some that definitely deserve to be on that list!

Mr Brearton has a very cunning mind for they way he has written this book. Each garden path is plotted to the smallest detail and that’ what made this book so enjoyable for me! By far my favourite character was Tom. Ready to prove himself after his time away (for what happened in book 1 but let’s leave those details for you to read) I felt like he felt the need to prove he could do his job yet again and that, at times he took situations on a personal level and at times I really felt for him.

If you love your reads action packed with relatable characters and one that has you guessing from start to end then this book is definitely for you! I look forward to reading book 1 (to catch up on the details) and for other books that Mr Brearton throws at us in the future.

4 APPLES

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Blog Tour Review – Thieves on the Fens by Joy Ellis.

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THIEVES ON THE FENS by Joy Ellis

DI Nikki Galena gets a series of anonymous calls. She is told the place, time, and who will die.

But the messages are in a secret language used only by villains. Nikki and her team must decode the riddles and work out where the threats are coming from.

Meanwhile, the Fens have been hit by a series of “designer burglaries.” It appears that a new gang of thieves are stealing to order.

And things get very close to home when a friend of Nikki’s mother dies suddenly and perhaps suspiciously.

Do any of these events relate, and can Nikki stop the thieves on the fens, before anyone else dies? 

Full of twists and turns, this is a crime thriller that will keep you turning the pages until the heart-stopping ending.

The complex cases will come to a head in one of the most complex and absorbing books yet in the series. This is book 8 of the international best-selling books featuring Nikki Galena.

THE DETECTIVE
DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she’s seen a girl die in her arms and her own family destroyed. She’s tough on criminals but fiercely loyal to her team.

HER PARTNER
DS Joseph Easter is the squeaky-clean member of the team. But his nickname “Holy Joe” belies his former life as a soldier. He has a daughter and an ex-wife who wants his attention.

THE SETTING
The Lincolnshire Fens: great open skies brood over marshes, farmland, and nature reserves. It is not easy terrain for the Fenland Constabulary to police, due to the distances between some of the remote Fen villages, the dangerous and often misty lanes, and the poor telephone coverage. There are still villages where the oldest residents have never set foot outside their own farmland and a visit to the nearest town is a major event. But it has a strange airy beauty to it, and above it all are the biggest skies you’ve ever seen.

DISCOVER YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE MYSTERY SERIES NOW
Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Bryndza, Mel Sherratt, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, or Ruth Rendell.

ALSO BY JOY ELLIS
THE NIKKI GALENA SERIES
Book 1: CRIME ON THE FENS
Book 2: SHADOW OVER THE FENS
Book 3: HUNTED ON THE FENS
Book 4: KILLER ON THE FENS
Book 5: STALKER ON THE FENS
Book 6: CAPTIVE ON THE FENS
Book 7: BURIED ON THE FENS
Book 8: THIEVES ON THE FENS

JACKMAN & EVANS
Book 1: THE MURDERER’S SON
Book 2: THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS
Book 3: THE FOURTH FRIEND

meet the author

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JOY ELLIS

UK #1 Best Seller with THEIR LOST DAUGHTERS and THE FOURTH FRIEND

700,000 books sold and rising!

“I was born in Kent but spent most of my working life in London and Surrey. I was an apprentice florist to Constance Spry Ltd, a prestigious Mayfair shop that throughout the sixties and seventies teemed with both royalty and ‘real’ celebrities. What an eye-opener for a working-class kid from the Garden of England! I swore then, probably whilst I was scrubbing the floor or making the tea, that I would have a shop of my own one day. It took until the early eighties, but I did it. Sadly the recession wiped us out, and I embarked on a series of weird and wonderful jobs; the last one being a bookshop manager. Surrounded by books all day, getting to order whatever you liked, and being paid for it! Oh bliss!

And now I live in a village in the Lincolnshire Fens with my partner, Jacqueline, and our two second generation Springer spaniels. I had been writing mysteries for years but never had the time to take it seriously. Now I can, and as my partner is a highly decorated retired police officer; my choice of genre was suddenly clear. I have set my crime thrillers here in the misty fens because I sincerely love the remoteness and airy beauty of the marshlands. This area is steeped in superstitions and lends itself so well to murder!”

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review by nicola

This book throws you straight into the plot of the book in the first sentence and the pace doesn’t slow down for you to even catch your breath, just the way I like them! If it’s not the killer keeping you on your toes then it’s the spate of burglaries that poor Nikki and her team have to deal with.

This is definitely an action packed, plot twistingly fabulous read. It ticks all the boxes that I look for in a books and it was definitely worth the lack of sleep due to my ‘one more chapter’ stint. Nikki and her team had me hooked, I enjoyed how well the characters evolved and worked together throughout the book, making them feel believable and real.

I feel that Joy has done an amazing job plotting and setting  this book right down to the smallest of details (I would love to see your search history lol)

This is book 8 in the Nikki Galena series and not having read the previous books I can honestly say that this can be read as a stand alone, if you like to know every single detail of every character then obviously start at book 1 and work your way though.

A highly recommended book from me that’s now got me adding the rest of the series to my TBR list 😀

4 APPLES

Massive thanks you Joffe books and Joy Ellis for the advanced readers copy and to Jill at Books n All for another fabulous book tour!

 

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Blog Blitz Review – Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray.

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 Title: HER BEST FRIEND

Author: SARAH WRAY

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🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2f7b24I
🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2wDhAOD

book blurb

You couldn’t have done anything to save her.
Or could you?

Sylvie Armstrong has been running from her past for twenty years – until her mother’s death forces her to return to her home town, along with her newborn daughter.

Overwhelmed by grief in her childhood home, Sylvie tries to block out the memories that surround her – but then someone leaves a gift on her doorstep: a gold necklace with a heart-shaped locket.

This locket belonged to Sylvie’s best friend, Victoria Preston – and she was wearing it the night she died. Now it’s back in Sylvie’s life…and it soon becomes clear that somebody knows what really happened to Victoria.

Sylvie has to know the truth. But is she in terrible danger?

A gripping, page-turning psychological thriller with a final twist that will leave you open-mouthed. Fans of Sophie Hannah, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be hooked.

 meet the author

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Sarah Wray is originally from Yorkshire but now lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne where she works as a technology writer and editor. She won a Northern Writers’ Award (Arvon Award) in 2015 for an early version of her first novel.

Author Social Media Links:

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

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/Sarah_Wray

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

review by nicola

Prepare to have your jaw hit the floor with Sarah Wray’s book, Her Best Friend!

Sylvie heads home (if that’s what she can call it) after leaving 20 years ago. So much hurt and bad memories surround her home village and you can tell that these memories have scared her for life. Facing it alone and head on I was worried that she would fall apart over the pages but she shocked me. Reliving those memories showed me an inside peek into her teenage years and what led to the death of her best friend, Victoria.

Having ‘met’ Victoria I took an instant dislike to her, especially her attitude to poor Michelle who only wanted someone to latch on to, even though she gave me the stalker vibe I kind of liked her. I felt like Victoria had this ‘everyone owes me’ attitude, even sometimes with Sylvie. I really feel for Sylvie in this book, she’s never really let go of the past and to be honest who can blame her?!

Now I’m usually one for fast paced books where all the action explodes from the get go but this book takes its time, setting scenes, introducing characters and adding detail and at times this annoyed me but I understand why Sarah did it this way, before I knew it I was sucked into the story and eager for the story to unfold….. which it does with a bang! That ending…. seriously?!! May jaw still hurts…. as I sat there chanting no….nooo…..nooooo…..really! I turned back a few pages to make sure I hadn’t misread what I had just read! Did I guess whodunit, yes and no, but it was still a GASP reaction all the same.

All in all this was an enjoyable read, I wouldn’t say I consumed the book in one sitting but when it was put down i felt like the book was still with me, my mind ticking over about what I had just read and had me rethinking what I felt about certain people in the book.

4 APPLES

A massive thanks to Bookouture, Netgalley and Sarah Wray for my advanced review copy. Also thanks to Noelle for letting me join yet another fab book tour!

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Blog Blast Review – Dying Breath by Helen Phifer.

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Title: DYING BREATH

Author: HELEN PHIFER 

 🇬🇧 UK http://amzn.to/2kwbxut

  🇺🇸 US http://amzn.to/2y7pqEK 

book blurb

Take a breath. Pray it’s not your last.

Just a few months after a terrifying case that nearly took her life, Detective Lucy Harwin is back with her squad in the coastal town of Brooklyn Bay – and this time, she’s faced with a case more horrifying than anything she’s encountered.

Along with her partner, Detective Mattie Jackson, Lucy is investigating what appears to be a vicious but isolated murder; a woman found bludgeoned to death on a lonely patch of wasteland.

But when a second victim is discovered strangled in an alleyway, then a young family shot in their own home, Lucy and the team must face the unthinkable reality – a killer is walking the streets of their quiet coastal town.

While Lucy and the team try to find the link between these seemingly unconnected murders, they uncover a disturbing truth – these murders are replicating those carried out by infamous serial killers.

Lucy must get to the killer before he strikes again. But he’s got his sights on her, and is getting ever closer… Can she save herself, before she becomes the final piece in his twisted game? 

meet the author

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Helen Phifer lives in a small town called Barrow-in-Furness with her husband and five children.

Helen has always loved writing and reading. Her love of horror films and novels is legendary. Helen adores reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.

Helen’s debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series. The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House, The Girls in the Woods and The Face Behind the Mask.

The Good Sisters is a standalone horror story which will scare the pants off you or so her lovely readers have told her. It scared Helen when she was writing it so she pretty much agrees with them.

March 2017 saw the release of psychological thriller Dark House (previously called The Lost Children), book 1 in the Detective Inspector Lucy Harwin series. Book 2 – Dying Breath is due for release in Nov 2017.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Helenphifer1

Instagram:    https://www.instagram.com/helenphifer

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/helenphifer1

Website:     https://www.helenphifer.com

review by nicola

What can I say other than W.O.W!!

This book blew my mind!

Helen is another new to me author and I can safely say this will not be the last book of hers that I read. I’ve umped straight in with book 2, I am missing so personal details that happened in book 1 but I don’t feel this has taken anything away from book 2 in this series. The pace of this book kicks off right away and it has bodies galore! And if, like me you need a body count by chapter 5 then this book deffintly ticks those boxes.

I enjoyed how the book went from the present day crime scene to back when the killer was first discovering his killer ways. I liked seeing how he evolved into a killer and what triggered this. Helen certainly kept me on my toes and I didn’t guess who the killer was until the back end of the book…… which is how it should be!

Lucy is certainly a very busy in her day job. I enjoyed the partnership between her and Mattie, they did make me chuckle a few times. There were a few times where I wanted Lucy to be more sure of herself, I’m hoping that will come to her further into the series we go.

If you love your thriller books that are action packed, twisty and turny plots and bodies dropping left, right and centre then this is one for you!

Highly recommended and very worthy of 4.5 golden apples 😀

4 APPLES

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