The First Lie by A,J.Park #Blogtour #CoverReveal #PreOrder

I’m so excited to be on the cover reveal tour for The First Lie today. Without further ado here it is…

Absolutely stunning! Thank you to A.J.Park and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the cover reveal for this beauty.

Synopsis

We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?

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All About A J Park

After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.

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Wilderness by B.E. Jones #Blogtour #Q&A

Synopsis

It’s easy to die out there. It’s easy to kill too.

 

Two weeks, 1,500 miles, three opportunities for her husband to save his own life.

It isn’t about his survival – it’s about hers.

Shattered by the discovery of her husband’s affair, Liv knows they need to leave the chaos of New York to try to save their marriage. Maybe the roadtrip that they’d always planned, exploring America’s national parks, just the two of them, would help heal the wounds.

But what Liv hasn’t told her husband is that she has set him three challenges. Three opportunities to prove he’s really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness.

If he fails? Well, it’s dangerous out there. There are so many ways to die in the wilderness. And if it’s easy to die, then it’s easy to kill too.

If their marriage can’t survive, he can’t either.

I’d like to thank Damp Pebbles Blog Tours and Beverley Jones for inviting me to take part I the Wilderness blog tour.

I’m excited to welcome Beverley to my blog today with a great Q&A…

First of all, can you please tell us about your latest book?

It’s about a woman, adrift in New York, shattered by the sudden discovery of her husband’s affair. The couple leaves the chaos ofthe city, where he’s just been offered his dream job, to try and save their marriage on a road trip through America’s national parks. Of course, the danger of trying to run away from your problems is that you often end up carrying them with you and,what Liv hasn’t told her husband, is that shes set him three secret challenges – three opportunities to prove he’s really sorry and worthy of her forgiveness.

If he fails?  Well, it’s dangerous out there in the wilderness, there are so many ways to die and accidents happen all the time.  If it’s easy to die, then it’s also easy to kill and if their marriage can’t survive, maybe he can’t either.

It’s a novel about betrayal and trying to choose between forgiveness and other more decisive options.

 

Where do you find inspiration for your novels?

Pretty much all my novels have been inspired by ideas triggered by my ‘real life’ crime career as a journalist and a South Wales Police Press Officer. For years I was exposed to the dark side of human nature, the grit and menace beneath the surface of everyday lives, and, even now, dialogue and scenes constantly fly into my brain in the most mundane of moments, maybe when I’m travelling, or see something on TV, or when I overhear a snippet of conversation that sets off a little flare of excitement in my gut. 

Wilderness itself was inspired by the real-life road trip I took with my husband through some of America’s stunning national parks, especially Yosemite in California. While admiring the scenery, my writer’s head was also thinking, ‘Oh, this would be a great place to kill your husband and make it look like an accident.’ Sometimes an idea or image bursts into my brain long before I have an actual plot to hang it on and keeps niggling away until, one day, the solution presents itself and I know I have a story. 

Who is your writing hero?

Definitely the mighty Margaret Atwood. Though she’s probably in the spotlight now for The Handmaid’s Tale TV adaptation, it was her other novels, especially The Blind Assassin and The Robber Bride that introduced me to the insidious intricacy of psychological drama. She probably wouldn’t call herself a crime writer but she’s an expert at depicting the little crimes and gradual harm we do to each other on the home front every day – the damage those closest to us can inflict  and that’s what fascinates me most. 

 

Which book do you wish you had written?

I’m going to cheat by saying both Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley. The former I read at 17 and its sense of amoral menace and privileged arrogance among a group of wealthy university undergrads blew me away. It was a huge influence on my own work, while Patricia Highsmith is the queen of slow-burn hysteria. The resourceful and deadly Tom Ripley, stalking the Italian Riviera, is the ultimate anti-hero you’re forced to sympathise with, even as you abhor his actions.

 

What advice would you give to someone considering taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?

Get it written! Sit down and hammer out that draft. Have faith in your idea and finish 70,000 words, then hammer out a succinct pitch or summary so you know, in a few paragraphs or less what it is about and who you think will read it. This is really important because if you can’t clearly say why your book is awesome why should anyone else think it is? 

Expect rejections though, the challenges never really stop, even if you’re lucky enough to find an agent or a publisher or decide to self-publish. It’s largely an ongoing labour of love and trial and error. You will have to be prepared to sell yourself and your work over and over again so don’t be shy, even if you’re cringing and weeping inside, smile and keep on typing! 

 

If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers (living or dead), who would you invite?

I think it would have to be Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Patricia Highsmith. I think that would be quite a discussion and Highsmith would ensure there were plenty of cocktails at hand to ease the conversation along. I wouldn’t say anything of course.I’d be too utterly in awe of them to speak!

 

What’s the one question you wish I had asked and what’s the answer?

Q. Who would you like to see direct and produce a movie of one of your books? 

A. Danny Boyle, definitely. His film Shallow Grave was a big influence on my writing style and how I visualise my characters. He really understands narrative and has a great talent for visual effects and a brilliant use of soundtrack which, on my dream wish list, would be scored by Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails for the perfect fractured and unsettling mood. He did the soundtrack to the movie Gone Girl but Gillian Flynn pinched him from me as I was a fan for years before that! 

 All About Beverley

Beverley Jones was born in the Rhondda Valleys, South Wales, and started her ‘life of crime’ as a reporter on The Western Mail before moving into TV news with BBC Wales Today. 

She covered all aspects of crime reporting before switching sides as a press officer for South Wales police, dealing with the media in criminal investigations, security operations and emergency planning.

Now a freelance writer she channels these experiences of ‘true crime,’ and the murkier side of human nature, into her dark, psychological thrillers set in and around South Wales. 

Wilderness, her sixth crime novel follows the release of Halfway by Little Brown in 2018.

Bev’s previous releases, Where She Went, The Lies You Tell, Make Him Pay and Fear The Dark are also available from Little Brown as e books. 

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Crikey A Bodyguard by Kathryn Freeman #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle …

When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy.

Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential

biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity!

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells

trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not

only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As

they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Kathryn Freeman for inviting me on to this gorgeous blog tour.

I was lucky enough to read Crikey A Bodyguard as part of the reader panel, pre published for Choc Lit. It was completely anonymous with no name or author.

I absolutely adored it, so much so I made a mental note to try and find it once it had been published. So when Rachel dropped the invite for this blog tour into my inbox i immediately recognised it. I very rarely read a book twice but I devoured this a second time with just as much enthusiasm as the first.

Don’t be mistaken that this is a fluffy romantic chic lit story. Yes, it does have the budding romance within its pages but it also has so much more.

There are real edge of your seat moments, those gorgeous parts of a book that have you so engrossed your surroundings melt away. For me it was a perfect fast paced story with a heady mix of action and romance.

Kelly and Ben are great characters, very real and believable. Kathryn’s style of writing enables you to conjure up perfectly how they look, how they tick and very soon you feel as if you know them.

I dare anyone not to fall in love (or maybe more lust) with Ben. He is the perfect male protagonist, sexy, raw with a hard exterior and gentle, sensitive, well hidden other side.

I’m delighted to now find out who the mystery author is as I’ve now been able to do a mass download of her previous books *happy dance*

This is a perfect read whether it be on a beach, by a pool or just curled up on your favourite sofa with a blanket and a hot mug of coffee!

5* review from me!

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former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing

heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to

buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support

of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

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Super Nutrition by Terry McIlroy #Blogtour #Review #Health #Weightloss

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Title: Super Nutrition

Author: Terry McIlory

Release Date: 2nd May 2019

Genre: Non-Ficton

Page Count: 216

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Synopsis

We have all uttered these phrases at one time or another: 

 

“Your health is your wealth.”

 

“You are what you eat.”

 

Deep down, we all know, that what we choose to eat and drink has a massive impact on our health.

 

Confused about your nutritional needs? Not anymore! With a clear focus on sourcing the right ingredients, including condiments, herbs, spices & organic produce, we can all take advantage of, and unlock thepowerful nutrients within them, to try and ensure that we are not insufficient or deficient in any given vitamin, mineral, macro or micro-nutrient, whilst tryingto reduce our toxic load, thus easing the burden on our body’s natural ability to detoxify itself and restore homeostasis/balance. This book gives you the tools and knowledge to structure your diet and help you strive towards optimal health, with totally unique, delicious, health giving recipes, so you can enjoy the ride.

 

Start your new journey to health and happiness here NOW! Grab a copy of Super Nutrition today and take control of your health once and for all, shed those unwanted pounds, balance your blood sugars and heal your gut with nutritional therapy

 

Terry McIlroy has taken well-known, popular dishes and transformed them into nutrient dense powerhouse meals, just by making a few ingredient swaps with modern twists, such as his New Dehli Fritatta, Carrot Cake Smoothie, Mixed Mushroom, Almond & Tarragon Soup, Curried Quinoa Taboulleh Salad, Proper Spelt Bread, Southern Fried Chicken, Millionaires Shortbread and of course Fish ‘n’ Chips.

My Review

I’d like to thank Terry McIlroy and Authoright for inviting me on to this great blog tour.

Super Nutrition fell onto my doorstep at exactly the right time. I’m on a mission to clean up my life, starting with my diet. I must admit I was wary of reviewing a diet book, in the past I’ve brought and tried so many and most have ended up gathering dust on my book shelf. So I opened super nutrition with trepidation.

The thing that makes super nutrition different from the rest is that it’s not a weird faddy quick fix solution. It makes perfect sense, it’s about making healthy choices not only with food but also with lifestyle.

I loved the introductory pages, Terry writes with passion and a no nonsense style. His top ten health tips, were for me spot on.

The recipes are flavoursome and unique. From chilled oat & blueberry angel delight to a proper beef burger every recipe was different and had an exciting twist on the old original classics.

I love the cumin roasted chickpeas and the sweet potato and spinach Dahl is to die for.

The proof of a good recipe book for me is not one that has pristine pages and sits on a shelf looking pretty. If the pages are slightly sticky, splattered in vegetable stock and well worn, this is the proof of a true winner. Super nutrition is looking well worn already with many a splattered page!

This should be in every kitchen!

All About Terry

Terry McIlroy is a Professional Chef with over 27 years experience within the culinary industry. He is also a Nutritionist/Nutritional Therapist, specializing in the field of Naturopathic Nutrition. He has inspired many with his passion, knowledge, creativity and flair in the kitchen, As an Executive Head Chef, whilst running several businesses. During his clinical experience he transformed the lives of all of his clients, giving them Nutritional, Supplemental and Lifestyle protocols to follow, all of whom reported dramatic improvements in their health and wellbeing, after implementing his bespoke diet plans, and lifestyle changes.

 

Terry has combined his Culinary and Nutritional Expertise to produce his inaugural Book ‘Super Nutrition’ which is set to inspire and transform the lives of millions. He offers, (never before seen in one piece of work) unique Health & Wellbeing Advice, Tips and Recipes, Arming the reader with the tools to take control of their health, and live a vibrant, happy life.

 

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The Dinner In The Sky by Anne John – Ligali

I’m so excited to be on the cover reveal blog tour today for The Dinner In The Sky.

Here it is …

Absolutely stunning!

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Anne John-Ligali for inviting me to take part in this wonderful cover reveal.

Synopsis

After a shocking confrontation with an unexpected encounter, Constance tries to piece her life back together and is on a mission to finally move on.

The thought of having her friends near is comforting as they take time out of their busy online lives and meet up at their favourite place, A Cupful of Dreams Café. Everyone seems happy enough until cracks begin to show and all is not as good as it seems. Constance tries desperately to keep positive as there’s so much to look forward to: shopping for posh frocks, dinner at The Shard and a movie premiere.

As things start to look rosy, a few odd tweets begin to pop up from nowhere. At first, they seem innocent, but as the weeks go by and premier night draws near, not only do the tweets increase but they become more obnoxious.

By the time Constance and her chums arrive on the red carpet, she’s determined to work out who the troll could be and to keep them from spoiling her evening. However as Constance soon learns, the troll wants to destroy far more than that!

Breathtaking views of London. 

Posh frocks and Paparazzi

But there’s definitely trouble in the air …

 

Publication date – 31st May

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and found of Books and Authors UK, a website that features author interviews, cover reveals, blog posts, features and reviews. She loves all things books, going to book events and meeting other book worms. She has written her first series and is currently writing her first novel.  

When Anne is not writing she is likely to be playing with her kids, going for walks in the park, watching Netflix or thinking up more stories.  Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London she studies graphic design at the University of Arts and held a number of IT jobs in the city. Anne continues to write romantic comedies, women’s fiction, and has the desire to write a non-fiction book and a few children’s books. 

Death At The Dakota ~ A Trudy Genova Manhattan #2 Mystery by M.K. Graff #Review #BlogTour

Synopsis

Nurse Trudy Genova is making plans to take her relationship to NYPD detective Ned O’Malley to the next level, when she lands a gig as medical consultant on a film shoot at the famed Dakota apartment building in Manhattan, which John Lennon once called home. Then star Monica Kiley goes missing, a cast member turns up dead, and it appears Trudy might be next. Meanwhile Ned tackles a mysterious murder case in which the victim is burned beyond recognition. When his investigations lead him back to the Dakota, Trudy finds herself wondering: how can she fall in love if she can’t even survive?

 

Readers of Death Unscripted, the first book in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series, will find the same pleasures in this sequel: fast pacing, engaging characters, twists and turns on the way to a satisfying close. From the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, this second series is a winner. Once again M.K. Graff reveals her talents in crafting this delightful mix of amateur sleuth and police procedural.

My Review

I’d like to thank Marni Graff and Damp Pebbles Blog Tours for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

This is a delightful story and a real cosy crime read.

I was quickly drawn into the storyline and felt like I had known the characters for years.

This is the second in the Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery series but can be read as a stand-alone.

I loved Trudy, she’s a real modern day Miss Marple, she has warmth, depth and a huge helping of guts! Her blossoming romance with NYPD detective Ned brings a warmth to the story.

Chapters alternate between Trudi’s story and Neds. I enjoyed this as it gave you the insight on two crimes, possible links and lots of wondering of who done it!

So if you like crime with a helping of love and mystery this is for you.

This would make a great summertime read!

About Marni

Marni Graff writes The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, featuring an American writer living in England with a nose for murder, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, based on Graff’s real work as a medical consultant for a movie studio. She is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, the NC Writers Network, and The International Association of Crime Writers, and writes crime book reviews at Auntie M Writes.

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Karma by S C Cunningham #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

At the age of four, Amy was taken… She survived.

A week later, another little girl was taken…She didn’t.

Angry that a bad man has gotten away with murder, feisty young Amy Fox makes a deal with the heavens. When she dies, if she’s been a good girl, would they let her sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and get the bad people who slip through God’s fingers?

Her deal and God long forgotten, career girl Amy mysteriously dies. Her lifeless body is found beneath a London underground commuter train.

She awakens in the afterlife to discover an international network of like-minded souls who’ve all made the same deal. A sophisticated MI5-esque justice machine sits in the skies. The only evidence they leave behind during their earthly visits is a small white feather sashaying to the ground.

Amy hates rules, she may be a new Angel but for how long? Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Warlords will have her thrown below ground.

In a chaotic world of vendettas, jealous ex’s on her heels and powerful adversaries trying to close her Unit down, Amy has never worked so hard in her entire earthly life. She has to wonder if making the deal was a mistake.

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Siobhan Cunningham for inviting me on to this fantastic blog tour.

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in two of Siobhan’s previous book tours but not to review, so this was my first taste of the wonderful stories she tells.

Karma is not for the faint hearted, it’s raw, edgy and completely addictive. It’s part two in the Fallen Angel series but can be read as a stand alone book.

Amy is a fallen part of The Unit, a group of angels that deal out Karma to the scum of the earth, erthfolk Paedophiles, rapists, murderers and drug dealers to name but a few.

Some of the writing is very graphic but it makes the story even more real and hard hitting.

Amy and Jack are fantastic characters, they’re very down to earth and totally believable. I dare you not to fall in lust with Jack! Amy and Jack’s relationship is sexy and sweet rolled into one.

When you read the synopsis of the book it is of course fantasy, but it’s also, in a way very believable. Siobhan’s writing style is easy and faultless, I wanted to jump into the pages and be part of it.

Alongside the erthfolk, who The Unit protect and shower karma upon, there is also the story that runs alongside involving Amy and her dangerous father Gregori. Gregori rules the underworld and wants Amy to rule alongside him.

David from Siobhan’s first series of books The David Trilogy also features heavily in karma. He is an interesting and complex character, I’ve now downloaded The David Trilogy to find out more.

Karma is intoxicating and addictive, a definite ‘must read’

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Book 1 in the Fallen Angel Series The Deal

Feisty Amy Fox hates rules, she’s a new Angel, but for how long?

Abusing her powers, lusting after her partner, avenging personal scores, protecting the underdog, dishing out unauthorized karma on terrorists, traffickers, abusers, hunters, bullies, bitches and competing Heaven v Hell Warlords… will have her thrown below ground.

“The Deal is blissfully raw and absolutely perfect. 5★ for days.”

“Completely different from anything I have ever read; it is an outstanding book”

“It got me! It’s been a very long time since I have read a book that I Couldn’t put down

didn’t want it to end!”

“Plots intertwine twist and turn, it’s addictive.”

“Hard to put down – a must read that keeps you guessing.”

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Author of THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES Cunningham creates adrenaline-charged paranormal crime rom

thrillers, with a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

Having worked in the industries she writes about, her novels offer a fresh level of sincerity and authority, rare in fiction.

Abducted as a child she survived. Every night for months afterward she prayed to the heavens asking for a deal. This personal journey sparked the fuse behind the intriguing and riveting fictional world she portrays in THE FALLEN ANGEL SERIES. First in series THE DEAL is free. Standalone Book II, KARMA is her latest release. She is currently working on Book III, CALLING.

All About Siobhan

An ex-model, British born of Irish roots, she married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports, celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator for the British Police (Wanted & Absconder Unit, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Investigations Hub).

She supports Veterans, MH and Animal causes, is the proud mother to Contemporary Artist Scarlett Raven, loves coffee, chocolate, Prosecco, shabby chic’ing and beach walks, and is owned by three soul-soothing dogs.

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