The TV Detective by Simon Hall #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Dan Groves is a television reporter newly assigned to the crime beat and not at all happy about it.

Dan knows next nothing about police work or how to report on it so when he persuades Detective Chief Inspector Adam Breen to allow him to shadow a high-profile murder inquiry it seems like the perfect solution though it soon becomes clear some members of the police force have no intention of playing nice with the new boy.

With his first case Dan is dropped in at the deep-end. A man is killed in a lay-by with a blast through the heart from a shotgun. The victim is a notorious local businessman, Edward Bray, a man with so many enemies there are almost too many suspects for the police to eliminate.

As tensions rise between Dan and the police he comes close to being thrown off the case until the detectives realise that far from being a liability, Dan might actually be the key to tempting the murderer into a trap.

The TV Detective is the first book in a classic crime series from Simon Hall, who until recently was the BBC Crime Correspondent for the Devon and Cornwall area.

My Review

I’d like to thank Emma Walton of Damp Pebbles and Simon Hall for including me in this blog tour.

Since becoming a regular blogger my love for crime/thriller reads has increased immensely. This is mainly because I’ve had the privilege to review such amazing books in this genre.

The TV Detective is one of these amazing books. I particularly loved it because it’s not your usual Detective/police officer crime book. Dan, the main character is a journalist. A journalist that reports on environmental issues, he loves walking in the countryside, staying in quaint villages and being a voice for the like of fishermen and people who care about the environment. A stark contrast to the harsh reality of crime reporting!

So when Dan’s job role changes to crime reporting it’s a slight shock to the system! Dan is given the role of shadowing Detective chief inspector Adam Breen. Rather than sinking as he and the rest of the police force predict, he’s actually a natural and becomes a major part of the team.

The banter between Dan and Adam is comedy gold and it was great to see their partnership develop. Add in the murder enquiry this makes for a fab, never a dull moment read.

There are seven books in The TV Detective series, I’m definitely going to be downloading the other six for my Summer hols!

All About Simon

About Simon Hall:

Simon Hall is an author and journalist.

He has been a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television and Radio News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

His books – the tvdetective series – are about a television reporter who covers crimes and gets so involved in the cases he helps the police to solve them. Seven have been published.

Simon has also contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime.

Alongside his novels and stories, Simon is a tutor in media skills and creative writing, teaching at popular Writers’ Summer Schools such as Swanwick and Winchester, on cruise ships and overseas.

Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter, including the now notorious story of What to do when you really need a dead otter.

Now 49 years old, he began a broadcasting career as a DJ on the radio and in nightclubs, then moved into radio and TV news. He worked in Europe, London, Ireland, and the south west of England, before settling in Cambridge.

Simon is married to Jess, Director of Libraries at the University of Cambridge, and has an adopted daughter, Niamh. She’s an army officer, which makes her father both very proud and very nervous.

Simon lectures on careers in the media at Cambridge University, and in schools and colleges. Amongst his proudest achievements, he includes the number of young people he has helped into jobs in broadcasting, and aspiring writers into publication.

As for his likes, Simon lists beer – he judges at real ale festivals – cycling the countryside, solving cryptic crosswords, composing curious Tweets (find him @thetvdetective ) and studying pop lyrics.

Where To Find Simon

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The Forever Night Stand by Bena Roberts #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

A two hour romance which starts with drama and mayhem!

Sara has her back up against the wall. She is recovering from the side effects of chemotherapy and at her own “cancer free” party, she makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The adventure begins when she leaves her posh lifestyle in Scotland and moves in with her Bollywood loving parents, in West London. Her parents are tragically ashamed of Sara’s actions and her electronic monitor. She decides to make them happy again and considers re-marrying.

Enter Raj, a possible hero who comes with the promise of a huge Indian wedding in Goa!

George, the childhood love of her life who seems to be hanging around every corner. Or should she just go back to her husband? Sara faces the biggest dilemma of her life, after making the colossal mistake of her life. What will she do and whom will she choose?

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Bena Roberts for including me in this blogtour.

Since reading Six Tinder Weeks by Bena I’ve become a firm fan, The Forever Night Stand didn’t disappoint.

I really enjoy Bena’s quirky writing style and subject matter.

The Forever Night Stand covers Cancer, attempted murder, mental health and romance, believe it or not. Even though these are big and sometimes controversial subject matters Bena still manages to weave humour amongst the pages.

Sara is a complex character, as are most of the characters in this delightful novella.

If you haven’t read a Bena Roberts novel before you’re in for a treat!

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Where To Find Bena

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All About Bena

Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title novelist and romance adventurist. She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as ‘home.’

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was ‘top 50 most influential woman in mobile.’ Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Bena’s favorite literary style is black humor, and she hopes to offer a unique voice in this area. Her books aim to confront the darkest of life experiences, with levity. Most of her writing is heavy hitting yet also entertaining.

An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson #Coverreveal

I am so lucky to be on the cover reveal for the very gorgeous An Artisan Lovestyle, drum roll please …

What a stunning cover it is! Here’s a little about An Artisan Lovestyle…

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree

to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December

to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of

finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Pre-Order An Artisan Lovestyle Here

All About Kiltie

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is 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.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

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’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won

a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished

manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

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.

Kiltie 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!”

Where To Find Kiltie

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The Development by Jackie Kabler #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

After a stressful week, TV reporter Cora Baxter is ready for a quiet weekend. But what she hadn’t counted on was witnessing the shocking death of a young woman on her way home. She discovers seventeen-year-old Leanne had been protesting against a new housing development, angering the powerful establishment. Leanne’s death is ruled a suicide, but when puzzling information comes to light, Cora decides to investigate further.

She doesn’t know what an unscrupulous businessman, a suspended police officer and hate-mail sending neighbours have to do with the case – but she knows there is a news story there.

With her eccentric camera crew on hand to help, can Cora tie the strands of Leanne’s case together – or will other forces interfere?

The Development is the third in the Cora Baxter Mysteries series.

 

My Review

I’d like to thank Neverland Blogtours and Jackie Kabler for including me in this blogtour.

Where oh where has Cora Baxter been hiding! I absolutely loved this book. It’s the third in the Cora Baxter mysteries series and you can definitely read it as a stand alone book. Although if you’re anything like me, within five minutes of finishing it I had downloaded the first two!

This is one of those delicious books that by the end of the first chapter you are engrossed and find yourself thinking about it even when you’re not reading it!

Cora is a fab character, she has that realness about her, she could so be one of my friends. I loved the banter between her and her film crew.

There was a real mix of crime, love and suspense within the pages of The Development and a good old twist in the end that I didn’t see coming.

This will definitely be in my top reads of 2018!

Thank you Jackie for bringing Cora Baxter and her team into my World!

Click here to buy The Development

 

 

All About Jackie

 

 

Jackie Kabler is a journalist, TV presenter and author. She spent twenty years as a TV news reporter for GMTV, ITV and BBC news, and now works as a presenter for shopping channel QVC and is author of the Cora Baxter Mysteries, a series of  murder mysteries set in a television newsroom. The Development is her third novel. Jackie lives in Gloucestershire with her husband, who is a GP.

Where To Find Jackie

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Go To Sleep by Marion Adams and Sarah’s Shadow by Nick Jones #Blogtour #Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources, Marion Adams and Nick Jones for including me in this blog tour.

Synopsis

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

My Review

I’m lucky enough to be a Pre-School teacher so had a captive audience to read Go To Sleep to. My 3-4 year olds loved this book. It kept them engaged throughout and offered lots of opportunity for counting.

Sarah-Leigh Wills illustrations were gorgeous. We have lots of school to home bags that we lend to parents, each with their own target. Go To Sleep was perfect to create a bag for parents who need support with their little ones around sleep. We even found a cuddle sheep just like Tansy.

Gorgeous book that i’d highly recommend!

Where To Buy Go To Sleep

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All About Marion

Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

Where To Find Marion

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Synopsis

If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

My Review

This book was perfect for the 4 year olds and rising fives in my setting. It tells the story of Sarah, she is called tall and lanky by another child and this has a really negative effect on her. She sees a shooting star and wishes that her shadow would disappear, when it does she realises that her shadow is part of her.

A really lovely book that enabled us to talk about feelings and how certain things people say make us feel. This has been added to our PSED box and will be used a great deal in the future.

A really fab book!

Where To Buy Sarah’s Shadow

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All About Nick

Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.

Where To Find Nick

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One Summer In Rome by Samantha Tonge

Synopsis

To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

My Review

I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Samantha Tonge for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

One Summer in Rome is a perfect read to accompany you on your Summer holidays.

Mary has a had a really tough upbringing. She was brought up in care and pushed from pillar to post. I liked the fact that even though Mary was portrayed as a strong character she didn’t come across as a troubled character as sometimes people with a background in care do.

The chance of a lifetime to work in Rome for the summer in a pizzeria comes Mary’s way and she hesitantly grabs it with both hands.

Be prepared to be whisked away to the hustle and bustle of Rome and to meet the rather wonderful Rossi family. Samantha uses such amazing descriptions that i felt like i’d actually had a mini break myself.

Dante is a great character, he is blind and i applaud Samantha for introducing some diversity into her novel. Although i didn’t warm to Dante immediately, i definitely warmed to him. It was good to find out his background as to why he kept people at a distance.

One Summer In Rome is a gorgeous story of love hope and everything Italian, what else could you want!

Click here to buy One Summer In Rome

All About Samantha

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

Where To Find Samantha

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The Magician’s Curse by Linda G. Hill

Synopsis

When Herman Anderson leaves home to make a better life for herself, she doesn’t expect to meet a tall, dark stranger with whom she’ll fall hopelessly in love. Charming and mysterious, Stephen Dagmar is a stage magician seeking an assistant. The moment he sets eyes on Herman, he knows she’s the one. He brings her home to his Victorian mansion where they embark upon an extravagant romance. Yet a shadow hangs over their love. Will the curse on his family end Stephen and Herman’s happily ever after, before it really begins? Amidst lace and leather, innocence and debauchery, The Magician’s Curse begins the Gothic tale of The Great Dagmaru. Magic and romance await.

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Linda Hill for including me in this blog tour.

I am truly lucky to read so many amazing books, amongst all the gems I read occasionally a book really shines for me. The magician’s Curse shone like a beacon! I absolutely adored it.

From the first chapter I was captivated. The characters are engaging, mysterious and deep. The story is a magical rather sexy edgy read.

The main male character Stephen Dagmar has a magnetic draw very much like Edward Cullen and Christian Grey but a whole lot better!

This is definitely my number one read of 2018 so far, I can’t wait for the next in the Dagmar series.

5* from me!

grab yourself a bargain until May 9th The Magician’s Curse is only 99p/99 cents on Amazon and reduced on Kobo.

Click here to buy The Magician’s Curse

All About Linda

Linda G. Hill was born and raised an only child in Southern Ontario, Canada. She credits the time she spent alone when she was growing up, reading books and building worlds and characters of her own to keep her company, as the reason she became a writer.

A stay-at-home mom of three beautiful boys, Linda is a graduate of the Writing Program at St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Aside from caring for her family, she enjoys traveling the world, eating trout cooked on the barbecue, and, of course, reading.

Where To Find Linda

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