Manhatten Millionaire Cinderella by Sun Chara #Spotlight #Blogtour #Giveaway

Synopsis

Will their wedding night be a one-night stand or a merger for keeps?

Global real estate mogul, Cade Sloan should’ve listened to his own advice: trust no one, and never a woman…especially not his 24-hour bride gone AWOL with his millions. Nina, mousy secretary turned sexy vixen, will repay every penny with interest…

When Cade gears up for a takeover, there’s sweet hell to pay. Nina owes her husband a wedding night and he’s hell bent on collecting… his way, his time, his pleasure.

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All about Sun

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

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Visions by Helen J Christmas #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.

Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.

The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.

Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…

My Review

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and Helen J Christmas for including me in this blog tour.

I was so excited to be asked to be on the blog tour for visions. I’m a huge fan of Helen and the first in this series, Beginnings I absolutely loved.

Beginnings was an edge of your seat read where as visions is more a slow burner but please don’t take this as a criticisms as it really isn’t.

I enjoyed revisiting Eleanor and Elijah 12 years on, from their dynamic flee from London to what at first seems like a tranquil life in the country.

Helen has a great ability to create powerful and rememberable characters. In Visions you are introduced to a whole new community of people snd gradually you learn about their backgrounds. It becomes clear that Eleanor has settled into the new community and become

There is still the under current of the East end villains from the first book, keeping a watchful eye on Eleanor and Elijah. This really builds the tension.

Helen has certainly done her research on the era, there are songs mentioned and different news items which had me reminiscing to my teenage years.

I’m so looking forward to reading the next books in the Same face different place series.

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All about Helen

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series ‘Same Face Different Place’ in 2011 and published her debut novel, ‘Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.

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She’s Bad News by Elle Spellman #Guestpost

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Synopsis

What would you do if you woke up with super powers?

For Bella Brown, life hasn’t gone according to plan. She’s almost thirty, still living in her uneventful hometown, and her dreams of becoming an investigative reporter have fallen by the wayside.

That is, until she wakes up one morning to find she’s been gifted with some amazing new abilities. What’s a girl to do with heightened senses, super speed and the ability to lift a truck one-handed? Bella quickly discovers that her new powers can easily help her land front-page leads at local newspaper The Hartleybourne Gazette.

Soon Bella’s out every night chasing down local criminals for stories, while keeping her powers a secret from everyone besides flatmate Chloe. But when a burglary-gone-wrong accidentally turns her into the mysterious Hartleybourne Heroine, Bella finds herself on the front page for the wrong reasons. Her secret becomes harder to keep as she tries to track down the source of her powers, and especially when crime reporter Matt Gilmore is intent on unmasking the town’s new vigilante…

Suddenly, having an extraordinary life is far more dangerous than she ever imagined.

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I’m so excited to welcome Elle onto my blog today with an amazing guest post. Over to you Elle…

What would you do if you woke up with super powers?

It’s probably a question we’ve all asked ourselves at some point. I know I have. Watching a superhero movie perhaps, or perusing a comic filled with well-known characters in brightly-coloured costumes, kicking ass and taking names, the thought often occurs to me. If I had powers, what would I do?

How would I use them? Would I help people? Would I keep them a secret?

Of course, that would depend on just what kind of abilities I’d been gifted with. And, of course, just how I got them in the first place.

In my debut novel, She’s Bad News, Bella Brown’s life is not going entirely to plan. Single, edging ever closer to thirty, stuck in her small, boring hometown, and still doing the ‘starter’ job she thought she would leave behind when she began her life as a successful journalist, she’s beginning to feel like a failure. However, everything changes when she wakes up one morning to find that she has super powers.

Life for the seemingly ‘invisible’ Bella Brown is about to get extraordinary. Especially when her powers come in handy for a bit of career advancement. But soon she realises that leading a double life can be very tricky indeed. Not to mention dangerous.

Writing about a superheroine was a dream for me; I’ve been a big reader of comic books for a long time, especially characters like Batgirl and She-Hulk, incredible characters with their secret alter-egos and determination for keeping their cities safe. And even though it seems like being a superhero would be an amazing experience – and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to trade places with Wonder Woman? – well, what about the dangers?

One of the most enjoyable aspects of plotting and writing She’s Bad News was stepping into Bella’s shoes and placing myself into her life, figuring out just what makes her who she is, and the decisions she would likely make. Being a superheroine, her actions would ultimately define her. Working on the book made me genuinely consider just what I would do if I was to find myself gifted with amazing abilities. I had to really step into the role of a would-be superheroine, and found myself considering that ‘what if?’ question more strongly than I ever had before.

Bella’s abilities – super strength, amazing speed, heightened senses – are the result of a product she was forced to review for her ‘health’ column in the Hartleybourne Gazette. After realising that the strange new changes her body is going through aren’t due to the hangover from hell as she initially suspected, it soon becomes clear that something’s not right. That she has, in fact, woken up with super powers.

An accidental encounter with a well-known local vandal leads Bella to get a front-page story; her first real report ever at the Gazette. Naturally, it soon dawns on her that her strange new gifts can be used for a bit of career progression.

For me, this is where the book became most interesting. Because, just like Bella, I would use the abilities for my own gain. Okay, Bella and I are very different; I know that we’d disagree on many things. But as for the powers? Well, if you had a chance to get something you want…would you?

Bella’s intentions are overall good. She’s strong and ambitious, and willing to fight for what she believes in. But she also has a slight selfish streak; the years of waiting and working and trying to land the job she dreams of have seemingly in vain. Until, of course, the ability to get it suddenly lands in her lap. Is Bella an anti-hero, and if so, would I be the same?

Yes. Yes, I would.

I’m just being honest.

Being in possession of such powers would involve some tough decisions. If you chose to save people…who? And what about the dangers? The criminals rampant in the city you love waiting to harm you because they see you as a threat? The citizens and reporters just waiting for the first opportunity to reveal your true identity?

It’s fun to imagine stepping into that comic-book world, even for a day. But taking real-life possibilities into account, being a superhero would be a tough life to lead. It would take someone who’s tough and strong in many ways to take on that kind of responsibility.

But I wouldn’t say no to super speed.

All about Elle

Elle Spellman is a writer and comic book geek living in Bristol, UK. She’s been writing since a very young age, spending her childhood afternoons penning stories about fictional adventures, and illustrating them too.

Now, Elle tends to write contemporary fiction with kick-ass heroines and a little bit of magic. She’s Bad News is her debut novel, and she’s just finished working on her second. Her other interests include running, wine, red lipstick, the paranormal, and all things Batman.

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Manipulated Lives by H.A Leuschel #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

Synopsis

Five stories – Five Lives

Have you ever felt confused or at a loss for words in front of a spouse, colleague or parent, to the extent that you have felt inadequate or, worse, a failure? Do you ever wonder why someone close to you seems to endure humiliation without resistance?

Manipulators are everywhere. At first these devious and calculating people can be hard to spot, because that is their way. They are often masters of disguise: witty, disarming, even charming in public – tricks to snare their prey – but then they revert to their true self of being controlling and angry in private. Their main aim: to dominate and use others to satisfy their needs, with a complete lack of compassion and empathy for their victim.

In this collection of short novellas, you meet people like you and me, intent on living happy lives, yet each of them, in one way or another, is caught up and damaged by a manipulative individual. First you meet Tess, whose past is haunted by a wrong decision, then young, successful and well balanced Sophie, who is drawn into the life of a little boy and his troubled father. Next, there is teenage Holly, who is intent on making a better life for herself, followed by a manipulator himself, trying to make sense of his irreversible incarceration. Lastly, there is Lisa, who has to face a parent’s biggest regret. All stories highlight to what extent abusive manipulation can distort lives and threaten our very feeling of self-worth.

MyReview

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources and H.A.Leuschel for including me in this blog tour.

Manipulated lives is a very unusual and engrossing read. I really enjoy short stories for a change and always finish them making a mental note I must read more.

Manipulated lives consists of five stories all with the main theme of a person who is being manipulated. Although there is a common theme that runs through all stories they are very individual.

Every story is beautifully written and in the short time you’re reading each one you become so involved in the characters and their situation.

Each story for me brought a sadness, but also a realisation of how manipulators can come in many shapes and sizes and cause so much destruction.

I loved the twists in the stories and sometimes an adde eerie feel, similar to the one you get when you’re watching a scary movie and waiting for that moment when someone jumps out.

5* review from me!

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All About Helene

Helene Andrea Leuschel grew up in Belgium where she gained a Licentiate in Journalism & Communication, which led to a career in radio and television in Brussels, London and Edinburgh. She now lives with her husband and two children in Portugal and recently acquired a Master of Philosophy with the OU, deepening her passion for the study of the mind. When she is not writing, Helene works as a freelance journalist and teaches Yoga.

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Mother’s Sacrifice by Gemma Metcalfe #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her.

The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think…

After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby.

But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.

My Review

Oh my goodness, by the end of the first chapter my adrenalin was pumping and I felt sick, and then it continued throughout the whole book!

This is a psychological thriller at its best.

From the very start you are on a constant search to find out who it is that’s stalking g Louisa and trying to take her baby, Cody. I even started to doubt her and think maybe this was post natal psychosis.

Gemma has created an absolute corker in A Mother’s Sacrifice. Louisa is a very deep character and slowly throughout the book you discover her past, bit by bit the seemingly happy family that you meet in the first chapter disintegrates before your eyes.

This is an absolute fab read with many nail biting moments and an ending you really don’t expect!

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Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone…

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We Were The Salt Of The Sea by Roxanne Bouchard #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Truth lingers in murky waters…

As Montrealer Catherine Day sets foot in a remote fishing village and starts asking around about her birth mother, the body of a woman dredges up in a fisherman’s nets. Not just any woman, though: Marie Garant, an elusive, nomadic sailor and unbridled beauty who once tied many a man’s heart in knots. Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, newly drafted to the area from the suburbs of Montreal, barely has time to unpack his suitcase before he’s thrown into the deep end of the investigation.

On Quebec’s outlying Gaspé Peninsula, the truth can be slippery, especially down on the fishermen’s wharves. Interviews drift into idle chit-chat, evidence floats off with the tide and the truth lingers in murky waters. It’s enough to make DS Morales reach straight for a large whisky…

Both a dark and consuming crime thriller and a lyrical, poetic ode to the sea, We Were the Salt of the Sea is a stunning, page-turning novel, from one of the most exciting new names in

crime fiction.

My Review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Roxanne Bouchard and Orenda books for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

We were the salt of the sea is such an unusual read. I loved Roxanne’s style of writing. It’s so poetic, almost melodic.

Catherine Day is trying to find her birth mother, she only knows her name. She travels to a small isolated fishing village. The village in itself has a very eerie feel about it. The locals are very tight knit and not very forthcoming with any information.

Catherine is a deep character, her personality really unfolds the further into the story you go.

A body is found in a fishing net and this leads to the entrance of Detective Sergeant Joaquin Morales, another interesting character.

I really enjoyed We were the salt of the sea, another little Orenda gem!

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All about Roxanne

Ten years or so ago, Roxanne Bouchard decided it was time she found her sea legs. So she learned to sail, first on the St Lawrence River, before taking to the open waters off the Gaspe Peninsula. The local fishermen soon invited her aboard to reel in their lobster nets, and Roxanne saw for herself that the sunrise over Bonaventure never lies. We Were the Salt of the Sea is her fifth novel, and her first to be translated into English. She lives in Quebec

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88 North by J FKirwan #Blogtour #Extract

Synopsis

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Reads and J. F Kirwan for including me in this blog tour.

Extract

When killers enter a dark, smoke-filled room hunting their quarry, they don’t usually look up to the ceiling. Which was exactly where Blue Fan was, her hands and feet wedged against the edges of a recess, as if crucified on an X-shaped cross. Like a sacrifice. Which is what she’d have been if they’d detected her. One of them did glance her way, but not long enough to distinguish her head-to-toe camouflaged suit from the matt black ceiling. Muscles taut, not breathing, she counted the rifle-sight lasers criss-crossing the empty chamber. Three. Disappointing.

She was worth more.

As the door sealed behind them, shutting off all light, the night-goggled men stole forward. All she saw now were the lasers. They told her where the men were, which way they were facing. She listened to their measured breathing, smelt the fresh Hoppe’s No. 9 gun oil smeared on their weapons. They were directly below her. The one on the right stalked away from the other two.

A mistake.

Two stilettos hung immobile from breakable lanyards around her wrists. She took a silent breath, relaxed her elbows and kicked off with her feet, snatching the handle of each blade as she dropped.

One of the two men below her must have heard the whisper of flesh against stone, because he turned, too late. Her first blade syringed into the closest soldier’s neck, transecting his spine at C5, taking him out of the game, while her second blade – for the soldier who’d turned – ice-picked through the gap just above his breastbone. Mortal wound, not yet dead. She used his crumpling body to pivot, and landed in a crouch. Withdrawing the first blade, she sheltered behind her human shield as the third soldier whirled around and squeezed the trigger on his automatic rifle, and didn’t stop. The deluge of bullets finished his comrade.

Lights!’ she shouted.

The room flooded with bright light, blinding the third soldier. He ripped off his goggles but didn’t release the trigger, pummelling her body-shield while she waited for his magazine to empty. He let go of the rifle to grab his handgun, but she’d already sprung upwards. His eyes locked upon her empty throwing hand as the blade speared his throat. Two rounds blasted into the concrete floor as he choked, drowning in his own blood, his free hand uselessly trying to stem the flow from his neck. He fell backwards onto the concrete, already dead, his arms and legs splayed, a mirror image of her on the ceiling six seconds earlier.

Blue Fan surveyed the scene. All dead. All clear. She retrieved her stilettos, and wiped off the blood on one of the soldier’s uniforms. The door opened. Two heavily-tattooed, unarmed men strolled into the room, as if this was business as usual. One of them kicked the third soldier, just to be sure, or maybe for the hell of it.

‘Weapons to Kai Tak,’ she said. She studied the three corpses for a moment, and their military insignia. British. SAS. Okay, that made up for it a little. Aside from the wounds, they were in good condition – or at least most of their organs would be, not to mention their bone marrow. “Bodies packed in ice, straight to Dr Lam.’

Another man entered. Not merely old, ancient, his white beard knotted together by a pale blue opal ring, the same colour as his eyes. Like Death come for a visit. The Judge, independent from any triad, yet holding them all to account. She had other names for him.

‘You know what day it is?’ the Judge croaked.

How could she forget? It was her birthday. Which meant this had been nothing but a warm-up. These men had been professional soldiers. But today she would face something else. A triad assassin. Someone like her. Not as good, though. Never as good.

‘You must prepare,’ he said.

As if he cared. He’d love to see her dead on the floor, sell her kidneys, her eyeballs, probably give them away for free. He was Old School, and she was a woman, one who’d risen higher than any other in a triad. She met his eyes. They exuded warmth, friendship, trust. She knew better. He’d spent a lifetime perfecting how to lie with his eyes, and too many had gone to their graves trusting them.

‘I am always prepared,’ she replied.

‘We shall see.’

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All about J.F Kirwan

J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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