Did You Whisper Back by Kate Rigby #blogtour #giveaway

WHISPER for Jenny

Synopsis

Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court’s longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives. Amanda’s new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.

Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda’s imagination arising from distorted childhood memories. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, including lamps talking and the endless ringing of telephones, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.

Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.

This book was awarded a Southern Arts Bursary.

My review

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 Did you whisper back is written with so much insight about mental health and schizophrenia. It feels as if you are actually a fly on the wall as Amanda slowly deteriorates.

The story begins as Amanda is beginning on a never ending search for her twin sister Jo, who she believes was dumped in a rubbish bin as a baby. I at this point thought I had the story figured out, this would be a simple tale of Amanda’s journey. How wrong could I be!

It becomes very clear quite early on that Amanda’s family are very disjointed and have no understanding of Amanda and the person she is. In fact a huge part of Amanda’s problems are in fact her family. I wanted to shout at them, could they not see she needed help?!

The lies her Mother has told and the hidden secrets that surround Jo all contribute to Amanda’s chaotic world.

At times it does become an uncomfortable read, this is no criticism of the book, in fact it’s quite the opposite and shows just how well Kate has managed to capture the realism of schizophrenia.

There is a huge twist in this tale and the ending is definitely not predictable. I was hooked and longed for a happy ending for Amanda.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a tale with a twist!

Thank you to Neverland blog tours  and Kate Rigby for allowing me to review Did you whisper back?
 

 

About the author

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Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England.  She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way. She is a hybrid author, having been traditionally published, small press published and now indie published.

She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.

However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.

Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).

She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011)

She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).

She has re-Kindled her backlist of previously published as well as most of her unpublished work including:

Break Point (Awesome Indies Certified)

Seaview Terrace

Far Cry From The Turquoise Room

Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!)

Down The Tubes (Underground Book Reviews Certified)

She Looks Pale

Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions and now available in paperback as She Looks Pale & Other Stories)

Savage To Savvy  (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012 and Awesome Indies Approved)

Thalidomide Kid

The Dead Club

Where to find Kate Rigby online

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Giveaway

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The Little Kiosk By The Sea by Jennie Bohnet


Synopsis

One summer they’ll never forget…


Meet Sabine, desperately fighting to save her little kiosk from closure whilst turning down her friend Owen’s proposals, time and time again.
Cue Harriet, returning to Dartmouth after thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by a legacy that threatens her relationship with her journalist daughter.


Enter Rachel, the mysterious newcomer who has an unexpected chemistry with a local widower, and who sets in motion a chain of events she could never have predicted…
One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare!

My Review


This is a gem of a read, perfect for the onset of Summer.

I really love books that are written in this way. Each chapter tells the ongoing story of a character and eventually, the characters life’s all intertwine.

The first chapter starts with Sabine who runs the kiosk for the summer season with her brother Johnnie. Sabine takes the bookings for boat trips, but the kiosk is at risk of closing at the hands of the local council. Both Sabine and Johnnie have lost their partners and both have dealt with their losses in different ways.

Sabine’s best friend from her childhood, Harriet returns to the seaside town, she has been left a cottage in the will of her ex sister-in-law Amy, but the reason Harriet left is something she doesn’t want to be reminded of or have to tell her daughter, Ellie about. The cottage comes with a clause, Harriet must live in it for a year, this would mean telling Ellie everything.

The many characters who make up this delightful book all have an interesting story to tell. The characters are warm and familiar, their stories enticing and addictive in a comfortable kind of way.

This book gives you love, heartache, loss and hapiness all in one sitting. It’s beautifully written and so worth a read. It’s such a joy of a book to read and set in the loveliest of places, Dartmouth. This really needs to be added to your ‘to be read’ list.

Thank you to Neverland blog tours and JenniferBohnet for allowing me to review The little kiosk by the sea.

 

 



About the author


I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard my husband was a guardian for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in my absolute favourite place in England, Dartmouth South Devon, where we lived for several years before moving to France.

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Simply Anna by Cristina Hodgson #Freedownload

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Synopsis

How could a dinner date with the handsome Niccolo possibly go wrong? Or perhaps, how could it possibly go right for Anna, who suddenly finds herself behind the wheel of a probably stolen car, driving down a dark and eerie country lane in the company of a complete stranger?

This certainly isn’t her idea of romantic.

What is Niccolo’s real motive? Are his feelings genuine, or is she just a pawn to be used in his game strategy, whatever that might be?

My review

After reading a little bit of Chantelle rose by Cristina and absoutely loving it, i was excited to discover Cristina had written a short story which is free…yes, i said free and available on Amazon.

Anna is such a relateable character, she’s funny, sassy and slightly dizzy. The story starts as she is preparing for her date with Niccolo, an Italian hunk, who she met as he collided into the rear of her car! Her preparation for the date has involved her applying a homemade advocado face mask, she now can’t remove that has made her look as if she has sneezed backwards on herself!!

Along with her paranoia that Niccolo may actually be a kidnapper and her late Nan’s ancedotes echoing in her head this is a really funny and utterly charming little read. Perfect for a lunchtime pick me up that definitely has that feel good factor. Did i mention it was free…..

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Cover reveal of Pot Love & The Sinking Chef ~Pot Love 2 ~ by Sylvia Ashby

Pot Love

 

Synopsis

Ashley Burkе is your average next-door girl. She lives with her boyfriend, loves her work and secretly fancies her boss.
When Ashley loses it all through no fault of her own, well, apart from snogging her boss and getting caught by his fiancée, she needs to act fast to find a new job. A lucrative vacancy comes her way – a spot on a popular day-time TV – but there is a catch. It’s a cookery spot and Ashley can’t cook to save her life.


PRAISES FOR POT LOVE

“I feel like exploding with how much I love this book. I almost didn’t want to read the last few chapters because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I feel like I made a new best friend and visited England, without ever leaving my house.

If this book were a movie, it would be the biggest romantic comedy of the next five years, and I’d be first in line to pay my $10 for a ticket and $20 worth of popcorn and soda.”

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“Like a late night, post-pub cheeseboard or the final few drops of Rosé, it will prove mighty hard to resist.”

“Great characters, interesting plot line and wonderful writing bringing it all together! Well worth the read. Kind of hoping for a sequel.”
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The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2)

Synopsis

Ashley has a YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much. When James calls with an offer to take her to lunch – the same James that got her fired from her dream job three years ago – she accepts. Against her better judgement, of course.

Now Ashley has all kinds of secrets and things are only going to get worse.


The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) is a light, enjoyable and easy to read romantic comedy. With Sylvia Ashby’s gift of humour there is plenty to laugh and smile about, but the book does have its serious moments. 

PRAISES FOR POT LOVE

“Oh wow – what a fabulous ending! I actually had tears pricking my eyes. I’m so happy for Ashley. After all she’s been through in the course of the book, all the problems and insecurities… the ending was just perfect.” 

Heather Belleguelle

 

“Captivating read!! I found myself charmed by Ashley- all her flaws and insecurities kept me reading page after page.”

Celeste Rogers

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All about the author


Three random facts about me

I graduated University with a Graphic Design degree and spent my twenties working in advertising. Never did it occur to me that my degree would come in handy when I start publishing books.

In my early thirties, I was a shop owner. I owned four shops, one of which was in St. Christopher’s Place London W1. I was doing everything from buying the collections to submitting monthly PAYS. It was madness. I’m so glad the economy crashed in 2008 and I had to give up retail.

Then I started writing. It felt like the first conscious decision I’ve ever made in my life. I felt a sense of belonging. The thought “I could be doing this for the rest of my life” didn’t scare me half to death. Four years and four books later I still feel the same way. This is love, home and vocation wrapped in one.

My first book, Pot Love, was about food and love.

My second, The Treachery of Trains, is about finding love in unlikely places.

The third book I wrote is actually Pot Love‘s second installment. It’s called The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2) and in it, my eponymous heroine Ashley is in even bigger trouble than she was in Pot Love. The two books are standalone and you don’t have to read them in order.

My fourth is The Official Pot Love Series Cookbook and you can get it completely FREE

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Currently, I live in Leuven, Belgium with my family.

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A Little Of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson #review #Q&A #giveaway

Today i am so very lucky to not only be on the blog tour for this wonderful book but also to have a lovely Q&A session with the lovely Cristina herself……..

Chantelle Rose is a great character, did you base her on someone you know?

This is a good question, I didn’t base Chantelle on anyone I know, she just sort of took over in my mind. To be honest, at the moment, my characters just run a bit wild. I think this could be because in my real life I’m a bit over-organised, slightly too responsible with everything I do. So when I sit down at the keyboard, it’s like someone else takes over and pays no attention to order, routine or responsibility. So though I haven’t based Chantelle on anyone I know personally and though she may come across as a bit scatterbrained and reckless, if I’m honest, perhaps my subconscious self would like me to be a bit more reckless in real life too and grab life by the horns. As they say, the things people really regret in life are the risks they didn’t take.

What are your 5 all time favourite reads?

This is a tricky one. I think I’ll have to go with, and in no particular order.

  1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S Lewis. (Novels like this one made me into a reader at a young age, and from the reader the writer is born).
  2. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen (I write romance, say no more…)
  3. The White Queen. Philippa Gregory (This novel, as all Philippa Gregory’s historical novels actually makes learning about the Tudor and pre-Tudor period easy and fun. If I’d read them at school, I’m sure I’d have got an A in history).
  4. Gone with the Wind. Margaret Mitchell. (With one of the most famous closing lines…)
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary. Helen Fielding (My romcom hero).

Did you consider an alternative ending for A little of Chantelle Rose?

The current ending has always been my original ending. I do believe however if my publisher or editor had strongly suggested a change I would have done so. However I think we looking for something different and I have that with this ending. We all want the fairytale, but perhaps we have it without realising it, we have to be happy with who we as well as with whom we are with.

Which books are on your ‘to be read’ pile?

Believe it or not I haven’t read any of Sophie Kinsella’s novels and just recently someone on finishing A little of Chantelle Rose commented that they were reminded of Sophie’s writing style, so one of Sophie’s books is definitely on my must read pile, together with a few from fellow authors at Crooked Cat books.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self?

Be patient. Don’t expect things to happen overnight. For dreams to come true, you need to work hard, be consistent and keep focused. Believe in yourself, believe in your dreams and never give up.

How long does it usually take you to write a novel? 

It took me 3 months to write A little of Chantelle Rose, but 13 years to actually. get it published, but that’s another story. Now with two young children, the day job and trying to keep sane it would take me around a year to finish another novel.

Will we be seeing more of Chantelle Rose?

I hope so. She still talks to me which is a good sign. Fingers crossed she’ll be back some time next year.

 

 

 

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Synopsis

A little of Chantelle Rose

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth it?

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My review

A little of Chantelle Rose is a perfect holiday beach read. In fact, it’s like a sunbeam within a book,  it’s filled with that feel good factor. It is extremely funny, there were moments when I really laughed out loud, much to my partners surprise!

Chantelle becomes a Hollywood star quite by accident. She works in a small coffee shop. An ex sends her a job ad to appear as an extra in a movie, Chantelle is game for anything and applies. 9 Months later she has totally forgotten about her phone call with the nice lady, who she later finds out is a man! until said lady rings her and offers her a part as an extra in a gangsta movie. This small bit part turns into a bit more than she ever suspected. Chantelle is offered a million dollar film contract and so the story begins.

Chantelle Rose definitely has the touch of Miss Congeniality about her, from her transformation from frizzy haired funny girl to svelte, sleek and coiffured Hollywood starlet funny girl! There is a lovely Bermuda love triangle between Chantelle, Robbie, English hunk resembling a diet coke ad model & very famous Lionel, Hollywood superstar.

Chantelle is a sparkling delightful character who I warmed to really quickly. All the characters are very relatable and their personalities develop throughout the plot.

The story has twists and unexpected turns which keeps you turning the pages hungry for more! As well as the story line being great the cover of the book is totally gorgeous and eye catching.

The finale of the story is definitely left open for a sequel which I personally can’t wait for as there are quite a few unanswered questions which will make for a fab part 2!

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About the author

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Cristina Hodgson, mother of two, born in Wimbledon, London, currently lives in southern Spain. Cristina had a long career in sport, reaching national and international level and still actively participates in Triathlon races and enjoys outdoor activities. In her spare time she also enjoys reading and writing. She won a sports scholarship to Boston College. After a period in Boston, she returned to the UK and graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sports Science.
A LITTLE OF CHANTELLE ROSE is her debut novel and will be released in May 2017. Amazingly, it has nothing to do with running!

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Wolves In The Dark By Gunnar Staalesen #blogtour

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Synopsis

PI Varg Veum fights for his reputation, his freedom and his life, when child pornography is found on his computer and he is arrested and jailed. Worse still, his memory is a blank…

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum’s life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts.

When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he’s accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material… and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest – and most personal – case yet.

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My review

This was my first time of reading a Gunnar Staalesen novel. This is the eighth book in the PI varg Veum series and it can totally be read as a stand alone book, although saying this, in completing it I’m now really interested to find out more about Varg and will be downloading the other seven in the series. I must admit I am quite getting into Nordic noir novels and really starting to enjoy them.

I was slightly apprehensive about the subject of this novel, child pornography is obviously not a subject that sits comfortably as a bedtime read, it’s a very prickly, uncomfortable subject to read about. However, Gunnar manages to only go into enough detail for you to understand the plot without it being too harrowing to read.

The whole story is full of twists and turns that have you wondering, how on earth Varg Veum could have got himself into such a situation. It is obvious that the beginning of this book finds Varg in a very dark place after the death of his girlfriend Karin. This, in particular, made me want to find out more about the circumstances that surrounded her death and the path that leads Varg to where this story begins.

The story is fast moving and full of blood rushing, adrenalin pumping scenario’s, it’s finished off with a fantastic twist that has you thinking back over the story to see if there were any clues you had missed, I for one definitely did not foresee the ending. This is an absolute 5* review from me.

About the Author

Gunnar Staalesen was born in Bergen, Norway in 1947. He made his debut at the age of 22 with Seasons of Innocence and in 1977 he published the first book in the Varg Veum series. He is the author of over 20 titles, which have been published in 24 countries and sold over four million copies. Twelve film adaptations of his Varg Veum crime novels have appeared since 2007, starring the popular Norwegian actor Trond Epsen Seim. Staalesen, who has won three Golden Pistols (including the Prize of Honour), lives in Bergen with his wife. When Prince Charles visited Bergen, Staalesen was appointed his official tour guide. There is a life-sized statue of Varg Veum in the centre of Bergen, and a host of Varg Veum memorabilia for sale. We Shall Inherit the Wind and Where Roses Never Die were both international bestsellers. Don Bartlett is the foremost translator of Norwegian, responsible for the multaward- winning, bestselling books by Jo Nesbo, Karl Ove Knausgaard and Per Pettersen. It is rare to have a translator who is as well-known and highly regarded as the author.

Wolves in the dark is due to be published by Orenda books on 15th June 2017

I’d like to thank Orenda Books & Anne Cater for allowing me to review Wolves in the dark.

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Kiss Me At Willoughby Close by Kate Hewitt #blogtour #giveaway

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Synopsis

Welcome to Willoughby Close… a charming cluster of cozy cottages, each with a story to tell and a happy ending to deliver…
After her husband unexpectedly dies, Ava moves to Willoughby Close, trying to keep her chin up and herself to herself as she’s always done—not answering questions, not making friends, and not seeing much of a future. Her marriage was far from perfect, but it offered her a much-needed security that has now been ripped away. She’s not sure what to do now that she’s thirty-five, widowed, penniless… and unexpectedly pregnant with her late husband’s child.

Jace Tucker is the over-the-top sexy caretaker of Willoughby Manor, and he can see beneath Ava’s glamor girl act to the hurt she’s been hiding for so long. She has secrets for a reason—and so does he. The last thing she needs right now is a fling with a man who hides a past as regrettable as her own.

But with a baby to think about, and neighbors determined to be her friends, Ava finds herself starting to change and even more alarmingly, beginning to hope. Can Willoughby Close work its everyday magic on a woman like her? And when the past comes calling for both her and Jace, will they have to answer for their previous mistakes?

My review

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Kiss me at Willoughby Close is the 4th in the Willoughby Close series. It can be read as a stand alone book, although I warn you, you will find yourself hurriedly downloading the other three books in the series.

I must admit I do really like books like this, that are part of a series and all intertwine into each other.

The main character in Kiss me at Willoughby Close is Ava, Ava is recently widowed, her husband was a lot older than her and the marriage was more a marriage of convenience than a great love story. The story begins as Ava finds out her deceased husband who was very much a sugar Daddy, has left her only £10,000 in his will. The rest of his estate has been left to his son & daughter who have always hated Ava.

Ava isn’t an instantly likeable character, she is very self-preserved and quite prickly! The lovely thing is, as she grows as a character and you get to know her you grow to love her. She’s feisty, fiercely independent but also vulnerable. She just wants her happy ever after.

Jace is the love interest with a twist, he has a dark secret but will this change Ava’s opinion of him? There are lots of lovely characters in this book that slowly unfold as you read further. This is a real curl up, comfort read which i highly recommend.

The 5th book in the Willoughby Close series is due out in July 2017.

Thank you to Jenny at Neverland blog tours and Kate Hewitt for allowing me to review Kiss me at Willoughby Close.

About Kate Hewitt

Kate is the USA bestselling author of over 40 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. Other series include the Emigrants Trilogy, the Amherst Island Trilogy, and the Falling For The Freemans series.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in the English Cotswolds with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

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