Closer Than You Think by Darren O’Sullivan {Review} [AD]

Wow guys what a book!

I was absolutely thrilled when I was approved for a copy of this from Netgalley. I have read Darren’s work previously and really enjoyed it so when I saw this was available it was a no brainer to apply for it.

The Blurb

He’s watching. She’s waiting.

The unmissable new thriller from Darren O’Sullivan, author of Our Little Secret and Close Your Eyes.

Having barely escaped the clutches of a serial killer, Claire Moore has struggled to rebuild her life. After her terrifying encounter with the man the media dubbed The Black-Out Killer, she became an overnight celebrity: a symbol of hope and survival in the face of pure evil. And then the killings stopped.

Now ten years have passed, and Claire remains traumatised by her brush with death. Though she has a loving and supportive family around her, what happened that night continues to haunt her still.

Just when things are starting to improve, there is a power cut; a house fire; another victim found killed in the same way as before.

The Black-Out Killer is back. And he’s coming for Claire…

The Cover

I love the cover. It is so eye-catching and really draws me in. It totally relates to the storyline as well.


The Review

It is rare that when reading this genre that I am completely taken off guard. I always have a sneaking suspicion of who the killer is, or at the least can’t say I am overly surprised when it all comes out in the open. However, this book BLEW MY MIND! Darren the sneaky little devil totally blind-sided me with the ending. Not just for the reveal but the way it ended. I mean, I don’t want to give any spoilers but if you do manage to read this book (which you should) you will totally get what I mean when I say “YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME!”

Now let’s talk about Claire, the main character. She is very traumatised by what happened to her all those years ago, and well…rightly so. Usually I don’t really take to characters who are weak, I much prefer strong, brashy, badass women but Claire isn’t weak, she is just stuck. Stuck unable to really move on, terrified that what happened to will happen again. However, she constantly battles against her anxiety to try and not let the event define who she is and it makes for such a compelling read.

I loved this book so much and I 100% recommend that you should read it, whether psychological thrillers are your thing or not, the quality of the writing alone makes it worth a read. Congratulations Darren on another amazing book!

You can purchase a copy of this amazing book <here>

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the pleasure of reading this book and thank you all for reading my review.

Emma-Louise x



Book Promo: The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lily Bartlett

Today I have a promo post author Lily Bartlett. Thank you Lily for joining us today.

How often do you pick up a book because of the cover? I do it all the time. It’s what makes me take the time to look at the description, read the first few paragraphs, and, if I like all that I see, decide to buy it.

So, is it any wonder that covers cause us authors so much angst? They might even make us more nervous than writing the book itself. That’s because writing is an evolutionary process. It takes months to do, plus there are many rounds of editing. But the cover is the instant, one-and-only first impression your book will make. It’s like getting ready for a first date with someone that you really really want to impress! You’ve only got one chance.

Every single author I know holds her breath when that email comes through from the publisher saying “Here’s the cover art and we hope you’ll love it as much as we do.”

So here it is: my one chance. These are the two covers we’ve chosen to make a first impression for The Truth About Love and Dogs. What do you think? They’re very different from one another, aren’t they? That’s because tastes in romcom covers in the UK are so different from preferences in the US.

For the US cover – the basket of pups – we wanted something fun and eye-catching that conveys the book’s tone rather than the story exactly. Publishers go for the look and feel more than an image that literally tells you what the story is about (that’s the job of the title and the description). There are pugs in the book, by the way!

The UK cover might have a very different look, but its tone is the same. There, we wanted to project a cover the reader can fall into, with intriguing groupings of people that provoke curiosity.

I always ask my Facebook friends and newsletter followers for their feedback about my proposed covers, and the US readers mostly go for a photographic cover while UK readers love the illustrated ones. Does that hold true for you? Which do you like better?

Whichever cover grabs you most, I hope you’ll love the story inside!

Happy reading!

Lilly xo

If you want to connect with me on Facebook or through my newsletter then you can get involved in my next cover choices!


Author Bio:

Michele writes books packed with heart and humour, best friends and girl power. Call them beach books, summer reads, romantic comedy or chick lit… readers and reviewers call them “feel good”, “thought-provoking” and “laugh out loud”. She is both a Sunday Times and a USA Today bestselling author, raised in the US and living in London with her husband. She is very fond of naps, ice cream and Richard Curtis films.

Michele also writes cosy chick lit under the pen-name Lilly Bartlett. Lilly’s books are full of warmth, romance, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: The Reverse of Everything by Tara Brown {Promo}

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The Reverse of Everything


Tara Brown


YA Apocalyptic

Publication Date

March 11th, 2019

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR


One day can change everything.

One day the world is a delicate balance.

The next day the balance is tipped.

And there is no bringing it back.

When everyone over a certain age dies, a group of young adults make a perilous journey across the US, in hopes of finding something beautiful or amazing.

Something to cherish as their last memory.

Because maybe they’re dying too.

And in the end, all we want is something to be grateful for.

And maybe for someone to remember us when we’re gone.

From the author of The Born Trilogy, The Last City of Men, and The Blood Trail Chronicles comes a story of friendship and love, even as the world is ending.

This is a standalone novel

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Author Bio

I believe growing up in a really small town gives a person a little advantage when it comes to the imagination. You need one or you go mad.

Needless to say, mine saved me. After it got me into trouble first, that is. That’s the problem with a vivid imagination, all the lies you tell.

I am happily married with two daughters.

I have two giant dogs, two savage cats, and a penchant for a glass of red.

Also, I drag my bread through the sauce. I can’t help myself, bread is life.

According to my age, I am meant to be a responsible adult, but it isn’t going well at all. I would still head off to Hogwarts tomorrow and I suspect there isn’t a single wardrobe I haven’t crept into, hoping to find the door to Narnia. And don’t even get me started on the King’s Road, I get lost.

Fortunately, I am an international bestseller so I have wormed my way into a quirky or eccentric category.

Thank God for that.

I am represented by Natalie Lakosil from the Bradford Literary Agency and am published traditionally with Montlake Romance.

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Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x


The Creative Planner Magazine Issue 6 Spring 2019


YAY the first issue of 2019 is ready for downloading. I really enjoyed this issue and not just because I have a featured article but because it was perfectly timed to rejuvenate those post-new year blues. This edition features lots of great articles such as A Guide to Hobonichis written by Sam Alderson and a review for the Social Media Planner by Lucy Hall written by Jennifer Gilmour.


You can grab your copy <HERE> along with all previous issues, and don’t forget the website is updated with articles regularly outside of the Magazine:)

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Pre-Order Blitz: Unbreakable Darkness by L.M Preston


Today I bring you the pre-order blitz of the latest L.M Preston novel, Unbreakable Darkness.

Title: Unbreakable Darkness

Author: LM Preston

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Cover Designer: We’ve Got You Covered

Publication Date: May 5th, 2019

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Reviews & PR




Dexter never looks for trouble, it finds him. Moving to a small city from New York wasn’t his idea of an improvement. His dream of being a groomed as a pro football running back ended the moment his father uprooted his family. Day one, he landed in jail without bail and realized too late that his father made a deal to get him out—one that would change his life, and put his family forever in danger. Unfortunately, finding love always happens at the worst possible time. Dexter didn’t realize that love could also kill. Again, trouble…it finds him, but this time he’d face it – head on, and hope he survives. Prequel to Scepter of Fire Book 2 in The Vigilant Series

Other Books In The Series

Insatiable Darkness – Book 0

Caged Fire – Book 1

Unbreakable Darkness –Book 1.5

Scepter of Fire – Book 2

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Author Bio

L.M. Preston, a native of Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. She is an author, an engineer, a professor, a mother and a wife. Her passion for writing and helping others to see their potential through her stories and encouragement has been her life’s greatest adventures. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.

LM Preston

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Insatiable Darkness (Vigilant Book .5):

Caged Fire (Vigilant Book 1):

Unbreakable Darkness (Vigilant Book 1.5):



“Well, I hate to do this, but I am willing to let him go, with no charges if you can convince him to be an informant for me.”

“Excuse me?” Dex’s father responded, irritated.

“I know why you are here. Also, who you are working with and you are playing a dangerous game. I will stay out of that, but, your son is in the position to shed some light on this case and help your cause. There is something going on with the sports teams at that school. Kids going missing at the top of their prime, it’s frustrating we don’t know why.”

“I understand, but why would I put my son in danger to get you your answers?”

“Because it may help you get the answers you seek…for The Vigilant,” Detective Whalen whispered when he mentioned the last word.

“I’m not doing that. Would you put your kid in that kind of danger?”

“I’ve tried, but my son wasn’t good enough to be recruited by the elite on the team. He’s into other things, playing the guitar in a band. The Soul warriors have to be selected, it’s a process. Your son, he’s got what they are looking for, he’s strong, a bit impulsive, a fighter and not a detective’s son.”

Dex almost didn’t catch it, but had leaned in to hear every bit of their conversation.

“How about this, you put things in motion, my son doesn’t know he may be exposed to the information you seek. Let things play out, then if you need to question him, I’ll make sure he’s available for that.”

There was a pause of silence, “That’s fair and a good approach. The less he knows, the more likely he will be exposed too. You’ve got a deal.”

“And detective, don’t ever mention The Vigilant in my presence again. You can get my family and I killed if you do, and I fought too damned hard to be able to live to risk someone putting me and mine in danger.”


Dex heard a slapping of hands and supposed they were shaking hands.

“Now, detective, can I see my son?”

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x


6 Month Plannerversary!

Hey Everyone,

Now this may not seem like a huge thing to most people but for us planner gals and guys spending 6 months in one planner is quite an achievement. You see, many of us suffer from what is known as Magpie Syndrome. This is when we spend lots of money on new and shiny planners to find that after 1-2 months they inevitably end up sat on a shelf unused.

I started using my current panner aka the faux weeks at the start of October and I can honestly say I have never been happier. Yes I use the Scribbles That Matter Bullet Planner along side it but my trusty weekly planner is always by my side.


Not only is it small enough to fit in all my bags, it isn’t heavy and has room to make notes.

I don’t feel the need to have to dress this up either. Some weeks are completely plain, others are full of colour and decor. This is my everything and it has never let me down or left me wanting more.

I am a little ashamed to say that over the years I have spent hundreds on finding this sort of peace with my productivity and organisation and the best bit? It cost around £6 with free delivery. I mean…I could have saved myself a small fortune and had a nifty little holiday. If you want to have a look at this little beauty you can do so <here>

I can safely say that in the last 6 months I have learnt a few things about myself;

  1. I don’t need a fancy planner
  2. I don’t need all the fancy planner accessories
  3. I don’t need or use kits, at least not full boxes
  4. Cheap does not equate to bad quality.

Now I have learnt all these things, I am sure the next 6 months will be spent more productive and less unhappy.


Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Blog Tour:My Last Lie by Ella Drummond (AD)

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Hey everyone, today I am bringing you a review for the book My Last Lie by Ella Drummond. I would like to thank Sarah Hardy from Books On The Bright Side, Hera Books and Ella for providing me with a free copy for review purposes.


New beginnings. Old secrets.
Theo and Pilar. The perfect couple.

Successful, beautiful and very much in love.
Until a year ago – and the tragedy that nearly tore them apart.
When their baby died, a part of them died with him.
Now they’re trying to rebuild themselves, moving to a stunning house in rural Cornwall.
But someone knows all their secrets – and will stop at nothing to disturb their fragile peace.

Theo and Pilar are about to learn that you can try to hide – but you can never outrun your past.

A unputdownable, gripping psychological thriller that will hook you until the final shocking twist. Fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors and The Wife Between Us will be captivated.



This was a bit of a slow build story for me and it was because I was eager to see what happened. I really enjoyed My Last Lie and felt for the main character Pilar.

The pacing of the story and how it unfolded was perfect, I didn’t find that things were rushed or dragged out and I love Ella’s writing style. Once I hit about 25% into the story I was struggling to put it down.

I would have loved to see more of the relationship between Pilar and and her mother and would like to see a Novella or another book which it features more as there is clearly some tense backstory there, especially on her mother’s side.

This was a great mystery thriller and I would highly recommend it to others. A solid 4 stars from me.

Author Bio

Ella Drummond recently signed a two-book deal with Hera Books. Her first psychological thriller, My Last Lie will be published in February 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

She lives with her husband on the island of Jersey and you can follow her on Twitter @drummondella1 and Facebook:


Purchase Link: My Last Lie

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Postcard From Paris by Holly Willow {Book Promo}

Hey everyone, today I have a promotional post for you from the lovely Holly Willow who has a special low price promotion running for her book Postcard From Paris throughout March. You can find out the details below;

Book Title

Postcard From Paris


Holly Willow


Paris is always a good idea…

When Poppy finds a postcard from Paris, sent by an aunt she didn’t know existed, she books a flight to France to investigate. Just days after arriving in Paris, she accidentally lands herself a job thanks to a case of mistaken identity. To complicate matters further, she soon starts to fall for her new boss. Falling in love with your boss is never a good idea and she knows it. But when he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, her heart just might win the battle against reason and logic.

Purchase Link:

Price: $/£ 0.99 throughout March and April


Author Bio

Holly Willow has lived her life on the move since her early childhood. She grew up in stables in the Middle East and South East Asia, surrounded by horses, philandering polo players, and wonderfully oversharing expatriate housewives. Currently, she’s bouncing around Europe. Growing up, if she wasn’t on horseback, she had her nose in a book. Characters in novels were her best friends. And ultimately she started creating her own.


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Postcard From Paris:

Love By Chance:

One Little Lie:

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Thank you for reading and please pop a message below if you purchase and read it, I would love to know your thoughts.

Emma-Louise x

My Reading Review Journal (ad-gifted)

Hey Everyone,

It’s pretty clear to you all by now that I have a love for books and stationery. This post combines the two!

As part of the Fiction Cafe Review Team I was gifted a gorgeous Reading Journal by S.L Grigg. I was so excited about this as a reader, trying to find the perfect reading journal is difficult because it’s hard to find something with comprises all the stuff you want to note. As a book reviewer I look for ones with a lot of detail and note space.

This reading journal was perfect. Each book has a dedicated 2 page detailed spread to dicuss what you thought of it. I also has a few little puzzles and colouring ages, a full index and a place to list you TBR.

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I wanted to customise the journal further and combine it with my love of all things arty so I decided to take the cover and paint it, along with adding some quirky ’emma-isms’ inside. I plan to add more as I go as well. Here is my before and after.

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The journal itself has space for more than 100 book reviews so it will last sometime and for £7.99 it’s an absolute steal. If you would like to purchase a copy or see more reviews on it you can do so here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Family Fun


Hey Everyone.

When I was recovering last year. I made a few promises to myself about the life I wanted to live. Like most of us do, we often take things for granted and don’t often realise how lucky we are with the smallest and simplest of things.

I realised that I wanted more family time, that I didn’t have to wait until I had the money for some grand day out. In fact I could make some great family days with little to no money because ultimately it’s not money that you need to spend, it’s time.

We moved in December and part of me was really sad as I loved Guisborough, I loved that the Priory no more than a 10 minute walk away and it’s a place that I have loved for over 20 years.

However, now we’ve settled and my health has improved ten fold we have started to be more active as a family.

I now live in a place that is 20 minutes by bus to Guisborough so I can still visit the Priory and I am 15 minutes by bus to visit a Victorian seaside town and beach and I am a 10 minute walk from the rolling countryside. I am lucky, I live in a pretty and scenic place.


My partner had the week off over Valentine’s and we decided to not buy each other gifts. Instead we were going to spend the day at the beach as a family and that is what we did.


We had such a lovely day. We went in the afternoon after Alexis finished nursery and thankfully the weather was great.It was chilly but the sun was shining.

Saltburn is a really nice beach. Part of it is full of rockpools and pebbles while the other part is a long stretch of sandy beach.


While we were there we collected some pebbles to paint at home and found some shells. We took a walk out over the long pier and had a play in the 2p machines in the tiny pier arcade.






We then spent another day painting our pebbles ready to put in our garden which we are doing up ready for summer.




Here are the rest of our pictures:)






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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x