Blog Tour: Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow {Review} [ad]

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Good Morning,

Today I have a review for the book Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow. Love Heart Lane is the first in a duology.

Blurb

Welcome to Love Heart Lane…

When Flick Simons returns to the small village f Heartcross she only expected to stay a few days. The white-washed cottages of Love Heart Lane might be her home, but the place holds too many painful memories, and of one man in particular – Fergus Campbell.

When a winter storm sweeps in, the only bridge connecting the village to the mainland is swept away! As the villagers pull together, Flick finds herself welcomed back by the friends she once left behind. And as the snow begins to melt, maybe there is a chance that Fergus’s heart will thaw too…

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Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

UShttps://www.amazon.com/Love-Heart-Lane-Christie-Barlow-ebook/dp/B07DX1YXKM/

Review

I really enjoyed Love Heart Lane. I instantly felt a connection to Felicity. Her story was one that a lot of people will probably resonate with. Although the book was a light and easy read it touched on some very deep issues. I really loved the idea of this little village pulling together as a community when things go from bad to worse. I would like to think that as society we would pull together in the same way.

It is easy to see why Fergus behaves the way he does with her after everything they have been though together. Isla was a character who also stood out to me, I would really like to see more from her and Drew in a future book.

The writing was really well done and flowed with a great pace. I found that once I got started pages flew by without me even realising. It’s rare these days I get to start and finish a book within a day or two.

I would really recommend this book to others, if you are looking for an nice enjoyable romance that has depth and excitement then this is the book for you.

Author Bio

Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty’s Countryside Dream, Lizzie’s Christmas Escape, Evie’s Year of Taking Chances, The Cosy Canal Boat Dream, A Home at Honeysuckle Farm and Love Heart Lane. Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA & Australia.

Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money/awareness and engaging with impoverished people in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being as well as Literary Editor for http://www.mamalifemagazine.co.uk bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.

website www.christiebarlow.com

Twitter @ChristieJBarlow

Facebook page Christie Barlow author

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Thank you so much to Rachel and Christie for proving me a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review and taking part in this blog tour. I received this book free but all opinions and thoughts on it are my own.

Please pop along to the other Blog Tour hosts and see what they thought of Love Heart Lane.

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Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: The Lock by Andrew Barrett {Review} (ad)

Today I have a tour for the novella The Lock by Andrew Barrett.

Blurb

I’m Eddie Collins, a CSI. I was finishing up at a sudden death in an old house, waiting for the body snatchers to arrive, when I heard a noise from the cellar.

I had time to kill, so I went to investigate.

Turns out I wasn’t the only one with killing on his mind.

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Review

The Lock is a face paced andpls which has all the makings of a fantastic book. The benefit to this being shorter than your average novel is that there is no filler at all so it gets straight into the thick of the story and the resolution.

The novella is split into different point of views over various characters which makes for a compelling read.

Barrett writes a great villain and in this case it was a refreshing change to see a CSI who wasn’t all prim and proper and enjoyed a good moan about his job.

For those who like a thriller mixed with a splash of horror this is the perfect one for you.

Author Bio

Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in
Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s
life revolves around crime. In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 120,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the
trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds. He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come. Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories. You can find out more about him and his writing at
http://www.andrew-barrett.co.uk

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Social Media and Purchase Links

Contact: andrew@andrewbarrett.co.uk
Website: https://www.andrewbarrett.co.uk
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/AndrewBarrettUK
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Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Barrett/e/B0055888Q0/
Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Barrett/e/B0055888Q0/

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: The Sinister Gathering by Dianne Ezzard {Review} (ad)

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Blurb

Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

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Review

I was a little worried when I got this book, with it being the 3rd book in a series and not having read the first two I wondered if it would mean I struggle with catching up. I was assured that it would be fine to read as a stand alone and it was. It would be nce to have more background on Sophie but it isn’t a necessity as the author does a good job of filling in the blanks as you go through the story.

I have to admit though I did struggle with the book, I don’t feel that the story really gave me the feeling of suspense as I read it and I did not warm to any of the characters. I didn’t feel invested which is a shame because the storyline itself was a good one.

The pacing of the story was done well but I found there was a lot of filler that was not neccessary. There were certain things written into the story that were not factually accurate and that made it hard for me to really absorb mysef into a world that was part of the world we live within.

All in all though, it wasn’t a completely bad read. The author puts forward a compelling storyline that I am sure some will love.

I am afraid that this only gets a 3 star for me but please, give it a try yourself.

Purchase Links

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Sinister-Gathering-Sophie-Brown-Book-ebook/dp/B07HWP9V5H

Author Bio 

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.

Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity.

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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Social Media Links

http://dezzardwriter.com/

https://www.facebook.com/dezzardwriter/

https://twitter.com/diane_ezzard

Thank you for reading and please pop along to the other bloggers taking part and see what they thought of The Sinister Gathering.

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Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: Broken Glass by J.M Sullivan {Extract}

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Broken Glass

Author: J.M. Sullivan

Genre: A/ Dark Fantasy / Fairy Tale Retelling

Cover Designer: Westerfield Creative

Publication Date: January 15th, 2019

Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb

The scariest thing about Wanderland isn’t death–it’s the momerath.

And now Dinah is one of them.

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Alice Carroll has spent the better part of her life avoiding Wanderland–and the momerath–at all costs. But now with her sister gone, Alice has only one place to go.

Back to Wanderland.

Armed with only her blade and a raging vendetta against the traitorous Red Queen, Alice storms the undead wasteland to find Dinah and atone for her mistakes. But with relentless momerath and a ruthless Queen encroaching, will Alice’s determination be enough? Or will she fall down a new rabbit hole searching for revenge?

Extract

She killed another Joker today.

Excuse me.  I mean, ‘Guardsman.’

Ha.

That’s the real joke. The Red Queen cares about the Marked as much as a cat does a dirty litter box. She’ll use them if she must, but otherwise they’re disposable.

Except for me.

She watches me.

I don’t think she knows what to do with me. Not that I blame her. I don’t know what to do with myself. Sometimes I feel like everything is normal, and other times, well—then, at least, the voices tell me that everything is fine.

I don’t quite believe them.

It would be easier if the memories stopped. Of life before. It’s muddled, but there are fragments of purpose and joy, all tied to a quiet, blonde girl. She is strong, stronger than she knows—I know this because I know her better than myself.  And yet, I don’t remember her.

I am empty.

The memories are not mine—they belong to someone else. I am a traitor in this body, an unwelcome host. And yet, the longer I stay grey, the more this body calls to me. Like the other Marked.

We understand each other.

They tell me things. Secrets the Queen will never know. I can read them in their eyes. I can feel them in my bones. Words unspoken, but always heard. Whispers, desperate songs, pleading for salvation. And all the while, they watch me. Waiting. Haunted stares as she kills our brothers and sisters. Their pain is palpable, heavy in the air and on my shoulders while they call to me on an undiscovered frequency.

I hear them laughing.

I hear them crying.

I hear them . . .

I hear . . .

Them.

Author Bio

Teacher by day, award-winning author by night, J.M. Sullivan is a fairy tale fanatic who loves taking classic stories and turning them on their head. When she’s not buried in her laptop, you can find her watching scary movies with her husband, playing with her kids, or lost inside a good book. Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. If you would like to connect with J.M., you can find her on social media at @jmsullivanbooks– she’d love to hear from you.

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Author Links

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16508815

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SS5c9t

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jmsullivanbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jmsullivanbooks

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/j-m-sullivan

Web: https://jmsullivanbooks.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43452770-broken-glass

Buy Link

Alice: https://amzn.to/2VScax7

Broken Glass: https://amzn.to/2ROiI0t

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

A Hollow Sky by M. Sean Coleman

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Hey Everyone,

I know it’s the 11th December and I am extremely late with this review, well to be honest, with all my reviews. Still, I would rather post even if it is late.

Blurb

A SUSPENSEFUL, ATMOSPHERIC THRILLER.

Jane Hewitt had been miraculously healed—cured of a terminal cancer that had been eating away at her body for months. After one meeting with an incredible young woman, Jane rose from her wheelchair and walked out, believing that her lifetime of devoted faith had been rewarded.

The next day, Jane died in her husband’s arms, devastated that her God had deserted her. Her husband, Ian, blames her hastened death on the faith healer she visited. But that faith healer is a teenage girl called Megan, who has been in a coma for five years, and has no say over how her gift is used.

When Ian is arrested after being accused of breaking in to Megan’s house and trying to tamper with her life support, he turns to the only person he knows can help clear his name, and stop this family deceiving any other victims—Dr Alex Ripley, the so called Miracle Detective.

 

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Review

I really enjoyed the previous Alex Ripley novel so I was excited to get stuck into this one. I wasn’t disappointed as I really enjoyed it. The outcome was somewhat predictable but this didn’t spoil the reading experience or the story. All the little turns were a great read and I was so eager to see what happened with Megan and Alex in this situation.

Coleman writes really well, he manages to write with a talent that let’s the words flow from the pages and immerse you in the reading experience. It was good to see more about Alex and her life surrounding her husband and how it also has had an impact on her thought process and mental clarity. I really am excited to see how things move forward for her after the end of this book.

I am looking forward to seeing what he releases in the future and I can’t wait to read more about Alex Ripley.

You can see my review on the first book in the series here

Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale {Extract}

Hey Everyone

Today I have an extract for the book Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row by Emily Harvale.

Blurb

It’ll take a miracle to makeJuliet’s Christmas merry, but Mistletoe Row is the place to be when you needsome Christmas magic. 

The last person Juliet Bell expectsto see when she returns home for Christmas is Harrison Bow.Especiallywith the most beautiful woman in the world by his side. Twentyyears ago, Juliet and Harrison had the shortest romance in history, consistingof one date – and one blazing row. But Juliet will never admit when she’swrong, and Harrison doesn’t forgive easily, so they haven’t seen, or spoken toone another since.

Harrison Bow vowed he’d never visit hisgrandfather at The Grange, again, or drive along Mistletoe Row, the scene ofone of the unhappiest times of his life. He hasn’t been back for twenty yearsand he’s only here now because his brother pleaded with him to come. At leastwith his executive assistant joining him, he’ll be able to do some work. 

But Juliet’s sister, Zoe and Harrison’s brother,Luke have some surprises in store for their elder siblings, and so it seemsdoes Fate. After Harrison risks his life to save Juliet, the least she can dois be nice. The problem is, Harrison is hotter than the log fire in TheMistletoe pub, and when she’s surrounded by twinkling lights and softly fallingsnow, it doesn’t take long for her to realise she’s in love with the man shethought she hated. Even if he doesn’t appear to be in love with her. 

Purchase Link

https://newbook.at/Bells-and-Bows

Extract

In this extract from Bells and Bows on Mistletoe Row, Juliet Bell is going skating on the lake within the grounds of her former home. It’s something she has longed to do, since the day she and her family left The Grange.

‘Yeah. He’d probably have an apoplexy if he saw me skating on his lake. He’d set the dogs on me.’

‘I didn’t know they had dogs,’ Bernard said.

Rosa shook her head. ‘They don’t, darling. It’s a figure of speech.’

‘They should have dogs.’ There was a thoughtful look on Bernard’s face. ‘A house isn’t a home without dogs.’

‘Luke likes dogs,’ Zoe said.

‘So does Harrison.’ Juliet bit her lip. ‘I mean, so did Harrison. At least he said he did. But then he said a lot of things. Sorry. Not going there again. Okay. So I’ll be back around twelve-ish. We’ll have lunch and then do stuff around the house. Yes?’

‘Sounds like a plan,’ Rosa said.

‘Always good to have a plan,’ replied Bernard.

‘Absolutely,’ agreed Juliet.

Zoe grinned mischievously. ‘I’m glad you all think that.’

‘Oh?’ Rosa gave her a curious look. ‘Don’t you then, sweetheart?’

‘I definitely do. In fact, I have a couple of plans of my own. But they’re top secret and on a strictly need-to-know basis.’ She beamed at each of them. ‘And for now, none of you need to know.’

‘I hope your plan includes getting me a lovely Christmas present,’ Juliet said, hastily eating her toast and draining the last dregs from her coffee cup.

‘Oh it does, sis. And you have no idea how lovely.’

Juliet grinned at Zoe and rose to leave. ‘Right. I’m out of here. See you all later. Have fun.’

‘You too,’ everyone replied.

Juliet grabbed her skates, almost falling over Cinnamon, who was munching a slice of buttered toast, retrieved her thick, black jacket from the coat hook and dashed out the front door onto an icy, Mistletoe Row. She nearly landed on her backside as her feet slipped beneath her, but she managed to grab the door handle and steady herself.

‘That’s twice I’ve almost fallen over,’ she said out loud. ‘And everything comes in threes.’ She shook her head and sighed.

Glancing at her watch, she saw it was ten-to-ten and yet there wasn’t a car in sight. No people, either. But it was such a lovely day. She took a deep breath of the cool, crisp morning air and then walked gingerly over the road to the park, where the ground was still covered in snow. She ran across the snow-covered grass, through the apple orchard and made her way to the back gate of the grounds and gardens of The Grange. The gate was unlocked, as Luke said it would be, but she hesitated before she pushed it open. This would be the first time in twenty years that she had set foot on this hallowed ground and she needed a moment to let it sink in.

Only a brief moment though. Her excitement got the better of her. She shoved the ornate, wrought iron gate open and quickly closed it behind her. The path was slippery but she didn’t care. She ran, slipping and sliding as she went, to the lake, stopping the second she saw it.

Its beauty took her breath away. It hadn’t changed one bit. Even the bench looked the same, but perhaps a little older and more weathered. She raced towards it.

‘Hello bench,’ she said, laughing heartily at her foolishness and then she sat, almost reverently, and sighed. Dropping her skates beside her, she stared ahead at the lake. ‘Hello lake. You have no idea how much I’ve missed you.’

If it could talk, she was sure it would say the same.

It was several minutes before she looked away and she took a long, deep breath as she slipped off her boots and put on her skates.

She got up and stepped onto the ice and it was as if something magical shot through her entire body, from her feet to her head. She closed her eyes, stretched out her arms, gracefully shaping her fingers like those of an ice dancer, and pushed away with her left foot. She skated in circles of eight, moving her hands behind her and clasping her fingers as she retraced her glide path backwards. She lowered her body, bending one knee and stretching her other leg out in front of her.

Raising herself upright, she leapt into the air, stretching her legs wide apart and reaching forward to touch her toes, landing gracefully as she skated forward into a spin. That was followed by more jumps; a triple axel, a double Lutz. She was in her element. Her skin was glowing in the warmth of the sun, her blood was racing through her veins, her muscles flexed and toned. She didn’t want to stop.

Skating faster, she made a circuit of the lake, and another. More jumps, more spins. She could stay there all day. Fleetingly, she saw a figure out of the corner of her eye. Had Luke come down to greet her? She carved her blades into the ice and skated into an area where she was blinded by the sun. She closed her eyes against the glare but as she moved forward she heard the crack and felt her blade catch as she came to an abrupt stop. She glanced down as lines, like lots of little blood vessels, fanned out from where she stood. Her eyes shot towards the figure and only now did she see who it was.

‘Harrison!’ she shrieked as the ice cracked open and she fell into thefreezing waters of the lake. I hope you enjoyed the extract. Thank you so much for allowing me to share it with you.

About The Author

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.


Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/emilyharvalewriter

https://www.instagram.com/emilyharvale

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson {Extract}

Visions of Zarua

Good Morning !

Today I am bringing you an extract for the exciting novel Visions of Zaura by Suzanne Rogerson.

Blurb

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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 Visions of Zarua is only 99p for a limited time to celebrate the book birthday.

Extract

Jago story takes place 350 years before Paddren’s begins. Jago’s scenes are written in first person and we join him as he arrives back at the city of Zarua from a pilgrimage of the realm and beyond. He’s received a letter from his brother warning him something dark is happening in the great city. Jago meets his old mentor and is thrust back into his former role as junior wizard, or so he thinks…

We entered the great hall amid a tide of Elders and juniors, all hastening to find a seat. The central stone pews were already full, while the tiers of seats encircling the room were filling fast; it seemed the whole magical community was attempting to cram into the expansive hall. Usually such grand gatherings were reserved for seasonal celebrations and annual graduations.

I hovered on the threshold of the room and scanned the sea of faces for Jaspen, trying to ignore the nerves fluttering in my belly.

‘Do you want to say a few words?’ Alnard asked, his tone almost gentle in its enquiry.

I frowned. ‘Say a few words about what? What’s going on?’

‘Isn’t this why you’ve returned?’

‘I came back because Jaspen asked me to. Where is he?’

Alnard put his hands on my shoulders and looked me in the eye. I saw his Adam’s apple shift as he gulped.

I knew that whatever he was about to say, I didn’t want to hear it. I tried to pull away from him, but there was strength in his old hands.

Using every ounce of will, I tore my gaze from his and found myself staring at his lips. I saw him form the words, and knew them before my ears even caught the sound.

‘No.’ I squeezed the letter in my pocket, my brother’s voice echoing in my head. He was here waiting for me, we were going to laugh off our stupidities – my need to escape, his paranoia.

My mentor squeezed my shoulders with his bony fingers, forcing me back to the present. ‘I thought you knew…’ Alnard’s eyes clouded over, and I heard the emotion catch in his throat. ‘I’m sorry.’

The truth crashed down on me, making it impossible to breathe. Jaspen was dead…

Somehow, I’d known. My subconscious had been trying to warn me ever since I’d stepped onto Zarua’s soil.

‘When?’

‘It was a week ago. We are about to hold his funeral; that’s why I thought you had returned.’ Alnard hung his head. ‘How stupid of me to assume…’

I forced my fist to unclench, releasing the letter in my pocket. I had to preserve it – my only memento of him and the last conversation we never had.

I pictured his face on the day we said goodbye. I’d never meant for it to be forever.

‘How did he die?’

A pained look creased Alnard’s face.

‘Please, however terrible, just tell me.’

‘Jaspen killed himself.’

I absorbed his words. ‘That’s not possible.’

Alnard hung his head, making no comment. I stared around the room over his stooped shoulders. Fetter Cairn sat at the back of the hall. He broke from his conversation to look at me and raised a hand in greeting, a brief flick of his wrist, nothing more to acknowledge the years we had been friends.

Numbly, I allowed Alnard to guide me to an empty seat at the front of the chamber. As we waited for the ceremony to begin, a dreadful certainty gripped me. Jaspen would never kill himself…

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Author Profile

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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Social Media Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon author page

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Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Blitz: The Cuckoo Wood by M. Sean Coleman {Review}

Blurb

A THRILLING, MELODICALLY CREEPY MYSTERY.

Samantha Jaynes took her life in the cold lake. Now Rosie Trimble has done the same. Both claimed they had seen an angel. And they’re not the only ones.

A spate of teenage suicides rattles the rural community of Kirkdale, in England’s Lake District. Before they died, each of the girls talked about seeing an angel. Is this collective hallucination, or is something more sinister leading these young girls to their deaths?

That’s a question for Dr Alex Ripley, the so-called Miracle Detective. Brought in to help the police, she finds a community rooted in fear and suspicion, bound by their strange faith, unwilling to help, unable to forgive.

Because the people of Kirkdale have buried their dark past once, and they’re not about to let Ripley dig it up again.

The Cuckoo Wood is the first Alex Ripley Mystery

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Review

Wow! What a book. I loved it! I was so completely invested in reading this book it literally consumed me. I got it finished in less than 24 hours as I had to know what was going on.

The whole thing was so well written, the way that the Kirkdale Angel was put into the story and how things unfolded was a fantastic plot point and I genuinely didn’t know who the villian was until it was disclosed.

There were lots of twists and turns and well established sub-plots which kept the story flowing at a great rate.

Completely immersive and enjoyable. I cannot wait to read more from the author.

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Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery/dp/1916426212

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Cuckoo-Wood-Alex-Ripley-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07FWGJDHR

Direct from Red Dog Press – https://www.reddogpress.co.uk/shop

Author Bio

Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, M. Sean Coleman developed a love for reading and writing novels in his early teens, thanks to two incredibly passionate English teachers who infected him with their love of words and stories. Over the intervening years, he has written film and television drama, cross-platform series, an interactive children’s storybook and a graphic novel series.
He finally found his niche as a thriller writer when he was asked to write a novel as part of the cross-platform project, Netwars. His first book, The Code, was published six months later, with the sequel, Down Time, hot on its heels. There was no going back.
He is obsessed with crime, mystery and thriller stories, especially those with a fresh or surprising angle. He writes novels from his home in The Cotswolds, where he lives with his husband and their three red dogs.

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Thanks for reading

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Reprobation by Catherine Fearns {Review}

Hey Everyone.

Today I have a review for the book Reprobation by Catherine Yearns.

Blurb

Are you one of the elect?
Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.
When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.
Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell. Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

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Review

I’m not really sure where to begin with this review as my feelings on the book are quite mixed. In terms of the overall story involving the murder I really enjoyed the whole plotline. Everything from the Nun to the Metal Band was different and intriguing. I liked the characters of Helen and Mikko a lot.

However, this is where I get conflicted. I felt that there was a lot of unnecessary filler. The Author spent quite a chunk of a fair few pages explaining religious things and other bits that just were not needed for the plot to work. After a while I found myself skimming over these bits as they were a detriment to my reading experience rather than bonus.

Despite this the plot and story was very well executed and Catherine has a great way of creating believable characters.

I would rate Reprobation 3.5 stars overall. It’s definitely worth a read if you like these sort of crime novels.

Purchase Link

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Author Profile

Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called
‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently
moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Snowflakes Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman {Review}

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Hey everyone,

Today I have a review for you for the cosy novel by Lucy Coleman, Snowflakes over Holly Cove.

Blurb

As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…

For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’

So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.

Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…

Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.

As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa, fall in love with a heart-warming festive story from the bestselling author of The French Adventure.

Purchase Link 

 http://smarturl.it/SnowflkOverHollyCove

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Review

What a perfectly cosy way to spend evenings! Reading about Tia’s life and those who she meets along her not just physical but emotional journey. I really enjoyed Snowflakes over Holly Cove. The story was written well and made me feel warm and snug, perfect for reading with a hot chocolate in your hand.

The story pace and flow was very natural and I found myself really wanting to invest not only in How’s character but also in Olwyn, Nic and Max’s lives.

Bit all sunshine and butterflies the story focuses on some rather hard topics such as the death of a parent but it is done in a way that doesn’t bring you down, and still gives empathy for the main character.

Such a perfect autumnal and winter read, I cannot wait to see what else Lucy comes out with.

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About The Author

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/LinnBHaltonAuthor/

 https://twitter.com/LucyColemanAuth   

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Thank you for reading

Emma-Louise X