Blog Tour: Oh! What A Pavlova by Isabella May {Q&A}

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Hey Everyone,

Today I am bringing you a  Q&A session from the lovely Isabella May in honour of her Book Birthday for Oh! What a Pavlova.

Blurb

Oh! What a Pavlova

Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation.

Slowly but surely, the cities she visits  and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom…

But will she escape before it’s too late?

Purchase Link: myBook.to/pavlova

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Q&A

1: Can you summarise ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ in just a few words?
Okay, are you ready? It’s quite a different premise for a novel…
Cake meets domestic violence, travel, spirituality, comedy, and a bid for freedom in the arms of many an unsuitable man… all set against the backdrop of the weird and wonderful characters of the publishing industry.

2: What was the inspiration for this book?
A burning desire to dispel the misconception that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time: it is not. But I also wanted to portray a very honest picture of the way D.V can splinter the victim’s life. Quite often they are leading a double life, their outer façade so astonishingly different to the unthinkable acts they are tolerating behind closed doors. Ultimately though, I wanted to create a story with a very different message; a message of empowerment for any woman or man who is currently feeling anything but strong.

3: Did you do any research for the book?
Yes. Although I have been to most of the twenty-two destinations which feature in the book, a couple of locations are brand new to me, so I had to read a fair bit about them to get a feel for them. And then to reinvigorate my memory with the sights, sounds and smells of the more familiar places, I turned to Pinterest, which is fantastic for evoking emotion and atmosphere (as well as procrastination!)

And of course, there was a lot of reading to do on the subject of abuse – not so pretty, but essential for furthering my own personal understanding, and so I could tell a more comprehensive story.

4: How do you decide on the names for your characters?
Oh, the character names in this novel have each changed more than half a dozen times. Then again, it is a book that was several years in the making! My second and third novels (The Cocktail Bar and Costa del Churros) were so much easier. The names seemed to magically float into my head from an invisible Idea Cloud and they have stuck ever since.

5: Is there a message for the reader? What do you hope they will get from one of your books?
All of my books have an integral message: you are far more in control of your life than you have ever realized, especially when you let the Universe lead the dance. But hopefully I say this in a subtle way. There is also nothing worse than a Preaching Fairy Godmother…

Author Bio

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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Social Media Links

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

My Previous Posts

See what Isabella’s writing process is as she discusses writing in this post

The Cocktail Bar Review

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My Thoughts on Isabella’s New Book – Costa Del Churros

It was a fantastic read! It was great to see a couple of familiar faces, including revisiting one I previously disliked and now have a totally new opinion of. I really love how Isabella manages to mix reality and a hint of magic. Marvellously written and the characters are so relatable, each one with their own faults and imperfections. As always Isabella writes in a way which allows the words to flow from the pages.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Blog Tour: Joseph Barnaby by Susan Roebuck {Guest Post}

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Hey Everyone,

Sorry for the delay in the post, it was meant to go out yesterday. As thy say though, better late than never. Today I have a guest post from authorSusan Roebuck.

Blurb

Stand by your beliefs – even if it means going to the end of the Earth

By standing up for his principles to save the life of a prize racehorse, farrier Joseph Barnaby loses everything. Now, a personal vendetta has become too deep to fight and he escapes to the island of Madeira where he finds work on a small farm at the foot of a cliff, only accessible by boat. The balmy climate and never-ending supply of exotic fruit, vegetables and honey make it sound like paradise but, for Joseph, it’s the ideal place to hide from the world. Can the inhabitants of Quinta da Esperança, who have more grit in them than the pebbled beach that fronts the property, help Joseph find his self-worth again? And can he escape the danger that draws ever nearer?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Barnaby-Susan-Roebuck-ebook/dp/B07FMVFLH1/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-Barnaby-Susan-Roebuck-ebook/dp/B07FMVFLH1/

Guest Post

Portugal. A tiny country with a large heart, that’s what I always say. It’s not my country of birth (that’s the UK) but it’s my adopted country ever since my husband exported me here many moons ago.

It’s such a varied country with different cultures and landscapes. In one day you can drive from the north through national parks, ancient stone villages, past rocky mountains and steep hills covered in vineyards, to the more populated Centre with its famous Coimbra University, the walled town of Obidos down to rocking, vibrant and beautiful Lisbon. Cross over the vast Tagus river onto the south bank and travel through the plains of the Alentejo, past fields of wild-flowers, sunflowers, cork and olive groves with villages of white and blue cottages until the well-known, glamorous Algarve appears, its sparkle reflected in the azure sea because that’s as far as you can go on mainland Portugal.

The country is 900 years old, revels in the fact that it is Britain’s oldest ally (thanks to Queen Philippa of Lancaster who married Dom João I in the 14th century), and, in the fifteen and sixteenth centuries created a huge empire overseas thanks to its New World Discoveries. Portuguese is even today one of the most spoken languages in the world (thanks, largely, to Brazil).

Living in such a beautiful place, I decided to write three novels set here.

The first one was “Rising Tide”, set in a small fishing village in the Alentejo where two strangers meet – crab fisherman Leo from Alaska (straight out of the “Deadliest Catch”) and small boat fisherman, Piper, from Norfolk, UK. They’ve both come to find out more of their families.

The second one was “Forest Dancer”, set in the forest just outside Lisbon. Classical ballet dancer, Flora from London, is left a cottage in the village. She’s failed several auditions and needs to rebuild her career. Can she do that in such an out of the way place? Maybe. She’s caught the eye of a local forest ranger but maybe his love is greater for his beloved trees and forest.

My new novel, “Joseph Barnaby” is not set on mainland Portugal but on the island of Madeira, on a fajã which is a flat area of land at the bottom of a steep escarpment or cliff. Often formed on the islands of Madeira and the Azores from volcanic lava flow before it was stopped by the ocean. Some Fajãs are wide enough to be farmed, but usually the only access to them is by boat.

Madeira is famous for its tropical climate and exotic fruits and flowers. At first, Joe works in a fishermens’ bar where the drink of the day (other than beer) is always Poncha. It’s an alcoholic drink made with Aguardente de cana (distilled alcohol made from sugar cane juice), honey, sugar, lemon rind, and lemon juice. It is all mixed together in a pitcher and the taste is sweet, it doesn’t have a strong alcoholic taste. It really packs a punch.

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Author Bio

I was born and educated in the UK (I am British!) but now live in Portugal. I’ve been an English teacher for many years with the British Council and also the Portuguese civil service where I developed e-learning courses.

My first love is, of course, my husband, my second writing, and my third painting. And now I have time to be able to indulge in all three.

My debut novel, “Perfect Score” was published by Mundania Press on Sept 21, 2010 and the paperback launched on May 11 2011. It was a finalist in the 2012 EPIC e-book Awards in the Mainstream Category.

My second novel is a dark thriller/fantasy called “Hewhay Hall”. It won an EPPIE award in the 2013 EPIC (Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition) e-Book Awards in the Horror Category.

Next comes “Rising Tide”, published in 2015. Set in Portugal, published by Mundania Press. It is set in a tiny fishing village that the world, and most of Portugal, has forgotten. Read about the wonders of the ocean and see if Piper from Norfolk UK and Leo from Alaska, USA, can find what they’re searching for in the little village of Luminosa.

“Forest Dancer” was published on 20th February 2018 by CrookedCat Books. This is novel number 2 set in Portugal but this time in the forests outside Lisbon, Portugal. Instead of the sea (as in Rising Tide), now find out about the wonders of the forest and whether classical ballerina, Flora, can find what she’s searching for in the small village of Aurora.

On 5th October 2018 CrookedCat Books published my newest novel, “Joseph Barnaby”, another romance/suspense which is set on the island of Madeira.


Social Media Links 

  Blog and website: http://www.susanroebuck.com

General Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SuRoebuck

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SusanRoebuckauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sueroebuck

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Autumn Antics by Georgina Troy {Review}

Blurb

Being a part-time hand model can be tricky, especially when you have to deal with prima donnas like Megan Knight, a reality star whose meteoric rise has surprised everyone. Bella is happiest running her tiny antique business from the front room of her cottage on the boardwalk. To ensure she has enough income coming in, she also rents out two of her bedrooms and is hiding a secret crush on one of her lodgers. His name is Jack and he also happens to be her best friend Sacha’s brother.

If life wasn’t complicated enough, her world-travelling mother appears on her doorstep on the same evening that Jack’s ex-fiancée arrives on the boardwalk determined to win him back. Bella has a lot of thinking to do and soon discovers that not all gems sparkle.

Review

What a wonderful book to get cosy with. I really enjoyed Autumn Antics. It was a fun and light read. The characters were really great. You cannot help to love Bella, Jack and Megan along with the others. I found the first chapter was a little slow but the pace quickly picked up into the second chapter as you discover more about life on the broadwalk.

Georgina sets a lovely cost tone with her writing and her use of imagery allows the reader to fully imagine how the places that she describe look. I love it when a writer has the ability to make you feel like a movie is playing in my mind as you read and Georgina does this successfully.

I highly recommend Autumn Antics to anyone looking for a light cosy read to hide from the windy and rainy weather. The perfect book to read with a hot chocolate.

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Giveaway – Win an Autumn Antics Locket and Tote Bag (Open Internationally)

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Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.co.uk)

 https://www.amazon.com/Autumn-Antics-Boardwalk-Sea-Book-ebook/dp/B07DHWRZG9/ (Amazon.com)

Author Bio

Georgina Troy is a pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. She recently signed with HarperCollins’ romance imprint HarperImpulse to write an historical romance to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War. The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr will be published in e-book format on 12 October 2018 and in paperback on 27 December 2018.

Georgina was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) with A Jersey Kiss and a finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for new writers 2015. Her first four-book series, The Jersey Scene and books 1 and 2 of her second series, The Boardwalk by the Sea are available.

She also writes thrillers as Ella Drummond and lives on the island of Jersey with her husband and three rescue dogs and is 1/3 of The Blonde Plotters.

Sign up to Georgina’s Newsletter at: deborahcarr.org/contact

Social Media Links –

Website: https://www.deborahcarr.org/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorginaTroy

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/georginatroy/

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Open Grave by A.M. Peacock {Book Review}

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Today I have a book review for you for novel Open Grave by A. M. Peacock.

Blurb


When two bodies are discovered in an open grave, Lambert must put his personal worries aside and work the case. But when the body of a local thug shows up on the banks of the River Tyne, the DCI’s criminal past comes back to haunt him.

Meanwhile, a local celebrity singer claims that she is being stalked. Could there be a link to the killings?

As the bodies start to pile up, Lambert realises the motive lies in the past and that the killer is taunting them.

The clock is ticking. Can he catch the murderer, or will one of their own end up in an open grave?

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Review

Great book, 5 stars.

Detective Lambert is a great cop with flaws and an interesting life. I’m intrigued to see what becomes of him and how his story develops in further books.

There is more than meets the eye with Christiansen, I have a potential theory about him but don’t want to speak it out loud yet.

Watkins is a bit of a sleaze with women but young and still naive and is good at his job. He has unwavering loyalty to Lambert.

There were lots of twists and turns and it was unpredictable right to the end. While there was a lot going on and various sub-plots the novel is very well written and you don’t lose track or feel bombarded.

Pace was really well done, leading up to a great climax. Can’t wait to read more from Adam.

About The Author

A.M. Peacock grew up in the North East of England before leaving to study for a degree in music technology at the University of Hull. A subsequent return to his hometown of South Shields saw him spend seven years as a teacher in a local college before changing careers to become a trade union official.

Having always been an avid reader, he took to writing after being encouraged to do so by his PGCE tutor. He has since gone on to produce a number of short stories, winning the Writers’ Forum Magazine competition on two occasions, as well as producing articles for both the local press and a university magazine.

A.M. Peacock is passionate about crime fiction and his debut novel, Open Grave, is the first in what he hopes will become a series of DCI Jack Lambert books.

Away from writing, A.M. Peacock enjoys watching films, playing guitar and can often be found pavement pounding in preparation for the odd half marathon.

Links

Facebook

Twitter – @ampeacockwriter

www.ampeacock.co.uk

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Book Tour: Violet Souls by Abbey MacMunn {Review}

Happy Publication Day to Abbey with her new novel Violet Souls.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and to Abbey for inviting me on this blitz.

Blurb

While searching for clues to her past, single mother Bree Mills discovers a subculture of aliens with supernatural abilities living on Earth. And she’s one of them. Finding herself hurled into a world of possibilities, it’s made more alluring by Quinn Taylor, the 324-year-old, violet-eyed Evoxian from her childhood dreams.

Quinn knows his destiny is entwined with Bree’s. He’s fraught with frustration and desire, but before he can confess his love, he must wait for her to sense the Akui, a mysterious force tied with ancient Evoxian law.

At a Cotswolds country manor, passions awaken and ignite a love more magical than the once-Utopian planet, Evox. Then Fate delivers a cruel and heart-breaking blow when Bree is kidnapped by a malicious alien who wants her and her power. Will Quinn still love Bree when she’s faced with protecting her half-human daughter… whatever the cost?

Review

If you are looking for something which is heavy of romance and action then you need not look any further.

Violet Souls is an interesting premise which is different to any other Fantasy style books I have read. It has a nice flow between the fantasy and romance elements and has the potential to be a fantastic sci-fi novel too.

Brew, or Brianna as she is know to the Evoxians is a likeable enough character. She is gutsy, stubborn, protective and seems to take things in her stride. Her love for her daughter tops everything and protecting her is paramount.

Quinn is your typical nice guy, always doing what he feels is best for Bree in order to keep her safe. However, there is another naughty side to him which makes him much more relatable and a bit cheeky.

Each character in the book including Drew, Adam and Lexie are all unique with their own quirks.

There were a few little things I found to be a bit annoying such as the phrase “You bet ya” which to be didn’t flow properly coming out from the character it did and the constant talk to a cuppa tea felt overused. However, this didn’t distract from an enjoyable story.

I felt that the pace could be been a little slower in some parts, this isn’t a big read book and I felt it could was been as the storyline was really good and probably could have had more time to develop.

That been said though I will still be eager to get myself book 2. Non of the little criticisms warrant me not continuing as the overall enjoyability of the book, the fantastic characters and the need for me to know how this plays out overrides anything else.

I would highly recommend this, especially to those who love anything romance, fantasy or sci-fi.

Purchase Links

Amazon US

Amazon UK
Smashwords
Apple

Kobo

Nook

Social Media Links

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest

Goodreads

Instagram

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Crimson Siege by Jay Raven {Review}

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Hey Everyone, I am delighted to be bringing you a review for the novel Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven as part of the Blog Tour hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rachel and Jay for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.

Blurb

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Universal purchase link-   http://geni.us/9E27uh

Amazon.com link           https://amzn.to/2HZrEar

Amazon.co.uk link       https://amzn.to/2JUJqxb

Review

What can I say, I am a sucker for a good Vampire book (get the pun there?). I have previously not heard about this author or book but I just had to have a read. Vampire style books are some of my favourite reads. Yes, that does mean I love Twilight but I am ok with this lol. The scene is set from the opening chapter where we learn about a group of bounty hunters who hunt just about everything, including vampires.

The story takes us through different characters chapter by chapter so we get an insight into the minds of everyone who is a major player. I really liked how this was done as it allowed me to see the different perspectives of both vampires and those who seek to destroy them. I have to admit that it was really nice to read a vampire book that wasn’t centered around an unrequited/forbidden love or a love triangle and as such it gave this book a refreshing edge.

The pacing was really well done, the build up to the final chapters was done in a way that kept you anticipating what would happen but didn’t drag so you found yourself bored. I really enjoyed this book and the entire storyline. Jay has done a brilliant job with not only creating a convincing and entertaining plot but also fantastic characters.

I rate this book a solid 4.5 stars and highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good bit of Vampy book love.

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Author Bio

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.

 

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: @JayRavenAuthor

Website: www.jayraven.com

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Thanks for reading.

Emma- Louise x

Blog Tour: A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt {Review}

Good Morning,

Today I bring you a review for the book A Vicarage Wedding by Kate Hewitt. Thank you to Kate and Jenny from Neverland Book Tours for inviting me to take part.

Blurb…

Rachel Holley has always dreamed of a wedding—the white dress, the fairy tale, and of course, the happily-ever-after. But when her fiancé breaks it off the night before, claiming she doesn’t love him, Rachel’s fairy tale ends in ashes.

Homeless, hopeless, and feeling like her life has been completely derailed, Rachel must start over in all sorts of ways—and hold her head up high in the fishbowl of her tiny village. The last person she expects to become a friend is Sam West, the taciturn owner of The Bell, Thornthwaite’s rougher pub, and a little rough around the edges of himself.

But as Rachel gets to know Sam, and sees him caring for his orphaned nephew, she finds herself drawn to this enigmatic man. Nothing about Sam is what Rachel expected in a life partner, and yet she can’t deny their increasing closeness. But can love flourish on the rebound? And will there be a vicarage wedding after all?

Review…

This is the 3rd Book in The Holley Sisters of Thornthewaite series. I have read the first one in the series and am happy to be back for the 3rd (not sure how I missed the 2nd one, but it doesn’t effect the storyline).

I love the way Kate writes and draws us into the world she creates and makes us care for the characters she establishes. I’ve read a few different series by this author now and I am never disappointed in how much I enjoy them all.

This book is such an easy and enjoyable read. Perfect for a lazy day to just let your mind flow with.

There are a few little twists which make the book unpredictable and without giving any spoilers it ends in a great way.

The characters are so well written and each brings something totally unique to to the story.

I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is looking for a little romance in their lives.

A solid 4.5 stars from me:)

About The Author…

Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of many books of women’s fiction and romance. Her latest releases are A Mother’s Goodbye and A Vicarage Wedding. Under the name Katharine Swartz, she is the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell.

She likes to read women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers, and historical novels. 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 a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

Website: http://www.kate-hewitt.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/katehewitt1

You can purchase your copy here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny {Promo Post}

Today I’m bringing you a promo post for Hunter’s Chase by Val Penny. Published by Crooked Cat Books and hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb…

Hunter by name – Hunter by nature: DI Hunter Wilson will not rest until Edinburgh is safe.

Detective Inspector Hunter Wilson knows there is a new supply of cocaine flooding his city, and he needs to find the source, but his attention is transferred to murder when a corpse is discovered in the grounds of a golf course.

Shortly after the post-mortem, Hunter witnesses a second murder, but that is not the end of the slaughter. With a young woman’s life also hanging in the balance, the last thing Hunter needs is a new man on his team: Detective Constable Tim Myerscough, the son of his nemesis, the former Chief Constable Sir Peter Myerscough.

Hunter’s perseverance and patience are put to the test time after time in this first novel in The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries series.

Purchase link: Amazon UK

About Val…

Val Penny is an American author living in SW Scotland. She has two adult daughters of whom she is justly proud and lives with her husband and two cats.

She has a Law degree from Edinburgh University and her MSc from Napier University.

She has had many jobs including hairdresser, waitress, lawyer, banker, azalea farmer and lecturer. However she has not yet achieved either of her childhood dreams of being a ballet dancer or owning a candy store.

Until those dreams come true, she has turned her hand to writing poetry, short stories and novels.

Her first crime novel, ‘Hunter’s Chase’ set in Edinburgh, Scotland was published by Crooked Cat Books on 02.02.2018. The sequel, ‘Hunter’s Revenge’ will be published on 09.09.18

Social Media Links:

@valeriepenny

http://www.authorvalpenny.com

www.facebook.com/valerie.penny.739

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo {Review}

Hey Everyone,

Today I bring you a review for the novel Murder by the Broads by Anthony Tamiozzo. Thank you to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for inviting me on this tour and providing a digital copy of the book.

Blurb…

Meet DS Adam Burnt, a troubled man who has his work cut out. While at a crime scene he is informed of another murder. But Burnt is also having problems at home. He suspects his wife is having an affair.

As the clues unfold DS Burnt begins a game of cat and mouse.

What links the two murders to a doctor and a psychiatric hospital?

Trying to juggle his personal life and the job, Burnt must navigate Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas to catch a killer and stop a vicious gang.

Review…

It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime novel with the MC being a Cop. I forgot how much I missed them.

Murder by the Broads starts at a great pace, giving the reader time to get all the different issues together. It picks up pace and ends in a great fashion.

I really enjoyed reading this, I felt like I was always on my toes waiting to see what would happen, the story itself in some areas was quite predictable but the way it was written and the consequences of actions taken meant that it was still a great read. This book doesn’t have a straight plot and it has lots of great twists and turns.

The only slight issue I had was that I found sometimes when swapping from different characters pov I couldn’t always tell or it felt abrupt. This however, did not distract from a great story.

I would rate this book a solid 4 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good crime read.

You can find more info on Anthony Tamiozzo here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Blog Tour: Unfinished Business by S C Cunningham {Guest Post}

Hey Everyone,

First of all I apologise for bringing this to you a day late. I’ve not been well this week and as a result I didn’t check my planner properly. However, as they say ‘it’s better late than never”.

Blurb…

Tara has had enough, time to turn the tables on her stalker and make him suffer as she has done.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS continues the roller coaster ride of psychotic David’s obsession with his childhood sweetheart, a skilled mix of fuelled tension, dark humour and pulsating sex scenes.

With the help of her gutsy friends, fun-loving city girl Tara Warr is the only victim to survive David Howard’s death list. Whilst lounging in prison the sexual tour de force enlists an eager recruit, seduces a prison warden and relocates to the sunnier climes of Mexico, a freedom short-lived when his charred remains are found in the fire of a plastic surgeon’s clinic. The police cease their search, finally Tara and her friends can relax, scheming David is dead.

Laughter soon turns to fear when he communicates via Tara’s laptop that he is very much alive, knows their every move and is ready to finish what he started. He is among them, but who? He has a brand new face. How much trouble can one man cause?

Guest Post…

I adore writing, creating thrilling worlds for readers to escape into, but am lousy at talking about myself. A few questions that I’m regularly asked are;

When did you realise you wanted to write?

I remember at a very young age my English teacher had given us homework to write a whole page on our weekend. I wrote about a family day at a very packed Sussex Coast beach.

Describing the lines of overweight, semi-naked sun bathers, I wrote the words;

“I looked out over an ocean of uncontrollable flesh…”

Which gave my teacher a fit of uncontrollable giggles. I wasn’t sure why she was laughing, but I realised then the power of words. She told me I should write and her words stayed with me.

I didn’t start writing in earnest until ten years ago, I was a full time working single mum, so wrote in the weekends and holidays.

My ex-husband and I had a music to film production studio in London. My passion for good storylines for film started then. Consequently I write with film in mind.

What genre do you write and why?

I write thrillers, with a splash of steamy romance, laughter and madness.

The why is because I like to write what I know, it’s easier and I’m lazy.

My works are inspired by incidents I’ve witnessed in the past. I write Psychological Thrillers (The David Trilogy) and Paranormal Thrillers (The Fallen Angel Series).

Also, as respite from all the blood and gore of my thrillers, I’ve written a children’s picture book about a rescue dog (based on a rescue Pyrenees Mountain Dog I had when living in Texas), my daughter Artist Scarlett Raven produced the art work.

Why Paranormal Thrillers?

When I was about 3 or 4 years old I was taken, I got away, the following week another little girl was taken, but she didn’t get away, she died. I come from an Irish Catholic family; I remember saying my prayers at night, asking God to do a deal with me. If I was a good girl, when I die would he let me sit on a cloud for a while, invisible, and help him get the baddies that slip through his fingers? This inspired my Fallen Angel Series (Paranormal Thriller).

I’ve always had a strong feeling of justice, of looking after the underdog. There have been a few times in my life where I seemed to have been extremely lucky to have survived situations. I call it my Angels looking out for me. There is something else up there; I don’t know what it is, but it’s there. If my gut says something, I have learned to follow it. My paranormal works are taking this idea to the next level, of Vigilante Angels dishing out tough karma from the skies. I am an old romantic; there’s always a steamy love story.

Why Psychological Thrillers?

The David Trilogy is based on an incident that happened to me in my 20’s, I crossed paths with a prolific violent serial attacker who was haunting London at the time, targeting girls living on their own in basement flats in Notting Hill and Olympia. I got away unscathed (those angels again) and helped Police with a photo fit. I remember looking at him wondering why? What makes someone so evil? The seed for my David Trilogy was sown.

The common thread here is I write what I know, I guess it choses me.

Describe your novels in 12 words?

Fast paced, exciting, thought provoking, sexy, funny, heart pounding, thrilling, murder mystery.

What is your writing routine?

I have a writing room at home. I write whenever I can, I have no social life, am a bit of a recluse. I set the scene to write, with lovely smells/candles, soft music, lighting, nibbly food and dogs curled at my feet.

It takes hours/days to block out the world in my head, then I settle down to churn out the words. It’s hard to get to that writing ‘place’ but once you are in the zone, it’s wonderful.

My ideal writing spot would be in a villa with a pool in the sunshine, where I could pop out to take a dip in the pool between chapters… but hey, one day

What inspires you?

Life experiences. Thought-provoking story-lines that teach, help others. Justice.

I’m getting old, I’ve worked in various industries; Music, Film, Football, Modelling, Sports Celebrity Management, and more lately in crime – Crime Investigator, Major Crime Team, Intelligence Analyst, Wanted and Absconder Unit for Sussex Police.

All of which inspire ideas.

Where do you get your story-line ideas?

My own life experiences, studying people, observing, listening. I see stories in everything, even as I walk down a street… sometimes it’s a bit exhausting

I’ve found myself on more than one occasion following people who look suspicious to check all is ok. Which can be dangerous, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Are your characters based on real people or people you know?

Yes absolutely, I’m lazy, my characters are a mishmash of different people I know. It’s easier to write about the truth.

Who is your favourite author?

Lee Child, Martina Cole, Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Harlan Coben, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter.

My writing has been compared to that of Martina Cole. Wow! … how wonderful is that.

Your favourite book and why?

The Lee Child Jack Reacher Series… I have a crush on Jack Reacher. Although if I ever get to meet Lee Child I will bollock him for selling out to Tom Cruise. Cruise is wonderful, but he is no Jack Reacher.

How do you research?

My life is research in a way. I’m constantly observing, learning and adapting my own experiences to the page, and am of course SO grateful to google which answers any technical questions I may have ie blood splatter, gun calibre, drugs, health symptoms etc (my web search history is damming).

My Police Investigation work is like a university degree in the criminal mind. However I have signed the Official Secrets Act, therefore am not able to talk about cases I work on – which is of course right.

Who do you see playing the lead in your book and why?

The David Trilogy, Tom Hardy. I think he has the depth of mind to play the part. He’s been there and done that in his own life, therefore can bring it to the fore in his acting.

The Fallen Angel Series, Hmmmm… (scratches head)… I actually cannot think of anyone yet… maybe an unknown actor could step forward and shock the socks off people.

How do you plot?

I don’t plan too much in the beginning, I’m given an idea that eats away at me until I put pen to paper and just start writing. It tends to develop itself. A little spooky I know, but I don’t want to question it, no dissection, just let the magic do its stuff.

If I knew what happened in the end I would be bored to put the months of hard work in. I love the way a story writes itself.

What advice can you give to budding writers?

Just start, keep doing it, every day, the first outline can be as rough as you like, no one else sees it.

The magic starts to come in the first edit. Then edit again and again and again. Have beta readers that you trust, who are not afraid to tell you like it is. Then edit, edit and edit some more, until you’ve shone that lump of coal into a diamond.

Learn to wear three hats – writer, editor and marketer.

What are your future plans?

Am working on the final of The David Trilogy, called ‘For My Sins’.

Am also working on the next of The Fallen Angel Series, called ‘Karma’.

Book I of The David Trilogy has been adapted to film script and is sitting on a desk in Hollywood as the moment. Fingers crossed. Would love to have both series adapted to Screenplay.

Thank you for stopping by.

Siobhan x

S C Cunningham

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BOOK LINKS…

USA LINKS

USA Author Page

USA The Deal (Fallen Angel Series, Book I)

USA The Penance List (David Trilogy, Book I)

USA Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

UK LINKS

UK Author Page

UK The Deal (Fallen Angel Series Book I)

UK The Penance List (David Triogy Book I)

UK Unfinished Business (David Trilogy Book II)

Thank you Siobhan for doing this guest post.

Emma-Louise x