#PromoPost & #BookNews : The Betrayal by Anne Allen @AnneAllen21 @rararesources

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This is another book I have not time to read for the blog tour, but have it on my wish list to read in the future.  The Betrayal is Book 6 in The Guernsey Novels by Anne Allle.  My thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for a spot to help share the word of this book.  Purchase link for this book CLICK HERE

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A Triple Celebration and a Price Reduction!

For this week only, until 18th February, the price of books 2-6 of The Guernsey Novels is only £1.99/$2.99, with book 1, ‘Dangerous Waters, remaining at 99p/99c

This is in celebration of Anne Allen’s birthday, the 6th anniversary of the publication of ‘Dangerous Waters’ and the recent publication of book 6, ‘The Betrayal’.

Synopsis:

Treachery and theft lead to death – and love

  1. Teresa Bichard and her baby are sent by her beloved husband, Leo, to England as the Germans draw closer to Guernsey. Days later they invade…
  2. Leo, of Jewish descent, is betrayed to the Germans and is sent to a concentration camp, never to return.
  3. Teresa returns to find Leo did not survive and the family’s valuable art collection, including a Renoir, is missing. Heartbroken, she returns to England.
  4. Nigel and his twin Fiona buy a long-established antique shop in Guernsey and during a refit, find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth…

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who opens a chink in her broken heart. Can she answer some crucial questions before laying her brother’s ghost to rest? 

Who betrayed Leo?

Who knew about the stolen Renoir?

And are they prepared to kill – again?

About the Author:

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Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

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#BlogBlitz : Andorra Pett & the Oort cloud Cafe by Richard Dee @RichardDockett1 @rararesources

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on this fun cosy mystery book “Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe” by Richard Dee. This is available in paperback and eBook format.  My thanks to Richard and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book.

Synopsis:

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skullduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

My Thoughts:

Andorra and Cyril, (Andi & Cy) decide to relocate to a mining station.  The station is responsible for mining the rocks that make up the rings of Saturn, it has the basics on site that the inhabitants need.  Andi and Cy take over the abandoned “ucky Strike Cafe” (the ‘L’ fell off ).  It’s when they start checking round the premises that they realise it holds a secret, too late to back out now as their customers are arriving.

Oh this is a wonderful cosy mystery.  Andi and Cy have a brilliant dynamic and the author has explored and developed this really well, they are my far my favourite characters.  The others that you meet along the way are in themselves quirky and fun but also there is an underlying feeling of who can be trusted.  Many of them have a secret or two and are not completely honest when confronted about their involvement.  Richard has given really good description of the station, going as far as to explain how it works.  It has a farm, observatory, diner, shops, but he has gone into a bit more detail how the mining and the farm work in unison.  This is not over the top technical detail, but enough that I could follow what he meant.  These sections of the story are a great reminder of the setting and it helps to reinforce that feeling.  The plot was one that had me guessing right through, there are things that caught me by surprise with the red herrings and blind alleys that Richard has expertly lead this reader down.  It has a great amateur sleuthing feel to it with a grand exposing finale that I love.

Described as ‘Agatha Raisin in space’ story, after reading I am in agreement with this statement.  This is a great cosy mystery read with surprising twists, a fun read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  I had a smile on my face when I had finished, a ‘feel good’ read.  This is a book I would highly recommend to other readers.

About the Author:

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A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

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#PromoPost #Giveaway : Ashael Rising by Shona Kinsella @shona_kinsella @rararesources

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I am sharing “Ashael Rising” by Shona Kinsella.  It is the first in The Vessel of Kaldene series.  Available in paperback and eBook from Amazon UK

Synopsis:

Ashael is a hunter-gatherer woman, apprenticed to Bhearra, the healer and spiritual leader of their tribe.

The Zanthar are invaders from another world who extend their own lives by stealing the life-force of everything around them. They were last seen on KalaDene 200 years ago. They have returned, looking for The Vessel, a being prophesied to hold the life-force of the land.

Iwan is a slave to the Zanthar, descendant of those taken as slaves the last time the Zanthar visited this world. He is sent out as a spy, while his mother is held hostage to ensure his compliance.

When Ashael meets Iwan in the forest, neither realise that she is the one the Zanthar are looking for. The fate of KalaDene and all of its people rests on her shoulders.

About the Author:

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Shona Kinsella is the author of Ashael Rising, (Unbound, 2017) the first in her series, The Vessel of KalaDene. She is also one of the editors of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication, Horizons. When she is not writing or wrangling her three children, she can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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#BlogTour : The Promise by Sally Jenkins @sallyjenkinsuk @rararesources

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts today on “The Promise” by Sally Jenkins. It is available in paperback or eBook format and can be purchased from Amazon Uk.  My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.

Synopsis:

A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.

My Thoughts:

Olivia has been having nightmare about a murder she witnessed 30 years ago.  Tina, an ex-con is battling cancer and worries about how her brother Wayne will cope when she is no longer around.  When Tina discovers an old letter that contains a promise of help, should she or Wayne need it, she contacts Olivia.

This is a reasonably well paced book as we learn about the event of 30 years ago in snippets as the story unfolds.  A promise that was made is now due to be claimed, but the manipulation, cover ups and lies that have been twisted into this story have potentially dire consequences. As with all things in life, honesty is the best policy, but Sally has created a character that has always kept part of her past behind her, not sharing the most important details with those important, but this character thinks it is the right and only thing to do.

The cast of characters are not huge, but are definitely memorable.  They each have a connection to each other in a well thought out way, but for some reason I couldn’t warm to any of them.  I think because some of them are cheats and liars, but even though I wasn’t struck  on the characters I read this book in one sitting.  I found the story engaging and kept me turning the pages to discover the full ins and outs of the plot.

I would recommend this to readers of crime and mystery novels, it is one I enjoyed.

About the Author:

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Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally’s first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

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#BlogTour : Forget Her Name by Jane Holland @janeholland1 : @rararesources #BookReview

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I am over the moon to sharing my thoughts about “Forget Her Name” by Jane Holland.  It is available to purchase in various formats.  You can grab a copy at Amazon UK.  I wish to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and Jane for a copy of this book that I received via NetGalley.

Synopsis:

Rachel’s dead and she’s never coming back. Or is she?

As she prepares for her wedding to Dominic, Catherine has never been happier or more excited about her future. But when she receives an anonymous package—a familiar snow globe with a very grisly addition—that happiness is abruptly threatened by secrets from her past.

Her older sister, Rachel, died on a skiing holiday as a child. But Rachel was no angel: she was vicious and highly disturbed, and she made Catherine’s life a misery. Catherine has spent years trying to forget her dead sister’s cruel tricks. Now someone has sent her Rachel’s snow globe—the first in a series of ominous messages…

While Catherine struggles to focus on her new life with Dominic, someone out there seems intent on tormenting her. But who? And why now? She doesn’t have the answers – and in one final question lies her greatest fear.

Is Rachel still alive?

My Thoughts:

What The Hell!!!!! this is a good what the hell by the way.  I was only going to read a few chapters of this book and then crack on with a bit of housework….. yeah right….. read the book and left the housework 🙂 So where to start with this book, Catherine is just weeks away from getting married to Dominic when she starts getting odd things sent to her.  Catherine had an older sister who had died, but then had a snow globe that was her sisters sent to her, this is only the start of things.  Rachel and her death was something that Catherine’s parents never discussed properly with her, but now maybe it is the time for finding out the truth.

This is such a wonderful read.  Half way through I had worked the book out and was just going along for the ride.  Worked it out, well in my head I had, but the author had other ideas about that.  I was so way off the mark, and loved being taken on the journey that had me guessing, kept me riveted and intrigued.  The plot takes you along a road that seems quite normal, but then you realise this is all an illusion, you have actually ended up on a deep, dark and twisted path, the author has you where she wants you right from the off.  The creative and imaginative plot is full of surprises and suspense, Jane only lets you know where the plot is going when she is ready to reveal all.

The characters are memorable and well described and have been used in an imaginative way, they compliment as well as contrast each other.  There are class differences between Catherine and Dominic and the author has dipped into that aspect really well.  The pace of this started along quite nicely as we learn the details of the characters, but before long it speeds to a really great page turner pace.

This is my first experience reading Jane’s books and she has blown me away with this one, it is amazingly twisted and addictive. A powerful, well written book that explores dark psychological drama.

This is a book I Highly Recommend those who like a  tense, suspenseful drama that sows seeds of doubt into the reader.  A clever psychological read that has many good twists and feels very different to other books I have read in this genre.

I wish to express my thanks to Jane and Rachel for my copy of this book and spot on the blog tour.  My thoughts are my own and are unbiased.

About the Author:

doCK7Fd-_bigger  Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her first novel KISSING THE PINK, published by Sceptre in 1999, was based on the women’s pro-snooker circuit, where she herself was a champion player, ranked 24th in the world. Since turning from sport to writing, she’s published six collections of poetry and dozens of thrillers, historicals, romances, romcoms, and feel-good fiction with major publishing houses, under various pseudonyms, including Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Beth Good, and Hannah Coates.

Her first thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, catapulting her into a life of crime. Her latest thriller is FORGET HER NAME. She currently lives with her husband and young family in the rural South-West, and enjoys encouraging new writers. You can find her on Twitter 

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#BlogTour : What She Left by Rosie Fiore @rosiefiore with @rararesources #BookReview

I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “What She Left” by Rosie Fiore.  I would like to express my thanks to Rosie and also Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour.

Synopsis:

What would make you walk away from your life, your family and friends, in search of a completel fresh start?

Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears.

But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.

Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.

He sees Helen everywhere in the faces of strangers. He’s losing control.

But then one day, it really is Helen’s face he sees…

My Thoughts:

When Helen, the perfect wife, mother, organiser and school event planner supreme disappears, her husband Sam is in understandable turmoil.  But his world is torn even further when he is told she is alive, well and has simply walked out on him.  I use the simply very loosely here, as you soon discover that there is nothing simple about the way this has been done or why.

Rosie has thought this story through very well, she has given views from different characters.  Sam, Lara a friend of Helen’s, Miranda the eldest daughter and then later on Helen herself.  It has given the reader thoughts, feelings, views, perspectives, opinions and emotions from various angles, I like this style of writing when it is done well, it gives you a much bigger and more in-depth idea of the characters and the plot. My opinions of the characters changed as the story revealed its secrets, sometimes feeling sorry, then angry and frustrated and by the time I had finished the story, my opinion had changed again.

This is a book I got into very quickly and kept a grip on me right through to the end.  By the end of the book I had discovered secrets, past histories and missed opportunities. With a chance for new ventures and new beginnings, and Rosie has pulled together to make a real cracking read.

This is a book that I would recommend to readers who like literary fiction and women’s fiction genres.  That like a well written, multi point of view read that looks at family dynamics and lifestyle changes

About the Author:

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Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama at the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a writer for theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market. She has lived in London for the past fifteen years. Her first novel, This Year’s Black, was longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award. After Isabella was her most recent novel. Rosie also writes under the name Cass Hunter.

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#BlogTour : The Second Cup by @SarahMarieGraye with @rararesources #Giveaway #BookReview

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I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts and also being part of the blog tour for “The Second Cup” by Sarah Marie Graye.  Tour organiser is Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources.  This book is available in paperback and eBook.

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Synopsis:

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

Faye’s heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.

With the fragility of life staring them in the face, Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and Faye her friendship with Ethan. And poor Olivia is questioning everything – including why Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest. Is she about to take her own life too?

My Thoughts:

From the synopsis we are told this book is about a suicide, the devastation it causes to those left behind.  How a group of friends have lived their lives before and since the event.  But for me it is more than the suicide, and please don’t for a moment think I am playing that down and being disrespectful when I say this.  The suicide is part of the story, but I feel the story is more than that.

The story is told from five viewpoints, they each explain their lives from childhood, to University and beyond.  They all seem to have something that is missing from their lives, it is like a void.  They are fragile but they have strength, support and the bond of friendship that keep them moving forward.  Sarah has explored this aspect very well and the message I seem to be seeing is, if people really expressed their thoughts and feelings to those concerned it could make a difference.  Sometimes you cannot see what you have got in life to be thankful for, sometimes it is staring you in the face, other times it has always been there and you have never noticed until it is no longer there.

This story did take me a while to get into, but once I had met the five characters and understood their role within the group it was all good.  It was an intruding and quite deep and dark at times and Sarah has done a great job of giving each several different traits that make them recognisable as you read.  In having many POV’s you are given a much fuller picture of the story as well as their thoughts and feeling to each other.

I have a feeling this is a book that different readers will take different things from, I think there are elements from characters that some readers will identify with.  I will mention that there are mentions in this of unhappy childhoods, depression and then also the suicide.  This may be a trigger for some readers, but for me I thought Sarah handled them well.  If you read Sarah’s bio you will see she has experience of depression and I think this is what makes this story a believable one.

This is one I would definitely recommend to readers of Literary Fiction, Women’s Fiction,  who like a slower paced, multi character lead read, that is well written and an emotionally deep and well thought out book.

I wish to express my thanks to Rachel and Sarah for inviting me onto the tour for this book.  My views expressed here are my own and are unbiased.  I would also like to wish Sarah all the very best with her writing and this book xx

About the Author:

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Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1975, to English Catholic parents. One of five daughters, to the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing… until aged 9, when she was diagnosed with depression.

It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision.

Now in her early 40s, and with an MA Creative Writing from London South Bank University (where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder), Sarah Marie has published her debut novel – about family, friendships and mental health.

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#BlogTour : Tall Chimneys by Allie Cresswell @Alliescribbler : @rararesources : #BookReview

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I am so delighted to be taking part in the tour for this stunning book, “Tall Chimneys” by Allies Cresswell.  It is available to purchase in paperback and eBook, published via Createspace.  My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and Allie for my copy of this book.


Book Details: 

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Paperback: 416 pages

 Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (5 Dec. 2017)

 Language: English

 ISBN-10: 1978036914

 ISBN-13: 978-1978036918

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Synopsis:

Considered a troublesome burden, Evelyn Talbot is banished by her family to their remote country house. Tall Chimneys is hidden in a damp and gloomy hollow. It is outmoded and inconvenient but Evelyn is determined to save it from the fate of so many stately homes at the time – abandonment or demolition. Occasional echoes of tumult in the wider world reach their sequestered backwater – the strident cries of political extremists, a furore of royal scandal, rumblings of the European war machine. But their isolated spot seems largely untouched. At times life is hard – little more than survival. At times it feels enchanted, almost outside of time itself. The woman and the house shore each other up – until love comes calling, threatening to pull them asunder. Her desertion will spell its demise, but saving Tall Chimneys could mean sacrificing her hope for happiness, even sacrificing herself. A century later, a distant relative crosses the globe to find the house of his ancestors. What he finds in the strange depression of the moor could change the course of his life forever. One woman, one house, one hundred years.

My Thoughts:

This is stunningly beautiful book.  Tall Chimneys is a Jacobean house set in a dip alongside the Yorkshire Moors. The story that unfolds is one that shows the relationship the Talbot family have with the house over a hundred years. It is told from the perspective of Evelyn, the youngest family member at the time. As she tells her story she also includes things going on in the world, providing reference dates through history. The house has a hold over Evelyn, it has always been there for her, it has been her home as she has watched it pass through the family.  It has been a place that at witnessed and seen many things along with Evelyn.  It has hosted parties and soiree’s, held secret wartime meetings, met famous people and also American servicemen, seen births and deaths and has remained just a little out of time, not really modernised properly at any point.  It holds a whisper of times gone past.

This is such a beautiful story to read.  It dips into family dynamics and social class structure of the times, looking at the differences and expectations of those “above stairs” and also those “below stairs”.  There is a wonderful array of characters, some you will love, other despise, odd one will probably infuriate and then there are the loathsome, they share different personalities, outlooks, opinions and expectations on life, love, death and loss.

As Evelyn led me through her story I could not help but feel for her, she has stayed true to Tall Chimneys, has been caught up in the time bubble that has surrounded it, in doing this she has used the house as a security blanket, it is her home, safe haven and refuge. The detailing that Allie has added to this book regarding the house, the interior, gardens and surrounding area built up a wonderful image for me.  All this was given as Evelyn made her way through the story.  Then at the end of the book we are brought up to present day as a distant relative shows an interest in discovering his roots, it is a very good way to bring an end to the story, this I found quite emotional as I knew I was also coming towards the end of this book.

For me the pacing is perfect for this book, from the first few lines of the prologue to the final line in the epilogue.  As I read of the pull that the house had over Evelyn, I found a similar pull keeping me held with in the story, so much so that I stayed up to finish this book until 2:45am, that was how much of a hold it had on me.

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, stunning, beautiful, wonderfully written and totally captivating.  Ideal for readers of Literary Historical Fiction, General Fiction and Women’s Fiction.

Thank you so much Allie and Rachel for a copy of this book. My thoughts are my own and are unbiased.

About the Author:

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Allie Cresswell was born in Stockport, UK and began writing fiction as soon as she could hold a pencil.

She did a BA in English Literature at Birmingham University and an MA at Queen Mary College, London.

She has been a print-buyer, a pub landlady, a book-keeper, run a B & B and a group of boutique holiday cottages. Nowadays Allie writes full time having retired from teaching literature to lifelong learners.

She has two grown-up children, one granddaughter and two grandsons, is married to Tim and lives in Cumbria, NW England.

Tall Chimneys is the sixth of her novels to be published.

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#BlogTour : Blackmail, Sex and Lies by Kathryn McMaster @TrueCrimeNovels with @rararesources : #BookReview

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I am delighted to part of the blog tour of “Blackmail, Sex and Lies” by Kathryn McMaster.  I wish to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot. This book is  available as a paperback or an eBook.  *Today is the last day to grab this book at a reduced price *

Synopsis:

The young Scottish socialite, Madeleine Hamilton Smith was swept off her feet by Pierre Emile L’Angelier. She thought him handsome, charming, attentive. However, things soon soured between the pair.

However, once he had seduced her, he became controlling, manipulative. While she tried desperately to withdraw from the toxic and abusive relationship he started blackmailing her; threatening to expose her indiscretions to her family and her new fiancé which would have ruined her within her strict, Victorian era society.

She felt trapped, desperate even. Suddenly, the threats were silenced by his unexpected death.

Did Madeleine Smith murder Pierre Emile L’Angelier or did he commit suicide?

For 160 years, people have believed Madeleine Smith to have been guilty of murder. But was she? Could she have been innocent after all?

This Victorian murder mystery, based on a true story, takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, 1857.

My Thoughts:

Kathryn has used some of the 200 letter between socialite Madeleine Hamilton-Smith and Pierre Emile L’Angelier and created a fictionalised them for a riveting read.  It documents the relationship between Madeleine and Emile in 1850’s Scotland.  Madeleine is the naive daughter of strict architect James Hamilton.  Pierre, or Emile as he is referred to, is from French parents and not in the same social league as Madeleine, but he is desperate to climb the social ladder. The two begin a secretive relationship that is doomed from the start.

This is the sort of book that I really love to read, historical, Victorian and including documentation to provide a wonderful basis for a very addictive read.  A few of the letters have been included and provide a wonderful and personal insight into the lives of the two main protagonists.  It captures and reflects their own actions as well as those around them.  It shows a darker side to romance.  A side where the ends justify the means as far as Emile is concerned.  He does not want to be married to a penniless woman, he wants one that can support him.  The more I read of Emile, the more I disliked him, but also I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Madeleine, she really was a soppy doe eyed naive girl, but at the same time I did feel sorry for her.

It has scandal, vulnerability and calculated manipulation that ultimately leads to a death, but was it murder, suicide or a cover up ?  It is well written and engaged this reader from the outset.  I always like the inclusion of the differences between social class and the living conditions of the period I am reading, this book did that.  As well as having a great story line and a pace suitable for the style of book.

This is a book I would recommend to readers who like true crime, Victorian Historical Fiction, with references to Victorian Social and family Values.  A really good read.

About the Author:

 Blackmail - kathryn mcmasterKathryn McMaster is a writer, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and champion of good indie authors. She co-owns the book promotion company One Stop Fiction (www.onestopfiction.com), where readers can sign up to receive news of free and discounted 4 and 5 star reviewed books. She is also a bestselling author of historical murder mysteries set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Her debut novel, “Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?” was well received. All her novels are based on true stories, and she melds fact with fiction, writing in the creative nonfiction style. She lives on her 30 acre farm in the beautiful Casentino Valley, Italy for 6 months of the year, and during the other half of the year, on the small island of Gozo, Malta.

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Book Details:

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Drama Llama Press; 1st edition (14 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8894122859
  • ISBN-13: 978-8894122855
  • Purchase from  – Amazon UK – Amazon US

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#BlogTour #JustOneTime by @Author_KSHunter with @rararesources

 

A book by an author who no one knows the true identity of, KS Hunter is the pseudonym for an international best selling author and has written “Just One Time”.  I am delighted to be part of this mysterious and suspense filled book.  I wish to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour.  It is available as an eBook.

Synopsis:

The first novel by K.S. Hunter, the alter ego of an international bestselling author, whose identity will remain a secret.

Desire can have dire consequences

Two years ago, David Madden made a mistake that almost cost him his marriage. His wife, Alison, gave him another chance, but she has not forgotten, nor has she forgiven.

She is irresistible

Then David meets the alluring Nina at a theatre in London. When he loses his phone in the dark, she helps him find it, and by giving her his number he unwittingly invites her into his life.

What David initially views as an innocent flirt turns into a dangerous game of deception. His increasingly suspicious wife thinks something is up, and each lie he tells pushes them further apart.

She is insatiable

Nina pursues David relentlessly, following him to New York where she gives him an ultimatum: sleep with her, just one time, and then she’ll get out of his life forever; or she’ll ruin everything he holds dear.

She is unstoppable

Of course, once won’t be enough for Nina, and what David hoped would be the end is merely the beginning.

A modern-day Fatal Attraction, Just One Time is a steamy psychological thrillerthat will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath until its shocking conclusion. 

Praise for K.S. Hunter

An author to watch out for – always interesting and unpredictable’Sophie Hannah

My Thoughts:

Two years ago David had an affair, his wife Alison had given him a second chance, and together they have a daughter.  But Alison has not forgiven him and has not forgotten what he has done to their family.  Alison comes across as a cold and bitter woman, and who would blame her, it is obvious that their marriage is not good. But a chance meeting at the theatre one evening changes things. David meets the beautiful and alluring Nina as she helps him to find his phone.  A little harmless flirting and that’s the end of it, or so you would think!

Well this is steamy, there are some very racy moments in this book, with some quite descriptive sections and also language to go with it. Now I admit to choosing to read this book for the psychological aspect as well as the chance to read a book by a mysterious author, I didn’t pay too much heed to the steamy side of it.  If I had I may not of picked it, but I am so glad I did.  The fictional psychological side of it is brilliant, when you read about this being a modern-day Fatal Attraction, it’s not wrong, but it is far deeper and darker than that.  As Nina pulls David further into her world and into her game, the stakes are raised, to a point that has you sat on a knife-edge as you wonder what Nina is going to do next.  This makes it an extremely addictive thriller and a real page turner from start to finish.

My opinions of the characters changed as the story progressed.  For me it gave me a feeling of being well thought out and well written.  The plot for this is a basic one in some ways, but it has been taken to the extremes, it does have quite a few moments where you start to think about how easy it would be to find and follow a person if you really wanted to.  It is a tense, well paced thriller that I really enjoyed.

If you like you psychological thrillers to be deep, dark, twisted and addictive then give this book a go.  It is not for the easily offended, but if you can deal with the sexual references it is so worth reading.

About the Author !

Author Bio – K.S. Hunter is the pseudonym of an international bestselling author. The identity of the author, who lives in the United Kingdom, will remain a mystery.

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Book Details:

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2240.0 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: VAD Publishing; 1 edition (7 Dec. 2017)
  • Purchase from Amazon UK

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