Cover Reveal – Louise Jensen @fab_fiction @Bookouture

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It is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the cover reveal for the new book by Louise Jensen, The Surrogate, which is being published by Bookouture on 27th September. As if that news alone wasn’t enough to get you all excited, and if like me you loved The Gift and The Sister you will have already been axiosuly awaiting this announcement, then here is what the book is all about. Continue reading “Cover Reveal – Louise Jensen @fab_fiction @Bookouture”

#BlogTour Review: Calling Down The Storm by Peter Murphy @noexitpress #PeterMurphy

Today I am delighted to be signing off the blog tour for Calling Down The Storm by Peter Murphy, the fifth book in the Ben Schroeder Series. My thanks to Anne Cater and No Exit Press for inviting me to be a part of the tour. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a moment but in the meantime here is what this book is all about.

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Calling Down the Storm is the story of two separate but strangely parallel lives: the life of a defendant on trial for murder, and the life of the judge who presides over his trial.

April 1971.When DI Webb and DS Raymond arrive at Harpur’s Mews in Bloomsbury in response to a 999 call, a horrific scene awaits them. Susan Lang is lying on the ground, bleeding to death. Her husband Henry is sitting nearby, holding a large, blood-stained knife. In shock, Henry claims to have no memory of the events that led to his wife’s death leaving his barrister, Ben Schroeder, little to defend a potential charge of murder.

Unknown to his strict Baptist wife Deborah who lives in the family home in Guildford, Mr Justice Conrad Rainer has a secret life in his London flat, a life as a high-stakes gambler. In his desperation for money to fund his gaming, he has already raided his own and Deborah’s resources, and now he has crossed another line – one from which there is no return.

To his horror, as the trial of Henry Lang starts, Conrad discovers a sinister connection between the trial and his gambling debts, a connection that could cause his world to unravel. And then, there’s the other terrible secret he is hiding in his flat. In a rare case in which the judge is in greater peril than the defendant on trial in his court, both Henry and Conrad have called down the storm on to their heads.

Praise for Peter Murphy

‘Murphy’s clever legal thrillers revel in the chicanery of the English law courts of the period’ – Independent
‘An intelligent amalgam of spy story and legal drama’ – Times
‘There’s tradecraft of the John le Carré kind, but also a steely authenticity in the legal scenes… gripping’ – ICLR
‘Murphy skilfully builds tension in sharp prose’ – Leigh Russell, author of the Geraldine Steel mystery series

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#BlogTour: The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett @MicheleGormanUK

Today it is my absolute pleasure to be on the blog tour for The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square by Lilly Bartlett along side Christie Barlow at Barlow’s Book Reviews. I’ll be sharing my review with you shortly but in the meantime, here is what the book is all about.

Second Chance Cafe UK smallThe Official Book Blurb

One chance isn’t always enough…

Everyone expects great things from Emma Billings, but when her future gets derailed by an unexpected turn of events, she realizes that getting back on track means traveling in a different direction.

She finds that new path in the closed-down pub on Carlton Square. Summoning every ounce of ingenuity, and with the help of her friends and family, she opens the Second Chance Café. The charity training business is meant to keep vulnerable kids off the streets and (hopefully) away from the Metropolitan Police, and her new employees are full of ideas, enthusiasm … and trouble. They’ll need as much TLC as the customers they’re serving.

This ragtag group of chancers have to make a go of a business they know nothing about, and they do get some expert help from an Italian who’s in love with the espresso machine and a professional sandwich whisperer who reads auras, but not everyone is happy to see the café open. Their milk keeps disappearing and someone is canceling the cake orders, but it’s when someone commits bloomicide on all their window boxes that Emma realizes things are serious. Can the café survive when NIMBY neighbors and the rival café owner join forces to close them down? Or will Emma’s dreams fall as flat as the cakes they’re serving?

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#BookLove: Pam Lecky @pamlecky

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Today I’m sharing the blog with author Pam Lecky who is here to spread a little #booklove. Before we find out Pam’s guilty secret, lets find out a little more about Pam.

About Pam

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Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and has with a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was published in 2015 and was shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; made ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Historical Novel Society; long-listed for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award; and chosen as a Discovered Diamond in February 2017.

Currently working on her second novel, The Carver Affair, a Victorian crime novel set in her native Dublin, she has also recently published a short Kindle read. In Three-Quarter Time is a short love story set in the WW1 era in Dublin. In April she is set to publish another short story, The Lighthouse Keeper, which is a contemporary ghost story.

You can find Pam on the following links:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

Bowes Kindle LogoThe Bowes Inheritance

Historical Mystery, Romance and Intrigue with a Dash of Rebellion …

Awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion and A ‘Discovered Diamond’ Novel. Also shortlisted for The Carousel Aware Prize 2016. Editor’s Choice in the Historical Novel Society Review and has been nominated for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.

Dublin 1882: When determined but impoverished Louisa Campbell inherits a large estate in the north of England, from an uncle she didn’t even know existed, it appears to be the answer to her prayers. Her younger sister, Eleanor, is gravely ill, and believing the country air will benefit her, they take up residence at Bowes Farm.

However, they soon realise all they have inherited is trouble. Their uncle had managed to alienate almost everyone in the area and was suspected of being a Fenian activist. His reputation leaves Louisa and Eleanor battling to gain acceptance in polite society, especially with Nicholas Maxwell, their handsome neighbour and local magistrate. His father was cheated out of the farm during a card game fifteen years before. He is very determined to get it back.

Louisa unearths secrets from their family’s past that threaten their future while the spectre of their mysterious benefactor overshadows everything. When a Fenian bombing campaign comes close to home, Louisa finds herself a chief suspect and must fight to clear her name. She must dig deep to find the courage to solve the mysteries that Bowes Farm holds before their lives are destroyed. And most importantly of all, will she be able to finally trust and love the man who is surely her sworn enemy?

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In Three-Quarter Time CoverIn Three-Quarter Time

From HNS longlisted and Carousel Aware Prize shortlisted author, Pam Lecky. A powerful tale of forbidden love set in the WW1 Era.

Dublin 1914 and war is declared. Each of the Cusack family must face the consequences in their own way. Josie and her young man, Anthony Lanigan, have plans for the future. But her sister Lily is also secretly in love with Anthony and has no idea if her feelings are returned.

Anthony is about to emigrate to America to make his fortune. Will he ever return, and if he does, who will eventually win his heart?

Set against a pivotal time in Irish history, from the Dublin Lockout in 1913 through the First World War to the brink of the birth of the Irish Nation, this story will take you through a family’s experience of war and tragedy, loss and love.

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41J4UoP-JLL._SY346_The Lighthouse Keeper

From the HNS longlisted and Carousel Aware Prize shortlisted author, Pam Lecky, comes a new contemporary ghost story.

It’s Sally and Alex’s first weekend away together and romance is definitely on Sally’s mind. But why is Alex acting so out of character? When strange things begin to happen, Sally wonders if they are truely alone in their coastal getaway …

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Review: Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott @RachelAbbott

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One Dark Secret. One act of revenge.

When Emma Joseph met her husband David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident.

Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.
Then a stranger walks into their lives, and their world tilts on its axis. Emma’s life no longer feels secure. Does she know what really happened all those years ago? And why does she feel so frightened for herself and for her baby?

When a desperate Emma reaches out to her old friend DCI Tom Douglas for help, she puts all their lives in jeopardy. Before long, a web of deceit is revealed that shocks both Emma and Tom to the core.

They say you should never trust a stranger. Maybe they’re right.

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