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    Orenda Books Roadshow Hungerford 7th March hosted by Hungerford Books

    13 Authors – 4 Events – Orenda Roadshow – Great work Karen Sullivan loves to find new debut authors, with fresh voices, who push genres in different directions, with their quirky beautiful writing, she wants goosebumps and with these authors, she has got all those things. What a great evening – 13 authors from several countries – Iceland, Finland, Germany, France, Norway and the UK – all introducing their books and then reading from them for roughly 1 minute, answering audience questions and still smiling by the end of the event. From the 13 books on offer this evening, I have read Will Carver’s – Good Samaritans and loved it,…

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    The Puppet Show #Blogtour by M. W. Craven

      Firstly I’d like to thank M.W. Craven and Beth Wright at Little Brown and Constable Publishing for the opportunity of being included on this Blog tour – it’s greatly appreciated and a real privilege when you get to read such incredible books as this to review.   He pulls their strings. He watches them burn. Welcome to the Puppet Show… A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washinton Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation, he wants no…

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    Jodi Picoult – A Spark of Light Henley Literary Festival 28/10/18

    I hold my hands up – I have never read any of Jodi’s books before, (though I do have some in my ‘To Read’ pile) – but I know about them.   And this is why I wanted to see for myself, to hear what this woman is all about, in her own words. Because she has written some award-winning books.  Some controversial books and some tearfully emotional books too.  Having written 25 books of varying subject matter – ranging from the Hallowcaust and Nazi’s.  Most recently about racism in Small Great Things.  Bone Marrow transplants – and reluctant siblings in My Sisters Keeper as a friend of mine had Leukemia and…

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    Little Darlings by Melanie Golding – Blogtour

    Firstly I need to thank Lucy Richardson of HQ Stories for inviting me to read and review Little Darlings for this blog tour – I thoroughly enjoyed the book and of course Melanie Golding for writing it. THE TWINS ARE CRYING. THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY. LAUREN IS CRYING. LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED. Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . . After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her newborn twins. Her husband has gone home. The nurses are doing their rounds. She can’t stop thinking about every danger her babies now face. But all new mothers think like that. Don’t they? A terrifying encounter…

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    Breakers – Doug Johnstone

    My thanks to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for including me on this #Blogtour for BREAKERS by Doug Johnstone. A pulsatingly tense, deeply moving psychological thriller from the Number One BESTSELLING Scottish author of Fault Lines A toxic family, a fight for survival…Seventeen-year-old Tyler lives in one of Edinburgh’s most deprived areas. Coerced into robbing rich people’s homes by his bullying older siblings, he’s also trying to care for his little sister and his drug-addict mum.On a job, his brother Barry stabs a homeowner and leaves her for dead, but that’s just the beginning of their nightmare, because the woman is the wife of Edinburgh’s biggest crime lord, Deke Holt.With the…

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    Sleep – C.L Taylor #Blogtour

    Firstly I’d like to extend my extreme gratitude to Sabah Khan of Avon Books – for including me on this #blogtour, I am a huge fan of C.L. Taylor’s work, so to be asked to Blog for SLEEP is extremely exciting for me! And of course to the super talented Cally Taylor for writing such sublime books. SLEEP All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty… To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven…

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    Eye For Eye by J.K.Franko #Blogtour

    Eye for Eye Leave no singing bones…Roy and Susie are on a skiing holiday, trying to take a break from the constant reminders of their daughter, tragically killed by a careless driver. Out of the blue they meet Deb and Tom, another couple with a tragic past and a shocking proposal to put things right.As the bodies accumulate, secrets are revealed and alliances crumble. Ultimate survival depends on following the rules for a perfect murder. And the first rule is… leave no singing bones. If someone hurt the one you love,what would YOU do? The controversial, edge-of-your-seat thriller by J.K. Franko, the NEW master of crime A dark, intelligent and thoroughly inventive…

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    The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

    Firstly, of course, a big Thank you to Anne Cater for organising this #Blogtour and allowing me to be part of it. Jamie Norman at Canongate Books and of course the authors – Chris and Marissa.  A vivid and gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, by bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman Edinburgh, 1847. Will Raven is a medical student, apprenticing for the brilliant and renowned Dr Simpson. Sarah Fisher is Simpson’s housemaid, and has all of Raven’s intelligence but none of his privileges. As bodies begin to appear across the Old Town, Raven and Sarah find themselves propelled headlong into the darkest…

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    Oxford Literary Festival #OLF19

    Oxford, a city of spires, stepped in literary history – Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, Colin Dexter’s Morse, Philip Pullman – it has a crop of authors to pick from, who’ve studied there, live there or simply pass through and feel inspired to write about this majestic place. And so, of course, we must have a Literary Festival to add credence. A week-long list of events centered around the colleges and buildings so loved and highly esteemed in this beautiful city. I booked my tickets online, once they went on sale. I chose carefully, mainly picking the authors I have previously enjoyed reading and of course because of the genre of Crime…

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    The Killer in Me – by Olivia Kiernan #BlogBlast

    I’d like to extend my Thanks to Milly Reid of River Run Books for this opportunity. I read Olivia’s Debut book “Too Close to Breathe‘ and adored it. so to get on this #Blogtour is very special to me. And of course, Thank you to Olivia Kiernan for writing another amazing installment in Frankie Sheena’s exploits in Dublin. Old skeletons and fresh corpses confront DCS Frankie Sheehan in her latest Dublin-based case. Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan does not wish to linger on the grisly scene beforeher eyes. Two mutilated corpses. In a church. In Clontarf. Her profiling background screams one fact:this is just the beginning of a sickening message.…

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    Daisy Jones and The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid book signing – Bath 25/03/2019

    So, if you haven’t heard of Daisy Jones or Taylor Jenkins Reid lately, you must have been hiding under a rock. Its eveywhere advertising, on the news, my husband has even seen it on the BBC so its must be tucked away near the sports reports ? Twitter, Insta, Facebook, bookshops, if you haven’t seen or heard about it – you must be wearing blinkers. Taylor knew from an early age she wanted to go to Hollywood, and eventually got there by attending University there and an early career break took her into casting – she cast Robert Downey Jnr as Iron Man – but it was a meeting with…

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    Author Event – Stacey Hall – The Familiars @ Blackwells Westgate, Oxford

    Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel. I love an author event – and Blackwell’s Oxford host them throughout the year, they are great to go to, small intimate events, held in both shops in Oxford – this one was the newer Westgate shop. Stacey Halls – has written a highly recommended…