#BlogTour #BookReview Keeper of Secrets by Lynda Stacey @LyndaStacey @rararesources

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Title: Keeper of Secrets by Lynda Stacey

Publisher: Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit

Date Published: 22nd October 2019

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description:

Should some secrets stay buried?

For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist.

But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes. 

It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …

Purchase Link:  https://tinyurl.com/y22eg3ze 

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Review:

I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour and Choc Lit for providing with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So this is actually my second Lynda Stacey book, having enjoyed The Fake Date I was looking forward to getting stuck into Keeper of Secrets.

Cassie Hunt is living her dream as an archaeologist working in Italy when she gets a call. Her beloved Aunt Aggie is extremely ill and wants to see her. She has something to tell Cassie, a secret that could blow her whole world apart, a secret buried in the catacombs in her hometown.

She enlists the help of her old university friend Noah and gets a lot more than she bargained for. 

Goodness me, this brought up a lot of emotions in me, far more than I’m used to with your average mystery/thriller. Aunt Aggie had such a tragic story, I won’t lie, it almost had me in tears!

Relationships really are the main theme within the story and really were my favourite part, especially between Cassie and Aunt Aggie. I probably would recommend this if you have a love of women’s fiction/emotional stories as I feel it’s edging a little more towards that genre.

I have to be honest I did like Cassie quite as much as the protagonist in Lynda Stacey’s previous book but of course that’s just a minor issue. 

Keeper of Secrets is a mystery story coupled with romance to make an emotionally taut story.

About The Author:

Lynda is a wife, step-mother and grandmother who grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster in South Yorkshire..author pic (12)

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 28 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage. 

Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices, helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers’ Scheme and in 2015 her debut novel House of Secrets won Choc Lit’s Search for a Star competition. Lynda writes for both Choc Lit and Ruby Fiction.

Social Media Links – 

Facebook www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/LyndaStacey

Website www.Lyndastacey.co.uk 

#CoverReveal #PublicationDay The Final Trail by AA Abbott @AAAbbottstories #LoveBooksTours

Hi lovelies! Today not only do I have a fab cover reveal for The Final Trail, the last in the Trail series but also like to wish happy publication day to AA Abbott! A huge thank you to Kelly at Love Books Group for inviting me to take part.  Here’s a little about the book and the series so far:

Birmingham has well and truly been put on the crime thriller map with the success of the TV series Peaky Blinders but for bookworms amongst us the popular Trail Series has long brought readers into the modern day 21st century with its tense storylines, murder and intrigue set in and around the city.

The Trail series features a vodka business, a cancer cure and obsessive killers. Every book is a good read in its own right – each is a great crime story with terrific twists to keep the tension mounting – but together, they follow the same characters over several years.

The Trail series author AA Abbott also known as Helen Blenkinsop, has been compared with the likes of Ruth Rendell, John Grisham and Jeffrey Archer.  She lived and studied in Birmingham for nearly 20 years and her passion and love for the city became the inspiration for the Trail series.

Now, after four successful editions the last storyline will be revealed in the publication of THE FINAL TRAIL which will be launched in Birmingham on 28th October.

In the last book …”Glamorous Kat White has built a successful craft vodka brand in Birmingham, but she has an uneasy relationship with her business partner, Marty Bridges. Her mother had previously supplied with poisonous vodka. Marty doesn’t trust Kat, resents having to depend on her for commercial success, and isn’t thrilled that his eldest son wants to marry her. That’s not his biggest problem, though. He’s trying to develop a cancer drug with Kat’s brother, Erik, and it’s draining money he doesn’t have. Just as he finds an investor with pockets deep enough to fund their research, Erik is lured to the former Soviet Union and thrown into jail. Meanwhile, Ben Halloran, who killed his father to save Kat’s life, is faced with the twin risks of a murder charge and his brother’s deep-seated desire for revenge. Can Ben escape with his life and liberty? And can Marty save both Erik and his business – and learn to trust Kat?”

Helen said “I’ve been writing about these amazing characters for over 5 years, so you can imagine, they have become a part of my life. It’s been a great journey and they have come through so many storylines that it feels right for them to achieve their dreams at last.”

Most of the action in THE FINAL TRAIL takes place across the city and features the famous Rose Villa Tavern and 1,000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter; The Mailbox, home to the BBC in Birmingham, Holloway Head by the famous Pagoda Island and locations in Harborne and Edgbaston.

Helen addedIt’s going to be very sad to launch the last book as the stories and characters have built up such a following but it will give me the opportunity to weave new and exciting tales – I have so many ideas buzzing in my head.”

THE FINALTRAIL is a perfect read for those who like a fast-paced crime thriller combined with suspense, humour and plot twists.  It’s ideal to take away on holiday and provides a great read during the autumn/winter nights.

Title: The Final Trail by AA Abbott

Date Published: 28th October 2019

Genre: Thriller

Description: 

Family feuds just got bloodier… A gripping thriller, and a great story of death, revenge and vodka.

To save glamorous Kat White’s life, Ben Halloran killed his gangster father. Now his brother wants to even the score.

The gripping Trail series of British crime thrillers reaches its dramatic conclusion in this compelling page turner.  

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You can buy your copy via the link below:

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For more from the author AA Abbott, you can check out her website: https://aaabbott.co.uk or follow her on twitter: @AAAbbottstories

#Review Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon #NetGalley

Title: Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon

Date Published: 21st December 2018 

Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Description:

How come nobody ever sees Miranda Ogilvy– except one smoking-hot neighbor and one stone cold killer?

The tiny village called “Minokee” (Seminole for “alligators all over the place”) is chock full of mysteries like that, and like:

Who is the hunky neighbor, Shepard Krausse, how in heck did he find the invisible Miranda, and why does such a nice guy have such deadly enemies?

Who killed Miranda’s Aunt Phyllis?

Is Shepard’s guide dog, Dave, really the smartest guy in town?

Why does old Miz Cleary keep a loaded rifle beside her front porch rocking chair?

The big question for readers of this quirky novel is, “Who (or what) will find Miranda before Shep’s homicidal enemies do?”

Rated #1 mystery (2017) by Library Journal Indie Book Awards, and #1 fiction audiobook (2018) by Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, with multiple other awards.

Get Finding Miranda, book 1 of the Minokee Mysteries series. You’ll want to re-read it for a dose of sunshine whenever you’re feeling down!

Review:

Truthfully when I spotted this on NetGalley, I thought what a cute cover and didn’t really pay that much attention to the blurb but it turned out to be a good little read!

Miranda inherits a house in the small town of Minokee from her late aunt who dropped dead suddenly. Used to being practically invisible to everyone she’s shocked when the town’s heartthrob, Shepard Krausse notices her. 

But Miranda has made some powerful enemies without even knowing and they’re gunning for her and Shepard but she has no idea why!

Finding Miranda is one of the most fun reads I’ve picked up in awhile! It’s quirky, it’s fast paced and there’s a nice sprinkling of humour throughout.

The characters were all good fun but I really connected with Miranda, that feeling of being invisible is something that I can relate to. 

I liked the town of Minokee. it’s pretty much a few houses on the edge of a jungle in Florida. I personally wouldn’t like to live there as a) I can’t stand the heat and b) it’s far too close to nature for my liking but I’d enjoy sitting round with the elderly residents because they just seem like a lot of fun!

I admit it’s probably a little heavier on the romance than the suspense than I would have liked but of course that’s just my opinion.

Finding Miranda is a perfect little pick me up, fun, lighthearted and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

About The Author:

Iris Chacon’s family first arrived in Florida when it was a Spanish colony, in the 1700s. In Iris’s stories, her characters find romance, mystery, and joy on the peninsula and its islands.

Florida locales are essential characters in all of Iris’s feel-good novels, along with a smattering of humor, romance, mystery, and adventure. Expect a few hours of good, clean, fun when sitting down with an Iris Chacon story.

In FINDING MIRANDA, a blind deejay has no trouble at keeping track of a librarian who seems invisible to everyone else. He has to work hard, however, to keep her safe from men who are trying to murder her. His knowledge and skill in the Florida swamp-forest is the couple’s biggest asset in the final showdown with would-be killers.

In SYLVIE’S COWBOY, a Florida horse rancher and polo player inherits the spoiled daughter of a deceased business partner. They must adjust to sharing his rural ranch home despite her Palm Beach tastes. In the end, they must save one another from her father’s murderer.

MUDSILLS & MOONCUSSERS is a tale of the War Between the States as it played out in Key West, literally the Southernmost town in America – which was occupied by Northern soldiers. A Yankee spy seeking a Rebel saboteur finds, to his dismay, that she may in fact be the woman he loves.

SCHIFFLEBEIN’S FOLLY tells the story of a Miami man who adopts six special-needs children, and then looks for a wife. Six house rabbits, dishonest politicians, and a talking teapot complicate his life until he must rely on supernatural help to resolve his bizarre household’s difficulties.

In addition to lifelong familiarity with all things Florida, Iris has also adopted a special-needs child, kept house rabbits, and spent time in all the places mentioned in her novels.

She and her husband have a small-town home in rural Florida, where her family members have lived since the early 1900s.

Not limited to novels and stories, Iris has also written for radio, stage, and screen. She has worn many hats – including musician, teacher, and librarian.

#BlogTour #Review One by One by DW Gillespie @dw_gillespie @annecater @FlameTreePress

Title: One by One by D.W Gillespie

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 26th September 2019

Genre: Horror

Description:

The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper.

When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame tree press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alice and her brother Dean with their parents move to a new house in the middle of nowhere. The strange house begins to effect them all. Her parents relationship, already on shaky ground seems to go from bad to worse and her warm and caring father changes overnight.

Things get worse when Alice uncovers a child’s drawing and one by one the members of the family disappear.

One by one kept me gripped from the start, I absolutely devoured this novel!

One of my favourite things is a haunted/creepy house, I always love reading the way a different author makes their mark on this horror staple.

This is the kind of novel that builds the tension from the beginning, slowly getting more and more sinister as it goes along, building into an explosive ending, which I didn’t see coming!

Dean, Alice’s older brother, reminded me so much of my son, his moodiness and the tendency to be on his phone or locked in his bedroom. I also think that the complex brother/sister relationship between Dean and Alice was portrayed really well.

The only quibble I had was with Alice’s character voice. She is meant to be ten but half the time she sounded older than I do! I think an older protagonist may have worked a little better.

One by one is solid spooky read, fully of plenty of tension and intrigue that will keep you turning those pages!

About The Author:

A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously inDW Gillespie Author Picture college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.

In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.

For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.

A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.

#Review Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @HQStories

Title: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Publication Date: 5th September 2019

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Thriller

Description:

‘You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel’ STEPHEN KING

This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Review:

One elevator accident is a tragedy, two is something more sinister…

So it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a Linwood Barclay novel and I can’t tell you how excited I was to get approval for this on NetGalley.

Elevator Pitch is a realistic and riveting thriller. I’ve never been a huge fan of lifts, I’ve been stuck in them once too often, and I think I dislike them even more now!

There are a number of interesting characters through out the story but Barbara Matheson is a stand out. She’s a journalist with a fearsome reputation and seems hell bent on taking down the mayor but she’s a woman with secrets and a contentious relationship with her daughter.

A little heads up too, for a thriller it is over four hundred and fifty pages, I think, so it is on the longer side but there are plenty of suspense and shocks to keep you hooked.

My issue was the fact there were quite a few different points of view and for the first half of the book it took a little bit of time to get them all straight in my head which slowed my reading down quite a bit.

Elevator Pitch is an intricately plotted thriller that will both terrify and enthral you.

About The Author:

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twentylinwood barclay critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood barclay.

#BlogTour #Extract The Fault by Kitty Sewell #TheFault #KittySewell @honno @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello lovelies! My second post of the day is an exclusive extract from The Fault by Kitty Sewell as part of my stop on the blog tour. First a little about the book:

Title: The Fault by Kitty Sewell

Publisher: Honno Press

Date Published: 18th July 2019

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Chilling thriller set on Gibraltar – at the heart of The Rock are secret tunnels, hard to navigate and even harder to escape. Sebastian is a civil engineering prodigy and his latest project is his most ambitious to date: to build a new city on the sheerest face of The Rock. His fiancee, Eva, a diver, is entranced by the penisula’s hidden depths and concerned that her lover doesn’t push himself beyond human limits in his desire to see his dream realised. Mimi, still in her teens, is desperate to spread her wings and chafing at the limits placed on her movements by her overprotective older brother. When Mimi gets into a relationship with a neighbour intent on fighting the new development, Sebastian’s precarious mental health spirals out of control putting them all in danger. When Mimi is lost amidst their twists and turns the race is on to find her before the water rises.

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Extract:

The tunnel seemed totally straight for a good twenty minutes of walking, then turned forty-five degrees to the left. She glanced behind her and the pinprick of daylight was no more. Solid rock enclosed them. They moved on, past openings and passages as black and endless as gateways to the underworld.

At an arched six-way intersection, he took a right into a much narrower tunnel and though she resisted, he pulled her firmly along. They hunched their shoulders and ducked to protect their heads from jutting rock edges.

Oh, God, I think that’s enough now.’ A small rivulet of sweat ran down the small of her back. She shivered and tried to steady her voice. ‘Let’s turn back.’

I said I would show you something amazing.’

She was no chicken; at least she refused to show it. Confronting one’s fear – that was her personal motto.

They turned left into a hole in the wall and descended a long set of circular stairs hacked out of the stone. Down and down they went. She felt almost relieved. With some luck, he’d have her out of this mountain and into open air at sea level, maybe right into Casemates Square. She’d seen strange vaults and openings all over the town: all seemed to lead into the Rock.

The stairs ended and they were in another tunnel.

Enough now,’ she said through gritted teeth. ‘I’m not exactly enjoying this.’

This one was dug out during the siege in 1713. Further down there are even older tunnels. They say one of them runs under the strait all the way to Morocco. Can you believe it?’ He was trying to be chatty but his voice was flat and muted in the narrow space. She didn’t want any more damned history, but even so, preferred him talking.

It seemed to her they’d roamed the tunnels for well over an hour, but time could be warped by the lack of indicators. She rarely wore her watch so how could she tell? Maybe it had grown dark outside, maybe it was night. She opened her mouth to ask him, but changed her mind.

She remembered how a guy she’d dated had recounted a pot-holing expedition in France. The group had carried a spool of white string. One end had been tied to a rock at the entrance of the cave and they’d unravelled the spool as they descended along crevasses, crawled on their stomachs through passages and abseiled down chasms, so that it would guide them back out. He’d felt as if his whole existence had been hanging by a thread – ha, ha – but the possibility of losing the white string and getting trapped in the bowels of the Earth had convinced him never to go caving again as long as he lived.

She pulled at his sleeve. ‘How the hell can you remember which way to go?’

I know these tunnels like the back of my hand.’

Really?’

Yes, really.’

And to get back out?’

You’ve asked me that already.’

Seemed preoccupied and was no longer in the mood for reassuring her. Another droplet of moisture ran down her back, yet her skin felt cold and there was a lump in her throat. She swallowed quickly several times, but the lump persisted.

You said it’d take an hour,’ she whispered.

Yes, well, it will if you actually walked. You’re so slow I might as well carry you.’

Lay off! I’m not slow.’

Come on then.’

He grabbed her wrist again and she stumbled along behind him. They were almost running but it seemed somehow effortless.

Aren’t we going downhill?’

No.’

It feels like it. God, I hate this.’

He was quiet for a long while. Too quiet. Then he spoke into the silence. ‘You know I love you, don’t you?’

She stopped short and yanked her wrist from his grasp,

About The Author:

Kitty Sewell was born in Sweden, and has had four successive nationalities, living in the Canary Islands, Central and South America, Canada, England, Wales and Spain where she now lives inkitty sewell the mountains of Andalucía. She is a successful sculptor, and bestselling author. Her books have been translated into 15 languages and she has been short-listed for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award, the Wales Book of the Year, Winner of the “People’s Choice” BBC Radio Wales Prize, and the Bertelsmann Book Clubs International Book of the Month. She also writes as Kitty Harri. With Honno she has published Ice Trap (2005, later bought by Simon & Schuster) and Hector’s Talent for Miracles (2007) as Kitty Harri.

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Website: https://kittysewell.com/

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fault-Kitty-Sewell/dp/1909983993/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3RKRQCAYH95SW&keywords=the+fault+kitty+sewell&qid=1565083205&s=gateway&sprefix=the+fault+kitty+%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Fault-Kitty-Sewell-ebook/dp/B07TGKJV5S/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1WHHZ2BAKDLEX&keywords=the+fault+kitty+sewell&qid=1565083546&s=gateway&sprefix=the+fault+kitty+%2Caps%2C198&sr=8-1

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-fault/kitty-sewell/9781909983991

Hive: https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Kitty-Sewell/The-Fault/23651304

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Fault-Kitty-Sewell/9781909983991


#Review Freefall by Jessica Barry @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK

Title: Freefall by Jessica Barry

Date Published: 28th February 2019

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move.

On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child and sets out to discover the truth.

Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

Heart-stopping and addictive, FREEFALL is a stunning thriller that explores the deep and complex bond between mothers and daughters.

Review:

This is quite a difficult book to review because I think you need to go into with as little information as possible, just so you can get the most out of the story.

The story is told from two viewpoints, Alison and her mum Maggie. They were both very realistic characters, both strong in their own way.

Maggie is struggling without her husband, now she thinks she’s lost her daughter who she hasn’t spoken to in two years.

Alison, after struggling to make ends meet for a long time, thinks when Ben proposes that it’ll be the last of her worries but after miraculously surviving a plane crash has to battle her way down a mountain while someone is hunting her.

While this is an interesting book, with good characters and plenty of twists and turns, I wouldn’t say it blew me away. What’s annoying is I can’t give you a definitive reason why, I think you’ll just have to read it yourself and decide.

Freefall a terrifying and taut thriller with well rounded characters that will to keep you entertained until the end.

About The Author:

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London forfreefall jb the past fifteen years. Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.