#BlogTour #Review Keep Her Close by Erik Therme @bookouture @ErikTherme

Title: Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 5th December 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.

And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

Review:

The book starts with a really heartbreaking scene. A young married couple Holly and Dan find a little girl, obviously neglected and abused in nothing but a dirty dress all alone in a parking lot. She has a little cardboard sign Free to a good home. A dead woman they assume is her mother is found not far away.

Fast forward fifteen years and the little girl that they christened Ally is now a happy eighteen year old, that is until a letter shows up claiming to be from her real father. Unable to stop her curiosity, Ally goes to meet him but now she’s missing.

I found this book quite a quick and easy read with plenty of suspense and mystery, that preys on every parents’ nightmare, a child going missing.

A stand out character was Dan. He works hard to help support Ally, even though Holly and her new husband earn so much more than him. He also has a tendency to lose his temper with often disastrous consequences. He’s very overprotective of Ally even though she’s not his biological daughter and will stop at nothing to find her.

To me, Ally came across as a little spoilt but she has a child-like sense of the world and gullibility that makes you forgive that.

I have to be honest for the most of the book I believed it could happen in real life but the ending was a little out there for me but it was still enjoyable.

Overall Keep Her Close is a solid psychological thriller that will tug on those heart strings as well as keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Author Bio:

Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met DarthErik Therme (author photo) Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering for his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his seventeen-year-old. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty places in the world UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.eriktherme.com 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ErikTherme

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7831573.Erik_Therme

Facebook: www.facebook.com/erik.therme

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#BlogTour #BookPromo #Giveaway Q&A The Raven Tower by Emma Miles @EmmaMilesShadow @rararesources

Today I’m excited to bring you an interview and giveaway with new author Emma Miles as part of her first ever blog tour! A big thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour. Before we jump into the Q&A, a little about the book:

Title: The Raven Tower by Emma Miles

Date Published: 29th October 2018

Genre: Fantasy

Description:

What price will Kesta and the fire-walkers have to pay to keep their people from enslavement?

The raids were more ferocious, more desperate and much earlier in the year. When Kesta sees in the flame who is really behind the attacks the Independent islands of the Fulmers seem doomed to fall.

Their only hope is to cross the sea to seek the help of the King of Elden and his sorcerer, the Dark Man.

Purchase Links:

US – https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Tower-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07HLPCGX3

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Tower-Fire-Walker-Book-ebook/dp/B07HLPCGX3

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Q&A with Emma Miles:

Can you tell me a little bit about The Raven Tower?

The Raven Tower is based in a world with four lands, each with very different societies and theologies. Chem; the mountainous and snowy land of sorcerers where women are considered property. The Borrows; a series of small rugged islands whose people survive by raiding. Elden; a kingdom of relative wealth and peace. And the Fulmer Islands where the people are ruled by a woman and live closely with nature. When the small and independent islands of the Fulmers come under attack, they are forced to go to their much larger neighbour, Elden, for help. The king of Elden has a sorcerer, a man who was rumoured to have been washed up by the sea as a baby; he has a reputation of being a powerful and frightening man.

The book mainly follows three characters. Kesta, who is a fire-walker, gifted with a rare magic that allows her to see other places through the flames. She’s fiercely independent and has quite a temper.

Dia, who is Kesta’s mother and the ruler of the Fulmers.

And Osun, a merchant in Chem who is really the spy of an unknown and dangerous master.


Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

My ideas come from anywhere and everywhere! I’ve always had very vivid dreams and spent too much time daydreaming. Without giving away any spoilers, I’d started writing a book with a similar basic theme some years ago, but it didn’t quite take off. I started toying with the idea again but with a darker undertone and when I made a start on it, it just really took off.


If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

Ha ha, are you trying to torture me? A lot of writers hate writing blurbs and synopsis with a passion and I’m one of them; one sentence is even worse!

Seriously though, I’ll give it a go.

Strangers from conflicting societies are forced to work together to save their lands from a vile and evil magic and an Overlord who would enslave them.


What is a typical writing day like for you?

Because of the job I do and the fact it’s shift work and long hours I find it hard to have a typical day. Sometimes it’s just squeezing in a quick email to myself, other days it’s taking a walk and sitting out under the sky seeing scenes unfold like movies in my head. On those occasions where I do get a few hours to write I’ll usually start my music playlist for that book to lose myself in and, if I’m lucky, immerse myself in the ‘writing zone.’

If you could recommend just one book everyone should read what would it be and why?

It’s always hard to pick one! I think I’d have to say ‘Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway’ by Susan Jeffers. It’s a self-help book that really turned my life around. I wish I’d read it years before I did.


Who are your favourite authors?

JRR Tolkien, Stephen King, Robin Hobb, Terry Pratchett and Marion Zimmer Bradley.


Is writing your only job? If not, what is your other job?

I’m a railway guard. I’ve been on the railway now for 18 years. I’ve had to deal with a huge variety of incidents and events including a train fire.


Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

Despite being incredibly shy, I did do a bit of acting and singing on stage when I was younger and had some voice training. When it came to doing my degree, though, my shyness won out and I went for backstage theatre work rather than front of stage.


What are you currently working on?

The sequel to The Raven Tower. It was originally meant to be a standalone but I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t leave them where they were at the end of the book!

Author Bio-

I presently live in the stunning county of Dorset where I’m a cat slave to Wolfe and Piglitt I The Raven Tower 0332lr (1 of 1)spend as much time as I can outside in nature and love exploring and learning about new cultures and languages. I’ve visited Greece, Serbia, Transylvania, Sicily and Norway as well as making several road trips around our beautiful United Kingdom. I paint, sculpt, dabble in photography and do a little archery but most of all – whenever I get a chance – I write.
My writing started from a very young age when I often found myself being the one taking charge of and entertaining all my younger cousins. They loved to hear my stories and although they mostly called for ghost stories it was fantasy I fell in love with when I read The Lord of the Rings when I was ten. I went on to write stories and short ‘books’ for my friends through school and college; then one evening whilst I was waiting for my aunt and uncle to visit an image came to my mind of a boy sitting beneath a bridge. I didn’t know who he was or why he was there, but from exploring those questions ‘The Wind’s Children’ trilogy blossomed and grew with roots going back into his far history as well as stretching out to his future. The boy’s name was Tobias.

I have since left Tobias’s world of ‘Naris’ to explore the Valley with Feather in the ‘Hall of Pillars’ which is now available through Amazon. I am now presently finding my way through Elden, the beautiful Fulmer islands, the ravaged Borrows and haunted Chem with Kesta Silene; a shamaness of sorts with a big journey ahead of her. I hope you come along to share her story and join her adventure; she needs you and you won’t regret it.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter @EmmaMilesShadow

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#BlogTour #Review The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes @Bookouture @samhayes

Title: The Liars Wife by Samantha Hayes

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 22nd November 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married… 

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

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Review:

Work, home, sleep. That has been Ella’s routine for ten years until she’s cycling home one day from work and is hit by a van. She wakes up in hospital dazed and confused with a broken arm and leg. A friendly nurse reassures her that her husband Jacob will be back soon.

Ella is sure that she had never been married. Who is this man and what does he want from her?

So this is the first psychological thriller I’ve read by Samantha Hayes and I can safely say it won’t be my last! I love her writing style, it so intense in all the right places I couldn’t sleep until I finished it.

I have to be honest I’ve been struggling to write this review because this is one of these books I don’t want to say too much, just because I don’t want to give away any spoilers or ruin the book for you but I’ll try my best!

The book is told from the perspectives of Ella and Liam, interspersed with chapters from ten years previously when Ella was a student at Durham university. Ella has managed to isolate herself, rebuffing invites from her work colleagues, even the sweet Liam. We know very early on something traumatic has happened to her. Something she’d been keeping a secret for ten years but what could be so bad that a promising young student with the world at her feet would hide herself away?

I enjoyed the fact that the characters were so realistic, I really cared what happened to them even if I did feel like screaming at them ‘what are you doing?’ occasionally. 

I have to be honest I read quite a lot of psychological thrillers and the ending didn’t totally shock or surprise me but the author certainly did keep me on my toes! There were also certain aspects of the story line that I didn’t find all that believable but that of course is just my opinion.

The Liars Wife is a taut thriller with plenty of intrigue, nail biting scenes and a heart pounding ending.

About The Author:

Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and tookNEW Samantha Hayes author photo jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’ 

The Liar’s Wife is out now!

To find out more, visit her website www.samanthahayes.co.uk
Or connect with Samantha on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaHayesAuthor
And she’s on Twitter @samhayes

#BlogTour Edna’s Death Cafe by Angelena Boden @AngelenaBoden @BOTBSPublicity

Title: Edna’s Death Cafe by Angelena Boden

Publisher: Matador

Date Published: 3rd September 2018

Genre: Literary Fiction

Description:

As in life, death is not without its agenda. This is something seventy-nine year old Edna Reid finds out when her partner, Ted, suddenly dies.

To cope with her loss, she sets up a Death Cafe to break down the taboo around death and to encourage other members of the community to discuss it openly. Over tea and cake, the participants hide their fears behind a veil of dark humour.

Religious fanaticism clashes with Victorian spiritualism as Edna’s meetings trigger lively conversations on the fragility of life, anxiety over dying, cost of funerals, and making sure long-lost greedy relatives don’t benefit from inheritances.

Soon, a series of events begin to unfold which threaten to undermine Edna’s livelihood and the Death Cafe meetings. These events just happen to coincide with the arrival of a mysterious stranger into the village.

Who is she and why is she so hostile to Edna?

Review:

I’m not crying honest…*sniffs*

So this another book that has been out of my comfort zone this year and what an emotional ride this was!

Edna is a 79 year old woman who is still reeling from the death of her beloved Ted. She starts a death cafe out of The Happy Oatcake, the cafe she inherited from her mother, to not only give herself some closure but the others in the village around her.

I loved Edna. She’s a such a caring character running a cafe, trying her hardest to help people. Also she proves that no matter how old you are you can still follow your dreams after she graduated from university at the age of seventy five.

We meet an interesting bunch of characters along the way too. Gordon a sheep farmer who’s mum is dying. Lionel and Ruth who’s daughter died in a tragic accident. Nigel who’s been drinking his life away after the death of his wife June. Manny, Edna’s best friend, who even thirty years after losing his boyfriend, still feels the loss. Finally Martine Shaw, a Canadian who turns up in the village suddenly and seem intent on making Edna’s life a misery.

There’s also a nice injection of humour here and there, that makes something as depressing as discussing death, not feel so bleak.

I have to be honest this was not an easy read for me but in a good way, if that makes sense. It made me confront some feelings which I didn’t even know I had from when my mum died almost ten years ago, especially when they were discussing things they wished they’d said to their loved ones before they died, I got a real lump in my throat reading that!

There were certain parts of the storyline did feel a little rushed. The introduction of the Death Cafe idea at the beginning of the story for instance, I would have like to know a bit more about where it came from and the history behind it etc. Also the ending while it was satisfying I felt that one of the character had an about turn in opinion and behaviour that could have been done a little less abruptly.

Overall Edna’s Death Cafe is a poignant and thought provoking tale that will make you both laugh and cry in equal measure.

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Author’s Bio:

Angelena Boden has spent thirty- five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the angpsychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching.

She originates from the Peak District but has spent a life time travelling and living in places as far apart as Vancouver, Dubai, Paris, Seville and Iran. Now semi-retired in Great Malvern, she writes every morning, walks the hills and paints landscapes every afternoon and fits family and reading in between.

She is the author of two traditionally published novels and many articles and blogs.

Her most recent novel, Edna’s Death Cafe is published as an e-book by Matador.

Angelena is keen to meet readers, old and new, and is available for book talks, events, and always chatting over a cuppa (within 60 miles of Worcester).

Links:

angelenaboden.com

@AngelenaBoden


#Review The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #NewRelease

Title: The Millionaire’s Wife by Shalini Boland

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 21st May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Everyone has their secrets. But this one could destroy your marriage.

When Anna Blackwell opens an email from an unknown sender, the shocking image attached shatters her perfect world. A woman has been killed. And Anna knows who did it. The past is catching up with her.

Is it her turn next?

To protect herself and her husband Will, she must tell him the terrible truth about her first love. But as the secrets of her life unravel, Anna begins to realise that she is not the only one who has been living a lie.

Anna doesn’t know who to turn to: her best friend, her parents, her husband. But she knows that her ex-lover is dangerous and she must stop him, before it’s too late…

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this utterly unputdownable psychological thriller will have you gasping at every twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

Review:

Wow, I have heard such good things about Shalini Boland and I can say after reading this, I’ve found out for myself her books definitely live up to the hype!

You ever start reading a book, then think to yourself just one more chapter, suddenly it’s one o’clock in the morning and you just desperately want to find out what happening at the end so you keep reading? Yep, this is one of those books.

Anna is an incredibly sweet, if naive character, she feels like she has the perfect life but she’s been keeping secrets that threaten everything she holds dear. The book charts her relationship with her ex Fin who is the hot bad boy at her school, that every girl wants, who she can’t believe picks her but their teenage love soon turns sour. He comes up with a crackpot scheme to make them rich, showing just how unhinged he really is. Fast forward ten years later and she’d happily married to the lovely Will then Fin comes crashing back into her life.

To me this book was a tense, action packed, heart pounding read with jaw dropping revelations that I couldn’t put down. Did I see some the twist coming yes, and the ending may have been a little unbelievable but this is such a great book I could forgive those minor details.

Overall an entertaining read that will have you gripped from beginning to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for my advanced copy of this fantastic book.

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-shalini-bolandterrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row.

#BlogTour #BookReview Pressure by Betsy Reavley @Bloodhoundbook @BetsyReavley

I’m going to apologise before you start reading this, I’m full of cold and my brain feels a bit fuzzy so my review may not be the best x

Title: Pressure by Betsy Reavley

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Date Published: 4th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller.

Description:

When the submarine departed, none of the ten people on board knew it would turn into a nightmare.

Trapped on the sunken vessel on the bottom of the ocean and unable to escape, one of them is discovered dead. The tension escalates as the survivors realise there is a murderer among them, who is preparing to strike again and again…

With mounting desperation, people begin to turn on each other. While they struggle to identify who is responsible, each must contend with their own past, the claustrophobia and the secrets they are hiding.

But who is who?  And which of them will be next to die?

Below the surface, the pressure is building and time is running out…

‘Betsy Reavley is back with a novel of such impact and power; nothing is clear, the tension so strong it holds you from the first page to the last. Pressure delivers on every level, leaving breathless readers in its wake.’  Bestselling author of Captor and 34 Days Anita Waller

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Review:

The adventure started when Frank Holden, a bigwig film producer decides to make a low budget movie under the sea. He gathers together a rather ragtag group of actors, production crew and submariners but disaster strikes when there is a malfunction. Now ten people are trapped inside a Pica Explorer submarine at the bottom of the ocean. entrapped within its walls with no escape, a murderer begins picking off the passengers one by one. Who will survive?

This is an utterly addictive read! The feeling of claustrophobia and the tension of being trapped somewhere without knowing exactly where you are sent shivers down my spine throughout. I think it would make an amazingly good horror movie.

There are quite a lot of different points of view, each character gets their own chapter, essentially tell you how each one ends up on the submarine. There is also a child which at first threw me a little, like who is this child and what’s it got to do with the people trapped on the sub? It took me a few chapters to figure it out but I’m not going to spoil it, you’ll just have to read it yourself and see.

I did feel there might have been one too many characters but of course that’s just my opinion.

Overall a tense, addictive read that will have you gripped throughout.

Rating: 4.5/5

 Author Bio:

Author of The Quiet Ones, The Optician’s Wife, Frailty,Carrion, Beneath the Watery Moon and the poetry collection The Worm in the Bottle. Betsy was born in Hammersmith, London.29542254_1223580694445443_136203202607473190_n

As a child she moved around frequently with her family, spending time in London, Provence, Tuscany, Gloucestershire and Cambridgeshire.

She showed a flair for literature and writing from a young age and had a particular interest in poetry, of which she was a prolific consumer and producer.

In her early twenties she moved to Oxford, where she would eventually meet her husband. During her time in Oxford her interests turned from poetry to novels and she began to develop her own unique style of psychological thriller.

Betsy says “I believe people are at their most fascinating when they are faced by the dark side of life. This is what I like to write about.”

Betsy Reavley currently lives in London, with her husband, 2 children, dog, cat and chickens.

You can follow her on Twitter @BetsyReavley

#BlogTour #Review Medium Wave by Rose Zolock @RoseZolock @rararesources @caffeinenights

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Title: Medium Wave by Rose Zolock

Publisher: Caffeine Nights

Date Published: 6th April 2018

Genre: Horror, Paranormal.

Description:

Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show ‘Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.

This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’

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Review:

Becky Moran has been a medium for a number of years, she has her own radio show, now a TV show is in the offing too. Only problem; Becky is a fake. During a live radio show, Becky touches an ancient crystal and suddenly her ability to see ghosts becomes real!

So I am a huge fan of all things ghostly so this book was right up my alley. It’s a fairly short yet creepy book with plenty of spooky goings on, that I suggest you read during the day in bright sunshine with a good duvet to hide under just in case.

The cast of characters is an interesting one as well. You’ve got Hugh Jolly, Becky’s greedy and slightly selfish manager, her assistant Stacey who loves to wear mothball scented vintage clothing and her producer Olly the complete and utter sceptic. I have to be honest it took me a little time to warm to Becky, because of her being essentially a con artist at the outset of the book, but as the story goes on you see her struggling with her new gift and you can’t help feeling for her.

My favourite part of the book was when Becky came into contact with a haunted mirror that chooses its owner and never lets them go! Safe to say I had the shivers when I went near any mirror in my house afterwards!

I have to be honest though, there was a tiny bit of repetition and the story didn’t quite flow as well as it should have and I found the ending a little over contrived but of course that is just my opinion.

This is a great start to a series and I’m interested to see what the writer does with Becky and her friends next.

Rating: 3/5

About Rose Zolock
Her Irish grandmother first told Rose about the Banshee when she was just a small child. HowMedium Wave - Author Headshot Embedded the wailing sound of the spirit of the dead and dying could be heard when someone was about to pass.

It was family folklore that the women in the family had ‘the touch’, the ability to see spirits and other dimensions. Rose listened and grew up fascinated by those who claimed to have supernatural or psychic abilities.

Rose does not claim to have those powers. Take her to Venice in February when the mist swirls over the canals, walk by her side along the darkened streets of Greenwich Village in New York City in high summer, listening to a ghost walk tour guide tell the stories of death, murder and the unexplained – Rose would say those stories and our belief in them gives her a power to see into the shadows within our imagination.

As a journalist, Rose takes every opportunity to explore and investigate strange stories, myth and folklore. Living in rural Yorkshire, with a rich library of ghost stories and literary tradition, Rose also has a sceptical and forensic insight into those who peddle the stories which feed our imagination but of which we have yet found no proof. She has listened to the debunkers who argue against those believers who are convinced that sand the dark side exist.

Rose’s mind is open. Is yours?

Website: rosezolock.com

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