#BlogTour #Excerpt The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours (@DamppebblesBTs) #thedeathandlifeofPennyPitstop

Hello lovelies, today I have an exclusive excerpt as part of the blog tour for The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop but first a little about the book:

Title: The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop by Leopold Borstinski

Publisher: Sobriety Press

Date published: 20th October 2019

Genre: Thriller

Description: 

Making a killing in the City can be murder at home.

After sharp-witted trader Ray is told by his sexy corporate lawyer wife Penny to stop insider trading, he knows that something must change. When he discovers she’s been having an affair on her business trips, the tables are turned and he has to choose between keeping the millions he’s fraudulently made or keeping the woman he loves. How will he decide?

The Death and Life of Penny Pitstop is a stand-alone steamy modern thriller set in London’s world of high finance. This hot crime drama is based on the scintillating experience of Leopold Borstinski’s life working in the City.

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Excerpt:

The sun was close to setting and the warmth of the day had departed. Claudia awoke with a shiver and flipped her head from side to side like she’d forgotten where she was.

“It’s okay. You’re in my garden. You fell asleep.”

Claudia looked at him and drunk-nodded. Ray stood up and came back out with a glass of water and passed it to her.

“Thanks.”

“De nada. When you’re ready, shall we go inside?”

Now it was Claudia’s turn to nod and a few seconds later she stood up and they wandered into the kitchen then Ray led her into the living room and they sat on the sofa, half facing each other.

“Warmer now?”

“Yes, thanks. Sorry about falling asleep on you.”

“Doesn’t matter. You needed the rest. Besides most beautiful women fall into a coma near me, so sleep was a refreshing change.”

“Oh, don’t.”

“I’m kidding.” 

He touched Claudia’s knee to reassure her all was fine and Ray followed her eyes as they went from his hand to his face and back to his hand again.

“I was going to fix some food. Fancy some?”

“You don’t have to go to any trouble.”

“It was only going to be a bowl of pasta, to be honest. So don’t get your hopes up too much.”

“Pasta would be lovely.” 

Claudia smiled and Ray saw her dark blue eyes as if for the first time. Intense colour. He went into the kitchen and made them dinner, opening another bottle of wine.

He laid the kitchen table and, fifteen minutes later, they were both sat eating penne with a tomato sauce, peppers and olives. Simple but tasty. The wine went well with the flavours too.

This time, as they drank and ate, Claudia got quite giggly.

“So, what does a man like you do rattling around a place like this when he’s on his own?”

“The usual stuff. Catch a bit of telly, read a magazine, watch the odd movie.”

“What kind of odd movies do you watch?”

Ray looked blankly at her, not understanding what she was getting at. Claudia giggled and poured herself another glass, then topped up Ray’s.

“Do you like adult movies?”

“That’s not really my thing.”

“Are you sure? Most men like to see naked women. Do you like to see naked women?”

“There’s nothing wrong with a naked woman, for sure.”

“Would you like to see a naked woman now?”

“Huh?”

“You heard,” she giggled, “Would you like to see me naked now?”

Before Ray could answer, Claudia stood up, knocking her chair backwards, grabbed Ray by the hand and led him back into the living room.

“Let’s dance. Put on some music for us, Ray-my-man.”

Without thinking, Ray did as he was bid and found a compilation CD to play. As soon as the first track buzzed into life, Claudia started tapping one foot and moving her hips, which encouraged Ray to try to do the same. He knew he had no rhythm and was going to massively embarrass himself, but Ray felt he had no choice. He didn’t want to upset Claudia and the way she was gyrating her body was beginning to turn him on, despite everything.

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About Leopold Borstinski:

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial Leopold Borstinskijournalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

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#BlogTour #Extract Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jnr #JusticeGone #NLombardiJr #damppebblesblogtours @DamppebblesBTs

Hello lovelies! Today I have an extract from award winning novel Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr. First a little about the book:

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Title: Justice Gone by N. Lombardi Jr

Publisher: Roundfire Books

Date Published: 22nd February 2019.

Genre: Legal Thriller

Description:

WINNER OF THREE AWARDS

2019 AMERICAN FICTION AWARD

NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCY AWARD – Best Legal Thriller OF 2019

SILVER MEDAL WINNER 2019 READERS’ FAVORITES AWARDS

Chosen by Wiki.ezvid.com among their list of 10 Gripping and Intelligent Legal Thrillers

The courtroom scenes are wonderfully written…the characters are well described and the author paints a picture of each in the mind of the reader…Strong plot, strong characters and a strong writing style that I really enjoyed. This one is a definite “thumbs-up.” Strongly recommend! I look forward to reading additional works by N. Lombardi, Jr.

Kim M Aalaie, Author’s Den

One of my favorite suspense novels of the year. It will make you question the legal system.

The Eclectic Review

The courtroom action is excellent, trimmed to the most gripping parts of the trial, with plenty of emotional impact…a fairly realistic portrayal of the way small-town US society works…a fast-moving story with plenty of dramatic moments, and a big twist in the final pages.

Crime Review

“When a homeless war veteran is beaten to death by the police, stormy protests ensue, engulfing a small New Jersey town. Soon after, three cops are gunned down.

A multi-state manhunt is underway for a cop killer on the loose. And Dr. Tessa Thorpe, a veteran’s counselor, is caught up in the chase.

Donald Darfield, an African-American Iraqi war vet, war-time buddy of the beaten man, and one of Tessa’s patients, is holed up in a mountain cabin. Tessa, acting on instinct, sets off to find him, but the swarm of law enforcement officers gets there first, leading to Darfield’s dramatic capture.

Now, the only people separating him from the lethal needle of state justice are Tessa and ageing blind lawyer, Nathaniel Bodine. Can they untangle the web tightening around Darfield in time, when the press and the justice system are baying for revenge?”

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Extract:

Chapter 4

The city council had no choice but to call an emergency meeting with the mayor. All but one of the council members, despite the late notice, were able to make it. The police chief was summoned, and the head of the Bruntfield Police Union also insisted on being present. They didn’t meet in the public hall, but rather in the private chambers in the back where they sat around an oval walnut table, nearly all of them dressed in white buttoned- down short-sleeve shirts, except for the chief who was dressed in uniform, and one councilman dressed in a suit and tie.

So now we’re national news,” the mayor announced despondently. He was a short man with a very round body, his features reminding one of a genial uncle in a TV sitcom. He had a buzz cut hairstyle and distended cheeks. Despite his almost comical looks, he was well liked by the people, and now deep in his second term. “Care to tell us how that happened, John?”

John Garson, Chief of Police, Bruntfield Township, squirmed uneasily in his chair. His embarrassment looked incongruous when compared to his reputation and his mien, a well-built man, his chiseled features bearing the epitome of moral integrity, his hair cut in an austere style that radiated a combination of duty and pride; a dedicated officer of the law. “Officers Puente and Fox responded to a call of vandalism and approached a man who fitted the description that was consistent with the 911 call. From what I know at this point, and that may change, is that the suspect resisted arrest.”

Was he armed?”

As far as I know he was not, mayor.”

Were there other officers involved?”

Yes, backup was requested and two units responded.”

Is it safe to say”—and now the mayor’s voice took on a mordant tone—”that allegations are going to be made that these men, six officers in total, used excessive force on an unarmed man, considering he’s dead as a result of this confrontation?”

More than likely, Your Honor.”

An unarmed homeless man, who just happens to be a goddamned war hero!” exclaimed the mayor, slapping his hand on the table. “Purple Heart, Bronze Star!”

The silence that followed was not surprising.

A man dies while being apprehended, and we aren’t even sure if he committed this petty act of vandalism. This looks bad. Like hooliganism. A goddamned war hero for Chrissakes! Thank God it wasn’t a black man!”

A chuckling snort was heard from the far side of the table. “You got something to say, Ray?”

Ray Miffler was the leading property developer in Bruntfield, and his inputs into town planning were significant. But he typically contributed next to nothing on any other issue. And he was a smartass too. His angular face opened into a wily smile. “It could have been worse…could have been a woman. Imagine, six burly cops?”

The mayor instantly regretted giving this man any attention and didn’t wait for the idiot to finish before he shouted, “He had a prosthetic foot for God’s sake! No more flippant comments, Ray, or we’ll throw you out of here!”

The mayor then redirected his attention back to Garson. “Do you know these men, John?”

Of course I’m familiar with them, it’s a small force.”

Chief Garson,” injected a middle-aged balding man with a bushy red mustache, wearing wire-rimmed spectacles; Brad Wilkinson, also the Superintendent of Bruntfield School District, “have any of these men been implicated in any similar situations, where, I mean, excessive force was suspected?”

Of course, we checked that first thing, and there had been some complaints against three of the officers. It was quite a while ago, before I came.”

And what is the status of these men, are they still on the job?”

As of this moment, yes, but I am considering full suspension pending the outcome of this meeting.”

The police union boss fidgeted in his chair. Bushy salt-and- pepper hair, puffed up in a style dating back to the fifties, jowls that hung like slabs of beef, his tremendous paunch half-hidden beneath the table, he made clear his position. “That wouldn’t be acceptable to us. Paid administrative leave is more what we have in mind. It’s not the first time this has been done pending an investigation…almost standard…remember, innocent until proven guilty.”

So how else are we going to respond to this!” the mayor demanded.

Abe Norson, small-headed but handsome, with a fashionably trimmed van-dyke, the owner of Bruntfield’s Ford dealership, spoke up. “I think at the very least we should hold an inquiry.”

Wilkinson couldn’t suppress himself. “Inquiry?” he blurted. “A man is dead, I would think a grand jury would be more appropriate.”

The mayor looked directly across from him. “Burns?”

Alexander Burns was the sixty-four-year-old city attorney.

The only councilman wearing a full suit despite the heat wave. His black, thick-framed glasses sat perched upon a hairless rectangular-shaped granite face, his wide mouth horizontal, his little eyes revealing nothing. “I’m afraid I concur with Councilman Wilkinson. We need to demonstrate that we’re on top of this and that we take the matter seriously…a grand jury would serve that purpose.”

The beefy police union rep immediately responded. “We would be vigorously opposed to that.”

I advise grand jury proceedings,” Burns countered. “But no indictment.”

Excuse me,” Wilkinson blurted. “How can you say ‘no indictment’? We have to hear the evidence first, or am I off- course here?”

It’s the DA’s ballgame. Isn’t that right, Louis?”

Louis Pimply, a deputy DA, a wiry man in his early thirties, responded. “Most of the time, yes.”

Any witnesses, John?” the city attorney asked.

Garson put his head down, signaling an unpleasant reply. “Four. And then there’s a videotape…from the bus depot.”

Is it in police possession?”

Garson nodded his head affirmatively.

Burns looked at the deputy DA. “Louis?”

The DA’s office does have the final say as to what evidence can be admitted.”

Miffler spoke up. “What about this homeless guy? Any history of violence? Prior arrests? Minor infractions?”

Garson answered. “He was cited for loitering, sometime last year.”

Is he of right mind?” Miffler continued, “I mean, you know, these vets sometimes come home a bit looney…was he involved in any treatment for that matter?”

Ah now, Ray has an excellent point there,” Burns said. ”Let’s look at the supposed victim’s background and see if we can find anything to show he wasn’t just a complacent citizen, but someone whose actions were, say, unbalanced, and therefore threatened the well-being of the responding officers.”

There were two letters,” Garson disclosed, “that we believe he intended to mail. Stamps were on them, but I guess he forgot to mail them. They were both addressed to the New Hope Trauma Recovery Clinic in Manhattan.”

That’s a start,” Burns said.

So, we are aiming at no indictment, precluding a trial?” Wilkinson asked in disbelief, causing a fit of murmuring among the council members.

Burns held both his hands out to grab everyone’s attention. “A trial can last months, even a year or more, do you really want that constant publicity?”

Norson, the car dealer, raised an important point. “Don’t you think that when it’s announced that there’ll be no trial, the public outcry, which no doubt there will be, will cause harm to our standing in the eyes of the people?”

Of course, there will be a hell of a hullabaloo,” Burns admitted. “But you’ll see, it won’t last long. The public will just get tired of the whole thing and the dust will settle, in less than a year I imagine. But a trial…we’ll be in the headlines continually.”

“Let’s put it to a vote,” the mayor suggested. “Inquiry, or grand jury with no indictment.”

After fifteen minutes of discussion, votes were cast. Grand jury, no indictment, was the final decision. It seemed a sensible decision. But then again, none of them could be expected to have predicted the future.

About N. Lombardi Jr:

N. Lombardi Jr, the N for Nicholas, has spent over half his life in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working as a groundwater geologist. Nick can speak five languages: Swahili, Thai, Lao,N_Lombardi_2 Chinese, and Khmer (Cambodian).

In 1997, while visiting Lao People’s Democratic Republic, he witnessed the remnants of a secret war that had been waged for nine years, among which were children wounded from leftover cluster bombs. Driven by what he saw, he worked on The Plain of Jars for the next eight years.

Nick maintains a website with content that spans most aspects of the novel: The Secret War, Laotian culture, Buddhism etc. http://plainofjars.net

His second novel, Journey Towards a Falling Sun, is set in the wild frontier of northern Kenya.

His latest novel, Justice Gone was inspired by the fatal beating of a homeless man by police.

Nick now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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#BlogTour #Review The Demons Beneath by WD Jackson-Smart @wdejackson @PantherPubs @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #TheDemonsBeneath

Title: The Demons Beneath (DI Graves #1) by WD Jackson-Smart

Date Published: 1st June 2019

Publisher: Panther Publishing

Genre: Police Procedural/Horror

Description:

A detective new to London. A possible serial killer. And a demon?

When a bloody corpse is discovered in a North London park, Detective Inspector Daniel Graves is the man tasked with finding the killer. With no clues and no suspects it seems like a dead end. Then another body turns up and this time it looks like it could be his fault. Has his investigation caused the murderer to strike again? Is he dealing with a serial killer?

As the case gets ever more complicated, a report comes in of another suspicious death but this is nothing like any other Graves has dealt with. All involved are convinced that something supernatural is to blame. A demon. Daniel is no believer but could he be wrong?

With two cases on his shoulders and the truth behind each beyond his grasp, Graves must race against time before both killers, human or otherwise, strike again.

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Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebbles blog tour for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

DI Daniel Graves is not having a good time of it! First he’s assigned a baffling case of a tortured body found in a park, then he gets called to an address when the family think that a demon has killed someone. Will he be able to crack both cases?

The Demons Beneath is gripping and spooky police procedural that really shakes things up, blurring the lines between police procedural and horror. I love it when an author does this to create a really exciting and entertaining read.

DI Daniel Graves is an engaging character. He’s a solid hard working copper, who’s just transferred from the sleepy town of Buxton in Derbyshire to the mean streets of London. As the novel progress we get to learn a little more about his history and his insecurities, making him feel like a real fully rounded character. His partner Charlie was a bit of a mystery, good looking, funny but we don’t get to find out as much about him as Graves, which I hope to see as this series goes along.

I also thought it wasn’t too graphic, so if like me you enjoy something scary but without too much violence, I’d definitely recommend this book for you.

Now this is probably a minor thing to a lot of people but I really don’t like Americanisms in British set novels which unfortunately this novel had scattered throughout.

There is a little, I’m not going to say cliffhanger, more of an open ending, which has made me very excited for the next book.

The Demons Beneath is suspenseful and thrilling read that I just couldn’t get enough of!

About WD Jackson-Smart:

WD Jackson-Smart, 35, is a London-based horror and crime fiction author who has been writing crime and horror fiction since 2011. His novel Red Light was self published on Amazon andWD Jackson-Smart charted in the top twenty best selling Suspense / Thriller Kindle books on release.

His horror short story, What’s Yours Is Mine, was shortlisted for the Horror For Good anthology.

His first crime thriller Slasher, about a serial killer targeting slasher movie actresses in Hollywood, is out now, and he has launched a brand new crime series set in London and starring D.I. Graves. The Demons Beneath is the first in the series, and the sequel From Inside The House was published on July 1st 2019.

As well as his passion for horror and crime thrillers in all forms, WD Jackson-Smart also loves art and design, having studied Fine Art and Art History in Leeds and Toronto and working as a graphic designer for the majority of his career.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers @jackleavers @BookGuild @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #AppetiteforRisk

Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop on the Appetite for Risk blog tour, where I’ll be bring you a fab guest post from the author Jack Leavers. A little heads up for bargain hunters out there, Appetite for Risk (ebook) will be part of a BookBub deal on Saturday 14th September. The ebook will also be discounted to 99p/99¢ for a limited time before and after 14th September.

Title: Appetite for Risk by Jack Leavers

Publisher: Book Guild

Date Published: 28th July 2019

Genre: Thriller

Description:

A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way. 

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed. 

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq. 

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

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Fact or Fiction?

Appetite for Risk is a novel set in the aftermath of the Iraq War. It features a fictional main character, former Royal Marine (ex-bootneck) John Pierce, attempting to grab a share of the perceived reconstruction gold rush in Baghdad. That said, it’s fiction that is inspired by my own experiences as an ex-bootneck trying to achieve exactly the same fifteen years ago.

Many authors and their novels are inspired by a sprinkling of real life experience without making a big deal of it, so what makes Appetite for Risk different? To my mind, it’s the nature of the experiences I’ve used and how much they drive the story.

This novel was my first effort at creative writing since school. I’ll caveat that – it was my first attempt at writing purely for entertainment since my schooldays. In my role as an investigator and then a security & risk management consultant, I’ve often needed to get creative over the years with reports, assessments, scenarios, contingency planning, and producing cunning operational plans for a variety of tasks all over the world. 

Step back to late 2017 and you’d have found me frustrated with delayed projects and late payments from overseas projects. On a whim, I decided to have a go at writing the book I’d always been encouraged to produce. I’ve never kept a diary or journal and there were too many legal skeletons lurking, so a memoir or non-fiction was out of the question. Instead, I wanted to write a novel that utilised a couple of memorable events from my times in Iraq. A particular road trip to Basra in late 2004, and my taxi rides from Amman to Baghdad in early 2004 that seemed madness on reflection (and not much better at the time).

My intention was to weave a fictional plot around these two elements and produce a full length novel of 90,000 – 100,000 words. Well, that’s not strictly true. My initial intention was to see if I could write a single reasonable chapter. I had tried writing a couple of pages ten years earlier out of boredom when stuck in Northern Iraq without electricity one day. The less said about those pages the better. On my return to the UK I’d even bought a ‘How to Write a Novel’ book, which had sat largely unread for the next decade.

The problem I quickly encountered was explaining how John Pierce came to be in Iraq, including why he made the decision to embark on such a perilous business plan. Slowly I found myself adding more and more layers of my own experiences and rationale (?) because any other explanation seemed unbelievable.

Because every decision made and every action taken has a myriad of justifications, consequences, and interwoven links with so many other factors, it became natural to set the actual flow of events down on paper as they had happened, including aspects of family, business, and related shenanigans in the UK. Using my professional background, I could then introduce ‘what-ifs’ that developed into fictional plot lines and allowed me the flexibility to add new scenes & characters, and ‘sex-up’ some memories to suit.

So, is Appetite for Risk fact or fiction?

It’s fiction, as I said. But to those who know me now and knew me back in 2004, it also contains a snapshot of my life as captured through the eyes of ex-bootneck John Pierce.

And how much of the book is ‘creative non-fiction’?

I’d estimate 60% is based on memory. And in some instances, even those featured in the book can’t remember where reality stops and the fiction starts.

Yours aye, Jack.

About The Author:

Jack Leavers is a former Royal Marine with over thirty-years’ experience spread across the military, private security, corporate investigations, maritime counter-piracy, and risk JL Tmanagement. His varied career has included numerous deployments to conflict zones around the world such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, trouble spots in Africa, and the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

Jack continues to work in challenging environments and has now begun to pen novels inspired by some of the more enterprising projects that got the green light, and other audacious plans that didn’t.

The current WIP is a follow up to Appetite for Risk that sees ex-bootneck John Pierce return to face a ruthless enemy in Africa.

Jack is normally based in London, UK, but finds he’s at his most productive writing-wise when deployed overseas. Trips to Iraq and Africa beckon, so the follow up should be finished soon.

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#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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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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#BlogTour #Review Kill For Me by Rebecca Bradley @RebeccaJBradley @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Title: Kill For Me by Rebecca Bradley

Date Published: 14th February 2019

Genre: Police Procedural

Description:

A deadly game. An unstoppable killer. The perfect alibi.

Lucy Anderson is late collecting her daughter from nursery. A mistake that could prove fatal.

Her daughter is gone and there is only one way Lucy can get her back. The ransom is simple, she has to kill someone…

And this is just the beginning. A deadly game with a domino effect has started as the real killer forces others to do his bidding.

Can detective inspector Hannah Robbins find the killer’s next puppet before they’re forced to strike or will this be the case where her opponent has found the perfect way to kill?

Pick up Kill For Me for impossible choices and moral dilemmas and see where you would fall.

For fans of Peter James and Angela Marsons

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Review:

So this is the fifth in the DI Hannah Robbins series and the first I’ve read. I can safely say that you can read this as a stand-alone, without missing too much. You could even go back and read the other books in the series too, something I intend to do.

You are dropped into a very emotional beginning, Lucy Anderson is late to pick up her daughter but when she turns up a man has collected her but Lucy is a single mum and the only other person she’d trust to pick up her daughter would be her mum.

Her worst nightmares come true when she receives a text saying that someone has her daughter. The only way to get her back is to kill someone.

Could Lucy do it, kill to get her daughter back?

Kill For Me was a quite a fast paced read that I absolutely whizzed through.

The story revolves around the moral question, would you kill to save someone you care about getting hurt? It’s complex question that’s explored throughout the story.

I found all the characters really compelling, especially Lucy. She just seems like a sweet character, literally she wouldn’t even kill a bug, (she catches spiders and set them free rather than squashing them), her pain and terror really resonates off the page.

I did feel like some of the characters agreed to kill someone a little too quickly and some of their motives for this were a little flimsy but of course that’s just my opinion.

Kill For Me is a gripping police procedural that packs an emotional punch.

About The Author:

Rebecca Bradley is a retired police detective. She lives in the UK with her family and her two cockapoo’s Alfie and Lola, who keep her company while she writes. Rebecca needs to drinkRebecca Bradley - photo copious amounts of tea to function throughout the day and if she could, she would survive on a diet of tea and cake while committing murder on a regular basis, in her writing of course.

She writes the DI Hannah Robbins police procedural series and has also released a standalone novel, Dead Blind, about a cop who acquires prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness.

To receive a free novella sign up to her readers’ club and you will be able to download the prequel to Hannah Robbins series. Find it on the blog at rebeccabradleycrime.com You’ll also be provided exclusive content and giveaways.

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#BlogTour #Promo The Controller by Matt Brolly @MattBrollyUK @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello lovelies, today I’m bringing you a spotlight post as part of the tour for The Controller:

Title: The Controller by Matt Brolly

Publisher: Oblong Books

Date Published: 24th May 2019

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

From the bestselling author of the acclaimed DCI Lambert series comes The Controller, a gripping serial killer thriller introducing Sam Lynch and Special Agent Sandra Rose.

It is six years since special agent Samuel Lynch left the FBI following the disappearance of his son, Daniel. Lynch believes an underground organisation known as The Railroad is responsible and has never stopped searching.

When Special Agent Sandra Rose investigates a house invasion gone wrong, she discovers the assailant has the legendary, and infamous, Railroad tattoo carved onto his back and he claims to know Daniel’s whereabouts.

Rose draws Lynch in to her case, and together they become embroiled in an unparalleled world of violence and evil.

It seems that to see his son again, Lynch will have to confront his greatest fear and face the ultimate test: an encounter with the Railroad’s enigmatic and deadly leader, The Controller.

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About The Author:

Following his law degree where he developed an interest in criminal law, Matt Brolly completed his Masters in Creative Writing at Glasgow University.matt brolly

He is the bestselling author of the DCI Lambert crime novels, Dead Eyed, Dead Lucky and Dead Embers. The fourth in the series, Dead Time, was released by Canelo in May 2018 and a prequel, Dead Water, will be published in September 2019. In 2020 the first of a new crime series set in the West Country of the UK will be released by Thomas and Mercer (Amazon Publishing).

The Controller, released in May 2019, is the first of a new thriller series set in Texas.

Matt also writes children’s books as M.J. Brolly. His first children’s book, The Sleeping Bug, was released by Oblong Books in December 2018.

Matt lives in London with his wife and their two young children. You can find out more about Matt at his website MattBrolly.co.uk or by following him on twitter: @MattBrollyUK

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