#BlogTour #Promo #Excerpt The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski @Eleinthecity @RRBookTours1

Today I’m bringing you and extract from The Finest Supermarket In Kabul as part of the blog tour. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of this post to win a copy of the book and $20 worth of Amazon vouchers (North America only). First a little about the book:

Title: The Finest Supermarket In Kabul by Ele Pawelski

Publication Date: 30th October 2017

Genre: Novella/ Terrorism/ Inspired by True Events

Description:

Kabul, Afghanistan January 28, 2011.

Merza, a freshly minted Parliamentarian receives ominous threats after he wins his seat. Alec, an American journalist, flies from Kandahar without his editor’s permission to chronicle daily life in the capital. Elyssa, a Canadian human rights lawyer in Kabul to train female magistrates, is distracted by unwanted attention from a male justice. On this grey, wintry Friday, all three are embroiled in a dramatic and savage bombing. Inspired by true events and places, The Finest Supermarket in Kabul follows Merza, Alec and Elyssa as their idealistic and visionary hopes for Afghanistan are deeply challenged in the aftermath.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34714921-the-finest-supermarket-in-kabul?ac=1&from_search=true

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Excerpt:

I’ve been in Kabul for just under twenty-four hours. I flew in yesterday from Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, after a heated argument with my editor earlier in the week during which I suggested a temporary reassignment to Kabul. Eric demanded I stay in the south for another three-week stint embedded with a US platoon. According to him, my stories from the US outpost were gripping and getting positive reactions from readers. Certainly, the embed was riveting – my first time moving around with US platoons – and gave me stories I couldn’t otherwise have written: intense firefights on a patrol, the evacuation of a wounded soldier, discussions about post-traumatic stress disorder, and fortifying against ambushes. But after three months of only covering action on the front line, I felt my outlook had started to skew by living and breathing the life of an American soldier. The longer I stayed in Helmand, the harder it was becoming to be okay with just telling one side of the story, as opposed to the broader picture. It was when I began saying “T-Ban” instead of Taliban that I knew I needed to get out. Meanwhile, Eric kept insisting that front-line coverage was our best news feature and refused to accept my other ideas, no matter how vigorously I pushed.

So I travelled to Kabul of my own accord to regain some perspective. I figure I’ll hold out an olive branch to Eric later, a magazine-length piece about how local ex-combatants are using the continuing conflict to their advantage. From fellow journalists, I’ve heard about former warlords, their identities and deeds well known, who’ve built massive houses painted in vivid carnival colours in the centre of Kabul and are living the high life, seemingly without repercussion. Interviews with a few of them, along with regular ex-Taliban fighters who got away from the fray, will form the story’s core; here and there, I’ll filter in views from ordinary people. I’m pretty sure Eric will go for an article with a military focus, even if it’s set in Kabul. Plus, he and I go way back, having both started out at the Chicago Tribune after studying at Columbia College Chicago fifteen years ago. If things go completely awry, I’ll hightail it back to Helmand.

I had my initial foray into Afghanistan’s real world yesterday morning. As I entered the plane bound for Kabul, I saw rows and rows of Pashtun men with long beards and turbans or woolen, round-topped hats with thick edging. My heart skipped a beat, as Pashtuns were the ethnic group that had birthed the Taliban, and I wondered if any were Taliban fighters. No one here would protect me from danger, and my visit wasn’t even sanctioned by my boss.

A familiar blast of adrenaline rushes through me.

Jakob stamps out his cigarette and leaps up while I gather my coat and Tish’s things under my arm. We race for the door. Ahead, I see Ben still on his phone but can’t hear him. As news of the explosion circulates, the room’s noise level surges and nervous energy grips the space.

We pick Tish up at the entrance and rush through the security gates, easily retrieving our various IDs and my passport as Ben advises that he’s called for a taxi to pick us up and that Masood, his interpreter, will meet us there.

After three minutes of energetic conversation about what we’ll find at the Finest, the four of us pile into the black Toyota Corolla that has pulled up. Sitting on the raised middle seat in the back, I have to duck my head to glimpse the street scene outside. It looks calm and oddly sedate considering what we know has just happened. Fortunately, traffic is far less jammed than on our morning’s walk over from the Safi.

We’re silent; our initial eagerness to cover this story has given way to an unpleasant realization that we will soon be confronting the bomb’s aftermath of chaos, destruction and injury. Jakob has already explained that the Finest is a convenience store that stocks expensive Western products like Nutella and peanut butter, so almost no Afghans ever shop there. An expat target, then, I ponder.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

Quattro Books: http://quattrobooks.ca/books/the-finest-supermarket-in-kabul/

Amazon US:

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Barnes & Noble:

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Indigo:

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About the Author:

Ele Pawelski has lived in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Bosnia, Kenya, Uzbekistan and Kosovo.Author Pic (4) She has climbed in the Himalayas, walked the Camino and hiked in Newfoundland. Now living in urban Toronto with her husband, she’s always planning for her next travel adventure. Her stories have appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers. The Finest Supermarket in Kabul is her first novella.

Ele Pawelski: http://quattrobooks.ca/authors/ele-pawelski/

Twitter: @Eleinthecity

Check Out The Rest Of The Blog Tour Here:

Oct. 1st

Reads & Reels (Review) http://www.readsandreels.com

Cup of Toast (Interview) https://cupoftoast.co.uk

The Reading Mermaid (Excerpt) https://tamarathereadingmermaid.weebly.com/

Oct. 2nd

Loving Life Every Day (Excerpt) https://lauramorningstar.com

The Bookworm Drinketh (Excerpt) http://thebookwormdrinketh.wordpress.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Review) http://klling.wordpress.com

Touch My Spine Book Reviews (Excerpt) https://touchmyspinebookreviews.com

Oct. 3rd

The Voluptuous Book Diva (Excerpt) http://www.thevoluptuousbookdiva.com/

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Valerie’s Musings (Excerpt) http://valeriesmusings76.wordpress.com

Oct. 4th

The Genre Minx (Excerpt) http://www.thegenreminx.com/

Just 4 My Books (Review) http://www.just4mybooks.wordpress.com

Oct. 5th

Bri’s Book Nook (Excerpt) http://brisbooknook.wordpress.com

On the Shelf Reviews (Excerpt) https://ontheshelfreviews.wordpress.com

Jessica Rachow (Review) https://Jessicarachow.wordpress.com

My Baby, My Books, and I (Review) https://mybabymybooksandi.wordpress.com

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#BlogTour #GuestPost #ShortStory One Perfect Witness by Pat Young @Bloodhoundbook @py321_young

Today I’m excited to have an exclusive short story Easy Pickins by Pat Young to celebrate the launch of her last book, One Perfect Witness but first a little about the book:

Title: One Perfect Witness by Pat Young

Publisher: Bloodhound books

Date Published: 1st October 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.

When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.

That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.

This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.

What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

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Short Story: Easy Pickins

‘Hottie alert. End of the bar.’

Eva scanned the array of bottles on the gantry as if trying to decide what to drink. A tall, dark-haired man was leaning against the wall, apparently engrossed in the music.

‘Just what I need to complete this trip. A George Clooney look-alike.’  

‘Hey, Mum, I saw him first.’

‘He’s too old for you.’ Eva turned to have another look, openly this time, and found the stranger staring right at her, a smile lifting the corner of his mouth. She looked away but not before her blush betrayed her, the price she always paid for her English Rose complexion.

‘Do you think it’s him?’ whispered her daughter.

Although she’d been wondering the same thing, Eva replied, ‘Now, what would George Clooney be doing in Biloxi, Mississippi?’

‘Same as us?’

‘I doubt Gorgeous George comes to Biloxi when he wants to see the beach or play roulette. Monte Carlo, maybe.’

‘Well, here’s your chance to find out. He’s coming over. Act cool.’

‘Hi ladies, where y’all from?’

Here we go again, thought Eva, as she and Lauren answered in unison, ‘Scotland.’

‘Scotland? Ya don’t say? I love Scotland.’

‘Have you been?’

‘No, but I heard tell it’s real beautiful.’

Eva gave Lauren a look that said, your turn.

‘Well, it is when the rain stays off.’ That’s ma girl.

‘What brings you ladies all the way to Biloxi, Mississippi?’

‘We’re on a road trip.’

‘Oh yeah? What y’all driving?’

‘A Mustang convertible. And we know it’s cheesy, so please don’t laugh,’ said Eva.

‘Now, why would I laugh? There’s nothing cheesy about two beautiful sisters driving an open top car.’

Eva grimaced. She’d heard the sisters line before. Any minute now, he’d offer them a drink and make a move on Lauren.

‘Can I get you ladies a cocktail?’

A tiny movement of her eyes was enough to check that Lauren was up for some fun. ‘That’s very kind of you. I’ll have a whisky sours, thank you.’

While the barman fixed their drinks, their companion introduced himself then proceeded to tell them about being invited to a ‘haggis supper’ at the home of a Scottish friend. Eva bit down on her lip. She didn’t mean to be unkind, but when he went on to tell them about the awesome toast to Robert Brown, it was just too much. She snorted with laughter and Lauren joined in.

‘Did I say something funny?’

Eva was speechless with mirth.

‘Sorry about my mother. She gets a bit giggly by the second drink.’

‘Your mother? Get outta here.’ Reaching inside his jacket, he took out a pair of horn- rimmed glasses and peered through them. ‘Shoot, you look wonderful, ma’am, if you don’t mind me saying so.’

‘Is this the southern charm we’ve heard so much about?’

‘No ma’am. Just an honest guy giving you his opinion,’ he said with a smile so disarming it made her heart flip.

As if he had suddenly remembered his manners, ‘George’ removed the glasses with his left hand and held out his right in greeting. ‘I’m Kyle. Pleased to meet you both. Welcome to the United States. Thank y’all for visiting.’

As they got ready for bed, Lauren was teasing, ‘He really fancies you, Mum. I actually feel a wee bit jealous.’

‘Aye, right,’ said Eva, although she was secretly delighted that Kyle had paid her so much attention. ‘He was pleasant company, I suppose, and he did buy all the drinks.’

‘Yes, he was very generous, and charming. And can you believe he lives near New Orleans? Maybe we’ll bump into him again.’

‘New Orleans is a big place, Lauren. And don’t forget St Patrick’s Day this weekend. Bourbon Street will be mobbed. Right, who’s doing the blog tonight, you or me?’

‘You do it, Mum. It was your idea, after all. I’m tired, and too drunk to write anything that makes sense.’

‘Didn’t you see the warning look I gave you when you accepted that third cocktail?’

‘I did, but I was having too much fun to pay any attention. Night-night.’

Eva took her iPad out of the safe and opened their blog. She had been writing it for the last few months, keeping her friends up to date. They all knew how important this trip was; a way for Lauren and her to put the horrors of the last two years behind them. Knowing she was making everyone green with envy, Eva had posted links to each hotel, and had been astonished to find that a growing number of people around the world seemed to be interested in their road trip adventures. She imagined the envious look on her friends’ faces when they read tonight’s update.

No luck at the roulette tables but we did meet a George Clooney lookalike. Lauren says he fancies me. I should be so lucky, eh, girls? Off to Louisiana in the morning. Next stop, New Orleans. Got a full schedule planned. We’ll take the streetcar into town, pick up a Po’ Boy sandwich for lunch, then hitch a ride along the Mississippi on a Steamboat. Hoping to make the eight o’ clock show at Preservation Hall so Lauren can hear some traditional jazz. Then these gals will hit Bourbon Street. Look out, Nawlins, here we come!

As they filed out past sepia photos of musicians and tattered posters that read like a Who’s Who of jazz music, Lauren said, ‘I can’t believe we’re really here, Mum. Imagine, Preservation Hall. Did you hate it?’

‘Had more fun with toothache, if I’m honest, but it’s not about me. Now, let’s see if we can find a bar with a Cajun band and grab ourselves a Hurricane. Listening to jazz is thirsty work.’

Eva had taken only a sip of her cocktail when she felt strong fingers grasp her wrist and pull her on to the dance floor. She was about to protest when she recognised the smile.

‘How’s this for a coincidence?’ shouted Kyle above the music. When the song finished, he gestured towards Lauren, who was surrounded by men at the bar. ‘Let’s go rescue your daughter.’

Over drinks they told Kyle of their plans for a swamp tour the next day and how they planned to head back to Texas so Lauren could go horse riding and buy some cowboy boots. These were the last items to be ticked off their wish list.

‘Do y’all have a reservation for that horseback riding, or someplace special y’all want to go?’

‘Not really,’ said Lauren, ‘we found a place on the Internet that looks good and it’s handy for the airport. But it does mean we’ll have to leave New Orleans a day early, which is a pity.’

‘Well, ladies, I do believe I can be of some assistance. Why don’t y’all come and ride at my place? I have a little ranch just outside of town. Y’all can take your pick of my horses and ride out for miles.’

‘Not me,’ said Eva.

‘Mum’s terrified of horses, but I would love to come, if that’s okay? What do you think, Mum?’

‘I think that’s very kind of Kyle. But Lauren, let’s talk about it before we go changing our plans.’

‘Why don’t I give you my card?’ said Kyle. ‘I have nothing planned for the day after tomorrow. If y’all want to come by and visit, I’ll be delighted. What size boots do you wear, young lady?’

Lauren told him and added that it would be great if she could borrow some, and maybe try a western saddle.’

‘Hang on, Lauren,’ Eva cautioned. ‘We haven’t decided yet. But Kyle, it’s been a real pleasure meeting you.’

By the time she got round to writing her blog, Lauren had convinced her.  

Slight change of plan. Heading out to ‘George Clooney’s’ ranch on Friday so Lauren can go horse-riding. She’s very excited about riding western style, whatever that means! Bourbon Street was fun but very crowded and very tiring. Maybe I’m getting too old for this travelling lark.

‘How was the swamp tour, ladies? Y’all see any gators?’

‘Yes, we did,’ said Eva, ‘Far too many for my liking, not to mention snakes, but Lauren loved it.’

Lauren did not react. All her attention was focused on Phantom, a huge, black Arab who was staring back at her with eyes like brown velvet.

‘He likes you,’ said Kyle, ‘and he doesn’t take to everyone. He’s a mean ole boy. You sure you can handle him?’

‘I’ve been riding since I was seven, on some pretty feisty horses. We’ll be okay, won’t we, Phantom?’

‘Well, stay in the paddock till you get acquainted and then you can head out as far as you like. It’s all my land.’

When Lauren had gone, Kyle invited Eva to join him on a swing chair in the shade. He poured her a glass of cool punch which she had finished before she thought to ask what was in it.

‘A little splash of rum. Enjoy.’

‘This is heavenly. I could stay here for ever. Lauren would sell her soul to be able to ride out on a horse like that every day. She won’t want to go home after this, you know.’

‘That’s what I’m countin on.’ He leaned in and kissed her. It had been such a long time since anyone had shown her such tenderness, she thought she would melt. ‘Do you think fate brought us together?’ she murmured, trying not to worry about what he’d just said.

‘No. Your blog did that. I’ve been trackin you on this little road trip of yours. Y’all were easy pickins.’

You knew we’d be in Biloxi?’

I wanted to see if you’d turn up, and be as cute as your profiles.’ As he spoke, Kyle’s hand snaked its way up her leg. ‘And you are, both of you.’

Eva pushed him away, but he was too strong and too determined. He covered her mouth with his own, a rough parody of a kiss. Eva turned her face away and cursed her own stupidity.

What are you playing at, Kyle?’ she asked, trying to keep her voice steady.

You and Lauren have to stay here with me,’ he said. ‘We’ll have a great life together.’

We already have a great life,’ Eva protested, convinced he was mad. As he moved in for another kiss, she warned, ‘Do that again and I’ll scream.’

Go ahead, little lady. There’s no one to hear. Phantom will have taken Lauren miles away by now.’ He grabbed her shoulders, trying to pin her arms by her sides.

Eva was not the type to give in without a fight. Gathering all her strength, she shut her eyes tight and shoved him hard. When he rolled off her she opened her eyes, expecting to see his face, angry or apologetic.

Instead she saw Lauren.

‘Mum, you okay?’

Eva nodded.

‘Let’s get out of here, before he comes to.’

‘What did you do?’

Lauren brandished a syringe. ‘A smidgen of horse tranquilliser. Not enough to do him any harm.’ She grimaced. ‘Still, I wouldn’t want to be here when he wakes up.’

‘What made you come back?’

‘I’d a bad feeling about leaving you alone with him. Don’t you think it was suspicious he’d given all his staff the day off?’

‘Maybe.’

‘I had to make sure you were okay. When I saw you fighting him off, I ran back to the stable. I’d spotted the drugs earlier, when I was nosying around.’

‘So all those years at Vet school weren’t a waste of money after all?’

‘Oh Mum, I’m glad you can laugh.’

‘Hey, it won’t be funny when Kyle comes round. Look, he’s stirring. Let’s get going.’  

They ran to their car and took off in a spray of gravel. As they raced down the highway Lauren said, ‘Oops, I’m still wearing his brand new boots.’

Eva smiled. ‘Keep them. Payback.’

Author Bio:

Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often download (1)goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.

Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.

Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.

Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.

Pat writes psychological thrillers. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July

2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.

Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.

One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.

Links:

Twitter – @py321_young

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight Corruption by Elizabeth Ducie @ElizabethDucie @rararesources

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Title: Corruption by Elizabeth Ducie

Date Published: 19th September 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Out of fear. Out of greed. Out of evil. Corruption springs from many roots.

Teenagers fall prey to a deadly new drug craze sweeping across Russia. Pharmaceuticals destined for Africa turn up on the backstreets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Regulator Suzanne Jones and her sister, Charlie, fight to stop the pushers before more kids die.

But will their discoveries mean a friend goes to prison? And are they putting their loved ones in danger?

With old adversaries and surprising new allies, the Jones sisters face their toughest challenge to date. The heart-stopping final episode in the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon: http://geni.us/Corruption

Link to other ebook platforms: https://www.books2read.com/u/38rGxO

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About The Author:

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articlesHead_logo and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

Social Media Links –

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/elizabeth_ducie_author/


#BlogTour #GuestPost Almost An Author by Susan Tarr.

Today I have a guest post by Susan Tarr all about character but first a little bit about the book:

Title: Almost An Author by Susan Tarr

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Description:

When a chance meeting with a local publisher outside a small bookshop results in all three of her manuscripts being signed, Ruby Wright thinks she has it made. Already she sees images of herself wearing dark glasses, being mobbed by fans clamouring for her latest blockbuster…

Little does Ruby know, but her ditsy publisher is a charlatan who has no more idea about publishing than Ruby does. Pretty soon Ruby is broke.
She has no IT experience so depends heavily on her nerdy flatmate, Hunter, whenever her computer fails her. He has enough of his own issues to deal with—he is studying for his final law exams. She bribes him with a dog she found on the side of the road, then Panforte, which chips his tooth, and a couple of Axolotls until he finally gives in and helps her. But Ruby’s life is filled with disaster…

What follows is excitement, disappointment, heartache, love and loss as we follow Ruby’s hilarious struggles to maintain her trust and focus in the ever-shifting publishing industry and in people in general.

Guest Post – About The Character:

Ruby Wright:

In part, or in main, Ruby is me. Her name is a family name and why would she not be a writer with a name like Ruby Wright? Most of my main book characters are me, at a much younger age, of course, or my daughter, who is just the right mix of age and personality. Who else could they be if I want to get into their hearts and minds, and show how they really think and operate? Of course, there are parts of Ruby I am not altogether thrilled with, but we all have flaws. Ruby has hers.

I wrote her story from a series of diaries, and added an element of fiction to make it worth reading. Other authors have also contributed their stories, so basically it is the journey of many young or naive writers out there who just want to give it their all.

And life is not always about landing on our feet. No, it’s not. But with the right friends around you, you can do anything you set your heart to.

Ruby did.

Follow the rest of the blog tour here:

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About The Author:

Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, drawing on her international travels, work within the NZ tourism industry, and her work in various psychiatric hospitals within New Zealand.Author photo (3)

She lived in Kenya, East Africa, for some years where she began her family.
Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. She enjoys a wide variety of personalities.

Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will. I am passionate about my writing and I usually have three books on the go at any one time.”

#CoverReveal The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @rararesources

I’m very excited to be part of the cover reveal for Jenny O’Brien’s novel The Stepsister, (which I will be reviewing in November) I even have a sneak peek at the novel further down but first a little about the novel:

Title: The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien

Publication Date: 29th October 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead. 

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

Pre-order on Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H3TH4HT

And now for the cover:

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As promised too, a sneak peek of the novel:

Prologue:

I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.

Yesterday is the day my life changed but how or why is still a mystery. There are things I know and there are things that they’ve told me but I can’t seem to trust any of it.

I know I’m a woman but I don’t know my age. I know how to hold a cup in the same way I know it’s rude to stick the end of a knife in my mouth. So, somewhere along the way, someone cared enough to drill manners into me. Those are the things I know, the things I can trust but as for the rest…

They tell me I’m in Holland but can I believe them? I don’t remember if I’m Dutch but I also don’t remember if I’m not. I can’t speak Dutch. I’ve been trying all morning but can one lose a language overnight? I seem to have lost everything else. Who knows? Maybe I took the wrong train or something and just rolled up in the wrong city. That would make sense except that it’s not just my sense of place that’s missing. It’s my sense of everything. I have no name, no age and no identity. Yesterday I died and today I’m still here.

They’ve left me alone now while they try to puzzle out what to do and in the meantime I’m going to try to remember stuff. I don’t know how long they’ll leave me alone but I need to take this opportunity to come up with some answers to all the questions they’ve been throwing at me like who the hell I am.

Slipping out of bed I recoil as bare feet meets cold tiles, but that’s not going to stop me. Pulling the back of the hospital gown closed in an effort to retain some degree of dignity, I shuffle over to the bathroom and then the mirror only to stare into the face of a stranger.

It doesn’t matter what I look like or that I’m suffering from the worst case of bed-head known to man. It doesn’t matter that my eyes are green or that my hair is that shade of nondescript mouse that keeps colourists in business. The only thing that matters is my reflection, which holds no clues as to my identity. I’m a stranger to them. I’m a stranger to me.

My body holds a clue though – just one.

I push up my sleeve again to stare at the tattoo on my arm. The tattoo puzzles me. It’s not me, or part of me or who I think I am and yet it’s there, a large indelible letter V.

I have no idea what it stands for. Oh, I’m not stupid or anything or, at least I don’t think I am. I can’t quote which exams I’ve passed or if indeed I’ve ever attended school but I do know V stands for victory. But what does it mean to me? Am I victorious? Am I making a statement about something? It must be important because it’s the only tattoo I have. It’s also the only clue.

I’m tired now. My eyelids collapse over my eyes even as I struggle to shift them upwards as I remember the cocktail the nurse told me to swallow like a good girl. I want everything to go away. I want to hide under the blankets and forget. I’ve already forgotten…

About The Author:

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
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She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB


#BlogTour Q&A The Kithseeker by M.K. Wiseman @rararesources @FaublesFables

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Today I’d to welcome M.K Wiseman to my blog and I want to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour. I have an exclusive Q&A with M.K. but first a little about her new book:

Title: The Kithseeker by M.K Wiseman

Date Published: 21st August 2018

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Description:

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

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Now for my Q&A with M.K. Wiseman:

Can you tell me a little bit about your book?

Sure thing, The Kithseeker is the second in the Bookminder series. Continuing the story of Liara and Nagarath (and their enemy, the now incantate war mage, Anisthe of Vrsar) the stakes are raised and the world established in book 1 widens.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

Bookminders inspiration is three-fold. The “guts” of the plot-driving magick system came from a combination of a dream in 2004 and my job in the book assessment department of the main campus library. Add to that my Croatian heritage and, poof!, historical fantasy. (It was, of course, not that easy to develop from there. But the origins of the story are essentially as simple as that.)

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

17th century wizards fighting amongst themselves and causing chaos.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Honestly, for me, a typical writing day is often punctuated and uneven. My dedicated writing time may grind to a halt under the siren call of emails or lawn mowing. (The perils of working from home.) That said, I don’t suffer from as much “Internet distraction” as others. Sure, I positively live on Twitter but I actually try to do my drafts on little yellow legal pads. No muss, no fuss, no stopping to watch cat videos. (Of course, I may someday be crushed to death by the stack of filled notebooks that live in my office closet.) For variety—and practicality, as I am a lefty with atrocious handwriting—I also have a 1937 Royal on my desk and a well-travelled laptop. Sort of depends on the scene and the deadline. If I’m thick in edits, I’ll usually jump right into a fresh document on my computer, just to save myself the extra work of transcription.

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

Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

What. A. Ride.

Seriously, if I can recommend just one book, just one, I’d have to say this one because you’ll get the most milage with it. It’s just . . . beautiful, hilarious, poignant, and exceptionally weird. It will stick with you. It will keep you up at night. And if you’re like me, you will return to it every few years and it will always bring a smile to your face.

Who are your favourite authors?

Laurie R. King; Orson Scott Card (his earlier work, specifically); Carol Kendall; Ursula LeGuin; Madeline L’Engle; J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Adams; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; & Adrian Conan Doyle

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

I can’t swim/I sink in water. (Yes, I have been called to demonstrate this fact to the disbelieving. It is a bit of an Issue in my life, considering my love of sailing and fishing. No, I have not yet found a solution other than floaties and generally avoiding swimming pools.)

What are you currently working on?

Am currently working on Fatewreaker, book 3 of Bookminder, interspersed with a bit of work on other ‘back burner’ projects. I tend to work straight through a draft so as to not dawdle along the way or lose the voice of the particular project. But sometimes, my brain needs a break and so I dive into something else with unmatched fury, giving myself whatever it is I need to then go back to the actual task (with actual deadlines!) at hand.

Thank you M.K Wiseman for your great answers! I love that you recommend Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams, I haven’t read it years but I agree it is a great book!

Author Bio –

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University ofThe Kithseeker - MKWiseman_pic Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

Social Media Links –

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#BlogTour Q&A The Spy’s Gamble by Howard Kaplan #LoveBooksGroupTours #TheSpysGamble

Today I’m bring you an exclusive Q&A with Howard Kaplan author of The Spy’s Gamble, but first a little bit about the book:

Title: The Spy’s Gamble by Howard Kaplan

Date Published: 5th June 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

When the Israeli Prime Minister boards a new stealth submarine in Norfolk, Virginia intending a celebratory ride and the sub vanishes, it sets in motion a suspenseful story that intertwines the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a story of what could be.

Shai Shaham—an Israeli intelligence officer—contacts old friend and adversary Ramzy Awwad—a former PLO intelligence officer and one of the great writers of his people—for help in locating the missing prime minister. But can they trust each other? Can their friendship withstand the turbulent political landscape?

Eli Bardin—an agent who is feeling the strain of being away from his wife and children for so long in the field—is also tasked to contact Ramzy for the help in finding the missing sub. It seems the Russian have great interest in the technology, and he must locate the prime minister…because losing him is a national calamity that threatens to upset a delicate political balance in the most terrifying ways.

Starkly depicting the excesses of both sides and moving through actual events, THE SPY’S GAMBLE relies on in-depth research to weave a thrilling tale of suspense of reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spys-Gamble-Jerusalem-Spy-ebook/dp/B07DF86VDS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532875846&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Spy%27s+Gamble

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Now here’s my Q&A with Howard Kaplan:

1. Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

I like to travel first with a notepad and camera and go to the locations I’m thinking about writing about, in this case both Israel and the West Bank, into Palestinian refugee camps, towns and villages and through the underside and less seen parts of Jerusalem so I can create a novel around what I hope are interesting places.

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

The Israeli and Palestinian peoples hope and quest for peace.

3. What is a typical writing day like for you?

I’m a morning person and these days seem to fall asleep a bit too early with the television on. I grind some coffee beans and start with two strong cups, before too long in the summer heat it’s the remainder over ice. I work from about eight until noon, force myself to take an hour for lunch; if I go back to work too quickly then I get tired a bit sooner than I’d like. I work until about 3, take another break, ride my bike or such and then typically make a few notes for the following day. I sometimes use a trick I learned from Hemingway—to not finish a scene so I have a place to start the following morning.

4. If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

I’m in the thriller genre and it would be LeCarre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and then the Alec Guinness miniseries of the novel. LeCarre is unsurpassed in both character, plot and themes. He’s a joy to read.

5. Who are your favourite authors?

There’s a lesser known American thriller writer Charles McCarry who is just great. I like Jennifer Egan, who wrote Visit From the Goon Squad, I read all her novels. I love the old greats: Eric Ambler and Graham Greene. I like smart intelligent suspense which is what I attempt. And what can be better in title and theme than The Heart of the Matter.

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

I got married in my 40’s was worried I might not have children and ended up with a fabulous son and dedicated The Spy’s Gamble to him, with great pleasure.

7. What are you currently working on?

The Spy’s Gamble is part of a 3 book series, that are all stand alones. I think it’s best read first then one can go back and read the prequel set 30 years earlier, Bullets of Palestine, and the central book in terms of when it takes place, To Destroy Jerusalem is just about out.

About The Author:

HOWARD KAPLAN, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled extensively through Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. At the age of 21, he was sent on a mission into the Soviet DSC_0460 retouchedUnion to smuggle a dissident’s manuscript on microfilm to London. His first trip was a success. On his second trip, he transferred a manuscript to the Dutch Ambassador inside his Moscow embassy. A week later, he was arrested in Khartiv in the Ukraine and interrogated for two days there and then two days in Moscow, before being expelled from the USSR. The KGB had picked him up for meeting dissidents and did not know about the manuscript transfers.

He holds a BA in Middle East History from UC Berkeley and an MA in Philosophy of Education from UCLA. He is the author of five novels.

DAMASCUS COVER is now a major motion picture starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sir John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby.

Visit Howard’s websitehttp://www.howardkaplanauthor.com

Author Page on Facebook for photos of the DAMASCUS COVER film shoot and other updates: https://www.facebook.com/HowardKaplanauthorDamascusCover


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#PriceDropPromo One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham @LaurieEllingham @rararesources #kindlesummersale 99p

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Title: One Endless Summer by Laurie Ellingham

Publisher: HQ

Date Published: 20th April 2017

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Description:

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie is finally ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. It’s their last three months together, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

Speechless at just how breathtaking this book really is.’
Rachel Gilbey

Mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional.’
The Writing Garnet

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One Endless Summer is in the UK Kindle Summer Sale.

Until 31st August it is only 99p and can be purchased here

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About The Author –

When I am not running around after my two children, my husband, our cockerpoo Rodney, orSmall photo just plain running, I love nothing more than disappearing into the fictional world of my characters, preferably with a large coffee and a slab of chocolate cake to hand.

I have a degree in Psychology and a background in Public relations, both of which help me in everything I do. 

Social Media Links – Twitter: @LaurieEllingham

Facebook: @LaurieEllinghamAuthor

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight #GuestPost If You Love Me I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree @Lizzie_Chantree

Title: If You Love Me I’m Yours by Lizzie Chantree

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Date Published: 9th July 2018

Genre: Humour

Description:

If you love me, I’m yours…’

Maud didn’t mind being boring, not really. She had a sensible job, clothes, and love life… if you counted an overbearing ex who had thanked her, rolled over and was snoring before she even realised he’d begun! She could tolerate not fulfilling her dreams, if her parents would pay her one compliment about the only thing she was passionate about in life: her art.

Dot should have fit in with her flamboyant and slightly eccentric family of talented artists, but somehow, she was an anomaly who couldn’t paint. She tried hard to be part of their world by becoming an art agent extraordinaire, but she dreamed of finding her own voice. 

Dot’s brother Nate, a smoulderingly sexy and famous artist, was adored by everyone. His creative talent left them in awe of his ability to capture such passion on canvas. Women worshipped him, and even Dot’s friend Maud flushed and bumped into things when he walked into a room, but a tragic event in his past had left him emotionally and physically scarred, and reluctant to face the world again.

Someone was leaving exquisite little paintings on park benches, with a tag saying, ‘If you love me, I’m yours’. The art was so fresh and cutting-edge, that it generated a media frenzy and a scramble to discover where the mystery artist could be hiding. The revelation of who the prodigious artist was interlinked Maud, Dot and Nate’s lives forever, but their worlds came crashing down. 

Were bonds of friendship, love and loyalty strong enough to withstand fame, success and scandal?

Sounds good, doesn’t it? You can pick up your copy here: viewbook.at/IfYouLoveMe-ImYours

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Guest Post – 3 fun facts about Lizzie’s writing habits:

1. I always write the first 20,000 words of my books by hand, in A4 lined notebooks. I find it really creative to write this way, although it does take me a while to decipher my messy handwriting as I write very quickly.

2. I really enjoy writing outside, especially if there is a view of the sea or mountains. If there happens to be tea and cake nearby, then that is an added bonus! I write in my car, on trains, at after school clubs, in cafe’s and on the beach.

3. I usually have my next book idea and characters already in my hear while I am writing my latest book.

Author Bio:

Award-winning inventor and author, Lizzie Chantree, started her own business at the age of 18Lizzie Chantree. Author photo small and became one of Fair Play London and The Patent Office’s British Female Inventors of the Year in 2000. She discovered her love of writing fiction when her children were little and now runs networking hours on social media, where creative businesses, writers, photographers and designers can offer advice and support to each other. She lives with her family on the coast in Essex. Visit her website at www.lizziechantree.com

or follow her on Twitter @Lizzie_Chantree

Social media links:

Website: https://lizziechantree.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lizzie_Chantree

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizzie.chantree.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lizzie_chantree/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7391757.Lizzie_Chantree

#BlogTour #GuestPost Rip Current by Amanda James @Bloodhoundbook @akjames61

Title: Rip Current by Amanda James

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

Who can you really trust?

DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Cornwall and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwall, Bryony saves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.

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Guest Post – Ideas and Inspiration.

As a writer I pick up ideas for new stories almost daily, but of course most of them are snippets, and ‘what ifs’. By this I mean I might overhear part of a conversation in a café or supermarket and make up a little scenario about the people having that conversation. For example, I might hear two women talking and one says – ‘But don’t tell him, I want it to be a surprise.’ Then my mind goes into overdrive. What if she’s just organised a special night in a hotel or something to re-kindle her marriage? Or she’s pregnant? Nice yeah? BUT what if the husband is having an affair with the second woman? That would put a whole new slant on proceedings!

Other times I might see something on the news or read something online which sparks a story in my head. When I wrote A Stitch in Time, which is a time travel novel, it all came from the title. I was trying to think of a catchy title and the whole story just unfolded from that. I was really excited by it and got the whole thing down in about six weeks. I was a history teacher at the time and was thrilled that I could incorporate many favourite historical periods into the book too.

Sometimes I have no idea where my ideas come from. I’m just glad they keep coming! Rip Currentcame to me in part one day while I was watching surfers on Fistral Beach. They are so clever and full of energy. I admire their determination to keep pulling themselves up, climbing back on the board and trying again. It’s a bit like writing really, when you’ve had a no from a publisher or agent!  I was looking for rip currents too, as I’d read about them recently and people had lost their lives on our local beach about three years ago to one. Just terrible. Luckily, I couldn’t see any, and as I continued to watch the surfers, bits of the story popped into my mind. When I got home I jotted the title down and the bare bones of Rip Current. It’s set in Cornwall as are many of my more recent books as we moved her about five-years ago. I adore Cornwall and am inspired by the rugged north coast around where I live. We are only about twenty-minutes away from at least six beaches and I feel at my happiest when I’m walking next to the Atlantic. Something about the salt air and sound of the waves calms my spirit but sends many story ideas to my head too.

Back to Rip Current.It’s about Bryony Marshall, an ambitious young DI who’s inspiration to join the police came from her dad. He was a policeman but unfortunately lost his life in the line of duty, and Bryony is determined to honour his memory by doing the best she can to put away bad guys safely behind bars. She’s after one particularly bad guy who refuses to be caught however, and the story is about her quest and the twists and turns of her attempts. Bryony’s brave, says what she thinks, and largely doesn’t care too much what people think of her. I love the idea of being true to yourself and being determined enough to grab life by the scruff of the neck. After all, we only have one, don’t we? She does have one or two soft spots though and this can make her vulnerable.

I hope you enjoy the journey with Bryony as much as I did. I often think about her and hope she’s still being true to herself and enjoying life. I’d like to catch up with her again one day. Who knows, I might just do that.

Author Bio:

Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how toamandajames be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

Amanda’s blog – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

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