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

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Title: Keeper of Secrets by Lynda Stacey

Publisher: Ruby Fiction/Choc Lit

Date Published: 22nd October 2019

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description:

Should some secrets stay buried?

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

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

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

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

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Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Social Media Links – 

Facebook www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/LyndaStacey

Website www.Lyndastacey.co.uk 

#Review Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon #NetGalley

Title: Finding Miranda by Iris Chacon

Date Published: 21st December 2018 

Genre: Romantic Suspense 

Description:

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

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

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

Who killed Miranda’s Aunt Phyllis?

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

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

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

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

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

Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#BlogTour #Review The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey @rararesources @LyndaStacey @RubyFiction

Happy Publication Day to Lynda Stacey! I want to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this tour and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in a moment but first a little about the book…

The Fake Date

Title: The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey

Publisher: Ruby Fiction

Date Published: 18th September 2018

Genre: Romantic Suspense.

Description:

Nine hours and eleven minutes…

That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.

Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?

Whoever it is, they will pay … all she has to do first is survive..!

Purchase Link https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fake-Date-gripping-thriller-that-ebook/dp/B07FM915Q2/

Review:

The story opens with journalist Ella Hope, beaten, clinging on to life after a brutal attack. She can’t remember how she got there or why but is convinced it’s Rick Greaves who attacked her. She been investigating him after the supposed accidental deaths of his two wives. She’s so convinced he’s guilty but when it comes to trial everything falls apart, it forces her further into her shell.

Another ‘accident’ befalls a romantic conquest of Rick’s but it brings up a lot of questions for Ella. If Rick isn’t guilty of attacking her or the other women, then who is?

So on the cover of this book it says it’s a psychological thriller but, this is a pet peeve of mine lately, I feel it has been mislabelled. I personally think it’s romance with a side of murder mystery but don’t get that little bit of negativity wrong I still really enjoyed The Fake Date.

I really felt for Ella, the formerly fierce journalist who seemed to go the extra mile for her stories but after the attack. She’s a shell of her former self, jumping at the slightest thing especially when it comes to men. Being the other side of story has also opened her eyes to her fellow reporters and just what they will do to get a story which makes her hate them.

Then in walks Will Taylor, a journalist with a heart of gold and a tragic past (who also happens to be Ella’s neighbour) who tries to convince her that not all reporters are bad by digging into her case and putting himself in danger.

It’s told mostly from Ella and Will’s perspective but there’s also some bits where we get an insight into the killers mind too which I loved. These were sort of tacked onto the end of some of the chapters but I think they may have been better as their own chapters but I don’t know whether this has been changed in the final published novel.

I did manage to guess who did it but I do enjoy following the clues and being right, (that sounded a little more big headed than I intended!). I also liked the fact the romance aspect of the story wasn’t too cheesy, which can be a danger with this type of novel.

The Fake Date mixes the brutal with the sweetness of romance to create an emotional and captivating story.

Rating: 4/5

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Author Bio –

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories ofL (1) copy 2 psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.

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

Social Media Links –

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor

Twitter @Lyndastacey

Website: www.Lyndastacey.co.uk


#BlogTour #Review The Cheesmaker’s House by Jane Cable @JaneCable @rararesources

Title: The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable

Publisher: Matador

Date Published: 1st August 2013

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Description:

Just think, Alice, right now Owen could be putting a hex on you!

When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent cafe´ owner, Owen Maltby.

As Alice employs Richard to start renovating the barn next to her house, all is not what it seems. Why does she start seeing Owen when he clearly isn’t there? Where – or when – does the strange crying come from? And if Owen is the village charmer, what exactly does that mean?

The Cheesemaker’s House is a gripping read, inspired by a framed will found in the dining room of the author’s dream Yorkshire house. The previous owners explained that the house had been built at the request of the village cheesemaker in 1726 – and that the cheesemaker was a woman. And so the historical aspect of the story was born.

Jane Cable’s novel won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries. The Cheesemaker’s House can be enjoyed by anyone who has become bored of today’s predictable boy-meets-girl romance novels.

I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character… the gift here is to make you want to read on.”

Jeffrey Archer

You can buy your copy here-

Amazon universal link: viewBook.at/CheesemakersHouse
Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-cheesemakers-house/jane-cable/9781783061242
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-cheesemaker-s-house
iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-cheesemakers-house/id930925191

Review:

Alice’s husband ran off with his secretary leaving her single at thirty five. She decides to move to Yorkshire to an old Cheesemaker’s cottage, that she received in her divorce settlement, in dire need of renovating. She meets gorgeous cafe owner Owen Maltby who points her in the direction of handsome builder named Richard to do up the former barn in order to make it a holiday let.

Strange things start happening as the renovation progresses, strange crying in the night, visions of the past and someone who looks suspiciously like Owen appearing and disappearing. Alice’s feeling for Owen grow but she can’t help feeling that he’s keeping secrets from her.

A grisly discovery in the barn makes Owen’s behaviour in stranger, can Alice help him or is it too late?

So this is another of one of my breaking out of my comfort zone reads, romantic suspense is not a genre I’d usually pick up but I was pleasantly surprised.

What initially drew me into this book was the air of mystery and the hint of paranormal with ghostly sightings and strange noise in the night. Personally if I was Alice I would have been too creeped out to stay in that house on my own after dark!

Alice was a very likeable character. You feel sorry for her because she kind of blames herself for her husband cheating on her because she thinks she’s not good at loving people. I really wanted to give her a hug right then.

Owen is a very sweet character too. He set up a cafe with his friend Adam, whom he’d saved from a life of drugs and jail, but he’s struggling to keep the place afloat. He’s also the village ‘charmer’ or healer caring for the sick and elderly. Yet when it comes to his own happiness, he’s intent on throwing it all away.

I was slightly disappointed that none of the characters sounded like they came from Yorkshire even though most of the characters had been born up that way. Also they kept using the word supper which I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a northerner say in my entire life! But this is just a minor quibble.

It was a little heavier on the romance that I would have preferred but it was written in a very captivating way that kept me reading until the end.

The Cheesemaker’s House is perfect for those readers who love romance with a dash of mystery.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Author Bio –

Although brought up in Cardiff, Jane Cable left Wales to study at the age of eighteen and hasThe Cheesemaker Author Headshot - Image Creative lived in England ever since. Her father was Anglo-Welsh poet Mercer Simpson so growing up in a house full of books Jane always read – and wrote. In 2011 she started to take her hobby seriously when The Cheesemaker’s House, which became her debut novel, reached the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition. She writes romance with a twist of mystery which has been published independently and through the UK ebook giant, Endeavour Press. Jane is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a director of Chindi Authors.

In 2017 Jane moved to Cornwall and this year will become a full time author. She’s passionate about her new home, cricket, travelling and her husband of 22 years – although not necessarily in that order.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.janecable.com
Twitter:
@JaneCable
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/romanticsuspensenovels/