#BlogTour #BookSpotlight Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn @IBlackthorn @rararesources

Today I’m bring you a spotlight for Gothic mystery Clarissa’s warning by Isobel Blackthorn.

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Title: Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn

Date Published: 30th November 2018

Genre: Mystery/Supernatural

Description:

Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.

She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.

Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.

But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?

You can buy your copy here viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

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About The Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres,Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copy including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat. 

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lovesick.Isobel.Blackthorn/

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Twitter: @IBlackthorn

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#Review Freefall by Jessica Barry @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK

Title: Freefall by Jessica Barry

Date Published: 28th February 2019

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

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

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

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

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

Review:

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The Author:

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

 

#BlogTour Q&A #BookSpotlight The Nanny Song by Misti Mount @MistyAMount @RRBookTours1 #TheNannySong

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Today I’m very excited to bring you a Q&A with author Misti Mount and a giveaway as part of the blog tour for The Nanny Song but first a bit about the book:

Title: The Nanny Song by Misti Mount

Publication Date: May 10th, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Suspense/ Romance

Publisher: Willow River Press

Description:

Mallory Riscoe is no stranger to dysfunction. Despite her tumultuous childhood, at twenty-two, she has established herself as a fully functional, self-made woman. However the safe, mundane life she has created for herself is quickly turned upside-down when she’s falsely accused of theft and promptly fired.

Meanwhile, a dismal pall hangs over the Colt residence. Since the death of his wife, Brendan Colt has struggled to care for his children; Kason and Meela. Each is lost in their own deep grief, but there is more to this family than meets the eye.

Two worlds collide when Mallory accepts the job as nanny to the Colt children. Mallory begins to feel a connection, a whisper of trust between them, that could mean there is still hope for everyone involved to heal. But when an unspeakable secret is uncovered that bond, and possibly Mallory’s life itself is now at risk. Can Mallory unlock the mystery intertwined in this chaotic family or will all hope of closure be lost forever?

You Can Buy A Copy Here:

Amazon UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1540755411&sr=1-1&keywords=the+nanny+song

Amazon.com:

https://www.amazon.com/Nanny-Song-Misty-Mount-ebook/dp/B07D1CQF66/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1540215168&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=misty+mount&dpPl=1&dpID=51wBnJHfs-L&ref=plSrch

Barnes & Noble:

https://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-nanny-song-misty-mount/1128876014?ean=9780999655672

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Q&A with Misti Mount:

1. Where did the inspiration for The Nanny Song come from?

I wrote this story in my very early twenties, my teenage years full of babysitting and nannying still fresh on my mind. I wanted to write something that reflected my struggles and adventures in bonding with other people’s children. The real kids I worked with will always have a place in my heart and thankfully, most of them were not as badly behaved as the duo in my book.

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

A modern-day Jane Eyre meets a (good) Lifetime movie.

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

I usually wait for the house to quiet down after everyone has gone to sleep, then I bust out my laptop at the dining room table. I’m frequently guilty of staying up all night and suffering intense drowsiness the next day.

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

That’s so hard! I’ll have to say The Princess Bride because it has a bit of everything: true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and tons more!

5. Who are your favourite authors?

I love classic sci-fi authors like Arthur C. Clark, Philip K. Dick and Larry Niven. I also love old mystery and gothic romance authors like Agatha Christie, Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt.

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

In addition to being a mom and caring for my sister, I do daycare part time and work as a personal care attendant for people with special needs.

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

I have always been deeply empathetic and I often suffer from “sympathy pain” if I witness someone physically hurting or emotionally suffering.

8. What are you currently working on?

I’m nearly finished with my next novel, a sort of origin story that was inspired by my character in the first role-playing game I ever played.

Giveaway!!!

For your chance to win 1 Print Copy of The Nanny Song or 2 Digital Copies click the link below (I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.)

Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/0e7c6a8f48/?

About the Author:

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a Author Pic (1)caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist.

“I read because my grandmother showed me how to immerse myself in books for recreation, relaxation or even as a coping skill.

I write because my head is filled with daydreams and I like to choose the endings.”

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mistyamount @MistyAMount

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15569092.Misty_Mount

Check out the other amazing bloggers taking part in this blog tour:

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

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

The Bookstanista (Review) https://bookstanista.com

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

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

Where Dragons Reside (Review) https://kernerangelina.live/

October 30th

Helen Hollick (Guest Post) https://ofhistoryandkings.blogspot.co.uk/

The Cozy Pages (Promo) http://thecozypages.wordpress.com/

Darque Dreamer Reads (Review) https://darquedreamerreads.wordpress.com

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

Life at 17 (Review) https://lifeat17.wordpress.com

October 31st

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

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

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

November 1st

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Review) Dashfan81.blogspot.com

Wicked Good Reads (Review) http://www.wickedgoodreads.com

Plot Monsters (Promo) http://plotmonster.wordpress.com

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

November 2nd

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

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

Jessica Rachow (Review) Jessicarachow.wordpress.com

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#BlogTour #Review Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Title: Bye Baby Bunting by Tannis Laidlaw

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 28th August 2018

Genre: Psychological Suspense

Description:

An unwanted pregnancy. A kidnapping. Escape…

University student Jemma Howell’s life has turned upside down: she’s pregnant and her boyfriend has just died.

A lawyer manipulates Jemma to sign away the child to her dead boyfriend’s parents, the wealthy Winchesters.

Six months after giving birth, Jemma is still obsessed with her baby’s welfare. A chance opportunity occurs. She makes a split-second decision.

She is now a kidnapper and on the run. Detective Constable Tim Findlay is assigned to the Winchester kidnapping, his first big case.

In the course of the investigation, he and his partner uncover deeply hidden secrets about the Winchester family.

For Tim, the difference between right and wrong becomes blurred.

BYE BABY BUNTING is a page-turning psychological suspense that explores society’s attitudes to single parenting and adoption and the laws that apply to birth-mother, child and adoptive parents. The story takes place in Auckland, New Zealand, Hawaii and Winnipeg, Canada between 1963 and the present.

You can buy your copy here: http://mybook.to/ByeBabyBunting

Review:

The story opens with Penny finding her birth certificate which states she was born in New Zealand but her name is completely different. We then journey back to 1963 and meet Jemma who is mourning the lose of her boyfriend Barry after finding out she’s pregnant. Unsure of what to do, having being told she wouldn’t make a good mother by friends and social workers, she gives the baby up to Barry’s parents Mr and Mrs Winchester.

She regrets her mistake, so when she sees the opportunity, she snatches her baby back. With the help of her friend Graeme they work on a plan so that Jemma can keep her baby but with the police on her tail will she manage to keep her baby?

If you’re planning to read Bye baby bunting I suggest you have a box of tissues handy. It is a heart breaking tale of a young mum forced to give up her child but given a second chance to raise her daughter.

As an unwed mother myself, I couldn’t help but get angry for Jemma, having to give up her baby and levels of scorn, whispering and judgement she was subjected to was just plain disgusting.

I really rooted for Jemma and Graeme, which being the kidnappers I shouldn’t, but they’re so sweet and you just want Jemma get her baby back. They’re relationship grows as the book progresses, which adds nicely to the story, but obviously after Barry, she’s reluctant but I really wanted her to get her happily ever after moment.

I do feel like this book may have been mislabelled as a psychological thriller/suspense, yes there are a few heart in your mouth moments but there wasn’t really any that screamed psychological thriller to me, in fact it felt more like a family drama.

Overall Bye Baby Bunting is a heart breaking, historical drama that will send you on an emotional rollercoaster.

Rating: 3/5

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About The Author:

Dr Tannis Laidlaw has worn many hats in her career as a psychologist: clinician in privateAuthor photo 2 practice, in psychiatric bins and in the prison service; researcher in schizophrenia, anxiety, psychopathy and other personality disorders, mind-body interactions, and the therapeutic use of hypnosis; research manager; writer and lecturer.

She has always been fascinated by the human condition, not only in those with crossed wiring but also when ordinary people are driven to behave in extraordinary ways. Her fiction reflects her psychological background; her non-fiction, her interests as a wife, mother and friend.

Tannis lives with her husband in Auckland, but spends half her time at a deserted beach in Northland, the semi-tropical northern part of New Zealand, and in a remote cabin in the woods on a Canadian lake – all places where she writes and writes and writes.

Website: www.tannislaidlaw.com

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#BookReview 29 Seconds by TM Logan @TMLoganAuthor @BonnierZaffre #NetGalley

Title: 29 Seconds by TM Logan

Publisher: Zaffre

Date Published: 25th January 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Description:

What if a single 29 second phonecall could change your life forever? ‘Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear . . .’

When Sarah rescues a young girl in trouble, she expects nothing in return. But her act of bravery puts a powerful and dangerous man in her debt. He lives by his own brutal code, and all debts must be repaid – in the only way he knows how.

He offers Sarah a way to solve a desperate situation with her intolerable boss. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that will make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No comeback. No chance of being found out.

All it takes is a 29 second phone call.

BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS A NAME TO GIVE. DON’T THEY?

Review:

Alan Lovelock, is a philanthropist, academic and one of the nations favourite historians with his own BBC 2 programme, at least that’s what the world sees. To Sarah his a sexual predator, constantly threatening her job and belittling her. Then she is a chance witness to an attempted child abduction which she manages to stop. In return the child’s father offers her a solution to the problem with her boss, he’ll make him disappear. What will Sarah decide.

All it takes is 29 seconds..

I’ve heard so many good things about TM Logan’s previous novel, Lies that when this popped up on NetGalley I though I had to give it a go, I’m sorry it took me so long to get round to reading it!

I can’t describe how much I loved this novel! It really hooks you from the beginning with lots of shocks and surprises which kept me turning those pages. Also the moral dilemma, if you could get rid of someone who was making your life a misery would you?

I really rooted for Sarah. She’s a hard working, accomplished academic who has to support two children after her feckless husband runs off and an absolute nightmare of a boss. Any woman who had to deal with someone like Lovelock everyday deserves a bloody medal!

Alan Lovelock made me physically nauseous. If I could have slapped him senseless I would have! Since the MeToo movement a lot of similar stories to Sarah’s have come out and a lot of people say why not just leave your job find a new one? This book shows how these vultures operate preying on women, essentially trapping them in these jobs, refusing to give them references or bad mouthing them to anyone who would listen.

I did lose my patience, a little, about half way through where Sarah is battling with her conscience, umming and ahhing, deciding whether she should take the deal or not and I was just like will you decide already!

Also certain aspects of the novel were a little unbelievable and relied a little heavily on coincidence but the fast pace and believable characters make you forget that.

29 seconds is a gripping psychological thriller and I can’t wait to read what this author comes up with next.

Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

Tim was born in Berkshire and studied at Queen Mary and Cardiff universities before becoming a national newspaper journalist. He currently writes full-time and lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife and two children. LIES is his first novel – published by Bonnier Zaffre in January 2017. His next thriller, 29 SECONDS, comes out in January 2018 and is currently available to pre-order. For exclusive writing and new releases from TM Logan, sign up to the Readers’ Club: www.bit.ly/TMLogan.

 

Bedtime Book Review Little Black Lies By Sharon Bolton #Review

Title: Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton

Publisher: Corgi

Date Published: 19th November 2015

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A dark and haunting thriller. It creeps under your skin and doesn’t let you go’ Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

What’s the worst thing your best friend could do to you?

Admittedly, it wasn’t murder. A moment’s carelessness, a tragic accident – and two children are dead. Yours.

Living in a small island community, you can’t escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you’ve lost – your family, your future, your sanity.

How long before revenge becomes irresistible?

With no reason to go on living, why shouldn’t you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

So now, what’s the worst thing you can do to your best friend?Review:

Set in the Falkland Islands back in 1994, Catrin is teetering on the edge of sanity. It’s been three years since her best friend Rachel, killed her sons by carelessly leaving them in a car without the handbrake properly secured. Revenge is on her mind. She wants to make Rachel suffer but is she capable of committing murder?

Meanwhile a little boy disappears, the third in as many years. Suspicion quickly falls on Catrin and ex-soldier Callum Murray after they find the body of a child in the wreckage of an old ship. Are they innocent?

I’m a huge Sharon Bolton fan and this book has sadly been on my tbr for over a year now but I finally got round to it.

This is an epic sprawling novel, set against the backdrop of the wild and desolate terrain of the Falklands. The novel is separated into three sections, containing three separate viewpoints, Catrin, Callum and then finally Rachel.

It’s also written in the first person so you really get into the minds of each of the characters, each of them so life like. Catrin is so broken, haunted by the ghosts of her sons and the baby that didn’t survive. It broke my heart a little reading about her, thinking what I’d be like if anything ever happened to my son. Then there’s Callum, who at first I found a little creepy and a bit of a stalker (you find out later why he’s like that) who suffers from PTSD, having blackouts and not remembering what happened during them, an after effect from the Falklands war back in 1982. And lastly there’s Rachel, the villain for most of the book, but I still felt incredibly sorry for her, the guilt of the accident still weighing her down.

I have to be honest though, the pace was super slow for the majority of the book, I’m talking snail pace. The action for me didn’t really kick in until Callum’s POV which I think is over half way through the book. What saved it though, was the tension packed ending, that I could never have figured out in a million years, which I stayed up too late reading last night and now I’m a little tired writing this.

Overall, not the easiest of reads but definitely something you should stick with until the end.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Sharon (formerly SJ) Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career which she is now rather embarrassed about. She gave it all up to become a mother and a writer.

Her first novel, Sacrifice, was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014, Lost, (UK title, Like This, For Ever) was named RT Magazine’s Best Contemporary Thriller in the US, and in France, Now You See Me won the Plume de Bronze. That same year, Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library, for her entire body of work.

Website: https://www.sharonbolton.com/

Up next on bedtime book reviews: Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin.

#FlashFicitonFriday Waiting by LJ Cassidy #amwriting #writerslife

Olivia settled back into a comfy chair in the living room, opening up a book. With every noise outside, her eyes travelled from the page to the window overlooking the street. After ten minutes of reading the same sentence over and over, she threw the book down.

She hated waiting for things.

Getting up, she checked herself in the mirror over the fireplace. The blonde bob framed her heart shape face nicely, glad she’d decided on a quick haircut the day before. She smoothed the lines of her flowered dress, not her outfit of choice but she had to look good today.

There was a huge slam that reverberated through the house.

Rushing to the window, she saw the familiar sight of a grey van. It looked a little like a delivery truck, except this one had steel reinforced sides and bullet proof windows.

There was a heavy knock on the door, she almost thought it was going to come off its hinges.

Walking out into the hall, she took a deep calming breath before opening the door.

Olivia was faced with someone distinctly male looking, dressed head to toe in bulletproof armour topped off with a helmet.

The helmet’s black tinted visor was down so Olivia couldn’t make out a face.

He was carrying a long cardboard box under one arm.

Excitement coursed through her, she reached for the parcel but a gloved hand clamped around hers’ squeezing tightly. It felt like every bone in her fingers were going to snap.

Malcolm, let her go,” said a woman sternly, who appeared from nowhere carrying what looked like a clipboard. “Sorry about that, can’t get the robots these days. Are you Mrs Olivia Dawson?”

The robot obeyed the woman and let Olivia go.

Yes,” she replied, rubbing the feeling back into her hand.

I’m Agent Buckley.”

She turned to look at the woman, dressed in a sensible navy blue suit and white shirt. Olivia spied a black holster sitting snugly under her arm, the butt of a gun just visible.

Can we come in?”

She swallowed, her throat suddenly dry. Not trusting herself to speak, she nodded at Agent Buckley, moving out the way for them, trailing in their wake into the living room. The agent’s eyes travelled around the cosy room with large squashy sofas and bookcases lining the walls. It looked more like a library.

Where’s your wife?”

Oh, she got called into work suddenly,” Olivia said nervously. “She’s a doctor after all.”

Would they not give her the package? They wouldn’t take it away, would they? She was so close.

She frowned. “Most irregular. Anyway we just need a DNA sample to confirm your identity.”

Olivia placed a sweaty hand on the clipboard, which turned out a tablet, to give a sample.

The robot set the package on the floor.

You can leave us now,” said Buckley waving it away. The door closed after it with a mighty crash.

Can I see?” she asked excitedly.

It’s against protocol but I don’t see why not.”

Buckley pulled open the cardboard to reveal a sturdy plastic box that looked a bit like it was holding music equipment or something. She flicked open two catches and heaved up the lid.

Inside, lay the most beautiful baby Olivia had even seen.

She’s just to your specifications,” said Buckley reading from her tablet. “Blonde hair, blue eyes, rosy complexion.”

She picked up the sleeping baby gently. She was seven when natural reproduction was outlawed by the world’s governments, to curbed the swelling population.

She still remembered being wheeled into the sterile theatre and the pain in her stomach that lasted for weeks after they ripped out her womb.

Five years ago, the government told her that she wasn’t ‘stable’ enough to have a child whatever that meant. She had so much love to give, they didn’t understand.

Olivia was going to prove them wrong, she would be good for this child.

Hold on,” said Buckley frowning. “There seems to be a problem…”

Buckley went for her gun but Olivia was too quick. She pulled out the gun she’d been hiding behind the cushion on the couch. She shot the other woman in the head before she finished her sentence.

It was the same weapon she’d used to kill real Olivia and her wife earlier.

Somewhere in her brain it registered she was doing something wrong but she ignored it.

She was a mother now.

Thank you for reading!© LJ Cassidy