#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 One by One by DW Gillespie @dw_gillespie @annecater @FlameTreePress

Title: One by One by D.W Gillespie

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Date Published: 26th September 2019

Genre: Horror

Description:

The Easton family has just moved into an old house and Alice, the youngest, is excited to explore the new place. Her excitement turns to dread as she discovers a child’s drawing of a family just like hers under the wallpaper.

When family members begin to disappear, it is up to her to unlock the mystery before she becomes the next victim.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater for inviting me on this blog tour and Flame tree press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alice and her brother Dean with their parents move to a new house in the middle of nowhere. The strange house begins to effect them all. Her parents relationship, already on shaky ground seems to go from bad to worse and her warm and caring father changes overnight.

Things get worse when Alice uncovers a child’s drawing and one by one the members of the family disappear.

One by one kept me gripped from the start, I absolutely devoured this novel!

One of my favourite things is a haunted/creepy house, I always love reading the way a different author makes their mark on this horror staple.

This is the kind of novel that builds the tension from the beginning, slowly getting more and more sinister as it goes along, building into an explosive ending, which I didn’t see coming!

Dean, Alice’s older brother, reminded me so much of my son, his moodiness and the tendency to be on his phone or locked in his bedroom. I also think that the complex brother/sister relationship between Dean and Alice was portrayed really well.

The only quibble I had was with Alice’s character voice. She is meant to be ten but half the time she sounded older than I do! I think an older protagonist may have worked a little better.

One by one is solid spooky read, fully of plenty of tension and intrigue that will keep you turning those pages!

About The Author:

A fan of all things dark and horrific, D.W. Gillespie has been writing horror, sci-fi, and fantasy for longer than he would like to admit. After years of daydreaming, he started taking it seriously inDW Gillespie Author Picture college after a creative writing class helped spark his motivation. After winning a local writing award, he realized that his path forward was clear.

In the years since, he’s been featured in many publications, both online and in print. He’s the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Toy Thief, Still Dark, and Handmade Monsters.

For One by One, Gillespie was influenced by his experience of moving houses often when growing up. One particular house was supposedly haunted (according to previous tenants) and became specially inspirational, and he knew he wanted it to feature in one of his books as a character in the story.

A lifelong native of Middle Tennessee, he still lives there today with his wife and two children.

#Review Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay @HQStories

Title: Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay

Publication Date: 5th September 2019

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Thriller

Description:

‘You should read ELEVATOR PITCH by Linwood Barclay as soon as possible. It’s one hell of a suspense novel’ STEPHEN KING

This novel moves as fast as a falling elevator and hits with just as much force. Linwood Barclay is a stone cold pro and ELEVATOR PITCH is a shameless good time’ JOE HILL

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world – and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment – is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men and women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers . . .

Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

Review:

One elevator accident is a tragedy, two is something more sinister…

So it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a Linwood Barclay novel and I can’t tell you how excited I was to get approval for this on NetGalley.

Elevator Pitch is a realistic and riveting thriller. I’ve never been a huge fan of lifts, I’ve been stuck in them once too often, and I think I dislike them even more now!

There are a number of interesting characters through out the story but Barbara Matheson is a stand out. She’s a journalist with a fearsome reputation and seems hell bent on taking down the mayor but she’s a woman with secrets and a contentious relationship with her daughter.

A little heads up too, for a thriller it is over four hundred and fifty pages, I think, so it is on the longer side but there are plenty of suspense and shocks to keep you hooked.

My issue was the fact there were quite a few different points of view and for the first half of the book it took a little bit of time to get them all straight in my head which slowed my reading down quite a bit.

Elevator Pitch is an intricately plotted thriller that will both terrify and enthral you.

About The Author:

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twentylinwood barclay critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans.

Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood barclay.

#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. 

Social Media Links –

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.Isobel_Blackthorn

Twitter: @IBlackthorn

#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

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

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October 30th

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

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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

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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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