#Blogtour #TheBeresford @Will_Carver @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

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Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.
There’s a routine at The Beresford.
For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building. Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate Smythe no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers.
And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door. Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…
Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.

BOOK REVIEW

A new start, a new town, a place to escape to , that’s what some of the residents of The Beresford are looking for. The landlady Mrs May is a quaint old lady who while seems to be benign holds a secret. A deadly secret that involves The Beresford and the turn around of tenants that walk through its doors. The rooms are not empty very long there, when one person leaves their is always someone ringing the bell within 60 seconds to take up the rent on it. How Mrs May gets on with the residents has a hand in how long they get to live there. Enter it at your peril.

Oh boy Will Carver has done it again. He has taken an eclectic group of people all with secrets to keep. Put them together within the walls of an apartment block and wrecked havoc on their lives. Filling the pages of the book with thrills, murder and spooky going’s on he takes the reader on a rides in the dark side of life as a tenant. If only the walls of The Beresford could speak what tales they could tell, but that really doesn’t matter because the author does it so eloquently. He knows what the reader wants and delivers it in spades. The readers want thrills, they want chills and they want a story they can really get their teeth into. Characters that they can love or loath but jump off the page and into our heads and get under our skin. It’s a book that could sit in a variety of genres yet it stands out there with his other books proudly without the need to be labelled as anything other than excellent reading for the discerning amongst us.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.

#BookExtract #Earth101 @EmaeChurch @zooloo2008 #zooloobooktours

Today on my blog i have the pleasure of hosting an extract for ‘EARTH 101 ‘ a book by emerging author Emae Church.

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A missing girl. A world of secrecy. A quest to expose the truth.

Jayne knows they’re gone, but no one else will acknowledge what’s happening. 

One by one, they’re systematically erased from existence. No explanations. No missing person’s reports. No search parties.

Something sinister is afoot. Jayne can feel it in her bones. But uncovering the truth will prove difficult, especially when she discovers who and what is behind the devious plot.

As she searches for answers, she grapples with the lingering effects of a head injury, an unexpected forbidden romance, and a strange new reality that changes everything.

Will she uncover the truth, or will she be the next innocent victim?

BOOK EXTRACT

This house is where Laura lives. 
I’ve battled a mental tug-of-war for the past week, but I must discover, once and for all. 
The echoes of Laura’s voice haunt me. 
She was so scared. 
Why can’t my delusions be unicorns and faeries? 
As I trace the few steps up the path to the front door, nerves compel me to flee. I would feel less guilty if I were a burglar even though I’ve done nothing wrong. I search around me; I want nobody to witness the catastrophe I am about to unleash. I shiver away the uncomfortable memory of when I made a scene with Chloe’s mom. The police arrived, and I was driven home in a squad car. Thankfully, no charges raised, but now I have a complaint in a file in police HQ. The car crash opened that file. 
A dog barks in response to me pressing the doorbell. I can see a shadowy form break up the light inside, through the glass of the door. I draw in a deep breath. Be calm. You’re not crazy. Just checking in with a friend. 
The door squeaks open, and a small, white dog spins about, barking around my feet. Thank you, announce my arrival to the whole street, why don’t you? 
Laura’s mom tilts her head. “Jayne? What brings you here?” She gently tussles the dog through the door and pulls it closed behind her. 
At least she knows me, so I’m not nuts. “Sorry, Mrs Warden. I was looking for Laura?” 
Her features become a strained mask, as though her mouth forgot how to smile.
“Laura?” She blinks several times. 
The sting in my forehead compels me to move on. 
“I’m sorry, Mrs Warden.” I peer over her shoulder. The wind catches the door, and the dog escapes to our feet again. She bends down to pick up the dog. 
I know that house. The furniture. I can see the cabinet in the lounge, which houses figurines from movies. Mr Warden is a hardcore movie fan and collects many memorabilia. I’ve seen inside the cabinet when I came to one of Laura’s birthday parties; many years ago, when we were friends. 
“There is no Laura here, Jayne. Are you after Paul?” She places a hand on my shoulder, snapping me back to reality. Paul is, was Laura’s brother. 
“I’m an idiot,” I excuse myself, waving my hands to dismiss my words. “I had a knock on my head a while back, and it still makes me mix up people and places.” 
She holds the dog close to her chest like a barrier; even the dog looks at me like I have two heads. 
“I’m sorry. Ignore me.” My laugh is not as convincing as I leave. 
“Tell your mom I’ll ring her later!” she calls after me. 
Great. That’s all I need.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Earth 101 is the debut novel from Emae Church, an emerging author, based in the South-West of England, who enjoys the adventure of life with two lovely children, when not saving the world

Follow her at:

Website: https://emae.church/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmaeChurch

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Earth-101-Time-Emae-Church/dp/1916300308

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Earth-101-Time-Emae-Church/dp/1916300308/

#Books-On-Tour #TheWitness @JohnRyder101 @bookouture

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Find my daughter in twenty-four hours. Or she’s dead.”

Kyle Roche is a man whose job it is to stay invisible. Dark, mysterious, and only sometimes on the right side of the law, only a lucky few know how to reach him: Kyle can fix their problems, however dangerous.

Now he’s been hired to save a woman in Witness Protection, one who doesn’t officially exist anymore. But before he can keep her safe, he has to find her. And he has less than twenty-four hours to do it…

Savannah Nicholls is in hiding because of a tragic mistake. Her mother insists her daughter is just a nice girl, from a good family, that she’s never gotten in trouble in her life. But she also says someone knows where her daughter is. And they want to kill her.

If he’s going to keep Savannah safe, Roche needs to know who is after her, as well as what she witnessed, who her enemies are, and if they have really been able to find her. But how can he protect a woman who is as invisible as he is?

Because the clock is ticking…

This totally gripping, pulse-pounding thriller is perfect for fans of David Baldacci, JB Turner and Mark Dawson.

BOOK REVIEW

A plea from a desperate mother to find her daughter within a constricted time scale sets Kyle Roche on a race against a killer. The daughter in question Savannah Nicholls is in witness protection so should be safe from those who want to find her. Unfortunately there has been a leak and its up to Kyle to get to her first and keep her safe. Once he finds her then he has to uncover who and why someone is after her and to find them and to ultimately stop them from doing it again. The search and rescue he undertakes will be deadly and dangerous and see him on a journey he wasn’t expecting to take.

From the very first page you are taken on a high octane race against the clock as Kyle is hired to find someone under the witness protection scheme. The book is perfect for those who love a fast action, guns blazing and a man with a mission and who will do anything to complete it. The character of Kyle is one who has grit and determination against all odds , who will do the right thing. The author has created in him a great nemesis for the bad guys he comes up against and one that a new series of books can be written around. So readers hold on to your hats as John Ryder has struck again and gifted us yet another explosive character to ride the rollercoaster of adrenaline with.

My thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Ryder is a former farmworker and joiner. He’s turned his hand to many skills to put food on the table and clothes on his back. A life-long bibliophile, he eventually summoned the courage to try writing himself, and his Grant Fletcher novels have drawn inspiration from authors such as Lee Child, Tom Cain, Zoe Sharp and Matt Hilton. When it comes to future novels, he says he has more ideas than time to write them.
When not writing, John enjoys spending time with his son, reading and socialising with friends. A fanatic supporter of his local football team, he can often be found shouting encouragement to men much younger and fitter than he is.

#BookTour #NoNumberNine @fj_campbell @literallypr

BOOK BLURB

A novel with a strong female lead character who’s flawed but who readers will take to their hearts.

A story about grief, family conflicts and first love, with a dramatic background of sport and the Olympics.

What do you do when your amazing, beautiful, beloved sister dies? Hide in your room for two years. Sleep with a very, very wrong man. Leave home and start a new life, lying to everyone you meet including your kind employer, your curious friends and the man you love?

Pip Mitchell’s an expert at making seriously bad decisions. But when her past, present and future collide at the Sydney Olympic Games, she’s going to have to decide whose side she’s on – or she’ll lose everyone she loves.

No Number Nine is a coming-of-age story about an 18-year-old girl who has put her life on hold for two years after the death of her sister. Pip leaves her home in England and tries to move forward with her life, taking a job in Germany as an au pair to the von Feldsteins, a family which is full of surprises – and not good ones.

Set in Munich, the story follows Pip for a year as she crashes from one embarrassing, awkward mistake to the next. Finally, as she starts to emerge from her fog of grief, she travels with the von Feldsteins to Sydney where, amid the drama of the 2000 Olympic Games, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Can Pip protect herself and the people she loves? Does she have the courage to tell the truth, even if it destroys her?

BOOK REVIEW

Pip is the little sister of a GB hockey star who died tragically while playing the game she loved. Driven to her room by her own grief and that of her parents she spends two years cutting herself off from life. Then the chance to be an au pair for a German family comes up , realising this could be the break she needs she sets off to start a new life and job. Had she known beforehand that the family included two hockey players and that the life of the older siblings revolved around the game she might have never have taken the job. Yet she stays and starts to emerge from her self inflicted period of mourning to a life of fun, tears, heartache and romance. Yet for all its downs she would not change a thing for after all there is a plot of gold at the end of the rainbow or in this story an Olympic medal.

What a wonderful read i found this to be, i just sped through the pages as Pip started to emerge from her grief. A raw grief that haunted the character in all she did , whether near a hockey pitch or the very action of not telling people who she was related to. She had cocooned herself in grief yet as she grew up so the need to grow out of her grief grew too. She knew she had made mistakes and hated herself for them and for the ones she was making during her time in Germany. Yet she grew stronger through it all , eventually allowing herself to open up to the one who claimed her heart. A poignant coming of age story that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and will see you emerge at the end a little wrung out but glad you had the chance to know Pip . Yes she was a bit maudlin , a bit of a rebel and there are scenes that made me smile and laugh out loud. She is a woman taking control of her life, loves and destiny and woe betide those who cross her.

My thanks to Helen Lewis at Literally PR for my copy of the book and the book tour invite. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 4

#Blogtour #GirlsWho Lie #ForbiddenIceland @evaaegisdottir @OrendaBooks @RandomTTours

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When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, everyone assumes that she’s taken her own life … until her body is found on the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?

Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to a shocking tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the number of suspects grows and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…

Breathtakingly chilling and tantalisingly twisty, Girls Who Lie is at once a startling, tense psychological thriller and a sophisticated police procedural, marking Eva Björg Ægisdottir as one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

BOOK REVIEW

The discovery of a body in the lava fields sees the start of a new investigation for Elma and her colleagues. Whilst it’s decomposed they are still able to identify it as the body of a woman who went missing months before. Marianna had left a note and disappeared and those who knew her suspected suicide. She left behind a daughter who went on to live full time with her foster family. As the timeline back to the time of her disappearance comes under more scrutiny discrepancies start to surface. Discrepancies that will have Elma and her team take a more in depth look at those around Marianna and the lies that are starting to unravel.

The second book in the Forbidden Iceland series finds us once again in the company of Elma and her team. This time its a decomposing body of a woman thought to have committed suicide , yet all that appears to point that way is soon proven wrong. A chilling tale told from the point of view of two people, the mother unable to bond with her child and the person investigating a crime. There is also a switch between timelines with the voice of the unknown mother telling us her tale for the birth of her child up to the present day. Whilst with Elma the story is current and relative to the investigation. The unknown mothers story is poignant as she talks of her inability to bond with her demon child yet she is also fiercely protective of her. You make think its not relevant to the story but everything the author gifts us, takes us on a journey to a fascinating and totally unexpected final destination. The slow pace of the book helps the reader to pick up the subtle nuances of the plot in order to build a book the reader will find totally absorbing and psychologically chilling. Books of the Nordic Noir variety are to me distinctive in their presentation of words and always offer the reader a chilling, spine tingling walk on the darker side of crime.

My thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour and the copy of the book. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva moved to Trondheim, Norway to study MSc in Globalisation when she was 25. After moving back home having completed her MSc, she knew it was time to start working on her novel. Eva has wanted to write books since she was 15 years old, having won a short story contest in Iceland. Eva worked as a stewardess to make ends meet while she wrote her first novel, The Creak on the Stairs. The book went on to win the Blackbird Award, was shortlisted (twice) for the Capital Crime Readers’ Awards, and became a number one bestseller in Iceland. Eva lives with her husband and three children in Reykjavík, and she’s currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series.

Twitter: @evaaegisdottir / Facebook: @evabjorgauthor / Instagram: @evabjorg88

#Books-On-Tour #Bookouture #CrossMyHeart @DKHood_Author @bookouture @nholten40

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She wakes to the sound of footsteps outside her secluded home. Moving toward the window, she scans the dark woods around her and freezes. A tall figure in a long dark coat holds a crossbow pointed right at her. She blinks as lightning cracks overhead. But when she opens her eyes, the figure has vanished…

When the body of a man is found in the dense forest surrounding Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton immediately sees disturbing similarities with a past case—the same murder weapon, the remote beauty spot, and the way the victim is perched against a tree with no sign of a struggle. But the killer in that case was jailed for life.

Jenna suspects a copycat killer and her fears are confirmed when, during the town’s Halloween festival, the bodies of two tourists are found further down the remote trail. They too had been hunted down and murdered in another picturesque spot and all Jenna can hope is that the man behind bars can help her catch the twisted monster behind these new deaths.

As she comes face to face with the vicious murderer who has haunted her dreams for years, she is sure he knows more than he’s telling her. Looking deep into Jenna’s eyes, as if they’re two old friends catching up, he promises to take his final revenge on her for locking him up. But before she can learn more, he is dragged away by prison guards.

When a sudden emergency call takes Jenna and her deputy David Kane deep into the woods, Jenna senses something is very wrong about the situation. As a strange calmness falls over the forest, a familiar face emerges from the shadows. Will this killer be the one who finally takes down Sheriff Alton, and can they make it out of the forest alive?

If you love heart-racing crime books by authors like Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot, you will love this exciting thriller from USA Today bestselling author D.K. Hood.

Buy Links 

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BOOK REVIEW

There is a killer on the loose but this time it’s personal to Jenna as its her they are after. They come for her at night when she is alone on her ranch, using tremendous force they try to get in and kill her. Luckily for her there have been modifications made to parts of her house and for now she is safe, but for how long. Halloween celebrations in town are marred by the discovery of bodies and not the pretend kind. Can a serial killer be on the loose and why do the crimes seem to bear the hallmarks of a killer who is safely locked away. Surely there cant be a copycat playing games with Kane and Alton yet all the clues seem to point that way. With the help of her colleagues and friends Jenna puts herself at risk in order to bait the killer and bring an end to the reign of terror that threatens the town.

A heart stopping thriller whose lead characters get under your skin. Having followed the lives and tribulations of Kane and Alton over many books it’s always pleasing to catch up with them on their latest investigation. There are always new nuances to pick up off the duo especially the will they won’t they get together one that threads through their adventures. The books are always full throttled adrenaline pumping thrillers that keep the reader engaged and entertained. I always make sure i have time at hand to read because once I start them i know i wont stop till I’ve read the whole book. They are that addictive. The author has created characters that are engaging, realistic and ones you want to win every time. They may go through the hoops to get their quarry but along the way they provide hours of amazing reading. A binge worthy series of books that always leave me waiting for the next instalment to hurry up and get written.

My thanks to Noelle Holten and Bookouture for my copy to the book and having me on the tour. As always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D.K Hood is THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon Bestselling Author of The Kane and Alton Series. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Australian Crime Writers Association, and Sisters in Crime Australia.

D.K. lives very quietly with her husband enjoys her beautiful garden filled with birds and water dragons. The dogs and cats in her stories are reminiscent of her wonderful companions.

Social MediaFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/dkhoodauthorTwitter: https://twitter.com/DKHood_AuthorInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.k.hood/ Website: http://www.dkhood.com/

#BLOGTOUR #ACutForACut @carolewyer @AmazonPub @dammpebbles

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DI Kate Young can’t trust anybody. Not even herself.

 

In the bleak countryside around Blithfield Reservoir, a serial murderer and rapist is leaving a trail of bloodshed. His savage calling card: the word ‘MINE’ carved into each of his victims.

 

DI Kate Young struggles to get the case moving—even when one of the team’s own investigators is found dead in a dumpster. But Kate is battling her own demons. Obsessed with exposing Superintendent John Dickson and convinced there’s a conspiracy running deep in the force, she no longer knows who to trust. Kate’s crusade has already cost her dearly. What will she lose next?

 

When her stepsister spills a long-buried secret, Kate realises she’s found the missing link—now she must prove it before the killer strikes again. With enemies closing in on all sides, she’s prepared to do whatever it takes to bring them down. But time is running out, and Kate’s past has pushed her to the very edge. Can she stop herself from falling?

BOOK REVIEW

Kate Young is back with a new case , she is also still gathering evidence to make a case against those who are responsible for the death of her husband. A husband she still sees and talks to for advice and comfort as she navigates life without him . The grief is still raw yet the search for the truth drives her forward one day at a time. Then the news come through that a killer has struck and has written the word MINE on his victim.Kate must now focus her energy on this case especially as the victim count is rising. There is one bright spot in her life she has reconnected to her step-sister and her toddler nephew after years of estrangement. Spending time with them has allowed her to put to rest some of her demons, yet there seems to be some connection between her case and that of the attack on her step-sister that happened years ago. Tying together the clues is essential if Kate wants to save future victims and protect her family from the monster who is claiming his victims as MINE .

This is the second part to the story of Kate and her hunt for justice for the death of her husband and the cover up that’s kept her from the truth. The way the plot unfolds just keeps the reader entranced and in a binge read mode. It’s chilling, its thrilling , its a read till the end page then sit back and try to relive what has just happened. The author just keeps the book so tightly spun together its hard to try to put into words what you want to say. The pace is a perfect rhythm of slow for when it’s laying down clues and backstory to lightening speed as Kate gets closer to the next break in the case. Then just when you think its all laid out and you know what’s going to happen the author sweeps back the curtain on yet another brilliant reveal . A reveal that leaves you waiting with baited breath for its conclusion. As I said in my review of the first book in the series the author is a Doyen of the genre and continues to deliver amazing literature to an ever grateful audience. I look forward to more of Kates story not only the one she is investigating now but hopefully what comes after.

My thanks to Emma Welton for my invitation to the tour and the copy of the book, as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

USA Today bestselling author and winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction. 

 

A move from humour to the ‘dark side’ in 2017, saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in LITTLE GIRL LOST and demonstrated that stand-up comedian Carol had found her true niche.

 

To date, her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets.

 

Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’, featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

 

She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband Mr Grumpy… who is very, very grumpy.

 

When she is not plotting devious murders, she can be found performing her comedy routine, Smile While You Still Have Teeth.

 

 

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#BLOGTOUR #TheRule @viperbooks @Author_Dave

BOOK BLURB

MY DAD SAYS BAD THINGS
HAPPEN WHEN I BREAK IT…

Daniel is looking forward to his birthday. He wants pie and chips, a big chocolate cake, and a comic book starring his favourite superhero. And as long as he follows The Rule, nothing bad will happen.

Daniel will be twenty-three next week. And he has no idea that he’s about to kill a stranger.

Daniel’s parents know that their beloved and vulnerable son will be taken away. They know that Daniel didn’t mean to hurt anyone, he just doesn’t know his own strength. They dispose of the body. Isn’t that what any loving parent would do? But as forces on both sides of the law begin to close in on them, they realise they have no option but to finish what they started. Even if it means that others will have to die…

Because they’ll do anything to protect Daniel. Even murder.

BOOK REVIEW

Wrong place at the wrong time can lead to all sorts of disasters as it does for Daniel and his dad Tom. An unexpected encounter with a known bad guy sees one of them dead by the end of the day. What may have been self defence on the part of Daniel will see his family rocked by the events that follow. When the body of a known felon is uncovered its down to DI Hannah Washington to discovered the who and why behind the murder. During her investigation she is saved from a beating by Daniel and taken to his flat. It’s here she Indus out that although he is a tall grown man in body hips mind is that of a child. A man child who has to follow THE RULE of do not touch because his touch could be deadly. What secrets does his family keep , secrets that will unravel and see Hannah having to make a moral choice when it comes to the unveiling of the killer.

An unputdownable thriller that grips the reader from page one. The story slowly unfolds allowing the tension to mount. A story of one mans quest to save his son from the potential harm that dealing with the police could do to his childlike mind. A police force that would not understand how someone so large could have such a childlike mind. A mind that lives for the exploits of his hero’s Adam-9 , a cartoon character capable of super hero activities that fill Daniel with wonder. A story of a parents love and how they will go to any length to protect their family even if it means adding murder to their list of jobs for the day. A plot that keeps you wanting more and will make you ask of yourself ‘ what would i do in that situation’ . A brilliantly taut thriller that will have you pondering that question long after the book is finished. Crime writing at its most exhilarating best.

My thanks to Viper Books for my copy of the book , as always they are my own thoughts and opinions on the book .

STAR RATING 4

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Jackson is the author of eight crime novels, including the bestseller Cry Baby. When not murdering fictional people, David spends his days as a university academic in his home city of Liverpool.

#BookExtract #OakwoodFalls @dcbrockwell1 @SpellBoundBks @zooloo2008 #ZooloosBookTours

Today on my blog i have the pleasure of showcasing an extract from OAKWOOD FALLS a book by Duncan Brockwell. I’m sure you will agree it sounds like a great read .

BOOK BLURB

When Mother Nature chose Ashley Oakwood, she made a mistake.

Now it’s time to correct that mistake…

From the dawn of mankind, Mother Nature has always known of humans’ destructive ways. To ensure her own survival, she created The Ferralling, a vicious and bloodthirsty breed of creature, who kept humans in check. When The Ferralling became a liability, She destroyed them, deciding to put her survival in the hands of only the most deserving humans. These chosen ones She calls The Reclaimed.

The only human to be born of the Earth, Ashley Oakwood has powers beyond that of The Reclaimed. A kind and generous young woman, who wants nothing more than to belong, Ashley watches humans from afar, until she meets James, the man of her dreams. When he rejects her, he sets in motion a chain of events that pits humans against The Reclaimed, The last of The Ferralling, and Mother Nature Herself.


Who will emerge victorious from this brutal and bloody battle?

Oakwood Falls is a stunningly haunting and evocative read , perfect for fans of Delia Owens and Monique Roffey

BOOK EXTRACT

EXTRACT 4

 

                    Sinking Man was up to his waist, trying to hoist himself out, but every time he moved, he sunk deeper into the sticky mud that was dry only five minutes earlier. “I…Can’t…Breathe.” 

                    The soft earth hardened.

                    From behind her, Carrie heard squeaking. With Ashley still firmly in her grasp, four lines of rats ran towards Sinking Man, running up his body. He screamed, thrashing about as they swarmed over him, gnawing at his flesh. His muffled screams filled the airwaves. She smiled and turned her attention to Ant Man’s carcass.

                    The ants marched off in different directions, leaving a devoured corpse with patches of cartilage and skin stuck to the skeletal remains. Roots sprung up around the skeleton and camouflaged it, while the leftover flesh mulched and sank into the earth.

                    Rat Man fared no better than Ant Man. With his legs encased in the rock hard mud, when the rats ran off, they left a half-eaten slab of bloody meat. He surprised her by begging for death. They ate his eyes. Carrie jumped when a branch swung through him, striking his neck. Rat Man’s head fell back and dropped to the earth. 

                    While his body mulched, she went back to Squat Man, who was still held by the brambles. “No! Please, I’ll do anything you want.”

                    “You don’t like it now, do you? You wouldn’t let me go.” She had no intention of asking Mother to go easy on him. Do it, Mother! 

                    Four thick brambles rose up from the earth and started spinning. Carrie watched as they ran over him, churning up his skin, turning his shirt red. After one run, they reversed and spun over him again. Five passes later, he lay in a pool of blood that seeped into the soil. His body relaxed for the final time. 

                    The roots wasted no time in clinging to him and mulching him into the earth. Looking around the dark, she realised she was alone with Ashley, her baby, who had fallen asleep on her. Carrie cooed over her. Her belly hurt, but she didn’t have time to clean up; she had to find shelter until daybreak. “Come on, you. Let’s get you someplace warm.”

                    And where do you think you’re going? Sit back down, child!

                    Before she attempted rising, several roots broke through the soil and clamped on to her, two on her legs, two on her arms, one on her chest and one on her forehead, preventing her from looking at her baby, who lay on top of her. “What are you doing, Mother? Let me go, please. I need to find a warm place for her.”

                    Twiggy hands picked up Ashley and placed her gently on the soil next to her. “Leave her alone! She’s my daughter.”

                    You’ve forgotten your pledge to me, child. You must submit yourself, surrender your flesh, remember? You agreed to abide by my teachings, to surrender Ashley to me. Your kind might make promises you don’t keep, but not to me.

                    “I have submitted to you, I mean I will,” she replied, struggling with the strong roots clamped over her body. “I need to take her somewhere warm. Please, Mother.”

                    You’ll be warm with me, down here. When you’rewith me, you won’t feel pain, child. Nor anxiety, fear or loathing. Down here, you’ll be one with the earth. 

 

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BOOK BLURB

Are you suffering from a broken heart? Searching for the right medicine? Staring down the barrel of being single and not knowing where to start? Learn from Grace Callaghan! She’s done it all:

  • Wine is the answer. Some serving-size suggestions include: a glass the size of your head, a bathtub, an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Best served chilled, and with a straw.
  • Friends with benefits is always an option. Be prepared for side effects such as the guy saying ‘baby’, crying out his ex’s name and preferring to keep his socks on.
  • Going ‘out out’ helps banish the blues. It may involve breaking into replica ships from the fifteenth century, screaming ‘Aye-aye, Captain!’ and accidentally falling off the plank.
  • Karaoke makes everything better. Best enjoyed singing Enrique Iglesias, followed by an extra-large serving of fries.

Three years ago, when Grace’s heart was blown to smithereens, she made a promise to protect herself. But has she gone too far? Has she played it too safe? Should she take a leap into the unknown, messy business of the heart? Because maybe, just maybe, she could learn to love again…

This hilarious and totally gripping tale is for anyone who’s questioned their qualifications at life, and learned that a little bit of wine goes a long way! Fans of Shari Low, Sophie Kinsella and Why Mummy Drinks, be warned: prepare for odd looks when reading this in public due to the ugly laughing it induces.

BOOK REVIEW

The Callaghan sisters are back and this time we catch up with Grace Callaghan and her life as a widow with two small children. When Grace lost her husband three years ago she set out on a journey around the world but along the way she took on two little girls. Girls who had been orphaned but whose life had been touched in some way by the presence of her dead husband Tom. Now three years later she is one of the playground brigade of parents who are juggling the niceties of being a parent alongside the bitchiness and gossip that is so rife in the school yard. Grace tries to do her best to care for her girls as well as fend off all the barbs she has to suffer from other parents. Meanwhile Tom’s mum is planning a memorial for her son as a building is to be named after him at his last place of work. This brings into Grace’s life all those he met when he roamed the world without her and who all have felt his love and kindness. Luckily Grace is a Callaghan so she can not only pull up her big girls panties to get on with life she has her amazing sisters who will surround her with an impenetrable wall of love and kindness to keep the darkness at bay.

Hello Grace Callaghan you wonderful lioness of a mother who walks to her own beat and lo betide those who cross her. The lives of the sisters are varied and fun in their own individual way and if you have not met them yet you have missed a treat. If you have read their stories you know tissues and pantyliners are a must as you will laugh so much you will cry down your leg. This chapter spanning the life of Grace is no different . We cried with her when she lost Tom and we smile with her as she juggles motherhood. While they may or be Tom’s biological daughters they still are part of his family’s life and call his mum Aunty. Poor Grace she has had it hard but its now as others come to her with stories of Tom and the times he shared with them that she was not part of does she truly learn of his greatness to them and the place she always held within his heart even when they were on a break. She also engages in some special me time with a friend who is himself suffering all be it a divorce. Together they form a bond that allows her to call him when the sisters shenanigans get to be too much . Shenanigans that will leave you rolling around laughing especially ask they involve the youngest sister Lucy. Now there’s a story i cannot wait to dive into, if you have read the other books you will know why Lucy will have an extra special story to tell . For now though cocoon yourself a la Grace, grab the tissues and dive into her life.

My thanks to Bookouture for my copy of the book and Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the Books-On-Tour. As always they are my thoughts and opinions on the book.

STAR RATING 5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mother-of-four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook. Kristen also writes. She has had short fiction published in several publications including Mslexia & Riptide. Her first two novels, Souper Mum and Second Helpings were published in 2016. In 2019, she was long listed in the Comedy Women in Print Prize and has since joined the Bookouture family. She writes women’s fiction and she hopes her novels have fresh and funny things to say about modern life, love and family.

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