Sunday, 1 March 2015

Books Read: Sarah Morgan - First Time in Forever

Happily-Ever-After isn’t on Emily Donovan’s agenda…

Emily’s been too swept up in a challenging year of firsts, from becoming a stand-in mum to her niece Lizzy to moving to remote but beautiful Puffin Island, to think about love. 

But that’s before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her… 

Ryan knows Emily has a complicated past that she’s struggling to face. So he makes it his mission to help her unwind and enjoy the chemistry they share. 

Can the welcoming community of Puffin Island work their magic on Emily and get her to take her biggest leap of trust yet —putting her heart in someone else’s hands?

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Guest Book Review: Catherine Alliott - Wish You Were Here

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered the holiday of a lifetime in a chateau in the South of France in return for one simple good deed, they jump at the chance to escape the confines of Clapham, the weight of the mortgage and anxieties over their future for a blissful break.

But Flora didn't anticipate a mysterious guest and a whole heap of family baggage coming along too.

And with James developing a schoolboy crush on a famous singer and Flora distracted by ghosts from her past, their dream holiday suddenly takes some very unexpected turns...

Amazon links: Kindle or Hardcover

Debut Spotlight: Rebecca Bradley

Over the last 12 months or so I have started to read a lot more crime/thriller novels again, having been my genre of choice as a teenager, so it's been great discovering new authors books to read especially debut authors such as Rebecca Bradley whose novel Shallow Waters was published in December. So it was my pleasure to invite Rebecca to the blog to find out a little more about Shallow Waters.

When the naked, battered body of an unidentified teenager is found dumped in an alleyway, post-mortem finds evidence of a harrowing series of events. 

Another teenage death with the same MO pushes DI Hannah Robbins and her team in the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit, to their limits, and across county borders. In a race against the clock, they attempt to unpick a thick web of lies and deceit to uncover the truth behind the deaths. 

But it doesn't stop there. 

When catching a killer isn't enough, just how far are the team willing to push themselves to save the next girl? 

Your debut novel Shallow Waters was published in December, can you tell us a little bit about it? 
Shallow Waters is the story of secrets and lies wrapped up in a police investigation led by, DI Hannah Robbins, into the brutal murders of two teenage girls. While it is definitely a police procedural, it is also about the people. We each carry something with us that we don't tell everyone and it is during this investigation that secrets are tested. As the investigation takes the Nottingham City division Major Crimes Unit across county borders it pushes each member of the unit to their own personal limits and we have to find out what those limits are.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Books Read: Laura Elliot - Fragile Lies

His name is Michael Carmody.  
He is a writer and a father.  
His son is lying in a coma, fighting for his life. 

Her name is Lorraine Cheevers.  
She is an artist and mother.
An illicit affair has destroyed her marriage. 

Michael is desperate to find the couple who left his son for dead, a victim of a hit and run.  

Lorraine is desperate to start a new life for her and her daughter. 

Michael and Lorraine are about to cross paths – damaged souls, drawn to one another. 

They don’t know that their lives are already connected. 

They don’t know the web of lies surrounding them. 

They are each searching for the truth. But when they find it, it could destroy them both.

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Books Read: Cathy Bramley - Ivy Lane

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she seeks out peace and quiet in a new town, taking on a plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. 

But the friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and gradually draw Tilly in to their cosy, comforting world of planting seedlings, organizing bake sales and planning seasonal parties. 

As the seasons pass, will Tilly learn to stop hiding amongst the sweetpeas and let people back into her life – and her heart?

Ivy Lane was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Thursday, 26 February 2015

February Monthly Pre-Loved Books Giveaway

I can't believe it's almost the end of February already so that must mean it's time to run my monthly pre-loved books giveaway as a way to say thank you to followers for your support of me and the blog ;-)

Unfortunately I can only afford to choose one winner again this month as I already have some more giveaways lined up in March as part of my Irish Fiction week that I've been buying items for that I'll also have to pay postage for.   

The winner will be able to take their pick from a varied list of books that includes books that have been reviewed on the blog, a few new books that are duplicates, as well as some of my own personal older books as I've recently had a sort out as running out of storage room.  

Enter via the Rafflecopter below, the winner will be selected at random on 14th March and contacted with a full list of books that they can select from. 
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Guest Book Review: Jenny Colgan - Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Summer has arrived in the Cornish town of Mount Polbearne and Polly Waterford couldn't be happier. Because Polly is in love: she's in love with the beautiful seaside town she calls home, she's in love with running the bakery on Beach Street, and she's in love with her boyfriend, Huckle. 

And yet there's something unsettling about the gentle summer breeze that's floating through town. Selina, recently widowed, hopes that moving to Mount Polbearne will ease her grief, but Polly has a secret that could destroy her friend's fragile recovery. Responsibilities that Huckle thought he'd left behind are back and Polly finds it hard to cope with his increasingly long periods of absence. 

Polly sifts flour, kneads dough and bakes bread, but nothing can calm the storm she knows is coming: is Polly about to lose everything she loves?

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Guest Book Review: Amanda Prowse - A Mother's Story

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

I deserve all this because I did the worst thing a woman can do. The very worst. 

Jessica's wedding was like a fairytale. She looked radiant in a dress strewn with crystals. Her Dad conquered his nerves and made a tearful speech. And her gorgeous husband Matthew declared himself the luckiest man alive. Together, Jessica and Matthew feel like they can take on the world. 

But when their beautiful baby girl is born, Jessica is gripped with panic and fear. She can't tell anyone how she feels. Even when her life starts to spiral out of control... 

This is her story. A mother's story.

Amazon links: Kindle, Hardback or Paperback

Debut Spotlight: Helen Giltrow

The debut spotlight features are certainly proving very popular with visitors to the blog so it's my pleasure to introduce to you another debut author Helen Giltrow ahead of the paperback publication of her novel The Distance tomorrow.

Helen Giltrow is a former bookseller and editor whose writing has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and the Daily Telegraph’s Novel in a Year competition. She lives in Oxford. 

Her debut novel The Distance – a dark suspense thriller set in the world of criminal espionage, with a strong female lead – sold on the eve of the 2012 London Book Fair after a five-way UK auction; US and Canadian auctions followed. Translation rights have since been sold in nine territories including Germany, the Netherlands and Japan. 

They don't call her Karla anymore. She's Charlotte Alton: she doesn't trade in secrets, she doesn't erase dark pasts, and she doesn't break hit-men into prison.

Except that is exactly what she's been asked to do. 

The job is impossible: get the assassin into an experimental new prison so that he can take out a target who isn't officially there. 

It's a suicide mission, and quite probably a set-up. 

So why can't she say no?

Can you give us a brief overview of your debut novel The Distance? 
The Distance is a thriller set in a near-future London, where the information age has spawned a private espionage network run by a woman who sells illegally-acquired data to the highest bidder, from behind a cover of respectable wealth. 

At the same time, prison overcrowding and riots have brought about the temporary creation of a privately-run ‘secure community’ in a run-down suburb, where the inmates have started making their own rules.

The Distance spans both of those worlds.