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Cover Reveal – ‘The Secrets of Ivy Garden’ by Catherine Ferguson

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I am thrilled to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘The Secrets of Ivy Garden’ which is being published as an eBook by Maze on the 3rd April.  I have totally fallen head over heels in love with the cover.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to read this book.  Here’s what it is about.

 

Book Blurb

When Holly breaks up with her boyfriend Dean, she’s at a loss as to what to do next. But things go from bad to worse when her beloved grandmother Ivy dies – and Holly is left in charge of sorting out Ivy’s house and garden. As she sorts through her grandmother’s belongings and makes her way through the wilderness outside, Holly soon finds that there is more to Ivy than meets the eye, and uncovers a surprising family secret that changes everything…

This is a heart-warming and hilarious story from Catherine Ferguson about starting over, learning to garden and most of all learning to love.

 

‘The Secrets of Ivy Garden’ can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Catherine-Ferguson-Untitled-Book-1-ebook/dp/B01M3R3QHZ/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487526855&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+secrtes+of+ivy+garden

Catherine Ferguson is on Twitter: @catherine_ann_f

 

Guest Post by Linda Huber

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I am delighted to have Linda Huber on my blog today.  Her new book, ‘The Saturday Secret and other stories’ was published on the 15th February by Fabrian Books.  Profits from ebook and paperback sales of this collection are being donated to charity.

Linda has written a guest post for my blog.

 

The Saturday Secret and other stories

I’ve always been a ‘scribbler’ – I started aged seven when I did my writer’s badge in the Brownies, and I’ve never looked back. As a child, I wrote short then longer stories for children before the teenage phase of terrible poetry arrived, after which I went back to my children’s books – and I was still trying to write something publishable in the late nineties, when my mother challenged me to write a magazine story.

Once I realised that being published in a mag meant writing a story that would fit in with the other stories in the mag, and not something completely different, I got on quite well with this. It was great fun seeing my name in print, although for the first few I hid behind a pen name – I was Rosalind Farr for a while.

But when one of the mags I was writing for – The People’s Friend – accepted an article about family life in Switzerland, I had to re-think my pen name strategy. It seemed silly to have an article about Linda Huber and family, written by Rosalind Farr, so I used my own name for that and subsequent articles. Seeing my name in print made me want more, so I dropped poor Rosalind and stuck with Linda.

Then, around fifteen years ago, the idea of writing a psychological suspense novel pinged into my brain, and I wrote my next six books in this genre. (Apart from a brief escape when The Write Romantics asked me to contribute a story to their anthology Winter Tales, which supports The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.)

I did have a wobble about names when I was preparing The Saturday Secret. It’s a collection of light-heated, feel-good stories about love and family life – a completely different genre to my other books. I didn’t want to resurrect Rosalind, but I did consider L.E. Huber. In the end, though, I went with Linda again. It seemed less complicated…

Like Winter Tales, The Saturday Secret is a charity collection. As an ex-physiotherapist, I’m very interested in medical research and medical help/aid, and the charity I donate to will be a medical one. But there’s a lot to think about – I live in Switzerland, have family and friends in this country – well over half my life is here. So I want to support a charity that works internationally. I’ll be talking to my accountant about it before publication, and then we’ll see. One idea is to wait until the end of 2017, see what’s happening in the world, and choose accordingly. More details about this will go up on The Saturday Secret’s page on my website, as and when we know them. I’m not expecting this little book to sell millions, but if it makes a few pounds – or francs – for a good cause, I’ll be happy.

And if anyone has an idea about an international medical charity – my ears are open!

 

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Book Blurb

The Saturday Secret and other Stories is a collection of fifteen tales of life, love, and family – perfect for a coffee-break! Previously published in UK national magazines, the stories are about relationships within the family and without – some are humorous, some bittersweet; all are upbeat and emotional.

The Party Partners   Belinda and Phillip have fun at weddings, engagement parties and all sorts of celebrations. But anything more personal was out of the question – or was it?

Family Matters   Gary shares Sharon’s dream of having children – but as far as he’s concerned, it’s something for the future.

Corinna’s Big Day   It was the most important day in baby Corinna’s life, but for Madge, it was one of the saddest…

Lucky for Some   You might say drawing number 13 in the cycle rally was bad luck. You might say falling off was bad luck, too. But Hilary knew better!

Patiently Waiting   Mike woke up after his operation and saw the girl of his dreams. The problem was the engagement ring she wore on a chain round her neck…

The Saturday Secret   What was she up to? The whole family wanted to know! But Gran wasn’t telling…

And many more…

 

About Linda Huber

Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years being a full-time mum to two boys and a rescue dog.

Linda’s writing career began in the nineties, and since then she’s had over fifty short stories and articles published, as well as five psychological suspense novels. Her books are set in the UK, in places she knows well – Cornwall, The Isle of Arran, Yorkshire, as well as Bedford and Manchester.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, she has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, where she’s working on another suspense novel.

Find out more about Linda here:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

Website: http://lindahuber.net/

 

‘The Saturday Secret and other stories’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

http://amzn.to/2lyhXbV

 

Blog Tour – ‘Dare to Remember’ by Susanna Beard

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‘Dare to Remember’ is Susanna Beard’s debut novel. It was published by Legend Press on the 1st February in both paperback and as an eBook. I was very kindly sent a copy to review and I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour.

After an attack which leaves Lisa Fulbrook badly injured and her best friend and flatmate dead, Lisa moves to a small village where she can recover peacefully and eventually get back to some sort of normality. With only vague memories of the event she cuts herself off from friends and family, happy to spend her days going for long walks with Riley, her neighbour’s dog.

Lisa finds it almost impossible to sleep due to the nightmares she keeps having. She also has a number of disturbing flashbacks relating to the attack. As Lisa desperately tries to piece together the memories she asks herself a number of questions and she realises that there’s another truth still hidden to her, something she can’t escape from. A truth that may have been right in front of her all along.

I thought ‘Dare to Remember’ to be a really good read. I liked the writing style and I was soon drawn into the story. I found myself turning the pages as quickly as possible wanting to know what actually happened on the night of the attack.

I enjoyed following Lisa on her journey to recovery and seeing her make positive steps. I know she felt she wasn’t getting anywhere much at times, but she was. Lisa moved to the village where she hoped to be able to cut herself off and live a quiet life, but that obviously wasn’t to be. I think the opportunity to take Riley the dog for his daily walks came at the right time. He was such good therapy for her and gave her hours of love.  She also got to meet Jessica who became a good friend. The sessions Lisa had with the psychotherapist were interesting and I actually felt I learnt something.

I personally thought that the chapters were a bit too long and would have preferred them to be shorter. Perhaps the book could have been split into parts too. I would also have loved to have known the name of the village where Lisa moved to.

If you like good psychological suspense then you must read ‘Dare to Remember’. You’ll find it hard to put down.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

About Susanna Beard

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Susanna is a psychological crime writer who lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Her day job in PR both demands and celebrates writing and she’s helped promote everything from websites to wine. She writes every day, all the time: news, articles, speeches, websites, blogs – and now novels.

She likes dark, contemplative stories with a twist; she’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships and the impact of insignificant events on people’s lives.

Susanna started writing fiction after attending a course at the Faber Academy. Other passions include her dogs, who keep her grounded, and tennis, which clears her brain of pretty much everything.

 

‘Dare to Remember’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dare-Remember-Psychological-Crime-Drama-ebook/dp/B01JGMFZ6G/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1487312022&sr=1-1&keywords=dare+to+remember

 

Book Extract – ‘Escapades in Bizarrchaeology: The Journal of Captain Max Virtus’ by Adrian Burrows

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‘Escapades in Bizarrchaeology: The Journal of Captain Max Virtus’ by Adrian Burrows was published by Williams & Whiting on the 1st December 2016.  I have an extract for all of you to read, but first here’s what the book is about.

 

Book Blurb

The History Book For People Who Don’t Like History – Yet! Captain Max Virtus has spent his life Excavating the Extraordinary and Unearthing the Unusual. Gathering the history of the Bizarre to exhibit in his Warehouse of Bizzarchaeology. Now you have the opportunity to take a guided tour of his life’s work, in this, his personal journal. Discover why bats were used as bombs, how an emu can defeat a tank, the reason why guns were installed in cemetries … and how you can get shot with an arrow … and survive. All this … and then things get really weird! Take History To The Max

 

Extract

Those Weird Vikings

Vikings. Brilliant weren’t they?

Stinky, blood thirsty, horned helmet wearing barbarians.

Only that sentence is depressingly untrue.

Firstly, Vikings were not stinky, in fact they were considered a fragrant bouquet of delight compared to their Saxon neighbours. Vikings bathed once a week and fashioned beauty products out of small animal bones, tweezers to pluck out unwanted hair and ear spoons to scoop out gunk from the lug holes of even the most fearsome warrior.

Secondly, Vikings weren’t all that blood thirsty. In fact, their raiding hobby fast moved on to rather more boring interests, such as trading, settling and exploring (YAWN!).

Thirdly, there’s no evidence to suggest that Vikings wore horns on their helmets. After all, why would anyone think it would be a good idea to stick two big easy to grab horns on the side of their head? It would allow a quick thinking opponent to either yank your head in position for a welltimed slash of a broadsword or simply pull your helmet over your eyes and provide chortlesome fun for all their friends as you stumble, blindly around the battlefield. In fact, there’s very little evidence to suggest that Vikings wore helmets AT ALL. Illustrations from the period show them wearing lousy leather caps or boringly bare headed.

So if Vikings aren’t stinky, blood thirsty, horned helmet wearing barbarians then doesn’t that make them rather boring? Oh no no dear reader, Vikings did plenty of bizarrely brilliant things.

 

Vikings loved Skiing

Who doesn’t love Skiing? The answer is not Vikings. They loved it. Their skis were about 2 metres long and made of pine wood. However, Vikings didn’t just ski, they also went ice skating. The skates were made from the foot bones of horses, cows or elks and were strapped to the feet of the Viking as they propelled themselves over the ice with two short sticks.

Are you thinking about a giant bearded Viking warrior involved in a pretty spectacular and surprisingly flexible ice skate dance routine whilst clad in horribly florescent and skin tight lycra? If not, you are now.

 

Wee Dye

Vikings considered the ideal hair colour to be blonde. They could also suffer from horrible infestations of lice and nits in their finely combed (yes, they had combs too) hair.

So what better solution than dunking your head in a month old bucket of wee?

Not only would it eliminate any rogue lice it would also lighten the colour of your hair.

However, having to keep month old buckets of wee could clutter up even the longest longhouse. So Lye Soap was developed instead. The key toxic ingredient of yee olde Lye Soap? Wee.

 

Vikings had a Weird Sense of Humour

Vikings took their reputations very seriously indeed. An insulted Viking would often respond to the verbal bashing by challenging the bully to a physical bashing instead. Duels would be held (not always resulting in death, sometimes the warrior who managed to disarm the other or draw first blood would be the victor) but what happened to the person who lost? Well, they were given a rather odd challenge. A wild cow would be brought into the hall where the duel had taken place. The cow’s tail would then be shaved and coated in grease. Then the Viking who had lost the duel would have their feet covered in grease too. Then the cow would be made angry (calling it names or poking it in the eye with a stick should do the trick). Then the loser would have to grip the cow’s tail (can you tell where this is going yet?).

On a given command the Viking would then have to pull the cow’s tail. Which would make the cow go WILD! Bucking and stomping, kicking out with its hooves like a cowy whirlwind of death. The poor Viking would simply have to keep hold of its tail until it calmed down. If he succeeded, then not only could he keep his life he could also keep the cow as well! Bonus!

 

Secret Bonus Fact: Viking warriors wore eyeliner! It was called kohl and it was a dark coloured powder that kept the harsh light of the sun from damaging sensitive eyeballs.

 

About Adrian Burrows

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(b.1981) works as an actor, Workshop Practitioner and Author in Lancaster. He is passionate about ensuring that history remains relevant to people of all ages and so spends the vast majority of his time dressed as a Viking, Roman Gladiator and/or a Pirate at primary schools across England.

His combination of broad shoulders and tiny waist means he has often been described as a triangle and he has a deep hatred of grammar and spelling – apologies in advance to his editor…

 

Links

‘Escapades in Bizarrchaeology: The Journal of Captain Max Virtus’ is available to buy from:-

Amazon UK

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Escapades-Bizarrchaeology-1-Adrian-Burrows-x/dp/1911266284/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484000485&sr=8-1&keywords=escapades+in+bizarrchaeology

Waterstones

https://www.waterstones.com/book/escapades-in-bizarrchaeology/adrian-burrows/9781911266280

 

Adrian Burrow’s Twitter handle – @Adeauthor

 

Blogger Recognition Award

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I would like to thank Caroline Vincent for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award.  I have never been nominated for this award before and I feel honoured.  It came just at the right time and means a lot to me.  Your blog looks lovely and I will be exploring it for sure.  This is Caroline’s blog – https://www.bitsaboutbooks.net/

 

Being nominated means that I am obliged to follow the rules.  These are:-

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog; let them know you have nominated them; provide the link to the post you created.

 

How my blog started

I became a regular user of Twitter.  At first I reviewed a few books on Amazon etc.  I could see that people had blogs but knew nothing about setting up a blog and running it.  Then one day I decided to take the plunge, registered for a blog with WordPress and over 5 years later here I am still blogging.

 

My two pieces of advice to new bloggers

  1. The blogging world is a very exciting community with lots to learn.  Choose books you really want to read and try not to take on too many reviews.  This is the mistake a lot of us have made and that’s when things can get really overwhelming and sometimes stressful.  If things get too much take a little break from your blog.
  2. Remember to write honest reviews.  If you didn’t like a book say why.  It doesn’t matter if the whole world seems to like the same book, it doesn’t mean you necessarily will.  After all if we all liked the same things it would be a very boring world indeed.  Don’t feel bad about not being amongst the thousands who love a particular book.

 

The 15 bloggers I want to give this award to

I’m sure some of the bloggers I will be selecting have already been nominated.  If you’ve been chosen more than once then please consider yourself as being very special.

  1.  Anne Cater – http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/
  2.  Linda Hill – https://lindasbookbag.com/
  3.  Sarah Hardy – https://lindasbookbag.com/
  4.  Sharon – http://shazsbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/
  5.  Kate – https://bibliophilebookclub.com/
  6.  Rachel Gilbey – http://rachelsrandomreads.blogspot.co.uk/
  7.  Anne Williams – http://beinganne.com/
  8.  Sophie – http://www.book-drunk.co.uk/
  9.  Rebecca Pugh – http://thehummingbirdreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
  10.  Gordon McGhie – http://grabthisbook.net
  11.  Drew Weldon – https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress.com/
  12.  Joanne Robertson – https://mychestnutreadingtree.wordpress.com/
  13. Jen Lucas – https://jenmedsbookreviews.com/
  14. Janet Emson – https://fromfirstpagetolast.wordpress.com/
  15. Mairead Hearne – http://www.swirlandthread.com/

Each and every blog which I have chosen is unique.  These bloggers are amazing people and they put in a lot of time and effort doing what they love to do, spreading the word about books.   Sometimes things can get hard.  Sometimes there are disappointments along the way.  But the thing that will always keep us going is books.

 

Cover Reveal – ‘Will to Live’ by Rachel Amphlett

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I am absolutely delighted to be revealing the cover of Rachel Amphlett’s new book.  ‘Will to Live’, the second Detective Kay Hunter novel is out on the 4th April.  To whet your appetites read on to find out what it’s all about.

 

Book Blurb

Reputation is everything

When a packed commuter train runs over a body on a stretch of track known to locals as ‘Suicide Mile’, it soon transpires that the man was a victim of a calculated murder.

As the investigation evolves and a pattern of murders is uncovered, Detective Sergeant Kay Hunter realises the railway’s recent reputation may be the work of a brutal serial killer.

With a backlog of cold cases to investigate and attempting to uncover who is behind a professional vendetta against her, Kay must keep one step ahead of both the killer and her own adversaries.

When a second murder takes place within a week of the first, she realises the killer’s timetable has changed, and she’s running out of time to stop him…

Will to Live is the second book in a new crime thriller series featuring Kay Hunter – a detective with a hidden past and an uncertain future…

If you like Angela Marsons, Peter James and Robert Bryndza, you will love Rachel Amphlett’s new series.

 

Blog Tour – ‘Perfect Remains’ by Helen Fields

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I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this blog tour celebrating Helen Fields’ debut crime fiction novel.  ‘Perfect Remains’ was published on the 26th January in paperback and as an eBook by Avon Books.  It’s a book that sounds right up my street and I really can’t wait to read it.

I have an extract for all of my lovely readers, but first here’s what the book is about.

 

Book Blurb

On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing.

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness.

Detective Inspector Luc Callanach has barely set foot in his new office when Elaine’s missing persons case is escalated to a murder investigation. Having left behind a promising career at Interpol, he’s eager to prove himself to his new team. But Edinburgh, he discovers, is a long way from Lyon, and Elaine’s killer has covered his tracks with meticulous care.

It’s not long before another successful woman is abducted from her doorstep, and Callanach finds himself in a race against the clock. Or so he believes … The real fate of the women will prove more twisted than he could have ever imagined.

Fans of Angela Marson, Mark Billingham and M. J. Aldridge will be gripped by this chilling journey into the mind of a troubled killer.

 

Extract

Callanach retraced his steps and went back into her bedroom. The bed was bare, the sheets stripped by the forensics team looking for signs of sexual activity and DNA. None but hers had been found. There was minimal makeup in her drawers, only two bottles of perfume in her en-suite cupboard. He opened her wardrobe and found two rows of shoes, split between work and exercise. It was ironic how someone who valued order and neatness so highly could have ended their life in such chaos and trauma. At what point had she realised something was wrong? As soon as she’d left the gym, perhaps. Had someone been following her or was he waiting for her at home? Buxton was fit and healthy. She’d have put up a fight if she hadn’t been taken completely by surprise. There was no sign of a struggle, though.

Finally, among neatly folded sweaters, Callanach saw the one thing that had been missing. A ragged teddy bear peeked down from the top shelf, much loved, by the look of it, too precious to put away with the other childish things. Something to look at every morning and evening as she dressed and undressed. A fragment of warmth in an otherwise formal home. He closed the cupboard door against the bear’s forlorn, waiting stare. It wouldn’t help him find her killer and it didn’t progress matters to dwell upon the human loss. Only science, logic and research solved cases. Elaine’s house offered nothing further. Callanach locked up and was glad to leave the silence and stillness behind.

Calls to her ex-husband Ryan proved unrewarding. He’d been out of contact with her for more than a year. Following the autopsy report, police officers notified Elaine’s mother of her death that afternoon. Callanach was pleased it wasn’t his job on that occasion. No amount of training or experience made delivering death notifications any easier. The press was given the information shortly afterwards, with a renewed request for information. Callanach chased up the friend whose birthday celebration Elaine had attended at the gym and found she’d been more of an acquaintance in reality. They’d shared a Pilates class, worked out together each Wednesday and Friday but didn’t socialise anywhere else. Elaine hadn’t mentioned a boyfriend, she’d told Callanach, not that they chatted about that sort of thing. It was in keeping with the way she lived. Work colleagues all said the same. So, surely, Callanach mused, she’d have noticed someone taking an interest in her, watching her, following her. She was a lawyer. She’d have known there were court orders available to protect her. Was her murderer so restrained that he’d never once revealed himself?

Elaine’s diary and correspondence had been seized as evidence. Callanach took the paperwork home, expecting little more than meetings and reminders in to-do-list form. It had already been inspected by the missing persons team and no useful information had been identified. The diary was A4-sized, with a sheet for each day, the notations proficiently brief.

 

Hopefully after reading what ‘Perfect Remains’ is about and the extract you’ll be dying to read more.  If so, here’s the Amazon UK purchase link:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Remains-unforgettable-edge-your-seat/dp/0008181551/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1486316561&sr=1-1

 

Guest Post by Wendy Clarke

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I’d like to introduce you all to Wendy Clarke.  Wendy has written and had lots of short stories published in various magazines.  I invited her to write a guest post for my blog.

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When I tell people that I write short stories for magazines, there are three things they always want to know: what made me start writing, why I chose magazines and where I get my ideas from. I’ll start my post by answering these questions.

Unlike many magazine writers, I started writing later in life. Despite loving creative writing at school, and enjoying teaching it in the classroom, it had never occurred to me that I might one day make it my career. It took an unfortunate event (the closing down of the school where I taught) and an online writing course, to show me my new path.

It was my course tutor who suggested I try submitting some stories to magazines. The course had just finished and, feeling bereft at not having a weekly piece of writing to submit, I decided to give it a go. At first, I had the expected rejections but I didn’t let it put me off. I carried on writing and I carried on submitting then, three months later, I had a letter from the People’s Friend saying they liked one of my stories… hurray! This was followed by a sale to Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly.

That was the start and, four years on, I’m still writing for them all and have had around two hundred stories and two serials published. I still find it hard to believe!

Moving on to where I get my ideas… I get them everywhere. My friends will tell you that we’ll be having a conversation and I’ll suddenly shout, “Wait! I have to write that down!” This will be followed by a frantic scrabbling for my notebook. I get ideas from conversations, newspaper articles, things I’ve seen, memories, poems… even meeting Mary Berry. The list is endless. At present, I have around thirty ideas in my notebook I haven’t used yet.

Despite my notebook, there are sometimes frustrating times when I can’t think what to write or just don’t feel in the mood. If this happens, I don’t try and force it. Instead, I’m kind to myself and allow myself to have a couple of days off from writing. This helps to recharge my batteries and fill up the writing well again.

So why do I love writing short stories? For a start, I love that there are so many different people’s heads I can be in, so many places I can visit and so many adventures I can have. One day, I might be a twenty-year old girl on holiday in Greece and the next a male taxi driver picking up a fare in London. It’s never boring! I also like the excitement of making a sale and seeing the story in print (often with a lovely illustration). A selection of my published magazine stories can be found in my collection, The Last Rose.

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If I have any advice for a new writer hoping to break into the market it would be this:

  • Write the best you can
  • Study the market but write what you would like to read
  • Grow a thick skin (believe me, you will be rejected!)
  • Don’t give up
  • Write for love, not money

Which leads me to my final point. Enjoy your writing… if there’s not pleasure in it, there’s little point in doing it!

 

About Wendy Clarke

Wendy lives in West Sussex with her husband, cat and badly behaved dog. She has written around two hundred stories and two serials for national women’s magazines and is a regular fiction writer for The People’s Friend. She has also written several articles for Writing Magazine. Wendy is a member of the RNA NWS and has just finished her first novel. She has published two collections of short stories, Room in Your Heart and The Last Rose.

 

Links

Blog – http://wendyswritingnow.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook –   https://www.facebook.com/wendy.sargent.376

Twitter – @WendyClarke99 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Rose-Stories-family-friendship-ebook/dp/B00U1WBAC4

 

 

Blog Tour – ‘Ledston Luck’ by Andrew Barrett

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‘Ledston Luck’ was published on the 18th January. It is the fourth book in the CSI Eddie Collins series. Today is the last day of the blog tour and I am finishing it off with my review.

When a corpse is discovered in a long-abandoned chapel, CSI Eddie Collins and the police get much more than they bargained for. The body is booby-trapped which results in CSI Eddie Collins and DI Benson being injured and one of their team killed. Eddie is absolutely heartbroken, full of guilt and most of all he’s angry. He’ll find the murderer no matter what it takes.

This is the first book I have read by Andrew Barrett. Although ‘Ledston Luck’ is the fourth in the series it can be read as a standalone novel without any confusion. I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Ledston Luck’ and I thought it was very cleverly written. I was totally blown away by this story. It was fast-paced, gritty and extremely hard to put down. There were some really shocking revelations too.

I liked Eddie Collins and I felt sorry for what he went through. He reminded me a bit of a cat with nine lives as he escaped death on several occasions. I loved his humour too.  Some of the things he came out with when asked a question were funny.

There was quite a bit of violence throughout the story but I think it was necessary as it gives the reader a good idea why things happened the way they did.

I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to read and review ‘Ledston Luck’. I urge all fans of crime fiction to buy a copy of this book. I am really looking forward to seeing what Andrew Barrett comes up with next.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

 

About Andrew Barrett

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Andrew Barrett has been writing best-selling thrillers since the mid 1990s, all set in northern England. He’s also written several short stories, and co-written a number of television scripts.

Andrew’s novels focus on the world of Crime Scene Investigators (CSIs). He offers a unique insight into this dark landscape, making good use of his expertise as a Senior CSI to envelop the reader in exciting yet realistic stories.

Included in each story are elements of dark humour and severe emotional highs and lows. So be prepared.

 

Links

‘Ledston Luck’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ledston-Luck-Fourth-gripping-Collins-ebook/dp/B01N248LKI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485285794&sr=1-1&keywords=ledston+luck

Andrew Barrett’s Website – http://www.andrew-barrett.co.uk

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AndrewBarrett.author/

Twitter – @AndrewBarrettUK

 

Blog Tour – ‘Little Girl Lost’ by Carol Wyer

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‘Little Girl Lost’ was published by Bookouture on the 19th January. It is the first book in the DI Robyn Carter series. I am thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour for which I am reviewing the book. I received my copy from NetGalley.

Abigail appears to have the perfect life. She has it all; a doting husband and an adorable baby daughter. But is everything as it seems? Someone knows about her past and they won’t rest until the truth is told.

When baby Izzy is kidnapped from a car park, Detective Robyn Carter takes on the case. Her instincts tell her that there is a connection between Izzy’s abduction and two murders she is currently investigating. There is a serial killer at large and Robyn needs to find him or her before it’s too late.

Carol Wyer has written several humorous books and has now turned to crime. It seems she has found her dark side and I have to say I’m actually really impressed. I just loved Carol’s style of writing. There were so many twists and turns and some real shockers too. As I got more into the story I found myself getting totally hooked.

It took me a while to work out how all the characters were connected. Abigail was getting threatening messages and I spent ages trying to work out who was responsible for them and the murders. I ended up suspecting just about everyone at one point.

I really admired Robyn Carter. She had had a really tough time of things and needed to get back into a proper routine. I bet she never thought she would be taking on such a grisly case. Time was running out fast but Robyn was sure to be able to solve it. She had PC Mitz Patel and another officer helping her. I liked Mitz and thought he was rather sweet.

‘Little Girl Lost’ is a must read for fans of crime. I am really looking forward to DI Robyn Carter’s next case.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

About Carol Wyer

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As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

 

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‘Little Girl Lost’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Girl-Lost-gripping-Detective-ebook/dp/B01M9ETOCA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485110931&sr=1-1&keywords=little+girl+lost

Carol Wyer’s Website – http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

 

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