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Cover Reveal – ‘The Seagull’s Laughter’ by Holly Bidgood ~ #LoveBooksTours @WildPressed @HollyBidgood

I am very excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for ‘The Seagull’s Laughter’ by Holly Bidgood along with a number of other book bloggers.  This book is being published in November of this year by Wild Pressed Books and boy does it sound good.

I would like to thank Kelly Lacey of Love Books Group for inviting me to get involved in this reveal.

Are you ready to see the cover?  I personally love it and hope you do too.

Feast your eyes on this…….

 


Book Blurb

Born in 1973 to a Greenlandic mother and an English-Explorer father, Malik has always been something of a misfit. He has one black eye and one blue. As a child his mother’s people refused to touch him and now his own baby daughter’s family feel the same way.

On his own now, Malik’s only companion is a guiding spirit no-one else can see, but one day a white man with a nose like a beak and a shadow like a seagull appears on his doorstep and invites him to England.

Martha has had enough of living with domestic abuse. She compares bruises with her friend Neil, who regularly suffers homophobic attacks. With Martha’s baby, they go on the run to Shetland, where Martha has happy childhood memories of summers spent with her aunt.

On their way up north in a camper van, they come across a dejected Malik, alone again after a brief reconciliation with his father’s family.

They arrive safely together in the Shetland Isles, but Malik still needs answers to the identity of the beak-nosed man who casts a shadow over his life, and must now embark on a further journey of his own.

 

The Seagull’s Laughter is an immersive read, intertwined with nature and the magic of Greenlandic folk tales.

 

About Holly Bidgood


Holly grew up in Derbyshire but has always been drawn to the sea. She has written from a young age. Her love affair with island landscapes was kick-started on a brief visit to the Faroe Islands at the age of eighteen, en route to Iceland. She was immediately captivated by the landscape, weather, and way of life and it was here that she conceived the idea for her first novel, The Eagle and The Oystercatcher.

Holly studied Icelandic, Norwegian and Old Norse at University College London. She also studied as an exchange student at The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) and spent a memorable summer working in a museum in South Greenland.

She decided to start a family young, and now has three small children. Holly helps run Life & Loom, a social and therapeutic weaving studio in Hull.  She likes to escape from the busyness of her life by working on her novels and knitting Icelandic wool jumpers.

The Seagull’s Laughter will be published in November 2019.

 

Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/HollyBidgood

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/HollyBidgoodAuthor/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15720934.Holly_Bidgood

Publisher

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Wildpressed

 

Blog Tour – ‘A Sinner’s Prayer’ by M.P. Wright ~ @bwpublishing @EllingtonWright

I am absolutely thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour today.  ‘A Sinner’s Prayer’, the fourth and last book in the Detective JT Ellington series was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 18th July 2019 by Black & White Publishing.  It is also available in audiobook.  I would like to thank the publisher for inviting me to participate in the tour and for my review copy.

Before I tell you what I thought about ‘A Sinner’s Prayer’, here is the book blurb.

 

Book Blurb

Saying farewell to the dark side doesn’t mean the dark side wants rid of you. And I was about to be reminded of that fact.

1970, St Pauls, Bristol. A new decade, and JT Ellington is determined it will be a quiet one. He’s stepped away from the private-eye game to scratch a living, respectable at last, as a school caretaker.

Still his nights are full of torment – guilt and ghosts that no prayers will banish – but it’s not until the past comes calling in the unwelcome form of Superintendent Fletcher that JT’s resolve is truly tested.

Fletcher has a job for JT – and the hard-nosed cop can’t be refused. A young man, Nikhil Suresh, has disappeared hours before his wedding; rumours abound and his family is distraught. JT is to investigate.

With what feels like blood money in his pocket, JT is plunged deep into a demi-monde of vice, violence and forbidden passion. An extraordinary, malevolent enemy is intent on destroying him. Now – seeking survival and redemption – JT must play as dirty and dangerous as those who want him dead.

 

My Review

Oh Wow! Was that a fantastic read or what. You won’t believe this, but I haven’t read any of this series and am now wishing I had done. ‘A Sinner’s Prayer’ was absolutely amazing. I was totally hooked and when I wasn’t reading the book I was literally counting down the hours until I could pick it up again. It’s a shame when real life gets in the way isn’t it!

M.P. Wright certainly knows how to weave a good tale and keep his audience captivated. He mentioned JT Ellington’s past which painted a picture for me. That said I found there was loads more I wanted to know. The dialect throughout the book was fascinating. I could almost hear JT and other characters talking.

They say you never know what is around the corner and this was certainly very true in JT’s case. All he wanted was to be able to live a respectable life and for a while things seemed to be working out for him. He preferred doing an honest day’s work. But it turned out he couldn’t hide from the past and soon it was knocking at his door. JT was to find that things were about to become very complicated indeed with possibly no escape.

‘A Sinner’s Prayer’ is a must read for lovers of historical and crime fiction. You will find that you don’t want to put it down even for a second.

This book can definitely be read as a standalone novel but like me you will probably find yourself wanting to read the whole series from the beginning. This is something I will be doing for sure at some point. I am so glad that I have at last read one of M.P. Wright’s books. I hope there is a lot more from him.

 

‘A Sinner’s Prayer’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sinners-Prayer-Detective-JT-Ellington/dp/1785302299/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

About M.P. Wright

Mark Wright was born in Leicestershire in 1965. He was employed in various roles within the music industry before working as a private investigator. He retrained in 1989 and spent the next twenty years in the mental health and probation services in the UK, specialising in risk assessment. A self-confessed aficionado of film, music and real ale, and father of two beautiful daughters, Mark lives with his partner and their two Rottweiler dogs, Tiff and Dylan.

 

Social Media Links

Author

Twitter – https://twitter.com/EllingtonWright

Publisher

Twitter – https://twitter.com/bwpublishing

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blackandwhitepublishing/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/bwpublishing

 

Book Review – ‘An Armful of Animals’ by Malcolm D. Welshman ~ @malcolmwelshman

‘An Armful of Animals’ is Malcolm D. Welshman’s memoir.  He self-published it last year and it is available in paperback and as an eBook.  I was sent this book a while ago to review and would like to thank Malcolm for my copy.

I will tell you all in a minute what my thoughts on this book are.  First though, here’s what its about.

 

Book Blurb

Malcolm D. Welshman has had a lifetime filled with exciting encounters with animals. As a lad in Nigeria, he is attacked by soldier ants and terrified by a snake in his treehouse. His treasured companion, Poucher, an African bush dog, prevents him and his mother from being savaged by baboons.

Once qualified as a vet Malcolm has to attempt life-saving surgery on his beloved parrot. On a road trip across the Sahara, there is a tussle with a lame camel and the operation on an Ostrich gored by an antelope.

Settling back in West Sussex in England, he tackles a cow that’s got stuck in a tree, wily cats and battles with cunning badgers and baby bats.
He shares all these fascinating experiences in this gently humorous memoir that will guarantee to tug at the heart strings while bringing a smile to your face. Anyone who loves animals will be enchanted and enthralled.

‘A witty take on a young vet’s life that pet lovers will find endearing.’ – Bel Mooney, Daily Mail.

‘A joyful read full of animals and fun.’ – Celia Haddon, author and former Daily Telegraph columnist.

‘Bursting with exotic creatures and eccentric characters, this touching memoir makes for a spellbinding read where the author’s love of animals shines through.’ – Jenny Itzcovitz, editor of Sixtyplusurfers.co.uk.

 

My Review

Having previously reviewed one of Malcolm D. Welshman’s books, I was really looking forward to reading ‘An Armful of Animals’. I must admit I don’t usually read memoirs but as this was a book about animals, I thought I would give it a go and I’m so glad I did.

I found ‘An Armful of Animals’ an absolute joy to read. The author has done a wonderful job of putting this book together. There was just so much packed into each chapter. I loved the style of writing and the humour throughout, though there were some sad moments too of course. It felt as if the author was sitting there in front of me telling me about his life.

I got to meet a large variety of birds and animals including a few pets from Malcolm’s childhood which was nice. It was very interesting to learn what made him decide to become a vet.

It’s very hard to pick my favourites out of the chapters as they were all good, so I won’t. One that really amused me though was about the cows and sheep. That made me chuckle a bit. The way the author described the owners was absolutely hilarious. They should have had name tags on! I also loved the chapter about Polly the African Grey Parrot. She sounded like a right little cracker. One thing though, the author can keep the snakes as I wouldn’t want them anywhere near me.

‘An Armful of Animals’ is a treasure chest of tales from Malcolm’s childhood onwards. If you are a pet or animal lover, then I urge you to read this book. You certainly won’t be disappointed.

I hope to read more about this author’s life sometime in the future. I am sure there are many more stories he could tell.

 

About Malcolm D. Welshman

Malcolm Welshman is a retired vet and author. He was the My Weekly vet for 15 years and has written many features for magazines such as She, The Lady, The People’s Friend, Cat World, Yours, and newspapers such as The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. He is the author of three pet novels, the first of which, Pets in a Pickle, reached number two on Kindle’s bestseller list. His third novel, Pets Aplenty, was a finalist for The People’s Book Prize 2015. His latest book, An Armful of Animals – published September 2018 – is a memoir of encounters with creatures as diverse as a cow stuck in a tree and a red-footed booby. Jim Wight, James Herriot’s son, says of it, ‘A most enjoyable insight into a fascinating life.’ While author and columnist on The Daily Mail, Bel Mooney, states, ‘A witty take on a young vet’s life that pet owners will find endearing.’

A fourth pet novel, Pets are a Pleasure, is due to be published this autumn.

Malcolm is also an international speaker on cruise ships, having completed 47 such engagements over the past eight years. He is a bi-monthly contributor to a local community radio, Keep 106 in Dorset.

 

Links

‘An Armful of Animals’ is available to buy from:-

Amazon UK – http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H1HM7ZB

Amazon US – http://amazon.com/dp/B07H1HM7ZB

 

Website – http://www.malcolmwelshman.co.uk

Twitter – twitter.com/malcolmwelshman

Facebook – Facebook.com/malcolmwelshman.7

 

Book Review – ‘A Summer to Remember’ by Sue Moorcroft ~ @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

Following on from my post this morning promoting ‘A Summer to Remember’ by Sue Moorcroft, I am back reviewing this book.  I would like to thank Sue and Avon Books for sending me a review copy.

Before I tell you all what I thought about ‘A Summer to Remember’, here’s the book blurb again.

 

Book Blurb

COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

 

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘A Summer to Remember’. No, actually I loved it. It was everything I expected it to be and so much more besides. From the very first page I knew this book was for me. Sue Moorcroft’s descriptions of Nelson’s Bar and the surrounding areas were simply breath-taking, and I could picture the village in colour in my head. It sounded like the ideal place to escape to away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and technology.

There were some truly wonderful characters in this story including Dilys and Ernie. They literally couldn’t live with each other but at the same time they couldn’t live without each other. It was quite sweet in a way.

Clancy was such a warm and lovely person and I found myself liking her instantly. Circumstances left her with no other option but to start afresh somewhere else which didn’t seem at all fair at first, especially when what happened was hardly her fault. Nevertheless, she got on with life as best as she could. I really liked Clancy’s spirt and how she was always there for others.

And of course, how could I forget Nelson the dog. He was just so adorable. I think it’s so nice when there’s a pet included in the story. That’s very important as they are characters in their own right.

Relationships and break-ups played a key part in this story. It took a lot to confront the truth and realise that sometimes things just weren’t meant to be. Hearts broke and life didn’t feel worth living but at some point, something or someone better was bound to come along as Clancy was about to discover.

I really recommend reading ‘A Summer to Remember’. I guarantee that it’s a story you won’t forget in a hurry.

Sue Moorcroft is now on my list of favourite authors. She is an amazing writer and her books are magical.

 

‘A Summer to Remember’ is available to buy from:- 

Apple iBook: buy
Amazon UK: buy
Kobo: buy

Don’t forget that the eBook is currently 99p.

 

Book Promotion: Guest Post – ‘A Summer to Remember’ by Sue Moorcroft ~ @SueMoorcroft @AvonBooksUK

If you are a fan of Sue Moorcroft’s books then I have some brilliant news for you.  Her latest novel, ‘A Summer to Remember’ is currently on promotion at only 99p for the eBook.  How good is that!  I can tell you now that you are in for a real treat.

Sue Moorcroft has written a guest post for my blog.  First though, here’s what ‘A Summer to Remember’ is about.

 

Book Blurb

COME AND SPEND SUMMER BY THE SEA!

WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.

WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!

WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.

WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…

GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

 

Guest Post

Dealing with the exes

In A Summer to Remember the ex-fiancé of Clancy and the ex-girlfriend of Aaron played pivotal roles.

Will, Clancy’s ex, was comparatively easy. He was ex at the beginning of the book because he’d been caught with another woman. The other woman, Renée, had come storming back at him from his past: the love of his life, now single and returning the love he felt for her, marrying Clancy could only be wrong. Nevertheless, readers weren’t meant to feel much sympathy for him when he was intimate with Renée before ending his engagement to Clancy. It was made hard for Clancy to remain in the business in which they were both partners. She was the innocent victim, but Will didn’t leave the biz and their home to make it easy on her. In fact, Will’s behaviour is increasingly self-serving throughout the book until, some might consider, he gets a bit of a comeuppance.

In writing terms, it was beyond easy to encourage the readers not to sympathise with Will.

Genevieve, Aaron’s girlfriend at the beginning of the book, I found trickier to handle. Essentially, she did nothing ‘wrong’ – at least, she didn’t cheat or lie. Genevieve, as so often in real life, made a mistake. Instead of continuing to be the independent woman Aaron had been enjoying being with for the past year, she tried to move their relationship on and move in with him. I think Aaron would have handled this better if she hadn’t hung this change on the fact that she had to move out of her cottage for building work. The more he told her it was the wrong reason for moving in with someone the more she seemed to realise that actually, she wanted to commit.

Sadly, Aaron didn’t.

It made him realise that not only was Genevieve not ‘the one’ but that his preoccupation with Clancy, with whom he’d shared one hot kiss, one blazing row and then six years of stilted emails, was altogether too much on his mind.

The problem, I found, was in making Genevieve nice enough for Aaron to have been with her for a year but not so nice that he’d remain with her when she gave him an ultimatum. At the same time, I didn’t want to make my hero look bad … I fought the Genevieve character throughout the book and finally got her where I wanted her. She played a pivotal part in the ending of the book and yet, I hope, the readers don’t hate her because it’s easy to see where she went wrong – she loved someone more than he loved her.

 

About Sue Moorcroft


Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times and international bestselling author and has reached the coveted #1 spot on Amazon Kindle. She’s won the Readers’ Best Romantic Novel award and the Katie Fforde Bursary, and has been nominated for several other awards, including the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards.

Her short stories, serials, columns, writing ‘how to’ and courses have appeared all over the world.

Part of an army family, Sue was born in Germany and lived much of her childhood in Malta and Cyprus before setting in the UK.

 

Links

Twitter: @SueMoorcroft

Facebook: SueMoorcroftAuthor/

Instagram: @SueMoorcroftAuthor

 

The A Summer to Remember UK ebook is currently on 99P PROMO!

Apple iBook: buy
Amazon UK: buy
Kobo: buy

 

Look out for my review of ‘A Summer to Remember’ this evening.

 

Blog Tour – ‘Four Weddings and a Festival’ by Annie Robertson ~ @orionbooks @annierauthor

‘Four Weddings and a Festival’ was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 11th July 2019 by Orion.  It is also available as an audio book.  I am beyond thrilled to be taking part in this blog tour and would like to thank Kate Moreton for inviting me to participate and for my review copy which I got via NetGalley.

I am bursting to tell you what I thought about ‘Four Weddings and a Festival’.  First though, here’s the blurb.

 


Book Blurb

Four months. Four weddings. One happy ending…?

Lifelong friends and rom-com fans Bea, Lizzie, Hannah and Kat have curled up with Bridget Jones, sobbed at Love, Actually and memorised the script to Notting Hill. They always joked about getting married in one summer – their own Four Weddings – and it seems like this might just be the year . . .

That is, until Bea turns down her boyfriend’s proposal. Is her own Hugh Grant waiting for her amid the champagne and confetti? Can real-life romance ever live up to a Richard Curtis movie?

As the wedding – and festival – season gets into its swing, can all four friends find their happy ever after…?

Raise a glass of champagne and get ready for this summer’s most charming romantic comedy! Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranalds, Mandy Baggot and Sue Roberts

 

My Review

I absolutely loved this book. It was such a lighthearted and enjoyable read. I really liked the author’s style of writing and the storyline. I must also comment on the cover. Its just so beautiful and summery and really catches the eye. Love it.

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Bea, Lizzie, Hannah and Kat and I felt as if I had known them all forever. I adored Aunt Jane. She was just so much fun, the kind of aunt I think we would all like to have in our lives.

I like that the author has included gay characters in her story. She has also touched on some very important issues.

I have to confess that I have never actually watched ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’. Yes, I know. Unbelievable isn’t it! I must be in the minority. Now that I have read this book though I am determined to watch it, even though I must be a zillion years late to the game.

I highly recommend reading ‘Four Weddings and a Festival’. It’s the sort of book which really helps you to escape from everyday life and it is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.

I am looking forward to reading more of Annie Robertson’s books.

 

‘Four Weddings and a Festival’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Four-Weddings-Festival-Annie-Robertson/dp/1409189996/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562868586&sr=8-1

 

Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/annierauthor

Guest Post by Reedsy ~ @ReedsyHQ

A couple of months ago I was contacted by someone from Reedsy with regards to writing a guest post for my blog.  They sounded very interesting and so I agreed.  Here is some information about Reedsy and what they do.

Founded in 2014, Reedsy is a platform and marketplace that connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers.  Reedsy also provides tools to help authors write and format their books, as well as free courses and webinars to help them learn more about writing and publishing.  As of 2019, over 4,000 books have been self-published using Reedsy’s services.

 

The 4 Fundamentals of Worldbuilding

Maybe it’s a yellow brick road where lions, tigers, and bears roam. Perhaps it’s an ancient pseudo-Medieval European setting under threat from a dark lord. Whatever the case, this is one of the best parts of being an author: the ability to create worlds far different from our own.

But the excitement of “secondary worldbuilding” — in other words, creating a world that’s different from the “real world” — can quickly become overwhelming. This post will try to help authors conquer the wonderful task of worldbuilding by outlining four fundamental concepts to help you get it right.

 

1. Time Frame and History

When you think of classic fantasy novels, you often think of settings in books like Lord of the Rings or A Game of Thrones — medieval and European. Despite existing for seemingly thousands of years, these worlds don’t seem to have progressed much in the way of technology and almost seem frozen in time. Compare this to popular science fiction novels, which take place in worlds that feel far in the future because of their technologically advanced societies. (Of course, the danger herein is that some older sci-fi novels now feel comically dated for how the way they imagine the 21st century.)

These are important elements to consider. Whether your world has a historical, modern, or futuristic feel, you should still develop a sense of how the world has developed. Has it always been innately advanced? Is it rural because it’s a newer society? Perhaps advancement has been stunted because of ongoing wars or frequent power shifts?

As well as developing a sense of where your world is currently, establish what has led it to the present point.

 

2. Geography

This is maybe one of the most intimidating parts of worldbuilding. But don’t worry, you don’t need to have majored in topography during university to tackle your story-world’s geography. The geographical aspects of your world will likely continue to evolve through the novel-writing process. Still, it’s good to have a basic sense of the physical world you’re creating. Start by considering…

  • Layout: how big is this world? What are the more populous regions? What areas, if any, remain unexplored? Is it divided into countries? Or perhaps there aren’t any established borders?
  • Climate: what is the weather like? Are there four seasons? Do those seasons resemble those of the real world? How do the various climates affect the various parts of the world?
  • Landscapes: think mountains, plains, valleys, deserts, forests, hills, canyons, and so on.
  • Water: think oceans, lakes, rivers, springs, seas, and so on. Naturally this will affect the dispersion of the population, as people need to live near water resources.

 

3. Culture

You don’t need to create an entirely new culture from scratch — there are so many current and historical cultures for you to pull from. If you do, of course, ensure you do your research and represent aspects of that culture as accurately and sensitively as possible. (If you ever have any doubts, working with sensitivity readers is always an option).

Here are a few aspects of culture to get your imagination going:

  • Language: as UK editor of The Martian, Michael Rowley, puts it, “The spoken word is a reflection of the cultures that spawned them, and the evolution of the language will often indicate some societal change.” You certainly don’t need to create an entirely new language as with Tolkien, but you should consider the different dialects that might exist in your world. Considering language will always play a large part in determining the names of characters and places within your world.
  • Power Dynamics: what kind of government exists in this world? Who currently has the power? How long have they held power? Is there a monarchy? Who oversees law-making and law enforcement? How do gender, sexuality, or race contribute to power dynamics?
  • Religion: does religion exist? Are there many different kinds of religions? What about gods? How does this affect society?
  • Arts/Entertainment: how do people in this culture express themselves? Are arts celebrated or restricted? Are there popular sports or other forms of entertainment?

 

4. Magic and Technology

While magic and technology are both very different concepts, they will both be a major influencer in your world — and chances are if you’re creating a secondary world, it’s so that you can also create your own set of rules regarding magic and technology, free from the constraints of the real world.

If your world contains magic, here are a few factors to consider:

  • Is everyone magic?
  • Are people born magic or do they learn it?
  • Does everyone possess the same kinds of magic?
  • What do magical powers look like — how are they manifested?
  • Where did magic come from?
  • Are there rules on the types of magic people can perform?
  • How are magical laws enforced?
  • Is there “good” and “bad” magic?
  • Is magic accepted everywhere? Is it banned in certain places?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself about the technology in your world:

  • Would this world be considered technologically advanced?
  • How is technology used for communication? Travel? Health? Entertainment? Education? War?
  • How is technology used by the government or controlling powers?
  • What role does technology play in people’s everyday lives?
  • Is technological access equally dispersed throughout the world, or do some people have more/less access than others?
  • What positive and/or negative contributions has technology offered in your world?
  • How dependant are people on technology?

Like developing a character, worldbuilding can start to feel like a never-ending process. And in a sense, that’s true: both process will also continue as you write (and rewrite) your story. For that reason, it’s important to consider what aspects of your world are crucial to the story at hand: while you might be able to easily picture every square inch of your world, only include the details that will enhance a reader’s understanding of, and connection to, the characters and story.

 

Emmanuel Nataf is a founder at Reedsy, a marketplace and set of tools that allows authors and publishers to find top editorial, design and marketing talent. Over 3,000 books have been published using Reedsy’s services.

 

Links

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/reedsy_hq

 

Cover Reveal – ‘A Question of Us’ by Mary Jayne Baker ~ @Aria_Fiction @MaryJayneBaker

Today is a very exciting day indeed.  You see Mary Jayne Baker has a brand new book coming out.

Yes, you read right!  It’s called ‘A Question of Us’ and it is being published as an eBook on the 5th September 2019 by Aria Fiction.

Together with a number of fellow book bloggers I am helping to reveal the cover of this book.  I can tell you now that you are definitely in for a treat.

So, are you ready to see the cover?  Was that a no??

Only teasing!!  Feast your eyes on this………….

 


Isn’t this cover lovely?  I like that the title of the cover is in purple, my favourite colour.  Now, you’ll be wanting to know what the book is about won’t you.  Here is the blurb.

 

Book Blurb

Two best friends. Eight pub quizzes. One shot at love…

There are some people who seem like they have all the answers in life. Clarrie Midwinter isn’t one of them.

At the age of 26, tomboy Clarrie is still struggling to become a ‘proper’ grown-up. She’s eternally strapped for cash, she hasn’t had a date in nearly a year and her attempts to quit smoking tend to take a nosedive after the second pint. Most annoyingly of all, her ladykiller best friend Simon just won’t stop asking her out. The only thing keeping her sane is her pub quiz team, the Mighty Morphin Flower Arrangers.

But when Simon bets her a date their team will win the quiz league, Clarrie is forced to confront what she really wants out of life – and love. Is it finally time for her to grow up?

Gloriously irreverent, badly behaved romantic comedy from the author of Meet Me at the Lighthouse.

 

‘A Question of Us’ can be pre-ordered from:-

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XleC3A
iBooks: https://apple.co/2RQnN62
Kobo: https://bit.ly/2RSU2Bv
Google Play: https://bit.ly/2ROC4QC

 

About Mary Jayne Baker


Mary Jayne Baker is a romance author from Yorkshire, UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country… and she’s still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them. Mary Jayne Baker is a pen name for an international woman of mystery…

 

Links

Twitter: @MaryJayneBaker
Facebook: @MaryJayneWrites

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Website: www.ariafiction.com
Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
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Blog Tour – ‘Sign of the Cross’ by Glenn Cooper ~ @blackthornbks @GlennCooper

It is the start of a brand new week and I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for ‘Sign of the Cross’ which was published in paperback and as an eBook on the 4th July 2019 by Black Thorn Books.  It is also available as an audio book.  I would like to thank Holly Domney for inviting me to participate in this tour and for my review copy.

I will tell you all in a minute my thoughts on ‘Sign of the Cross’.  First though here’s what the book is about.

 

Book Blurb

Abruzzo, Italy: a young priest suffers the stigmata of the crucifixion.

The Vatican, Rome: the Pope calls on Harvard professor Cal Donovan to investigate the truth of the priest’s claim.

Berlin, Germany: a neo-Nazi organisation believes the priest is the key to an earth-shattering secret. A secret that can be used as a deadly weapon.

When the priest is abducted, a perilous race against the clock begins. Only Cal can track down the ruthless organisation and stop it, before an apocalyptic catastrophe is unleashed.

 

My Review

I liked the sound of ‘Sign of the Cross’ and was looking forward to reading it. The first couple of chapters really drew me in and I felt as if I was being taken on a journey around the world.

This was an intriguing and interesting read. I can’t even begin to imagine how much research the author did for this book, but it must have been a lot. There was just so much detail, some of which I have to admit was lost on me. I personally found this book to be quite heavy going at times. I am so glad that I persevered with it though as it proved to be really good.

The history of the Holy relics was quite fascinating. There were some interesting theories too which got me thinking. I actually felt as if was learning something whilst reading this book.

Things got really frantic when the priest was kidnapped. It literally was a race against time to save him before it was too late.

Out of all the characters I really liked Cal Donovan. I found Irene a bit prickly at first. I guess she had good reason to be that way though and I did eventually warm to her. It’s interesting how Giovanni seemed to choose both her and Cal to communicate with, though I’m not sure that he even knew what was happening.

If you are into historical fiction and religious conspiracy thrillers then you really should give ‘Sign of the Cross’ a go. I would say it is definitely a story that requires a lot of concentration though. I hope to meet Cal Donovan again in future books.

 

‘Sign of the Cross’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sign-Cross-Glenn-Cooper/dp/1786894874/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1560767414&sr=8-1

 

About Glenn Cooper

Glenn Cooper chairs a media company, Lascaux Media, which produced three independent feature-length films. His debut novel, The Library of the Dead, became an international bestseller and was translated into thirty languages. All his seven published books have become top-ten international best-sellers.

 

Links

Website – www.glenncooperbooks.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/GlennCooper

 

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