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Blog Blitz – ‘Hidden’ by Lisa Sell @Bloodhoundbook @LisaLisax31

‘Hidden’ by Lisa Sell was published as an eBook on the 27th August 2019 by Bloodhound Books and is also available in paperback.  I am delighted to be closing this blog blitz along with two fellow book bloggers.  I would like to thank Heather Fitt for inviting me to participate.

I have an extract for you all.  First though here’s what the book is all about.

 

 

Book Blurb

Jen Taylor has a secret.

In 1987 the body of fourteen-year-old Kelly was found on a railway track and Jen believes she was responsible for her death.

Now an adult, Jen is approached by Kelly’s mother, who asks her to help investigate her daughter’s murder.

But Jen is hiding more than anyone knows.

As the investigation is reopened by Jen, along with her former friend Claire, secrets from the past come to light and when another murder takes place, the case takes a sinister turn.

Did Jen really kill Kelly and can she ever right the wrongs of the past?

 

Extract

Chapter 4

14th September 1987

Not wanting to be around Kelly wasn’t about losing credibility. Jen didn’t care if others mocked her and she already knew the consequences of judgement. Troddington looked down upon the council estate that blighted the town’s reputation. She ignored the sneers when people discovered where she lived. They didn’t see the estate’s camaraderie and its ethos of belonging. For Jen, it housed some of the best individuals a girl could know. She had Claire Woods, also from Renoir Road, for female companionship. More than this, there was Johnny Rose, from Turner Road.

Going to school with Kelly would end walking with Johnny. He was her best friend and a crush she’d harboured for years, never to be declared. Their lives became entwined when their families moved to the estate, six years earlier.

Johnny wouldn’t object to Kelly’s company. For a member of the Rose family, criticism was a regular occurrence. The problem was he left earlier than Doreen stated Kelly must leave. Like Jen, Johnny parented within his household. Early every weekday he took his brother, Benny, to the childminder, even though their mum didn’t work. Johnny’s brothers, Anthony and Ian, were too lazy and selfish to help. Johnny didn’t mind spending time with Benny. He adored the child.

The arrangement for Jen to accompany Kelly was confusing. Patricia and Doreen didn’t move in the same social circles. Patricia often made snide comments about ‘that disgusting Pratt family’. She detested the estate and regularly phoned the council, demanding a new home. The Pratts were one of her many reasons for leaving. They were one of the poorest families on the Rembrandt Estate. Doreen and Kelly wore jumble sales’ offerings because of Graham’s tight hold upon his wallet. His girls made do so he could make happy in the pub.

The Pratts’ frugal world was far removed from Patricia’s. She focused on social climbing in a mission to swap the crassness of a council estate for a cul-de-sac idyll. In the interim, she maintained the appearance of helping those less fortunate and seeking their adoration. Jen walking to school with Kelly became part of her manifesto.

The rebellious sound of her shoes scuffing against the kerb invigorated Jen. Patricia wouldn’t abide an expensive pair of Clarks shoes being ruined. Wearing them was a trade-off for Jen’s choice of uniform trousers. For once, her dad mediated.

Jen decided to make the best of a bad situation. Kelly couldn’t help what she’d been born into, any more than Jen. Maybe Kelly also lay in bed at night, planning a future that involved leaving her parents behind. Jen was certain Kelly’s dreams didn’t include being Johnny’s wife. Her tummy somersaulted at the deliciousness of the idea. Thoughts of marrying Johnny at Gretna Green and riding off into the sunset on a Lambretta, consumed her. The daydream shattered as she crashed into a pillar of knitwear and costume jewellery.

Sally Ponting made a show of using a wall for balance. ‘Watch where you’re going, Jennifer.’

Sally brushed away the invisible taint from her 1950s style twinset. She had one for every occasion, in every imaginable colour. The sleeve lengths changed with the seasons. A coiffured helmet head of hairspray topped each outfit.

‘Sorry, Mrs Ponting.’ Jen played nice. It would make life easier after Sally reported the incident to Patricia. In her mind, Jen apologised to “Picky Ponting”, an estate nickname. In reality, being rude to one of Patricia’s catty crew wasn’t wise.

Sally looked towards the Pratts’ house. ‘I see Patricia has arranged for you to walk with Kelly. I assume that’s where you’re going?’

‘Yes.’ Jen always lost her words around Patricia’s cronies.

‘Kelly’s often bullied. I’m so glad your mother sorted this out. She’s such a wonderful giving woman.’

Jen gave a saccharine smile. Sally wouldn’t sing Patricia’s praises if she’d overheard her bitching the previous day about how Sally belonged with the other rough elements on Pollock Road.

Fluffing her hair, Sally moved along. Jen headed for the Pratts’ house. Although only around a corner, the leap from Renoir Road to Pollock Road was pronounced. Jen noted pristine pavements morphing into an obstacle course of neglect. Kicking a crumpled can of shandy channelled her anger at Patricia, who wouldn’t be seen dead there.

A realisation hit Jen. This was how she could turn it around and be a winner. She wasn’t a snob, like Patricia, and never would be.

She knocked on the Pratts’ door, deciding to walk to school with Kelly, willingly. They might even become friends. Stranger things had happened.

 

‘Hidden’ is available to buy from Amazon UK:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hidden-absolutely-gripping-crime-mystery-ebook/dp/B07WSMH7Y7/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1567055829&sr=8-1

 

About Lisa Sell

Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site: www.lisasell.co.uk

To combat writer’s bum and keep mentally fit, Lisa is a runner. The consequence is she’s now a running bore but is proud of her achievements.

When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping.

Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.

Lisa’s cats, Feegle and Wullie, try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport.

Lisa is a happy pup to be part of the Bloodhound Books team. Just don’t tell the cats.

If you’d like to visit Lisa’s website/blog, click here: http://www.lisasell.co.uk or find out more by following her on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lisasellwriter

Twitter: @LisaLisax31

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lisasellwriter/

 

Guest Post by Betsy Reavley of Bloodhound Books

Over the next few weeks I plan to publish a number of guest posts from both authors and publishers.  Today I have the amazing Betsy Reavley, an author and co-founder of Bloodhound Books on my blog with a very interesting post.  I really hope you enjoy reading it.  Don’t forget to check out the great books being published by Bloodhound Books.

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When Sonya asked if she could feature the company I co-founded on her blog I jumped at the chance.

It’s nearly three years since Bloodhound Books was born and what a whirlwind it has been.

My husband and I formed the company because we saw a gap in the market for a digital publisher that focused on crime and thriller fiction. I am an author and my husband was in marketing so we decided together we had the skills to go into this business.

This has been a learning process for us both since neither of us comes from a publishing background but our determination and willingness to learn from our mistakes has catapulted us into the limelight. We were recently included in a list of three of the most dynamic digital publishers in the UK.

We work very closely with each of our authors, all the way through the editorial process right up to the cover design. Even as we’ve grown, and now work with more than 50 authors, that vision remains at the forefront.

We are growing very rapidly and sales are the best they’ve ever been. We sold our millionth eBook at the start of 2017, and the next million is already in sight. Currently we sell over 2000 books a day and, to date, we have had over 20 top 100 bestsellers worldwide. This is something we are extremely proud of. The company has allowed us, and some of the authors we work with, to make a living out of this industry. When you know you have helped people achieve their dreams it really is a wonderful feeling.

We take a chance on authors who may have struggled to find traditional representation but whose talent and voice deserve to be heard, and help them reach a mass-market audience. It’s a special feeling when one of our authors tells us that, because of their success, they can give up the day job and focus just on their writing.

We take pride in helping launch the careers of some of our authors and hope they go on to become global superstars, whether that be with us or another publisher. This is a competitive business and as an author I understand you have to grab every opportunity you can.

I think and hope we have a very healthy attitude towards the business. We appreciate that we are not Penguin or Harper Collins and therefore do not try to compete with them. This is why we focus our efforts on eBook sales, where we can and do contend.

One of the most controversial subjects that surround eBooks is their price. 99p does not seem like very much money for an author who has spent months or even years polishing a manuscript. However, reading habits are changing. There are readers who consume numerous books a week. Not everyone can afford to spend upwards of £30 a week on their reading habit.

The company has been so successful that recently a bestselling author approached us and wants to work with us to launch an imprint for women’s fiction. This is an extremely exciting development and we look forward to whatever the future holds. Watch this space.

I have to say, for me, one of the best parts of my job is the people I work with. Not only do I get to work side by side with my husband and the talented authors but also the team at Bloodhound. Without Alexina Golding, Sarah Hardy and Sumaira Wilson, plus the excellent editors we work along side, we would not be in the great position we are in now. Fred and I are very proud of the reputation the company has built and look forward to discovering more talent and helping writers live the dream.

Many thanks for inviting me to share my thoughts and the journey my company is taking with you.

 

Visit Bloodhound Books at www.bloodhoundbooks.com

 

‘The Optician’s Wife’ by Betsy Reavley

The Optician's Wife

‘The Optician’s Wife’ is Betsy Reavley’s new book and it is out today published by Bloodhound Books.  I was very kindly sent an eBook copy for my kindle to read and review.  Set in Cambridge, this story is inspired by true events.

Deborah is seventeen years old and very lonely.  She doesn’t have any friends and is unpopular.  Life at home isn’t good either.  One day whilst on her lunch break Deborah meets Larry.  He instantly sweeps her off her feet and they start meeting on a regular basis.  The only problem is that Larry has a secret.

When a number of grisly murders take place a shadow is cast over everything.   As Deborah’s world begins to fall apart she begins to suspect the man she loves of a terrible betrayal.  They need to keep their marriage alive and in order to do this sacrifices must be made.  But just how far will Deborah be willing to go?

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.  It was fantastic with an absolute shocker of an ending.  I really liked Betsy Reavley’s style of writing and the way the story was set out.  She has a way of drawing you right into the plot.  I have to say I definitely did not expect the outcome and would never have guessed it in a million years.  Everything just seemed so straightforward.

There were a number of rather unsavoury characters in the story and it was hard picking out any I really liked.  I wasn’t keen on Larry at all.  He appeared to be nice but in fact he was a total control freak.  He took over Deborah’s life so much that she ended up with little freedom.  Sadly though I don’t think Deborah saw it that way.

‘The Optician’s Wife’ is a psychological thriller which will grab hold of you and play with your mind.  It is quite a scary reminder that you don’t know what could be going on behind closed doors.

This is a story I won’t forget in a hurry.  I can see it being made into a TV drama or film.  I’m looking forward to reading more of Betsy Reavley’s novels.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

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