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Blog Tour – ‘Angelica Stone’ by Susi Osborne ~ @rararesources @susiosborne

‘Angelica Stone’ was published in paperback a year ago by Book Guild Publishing Ltd and is also available as an eBook.  I was invited by Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources to take part in this blog tour celebrating the book’s first birthday.  I did read part of the book but sadly due to life getting in the way was unable to finish it.  I do very much hope to read and review it properly though at some point.

There is a brilliant giveaway being run to coincide with this tour which I’m sure you won’t want to miss out on.  First though, here’s what ‘Angelica Stone’ is about.

 


Book Blurb

Following years of sexual abuse, Angelica is brought up in care. As a teenager she absconds, living on the streets, before eventually being forced into prostitution to survive. She learns to rely solely on herself and is reluctant to allow anyone to get close to her, until she forms an unlikely bond with Lola. In contrast, Lola is from what appears to be a happy middle-class background – but all is not what it seems…

Slowly, as their friendship grows, cracks start to appear in Lola’s life, and a series of events leave her on the verge of ruin. Can these women break the cycle of their lives? Or will they succumb to the path laid out before them? Angelica Stone is an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears as the women embark on a journey of self-discovery, with the support of one another.

 

Giveaway

One Winner will win all 4 of Susi Osborne’s Books (Open to UK Only)

Terms and Conditions – UK entries welcome. Please enter by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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About Susi Osborne

Susi Osborne is the author of The Ripples of Life, Grace & Disgrace, Secrets, Lies & Butterflies and Angelica Stone. She lives in Cheshire with her Scottish husband, her actress daughter and their two mischievous little dogs. Susi also has an adult son and a grandson who live nearby. Amongst friends their house is known affectionately (she hopes!) as the Osborne madhouse, for obvious reasons.

Before she became a writer, Susi worked in libraries for many years. She also worked as a classroom assistant in a junior school. In addition to her writing Susi organises Northwich LitFest, which she has been running for the past seven years. Alongside the writing of her latest book, Angelica Stone, Susi has been raising money for Centrepoint, the charity for youth homelessness, and has set up a Just Giving Page for the charity in her name.

Susi is a firm believer in the fact that it’s never too late to do anything. ‘You only have one life – go out and grab it with both hands!’

 

Links

Social Media

Facebook ~ Susi Osborne – Author: https://www.facebook.com/susiwritesbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/susiosborne

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/susi.osborne/

Purchase Links

Angelica Stone – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Angelica-Stone-Susi-Osborne/dp/1911320947/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Secrets, Lies & Butterflies – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secrets-Lies-Butterflies-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846248914/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Grace & Disgrace – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grace-Disgrace-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846244633/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The Ripples of Life – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ripples-Life-Susi-Osborne/dp/1846241804/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Quirky Guest Post Blog Marathon

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I am delighted to be taking part in this Quirky Guest Post Blog Marathon today.  Virginia King has featured on my blog several times now and it is always a pleasure to host her.

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The Stalker’s Guide to French Wine

by Virginia King

Stalker's Guide to French WineIn The Second Path, Book Two in my psychological mystery series, my main character Selkie Moon is confronted by a number of bizarre and cryptic clues which lead her across the world to France. As the story evolved, some of my experiences from several recent three-month stays in France added depth to the story.

As my husband and I drove from Bordeaux airport, north through the Dordogne, to Tours in the Loire Valley we contracted the flu, la grippe catastrophe. About an hour after arriving in Tours we were stricken and didn’t get out of bed for eleven days. Almost. After nine days of dry toast we decided a bottle of French wine was what the doctor forgot to order.

There was only a supermarket within walking distance. French supermarkets have a dizzying array of wine but from past experience we knew price was no indication of quality. In a previous visit several bottles were so bad we’d poured them down the sink.

The weather was foul. I was in better shape than hubby so I zipped myself into my raincoat, walked to the supermarket and, as a shortcut to choosing something drinkable, I proceeded to stalk various shoppers in the wine aisle to see what they bought. In a draft of The Second Path this experience inspired a short scene. Selkie Moon is feeling all alone in Paris and she’s telling her friend Derek, laid up in Hawaii, about her wine shopping experiences.

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As predicted, Derek’s got over his huff.  He skypes me every day from the sofa, his foot encased in a moon boot. I hide the depths of my loneliness by regaling him with adventures designed to make him feel involved. 

“I’m not sure what I’m missing most,” he says. “The food or the wine.”

“The wine’s a challenge,” I say, wanting to divert him from how few restaurants I’ve sampled. “In the supermarket there’s a huge range of wines you’ve never heard of but you can’t tell what’s good, even by price. Some of my choices have been so undrinkable I poured them down the sink.”

“A travesty.” He knows I’ll drink almost anything.

“So I stalked some customers. To see what they bought.”

“You didn’t.” He laughs. “See what mischief you get up to without me?”

“I can’t ask anyone for help, so I loitered in the wine section, looking for a shopper I could trust.” It’s been one of my lighter moments. I can’t be pouring wine down the sink on my budget. “Two teenage girls cruised by and picked up some bottles of bubbly. Pink.”

“I don’t think so,” Derek says, pursing his lips.

“An old gent in an overcoat grabbed something very cheap and put it in his pocket.”

“Not your demographic.”

“Then a business couple in their thirties turned up, shopping together after work, arguing about the wine.” 

“Promising.”

I couldn’t understand a word but their body language was universal. “She wanted one particular red, he wanted another. They went back and forth a few times, getting heated. In the end they took both. And so did I. Great drinking at six euros each.”

I don’t tell him I consumed both bottles the same night and woke on the terrace shivering under a layer of dew.

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I love the scene as an interlude amongst the deeper issues, but my editor felt it was too light-hearted for the serious themes around it. I couldn’t find anywhere else to put it, so it was axed. Boo hoo. Readers of Sonya’s blog are the only ones who are going to see it.

In The Second Path, Selkie has other adventures based on my French experiences, spun into a mystery with a mythical twist. In her sleep she collects seven strange objects, including a French spoon. Then later in a market she buys a set of silver ducks – little French cutlery rests that turn out to hold a secret clue to the mystery. A French fairy tale inspired a chilling experience for Selkie, its symbolism creating more mythical layers in the mystery.

In spite of the axed scene I still recommend stalking as a great way to choose good cheap wine in a French supermarket.

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The Second Path - book cover

Book Blurb

A rock ripped from the soil, a message scrawled in lipstick on the floor, a torn photo, a silver spoon … What do they all mean?

Only her subconscious knows.

When we last left Selkie Moon, she was running towards the source of her deepest primal fear: the sea. Now she finds herself naked on the beach, stunned that she has no memory of the past two weeks.

Recovering at a friend’s house, Selkie wakes up to discover a bizarre collection of items scattered across the floor. Items she apparently gathered in her sleep. Finding the ho’ohihi – the interconnectedness – between them will carry her around the globe, from Honolulu to Sydney to Paris. A dark fairy tale journey filled with fear and despair, laughter and hope, The Second Path has Selkie searching for her place in the world, in her relationships, and in herself.

Searching for home.

 

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Download Your FREE Ghost Story

Laying Ghosts
If you like your psychological mysteries with a mythical twist, you can download Laying Ghosts – a 24-page stand-alone ghost story which is also a prequel to the Selkie Moon Mysteries. It explains the bizarre event that led Selkie Moon to escape her life in Sydney and start over in Hawaii, only to become embroiled in a mythical nightmare in the first book in the series, The First Lie. Download your free copy here http://www.selkiemoon.com/#popup

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Giveaway of The First Lie

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You could be one of ten lucky winners who will choose either a signed paperback or an audio book of The First Lie plus a $15 Amazon gift code. One grand prize winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift code.

Enter here: http://www.selkiemoon.com/win-a-signed-copy/

 

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About Virginia King

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When a voice wakes you up in the middle of the night and tells you to write a mystery series what’s a writer to do? That’s how Virginia King came to create Selkie Moon, after a massage from a strange woman with gifted hands was followed by this nocturnal message. Virginia sat down at the keyboard until Selkie Moon turned up. All she had to do was jump, the first sentence said. Soon Virginia was hooked, exploring far-flung places full of secrets where Selkie delves into psychological clues tangled up in the local mythology.

Before Selkie Moon invaded her life, Virginia had been a teacher, an unemployed ex-teacher, the author of over 50 children’s books, an audio-book producer, a workshop presenter and a prize-winning publisher. These days she lives in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney with her husband, where she disappears each day into Selkie Moon’s latest mystery. Bliss.

 

Links

Website: http://www.selkiemoon.com/

Blog: http://www.selkiemoon.com/la-bloguette/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/selkiemoonbooks

 

Retail Links

http://www.selkiemoon.com/buy-the-books/

 

Blog Tour – ‘Heart Search: Betrayal’ by Carlie M A Cullen

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Last month I participated in the cover reveal of Carlie M A Cullen’s new book:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/01/31/cover-reveal-heart-search-betrayal-by-carlie-m-a-cullen/

I am now taking part in the blog tour.  Below you can read an excerpt from the book.

 

Excerpt from Chapter 20

“Then I wondered if all three were interrelated to form one big picture. There’s clearly much more bubbling away with Liam than we’ve considered. As each new thing has happened, we’ve been reactive, but apart from amassing the guards and installing security devices, we haven’t been very pro-active. Everything has been about protecting ourselves and our loved ones, which I’m not saying is wrong, but we’ve never given Liam reason to fear or even respect us. I think the closest we’ve come to that is Iskra’s incredible fight for survival and how many of them she was able to debilitate single-handedly. As a result, Liam will now see Iskra as a serious threat. Now this could be a clever ploy on your part that I’m unaware of. Keeping Liam in the dark about how strong we are collectively could work in our favour as he could think he’ll march in and trample all over us. However, the flaw in this is the traitor, who will have told him everything about our individual powers, our weaknesses and strengths. The one blessing here is Liam doesn’t know everyone’s abilities. We’ll still have a few elements to surprise him with as long as the information about the twins hasn’t leaked out.

“Anyway, going back to my original linking of the three phrases, I got to thinking about the traitor. Those of us who are party to the information, know this person has supplied Liam with plans of the manor on which were marked the positions of the CCTV cameras, the lights, the routes of the security patrols and other useful details. Suddenly, it all came together in my head like a jumble of words which had become unscrambled . . .” I heard a small gasp and glanced to one side. I knew Jakki had tuned in with me and could see where I was heading. She’d just got a picture of what I was about to reveal and her eyes widened in horror. She grabbed my hand nearest to her and held it tightly. “The traitor is going to blind us immediately before the attack!”

 

If reading the excerpt above has left you wanting more, watch this book trailer:-

 

To celebrate the release of her new book Carlie is running a giveaway.  As well as signed print copies of the complete series you can also win these:-

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Click on the link below to enter:-

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3dde78ac1/

 

‘Heart Search: Betrayal’ is available to buy from Amazon – http://hyperurl.co/HeartSearch-Betrayal

Quercus #GreatestGift Christmas Campaign + Giveaway

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On Monday 1st December Quercus launched their Christmas campaign, The greatest gift is the passion for reading.

Quercus have invited as many readers, bloggers, Book Tubers and bookshops as they can to share their passion for books during December using the hashtag #GreatestGift.

I feel privileged to be part of this campaign and today I am sharing with everyone why I think books are the #GreatestGift to give.

 

I have a great passion for books and could never imagine a life without them.

I love how you can travel to so many places in the UK and abroad without actually moving from your chair.  You get to meet so many different characters and sometimes end up feeling as if you are a part of their life.  You can gain so much knowledge from books.

Books give so many hours of pleasure.  They are also a good form of escapism from the stresses of everyday life.

This year I am giving my family some books for Christmas.  I believe they truly are the #GreatestGift a person can give.

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As part of this campaign Quercus are giving away some books.  I have been allowed to choose five which one lucky person will win.  Being as I read a mixture of genres I have selected a variety of books.

Peter May Lucy Atkins Tom Pollock

 

 

 

Hilary Boyd Alice Peterson

 

 

 

 

To win these books just tweet me on Twitter @destinylover09 and Quercus @Quercusbooks and answer the following question:-

What book do you want to receive as a present at Christmas?

This competition closes tomorrow at 6 p.m.

 

On Monday http://parmenionbooks.wordpress.com/ will be telling us why they think books make the #GreatestGift.

Competition – ‘Let it Burn’ by Steve Hamilton

Let it Burn

‘Let it Burn’ is Steve Hamilton’s brand new book.  It is being published by Orion on the 29th August 2013 in hardback and ebook.

Half a lifetime ago, Alex McKnight was a young cop in Detroit. Now he’s an occasional private eye up in Paradise, Michigan, and trying hard to put the past behind him. Then he gets the call that every cop dreads: a killer he helped put behind bars is getting released, and he might just have payback on his mind.

Suddenly the years fall away, and in his mind Alex is back in that hot summer in Detroit, hunting the brutal murderer of a young woman. The problem is, something about the case no longer makes sense, and Alex feels compelled to retrace the steps that led to the arrest and conviction of Darryl King. But it’s not just the case that looks different: returning to Detroit, Alex finds a city that is almost unrecognizable from the one he left, a city that is quite literally dying on its feet, where crime and decay hold sway, and law and order are in retreat.

And as Alex searches for the truth among the shadows of the past, he discovers a story more shocking than the one he thought he knew and a danger more threatening than an ex-con looking for revenge.

10 very lucky people will win a copy of this book.  To enter, please leave a comment telling me where you like to read.

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 15th September 2013.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Orion who will send out the prizes.

Good Luck everyone! 🙂

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