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Cover Reveal – ‘Spirited’ by Julie Cohen ~ @orionbooks @julie_cohen

I am thrilled to be helping to share the cover for Julie Cohen’s brand new book.

Yes, you heard right!  ‘Spirited’ is being published in hardback, as an eBook and Audiobook on the 9th July 2020 by Orion and it sounds absolutely amazing.

Right, are you ready to feast your eyes on the cover?  I can promise you that it’s pure gorgeousness.

 

 

 

Such beautiful artwork.  Here’s what ‘Spirited’ is about.

 

Book Blurb

FAITH.
Viola has an impossible talent. Searching for meaning in her grief, she uses her photography to feel closer to her late father, taking solace from the skills he taught her—and to keep her distance from her husband. But her pictures seem to capture things invisible to the eye…

COURAGE.
Henriette is a celebrated spirit medium, carrying nothing but her secrets with her as she travels the country. When she meets Viola, a powerful connection sparks between them—but Victorian society is no place for reckless women.

LOVE.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, invisible threads join Viola and Henriette to another woman who lives in secrecy, hiding her dangerous act of rebellion in plain sight.

What will they risk for freedom?

 

‘Spirited’ can be pre-ordered from:-

Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/spirited/julie-cohen/9781409179870

Blackwell’s – https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/product/Spirited-by-Julie-Cohen-author/9781409179870

 

About Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen grew up in Maine and studied English at Brown University, Cambridge University and the University of Reading. Her award-winning novels have sold over a million copies worldwide, and she has twice been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in the UK. Julie runs an oversubscribed literary consultancy which has helped many writers go on to be published. She is a Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, founder of the RNA Rainbow Chapter, and a Patron of literacy charity ABC To Read. Her bestselling novel TOGETHER has been translated into eleven languages and optioned for television adaptation; THE TWO LIVES OF LOUIS & LOUISE was long-listed for the Polari Prize and has been optioned by Enderby Entertainment as a feature film. Her first historical novel, SPIRITED, will be published in July 2020. She lives in Berkshire with her family and a terrier of dubious origin.

 

Links

Website – http://www.julie-cohen.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/julie_cohen

 

Book Review – ‘I Am Dust’ by Louise Beech ~ @OrendaBooks @LouiseWriter

I hope everyone is well and having as lovely a weekend as you can.

This is a bit later than planned, but I now have my review of ‘I Am Dust’ by Louise Beech.  For ease of reference here is the book blurb again.

 

Book Blurb

When iconic musical Dust is revived twenty years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast…

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

 

My Review

Wow! Just Wow!! ‘I Am Dust’ was such an amazing read and I really hope I can do it justice with this review.

Louise Beech has written a book so wonderful that it has left me in total awe. The writing is simply beautiful and very descriptive, and I loved the style of it. The words have a way of catching hold of you and tantalising you so that you become totally caught up in the story.

I really did like the storyline and found it to be extremely gripping. Bringing back the iconic musical ‘Dust’ after twenty years was bound to spark a lot of interest from the press because of what had happened the first time it played at the theatre. Was there any truth about the actress who was murdered in her dressing room haunting the theatre? What if history were to repeat itself?

Through Chloe, an usher at the theatre and the main character in this story, we learn about what happened when she was just a teenager along with Jess and Ryan. It made for quite disturbing reading at times, especially with the message they received, a warning you could say.

Chloe came across as a really lovely and genuine person. All she ever wanted was to be loved and she couldn’t even have that. One thing she did have though was a gift, whether she wanted it or not.

There were a few shocks later on in the story which left me totally gobsmacked. I also found the song that was sung by the actress who had been murdered to be pretty haunting. I thought the ending was very poignant. It is such a shame the way things worked out.

‘I Am Dust’ is haunting, mesmerising and chilling. It is a story of obsession, greed and betrayal and at the same time it is a love story of sorts.

This is not a book I will forget very easily, and it will definitely be going on my list of favourites. I think this could even be my most favourite book of the year.

If any book deserves to win an award it is this one. Louise Beech is an exceptionally talented writer.  I highly recommend that you read ‘I Am Dust’. It is everything and more besides.

 

‘I Am Dust’ can be purchased from Amazon:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Am-Dust-Louise-Beech-ebook/dp/B07X8SSJV7/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1586503297&sr=8-1

 

Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.

 

Blog Tour – ‘I Am Dust’ by Louise Beech ~ #RandomThingsTours @annecater @OrendaBooks @LouiseWriter

‘I Am Dust’ by Louise Beech was published as an eBook in February by Orenda Books and will be out in paperback on the 16th April 2020.  I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour and would like to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to participate.

You will have to wait until next week to find out what I think about ‘I Am Dust’.  I will say though that Louise Beech is a remarkable writer and this book truly deserves to win an award.

I have a competition for you all.  First though here’s the book blurb.

 

Book Blurb

When iconic musical Dust is revived twenty years after the leading actress was murdered in her dressing room, a series of eerie events haunts the new cast…

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

 

About Louise Beech

Louise Beech is an exceptional literary talent, whose debut novel How To Be Brave was a Guardian Readers’ Choice for 2015. Her second book, The Mountain in My Shoe was shortlisted for Not the Booker Prize. Both of her previous books Maria in the Moon and The Lion Tamer Who Lost were widely reviewed, critically acclaimed and number-one bestsellers on Kindle. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was shortlisted for the RNA Most Popular Romantic Novel Award in 2019. Her short fiction has won the Glass Woman Prize, the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose, and the Aesthetica Creative Works competition, as well as shortlisting for the Bridport Prize twice. Louise lives with her husband on the outskirts of Hull, and loves her job as a Front of House Usher at Hull Truck Theatre, where her first play was performed in 2012.

 

Links

‘I Am Dust’ can be bought / pre-ordered from Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Am-Dust-Louise-Beech-ebook/dp/B07X8SSJV7/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1586503297&sr=8-1

Website – https://louisebeech.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/LouiseWriter

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4122943.Louise_Beech

 

Competition

One lucky person has the chance to win an eBook copy of ‘I Am Dust’.  To enter just share this post on social media and leave a comment here.

 

Terms and Conditions

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 24th April 2020.

The winner will be chosen within 7 days of the closing date and their details passed on to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours.

This competition is open to UK residents only.

‘Broken Branches’ by M. Jonathan Lee

‘Broken Branches’ is being published both in paperback and as an eBook on the 27th July 2017 by Hideaway Fall, a brand new publisher. This is M. Jonathan Lee’s fourth novel and I was very kindly sent a copy to review along with some lovely goodies which I shall definitely be making use of.

A family tragedy means that Ian Perkins is the next in line to inherit Cobweb Cottage. He moves there with his wife and young son and is aware of the rumour that there is a curse which has passed down from generation to generation. But does it really exist and is he risking his family’s safety? Ian is determined to discover the truth and in doing so finds that he has no choice but to face the past.

I enjoyed reading ‘Broken Branches’ and thought it was beautifully written. I really liked the author’s references to seeds and branches throughout including in the acknowledgements. This isn’t exactly what I’d call a happy story and it definitely isn’t fast paced, nor is it a thriller so it may not be for everyone. Rather it is a tragic and haunting tale which will stay with you for quite a while.

Ian’s quest to find out whether there is indeed a family curse means that he ends up delving into his past. Throughout the story the reader gets to learn about Ian’s childhood and how the curse supposedly started. I felt really quite bad for him as he didn’t seem to have a very easy time of it growing up. His father was controlling and there were things Ian shouldn’t have had to see as a young boy.

The research Ian undertook became a bit too much of an obsession. I don’t think he realised just how much it was taking over and the damage it was causing to him and his personal life. I guess it was his way of handling things though. He obviously thought he was really onto something.

‘Broken Branches’ is a sad and ghostly story about loss, grief and learning to deal with it. It tackles mental health issues, something M. Jonathan Lee is doing his very best to raise awareness of.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

 

About M. Jonathan Lee

M. Jonathan Lee (also known as Jonathan Lee) was born in 1974. He is an award-winning novelist who has had two novels in the #10 Amazon charts. He was born in Yorkshire, northern England where he still lives today.

His first novel, the critically-acclaimed The Radio was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012 and is the first in the loosely titled The ‘The’ trilogy. His second novel, The Page (the second in The ‘The’ trilogy) was released in January 2015.

His third novel A Tiny Feeling of Fear was released in September 2015. It has been hailed as ‘original and inspiring’ by Sunday Times best-selling author, Milly Johnson.

He is working closely with Rethink and Mind Charities to raise awareness of mental health issues, and is a regular commentator on the BBC.

He signed a four-book deal in February 2015 and is currently writing a non-fiction rock biography about Boston-based band Hallelujah the Hills. He is also writing three further fiction titles, the first of which is to be released in late 2017.

His fourth novel, Broken Branches is due out in July 2017, published by Hideaway Fall.

More details including contact information can be found at his website:

www.jonathanleeauthor.com

 

‘Broken Branches’ is available to pre-order from:-

Hideaway Fall – https://www.hideawayfall.com/books/broken-branches/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jonathan-Lee-Broken-Branches-2017/dp/0995492336/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1500829127&sr=1-1

 

 

Do check out Hideaway Fall’s website where you can buy M. Jonathan Lee’s previous books:-

https://www.hideawayfall.com/

 

Blog Tour – ‘Six Stories’ by Matt Wesolowski

‘Six Stories’ is Matt Wesolowski’s first crime novel. It was released as an eBook last December by Orenda Books and was published in paperback on the 15th March 2017. I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in this blog tour and would like to say thank you for my copy of ‘Six Stories’ to review.

In 1996 during a trip to Scarclaw Fell, Tom Jeffries, a member of a group called The Rangers disappeared under mysterious circumstances. A year later his body was discovered. Was he murdered or was it an accident?

It’s now 2017, twenty years since the body was discovered. It seems someone isn’t convinced that Tom Jeffries died due to accidental death. Scott King is an elusive investigative journalist whose podcasts examine complicated cases. His concealed identity has made him something of a cult internet figure. In a series of six interviews King attempts to work out how the dynamics of a group of idle teenagers conspired with the sinister legends surrounding the fell to result in Jeffries’ mysterious death.

I so enjoyed reading ‘Six Stories’. Never before have I come across a book like this. I really liked Matt Wesolowski’s style of writing. He has a way of drawing you into the story and then just like that he delivers a shocker when you least expect it. I thought the idea of the podcasts was totally wonderful and unique.

The podcasts really came to life and it felt as if I was actually listening to them rather than reading them. I guess that’s what the author’s aim was and it certainly worked. The further in I got the more fascinated I was. The interviews were a real eye opener and I learnt a lot about the various characters. I found myself trying to work out who if anyone was responsible for Tom Jeffries death. I think the podcasts definitely opened up a can of worms and I would love to have known what if anything happened next.

‘Six Stories’ has been beautifully written. It is a thought provoking, haunting and thrilling read which will keep you guessing. This could well be one of my favourite books of the year.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

About Matt Wesolowski


Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is an English tutor and leads Cuckoo Young Writers creative writing workshops for young people in association with New Writing North. Matt started his writing career in horror and his short horror fiction has been published in Ethereal Tales magazine, Midnight Movie Creature Feature anthology, 22 More Quick Shivers anthology and many more. His debut novella The Black Land, a horror set on the Northumberland coast, was published in 2013 and a new novella set in the forests of Sweden will be available shortly. Matt was a winner of the Pitch Perfect competition at Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival in 2015. He is currently working on his second crime novel Ashes, which involves black metal and Icelandic sorcery.

 

‘Six Stories’ is available to buy from:-

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Six-Stories-Matt-Wesolowski/dp/1910633623/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490721953&sr=1-1&keywords=six+stories

 

‘Annabelle’ by Nancy Christie

Annabelle

Pixel Hall Press are based in the United States of America.  They are a relatively new, old-fashioned small publishing house whose focus is on discovering literary gems and great stories that might otherwise have been overlooked.  Pixel Hall Press got in touch with me last year with regards to reviewing some of their books.  I was most interested in reading ‘Annabelle’, a short story by Nancy Christie.

This story is about a young woman called Annabelle who after trying to commit suicide goes for professional help.  Throughout her sessions with her psychiatrist we learn all about her rather lonely childhood.  Her dad, an artist passionate about his work seemed only to live for his painting.  Her mum would spend hours posing for him, her sole aim to be there to please him.  All Annabelle ever wanted was to love and to be loved.  When she finally did get the chance for her dream to come true, something tragic happened changing her life for good.

‘Annabelle’ is a haunting and sad tale and one which I’m sure that a number of people can relate to.  Beautifully written, I enjoyed reading this story and found it to be thought provoking.

I give this book 4 out of 5.

 

To find out more about Pixel Hall Press visit their site:-

http://www.pixelhallpress.com/index.html

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