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Cover Reveal: The Trailing Spouse by Jo Furniss

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Well, it seems like cover reveals are a bit like buses around here at the moment, because I have another fabulous one to share with you today, for the soon to be released domestic thriller, The Trailing Spouse by Jo Furniss. As with all thrillers, it’s important to keep your audience guessing, so before I let you cast your eyes on the cover, have a read of the blurb first:

BLURB:

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.

But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?

Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.

For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.

How does that sound? Before I share the pre-order links and have you all dashing off to reserve your copy, and the retailers get to steal my thunder, here comes the reveal. Drum roll please…..

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How beautiful is that! If I hadn’t already been drawn in by the blurb, I would be tempted to buy this book for the cover alone. If you are tempted too, as promised here are the pre-order links:-

https://amzn.to/2GwaX9P (Amazon.co.uk)

https://amzn.to/2IC1jjv (Amazon.com)

http://bit.ly/2uUwSTt (Barnes and Noble)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or on her website, www.jofurniss.com.

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Cover Reveal: An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson

The day is finally here where I take part in my first ever cover reveal, and I am thrilled that it is for the latest book by the lovely Kiltie Jackson. Just reading the blurb for this book has me so excited to read it (keep your eyes peeled for a review coming your way in the future).

BLURB

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

If this sounds like your kind of book, you can pre-order it here.

THE COVER…

Now that I have whetted your appetite for the book, it’s time for the big reveal – is everybody ready? Here we go….

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,  a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then, after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband. Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having plenty of moggies, there are no towers! The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles. She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017. She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing. ‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series. Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)in the Summer of 2018. She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:

“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”

“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”

“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

Website www.kiltiejackson.com

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

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

 

A big thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for enabling me to be involved in this exciting event.

Book Review

The Songs of Us – Emma Cooper

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SYNOPSIS:

If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.

If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.

But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.

REVIEW:

The Songs of Us is quite possibly my favourite of all the books that I have read so far this year. What could have been a thoroughly depressing book, given the hand that has been dealt to the main characters, is in fact surprisingly warm and funny. The entire premise of the book is completely heartbreaking, and yet there is a feeling of hope throughout, and the author’s sense of humour shines out through the pages.

I often find when reading that a book will draw me in to the pages so that I completely lose the world around me, but it is rare that one will grab me by the heart and refuse to let go. As each member of the King story shares their perspective on family life, you feel every second of their individual turmoil, and sing along with every song that breaks free from Melody’s thoughts.

I am not a person who normally laughs audibly while I am reading, but on more than one occasion, this book had me snorting with laughter – keep your eyes peeled for one particularly spectacular misunderstanding in a conversation between Melody and Flynn (I am saying no more, this you have to read for yourself!)

There are moments of pure writing genius throughout the book, ranging from Melody’s wonderful description of a bookshop:-

“The smell inside the bookshop is like a favourite pair of fluffy socks, soothing your aches and warming your ice-cold toes.”

To Flynn’s insightful thought of:-

“His wife that he just left – you know, the opposite of right.”

This is a book that takes you on a real rollercoaster ride through your emotions making you laugh and cry in equal measure. Be warned, you will need an entire box of tissues before you reach the end. I pity the next book that I pick up because The Songs of Us is an incredibly tough act to follow, and has left me with the worst book hangover that I have suffered in quite some time.

The Songs of Us is released on 31st May as an e-book and on 28th September in paperback. Don’t miss out. Pre-order your copy now here.

Book Review

The Smoke Thieves – Sally Green

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SYNOPSIS:

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief.
Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands.
Five nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father, while her true love, Ambrose, faces the executioner’s block.

In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town.

And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war.

Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

REVIEW:

The Smoke Thieves gets off to a promising start, and not just because I can’t resist a book with a map at the beginning. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of the five main characters, and this keeps the book moving along nicely, as the action moves around their very different environments. When books are written in this way, I often find that I am drawn more to one character than the others, and I end up speed reading chapters just to get back to my favourite character more quickly. However, I found each of the characters equally endearing in very different ways, and I was keen to catch back up with each of them in turn – and equally keen to see when or if their paths would eventually converge.

Aside from the five main characters, I feel I should also mention demon hunter Gravell, who despite appearances cares deeply for his young apprentice, and sinister inquisitor Noyes, who, quite frankly is just plain creepy, skulking around in the background.

There were a few areas of the book that I found a little slow and overly concerned with the politics of war, but not to the extend that I would be put off reading the next book in the series. In fact, after that ending, I will be queuing up for the next book.