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The First Lie – A.J. Park

Out Tomorrow

“A. J. Park is a master of suspense who knows how to keep readers hovering tensely over the edges of their seats.” 
Sophie Hannah

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THE FIRST LIE BY A.J. PARK

“This is a real page-turner. I finished it in one go!”
Martina Cole

A husband and wife cover up a murder. But the lie eats away at the fabric of their relationship and things unravel till they can’t trust anyone – even each other.

“A great thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.”
Luca Veste

A freak accident. An impossible choice. But what was the first lie?

When Paul Reeve comes home to find his wife in the bathroom, bloodied and shaking, his survival instinct kicks in.

Alice never meant to kill the intruder. She was at home, alone, and terrified. She doesn’t deserve to be blamed for it. Covering up the murder is their only option.

But the crime eats away at the couple and soon they can’t trust anyone – even one another…

But there is much more at stake than anyone realises – and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade…

“Fast-moving, gripping, the ground shifting perpetually beneath your feet as you read… I read it in one sitting.”
Alex Marwood

Available as a paperback, ebook and audio book.

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Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KNl4rt

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One Step Behind Cover Reveal

I have the honour of being involved in the cover reveal for what I think is a brilliant sounding thriller, One Step Behind by Lauren North. Keep reading for all the book details followed by the big reveal!

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Jenna is a wife, a mother, a doctor. She’s also the victim of a stalker.

Every time she leaves her house, she sees him. Disturbing gifts are left at her door. Cruel emails are sent to her colleagues. She has no idea who this man is but she feels powerless against him.

Until the day he is brought into her hospital after a serious accident, and Jenna is given the chance to find out once and for all why this man is tormenting her. Now, the power is all hers.

But how many lines is she willing to cross to take back control of her life?

PURCHASE LINK:-

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Publication date: 17 July 2020 (ebook); 03 September 2020 (paperback)

Sounds great, doesn’t here? Here comes the cover so you know what to look for.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:-

Lauren NorthLauren writes psychological suspense novels that delve into the darker side of relationships and families. She has a lifelong passion for writing, reading, and all things books. Lauren’s love of psychological suspense has grown since childhood and her dark imagination of always wondering what’s the worst thing that could happen in every situation.

Lauren studied psychology before moving to London where she lived and worked for many years. She now lives with her family in the Suffolk countryside. Her debut novel, The Perfect Betrayal, was released last year.

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Winter’s Gift Cover Reveal

I am delighted to be a part of today’s cover reveal for Winter’s Gift, the latest book by Florence Keeling. It’s a charming cover and I am excited to show it to you all, but first here comes all the details.

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A heart warming, feel good romantic comedy. 

‘I absolutely adored this book. It gave me all the feels! A charming read full of warmth and heart.’ ***** Kim the Bookworm

Bea Winters is in desperate need of a fresh start. Being bullied at work is not her idea of fun and she longs to follow her dream of becoming a published author. When an advert appears in her local paper to work in a publishing house in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale, it sounds too good to be true.  

She strikes up an instant friendship with gorgeous aspiring author, Eddie Richards and her dashing millionaire boss Scott Summers 

But all isn’t as it seems in the sleepy village of Bloomsdale.

How does the local clairvoyant know her name? Who does the little black dog that keeps appearing belong to and why does she keep bumping into the mysterious Charlie?  

As she starts to unravel the truth, it seems that everyone in Bea’s life is keeping secrets.  

An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews.

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I am a big fan of Florence Keeling, and I am very much looking forward to reading this, but in the meantime, who wants to see the cover? Here it comes!

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Isn’t it lovely? Just looking at it makes me wish that I lived by the water. I will be reviewing the book next month so keep your eyes peeled to see what I thought of it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day.  She is married with two teenage chidren.  Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton.  Reflected Destinies is her first novel.

Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

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Josie James Cover Reveal

I have a double whammy of a cover reveal for you all today, with the first two books in the MG Fantasy Josie James series by Lily Mae Walters. To keep you all waiting just a little bit longer than normal, here come the blurbs for both books, which I will be reviewing in just a few short weeks.

JOSIE JAMES & THE TEARDROPS OF SUMMER

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays. Whilst staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country, she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter. Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.

The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.

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JOSIE JAMES & THE VELVET KNIFE

“For you to find the Velvet Knife, you must solve the riddles thrice.” A mysterious hooded figure, known only as the Velvet Knife has appeared in the cursed village of Suncroft. No one knows who he is or what he wants but when he starts leaving riddles around the village, it is time for Josie to return to Suncroft for a second time.

With Asher, her faithful husky Protector by her side, Filan, a half elf, and her great grandad, will they be able to solve the clues in time and discover his identity? The Velvet Knife is not the only one causing problems for Josie. Her rival for the position of the ‘Chosen One’ continues to grow stronger, and now he has a Protector of his own.

What does all this mean for Josie? Is she destined to lift the wintery curse of Suncroft or will another take her place as the ‘Chosen One’?

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Now, who is ready to see the covers? Here they come…

Don’t they look great? Very atmospheric

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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The Summer Island Swap Cover Reveal

I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Samantha Tonge’s latest book, The Summer Island Swap. Samantha’s covers are always gorgeous, and this one is no exception. Before I share the cover though, here comes all the important info.

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Sometimes the best holidays are the ones you least expect…

After a long and turbulent year, Sarah is dreaming of the five-star getaway her sister has booked them on. White sands, cocktails, massages, the Caribbean is calling to them.

But the sisters turn up to tatty beaches, basic wooden shacks, a compost toilet and outdoor cold water showers. It turns out that at the last minute Amy decided a conservation project would be much more fun than a luxury resort.

So now Sarah’s battling mosquitos, trying to stomach fish soup and praying for a swift escape. Life on a desert island though isn’t all doom and gloom. They’re at one with nature, learning about each other and making new friends. And Sarah is distracted by the dishy, yet incredibly moody, island leader she’s sure is hiding a secret.

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Publication Date: 4th June

That sounds like a great holiday read to me – perfect for when you are poolside with a cocktail in your hand! Are you all ready to see the cover? Here it comes…

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

sam rna awards 1Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency. In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo and in 2020 her novel Knowing You won the RNA’s Jackie Collins Romantic Thriller Award.

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The Walls We Build Cover Reveal

Today is the day for the big cover reveal for The Walls We Build by Jules Hayes. I think this sounds like a really interesting book, and I will be reviewing it soon so watch this space for my thoughts on it. The cover is lovely, but before we get to that, here are all the important details.

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Three friends … 

Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.

Two Secrets …

Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.

One Hidden Life … 

How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?

Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.

For readers of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley and Juliet West.

“Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. A page turner. I loved it.”  #1 bestselling author, Nicola May

If you like the sound of that, then I am sure you will love the cover. Is everyone sitting comfortably ready for the big reveal?

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You can pre-order your copy of this book here:-

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DSC_1027_Sepia_crop1Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.

Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.

Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.

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The Charm Bracelet Cover Reveal

I am delighted to be taking part today in the cover reveal for The Charm Bracelet by Ella Albright. Read on for all the details, and to see the cover for yourselves.

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A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…

Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.

This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.

When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.

So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…

I don’t know about you, but I think this book has the potential to be a real heartbreaker. Are you all ready for the big cover reveal? Here it comes…

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PURCHASE LINKS:

Ebook – 21st August 2020

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Paperback – 12th November 2020

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

IMG_8983A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.

Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.

When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!

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I will be joining the blog tour for this book later in the year, so watch this space for a review.

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Book Blogger Hop – 21.02.20

This week’s book blogger hop question comes courtesy of Amanda from Give Me Coffee and Books – thanks for this great question Amanda!

What is your go-to recommendation for someone who doesn’t read often?


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This is a bit of a tricky one for me because my favourite books tend to be fairly big fantasy books which might be off-putting for someone who doesn’t read much. If I was to recommend anything from this genre, it would probably be something like Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere rather than, say, the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. As much as that is one of my all time favourites, the sheer size of it might be a bit daunting for the casual reader.

My other favourite genre is YA fiction, which again is difficult to recommend because a fair few people in my age group would maybe be unwilling to try something with a much younger target audience. For this, my recommendation would have to be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, or maybe something by John Green.

I think though for someone who really doesn’t read much, I would recommend a thriller from someone like Louise Jensen or Mark Edwards, both of whom write books that are impossible to put down because you just have to know what is going to happen next. Of Louise’s books, it’s a toss up between The Surrogate and The Family as to which is my personal favourite, but all her books are great. The same goes for Mark, but The Lucky Ones was my introduction to his books, and it led me on to read all of his others.

If they were a more romantic soul, it would have to be The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper, or something by Isabella May, books that just sweep you away on a wave of emotion. I think Costa del Churros might just pip the others to win the title of my favourite Isabella May read, but I would recommend The Cocktail Bar as the best book to start with.

There are so many great books out there, and I love introducing a new author to my friends and finding that they fall as in love with them as I am.

What books would you recommend to someone who isn’t an avid reader?

 

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Book Blogger Hop – 07.02.2020

It’s Friday again, and that can only mean that it’s Book Blogger Hop time! This week’s question comes from Billy at Coffee Addicted Writer.

What were some of the most memorable books you read as a child? What made them memorable?

 

For me, a lot of the books I remember most from my childhood, it is the memories surrounding them that stay with me more than the content of the books themselves. For example, one of my earliest memories is of my dad reading Wind in the Willows to me when I was about three years old – I didn’t see much of him back then because he was usually gone for work before I was awake and didn’t get home until after I had gone to bed, but one night a week, my mum had night school, so he had to be home early. That one night each week was our time, just the two of us, and we slowly made our way through the book. In all honesty, I don’t remember much of the story, except that Ratty was my favourite character and I couldn’t stand Toad, but I will always remember him reading it to me.3703648829_7802a2b2a2

The same can be said for The Night Before Christmas. This was another tradition I had with my dad. He would read it to me before bed every Christmas Eve while Mum prepped the veggies for Christmas Day, and then we would set out a mince pie and a brandy for Father Christmas, and a carrot for Rudolph. I have to confess, I made Dad read this to me long after I was capable of reading it myself. It is one of the few poems that I can recite by heart, and even now, I read it every Christmas.

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The first “proper” books (i.e. ones without pictures) that I remember reading on my own are the Famous Five books and the Chronicles of Narnia. My best friend is a devoted reader, and our book geekery unites us to this day, more than thirty years since we discovered the joy of books. We both adored C.S. Lewis and Enid Blyton and were always swapping books and talking about the stories in them, before making up our own adventures that we acted out in our back gardens, each taking the role of one of the much loved characters. To be fair, we still spend most of our time talking about books, just with less of the garden dramatics!

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I have such great memories surrounding the books of my childhood. I would love to hear some of your memories too.

 

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The Cornish Confetti Agency Cover Reveal

I have the honour today of taking part in the cover reveal for the latest novel by Daisy James, The Cornish Confetti Agency. Before I share the cover though, here are all the book details.

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A gorgeous sun-filled new story from author of the Villa Limoncello series.

Welcome to The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When the grand finale of Lexie Harrington’s catwalk show ends with a disastrous twist on the ‘ice bucket challenge’, she was expecting her highly-strung boss to fire her on the spot. What she wasn’t expecting was to bump into her fiancé cosied up with an attractive blonde in the restaurant opposite their apartment!

Desperate to escape her heartbreak, Lexie flees to her childhood home of St Ives to hold the fort at The Cornish Confetti Agency for her best friend Freya, leader of the yummy mummy network and firm believer in ‘happily ever afters’. Little did she know that delivering a Caribbean-themed wedding in sunny Cornwall would rival the fashion industry for drama, tantrums and mysterious goings on.

Who is responsible for dousing the bridesmaid’s dress with tomato ketchup? Or hiding the bride’s beloved Jimmy Choos? Or attaching googly eyes to everything in sight?

The perfect Cornish wedding? Is there such a thing for The Cornish Confetti Agency?

Pre-order Links:

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Publication Date: 19th March

Now you have all the important details, here comes the gorgeous cover.

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Photo- smiling by wallDaisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @booksdaisyjames.

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