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Blog Blitz – In Servitude (plus Int’l Giveaway)

Inservitude

I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous book today! In Servitude by Heleen Kist, has been blowing readers away in Europe since its release and now is taking North America by storm!

Today I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt, and inviting you to enter an international giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of this exciting thriller!
In Servitude is also available for review through R&R Book Tours. Find out how you can get a copy below!

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In Servitude

Publication Date: August 23, 2018

Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery

Do you owe your family your life?

Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

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Paperback also available Barnes & Noble & other outlets: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-servitude-heleen-kist/1129418845

Excerpt

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Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation.

I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else.

Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done?

On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures.

I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’

He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’

‘What?’

His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’

‘What do you mean? How do you—’

His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’

He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.

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About the Author

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Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ was inspired by Heleen’s expertise in small business finance mixed with her friend’s courageous idea to open a vegan cafe in a city renowned for its dubious diet. She is currently working on her next book, which will be dark women’s fiction.

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2 paperback copies of In Servitude by Heleen Kist are up for grabs!!!

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Blog tour ‘n’ Book Review – Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

by Helen J Rolfe

Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises.

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track.

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever?

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Miracles-Little-Cabin-After-ebook/dp/B07HJ78RWY

My Review

It doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this: snowmen, Christmas trees, a log cabin and a roaring fire at every corner. Then there’s a damsel (not quite in distress, but definitely on a discovery journey as she – Holly – sets out to prove herself as a freelance photographer) and a dastardly villain (the self-indulgent Pierre who is used to getting his own way), and finally the rough-and-ready Prince Charming (in need of a shave, a wash and brush-up, and a huge dose of self-esteem – Mitch.) Throw them all together in Inglenook Falls, the most idyllic setting you can imagine, and one brought stunningly to life by the author’s gorgeous descriptions and attention to detail, and – hey presto, you have a modern Mills and Boon story that you can’t help but get wrapped up in.

Easy to read, charming at every step, this story is filled with an abundance of interesting characters. I look forward to picking up the other books in this series and getting more involved in the lives of Cleo, Darcy, Dylan and Sarah; their backstories are hinted at here, and I’d love to explore their histories more. That’s not to say this cannot be enjoyed as a stand-alone – it most certainly can – but once you meet these folk, I’m sure you’d want to know more about them too.

A delightful, seasonal read fill that oozes with humour and charm, friendship and love: the perfect feel-good story for this time of year.

About the Author

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community.

Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending.

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world.

So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

 

Social Media Links 

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Facing a Twisted Judgment

Facing a Twisted Judgment

by K.J. McGillick

Facing A Twisted Judgment

What happens when tunnel vision clouds a police investigation? Is it true that once you are labeled a person of interest you really are the prime suspect? Can you trust the legal system? Probably not.
After a bitterly contested legal battle over inherited property, the hard-won art collection and its owner Samantha Bennington disappear. Both have vanished without a trace.
When blood spatter is discovered under the freshly painted wall of the room in which two of the paintings were hung, the theft becomes the opening act in a twisted tale of jealousy, revenge, and murder leading to a final judgment for all involved.
As the list of suspects narrows, the focus lands squarely on the husband. Some labeled Samantha’s husband a corrupt attorney, others an opportunist. Either way, he’s in the crosshairs of law enforcement and they are calling him a murderer. But is he the only viable suspect? What about the missing woman’s drug-addicted sister and her convicted felon brother? Both were furious over their loss at court and have more than enough reason to hate Samantha.
Guilty until proven innocent leaves Alexander Clarke facing a twisted judgment.

Purchase Links from Amazon US / UK or marked as “want to read” on Goodreads

My Review

I’ve read a few books by this author before, so I jumped at the chance to be on the blog tour for this one. I was not disappointed.

The story is told in first person, mainly from Dalia’s viewpoint (she’s the former ADA who is looking for a change of direction – and she visits friends only to get sucked into a mystery that could provide the very change she needs, both on the job front and romantically).

Occasionally, there are some chapters giving Alex’s viewpoint – as the main suspect, he offers the reader a chance to take in the facts, and unravel the clues for themselves. A proper “whodunnit”! For me, this was a treat of a book.

The characters here are lively – trust me – they will pull you in and engage with you as though you are a member of the investigation team yourself. I LOVE THAT!

Dalia joins Cillian and his team, and works closely with the police where a romance is in the offing, but never takes you out of the story. Watch out for Mary – she is a star and, even in her nineties, she is totally involved in the case – she knows somebody who knows somebody who knows someone who can … if you get my drift. (Some might say she’s running the whole thing 😉 – just don’t tell Cillian or Jackson I said that!) Her relationship with Jackson will bring a smile to your face – she is a no-nonsense lady, armed with an array of “hand gestures” reserved for him in particular.

My only criticism is that everyone is maybe a little too good-looking, rather like a glossy pilot show to attract your attention, but that aside, it’s a fast-paced and entertaining mystery. It’s well-written and although I did work out the who, where and how long before the reveal, it was engaging and interesting watching the team come to their conclusions.

The twist, while not unexpected, was cleverly woven in but did seem a little rushed at the end. I was pleased to see, however, that there is more to come from these characters. They promise to keep you interested, amused, captivated and wanting more.

Author Bio – K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right?
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing.

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Blog Tour – Galaxy Girl (with Giveaway)

Galaxy Girl

by Bev Smith

You hate school. Your family is beyond annoying. Your only friend comes from a different planet, and she’s about to leave.

What’s a girl to do?

Fed up with life on Earth, Esme stows away on the spaceship taking Stella back to Planet Kratos.

So begins Esme’s adventure into a world beyond the stars. A world of strange creatures, thrilling journeys, heroic rescues and instant fame.

Oh, and school. Lots of school.

Along the way she discovers that friends may be greener on the other side, but they still can’t be trusted.

Millions and billions of light years away from Earth, she sets in motion a plan to escape. Unfortunately for her, they aren’t about to let their prize exhibit leave anytime soon…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/galaxygirl-Bev-Smith/dp/1999311507

US – https://www.amazon.com/galaxygirl-Bev-Smith/dp/1999311507

But, if you’re not convinced just yet, check out this excerpt …

#galaxygirl features a series of blog posts written by Esme to help her mum ‘come to terms’ with her decision to run away and live in outer space.

Esme’s mum has a new boyfriend. Together they’ve been protesting for animal rights. By the end of the book Esme has an appreciation of her mum’s actions, but at the start she has little sympathy. In the following extract Esme explains the incident that made her decide to run away:

 

I do miss you but I wouldn’t have left if it wasn’t for your latest boyfriend. Since when did you care about animal rights? And, protesting with him about the new road in town is one thing, but to do it outside my school took it to a whole new level of cringe.

 In.

 Front.

 Of.

 Everyone.

 It’s completely beyond me why you would think holding some kind of ridiculous protest was a good way to solve anything. All anyone ever does is make a nuisance of themselves, shouting and wailing.

 It wouldn’t have been quite so bad if you hadn’t been waving a stupid placard around with ‘save the snails and other animals and stuff wot might be livin ’ere’ written on it. Everyone knew you were my mum – which obviously I tried to deny – and took the mickey out of me even more.

 Then you broke into the school, wrecking the science project we were working on. Just because we were dissecting frogs. I’d been paired up with Delicious Dylan too. Our work was completely destroyed!

 Of course the headteacher went on and on about it in assembly, not taking her eyes off me once. I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole.

 When I got home from school I was gutted, and you didn’t even notice. I walked into the house expecting you to at least make some kind of apology, but you were in the kitchen laughing with The Boyfriend.

 ‘Anything we can help you with, love?’ he asked, like I was the one visiting.

 ‘Mum, do you have any idea what you’ve done today?’ I asked, not even looking at him.

 ‘Yes, darlin’, I… I mean… we’ve made a stand for all the creatures of the world that can’t stand up for themselves. ’aven’t we, poppet?’ you said, curling your arm around the waist of the latest intruder, smiling up at him dreamily.

 ‘We certainly made a point. I’m sure they’ll not be forgetting yer good self or me, Pete Wazzock, for quite some time.’ he said, smirking as he tugged you closer, the veins in his skinny arms bulging,

 ‘You’ve made a stand for some weird and highly unattractive species of snail, which nobody – apart from French cooks – has shown any interest in over the previous six millennia.’ I felt my face get redder and redder. ‘And as for the frogs… that was a project I was working on with the most amazing boy in school. Everyone knows it was you! You’ve ruined everything!’

The purchase links above are calling your name now, aren’t they?

But, let’s learn a little more about the author:

Bev Smith has been a secondary school teacher, saleswoman, waitress, wages clerk, youth worker and holiday park entertainments manager. She has scuba dived the Barrier Reef, lived in a village in Namibia, worked for a charity in Thailand, flown over Victoria Falls and paddled in the sea at Bournemouth.

Having single-parented her three daughters, she’s been ferociously playing catch up with this writing lark.  

She recently completed a Masters in Writing for Children at Winchester University.

#galaxygirl is her debut middle-grade book.  

Social Media Links: Twitter & Facebook

 

 

Giveaway – Win 2 x #galaxygirl Mugs and a signed copy of #galaxygirl (UK Only)

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