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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Spent Identity – plus giveaway

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Spent Identity

by Marlene M. Bell

on Tour August 1-31, 2020

Synopsis:

Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell

Farm For Sale. 360-acre lot with ranch-style home. Refurbished barn. Corpse not included.

To find her missing aunt, she has to unearth the secrets of the past. But lies and deceit run through the very heart of their town…

What started out as a promising relationship with adventurer and tycoon Alec Zavos has fizzled into an uncertain future for antiquities expert Annalisse Drury. Returning to Walker Farm in Upstate New York to see her Aunt Kate should have been a welcome homecoming and distraction. Instead, she finds the childhood home she expected to inherit is for sale, without her permission. What’s worse, Kate’s ranch manager makes a gruesome discovery in the barn: the body of an unidentified man, dead by foul play.

Annalisse turns to Alec for help. She and her aunt shelter on his estate in the Catskills while the authorities canvass the scene. But when Kate herself disappears without a trace, Annalisse fears the worst: that one of the many secrets of her hometown has ensnared her family—a secret someone is willing to kill for to keep hidden.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery Published by: Ewephoric Publishing Publication Date: December 11th 2019 Number of Pages: 378 ISBN: 0999539426 (ISBN13: 9780999539422) Series: Annalisse Series #2 || This is a Stand-Alone novel but the reader may gain more about the character’s past if they pick up the first book. Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Read an excerpt:

…from chapter fifteen   She caught a glimpse of Bill’s scarred neck and considered prying. “May I ask a personal question?” “Sure.” He steered the next turn. “I’ll answer if I can.” “Did you get burned?” He rubbed the side of his neck as if to soothe a haunting memory. “I used to be a fireman. Got caught in a seven-story roof collapse. Almost bought it.” He tapped cruise control and slid his shoe off the accelerator. An injured fireman with a near-death experience turned private investigator made more sense to her now. Bill didn’t fit the cookie-cutter-investigator type. They hit smooth asphalt in the cross into Sullivan County. Annalisse relished the soothing hum from the roadway. At the county border, they passed a renovated eighteenth-century church refurbished into a modern brick farmhouse. The original belfry and bell sat atop the gable roof at the midpoint, with a new masonry chimney erected on one side near the redwood decking. She hadn’t noticed it the first time with Woody. “What a horrible experience for you, Bill. I’m sorry. Alec didn’t mention it.” “We don’t talk about it much. For a bunch of reasons.” Bill fiddled with a tabloid-size newspaper wedged next to the console. “My hours are better now anyway.” He chuckled, rolling the newsprint into a tube and blowing into it. “A gossip rag? Haven’t read any juicy dirt in a while. I could use a laugh.” She reached for the paper, expecting him to hand it to her. “Boring issue.” Bill tossed the roll over the headrest, wiping newsprint from his fingers to the seat. That was strange. She tried to grab it, but it landed just out of her reach. Annalisse unbuckled and twisted for a closer look at the huge headline, reading aloud, “THE HOUND CHASES ANOTHER FOX. Please people. Such original journalism. Who this time?” She laughed as she lunged for the paper. Bill’s arm moved in like a slingshot and bumped her sore cheek, blocking her. “Ow. Watch the road,” she exclaimed and bounced backward. “Walking wounded here. Just drive, Bill. Allow me to revel in someone else’s grief for a while.” He touched her elbow. “Please don’t.” Bill wasn’t smiling, and his skin had morphed to ashen of the dead. He had the look of a man who’d just lost his best friend and was about to lose his faithful dog too. It clicked. “What don’t you want me to see what thousands of other people have already seen?” “Wait till we get to Brookehaven so he can—” “Who can?” Annalisse hung over the seat and stretched her sore body far enough to snag the tabloid with her fingertips. She braced herself—the photo had to be disturbing. “The timing is bad. Really bad.” Bill stared at the road and in a low voice added, “I’m so sorry.” The pang of the unknown boomeranged through her heart, and she looked down at the front page of Reveal Reality. A couple with their backs to the camera, overlooking an ocean at sunset at some kind of event. She wasn’t sure where but expected the piece would say. The paparazzi photographer had zoomed in on a brunette in a skimpy, backless sundress leaning into a man with his elegant hand cupping her barely covered butt cheek. His chiseled profile and windblown curls were unmistakable. Say bye-bye to the mysterious, green-eyed Annalisse! Italian starlet Monica Corsetti on Italy’s Riviera with Greek magnate, Alec Zavos of the Signorile Corporation. They were… She covered her mouth. “Pull over, Bill. I’m gonna throw up.” *** Excerpt from Spent Identity by Marlene M. Bell. Copyright 2020 by Marlene M. Bell. Reproduced with permission from Marlene M. Bell. All rights reserved.

 

 

Author Bio:

Marlene M. Bell Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer and acclaimed artist as well as a photographer. Her sheep landscapes grace the covers of Sheep!, The Shepherd, Ranch & Rural Living, and Sheep Industry News, to name a few. Her catalog venture, Ewephoric, began in 1985 out of her desire to locate personalized sheep stationery. She rarely found sheep products through catalogs and set out to design them herself. Order Ewephoric gifts online or request a catalog at TexasSheep.com. Marlene and her husband, Gregg, reside in beautiful East Texas on a wooded ranch with their dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep, a large Maremma guard dog named Tia, along with Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks, the cats that believe they rule the household—and do.

Catch Up With Marlene M. Bell: MarleneMBell.com, Goodreads, BookBub, Twitter, & Facebook!

 

My Review:

Having listened to the first book (Stolen Obsession) in the series only recently, I was well and truly caught up in Annalisse’s world. Book number two (Spent Identity) moved on effortlessly and paid homage to past events from the first book without regurgitating everything.

As before, this is jam-packed with details, subplots blend in well, and the story moves along at a great pace. It’s one of those stories in which you have no chance of solving the puzzle yourself, as the culprit comes literally from nowhere. That said, the surprise arrival of the killer makes perfect sense once the initial gasp-inducing shock dissipates. With relevant backstory and connections to multiple characters, the killer is believable.

Annalisse seems to be one of those characters who attract bad news. she’s already had her fair share of drama, but this time round the impact is life-changing. Explosive stuff, indeed.

In Spent Identity, less relevance is given to her job in the art world, yet there are sprinklings of detail that keep that thread going: the tribal masks and the suggestion of European trips all validate Annalisse’s world outside of this personal, family drama. I quite fancy a trip to Rome for book three. Am I going to be lucky? I hope so 😉

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Blog Tour – A Guest Post for “Blooms of War”

Blooms of War

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

From the author:

LOVERS ALONG A POCKMARKED SEA

Blooms of War is set during WWI and in the year after. While there is mystery, espionage, gruesome medical scenes, courtroom drama, family secrets, and betrayal, most importantly, there is love. Because love is what transforms the heroine, a war-exhausted, too-young-to-be on the frontlines nurse into a woman who grows, transforms, learns to trust, discovers how to hope, and thrives.

But given the backdrop, I struggled with the first kiss between the heroine, Vera, and the hero, Nick. The war is at world. People are dying. Nick and Vera treat the severely injured. Is there really room for light moments? How do you give these two dedicated professionals the quiet space to let their love bloom? And how do you do it without belittling the toll war takes?

If you’re a writer, you have to capture the mood and turn off the inner critic and the only way I know how to do that is to find a song that encapsulates the moment and put it on repeat until the scene is done. I am not exaggerating when I confess that I cannot write if I don’t have the perfect song playing. Without the song, I’m better off mopping the floor.

For the first kiss, I needed something playful, innocent, refreshing, and a touch melancholy. It had to reflect the joy of the moment, and also acknowledge that these are just moments on a larger stage. And yet, it’s the small moments that define us.

So the song I finally found was, “Sweet Disposition” by Temper Trap. With its upbeat tempo and nostalgic feel, it carries just the right amount of earnestness and sweetness for the scene. And the lyrics:

A moment, a love
A dream aloud
A kiss, a cry
Our rights, our wrongs

Leading up to their first Kiss, Nick and Vera meet by coincidence (FATE says the author) on the beach. They flirt, chase the windswept pages of a letter that has fallen from her pocket, joke, argue about the politics of war, and at last…

Do my lips reach his first? Or his mine? Does it matter? We mold ourselves to each other so our tongues can meet, drifting and sliding, touching and tangling in the chop and wave of desire. I flick my tongue to the silver-white scar above his mouth. It’s in the wounds that one divines a man’s secrets. It’s in my sigh that I confess mine.

With the water lapping at our ankles, time is suspended. Sopwith Camels and white crosses and war be damned. There is a we. Only us two, searching and finding room to breathe, a place beyond the floating death cans and drowned sailors, beyond the pockmarks of the scarred sea.

So, if you happen to be browsing for a song that makes you dance even though you know you’ll be sad when the dance is over, may I suggest “Sweet Disposition”?

If you’re interested, I’ve compiled the songs behind Blooms of War into a Youtube Playlist for your listening pleasure: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZAQzR8c7tFQOGTMCkrrNWrAt7yC5qoFh

 

Author Bio 

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Last Charm

The Last Charm

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…

Purchase Links

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charm-Bracelet-Ella-Allbright-ebook/dp/B0843NJXJQ

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Ella_Allbright_The_Charm_Bracelet?id=N3zLDwAAQBAJ

Author Bio

A 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!

You can connect with Ella / Nikki on:

Twitter: @NikkiMoore_Auth

Facebook: facebook.com/NikkiMooreWrites

Amazon: amazon.co.uk/Nikki-Moore

Website: nikkimooreauthor.wordpress.com

She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQNV3lWENgnIRG4NWejSjmQ


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Lulworth Chocolate Bar 

I love Durdle Door chocolate lollipop

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My Review:

Beautiful and engrossing! From their first meeting, any future between Jake and Leila seemed impossible. Yet, for each of them, that short encounter went on to mean so much. Jake’s unassuming, gentle behaviour contrasted with Leila’s more volatile outbursts. He was dealing with an abusive father, and worried over his mother, while Leila mourned the “loss” of her mother and the need to move from the family home, a home Jake and his parents were about to inhabit.

For me, Jake was the stand-out character off this story. He asked for nothing, yet quietly went on with making his life better. Leila was more of a pain in the a**e and succumbed to introspection rather too much for my liking. She had a tendency to lash out at the wrong person – usually her father, but mainly Jake.

The charm bracelet was Leila’s way of coping with her mother not being around, she felt it was the link that would see them reunited one day as it proved her mother still cared for her by sending her an appropriate charm on every momentous occasion.

Finding out the truth hit her hard, as did realising how deeply her feelings ran for Jake. Leila was not an easy person to love, but Jake made it seem so. With each new charm, the story edged towards the truth. But time was not on their side.

The setting, primarily Durdle Door, became such a vital part of the story, almost a character itself, and definitely a place that held many emotive and heart-wrenching scenes.

A charming and heartfelt read that, despite the slow-burn love story, creeps up on you and won’t let you go until the end. Highly recommended.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Tipping Point

Tipping Point

The sun … the ocean … the farmhouse … the scammer… the police… the 3-legged dog?

George and Ellen have retired to sunny Mallorca. Social butterfly Ellen is itching to make yacht-owning friends while George’s heart is set on a secluded farmhouse in the country. In fact, now that they’re no longer living busy London lives, they’re beginning to realise they have very different ideas of happiness.

Private investigator Salva specialises in cases of adultery. That’s why it’s particularly embarrassing that he didn’t realise his long-term girlfriend has been cheating on him. He has no time to nurse a broken heart, since his family are the victims of a property scam they urgently need him to solve.

Robyn Chase is giving talks on her self-help book, No More Toxic Relationships – 7 Years, 7 Lessons. She’s finding it awkward being a relationship guru when her own boyfriend is avoiding her.

The sun is shining in Mallorca and everything looks beautiful. But the residents of one particular apartment block are about to discover it all might be too good to be true.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tipping-Point-Emily-Benet-ebook/dp/B0887FVYR9

US – https://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Emily-Benet-ebook/dp/B0887FVYR9

 

Author Bio

Emily Benet is a journalist, award-winning blogger and author of contemporary fiction.

Her books include the blog-to-book Shop Girl Diaries, Wattpad hit Spray Painted Bananas and social media romcom #PleaseRetweet.

She lives in Mallorca with her husband and daughter and the sunny island is the setting for her latest novels The Hen Party and Tipping Point. She writes regularly for the luxury lifestyle magazine abcMallorca.

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My Review

This was a fascinating read, a truly circular plot that connected the inhabitants of an apartment block in more ways than you might possibly imagine.

Salva is a private investigator, wondering if his business will ever be as successful as he’d like it to be. He’s also feeling a tad sorry for himself after his girlfriend of six years recently left him. While he’s in this state of despondency, his family descend on him from Madrid. They had originally booked a farmhouse/villa for their holiday but the booking now seems to be nothing but a scam. Can Salva sort it out for them? Find the scammer and get his apartment back.

Ellen & George are renting an apartment in the same block while looking for a place to buy. George wants to purchase a place inland, where his money goes further and they can live off the land and fully integrate into Spanish life. Ellen yearns to be by the coast, joining the yachting set and having a whale of a time with the expat community. When George is sorely tempted by a remote farmhouse, Ellen fears becoming a hermit and dying or boredom. When a local surveyor offers to do a survey on the place, Ellen hopes he’ll find the place is falling to bits. The fact that the surveyor is a huge flirt and owns a boat soon sees her drooling over a different lifestyle, possibly without George.

The final main resident of the apartment block is Robyn, author of a hugely successful book about relationships. Is she the guru who can help mend Salva’s broken heart, or give Ellen and George hope for a future together. Well, of course, all is not as it seems. Robyn has her own secrets, as well as a relationship that has seen better days.

The story is told from their perspectives, and the interconnectivity of the three stories is hugely satisfying. How they connect is very clever and revealed in a drip-drip manner, making it a great mystery yet also an insight into the different lifestyles of the residents of a single apartment block.

It reminded me of living in Granada, when the landlady would pop in with vats of olive oil, the residents would gather at the postboxes and on the stairways to chat, or they’d be talking across balconies. The noise and vibrancy of those days came flooding back 🙂

A most enjoyable story.

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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – Summer at my Sister’s

Summer at my Sister’s

 

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

Diana has a rich and successful husband, two talented youngsters and an adorable dog. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/SummeratmySisters


Author Bio

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

Social Media Links 

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My Review

This is not my first book by Emily Harvale and it certainly won’t be my last, particularly this series set in the gorgeous coastal village of Seahorse Harbour. Aptly named, the holiday resort is more than a beautiful location, it’s a place with a heart, where conservation of the seahorses matters to everyone who lives there. Already, you know these are people whose stories will be heartwarming and engaging.

Seahorse Harbour is a place that evokes different memories for the twin sisters. Diana now spends all her summers there with her family, but Josie hasn’t returned since she was seventeen. Heading back from her carefree-singleton lifestyle New York to the place that has bittersweet memories for her, Josie is hesitant but also concerned about her sister – having been alerted that something is wrong by their mother.

Her arrival, however, is wonderfully charming – from the taxi-driver tour guide, to the dashing new host at the local pub. You cannot feel anything but safe and welcome in such a friendly atmosphere. That said, it doesn’t take long for Josie’s wise-cracking humour to come to the fore. While her one-liners are clearly a personal safety net for her, they are also ridiculously funny.

It takes a while for Josie to learn Diana’s secret, and all the while she’s there she is becoming more and more enamoured of the place and its people – some people in particular.

When Diana finally shares, Josie is stunned. All this time she thought Diana had the perfect life. As the secrets unravel, it’s not only Diana who unburdens herself. The family connection here is super strong; Josie loves being around her nephew and niece, and eventually even Henry the dog worms his way into her affections. Throughout, you’ll be wondering whether Josie’s stay is temporary or whether a return to New York is on the cards as Seahorse Harbour gets under her skin again. Can she put aside those teenage memories and settle back in England with her sister and family close by, or is she still the wise-cracking, independent “New Yorker” at heart who can only thrive in a big city? You’ll have to grab a copy and find out 😉

There’s a lot going here, but it all hangs together really well. You couldn’t wish to meet a nicer bunch of people. Drama, humour, incessant flirting, and the fabulous Aunt Elsie all make for a superb summer read.

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Book Blitz – Eating the Forbidden Fruit (plus giveaway)

 

Crime Fiction / Family Drama / Women’s Fiction

Date Published: March 30, 2020

Publisher: Pearl Publishing

 

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Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a gritty fiction novel loosely based on true
events in author Roland Sato Page life. The newcomer author delivers a
personal journey into his rise and demise as a St. Louis City Police
Officer. He takes the readers on a roller coaster ride of good old family
memories to the nightmarish reality of being a police officer indicted on
federal drug charges. During his trial, he wrote memoirs as a testimonial of
redemption. Roland’s case stems from the conflict of his childhood
affiliation and his oath to uphold the law. What is certain one can’t run
from sin for karma is much faster. The author actually wrote the novel years
ago however after battling Lupus he lost his motivation to complete it.
Promising his mother, Fumi Karasawa, who recently passed that he would
finish what he started. Roland opened his computer to complete telling his
story. He also would like to encourage others with determination they too
can reestablish position as a productive citizen.

 

Roland was a popular tattoo artist in the St. Louis area however once
diagnosed with Lupus he lost his hand and eye coordination bringing the body
art career to a halt. No other choice he had to reinvent himself
transforming visual art into literary art. Writing is quite therapeutic for
the newly ordained writer. The silver lining is his family support kept him
going. “With tragedy comes blessings”.

 

About the Author

Author Roland Sato Page was born in Brooklyn New York in a military
household with a mother from Osaka Japan and a combat trainer father with
three war tours under his belt. He grew up in a well-disciplined home with
five other siblings. As he got older his family relocated to St. Louis where
the author planted his roots and also pursued a military life in the Army
Reserves.

Roland married his high school sweetheart and started a family of four.
Roland joined the St. Louis police department where his career was cut short
when he was convicted of federal crimes due to his childhood
affiliation.

After enduring his demise, Roland rebounded becoming a tattoo artist
opening Pearl Gallery Tattoos in downtown St. Louis Mo. The company grew
into a family business yet another unfortunate incident tested his fate. He
was diagnosed with Lupus which halted his body art career. However, with
tragedy comes blessings. Roland’s sons took over the business and
propelled the shop to a higher level. Consumed with depression, Roland began
writing to occupy the time. With a newfound passion, he traded visual art
for literary art.

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Publication Day Push: “Love on the Rocks”

Love on the Rocks

Escaping a difficult childhood, unhappy marriage and dead-end job, Rachel McIntyre has escaped to the tiny Hebridean island of Inniscreag in search of a new beginning.

Taking a job as the manager of the local distillery, she’s just settling into her new life when the elderly, eccentric owner dies, unexpectedly leaving her two hundred year old family legacy in Rachel’s inexperienced hands.

Can she keep the small, community business alive in the face of a takeover attempt from a major multinational corporation? And can she resist the charms of the flirtatious, attractive company lawyer who arrives on the island to persuade her to sell up?

Join Rachel and the quirky inhabitants of Inniscreag – along with a couple of unexpected arrivals – in this funny, heartwarming tale about love, loss and having the courage to start over.

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B089G71S4N

US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089G71S4N

Author Bio

Elsie McArthur is an independent author of women’s fiction. After studying law at university, and then re-training as a primary school teacher, she now lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, two kids, a couple of badly behaved dogs and a cat with a superiority complex. As well as continuing to work part time as a teacher, she is now indulging in her first love of writing. Her first book, ‘The Back Up Plan’, was released in January 2020. Her second novel, ‘Love, on the Rocks’ – a tale of love, loss and starting over, set on the remote Scottish island of Inniscreag – is due for release in Summer 2020.

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blog tour · historical fiction · romance

Blog Tour – An Extract from “The Second Mrs Thistlewood”

The Second Mrs Thistlewood

Regency England. A land of oppression and social discontent.

Arthur Thistlewood is fighting for a revolution. Susan Thistlewood is fighting for freedom. From Arthur.

Battered and bruised by her violent husband, Susan finds comfort in food and books. As Arthur’s legal property, leaving the marriage seems an impossible dream — until a chance encounter with a charismatic Bow Street Runner. In the sanctuary of an inconspicuous London bookshop, the Runner’s easy manner and unexpected generosity compel Susan to pursue a life without her husband.

But will the Bow Street officer provide a key to Susan’s freedom? Or will he place her in the greatest danger of all?

Inspired by true events from the Cato Street Conspiracy of 1820, this is a tale of courage, determination, and love.

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Second-Mrs-Thistlewood-Dionne-Haynes-ebook/dp/B08BCSQ7B7

US – https://www.amazon.com/Second-Mrs-Thistlewood-Dionne-Haynes-ebook/dp/B08BCSQ7B7

 

I do love that cover. By the way, I’ve got an extract to share too.

This extract is taken from Chapter 16 of The Second Mrs Thistlewood.

Background: Regency England is a land of discontent. While the rich grow richer, the poor grow poorer with machines of the industrial revolution putting many out of work. The Corn Laws threaten to increase the price of bread and other staples, resulting in many families going hungry. Meanwhile soldiers have returned from fighting in France to face unemployment and begging on the streets.

Arthur Thistlewood is intent on bringing about change in the British government to improve conditions for the working classes, but as his ideas and campaigns grow more militant, so does the treatment of his wife. Susan fears for her life and is intent on finding a way out of the marriage. Divorce is not an option, but she has been secretly putting money aside in the hope that one day she will find a way to be free of her volatile husband.

How much money do you have?’ Arthur’s face is florid. The skin at his temples flickers in tiny waves, betraying his repressed anger. ‘Empty your reticule.’

I do as I’m bid and tip the contents on to the table – a simple tortoiseshell comb; a lace fan with a slight tear at the centre; a folded square of linen; and a handful of coins.

Arthur sweeps the coins towards him. ‘Three shillings and sixpence. Is that it? Any money stashed in a hiding place?’

No, Arthur. You know we use my wages for your campaign leaving barely enough to cover the cost of food, candles and coal.’

His eyes darken. I clamp my lips together, afraid I’ll say something inappropriate. Sometimes he gives me coins for an extra sack of coal, but I know nothing about the source of Arthur’s income. I suspect he’s reliant on his wits at gaming tables. Arthur storms out of the kitchen and his feet thud upstairs to our bedroom. I hear drawers being ripped open and cupboard doors banging. I hurry to join him.

Arthur, what are you doing?’

There must be money somewhere.’

Have you checked your pockets?’

His glare suffices for an answer. He grasps the bedroom rug and heaves it to one side, throwing up a cloud of dust. My heart quickens as he studies the floorboards, then drops to his hands and knees.

Old houses like this often have hiding places beneath the boards.’ He removes a small dagger from somewhere inside his jacket. I’ve never seen this weapon before and wonder if he carries it all the time. Hairs rise on the back of my neck.

He inserts the blade between two boards and manoeuvres it back and forth. ‘I knew it,’ he exclaims as one board lifts.

My dress clings to my damp armpits and my palms turn clammy. I can’t recall whether I removed all my treasures from their hiding place or if I took only a few to conceal them in the yard. Arthur pulls out a small cloth bag. He turns it inside out and buttons tumble to the exposed floorboards. They resemble silver filigree but are mere imitations, remnants from a dress Mrs Hooper asked me to finish. I didn’t think she’d mind if I held on to a few spares.

Arthur throws the buttons aside, scattering them in all directions. ‘Waste of time hoarding those.’

I think they’re pretty,’ I say, crawling to retrieve them, speaking in a tone that suggests I’ve not seen them before.

Arthur sits back on his haunches. ‘Anything hidden in the kitchen?’

I shake my head.

Let us double-check. A bag of coins may have been stashed on a shelf for safekeeping and forgotten about.’

With hesitant steps, I follow him back down the stairs.

Arthur’s about to sweep a row of jars from a shelf when I reach out and grasp his arm to stop him. ‘No, Arthur! I can’t afford to replace the contents if you knock these to the floor. They’ll smash on the flagstones. Allow me.’

My chest tightens as I lift down pots and jars. Arthur watches wide-eyed, unblinking, like a hunter stalking his prey.

When every shelf is bare, Arthur staggers towards the table, his chin wobbling.

Tell me, Arthur, why such desperate behaviour?’

Arthur slumps into a chair. ‘I need money to travel to Manchester. I thought the others would contribute, but between us we can’t raise sufficient funds. If we don’t go north and speak to our followers, their support will wane like everyone else’s.’

I leave him to ruminate in silence while I clean the shelves and reload them with the pots and jars. At last, Arthur drags himself to his feet and shuffles into the hall. After putting on his winter coat, he leaves the house, slamming the door behind him.

With slow deep breaths, I count to fifty, then hurry to look through the parlour window. The street is deserted. Satisfied Arthur’s not about to come back through the door, I dash to the kitchen and reach for the largest storage jar. I plunge my hand deep into the flour and retrieve a muslin bag. The weight of it confirms my savings are intact. For now.

Author Bio: Dionne is a retired doctor, living in Plymouth with her husband. She has a passion for history, the great outdoors, good food and life in general. With her medical career now well behind her, she is enjoying a second career as an author.

In 2015, Dionne finished writing her first novel The Provenance of Lilly, but after careful reflection and consideration of some harsh criticism, she decided not to put it into print. Instead, she worked hard at honing her writing skills, and published her debut novel, Running With The Wind, in 2019. She is currently working on a sequel which will form Book One of The Trelawney Wives series.

Dionne graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1992, and started her medical career in the Royal Air Force. In 1998, she left the military to have her son, and worked in General Practice and Occupational Medicine. The opportunity to retire came in 2014 and Dionne did not hesitate to take it, relishing the opportunity to delve into history books and begin her writing career. Although no longer practising medicine, her medical background has some influence in the plotting of her stories.

While keen to maintain historical accuracy in her writing, Dionne creates stories from real events with sparse recorded details, allowing her imagination to take over and tell a tale of what may have occurred.

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blog tour · non fiction · truth · WWII

Book Blitz – The True Adventures of Gidon Lev (plus giveaway)

 

Narrative nonfiction/biography

Date Published: July 01, 2020

Publisher: Lightning Source

 

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Of the approximately 15,000 children imprisoned in the Nazi concentration
camp of Térézin (Theresienstadt ) near Prague, less than 100
survived. Gidon Lev is one of those children.

 

 

Excerpt

 

On the face of it, The True Adventures of Gidon Lev is the story of an
elderly Holocaust survivor—a man who made it through horrifying events
and lived to tell the tale. But Gidon (pronounced “Gid-awn”) did
more than survive—he thrived. Gidon’s is the story of a little
boy who never truly grew up, with a desperate need to belong and to build a
family for himself. His story spans the beginnings of a fledgling country, a
first marriage gone seriously wrong, a second marriage that lasted for over
forty years and a late-in-life relationship with a writer and editor, thirty
years his junior with whom his adventures continued, apace.

 

 About the Author

Julie Gray was born in 1964 in the San Joaquin Valley in California. A
longtime Huffington Post contributor, Julie has been published in the
Sanskrit Literary Journal, Moment Magazine, The Times of Israel, MovieMaker
Magazine, Script Magazine, and Hip Mama. Her essay “The Freaking Autumn
of My Life” was included in the anthology “Aging: An
Apprenticeship.” A veteran essayist and editor, Julie moved to Israel
in 2012 and is working on her memoir “They Do Things Differently
Here.”

 

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blog tour · book launch · suspense · thriller

Release Blitz: The Wall (plus giveaway)

 

Suspense/Thriller

 

Date Published: 8/17/2020

Publisher: Entangled Publushing, LLC

 

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Set in an uncomfortably familiar future…

We built a wall to keep the dangers of the world out…but was it actually meant to keep us in?

Your every word is monitored. Your every movement watched.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.

And if you stay within the wall, the Loyalist Party will protect you.

Gideon Frome knows that safety is an illusion. Ten years ago, his perfect life was shattered, and he left Washington DC in disgrace, sentenced to serve on The Wall. He may be back, lauded as a hero, but he knows he’s only traded one prison for another, assigned a position to the infamous Secret Service.

Kate Buchanan uses her illegal predictive engine to monitor the “chatter,” flagging perceived threats to America. When the program suggests that nuclear war is imminent, and people around her start to die, Kate can no longer hide. She needs help, and it comes from the most unlikely place—Gideon Frome, a ghost from her past.

The American people thought they were safe, but it’s becoming shockingly clear that the price of safety is too high. And somehow, together, Kate and Gideon must tear down the walls that keep their country a prisoner.

 

 

Excerpt
 
Gideon shifted the weight from his left foot. His leg was beginning to ache, and he rubbed at his thigh. He’d taken a piece of shrapnel there five years ago, at the same time he’d gotten the scar on his face, and it still gave him problems.
 
How long until he could leave? Too long, at a guess.
 
Christ, had he actually enjoyed these events in the past? It seemed inconceivable. However, if he wanted his life back, he was going to have to suck it up and look like he belonged. Act like he belonged. And maybe if he did it long enough, he might actually feel like he belonged.
 
The problem was, he couldn’t bring himself to care.
 
The room was crowded. Anyone and everyone had clamored for an invitation to the party of the year. Plus, there were a large number of security agents. More than he remembered from the past. Men in the black uniforms of the president’s personal bodyguards—selected from the elite of the Secret Service—stood at the doors, while others mingled with the crowd. There was even a sniper on the second-floor interior balcony, covering the room.
 
Either Harry was paranoid, or there was an elevated threat level. If so, no one had told Gideon about it. That was hardly surprising; he suspected that no one, with maybe the exception of Harry himself, actually wanted him there.
 
But he wanted answers, and this was where he would find them.
 
Once he had those answers, then…
 
Who knew? Though revenge wasn’t the solution.
 
Most of the time he believed that.
 
Harry was making the rounds, shaking hands and smiling as he headed this way. Gideon wasn’t sure whether he would be acknowledged, but the president halted in front of him. He was flanked by two Secret Service officers, dressed in their black uniforms. Harry’s army, as they were known within the service.
 
He took the proffered hand. Harry’s grip was firm, and his smile was sparkling. Good dental work.
 
“Happy birthday, sir,” he said.
 
“Thank you. I’m glad you could make it.”
 
“I was grateful for the invitation, Mr. President.”
 
“We must all practice forgiveness.”
 
He could feel his muscles tightening. He’d done nothing that needed fucking forgiving. Neither had his father. For a second, he felt an echo of the dark anger that had been his companion for the first few years after his father’s death. He pushed it down and forced a smile. “Thank you, sir. I appreciated the chance to come home.”
 
“You’re a hero now, Gideon. You saved America from invasion. The people love you. We need heroes at a time like this.”
 
At a time like what? He’d seen the polls. There was a good chance that Harry would keep his position when—or maybe if—it came to an election. “Your approval ratings are higher than ever, sir.”
 
“Maybe,” the man mused. “But I’ve been feeling lately that they don’t appreciate me. That needs to change.”
 
“Yes, sir.”
 
“I must go now, but we’ll talk again.” Harry smiled and patted Gideon on the shoulder, and his guards stiffened at the contact. Christ, they were jumpy.
 
Gideon watched as the group walked away. Harry had always needed constant approval. It came from growing up in his father’s shadow; Harry Senior had been larger than life and an impossible act to follow. Charismatic. People loved him and would follow him anywhere. No doubt his son had always believed he was second-best.
 
Trouble was, he was right.

 

 

About the Author

After a number of years wandering the world in search of adventure, N.J. Croft finally settled on a farm in the mountains and now lives off-grid, growing almonds, drinking cold beer, taking in stray dogs, and writing stories where the stakes are huge and absolutely anything can happen.

 

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