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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Purple Shadow

The Purple Shadow

In the years before the war, Sylvie Charlot was a leading light in Paris fashion with many friends among musicians, artists and writers. Now she is largely forgotten. Spending time in Paris during a break in his acting career, Colin Mallory sees a striking portrait of Sylvie. Some think it is a late work by Édouard Vuillard but there is no signature or documentary evidence to support this view.

The picture has some unusual qualities, not least the presence of a shadow of something that cannot be seen. Perhaps the picture was once larger. Colin feels an odd sense of connection with Sylvie, who seems to be looking at him, appealing to him, wanting to tell him something. Despite a warning not to pursue his interest in her portrait, he is determined to find out more about the painting, who painted it, and why it was hidden for many years.

Colin’s search takes him back to the film and theatre worlds of Paris and London in the 1930s – and to a house in present-day Sussex. As he uncovers the secrets of Sylvie’s past, her portrait seems to take on a life of its own.

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US – https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Shadow-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B01JLMD7N4/

France – https://www.amazon.fr/Purple-Shadow-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B01JLMD7N4/

 

Author Bio – Christopher Bowden lives in south London.

He is the author of six colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/christopher.bowden.90

Website – http://www.christopherbowden.com/

 

 

 

My Review

What starts as a gently-paced stroll through the backstreets of Paris, soon descends into an intriguing mystery. Colin Mallory, an actor currently between roles, is whiling away the hours in an art gallery only to receive an impromptu dinner invitation. With nothing much else to do, he can’t bring himself to refuse, and who can blame him? Over dinner, he takes an interest in a portrait and asks who the striking woman within it might be. Unfortunately, there is little known about the origins of the painting, only that the woman is Sylvie Charlot, a fashionista of the pre-war years.

As a creative person himself, Colin is a tad smitten with the painting, and especially intrigued by a purple shadow that seems to belong elsewhere. He feels compelled to know more about it, about the artist, and about Sylvie herself. This sees him looking through theatre archives for snippets of information, only to learn someone else has been asking similar questions. Now, there is no stopping him in his investigations which go on to uncover a love affair between Sylvie and a married man back in the 1930s. He digs deeper, asking staff at the house where he first spied the painting if they knew Sylvie, and subsequently learns the portrait may be half of a bigger picture.

Each time Colin learns a little bit more, he becomes ever more curious, and with someone else on the same trail, he’s convinced of a bigger mystery yet to be revealed. To say he had become obsessed would be no understatement, but as the reader, I was just as fascinated. The drip feed of information kept my attention, and before long I had finished the book.

Of course, along with the mystery and intrigue, the author beautifully describes the surroundings and the mood; it was like being on a personal, guided tour. The “shadow” itself lends a supernatural feel to the story which makes it both enchanting and gripping. Overall, a fascinating mystery with an old world style that is subtly addictive and hugely satisfying.

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Book Blitz – Can’t See Around Corners

 

Supernatural Thriller

Publisher: Folio Avenue/Xlibris

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Born into opulent wealth, Sharon and Annie were the only children of Edna and Warren Karce and the girls were the pride and joy of their parents. The fraternal twins had accomplished studying for their degrees and eagerly looked forward to their once in a lifetime overseas trip to Europe. The sisters love for one another was obvious to the bystander but a sinister undercurrent of malicious feelings dwelled profoundly beneath their facade of shared contentment. Penetrating treachery deceit and wickedness developed intensely between them and once abroad, with their over protective parents absent, their relationship advances into the finest possible nightmare changing their lives forever. How will the highly famed socialite dynasty survive the unforseen scandalous and degrading impacts created by the once idolized and respected twin daughter’s of the Karce Empire?

 

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 Josie Townsend is a sixth generation Australian. She lives in regional New South Wales.

 

 

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Release Day Book Blitz – To Wake The Dead – plus Giveaway

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Join us in wishing author Sarah Lampkin, a very happy book birthday! Today marks the release of To Wake the Dead, book #2 in her Dead Dreamer series! Read on for more details, and an exclusive excerpt from the book!

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To Wake the Dead (Dead Dreamer #2)

Publication Date: October 8th, 2019 (Today!!!)

Genre: NA Fantasy

Publisher: The Parliament House

Brenna Whit teeters the line between the living and the dead. Now that she’s back for her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s determined to focus on the waking world. But when her own soul is trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer is fighting for power, Brenna is dragged back into the world of the dead.

The Gatekeepers are doing everything they can to restore the power they once held over the town of Nephesburg. With a mysterious set of twins arriving in town to help them prepare, Brenna must decide what’s important: continuing to hide her secret or reveal herself and fight for what she believes is right. The decision could end up leading to a permanent death for Brenna so she must choose wisely.

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The battlefield is set…
Let the fight for the Fade begin.

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“Who wrote the laws saying that doorways must be sealed? Who told you to create another one of you?”

“The church.”

“Why?” He was silent. For once, he had no answer. He merely stared at me not blinking or unwavering as his eyes locked on mine. I thought I had him; nowhere in the Bible did it say to interfere with the dead or the other side. In fact, the Scripture scorned it. If I remembered correctly, that would border on witchcraft and necromancy, which was forbidden. So, if Wilson were the type to follow the Bible no matter what, then these questions just pushed his logic out the window. Even if the church said he had to do those things, who was to say they were right?

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Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.

Perfect for those who enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural!

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A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field as a Technical Writer while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series.

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Book Trailer Reveal – The Scented Bones

Cover.gifThe Scented Bones: The Svabodina Case Files (The Svabodina Case Files Book 1)

Genre: Paranormal Crime/ Mafia

Expected Publication Date: September 28, 2018

Publisher: KDP Select

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Angel Svabodina is a rookie forensic anthropologist, enjoying the beginning of her new career. That joy comes crashing down when she figures out the skeleton she’s working on is not human and then it vanishes.

She throws herself fully into the case without thinking about the parties involved, a psychopomp associate, and paranormal mafia families made up of vampires and werewolves—or the consequences.

When she sees there’s no avoiding the inevitable, Angel has to suck it up and work with the werewolves to solve the case but can she trust them?

Werewolves and witches are in a centuries-old feud, but that doesn’t stop the shivers running down her spine from one wolf in particular. What’s more, nothing comes for free, including information. To get what she needs from the werewolf don, Angel has to meet with the fae queen. Can she meet her without repercussions and solve the case?

“A magical mystery in more than one sense of the word, this beautifully woven tale will charm you more than an ethereal fae.” – Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

“This book is what happens when you mix crime stories with the supernatural. And, the result is spectacular.” -Dylon Crone, beta reader

“This story combines the paranormal, the mafia, and good old detective work – a fun read!” – Sycamore, beta reader

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ANGELINA KERNER is a self-published author of paranormal and lighthearted romance. She’s the wife of a photographer/physicist, and the mother of a cute little toddler, but she’s also been a dancer, a psychologist, an anthropologist, a geographer, a dreamer, and an adventurer. She does her best writing while being bothered by her cats, taking care of her son, in dressing rooms while waiting for family to try on clothing, and at home in sunny California. Angelina loves to play goddess-dragon matchmaker, transporting readers to a place where young goddesses have lovable flaws, the Fates plan to dethrone, the universe is endless and untamed, and dragons roam free! She also loves to write carefree romance where one can finish reading with a smile.

Visit her website at www.kernerangelina.live

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A Dare, A Ouija board and A Riddle

Something spooky this way comes … but you’re going to have to wait until September 1st for this treat. Sorry, but it’ll be worth the wait, because this week’s featured author is none other than Lynette Ferreira.

Here’s a little insider info about this very talented author, with a whole shelf of books waiting to welcome you.

Lynette writes predominantly supernatural fiction and most of her stories address social issues. Her stories always have threads of first love, really cute boys, kissing and all the drama. Her stories “will touch you and sometimes even make you cry“.

Her first indie book, My Recycled Soul (Recycled Souls) hit #89 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list in August 2010. In that year, Lynette also entered her manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards where it was chosen from 5,000 entries as one of the Top 250 in the competition. My Recycled Soul can often be found in the Top 10 Most Wished for Young Adult Books on Amazon in the Christian Science Fiction category.

In 2011, Lynette entered When we Love (The Great Divide) in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, and again was chosen as one of the Top 250 stories from 5,000 entries.

For me, creative expression is as important as breathing.

Since 2008, Lynette has released more than 20 fiction books, one of which is a collection of bestselling and popular Flash Fiction, The Dark, Dark House.

In 2016, Lynette founded Bellatrix Books, where she helps fellow self-published authors to turn their amazing stories into good-looking books. Here she utilizes skills she acquired from working as a personal assistant in an international financial environment for most of her adult life.

I always seek truth and meaning, and I try to live my life in line with my values.

She also worked as a shoulder to cry on at a Youth Group once and she loves connecting with young people, listening with a sympathetic ear to their real worries and stresses, providing a safe place to discuss their issues which she will never ever share with anyone or anywhere. She could not be more honoured to be a sounding board for all the hurt, sadness and often exhilarating happiness of living in the modern world.

I think there’s room for everyone at the table, and I love to learn what makes people tick.

Since she was young she moved around a lot and has not yet found the place she can call home. She currently lives in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Lynette does not really like the cold, is afraid of what might be hiding in the dark, and loves anything in, on or smothered with chocolate.

The book I’m dying for you all to read is The Girl in Room 13.

As part of her initiation, as a new arrival at boarding school, she has to accept a dare. Unfortunately, Alison’s dare requires her to go into the dreaded room thirteen on the anniversary of Lily’s death. It is rumoured, Lily, the girl who used to reside in the room killed herself on the thirteenth of February, the day before Valentine’s Day. When Alison goes into the room, alone and afraid, armed with only an Ouija Board, the dead girl gives her a riddle, which leads Alison on a journey of discovery to find out what really happened to Lily. What dark secrets is the girl in room thirteen hiding?

It’s available to pre-order here

I know waiting is hard, but as the saying goes “everything good comes to he who waits”.

But, if you really want to try some of Lynette’s other works, then I can recommend both  The Otherworld and ForNever series. Check out her website for more details, there is so much more there can I can squeeze into one post.

You can connect with Lynette at any or all of these sites.

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Don’t forget to snag your copy of The Girl In Room 13!