Historical Romance

Promo Post: “A Ration Book Wedding”, by Jean Fullerton

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely day. Today I bring you a promo post, because we should all help out other authors during this time, either it’s buying books or just promoting.

A Ration Book Wedding“, written by Jean Fullerton, is a Historical Romance, forth book in the East End Ration Book Series, and it will be published on August 7th 2020 by Atlantic Books.

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Synopsis

50917477It’s February 1942 and the American’s have finally joined Britain and its allies. Meanwhile, twenty-three-year-old Francesca Fabrino, like thousands of other women, is doing her bit for the war effort in a factory in East London. But her thoughts are constantly occupied by her unrequited love for Charlie Brogan, who has recently married a woman of questionable reputation, before being shipped out to North Africa with the Eighth Army.

When Francesca starts a new job as an Italian translator for the BBC Overseas Department, she meets handsome Count Leonardo D’Angelo. Just as Francesca has begun to put her hopeless love for Charlie to one side and embrace the affections of this charming and impressive man, Charlie returns from the front, his marriage in ruins and his heart burning for Francesca at last. Could she, a good Catholic girl, countenance an illicit affair with the man she has always longed for? Or should she choose a different, less dangerous path?

Pre-Order Link: Amazon US


About the Author

I was born into a large, East End family and grew up in the overcrowded streets clustered around the Tower of London. I still live in East London, just five miles from where I was born. I feel that it is that my background that gives my historical East London stories their distinctive authenticity.

I first fell in love with history at school when I read Anya Seton’s book Katherine. Since then I have read everything I can about English history but I am particularly fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and my books are set in this period. I just love my native city and the East End in particular which is why I write stories to bring that vibrant area of London alive.

I am also passionate about historical accuracy and I enjoy researching the details almost as much as weaving the story. If one of my characters walks down a street you can be assured that that street actually existed. Take a look at Jean’s East End and see the actual location where my characters played out their stories.

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Promo Post: “The Seduction of the Glen” by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple

Hello Friends!

I have been trying to do more promoting of books this past few weeks. You may have seen some this month, and I will keep doing it, because the authors deserve some shout-outs.

Today’s book is a Historical Romance, and you guys know me and my love for that genre.

The Seduction of the Glen“, written by Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple, is a Scottish Historical Romance, the fifth book in The Glen Highland Romance series, published on April 30, 2020.

Happy Release day!!


Synopsis

FINAL cover with pubA fierce Highland warrior, loyal to his king. His beautiful English captive. He has promised her protection, but will he have to risk his own life to do so?

John Sinclair, faithful warrior for Robert the Bruce, makes a fateful wager with his brother: whoever wins Aislynn’s affections will wed her. Only Aislynn de Valence, niece to the English King, is a captive of the Bruce, sent to the Highlands as a prisoner and for her own protection. The last thing she wants it to wed her enemy.

To win the wager and the woman, John woos Aislynn with his whole heart.
But the Highlands are unstable, clan fighting against clan. And no one in the Highlands is ready to welcome an Englishwoman into their midst.

When Aislynn learns that she was nothing more than a prize in a wager, she decides she’s had enough of Scotland and its Highlanders.

Can John convince Aislynn of his true intentions and protect her when she needs him the most?

Purchase Links: Amazon US | Amazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AU


About the Author

Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple is an award-winning author and a college writing professor. Graduating from University of California, Riverside with a Master’s Degree in English and Literature, she has worked with students of all age levels – from elementary to graduate school – through her college teaching, tutoring, and charter school courses.

She started reading when she was 3 years old, writing when she was 4, and published her first poem at age 16. Her interest in logic and rhetoric began when she was 4 years old, and her mother bought her first logic puzzle book. She then read those puzzle books, Encyclopedia Brown books, and Two-Minute Mysteries regularly.

Michelle has always been an avid reader on all subjects, but has a special love for both horror and romance literature. Her two favorite authors are Stephen King and Diana Gabaldon.

Her favorite historical romance genres include: Scottish (love those Highlanders!) medieval, renaissance, ancient, and Viking, but she will read just about anything!

She is currently working on other writing curricula texts and several novels of different genres, including historical paranormal romance and literary fiction.

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Promo Post: “Song of the Nightingale” by Marilyn Pemberton

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well this lovely Saturday. It is a very special day for so many reasons. Besides de announcement I will be making, and the review, I bring you now a promo post.

Song of the Nightingale“, written by Marilyn Pemberton, is a Historical Fiction novel published on December 14th 2019 by The Conrad Press.


Synopsis

Song of the Nightingale - Front coverPhilippe, the narrator of this tale, is secretary to Count De Lorenzo, and lover to the Count’s young wife. He is tasked with buying young boys from poor villagers, having them castrated and taking them to Florence to be taught to sing as castrati. The parents are told that their sons are especially blessed with their wonderful voices and they do not object to the boys making a physical sacrifice in order to thank and praise the Lord; nor to the bag of gold they are given in exchange.

The boys are innocents, victims of circumstances beyond their control. Surely they can have nothing to do with a barber’s mysterious death, or the suicide of an abusive Jesuit priest?

This is a tale of passion, revenge, guilt, regret, loss and redemption.

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR if you find it interesting: Song of the Nightingale.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Marilyn Pemberton has always worked in IT and until October 2019 she was a full-time project manager. Now that she’s retired she can focus on the thing she loves most – writing.

At the age of 40 she did a part-time BA degree in Literature at Warwick, which progressed to an MA and then a PhD, her thesis being “Glimpses of Utopia & Dystopia in Victorian Fairylands”. As a result of giving a paper on fairy tales she was approached by a publisher who suggested she gather together some lesser known fairy tales and as a result “Enchanted Ideologies: A Collection of Rediscovered Nineteenth-Century English Moral Fairy Tales” was published by The True Bill Press in 2010.

She has just finished her second novel, “Song of the Nightingale”, published by The Conrad Press. And she’s now working on her third novel, whose working title is “Grandmothers’ Footsteps”.

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Promo Post: “Texas Style Justice” by Susan P. Baker

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a promo post that talks about a legal thriller, a mystery novel.

Texas Style Justice“, written by Susan P. Baker, a Domestic Thriller was published on June 4th 2018.


Synopsis

perf5.500x8.500.inddDevastated by a divorce and death of a child, Torie Van Fleet rebuilds her life around succeeding in the justice system. Her goal is to work her way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Vowing to do whatever it takes, she risks her relationship with her new husband by refusing to bear him a child. Further, she jeopardizes her friendship with her best friend by competing with her for the first major hurdle toward her goal, appointment to the Texas Supreme Court after the sudden death of one of the justices.

Not until she realizes what her backers demand of her does she understand what an exorbitant price she must pay to reach her dream. Will she risk everything, come to terms with her priorities, or does she even have a choice?

Don’t forget to add the book to your Goodreads TBR: Texas Style Justice

Purchase Links: Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

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About the Author

Susan P. Baker, a retired Texas judge, is the award-winning author of eight novels and two nonfiction books, all related to the law. As a judge, she dealt with a wide range of cases from murder to divorce regarding adults and children. Prior thereto, she practiced law for nine years and, while in law school, worked as a probation officer. Her experience in the justice system is apparent in her writings. Currently, she has three novels in progress.

Susan is a member of Texas Authors, Inc., Authors Guild, Sisters in Crime, Writers League of Texas, and Galveston Novel and Short Story Writers.

She has two children, eight grandchildren, and a rescue cat named Tudi. She loves dark chocolate, raspberries, and traveling on every mode of transportation. An Anglophile, she likes to visit cousins in England and Australia. On her bucket list are a trip to New Zealand, a long trip back to Australia, living in England for several months, visiting all the presidential libraries and authors’ homes in the U.S., and driving Route 66.

Social Media Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


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Paranormal

Promo Post: “Haunted”, by Eve S. Evans

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you a prom post. I met this author on Instagram and when I found out that her new book was releasing this month, I knew I had to tell you guys about it. And here I am!

Haunted“, written by Eve S. Evans, is a horror/paranormal novel, published 12th December 2019.

Happy Book Publishing Day!


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Binge-worthy and absolutely fascinating accounts of paranormal activity.

Haunted follows multiple people in the lowest points in their lives. Houses that refuse to let a person live in peace. Terror-filled nightmares that become a plaguing headache.

Recounts of deaths bundled with mere coincidental visions. And A 911 operator who receives the most notable call of her career.

Purchase Link: Amazon


About the Author

Eve S. Evans is the author os several ghost and paranormal novels, including Darkness Wins, Seeded From Evil and Ghost Stories.

Social Media Links: Instagram | Goodreads | Website


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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Blog Tour, Reviews

“Gorgito’s Ice Rink” Review

Hello Friends!

I’m here to do a review before I get ready for dinner and then bed, if you guys didn’t see my Instagram posts and stories, I’m going on a trip to Germany, but don’t worry, I will still be posting here.

Now, without further rambling…

Gorgito’s Ice Rink“, written by Elizabeth Ducie, is a standalone novel published on 8th October 2014. A novel that has a dual timeline with elements of history and romance.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Elizabeth Ducie for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Gorgitos Ice Rink


Synopsis

Gorgito_FRONT bigGorgito’s Ice Rink was runner up in Writing Magazine’s 2015 Self-Published Book of the Year Awards.

Two small boys grieving for lost sisters — torn between family and other loves. Can keeping a new promise make up for breaking an old one?

When Gorgito Tabatadze sees his sister run off with a soldier, he is bereft. When she disappears into Stalin’s Gulag system, he is devastated. He promises their mother on her death-bed he will find the missing girl and bring her home; but it is to prove an impossible quest.

Forty years later, Gorgito, now a successful businessman in post-Soviet Russia, watches another young boy lose his sister to a love stronger than family. When a talented Russian skater gets the chance to train in America, Gorgito promises her grief-stricken brother he will build an ice-rink in Nikolevsky, their home town, to bring her home again.

With the help of a British engineer, who has fled to Russia to escape her own heartache, and hindered by the local Mayor who has his own reasons for wanting the project to fail, can Gorgito overcome bureaucracy, corruption, economic melt-down and the harsh Russian climate in his quest to build the ice-rink and bring a lost sister home? And will he finally forgive himself for breaking the promise to his mother?

A story of love, loss and broken promises. Gorgito’s story, told through the eyes of the people whose lives he touched.

Purchase Links: Amazon


Author Bio

When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing. In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.

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My Review

There was three things that made me want to know more about this book: the title, the cover and the fact that I knew the name of the author since I had previous read a book of hers. And when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to enter this story and meet these characters.

There are so many elements that I loved in this story, from the characters and their background, to the interactions between them and the obstacles they have to surpass. The storyline touched my heart and by being set in a different time than our own present, it transport us to the world of these characters.

Family, friendship, enemies and promises. There is a realism to this novel that I absolutely love, making me emotional and feel as though I was part of the group and living side by side with them, thanks to the descriptions and the connectivity.

Emma and Gorgito were definitely well written characters that made me compelled to turn the next page and learn what they were going to do next. They both have strong qualities, and they are dealing with their with their problems in different ways. And although I don’t know much about Russia, I could envision the scenery and all the other characters that made Emma and Gorgito’s story keep moving.

It was the world described in this novel, as well as the other characters, that made it an interesting book. Starting at a slow pace, it grew and got more intriguing with each revelation, each action, each character and scene introduced.

I won’t say more about the actually plot, because I want people to feel and make their own opinions. But I do recommend this novel to everyone that likes the kind of story that touches historical elements, as well as follow the main characters as they try to accomplish their goals in their quest.


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Blog Tour

Promo Post: “The First Lie”, by AJ Park

Hello Friends!

I just came by here quickly to share this book with you and give out some love to the author.

The First Lie“, written by AJ Park, is a Psychological Thriller published on June 13, 2019.

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Synopsis

The First Lie - cover v5We’ve all had sleepless nights thinking about it.
You’re home alone. Someone breaks in.
In defending yourself, you end up killing the intruder.
Now you’re the one the police want.

That is the situation that criminal barrister Paul Reeve arrives home to find.
His wife Alice stands in the bedroom, clutching a bloodied letter opener in her shaking hand.

“What have you done, Alice?”
“I didn’t have a choice…”

We would all believe the person we love most.
But would we all make the same choice Paul and Alice make next…?

Pre-order LinksAmazon UK| Amazon US | Water Stones


Author BioKarl Vadaszffy Headshot

After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Releases, Reviews

“The Secret to Falling in Love” Review

Hello Friends!

Today is the Book Birthday Blitz of Victoria Cooke‘s book “The Secret to Falling in Love“. Published 9th February 2017, Romantic Comedy, chicklit novel is a standalone novel and the third I read written by Victoria Cooke, and the second to review.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Victoria for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

The Secret to Falling In Love


Synopsis

TheSecretToFallingInLove_V2 copyLifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

Purchase Link – Amazon


Author Bio

Victoria Cooke ImageVictoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


My Review

This standalone novel is about Melissa, a thirty-something year old lifestyle journalist. With a current topic and a strong and relatable main character, this book was a lovely romance comedy that had me glued to the almost 200 pages book, as I tried to find out what Melissa would decide and how her life would run.

P1070165As we follow Melissa’s life and how connected she is to the online world and see her disconnect so she can go find love the old fashion way, I found myself relating to her. She as a strong character with a lot of relatable traits in her personality that made me see a older version of myself in some bits of her. So it was a book that definitely grabbed my attention from page one.

It is a modern view of life, with all of the technology and the apps, some people tend to lose themselves in that cyber world. And I found that it was quite amazing and refreshing to read when the plot takes the “one month of being free from social media” road. It brought some added tension and funny moments that we would all deal with if we did that too.

Of course that it would be a romance novel if Melissa didn’t meet some love interest. And there comes all figuring out love, attraction, relationships, humor, excitement and emotion. And I loved that aspect of the plot too. All the characters that we are introduced in this book played their role and were well written and made the storyline made sense and added some complexity and reality to it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot. The author’s writing style is what made the book so attractive. The plot was fun and intriguing, but it was Victoria Cooke’s writing that made it all come together beautifully.


Giveaway

For a chance to win an ARC of The Secret to Falling in Love and a box of Belgian Truffles Click Here

(UK Only)

The Secret to Falling In Love Giveaway Prize

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.


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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour

Promo Post: “Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?”

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Today I bring you a promo post as part of blog tour. “Can You Hula Like Hilo Hattie?“, written by Tyler Colins, and it’s the second book in the A Triple Threat Mystery series, a mystery novel. And I will add and Extract too. Have fun and enjoy.


Blurb

33023209The aspiring detectives of the Triple Threat Investigation Agency take on their first official paying assignment: discover the secret of an elderly millionaire’s young wife.

It seems straightforward enough—until the wife is found dead in the sapphire Hawaiian oceanside.  As Jill (JJ), Rey and Linda strive to uncover the killer amid a cast of curious, unconventional characters, they stumble across several secrets and fall over a few bodies.

Piecing together the puzzle detours the trio—to the domains of drug pushers, informants, and gangs.  Serious game players, they play for keeps.  Does the trio possess enough shrewdness and savvy to beat the odds and win the game?  

You can add this book to your TBR on Goodreads.

Purchase Links – Amazon | Barnes and Noble


Blurb

TylerC BioPhotoTyler Colins is a fiction writer and blogger, and a sometimes editor and proofreader (books, manuals, and film/television scripts).  She’s also been known to create business plans, synopses and outlines, and film promotion documents.  

Fact-checking and researching, organizing and coordinating are both skills and joys (she likes playing detective and developing structure).

Her fiction audience: lovers of female-sleuth mysteries.  Her genres of preference: mysteries (needless to say), women’s fiction, informative and “affirmative” non-fiction.

She aims to provide readers with smiles and chuckles like the ever-talented Janet Evanovich and missed Lawrence Sanders, the “coziness” of Jessica Fletcher, and a few diversions and distractions as only long-time pros Jonathan Kellerman and Kathy Reichs can craft.

Social Media Links – Website | Facebook | Twitter | Email


Extract

Carmie was the main focus of the mission, so I dug around and discovered her name at birth had been Carpella.  She’d been born in Tenafly New Jersey to Joseph Leone Carpella, the owner of a popular local pizza shop on Washington Street, and Lina Spera, a former aesthetician.  Gino, Carmie’s fraternal twin brother, was currently a prominent businessman in New York.  At a young age, he’d recognized there was money to be made in food that drew townspeople for blocks.  A well-conceived business plan, leg power, and lots of charm resulted in his papa’s delicious pizzas becoming available beyond a twenty-block radius.  In record time, Papa Jo Leone’s product moved beyond the borders of the borough, across the state, and then the nation. 

At twenty-five Gino made his first million.  Papa and Mama Carpella remained in Tenafly, but instead of living over the pizza parlor, resided in a lovely six-bedroom house with enough garden space to grow fifty bushels of Roma tomatoes.

While sister was slim, brother was heavy, not from fat, but muscle.  In an interview with Fortune Magazine, Gino had talked about an obsession with staying fit (evidently, it ran in the twins’ veins), but his went beyond the physical.  In addition to daily one-hour workouts at 5:00 a.m., he hit the books frequently to engage the gray matter.  He’d even made it an objective to take two university courses every year. 

As I drove to Kalihi, I considered all the information gleaned so far.  It was edifying, but pretty rudimentary.  Would it prove worthwhile and time efficient to dig deeper?  We had to prove Carmie was having an affair at the very least, but discovering she was into something illicit or that she had something to hold over her husband would be best.  Did the past matter?  Probably not, other than maybe demonstrating she’d been a flirt or skank.  That would go to character and integrity and all that.  But if she’d been a flirt or skank, wouldn’t William have discovered that?  Surely he’d have learned all he could about Carmelita Sangita Carpella before he’d married her.

And why marry someone of such a common background?  Was it true love?  Or a need to prove virility and/or have a trophy wife?  William’s first wife, Lucy, had been born to an aristocratic English family.  Fox hunts, high teas and Harrods had been part of the Howell’s routine—until she’d passed at the age of thirty, after five years of marriage.  A misadventure with a bunch of boisterous beagles during a fox hunt in Kent had cut her privileged life very short.  Like Carmie, she was slim and approximately 5’4” tall, blonde and blue-eyed.  Her nose, set between two incredibly high cheekbones, was quite pronounced.  Some might have called it Patrician if they’d been feeling kind, while others who were more candid might have called it for what it was: a Gonzo (as in Muppet) proboscis.  Snout, uh, nose aside, Lucy’s face held a noble and haughty air.

William remained single for four years and then met Lowella, the daughter of a Greek olive tycoon.  A whirlwind romance ensued.  They were married not quite eight months when daughter Sophia Bella was born.  Lowella passed after five years of marriage when a tractor-trailer totaled her and a Jaguar in oatmeal-thick fog along California’s SR 1.  Poor William.  He wasn’t particularly lucky in the sustainable marriage-love department.

I pulled into the Kalihi district and found a small parking lot in a tiny strip mall.  Before stepping from the car, I peered into the rearview mirror.  The peacock-blue cotton sun hat looked okay, but dark circles under the eyes didn’t.  I should have slapped on make-up, or at the very least concealer and lipstick, but really, why should I care that I looked tired and edgy?  The folks I’d be asking about Xavier wouldn’t.

I eyed a long, white clinic across the road.  Two young people, one scarecrow skinny and one sea-lion blubbery, shuffled from the entrance, whispered excitedly and anxiously shambled onward.  It was as good a place to start as any.  Maybe Xavier had dropped in.

My career as P.I. had officially begun.  Hopefully, in the process, I wouldn’t blow it—or get “blown”, as into bitty pieces.  What did I know about druggies and dealers other than what I’d heard at the stations I’d worked at or viewed on the idiot box, as Great-Uncle Warren called television?  My father’s uncle was the only relative I had ever known on that side of the family.  I’d never even met my dad.  When I’d been a baby, he’d taken a fatal roll down Mount Kilimanjaro during a botanical exploration (so the story went). 

These folks had been babies once, too.  Innocent, trusting infants with lives to live and dreams to make happen.  . . . Or destroy.  Sometimes we made wrong choices; sometimes others made them for us.  And sometimes life simply wasn’t fair.


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Blog Tour

Promo Post “No One Can Hear You”

Hello Friends!

How are you all doing this fun Monday? October is almost over and I’m so late on posts and I apologize to all the authors for that. Meanwhile, enjoy this promo post and check out all the bloggers in this blog tour and I will be working on reviews.

I bring you “No One Can Hear You“, written by Nikki Crutchley. This Crime Thriller was published 24th September 2018.

No One Can Hear Your


Blurb

dfw-nc-nochy-cover-largeHe said that they’d let me go on purpose. That they could easily find me if they wanted to. He said that they didn’t want me. That I was too much trouble. He said if I went to the cops, he’d know. If I told Sonya, he’d know. If I talked to friends or teachers, he’d know. He told me to pretend it didn’t happen. He told me to consider it a compliment, that I was too strong. His last words to me were, ‘Just forget’.

Troubled teen Faith Marsden was one of several girls abducted from Crawton, a country town known for its picturesque lake and fertile farmland. Unlike the others, she escaped, though sixteen years on she still bears the emotional and physical scars.

P1070026.JPGZoe Haywood returns to Crawton to bury her estranged mother Lillian, who has taken her own life. As she and Faith rekindle their high-school friendship, they discover notes left by Lillian that point to two more young women who recently disappeared from Crawton. But Lillian’s confused ramblings leave them with more questions than answers.

As Faith and Zoe delve deeper into the mystery, they become intent on saving the missing women, but in doing so are drawn into Auckland’s hidden world of drugs, abduction and murder. And then Faith decides to confront the mastermind – on her own.

Purchase Link – Amazon


Author Bio

High Res Author photoNikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge, New Zealand with her husband and two daughters. No One Can Hear You is Nikki’s second crime novel, set in the small Waikato town of Crawton. Her first book, Nothing Bad Happens Here, a crime/thriller set on the Coromandel Coast of New Zealand was a finalist in the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel. Nikki has worked in libraries in New Zealand and the UK and now works as a freelance proofreader. Nikki’s flash fiction has been published online and in the Fresh Ink anthology and the upcoming Bonsai anthology.

Social Media Links – Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess