Review: Believe Me by J.P. Delaney #jpdelaney @randomhouse

review:

Well, I don’t know about you, but my heart nearly burst out of my chest on this one! Holy smokes, the twists and the turns and the turns and more twists. I’m spinning!

Such a unique structure, I love how this one was set up – scenes structured as a script as it is playing out in the protagonist’s mind. As a former acting student of a studio in New York City, this one was super relatable. I loved hearing all about the acting exercises and techniques that I once studied.

And may I please point you to my friend Mackenzie’s review for her personal take as a psychologist who once studied Beauledaire. Her background casts a unique perspective on how the author has taken these topics and melded them into a fresh, fast paced psychological thriller.

This was a Traveling Sisters group read, and we were a slightly split group on this one. Always enjoy reading the perspectives from my fellow reviewers.

Thank you to Random House and JP Delaney for my advance copy. This book is available today!

synopsis:

One out-of-work British actress pays the rent on her New York City apartment the only way she can: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the cops begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife–and potentially others–they ask her to lure the suspect into a confession.

But with the actress pretending to be someone she isn’t, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible–and deadly.

Blog Tour: The Middle Aged Virgin by Olivia Spring @ospringauthor #Middle AgedVirgin

It’s my pleasure today to be on the blog tour for The Middle Aged Virgin by Olivia Spring! I’d like to thank Olivia for having me. I am so loving this bright cover!

synopsis:

Sophia Huntingdon seems to have it all: a high-flying job running London’s coolest beauty PR agency, a lovely boyfriend and a dressing room filled with Louboutins.

But when tragedy strikes, Sophia realises that rather than living the dream, she’s actually an unhappy workaholic in a monotonous relationship, with zero personal life. Her lack of activity in the bedroom is so apparent that her best friend declares her a MARGIN, or Middle-Aged Virgin—a term used for adults who have experienced a drought so long that they can’t remember the last time they had sex.

Determined to drastically shake up her life whilst she’s still young enough to enjoy it, Sophia hatches a plan to work less, live more and embark on exciting adventures, including travelling and rediscovering the electrifying passion she’s been craving.

But after finding the courage to end her fifteen-year relationship, how will Sophia, a self-confessed control freak handle being newly single and navigating the unpredictable world of online dating?

If she does meet someone new, will she even remember what to do? And as an independent career woman, how much is Sophia really prepared to sacrifice for love?

The Middle-Aged Virgin is a funny, uplifting story of a smart single woman on a mission to find love and happiness and live life to the full.

about the author:

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, chick lit and romantic comedy. Her debut novel ‘The Middle-Aged Virgin’ has just been released on Amazon worldwide.

Olivia’s uplifting novel deals with being newly single in your thirties, dating, relationships, love, travel, holiday romance and living life to the full.

When she’s not making regular trips to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato, Olivia can be found at her desk, keenly pursuing her career as an author, whilst consuming large bowls of her mum’s delicious apple crumble and custard.

http://www.oliviaspring.com/

The Middle-Aged Virgin is available now on Amazon:

International Link: http://getbook.at/OSpring

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F7MRTZP

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F7MRTZP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ospringauthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ospringauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ospringauthor

Blog Blitz Review: Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge @rararesources @SamTonge Writer @canelo_co

Wow, what an emotional ride that was.

review:

First of all, I’d like to thank Samantha Tonge, Canelo and Rachel for including me in this cover reveal and blog blitz. It has been my pleasure to be apart of this special book’s release.

This absolutely striking cover is a reflection of the words inside – this is a special story, one I honestly almost gave up on because the emotions were so vivid and strong. I felt so very much for these characters, you will be put in their shoes and understand their lives and grow with them.

This is a story about forgiveness, about finding one’s true self and true acceptance through it all. Everyone is going through their own struggles and this is one woman’s journey to finding herself.

Emma has returned to her home at Foxglove Farm after some time away, hoping to make amends and heal what was once broken. Told in alternating timelines, the reader slowly becomes privy to what has happened in the past in order to understand what is unfolding presently.

This is some extremely powerful writing, like I said, it was a truly emotional journey for me. My empathy for Emma was profound, and watching her grow into the person she is today was felt deeply. There was also a very interesting cast of characters and a lovely little three-legged dog to enjoy (as a mom to my own three-legged pup, I especially appreciated this!).

Definitely recommend to readers who enjoy an in depth character study, and stories about family and forgiveness. This book is now available!

purchase links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F6Z1GYC/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=canelo-21

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/forgive-me-not

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=D7liDwAAQBAJ

iBooks:https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-quantum-spy/id1406717966?mt=11&uo=8&at=1000l5Q7

synopsis:

How far would you go to make amends?

When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.

But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.

Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…

Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.

Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.

about the author:

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

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

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor

Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

Cover Reveal: A Country Gift Shop Collection by Vivian Conroy @VivWrites @HQDigitalUK #coverreveal

It is my pleasure today to bring you a cover reveal from Vivian Conroy – thank you so much for the invitation! I have two rescue pups and am a HUGE dog lover, so I just couldn’t resist this adorable cover!

synopsis:

The perfect cosy crime bundle, featuring all three Country Gift Shop mysteries.

Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With

Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine.

All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!

Grand Prize: Murder!

Inviting the bestselling cozy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.

Written into the Grave

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.

That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

You can preorder the collection here.

Follow along with Vivian Conroy on Twitter here.

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Review: Last Girl Gone by J.G. Hetherton @JGHetherton @crookedlanebks

review:

A definite pulse pounder!

JG Hetheron has written a nail biter of a thriller set in a small North Carolina town. When journalist Laura Chambers returns back to her roots in NC after failing at a Boston newspaper, she stumbles upon a story that could set her career on fire – in a good way. But what price will she have to pay?

This one was a little different than my usual reads – I tend to stick to the psychological variety of thrillers but this was more along the lines of darker crime. And I have to say I’m really glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and read this one. It was fraught with tension and full of terrifying situations that made my palms sweat and my heart pound. Did it make me a bit uncomfortable? Yes. But like I’ve been saying for awhile now – I really think it’s the power of good writing if it can evoke a strong emotional response from you in any manner whether it be fear, anxiety or joy. And this one definitely made me anxious and fearful!

I most certainly did not solve this crime. I think my detective shoes are going to have to be retired. And I love it!

A big thank you to Crooked Lane for my advance copy. This book is available now.

synopsis:

Sometimes, the journey home is the most harrowing. And it’s every parent’s worst nightmare.

Investigative journalist Laura Chambers is back in her tiny hometown of Hillsborough, North Carolina, the one place she swore never to return. Fired from the Boston Globe, her career in shambles, she reluctantly takes a job with the local paper. The work is simple, unimportant, and worst of all, boring―at least until a missing girl turns up dead, the body impeccably clean, dressed to be the picture of innocence.

Years earlier, ten-year-old Patty Finch left home and never made it back. But for the people of Hillsborough, Patty was just the beginning. Child after child disappeared, a reign of terror the town desperately wants to forget. Now that terror has returned to seize another girl. And another. And another.

This is the story Laura’s been waiting for―her one last chance to get back onto the front page. She dives deeper into a case that runs colder by the second, only to discover the truth may be far closer to home than she could have ever imagined. Powerful, intricate, and tense, Last Girl Gone will have you looking over your shoulder long after the last page.

The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl #review

review:

When an 8 year old boy is found alone at a swimming pool, a mystery begins to unravel – who is he? Where does he live? Why is he alone?

Set in an affluent Norwegian town, this book was super atmospheric – you can hear the rain, feel the cold, see the snow. I haven’t read enough books in this setting and I’ll definitely be back for more, it was almost a character in this book.

This was a very melancholy read for me, and a bit close to home with having an 8 year old boy myself. I couldn’t help but feel a tremendous amount of empathy for him. I became very attached to a few of the characters and my heart went out to them – combined with the dreary atmosphere, I left this one feeling a deep sense of doom and gloom. But that’s the power of good writing, isn’t it? It will make you feel deeply.

This was a Traveling Sisters read – always a pleasure to hear the perspectives of my fellow reviewers.

Thank you to Berkley for my advance copy.

synopsis:

Cecilia Wilborg has it all–a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a gorgeous home in an affluent Norwegian suburb. And she works hard to keep it all together. Too hard…

There is no room for mistakes in her life. Even taking home a little boy whose parents forgot to pick him up at the pool can put a crimp in Cecilia’s carefully planned schedule. Especially when she arrives at the address she was given

and finds an empty, abandoned house…

There’s nothing for Cecilia to do but to take the boy home with her, never realizing that soon his quiet presence and knowing eyes will trigger unwelcome memories from her past–and unravel her meticulously crafted life…