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Today I’m on the ‘Death Remembered’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

2PxDxTS0K E Coburn lives by the seaside in Kent, England, and spends her time plotting murders and mayhem for her imaginary friends in the Sleuthing Club!
As well as having a master’s degree in history, she’s a huge fan of everything vintage, especially the 1950s, and loves researching this interesting period. Nothing makes her happier than looking at old photographs, drinking old-fashioned cocktails, and doing as little work as possible.
Her debut novel Death Remembered: A Sleuthing Club Mystery (Book 1) will be published in July 2020.
If you fancy keeping up to date with her murderous plots you can find her on Twitter, at her website and on Facebook.

Synopsis :

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, but Charity Nicholls is bored of her quiet life in a tiny English village where nothing ever happens. Other than her nagging, marriage-obsessed mother, all she has to fill the time are her dreams of becoming a writer, and the Sleuthing Club – the mystery-reading book club she attends every week.
But everything changes the day her father receives a poison pen letter.
With the help of the Sleuthing Club, particularly handsome Henry Taylor, Charity is determined to find the culprit. But when people start dying and the police arrive, led by the infuriating Inspector James Lawrence, her little village becomes a hotbed of crime.
Can Charity find the murderer before anyone else dies?

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How do you plan a murder?!

Since I started telling people that I write cozy mysteries, the question I keep getting asked is, how do you plan a murder?
It’s not a question I ever thought I’d be asked and I’m quite relieved it’s not being asked by the police! Luckily though, the answer is far less sinister than the question and no actual weapons are involved. I plot a murder on a sheet of A3 paper with bubbles here, there and everywhere and lots of different coloured pens to write stuff down with.
Now, I’m not advocating anyone actually plotting to kill someone. For starters, it’s against the law and not the best way to settle your differences and also, my method is purely for writing fiction. I’m a real plotter, so I have quite extensive notes and plot outlines anyway, but it’s important for the story (and my sanity) to have it all figured out beforehand, otherwise I get very confused and then have to try and unpick the mess during edits. Trust me, that is not fun! However, when it comes to cozies and for the purpose of getting all the foundations in place before I start writing, I always begin with the victim.
By starting with a fun victim, I can figure out who they are, why they died and how. And most importantly who did it, so I can make sure I lead the reader away from them and towards other suspects until the very last minute! By doing it this way, I can create a list of clues that I add into the story and then pull all those details back together at the end when my sleuth does her big reveal.
The next thing to do, (in a different coloured pen!) is to move onto other suspects and their connection with the victim. This often leads to ideas for red herrings too. Every mystery has to have red herrings otherwise, what’s the point? If the sleuth gets everything right straight away there isn’t going to be much of a mystery and there’ll also be a very low word count!
One of my favourite things about plotting murders is then turning this ‘murder map’ on its head and noting how Charity, my sleuth, is going to approach it. This is where the investigation really becomes a story. It needs to be logical because no one likes a sleuth who just magically guesses stuff! So, from here I start building an idea of her step-by-step investigation. The story starts to come together as I realise where she needs to be at what point to uncover the clues and can decide how she’s going to get there.
I also need to include the Sleuthing Club too! They act kind of like sidekicks, giving Charity someone to bounce ideas off, but they also allow me, as a writer, to use them as plot devices to deliver red herrings or clues as well. There’s a lot of layering involved in writing a cozy mystery, especially one like the Sleuthing Club that uses golden age crime stories as reference points, and though they’re easy to read, it doesn’t mean they’re easy to write. At least, not for me!
That’s where plotting and planning your murder comes in and why my number one tip for writing a cozy mystery is to create yourself a murder map! (Plus, playing with coloured pens is always fun!)

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Today I’m on the ‘Buried in My Past’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Author PicEva Mackenzie is an author who enjoys twisty, emotionally engrossing tales. Her debut novel has been a work in progress for over a decade. Under the urging of a loved one, it’s finally finished.
She is a wife and mother living on the east coast. When she isn’t writing, she is spending time with her family, training for her next marathon or reading stacks of suspense novels. Some of her favorite authors are Minka Kent, Dean Koontz, Tami Hoag, and Lisa Jackson.

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50025615._SX318_SY475_Title: Buried in My Past
Genre: domestic/romantic suspense
Publisher: Craven Ink Press
Publication date: 02/06/2020

She’s desperate to stop the panic attacks. But the truth won’t set her free…
Jamie Kendal sees life through the bottom of a bottle. After surviving assault and betrayal, she is forced back to her hometown to care for her mother. Not long after her return, she’s plagued by terrifying slivers of memories from the night her twin brother disappeared forever…
Unearthing new evidence, she’s shocked to learn she’d been found wandering in the woods that same night—covered in blood. More than one person from her past hid the haunting truth that’s bubbling to the surface. The deeper she digs into the horrors from her past, the more she fears almost anyone could be a killer, including Jamie herself.
Can Jamie expose what happened that night, or will she join her missing brother?

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Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Thank you for having me.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I think like most people who make a major career change late in life; it is because I don’t love my current job. I have worked in law enforcement for thirteen years and I like the solitude writing gives me. I’m a people person, but I also enjoy hanging out at my house and working in my P. J’s. I mean, who wouldn’t. I am also a wife and mother of three young children.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I read a ton of V. C. Andrews in my teens. I remember those being my favorite books. Now, the sky is the limit. I read many genre’s and enjoy most. I’m talking a wide range from Sci-Fi, fantasy, some YA, romantic suspense, thrillers, and horror. Some of my most recent favorites would be Dark Matter and Where the Crawdads Sing.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Dean Koontz. I love his books. He is a master of suspense and atmosphere. Two things I strive for in my own writing. If your skin isn’t tingling, I’m not doing my job. I want readers to feel scared, sad and maybe even sexy. I love evoking different emotions.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Dolores Claiborne, hands down. It would be like having tea with my angry grandmother. Some real old school stuff. I listened to this on audio, which I highly recommend, and I realized at the end that the whole book was ONE interview. Stephen King is a master. I think for me I love when there is blurred lines between the villian and the hero. Or learning why good people do bad things. It’s not always the reasons we think.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t. I wish I did. I have three young children, so the name of the game is get it done when I can. It’s during nap time or after they go to bed for the night, then my writing can begin.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
I think my husband might be worried after my next book comes out. It begins with just a spark of an idea. A secret note found years later and something bad happened… then I expand on that small idea. This is by far my favorite part of the process. I am analytical by nature and it plays right into my stories. Finding the angle of a character’s motivation is a sure way to nail down a solid plot and character arc.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am a hard-core plotter. I plan every scene until The End. That doesn’t mean things won’t change in the revising phase, on the contrary, I am very flexible once the story is written. But readers want to read a story that is interesting, intricate and makes sense. If I pantsed, I can only imagine what it would be at the end.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
If you are having a hard time finishing that work in progress, try plotting. I know many people think it takes the freedom out of writing, but with a clear goal, you might just finish that book, and who knows, write another one. Also, with that, don’t edit as you go if you can’t seem to get that story done. You could bog down the process with polishing when the story just needs to spring up.

What are your futureplans as an author?
To publish two books a year for now. When the story idea’s stop, then I guess I’ll retire, or go back to school.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Instead of waking from a nightmare, Jamie Kendal is living in one. Tortured by an event from her past, she can not remember. Taunted by evidence of her brother’s disappearance and her possible role in the horrifying event. A night she can’t remember… a mystery she must uncover. Can Jamie survive what’s buried in her past?

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Eva Mackenzie.

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Today I’m on the ‘Veiled by Desire’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and an excerpt.

About the Author :

image1Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

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veiled-by-desire-coverTitle: Veiled by Desire (Laith #2)
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: The Parliament House Press

In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A beast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.
Rhona, along with her village, are under a sinister leader’s control. Their leader has taken Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities and, under the threat of killing everyone she loves, forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.
When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, while Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarra’s spell and save Rhona’s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain… .

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Clink, clink, clink. The sound of Rhona’s sword striking Perin’s grew louder as she tried harder to take his ass down. Eight times … eight times he had caught her off guard and she’d fallen at his feet, practically prepared to kiss his boot.
She could beat everyone else, but never Perin. This was the one skill she wanted to best him in. Her mother, Thea, sat on one of the benches, watching, her long blonde hair falling over her shoulder. Noticing her daughter’s concerned gaze, Thea shrugged in a delicate manner—as if to imply Rhona shouldn’t worry if she lost again.
“You can do it, Rhona. But I’m not going to make it easy for you,” Perin said in a serious tone.
“You’re a real bastard sometimes.” Laughing, she lunged at him. He was quick, boots angling to the side as he brought up his sword to block hers.
Belen held up a hand. “Continue. I’ll meet with you two later. I have a meeting with Thea.” Rhona’s gaze drifted to her mother, who set down a cup of tea at her side next to Jasmine. The doe-eyed girl stared lustfully at Perin’s muscles.
Rhona narrowed her eyes at Belen’s back as he walked toward Thea. Perin caught her devilish stare and shook his head for her to stop. She didn’t.
“I’ll see you in a little while,” her mother called before leaving with Belen’s hand loosely holding onto her elbow.
It was now only the two of them left outside—everyone else had gone off to do other things—except for Jasmine who hadn’t taken her eyes off Perin. His sleeves were rolled up, shirt drenched, and his forearms slicked with sweat—the whole scene had Rhona rolling her eyes. She lifted her sword. “Just go with Jasmine at the next fire.”
When the moons were at their fullest, the villagers would celebrate with a bonfire where they would toss something into the flames in hopes of a wish. The wishes weren’t real, but the idea of dreaming about something had its appeal, especially after she lost everything. But for the past two years, Rhona hadn’t gone because there was nothing to wish for. Even though there is, a voice spoke in her head.
“There is,” she whispered.
“What is?” Perin arched a brow.
She shook her head. “Nothing, just go.”
“And no, I don’t want to go with Jasmine.” He swung his sword, striking hers and making her hand vibrate. “I’d rather be alone.”
“But you talk to me.”
“That’s because you need me.”
“Nah, I think you need me maybe a little more.” She thrust her sword and tried to kick his feet out from underneath him, but it didn’t work. It was as if he knew every move she’d make before she did it.
Rhona looked over her shoulder to tell Jasmine she needed to try harder with Perin, but the girl had already left. She turned her head back to Perin, who had an apologetic expression on his face as he shot forward. With a stumble, she tripped over her own feet, falling on her ass. “You could have waited.”
“You could have tried to not set me up with Jasmine, too.”
Even though he was now twenty, she’d never seen Perin with a man or a woman. Not that there was anything wrong with that, but something, or someone, needed to take his frown away—the same that was on his face right now.
“You do know I used to have an ability that could dehydrate you, in turn making me win.” One she desperately wanted back.
“Then that would have been cheating, now wouldn’t it?” Perin reached a hand toward her to help her up. Giving him a hard stare, she placed her hand into his. Even after all these years of growing up together, he was still a true friend.
As she brushed the dirt from her pants, Perin glanced over his shoulder. “I need to show you something.”
Rhona peered in the direction of his gaze but didn’t see anything that held her interest. There were only rows of weeping willow trees and the cone-shaped tents. “Does my friend have a dirty little secret he’d like to share?”
“Just come on.” Pivoting on his heels, he waved her forward. “We need to be fast.”
Fast? Rhona’s frown mirrored Perin’s. “All right.” Something seemed different about him, his jaw clenched tighter than usual and his shoulders tense.

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Today I’m on the ‘Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information, an excerpt and a giveaway.

About the Author :

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Sherrill Joseph’s debut novel, Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets, had been inside her head for decades. The mystery genre took hold of her as a fifth grader when she discovered Nancy Drew and Phyllis A. Whitney mysteries. Years later, it still hasn’t let go.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and a master’s in education, Sherrill spent the next thirty-five years as a K-12 literacy teacher. When she retired from teaching in 2013, the Botanic Hill Detectives and their mysteries finally sprang to life.
Forever inspired by her beautiful students in the San Diego public schools, the author has peopled and themed the Botanic Hill Detectives mysteries with children of various abilities, cultures, and interests. She strongly believes that embracing diversity is the key to a better world.
Sherrill is a native San Diegan where she lives in a ninety-year-old house in a historic neighborhood with her bichon frisé-poodle mix, Jimmy Lambchop. In addition to her dog, the city of San Diego, reading and writing, the author loves her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She must also include dark chocolate, popcorn, old movies, staircases, the color purple, and daisies. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors’ Guild and promises many more adventures with the squad to come.

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Book CoverTitle: Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets (A Botanic Hill Detectives Mysteries #1)
Expected Publication Date: February 1st, 2020
Genre: MG / Middle Grade / Mystery (Ages 9 – 12)

World-famous Egyptologist Dr. Winston Thornsley died suddenly two months ago in disgrace. His widow, Ida Thornsley, remains convinced her husband was falsely accused of stealing an ancient burial urn he discovered in Egypt last summer, but local and federal law enforcement officers are stumped.
Mrs. Thornsley, desperate for answers, calls in her thirteen-year-old neighbors, the Botanic Hill Detectives—twins Lanny and Lexi Wyatt, Moki Kalani, and Rani Kumar. Their exciting mission? To find the urn and its real thief, bring the criminal to justice, and exonerate Dr. Thornsley so his spotless reputation can be restored.
A roomful of venomous snakes, the poisoned Egyptian pond, and Dragon Pit Man are just a few of the tests awaiting the four tech-savvy teenagers. As the detectives begin to unravel the sinister plot, the mystery takes a dangerous turn. Answers are at their fingertips—if they can only convince their parents to let them solve the case.

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Uncle Rocky did his best to join the kids on the floor but resorted to an old, overstuffed club chair instead. No sooner had the man gotten settled when Rani’s face changed.
“What’s that?” she said.
Flashing lights were beaming into the attic through the little window and dancing wildly around the room. The group quickly clustered around the opening.
Lanny grabbed the binoculars hanging nearby and trained them on the source. It took some time before the light show stopped interfering with his vision. “It’s Mask Face! On the Quince Street Footbridge!” he shouted, lowering the binoculars.
Lexi yanked them from her brother, taking his neck along with the strap, and aimed them out the window. “You’re right. Eww! It’s creepy,” she replied as goosebumps ran down her arms.
The figure had turned the flashlight onto its mask, creating the illusion of a disembodied head floating across the bridge.

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Today I’m on the ‘A Fool’s Circle’ blogtour, organised by R&R Book Tours.
To promote this book I have some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway.

About the Author :

18702441Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public’s consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.

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60875320_1234084736769336_3279425594575552512_nTitle: A Fool’s Circle
Publication Date: March 17th, 2019
Genre: Thriller / Domestic Thriller / Suspense

Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?

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Who doesn’t want to dive into a good, creepy book this time of the year? With Halloween around the corner, we’re giving away ten books, written by the contributors of Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies edited by Vanessa Morgan (released April 2019).
From vampires and werewolves to ghosts and serial killers, these terrifyingly brilliant books will have you enjoy the creepy season that much more.
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Strange Blood: 71 Essays on Offbeat and Underrated Vampire Movies by Vanessa Morgan (ebook)

This is an overview of the most offbeat and underrated vampire movies spanning nine decades and 23 countries.

Strange Blood encompasses well-known hits as well as obscurities that differ from your standard fang fare by turning genre conventions on their head. Here, vampires come in the form of cars, pets, aliens, mechanical objects, gorillas, or floating heads. And when they do look like a demonic monster or an aristocratic Count or Countess, they break the mold in terms of imagery, style, or setting. Leading horror writers, filmmakers, actors, distributors, academics, and programmers present their favorite vampire films through in-depth essays, providing background information, analysis, and trivia regarding the various films. Some of these stories are hilarious, some are terrifying, some are touching, and some are just plain weird. Not all of these movies line up with the critical consensus, yet they have one thing in common: they are unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the world of vampires. Just when you thought that the children of the night had become a tired trope, it turns out they have quite a diverse inventory after all.

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Discover The Horror: One Man’s 50-Year Quest for Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All by Jon Kitley (paperback)

For over five decades, Jon Kitley has been on a never-ending quest to explore as much of the horror film genre as possible, from the early days of terror television to movie theaters and drive-ins, from the video explosion to the creation of his long-running website. Now, for the first time, fans of Kitley’s Krypt can read how it all started (and continues to this day) as Jon shares his personal “tales from the road” experiences, having attended over a hundred horror movie conventions from coast-to-coast, as well as thoughts on different sub-genres, critics, reference books, and so much more. Plus, discover plenty of tips on how YOU can get the most out of your own journey into Monsters, Maniacs, and the Meaning of it All!

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Wholesale Theft and the Least of One’s Problems by Chris Hewson (ebook)

Focusing on sexism, B-movies, and the Golden Age of Hollywood, Wholesale Theft is about the adventures of Edith Donnegan, a young woman who invariably finds herself up against killer robots, mad scientists, and lizardmen. All the while, she has to deal with incessant chauvinism for the most absurd of reasons, but she strives to succeed.
The Key in the Grave: A haunting in a feared old mansion catches the attention of Edith, who decides to play amateur ghost-hunter to discover what happened in the past, and what’s happening now.
Empire of the Future: While on holiday to Luxembourg, Edith witnesses the world change into a bizarre hybrid of past and future technology. If she wants any chance of getting back home, she’ll have to stop a power-mad ruler before the changes are permanent.
Undead Teenagers of the Lost Island: On an uncharted island, mysterious and dastardly experiments threaten a group of visiting teenagers. Can Edith rescue them in time from the clutches of a villainous mad scientist?
And more!…

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Corporate Wolf by Stuart R. West (ebook)

It was supposed to be a corporate retreat and a series of morale-boosting exercises. It was a weekend Shawn Biltmore nearly didn’t survive.
There was something else playing in the woods that night, something other than a bunch of corporate drones with paintball guns.
And it had chosen Shawn as its new chew toy.
…rip ‘em to shreds.
The local authorities chalked it up to a bear attack.
So did the doctors.
Shawn knew the truth, however, as much as he wanted to deny it.
But when one of his coworkers is viciously killed, Shawn must face the truth…
He’s a killer who needs to be put down.
Or is he?

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Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri (ebook)

There are reasons we fear the night. He’s NOT one of them.
Bill Ryder was a dateless geek, but then he met a girl to die for. So he did. Sadly, that was just the beginning of his troubles. He awoke as a vampire but, fangs or not, he was still at the bottom of the food chain.
Now he finds himself surrounded by creatures stronger, deadlier, and a hell of a lot cooler than he is … and they all want to kick his ass.
Bill isn’t exactly average, though. A vamp like him hasn’t been seen in centuries. He’s got a few tricks up his sleeve, unlikely allies, and an attitude that makes him too damned obnoxious to quit.
Join him in this hilarious tale of bloodthirsty monsters and the unlikely hero who’s not afraid to flip them all off, even if it gets him killed – again.

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Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh (ebook)

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. He’s poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter. He’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains – the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

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Suckers by Anne Billson (ebook)

Everywhere you looked, there would be women dressed in black – white faces, black hair, mouths painted scarlet. It was The Look. You saw it on the street. You saw it on the covers of magazines. You saw it presenting arts programmes on TV.
And some of us saw it in our nightmares…
Anne Billson’s debut novel, described by Christopher Fowler in Time Out as ‘dark, sharp, chic and very funny’, is set at the end of the ‘greed is good’ era, and features a gothic love triangle between a man, a woman and the 300-year-old vampire they chopped into pieces a decade earlier.
But now she’s back, and this time she’s building a bloodsucking empire…

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Saucy Jacky: The Whitechapel Murders as Told by Jack the Ripper’ by Doug Lamoureux (audio book)

Come into the East End of London, England, 1888.
Walk the streets of Whitechapel and slums of Spitalfields, side by side with history’s most notorious serial killer.
Overhear his plans, and listen – or try not to – to his secret thoughts as he waits in the shadows. Keep pace, if you have the nerve, as he stalks his victims.
Watch, if you have the stomach, as he commits his outrages. And run with him, if you’re still upright, as he escapes the swarming forces of police desperate for his hide and head.
Imagining the unimaginable in this unabashed novel of terror, award-winning author Doug Lamoreux takes you inside the mind of the infamous killer who was never caught.
Discover the Whitechapel murders…as told by Jack the Ripper himself.

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Blood Bar by Daph Nobody (ebook – French edition)

In a close future, blood has become a valuable beverage. A “new world” guru named Borderman has built up a business on this fluid flowing in every man’s veins. During a long drought, as water is missing everywhere, blood becomes the core of a “golden rush”. People kill for a single drop of water or blood. After being raped by a bunch of men who introduced themselves as water sellers, Alna loses her mind and eventually commits suicide. Years later, her husband Jooze, old enough to feel death getting closer, wants to take revenge as a final shot before dying: he will find back those men and kill them all! On his way, he will meet a little girl who was genetically conceived by the government to be exclusively fed with blood. A magic encounter, so to speak! He will use her as his ultimate weapon. But a dark man called Bob Wayne is chasing them both, whose mind is driven by cruel desires and insane projects…

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Peripheral Visions: The Complete Ghost Stories 1988-2015 by Robert Hood (ebook)

Peripheral Visions is a unique reference collection that includes all of Robert Hood’s 44 ghost stories to date, three of them especially written for this volume. These memorable tales display Hood’s uncanny ability to make the fantastic real, to embrace weirdness and create human characters whose lives – both inner and outer – haunted by mortality, are laid bare and revealed to be our own worst nightmares. Ranging from melancholy reflection on life and death, through disquieting tales of dark humour and vengeance, to chilling visions of ghostly apocalypse. Hood’s stories are sure to draw you into a terrifying world that in the end is revealed to be irrefutably our own. Though many of these stories draw on the traditions of the past, they are far from traditional in approach.
As you turn each page remember this: not everything here is as it seems. There’s always something more, barely glimpsed, out there on the periphery.
Each section has an evocative, disturbing illustration by noted artist, Nick Stathopoulos.

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#Recensie en #Wedstrijd @HarperCollinsHL : Dag en Nacht – Romy Hausmann

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De auteur :

romy-hausmannRomy Hausmann (1981) was hoofdredacteur bij een productiemaatschappij en werkt nu als free lancer in de tv-wereld. Dag en nacht is haar thrillerdebuut. Ze woont met haar gezin in de buurt van Stuttgart, in een huis aan de rand van het bos.

Korte inhoud :

899Een afgelegen hut in het woud. De ramen verduisterd. De deur op slot. Lena en haar twee kinderen leven er volgens strikte regels: maaltijden, toiletbezoeken, lestijden… De vader legt alles nauwgezet vast. Hij beschermt ze voor alle ‘gevaar’ van de buitenwereld, hij zorgt ervoor dat zijn kinderen een moeder hebben. Koste wat het kost.
Tot Lena erin slaagt te vluchten. dan breekt de hel pas echt los. De vader wil met alle macht terughalen wat hem toebehoort. En dan is er nog de vraag of zij echt Lena is, de jonge vrouw die veertien jaar eerder spoorloos verdween…
Dag en nacht is een bloedstollende, tragische en bij vlagen ontroerende thriller die onder je huid kruipt en je niet meer los laat.

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Mijn mening :

‘Dag en nacht’ van Romy Hausmann is niet meteen een typische thriller te noemen.
Natuurlijk zijn er elementen die je in alle boeken binnen dit genre vindt, maar hier staat meer het psychologische centraal.
We lezen het verhaal vanuit verschillende oogpunten, wat een vaak beproefde methode is, maar niet zozeer om de dader te ontmaskeren, maar meer om te weten hoe mensen een situatie (hier een ontvoering/ontsnapping) ervaren.
Ieder personage is met elkaar om een of andere reden verbonden en hebben elk hun unieke kijk op wat er is gebeurd of aan het gebeuren is.
Het feit dat iedereen regelmatig aan de beurt is en hun hoofdstukken steeds maar deeltjes informatie verschaffen en vaak mini cliffhangers bevatten, maakt dat het spannend leest.
Je wordt er als het ware door voortgedreven, wat maakt dat je pagina na pagina gewoon verslindt.
De aangename schrijfstijl en het feit dat dit verhaal, ondanks dat het fictie is, toch ook zo levensecht lijkt, helpen hier ook zeker aan mee.
En dan heb je het einde, onverwacht, maar toch ook zo diepmenselijk.
Volgens mij is dit echt de sterkte van dit boek, het durven laten zien van de donkere krochten van een mens, van ons brein.
Een echte aanrader zeer zeker, al moet ik ook toegeven dat soms een paar dingetjes verwarrend overkwamen bij mij.
Het kan aan de psyche liggen van het betreffend personage, maar daar ben ik niet helemaal van overtuigd… .
Toch is dit voor mij maar een klein minpuntje, want dit is echt een zeer aantrekkelijk thriller debuut te noemen.
Ik kijk alvast uit naar een ander boek van deze schrijfster en dat zegt eigenlijk alles naar mijn (bescheiden) mening!

Wedstrijd :

Wil je net zoals ik dit boek verslinden? Dat kan!
Maak kans op een ongelezen exemplaar van ‘Dag en Nacht’ van Romy Hausmann door hieronder te zetten ‘ik neem graag deel’ voor maandag 23 september 16 uur.
Weet wel dat verzenden geld kost en ik dit aanreken aan de winnaar conform BPost.
Veel succes alvast!

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#BlogTour #GayBookPromotions @gaybookpromo / #QandAs and #GiveAway : Him Improvement – Tanya Chris @tanyachrs

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Today I’m on the ‘Him Improvement’ blogtour, organised by Gay Book Promotions.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Tanya Chris BigTanya Chris writes feminist-friendly romance in a variety of sub-genres and pairings–most especially M/M. Born on the West Coast and raised on the East Coast, she’s fact-based but thirsty for justice, and her books often include an examination of a current social issue, even when they’re set in the past. As a lifelong genre-hopping reader herself, she admires character-driven work with a message, regardless of the form it takes.
Tanya is an avid rock climber, a long-distance runner, and a participant in her local community theater where she has tackled most roles, including playwright, actor, director, producer, and stage manager. Her travels, both for climbing trips and for cultural exploration, have brought her to places as fascinating as Egypt and as beautiful as the Dolomites, though there’s no place like home.
Tanya is best known to readers for having written Aftercare and to writers for the quote “Writer culture is researching what degree is needed to be a paleontologist so your shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica will be authentic.” Her website features dozens of free stories, including the aforementioned (and highly authentic) shapeshifting vampire dinosaur erotica.

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Synopsis :

Book Title: Him Improvement
Author: Tanya Chris
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
Genre/s: Contemporary M/M Romance
Trope/s: enemies to lovers, opposites attract, millionaire, age gap
Themes: gentrification, compromise
Heat Rating: 4 flames
Length: 60 000 words / 161 pages

perf4.250x7.000.inddThe course of true love runs through every neighborhood….

Only one thing stands between Gregory MacPherson II and his dream revitalization project for the gritty neighborhood of Ball’s End: a rinky-dink, run-down used bookstore called Hailey’s Comic. But when master negotiator Mac shows up to make a deal with the owner, he comes face-to-face with quirky, colorful Hailey—unexpectedly good-humored about Mac’s attempted eviction and, also unexpectedly, a hot guy.
Hailey won’t give up his lease, no matter how much money Mac offers. When it comes to consummating their mutual attraction, though, he’s a lot more flexible. Soon Mac has as hard a time prying himself out of Hailey’s bed as he does prying Hailey out of the building. But Hailey doubts Mac’s plans serve Ball’s End’s best interests, and he insists Mac give him a chance to prove his case. If they’re going to build a happy ever after, one of them will have to be remade….

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I live in the United States, in Connecticut. When I travel outside of the US, I usually say I live in New York because no one’s ever heard of Connecticut, but it’s pretty nice here. I was born on the west coast in the Seattle area and most of my family still live there, but I’ve mostly lived here since I was 8.
I always knew I wanted to be an author but I had a problem with the part where you put your butt in the chair and actually write. It was NaNoWriMo that changed things for me. NaNoWriMo is an annual event where you challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November, and in order to do that, you have to write fast. No wallowing in self-loathing. So I discovered that the trick for me is to write in haste and edit at leisure. Once I have a first draft, I can work from there.

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I was a huge Nancy Drew fan. We didn’t have a lot of money for books, and the library didn’t carry them for some reason, so a new Nancy Drew book was a rare treat. As soon as I got one, it’d be finished already. Maybe that’s how I developed my habit of re-reading favorites.
As an adult, I’ve gone through phases. For a couple of years I read nothing but True Crime. Then it was non-fiction. For a while I was trying to read everything on the Modern Library’s 100 Best list. Nowadays, it’s mostly M/M Romance.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I really admire Nora Phoenix’s marketing genius, but I have to admit that even if I had direct access to all her knowledge, I probably wouldn’t apply it. My marketing skills are poor at least in part because I don’t want to sharpen them.

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
The characters in my My Guys series (My Guys, Mine, and You, Me & Her) are like real people to me. They’re theater people and rock climbers, and so am I. I used my own climbing gym and local amateur theater as models for the ones in the books, and I keep expecting to run into my fictional friends there.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I prefer silence to music. I write better if someone is writing along with me—either next to me, in person, or doing a word sprint online. I’m not really a morning person, so I try to edit in the morning and draft in the afternoon, but if someone’s willing to meet me to write in the morning, then I’ll draft in the morning. Right now I’m sitting on my deck. 🙂

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
It usually starts with “If I were going to write a book about x, what would it be?” For Him Improvement, it was “what’s an issue that there are legitimately two sides to?” I came up with the answer of gentrification, so I put my two characters on opposite sides of that issue.
I don’t really base characters off of real life people, and I don’t kill my characters, so I don’t think anyone needs to be worried.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser. I can’t plot at all. That’s why the NaNoWriMo free-for-all method works so well for me. It does sometimes mean heavier editing for the start of the book, but more often than not I’m surprised by how the plot works itself out as I go.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
I worry about a lot of the tips I see passed around because they’re so finicky and black-and-white, as if you can write well by compiling a list of words you shouldn’t use and somehow eliminating them. I think your best bet is to write and then read what you wrote. Repeatedly.

What are your future plans as an author?
Write. Read what I wrote. Repeatedly.  🙂
More seriously, I’ve got some great books in the works, including a Regency, a new BDSM series, a climbing book set at the Olympics, and more omegaverse books. I enjoy mixing it up and can’t bring myself to settle on one genre. Maybe I’ll even end up back in M/F someday.

Last, but not least, can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?

“You know what I like about you?” Hailey asked.
Mac straightened up with a shake of his head. He knew what people usually liked about him. He was a handsome man with strong features and thick hair. He came from money, had turned that into more money of his own, had the manners and confidence to comport himself anywhere. He made decisions quickly but logically, took action when others froze, and played a good game of hockey. But he expected to hear something different from Hailey—maybe that he had a bright aura or had been some form of cuddly animal in a previous life.
“Your shoulders. I’m a sucker for a guy with good posture. You had that suit on in the store, but I could still tell. Is that not okay to say?”
“I was expecting something more… well, less superficial.” He’d wanted Hailey to see something in him, something he maybe hadn’t even known was there himself, a goodness of some kind.
“Like that you have a beautiful soul? We all do, don’t we? Your beautiful soul happens to be topped by an impressive pair of shoulders. But all right, I’ll tell you what I meant to say before I got distracted by them. I like how transparent you are.”
“I’m not transparent.” He was a consummate businessman, a master of impassivity.
“But you are.”

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, Tanya Chris.

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#BlogTour #RandomThingsTours @annecater / #PromoPost and #GiveAway : Burning Ambition and Takeaway Terror #SerialMurderSquad – BL Faulkner @crimewriter1

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Today I’m on the ‘Burning Ambition and Takeaway Terror’ blogtour, organised by Random Things Tour.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information and a giveaway for you.

About the Author :

B Faulkner Author pictureBarry Faulkner was born into a family of South London petty criminals who ran with the Richardson’s Crime Gang in the 60’s-90’s. Being the youngest his mother, a top fashion model, was determined he would not follow in the criminal footsteps of the rest of the family and enrolled him into the Morely Academy of Dramatic Art to pursue a career in acting. Sadly young Faulkner was asked to leave after three months when no acting ability had surfaced. He went onto become an advertising copywriter with the English branch of the US Agency Erwin Wasey Ruffraf and Ryan where he got lucky with some scripts he sent to the BBC TV and became a scriptwriter and editor for them and several ITV companies. During this time the DCS Palmer plots were amassed in various notebooks and three years ago Faulkner finally found time to write and publish them. His early insight into the criminal world of his family has added authenticity to the characters and plots that makes them credible and the pace keeps the reader glued to the end. His signature end twist will always surprise you. Check out his top rated crime blog at geezers2016.wordpress.com

Synopsis :

Burning Ambition coverCases 7 & 8 from the DCS Palmer and the Serial Murder Squad series.

In Burning ambition an organised crime gang leader wants one last big heist as a signature to his career. He chooses the Royal Mint in Wales. But other criminals have learnt of this planned heist and want ‘in’. The answer is ‘no’ but the arguments develop into murders which brings in Palmer and his team. Will they be in time to stop the job and prevent any more murders?
In Takeaway Terror two organised crime families fight over the lucrative London West End drugs trade. Are the fast food delivery lads on their mopeds delivering more than takeaways? Why have three been killed by a hit and run driver? Old school gangsters go to war with an incoming foreign drugs lord family. Palmer needs to get inside, but once inside will he get out? Alive?

Giveaway :

I’m allowed to give one printed copy of the book to one of my followers (UK ONLY!).
You can enter by :
posting a comment on this post AND tweeting this post (I need to be tagged).
I’ll choose a winner on September 04 at 8:30AM Belgium time. Good luck, everyone!

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#BlogTour #iReadBookTours @iReadBookTours / #GuestPost and #GiveAway : 120 Days #120Days – Ronald Ruiz #RonaldRuiz #mystery #suspense #crimefiction

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Today I’m on the ‘120 Days’ blogtour, organised by iRead Book Tours.
To promote this book I have a guest post and a giveaway, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Ronald RuizRonald L. Ruiz is a retired attorney whose entire career was spent in criminal law as a deputy District Attorney, a District Attorney, a Defense Attorney and a Public Defender.

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Synopsis :

120 DaysBook Title: 120 Days by Ronald L. Ruiz
Category: Adult Fiction, 318 pages
Genre: Legal thriller, crime fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Amika Press
Release date: May 22, 2019
Format available for review: print, ebook (mobi file (for Kindle), ePub, PDF)
Content Rating: R (There are two explicit scenes and some bad language)

BARBARA BLAKE is a bright, young, attractive, and ambitious defense attorney. Alejandro Soto, an inmate already serving two life sentences for the brutal murder of a drug dealer and the man’s mother, is on trial for a third murder, one he did not commit but that could well result in the Death Penalty. When Blake and Soto meet in the San Cristobal, California courtroom, they begin a 120-day journey that will invariably alter both of their lives. Together, they spiral ever more deeply into the dark heart of a quintessentially American story of sex and love, truth and lies, justice and prejudice, crime and punishment, and, ultimately, life and death.

“​There is a human element here that is only found in top-tiered crime fiction, and this book is filled with it. I adore all of the major bestselling authors of this genre and have finally found a new favorite that, in my opinion, belongs in the same league. A truly brilliant novel. An exceptional writer. Highly recommended.”
– Readers’ Favorite Reviews

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Guest Post :

Three Valued Books

The three books I would want with me on a deserted island are William Faulkner’s Light in August, Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses, and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.
In my mind, William Faulkner is a genius. His genius shines more at some times than at others. For me, such is the case in his creation of Lena Grove in the first 30 pages of Light in August. Pregnant Lena has been walking for four weeks from Alabama to Mississippi in search of the scoundrel that has impregnated her. Understated, she is a wonderful backdrop for all the people, hill folk, that she encounters on her way: people with all their evaluations and judgments and words for Lena, people at the turn of the Twentieth Century, and now. Then too, there is Joe Christmas, the “half nigger” who can pass for a white man, and his endless search for who he is. And the defrocked Reverend Gail Hightower, confounded by the past, unable to deal with the present. William Faulkner saw, understood and wrote about people of all kinds.
Few writers have been able to know and love a foreign country and its people the way Cormac McCarthy does with Mexico and its people in All the Pretty Horses. John Grady Cole is a young Texas cowboy who sees that the cowboy life of his forefathers no longer exists in Texas, and he rides into Mexico on his horse in search of a that lost life. The respect and love he has for the land and the Mexican people, from the peasant poor to the rich and educated is clear. McCarthy involves his protagonist with one of the central 1910 Revolution families, which is a disaster, but he survives. For me, the final two paragraphs of the book show McCarthy’s skill as a writer with few peers in American literature today.
Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote Crime and Punishment more than 150 years ago. It is as relevant today as it was then. A young, penniless university student decides that his old, rich, miserable, penurious landlady is a worthless human being, and that mankind will be better off with her dead. He decides to kill her, and then he does. What he endures, the torture that is his mind, then follows. A lesson to be learned.

Giveaway :

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