#BlogTour #PumpUpYourBook @pumpupyourbook / #Excerpt : Orange City – Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG

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Today I’m on the ‘Orange City’ blogtour, organized by Pump Up Your Book.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of the novels THE ANCESTOR, THE MENTOR, THE DESIRE CARD and SLOW DOWN. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the Prix du Polar. His first YA series RUNAWAY TRAIN is forthcoming in 2021 along with a sci-fi novel ORANGE CITY. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in The Millions, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, LitReactor, Monkeybicycle, Fiction Writers Review, Cagibi, Necessary Fiction, the anthology Dirty Boulevard, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, The New Plains Review, Underwood Press and others. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Fringe, dedicated to publishing fiction that’s outside-of-the-box. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Book Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series and lives in New York City.

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Title: Orange City
Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: Atmosphere Press
Pages: 259
Genre: Sci-fi / Dystopian

Imagine a secret, hidden City that gives a second chance at life for those selected to come: felons, deformed outcasts, those on the fringe of the Outside World. Everyone gets a job, a place to live; but you are bound to the City forever. You can never leave.
Its citizens are ruled by a monstrous figure called the “Man” who resembles a giant demented spider from the lifelike robotic limbs attached to his body. Everyone follows the Man blindly, working hard to make their Promised Land stronger, too scared to defy him and be discarded to the Empty Zones.
After ten years as an advertising executive, Graham Weatherend receives an order to test a new client, Pow Sodas. After one sip of the orange flavor, he becomes addicted, the sodas causing wild mood swings that finally wake him up to the prison he calls reality.
A dynamic mash-up of 1984 meets LOST, Orange City is a lurid, dystopian first book in a series that will continue with the explosive sequel Lemonworld.

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At six on the dot, the gloved cellular let out a piercing ring. A timer turned on, ticking down with each buzz. E wouldn’t have long to remain idle. The entire pod apartment vibrated, and his capsule bed slid open. The white ceiling drew his attention, the walls devoid of color, a minimalist’s fantasy—nothing like a home.
Shades of the dream from last night still lingered. His knuckles painted with blood as he beat a shadow. The voice of the shadow belonging to a ten-year-old boy. The boy’s cries stabbing E’s ears. He shook that dream away.
He removed the intravenous tube that connected him to his bed and switched off the cooling mist which allowed him to slumber for days. He stretched his old bones, his hair standing up in a state of white shock like it had since he was a young man. Swinging his thick legs over the side of the bed, he yawned at the morning before finally answering his cell.
“I’ll be right there,” he coughed into the digital eye on his gloved palm.
He removed the glove and pushed a button on the side of the bed. Doors opening along the wall revealed a sliver of a kitchen with a piping pot of subpar and gritty coffee brewing on the counter— the best offered to the Scouts— and two sizzling poached eggs from a suspect source. He scarfed down the eggs and pushed another button to raise the shades along the lone wall facing east. The heart of The City hovered in the near distance, its new buildings staggering on one end like giant colorful stalagmites. Sipping his black coffee, he watched it in motion as he did every morning.
Between the Scouts and the rest of The City lay a half a mile of ice water. The City was made up of many Regions, his situated on the outskirts. Sometimes he wondered what it would be like to fall into those frosty waters and drift off to wherever it might choose to take him, no longer having to shuttle between The City and the faraway Outside World anymore. But instead of a dramatic suicide, he suited up and headed through the tunnel with a suitcase in hand like he had for twenty years. He’d convinced himself long ago that living here was better than rotting in prison like he would’ve been if they hadn’t selected him. At least he was still able to get lost in a bottle of whiskey or feel the sun against his cheek during the few instances it was allowed to peek through the chronic clouds. Even though The City was far from ideal, the Outside World remained definitely worse. It reminded him too often of the man he used to be and of the terrible sins he’d committed. These thoughts returned at the beginning of every week while he geared up for another one, as he wondered if one day the Man in the Eye might give him a promotion and he wouldn’t have to be a Scout anymore.
That way, he’d never have to return to the Outside World.
Then, he could possibly be at peace, like all The City’s inhabitants wished.

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#BlogTour @aria_fiction / #Excerpt : Staying Out For Summer #StayingOutForSummer – Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot

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Today I’m on the ‘Staying Out For Summer’ blogtour, organized by Aria Fiction.
To promote Mandy Baggot her book I have some ‘basic’ information and an excerpt for you.

About the Author :

Mandy BaggotMandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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gqgq__zgFor Lucie Burrows, it’s time to embrace Greek life and put the past behind her!
Having spent the summer of 2020 battling a global health crisis, Lucie Burrows is looking forward to a summer out of lockdown. When best friend, Gavin, finds them the perfect Greek escape Lucie finally starts to think this summer might just go without a hitch.
But after a landslide puts the village into a local lockdown, Lucie is thrown together with Michalis Andino, the super sexy village doctor. It’s not quite the holiday she had planned, but things could certainly be worse.
As Lucie relaxes into the Greek way of life, she begins to wonder whether this lockdown might just end in a new life, a new love…

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Kalamaki Beach, Corfu, Greece

The sun felt so good on his skin. As Dr Michalis Andino rested his bare torso against the beach sun lounger he felt his body drop into the material of his towel and deeply rest. This was what he had been missing this past year. Peace. Relaxation. That feeling that everything in the world was going to be OK. He was home and it felt good. Compared to the vibrant and often hectic heart of Thessaloniki, the island of Corfu was a flatline. But in the best of ways. The quiet was exactly what he needed right now. Quiet meant no destruction, no demand, no death. His body bristled then, his thoughts waking up and jumping on a train rather than stilling into a sunshine slumber. He needed to switch his brain off as well as his body. This was what this sabbatical was all about. It was either step away, rejuvenate and take a time-out or… break down.
Slipping his sunglasses upwards to rest on his dark hair, slightly longer than it had been for a while, Michalis surveyed the scene. The golden sand was speckled with loungers and bright blue parasols shading those who required it. Children made holes in the earth, building castles, digging trenches, chasing each other with buckets filled with sea water. The turquoise sea lapped slowly up the beach, swimmers having to wade out a reasonable distance before the sparkling water was deep enough to swim in. He would swim later. Once he had given himself a little peace just lying still, recovering… and not looking at his phone.
‘Dr Andino.’
Squinting against the sun, Michalis shielded his eyes and turned his head a little to the left. Had someone called his name? Surely it was his imagination. That was the problem with having lived through the worst time of your career, you were always on high alert. Dr Andino, this patient is worsening and we do not know why. Dr Andino, we need more Remdisivir. He wasn’t sure exactly how long it was going to take to completely let that heightened awareness go. He settled back on the lounger, discarding his sunglasses on the plastic table to his right that held his bottle of Alfa beer. Then he closed his eyes again.
‘Dr Andino.’
There was that voice again. It was female and it sounded vaguely familiar. Was he dreaming? He really didn’t want to open his eyes…
‘Please, Doctor, it is my eye.’
Michalis jumped then, almost falling from the lounger and into the sand. Feeling someone in close proximity he sat up, opening his eyes and finding himself a lot less than one-and-a-half metres away from Athena Martis from his village. Not only that, but the sixty-something woman was leaning into him, her eyelids prised apart by her fingers, one eyeball bulging like a huge shiny pink marble.
‘Mrs Martis,’ Michalis began. ‘Please do not open your eye that way here.’ He tried to lean away from her. ‘If the wind blows the sand then the sand will end up—’
‘—Help me, Doctor,’ Athena said, unrelenting in her quest to show him the inner workings of iris, pupil and a white that did look very pink. ‘The itch, it is unbearable. I blink. I do not blink. It is all the same. The doctor in Acharavi gave me an ointment, but it makes no difference. Harris says he will not listen to my pain any longer. Nyx tell me you come here so… I come here.’
Nyx. His little sister was going to pay for this.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #Excerpt : Vile – Keith Crawford @keithcrawford77

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Today I’m on the ‘Vile’ blogtour, organised by Love Books Tour.
To promote this book I have an excerpt, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Keith Crawford (1) (1)Keith Crawford is a retired Navy Officer, a disabled veteran, a Doctor of Law & Economics, a barrister, a stay-at-home Dad, and a writer. He has written for collections of scholarly works, academic journals, and newspapers including The Economist. He has had more than thirty plays recorded or produced for stage, been listed in a variety of short story competitions (in spite of his hatred of short stories), and runs a radio production company, www.littlewonder.website, which regularly runs competitions promoted by the BBC to help find, develop and encourage new writers.
In 2014 he was lecturing at Sciences Po in Paris and negotiating a contract to write a book on banking regulation, when he and his wife discovered to their delight that they were due to have their first child. Rather than writing more work that would only be read by his poor students, and then misquoted by politicians, he decided he would do his bit to stick his fingers up at the patriarchy and stay home to look after his own kids rather than the grown-up kids of rich people. Two more children swiftly followed. Keith has discovered that if you recite Stick Man backwards you get the lyrics to AD/DC’s Highway to Hell.
This (looking after the kids, not satanic rites with Stick Man) allowed him to support his wife’s career, which appears to be heading for the stratosphere, and also gave him the space to write about swordfights and explosions. And spaceships. All of which are more fun than banking regulation. As an extension to his work in radio production, he set up his own small press, and his first novel, Vile, is due to be published in December 2019. More novels will swiftly follow, like buses in countries that don’t privatise the bus companies.

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Vile Ebook cover 1600 x 2560 (1)Elianor Paine is a Magistrate of the Peace in the Kingdom of Trist and a republican secret agent. She has 6 days to subvert her investigation, supplant war-hero Lord Vile, then coerce his adult children to start a revolution, before her masters discover the truth and have her killed. Just how far is she willing to go? And can she change the world without changing herself?

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Nathaniel stopped eating. He flickered his eyes back and forth across her face, as though he was trying to absorb each detail. They sat together for a while, he watching her, she kicking the reeds with her right foot. Then she reached into his lap and took another apple.
“Why did you send the letter to Lord Carada? Asking him to send a Magistrate?”
She took a bite. The juice rose to her lips.
“I thought you’d ask how I managed to lie to you.”
“I figured that out for myself,” she lied. “What started all this?”
“I had a fight with my father,” Nathaniel said. “Four months ago. A week later, Catrin, one of the barmaids from The Last Chance, went missing. And she was only the first. You’ve seen the list. Once I saw the pattern, I had to do something.”
“What pattern? What did you argue about?”
“I told him I wanted to leave. To study in the capital, or travel, or join a pirate ship and sail the archipelagos—whatever. But I’m a prisoner. He won’t even let me go to the monastery to see my mother’s grave.”
“If you want to leave, leave. What’s stopping you?”
“Answers. He’s hiding something—something important.” He gazed beyond the river, where the sky turned black and the first stars came out. “I mostly said it to provoke him, which I guess was pretty successful. He’s the great Arbalest Vile. Where can I go far enough away from him?”
She finished her apple and tossed the core into the river.
“What did he say when you told him you wanted to leave?”
“It wasn’t much of a conversation. He picked up a chair from the long table and smashed it across my back then, when he saw the chair was broken, beat me with the leg.”
Elianor had seen Nathaniel fight. He remembered him complaining how unalike he was from his twin, Persephone, and yet she found it difficult to imagine either submitting to anyone. But then she remembered the shadow of her own father, banging his fist at the head of the breakfast table.
“Why was he so angry? Did you fight back?”
“I think he was mostly upset that I’d broken the chair. And no, I didn’t fight back. I let him hit me. I don’t know why. Afterwards he looked at me as if I were something he had found under his boot. Like something he had decided to replace.”
She sat close enough that their knees touched. He looked up at the stars and even beneath the night sky his eyes were as blue as a child’s. She thought about the tattoo on his chest, hidden by his shirt.
“I’m sorry,” he said. “You didn’t want to hear all that.”
She kissed him.
He pushed her hood back and pulled her closer, his right hand in her hair. She slid one hand up his back and with the other, unbuttoned his cardigan. The apples tumbled as she swung her knee over and sat on his lap, chest to his chest.
“Take off your shirt,” she said.
He froze, his hand on her nape.
“Fine,” she said, kissing him again, smiling with her lips touching his. “I’ll go first.”
She shucked off her coat, tossing it up the bank so it wouldn’t float away on the river, then pulled off his cardigan. The dressing dragged at her injured side. He was breathing hard. She undid the top buttons of her blouse and placed his left hand just beneath her collar bone, leaning in closer and encouraging him to run his fingers down, just as she slid her own between the top buttons of his shirt.
“Stop,” he said.

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#BooksOnTour @bookouture / #Review : My Husband’s Girlfriend – Sheryl Browne @SherylBrowne

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About the Author :

Sheryl Browne03 small fileBestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller MY HUSBAND’S GIRLFRIEND comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.

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She told my little boy a secret and now he’s gone…
Tucking her little boy Ollie into bed one night, Sarah notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by her ex-husband’s new girlfriend, Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never tell you’.
Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife. But Sarah knew the moment she met Laura she couldn’t trust her, from her overly perfect stepmother act to the way she evaded questions about her own history.
Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.

If you love a book that keeps twisting and turning, then you’ll love My Husband’s Girlfriend – it’s guaranteed to keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

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Not sure how to start my review for this book as a fan of this author.
I just don’t know how she does it, writing another great read!
I was engrossed from the beginning in this domestic thriller with lots of interesting characters.
A page turner with lots of twists and turns once again.
I was sitting on the edge of my seat until the very ending!
Another bestseller for sure, for author Sheryl Browne!

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#OneDayBlogBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : A Gentleman’s Promise – Penny Hampson @penny_hampson

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Today I’m on the ‘A Gentleman’s Promise’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a some ‘basic’ information for you.

About the Author :

MxCLhVjwPenny Hampson writes mysteries, and because she has a passion for history, you’ll find her stories also reflect that. A Gentleman’s Promise, a traditional Regency romance, was Penny’s debut novel, which was shortly followed by more in the same genre. Penny also enjoys writing contemporary mysteries with a hint of the paranormal, because where do ghosts come from but the past?
Penny lives with her family in Oxfordshire, and when she is not writing, she enjoys reading, walking, swimming, and the odd gin and tonic (not all at the same time).

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A docile wife is what he wants. A husband is the last thing she needs. Can a quest for a killer teach them that they are both wrong?
Emma Smythe and her brother arrive at Easterby Hall to discover that a handsome stranger has laid claim to their ancestral home and the family title. Have her relatives been murdered, and is her brother next? Determined to find the answers, she has no option but to trust the gentleman who insists that he will help. But danger appears in many guises, and for a woman intent on remaining single, her intriguing protector may prove the biggest threat of all.
The attempts on Richard Lacey’s life begin when he inherits a title and a rundown estate. A coincidence? He’s not so sure. Problems multiply with the unexpected arrival of Jamie and Emma Smythe. Long thought dead, they too are potential targets. Richard thinks he wants a docile, obedient wife, but will the task of keeping headstrong Emma safe from danger change his mind?
Embroiled in a sinister mystery, can Richard and Emma work together to catch a killer? And will this dangerous quest teach them that what they both wish to avoid is exactly what they need?
Filled with intrigue, unexpected twists, and faultless period detail, this slow-burn romance is a must-read for lovers of classic Regency fiction.

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#BlogTour #TheCoffeePotBookClub @maryanneyarde / #GuestPost : The Year We Lived #TheYearWeLived – Virginia Crow @DaysDyingGlory @StomperMcEwan @CrowvusLit #HistoricalFiction

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Today I’m on the ‘The Year We Lived’ blogtour, organized by The Coffee Pot Book Club.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Virginia grew up in Orkney, using the breath-taking scenery to fuel her imagination and the writing fire within her. Her favourite genres to write are fantasy and historical fiction, sometimes mixing the two together such as her newly-published book “Caledon”. She enjoys swashbuckling stories such as the Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas and is still waiting for a screen adaption that lives up to the book!
When she’s not writing, Virginia is usually to be found teaching music, and obtained her MLitt in “History of the Highlands and Islands” last year. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of music, especially as a tool of inspiration. She also helps out with the John O’Groats Book Festival which is celebrating its 3rd year this April.
She now lives in the far flung corner of Scotland, soaking in inspiration from the rugged cliffs and miles of sandy beaches. She loves cheese, music and films, but hates mushrooms.

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Book Title: The Year We Lived
Author: Virginia Crow
Publication Date: 10th April 2021
Publisher: Crowvus
Page Length: approx. 118,000 words – approx. 350 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

It is 1074, 8 years after the fateful Battle of Hastings. Lord Henry De Bois is determined to find the secret community of Robert, an Anglo-Saxon thane. Despite his fervour, all his attempts are met with failure.
When he captures Robert’s young sister, Edith, events are set in motion, affecting everyone involved. Edith is forced into a terrible world of cruelty and deceit, but finds friendship there too.
Will Robert ever learn why Henry hates him so much? Will Edith’s new-found friendships be enough to save her from De Bois? And who is the mysterious stranger in the reedbed who can disappear at will?
A gripping historical fiction with an astonishing twist!

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Guest Post :

Effect of the Battle of Hastings – England as a Frontier

The word ‘frontier’ conjurers up various images. To me it speaks of the Midwest, or maybe Star Trek with its “final frontier”. But the final frontier in England, the last time England was a frontier landscape, was really in the post-Hastings period. When I was writing The Year We Lived, I wanted to really get to grips with the idea of England as frontier-land. In school we’re taught about the strategy of the Battle of Hastings, and the politics which led up to it, but we were never taught about the aftereffects on the landscape. Delving back into my own family tree research provided a pretty good example of this. William Peverel (my 30th Great-Grandfather) was awarded vast areas of land in the centre of England, far into the Norman frontier, and he is accredited with building castles throughout this area as a way to state and maintain his power – in true frontier fashion! A lot of the invaders in The Year We Lived owe much to what I know of Peverel and his legacy.
Of course, on every frontier there are the people who were there first. While Æthelstan is generally regarded as being the first King of England, it has to be acknowledged that the Anglo-Saxons had been working steadily towards this for several years, with varying degrees of engagement and success! But while these kingdoms had been drawn together, there had remained a certain amount of identity within this landscape. It was a logical decision to set the story in the Fens, as it is a place I am familiar with, and also a place which has undergone an enormous geographical change. Hiding an entire community within this landscape was not only easy but quite believable as Lincolnshire and Norfolk have been entirely changed by the draining of the Fens. This landscape is now barely recognisable and dozens of references to settlements from the Doomsday Book have been entirely lost, some only preserved by their name on that page.
The Doomsday Book in itself demonstrates how the Normans sought to temper and tame their new lands. By the time it was collated the fingers of the frontier men had become like claws which gripped their new titles and lands. I always feel the Doomsday Book was a little bit like the Norman equivalent to a flag in Eddie Izzard’s sketch (’Do You Have a Flag?’ from “Dress to Kill”), something along the lines of: “We’ve got our names in this book, so it’s definitely ours”.
All in all, history remembers the Normans very favourably. We’re almost encouraged to celebrate the end of those savage Saxons. And yet, most of us still engage as much with the Saxon legacy as we do the Norman one, just in our usual everyday life.

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : White Knuckle Dance – Andrew Cockburn @Skin17Official

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Today I’m on the ‘White Knuckle Dance’ blogtour, organized by Love Books Tours.
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About the Author :

Andrew is a Scottish writer who has lived in Asia for many years. As an anthropologist and sociologist by training Andrew has developed a keen interest in people, society and culture. Andrew’s debut novel, White Knuckle Dance, explores relationships and social norms though the lens of power and knowledge.

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She’s not what she appears to be.
He’s got secrets of his own.
But someone has to lead this dance.
There is a story behind every face you walk by on the street, or that you bump into in life. But what about your own story?
Dan never thought about himself as being different, and the world would agree with him. Just a regular nice guy who works in a regular nice job in London.
His nice and normal London life in the hectic world of sales turns upside down when he meets the captivating Mary at a work event. Deep down he knew there was more to life than what he was doing. He had an inkling that things with him could maybe be a little different. That a life of drudgery wasn’t what he’d signed up for.
But there seems to be a lot more to Mary than meets the eye. And with her guidance and through their relationship, he learns things he never even knew about himself.
But Mary is not the only one with a secret. As the dance speeds up, the games begin, and the
stakes are raised.
And so begins the white knuckle dance of discovery, risk, and power.
But can there really be a winner in that deadly dance of theirs?

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Today I’m on the ‘Flame of Normandy’ blogtour, organized by RABT Book Tours.
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About the Author :

Author PhotoHailing from Pennsylvania, Miriam Newman has developed a prolific writing career that began in her twenties, although she published her very first novel some time later in 2009. She was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been her passion for as long as she can remember and she brings that background to her writing, along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services, and many trips to Ireland, where she nurtures her muse. Her published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. It was in Ireland that she wrote The King’s Daughter. Ireland is her favorite place in this world. “I connect there with something I can’t even explain,” she says fondly.
Miriam spent many years working in Social Services, and after retirement, she found herself working part-time in local government. Currently, she lives in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. Her passion for animal rescue and fostering has included a number of fur babies, from horses to dogs to a pig that appeared on her porch one morning. Also a lover of great books, the one that she finds most responsible for her venture into fantasy and recommends is ‘The Once and Future King’ by T.H. White.

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Flame of Normandy 6x9_UpdatedForced into a political marriage with a man she terms “a half mad half Viking,” Catherine Broussard is caught up in her father’s malice, her husband’s ambition and the Norman Conquest of Anglo-Saxon England.

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#CoverReveal #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup : Save Her – Abigail Osborne @Abigail_Author @Bloodhoundbook

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Today I’m super pleased to be on the blogtour, organised by Love Books Group Tour, to reveal the cover of

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About the Author :

Abigail is originally from the Lake District but moved to the West Midlands for University where she completed an English Literature & History degree and also met her husband. She is a passionate reader and has an unsustainable collection of books. This obsession with books has led to her creating her own Dewey decimal system and she has been known to issue fines to family and friends if her book is not returned on time. Writing The Puppet Master has unleashed a love of writing and Abigail hopes to put her scarily crazy imagination to good use. She is currently working on book 2 and 3 and looks​ forward to publishing these soon.

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Bonded by their traumatic childhoods, Flora and Sophie are inseparable friends who married brothers.
What they could not have anticipated was their mother-in-law, Cecelia. Disappointed that her children have married beneath them, Cecelia takes every opportunity to belittle and taunt her daughter’s-in-law.
When Cecelia learns that Flora and her son are moving away, her wrath escalates, and Flora’s world begins to fall apart.
Meanwhile, Sophie’s life is also crumbling around her. Her marriage is not what it seems, and she is desperate to escape the clutches of the poisonous family she has married into.
Is Flora being tormented or is she losing her mind?
Will Sophie and Flora be forced to leave their husbands in order to survive?
With a mother-in-law like Cecelia, anything is possible…

After this great teaser I hope you are still excited for the

blog-cover reveal

because this is happening

right now!

Did this all pique your interest in reading the book? It will be available soon.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

Love Books Tour Host

#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Girl A – Dan Scottow @DanScottow @Bloodhoundbook

– ‘The Magic of Wor(l)ds’ blog is a hobby, reviews and other bookish stuff on this site are done for free. –

Today I’m on the ‘Girl A’ blogtour, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a Q&As post, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

Dan grew up in Hertfordshire before moving to London in his early twenties. After more than ten years living there, he decided enough was enough, and packed his bags for Scotland in search of a more peaceful life.
Dan works as a graphic designer, but dreams of the day he can give it up and write full time.
Besides writing, he enjoys painting, watching a good scary film, travelling the world (at least, he used to!), good food, a gin and tonic or two, long walks on the beach with his dogs, and of course, reading a great book.
Dan’s debut novel ‘Damaged’ was released in January 2020, published by Bloodhound books.

Social Media Links:
Twitter
Facbook

Synopsis :

Someone thinks they know who she is… and what she did.
But she insists it’s a mistake.
All Beth has ever wanted is a quiet life for her and her family. And that is what she has, until one evening a note is pushed through the door, with two words scrawled in menacing black ink; Found you.
As Beth’s neatly crafted life begins to unravel, an unseen menace torments her and those she loves. But who’s behind the threats?
Somebody is out to get Beth, but do they have the right woman?
Beth faces losing everything, and there is far more at stake than just her marriage…

Purchase Link:
Amazon UK
Amazon US

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! 🙂
Thanks for having me. It’s an absolute pleasure!

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I always wanted to write but managed to come up with a million excuses not to. I moved from London to Scotland about eight years ago and have found that a quieter lifestyle has freed up time for me to do other things outside of my working (9-5 job) day. I’d had the idea for my first novel playing about in my head for a while, and eventually decided to start putting words onto a page. I was so scared that people would hate it, I honestly put off submitting it to a publisher for a long time. But a couple of people close to me read it and told me I should definitely submit it. When readers started contacting me to tell me how much they had enjoyed it, it gave me the confidence to carry on, and so here I am, having just finished writing my third novel!

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
As a young child, I loved reading Roald Dahl, probably because they had a dark edge to them. As I got older I began to read darker fiction. I read a lot of horror when I was in my teens. Loads of Steven King. These days I mostly read psychological thrillers, the darker and more disturbing, the better. But now and then I like to read something lighter that makes me laugh.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I have had a lot of advice from Caro Ramsay, which has been invaluable to me. I’ve also connected with a lot of authors through social media, and I chat most days to some of them. So in reality, I’m getting great advice all the time from some wonderful authors. In a fantasy world, I’d love to have a chat with Harlan Coben, just to see how he keeps coming up with his plots. I always worry that I’m going to run out of ideas and draw a blank for the next one…

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
Hannibal Lecter could be fun… as long as I wasn’t on the menu! He was a very complex character… intriguing, and strangely likeable, even though he was a monster.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I don’t! I don’t have a set time that I write, or a specific writing space. I write when I feel inspired, and wherever I feel comfortable. I like to have total silence when I’m working, but in this busy life, it’s sometimes too much to ask for!

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
There’s some inspiration from real life… not my life, but in the news etc. I think there is a lot of darkness in reality. When I’ve been researching my books I’ve stumbled across some truly shocking cases, which are far more horrific than any fiction you could read. When I’m trying to write a really scary scene, I think about times when I’ve felt afraid, and what has caused me to feel that way. I try to channel that emotion, and the elements that contributed to those feelings. In terms of people in my life, it’s only those who really piss me off who need to worry… they will probably end up dead in one of my stories. 😉

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
My first novel wasn’t plotted much at all. I had the ending, and from that I knew how I wanted it to begin… but everything in between I just sat and wrote with very little in terms of notes about specific things that were to happen. I knew in my head, points that had to be reached along the way, but none of it was written down anywhere. My second and third books have been much more heavily plotted in a notebook, so as my writing develops, I’m realising I’m probably more of a plotter.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
The best advice I ever read, was don’t talk about it, do it. I spent so long thinking, ‘I should write a book’ but never did anything about it. I really wish I’d done it sooner. So I’d say to anyone who wants to write, or is thinking about it… just do it. Words on a page are better than words in your head. In terms of do’s and don’ts, I’ve never really been one for following rules. I’ve read a lot of stuff that says ‘a real writer doesn’t do this, or does do that, or, you should never…’ etc, and I think it’s nonsense. If you’re a writer, it’s up to you. Make your own rules! That’s the beauty of doing this job.

What are your futureplans as an author?
I’d love to be to be able to give up my 9-5, and write full time… but in reality that’s a very scary prospect. We never know what the future holds, but that would be the dream for me.

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

Two little words.
That was all it took. Eight letters scribbled on a scrap of paper, and one family’s world was about to come crashing down around them. When you imagine things that might alter the course of your life, you think of major catastrophic events.
A car crash. An illness. Hard-hitting, a punch in the face.
In reality, sometimes it’s not like that at all. As Charlie Carter sat watching the television with his wife Beth on a Friday evening, neither of them had any idea that everything they knew was about to change.
A quiet existence was all they wanted. And so they made one for themselves. Two great kids. A nice secluded farmhouse with no neighbours. The Carters kept themselves to themselves and they were happy that way.
As Charlie watched Beth struggling to stay awake, two fictional detectives on the telly argued about who the killer may or may not be. The security light at the front of the house flicked on suddenly, streaming through the bay window. This was not so unusual in their remote location; often triggered by a cat or a fox, sometimes maybe even a bat.
But tonight the loud and unmistakable chime of the doorbell closely followed, echoing through their home.
The dog barked excitedly. Charlie and Beth glanced up from the television and their eyes met across the living room. Charlie frowned, the unspoken question between them, who could that be?

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

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

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