#BlogTour #EscapeTheOBriensTour #LoveBooksTours @Lovebookstours / #Review : Escape (The O’Brians, Book One) – Jude McLean @readjudemclean

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About the Author :

jude escape bookI was a wife and writer at home when the Coronavirus hit. My husband was suddenly working from home, and I couldn’t get a minute’s peace while I wrote. I was going crazy and contemplated homicide. So I took a job as a contact tracer. The work took me away from Darcie and Connor, but at least it kept me out of prison. The job led me to write Have You Got A Kitchen Table? The Musings and Melancholy of a COVID-19 Contact Tracer. If you need a laugh pick up the audiobook!
Darcie’s story, Escape, was always playing on a constant loop in my head. Every day all day. I could hear her fear and Connor’s worry. And my personal favorite is Nan’s sarcasm. I can’t wait to finish her book, United. But Sondra, a loveable firecracker, and Simon, a lady killer who loves to not be in love, have impatiently waited their turn. Break Free is coming soon!
I am of Irish descent and hold a deep-rooted affinity to Ireland. So it was only natural that it be the setting of my first trilogy. Ireland has tattooed itself on my soul. It’s my second home. I can’t be there as much as I would like. This way, I can be there as often as I wish and bring my readers along for the ride.
I write the stories that come to me as best I can so others hear the characters, feel their emotions, and see their lives the way I do. In short, I let it rip and love every moment of it! I hope you do too.

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jude escape bookEscape to breathtaking Ireland in a story of passion, mystery, and suspense.
She dreams of breaking free.
Desperate to start over, Darcie Hartwell is drawn to Ireland, unwittingly compelled by the mystical power of fate and the ghost of an ancestor. She’s not looking for adventure, love, or friendship. She only yearns for a peaceful life, free from the memories that plague her nightmares.
He dreams of her.
Connor O’Brian is a hard-working Irishman who wants nothing to do with women or romance—burnt once, twice shy. Except for the one he sees in his dreams. For years, he has dreamt of only her. Nameless, voiceless, he doesn’t know if she’s real. But he knows that if he ever finds her, he will stop at nothing to keep her.
But fate has its own plans.
Falling into the waiting arms of the handsome Irishman was never Darcie’s intention, but in that one moment, everything changed. Now, Darcie must decide if she is willing to confront the past that haunts her and face who she is to fight for the love she never knew awaited her.

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I must admit that I’m not a romance novel kind of woman unless there’s some history or mystery attached to, so when the blurb of ‘Escape’ just promised that I was game.
The beginning started of really great and both main characters piqued my interest with the mysterious dreams they were both having.
Unfortunately, after a couple of chapters in I began to doubt some things and wondered if people around my age and with that background really would act like this.
It all kind of felt not very realistic, in my humble opinion, and yes, I know romance books are there to sweep you of your feet and ache for the main characters, but it kind of needs to be valid.
I also was eagerly awaiting the promised mystery and suspense and came up rather disappointed as to me it was too much thrown in to have some.
A bit like some of the secondary characters, of which some are getting their own book, who have not enough body and stage time to act the way they did.
I’m sorry I felt this way throughout the reading as I can see the (rough) diamond this story is as Jude McLean can write and has great ideas.
I had, for example, truly the feeling of being in beautiful Ireland by the way the author painted the scenery.
I definitely would hop on a plane to go and discover the land myself given the time and that says it all I guess.
A pity that I can’t be more positive about it than I do, because, as said, I really feel the author has great imagination and a wonderful writing style!

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Unsympathetic Victims (Ashley Montgomery Book 1) #UnsympatheticVictims – Laura Snider @LauraSStories1

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Today I’m on the ‘Unsympathetic Victims’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Author Photo - UV (1)Laura Snider is a practicing lawyer in Iowa. She graduated from Drake Law School in 2009 and spent most of her career as a Public Defender. Throughout her legal career, she has been involved in all levels of crimes from petty thefts to murders. These days she is working part-time as a prosecutor and spends the remainder of her time writing stories and creating characters.
Laura lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, two dogs, and two very mischievous cats.

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Unsymapathic Victims CoverWhen a defense attorney becomes the defendant, one small town is forced to reconsider their ideas of good and evil.
When successful public defender Ashley Montgomery helps acquit yet another client, people in small-town Brine, Iowa are enraged. Following the verdict, a protest breaks out — and the hated defense attorney quickly finds her life in danger.
But little does Ashley know, things are about to get worse — much worse. One of her clients turns up dead, and Ashley is arrested for his murder. As local investigators Katie Mickey and George Thomanson dive into the case, they start to suspect that Ashely is being framed — but by whom?
With Ashley’s freedom at stake, Katie and George are desperate to find out the truth. And soon, they uncover a sinister plot born of corruption, greed, and misplaced loyalty that will leave the whole town reeling — and questioning their faith in the people they trusted most.
Unsympathetic Victims is the first in the Ashley Montgomery Legal Thriller Series. Fans of relatable female protagonists and plot twists that keep you guessing will love Laura Snider’s gripping debut novel.

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The truth was supposed to set him free. That was what other inmates had told Arnold while he spent that year incarcerated in the Brine County Jail, waiting for trial. But it wasn’t the truth that resulted in Arnold Von Reich’s eventual acquittal. It was an attorney, Ashley Montgomery. She didn’t care about truth; she cared about winning. Which was to his benefit, considering what he had done to his wife.
He had thought his trial was over, back when the foreperson announced, “Not guilty,” but he was wrong. The jail released him, sending him back into society, and that was when he started a wholly different sentence. It was not incarceration, but it was not freedom either. The Brine townspeople harassed him.
Threatened him. Destroyed his property. He almost preferred prison.
Two of his harassers had been at Mikey’s Tavern all that week, watching him. Erica Elsberry, his late wife’s best friend, and Christopher Mason. They sneered and leered at him, like he did not deserve to breathe the same air as them. Like the atmosphere belonged to them. They were hypocrites, of course, like everyone else in Brine. For they had their own transgres-sions. The only difference was that they just made excuses for their fuckups.
Arnold sniffed, then sneezed, running the back of his hand along his nose. The musty air, a mixture of stale beer and moldy popcorn, inside Mikey’s Tavern played havoc on his allergies.
But he had to bear it. There were three bars in town, and Mikey’s was the only one that would serve him.
His head drooped, and he attempted to focus on his drink.
An amber liquid inside a cheap, heavily scratched glass. There were two of them, his drinks, one solid while the second was its ghostlike twin. He blinked hard, and the two glasses merged into one. Shit. It was nearly empty.
Arnold motioned to the bartender, waving a pale arm back and forth, like an overzealous student who wanted the teacher to call on him. The bartender didn’t see him.
“Hey!” Arnold shouted.
The bartender ran a stained rag along the top of the back bar. He moved pathetically slow. An old man tottering on aging knees. The bartender’s hair was nearly nonexistent, and his back was so stooped that it rivaled that of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Arnold hoped he would never make it to such an age, to morph into a weak shell of his former self. He would off himself if it came to that. He was no spring chicken, but he knew his way around a knife. He could hold his own, so long as he was sober enough to see straight. Which he wasn’t anymore—that ship had already sailed. The only thing to do was ride it through to the end of the night. Which reminded him of his empty glass.

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : A Deadly Coincidence #ADeadlyCoincidence – Keith Finney @ukcozymystery @lume_books

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Today I’m on the ‘A Deadly Coincidence’ Book Blitz, organized by Love Books Tours.
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Keith is British and was born a Lancashire lad; grew up playing the cornet in Brass Bands, and earned pocket money delivering newspapers. Between leaving school and taking up his apprenticeship in carpentry, Keith sold ice cream at a safari park.
Discovering construction sites involved working in the wind and rain, which he hated, Keith opened a joinery workshop. He ran this until becoming a college lecturer ten years later.
Over the following twenty years, he steadily rose through the ranks, ending up as Assistant Principal at a large college of further & higher education in Norfolk.
Now retired, Keith divides his time between writing, volunteering for the National Trust and helping child-mind his two youngest grandchildren. However, his wife calls into question Keith’s definition of ‘helping’.

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A deadly secret in the heart of a quiet country village.
In sleepy Lipton St Faith, the locals are getting used to their new rationing books and blackout curtains. The Second World War has brought much change to the small Norfolk village, as well as Lieutenant Eddie Elsner, on a mission all the way from America. But when the local postman is found dead, suddenly the war feels much closer to home…
The police are quick to declare it an unfortunate accident, but young, spirited Anna Grix is less convinced. After striking up a fast friendship with the newly arrived American, she teams up with Eddie to dig into this apparent accident.
Full of unexpected twists and turns, A Deadly Coincidence is a perfect read for fans of LJ Ross, Joy Ellis, Faith Martin and Elizabeth Edmondson.

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#PublicationDayBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : The Killing Pledge – Eric Neher @ENeherFiction @CayellePub

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Today I’m on the ‘The Killing Pledge’ Publication Day Blitz, organized by Love Books Tours.
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Eric Neher loves to write stories with suspense, as well as horror. He’s driven to create a chill.

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A killer is loose in a small town in Oklahoma, and Sam, the Second-Hand-Man, wants him. Sam is an ancient immortal creature who feeds off the misery he creates. At first, the choice seems obvious; a kid with a stolen gun has decided to make the community pay for the suicide of his father. Sam wants to help his young protege succeed but is soon disappointed. Unfortunately for Sam, he is not the only one in town who doesn’t belong. A man had returned after losing his life in a tornado. This man, along with the help of an emotionally scarred police chief, must stop Sam before he can find and recruit a mysterious hidden killer. The future of the world will depend on it.

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#BookBlitz #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksTours / #PromoPost : Too Near the Dead – Helen Grant @helengrantsays @FledglingPress

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Today I’m on the ‘Too Near the Dead’ Book Blitz, organized by Love Books Tours.
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Helen was born in London in 1964. She showed an early leaning towards the arts, having been told off for writing stories under the desk in maths lessons at school.
Helen went on to read Classics at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and then worked in marketing for ten years to fund her love of travelling. Her two most memorable travelling days were the one spent exploring Damascus in Syria and the day she went to the Raj Mandir cinema in Jaipur to see the romantic blockbuster Beta.
In 2001, she and her family moved to Bad Münstereifel in Germany. It was exploring the legends of this beautiful old town that inspired her to write her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, which is set there.
She then moved to Brussels for three years, and now lives in Scotland with her husband, her two children and her two cats.

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Sometimes it’s terrifying, loving someone this much…
For Fen Munro and her fiancé James, it is a dream come true: an escape from London to a beautiful house in the stunning Perthshire countryside. Barr Dubh house is modern, a building with no past at all. But someone walks the grounds, always dressed in lavender. Under a lichenous stone in an abandoned graveyard, a hideous secret lies buried. And at night, Fen is tormented by horrifying dreams. Someone wants Fen’s happiness, and nothing is going to stop them – not even death…

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : The Watchman #TheWatchman – Rob Parker @robparkerauthor @lume_books

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Today I’m on the ‘The Watchman’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. Author of the Ben Bracken series A Wanted Man, Morte Point, The Penny Black and Till Morning is Nigh, The Watchman, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs. He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK, while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, Rob spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.

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One last mission for an old friend. What could go wrong?
It’s sold as an in-and-out jaunt to The Big Apple, to pick up a harmless envelope. But when Ben Bracken is offered the assignment, he’s a little hesitant. He’s a family man now, with a duty to stay alive for his loved ones.
But, with the request coming from fellow former military man and trusted friend William Grosvenor, not to mention the eye-watering payout, one last job can’t hurt, can it?
So begins his American road trip, one that takes him from the city that never sleeps to the misty swamps of Florida. All in pursuit of one highly coveted envelope. Because it turns out, this job isn’t the walk in Central Park it was promised to be.
As he’s pursued by New York’s most dangerous mobsters, factions of federal law enforcement, and American Intelligence, Ben’s hunch is that their joint quarry must hold something of international significance.
He’s not wrong. The contents that’s slipping through these influential fingers contains evidence of the world’s biggest cover-up. Evidence that will rewrite history books and incriminate one of the most powerful men on the planet.
It’s probably best it winds up in the right hands.

The Watchman is packed with action, underpinned with believable conspirative intrigue, world-class writing and twists you just won’t see coming.

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It had just gone 10.00 pm when the grand planes landed south of the Brunei river, on a dirt airstrip surrounded by trees that seemed impossibly tall. There was no fanfare, nor any grand welcoming committee for the three Blackburn Beverleys as they descended from the soft clouds above, packed to the rivets with two companies of soldiers from the British army’s 1st Battalion.
As soon as the planes were still, those soldiers disembarked with caution. They weren’t expecting any resistance at the airfield, not yet, as the militia was yet to arrive and forcibly swallow it – like they had the other two airports in Brunei. Sinclair followed his brothers in arms out of the cargo door onto the dirt, and he took a look around. In the distance, rising imperiously over the treetops, stood a number of smoke columns; dark, thick smears against the light pollution of Brunei’s capital, Bandar Seri Begawan. Dogs barked somewhere, howling at the night in impotent warning.
Sinclair let the warm air hit him – then got moving. He and a band of Gurkhas had separate orders from the main bulk of I soldiers, who were heading off to the bottom of those smoke-stacks. He left the throng and hopped on the back of a bus that waited a hundred yards from the paused aircraft. As soon as he sat down on the front seat, his flopping thatch of blond hair was ruffled from behind.
‘Easy, junior,’ said a voice behind him. ‘We’ve got the special assignment.’
At just nineteen years old, Sinclair was used to all the ribbing and paid it no heed, although he did take note of the second part of the ruffler’s statement. Special assignment. To where, and what, he didn’t yet know – only that they had indeed been picked for it.
The roads were jammed with a confused public as the bus wound its way through the streets, sounding its horn and veering up onto pavements. Orders were barked by a senior officer who loomed at the front next to the driver, swaying with bended knees to match the bus’ movements and, as he spoke, Sinclair was suddenly very aware that him being appointed there was unique. This was no ordinary appointment and instruction. They were on their way directly to the palace, while the rest of the city combusted around them, to extract the Sultan of Brunei himself.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : The Last Shadow Knight #TheLastShadowKnight – Michael Webb #MichaelWebb

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Today I’m on the ‘The Last Shadow Knight’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Michael Webb lives in Dallas, GA in the United States. He works full time as a purchasing manager for a wholesale distribution company. Recently, he took up writing and fell in love with it. The Last Shadow Knight is his debut work and will soon be joined by books 2 and 3 of the planned trilogy.
Michael has been married for 18 amazing years. His wife is working on her master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling. He has one son in middle school.
In addition to writing, Michael enjoys exercising, hiking, watching movies, drinking coffee, and traveling.

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shadowknight4On the unforgiving streets of Karad, Veron grows up hungry, inexperienced, and stealing just to survive. After tragedy strikes, he is forced to decide what path his life will take.
Opportunity arises when he discovers the last survivor of a secret organization called the Shadow Knights. Apprenticed to learn their ways, Veron begins to develop abilities he never dreamed he could have.
Meanwhile, an enemy from across the mountains comes to destroy their kingdom’s way of life, and the Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.he Shadow Knights are the only ones able to stop him. As Veron fights to survive the city, he prepares to face his destiny.

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Moonlight bounced off the rooftops and spires, creating a glowing veil over the city. Merrick Ryd paced the balcony, waiting. By the end of the night, the King of Feldor would be dead, and he would be the one to kill him.
Merrick appreciated his perch from atop his tower of stone. Lanterns illuminated the stone streets of Felting, and the Felavorre River shimmered in the distance. The bustle of the day had settled to a trickle of people making their way through the city at night. He stood tall, like a ruler surveying his domain, untouchable in his walled fortress.
He looked across the city to the castle. Soon, the king would receive an urgent message. After reading it, the man with more compassion than brains would get in his carriage and ride through the streets to his cousin, the one who would desperately need his help. Merrick and his men would be waiting.
What a fool, he thought with a smirk. He felt at his hip to make sure his sword was there—it always was. Time to begin.
Merrick walked through the open doorway, and a blanket of silence fell over the men inside. A lone candle burned on a table, but the light from the moon outside illuminated the room where eleven men waited. Some worked for him at the Ryd Shipyard. Others had similar business interests. All would willingly give their lives for him. He looked through the crowd, taking his time to lock eyes with each of them.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Elladur – The Awakening – Angie Delazi @AngieDelazi

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Today I’m on the ‘Elladur – The Awakening’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Writing has always been my passion. As a child, I loved the world of myths and legends and soon I became a fantasy and romance lover. But also the world of philosophy and great secrets have done it to me. I started writing my first stories when I was 13 and returned 8 years ago. I am also a booklover, with reading between 70-100 books yearly.

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Magic – a legacy of the ancient era, created by genetic manipulation. For as long as Liya can remember, her magic has been a curse. Something to hide, something to despise. As king’s spy, she ventures out to uncover more about the political marriage of the hostile kingdom. Her nerves intensify when she realizes that her former lover, Haydn, is to be the future king of Dar’Angaar. With a war between the kingdom hanging in the balance, she and her best friend Ewan discover an ancient scroll from the long-lost kingdom of Elladur. It reveals a mysterious portal to another world, where eternal darkness and a king await his revenge.
Yet, at such a risk, who would do such a thing? The answer might be closer than she realizes.
This fantasy novel is the 1st book of the Elladur trilogy.

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The Book of the Heavens, a work filled with all the knowledge in the world, full of hidden clues and warnings. If they survived that night, their world would be a very different one, one without the technology on which it was all based. Only this book would still exist—and the gifted children, as well as the children of the present rulers. They were all safe in a device, deep under the ground.
Alron flipped the book open and placed his thumb on the jade stone with the dragon engraving. He felt a sharp sting before the droplet of red blood was absorbed in the side. The stone lit up briefly: the signal of successful transmission. However, this process was only a ritual that the rulers performed at every meeting. At the very first ritual the key for decoding the magical protective covers of the book had been stored in the memory of the rulers. Through a similar tradition, this knowledge had been passed on to their children immediately after birth. Only the descendants of the rulers present in the room would be able to access it. For everyone else, it would just be a book with empty pages.
He passed the book to Laron and waited patiently, picking at the wood grain of the table. He shifted in his chair as guilt overcame him. He probably wouldn’t leave this room alive. The candlelight flickered, sharing his sentiment. He’d consulted with Kalden and the scientists, but nothing had changed. They had no choice. If only mankind had never found this rock! A new age had been ushered in, but at what price? He still remembered exactly that day ten years ago, when the ethics council was dismissed. There were riots at his university and massive demonstrations everywhere, but the development could no longer be stopped. Laron returned the book. His face was fiery red, and Alron suspected his condition was a mixture of fear and anger.
“We can’t erase all progress,” Laron hissed.
“That is clear. However, it doesn’t change the decision,” he replied, taking the book and handing it to his faithful friend. “Take it to the secret place! Hurry!”

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Remnants of Magic – Alicia R. Chapin @ChapinAlicia

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Today I’m on the ‘Remnants of Magic’ blogtour, organized 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 :

I enjoy the outdoors, reading, spending time with my family (that includes pets!), hanging out with horses, and archery. I graduated from Michigan State University in Equine Management and love to incorporate my love of horses into my stories. I’m a huge Star Wars fan (original trilogy), Lord of the Rings fan, Harry Potter fan….and Jane Austen fan. A couple of nerdy facts, I love John Wayne movies and collect the vintage My Little Ponies from the 80s.

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The Master Sword Bryan is an elite warrior on the Prince of Shelkite’s council. When Shelkite is threatened by Ret, a wizard-king, the Master Sword is ready to fight. However, his plans are spoiled when he discovers his assignment is as the personal guard to the young half-blood witch sent to their aid—Alexandra.
Alexandra is determined to prove herself to the skeptical Master Sword. Though her powers haven’t fully manifested, she’s ready for anything, as long as she has her faithful mount, Zhan, and her trusty bow. As the quest deepens, she knows she must press on. For whether she does or not, she’s the key—for either good or evil.

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A dark lock of hair fell across Bryan’s damp forehead. He swiped it away impatiently and rubbed his brow with restless fingertips. The young warrior bit his bottom lip and felt for the hilt of his sword. His hand found it right where it should be, at his side in its sheath. He exhaled, letting his broad body relax.
The light laughter of a woman escaped from behind the closed door where he stood guard. Bryan’s uncommonly bright azure eyes shifted around the corridor, seeking anything abnormal. There was nothing. He started to pace, his black riding boots tapping quietly across the scuffed floorboards. When is he going to be done?
Bryan rolled his eyes.
Being Prince Alkin’s personal guard did have its advantages, but waiting around for him to make social calls was ridiculous.
Bryan wanted action, battles, even blood, anything but to tag along with the Prince to visit pretty lady friends of Fordorn.
He let out an annoyed breath and paced the hall quicker.
Women! All they ever did was get their skirts in the way. Sure, he had had his fair share of feminine company, but that was all done and over with. No more trouble for him, thanks. Sure, he liked Alkin. He was one of his closest friends, but it was becoming increasingly aggravating that he met with Lady Evelyn every week. She was a beauty known around the city as the Chaos Goddess. And, in Bryan’s opinion, she was kind of silly.

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#BlogTour #LoveBooksTours @LoveBooksGroup / #Excerpt : Return to Harlech – Ruth Torjussen @RTorjussen

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Today I’m on the ‘Return to Harlech’ blogtour, organized 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 :

Ruth Torjussen grew up in Stoke but now lives and works in Brighton as a Shared Lives Carer.
She is a passionate advocate of eating local food grown through regenerative farming as the answer to climate change.

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When Tess arranges a weekend love trip back to husband Steve’s hometown, her secret plan to make a baby is not the only trap that he is walking into…
Tess and Steve are a dysfunctional couple in a rocky marriage. Despite this Tess yearns for a baby more than a divorce and plans a secret conception during a trip to her husband’s hometown of Harlech. But when they get there Steve rejects her advances as a panic attack causes him to remember his supposed halcyon days of childhood with horrible clarity. He wasn’t the popular sports hero he thought he was, and strangely, he has no memory of the enthusiastic locals who greet him.
A young girl comes to Tess in her dreams, is this her child trying to warn her? Or the child of the mysterious Anwen who lent them the cottage? With her hopes for pregnancy fading, she longs for a different future without her domineering husband, but can she survive without him? And can Steve survive his return to Harlech as the locals demand retribution for the crimes of his past.

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The room was fittingly grand and important and when the gynaecologist appeared with a smile on her face, Tess felt a warm glow of hope begin to spread through her body.
Her first thought was of her younger self on the day her periods began. She was outside playing swing-ball in the hot August sun when blood came running out of her shorts and down her thigh. As panic kicked in her foster mum grabbed a tea towel from the washing line and ran across the lawn towards her.
‘Don’t worry, Tess,’ her foster mum said, as she wedged the towel between her legs and hugged her tight. ‘It’s just your period starting. It means one day you’ll be able to have a baby. Won’t that be nice?’
That was when she first felt it, the knowing that she would one day have a child and the bond between them would be unlike any other, it would stretch to the stars and back. She had carried that excitement with her ever since.
‘Everything appears to be in good working order, Tess. The blood tests and x-rays are all perfectly normal.’ said the gynaecologist.
Perfectly normal. And this doctor was a Harley Street top dog so she must know what she was talking about. It seemed there was no permanent damage from the eating disorders which had haunted her twenties and often left her for months on end without a period. Wow, this was amazing.

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