#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Gaming Hell Christmas: Volume Two – Amanda McCabe @AmandaMcCabe01 , Kathy L Wheeler @kathylwheeler

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Gaming Hell Christmas Volume 2

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Gaming Hell Christmas: Volume Two’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing a guest post written by one of the authors, but first I have some information

About the Authors :

Gaming Amanda McCabe Author1Amanda wrote her first romance at the age of sixteen–a vast historical epic starring all her friends as the characters, written secretly during algebra class (and her parents wondered why math was not her strongest subject…)
She’s never since used algebra, but her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times BOOKReviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion. She lives in Santa Fe with a Poodle, a cat, a wonderful husband, and a very and far too many books and royal memorabilia collections.
When not writing or reading, she loves taking dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network–even though she doesn’t cook.

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Gaming Kathy squareKathy L Wheeler loves the NFL, the NBA, musical theater (don’t ask how her how many times she’s seen Phantom of the Opera (12); or Wicked (7)), travel, (Europe, Grand Cayman, Mexico, All over the US), reading (practically a book a night), writing (35 books and counting) and karaoke (well….what can I say). She assists other authors in critiquing, formatting, and creating covers for their publishing dreams.
She writes contemporary and historical stories where the heroines save themselves and the heroes who honor their courage with suspense and humor.
She lives in the Pacific Northwest US with her musically talented, lawyer husband, and their adorable dog Angel (who lives up to her name…mostly).

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About the Book :

Gaming Kathy squareGAMING HELL CHRISTMAS – VOLUME 2: Mysteries abound at London’s most fashionable Hell.
The Thief Who Stole Christmas – Amanda McCabe
A man who has never broken the rules, and a woman who just might break his heart! But Christmas is always a time for second chances…
As one of Miss Greensley’s Girls, a member of the exclusive club la Sous Rose, and famous author Lady L, Victoria Lanford moves easily through Society ballrooms. Few people know how her unhappy childhood and anxiety led her to pickpocketing (yet, she did return the jewels)! When she comes face-to-face with old flame Rhys Neville, Earl of Hammond, she knows the kind-hearted, straight-laced, devilishly handsome lord is not for her—especially once the past comes back to haunt them. Why, then, can’t she stop thinking about their kisses?
The Kerse Who Saved Christmas – Kathy L Wheeler
Kerse: He, of the no nonsense approach, is stymied by She, a woman considered long past prime marriageability who needs a keeper more than he requires a wife. Yet the dreamy-eyed, impractical, and much too optimistic Philomena still manages to steal his heart despite her unrealistic beliefs and trust in fortune tellers.

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When I first read the title of this blog, I thought the “l” in worlds was an “i”. Of course, I just returned from a big conference in Houston (RAM2022). A great conference. An excellent conference. Three FULL days. Day 1 started at 8a and the masterclass that night ended an hour late 11p. Day 2 started at 8a and went until 4. Day 3 started at 8a and ended at 1p. However, as everyone knows a conference isn’t just the workshops. There are the visits in the bars, the restaurants. And, well, there’s the World Series. Yes. The Houston Astros were in the World Series that very week. Not only that (yes, there’s more), the Phillies were staying in our hotel! Talk about loud. I shared a room with two others, and slept on the couch in the room in the direct path of the AC. By Sunday I woke up with a blistering throat. It was so bad that when I got off the plane in Seattle the following Monday night, my husband took me straight to the ER. It wasn’t strep, thank goodness, but I did test positive for Covid, an omicron variant. All this despite being fully vaxxed and triple boosted. By this writing (a week and two days later), I’m much better I’m happy to say.
Back to the “i” word thought. I wrote a contemporary series. In book one, my very introverted and quirky heroine had trouble with “i” words. She owns a bookstore and doesn’t allow people to use words like: ignorant, imbecile, idiot, etc… I just thought it was funny.
So, here is an excerpt from my naïve-minded heroine, Lady Philomena Staunton.

“Blast, it’s suffocating in here. I need air,” Phil said. Just then, she caught sight of Lord Kerse stepping through the doors. The windows were open and she had a sudden urge to see who he liked to talk to. Hear what things he had to say. Did he have a secret that could ruin him? That didn’t seem likely, but it might prove interesting. Her blood hummed with anticipation.
Thom stumbled and clutched Phil’s arm. “Be me,” she whispered.
“What? Now?” Phil’s eyes snapped to Thom. This was often a tact the sisters employed for fun when they were younger. But they were no longer green girls just out of school, and Thom sounded… desperate. Phil glanced about, looking for the source of her twin’s anxiousness, and found it in a rogue standing near those very terrace doors.
He straightened when he saw them, his eyes narrowing just the slightest.
A little warning would have not been amiss, but Phil squeezed Thom’s hand. “All right,” she agreed softly. Phil mentally prepared her mind, pretending she was speaking to her father whom she teased incessantly for his absentmindedness. “Good evening, Mr. Bowers.” She fluttered her lashes just as she knew Thom would do. It was so much easier to flirt when she slipped into her sister’s persona.
“Lady Thomasina,” he inclined his head. He turned to Thom. “Lady Philomena. How are you this evening?”
Mr. Bowers was tall and lean. He harbored an air of arrogance that was distinctly reminiscent of Kerse. And this man was not even a lord!
Her attention was caught by voices just beyond the windows.
“The chit has not an ounce of common sense. I found her standing outside that new bookstore, staring at the sign when some miscreant darted out and snipped her reticule right off her wrist. Not even a maid in sight. I was livid. The woman needs a keeper.” Kerse.
Phil suppressed her cringe. She couldn’t quite manage to quell the heat crawling up her bosom.
“Are you considering the position?” That sounded like Alexandra’s husband, Baron Urvay.
Beside her, Thom stilled, then bolted into action. “Have you perchance read The Castles of Atlin and Dunbayne, Mr. Bowers?”
The voices outside the windows stopped, and a sinking sensation pitched in Phil’s lower abdomen. “My sister adores Mrs. Radcliff’s take on the gothics,” Phil said brightly. Or faintly. Or… or something.

~~~

…Kerse edged his way closer to the group in a roundabout fashion and found a pillar to lean against where he could observe as well as listen. Had she heard him and Urvay? He suspected she had. In fact, he was surprised she hadn’t pulled out her tablet and graphite stick to take down his statement, word for word.
The conversation centered around that horrid novel that had spilled on the ground the day before.
“I don’t believe I have read that one, Lady Philomena,” Bowers said.
She gave him a shy smile, and—whoa—the dimple. It was on the wrong side of her face. She clasped her light blue, gloved fingers before her and blinked. A… guileless blink that didn’t quite match her body language.
Kerse straightened away from the wall, uncaring of the persons around watching him observe them.
Thomasina, in her golden hued gown, tipped her lips in a mischievous curve, showcasing her own dimple—on the left side of that luscious mouth of hers. “Tell me, Mr. Bowers, do you believe the world flat?” she asked. Her hand fluttered out.
Her sister’s shocked face on the comment sealed it.
Kerse grinned. Good God, the cheeky chits had switched places.

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#PublicationDayPush #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Dead in Tune – Stephanie Dagg @llamamum

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Dead In Tune

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Dead in Tune’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.To promote this book I’ll be sharing a

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About the Author :

I’m an English immigrant living in France with my family, after many years in Ireland. We have a seventy-five acre farm with animals ranging from alpacas to zebra finches. I work part-time as a freelance editor. The rest of the time I’m helping to run our carp fishing lake business and inevitably cleaning up after some or other animal.
I’ve written both fiction and non-fiction books, and plenty of them – somewhere around the fifty mark now! Originally I was published by two presses in Ireland, but more recently I’ve taken the self-publishing route. I’m a keen book blogger, and I also love knitting, natural dyeing, gardening and cycling.

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ACH authorpicIt’s nearly Christmas, a time for peace and goodwill. Or maybe not.
First the house of a young Spanish family is burned down, and then a Dutch clog dancer is battered almost to death with his own footwear. On the night of the carol service, at which the Worldwide Friendship Club’s choir is singing, a Scottish bagpiper is found dead. By Martha, who has come across enough dead bodies already this year to last her a lifetime.
Convinced there’s a link to the choir, Martha and best friend Lottie set out on the trail of the murderer. Their unconventional sleuthing methods land one of them in rather a lot of trouble…
‘Dead In Tune’, the sequel to ‘Hate Bale’, is an entertaining, festive cosy mystery set in rural France.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #QandAs : Driven – Kerena Swan @KerenaSwan @HobeckBooks

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Driven

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Driven’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an author supplied interview, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Driven Author Me with postboxWe are thrilled to be introducing DI Dave Paton and his son Tommy, the stars of the first novel in Kerena Swan’s new series, to the world. Before coming to Hobeck, Kerena had published three novels, Dying To See You, Scared to Breathe and Who’s There? and has built a solid fan base around her writing career thus far. She is a juggler extraordinaire: driving forward a successful care business she runs with her husband yet finding time to write. She loves to write, here and there and everywhere when she’s not working. We don’t know how she does it but we are glad that she does! Kerena talks about her writing, her influences and how she came to Hobeck in this video.

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DrivenEvery mother’s worst nightmare
It was only for a couple of minutes, while dropping Noah off at nursery. Little did Melanie realise that leaving her sleeping son in the car would end up being the biggest regret of her life.
A teenage challenge turns sour
For teenager Woody, stealing cars with his new friend helps alleviate the tedium of a life of poverty and boredom. This isn’t what he wants to do with his life but for now, he feels accepted. Except on this occasion, his actions have consequences that could change his life forever. Is it too late to turn his life around?
How far would you go to save those you love?
While DI Paton is on the case of the missing child, he is quickly drawn into a web of deception that hits dangerously close to home. He soon finds himself torn in two, not knowing which way to turn: save his career or his family? Will he be able to crack the case before he himself cracks?

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How many novels have you written and are they all in the same genre? If not, why did you switch?
I’ve written five novels in total and one novella. My first two, Dying to See You and Scared to Breathe, were purely psychological thrillers but the third is a crime thriller and was inspired by a course I attended on cuckooing and County Lines. I wanted to raise awareness of the vulnerability of people with disabilities so wrote Who’s There? through the eyes of a man with Down syndrome. Reviewers loved the character, Arnold, but my publisher wanted another psychological thriller so I wrote Blood Loss and incorporated a detective inspector with a son like Arnold. Sadly, they didn’t want a DI book so it sat on my laptop redundant for a year until my friend and fellow author, A. B. Morgan, posted on Facebook about her great new publisher. I sent them Blood Loss and they snapped it up.
Hobeck then asked for a novella to introduce the series and I began Driven but it soon promised to provide enough story for a full length novel so I set it aside and wrote Here She Lies (available from http://www.Hobeck.net as part of the free Crime Bites anthology). Driven is now finished and being published at the end of November 2022 and I’m busy planning the next instalment.

When you’re writing do you ever feel out of your depth?
I think most authors suffer from Imposter Syndrome at some point in their writing careers. There are times when I think I’m not a proper author and my writing is rubbish so I step back from it and when I re-visit and tweak it I can see it isn’t so bad after all. At times, I worry about getting my facts right so I either research it, complete an online workshop or pay someone who knows the answers to check it and give me advice.
Lesley Eames was my tutor for a novel writing course years ago and later my editor. She will always tell me honestly if she thinks something doesn’t work, the character wouldn’t behave that way or there is an implausible coincidence.
Graham Bartlett, a retired police detective and senior officer, gives me advice on police procedures and says things like, ‘She would be arrested at this point,’ or ‘law in Scotland is different. I’ll ask my Scottish colleagues to check the correct terminology.’

What’s the biggest distraction in your life that takes you away from writing?
Last May I bought a standard poodle puppy as my daughter was fostering his mother for the breeder. He has brought immense joy to my life but takes up incredible chunks of my time (and money!). Every minute and penny is worth it though. Since I’ve had him I’ve walked about two hours a day and made some wonderful friends. People talk to you when you’re walking a dog in a way they wouldn’t if you were a lone walker. It’s supposed to be my thinking time for my writing but often I listen to audiobooks if I’m not busy chatting to other people. I suppose it’s all good research though.

If you could choose one person to read your book who would it be and which book would you like them to read?
I would be thrilled if Stephen King read my books. I haven’t read all his but I enjoyed his book, ‘On Writing,’ and I’d love to know whether he thought my writing was any good. I think ‘Who’s There?’ is the book I’m most proud of, although people tell me my writing is getting better all the time so maybe I’d ask him to read Driven.

What do you think is the greatest challenge facing authors today?
I think the sheer quantity of books available to read, often at giveaway prices, is the biggest hurdle for authors. How can I persuade someone to read my books over the millions of others out there? I’m so grateful to people who read my novels and especially to those who write reviews – good or bad. If it wasn’t for readers there would be no point to writing. I think bloggers are fantastic too for giving up their free time to talk about books, read them and write reviews. I am truly grateful.

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#PublicationPromoDay #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : One Night With Her Viking Warrior – Sarah Rodi @sarahrodiedits @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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One Night With Her Viking Warrior - Promo Day

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘One Night With Her Viking Warrior’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

My mugshot (1)Sarah Rodi has always been a hopeless romantic. She grew up watching old, romantic movies recommended by her grandad, or devouring love stories from the local library. Sarah lives in the village of Cookham in Berkshire, where she enjoys walking along the River Thames with her husband, her two daughters and their dog. She has been a magazine journalist for over 20 years, but it has been her lifelong dream to write romance for Mills & Boon. Sarah believes everyone deserves to find their happy ever after.
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My mugshot (1)Her forbidden love
is back to claim her!
Once Lady Rebekah shared a life changing night with stable hand Raeden but he disappeared the morning after. Now she’s consort to a cruel Saxon Lord, and when Northmen lay siege to Ryestone Keep, Rebekah’s shocked to see Raeden leading the charge! This Viking warrior is not the man she remembers, yet she finds herself drawn to him again. Taken as his hostage, Rebekah must decide: can she trust him with her life … and her dangerous secret?

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Death on the Crags – Jo Allen @JoAllenAuthor

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Death on the Crags

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Death on the Crags’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

RNA-249 copyJo Allen was born in Wolverhampton and is a graduate of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and the Open University, with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in geography and Earth science. She’s been writing for pleasure and publication for as long as she can remember. After a career in economic consultancy she took up writing and was first published under the name Jennifer Young, in genres of short stories, romance and romantic suspense. She wrote online articles on travel and on her favourite academic subject, Earth science. In 2017 she took the plunge and began writing the genre she most likes to read — crime.
Jo lives in the English Lakes, where the DCI Satterthwaite series is set. In common with all her favourite characters, she loves football (she’s a season ticket holder with her beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers) and cats.

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RNA-249 copyEverybody loves Thomas Davies. Don’t they?
When policeman Thomas Davies falls from a crag on a visit to the Lake District in full view of his partner, Mia, it looks for all the world like a terrible but unfortunate accident — until a second witness comes forward with a different story.
Alerted to the incident, DCI Jude Satterthwaite is inclined to take it seriously — not least because of Mia’s reluctance to speak to the police about the incident. As Jude and his colleagues, including his on-off partner DS Ashleigh O’Halloran, tackle the case, they’re astonished by how many people seem to have a reason to want all-round good guy Thomas out of the way.
With the arrival of one of Thomas’s colleagues to assist the local force, the investigation intensifies. As the team unpick the complicated lives of those who claim to care for Thomas but have good reasons to want him dead, they find themselves digging deeper and deeper into a web of blackmail and cruelty … and investigating a second death.
A traditional British police procedural mystery set in Cumbria.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Excerpt : The Gentleman of Holly Street – Lotte R. James @lottejamesbooks @MillsandBoon @HarlequinBooks

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The Gentleman of Holly Street

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Gentleman of Holly Street’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing an extract, but first I have some information

About the Author :

The Gentleman of Holly Street - L.James.2021Lotte James trained as an actor and theatre director, but spent most of her life working day jobs crunching numbers whilst dreaming up stories of love and adventure. She’s thrilled to finally be writing those stories, and when she’s not scribbling on tiny pieces of paper, she can usually be found wandering the countryside for inspiration, or nestling with coffee and a book.

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The Gentleman of Holly Street - L.James.2021Will this Christmas…
Change their lives again?
When self-made gentleman Freddie Walton rescued penniless Philomena Nichols at Christmas eight years ago, he never imagined that he would build his empire with her. Yet whilst they have created a life together as friends, Freddie can’t let their special connection become more than that. Not when his dangerous past continues to haunt him… But what happens when Freddie’s feelings for Philomena also refuse to stay hidden?

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In this extract, we follow Freddie as he returns to London after a long voyage across the Atlantic, just in time for Christmas with Philomena – the Christmas which will change everything for them both…

All those years ago, he’d made building this company, this venture, his purpose. It had demanded all the focus, all the energy, he had. And somehow, it had grown beyond him. In a sense, his success had freed him to…
Do what?
‘Mind yerself, sir,’ one of the stevedores shouted as the men prepared to haul crates out with the winches.
Freddie waved, and, shaking his head at himself, took himself well out of the way of those actually working.
Those actually serving a purpose.
In fact, he took himself off the wharf entirely, and was not even spared a second glance, though some he passed tapped their caps or nodded. As he crossed the gates securing his enterprise, joined the bustle of the streets, and began to make his way home, Freddie felt glad, actually, that he didn’t have any more work to do this evening. Well, at least nothing pressing that would delay him any longer. And, shaking off the earlier melancholy thoughts, he reassured himself that the loss of old responsibilities only meant he would have time for new ones. He had money and influence now. He could find new ways to yield it. Perhaps politics.
Perhaps not.
Though it was tempting, to think he could make change that way, it didn’t quite fit.
What does?
Right this moment, Freddie couldn’t think of anything. Likely because of the toll of his journey. Though every step that brought him closer to Holly Street seemed to belie that summation that he was tired. Because with every step, he felt…lighter. Excited, happy, really. To be home. To be going home.
A smile even lifted the corners of his lips as he weaved around dockers and merchants, shoppers, and visitors. As he dodged coaches and carriages and fishmongers and women of the night. The brisk, somewhat foul air was a tonic, a balm, reminding him that he was home.
Right on time.
As promised.
A light dusting of snow began to fall, tiny little flakes that would likely not survive the night, but then, more would follow soon enough. A shiver ran through him, turning his mood and making his gut clench, and he ignored the prickles at the back of his neck, though he did glance over his shoulder.
Merely the cold, he reassured himself, spotting absolutely nothing out of the ordinary as he tightened his scarf. And he didn’t mind the cold, nor the snow for that matter; it was certainly better than London in the summer, and, well, it never ceased to remind him of his first night at Holly Street.
Of Mena.
Yes, very soon now, he would be home. And then, everything would be right again. Everything would come together, somehow, and he would be able to see, and plan for his future, with clarity, good sense, and verve.
Back where it all began…
The perfect place to begin again.

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#BookBirthdayBlitz #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #Review : The Automobile Assassination (The Erdington Mysteries #2) – M.J. Porter @coloursofunison

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The Automobile Assassination

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘The Automobile Assassination’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing my review, but first I have some information

About the Author :

The Automobile - MJ PORTER CWAMJ Porter is the author of many historical novels set predominantly in Seventh to Eleventh-Century England, as well as three twentieth-century mysteries. Raised in the shadow of a building that was believed to house the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia, meant that the author’s writing destiny was set.

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The Automobile AssassinationErdington, September 1944
As events in Europe begin to turn in favour of the Allies, Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is once more prevailed upon to solve a seemingly impossible case.
Called to the local mortuary where a man’s body lies, shockingly bent double and lacking any form of identification, Mason and O’Rourke find themselves at Castle Bromwich aerodrome seeking answers that seem out of reach to them. The men and women of the royal air force stationed there are their prime suspects. Or are they? Was the man a spy, killed on the orders of some higher authority, or is the place his body was found irrelevant? And why do none of the men and women at the aerodrome recognise the dead man?
Mason, fearing a repeat of the cold case that dogged his career for two decades and that he’s only just solved, is determined to do all he can to uncover the identity of the dead man, and to find out why he was killed and abandoned in such a bizarre way, even as Smythe demands he spends his time solving the counterfeiting case that is leaving local shopkeepers out of pocket.
Join Mason and O’Rourke as they once more attempt to solve the impossible in 1940s Erdington.

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Having read ‘The Custard Corpses’ I couldn’t wait to dive into ‘The Automobile Assassination’ and luckily for me I had the Audible version right at my disposal.
Starting to read, euhm listen, I was immediately hooked not only by the storyline, but also by the voice.
I never heard of Matt Coles before, and although a bit slow for my liking (I read faster!) he’s a terrific voice actor, even when it comes to female voices.
He made all the characters come so alive it was easy to keep on going and even like Mason and O’Rourke even more.
They form a formidable team together and O’Rourke is definitely a woman to be reckoned with in this all male police team.
Another lovely mystery set during WW2 with more of an historical experience for me than the first book as I now learned more about stuff like the Automobile Association and couponing during the war.
If they found out the culprit(s) of the multiple cases on their plate I’m not going to spoil, but I can say it was a nicely tied up story that has a lot going on to keep you glued from start till finish.
I definitely hope there will be more books to follow in this 1940s mystery series!

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : Young Eagle Rising – Ellie Joyce @BookGuild

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Young Eagle Rising

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Young Eagle Rising’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

Photo for bookEllie Joyce was born and raised in Belfast. She holds an A.L.A.M. (Dip. Acting) from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She and her husband have four children and live in Leicestershire. Young Eagle Rising is her debut novel.

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Photo for bookIreland 1735. Thirteen-year-old William Baxter has a grandmother with peculiar powers – so peculiar he believes she must be a witch. Taking this secret with him, he reluctantly sails with his family to the New World and the promise of a better life.
But Pennsylvania proves to be a savage, unforgiving place rife with warring tribes, slavery and dangerous animals. When William’s life suddenly takes a terrifying turn, he is thrust headlong into a battle for survival. Consumed with hatred for those responsible, he desperately wants to return to Ireland, but the coast is one hundred miles away and the trail runs through native territory. Alone and frightened, he sets out on what becomes the journey of a lifetime, determined to survive and have his revenge.
Young Eagle Rising is a coming-of-age story, a mix of fantasy, history, adventure and the enduring love of an old Irish witch.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #PromoPost : An Ear for Trouble (Riverbend K-9s Book 2) – K.T. Lee @KTLeeWrites

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An Ear For Trouble

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘An Ear for Trouble’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
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About the Author :

author imagesK.T. Lee is a writer, mom, and engineer who grew up on a steady diet of books from a wide variety of genres. She’s the author of multiple books, including those in the Riverbend K-9 Series and The Calculated Series.

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author imagesElise Butler is a wildlife biologist who enjoys her stable (if somewhat predictable) job in finance at the World Wildlife Trust. However, when the veterinarian at Riverbend Animal Conservation Center goes missing, Elise offers to help the unlucky wildlife Conservation Center get back on its feet. Not only will the job in Riverbend, Indiana let her get back to her roots of working with animals, but it’s also a short drive from her sister’s workplace at Riverbend K-9 Academy, a training center for some of the FBI’s best explosive detection dogs.
FBI Special Agent Finn Cooper and his canine partner, Sedona, are chasing a well-funded animal trafficking ring. After an injury sidelines Finn from official FBI undercover work, he goes to work at Riverbend K-9 Academy to stay busy while he recovers…and to investigate his only remaining lead in the animal trafficking case.
Just as Elise begins to settle into life in Riverbend, her sister asks her to help the K-9 Academy by fostering one of their puppies. Finn is eager to keep Elise focused on training Zeke, the enthusiastic German shepherd puppy earmarked to become Riverbend’s first wildlife detection K-9, and keep her well away from his quiet animal trafficking investigation. Zeke quickly proves himself an expert both at chewing shoes and sniffing out clouded leopards. When Zeke starts finding scents where they don’t belong, Elise and Finn begin to realize that the Conservation Center may be more criminal than unlucky. And if Elise doesn’t keep her nose out of it, she might be the next target.

An Ear for Trouble is Book 2 in the Riverbend K-9 Series. All books in the Riverbend K-9 Series may be enjoyed as standalone novels or as a series.

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#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : Far Across The Ocean – Suzie Hull @SuzieHull1 @books_dash

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Far Across The Ocean

Today I’m delighted to be on the ‘Far Across The Ocean’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I’ll be sharing a guest post written by the author, but first I have some information

About the Author :

Far Across - Suzie Hull - whiteAward winning author Suzie Hull lives in Northern Ireland with her family and numerous rescue cats.
As a child she dreamt of being a ballet dancer but instead trained as a Montessori Nursery teacher and has spent the last thirty years working with children in a variety of settings. Suzie has always had an enduring passion for reading and history.
Suzie HulI won the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2022 with her debut novel, In This Foreign Land.

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Far Across - Suzie Hull - whiteThe answers to her past and present lie far across the ocean…
December 1913. Clara Thornton won’t allow being jilted at the altar to squash her spirit. Against the wishes of her aunt and uncle, Clara decides to travel to Madagascar to learn more about the tragic shipwreck that took the lives of her missionary family, and marked her forever.
Clara is escorted abroad by Xavier Mourain, a handsome young merchant who works with her uncle. The two of them start off on the wrong foot, but Clara can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious Frenchman who helps her unravel the mystery that has always haunted her. But as their love blossoms, war begins. And the world will never be the same again.
For Clara, all the answers seem to lie far across the ocean. But some of them might be closer than she thinks…

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Background of the novel

Hello Stefanie and thank you so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog.
My name is Suzie Hull, I live in Northern Ireland and I love writing WW1 Historical Romance. I thought your blog readers might be interested in learning about one of the settings in Far Across The Ocean.
I love Paris, I’ve visited many times and I really wanted to set part of this novel there so I started to research how I could weave an aspect of this city into the storyline. I’d already read about the American Hospital in Paris during WW2 and I decided to incorporate the same hospital during WW1.
There had been an American hospital in Paris for the many Americans that lived there and passed through since 1906, (with just 26 beds), but when WW1 was declared, the Board of Governors, led by U.S Ambassador Herrick offered their services to France. In exchange, the French government offered them the newly built but still unfinished Lycée Pasteur school at Neuilly. The month of August was spent getting the building finished and kitted out for the incoming patients that everyone knew would soon be arriving. It was now a military hospital with 600 beds, but at its largest it could accommodate 2,000 patients.

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Initially the American government decided not to get involved in the European conflict but that didn’t stop men and women wanting to help and one way they could be involved was volunteering at the American hospital. Many Americans left immediately for Europe, including doctors, surgeons and nurses, but people who were already in Paris began immediately. It was the first foreign ambulance to be accepted by the French government to serve French soldiers.
I enjoy reading, especially non-fiction books and one of my favourite things is discovering interesting memoirs and diaries. I was delighted to find a memoir written by Marie van Vorst, an American writer who lived in Paris before the war. In her letters to friends and family she describes many scenes from which I was able to take details and incorporate them into the book. One of my characters volunteers as a nurse and whilst I wasn’t able to find accurate information on the exact process, I utilised the details I found in Marie van Vorsts’ letters. She attended Red Cross lectures in England whilst she spent time there during August and September and sat three exams. She was unable to volunteer for the British Red Cross as she was a ‘neutral’, but when she returned to Paris in early October, she went immediately to the hospital and volunteered personally to Mrs Vanderbilt. It is from her letters that I added the name and number of the gangrene ward, (Ward 69) and found a few details of other people who worked there. For example I included how female volunteers went down into the basement to roll bandages for the multitudes of patients they were expecting.
When the hospital originally opened, they went to the train station and met the hospital trains, then ferried the patients back to the hospital, but on September 9th, 1914, a call came through saying that there were over 1,000 injured soldiers stranded near Meaux, and could they help? Ambassador Herrick gathered up the vehicles they had and drove out to get the soldiers. This make-shift first convoy was the start of the American Ambulance.

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To start with they only had eight ‘town and touring’ type motor vehicles to use when collecting patients from the railway stations, but they were given a donation of 10 Ford chassis from the Ford Automobile company in Paris and were able to kit them out as ambulances. The young men and women who drove the ambulances were incredibly brave, facing all kinds of danger so close to the front lines. Some of the young men ultimately went on to be soldiers themselves, especially after America joined the war in 1917.
Whilst I don’t want to give away any plot spoilers if people haven’t read Far Across The Ocean, I have woven into the story a young American who becomes one of the first ambulance drivers and a young woman who passes her Red Cross exams and starts work there early in September 1914 whilst the Battle of the Marne was just starting.
If you are interested in reading more, the first-hand account of Marie Van Vorst is available on Amazon, titled War Letters of An American Woman.
I hope you enjoyed this little insight into the background of my new novel.
If you do read it, please do leave me a review as it’s so helpful for other readers who might enjoy a WW1 romance to find me. If you’d like to keep up with any of my news please follow me on social media.

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