Painting Blue Water by Leigh Fossan @LeighFossan @rararesources #Promo

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Today I am delighted to be sharing Painting Blue Water by Leigh Fossan as part of the blog tour with Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. Yet another book I wish I had time to read and unfortunately cannot fit into my schedule, so instead I am sharing the book love and shining a spotlight.

Synopsis:

Katherine Ross, a struggling artist-turned-successful-businesswoman, has a life many would envy. At only thirty-one years old, Katherine runs one of the top luxury real-estate firms in Manhattan, and she lives in a fabulous loft with her dreamy husband. That is, of course, until her marriage comes to a screeching halt, forcing Katherine to face the truths she’s been burying deep within her heart. She hasn’t been happy for a long time. And her life, while glamorous, is not the life she ever wanted. 

 Fighting through the fog of her confusion and pain, Katherine makes the daring, or possibly insane, choice to start over somewhere new. She leaves her business, her friends, and the city behind, while she ventures alone to the mountains in hopes of rediscovering her artistic roots in a place surrounded by beauty, peace, and quiet.

  But life in Bluewater isn’t as simple as it may seem, and when her art career suddenly begins to take off in this unlikely setting, Katherine finds herself torn between two worlds. Does she pursue her lifelong dream and become the world-famous artist she always wanted to be? Or does she open her heart to the possibility of new dreams and a life she never imagined?

Purchase Links – 

Amazon US

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Amazon UK 

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About the Author:

Leigh Ann 2.jpgPainting Blue Water is the debut novel for Leigh Fossan. A creative soul at heart, Leigh grew up with a paintbrush in her hand, and went on to study the arts in Florence, Italy. While abroad, Leigh was one of the few recipients of the Coluccio Salutati Award for Creative Writing. Today, Leigh is a professional artist and her paintings are collected around the world. She lives in Colorado with her artist husband, and their young daughter, who wants to be a scientist.

You can see Leigh’s paintings at www.lavfineart.com

Social Media Links –

WEBSITE: https://www.leighfossanauthor.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/leighfossanauthor/

INSTAGRAM: @leighfossanauthor

TWITTER: @LeighFossan

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#MeAndMyBooks – Time for a catch-up!

It has been quite a while since I did an update, the last one was before the summer really kicked off in June! So this is a well overdue post… The post was about the books I was planning to read while I was having a blog tour break. I didn’t read that many from the lists I had because I kept buying new books and reading them instead… no stock rotation going on there haha.

Summer Reading

I managed to read some of the books in the picture above, and then quite a few on my kindle. In total over July, August and first half of September I managed a total of 46 books. A few of these were some overdue from NetGalley, other were for pre-agreed to Blog Tours.

So by the end of the summer holidays, I was shattered, working in a tourist-based industry during the crazy months is hard and also good fun. I had worked there for 12 years and it was with a heavy heart that I made the decision to leave. I was amazed at the leaving presents I was given by the owners and my colleagues. A fabulous leaving do followed with laughs, memories and some alcohol left me feeling less than bright eyed the following morning… definitely worth it 🙂

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The end of September was when I began my new job, with a complete change of direction, lots of coursework to get me up to speed and a lot to learn. In the New Year, I will begin a course with them that will mean working toward a diploma. And if one course wasn’t enough…

The beginning of this month (October) saw me start the 2nd year of my History Degree with the Open University. I am so glad I am doing this on a part-time basis as I don’t think I would have coped otherwise.

So as I move forward I have quite a lot going on in my brain, a new job with loads to remember and courses as well, continuing my History degree, blogging, reading and having time for myself, I am finding I feel a little frazzled and occasionally discombobulated (I love this word). My husband keeps telling me “to quieten my brain down”, he actually says some sensible things some of the time :). I find that some days I just do not have the time to share or comment on Social Media. I know this is something a lot of Book Bloggers deal with all the time and it is all about finding a balance, something I am still trying to do 🙂  It is nice some days to take the odd break from Social Media, and occasionally, if I don’t have a post to share I have what I call “A Quiet Day”… something I will be doing this weekend and try to get into the garden to have a tidy up, depending on the notorious British weather of course.

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Blog Tours are something that I enjoy doing and being part of and I found myself doing more and more of them. The break I had over the summer months was something I also enjoyed, going through my own books, reading a few from my TBR to stop it from toppling over and burying me…

If you are still here and reading at this point… I’m impressed and also wondering why you haven’t got better things to do 🙂

Anyway, I have gradually started to reduce the Blog Tour commitments I am making. This brings up another thing that I know other Book Bloggers go through and that is over-committing. In life, I never know what is around the corner so I am being a little cautious over the next few months as I know I am going to be a little busy.

It is still, just, October, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, the clocks are due to change on Sunday. Makes you wonder where does the time go…

Some valuable things have I have realised over the past few months…

  1. I can’t do everything and still have time to read so prioritise
  2. It is okay to have “Quiet Days” and its sometimes necessary
  3. I am only 10 books away from my Goodreads Target for the year of 200…
  4. I am never, ever, ever in a million years (this may be a slight exaggeration) going to read all the books I have bought but I will keep buying more 🙂
  5. I like using “…” in my posts… 🙂

Right then, I am going to leave it at that and say thank you for taking the time to read my post. I wish you a wonderful day xxx

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Finding Rose by Julia Ryan @julieryan18 @rararesources #Promo #Giveaway

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I am delighted to be helping to share the book love for Finding Rose by Julie Ryan today. I would really love to have read this one for the blog tour but I knew that I just wouldn’t have the time. I have been following other Book Bloggers on the tour and their reviews about this book are really good, so I have bought my own copy.

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to the tour.

Synopsis:

When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

Buy now from Amazon UK or Amazon US

About the Author:

 Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

Social Media Links –  Facebook Author Page – Website – Twitter – Pintrest – Goodreads

Giveaway

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Literary Landscapes Editor by John Sutherland #Quiz #PromoPost #Giveaway @alisonmenziespr

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Today I have something a little different for you today. Literary Landscapes – Charting The Real-Life Settings of The World’s Favourite Fiction Editor John Sutherland, this is a book that will appeal to so many readers and I am delighted to be part of the Blog Tour. My thanks to Alison Menzies for the invite to take part. So I am delighted to be sharing the synopsis, I have a fun quiz and don’t forget to check out the details of the Giveaway for a copy of this book.

This is a gorgeous looking book and one that I would absolutely love. It’s available in Hardcover,due to be published on 25th October. You can buy this book from Amazon UK or good book shops.

Synopsis:

Celebrating the most memorable realist landscapes in classic and contemporary fiction

Literary Landscapes draws together those well-loved authors who are synonymous with a place and time, celebrating Hardy’s Wessex, Joyce’s Dublin and Du Maurier’s Cornwall. It comes right up to date with recent bestsellers, such as Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize winning The Luminaries, Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Its charm lies in the way these favourites are interspersed with the unfamiliar, providing much to explore.

Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays on over 70 literary novels where landscape is as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognized. Entries are beautifully illustrated with archive material, original artworks, maps and photographs. International in breadth and scope, Literary Landscapes is an enchanting read that book lovers will not be able to resist dipping into.
Now for the something different and just for fun

Time to get your thinking caps on for the Literary Landscapes Quiz

Inspired by some of the novels celebrated in Literary Landscapes: Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction, here’s a quick quiz on literary geography:

  1. Which seaside town is crucial to the plot of Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowles’ French Lieutenant’s Woman?
  2. Jean Valjean is the good ex-convict in which Victor Hugo novel – also a successful Andrew Lloyd Webber musical?
  3. On which river do Huckleberry Finn’s adventures take place?
  4. Which Joyce novel is so closely associated with Dublin that it is celebrated there each year on Bloomsday?
  5. Who immortalised the Pioneer experience in 8 novels including Little House on the Prairie?
  6. Scout Finch is the guide to the people and places of the fictional town of Maycomb, rural Alabama in which novel?
  7. What is the collective name for the 9 novels by Armistead Maupin that first appeared in serial form in the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s?
  8. E Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News is set in which cold, foggy place?

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Follow @modernbooks and tweet your own favourite #LiteraryLandscape for a chance to win a copy of Literary Landscapes. (This giveaway is independent of Me and My Books)

Some stories couldn’t happen just anywhere. As is the case with all great literature, the setting, scenery and landscape are as central to the tale as any character, and just as easily recognised. Literary Landscapes: Charting the Real-Life Settings of the World’s Favourite Fiction delves deep into the geography, location and terrain of all our best-loved literary works and looks at how setting and environmental attributes influence storytelling, character and our emotional response as readers.

Led by John Sutherland, a team of specialist literary critics have contributed individual essays on over 70 literary novels. Entries are beautifully illustrated with archive material, original artworks, maps and photographs.

Literary Landscapes is published by Modern Books

£25 hardback, 25 October 2018

Entries from the UK only. Closing date 31 October 2018

Okay I suppose I have kept you waiting long enough, here are the answers…

  1. Lyme Regis
  2. Les Miserables
  3. The Mississippi
  4. Ulysses
  5. Laura Ingalls Wilder
  6. To Kill a Mockingbird
  7. Tales of the City
  8. Newfoundland

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The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye #Extract #Giveaway (UK) @rararesources

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I am delighted to be welcoming back Sarah Marie Graye to my blog. I had the pleasure of reading the first book in this series “A Second Cup” and you can read my review of it HERE I also have a Q&A post with Sarah for The Second Cup, to read please click HERE

Unfortunately I have not had the time to read The Victoria Lie but I do have it on my TBR to read in the future. You can get a copy of The Victoria Lie using the universal link HERE

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Synopsis:

When is a lie a lifeline? To Tori lies are everything.

ZOE wants to end her life. But she can’t just leave a note. She needs to say goodbye to boyfriend JAMES and best friend ALISON.

TORI is waiting in the wings to fill the space ZOE will leave behind, wanting to claim both James and Alison for herself.

But with ZOE still alive and Alison’s childhood friend RUBY now on the scene vying to fill the gap, TORI realises she has her work cut out.

Just what lengths is TORI willing to go to in order to claim Alison and James for herself?

(Trigger warnings: Suicide, depression, IRA bombings, ADHD, Autism, manipulative characters.)

The Extract:

I’m sharing a section from Chapter 20, when Ruby and Alison are in Herne Bay and Ruby spots a body floating under the end of the pier…

 

We reach the end of the shortened pier (it’s an unwritten rule that you always walk its full length) and stare out at the sea. From this vantage point, the decaying structure of the isolated pier head has a foreboding air to it.

“It would have been so stupid to try and climb aboard,” she says.

“Stupid and dangerous,” I agree.

“We’ve done stupid things though,” she adds.

It she about to tell me about Zoe?

I look down at the waves lapping at the pier structure below me. My grip tightens on the railing in front of me. I know my fingers are turning white without looking at them. I should have known better than to look over the edge. From this angle, there are no long any edges in my vision, not even my peripheral vision, and I need edges to stop myself from spinning.

Without edges, there is only the long drop to water. Without edges, the drop cannot be determined and this therefore infinite.

My knuckles hold on tight. My body is on the safe side of the railing but my mind is not. I’m freefalling, freediving, holding my breath underwater as I plummet the depths. And then I’m back above water, looking down, seeing my own reflection as a cold blue face looking back at me. Except it’s not me. It’s a face floating on the surface of the water, attached to a body that bobs between the pier scaffolding.

“Look,” I say, my voice barely a whisper.

But Alison picks up on my fear and turns to me. “What is it?”

“Look,” I say again, this time a little louder, signalling with my head towards the water, my hands unable to let go of the barrier.

“Oh fuck!” I hear Alison cry.

I cannot move. But I hear her dump her bag at my feet. And I hear her take off at speed, her running footsteps stomping along the length of the pier.

“Drowning!” she cries out between breaths. “Someone’s drowning!”

I hear all this but I can’t see it. I can’t move from my spot.

The woman in the water looks a blue-ish white. She’s floating in the water face up – her eyes and mouth are closed. Her clothes balloon and billow around her. She looks strangely peaceful.

Then I hear splashing and a fully clothed Alison comes into view, lifebuoy in tow. It seems that her cries were lost on everyone because she’s making a rescue attempt alone. I watch her struggle to push one side of the lifebuoy down and scoop up the woman in it.

She manages to get the edge underneath the woman’s head and then pulls one of her arms through as well. Alison is tiny – this woman is easily twice her size – but she has found Herculean strength from somewhere and is now towing the woman back to shore.

I then hear more splashing and people shouting “Call an ambulance” and “Call 999”, but I still don’t move from my spot. I watch a plastic bottle dance across the waves where the woman’s body had been.

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Giveaway – Win 3 x Signed copies of The Victoria Lie by Sarah Marie Graye (Open to UK Only)

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British writer Sarah Marie Graye is the author of The Butterfly Effect series, which looks at suicides and those left behind. The Second Cup, the first book in the series, was published in July 2017, and this Blog Tour is to celebrate the launch of the second book in the series, The Victoria Lie.

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Narcissism For Beginners by Martine McDonagh @annecater #RandomThingsTours @unbounders #Extract

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Today I am sharing an extract for Narcissm For Beginners by Martine McDonagh as part of the Blog Tour by Anne at Random Things Tours. I have a fabulous extract that gives you a taste of what this book is about. You can buy a copy in various formats from AMAZON UK and it is published by Unbounders

Synopsis:

Longlisted for the 2017 Guardian Not the Booker Prize

Meet Sonny Anderson as he tips headlong into adulthood. Sonny doesn’t remember his mother’s face; he was kidnapped at age five by his father, Guru Bim, and taken to live in a commune in Brazil. Since the age of ten, Sonny has lived in Redondo Beach, California, with his guardian Thomas Hardiker. Brits think he’s an American, Americans think he’s a Brit.

When he turns 21, Sonny musters the courage to travel alone to the UK in an attempt to leave a troubled past behind, reunite with his mother and finally learn the truth about his childhood. With a list of people to visit, a whole lot of attitude and five mysterious letters from his guardian, Sonny sets out to learn the truth. But is it a truth he wants to hear?

Narcissism for Beginners is a fresh, witty and humane take on the struggle to make sense of growing up.

The Extract:

Turning twenty-one, not much about me changed, physically speaking. I didn’t grow any taller. I didn’t grow any fatter. Pinch me and you’ll find no additional flesh on these bones. Even if we were the sole survivors of a plane wreck, you wouldn’t eat me for dinner.

But nothing stayed the same either. My name grew longer, officially at least, and my bank balance got bigger – MUCH bigger. I have a bona fide Brit passport now and I’m not so sure where home is any more.

Who am I? Good question. I started out as Sonny Anderson. Now my official name is Sonny Anderson Agelaste-Bim, but I still go by Sonny Anderson. Your son. Twenty-one-year-old recovering addict and multi-millionaire. Pleased to (not) meet you.

Almost exactly one month ago, I hit the big Two-One. Back then – because man, it already feels like a lifetime ago – home was Redondo Beach, aka RB, Southern California, SoCal, where, as you know already, I lived since age eleven under the guardianship of one Thomas Hardiker. The word guardian puts me in mind of those sentry guys at the gates of Buckingham Palace, staring into the middle distance from under the weight of a big bearskin hat. Keeping the real world out while thinking about pizza or football, or measuring time by the movement of the sun. Whatever. Maybe they really are doing those things. From an outsider’s point of view, they look like one man trying to keep a whole world of crap away just by standing still, and that’s a massive job, right? Well, that’s the job Thomas took on when he took charge of me. You still need to thank him for that.

At school, nobody knew Thomas wasn’t my dad, mainly because no one ever cared to ask, even though we were a grown man and a young boy with completely different names, living together under one roof. If they had asked, I probably would have said, to maintain the enigma and to keep the story short, that Anderson is my mom’s name, which is the truth anyway, right? If they then asked about you directly, which of course they never did – about why you weren’t around – my story was that you died when I was small; I figured that would be a great conversation-stopper, which it was until this girlfriend at USC, my alma mater – we’ll call her Anna – wanted to know everything, all the time, all the stuff I didn’t even know myself. The only way to stop the questions was to dump her.

My twenty-first was never going to be your regular limo-riding fake-ID- burning drunken barhopping orgy. I indulged in all that shit way back and already outgrew it. Not so for the majority of my dishonourable collegiate peers, however. Senior year at USC was one protracted twenty-first birthday party, one after the other after the other, paid for by the *guilty *nostalgic *overindulgent (*delete as appropriate) parents of my self-entitled co-equals.

In one of his books, Gladwell (you know who I mean, right?) talks about October-born kids doing better in school than kids born later in the academic year. He gives various explanations for this phenomenon that I don’t remember now (my memory is shot), but I do have a theory of my own that he missed. My theory is this: those kids, the September-October babies, also do better because they get all that woohoo jazzhands ‘I’m legal’ crap over and done with right at the start of Senior year. By Thanksgiving they’re so bored of it all they elect to sit out the ongoing mayhem, thereby maintaining maximum brain functionality through their final semester and performing well at the appropriate time. Any time, Malcolm, any time.

My birthday (as you may or may not recall) is June 6th, which means I didn’t turn twenty-one until after graduation, so according to Gladwell’s theory I should score about as far off the high-achieving-October-baby list as it gets, but I was the anomaly: I’d come out the other side of the whole NA thing by then, and sat out the shenanigans with the high-achievers. And as a result I did okay. I’m proud of my GPA, naturally, but I won’t say what I got because that would be bragging and unBritish.

Personal background info. Loud noises make me flinch, and many, many much quieter ones, like kissy sucky mouth-noises, make me want to punch the wall, or the faces emitting the above-mentioned noises. Strangers at the door make me nervous. Random conversation in the street makes me suspicious. Even the smallest change to my routine needs to be – maybe I should say needed to be because I like to think that recent revelations have transformed me – introduced slowly, over days, weeks, or ideally, never. Thomas, aforementioned guardian, knows better than anyone how much I hate change in general and surprises in particular. But even Thomas and his imaginary bearskin hat couldn’t hold back the revolutionary tsunami that crashed through the walls of my existence on the day I turned twenty-one. Au contraire, it was Thomas who set it in motion.

About the Author:

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Martine McDonagh’s latest novel, Narcissism for Beginners, is longlisted for the 2018 People’s Book Prize and in 2017 for the Guardian Not The Booker Prize. It is published in Germany as Familie und andere Trostpreise (Family and other Consolation Prizes).

Her first novel, I Have Waited and You Have Come, was described as ‘cataclysmically brilliant’ by author Elizabeth Haynes, and praised in the Guardian and Red magazine. Martine had a successful career in the music industry as an artist manager and devised and ran the MA Creative Writing & Publishing at West Dean College in Sussex.

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Odyssey In A Teacup by Paula Houseman @PaulaHouseman @rararesources #BookPromo

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Today I am shining a spotlight on Odyssey In A Teacup by Paula Houseman as part of the Blog Blitz with Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. You can pick up a copy of this book from Amazon UK CLICK HERE

Synopsis:

Encounters with a pair of supersized Y-fronts; a humourless schoolmarm with an unfortunate name and monstrous yellow incisors; and a tut-tutting, big-breasted, modern-day gorgon are the norm for Ruth Roth. She’s used to crazy.

Her mum squawks like a harpy and her dad has a dodgy moral compass. Add in daily face-offs with a relentlessly bitchy mirror, and Ruth’s home life feels like a Greek tragicomedy.

She hankers for the ordinary. But blah is not a good fit for someone who doesn’t fit in. And isn’t meant to.

Ruth’s vanilla existence is an issue for her besties—her hot-looking, obsessive-compulsive cousin and soul mate (who needs to do everything twice-twice), and her two closest girlfriends.

With their encouragement and a good homoeopathic dose of ancient mythology, Ruth embarks on an odyssey to retrieve her spirit. She’s confronted with her biggest challenge ever, though, when one of these friends sends her spiralling back into a dark place.

The decision she must make can either bring her out or launch the mother of all wars in her world.

About the Author:

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Paula Houseman was once a graphic designer. But when the temptation to include ‘the finger’ as part of a logo for a forward-moving women’s company proved too much, she knew it was time to give away design. Instead, she took up writing.

She found she was a natural with the double entendres (God knows she’d been in enough trouble as a child for dirty wordplay).

As a published writer of earthy chick lit and romantic comedy, Paula gets to bend, twist, stretch and juice up universal experiences to shape reality the way she wants it, even if it is only in books. But at the same time, she can make it more real, so that her readers feel part of the sisterhood. Or brotherhood (realness has nothing to do with gender).

Through her books, Paula also wants to help the reader escape into life and love’s comic relief. And who doesn’t need to sometimes?

Her style is a tad Monty Pythonesque because she adores satire. It helps defuse all those gaffes and thoughts that no one is too proud of.

Paula lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband. No other creatures. The kids have flown the nest and the dogs are long gone.

Social Media Links –  Twitter –  Goodreads –  Facebook – Linkedin

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Crimson Siege by Jay Raven @JayRavenAuthor @rararesources #PromoPost

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Today I am shining a spotlight on Crimson Siege by Jay Raven as part of the Blog Tour by Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources. I have a few purchase links here to tempt you lovely readers, if you like vampire hunters, Carpathian Mountains, mercenaries and the supernatural then this could be right up your street.

Universal purchase link-   http://geni.us/9E27uh

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Now let’s have a look to see what the book is all about.

Synopsis:

Blood Riders Book One.

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…

When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choice – hand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

About the Author:

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Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house beside a 500-acre wood teeming with bats may have something to do with it.

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Meeting author Amanda James @akjames61 at 2018 Hellys Festival Helston.

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Today I have something a little different to share, it is obviously book related 🙂

Sandwiched in amongst two appointments I managed to get to spend an hour at the Literary Lunch segment of the Hellys Festival in Helston Cornwall. I finally got to meet author Amanda James. I have tried on a previous occasion to listen to her talk but work always manages to get in the way and make it impossible, this time I was not going to be deterred.

I have been a fan of Amanda since last year when I first discovered her books. I have been on a couple of Blog Tours with Bloodhound Books and have just signed up for the next one. When I see an email from Sarah Hardy at Bloodhound with the name Amanda James attached I accept straight away, I don’t read the synopsis, I just accept.

The setting for the Literary Lunch is a little unusual, a marquee at the side of the re-purposed Cattle Market in Helston, it had various things going on and though it took me a little while, I finally found the right place. It was an intimate gathering and had a relaxed and friendly feel to it.

Amanda is a lovely, warm and friendly person who made me feel very welcome , and I could have quite happily chatted to her for a while if I didn’t have to shoot off for my next appointment (the dentist for a check up grrrr)

The event started with a short introduction about how she made her way into writing full-time as well as being published and giving some advice to a fellow audience member / author.

Amanda’s talk was based around things that she feels are some of the important factors that she puts in her books. She now lives in Cornwall and has found the landscape is something that become a character in its own right. This is something I feel that comes through very strongly in her books. Cornwall is a very visual place with so many different sights and also the corresponding sounds and smells. Amanda explained how she finds it important to include some of these details into her stories.

She gave several short readings to highlight key-points of her talk. She included readings from Another Mother, Rip Current and The Calico Cat. Using these readings to highlight various things you want in a book, such as suspense, excitement, intrigue, the importance of setting, having a baddie and also the twist. Her main point was that the reader should feel that these aspects should feel believable and realistic and not forced or contrived in any way. Not every book has all of these elements and each author has their own way of writing and the things they personally like to include.

I had a wonderful hour listening to Amanda talk as well as being able to contribute a couple of things myself. If you ever find yourself with the opportunity to go and see and listen to Amanda then please do, she is a really lovely person. Also a mention to her husband who took the photo at the start of my post, thank you very much xx

I have still to read Rip Currant, and I do have it on my kindle TBR, yes even my kindle has a To Be Read (ASAP) Category 🙂 I mentioned that I had read some of Amanda’s previous books and if you would like to see my thoughts on those follow the links below.

The Calico Cat

Another Mother

Behind The Lie

About the Author:

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Amanda James has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true.

Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published. Her time travelling debut – A Stitch in Time was published in April of 2013 and has met with great success.

Amanda lives in Cornwall and is inspired every day by the beautiful coastline near her home. Five suspense/mystery novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie – April 2017 pub – HQUK ( HarperCollins) 2018 Another Mother, and Rip Current – Bloodhound Books. The Calico Cat – family drama/coming-of-age out now with Bombshell/Bloodhound.

Amanda can usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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I you want to read any of Amanda’s books (and you should of you haven’t already) you can find them at good book shops and I am including the link to her Amazon Author Page HERE to make it even easier for you 😊

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The Confession by Jo Spain @SpainJoanne @QuercusBooks @ellakroftpatel #PublicationDay

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The Confession by Jo Spain and published by Quercus Books and will be available in paperback from 9th September, you can get your copy from AMAZON UK. I was lucky to be able to read an advance copy of the eBook version earlier this year. If you have not had the chance to read it yet then you should 🙂

Synopsis:

Late one night a man walks into the luxurious home of disgraced banker Harry McNamara and his wife Julie. The man launches an unspeakably brutal attack on Harry as a horror-struck Julie watches, frozen by fear.

Just an hour later the attacker, JP Carney, has handed himself in to the police. He confesses to beating Harry to death, but JP claims that the assault was not premeditated and that he didn’t know the identity of his victim. With a man as notorious as Harry McNamara, the detectives cannot help wondering, was this really a random act of violence or is it linked to one of Harry’s many sins: corruption, greed, betrayal?

This gripping psychological thriller will have you questioning, who – of Harry, Julie and JP – is really the guilty one? And is Carney’s surrender driven by a guilty conscience or is his confession a calculated move in a deadly game?

‘I can’t praise The Confession enough. Brilliant writing, great story… a really cracking read’ BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown

An absolute cracker of a book, compulsive, deviously plotted and intense – I will be recommending this to everyone Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner

‘Has you addicted from the very first page. I found it impossible to put down’ Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend

‘Here is my confession: I’ve never read Jo Spain before but now I’ll be buying all of her books. The Confession is brutal and brilliant’ Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle

My Thoughts

When a stranger walks into a house, beats up the husband as the wife watches frozen, unable to do anything to help or stop the attack, you know there will or should be a pretty good reason for it.

Oh! This is a good read, a well paced psychological thriller. It is set over several years, filling in the background of the main characters. The chapters are told by different characters and from their own perspectives. They flit between times and places with quick succession. It did take me a few chapters to get to grips with this, occasionally loosing what time I was in, but its one of those books that, as you read you get to learn the style and format.

The characters themselves, I have mixed opinions on some and changes my opinion on others. This is a good thing by the way, for me it means the author has manipulated my feelings as I have read and therefore my opinion matches the character as they change, or you learn more about them. Now as for the plot, it is one of those deliciously deep and twisty ones that kept me guessing, even when things were being drawn together for the conclusion a few more sneaky twists were included in this slippery tale.

This is a book that I would definitely recommend to readers who like a good psychological thriller with twists that are revealed at the end with extra twisty bits. It also has elements that show the contrasts of two different social backgrounds, one poor and one rich, the haves and the have nots. A well written and executed read that kept me turning the pages avidly.

About the Author:

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Jo Spain’s first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and went on to be a top-ten bestseller in Ireland. She has written two further in the series, featuring DI Tom Reynolds.
Jo has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament and is now writing full-time. She is currently writing a screen play for a brand new RTÉ crime drama series. Jo lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

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• Jo will be speaking at Bloody Scotland alongside Elly Griffiths and Sarah Pinborough on Sunday 23rd 2018.

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