The Hangman’s Hold by Michael Wood @MichaelHWood @KillerReads #blogtour #review #teamdarke

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🎉🎉 I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of The Hangman’s Hold today as it’s paperback publication day. So those of you who love the feel of the pages in your hand can now get your mitts on the latest Matilda Darke novel!!!!

Huge thanks to Michael Wood for inviting me on the blog tour and to Claire Fenby at Killer Reads for my copy of The Hangman’s Hold which I received through Netgalley. Continue reading

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Costa Del Churros by Isabella May @isabellamaybks @rararesources #blogtour #review #giveaway

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Well well well what a way to start a Wednesday!!  What a glorious cover of chocolate dipped churros!! For those of you who haven’t experienced churros, they’re an Iberian delicacy of deep fried batter a bit like choux pastry that once cooked are coated in sugar and normally served with a thick rich chocolate sauce.  They are lush, I’m drooling at the thought of them and I can feel the waistline increasing….

Anyway we’re not here to discuss churros, well not exactly! I’m very excited to be on the blog tour on PUBLICATION DAY for Isabella May’s Costa Del Churros. And not only have I got my review to share with you but I’ve also got a wee giveaway for you to take part in!

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Giveaway – Win a signed copy of The Cocktail Bar (Open Internationally)

Whoop Whoop!!! Now is your chance to get a flavour of Isabella May’s writng with an giveaway for her novel The Cocktail Bar.  All you have to do is click on the link below and follow the instructions!  Yes this is open internationally so whether you’re down the road from me, down under in Australia or on the other side of the world in Hing Kong, you can enter!! Get clicking!!

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter link above.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

The Blurb

The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher! But can she really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

What Did I Think?

We’re lighthouses at our core, each and every one of us

I read Costa Del Churros in the final throws of the British Summer. So as the sun set on what hasn’t been a bad summer really, I was transported to sunny Spain for a journey of discovery for four very different women.

It took me a few chapters to get it in as it’s something completely different to my normal read.  Each chapter is dedicated to one of the four women, each with a different story to tell me but all interwoven together after a chance meeting at Carmen’s flamenco 💃 class and churros (yummy).

One night everything changes for these women. Is it a force of nature or was destined to happen. Either way, these women’s lives will never be the same again.  They all go on a bit of soul searching but not planned, just a little seed planted by the exotic Carmen about the world of flamenco and the history Of the traditional Hispanic dance and Spain.  I really enjoyed following each of the friends on their paths, each was so different and yet similar. I wanted them all to be happy in themselves on the Costa Del Sol.  the mysterious Carmen was definitely an interesting character; she seemed to say some of the most random phrases but on reflection, she hit the nail squarely on the head supporting the group on their personal discoveries.

Isabella May has written a fascinating story about love, life and friendship.  I’m looking forward to reading The Cocktail Bar and Oh! What a Pavlova (another two consumables that I love).

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Who Is Isabella May?

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

Social Media Links –

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Suspended Retribution by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @BloodhoundBook #blogblitz #extract

Today I’m one of six(!) stops closing the Suspended Retribution blog blitz! And have I got a treat for you! You can get a taster of Rob Ashman’s latest DI Rosalind Kaye novel by reading the extract below!

Big thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me on the blog blitz! Continue reading

The Rave by Nicky Black @authorBlackNE #review

So I’ve finally popped my Nicky Black cherry.  I’ve had The Prodigal on my kindle for far too long I’m ashamed to say so when I got a copy of The Rave, I felt I needed to do the deed and read it!

Many thanks to Nicky Black for my copy of The Rave. Continue reading

In The Silence by M.R. Mackenzie @landofwhimsy @bloodhoundbook #blogblitz #guestpost

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Happy Wednesday everyone and welcome to the blog blitz for In The Silence, debut novel from M.R. Mackenzie. As part of the last day of the blog blitz, I’ve got a cracking guest post from Mr Mackenzie about gender!

Big thanks to the gorgeous Sarah Hardy of Bloodhound Books for inviting me on the blog blitz! Continue reading

The Other Couple by Sarah J Naughton @sarahjnaughton @trapezebooks #blogtour #review

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Whoop whoop!! I’m thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Sarah J Naughton’s second novel The Other Couple. I must admit, I’ve had a copy of this for a while after winning it through Goodreads but just never got to reading it!

Big thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to join the blog tour!

The Blurb

It was meant to be the perfect honeymoon.

A five-star resort in paradise.

White sands, a private villa and world-class cuisine.

A chance for newlyweds Asha and Ollie Graveney to recover from a recent tragedy, and enjoy the holiday of their dreams.

Except someone has other plans…

And paradise has turned into a nightmare.

What Did I Think?

What an opening! Very atmospheric and poetic. Chilling!  This totally grabbed my attention and made me want to find out more!

I loved jumping between the Before and After of whatever happens. Asha is giving nothing away in the After….she can’t remember a thing! Then as the story unfolds, partial memories start to return but will the key one of the attack ever appear?!

There’s a subtle undertone from before the Vietnam trip that throws in an element of doubt to the tale. As the past unfolds, seeds of doubt creep in to the thought process of one of the main characters. Asha’s relationship with Ollie’s family and friends is far from friendly and they aren’t what you’d call supportive in Asha’s time of need and grief.

The future is packed with intrigue, making me hungry to know what happened. There is tense build to the climax as Asha gradually uncovers the truth of everything that leads to Ollie’s death and her attack. I really did not see that coming!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Other Couple – it kept me guessing through out and I suspected everyone Asha mentioned!!  Sarah J Naughton has written a fabulous psychological thriller which ticked all the boxes, unreliable narrator and untrustworthy supporting cast, each capable of the dastardly deed!  Throw in the back drop of exotic Vietnam and it’s definitely death in paradise!

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Who Is Sarah J Naughton?

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Sarah J Naughton grew up in Dorset, on a diet of tales of imperiled heroines and wolves in disguise. As an adult her reading matter changed but those dark fairytales had deep roots. Her debut children’s thriller, The Hanged Man Rises, featured a fiend from beyond the grave menacing the streets of Victorian London, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa award. Tattletale is her first adult novel, and has a monster of a different kind. Sarah lives in Central London with her husband and two sons.

A Woman Scorned by Jack Jordan @jackjordanbooks @corvusbooks #review #hellhathnofury

A Woman Scorned

Still slightly reeling from the latest book Before Her Eyes from Jack Jordan, I thought I’d cheat on my planned reading pile and squeeze in Mr Jordan’s novella A Woman Scorned. Continue reading