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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Silent Children by Carol Wyer

The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint.

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, one of her own team goes missing.




Title:  The Silent Children
Author:  Carol Wyer
Published By:  Bookouture
Publication Date: 7th December 2017
Links:
UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Children-serial-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B075Q2TFS9/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1513163217&sr=1-1&keywords=the+silent+children+carol+wyer
   
US: https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Children-serial-thriller-Detective-ebook/dp/B075Q2TFS9/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1513163182&sr=1-1&keywords=the+silent+children+by+carol+wyer


Our Review


Carol Wyer is absolutely amazing and quickly becoming one of my favourite crime authors.
I've just finished the Silent Children and I now want more more more. I don't know how she does it but she makes me feel for the baddie too. I'm gutted I read this too fast as I wanted to savour every word.

In the fourth book of the series we are quickly thrown back into the world of D I Robyn Carter as she investigates the death of a man found near the Gruffalo trail. Straight away the tension builds as a young boy finds the body and Robyn has to lead her team to find and put together the pieces of the puzzle.

I love the mix of Robyn's work life and private life as the investigations are always so interesting and her private life is filled with loneliness, she finds joy in the relationship she has with her step daughter and in this book she manages to find someone to love of the furry variety.

Life has become a lot more complicated for her now as she has this potentially life changing mystery to solve regarding her late husband along with the help of her cousin Ross, the private investigator who loves a bit of cake. Is she being led on a cruel wild goose chase or is there something deeper going on surrounding the death of her beloved husband? I for one cannot wait to find out what has happened and I know what answer I'm hoping for. I'm so looking forward to the next instalment from Carol.

The characters are all well rounded and interesting and I simply can't wait to read the next instalment of this brilliant series. Well done Carol you clever lady, thanks to Bookouture for the ARC.

Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author


Carol E. Wyer is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. More recently she has chosen to write for the "dark side" and embarked on a series of thrillers, starting with the gripping best-seller, Little Girl Lost.
Her book Grumpy Old Menopause won The People's Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing 'Irritable Male Syndrome' and 'Ageing Disgracefully' and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines 'Woman's Weekly' featured in 'Take A Break', 'Choice', 'Yours' and 'Woman's Own' magazines and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.
Carol is a signed author with Bookouture and Delancey Press.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer. Carol blogs at www.facing50withhumour.com and www.grumpyoldmenopause.com

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

House of Secrets by Lynda Stacey

A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy. .
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past.


Title: House of Secrets
Author: Lynda Stacey
Published by: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 19th July 2016
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review of House of Secrets


Reading this book made me expect the unexpected.
It started off as a relationship going very wrong and a woman called Madeleine had come to the realisation that she needed to leave her partner Liam. Since they had moved in together he had become possessive and controlling and was nasty to her little girl Poppy.
She eventually finds herself at Wrea Head Hall which is a very grand hotel. Horrible things begin to happen to her and Liam won't leave her alone as he can't accept that their relationship is over.
Whilst at the hotel she meets the gorgeous Bandit who is protective of her and Poppy.
Then the layers of the story begin to unfold as through an old diary belonging to the previous owner of the hotel we find out more about the building itself and the hotel almost becomes a character in its own right. Secrets are unearthed which have been hidden away for too long and Madeleine and Bandit bond even more.
The pace was incredibly fast and I read this almost in one sitting. The suspense built up very well and the story was interesting as I always wanted to know what happened next.
This was part love story and part cat and mouse thriller I know I can relate to having an ex who didn't want to let go but luckily he didn't go as far as Liam. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Madeleine and Bandit and watching their story unfold. I have to admit to falling a little in love with Bandit myself but don't tell my husband!

I am really looking forward to reading the sequel, House of Christmas Secrets which is out today. See below for details.

Sincerely
Book Angel x



 This year we’re just going to have a nice, normal Christmas… Last year’s Christmas at Wrea Head Hall didn’t quite go to plan which is why Jess Croft is determined this festive season will be the one to remember, for the right reasons. And she has plenty of reasons to be hopeful, she’s going to marry the man of her dreams, Jack Stone, seven days after New Year’s Eve.

However, as family secrets are revealed in hidden letters and two unexpected guests turn up on the doorstep, Jess is left wondering whether her life will ever be the same again.

Can Jess and Jack still experience a peaceful festive season that they had imagined or are there some problems that even Christmas can’t fix?


Title: House of Christmas Secrets
Author: Lynda Stacey
Published by: Choc Lit
Publication Date: 5th December 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


About the Author



Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire and went to both Bentley New Village School, and Don Valley High School.

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.

Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

Come and find me at www.lyndastacey.co.uk to hear my latest news. You could follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lyndastaceyauthor or watch out for my tweets @Lyndastacey
Come say hello. I'd love to hear from you. Oh and if you love the book, I'd be really grateful if you'd take the time to leave me a review.

Monday, 4 December 2017

The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises
the like of which you can’t imagine.
When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal it…
A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.
Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

Title: The Birthday Girl
Author: Sue Fortin
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 30th November 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review


I now realise that when I pick up a book by Sue Fortin that I should prepare myself for a very bumpy ride.
No sooner had I started reading it I became engrossed in a highly suspenseful plot and I have not moved from my spot with the sun shining on me through the window apart from to make a cuppa.
The main narrator of the story is a lady called Carys and she is intrigued as her and two other friends called Andrea and Zoe are invited away on a mystery weekend by another friend Joanne.
The weekend starts weirdly when they are picked up in a car and end up in the middle of nowhere They quickly begin to suspect that Joanne has an ulterior motive and soon start to feel uncomfortable.
It seems there are a lot of Secrets being kept and it quickly transpires that none of them know who they can trust.
I would say none of the characters were particularly likeable but I did find myself rooting for Carys and felt every bit of fear that she did.
It reminded me of horror stories where a group of people find themselves in a remote place and they begin to feel hunted.

I was swapping and changing my opinions of who the baddy was constantly.
This will certainly get the blood pumping around your body and a word of warning don't pick it up if you should be doing something else because once you start it you won't be able to stop.

Thanks to Sue Fortin and Harper Collins.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author

Published by Harper Collins’ imprint Harper Impulse, Sue Fortin writes mystery, suspense and romance. Sue is a member of both the Crime Writers’ Association and The Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Sue is a USA Today and an Amazon UK #1 best selling author, with The Girl Who Lied and Sister Sister both reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Translation rights for both novels have been sold worldwide.

Lover of cake, Dragonflies and France. Hater of calories, maths and snakes. Sue was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex.

Sue is married with four children, all of whom patiently give her time to write but, when not behind the keyboard, she likes to spend her time with them, enjoying both the coast and the South Downs, between which they are nestled.
( sourced from Sue's website https://suefortin.com/about/ )




Thursday, 30 November 2017

My Favourite Christmas Things by Carrie Elks


  

Favourite savoury food

Pigs in blankets are a huge favourite in our house – and definitely outshine the turkey for Christmas lunch. We don’t eat them at any other time of year, so they’re a real treat, and we all fight over the last one. They’re good cold, too, for a Boxing Day buffet, but sadly there are never any left by the 26th!



Favourite sweet food

Chocolate, of course! I always buy a huge tub of Quality Streets for Christmas, and hide it in the garage until we’re close to the big day. There’s something lovely about unwrapping them and indulging in the evening (as long as it’s not an orange crème, that is!)



Favourite Christmas drink

I love a glass of Baileys over the Christmas period. It has to be served on ice, and preferably in my favourite Baileys glass. I’m the only one who drinks it in our house, so one bottle lasts me well into the new year. Lucky me!



Favourite Christmas film

It’s A Wonderful Life. I love old movies, and I’m a huge James Stewart fan, so it’s pretty much heaven for me. But really, I love all Christmas film – from the 1st of December they’ll be on a loop on my TV!



Favourite Christmas book

I loved reading Christmas stories to my children when they were smaller. On Christmas Eve, after they put their stockings up, we’d always read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. As they got older, we would read Jostein Gaarder’s The Christmas Mystery every year. Those books hold very happy memories for me.



Favourite Christmas Song

I’m a child of the 80s, so it has to be Last Christmas by Wham. It’s amazing how good it still sounds. It will be even more poignant this year, after we lost George Michael last Christmas.



Favourite Christmas Holiday destination

I would love to go to Kakslauttanen in Finland, where they have glass igloos and the Northern Lights. If Santa wants to fly over while I lay in bed looking up to the sky, then that would make it perfect.



Favourite Christmas animal

My pug, Plato, when he’s dressed up in his Christmas sweater. He’s the perfect festive companion.



Favourite Christmas Person

Can I say my husband? I’ve spent around 23 Christmases with him so far, so he’s my most consistent Christmas companion!



Place to write

In bed, with a mug of hot chocolate, and Christmas music blasting from the stereo, with the dog curled up next to me.



Favourite Christmas Tradition

Though it’s always sad putting away the tree and the decorations, we have a little tradition that makes it feel a bit better. My family and I write down our hopes and wishes for the year ahead, then pack them away with the rest of the boxes. Then, the following year, we open them and see if they came true!



Favourite Christmas thing in the whole world

My family. It wouldn’t be Christmas without them.



About Carrie

Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out.



Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.



Website: http://carrieelks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarrieElks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarrieElksAuthor/



 

A WINTER’S TALE releases on 30th November 2017





Thanks so much for joining us today Carrie and sharing your favourite Christmas things, I love your Christmas tradition.

Sincerely
Book Angelx




The Place We Met by Isabelle Broom




Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That's if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn't have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks - but how will it end?

Title:  The Place We Met
Author: Isabelle Broom
Published By: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 30th November 2017
Links: UK;  Amazon     US: Amazon


Our Review


This is the most beautiful creation by Isabelle Broom to date.
I loved every single carefully chosen word of it.
Once again as in all of Isabelle's books, the destination is almost a character in itself. The setting is the most gorgeous Lake Como where I have visited before but I wish I could go again now I've read the book as you could almost use it as an itinerary for a wonderful holiday. The authentic descriptions bring these amazing places to life and I felt I was there living this story along with the characters.

The story is told from two points of view first from Taggie who is living and working in a posh hotel in Lake Como following a nasty break up and also Lucy who is a nurse and has decided to treat her boyfriend Pete to a holiday in Lake Como. Their beautifully told stories are skilfully woven together and will take you through every emotion possible. By the end I felt emotionally drained but in a good way and I actually felt lovely after having read it. This could actually be my favourite book of all time. The characters were all lovable especially Elsie the old lady who had made Italy her home many years before and had known Taggie since she was very small.

Once again as with all Isabelle's books when I get to read the title in the book it gives me sentimental shivers down my spine. This will make you laugh out loud and cry your heart out in equal measures. I want to sleep with this book under my pillow.
Well done again to Isabelle and thanks to Michael Joseph Penguin for the arc which I've reviewed voluntarily. X

I'm so delighted that Michael Joseph have made my quote look so pretty.


Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author



Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews Editor. Always happiest when she off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home - the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

If you like pictures of dogs, chatter about books and very bad jokes, you can follow her on Twitter or Instagram @Isabelle_Broom or find her on Facebook under Isabelle Broom Author. To find out more about her books, visit her website www.isabellebroom.com

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Answers from Heaven Blog Tour



 


Answers from Heaven: Incredible True Stories of Heavenly Encounters and the Afterlife 

Answers from Heaven will be an authoritative, modern up to date classic book about afterlife communication.

Through true life stories of ordinary people who have had paranormal experiences, bestselling author Theresa Cheung and medium Claire Broad will show the various different ways that heaven is trying to answer our prayers, offer us comfort and provide proof of survival.

Chapters include:
1. Messages from the other side
2. Dreams from heaven
3. Living and loving creatures in spirit
4. Love from above
5. Heaven is calling
6. Conversations from Spirit
7. Answers from higher realms
8. Is anybody there?
9. Your own answers from heaven.


By the end it is hoped that readers will have lost some of their fear of death, be more aware of when the spirit world is trying to contact them, have greater awareness of the scientific research available, understand that mediumship is an expression of eternal love and nothing to be feared and that it's possible for us all to ask questions and receive answers from the world of spirit.

We are delighted to be part of the Answers from Heaven Blog Tour today and to welcome Theresa Cheung and Claire Broad and wish them every success with this beautiful book.

Purchase from Amazon UK

Sincerely
Book Angel x



About the Authors


Theresa Cheung was born into a family of spiritualists and has a Masters in Theology and English from King’s College, Cambridge. She has sold almost half a million books and encyclopaedias about the psychic world, the afterlife and personal transformation over twenty years. Her spiritual books Heaven Called My Name (Piatkus 2016) and An Angel Healed Me (Simon & Schuster 2010) became Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers and have been translated into thirty languages.

For more information please visit http://www.theresacheung.com or follow her on Facebook @TheresaCheungAuthor





Claire Broad is an Institute of Spiritualist Mediums Registered and Approved Medium with over twenty years professional experience providing private sittings, public speaking and workshops. She is an experienced guest speaker who has contributed to many spiritual awareness events and has read for an eclectic mix of clients, including those from the scientific and medical communities. Before Mediumship, Claire worked in advertising and entertainment at several major firms including The Walt Disney Company Ltd. She lives in Hampshire with her family.

http://www.clairevoyant.co.uk or follow her on Facebook @mediumclairebroad

Follow the rest of the Blog Tour here:-

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Christmas at Woolworths by Elaine Everest




Even though there was a war on, the Woolworths girls brought Christmas cheer to their customers

Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away on the front line, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love . . . Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day – could he reignite a spark in Betty?

As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead . . .

With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?

Title: Christmas at Woolworths
Author: Elaine Everest
Published By: Pan
Publication Date: 2nd November 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review


An absolute delight to read.

Christmas at Woolworths follows on from the Woolworths girls and we get to find out what happens to Saran, Maisie and Freda who originally met at an interview for jobs in the popular store.
Along with the three friends we also get to revisit their lovely boss Betty and my favourite character Ruby Caselton who is Sarah's nan and the hugely matriarchal figure to the other characters.

Ruby loves a houseful of guests and treats Sarah's friends as though they were her own flesh and blood. If you were ever in a crisis then you would want Ruby to be around. I love how she makes food go round so many people too, she would give everything she had to make sure her loved ones were ok.

I think that using the iconic Woolworths store as the base for all of the goings on really touches the hearts of people who remember the stores being on practically every high street.
That nostalgia mixed with the innocence of the people in those bygone days provides a glimpse to a more wholesome time where people were respectful to each other and it's captured beautifully.

I loved the references to the war because although they were scary times the camaraderie of the neighbours really shone through and the people really cared about each other. It must have been awful never knowing whether your loved ones would return from the war or whether their house would be bombed.

A particularly favourite scene was of the ladies singing in the shelter, showing that great British stiff upper lip.

There were some new characters introduced in the book and they're secrets introduced a bit of intrigue to the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book about love and friendship in bygone days. Thanks to Elaine Everest and Pan Macmillan for the Arc which I have reviewed voluntarily.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author

Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novel The Woolworths Girls and The Butlins Girls was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women's magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy loomed.

When she isn't writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors as well as Slimming World where she can be seen sitting in the naughty corner.