I am a huge fan of Danis books and am delighted to be on the blog tour . Below is a extract from her new book which i cant wait to read.
Published 14th November and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.
I hadn’t expected that Tim’s illness and battle to survive would alter my parents’
plans. It had never been said – in fact, it had been actively denied many times – but
everyone knew the real reason my parents had never emigrated. I was the reason. And
the guilt of that weighed down heavily on me. Karen had two adorable children whose
growing-up was being watched at a distance by their grandparents, and nothing
anyone could do or say was ever going to make me feel better about robbing them of
that. Except, perhaps, by giving them a third grandchild – one that no one was
A chorus of kookaburras chirruped noisily from a tree behind Karen as seven-year-
old Aaron edged his face before the camera.
‘Are you coming to see us soon, Auntie Beth?’ Aaron asked, his question a
serpent’s lisp owing to the absence of his front teeth.
‘Nice one,’ I said to his mother over the top of my nephew’s tousled blond curls.
‘Clever change of tactic.’ She knew better than anyone how much I loved her two
Karen answered with a grin that even I could see was identical to my own. ‘I
figured he’d be harder to disappoint,’ she said, dropping a reward kiss onto her son’s
‘We’ve been through this a thousand times before. You know I can’t just shut up
the shop and take off.’
‘I thought that’s why you hired your wonder woman assistant.’
My smile felt suddenly strained. For a moment, I came perilously close to letting
Karen in on my secret. Very little shocked my big sister, but I bet if I said: Actually, I
hired Natalie so she’d be able to look after the shop while I have a baby, I could wipe
that knowing look clean off her face. But I wasn’t about to say that. Not yet. Call it
superstitious, but it felt too much like counting your chickens before they’ve hatched,
or the IVF equivalent: counting your embryos before they’ve thawed.
Luckily, a noise somewhere off-screen distracted Karen, and she glanced towards
it with a small frown. ‘Uh-oh. Sounds like Josh has just woken up. I thought we’d be
safe for another twenty minutes. Sorry, hon. I’m gonna have to cut this one short.’
‘Give him a big kiss from me,’ I said, waggling my fingers at the screen. ‘We’ll
chat again next week.’
Karen’s eyebrows drew together to form a single blonde line. She was much fairer
than me, and seven years in the New South Wales sunshine made her look like a
‘You sure everything’s okay, Bethie? You sound kind of…preoccupied.’
How did she do that, even from the other side of the world? How did she see
through the distortion of pixels and look straight into my heart? Out of sight of my
laptop screen I crossed my fingers like a child, to cancel out the lie.
‘I’m absolutely fine. Stop worrying.’
Firstly thanks to trapeze for my proof copy and Tracey for having me on the tour.
Hayley is a fantastic writer and a great woman to have interacted with on social media over recent years.
Myself and my son have read her childrens series which are just delightful.
It seems that whatever Hayley puts her pen to she excels. She is a natural storyteller.
This is a tale of friendship, foes, family,love and loss set in one street over the festive period.
Everyone has secrets behind their closed doors. What happens when they each become exposed.
Uplifting in Many ways,but deals with some real issues.
Reminds you what Christmas is all about.
With a range of great charactars that are all relatable. This is a quirky festive read with an great storyline.
Published 14th November and do check out the other blogs taking part
Firstly a big thank you to edpr for my copy to review
Amanda is a beautiful writer and you always know youre in for a treat opening her book.
Her books are powerfully emotive .
This was a tough book as after i read the blurb i realised how close to home it was. My last relationship was with a widow so that was interesting for me albeit a bit painful to read.
This explored the sensitive matter of grief and how it impacts others so differently.
I loved reading from a mans perspective.
Funny,heartwarming and life affirming .
Beautiful book that will have you hooked straight away.
Published 11th November and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.
I finally have got round to reading this highly praised book in the blogger world. I got my copy signed at capital crime and had the pleasure of listening to Wil on his panel.
This is a incredibly written debut and i now understand the hype and excitement for this series.
What a excellent atmospheric read.
Intriguing, full of mystery and suspense .
Fast paced thriller.
Great lead character whos clearly got some issues to work through.
Whizzed through this and look forward to his next book.
Sixteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfrann, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for generations, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains. As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. And when Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.
Firstly a big thank you to hot key books for my copy to review. It arrived gorgeously wrapped with some halloween goodies..
This is a new author to me .
I really enjoyed this story about twins and twisty spiritual going ons.
Written beautifully to capture the essence of the location and the people in the story.
Filled with teenage angst,new family dynamics and friendships.
A great ya book .
Firstly a big thank you to the Midas team for my copy to review and having me on the tour .
This is a unique style of non fiction and took me a while to settle into it.
Fascinating,interacting , full of rich history of a time gone by.
Incredibly interesting and thought provoking.
Loved the added bonus of maps and pictures which enable you to visuasile the events.
Read on for a extract and check out the other blogs taking part.
published 14th November
It was much easier to get away with murder at the beginning of the 20th century. That is not to say that the police did not always get their man. But there was usually some strong pointer suggesting to the investigating officers who the suspect should be. A clear motive was a good starting point – as in the case of recently insured brides who died in their baths when living with husband George Smith. Or the remains of missing wife ‘Belle Elmore’ that were found under the cellar floor of the house she shared with Crippen in Hilldrop Crescent and whose flight to Canada with his mistress sealed his fate. Or later in the 20th century the murdered women found under the floorboards and in the kitchen at 10 Rillington Place where former special constable Christie lived with his wife. How could they have got there unless he put them there or, at the very least, knew of their presence? Sadly of course the person who first came under suspicion for murder was the rather simple soul Timothy Ellis who lodged there and whose unreliable confession of killing his wife and child took him to the gallows – before the police realised that the serial killer was Christie.
Murders are rarely committed under public gaze – particularly when the sentence upon conviction was a march to the scaffold. The police therefore would look for means, motive and opportunity when choosing their suspects. But in the hands of a skilful criminal advocate their case could fall apart if some innocent explanation for movements or behaviour could be advanced. Science teacher Ronald Light, the alleged Green Bicycle murderer, may be an example of a guilty man saved by a brilliant and charismatic silk, Marshall Hall. But today not only is flamboyant advocacy out of fashion, juries are much more rigorous and down to earth in their approach to the evidence. And the police today have many more tools in their bag to help them find the true killer.
In the Postscript in my book ‘The Postcard Murder – A Judge’s Tale’ I suggest that the mobile phone – without which most of us would not venture forth to work or play – can provide the most damning evidence of location at the time of the killing, movements thereafter, contact with others involved or even the ditching of the incriminating phone altogether to provide a formidable case to answer. Likewise CCTV cameras on almost every street corner can show movements of victim and assailant. DNA evidence whereby, from blood or sweat or semen for example, the scientist can obtain a profile which matches the profile of the suspect so that the odds against such a match can be measured in millions is a tool of the greatest assistance to the police. Furthermore ‘what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’ in that phone location, CCTV footage or DNA profiling can establish absence from the scene at the time of a killing and thus result in an acquittal not a conviction. So in The Postcard Murder the defence today could have sought to establish absence from the scene of the killing at the relevant time. But, in The Postcard Murder, Robert Wood – accused of the virtual decapitation of goodtime girl Phyllis – had none of these aids to help him face his trial in Court No.1 of the Old Bailey.
Furthermore, the trial process today is far more likely to produce a just result when the courts can allow the use of special measures to help vulnerable or frightened witnesses to come forward and give their accounts. The witness may be screened from the dock or be permitted to give evidence by way of a video link. Rules for holding identification parades are now more stringent. Police interviews are audio- and often video- recorded so that the police cannot attempt underhand ways to obtain a confession as sadly, but rarely, happened in the past.
True Crime I believe will always hold a fascination for those of us who are students of psychology or criminology or history or human behaviour. Lust, greed, hatred, fear and envy are as real today as ever they were. True Crime tells the tale of real not imagined victims, accused or witnesses. The desire to find the truth and to do justly in the real world – whether it is to impeach a President or to catch human traffickers who kill – will I trust long prevail.
Firstly a big thank you to Alex at Trapeze for my copy to review. This is a new author to me which i love exploring as a book blogger.
What a glorious quirky tale set at christmas in the 90s.
A story of love,loss,hopes ,dreams and friendships. Friendships that form in the unlikely places with unexpected people.
Each character has a story to share .
Brilliantly written,heartwarming and life affirming.
Published 14th November
Isabelle is one of my absolute favourite authors. I own all her books so its always a delight to delve back into her creativity.
Perfect escapism esp as we reslly are having winter mornings.
Whizzed through as always..sign of a great book.
This resonated with me greatly 1.family dynamics and 2. Dealing with special needs.
What starts as a journey to find someone..she really finds the missing pieces in suprising ways to find herself.
Inspirational,empowering and theres such satisfaction upon finishing one of her stories. She is a natural storyteller and reminds bookworms why we love reading.
Plus you get to travel the world…
If you’re new to her books then you are in for a treat …go on read her!