BLOG TOUR THE DARKNESS WITHIN BY LISA STONE 

I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour. Thank you Avon .

I have read most if not all of Cathy glass books so I’m very intrigued to read this fiction book under her new pseoudym Lisa Stone 

Today I am sharing a extract for you .

Be sure to check out the other blogs taking part .

The darkness within was published 13th July and I can’t wait to get a copy and wish her every success with her new direction in writing .
Police, ambulance, and fire tenders arrived within minutes of each other and the officers immediately took control. The police closed off the road in both directions and rerouted the traffic. Portable spot lamps flooded the scene and the fire crew quickly established that there was one male in the vehicle, then set about cutting him free. Sparks flew as they worked and the man and the woman who’d stopped to help told the officers what they knew, which wasn’t a lot as neither had actually witnessed the accident. However, the woman did tell them about the driver who’d overtaken her on a blind bend, and the police officer included it in his notes. Once she and the man had given their statements and contact details, they were allowed to leave. 

The lorry driver meanwhile was in a patrol car giving his statement. The police had already completed an initial safety check of his lorry and had found nothing untoward. They’d also looked at his driving licence and insurance, breathalyzed him, and checked his mobile phone, all of which they said was now standard practice at the scene of a road traffic accident. Everything had been in order and the last call he’d made had been before he’d left the hypermarket. As he finished making his statement, they saw the fire crew finally cut the driver free from the now backless car. They laid him on the waiting stretcher where the paramedics took over. An oxygen mask was placed over his mouth and nose and a line ran from his arm to a bottle held up by one of the paramedics. As they prepared to load the stretcher into the ambulance, the lorry driver turned to the officer beside him and asked, ‘Do you think you could find out how he is?’

‘I’ll see what I can do,’ he replied helpfully.

The driver watched through the windscreen as the officer went over and spoke to two of his colleagues. It had stopped raining now but a damp mist hung over the scene. They talked and nodded and at one point smiled. The ambulance sped away, its siren wailing and light flashing. 

‘He’s got a broken leg and arm and a head injury,’ the officer said on his return. ‘They’ll know more once he’s at the hospital, but it seems he’s lucky to be alive.’ He paused, then added, ‘He’s known to us. He’s already lost his licence and there’s alcohol in his blood.’

BOOK REVIEW ONE LITTLE MISTAKE BY EMMA CURTIS 

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy. 


When she risks everything she holds dear on a whim, there’s only one person she trusts enough to turn to. 

But she’s about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them . . .

Wow I’ve just finished this …what a book and more over a debut !!!

Picked this up on a whim and definitely one of my top reads this year 

This had all the ingredients for a psychological thriller for me and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Incredibly written captivating and completely addictive.

When I wasn’t reading I was thinking about the characters .

These characters got really under my skin and not for good reasons ! One character had a rubbish childhood and there are wounds threatening to reopen. I could relate to her and her mindset for my own personal reasons . But hopefully the similarities end there!

Full of shocking moments that you really feel you are in for a heart pounding journey reading this.

A brilliant look at women and their relationships in their life and what makes us who we are.

what happens when we make ons little mistake? Does this make us bad?

This will make you think and question your own moral compass. 

Loved loved every page turning chapter. 



BOOK REVIEW LAST SEEN ALIVE BY CLAIRE DOUGLAS 

She can run.

Libby Hall needs to hide ,to escape from everything for a while.  Which is why the house swap is a godsend . The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to  exchange their tiny bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild cornish coast  .

But she can’t hide

Before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage , Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house.  And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening.  How alone are they?  Why does she feel watched?

Because someone knows her secret

What us Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid?  And why does the house bring back such painful memories?  Memories Libby has worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive …and what she did. 

Firstly a big thank you to Sarah at penguin for my copy to review.

I know without  even reading the blurb that I will enjoy one of Claire books. She is superb at writing a twisty psychological thriller .

Last seen alive is amazing ,im writing this late at night after finishing it so it’s fresh in my thoughts .

I did not in a million years see where this was going…..it has huge shock factor.

The first half I was enjoying but admitted I was feeling frustrated at the characters then boom…. 

This is so dark and tense it makes you feel almost suffocated when reading . Also paranoid and on the edge of your seat .

Who can you trust?  What is real ?

Incredibly written and very clever. 

Just go read if you want fast paced chilling read this summer .

Cannot recommend enough and I’m in awe of Claires writing …. her ability to pull the rug from under the readers feet ! 

BOOK REVIEW THEY ALL FALL DOWN BY TAMMY COHEN 

They say it’s all in her head. 

She knows it’s not. 

Hannah had a normal life-a loving husband, a good job .

Until she did something shocking .

Now she’s in a psychiatric clinic.  It should be a safe place.  But patients keep dying .

The doctors say it’s suicide.  Hannah knows they are lying .

Can she make anyone believe her before the killer strikes again ?



Firstly a huge thank you to Rebecca for 
my proof copy. I may have squealed I was that excited to read it.

I absolutely love Tammy Cohens books so it’s always exciting to read a new release.

This lady has a dark mind ! 

Recently I’ve seen some TV psychological thrillers that I’ve said have felt similar to her writing.  

As someone who openly admits to having mental health issues this is a subject very close to me.

This has a very suffocating tense feel to it as you know not is all it seems .

People are hiding their true colours. ..but who?

Vulnerable women are opening up in the belief and faith that they are in safe hands . Are they??

Can these patients recover ? 

What has happened to get these women here and what does the future hold.

Suicides are happening and questions are being asked. 

Tamar Cohen at her best… making the reader question everything and feel scared to turn the page…

BOOK REVIEW OUR SUMMER TOGETHER BY FANNY BLAKE

Caro knows how to be a mother-advising her grown up daughters on career and relationship worries.  She knows how to be a grandmother -enjoying the hectic energy of her three year old grandson.  She knows how to be a daughter -helping her aging mother retain her independence .

She thought she knew everything about being a wife, but when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman, everything is thrown in the air. So ,when a chance meeting introduces her to Damir -younger ,intriguing and attentive -she realises that opening up to a man so different from everyone else in her life ,might also mean getting to know who she really is. ….

Firstly a big thank you to Elaine at orion for my copy to review. 

I finished this evening and I’m already missing Caro.  What a enjoyable lovely character . She had such  a warmth to her I felt like she really stepped off the pages into my imagination.

This author is a brilliant storyteller and she captures the reader very quickly .

This is so much more than  a love story ,this is about finding out who Caro is and what does her heart truly desire. 

What once felt scary to her she is now embracing and living life to the full again. 

As a woman and a mum I know only too well what it’s like regarding putting others first and Caro is realising albeit quite late that she needs to do the same . So even though she was an older generation than me I felt I could connect and relate to her .

Through falling in love again she also begins to love and respect herself .

A fantastic summer read full of warmth humour and new beginnings .

BLOG TOUR THE SUMMER OF SERENDIPITY BY ALI MCNMARA

The Summer of Serendipity

Ali McNamara
Published 13th July 2017

The magical new summer novel by the author of Little Flower Shop by the Sea

One summer, property seeker, Serendipity Parker finds herself on the beautiful west coast of Ireland, hunting for a home for a wealthy Irish client. But when she finds the perfect house in the small town of Ballykiltara, there’s a problem; nobody seems to know who owns it.

‘The Welcome House’ is a local legend. Its front door is always open for those in need of shelter, and there’s always a plentiful supply of food in the cupboards for the hungry or poor. 

While Ren desperately tries to find the owner to see if she can negotiate a sale, she begins to delve deeper into the history and legends that surround the old house and the town. But for a woman who has always been focussed on her work, she’s remarkably distracted by Finn, the attractive manager of the local hotel.

But will she ever discover the real truth behind the mysterious ‘Welcome House’? Or will the house cast its magical spell over Ren and help her to find true happiness?
Ali McNamara attributes her over-active and very vivid imagination to one thing – being an only child. Time spent dreaming up adventures when she was young has left her with a head bursting with stories waiting to be told.

When stories she wrote for fun on Ronan Keating’s website became so popular they were sold as a fundraising project for his cancer awareness charity, Ali realised that not only was writing something she enjoyed doing, but something others enjoyed reading too. 

http://www.alimcnamara.co.uk | @AliMcNamara

Firstly a big thank you to clara for my proof copy and I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour.

I’ve read a few of her books and they are all delightful and full of a little extra magic. 

I was completely transported to the emerald isle , I have never been and it sounds beautiful.

Great characters and a flowing narrative.

You can tell she’s guarded and been hurt in the past but time away from the hustle and bustle seems to be softening her armour.  Could she be finding her happy place and most of all who she really is? 

Ali is a great storyteller that whisks you away from reality and recently I’ve needed it more than ever. 

A book guaranteed to lift your spirits this summer.

Do check out the other blogs taking part

 


BOOK REVIEW HOT MESS BY LUCY VINE


Have you ever shown up to Sunday brunch still smelling of Saturday night ?chosen bed, Netflix and pizza over human contact?  Stayed in your mould ridden flat because it’s cheap ? 

Meet your spirit animal , Ellie Knight .Her life isn’t turning out exactly as she planned.  She hates her job , her friends are coupling up and settling down and her flatmates are just plain weird.

Some people might say she’s a hot mess but who really has their sh*t together anyway? For fans if fleabag and girls this is a fresh and funny coming of age story with a single girl heroine that will speak to millennials everywhere .




Firstly a big thank you to elaine at Orion for my copy to review 

I read this in one swift gulp .

I absolutely loved it and I guarantee woman from all walks of life will be able to relate and identify with Ellie.

Her tales of dating are hilarious real and so entertaining .

As a single woman im certainly not without a horror story or 2 and this book will reassure many that it’s OK to not have it all together.

There’s so many pressure on women to have everything and this is a big fingers up to all of that and loudly saying a woman doesn’t need a man to be happy !!

As much as this is a hugely funny tale it also examines family dynamics and how  they come together in hard times. I loved reading about her dad who’s such a character . The relationship they have is heartwarming .
Ellie discovers who she really is and what she wants from life .

A brilliant laugh a minute modern tale of the trials and tribulations of the young woman of today’s world .

Will  you join Ellie and announce that you are a hot mess? 

Published 13 th July 


BLOG TOUR SUMMERS LEASE BY CARRIE ELKS

If music be the food of love, books are certainly the appetizers . . .

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she’s unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend’s Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That’s how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family’s empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction – and then a scorching fling. But they can’t hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?

Firstly a  big thank you to Clara at Little brown books for sending me a copy to review and having me share my love on the blog tour .

I absolulty  loved this book ,it offered complete escapism and lots of swooning !

Set in  the gorgeous location of italy its hard to not be whisked away as you read .

Cesca hasnt had much luck in recvent years and jumps at the chance to get away ,clear her head and possibly write . However fate has different ideas and beforee long shes is face to afce with the very person who chjanged her luck all those years ago.

We watch as they go from hate to love ,from tension to passion .

And it is steamy!! Sam was the epitome of a book hunk and i enjoyed reading about him .

Cesca is a great charactaar strong independent and very talented …she just needs to believe in herself a bit more .

Full of romance and fun thsi makes for a sizzling summer read .

I cant wait to read more from this author and about the shakespeare sisters .

 

 

 

 

 

BLOG TOUR AND BOOK REVIEW HER LAST BREATH BY TRACY BUCHANAN

A girl has gone missing.  You’ve never met her ,but you’re to blame.

Food writer Estelle Forster has the perfect life. And with her first book on the way ,it’s about to get even better. 

When Estelle hears about poppy O’Farrell’s  disappearance,  she assumes the girl has simply run away. But Estelles world crumbles when she’s sent a photo of poppy, along with a terrifying note : Im watching you.  I know everything about you. 

Estelle has no idea who’s been threatening her , or how she’s connected to the missing teen, but she thinks the answers lie in the coastal town she once called home,  and the past she hoped was long behind her.

Estelle knows she must do everything to find poppy.  But how far will she go to hide the truth -that her perfect life was the perfect lie!

Firstly a huge thank you to sabah at Avon for sending me a copy to review and having me on the blog tour. 

Wow wow wow!! What an absolutely incredible book.

This book is so twisty and keeps you on your toes .

Every time I felt I knew the truth and what direction it was going there was yet another shock in store! 

Packed full of secrets and scandal .

My daughter is called Estelle and I saw myself in the books Estelle so that made the reading experience that more personal and strong.

Estelle has worked hard to leave her past in the past and have a fantastic life and future.  That’s all about to change 

However are things all that they seem? 

Who can she trust? 

I devoured this in one swift gulp and couldn’t stop reading . Addictive fast paced and completly unpredictable. 

This for me is Tracys best book yet .

One of the best psychological thrillers I’ve read this year for sure .

Make sure to check out the other blogames taking part! 

Published 29th june 

 

BLOG TOUR THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ME BY CAROLINE GRACE-CASSIDY

When was the last time you put yourself first ?

Thirty eight years old divorcee courtney Downey has no idea who she is any more. She has devoted her life to bringing up her beloved 15 year old daughter Susan,  but Courtney JUstinov doesn’t get the celebrity -obsessed,  Snapchat -filtered teenage world Susan is part of ,and they’re growing apart. When Susan announces she wants to live with her dad and his new younger girlfriend,  Courtney us debates.  But could the end of one life be the beginning of another?  

When Courtney is offered a job in beautiful sun kissed Cornwall,  she and her vivacious best friend claire follow their hearts and leave their problems behind for a summer of sand ,sea and second chances. And when she meets sexy but infuriating builder Tony,  Courtney rediscovers her passions for life, for cooking and for love. 

But just as courtney is folloeorinally looking forward to the future, and crisis with Susan pulast her back to Dublin,and back into old habits . Will she ever be able to let go of the past and embrace the importance of being herself? 

Firstly a big thank you to lina at black and whire publishing for my copy. I have not read any of this authors books but after reading this I would love to!

I could relate a lot to Courtney being a single mum and questioning who she is etc.

Raising a teenage daughter is tough whatever the situation.  However having to share her with a cool dad and step mum is the final straw. 

This is a funny book with great charactars set in a idealsick location.

Courtney starts to live for herself and get that zest for life again .

Could she really be happy? 

Or will her commitments pull her back. 

Really enjoyed this book and was cheering her on.

Do check out the other blogs taking part.