#CoverReveal Behind Closed Doors by Sadie Ryan @RubyFiction

COVER REVEAL
Hello! I’m on duty for Ruby Fiction today as they’ve got a rather striking cover that they’d like to share with you all, for a forthcoming release from Sadie Ryan!

Here’s a little bit more about BEHIND CLOSED DOORS to whet your appetite!

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She’s in your house, now she wants your life …

Tina Valentine has it all: the loving family, the beautiful house, the successful career.
But then Megan Pearson starts work at Tina’s law firm and with her arrival the perfect world Tina has built for herself starts to collapse as it becomes clear that the newcomer is intent on infiltrating every aspect of her life.
Something is obviously wrong with Megan but nobody else seems to see it. As the mind games and manipulations continue, Tina comes to the sickening conclusion that now she’s opened the door to Megan, it’s going to be impossible to make her leave …



Behind Closed Doors by Sadie Ryan is published on 14th May by Ruby Fiction and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms, as well as in audio.

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And here it is………..

Dare you take a peek behind the door?! I’m already counting down the days until the 14th May so I can find out what is going on in there!!

#BookReview Meet Me at the Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh #publicationday

About the book

Highly recommended. 
Would you take a chance on a bad boy with a leather jacket and a vintage motorbike? 
That’s the question single mum Jo Morris has to ask herself when she collides with local bike mechanic Ed Griffiths on a rainy Welsh hillside. Working at the Art Café, Jo hears the gossip and is all too aware of Ed’s reputation. 

But whilst he’s certainly no angel, there is something about Ed’s daredevil antics that Jo can’t ignore. And as she gets to know him better and watches the kind way he deals with her young son Liam, she begins to wonder – is there more to this ‘bad boy’ than meets the eye? 

Published by Choc Lit

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

iTunes

Kobo

Google Play

Nook

MY REVIEW

Back to the Art Cafe and it is just as wonderful as the first visit – check out Summer at the Art Cafe  if  you missed it! – and I just adored every aspect of this book! The setting, the characters, the predicaments they found themselves in… it just all worked to make for such a wonderful reading experience and I’m already hoping that there’ll be more visits to come in the future as the characters are people you want to check on every now and then to see how life is treating them!

In this book we follow Jo, who works at the Cafe with Lucy, and is a single mum to the rather adorable and very cheeky Liam!  ‘Out of the mouth of babes’ sums him up perfectly and his comments and quips had me laughing out loud many a time!  And Jo is one of those women who gets on with things and is rather partial to a bit of upcycling, and goes everywhere by bike! You soon find out why she’s so wary of travelling by car and as her past is revealed you can’t help but feel sympathy for her.

And one day she meets Ed, in not the most glamorous way, and is drawn to him immediately despite her concerns about his reputation in the local area.  Him and his motorbike are well known in the village as he and his family have been there for years, and as a attractive bloke he seems to have a ‘love em and leave em’ kind of attitude! But you soon find out there’s reasons for his attitude too, and it’s clear the pasts of Jo and Ed have shaped them and how they react to certain situations.

When Jo is in the right place at the right time to become a hero, it is only too clear that her and Ed are going to be spending more time together and I just loved their relationship, and the bond he builds with Liam too! Not many blokes are willing to take on a child but he seems to relish the role as a surrogate dad!

I just loved every minute spent with Jo, Ed and Liam and despite the obstacles they found themselves facing there always seemed to be time to enjoy life – and a special word for Jo’s neighbour Beryl!  She certainly knows how to enjoy life and she’s another character you can’t help but adore!

Fabulous!!

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#BookReview Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

About the book

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin.

Published by Hutchinson

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

waterstones

MY REVIEW

I don’t know how the author has done it but she convinced me within a few pages that we were looking back at real people and the experiences during the 1970’s and the music business… and I adored every blooming minute of it and just want to read more, and buy merchandise!!! Where are the CD’s? The t-shirts?! I want them all!!

It’s a very simple story – sex and drugs and rock’n’roll! The fame, the glamour and all the good and bad that follows!  Daisy Jones is a young girl who has forever chased affection, seeing as she never got any from her self absorbed parents.  She drifts from one thing to another and starts to build up a profile – she’s stunning too so that always helps her get away with more than she should!

And when her path crosses with the band The Six, super-stardom is soon on their doorstep and while it may seem a dream to many of us, it often turns into a bit of a nightmare and we get to look back on the highs and lows of their careers in a cleverly told story that reads like a magazine interview, with various viewpoints chipping in with their recollections of different times during the years and it’s a great way to tell the story.

Daisy is such  a different character to the others in the band, so it’s fascinating to see their stories alongside her.  While many are happy just to be in the background, the main man of The Six is dealing with his own addictions and issues and he and Daisy make for the main focus of the story and all the headlines the band receive with their clashing personalities and outlooks on how the band should go forward.

I really couldn’t put this down once I had started it and I’m already eager to pick it up again and enjoy it all over again!!

READ THIS BOOK!!

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#BookReview Everything Under by Daisy Johnson

About the book

Words are important to Gretel, always have been. As a child, she lived on a canal boat with her mother, and together they invented a language that was just their own. She hasn’t seen her mother since the age of sixteen, though – almost a lifetime ago – and those memories have faded. Now Gretel works as a lexicographer, updating dictionary entries, which suits her solitary nature.

A phone call from the hospital interrupts Gretel’s isolation and throws up questions from long ago. She begins to remember the private vocabulary of her childhood. She remembers other things, too: the wild years spent on the river; the strange, lonely boy who came to stay on the boat one winter; and the creature in the water – a canal thief? – swimming upstream, getting ever closer. In the end there will be nothing for Gretel to do but go back.

Daisy Johnson’s debut novel turns classical myth on its head and takes readers to a modern-day England unfamiliar to most. As daring as it is moving, Everything Under is a story of family and identity, of fate, language, love and belonging that leaves you unsettled and unstrung.

Published by Jonathon Cape

Purchase Links

hive.co.uk

waterstones

MY REVIEW

I found this to be a dark and hypnotic read that is one of those books that gets you thinking and looking at things differently as you try and put yourself in the place of the main narrator as she tries to make sense of the world she knows now, and what she remembers of the past.

With the story following different paths, I did find myself feeling a little confused and overwhelmed at times with the flow of the story and that did take away some of the enjoyment for me.

It’s the story of a mother and daughter, and how the daughter is now coping with her mother who is suffering from dementia and the frustrations that they both feel about the situation they find themselves in. She wants answers about her childhood but that isn’t easy with a mother who is easily confused and dismissive.

There are questions about mysterious names from the past, the relevance of the ‘Bonak’ by the river and a feeling of never feeling settled or part of anything because of how things were – i’m still not sure Gretel got the answers she wanted but she did start to make a little more sense out of her recollections and memories. 

This book had a really strong start but then did tail off a bit as things got a little more involved and confusing for the reader, but still made for an entertaining and thought provoking read.

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 23rd March 2019 #bookblogger

Hello! I apologise in advance if I ramble or make no sense in this post today  – will make no difference from normal I’m sure! – but I got up at silly o’clock this morning to watch a steam train whizz through the local train station for 30 seconds, and am now feeling it! Is it bedtime yet?!

On to the books! And I’ve upped my game again on the reading front – the housework can wait! – and this week I’ve managed to finish 6 books, one of which was an audiobook. Happy with that! If only I could keep that pace up every week! And on the book haul front, I was a little more restrained on NetGalley this week with only 2 new additions, and in real books there was 4 new additions, 2 I bought and 2 for review!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

The True Queen by Zen Cho – 4 stars

Loved book one of this series and found myself spellbound by this one too!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – 3 stars (audiobook)

Expected more after so many rave reviews. Narrators were brilliant, the story was a little hit and miss.

Pilgrim by Louise Hall – 4 stars

Full review to come on Blog Tour next month but really enjoyed this gentle but touching story.

Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas – 5 stars

A follow up to The Purrfect Pet Sitter, and it was full of fun and drama!!

Meet Me At The Art Cafe by Sue McDonagh – 5 stars

Loved it! So much fun to read and a new book boyfriend to swoon over!

Everything Under by Daisy Johnson  – 4 stars

Borrowed this from the library and really enjoyed this beautiful and haunting story.

BOOKHAUL

Starting with the evil Netgalley as always..

THOSE PEOPLE by LOUISE CANDLISH

out June 2019

From the author of the international bestseller Our House, a new novel of twisty domestic suspense asks, “Could you hate your neighbor enough to plot to kill him?” 

Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.

But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing.

Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying–and everyone has something to hide.

THE HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF by CAROL DRINKWATER

Out May 2019

No one else knows what happened that summer. Or so she believes.Grace first came to France a lifetime ago. Young and full of dreams of adventure, she met two very different men. She fell under the spell of one. The other fell under hers.

Until one summer night shattered everything.Now, Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband, sheltered from the world in a magnificent Provençal villa, perched atop a windswept cliff. Every day she looks out over the sea – the only witness to that fateful night years ago.

Until a stranger arrives at the house. A stranger who knows everything.

The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades . . .

THE GREY PARROT and other stories by W.W.JACOBS

Alma Books Edition

W.W. Jacobs delighted in finding unlikely humour in everyday situations and observations, and these tales succeed in raising a laugh from the most mundane of scenarios. In ‘The Grey Parrot’, a sailor buys a parrot for his wife, whom he suspects isn’t faithful in his absence, hoping that the bird will inadvertently repeat anything untoward it hears. Unfortunately for him, the parrot exceeds his expectations, and it’s not only his wife who is left blushing.

This volume contains a careful selection of the very best stories from Jacobs’s 150-strong repertory, and includes well-known standalone pieces such as ‘The Monkey’s Paw’, as well as accounts of raucous dockside dalliances and tightly woven tales of poacher Bob Petty’s crimes against the unlikely cast of an Essex village. Showcasing a unique assortment of stories spanning his writing career, this edition hopes to shine a light on a hugely talented writer who inspired many of the literary giants we now consider masters of the genre.

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by TAYLOR JENKINS REID

Goldsboro Books Book of the Month – signed edition with purple pages!!

For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn’t believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot onstage at the Whisky, their lives were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin

SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR by RICHARD ROPER

Out June 2019 (copy for review/blog tour)

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

THE CARER by DEBORAH MOGGACH

Out July 2019 (copy for review)

James is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as James regales his family with tales of Mandy’s virtues, their shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps?

Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane – changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.

CURRENTLY READING

GOOD OMENS by TERRY PRATCHETT/NEIL GAIMAN

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

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Hope your week has been as productive – and you have a fun weekend of reading ahead of you!

HAPPY READING!!

#BookReview The Burning House by Neil Spring #BurningHouse #PaperbackRelease @QuercusBooks @MillsReid11 @NeilSpring

Excited to be able to share my review again for this chilling book, as it is now available in Paperback!  You NEED this book in your lives!!!

About the book

It was a victimless crime…

Estate Agent Clara is struggling to make a sale. With her abusive ex-husband on the brink of finding where she’s hiding, she needs to make a commission soon or lose her chance to escape.

Boleskine House on the shores of Loch Ness has remained unsold for years, and Clara is sure that an ‘innocent’ fire will force the price down. But the perfect crime soon turns into the perfect nightmare: there was a witness, a stranger in the village, and he’s not going to let Clara get away with it that easily…

From the bestselling author of The Ghost Hunters, The Watchers and The Lost Village comes a tense and claustrophobic psychological thriller

Published by Quercus Books

Publication Date –  21st March 2019 – paperback

Purchase Links – paperback version

Amazon UK – £7.42

hive.co.uk  £6.49

MY REVIEW

Wow! What a tense and chilling read that was!! From the start you are thrown into quite a chain of shocking events  and the consequences of these are felt throughout the book, and leads to some very dark places for some of the characters!

Clara Jones seems to be doing her best to put an abusive relationship behind her by hiding away and creating a new life for herself.  And life as an estate agent brings her to Boleskine House, a substantial home in an idyllic spot on the banks of Loch Ness, but it’s a house with a very dark past and legends last a long time in this part of the world.  She decides to take matters into her own hands to try and get a quicker sale and this leads to devastating consequences!

Oswald is a man on a mission – and his mission is that he must own Boleskine.  For what purpose it is unclear to begin with , but Clara soon finds herself drawn into an extremely unsettling and disturbing world – one she’d thought she’d left behind when she left London.

There are a number of characters in this book who are deeply unpleasant, and that just adds to the bleak and terrifying situations that poor Clara finds herself put in.  It’s one of those books that just gets your blood pumping with all the action and alarmingly dark twists and turns!  The action never seems to let up and I found myself gasping in shock  on many occasions throughout! It’s one of those books that definitely leaves a lasting and chilling impression!  

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#BookReview It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl #PublicationDay

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY by HANNAH PEARL

… i’ll cry if I want to.

Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up. 

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

Published by Ruby Fiction

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Kobo

ITunes

Google Play

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.
She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.
In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.
Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.



Follow Hannah: 


www.dizzygirlwrites.wordpress.com 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HannahPearl_1 

MY REVIEW

This story proves how a chance meeting in a pub can change your mood from despair to delight, and I loved following the life of Karen as she tried to move on with her life and look forward to a new chapter after feeling so despondent with the way her life was turning out.

When Karen and Eliot meet they click straight away, and even his 18 year old daughter Sophie seems to approve of  her dad finally having some fun in his life.  Eliot has brought her up by himself after her mum dealt with depression, and they’ve always looked out for one another.  Sophie also connects with Karen and all seems to be moving along at a really fast pace!

But there’s always a cloud on the horizon, and Karen is about to face that as she is desperate for motherhood and it begins to take over her every thought and puts a pressure on her relationship with Eliot as they discuss various options including adoption.  You really want them both to be happy but there always seems to be an obstacle in the way and their relationship suffers.

Despite the tougher times, I found this to  have such a relaxed feel about it that it made it such fun to read.  The characters are realistic and relatable and the situations they found themselves in make it easy for you to connect with. The bond that Karen builds with Sophie in  a short time was really touching and made them all feel like such a lovely little family that you are just pulling for them throughout to stick with one another and get that happy ending that they all deserve!

Loved it!

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